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Elbin's comment on 2013-05-27 03:59 AM
Well, I wouldn't have found it otherwise, so it's good that it floated to the surface! Go to Comment
30 Merchants
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Moonlake's comment on 2015-05-24 02:14 AM
Apparently this is at least the third time that I've read this sub and enjoyed it immensely but I've never voted on it so correcting this now. Go to Comment
30 Merchants
NPCs  (Extras-Horde)   (Mercantile)
The Bull's comment on 2014-10-21 04:08 PM
Most excellent indeed, thank you very much! Go to Comment
30 Merchants
NPCs  (Extras-Horde)   (Mercantile)
Dossta's comment on 2013-04-23 03:23 PM
31.) Old Man Humbert, Scroll Dealer and Professional Enchanter
"Welcome, welcome children. How can old Humbert help you today? . . . Protection against fire-breathers, eh? That reminds me of the time young Faravold fought that dragon up the coast a bit, nasty business. Now where were we . . . ? Fire-breathing, yes, yes! Let me just go get a few extra things from the back . . . (many minutes later). Oh! Didn't know I had visitors today. . . . Who were you again?"

A retired wizard of some reknown, Old Humbert manages a small enchanting business that provides for his few needs and little more. He is extremely absentminded and has horrible short-term memory, a combination which ensures that his business will never be very profitable. Humbert will often miscast orders ("fire-breathing" instead of "protection from fire-breathing"), double-enchant something if he forgets that he has already done it, and even add in extra things that the customer hasn't asked (or payed) for. On some days, he is fortunate to be helped by his adolescent granddaughter, Elsie, who is fiercely protective of the old man. Any extra coin he does manage to scrape together usually goes into buying small gifts for her. Go to Comment
30 Merchants
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Dossta's comment on 2013-04-23 03:25 PM
What can I say that hasn't already been said? The dialog, combined with a short sketch of each business and personality paints a really clear picture for any GM to follow. This is definitely going into the binder! Go to Comment
30 Merchants
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Gossamer's comment on 2013-05-27 06:43 AM
Weird that this is back on the frontpage, but that reminds me I haven't voted on it yet.
Full score from me. Go to Comment
At what price Magic?
Systems  (Mystical)   (General)
Anteaus's comment on 2007-08-28 10:46 AM
This is I think a great question, and in the systems that I have set up to deal with this there are no "permanent" magical items because of that... instead the items are all powered by things:
One might be by the faith of sentient being in their god, but if the religion dies so does the item, unless it is reborn... also some magical items where not permanent but the power of the legend around gave the item permanent power as long as the story was believed and retold (everyone around here knows about the Sword of Truth) taking power from belief and shaping it through the magic item.
Another is taking the power from lay lines, ambient magic, ambient life or pulling it from another realm altogether. This requires some form of collection device which may or may not be a part of the magic item itself. A sword that kills grass and bugs, or take the death of a small animal to work. Or a staff that is tied to an alter, destroy the alter and the staff is useless. (These are my favorite methods)
Something else that might do it is to imprison the soul of sentient being in the item to give its power. That should be permanent. Go to Comment
At what price Magic?
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valadaar's comment on 2007-04-04 11:56 AM
Sources for Magical Energy


1. Faith

Gods do not have a monopoly on the energy generated by the faith of sentiant beings. Many 'Holy' or unholy relics come into being not from the direct intervention of the divine, but through the sincere belief of the masses. If enough followers can be convinced of the power of an item, then this faith will help make this a self-fufilling prophesy. Obviously this type of energy source is generally beyond the reach of normal PCs', but kings, high preists, and even demons could make use of this to create and power items.

2. Emotion Go to Comment
At what price Magic?
Systems  (Mystical)   (General)
valadaar's comment on 2007-10-05 11:56 AM
So long as when the ritual is performed, it involves infusing enough energy to power the item for eons, sure. Go to Comment
At what price Magic?
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valadaar's comment on 2009-06-22 11:31 AM
Does anyone have any thoughts on where I should go with this to make it a useful article?
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At what price Magic?
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dark_dragon's comment on 2007-08-30 10:31 PM
I dont think we need to go to so much trouble for enchantments:

1 take bar of steel
2 magnetise using electric coils/other magnet (you get the idea)
3 permanent magnet

1 take normal sword
2 enchant using acrane ritual
3 sword with dangerous, life taking field around it.

First example is a verifiable physical process which produces a permanent effect, second one is a magical process which produces a permanent effect.

We could also consider the halflives of various radioactive compounds. 28000 years is a long time for a sword to become half as effective as when it was originally created in the magical forge.

So an enchantment could be a sort of irradiation process or magnetisation process. In one case, the magical effects would gradually weaken, but for human timescales, they would seem eternal. Magic could affect an until-now unheard-of fundamental particle, which would decay and release magical energy. Go to Comment
Ashala Neritha
NPCs  (Minor)   (Domestic/ Craft)
Strolen's comment on 2007-04-04 08:00 PM
Ashla the Manipulator

Through her time studying her captors and their ability to somehow trump her every escape attempt, Ashla has learned how to adapt to and manipulate her "suitors." Over time, through each successive chief she has slowly and methodically bent them to her will and has changed their entire culture. Using this technique she had them finally convinced that she was there of her own free will. She has them build her a ship and uses it to depart the island. She soon hits the "Ashla the Discarded" scenerio and returns to the island and continues to shape it in her vision.

Edit:
Is it bad that I can't stop thinking of this sub? She would probably resort to piracy at this point. Turns them into raiders of human villages. Both killing off her human "captors" while also exacting a revenge on the human race in general. She would probably take even more risks and probably pretty brutal to any human ships while probably ignoring or allowing safe passage to any other race. Would impact the rest of the world to a point with the unsafe trade routes to humans putting them at a disadvantage. Of course she would return to the sea...wouldn't she? Where no where else that she can call home, she has the sense of freedom and memory of how it used to be. Go to Comment
Ashala Neritha
NPCs  (Minor)   (Domestic/ Craft)
Strolen's comment on 2007-04-04 08:05 PM
I agree with Scras's comment. The idea of a single wife for all the chieftens and then doing this throughout many lifetimes is an awesome idea. My imagination can't even come up with what she may be able to accomplish over that time, which is what prompted my humble addition. Go to Comment
Ashala Neritha
NPCs  (Minor)   (Domestic/ Craft)
Scrasamax's comment on 2007-04-04 01:59 PM
Wow. I absolutely love it because I happen to have an interest in geneology and tracing bloodlines in a game setting. The idea of a lone elf serving as the wife of a tribe through the current chieftan is superb. It is both touching in it's ability to evoke a certain sentimentality and brutal in it's treatment of a single person. Go to Comment
Ashala Neritha
NPCs  (Minor)   (Domestic/ Craft)
EchoMirage's comment on 2007-04-08 04:47 PM
Heh...
Yup, those elven lasses are made for life! Eh, lives!
What else does have a 500-year warranty?

In a campaign of mine, it was quite common for nobles to have elven courtesans give birth to their children, as most of the offspring show signs of the elven talent for magic, and enjoy a long life. Go to Comment
Ashala Neritha
NPCs  (Minor)   (Domestic/ Craft)
Cheka Man's comment on 2007-04-02 10:02 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
Ashala Neritha
NPCs  (Minor)   (Domestic/ Craft)
Murometz's comment on 2007-04-05 10:57 PM
wow..what an absolutely intriguing concept! Go to Comment
Ashala Neritha
NPCs  (Minor)   (Domestic/ Craft)
Murometz's comment on 2007-04-05 10:19 PM
I agree with Strolens comment, and therefore Scras's comment :)

wow, gives a certain popular two-worded curse a WHOLE new meaning!

wow!(again) This is such a great idea...wow! mind spinning...more ideas fomenting...wow.

(HoH and further thoughts will come tomorrow)

Is it me? Or is your stuff just getting better and better val? ;)

I will give this the Dragon Lord patented...wish I thought of it award! Go to Comment
Ashala Neritha
NPCs  (Minor)   (Domestic/ Craft)
valadaar's comment on 2007-04-04 09:15 PM
Thanks folks!:)

When she entered my head, I had to put it here. Not entirely sure where she came from.

I like your addition, even though in my mind she would not resort to direct violence. But then again, people change! Go to Comment
Ashala Neritha
NPCs  (Minor)   (Domestic/ Craft)
Wulfhere's comment on 2007-04-02 04:17 PM
The proud and independent elf maiden, forced into quite a different mold by the vagaries of Fate.

An interesting character, she could pose a variety of dilemmas for adventurers, depending on how the GM wanted to incorporate her into a campaign. If encountered while the is the "All-mother" of the tribe, many groups would hope to rescue her: Her refusal to cooperate with the violence that most adventurers rely upon might come as a frustrating surprise to them.

What happens after the leaves the islands could be even more sad, depending on her people's reaction to her return. I could picture her becoming a victim of her own success: She returns to her people, bitter and victimized. Once there she draws upon her vast experience of humanity to counsel withdrawal and isolation, but once those Elvish leaders who are most isolationist gain power, they reject her as "tainted" by her centuries of dwelling among humans.

On a side note: The islanders would need to practice strict exogamy (marriage/mating outside their own tribe) or would soon face the consequences of inbreeding, as Ashala's myriad descendants became common within the population. Go to Comment
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