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Megan Sharwan
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Silveressa's comment on 2010-12-23 11:15 AM
Update: Added in a few plot new rp notes and plot hooks involving humanis policlubs and joy girls/boys. Go to Comment
Megan Sharwan
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Silveressa's comment on 2010-12-23 12:48 PM


@Dossta:



 



It's integral to the setting. Basically humanity was all humans until a virus, combined with the reawakening of magic across the world caused a % of humans to mutate into either Dwarves, Orcs, Trolls, or Elves.



The history of the setting goes on to mention that occasionally two parents one race will give birth to a child of a completely different race due to latent genes. (referred to as "spike babies.")



There's also a small % of people that undergo mutation during puberty from human to a different race because of the same latent genes.



I'll see about working a brief "as you know Watson" explanation into the back story for readers unfamiliar with the setting, thanks for the suggestion.


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Megan Sharwan
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Silveressa's comment on 2010-12-23 12:53 PM
Update: Add in an explanation of "spike babies" into the history text. Go to Comment
Megan Sharwan
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Silveressa's comment on 2014-04-09 01:21 AM
Update: Fixed the formatting, so hopefully it's easier to read and more pleasing to the eye. Go to Comment
Megan Sharwan
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Silveressa's comment on 2014-04-08 05:23 PM
Aye, this one got messed up from editing, or during a sit update, I'll give it an overhaul and fix the errors in the next day or so, thanks for bringing them to my attention. Go to Comment
Megan Sharwan
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Dossta's comment on 2010-12-23 12:25 PM


I like her.  Like Siren said, she's pretty standard fare, but the back-story was a well-written and enjoyable read.  The main issue I have with this piece is probably inherent in the setting, but . . . how can a pair of elves produce a human child?  That really messes with my suspension of disbelief.  Was she really switched at birth?  Adopted, but her parents didn't want to admit it later?  Some explanation there would be helpful.


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Megan Sharwan
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Dossta's comment on 2010-12-23 01:11 PM
Ah, now I see. Those two lines helped a lot, so thanks for the update. Go to Comment
The Majestic Silver Oak
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Strolen's comment on 2010-12-25 01:47 PM


Nice tree/town legend. I especially like the hook that if the emperor finds out about the tree and the history that he will do what he can to destroy it. Has great plot hook written all over it! Not sure that it will help his image though.


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The Majestic Silver Oak
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Cheka Man's comment on 2010-12-23 07:56 AM
Only voted Go to Comment
The Majestic Silver Oak
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Murometz's comment on 2010-12-22 10:47 PM


Purty. Well described and i have to second Dossta on the girl who died w/o wishing for revenge idea being a refreshing one.

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The Majestic Silver Oak
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valadaar's comment on 2014-01-10 11:37 AM
A simple, horrific and sadly believable tale. I agree with Strolen on the imperial hook. This too is sad and believable.

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The Majestic Silver Oak
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Silveressa's comment on 2010-12-22 03:39 PM


I'm glad you like it, feel free to use the entire town built around it as well. http://strolen.com/viewing/Silver_Oak


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The Majestic Silver Oak
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Silveressa's comment on 2010-12-23 11:42 PM
Anytime, if you could, please send me a pm about the changes and how it works out in your campaign, I'm curious how well your players like it. Go to Comment
The Majestic Silver Oak
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Kassy's comment on 2012-04-22 06:24 PM


Tragic.



Choosing her music above vengeance is also a nice addition.



Inspirational too, thank you Silveressa!


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The Majestic Silver Oak
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Moonlake's comment on 2010-12-22 07:08 PM


Overall, a solid piece. Like Dossta,  I like the tragic yet positive ending to the bard's story that gives rise to the tree.

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The Majestic Silver Oak
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Dossta's comment on 2010-12-22 03:18 PM


Beautiful tree with evocative imagery.  I will definitely rip this out and put it into my own world, one day.  I like that the girl died *without* wishing for revenge -- how novel!


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The Majestic Silver Oak
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Ramhir's comment on 2010-12-23 07:43 PM


I'm using this, and the town of Silver Oak, with some modifications, in my campaign. Thanks, Silv!


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The Star Hammer
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manfred's comment on 2008-12-25 02:13 PM
Where is that Siren guy when we need him? I like this delicious evil thinking on such a cosmic scale, but there are two questions that need answering:

- how much iron is needed again? I find it hard to believe, that a random asteroid out of its orbit couldn't deliver the same dose of iron or more. Suns should be dieing left and right. Or is it in the method of delivery, that it has to reach the core of a star?

- how long does it really take? I would rather imagine it works in geological timescales... giving the fuse a duration of millions of years. Go to Comment
The Star Hammer
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manfred's comment on 2008-12-27 07:49 AM
Thanks to Siren and Kassil.

Now, of course throwing lots of iron may be more effective when applied on a planet. But there may be other reasons. Maybe the attackers wish to make a truly lasting impression, destroying a whole solar system instead of just a planet. Or the planet is too well protected, but its beleaguered inhabitants don't protect the sun. Even if whole planets are hurtled into the star, this is still a fairly crude method of attacking, so it could be used against a more advanced civilization by a primitive race that doesn't mind the expense. So it is usable. Go to Comment
The Star Hammer
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Kassil's comment on 2008-12-25 08:26 PM
While the basic logic is sound - a sufficient mass of iron or higher elements will, indeed, cause the star to choke and die - the particulars are, as Siren pointed out far more effectively than I, a bit light. Considering the sheer size and mass of the stellar core of our own sun, 'several tons' will be about as effective in impacting the sun as a few nanograms of dust might be on us, if that much.

Essentially, it's a novel idea, but if I were to have enough mass available to me to have an effect on these multi-million-degree titan of a thermonuclear reactor that is a stellar core, I'd rather shear off pieces to use as relativistic kinetic weapons, if I needed to kill something. It's less prone to showering the local stellar region with murderous amounts of radiation, for one thing, and ELEs are just as good at convincing species to roll over and die.

White dwarf stars - the end point of our sun - consist of an earth-sized-or-larger lump of iron. The stars tend to survive through the accumulation of this mass until they run out of fuel in the fusion reaction. They also go through a process of accumulating multiple layers of 'ash' - helium being the first stage of such - that require greater pressures and temperatures than hydrogen does in order to undergo fusion. During this whole process, flukes of pressure and temperature will result in relatively trace amounts of heavier elements forming. Our star, far from being a generation-one star, has numerous elements contaminating the hydrogen already; the absorption lines of these elements are what produce the spectral lines astronomers use to determine the chemical makeup of a given stellar body. There are stars that have a fairly sizable iron content, enough to be observed across vast interstellar gulfs; they burn 'cool' compared to non-iron-heavy stars, but the reaction is hardly stifled.

One final detail, in passing - while a star is, indeed, a titanic mass of fusing gas, the pressures at the core are far from what we think of as gaseous - the nuclei are jammed at absurd densities. A slug of iron is likely to be sublimated and eroded by the pressure drafts long before it gets anywhere near the stellar core. Go to Comment
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