1) It could bleed off heat in any process the GM wants. Water is an easy, and thematically appropriate way to handle, but certainly not the only way. I have made no provisions for other ways to bleed off heat.
2) I will add in my post that it could be held, but you would want to wear gloves. It's kind of like real life dry ice in that respect. The heating, and cooling is gradual enough that it shouldn't be usable as a weapon.
3) It can absolutely be shaped, worked into other materials, used for decorations. It's a mineral. The whole point of simple materials like this, is to blur the annoying line between magic and mundane, in an almost believable way. Go to Comment
I like magical materials, but something seems off using them to create hot springs.
So access to the correct substances essentially disables its physics-bending features, turning it into simply really hot stone. This heat would transfer to the local liquid, heating it. This would continue until the stone was out of latent heat and matched the water's temperature. Unless the water was subsequently removed, it would not gain any additional heat and everything would return to normal until the water left in some manner.
Now, if the algae were killed when the water got too hot, and began to grow when it cooled off again, then I could see a sustained cycle occurring, keeping the water at the desired temperature for the algae.
Would possession of this city be very lucrative? Given the highly valuable nature of the ice as an export commodity, I'm surprised that no local ruler or warlord has tried to bring the city under his sway. Also, would it be correct to assume that only the gnomes are citizens with humans and others being merely resident aliens? Go to Comment
Not a bad location, though to me the Dark Origin seems tacked on and not very well integrated with the whole. They almost seem like two unrelated subs joined together. I think the sub would stand well on its own without the stated origin.
I think, that whenever you create an item, you shouldn't stop there. You should think about how other people use it. How others percieve it. How people interact with it.
I find that when I think about how something will indirectly affect others, or how non-adventurers will use something, that these things take on a life of their own.
Honestly, if I had the time, I could have rambled on forever about the puppet parades, and how the people dress up like puppets and reenact battles, and how some puppets take to adventuring, or how men are often jealous of juju because he can get away with things that they get slapped or scolded for.
I like this submission, I can see the progression of the puppets, from the hastily assembled to those that were prepared with care and time. Kudos for taking a good submission and drawing something great from it. Go to Comment
"After the famine hit the land, the priest Galen began religious wanderings, drawing his congregation to follow him. Those who took up with him, began to walk, a great outpouring of energy to this religious pilgrimage, coming from an impoverished nation with no true direction other than to find relief. Galen professed to his followers that they would find great resources set by his God down on Earth for them, enough to nourish and slate their thirst. Those that fell as he took them across the barren plains of the western reaches, rose again to join the lines. When finally all had died, Galen led them further, praising Nuh-Erell for that first city they came upon and a feast of flesh that lay in wait"