"No, no no,. You've got that first part all wrong. You are completely false with your so-called three main blood types. I present to you, an alternative thought."
A Different Take on the Three Main Types of Blood
Blood Given Freely -
The willing sacrifice of the blood of a sentient being, from the sentient being, is a very powerful act. It is wholly and infallibly of benefit to anyone's spellcasting.and should be done much more often.
The only possible downside I could see would be that the Personality of the Blood (more on that later). is more likely to be seen. I often ask my student for a drop of blood to demonstrate casting a spell upon them, and I have never failed to cast a spell upon one of my students. No, no, nothing harmful of course. I'm just saying, simple, removable hexes perform better when you have a willfully given piece of the person. Freely given Blood aids both the caster and the received by making the Magic more personal and likely to "latch onto" or synthesize with the recipient.
Blood Taken by Force -
When you take the Blood of a sentient being BY FORCE, this is evil. Through and through evil. The Blood will fight against you and the spells you cast, it will make it very difficult to target the unwilling donor with a direct spell. Though, I suppose in indirect blast of fire may be empowered, that is not the point. It is EVIL.
Blood of the Deceased -
To take the Blood of a dead man is trivial, he does not need it, and neither do you. I say willing Blood or no Blood is the way to go. The Blood of a dead man will only get you a minor benefit with a grieving loved one you wish to charm. Which is little benefit at all, I think.
Personalities of Blood - A so-far untouched subject
Arrogant Blood - Making use of the Blood of an Arrogant donor will make your spells more persistent and ferocious, they claw and claw at their victims until they are let in. Arrogant Blood has a much higher success rate with harmful or invasive spells.
Deceptive Blood - Do not be fooled. Deceptive Blood comes in many forms and you may never know you used it. It is a traitor, only given to you by an enemy. It will alert the donor that you are casting a spell upon them, and they may even be able to figure out what one! Use severe caution around the Blood of a Deceptive person.
Friendly Blood - Ah, yes. The Blood of everyone's friend. Easily adaptable to many people. Very good Blood to have, though a true friend is hard to find.
Cowardly Blood - The Blood of a yellow-belly. It will skirt away from people, making it absolutely useless in mental assaults and even minimally effective in areas of energy. However, if you need tyo get far away from someone, you will want to use a drop of a coward's Blood.
From Reddekar Ghullell- Elder Hemothurgist, commenting on my self-proclaimed incomplete notes, with his own narrow minded opinions.
I love the scholarly set-up on this one, reminds me of some of the older forum pieces that were later transferred to the citadel. There is not much to say on this one however, except that it is very easy to use in any setting with minimal tweaking and it is well written. Very usable!
I am a big fan of Blood in my Fantasy.
Let me explain that. I don't mean crimson bursts of gore mid-battle (though those are fun too). I mean more from an alchemical/magical stand-point. In worlds where monsters, gods, and demons roam, where wizards cast magic wondrous and fowl, the actual substance (Blood) has always fascinated me.
Love this expose. Blood and its mysteries and its many uses!!! As Pieh said, there is a ton more to say on the topic. I will try to add some ideas.
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Good tone, good pacing, and evocative stuff. This one sparks my imagination! And consider some of these ideas already stolen for my upcoming (May) gaming session.
I love the concept and there are some very interesting ideas (such as a family member's blood being a good substitute for the target's, the danger of an enhanced spell coming back on the sender, and the effects of the different races.)
I also like the scholarly tone it was written in.
It seems like there could be more to this, whether it gets expanded on here or inspires more subs.
The Spirit and Blood
Blood and spirit are one and the same. To weaken the spirit is to weaken the blood. The strength of the blood is in direct correlation to the strength of the spirit. A timid or weak subject will supply weak blood. A starved subject will likewise supply weak blood. Some dark wizards have been known to rely on torture, as this paradoxically concentrates power in the blood, although the effect on spells can be quite unpredictable.
A blood pendant is an object filled with the blood of a poor soul whose mind has been wiped. With no soul, the blood becomes empty, and a great vessel for storing the wizard’s own power. It can be recharged at most 3-4 times before it disintegrates into a useless fluid and must be replenished. An average human can supply enough blood for 4-6 such pendants. The process which extracts such blood requires time. Time to break the subject’s spirit, time to blast the subject’s mind clean, time to extract and distill the blood into a usable form, and time to charge it. Only a truly despicable fiend would perform such magics and any found wearing one would be subject to execution.
Written by Theolannis, from the order of the Mystic Moon.
Your description led me to the truth of Nortelbean swiftly and without force, even before you stated the truth. .
The sub leaves me hungry for more, though - after the aperitif, a chunk of meat should come.
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Please do ;)
Very unique, and intriguing although it does leave me with a few small questions.
Are these creatures able to reproduce like normal? (Similar to mermaids and naga) Or are they essentially asexual in nature?
From what's been observed of these creatures is their life span significantly longer or shorter then the human norm?
Is the upper torso always of human appearance or have Elven, Dwarven etc.. features been seen? (Assuming such creatures exist in the world)
These questions aside it's an interesting piece, I look forward to seeing more of the setting.