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The See-through Assassin
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Moonlake's comment on 2011-02-21 12:48 AM


A truly devious construct


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The Mirrored Plains
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Strolen's comment on 2006-10-31 09:13 PM
Wondered how you would justify a glass land. Very workable and very interesting. Slippery and if you fall into pretty much anything you could shatter the place and yourself in the process. I would imagine that the glass would 'heal' itself or something after being broken. I see maybe trying to camp in there and the break a tree or bush to get into a small glen to rest. When they wake in the morning they are again completely surrounded and perhaps the area is reshaped or something. Go to Comment
The Mirrored Plains
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MoonHunter's comment on 2004-05-05 04:03 AM
This is another interesting oddity of a place. All the normal kudos. Go to Comment
The Mirrored Plains
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Shadoweagle's comment on 2004-05-04 09:49 AM
Ok, ever since reading the post about bows, with the glass bow-tips, plus brainstorming ideas with Moonhunter and Agar about the Kalazars Skiffs thread, I've been obsessed with glass, what it could do, and what properties it has.

This setting was my way of venting that :P hope you liked Go to Comment
The Mirrored Plains
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Cheka Man's comment on 2004-10-14 08:19 PM
5/5 Very good. I would love to use this place. Go to Comment
The Mirrored Plains
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Cheka Man's comment on 2006-10-31 03:54 PM
Yay,I get to vote again. Go to Comment
The Mirrored Plains
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Murometz's comment on 2006-12-13 12:15 PM
wow, you have been obsessed with Glass for quite a few years now, eh SE? :P

Nice surreal location.

Maybe you should OD-ize the mirrored plains a bit. Just a thought. Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2006-10-30 07:21 PM
Thumbs up! Go to Comment
The Window of the Mind
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Barbarian Horde's comment on 2004-05-04 09:25 AM
Strolen, I think you've rather missed the point:

"The last true diviner hated the king and all he stood for - vainness, arrogance and foolishness".

He therefore made a point of creating an item that complied with the LETTER but not the SPIRIT of King Waria Shorthold's requirements.

He did, in fact, rather hope that His Vainness would in some way come a cropper. As such the five minute limitation makes a lot of sense. Go to Comment
The Window of the Mind
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Strolen's comment on 2004-05-03 08:08 AM
The 5 minute limitation. How useful would that have really been to the king. It seems that 5 minutes is pretty short of a time and not sure if that works. In 5 minutes there is very little foresite that can be gained realistically. For instance, if somebody were to try and slay a dragon, to see the future they would have to be right outside the 'cave' (assuming all dragons live in caves) and perhaps see what was going to happen, and then I think it would be very rare that a slaying could be accomplished in 5 minutes so what could they see. Himself walking in. Once there it would be foolish to watch what would happen in 5 minutes, too busy dealing with a dragon attacking you.

The limitations are immense. And to sit and stare in it for 20 minutes? It would sort of make you a fool, after all if you were going to sit and stare for that long, you would sort of know you were going to just sit there so watching yourself sit there isn't the most entertaining thing. Oh wait, going to the bathroom....oh yes, I am getting that feeling now.

Limited uses, perhaps audiences. You could see who you were going to meet. If there were sound or you got a lip reader, you could do some party tricks and tell them what they are going to ask. But I think the king would have taken this TRUE seer and made him make something a little more useful.

Maybe I am too harsh because it is an excellently detailed item....just not sure of the utility of it. I dwell on the 5 minutes, and that is trully the thing that I think needs to be changed somehow.... -witholding vote for now- Go to Comment
The Window of the Mind
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Agar's comment on 2004-05-04 12:55 AM
I would have pointed that out five minutes earlier, but I saw I needed to go to the bathroom. ;) Go to Comment
The Window of the Mind
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CaptainPenguin's comment on 2004-05-03 08:16 AM
I enjoy!
Though Strolen is right- 5 minutes is pretty short...

4/5. Go to Comment
The Window of the Mind
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CaptainPenguin's comment on 2004-05-03 04:23 PM
"(I mean, can YOU do it? :P)"

Yes, yes I can. Go to Comment
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MoonHunter's comment on 2004-05-03 05:59 AM
I think this is the first 5 star rating I have given in quite a while.

It is an interesting item. It has excellent back history. It has plot hooks. It has everything I could want in a post, short of a picture of the item. Go to Comment
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Shadoweagle's comment on 2004-05-03 08:28 AM
The king only wished to see that later on, he would be on the throne - If he saw that in 5 minutes time, something was going to attack him, he could leave, or make countermeasures. This item tells what the future will be in 5 minutes if one had no foresight. And though 5 minutes may seem little, if you knew, for example, taht in 5 minutes time, a hacker was going to use a loophole you know about in your site to destroy it, you would work to close that loophole, wouldnt you? Such a small amount of time means that if acted quickly, the result could be changed. Also, if it were much further ahead of time, the item would be starting to get a bit too powerful, in my opinion. Wheres the fun if you know everything thats going to happen to you in 30 minutes time? You can stop everything from happening at leisure!

5 minutes gives a frantic quality to the item - the king thought that he was going to die in 5 minutes, so he paniced. causing a heart attack, or what-not.

On the topic of the dragon - You must remember the item shows you also what you WANT to see, not what will happen, so, though it may not show you standing atop the corpse of a dragon, it might show you stabbing a sword into a dragon, or winning the fight. Something to boost foolish confidences.

Erm, 20 minutes staring into it isnt what I meant to say, sorry ^_^ I mean, after 20 minutes in total.

This item is not supposed to be a campaign starter, nor any major, RPG revolving item, but just a bit of a curse that can be thrown onto unsuspecting PCs, who find a 'beautiful mirror which shows them doing things they were planning on doing, anyway'.

This is a mirror that is designed to break down the arrogant optimist, who thinks that every bauble is a treasure, and thinks that things are what they seem. Its designed to be a tweak in the RP.


"But I think the king would have taken this TRUE seer and made him make something a little more useful."

In response to this, I want to stress that I find Time travel and future-sense as extremely powerful, not something that any two-bit mage can do. In my mind, 5 minutes into the future IS a HUGE accomplishment (I mean, can YOU do it? :P). If time travel were something even great powerful mages could perform, wouldnt there be many incidences of it?
(I also like the idea of having a small party sitting around, when suddenly a slit in reality appears, and a hand slides through, grabs a shard of glass sitting on the table, then slips back through the slit, which promptly seals up again. The group would be stunned ^_^)

Well, I hope thats explained a thing or two for you, Strolen :) Though the item itself may not be to your taste, anyway, and thats no problem. To each their own.

To conclude, I'd like to stress that this is NOT a device which is supposed to be looking into the future, and nothing more. Its something which is supposed to decieve people.

Thank you ^_^

-Shadoweagle. Go to Comment
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Shadoweagle's comment on 2004-05-03 07:05 PM
Captian, you should KNOW that you are the exception! I merely didnt think I would have to point it out ;) Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2006-07-09 06:33 PM
Nice, but I agree with the watching oneself watching the crystal, which is why I won't give 5/5. 4/5 Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2006-07-09 12:18 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
The Window of the Mind
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Murometz's comment on 2006-08-12 05:19 PM
Bump! Wicked stuff this! Go to Comment
The Window of the Mind
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valadaar's comment on 2007-01-19 02:22 PM
Great post - thought it would be easier to ensnare if you looked a little longer in the future.
But that point has been done to death. Go to Comment
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