Well, bells don't always have to be big - a golden handbell, or a set of jewel encrusted wind-chimes, perhaps? Something small and hidable, and very valuable, maybe even with magical (e.g. healing?) abilities. Go to Comment
Possibly, Anonymous, but wouldn't it be more interesting to devise a cunning and fantastical way for the thieves to make off with a gigantic church bell without anyone noticing? Or even hire the PCs to do it: maybe capture a giant eagle first, muzzle it and use it to lift the bell. All sorts could go wrong and provide for adventuring fun... Go to Comment
Perhaps a bell was catching dust somewhere, and who remembers after 500 years, which war/conflict/fight is the loot from? So they simply reworked the former ornaments into new ones, and saved a lot of gold. Thus, if the heroes ever manage to return with the Bell of Doom (or indeed bElL oF cHaOs!), the long-term consequences may be grave... Go to Comment
There's no such thing as a free lunch. I can imagine a mute being considered an embodiment of the silent reverance god and being the only one who sees the theives trying to make off with the bell.
How does one steal a bell that big anyway? Hi jacking the wagon and loading it on a barge seems like the fastest getaway to me. This would be made easier for the thieves by posing as some of the pilgrims and that would give the pc's a chance to look back on what should have been obvious to them after they've lost the bell. Go to Comment
Bells can be crafted of more than just steel, as well; perhaps a portion of the coin raised for the bell's purchase was in silver, which was used in the crafting to 'sweeten' the tone of it? This was done with a fire bell in Nevada; it now sits outside the casino I work at as a display piece, sadly. Go to Comment
If the bell has mystical properties it could complicate things.
Another church could want the item, therefore sponsoring the thieves.
If the item has some power that a magik users could use (or could be combined in a ritual), some Evil magik user could be out to get the item, therefor dressing up in the robes of the other church to hire the brigands or using immense amounts of mystical might in an attempt to wrest this powerful object away from the adventurers. ("He did what? I thought this was just a relic? Why would He want it).
Perhaps the object does not have these properties, and the Evil magik users research is wrong... boy will he be pissed.
Ahhh, yes. Consequences. Excellent point Ria. One always must look at the consequences of one's actions!!! If he is doing so well, then there will be many that support him, suppliers, merchants, those that love his work. And they may not be happy either by way to riches being taken. And who says the glassmaker is lawful. Go to Comment
That's great! That would fit really well with the campaign I'm running at the moment: lots of guilds and mafioso intrigue and basically thieves doing what thieves do best. I wonder where the inspiration for the name Rinaldo came...possibly a topical reference? Go to Comment
Funny you ask... the last thing I could not think of was the name of the glassmaker. Then I re-remembered the Venice as the age-old source of wonderful glass (the guild and the secrets were the original inspiration). So I took the first Italian-sounding name... and somehow it fits. Go to Comment
Ahhh, you have found one of my oldest works here. In honor of this Bump, I have spell-checked it a little, and added a few lines to make it nicer. The text was preserved for posterity. :) Go to Comment