If a serious explanation is desired, you can add another book, forgotten on some bottom shelf, without a life of its own... the blood of the dead wizard has bled on the book, and, accident or not, it has started to release the souls it has once consumed (or maybe it is simply a gate to The Other Side(tm) ). As chance has it, the souls were then 'reborn' in the most ensouled objects around - books - and may slowly begin to remember the most faint memories of their lives. Whether the book will simply release them all, or unleash a plague of zombies on the world in the end, remains to be seen.
Still high-magic, but I hope it's logical enough, the dark touch is a bonus for AG. Is that sufficient? :D Go to Comment
Thinking of this, you might just treat the whole concept as a curse, or people reborn into books. And when they actually save the library, they could be made alive... a bit too high-magic, I know, but if there is a god of knowledge or libraries, it is not too far off.
So the players will define their new characters, and the GM will introduce them as... books. Once they save their world (the library), they become normal PCs.
Course, there are probably things to work out. Why would the books want to find out why these events happened?
How do they open doors, climb stairs, and simply do pretty much any action if they can only open and close? How the spork are a couple of books gonna stop a human plot to destroy a museum?
A small side-thought - perhaps one of the books the thief had was the index to the library. Which could mean that whoever plays the index will have a good knowledge of all the other books. Perhaps knowing weaknesses and such. I can see the index bieng very 'high class', thinking it is better than the others :D
First players running around as mice in the Kingdom of Mus, and now we have them inch-worming along as books! Brilliant! Go to Comment
"Even if you don't use this idea as a game in itself, you could use then entire theme in a normal game and location."
- The characters walk into the library. The black magic section is alive with activity! Dumbfounded, our heroes look on as five books cross their paths, crawling along as though on a divine mission! Go to Comment
Jeeesh. I think I am getting old. You were the reason I signed up on this site, ephe, but this was not to my liking. Perhaps it is just me having trouble playing anything but logically explainable PCs. I think so. I have always had problems stomaching too "high magic" explanations.
Then again a medieval peasant would probably feel the same way about roleplaying steel automatons powered by machinery (robots). Go to Comment
Like everyone has said before me, very interesting, either as a one off session, or something your group uses on an infrequent basis to break from the monotomy of hack and slash/dungeon crawling. Go to Comment
Although I probably wouldn't run this as a campaign (maybe a christmas special?) i think the idea is smashing and highly original, and it would be a lot of fun to play.
As Strolen, the book title and contents defining the abilities is a definite highlight.
title: magikal diskordance
title: On dragons, their ways, their culture.
title: The game of chance: How to ruthelessly bend the odds in your favour.
title: The love of a butterfly (dramatic love story)
title: The armory of the gods.
title: DnD Book of Vile Darkness
13. Villages plant a certain kind of flower in different patterns in the outlying area. Different patterns are used for different things and different flowers bloom at different points symbolizing other things. Example. Weddings take place in a certain month inside a wedding pattern for a good life. Crop prayers take place at another time when a different type flower blooms, again, in its own pattern. Could be any number of different things going on. Different villages could also have the responsibilty for keeping up these patterns. Travel to different village for the wedding ceremony, another one holds the crop patters ( Wink ) etc. Forms a tight bond between the villages as well. Go to Comment
31. When a person passes one of a higher rank, they bow their head. When one passes one of equal rank they both bow their head. Only those that are of the highest rank walk without bowing their head.
32. Any new establishment built must be christened by a local priest. This is a time of great celebration and a large picnic with games always takes place. Once the celebration is finished a mark is put above the door to the new place marking it as accepted. All buildings have this. There is a burnt down building on the outskirts that did not get the blessings and the town destroyed it. (house of ill repute? gambling?)
33. Every night a group of volunteers rakes the dirt road of the main street. Nobody is allowed to mar the newly raked ground until an animal walks along it first. Most days the local authorities have Blue, the horse, walk ahead of a parade like group that breaks ground and allows everybody to start using the street. Businesses do not open until Blue makes his walk. It is bad luck and punishable to walk on the road prior to Blue leading the way. Go to Comment
36. A medium sized fishing and merchant port has a local legend about a princess that came through there once.
It is said that Princess Humil cursed her cousin for some forgotten (you may hear many different reasons) reason and predicted his death. She then sailed out later that day.
Well, her cousin did die, whether it be curse or coincidence, but so did Princess Humil. The day she sailed, not too long after she broke harbor, a freak strom blew in. The ship she sailed was never seen again.
A year afterward her ship was seen sailing just outside the harbor. It glided past in the heavy breeze and disappeared into a fog. A couple ships went out to find the Princess' ship. They never did find anything but the next day at the same time a huge storm boiled up and 3 merchant ships that left the previous day were lost.
The ship has appeared dozens of times since then and each time it has exactly predicted a huge storm one day before it hit.
Whenever the ship is sighted, all shipping is suspended and an attempt is made to reach any ship that has just recently left. No ship has been lost leaving this harbor since they learned of Princess Humil's warning, a fact the town is quite proud of.
Because of her deeds, the town's people now call her Queen Humil in respect and thanks. Go to Comment