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The Sidereal Calendar
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2006-08-23 02:51 PM
Not to divert the subject matter any but yes I agree about calendars are boring to do. I found an online program that does it for you. You tell it how many days in the year, how many days in the week and how many months and it populates everything. It will even do moon cycles as wel las add celestial events such as comets and falling stars. Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2006-08-23 01:48 PM
I was going to read this tonight, in the comforts of home, so I could concentrate on the piece...but alas..I was drawn to it now.

This is brilliant Scras! I tried to pick a fave like SE, but I cant. I just love the overall detail and the work you put in. This is somehow both esoteric and vague, while at the same time pragmatic and infinitely useful for any campaign world. I often speak in superlatives, but rarely announce that I am inspired to use the idea in game-play. Well, Consider this STOLEN!!

Great Work! I have been looking forward to this ever since you starting dropping hints on it, and I am not dissapointed in the least! Fantastic!

If thats not enough...then what SE and Moon said too! :D Go to Comment
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B9anders's comment on 2006-08-23 04:10 PM
this is a brilliant piece of work. Makes me want to re-visit my own piece and add more depth to it.

Five talons up! Go to Comment
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axlerowes's comment on 2015-01-11 04:45 PM


The mark of a truly great craftsmen is that they take something simple and mundane and make it look like a master piece. You are a truly great craftsman of the citadel post.



The idea that certain months or celestial alignments are superior for certain types of spells is as old as spell casting itself. The age of Aquarius versus the age of Ares has also been ascribed to explain certain global trends (at least as far my astrology minded former roommate claim). I am going to bet this idea came to in you a flash and was scribbled quickly into a note and then the formatting of this piece too longer than formation of the idea itself. Yet this is complete and well formatted piece. A nice bit of world building,



though the rarely is the pacing of a story or a campaign such that 22.5 years can be passed and then the relative bonuses or weakness of that period be appreciated.

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The Sidereal Calendar
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valadaar's comment on 2006-08-23 07:33 PM
Love the idea that Astrology will affect spellcasting! Go to Comment
Tagliabue's Tete-a-tete
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manfred's comment on 2006-08-22 01:38 PM
Ow. I actually feel sorry for the coarse, but honest lord, such an end is undeserved... and sounds all the more real. Good work, along with that historical bit.

From the noted magical properties I assume the original scrying spell is gone by now. But the sofa will be still receptive to such an enchantement, so future owners should watch out. Go to Comment
Tagliabue's Tete-a-tete
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MoonHunter's comment on 2006-08-23 12:44 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2006-08-22 01:33 PM
A very useful devise either for spies or, if unbugged, for those who want to keep secrets. 5/5 Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2006-08-23 11:09 PM
I'm starting to like your names more and more...Bekkenrood, Linsey-Woolsey, Tagliabue...very fractured-fairy-tale-ish. Thumbs up!

Oh and nice play on a word/term! I love those! Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2013-05-17 06:40 AM
This has to be the best magic sofa I've ever seen.... :)
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Kassy's comment on 2014-06-04 11:19 AM
For some reasons this has me thinking of the bench assassinations from Assassin's Creed. First idea that came to mind when reading this was that, if the pair are unobserved, it'd be perfect for an assassination. Go to Comment
The Elven Art of War
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manfred's comment on 2006-08-20 02:49 PM
Pretty good. I would personally put some of the stuff into scroll entries, but that is me.

Certainly, 'Vlos Mzil Abbanen' is the most interesting part of their warcraft, or shall we say politics? So they are not afraid to arm their mercenaries with thundersticks and other magical devices, because they are made to last only for a few dozen years or so. Fostering dependance by their allies is definitely a wise move.


Aside: it would be interesting if their martial techniques were connected to some other parts of their life - dancing, art, even music... if they commit a large part of their time to training. For instance, say that the move of a needle while sewing in a certain pattern is the metaphoric mirror of a certain type of speardancing. This would drive any potential human student nuts, but make it very believable.
"Could you... show me that move?"
"I can. But first you will learn to stitch a nice floral pattern."
"Aaaaaaargh!" Go to Comment
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manfred's comment on 2009-03-07 08:32 PM
That seems insufficient... there should be at least a defensive technique or two. If they are permanently surrounded by hordes of primitives, they would not those unreliable mortal allies to be always nearby, or always have a nice hill to shoot from. The nature of war is to surprise and put its target at a disadvantage.

Let's make a try:

Rilleas Manos
Few recognize it as a technique, but it is one of the basic lessons for young elves. When confronting numerous enemies at once, it is useful to create chaos and confusion, according to the need of the moment then withdraw or fight. From explosions of leaves or dust, up to unexpected movements, everything is possible and often supported by minor cantrips. This is most often an escape tactic, but it can find its use in the greater battles as well.

Zotreth Nuddah
Said to be created after a long meditation next to a lively river, the warrior learns to recognize the flows in combat and how to redirect and entangle his enemies into another, often finding new targets for their blows and making them shields for others. This technique can be very effective, leading to a shocking number of self-inflicted wounds and mutual kills among the attackers. It is still not favored. If you need it, you have probably done something wrong. Go to Comment
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manfred's comment on 2008-02-04 02:26 PM
Now that I look at it, there are several techniques, that make a given Elf a dangerous opponent in one-on-one combat. What I don't see (or may be just overlooking), are techniques specifically designed against large groups of lesser opponents - for that seems to be their fate, to fight against hordes of primitives. There are obviously the archery/throwing techniques, what about their melee equivalents - for individuals, or for groups? Go to Comment
The Elven Art of War
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MoonHunter's comment on 2006-08-20 11:12 AM
Will edit to give a comment later... busy at work now. Go to Comment
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Scrasamax's comment on 2008-02-04 03:46 PM
Against hordes of lesser opponents the elves are much more likely to expend their allies ala Vlos Mzil Abbanen, saving the more dangerous and skilled foes for themselves. Human allies can expect to fight swarms of goblins and orcs, with a few token Elven advisors as leaders and councilors. When alone, elves would use ranged combat against such foes, retreating and picking them off as quickly as possible with an emphasis on leaders and commanders. Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2006-08-20 09:12 PM
With centuries to live one can learn a lot of things. Go to Comment
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Pariah's comment on 2006-08-20 08:41 PM
I like it. It gives elves a more realistic feel.

"Fix this, fix that. What have I learned under your tutalege master? How to pound nails? How to carry water?"
"Nothing yet, but in time I'll teach you enough patience to learn." Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2006-08-20 10:47 AM
Entertaining!

I 'love to hate' elves, and now I have more reason :D

I am very curious to know where the inspiration for all these names came from....These are the coolest names I have ever seen in your work, starting with Vlos Mzil Abbanen!! Its like you "channeled" some actual ancient language! Oh wait, okay...last line..drow translater...still awesome!

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B9anders's comment on 2006-08-20 09:49 AM
I really like the idea of elves feeling above petty warfare but certainly not above hiring others for the job. Great concept.

The fighting styles were interesting, but I am not sure how useful the individual thrusts and moves are without any game mechanics attached. Would have been more interesting to read about elven tactics in warfare in general. Go to Comment
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