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.
Lovely submission. I would of made this a scroll and each item its own entry, that way you could link those items into other submission text But that is just me. It would do well to have this guy as an NPC submission as well. This way you get a nice expansion of the character. Go to Comment
"I throw the powder at the bars of the cage!"
- "In midair, the powder turns to a sticky slime substance and lands on the bars with a 'Splork!'. A steady trail of smoke appears as the slime eats away at the bars. After three seconds, the slime slides off the bars and begins slowly slipping towards you, rythmically making disgusting sounds reminiscent of bodily functions. The cement floor begins eating away slowly wherever the slime touches it."
"I .. er... uh... RUN!"
I like the powder :)
I nice little compendium of unintentionally dangerous items. Go to Comment
I found myself grinning through most of this post, and laughing when I wasn't grinning. I love how Agarn used and abused all of his apprentices, using them in typical grab that item sort of trap springing, to hitching them to chariots, and using them as guinea pigs for experimentation. I also like the shout outs to ancient Egypt with some of the names, and that fact that no one can pronounce the command phrase on the Agate Pectoral of Vetthes. Go to Comment