The main source of inspiration for Calcobrina was the Mirage expansion of Magic the Gathering, which in turn was very likely influenced by Arabian Nights (not the prior Arabic based expansion of the same name.) Go to Comment
Wheeee! What a sequel! And a follow up of my own precious work! *shines with pride*
Even between the good ole dragons there must be a 'black sheep' that likes those filthy humans. Now a question: where is his great hoard from? He doesn't seem like he would get it in the traditional dragon way - by looting and burning humanoid settlements. And if he is not killing other dragons (does not sound likely), there must be another source of his wealth.
- Perhaps he is minding such trivial things as bandit activity; and once there are bandits that manage to loot a few caravans, he simply takes their loot. (Given time, it can get quite a coin.)
- Perhaps he has started living off human trade - allowing a few select businessmen to transport their wares through his territory. If he controls a strategic pass or some other fitting place, it could pay nicely.
- Or maybe he has given an ear to all the human legends of treasure, and can salvage what other consider lost or unrecoverable. Ancient cities covered with the sands of time, or sunken fleets come to mind first. Dragons do not share such stories, and humans often consider a fairy tale which has a grain of gold.
In all this cases, to be friendly disposed towards humans is not only good for his 'hobby', but also for his hoard. Nothing wrong with that for a dragon, I think. Go to Comment
You have all pretty much covered what I would of said.
My only thought is that he could begin to see himself as a "protector" for a country. That way he becomes an advisor to those short lived kings and a major military force for its defense. That could bring up new pro- and anti- dragon sentiments. Go to Comment
Extremely good - why shouldn't dragons take an interest in human affairs? An excellent submission and a great follow-up to "The Oversized Baby". A great idea would be if you had included "The Oversized Baby" in a campaign then when the campaign was completed (and that incident all-but forgotten as a minor subplot), start a campaign 200 years later with the same gaming group so they can encounter Vychan as he is today. Go to Comment
Well, it took nearly four years for the sequel to The Oversized Baby plot, which means that working at this George Lucas Star Warsian pace means that the sequel to Vychan should be released in January 2010. The only thing is that it started as a plot, continued as an NPC, so the next submission has to be something different. Go to Comment
THe one concept that hasn't been mentioned was that he took the hoarde from Xeatoxx, unlikely but possible. I would expect that Vychan accumulated his mountain of gold by a hearty mix of Manfred's suggestions, investing in human endeavors, raiding the bandits and carvans that don't pay some sort of a protection fee, and following human leads to find lost hoardes.
As for dealing with other dragons, Vychan is no weakling. For his age he is both exceptionally large and dangerous. While he does have a large degree of respect for humans, one cannot forget that he is a large and dangerous creature. Go to Comment
This makes me want to hear the rest of "the story". Maybe someone should pick it up where scrasamax left it, just like Scras did where Manfred started it.
I like it when we are able to build and flesh out each other. Well done scrasamax. Go to Comment
Outstanding, its always beneficial when a writer can take an old cliche thing and turn it into something more pliable. I can see the possibility here for a Dragon version of 'Mycroft Holmes', running a great empire from behind the throne.
I can envision an excellent plot outline in the period leading up to the collosal struggle whereby the machinations of Vychan are creating strange alliances and tensions among the human factions. The PCs would have to navigate these relations under stress.
However as Manfred suggested, where does his money come from? Perhaps rather than reward adventurers with gold, maybe his reward is the funding of commisioned work. Hiring artists to write epics about them (or make busts, or paint, etc). That way he can keep most of his gold horde. Go to Comment
He is tied to the Demonic Hysteria plot, but could easily be switched over to another similar situation. As a character he is a dime a dozen, though he is believable. Heck, I know a couple of guys like that.
He has an alright history, but I'm having trouble picturing the character. I do question why he didn't turn to story telling once he found he had a knack for it. Interesting attributes, he might come in reasonably useful to a party... can he be trusted? Go to Comment