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Wyvernsbane Bog
Plots  (Mystical)   (Side-Quest)
Pariah's comment on 2007-02-04 10:32 PM
major players
BBG
BBG's Henchmen Go to Comment
Wyvernsbane Bog
Plots  (Mystical)   (Side-Quest)
Pariah's comment on 2007-02-04 10:33 PM
Various areas of note Go to Comment
Wyvernsbane Bog
Plots  (Mystical)   (Side-Quest)
Pariah's comment on 2007-02-04 10:35 PM
Various Critters and Encounters

Skuz

A vaguely humanoid shape of moxious green rises up from the water before you, seeming to pull the algae and slime from the surface to sonstitue its form. As the head forms, it turns toward you, the jellified jaws opning to spill forth a false tounge of ooze and putrid flesh.

Formed from bodies left to putrefy within muddy graves and stagant waters, skuz number among the most disgusting of all undead. Consisting of equal parts stagnant water, rotting vegetation, and liquefied corpse, skuz are consumed by a blind need for vengeance, seekin to inflict their horrible demise upon all living creatures. Making their home amid swamps, sewers, and stagnant areas of ronds and rivers, they awair live prey to drag into their revolting pools. Preferring solitary existences, multiple skuz rarely linger together, with newly created spawn oozing away to pollute their own territories.

In the Forgotten Realms, skuz are most common in the Swamp of Akhlaur, the Wast Swamp, the Farsea Marshes, the River Umber, and a few locations along the coast of the Easting Reach. Rumor has it that, several times a year, the remains of the dead god Moandr exudes one or more powerful skuz, pssibly the forms of long-dead victims slowly excreted by the profane corpse's decay.

Crocs on mainstreet

Or any other large semi-aquatic animal swimming in the flooded roads.

Gravediggers

Dozus 11:07 pm: Here's a subplot: the expansion of the bog is invading the local temple's cemetary. The priests ask you to move the remains to a safer location, wherein they uncover...

Fungus

A local fungus explodes if hit or fallen upon. If any conflict takes place between intelligent foes, both sides will use it to their advantage.

Talking bamboo

"Quite near there happened to be a mound of earth, at the highest part of which were gowing thickets of cornel and a dense cluster of spiky myrtle-stems. I went up there and tried to wrench the green growth from the ground to provide a leafy covering for our altar. There I was confronted by a horrible and astonishing miracle. For, from the first bush which I tried to break off... blood oozed in dark drops, fouling the earth with its spots... A piteous moan came from the base of the mound and I heard a human voice answering me: 'Why, Aeneas, must you rend a poor sufferer? I am buried here... for I am Polydorus. Here death overpowered me in a crop of piercing iron pointed spears. And so a crop of resembling javelins has grown over me..." Go to Comment
Surujin
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Non-Magical)
CaptainPenguin's comment on 2007-01-09 11:17 PM
I love it!
Strange weapons rule Go to Comment
Surujin
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Non-Magical)
MoonHunter's comment on 2007-01-10 01:23 AM
Nice addition to the codice. It is this variation of a peasants weapon that will come up in many games. Go to Comment
Surujin
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Non-Magical)
MoonHunter's comment on 2007-01-11 02:34 PM
Oh yah. 103 uses Go to Comment
Surujin
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Non-Magical)
Siren no Orakio's comment on 2007-01-09 11:29 PM
This is known in kobudo arts as 'Manriki', with the 'manriki gusari' being the double-weighted version.

http://www.bushipower.com/page/BS/PROD/AX/MT680 is the second. Go to Comment
Surujin
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Non-Magical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2007-01-10 02:29 AM
I like the fact that it came from the fisherman rather than from farmers, which tend to be the more traditional source for peasant weaponry. Go to Comment
Surujin
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Non-Magical)
Cheka Man's comment on 2007-01-09 04:57 PM
A very useful item. Go to Comment
Surujin
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Non-Magical)
Murometz's comment on 2007-01-09 08:03 PM
not bad. I'm actually a fan of peasant weapons. Nifty, but a bit sparse in "feel". Go to Comment
Surujin
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Non-Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2013-04-01 06:49 PM
If you are going to discuss real world facts, toss in some references. Go to Comment
Surujin
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Non-Magical)
valadaar's comment on 2007-01-10 09:26 AM
Useful and simple weapon.

Another use for Iron Spikes... :) Go to Comment
Surujin
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Non-Magical)
Kuseru Satsujin's comment on 2008-06-01 08:00 AM
Where to begin? Let's start with the whole 'peasant weapon' thing. After years of research into Japanese and Okinawan weapons, I've learned to take any claims of "peasant" origin with a LARGE grain of salt, especially where Okinawan weapons are concerned. Like the ninja, there are a great number of myths associated with kobudo weaponry. The first being that peasants were improvising weapons from common tools because they couldn't carry weapons (a myth also appearing in Japan). It was the warrior caste (Pechin) of Okinawa who improvised tools for use as weapons (primarily due to the restrictions placed on them by the Satsuma after the 1609 invasion).
Don't get me wrong, there are weapons derived from "peasant" tools. However, research shows that these generally derive from the same sort of tools you'd find turned into weapons in Europe; flails, axes, hatchets, scythes, and the like. The tonfa is pretty much the only Okinawan weapon, derived from a tool, which doesn't exactly have a classical European counterpart (excepting the use of improvised objects as weaponry). So when you come across claims of a weapon being derived from "peasant tools" be sure to triple check the sources on it. (As a side note, for the suruchin alone, I've seen three different "origin" stories; the fishermen one, one where they're derived from tools used to hold together bits of roofing, and another that states they were used as far back as the Stone Age to fight off wild beasts. Given the simplicity in design of the weapon, any or none of those could be valid.)

Next we come to the chain/rope issue. The suruchin is a rope weapon. Later exposure to Japanese weaponry introduced chain weaponry to Okinawa where local practitioners of kobudo adopted the weaponry and dubbed them "suruchin", but they're still really not the same weapon. The two types of chain suruchin, cho suruchin and naga suruchin, are actually a tamagusari and manriki-gusari. Judging by the wording used in the description posted, the chain entry was pulled from Wikipedia. Don't get me wrong, Wiki can be a wonderful source of information, but only if used as a starting place in your research.

Technical stuff. The actual lengths given for the suruchin are 3, 5, 6, and 7 shaku (11.930542 inches, usually people just convert to one foot for ease of reference). For the metric folks, these lengths are 90 cm, 150cm, 180cm, and 240cm.

Note: Yes, I use the 'suruchin' spelling rather than 'surujin,' lots of research shows that most Japanese and Okinawan weapons have generally at least half a dozen alternate spelling/names for the same weapon. The "suru" part of the name is derived from the plant fiber, surukaa, from which the rope was originally made. Chin/jin is supposedly derived from the term for the paperweight used to hold down rice paper (according to Wiki at least, if it's true, it would derive from the character (not sure if that will show well here) 'chin'; 'shizu' (in okinawan), an archaic Buddhist term for a weight).


So, overall, my main suggestion is simply to make sure you research multiple sources on stuff like this. Other than that issue (which happens to everyone, even me), it was a good submission. Go to Comment
Surujin
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Non-Magical)
Kassy's comment on 2012-07-04 07:34 AM
I agree with Muro.

While the idea is a neat one, I feel that more could be done to 'flesh' this out.

2.5/5 Go to Comment
Prayers of Our Faiths
Systems  (Divine/ Spirit)   (Historical)
Barbarian Horde's comment on 2007-09-28 06:23 PM
In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship evil's might,
Beware my power... Green Lantern's light! Go to Comment
Prayers of Our Faiths
Systems  (Divine/ Spirit)   (Historical)
manfred's comment on 2006-10-20 05:56 AM
Part of a rhyme/prayer, cited by a priest and a farmer while blessing grain with the Pildun Bowl: (many variations exist)

Through winter meek,
the spring you seek,
then sleep you bind,
till earth you find.

Start to grow,
as you greet the plow,
From our strain,
shall grow the grain.

From earthy bed,
will come the bread,
then we come near,
to the next year.
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Prayers of Our Faiths
Systems  (Divine/ Spirit)   (Historical)
manfred's comment on 2006-10-20 05:57 AM
What MoonHunter said... I do like this idea.

Also am amused by the Monty Python line. Nice reminder! :) Go to Comment
Prayers of Our Faiths
Systems  (Divine/ Spirit)   (Historical)
MoonHunter's comment on 2006-10-19 10:17 AM
From Arth

FirstLand
HHHHHHOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMMMMMM The chants continue for hours. They are not words, they are vibrations harmonic to the keys of the world. It is a magic thing.

In Antioch and most places in SecondLand
In front of a cretch (found in just about every building in Arth)

O' Master of X (insert element or archetype)
mumble, mumble, mumble.
Nobody except the deity is supposed to hear your prayer. This also covers the form over function of appearing pious.

In Amar everyday and other places on holy days:
Sung
O' Hear my song, your heart of spirit
Hear my song and be pleased
We lift up our voices to you
To the choir of all we join

O' Hear my song, heart of spirit
Join with us to the world
We lift up our voices to call you
To us and this world be joined.

Avon and a few places in SecondLand
From the Beginning
To the End
We walk with your guidence GE-EM
We follow your ways

MaskLand
Dannu Grant Me Vision and Wisdom

More comming. Go to Comment
Prayers of Our Faiths
Systems  (Divine/ Spirit)   (Historical)
MoonHunter's comment on 2006-10-19 10:19 AM
Voted not so much for what is here, but for what will be. Go to Comment
Prayers of Our Faiths
Systems  (Divine/ Spirit)   (Historical)
MoonHunter's comment on 2006-11-03 11:30 AM
(Wonderful Adaption of the Green Lantern Oath) Go to Comment
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