Also called the burning touch, and the art of the knife, vivisectionism is a gruesome form of medicine compared the delicate mixtures of alchemy and the divine touch of magics. This art deals with the nitty-gritty mechanics of the living body. Books like the Vocran Palimpsest detail the pathways of blood vessels and nerve endings. The school of vivisectionism is often reviled by local clergy as the brutal and frank examination and dissection of dead bodies is commonplace. Those students that excel with the dead examinations often go on to perform vivisections, cutting open living animals to study their still functioning organs and blood vessels, a practice that gives the sect it's name.
While most of these come from criminals, or are purchased from a mortuary guild, the clergy is often at odds with the school over terms of desecrating the dead, and edging in on their Cure and Heal income. This is countered by the fact that a vivisectionist trained physician can staunch bleeding, set limbs and other almost mechanical repairs on a body at a fraction of the cost of a Clergy donation required for a divine spell.
Great information. I have an idea for you to use if you like. I will only provide minimal information and allow you to build upon it if you are interested.
The Art of Runes (A combination of magics they include warding/protection magics and divination magics. If you are interested in this, a good place to start would be looking into ancient norse or other pagan religions and how they applied runes to daily life) Go to Comment
Eventually. Calcobrina is a major region of my home campaign, and it was created back in 01 and has been growing steadily until the end of 04 when the Aterrizar campaign was put to rest in favor of a street racing LA by Night vampire game. Go to Comment
The main source of inspiration for Calcobrina was the Mirage expansion of Magic the Gathering, which in turn was very likely influenced by Arabian Nights (not the prior Arabic based expansion of the same name.) Go to Comment
Wheeee! What a sequel! And a follow up of my own precious work! *shines with pride*
Even between the good ole dragons there must be a 'black sheep' that likes those filthy humans. Now a question: where is his great hoard from? He doesn't seem like he would get it in the traditional dragon way - by looting and burning humanoid settlements. And if he is not killing other dragons (does not sound likely), there must be another source of his wealth.
- Perhaps he is minding such trivial things as bandit activity; and once there are bandits that manage to loot a few caravans, he simply takes their loot. (Given time, it can get quite a coin.)
- Perhaps he has started living off human trade - allowing a few select businessmen to transport their wares through his territory. If he controls a strategic pass or some other fitting place, it could pay nicely.
- Or maybe he has given an ear to all the human legends of treasure, and can salvage what other consider lost or unrecoverable. Ancient cities covered with the sands of time, or sunken fleets come to mind first. Dragons do not share such stories, and humans often consider a fairy tale which has a grain of gold.
In all this cases, to be friendly disposed towards humans is not only good for his 'hobby', but also for his hoard. Nothing wrong with that for a dragon, I think. Go to Comment
You have all pretty much covered what I would of said.
My only thought is that he could begin to see himself as a "protector" for a country. That way he becomes an advisor to those short lived kings and a major military force for its defense. That could bring up new pro- and anti- dragon sentiments. Go to Comment
Extremely good - why shouldn't dragons take an interest in human affairs? An excellent submission and a great follow-up to "The Oversized Baby". A great idea would be if you had included "The Oversized Baby" in a campaign then when the campaign was completed (and that incident all-but forgotten as a minor subplot), start a campaign 200 years later with the same gaming group so they can encounter Vychan as he is today. Go to Comment
Well, it took nearly four years for the sequel to The Oversized Baby plot, which means that working at this George Lucas Star Warsian pace means that the sequel to Vychan should be released in January 2010. The only thing is that it started as a plot, continued as an NPC, so the next submission has to be something different. Go to Comment
THe one concept that hasn't been mentioned was that he took the hoarde from Xeatoxx, unlikely but possible. I would expect that Vychan accumulated his mountain of gold by a hearty mix of Manfred's suggestions, investing in human endeavors, raiding the bandits and carvans that don't pay some sort of a protection fee, and following human leads to find lost hoardes.
As for dealing with other dragons, Vychan is no weakling. For his age he is both exceptionally large and dangerous. While he does have a large degree of respect for humans, one cannot forget that he is a large and dangerous creature. Go to Comment