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The Unhinged Prince
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Political)
Murometz's comment on 2014-10-16 01:43 PM
Enjoyed every word.

And learned something new about schizophrenia :) Go to Comment
The Unhinged Prince
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axlerowes's comment on 2011-10-16 10:25 PM


I thought the intro story was fantastic, it was a little inaccessable written as transcript on sound rather than a discription of sound and at time confusing, but I think that was part of its strength.  For the often banal and direct world of roleplaying, most creative risks in write up of support piece such as the intro rarely play off.  I think it worked in this case. 



 



Running this character as NPC could also present quite a challenge.  In roleplaying it is difficult as a PC or a GM running an NPC to play a character with a great deal of internal dialog or conflict.  But the details you provide would be a great aid in trying to run such a character.  Roleplaying is already surreal, we you bring in more surreal stuff into you threaten to tip the balance away from  something the whole group can hold on to.  But the amount of details you have the character in this post would be very help in bringing such as unhinged character into the game.  the irony is that it easier to bring vague and ephemerial stuff into the game when you have the details of the vague and ephemerial stuff down pat. 


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The Unhinged Prince
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Dossta's comment on 2011-10-12 07:43 AM


Have a 5.  I can't find anything that this submission lacks.  The NPC was a joy to read, and you expounded enough upon the template that I can easily see applying the same tricks to almost anyone of royal or noble birth.  Well done!


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The Unhinged Prince
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hylandpad's comment on 2011-09-26 09:18 AM
Well Frederic isn't really all that dangerous yet.
BUT, had I added maybe another personality - say that of a murderer, which holds all of his pent up anger, and his burning hatred, his schizophrenia could easily elevate. For plot reasons, Frederic isn't a danger to himself, nor does he have that "murderous" persona, but it's quite possible that a character like him could have a more dangerous side.

However, I think you're right. Madness is probably a better term than schizophrenia. Go to Comment
The Unhinged Prince
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hylandpad's comment on 2011-09-26 09:36 AM
Update: Added and Item.
Changed the descriptions slightly to emphasize DID as opposed to Schizophrenia Go to Comment
The Unhinged Prince
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hylandpad's comment on 2011-10-12 09:10 AM
Thank you! I particularly liked writing this sub, though I feel like it's lacking something, or that I'm leaving out a detail. Go to Comment
The Unhinged Prince
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hylandpad's comment on 2011-10-17 12:14 AM
Thank you! I really enjoy Frederic's story, and his tale is one of my favorite parts of my novel. I can certainly understand him being difficult to bring into a tabletop game. I always thought of him as a cinematic piece, for times when you want to describe a cutscene of sorts, as if the PCs were flies on the wall. Though I am sure there are other ways of the Players finding out the real history of the unhinged Prince. Go to Comment
Ethertallow
Items  (Tools)   (Magical)
Strolen's comment on 2012-05-13 12:06 PM
I was leaning forward to read about the side effects! Still a great idea that has lots of possibilities! Go to Comment
Ethertallow
Items  (Tools)   (Magical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2011-09-26 11:44 PM


A wicked idea, a twisted man finds victims and allows them to launguish and then perish of ether poisoning, then he renders the fat from their bodies creating ethertallow that is tainted with both necromantic resonance. These ghastly candles function exactly like ethertallow, but anything in the presence of the flame will not heal, plants will not grow, and the like.


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Ethertallow
Items  (Tools)   (Magical)
Cheka Man's comment on 2011-09-25 10:44 AM


Useful. A slightly radioactive torch.


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Ethertallow
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Murometz's comment on 2014-03-14 06:57 PM


Awesome!



I read this line----"But there are those creatures, the abberations, that have been tainted by the Ether, and may be drawn to it's scent"---and immediately picture a stodgy old wizard, deep in his cups, sitting at his cluttered desk, inside his snug little demesne, mumbling and examining glyphs in some book. It is the dead of winter. A blizzard rages outside. His half-dozen lit ethertallow candles flicker due to the drafts. Unbeknownst to the wizard, some kind of bizarre, other-worldly abomination is at his window, peeking inside, its ragged breathing drowned out by the wind...



As Strolen mentions, a few side effects would be swell, and Scrasamax's idea rocks!

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Ethertallow
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hylandpad's comment on 2011-09-27 10:06 AM
write up an idea scroll! Go to Comment
Ethertallow
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OmegaDraco's comment on 2012-02-15 03:36 PM


I like it! Super simple but very tastful. 5/5


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Sylvan Incubus Tree
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Forest/ Jungle)
Scrasamax's comment on 2011-09-26 11:48 PM


I plan on picking the fruit bodies that cause hallucinations and sell them through the apothercaries and yea olde drogue dealeries for serious profit.


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Sylvan Incubus Tree
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Forest/ Jungle)
EchoMirage's comment on 2011-09-22 02:00 AM


Roll Will save or die :)



I find the symbiosis aspect neat; the "uprooting and sitting on the victim" darkly comical. Which is a good thing.



You really could add a paragraph about nefarious uses of the fruit - perhaps people without a sense of smell are recruited to collect the fungus?



Finally, a question: why this name? I get the "sylvan" part...



(a solid 4, btw)


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Sylvan Incubus Tree
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Forest/ Jungle)
Cheka Man's comment on 2011-09-21 10:20 PM


Not a plant to mess with. 5/5


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Sylvan Incubus Tree
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Phaidros's comment on 2011-09-23 01:09 PM
Yikes! A very scary tree. What makes it more evil than an ironmaw or similar is it deviousness: it does not fight it's prey, but seduces it with a 'nice' treat. That 'fruit' must be a valuable commodity for poisoners. But I would not dare bet on the willpower of the PCs of my gaming group... Go to Comment
Sylvan Incubus Tree
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valadaar's comment on 2012-11-26 12:25 PM
I'm never a fan of dice being the whole arbiter of if players live or die - I generally let player stupidity do that - but that aspect of the sub is easily modified. The poison, rather then simply fatal, could exhibit any number of incapacitating effects that would make it easier for the slow tree to engulf its prey, and to allow some time for allies to assist.


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Sylvan Incubus Tree
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Forest/ Jungle)
Dossta's comment on 2011-09-23 01:33 PM


I have a druid in my group who often spurns buying rations at the towns or cities she comes across, preferring instead to forage.  This would be an extremely nasty surprise, especially when she ventures into stranger and stranger lands, encountering all sorts of fruit she's never seen before . . .



For my purposes, I'd probably make the "fruit" not deadly in and of itself, but merely a powerful sleeping agent.  Otherwise . . . well, my party's average will save isn't all that great and I'd rather not achieve a TPK.  Yet.


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Sylvan Incubus Tree
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Forest/ Jungle)
hylandpad's comment on 2011-09-22 08:08 PM
well, incubi and succubi , as you may or may not know, capture their prey using the power of attraction, however, they need not be physically attractive themselves. As far as the tree is concerned, it too captures it's prey using that same type of strange, deep and inexplicable attraction. I chose for it to be a sylvan incubi simply because the hipster within me said that succubi are too mainstream. Go to Comment
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