Nice way to make magic from the mundane. I had similar rituals amongst shady characters in an all thieves Greyhawk campaign I ran for two years. A shiv would be stuck in a corner beam or post of a building at given areas of the street to summon a conclave of thieves, among other signs and symbols mixed with thieves cant. The most highly regarded (though not necessarily the best quality) shivs were made from nails pulled from beams in the nearby hill fort prison - where the assassin's guild recruited from. It was a great game, man, lasted two years solid. One player told me my style reminded him of teh Fafhrd and Gray Mouser stories, which I had never read at that time. When I got around to those excellent tales, I saw my own campaign from a completely different perspective, really cool.
Anyway, nice little addition and a trip down memory lane. :) Go to Comment
Love it. Reminds me strongly of China Mieville, which is good in my book. "The Maul" is most definitely from Tower Of The Elephant by Robert Howard (it's the slum that Conan is in at the beginning of the story; I know my Conan!) Go to Comment