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
Forgive me but I must interject my own two cents here.
It is fundamentally incorrect to say that Ergot is a real PLANT, it is indeed real, however it is a fungus that grows on plants and not a plant at all. Fugas and plants are not even in the same kingdom much less phylum, class, order and so on as you have tried to bunch them. Ergot belongs in the Kingdom Fungi, whereas all plants are part of the Kingdom Plantae. Saying Ergot is a plant is much like saying a dog is a plant.
Ergot is blamed for many historical events including the demise of the roman empire and the salem witch trials just to scratch the surface and name a couple. This is due in part to it's "medicinal" properties, and the difficulty in removing the ergot from such grains as rye in particular. Ergot is easily removed from processed grains such as flour due to the drastic color differences between the flour and the Ergot, Rye on the other hand is a very similar color to the Ergot. Ergot is a kind of reddish brown color similar to that of rye, and flour is white for the most part.
Don't mean to harp but Ergot was a major research project for me in Botany.
Very well carry on and I shall now go back to lurking. Go to Comment
The setup is definitely neat for any sci-fi/astronomy fan. It must be admitted that, though I have some idea of what Lagrange points are, the Wikipedia post was quite a bit confusing. (You could provide a simplified picture to show what it looks like... but I guess that would be a too big hint.)
So: if you have two massive objects in space, there exist locations, where their gravitational forces will be just about in balance. A relatively light object (compared to the two), would find a stable place in these Lagrange points.
In our solar system, there are of some notoriety the Lagrange points for Sun and Jupiter, or Earth and Moon. (Scrasamax, do I take it right that the two bodies your system is based on are two suns?)
Oh, and before I forget it: the rest of the submission is also not bad. :) Go to Comment
Really this is too much information for one sub, but I am lazy and didnt want to make it out into several larger subs. As for Boccob, I havent finished twiddling with the name yet, but he is the current god of magic according to the 3rd ed of DnD. I havent put much into him since he is permanently imprisoned, and really only high power sorcerers are going to know of him.
This is going together rather like the infrastructure of my basic setting, so it isnt going to be elaborate or given the same level of presentation as most of my other work. In a way, this is the THIS IS HOW IT IS (Godly Baritone) submission that is going to try define various aspects of the realm.
I think, upon reflection, that I might make it a scroll... Go to Comment
Aside from internal Magics such as alchemy, chi, or things that draw upon innate sources of power such as ley lines, nodes or the like, sorcery in Ae draws upon heavenly paths. these are conduits that can be learned, and by inner growth and exploration of the psyche through the conduit can its power be expanded. Each of the four closest heavenly bodies is an anchorhead for a different realm of sorcery. This will be expanded upon in a suitable Article.
The Enigmatic Paths
These are the most rare of paths as the Maiden of the Moon is a secretive power. She only shares her paths with druids and rangers, those most in touch with nature, quiet, mystery, and riddles. The Enigmatic paths are majorly influenced by the phase of Luna, the silver moon.
The Arcane Paths
These are by far the most common of the magical paths, forged before time by Aisling Boccob. Many of these are very well known, which makes them useful as training paths, but limits their effectiveness. These are the traditional powers of sorcery. These paths are constant in power as Aura, the gold moon, or sorcerers moon has a fixed location in the heavens.
The Celestial Paths
The most strongly guarded of the paths, the paths of the Divine tap into the innate power of the Celestial City and the domains of the Segundian gods. These are the realms of healing, divination and the generally powers of Light. Tied to the guiding light of the Celestial City, these paths are the most steady.
The Infernal Paths
The Infernal paths of magic trace their power back to the bleak and blasted face of Dimmault. The prime forces of the Infernal paths are fire, storms, hatred, and malevolence, drawing upon the tainted essence of the Primerian's prison. The paths are convoluted and very challenging, but there obscurity makes them unpredictable and powerful.
The Alien Paths
These paths of magic are the domain of the elves and the dragons, the bastard spawn of the slain god, and are as frightening as they are unknown. These are rare even among those races, with the elves more often adopting Arcane and Enigmatic paths and the elder Dragons seeking the Infernal paths. Humans cannot access any Alien path. Go to Comment
The Four tiers of Gods
There are four tiers of gods, with only the top three which originally numbered 400 (7 x 7 x 7) being considered 'Gods' with the least tier being considered powerful spirits.
Primerian - the Originator gods, who originally numbered 7, but are now six confined in Dimmault after being overthrown by the Segundians. Their prison is Hellish, and their powers have been greatly hindered and now they can only work through mortals.
Segundian - the second gods, who originally numbered 49, but have been reduced to somewhere around 20 or so in the Usurpation. The greatest is the draconic Ouros who is the Guardian of Linear Time, the lock on the prison of Dimmault. He viciously seeks out and destroys those who try to access the forbidden paths of chronomancy.
Tercerian - The third generation of gods, lieutenants to the Segundians and originally numbering 343, though the number now is not known. Many Tercerians were destroyed in the usurpation, but unlike Segundian and Primerian, things can rise in power to become Tercerians.
Cuartians - The least of the gods, and most commonly recognized as 'spirits' and elementals. There are ranks recognized within the Cuartian tier, namely the ranks of Pentarian, Sextian, and Septian, each being correspondingly weaker than the last. Pentarians are one on one matches for average PCs, Sextians match commoners, and septians exist at a near animal/vegetable level. Go to Comment