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.
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.
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.
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.