I like this piece. Normally I despise story pieces as often the narratives get in the way of transmitting information about the character/ things. This was exceptionally done, so it mullifies my normal complaints about it (though it was a tough read). This has a number of great hooks and dramatic plotlines (historical or world current) which have an impact. The character is useful, and who knows maybe a PC might need to be the John Bloodycoat of his generation. Go to Comment
I agree with my peers here. While it was a good account of folklore, it was a pain to read. Not so that it was hard, as I could continue on without much pause in determining words, but reading text in such abundance in that manner is difficult on the eyes. Otherwise a great sub in my book. It rings of a political headless horseman. Go to Comment
Ah, the rogue philosopher is very close to my own doorstep :P
This is well written, and the decline of the Zhâo Wén Jûn in the prolog is quite poingant. While the idea of a elemental of culture is not new to me, this is without a doubt the best presentation of a intellectual/societal spirit that i have ever read. Go to Comment
Dustwood is technically not a wood from a specific tree. It is an created fuel for fires.
Starting with the sawdust from a sawmill, adding a mixture of wax or pitch, and a few other things, the mixture is pounded or pressed toghether tightly. It is normally smashed into a round container, so when it is slipped out, it looks like a small perfectly round "log". (actually a lathed log, but you get the idea). It can either be used as a log or slices of a log can be used for a fire.