Dwarves that are not dwarves! I like that they have forsaken their beard-growing, goblin-bashing, ale-swilling ways; it's good to see some diversity in the dwarven race, as it should be.
Due to the Rokomakha's similarities to human living, a myth may even come up that humans were once dwarves who forsook their ways, came to live on the surface and over generations grew taller and taller!
I'm sure that eventually the mountain dwarves will refuse to admit their connection with these blasphemous dwarves, saying they are a different race altogether! Go to Comment
Are they stereotypical dwarves, not at all. But I am exploring a different take on the dwarves, and there is more to being a dwarf than alcoholism, facial hair, and basically being short squat vikings without ships. Go to Comment
These feel like a sort of Amish Dwarf - with some things reversed, like the beards of course.
They add needed diversity to the culture of the dwarves, who being a smart and adaptive race like others really should not be tied to specific geographies. I'd like to see a fantasy world where the borders are more in line with those in our world. I.e. generally where they are easiest to defend. Dwarves,Elves, orcs would have realms that potentially include hills,mountains, plains - whatever their numbers and power allow them to hold. Go to Comment
A truly creative alternative take on Dwarves that rings true for me. If I ever run a traditional fantasy game I will most surely use this settlement. It would make the players second guess everything they think they know about the race and make it easier for me to surprise them.
In addition to being creative, the tale and setup of the Wolverine Clan is nicely internally consistent. It is obvious that a fair amount of thought went into this. Kudos for that.
Truly, this takes the typical answer to the question "What is a Dwarf"" and turns it squarely on its head. I have long lost my interest in fantasy races portrayed as a single stereotype repeated ad nauseam.
There's also so much potential for conflict here. Aside from the looming religious war there is the smaller struggle for identity in a culture that has only recently made such a change. How do the young feel when they become old enough to learn what their fathers left behind? Do they rebel and threaten to go back to the worship of Allfather and the mountains? Do they willingly take up the plow? Maybe they wonder what else lies out there and make their way into the wider world.
I can even see the residents of the Kjarja valley receiving derision from other races. It is common for many people to become uncomfortable and strike out (verbally or physically) when someone or something does not fit their previous experience or preconceived notions. Go to Comment
These don't seem dwarven at all to me. This is your second submission regarding dwarfs who are not dwarven, the other one being the sappers, if I'm not mistaken. All personal taste aside, lots of content and very comprehensive. Go to Comment
Some excellent questions to Gong Han, and I will level with you it was a quick idea I just went with.
Possible answer: intimidation. If you are sentenced to Gong Han you are going away for a long time so family and friends will be aged or dead. Plus there is the ritualistic killing of the prisoner that while reversible isn't 100% foolproof. Then I would toss rumors of frozen inmates beibg discarded like garbage or being shipped to the brutal iron mines on Mercury or to the mythical frozen gulags in space Go to Comment
5/5, but I am slightly curious about the frozen prison. Barring the mortality rate, it will be as if they never went to prison. The prisoners would not be able to tell the difference between 5 minutes and 500 years, and in fact may prefer to be frozen as long as possible to see better technology.
A possibility is that there is a traditional prison, and when they fill up they create a "queue" of frozen inmates waiting for an opening, so they still have to serve there 20 years and may also have to have 100 years pass before they do it. Go to Comment
"There are few things considered more authentic Texican cuisine than veggie sticks with hot sauce and cheeze." It is a bleak future you paint...
Gong Han stood out to me; On the one hand, if you freeze down a murderer, he's gonna unthaw the same way, so what would be the point?
On the other hand, no expenses for food or other commodities, and their sentences could be so long that the families of their victims would be long dead. And maybe they would be better people in a different era. Plus, it really makes a lasting comment about how meaningless it is to simply incarcerate people without re-educating them.
Obviously these are all serious and gritty prisons, but I had been hoping for some more different takes on imprisonment, like maybe dress everyone up in pink bunny suits and cutsey, pastel colored, fluffy enviroments, to make the prisoners lose all cred of going to prison. Still, this is well enough unique material and well written enough to deserve a full score from me. Go to Comment
Quite a mixed bag of characters here. Some are rather dull, but they generally improved as their numbers moved up. They felt kind of safe, without a lot of the truly dark edges that the Cosmic Era. That said, there are some that certainly could be the keystone for an adventure, or a significant element.