I think the pens properties reflect the bird to a point. I think that the bird in the marsh would be a rare sight, but when seen it is the most obvious thing around. I picture it perfectly white, a stark contrast to the surrounding areas, and, when spotted, it sticks out like the darkness around it outlines it making it even more distinct. And no matter what the distance, it is always crystal clear to the vision, rain, fog, etc., do nothing to impare the sight.
It also has a charm of some sort. When spotted the person is almost froze in their place from awe or surprise at viewing the bird. Finally, the bird would depart breaking the spell and by then it is too late. So they are rare for their uniqueness and the difficulty of the hunt. Go to Comment
Perhaps also the way they are crafted has as much to do with their effectivness as the feather. A craftsman might only be able to use a knife made from an exotic steel or forged in an exotic manner or shape to cut the quill. Or only at certain times, like when the birds are getting ready to migrate. Their feathers may be getting stronger and more effective in the last few days before the migration, after that, they've migrated to who knows where and are no longer available. Go to Comment
Why now? Why didn't the spirits awake earlier?
What will they find? Lots of undead?
What happened to the boiling oil? (Actually that all seeped away into the ground of the catacombs)
History: why was the King persecuting the Lamezzites? Why did the priests have sympathy for them?
I thought there I'd written too much already, so these are just left as open questions. Go to Comment
Hate and vengeance are powerful forces. They dull the inhibitions, cloud the thoughts, and drive people to commit unspeakable acts. There are demons that reflect intense human emotion, taking shapes that best reflect the desire and experiences of their victims.