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Pieh's comment on 2010-10-08 03:29 PM


Good one to bring up, Val. But I noticed something very odd here... and not do to with the submission itself. Take a look at when this was last updated. I'm sure I'm not the only only one who sees something wrong with that.



It appears Manfred is some sort of time-traveller. Good job, Man.


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Shadoweagle's comment on 2004-02-06 08:47 AM
What about the use of ice to cast reflections to make PC's think there is more than one enemy around, or to warp somethings appearance (like a concave/convex mirror) to make something seem more ferocious than it is?

A wooly field mouse, magnified many times can seem like a ferocious beast. It could cause warriors to swing a blade at it, and dent their weapon against hard staligmite of frozen ice. It could cause mages to cast a fireball spell to kill it, melting a crucial ice column which was holding a pile of snow and ice up.

Also, if snow/ice covers someone, their body heat will melt some of the ice, causing discomfort, possible rusting of armour/weapons, heavier robes/undergarments which would make harder moving. ice which sets on chainmail may cause lack of movement in its joints, plus the mixture of cold and rust may make blades and armour more susceptible to shattering.


Basically, there are plenty of ways this setting can cause discomfort and irritation to characters, which is always fun. Go to Comment
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EchoMirage's comment on 2005-04-26 06:14 AM
Now this post is more interesting for its social effects than the consequences for combat...
A detective plot could be about someone finding an alternative entrance and stealing food, while a troll lumbering into the cave and threatening the supplies could be a challenging encounter, especially if you have to watch out where exactly you throw that fireball.

The tribe politics about the Cave of Eternal Food could be quite enjoyable as well. Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2005-11-03 08:31 PM
I really like this. Simple but useful and it could always be expanded to be part of a cave system. Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2010-10-08 09:57 PM


Can you share your time-machine with me?


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chilled's comment on 2008-02-25 07:58 AM
I think its a great piece, like cheka man said "simple but useful" Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2010-10-08 02:55 PM


This could be a real boon to a kingdom if large enough. Rather then a storage chamber, it could be used as an ice-maker.  With enough capacity, you ave now given a kingdom refrigeration and increased their food preservation abilities dramatically, which an in turn change population and power balance.



 



Simple yet very powerful. Nicely done!


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Barbarian Horde's comment on 2004-03-06 10:20 PM
I quite like this...it will get put into my game quite as soon as I can manage. Go to Comment
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manfred's comment on 2004-06-24 06:29 AM
That is a possible option: making him target of a few 'accidents', or outright assasination attempts, and let him hire the PC's for protection. And later, when it is finally clear someone is after him, but it is not clear why, comes the letter.

The letter might be only used in case they can't find out (but have enough of other clues).

Now that I think of it, there sure wouldn't be words "Go and kill him.". There might be anything from "visit my husband" to some sort of a code. But innocent words or not, a letter containing such a wealth will be suspicious. Is a clue, I hope. Go to Comment
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manfred's comment on 2006-01-29 05:12 AM
And I am more than happy you have put it to good use. Always glad to see that.


It is also an interesting twist you write about, guaranteed to cause more chaos. ;)

Aside, if there is a fitting character or you find it convenient, they may have a dream of the spirits of the lovers, how they have met and became one again. Or something else. Go to Comment
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manfred's comment on 2007-04-08 08:02 AM
Thank you all for the compliments. Keep doing them. :)


Now, a child could complicate things indeed, making a good reason why the young man wants to survive, and adding yet more drama to the plot - but also mix it up even more. The wetnurse could turn out to be one killer; the child might be kidnapped; or some particularly cruel/deranged murderer could just decide to kill the child as well (though it of course isn't in the contract).

Should Malen die, and baby survive, the PCs will be responsible for it. Given it's large inheritance, there will be more plot hooks attached. Go to Comment
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manfred's comment on 2007-11-08 01:25 PM
Thank you! And thanks to dark_dragon as well - actually, to all those that left the HoHs and high votes. *bows* Go to Comment
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manfred's comment on 2007-12-31 06:14 AM
Geeze, there was a time when I've actually written up a few of those NPCs!

Sample killers:
Brisson, the Red-Handed - was already hanged for several murders
Kadun, the Psychotic Minstrel - sneaks into the favor of people, then kills them (usually with poison), and sings an eulogy at the funeral as their friend
Odkuas the Weird - arranges three "accidents", then leaves if the target survives
Kalko - the very inept and greedy son of a known assassin Kaldo (daddy might be still angry if someone kills him)
Hartman - actually twin brothers, they act as one to confuse the victim and get an alibi; experienced contract killers, like to use the sword
Gamlar - a spellcaster, uses magic for approach and escape, usually kills with a knife; may impersonate somebody to get close

Other NPCs and red herrings:
- Adam the butler, and Horoskop the gardener, both innocent, but could be impersonated by some of the killers
- Tobias the lawyer - has some pieces of the puzzle, but is not willing to cooperate
- Pol, the delivery boy - has partial information (2-3 addresses), threats of cash will help him to remember Go to Comment
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manfred's comment on 2008-01-01 07:17 AM
Hint: it would be really nice to know how it went. :D Go to Comment
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manfred's comment on 2010-11-11 04:02 PM
Many thanks! That is the greatest compliment of all! Go to Comment
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manfred's comment on 2011-07-16 02:21 PM
Perhaps she cared a little too much. (Check also the section 'The Beauty or The Beast?'.)

Anyway, your alternative is very valid, and makes things even more confusing for the poor heroes. Thanks! Go to Comment
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CaptainPenguin's comment on 2004-01-28 09:13 AM
Excellent!
I love it!
I was wondering what it could be all about when I saw the title. Go to Comment
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gottgen's comment on 2004-02-04 12:43 AM
Great work!
I might make the change that Malen, himself, doesn't know why people are trying to kill him. He then becomes a deranged paranoid looking to the adventurers for protection...until they see one of his assailants.
It's like a 1930's Film Noir movie with fantasy adventurers standing in for Humphrey Bogart. I love it and I will be using it. Thank you! Go to Comment
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Skyblue's comment on 2004-01-31 11:24 PM
Absolutly Perfect! it's an awesome plot and one of the best ones i've read here. Good work!!! Go to Comment
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EchoMirage's comment on 2004-06-24 03:20 AM
Awesome...mouth agape, I must applaud. again, how is it possible to give 6/5?
But Malen will know, as he received one letter that was undeliverable... Go to Comment
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