Very nice - no motivation for the murders, and the assassin does not have any quirks, behavior patterns etc. that could give him away - he does not steal, does not leave any scribbled notes/playing cards/stuffed animals behind. It has no fears, no body heat, no needs. It does not have a smell...
I guess the only weaknes is that glass is HEAVY ... almost like stone, remind you. But, in bright sunlight or particularly dusty areas (or if the ground is soft ... imagine a set of tracks appearing, progressing towards you!) the golem will be detected.
The weight thing could work. I'm picturing a very lithe golem, almost skeletal, and mostly hollow. I'm also picturing it as segmented, with multiple interlocking parts. I think the description is broad enough to make that work, no?
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
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 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