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My Notes on Blood as a Component of Magic
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Ted's comment on 2011-03-27 11:02 AM


No mention of sacrificing a small part of your own vitality to empower your spells?


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My Notes on Blood as a Component of Magic
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sverigesson's comment on 2011-03-26 06:32 PM
I like this. Being primarily interested in creating unique and interesting magic systems, subs like this just catch me. That it is written in the form of an academic lecture by a (seemingly) stuffy old mage is even better. Go to Comment
My Notes on Blood as a Component of Magic
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MysticMoon's comment on 2011-03-26 09:12 PM


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.


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My Notes on Blood as a Component of Magic
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MysticMoon's comment on 2011-03-27 03:48 PM


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.


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Tome of the Ancient Kingdom
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Pieh's comment on 2011-03-26 09:07 AM
I'm glad you like it. I wasn't sure how it would be received, since the ending what somewhat rushed (my muse seems to have taken a vacation).

I hope to add more eventually, as it is, I suppose, actually unfinished. However, I believe it is finished enough to be useful and inspirational, just not quite plug and play.

I will come back to this, but maybe not before the quest is over. So, please be patient. :) Go to Comment
Tome of the Ancient Kingdom
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EchoMirage's comment on 2011-03-26 08:42 AM


Echo likes.



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.



Care to add?



Please do ;)


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Tome of the Ancient Kingdom
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valadaar's comment on 2013-05-17 10:24 AM
This is a great start to something - perhaps the change was not irreversible. Go to Comment
Tome of the Ancient Kingdom
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Moonlake's comment on 2012-05-14 12:09 AM
An intriguing story. Go to Comment
The Fallen
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Strolen's comment on 2011-02-12 02:45 PM


So...like...if I painted eyes on my fingertip, it would look like that?



I like the idea of the fallen but it is a bit vague, but that might be the point. I think I am confused too. Not quite sure what to do with it although I am intrigued.


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The Fallen
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Pieh's comment on 2011-02-13 12:44 PM
You've got it backwards. It has no legs, instead there is a large finger-like tail-type thing, with knuckles forward, extending from the torso. Go to Comment
The Fallen
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Pieh's comment on 2011-02-13 12:48 PM
They do not reproduce. They are all born of The Fall, as it is known. Lifespan seems to be normal, permitting natural death. And I did not intend to include other fantasy races in the world, so they would all appear human (might change). Go to Comment
The Fallen
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EchoMirage's comment on 2011-02-08 06:50 AM


This gives a whole new meaning to "giving somebody the finger."



I am absolutely uncertain what to think of this :D



Must ponder.


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The Fallen
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valadaar's comment on 2014-01-15 11:04 AM
This one is very, very weird Pieh! Go to Comment
The Fallen
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Silveressa's comment on 2011-02-08 10:19 AM


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.


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The Fallen
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Ramhir's comment on 2011-02-09 09:22 AM


Like Echo said, I am not at all sure what to do with this. It is an interesting concept, but I don't think I'd like to play one. But it is unique.


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Ithyqonian Frost Giants
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Strolen's comment on 2010-12-23 01:28 PM


Tools out of bone and stone...giant bones? Bones of their ancestors? Their size makes me think they might use mammoth bones or other large creatures you mentioned but I wonder if using their own people's bones might make it more interesting. Could be an interesting concept for a creation of weapons too if they could get a hold of some bones.


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Ithyqonian Frost Giants
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Siren no Orakio's comment on 2010-12-21 11:05 AM


As it stands, its a good start, but a little more in the line of how they might be expected to behave when you interact with them would be good. What do they generally think of the little men? Will they strike you down for bearing a torch or having a campfire? Do they make merry at their camps when you encounter them, or are they a dour bunch? 



 



Also, to Muro's comment: We expect that a creature five times taller, five times thicker, and five times wider than a natural human should weigh not five times what a man does but 125 times his weight. At six foot, a human is 'supposed' to weigh about 165 pounds, so we expect a 30 foot giant to weigh about ten and a half tons.


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Ithyqonian Frost Giants
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EchoMirage's comment on 2010-12-22 04:43 AM


Rather than painting a picture, it throws up questions.



As for their dimensions, they'd have to be disproportionately thicker than a simply enlarged human, as strength of bone increases with its cross-sectional area, but the burden placed upon it with the volume of flesh. Hence, why elephants are so stocky.


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Ithyqonian Frost Giants
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Cheka Man's comment on 2010-12-22 08:19 PM
Ithyqonian Frost Giants
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Michael Jotne Slayer's comment on 2009-04-21 04:09 PM
Yup, this could turn out good. Go to Comment
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