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ephemeralstability's comment on 2005-12-01 03:20 PM
The Cave Potato

These curious plants are extremely rare. Found in deep caverns, they resemble large, rough boulders; you would be hard-pushed to find anything less vegetablesque anywhere in the world. But left to themselves, after decades of gestation, they sprout tender, fist-thick tendrils which grope their painfully slow and convoluted way through the tunnels, seeking the light above. More often than not, they are not left to themselves. Rats, trolls, insects and other cave-dwelling species feed on the nutricious tendrils, sucking out the slightly sweet flesh and leaving a menagerie of toothmarks. After centuries of trying, the cave potato will exhaust its starch supplies and shrivel up, dropping its tendrils to leave a rough husk covered with the weird circular markings of tendril-sockets.

Just occasionally, maybe once every hundred years, a cave potato will succeed in reaching the surface, where the sprout buds into flower and the entrance to the cave will be garlanded for a few days with pretty white blossoms. The blossoms scatter countless amounts of pollen to the wind and the resilient pollen hangs around for a long time (sometimes up to a thousand years) until it eventually lands on the stamen of another cave potato flower. Then the strangest thing of all happens.

With its last remaining energy the mother potato grows its tendrils yet more. As the baby potato begins to swell and harden it is pulled back into the caverns and pushed on to uncharted depths far from the mother's resting place. Eventually it becomes too heavy for the mother to carry and she shrivels up and dies, depositing the baby in a deep cavern of its own so that the whole cycle can take place again. Go to Comment
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CaptainPenguin's comment on 2005-12-01 03:20 PM
Ancient Defense System

The ancients of the moorlands were led by powerful sorcerors who enjoyed their privacy.
In seeking this oft-disturbed resource, the moor-wizards erected great stones, carven with fearful signs which scared off intruders.
But the time came when audacious trespassers discovered that fearful signs do not a fearful death make, and once more went to disturb the privacy of the moor-wizards.
So the moor-wizards took their pylons, and, utilizing old magic from the birth of time, incised them with rings and pits, in patterns, erasing the fearful signs of before, but instead carving powerful defense systems.
The next time that the trespassers came to cross the pylons, laughing at the new signs they saw, flames, lightnings, rays of light, howling spirits, swirling storms, blasts of water and ice, screams of destructive force, the fists of beings from beyond our world, and other baneful things spewed forth from the cup and ring markings, and obliterated the haughty disturbers of the sorcerors of the moors. Go to Comment
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CaptainPenguin's comment on 2005-12-01 03:23 PM
Tears of the Earth God

The Earth God, Udh, was a huge, bellicose, and melancholy god, prone to deep broodings and long, dark introspection.

So it was no surprise that, when he created the bedrock of the earth, the creation of every single stone was like a wound to his heart, and when he had finally birthed forth all of those stones, he sat upon the highest mountain on the Earth and cried for ninety days. Eventually, his tears formed the ocean, but at first, he cried stones (being the Earth God), and when these stones struck the rocks he had made for the floor of the world, they rippled the rock as tears ripple the water's surface.
Thus, we see the stones which are rippled by the tears of Udh. Go to Comment
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MoonHunter's comment on 2005-12-01 03:21 PM
Wyrd Stones

The spiral focuses energies (or dispels it depending on the direction of the spiral). If the spiral is it widdershins (counter clockwise- counter sunward) disperses or spreads, if Deosil (sunwise-clockwise) it concentrates.

Stones could manipulate the ambient energy in an region (bounded by ley lines) or node (where leys crossed). If you wished to create more energy there, you would seed it with stones with that are deosil. If the region has "evil"/ bad energies (or you want to sabotage another mage's region) you would put dispersing stones. Go to Comment
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MoonHunter's comment on 2005-12-01 03:24 PM
What do these look like

I was asking myself, "Hunter, what do these things look like." After a (very) brief run of google-fu, I came up with some images. These are very different than the pieces I was visualizing, so I thought the rest of you might be having the same issues. Sooooo. Here you go.

http://www.menmuir.org.uk/Prehistory/html/cups.html
(it loads fast in comparison to the rest of the pages)

http://www.keystothepast.info/durhamcc/k2p.nsf/k2pglossary?readform&glossary=Cup+and+ring+marked+stone

http://www.eng-h.gov.uk/mpp/mcd/cupring.htm

http://www.henge.org.uk/galloway/drumtroddan.html

http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/site/2550

http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/site/2550

Some interesting write ups
http://www.alkelda.f9.co.uk/lore1.htm Go to Comment
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MoonHunter's comment on 2005-12-01 03:24 PM
Waystones

Waystones are "maps" of the mystic flows, trods, and astreal places for a region. The Mystics/ shamans were taught to read their markings and the colors included in the grooves (long since worn away).

By using a waystone, a mystic would know where there were nodes to tap for magical purposes (and nodes not to tap). They could find the gateways to the trods and in certain cases how to access it. But most importantly, the flow of leylines and the asteral navigation allowed them to access the spirit realm "safely", by allowing them to find correspondence to the real world, flows to follow for greater leads, and guideposts for a variety of spirits in the region. Go to Comment
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MoonHunter's comment on 2005-12-01 03:25 PM
Direction Kiosk

The Cups and Ring pattern is actually the ancient Fey Language. The stones spread around the land serve a variety of purposes. Some are maps (giving directions), some are claims (statements of reality - very important to the Fey for which all reality is fluid), some are boundary markers (showing correspondences between places and the material world), but most are simply graffiti (I was here. The food is great. Watch out for the Bog Beast). Go to Comment
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MoonHunter's comment on 2005-12-02 02:25 PM
It should be voted upon.

I added the Spirit Beacon to the piece. It fits perfectly. Go to Comment
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MoonHunter's comment on 2007-10-19 12:03 PM
Now people, this is how it should work. People adding on to existing things. There are a whole bunch of you that have never see this submissions. Now you have. Now add to it. Go to Comment
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Kinslayer's comment on 2005-12-01 03:22 PM
The kids these days with their dancing. I mean, just look at how their cutting into the rocks, tearing up their shoes, making so much noise. It's not like the good old days, when we had respect for the rocks... Go to Comment
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Kinslayer's comment on 2005-12-01 03:23 PM
They're game boards, with different variations. Unfortunately, the rules were never written, and the game pieces have either not been recovered, or have been mistaken for something else. Go to Comment
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2005-12-01 03:43 PM
Interesting challange. Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2007-10-19 01:22 PM
Agreed. It should be voted upon, and added to, so now on my favorite list for contemplation.

Based on the first image Moon posted, I thought they could actually be the marks of some type of grinding operation (wheat?) but with notes that they also occur on the sides of stones blows that idea. Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2007-10-19 01:22 PM
Agreed. It should be voted upon, and added to, so now on my favorite list for contemplation.

Based on the first image Moon posted, I thought they could actually be the marks of some type of grinding operation (wheat?) but with notes that they also occur on the sides of stones blows that idea. Go to Comment
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MoonHunter's comment on 2006-07-16 02:29 PM
People will ask, "MH, why did you HoH this one?"

So let me explain. It is little quirky elements like that that help a place or species alive in the players' minds. They don't take much work (once you have the basic idea) and it can add much to your game.

Think about some of the good fantasy novels you have read. Didn't they have quirky details (like knights being called Ser, Clerics using musical metaphors and being called Dancers, and Little Folk measuring time in "meals", fighters measuring time in beats (which could be heart beats...)? These are the things that caught your interest in the novel, even though you might not of been aware of them originally. They add depth and color to the setting, enriching the story. Eventually they "click" in your head and you realize that they are interesting and important.

Now you don't have to put the total depth of background that an author puts into a novel into your game. No, you need more. Unlike the author who only needs to work on areas important to their story, you have minimal control over your story... thus need to be prepared for all the odd zigging and zagging of the characters. So yes, you will concentrate on things that are important to your PCs (and your projected storyline), but some other details "on tap" might be handy.

That is what this site is for. So you can have someone else do the "little bits of chrome" for you... and you can grab what you need. Go to Comment
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MoonHunter's comment on 2006-07-30 01:12 PM
Write up some. Arth has its own time system (that strangely enough dovetails with my game system....). But odd times are easy enough. Go to Comment
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Michael Jotne Slayer's comment on 2006-06-15 06:26 AM
I like this, simple but good. Not only does it function as a Trollish measuremennt post. But it sets of all kinds of other ideas and images. Go to Comment
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Michael Jotne Slayer's comment on 2006-06-15 06:27 AM
Only voted Go to Comment
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2006-07-17 03:07 PM
That was a long winded explanation there Moon... I like it... but what about time? Go to Comment
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Pariah's comment on 2006-07-28 11:08 PM
I luuve it. It is so simple that it's confusing. I must start giving ALL directions that aren't incredibly importent using this.

Me: "My house is a fair way down 100. On the right, you can't miss it"
Other Person: "O.o How far did you say again?" Go to Comment
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