I think that since Clef is a physician and has no necromantic skills, other than what might be mentioned in the Frankenstein monster plot hook. So, I would say no to the necromancer makeover. Go to Comment
Scras: Good work
Cap: I feel the same way! Actually I put Gnomes in the same genre as Jar-Jar Binks and Goofy; comic relief characters. While Goofy is well placed in the "purely for kids" category, Jar-Jar Binks and ADnD Gnomes appeal to the younger audience and may easily annoy the elder purists who feel it lowers the overall quality. Luckily we have the option of not including Gnomes in our fantasy. Alas the same cannot be said for Jar-Jar Binks when we watch the SW movies. Go to Comment
I was playing a new game, Shadow Hearts II, and in the background of most of the rooms in one location had these neat looking stone discs hanging from rods, kind of like a cauldron would hang in a fire, save that there was no fire and each room had a central fire-pit. I sat back and wondered to myself, just what in the heck these little knick-knacks could be, and this was the idea I came up with. Just FYI, the discs are only background decoration in the game and have no value, nor any part of the story. Go to Comment
Like manfred says, it's simple and generally useful. But it's highly believable - I can just see this (or something so similar as to be indistinguishable from it) being developed in world plagued by spirits.
A thought - maybe some of Jorvis - his notes or grimoires has survived, perhaps buried with him in his tomb or held by some unsuspecting descended - possible plot hook there
BTW - yes manfred, I too like the bit about vampires - can just see such a legend developing
On the whole I don't find highly original, but that might be because I tend to use RuneQuest where this type of magic is quite common
Simple, useful, and believable - a good solid post
I really like this idea. Adds details to a culture, especially if it is a local adaptation instead of a world-wide affair. Perhaps these were adopted due to a specific spirit or group of spirits that happens to be haunting this region for generations.
Is anyone aware That in J.R.R. Tolkiens "The Sillmerilion" Morgoth wields a black hammer known as Grond, hammer of the underworld? And that the hammer is supposed to have the same properties as the one you ripped off here? And in the Lord of the Rings the battering ram used to break the gate of Minas Tirith is called grond? In the films the orcs even chant "grond" in unison as the ram is being used on the gate. Rip off... Go to Comment
Great item, I like how the descent into the earth ends in the depth of the dead. Even the name Spine of the World is great, and how the mountains are described as scratching the sky really adds to the feel of this item.
By the way, what would happen if a non orc used this thing?
Also, I just want to say that aside from being unfairly lumped together with them, I am not affiliated with the other barbarian hordlings that have commented on this item. Go to Comment
Of course we are _aware_, dear Barbarian, we know the Lord of the Rings quite well. I'm afraid that Scrasamax will have to add a few words to the effect, just in case somebody else doesn't get where the inspiration is from.
Oh and: before you cry 'rip off', compare it with the original. The amount of added value should tell you what is a cheap copy and what is solid work based on an idea. Go to Comment