So, from what I gather, Tolky never opened the bag, possibly knowing what would happen.
One of Tolky's crew decided to keep it for himself, so opened the bag, closed it, placed a copy of the bag in its place (Tolky would never open the bag and so the theft would not be discovered in time) and fled with the stone.
Dredged from the depths of the citadel. Another one of my finer pieces that I toiled over for hours and hours. This one was a one-off that we used in one of our games and had some fun with. That unvoted list is a wonder isn't it. :) Go to Comment
Simple, but effective in some circumstances. Most jewellers I've run always have sufficient guards to discourage crime, so this item would need to be area-effect to be useful in such circumstances. Go to Comment
But it made you think....isn't that really the point of many of these things? If you had a case to use it then it's merit is obvious, if you don't then unless you are immediately creative it's merit is lost on you. The body does as your world needs it to do, and the spirit lives and dies as is necessary for your plot. It is simply another unique tool to be used or not used depending on ypur requirements and if you had a place to use it, your questions would be answered easily as your personal needs for the item would dictate them. Go to Comment
Not really intended for character uses I don't think. More for something they come across. Perhaps see it being used by a holy man in some ritual. Then later that man comes to them with intimate knowledge of something they have done. Bribe them? Warn them? Go to Comment
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
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
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
In some regions, various occupations might be exclusively staffed by members of a particular race or ethnic group. As examples, a city's butchers might tradtionally have orcish blood, or all the dwarves in an area could be expected to join the miners' guild (even if they personally have nothing to do with mining). Those who violate these stereotypes may find themselves in conflict with local customs or idiosyncratic laws.