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manfred's comment on 2006-12-21 08:10 AM
10. To celebrate the beheading and deposing of the King after the civil war in 1207, the minters created coins without the King's head. Since the reinstatement of the monarchy seven years later these coins have become increasingly rare, and their possession is a capital offence (seen as treason).


...coins without the King's head...

Could it mean a neck and a crown, but with the head missing? Would make some irony instead of a blank coin. Warning: this is not just some irrelevant detail: adventurers better know this before spending treasure or getting their reward! Go to Comment
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manfred's comment on 2006-12-21 12:04 PM
Yay for the resurrection of this old scroll! Time to extend it some more. Go to Comment
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Ria Hawk's comment on 2006-12-21 08:11 AM
21. A well-known seamstress or tailor (or even guild) always embroiders a rose somewhere on any garments they make. This stems from an old superstition about roses being harmful to evil beings. Due to this same superstition, it is customary for newly wed couples to be given a pair of rosebushes (usually one from each family). One is planted by the front door, and the other is planted by the back door if there is one. If there isn't, both bushes are planted by the front door. Go to Comment
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CaptainPenguin's comment on 2006-12-21 08:05 AM
5. The stained-glass windows of the Goddess of Light's Cathederal show images of people bowing to the Goddess's divine judgement. On closer examination, these people have the faces of famous thieves, robber-barons and corrupt rulers of the age of the windows' creation.

6. The bottoms of bridges are hung with small bells that jingle and ring when a person walks over them. They were set after the Flood Year of 775, in which the water rose so high that river dragons swam into the city and terrorized the shipping lane for years afterward. High, repeated sounds, like that of ringin bells, are intolerable to river dragons.

7. A city known for it's copper and bronzework has roofs made from beaten bronze. This tradition goes back to the year 529, when the bronze trade was so bad that the city bronzemen resorted to using the surplus bronze as building material. Go to Comment
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CaptainPenguin's comment on 2006-12-21 08:08 AM
20. In front of the city of Siylvii, there are row after row of trenches, lined with sleepers (Buried spears), discarded weapons, armor, bones, and a single tattered black banner emblazoned with the Siylviian crest. This battlefield, spanned with a stone and mortar bridge for traveller convenience, was left untidied by the Siylviians as a memorial to the noble last stand of the Siylviian Black Guard against the Maltasian army as it advance upon the city. Go to Comment
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CaptainPenguin's comment on 2006-12-21 08:11 AM
22. In the high mountain city of Lakpa, small alcoves are dug in the streets. A tiny clay figurine of the Lakpali god, the Bodhisattvah, are placed inside and then bricked over. This commemorates the Bodhisattvah's death (He was once mortal), burial, and descent to the Underworld. Go to Comment
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CaptainPenguin's comment on 2006-12-21 08:13 AM
24. In Weckylais, capitol of Woron, it is common to look over one's left shoulder when one greets another, as a sign that you are looking out for them. This tradition began in Imperial Year 234, when Czeckhi barbarians breached Tibor's Wall and invaded Woron. Most of the Czeckhi were slain by the Imperial Army (At that time, Woron was a province of Imperial Arcturus) soon after, but a few managed to hide, and a series of murders began as Czeckhis began to slay people on the streets at night.

25. It is common for a Glorianan and an Arcturan to spit at each other's feet upon meeting. This tradition began in Imperial Year 476, after the Glorianan War, when Gloriano broke away from the Empire.

26. Along the Black River, which separates the Durmalgish Marches from the barbarian territory of Eregard, the Eregardian barbarians erect large poles from which they hang fetishes of Durmalgians stuffed with crow feathers which they then pincushion with arrows. The Eregardians and the Durmalgians have long history of violence and hatred.

27. Each year, the Free City of Malsheg, which lies on the border between the Kingdom of Marcosa and Imperial Arcturus, holds a ceremony in which one country extends its border around the city. The next year, the other country extends its border around the city. This tradition began in Imperial Year 629, when the Imperial Army invaded Malsheg, and the Marcosan Royal Army invaded to prevent the Imperials from taking the city. The Malsheg Ruling Council decided that it was through with being fought over by Marcosa and Arcturus, and thus instituted the border-extension edict. Go to Comment
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CaptainPenguin's comment on 2006-12-21 08:14 AM
28. Every street in Elioza, in Zinaldia, has one silver brick at the intersection between streets. These were placed when the city was built in Imperal Year 353 to protect the streets from evil, and there is a great superstition against stealing them. Go to Comment
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CaptainPenguin's comment on 2006-12-21 08:14 AM
30. The streets of L'e'e are slabs of cracked stone carved with ancient markings that are slowly wearing away. The streets are constructed from great slabs of stone that were originally the walls of an ancient city that lay nearby, but when the Imperial Legions came to conquer the region (East Coast), they hauled up the slabs to use as the walls of their stronghold and command point, which became L'e'e.
Due to the desecration of the city, the ghosts of the people who once lived there cannot sleep, so it is common to see hungry ghosts rising from the streets at night, and, consequentially, nobody goes out at night in L'e'e. Go to Comment
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CaptainPenguin's comment on 2006-12-21 08:17 AM
37. In Tsauru (the most famed city of the Holy Land beyond Meru the Holy City itself, and known in the Holy Book as the "Whore of Lekku" for it's sinful, decadent ways), every succeeding wave of rulers and invaders has added on to the monument which stands in the Plaza of Jade Souls. This conglomerate symbol represents the melting-pot nature of the city. The base of the monument is a pillar of black basalt from the most ancient days, clad in writing no man can now decipher; surmounting it are the legendary Automata of Tsauru, created by the Yastare when they ruled this land (the Automata no longer speak as they were reputed to do in ancient days, but they are still impressive to look upon). Looming above the Automata is the grand sculpture of the Emperor Xigetas Groapaktore, crafted when the Empire of Tekne held sway over Tsauru. The latest monument is a great marble Hand-and-Eye, the symbol of the city's new Qoruxi rulers. Go to Comment
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MoonHunter's comment on 2006-12-21 08:12 AM
23. Every year, the city state of Antioch has its own holiday. Two hundred and seventy six years ago, the city of Antioch managed to stop "The Great Goblin Horde". Before that time, the Goblin Horde would sweep down every 12 to 24 years, usually sacking or nearly sacking the city and looting everything between The Northern Mountains and Antioch.

Two hundred and seventy six years ago, while the horde managed to breach the city and destroy a good part of it, the militia managed to hold them off from reaching the plyon in the central plaza and killed their leader. The goblins broke rank and left. They have not been back since.

The city has been completely rebuilt since then along "magikal/ scientific" lines. Antioch is the most modern city in all the Eleven Imperium. It has inner walls for defense, a well laid out civic plan, waterways/ sewers, and many other features that other people marvel at.

Every year since then, there is a parade of current and retired militia and guard (the last Elventi vetran is the grand marshall of the parade in his wheeled chair). The last battle is re-ennacted. The goblins are ex-guardsmen in paper mache goblin masks.

There is a street fair (since the central plaza is being used for the re-creation). Those who are goblins, get to "disturb the peace" in the fair, while they are in costume. Most of it is clowning around, but there are mock fights (and a few non-mock fights), chases, and some less savory activity. This is usually done between late morning and the late afternoon recreation. Being a goblin is supposed to be good luck, so many vie for the chance.

note: The real reason the Goblins have not attacked since then is that a temple of monks was blue misted into the pass the Goblins need to boil through to get to Antioch (and Avalon and all parts south). These Shaolin monks defeat these little scourges every few seasons they come down. Otherwise they would of been back 12-24 years later. Go to Comment
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Shadoweagle's comment on 2006-12-21 08:14 AM
History is always a great part of any setting. Unless there is a thought out history behind something, it won't have that 'feel' of bieng part of a world. Even a local tavern could have survived a town fire, or once been visited by (insert local hero here).


29. In the very center of a town, is a pulled-down statue. The statue is now little more than a pile of rubble, but a discernable feature within it is a large, demonic head which has survived the ages, in the midst of the stone. The statue used to be of a particuarly cruel demon which had once claimed the inhabitants of this town as her slaves. This statue rose some thirty feet in height, and depicted this demon holding the head of a human in its hand, separated from the humans body. Once each week, the demon chose one person at random, and removed their heads, devouring the body and keeping the skull as 'count'. One day, after 20 years of torment however, a small band of the townsfolk grouped together, and managed to drive this demon from their town, to the hills a bit away. The statue was promptly torn down, but the rubble kept there to commemorate the demise of the evil. Hundreds of years had passed, but the statue remained, and the story of the demon is hesitantly told, though only beneath townsfolks breath, for fear of superstition: that speaking of the demon might somehow call her back. Should passing adventurers ask at a tavern, where the drunken townsfolks tongues are slightly looser, they might hear tell of a demon which now lives in the hills which the party was going to head through. This information may save their lives. Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2006-12-21 08:16 AM
34. Once a year the nomads of the Bushlands celebrate Dragon Day, where they put on ornate dragon masks, give each other gifts and feast on roast River Wrapper, a delacacy amongst them.

Five hundered years ago they began feeding a Brass Dragon which lived in the mountians to the West with a tenth of their herds every six months, as "rent" to stay in the Bushlands unmolested. Twice a year he would appear, eat, then go. Centuries passed and the people who lived in the quartz city of Walkabout Creek decided to send an army to force the nomads off their land so they could throw it open to farmers, miners, hunters and tourists.

A young nomad named Marka risked her life to travel into the mountians, that belonged to the dragon and tell him what was happening. When he found her, he opened his jaws to eat her but she told him why she was there.

He was angry.He did not want to have to hunt for his food again and he certainly did not want to have his Bushlands taken over by any army. Apart from anything else, it could threaten him. So he flew over to see what he could do. Rather then directly attack the army or Walkabout Creek itself, he burned the ships who came to trade with the city, and ate traders trying to reach the city by land.

The Mayor of Walkabout Creek begged the dragon not to starve his city, and the Dragon made him withdraw his army from the Bushlands and promise not to invade the Bushlands again. By trying to harm his people they had harmed him.

Ever since then the nomads have celebrated that day. Never since then has an army invaded their land, as all the cities to the east know how dangerous an angry Brass Dragon can be. Go to Comment
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Kinslayer's comment on 2006-12-21 08:16 AM
35. In the Temple of the Light, they pray not with hands clasped, but with their hands on their shoulders & arms crossed. If reading from the Book of the Cannon, it is permissible to hold the book with one hand while the other rests on the shoulder. This practice derives from the passage, "and lay your hands on your shoulders in reverence." Mixed metaphors and bad translations can be blamed for this. It is a combination of the concept "love thy neighbour as thyself" with a metaphor from Olde Anglan for "put your hand on your brother's shoulder" meaning to help, comfort, support, etc. It is uncertain whether the error was originally the Prophet's or due to mistranslations after the fact. Go to Comment
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2006-12-21 10:54 AM
That is perfect manfred. A great way to cause problems for the characters. Why are the shop keepers not wanting their business? Why are everyone in the market place look at them funny as they pass by? Why are the soldiers holding them at sword point for treason when they just arrived in town? Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2006-12-21 08:53 AM
great scroll! Nice deep diving salvage job! (whoever ressurected it) Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2006-12-21 09:00 AM
Really good idea for a scroll, and the entries already on it are top notch!

Kudos one and all! Go to Comment
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RGTraynor's comment on 2011-03-25 01:12 AM
Only voted Go to Comment
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Strolen's comment on 2006-02-20 02:37 PM
My favorite, but you basically have to build a story around it, is.

"You groggily wake up with your head laying on the table. As your eyes come into focus you are in a room just large enough to hold the (insert number) chaired table. In the other seats around you are others passed out and another, just as groggy, is gaining conscienceness. In front of each person is a goblet of wine. At the head of the table is an empty chair and a full goblet."

Something like that. Dumped at the inn in a private room. Innkeeper, after prompting will point them to a man. That man was hired blindly to do the drugging---or claims that....

Variations/Details:
-They all find they have lost their memory for the past week or so. Part of the mystery is why and what happened. And why weren't they killed if it was enough to drug them.
-Some lost their memory, others were kidnapped.
-The chair holds a noble, king perhaps. Had all the players kidnapped to fill a purpose.

(Had fun with this only once, but I love the idea and will use it again, and again, and again. I used the lost the memory version, but the kidnap one would be easy to implement I would think) Go to Comment
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Strolen's comment on 2006-02-20 02:44 PM
The players have gained an item from their previous adventure that is immediately recognized the first time they visit a large new city.

Could be a hidden cult that recognizes it or the King himself, but the item in their possession makes them the people that have to fulfill a prophecy. (Which can then be anything you find necessary) Go to Comment
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