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Key, Quill, and Seal
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MysticMoon's comment on 2013-08-22 03:42 PM
My apologies about the confusion; I was having difficulty picking the category. As far as I could tell, there really isn't anything for items that matched religious relic.

Because of its size the quill can't use regular ink. It would need something more viscous that wouldn't simply pour out. Also, because it is unwieldy while requiring precise control it would be very difficult to use. Imagine a huge iron pen that will dump all of its ink if it does more than barely touch the paper. Go to Comment
Key, Quill, and Seal
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MysticMoon's comment on 2013-08-22 03:43 PM
I will add an idea at the end explaining the Seal in more detail. Go to Comment
Key, Quill, and Seal
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MysticMoon's comment on 2013-08-22 03:47 PM
Update: Changing the subcategory to avoid further confusion. Go to Comment
Key, Quill, and Seal
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MysticMoon's comment on 2013-08-22 10:37 PM
I believe that the 8-in-8 challenge is forcing me to be as clear as I can with minimal verbiage. Posting something every day means that I don't have the luxury of taking a few days to work in every possible detail. I'm glad to know that this tactic is working. I do plan on tackling more involved subs later on, though. Hopefully they won't ramble :) Go to Comment
Key, Quill, and Seal
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MysticMoon's comment on 2013-08-23 05:56 AM
Oh, you want to know what it does.

I guess I didn't explicitly say this, but it is the way (or is merely believed to be the way, depending) in which Ahkti communicates the divine word. Someone who is worthy would be able to write scripture as though Ahkti himself wrote it. (Or, if there is no real magic, someone could say whatever they wanted and claim Ahkti wrote it.). That is what is meant by "The Quill is the divine instrument through which Ahkti communicates His will to the faithful." It is why the plot hook about the Quill missing for a time could cause the claim of new scripture being available to be taken seriously. Go to Comment
Key, Quill, and Seal
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MysticMoon's comment on 2013-08-23 09:30 PM
Update: Clarified the power of the Quill. Go to Comment
Key, Quill, and Seal
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MysticMoon's comment on 2013-08-23 09:31 PM

The Riddle of the Seal


That the seal may be split in twain is a legend known to a relative few. It has been said that splitting the seal will split the world. Some believe it to be a literal sundering of the world while others believe it would mirror a division of the faith. Others have conjectured that the two halves represent the division between this world and the world of spirit; they hypothesize that a split of the Seal would cause a rift between those two realities and bring chaos to the world.


The Seal itself appears to be rather simple in nature when viewed from afar. When one attempts to follow the details it appears complex. The simple spiral is actually made up of a number of thicker lines intersected by a number of smaller ones. Hagartha used it as a focus for spiritual meditation and believed that he came to know something of the nature of Ahkti by pondering these lines.


Following the lines with ones fingers reveals that the lines are not solidly connected but are rather pieces of wire threaded around each other. Pressure on various parts causes other parts to shift. To Hagartha, this symbolized the interconnectedness of all. Accordin to Hagartha's teachings, this shows how we cannot affect the smallest thing in life without touching a web larger than ourselves. He used this as the basis for a philosophy of peace and respect toward others.


The two halves are connected by a bisecting line which is made up of a great multitude of these variously sized threads. Putting pressure on a point of one half of the Seal will cause a shift in the threads of this bisecting line which will then be reflected in a change in the other half of the Seal.


The legend of the puzzle is this: if the bearer of the Seal were to place pressure upon an intricate series of points on the Seal, in a specific order with specific differences in pressure, the lines in the middle would slowly unwind and cause the Seal to split into two mirrored halves.


Most bearers of the Seal have been vehemently opposed to solving the puzzle, feeling it would undo the divine power of Ahkti. A few have tried, however, but with no luck. In the modern age it is often a source of speculation, especially in the argument between mechanical and animistic world views.


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Key, Quill, and Seal
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MysticMoon's comment on 2013-08-24 04:54 PM
Due to the strength of the entwined wires, sundering it would require enough force to destroy the entire thing. The effect of this would depend entirely on the campaign: anything from having a useless bundle of iron wire to the introduction of a mile-wide crater to the complete dissolution of reality.

It is made of iron and weighs as much as you would expect a large chunk of iron to weigh. Go to Comment
Key, Quill, and Seal
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Gossamer's comment on 2013-08-22 03:29 PM
At first when I checked the uh...categories for these, I just read wand/staff, so I figured, oh so these three items will combine into a wand then...Then I reached the end, and had to take a second look, saw arcane and figured it out. I would have liked the wand idea more to be honest. Nothing that really stands out, but nothing really wrong with it. That plothook with the world tearing in twain was worth a .5 at least, though there should have been more information on the seal when used as such a campaign defining macguffin.

I don't understand how the quill is supposed to work, how is it any different than any other quill? Go to Comment
Key, Quill, and Seal
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Gossamer's comment on 2013-08-23 05:44 AM
Then what would be the point in using it? Go to Comment
Key, Quill, and Seal
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Gossamer's comment on 2013-08-24 08:48 AM
Is it possible to sunder it by force, and what were to happen if so? What material is it made of, how much does it weigh? If you threw it into a volcano or something ,what then? Go to Comment
Key, Quill, and Seal
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Gossamer's comment on 2013-08-25 06:32 AM
Questions answered, issues dealt with, +.5. Go to Comment
Key, Quill, and Seal
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CrazyF1r3f0x's comment on 2013-08-22 01:45 PM
Cool ideas, though I'd like some more detail on the puzzle of the seal; and what makes it so difficult to solve. Go to Comment
Fena, the Demon Goddess
NPCs  (Mythic/ Historical)   (Religious)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-08-26 12:37 AM
Interesting read, and I like the idea presented, but there are quite a few areas that are vague or left blank, some of which is intentional.

As Darkstand said, I would like to know more about the binding, and how and why such power as Fena's was left to fade and be forgotten. Some other questions revolve around Fena as a demon, I have no idea what she looks like, what if any mannerisms she has. What is her portfolio, does she have any elemental aspects, weaknesses, strengths?

I would like to see a triptych style progression, Fena the mortal, Fena the vengeful demon, and Fena the older and now dangerously unknown goddess. What is her appearance and how has it changed? What were her powers and how have they changed?

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Fena, the Demon Goddess
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Scrasamax's comment on 2013-09-03 09:58 AM
The additions and editing have made this a much better submission. Good job, and here is a 1.5 point bump in vote.

4.5/5

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Fena, the Demon Goddess
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Dozus's comment on 2014-01-22 01:08 PM
A very interesting progression. I like the duality here, and the idea of binding evil to do good. Excellent work. Go to Comment
Fena, the Demon Goddess
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valadaar's comment on 2013-08-26 09:18 AM
I like the idea, especially since one religions angels could be another's demons. Scras's comments best echo my thoughts here.

Any influence by Hera?
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Fena, the Demon Goddess
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MysticMoon's comment on 2013-08-26 12:05 AM

I tried to make this sub very focused on Fena, so while there are references to what goes on in the wider world, very little is explicitly said about it. Since I didn't have a particular setting in mind when I wrote this, I made the background details vague enough that they could be adapted to whatever the GM is using. As such, you are correct that many details are left out.

The binding of Fena could have been a good bit of narrative fluff to add. I'm sorry I didn't think of it.

A few ideas about the magic: It could be that magic waxes and wanes in this setting. Thus as it wanes and gets harder to use, its application becomes rare and fewer attempt to keep the traditions alive. Maybe Karilea was not the first to attempt to bring Fena back but, with magic waxing once again, was just the first to be able to tap into the power to do so.

Karilea's desire to free Fena was not random. I think it is common for some people to look to the distant past and seek a connection with it or to try to bring some of it into the present, especially when they feel lost or that life provides little spiritual meaning. Look at all of the various real world neopagan traditions that are around today.

Fena from the past would fit right into a high fantasy campaign but the modern version was designed specifically for a setting with little magic (or at least a world where magic is only beginning to come back.)

Thanks for the thought provoking feedback!

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Fena, the Demon Goddess
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MysticMoon's comment on 2013-08-26 09:35 AM
Good questions, all. Based on all the feedback here, I'm working on an update. Go to Comment
Fena, the Demon Goddess
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MysticMoon's comment on 2013-09-03 05:13 AM
Update: A lot more detail has been added. Go to Comment
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