True, Anonymous. But even still, a decent sized forest will take a lifetime to raze. Say one walks at a leisurely pace, and does not stop for any rests, 10 hours a day. The average person walks at 3-5 km/h so at their best, that is 50 kilometers IN A STRAIGHT LINE. If they are going to take out a small line, this would mean zig-zagging around. Forests can be hundreds of kilometers squared. It would take a lifetime to take out an entire forest. And dont think you could get 200 people to do this - there were only 200 arrows ever made and they have since been divided over the world, between millions of people. You might get 2-3 arrows, tops. The best thing in terms of destroying a forest I can think of, is that it would be good to make a small clearing (like the loggers did) in a very short amount of time, which would stop anything from coming at you from above.
A useful tool. Would it work on paper, or perhaps papyrus? I assume it would, since both are plant-based. So these, if fire wasn't on possible (stealth mission with guard right over there, and you have to destroy the top secret documents here), could be useful for destroying letters and stuff. Go to Comment
This kind of goes well thematically with the Prism of the Adamant Magistrate and my Prison Lens - couldn't an entire prison system be erected around these items?
The Prism of the Adamant magistrate lets the person live and learn, as he is provided books and other input - it could be used for re-education and brainwashing.
The Prison Lens is more unreliable and gruesome, being truly hard to control and horrible if it decides to act on its own.
This here item is reliable like clockwork, and ... just another rug when not in use :D
BUT it is the third such item in succession, therefore I will think of which is better before rating this...
Still, the 'hurt the image, hurt the person inside' factor could be put to use...think of publick savoury beatings or executions even a child can attend, as just an image of the victim is decapitated/beaten! Then, the prisoner is released to suffer his pain or to be buried.
Illusions (sorry Captain, magic!) can be a strange thing. The party might be unknowingly masked as demons, or other very strange and dangerous creatures, and the surprised hunting party as weak goblins, along with poor equipment and all. Many PCs would not charge directly, but separate and kill the goblins, which may defeat even tough kings' guardiens. Yes, they gave off some squeaks for help, that were not understood, but ignored.
This variant requires a powerful illusionist, that secretly helps the group all the time, but won't be suspected from killing the king. And they may even discover that head is actually the kings...
Hmmm, suddenly I don't like this idea that much. Too cruel for most purposes, might be tried if the group has done something else terribly wrong, and escaped.
A nice plot, Shadoweagle! The king can be easily replaced with the local lord, etc. And warns strongly against senseless killing. Go to Comment