A signet ring is a metal band, generally of a precious metal. Where a normal ring would perhaps have a mounted stone, a signet ring has a reverse image of the owner's family crest. The crest is done in reverse relief so that when the ring is placed against a drop of hot wax, it creates a likeness of the family crest. This is done in sealing important documents, secret messages, and the like. Two aspects of medieval larceny included lifting wax seals off of sealed documents to read their contents without breaking the seal, and the creation of fake signets or forgery crests.
Each of the seven rings of the Peninsulari is unique in appearance, as each bears the crest of an old royal blooded family. Each is known as the Ring of insert 1 of the 7 provinces or as Lord Last name's Ring. Thus, if Robert the Wise was one of the seven, which he was not, and he lived in the Baldur duchy, his ring would be The Ring of Baldur, or the Ring of Robert the Wise. All names given are fictitious, you can come up with your own first lords and their arch-dukedomes. Go to Comment
When I read the title my first thought was - oh no, not another "One Ring To Rule Them All" - but I must admit to being pleasantly surprised
I much prefer small magical items to all-powerful world-altering artefacts, and this is the bill nicely
This is much more subtle than it first appears - its' enchantment is limited and well defined, even minor, but that isn't its' true power - it is really the mark of kingdom, much like a flag, more important for its' symbolism than anything else
Also the back-story is great - nicely explains what these rings are and why they were made
This is a nice basic plot. It is also very "real", for there is no world to be saved, no dragons or demons to slay, and there is still enough conflict to jump into. While sympathy seems to prefer one side, there is no clear "good" or "bad" side, the characters can freely join anyone, gain some allies as enemies.
I start to like it even more now. It is not even bound to fantasy, it can be pushed in anywhere. And should need arise, the church can be converted into an inn, or a harbour, or even a magical university, easily scaled up to towns and entire kingdoms. The problem stands. Go to Comment
This can even work in a polytheistic area with very little adapting.
This poor village could become the center of a small "holy war" as the two bigger places escalate. If one side gets the wrong intelligence that the other side is assisting the village (all in an attempt to interfere with them of course), things could get violent even, as holy warriors (or thugs under the employee of a less than perfect church higher up) could be brought in.
All it takes is a little misunderstanding and a touch of greed/desperation. We all know that could never happen in a church organization. Right. So, the situation can get more complicated. And the PCs are in the middle of it. Go to Comment
A nice little plot - there are no clearly defined "good guys", nor are there any clearly defined "bad guys", so PCs will have to make up their own minds
The basic motivation is believable - of course the villagers want to build their own church, and I can just see the bigwigs from the nearby town getting worried about their own incomes
Also their response is proportionate with the (perceived) threat - rather than attack the village (which would clearly be "wrong") they disrupt the supply of funds in a manner that cannot really be criticised (such as gathering alms for the poor)
The PCs are going to have to THINK about this one - whichever way the PCs turn there are going to be consequences, none of which are either "right" or "wrong"
I like the idea, though I'm not sure why the Snads are items and not characters. The idea of clockwork spirits controlling time is a cool one.
It says I already voted, but if I could vote, it would be...
Well, I was reading another post somewhere and the poster mispelled sands of time in several differnt places as snads of time and I had this goofy idea, just what does a snad look like. If I have given you an idea with my post, I am greatly pleased. Go to Comment
If there was a critters category, I would place the snads there without a second thought. I placed them in items, rather than characters as they dont have the depth, or motivation to be a character. They felt like a fun idea, and as for the voting, the site says I have already voted for them also. Go to Comment
"GURPS - creatures of the night" had a similar idea, but the gear heaps were animated through soaking in the blood of innocents (yum!) and had a clock counting the time until the death of a being nearby...
the Snads are much more savoury and usable though. And a funny name to boot :D 5/5. Go to Comment