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Avian Crossbow
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Strolen's comment on 2012-09-10 01:57 PM
Release it to the Citadel!! Go to Comment
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Strolen's comment on 2012-09-26 12:55 PM
I do love this idea. Great set of arrows to start and somebody who uses this idea in a game, the options are just endless. Go to Comment
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Scrasamax's comment on 2010-06-26 07:21 AM
I would like this item better if it were a regular blow, and not a crossbow. The arrows are interesting, though a few leave me cold. I dont care very much for the owl arrows or the hummingbird arrows. Still, all in all, a good submission. As for helping you with a bird religion, you might want to put that in the Sagely Advice area of the forum Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2012-03-13 12:50 PM


Magpie feathers



Someone hit by a magpie feather arrow will, if they survive, be plagued by thieves for days or until all their stuff is stolen,whichever comes first.


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Cheka Man's comment on 2012-09-12 11:41 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2012-09-15 11:49 AM
What Forganthus said. The arrows are a lot of fun. Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2010-06-29 01:30 PM
I agree with Scras on this one - the mechanical complexity associated with the crossbow does not jive with the Animus nature of the item.

That and the real item here are the arrows.

I would drop the entire Bow/Crossbow and focus on the arrows. Let the archer figure out what to shoot them with. For that matter, feathered darts would work too.

This also lets you avoid cumbersome discussions on the crossbows powers and other questions, such as
"If it fires with force, why does it need a bow portion? Nicer to say then arrow launcher?"

I do like the idea of the avian themed arrows. Go to Comment
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Ted's comment on 2012-03-13 09:40 AM


Pidgeon Feathers: Someone struck with arrows fletched with Pidgeon Feathers are suddenly swarmed by a flock of urbanized Pidgeons who are not afraid of people and extremely proficient at stealing food and other objects from the victim. The victim is harassed by Pidgeons for at least three days, sometimes up to a week.


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Ted's comment on 2012-06-10 01:51 AM
Parrot Feathers: Victim's voice is repeated verbatim to the person who shot the arrow.
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Ted's comment on 2012-09-12 01:35 PM
I am glad to see this finally released. Go to Comment
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Redgre's comment on 2010-06-29 08:50 PM
First and foremost, thanks for the feedback both of you. You've both given me something to consider in the development of this idea. Second, I would appreciate taking just a moment to explain my thoughts which apparently didn't make it into the submission. I chose a crossbow over bow because to me it is more civilized or advanced than a bow. Rocks, spears, and perhaps the blowgun are the only missile weapons to be more primitive than the bow. It's totally a flavor thing... if you can imagine a crossbow built to look avian, I think it could fit nicely. Also I wanted the power to be in the launcher not in the missiles. Magic arrows always seem to have issues in my campaigns... less useful than a potion or a scroll or on par at best. One of my big concerns though would be mini quests over finding a certain bird for it's feathers... Time wasting and adding little value to the story line but does add limitations to the ability. Anyway, thanks again... more thoughts good or bad would be appreciated. Go to Comment
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Redgre's comment on 2012-07-29 06:32 PM
Thanks for your feedback, caesar193. As for your first comment about the reading, I was going to clean it up at finishing, but seeing as it may yet be awhile, I'll bold up each feather title. As to your second comment, I'm not sure how to reply except to say that I've never heard of a bird that needs a string to fly. As to your third comment, I like it and I'd like to hear more. My concern with this concept is that at first glance, it appears to make the crossbow less versatile. I'll think on it. Thanks yet again for your comments, I appreciate it. Go to Comment
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Redgre's comment on 2012-07-29 06:35 PM
Update: Feather titles bolded as requested. Go to Comment
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Forganthus's comment on 2012-09-14 07:42 AM
By far the best part of this are the feathers. The bow is just a footnote, detailing how the feathers are unleashed. This could be a way to engage players into noticing different birds, trying out all the different feathers, and giving an archer a whole lot of utility that they didn't have before. Heck, this would be a sweet weapon for a villain to have (until you get it).

Some feathers aren't awesome, but enough of them are for me to give this a 5/5. Go to Comment
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Forganthus's comment on 2012-09-14 07:44 AM
And I like the idea of a bird-killing rampage.

"Don't you guys want to go back to the dungeon? Maybe explore the bottom of the muttering hole in the ground?"

"Nah, we're gonna go bird hunting and then shoot each other until we figure out what the heck vulture feathers do." Go to Comment
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Dossta's comment on 2010-11-23 01:14 PM


Alright, I'm just going to throw all of my ideas out at once, so sorry if my mind dump ends up rambling.



First off, I also like the crossbow concept because I believe that the magic should be in the weapon, not in the missiles.  This can lead to some interesting effects when a party first uses the weapon with normal bolts, with no consideration for the type of feathers (or mixture of feathers) used in their creation.  I can picture the crossbow as having one or two birds wrought in metal with overlapping wings and tail feathers, providing a sort of wrist guard.  Perhaps the appearance of the birds could shift slightly, depending on the type of feathered bolts used to load the bow.



Religion based on bird worship -- could work, but can be taken in very different directions.  On one hand, you may have a church that will use only images & carvings of birds, and would consider using their body parts blasphemous.  Might burn them ceremoniously (including arrows with bird feathers).  Most crossbow bolts from areas like this will be plain wooden ones, with possibly some stiff brissles to aid with their flight.  A different approach, of course, is the church that will ritualistically sacrifice birds to the gods, adorn their priests with elaborate feathered head-dresses, and consume chicken every week on their holy day.  Your choice, really. 



The only thing I see in common between the two approaches is that the bird imagery will be strong in all priestly vestments.  A bird priest would probably look quite garish, compared to those of other faiths, with his many-colored robes and jewelry designed to imitate feathers.  Or then again, priests may dress as different birds, depending on church hierarchy.  I can imagine that the head priest may want to closely resemble an owl, perhaps with large ornate spectacles or some sort.



Moving on: falcon feathers could be used to fashion a bolt that always flies true, or is faster than normal bolts and so harder to dodge.  Kookaburra feathered bolts might cause an uncontrollable fit of laughter, to the point of incapacitation.



One final note.  Perhaps you should give some thought to how the crossbow will react to feathers that have been taken from the bird by force, rather than given willingly.  Being created by a bird-worshipping religion, there may be some serious consequences for using bolts with feathers from murdered fowl, to the order of a light curse.  This will also keep the PCs a bit better in check, as they won't automatically go killing every winged beastie in sight in order to try their feathers in the crossbow.



OK one more -- love the ostrich feather arrows, but bolts made from them would have to be quite large (seeing as how the feathers themselves are).  I'm betting that this crossbow would end up being considered a heavy crossbow, with most of the significance/penalties inherent to your gaming system.  Alright, I'm done now.


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gulkien's comment on 2011-04-16 06:06 AM


lighting bird feathers 



releases a blast of thunder and lightning so powerful all target will die and persons close to  him will lose most of there health


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caesar193's comment on 2012-07-29 05:02 PM
Could you possibly separate all your arrows? Its kind of hard to read. Other than that, I like the idea. But i have one question- why not use a string for your crossbow? Using magic to fire it seems wasteful. The magic in the crossbow thats used to fire the arrows would probably have a limited amount of uses, or would wear off after a while. Whereas a crossbow with a string would keep firing for far longer, if good care was taken of it.

Another idea: instead of using the feathers in the arrows, why not have a slot or something to attach the feather to the crossbow itself? And then use regular old quarrels. That way, the PCs wouldn't have any motivation for a bird-killing rampage, since all they needed was a single feather. And you could have the magic in each feather wear out after a month, with each use taking a day off how long it can last, or something like that. And with putting the feather on the crossbow instead of the bolt, you could add an increased range of affects, such as increased accuracy, binocular-like vision, etc, while still being able to keep all the affects you have all ready come up with. Go to Comment
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caesar193's comment on 2012-07-29 07:06 PM
Well, for the second thing, i didn't fully understand that the feathered bolt flew on its own. I thought some magic in the crossbow itself sent it at the foe. My mistake.

For the next thing, the versatility of the crossbow wouldn't be effected much. You'd simply stick the feather in a slot or something, and then the bolt would get that ability. I'd imagine that you might have to forgo a chance to shoot the bow during the first round of combat, but could do so later on. Or get a shot if you didn't have a feather in, and were simply sticking it in then firing.

As for the overall idea. The crossbow itself would work much like a regular crossbow, except for a magical power that the user got to chose, through sticking a feather into a slot, that power. This would get rid of the price of having to get custom made quarrels- no fletcher would pass up the opportunity for extra money from having the use this feather.

An errant thought: it could be possible on the rare crossbow to have multiple slots for feathers, so that the bolt got to make you fall in love (Lovebird) and make you confused (Cuckoo), so that maybe you fall in love with your nonpreffered gender, or even species... Go to Comment
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Scrasamax's comment on 2011-11-07 11:35 PM


i cannot explain it, but i cannot help but see Bruce Campbell running around with this weapon, argueing with it because the insert random chick he wants to nail is number one on Biter's list of tasty meats. Having the soul of a ogre chief in it, would this weapon provide any additional bonuses in the hands of a blooded ogre or half ogre?


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