Yes, I was inspired by Anne Rice, should anyone be interested you can read more about Aunt Queen in the book 'Blackwood Farm'
I took the basic character and adapted her to fit a game setting, and if you had read the character completely you would see that Tarquinn was included, but in a tertiary manner.
AS for Goblin and Lestat, no I don't think that they would make good characters, too involved for the former, and too munchkin for the latter. Reading is good for GM/DM/ST's but far too many limit themselves to game books and the fantasy genre in general which produces a certain flavor of character that becomes old after a while, with everyone broken down into levels/XP/class and rank and special abilities. Go to Comment
Maybe you should add a note hinting that you were inspired by Anne Rice? But i do think that it will work fine using Aunt Queen in a game. Good you didnt bring along Goblin, Lestat and Tarquin to. Go to Comment
I like the idea and it's a good setting. Jousts and fairs are commonly used in rpg's, but I've never been to an rpg horse race, which makes this seem neat to me. I've never been to a real horse race either, but this doesn't sound to me like it has much that is original. I take aaway a concept I like "let's put an adventure in a horse race setting" and it adds an element of reality to the world (townspeople arent always selling swords to passers-by and farming) but I don't get much more than if the whole post had been "horse race setting." Go to Comment
Other contesting creatures could include: a wyvern, a (secretly) undead mummified unicorn (hey, man, why is your steed wearing barding in a race? -to give the other's a chance, lad!) or a nightmare with hooves of fire (though the last one could easily become enamoured with Spellshaper! Go to Comment
I love it when reality and fantasy collide violently. Orson Scott Card. paraphrasing Gibson, once said, the best sci-fi/ fantasy stories are those of the real world taken just a touch farther. Go to Comment
Cool idea. Did you intend for the twist to be used on the quest? When you said horseracing, I simply assumed it would be with mundane horses. It's cool to adapt a common real-world event into fantasy, though. However, I would like some details as to who could have stolen the horse, who is involved in the races, etc. Oh, and I like the name ;). Go to Comment
I like that this would give the PCs both a personal interest quest and a light hearted quest.
Idea: What if they are hired to find Spellshaper, and track him to some dangerous maze somewhere (dungeon, catacomb fortress etc). They manage to secure the horse, but then they have to get it back to race on time and uninjured. Combat when you have to protect a big dumb supernatural animal as well as yourself could provide a unique challenge. Go to Comment