This could also be used as a tool of espionage. Remember that the rings are in no way similar. Imagine if one was given as a "gift" to someone, possibly in a position of power such as a high ranking official or advisor. Then the other was kept by the giver. As long has the giver abstained from projecting any thoughts to the receiver, he would never know that someone was reading his mind. This would be a great way to learn secrets, etc. The only drawback would be the short range, making it possible for only the stealthiest spys or possibly someone close to the receiver that would never be suspected. Go to Comment
You might want to list your Crowley as an NPC.. twice even. Once for the before or early on his career and one after his being snaked (but before his untimely death.. or perhaps he faked his death to escape the asylum).
Oh and I have to say this just once.... (Going to show my age)
On that odd little note, their might be a cult operating out there that follows the wearer of the cloak. Go to Comment
Sorry to give it a 4/5 because the tale was wonderful.
What I docked a point for, why were the snakes magical in nature and why were there sofew of them? If they wer ehunted to near extinction, then where was that information documented at? If Crowley fought and killed the leader, did the other members get involved and if not why? Did the blood have the effect that Croawley was hoping for, to extend magic properties etc?
It seems after he killed the snake his original goal was left out or fogotten. Go to Comment
Sorry...I completely forgot to elaborate on some of that!
The snakes were created by an ancient DemiGod known as Ssethssorith, who was a human-like snake. Oddly, he was a peaceful Snake Lord, who simply wanted to create others like him to aid him in his studies of magic. (This also explains the magical nature of their blood.) He did not want his potentially powerful creations to be used for destruction, however so he created them with a catch. They have no means of reproduction. The idea behind this being that in order to preserve their existence, they must remain a passive and peaceful people. If they beacme selfish and developed ideas of taking over, they would surely parish in the battles required to do so, therefore negating their very existence. Some have been hunted and some were reckless, but the few that are remaining are very frugal and careful regarding their "future." He gave them their venomous fangs as their only means of defense (but for defense only because in order to use it they would have had to have been close enough for their foe to strike them as well...not an ideal offensive weapon.) However, he also did not want them to parish from their own venom, so he made their blood the only antidote, making them immune to it and rendering it useless against them.
When Crowley began fighting the leader, the others saw what a powerful, and determined, wizard he was. The reason they did not get involved is sadly this: they feared they would finally become extinct. It was simply survival instinct that fueled their decision to remain uninvolved. In their particular case they decided that loosing one life to a wizard that would clearly stop at nothing was better than wiping out the whole race.
As for Crowley's original goal...the idea is that he *did* begin to loose sight of it because of the madness that slowly began overtaking him. It became harder and harder for him to hold the concentration levels required for his tedious research. He lost interest in his original passion as he began to be consumed with the presence the he believed was inside his head and taking over his very being.