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The Esgol Dwarves
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Murometz's comment on 2013-10-17 09:23 AM
They feel Dwarven to me. I can kind of understand Gossamer's "Dwarven values" point, as you seem to switch the roles of orcs and dwarves here (Dwarves afraid of Orcs? lord have mercy! :)), but to me that seems kind of refreshing actually. I like the fact that the Orcs have taken over the underground, leaving these poor bearded souls to eke out their lives in icy tundra.

These are dwarves plopped into a new and harsh environment. And so their lifestyles, habits, and even values, evolve over time based on this. It works for me.

I really like the "breathing in of herb-infused steam" idea, as this rings true. You will often find eucalyptus and other pungent herbs infused into the steam in many Eastern European saunas.

I can clearly see the images in my mind of these rhyme-encrusted dwarves, inhaling their steam, drinking their spirits, and hauling their meager goods in sleds of walrus tusks, lashed together...its a nice visual. Hey wait, these are Russians! :P

One question I have is...Where do they get all this tobacco from? I would imagine the frozen tundra isn't a great spot for growing the crop. Is this one of the few commodities they trade for? Go to Comment
The Esgol Dwarves
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Murometz's comment on 2013-10-17 09:23 AM
Only voted Go to Comment
The Esgol Dwarves
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knowman's comment on 2013-10-15 08:29 AM
I thought this was a great twist on typical dwarven lore. It seems like the idea could be inserted into most fantasy campaigns given the off-the-beaten track of the Esgol, or it seems like a great basis for a campaign in itself! Go to Comment
The Esgol Dwarves
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knowman's comment on 2013-10-16 07:02 AM
Gossamer, do you feel the same way about how Elves and especially Halflings are portrayed in Dark Sun? I've always thought the feral hobbits was a neat twist on how a race might evolve if exposed to extreme circumstances, and saw this submission as a similar take.

Not saying you're wrong, just curious about your perspective. Go to Comment
The Esgol Dwarves
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knowman's comment on 2013-10-17 06:28 PM
My reaction to the question (good catch, Murometz) was "clearly it's a strain of lichen that grows next to the hot springs." Go to Comment
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Gossamer's comment on 2013-10-15 08:25 AM
It's a great sub, but these aren't dwarves. They could just as easily be replaced with human barbarians, there's nothing there to mark them as dwarves, though I liked the speckled beards.

But that part about lazy dwarfs being caught unprepared, that was darn well near blasphemy right there. :p But an interesting role-reversal though. Go to Comment
The Esgol Dwarves
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Gossamer's comment on 2013-10-16 05:09 AM


I wasn't referring to the lack of stereotypical dwarven traits, but rather the lack of values that I would dub as dwarven. It simply didn't feel dwarven to me. And I still stand by that if you take every instance of the word dwarf in this sub and replace it with the name of a barbarian tribe, noone would point to this and say, oh hey they seem like dwarfs. It's all fine and good to create your own version of something, but like I've said before, there comes a point where you simply have gone so far from the original that you might as well use something else instead. Instead of hammering in screws, use a screwdriver. Respectfully.



Boy, I really got you riled up huh. =)



PS. knowman, I've never played Dark Sun, so I wouldn't know.

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Spiritskin Drum
Items  (Art and Music)   (Magical)
Cheka Man's comment on 2013-10-14 07:09 PM
I look forward to adding some skins to this. Go to Comment
Spiritskin Drum
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Ancient Gamer's comment on 2013-11-16 06:08 PM
Nice item, original and fun. It also lend some depth to the character you are playing, which is nice.

The tale was well written. I liked the description about his upbringing among the orcs, the drowning of the goat and the general feel of the story.

I think the demise of his clan was a bit abrupt. :) Go to Comment
Spiritskin Drum
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Murometz's comment on 2013-10-14 10:12 AM
Love it! A macabre new tool for shamans and uncivilized bards. Its fun to think up creatures, and figure out what effects their skins would have!!

I like the goat drowning, that stood out in the tale.

Would also be interested in hearing The Bull's ideas on how it can be used in other, non-combative ways.

Will add ideas to this as I further ponder, if i may! Go to Comment
Spiritskin Drum
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valadaar's comment on 2013-10-15 02:47 PM
A great iconic magic item - nicely done!

Non-combat falls right out of the description - he says +1 to rolls, which would include those required for non-combat tasks.

There may be creatures whose skins are well suited for non-combat tasks.



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Spiritskin Drum
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The Bull's comment on 2013-10-13 03:04 AM
Very well done, like it and it triggers some further uses for the spiritdrum. In any case a focus any shaman should have.

I regret that it is designed only for combat and war. But I fear this is because it is designed to be used with DnD foremost.

Still thanks for the idea, something I will work on sometimes later.
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Spiritskin Drum
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knowman's comment on 2013-10-15 08:47 AM
I've been playing a half-orc shaman for many years and I love this idea. I'd echo what The Bull said, the primary uses that came to mind for me for the drum was more ceremonial uses - having the drum enhance ritual magic, for example. Maybe preparing the tribe for battle vs. playing it during battle.

Clever idea! Go to Comment
Spiritskin Drum
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Gossamer's comment on 2013-10-13 12:40 PM
I love that you came up with this during a session of RP and just wrote it down, I really envy you that ability. Really cool. Go to Comment
Demonic Pipe Organ
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Shadoweagle's comment on 2013-09-10 07:42 PM
Update: Added some Horizontal Rules to try and help space the sub out. Dang thing >:| Go to Comment
Demonic Pipe Organ
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Shadoweagle's comment on 2014-05-19 05:52 AM
The greatest compliment that can be received is knowing that someone's used my stuff :) That's why I write here, and it inspires me to write again. Thanks Father Stabbingston! I would love to know how it's received! Go to Comment
Demonic Pipe Organ
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Scrasamax's comment on 2013-09-12 10:36 PM
This needs to be the focal point of a Roger Corman 1980s blood and boobs horrorfest.

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Demonic Pipe Organ
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Chaosmark's comment on 2013-09-12 08:51 PM
My only real comments on this were cosmetic, and already given in flashchat. Here, have a vote. Go to Comment
Demonic Pipe Organ
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Murometz's comment on 2013-09-13 02:15 PM
As someone who has gm'd several (ancient) campaigns in the Nine Hells, i find this a refreshingly original way to get there, as opposed to your standard "gate" or "pit"!

Also, as opposed to Roger Corman, I see this as a perfect Dario Argento movie!! With blood and boobs of course. And nuns. And Demons. And an ever-so-innocent, young and naive American concert pianist, visiting Florence or Rome. He becomes infatuated with a mysterious woman who is on the run from some demon-loving-cultist types, as she is in possession of a bizarre musical composition notebook.... Go to Comment
Demonic Pipe Organ
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valadaar's comment on 2013-09-18 09:40 PM
Yes Muro - keep going!:)

This is interesting, but would need the right game and players to use.
Id use it with the demonic appearance toned down, or perhaps hidden until it is played with intensity by someone who knows how to play.
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