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Ria Hawk's comment on 2002-10-01 11:39 PM
What would happen if the bowl dried out, the user was trapped as a spirit, and then his body was killed in some manner? Assassination, accident, heart failure, etc. The user would probably be trapped as a ghost, which could lead to some interesting complications when the bowl was next used. (Probably years later). Go to Comment
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Agar's comment on 2002-11-02 12:47 PM
Could be useful if the players need to contact someone on the spiritual plane or some spiritual figure far away from them. Might also be useful to fake a death. Noble or other target could use the bowl, then observe the party presenting his lifeless body to the person who hired the assassin (possibly the party themselves!). After seeing the proof themselves, even the most doubting of persons would know who wanted them dead. Go to Comment
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Ylorea's comment on 2003-08-25 05:51 AM
What happens to the body that has it's spirit departed?
- Does it fade to a lifeless sack of bones?
- Does it keep breathing and show signs of physical life, but without a spirit to "light" the inner fire?
- Can the spirit still "reach" the body if the body is dragged away from the bowl?
- What if the spirit "meets" another spirit and the spirit is killed?

hmmmm so many questions and so little time to answer them....
So many questions left that I have a very hard time thinking of a vote for this item. Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2007-10-06 07:57 PM
wow, a sensible, well-written, and pertinent comment by the Barbarian Horde! How rare and appreciated! :)

The bowl is quirky. I like it, because i like rituals of all kinds, and the paraphernalia involved. Go to Comment
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axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-01 03:41 PM


This is a solid idea, and a fun idea to work with, coming across empty jars or seeing unresponsive people gathered around evaporating water dishes.  



 



although the imagery of a man briskly rubbing a flask/jar with his hands causing it to shoot spouts into the air that then transport that person out of their body....it just made me feel unclean.  Maybe that is just me


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axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-01 05:24 PM
See, I knew i was taking something clean and ruining it. That link makes it seem much nicer. Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2014-01-20 09:07 AM
This one made me think and wonder about the holes left open.

Sometimes, you want something more, other times, the spark is all that is needed.

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Strolen's comment on 2001-08-24 11:37 PM
There could be a secret guild of some sort that is able to collect the donated treasure and uses it for good or bad depending on the guild. Either way, if the characters are found trying to collect the treasure there will be trouble. Go to Comment
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Strolen's comment on 2001-08-24 11:37 PM
The players could also stumble on who is collecting the treasure. If they find out that it is a good group that uses the wealth to benefit people then they can settle with the secret knowledge of what happens.

If it is evil they find out their schedule and tell the authorities, take it themselves, find out if there is a bigger picture than just a few thieves stealing donations. Go to Comment
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manfred's comment on 2001-08-24 11:37 PM
A whole guild devoted to this task would need a frequented place or a large city nearby.
But what about thieves guilds - where do cleptomaniacs go on holiday ?

And religion: there surely are rumours of followers of said God
who, pure of heart, and for a noble purpose gained a fabulous amount of gold. Maybe it is the truth. Go to Comment
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manfred's comment on 2001-08-24 11:37 PM
Turn the whole thing on the head:
Let a big slimy monster emerge and let it state clearly that it has finally enough of those little round metalic pieces and it does not want any more. Understand?
(Extreme: the gold/silver/brass is upsetting the ecology of the lake somewhat - solve that ;-)

To save the day the heroes must convince numerous people to stop with the donations. Go to Comment
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Melvins Cat's comment on 2003-07-28 09:14 AM
A possible twist can have the viligers sending unsuspecting travelers to the middle of the lake as a sacrifice to that god/monster - might have the monster be an aquatic beholder - sort of like givving them the evil eye... Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2011-04-26 10:24 AM


I like Melvin's twist - occasionally the entire boat is taken as an offering :)



And yes, there is something in the water - perhaps a dragon or similar beastly. It would have sorcerous powers so it would occasionally gift good luck on the donors. 



Lots of plot hooks can come from that - a jealous nearby town might try to end the local town's luck by any number of ruses - perhaps poisoning the lake, sending warriors to kill the benefactor, dropping trapped gifts to enrage the beast, etc.



Even nobels could get jealous and seek to know the truth, and perhaps capture the beast.


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Strolen's comment on 2001-08-24 11:10 PM
If the tattooed men speak a a language that nobody knows then that could make it more interesting. A wizard with speak any tongues would then be very handy.

It could also be a chance for a player that isn't real proactive in the game to be sucked in. Who could have known that he is the only one that can understand these people? Go to Comment
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Iain's comment on 2006-02-23 11:16 AM
An excellent example of the fact that a post doesn't have to be long to be good. Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2011-07-29 09:46 AM


Not everything is as it seems.


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Ancient Gamer's comment on 2005-11-12 04:30 AM
Casualty of the Rebuild!
I did not understand why this was put in the "requires edit" sandbox until I remembered that at some point you asked me to test the challenged system with one of your old posts. I believe this was the one I chose and you probably voted for its removal too Strolen. ;)

I put it back on the site where it belongs. Go to Comment
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Ancient Gamer's comment on 2005-11-12 05:33 AM
Forgot to vote: One of those encounters you throw at your players. A solid submission that adds flesh to the bone and makes journey more exciting. Go to Comment
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Dragon Lord's comment on 2006-02-23 07:51 AM
Nice one - simple but hints at a much deeper culture - love the fact that the PCs don't know the cultural significance

Solid little stand-by - 3/5 Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2011-04-26 10:17 AM


I expect the purpose of this encounter is to teach the lesson of learning about places you are going to go, as in most circumstances freeing the victims is the 'correct' behavior.  Given the lead in is the PC's have been led off the beaten path, this is not likely to have happened, so the PC's either will have done something normally immoral (leave em to hang), or they will be led into a possibly lethal encounter with a tribe over cultural differences.



I'd expect _some_ type of foreshadowing to hint at the correct behavior. 



 



 



 



 

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