The actual half-thing is a pretty good take on an old and battered idea. What I find more exhilarating is the plot hooks on the end of the entry. Without them the post would have been ok, but the possibilites of the plot hooks made the NPC much, much better.
Of course the hooks have been used before, in films and comics where the helpful character suddenly is engulfed in flame or changes shape into someone not so nice (This is usually where he erupts into a mocking and sinister laughter :)
Still it is easy to use the hooks without resorting to those cliches I just mentioned, so I'd have to say that you have done very, very good. Go to Comment
So Scras, not so much a half-demon as a human blessed (or possible cursed) with divine (or possibly demonic) powers, depending on your viewpoint - this I like a lot (fits with the kind of mythic backgrounds I prefer).
Solid back-story and great motivations - I particularly like the uncertainty in his soul ("Am I really opposing my demon father, or am I doing his perverse will?")
The only thing I worry about is his invincibility - perhaps a little too powerful (after all, if he can't die, how can he ever lose?) - could be workable if it took time for him to resurrect (say normal recovery time for the amount of damage taken to "kill" him), during which time he is essentially dead (or in a coma if you prefer)
Good solid character - would give him a 5 but downgraded slightly for the invincibility gripe - 4/5 Go to Comment
As a thief myself I sould have to say sneak into his room at night and then skip town, sell it in the nearest city, or get the blacksmith a couple of towns over to melt it down for me.
That answer you question? I think it's a good weapon, being that it's horrible and all. Yeah, I can almost see myself taunting my players with a weapon like this. A solid gold Greatsword anyone? That would be what 60 lbs? Go to Comment
Vengence is mine thinks the artificer. The scary part would be that this weapon would inspire others to make similar weapons, both magical and non magical. Thus it makes the cursed weapon seem much more valuable, as it was the first of its kind.
Also one gauntlent/ belt/ armor of strength would make such item useful (if it was not cursed). Go to Comment
I thought I voted, but just in case... I will do it again.
I was thinking of this weapon as the goal of a given dungeon. Some mythic clap trap has built up the weapon's legend, so it must the weapon to destroy "The Big Bad". The weapon has been sequestered in its own tomb. The tomb is filled with challanges so only the worthy might make off with it. Go to Comment
5/5 A weapon that does more harm to it's user then anyone else.I imagine a Giant or maybe a Lich might be able to use a non-cursed weapon of that type,but for everyone else it would be a useless and even dangerous encumberence. Go to Comment
When you publish a product today, it will probably get reviewed (this was not the case when I started in the industry, pre-World Wide Web). Many times, a review gives opportunities for people to make comments or respond, either as a letter to the editor of the magazine, or as part of a forum or comments section attached to the website. If someone gives you a good review, you'll be tempted to thank them. If you get a bad review, you'll be tempted to refute it.
Or someone could just carve her a superior body with intricate moving parts... allowing her more expression, chewing/ tasting (then she would have to clean out a resevour), and so on.
Sleeping and dreaming is function of the mind/ soul. She has a human mind which knows sleep and dreaming. She would never actually sleep, as she has no body to get tired, but she could "cat nap" and day dream if she wanted.
The Barbarian Horde comment and vote was annoying in this case. Go to Comment
rantYeah, because Pinocchio had the dismembered parts of a once living little boy buring in his wooden chest. I dont see any strong Disney, or Pinocchio elements other than the fact that both Cornelia and Pinocchio were both made of wood./rant
Cornelia should ideally seen with pity, as she is not much more than a ghost permanently bound into a wooden body. She has no face, and cant enjoy many things that a living person can, that is, she cant eat or smell, she cant have sex, she really cant sleep or dream either. All she can do is continue her existance in the perpetual service of a wizard that she has the benefit of loving. I can easily imagine other jacks being created without this sympathetic bond. Go to Comment
So actually, in the fashion she dresses, her state is not apparent at the first glance: awoman hiding behind a mask... her hands hidden in gloves, long skirts concealing her legs, a wig instead of hair... an interesting NPC, excellent for a high magic campaign. Go to Comment