Nice submission, makes me think of Moon's Autumndale Trees or my own Limberlost submissions. The imagry is nice, though the exploitation and despoiling of nature meme has been done quite a bit. Go to Comment
If they were introduced to a heavily enchanted location like the geyser basin, they would grow well, but unless unusual measures were taken to protect the trees, there would be problems with the site's visitors damaging them. At first, the saplings would suffer as people took leaves or stripped off portions of the bark, then as the tree became visibly damaged, less inhibited poachers might actually try to steal the tree itself. Go to Comment
If I recall correctly, Tolkein did have glowing trees in the Silmarillion, but these were meant to be less fantastic than his, serving as harbingers of those areas where magic is more prolific. Go to Comment
So, if I understand it right, there is a certain threshold on how much evil can be kept locked away from the world, and once that is passed, all that was will be released... now that is balancing power, if there was ever one. And after the catastrophe is over, the ritual can be useful again - for a time. There is a deeply hidden taste of cruelty in this set of magics... I wonder who actually invented it.
I am impressed! I love the concept and the blurbs were great stuff. I had to read the drawback section a few times before I got the mechanic down but it still might be a bit confusing. If I read it correctly, the more frequently the ritual is performed, the less effective it becomes, no matter who actually cast it. Ingenious! I love it some more. Go to Comment
I like it. I don't generally see much about purification on Strolen's for some reason. Maybe I'm just not looking hard enough.
The drawback is interesting, but I've got a question: do the rituals regain their power after so long a period of non-use? Or do they have a set power limit that just keeps getting lower and lower as time goes by? Go to Comment
Simply great! delicious tone and details. Cant find fault. A great sub is one that answers all possible questions, yet raises countless new ones.
"Do you still not understand, young one"? the Prophet asked in his lilting drawl, noticing the look on Esau's face.
"I have seen below oceans and above skies. I have seen what will happen in your grandchildren's lifetime. The Forces of Light shall triumph, eradicating the Darkness! Our world will change forever. Fools will celebrate the end of all iniquity, but fools they will remain. Without evil, pray tell, what need is there for good? The world must be in balance, young ones, and I, Zuddanish the Seventh, will save the world anew when the time comes....keep digging!"
Minutes later, while still questioning his master's logic internally, Esau "clanged" the first of the strange lead boxes with his shovel... Go to Comment