quite Roman Empire-ish obviously, which is nice. I like the concept of haunted foot-wear. Nicely conjures an image of a forlorn legionnaire-spirit gazing, unnoticed, at a sandle wearer, contemplating the man's nature, and judging his actions.
if i had to nit-pick, I'd say that despite the fact that i love learning new words, in this case, Caligae(!), I think 'Sandals of the Eagle Legion', may have been a catchier, more regal title, too many g's and l's otherwise. Like I said, nitpick :)
Of course since this was inspired by my favorite sub of all time, how can I not like it?
Perhaps if a decendant of the cursed Senechal were to unknowingly don these shoes, he would end up being walked off a cliff. Later the PC's find the poor fool, evidently a suicide or other form of foul play. Perhaps they need to investigate the truth - it would be an interesting mini-mystery.
"Hmm, look at his nails - they are broken and lots of dirt under them - looks like he grabbed the edge before he fell...." Go to Comment
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