What do I think? Whats not to like, really. Drums and Orcs go together like hotdogs and donuts. Loved the hurdy gurdy description. I had to stop reading and visualize said instrument and the orcs playing it!
the opening monologue is great. I see the punchline coming, but its still a pleasant jolt.
There is a manfred scroll out there somewhere on "spirits" and all that they entail. I believe this sub might be a welcome attachment. I shall seek it out. There is also a musical instrument scroll, where these will fit quite nicely.
I am happy to inspire you with my faulty Norwegian. Orken Drommer indeed!! Go to Comment
The greatest musicians are often found among the tribes' great warriors for two reasons:
First, the instruments require a great deal of strength and endurance to play them properly. The drums must be struck powerfully to give the spirit within the energy to communicate its wisdom; the flywheel of the thunder-caller must be kept turning against the resistance of the strings.
Secondly, the spirits of the instruments are often seen as warlike beings which disdain to be touched by those of unproven mettle. The shamans won't risk angering these mysterious presences by allowing their greatest instruments to be played by unworthy members of the tribe. Go to Comment
I really think that a simple great warrior would be unable to play such an instrument. I believe that part of the orc culture would recognize a true drummer (bard-like) and they would carry on a long tradition, much like that of a witch doctor in other societies. Go to Comment
I don't tend to give em out, but hey: 5/5. This submission really appeals to me.
Wulfhere: What I like about your submissions, is that they are a fresh breath: After so long here, you begin to subconsiously pick up the writing styles of the people who post often. This is not those subs a BAD thing; on the contrary, most of the people in this site make top-quality material, but having a new person in with great ideas and a fresh way of presenting them makes posts all the more interesting. Go to Comment
Sorry to step on your toes there. You should still make your vulture god: After all, the worship of Anut-Khanut was supplanted later by better, shinier vulture gods with cooler names. (Darn it! I wanted this to be a humorous post originally, but it insisted on turning into a horror/pulp piece.) Go to Comment
Heh, what a nice collection of problematic items, and a quirky wizard to boot. One like this may make for a great NPC, or background for a character - no wonder a PC would rather become an adventurer, than be one of Agarn's test subjects. My favourite is the Transmigration Powder, by the way.