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Ithyqonian Frost Giants
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Murometz's comment on 2009-01-06 03:47 PM
30 feet is a lotta giant, but 10 tons? danG! I have no issue with it, just wondering just how dense those frosty bones are I guess. I think I'll like this one. Go to Comment
Ithyqonian Frost Giants
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valadaar's comment on 2010-12-22 08:56 AM


A nice take on the frost Giant take.  As for dimensions, I don't worry about them for fantasy, because as soon as you do, Dragons, really Giant Bugs, etc, become impossible or twisted from our intent.



If more was added, I'd like more on their motivations and culture :)

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Ithyqonian Frost Giants
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Dossta's comment on 2010-12-22 02:39 PM


An interesting culture, though a bad one to spring on PCs who like wearing gaudily-colored adventuring outfits.  Perhaps a little bit of warning from the townfolk would be in order before the PCs set out into the wilderness.  Also, the rime-fire intrigues me.  Could some frost-giant blood be"harvested" and kept in a vial for later use?  Would be fun to use it as an impromptu grenade . . .


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Ithyqonian Frost Giants
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MysticMoon's comment on 2010-12-22 06:20 AM


I like it. The rime-fire is interesting, as is their mythology.



Like Siren, after reading the summary I was curious about how these giants react to men and their torches.


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Spear-Sucker
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Strolen's comment on 2012-09-23 02:52 AM
I would justify it that the Dwarven gods that grant such powers on a shield/weapon would see the spears as sacrilegious. A Dwarf using a spear? What is that. So the gods allowed the other army to create this shield that will turn the other Dwarves from their wayward path and back to true Dwarvish honor. Hammering and chopping.

I would spin it into a racial lesson learned the hard way. Honor your race and gods! Go to Comment
Spear-Sucker
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Pieh's comment on 2010-12-18 04:08 PM
I was imagining the Skkanden as having typical Dwarven features (the beards, the girth, the fondness of strong alcohol) but being a bit taller, with more upper body strength and less sturdy/stumpy legs and definitely more savage. They would focus on stonecraft over metalwork to an almost primitive extent.

I see these two clans as having very little metal in their mountains, yet fighting over a cache of various magical/god blessed stone materials. Or maybe they only have access to precious metals not suitable for war.

The Murdholm would use wooden spears and arrows, possibly with a type of well woven wooden basket-like shield.

This is as much as I have expanded the idea past the original submission. Go to Comment
Spear-Sucker
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Cheka Man's comment on 2010-12-07 06:30 PM


Not a sheild to mess with.


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Ouroboros's comment on 2010-12-07 02:36 PM


Ouch. Nasty :) I like it...


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Spear-Sucker
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Nafar's comment on 2010-12-13 12:37 PM


Even funner when storming castle walls in a hail of arrows....


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Dossta's comment on 2010-12-16 11:17 AM


I've been waiting awhile to comment on this one because I've been trying to let it grow on me.  The idea is interesting -- a bit munchkin-y, to be honest -- but I can see that it would work if you had good rules for blocking with shields in your game system. 



What puts me off is really its construction.  These are dwarves, right?  For a weapon-returning shield I would have expected a more . . . mechanical solution.  Maybe something that slingshots the missile around the dwarf and back at their foe.  Maybe something that uses magnetic forces.  The shamanistic rock substance didn't really do it for me.



Now, I can imagine a sort of "portable portal" variant of this that might make sense (though probably not for dwarves).  Instead of a rock that actually sucks the spear out of someone's hands, the shield could be a two-way portal that will simply reflect the attack back out.  The enemy would still be holding onto his end of the spear, but the pointy end would now be coming at his chest.  No sucking force at all, and no reason the weapon couldn't be half-out, half-in. 



Just my 2c.  Even if you didn't change the construction or effects of this shield in any way, it could still use some expansion.


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MysticMoon's comment on 2010-12-16 03:47 PM


The idea is interesting but I have trouble visualizing it. Dossta's idea of a "portable portal" is a nice twist and is easier for me to see. It is especially nasty, since all of the attacker's force is twisted back around.



This sub leaves me curious about the Skkanden. They seem more "savage" than the average Dwarf. Are they more focused on stonework than metalwork? Is their culture more tribal/animistic in nature?


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Spear-Sucker
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MysticMoon's comment on 2010-12-19 11:32 AM
Cool, thanks. I like the variation on the stock Dwarf archetype. Go to Comment
Horng Poh-Buh, The Bloodiest Cloth
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Pieh's comment on 2010-11-22 09:25 PM
Update: Inspired while looking at words in my English-to-Chinese dictionary. The names are romanized chinese: Red (Horng) Rag (Poh Buh) and Steel (Tou) Poison (Dwu). Enjoy! Go to Comment
Horng Poh-Buh, The Bloodiest Cloth
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Pieh's comment on 2010-11-23 07:52 AM
For a simple description: I imagine it as the black eye floating above a downward pointed, cruel looking, blade. Surrounded with shreds and lengths of different types of bloody, tattered clothing and bandages with the blade swinging like a pendulum as it moves. Hope that helps. Go to Comment
Horng Poh-Buh, The Bloodiest Cloth
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Pieh's comment on 2010-11-29 02:57 PM
Good one, Mourn. That is pretty much the image that was running through my mind as I wrote this. A swordsman left on the field of battle, holding innards in his hand, trying not to call out the name of Horng Poh-Buh that seems to come all too easily to his lips. Take some exp for that one. Go to Comment
Horng Poh-Buh, The Bloodiest Cloth
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Scrasamax's comment on 2010-12-18 09:29 AM


Only Voted


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Horng Poh-Buh, The Bloodiest Cloth
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EchoMirage's comment on 2010-11-25 01:50 AM


While it's nicely written, I think of it more as a piece of background color, an one-time purely descriptive encounter, not something one would build an adventure around.


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Horng Poh-Buh, The Bloodiest Cloth
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Cheka Man's comment on 2010-11-24 01:40 PM


Not a spirit to summon or mess with.


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Horng Poh-Buh, The Bloodiest Cloth
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2010-11-22 10:18 PM


Seeing where the birth of its name came from it does not surprise me to think of it as a Chinese spirit of death. A death-bringer, but not in an evil and malicious sort of way. It is cold and callous for sure but not evil or nocuous. Wicked perhaps but it just doesn't seem like Horng Poh-Buh would strive to maliciously cause injury or pain. he is a bringer of death and death isn't pretty but he does say that no one shall take their own life as long as I am around. Kind of a Dr. Kevorkian with actual intent. I like it.



Although I'm finding it difficult to imagine exactly what it looks like. Perhaps that is also its intent. Like he is so horrible the minds eye won't allow you to actually look directly at him.


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Horng Poh-Buh, The Bloodiest Cloth
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2010-11-26 10:56 PM
I can see that. I can also see certain war campaigns running into this creepy bugger often and him asking the players, "Who is going to see me next I wonder? I am only a cry for help away!" Go to Comment
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