There are a few typos here and there. I only mention it because it doesn't fit with the historical text. Excellent work.
As for the "Rose by any other name" plot hook, maybe the follower is trying to gently convert the group, or at least bring them closer to the side of the faith. A plot hook that leads to other plot hooks. Go to Comment
I think this is your Falhathian Masterpiece! Great job! Via Mortus is something that caught my attention in previous posts so its great to see it as its own entry. History, religion, human nature, it has everything. Nice multi-layered structure. Love the Ossuary Towers and the Cathedral! Go to Comment
Really good. I especially like the moment of creation, a contract which is not much for an ice spirit, but a lot for the sorceress. One hundred years, and one day, a good duration that. Also find the insta-cult that appered and vanished again amusing.
Many beautifully phrased passages. A pleasure to read! Like Manfred, I enjoyed the temporary cult. I also like that the duke didnt kick her out cartoon-style, the bastard at least had the royal decency to give her a good severance. I like that she chose to keep the sapphire and spill her bitterness into it, rather than setting herself up for a middle age of comfortable living. Love the "wear the pillow" line. I'm stealing the melting ice saint/goddess/frozen sorceress thingy anon for my home campaign! Naturally I'd like to see a Zehini post soon! It says Govine instead of Givone in Winter's Night plot hook. Sorry, I ramble for I shouldnt be handling heavy machinery right now. I just remembered, there could be an alternate bizarro-world plot-line, where despite the fact that it was forbidden for those of Zehini blood to receive the church's "blessings", Givone had an old friend inside the faiths priesthood. An old kind gentle man that watched her grow up and thought of her as a grandaughter. He was tormented. Obey the faith? or allow this poor barren woman, a chance at the joys of motherhood. In the end he chose his friendship with Givone. He treated her privately for some time and the duchess was aglow with seed! Go to Comment
Since Ergot is a real plant, with these real properties, there is no reason why this shouldn't have a straight forward presentation.
Abby Hofman studied Ergot before he developed LSD. It is actually not derived from Ergot, it is a stepping stone to get there. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ergot
This write up is excellent though. It is a gret way to add a real substance in a fantasy way. Go to Comment
1-The Tincture of Ergot might be one of the greatest names for a substance I've ever encountered.
2-The piece has a pseudo-scientific, national geographic vibe to it, and flows well.
3-Jerry Garcia is a nice touch :D
3-Brings back memories
And it is an instant top-contender for MJS's Tobbacos, Ingredients, and Mind-Altering Substances! Go to Comment