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Selvaks
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Moonlake's comment on 2013-06-02 08:06 PM
I like these creatures in a way but I also see the issues Val raised. In particular, when you mentioned that these Selvaks fall into a deep slumber after a meal, the first thing that pops into mind is that this is the perfect time for humans to go around and exterminate them. These creatures might have a chance to work, though, in a very out-of-the-way place where human inhabitants are somehow spaced a fair bit apart so that one or two missing persons might not be easily noticed by everyone.
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Petra
NPCs  (Minor)   (Travelers)
Barbarian Horde's comment on 2005-01-17 08:16 AM
Wonderful

On the face of it just another walking statue, but the back story elevates this well above the mundane - this is no simple monster, but a complex character with strong reason for existence and a believable goal in life.

From a personal viewpoint I prefer the idea that it is solely Eliam’s love that has brought her to life, in a world with a high ambient magical field (or whatever) this is logical and works well - it is also more aesthetically pleasing.

On a more general note, this hints at a world where magic is more complex than a simple (and very boring) weapon system for blowing up dragons, ice demons, and other improbable beasties.

As for use, I wouldn’t allow her as the basis for a PC (being made of stone makes her virtually invulnerable and therefore way too powerful) but she works well as an interesting NPC - there are probable an almost unlimited number of ways she could (probably inadvertently) cause problems for anybody she happens to meet.

Here’s an idea - what if Eliam is long dead (possible since we don’t, and indeed can’t, know how she took to awaken) but somebody now living (perhaps one of the PCs) just happens to look a lot him - let the fun commence Go to Comment
Petra
NPCs  (Minor)   (Travelers)
manfred's comment on 2005-01-17 08:10 AM
*sigh* Ah, the women... don't move a finger for you, and once you give up, they would chase you through the whole world. ;)


Very nice. Another way of creation may be that a spirit of Stone (or a part of it) resided in the marble piece, and with Eliam's careful work was given another shape, fit for our world. But love and devotion is a great enough reason. ("Latent magics" are the same thing.)


Note:
- does she sleep at all? There seems to be no need; maybe she just spends the night dreaming with eyes open...
- a very neat "disadvantage" of weight. While practically immune to many weapons, she may have problems climbing upstairs, not breaking floors she treads, or getting on ships (but at least, no need to breath).


Final note:
- to add a little to the romance: maybe she is immortal(unaging) until she finds him, or finds out he is dead. Then she would start to age as mortals do. Perhaps even turn to flesh, become a truly living being.

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Petra
NPCs  (Minor)   (Travelers)
PenDragon's comment on 2005-01-25 11:07 AM
this all sounds good but what if she fell in love with the king(his soul or whatever) and he hired th characters to "dispose" of her Go to Comment
Petra
NPCs  (Minor)   (Travelers)
EchoMirage's comment on 2005-01-14 01:53 PM
'Tis a very pleasant and touching story, a classic - Pygmalion and Galateia, ancient Greece ... does spark a memory indeed.

While enjoyable, I find your english most difficult to read, with incomplete and suddenly interrupted sentences, it can get confusing...

I'd prefer the sole power of love bringing the stone to life... Go to Comment
Petra
NPCs  (Minor)   (Travelers)
EchoMirage's comment on 2005-01-17 01:03 PM
Now, imagine the soul in this reincarnation was a magic-hater, and Petra would try to convince him of her love, and the error of his ways as well... Go to Comment
Petra
NPCs  (Minor)   (Travelers)
EchoMirage's comment on 2005-01-17 03:03 PM
A woman being courted by a stone statue of a beautiful girl would be as interesting, but less epic...
There are lots of potential in sentient golems, and lots of possible plots. Go to Comment
Petra
NPCs  (Minor)   (Travelers)
Cheka Man's comment on 2005-01-14 02:42 PM
Very good. I really like this carecter. 5/5 Go to Comment
Petra
NPCs  (Minor)   (Travelers)
ScorpionJinx's comment on 2005-01-14 11:06 AM
There is no telling how long Eliam has been gone. It could be months..it could be years. Depending on the stoyline/game that Petra is put in.

Eliam could be living next door, he maybe be in another village or a far away land. Then again Eliam might be dead. Again, this is up to the person who choses Petra. Petra does not know where Eliam is, or how long he has been gone. Up until her awakening there is lack of understanding the passing of time.

Petra could have been brought to life by the sheer strength of Eliam love and devotion to his creation. After all he spents many months...possible a year, constantly near the marble block and Petra herself as he sculpted her.

Being the gift of a goddess is another idea. Or it was latent magics at work. Go to Comment
Petra
NPCs  (Minor)   (Travelers)
ScorpionJinx's comment on 2005-01-14 02:34 PM
I do apologize for my grammar. I may speak english. But when it comes to getting my ideas out, I have some difficulties. It is something I need to work on. :) Go to Comment
Petra
NPCs  (Minor)   (Travelers)
Mourngrymn's comment on 2005-01-14 10:36 AM
I like it.

How long has Eliam been gone? Long enough for his workshop to get dusty, but how long was he gone? Where did he go?

How did she come to life? Was it a gift from a remorseful Goddess of Lost Love? Go to Comment
Petra
NPCs  (Minor)   (Travelers)
Mourngrymn's comment on 2005-01-17 10:50 AM
You could also use the rebirth theory in that Eliam has long since died of old age, natural causes, whatever you choose yet his spirit/ soul was given to another.

Since she has this unyielding desire and need to find him, the person that she finds to hold that love may not be Eliam but his loving soul.

That could cause problems if the person who she is claiming to be Eliam or his soul is in fact a PC who is a woman/ married/ or otherwise disinclined to have a stone statue craving for his affections. Go to Comment
Petra
NPCs  (Minor)   (Travelers)
Mourngrymn's comment on 2005-01-17 01:30 PM
That sounds completely better, I like that. Go to Comment
Petra
NPCs  (Minor)   (Travelers)
Phaidros's comment on 2011-11-13 04:28 AM
Is it not the original backstory of Wonder Woman that she is a statue animated to become a defender of the Amazon Island? Maybe if Eliam and his loving neighbour were killed by an invading army, Petra would become an avenging warrior. For a twist, if you want her to be an opponent, it is Eliam's nation that is invading and the sculptor was conscripted, and killed by the PCs as defenders of their land. Time to move to the marshes... Go to Comment
Petra
NPCs  (Minor)   (Travelers)
Princess Mwero's comment on 2005-06-23 03:00 PM
Correct me if I am wrong but have you been reading Greek Myths lately Go to Comment
Petra
NPCs  (Minor)   (Travelers)
Dozus's comment on 2013-01-02 01:13 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
Petra
NPCs  (Minor)   (Travelers)
Drackler's comment on 2006-04-04 04:35 PM
I really like it! Go to Comment
Petra
NPCs  (Minor)   (Travelers)
axlerowes's comment on 2013-01-02 03:12 PM
Nice, what DD said. Go to Comment
Petra
NPCs  (Minor)   (Travelers)
valadaar's comment on 2013-07-09 11:18 AM
Yes, this has strong ties to Pygmalion, but the seeking out of her creator and his absence file off enough of the serial numbers for me. This is a great sub and she could be used a lot of ways.

I really like it!
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Petra
NPCs  (Minor)   (Travelers)
valadaar's comment on 2013-07-09 11:18 AM
Only voted Go to Comment
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