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Denizens of the Chill Squall
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Pieh's comment on 2010-11-22 08:59 AM


I really didn't like the spider explanation, but it works. I love the idea of skulls floating in a blizzard, and, as Echo said "Eating people and scaring puppies."



Good work, and I also really liked the intro story. I didn't find it hard to read and it did more for my than the details of a spider larvae.


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Denizens of the Chill Squall
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Scrasamax's comment on 2010-12-18 09:26 AM


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Denizens of the Chill Squall
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EchoMirage's comment on 2010-11-22 03:08 AM


The monster is interesting, the introduction quite difficult to read, though - and most of it does not pertain to the topic.



I echo Black Jack: a group of possible explanations is better than just one answer.

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Denizens of the Chill Squall
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EchoMirage's comment on 2010-11-22 08:27 AM
Evil floating skulls in a blizzard, that eat people and scare puppies? Sure as hell is a monster in my book ^_^ Go to Comment
Denizens of the Chill Squall
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Cheka Man's comment on 2010-11-21 10:01 PM


Not creatures I would like to get in a tussel with.


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Denizens of the Chill Squall
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slartibartfast's comment on 2010-11-22 05:15 AM
Interesting; that was my original intent for this. Had several different explanations as alluded to in the intro, but didn't know whether the entry would qualify as a 'monster'. Go to Comment
Denizens of the Chill Squall
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slartibartfast's comment on 2010-11-24 05:52 PM
Yeah, I know. Unfortunately Brogan outweighs me by about a hundred pounds. Once he gets talking, there's no way to shut him up ;-) Go to Comment
Denizens of the Chill Squall
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Black Jack Rackham's comment on 2010-11-21 11:48 PM


Interesting monster.  I even like the less mysterious solution. 



My suggestion would be to put this as one of a possible group of solutions.  So instead of the spiders being the 'correct' answer, they are one, as is the spirits of the dead (perhaps those lost in storms, or punished by the gods for their wanton cruelty or 'coldness' if you prefer), living storms who's motivations are completely alien, etc.



Just my 2.8341923478 cents worth



Mark


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Denizens of the Chill Squall
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Everclear's comment on 2010-11-26 12:30 PM


I like this!



Don't let the others curtail your creative flare, the intro is good.



As the others above have pointed out, I think you should portray the spiders as an equally plausible solution rather than the correct explanation.



A metaphysical malevolent creature always seems to go down a treat on these pages; and the first explanation is rather interesting, perhaps that's why the spider explanation (though clever) doesn't have the same impact when it comes after the living storm idea. 



Keep up the good work.


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Denizens of the Chill Squall
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Dossta's comment on 2010-11-22 01:26 PM


Those are some of the most interesting spiders that I've ever come across -- cold loving, communal and (to some extent) nurturing are not qualities normally associated with arachnids.  I will second Echo, though, and say that the intro is a tad long.  Good for flavor, but it doesn't disseminate the pertinent bits quickly enough for my tastes.  Don't get me wrong; it is definitely well-written, but could be condensed, perhaps.


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Denizens of the Chill Squall
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herrozerro's comment on 2010-11-22 07:38 AM


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Denizens of the Chill Squall
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MysticMoon's comment on 2010-12-19 02:11 PM


Like others above, I would have liked to see the other possible explanations given equal weight.



The intro was long compared to the length of the description, but I'm not complaining about that - it was far too enjoyable.


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Gauntlets of Strength: A detailed analysis
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Strolen's comment on 2010-11-06 07:23 AM


Absolutely loved it. They style and the new take were outstanding. Very much looking forward to others. Need to subscribe to this wizard's blog or twitter feed.


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Gauntlets of Strength: A detailed analysis
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manfred's comment on 2010-11-11 03:20 PM


This is what magic should be about! Very logical, and suitable for every wizard's apprentice. :)


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Gauntlets of Strength: A detailed analysis
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Siren no Orakio's comment on 2010-11-04 04:42 PM


Well done, especially with the presentation. 


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Gauntlets of Strength: A detailed analysis
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Pieh's comment on 2010-11-03 05:42 PM


Very nice! The idea itself is useful and fun, but the presentation takes it over the bar. I enjoyed reading this doddering old fool's analysis of a pair of increasingly interesting gloves. Partway through, I could hear the wizard proclaiming "I've discovered exercise!" in the back of my mind, but it was not as cheasy as that in the submission, thankfully.



As I pondered the final notes, I thought of other items that could increase physical or mental abilities. Then I thought, what if they were all gloves? I like the Gauntlets of Strength spin, but what about Agility or even Intelligence. I would like to see gloves that can do that!



Good work.


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Gauntlets of Strength: A detailed analysis
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EchoMirage's comment on 2010-11-04 03:12 AM


Echo likes. Now think up a similar item for other attributes!


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Gauntlets of Strength: A detailed analysis
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2012-03-28 08:57 PM


Holy tiny font Batman... I am not sure if I like or not as my eyes are hating me right now for reading this entire thing. It makes sense to be sure, fun and reasonable in its delivery.


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Gauntlets of Strength: A detailed analysis
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Murometz's comment on 2010-11-03 06:20 PM


I can only second Pieh, since he beat me to it. What he said! Great presentation and amusing to no end.

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Gauntlets of Strength: A detailed analysis
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valadaar's comment on 2013-05-14 10:03 AM
A great item and great presentation - nicely done! Go to Comment
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