Ok, first I must confess my bias: I am very cautious of slaying weapons and disapprove of instant killing items. This item here would greatly unbalance my current fantasy campaign. (Despite this fact, I sometimes create such items myself).
Now the actual critique:
As usual Scrasamax has delivered a very good piece of work. As a matter of fact I consider this the penultimate proof that a seemingly munchkin idea can be rendered usable, even great, if created by someone skillful enough.
Nice background and nice item, but too powerful.
An idea could be to let the dark god want something in return for his gift... (for game-balance)
We are all aware that it is a good item Sentinel*. Scras is even one of my favourite GMs here.
But we must remember that there are many GMs out there that simply adopt items like these from a site. They should know what would happen to their campaign if they freely gave it away. Killing dragons would be simpler than killing D&D kobolds!
So yes a good item, but one to be inserted with extreme caution.
~Ancient Gamer Go to Comment
You forget lesser gods of evil. ;) They want to have some fun, too. Too bad the main baddie spoils it regularly. (May be another reason why the world was "helped".)
A truly evil god would not spare the bad guys of his sense of humour, right?
While plagues, madness and mutations can be expected, the evil supreme being would likely research more ways to Evil... creating places seemingly peaceful, with much suffering underneath, and many others...
Personally, I'd give it a 4.5 of 5, but since there is no such value, and the score is ALREADY 4.50/5 i'll round it up for you ;)
I like the background of this item. We all know I like the whole 'Dark gods' and 'hidden evil' type thing :)
If this hidden god was as twisted and evil as the dragons, as is said ("a sacred shrine to a god as dark and terrible as the dragons themselves"), I can't help but think that there is to be some sort of twist which will come into play somewhere along the lines.
Hmm, as a matter of fact, I'd like to talk with you sometime, Scras, about making that world. A world with a history of dark dragons, with a malevolant evil god, and an array of good gods who just arent as powerful... Anywho, t'will be thought on! Go to Comment
'usually' is BORING, Manfred! :O Why NOT make a dark, occult world ruled by an evil lord. A world where people are unexplainedly stricken with plaque or illness. Where madness and mutation is common, and even the great heros have to pay homage to the dark god, or else they may have things happen to them!?
So power tree would be as follows from best:
Ancient (and rare, since most are dead) dragons, now living in fear of the dark god.
Greater gods of good.
Lesser (and still rare) dragons.
Greatest magi in the Lands.
Lesser gods of good.
Ok, Im getting inspired :) Tomorrow I might make a post in the setting forge and get this thing going :D Thanks for the inspiration, oh Scrasified one!
And Im thinking more of the greater, dark god bieng ruler over the universe, but focusing on this world currently, and the good gods having travelled to this world to watch over it, and perhaps offer some respite from the fury of the greater god (though they cannot do enough to stop the dark god alone.) Im thinking the humans werent created by any god, but evolved or something, and the gods simply attach themselves to worlds. If a world is destroyed, the hop to another world to try and save (or destroy) it. Nomadic gods!