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Formuo Magi Savant
NPCs  (Major)   (Mystical)
Wulfhere's comment on 2007-01-25 08:22 AM
THe idea of an autistic savant mage never would have occurred to me. It gives me "Rain Man" ideas, with those who see only his potential use struggling against those who want to protect him. Go to Comment
Alun
Society/ Organizations  (Mystical)   (Country/ State)
MoonHunter's comment on 2007-01-15 01:37 AM
Very much an expanded stub. I hate when you have those, and they just keep going and going.

Still, this one covers much of what one wants for a species group. Love the format. Take an extra star for a sub out of control. Go to Comment
Alun
Society/ Organizations  (Mystical)   (Country/ State)
Scrasamax's comment on 2007-01-12 10:34 PM
Good submission, and while a bit spread out, the formatting makes the sub easy to read. The stone flutes are an obvious highlight. Go to Comment
Alun
Society/ Organizations  (Mystical)   (Country/ State)
Cheka Man's comment on 2007-01-12 09:23 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
Alun
Society/ Organizations  (Mystical)   (Country/ State)
necromancer's comment on 2007-01-31 06:11 PM
At first i thought this race was a cliche, but through your details you've made it your own. Go to Comment
Alun
Society/ Organizations  (Mystical)   (Country/ State)
Murometz's comment on 2007-01-09 03:11 PM
me'likey Stone Flutes! Go to Comment
Alun
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Murometz's comment on 2007-01-12 07:56 PM
Labor of Love alert! Pretty good, covers all the basics. Nice detail in places. Stone Flutes are particularly juicy. Thumbs up! Go to Comment
Alun
Society/ Organizations  (Mystical)   (Country/ State)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-09-23 04:40 PM
This was a large undertaking, writing up a culture. While I feel you covered a lot of material, you did not provide us with a picture of what it is like to interact with the people. These people have narrative to them and ascendancy and collapses. We don't learn what it is like to a be Alun or what they were really like. We have bunch of facts but not a real pictures. A good effort and an interesting one. Go to Comment
Alun
Society/ Organizations  (Mystical)   (Country/ State)
valadaar's comment on 2007-01-09 10:58 AM


Stone Flutes
One of the few remaining artifacts of the Alun people of note are the amazing Stone Flutes. These massive stone pillars (generally 6' in diameter and up to 30' tall) pierced with carefully carved holes. Running down the center of the stone (only visible from above the stone), is a long resonating chamber.

When wind blows across the top of the stone the right way, a low tone is created (similar to blowing across a bottle, but much lower in octave). Covering the various holes on the stone will cause slight variations in the tone - if enough are covered then the changes become perceptible enough to produce simple music. It would, however, require a large number of people, carefully coordinated, to 'play' this massive instrument.

Those samples which survive of these artifacts radiate a small degree of magic, though wether this is from their creation, or represent some means of improving their ability remains to be seen. What is known is that no attempt to replicate these structures has succeeded in producing the same quantity and quality of sound.

It is thought that these played an important part in the magical rituals performed by the Alun.

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Alun
Society/ Organizations  (Mystical)   (Country/ State)
valadaar's comment on 2007-01-10 11:16 AM
This was originally intended as a Stub for the Alun in The Scratching Stone, but it grew somewhat. Go to Comment
Alun
Society/ Organizations  (Mystical)   (Country/ State)
valadaar's comment on 2007-01-16 10:43 AM
Updated: Removed many unnecessary newlines, a couple sections have been 'demoted' and moved into suitable sections.
Open for suggestions to improve readabilty, including breaking out sub-subs :) Go to Comment
Alun
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valadaar's comment on 2012-09-23 06:20 PM
This is due to them being, at least in Neyathis, a dead race.

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Alun
Society/ Organizations  (Mystical)   (Country/ State)
the Wanderer's comment on 2007-01-14 12:05 PM
I like it, great details. Go to Comment
Haruun the Eternal
Plots  (Mystical)   (Encounter)
Scrasamax's comment on 2007-01-12 10:37 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
Haruun the Eternal
Plots  (Mystical)   (Encounter)
Cheka Man's comment on 2007-01-12 08:08 PM
Great for punishing stupid violent PCs. Go to Comment
Haruun the Eternal
Plots  (Mystical)   (Encounter)
Murometz's comment on 2007-01-12 08:00 PM
A nifty, ready-to-go, plop-down location and encounter, quite usable for a GM on the fly, despite the Alun specifics. Nice work.

Again, the Stone Flutes rock!! Go to Comment
Haruun the Eternal
Plots  (Mystical)   (Encounter)
valadaar's comment on 2007-01-12 08:03 PM
The Stone Flutes idea preceeded the Alun and this sub by a great interval of time. It seemed appropriate to use with this stone-age people. Go to Comment
Twin Paper
Items  (Materials)   (Magical)
manfred's comment on 2007-01-06 04:01 AM
This is a pretty cool one!

Especially if you plan on using it to capture enemy secrets, there is another expansion necessary: some simply means of disenchantment (fast, not necessarily cheap). On the one side, once you have learned the secret, you will want to prevent accidental writing on your copy that would immediately show on the other side. On the other side, once somebody knows of this, paper and all mediums of information will start to be suspected, and important documents will be surely disenchanted shortly before writing, just in case.

And so starts another magical arms race... :)

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On Chaosmark's idea: would the burning of one paper result in some changes on the other side? Maybe even temporary, but there should be some hint that this happened... the paper could turn brownish for a while, etc. Go to Comment
Twin Paper
Items  (Materials)   (Magical)
MoonHunter's comment on 2007-01-06 10:57 AM
A very good basic enchantment. Of course once this item becomes known, it will cause two things to happen.

Visible Watermarking for government documents. Contracting companies will do the same. This will make it difficult to "forge" things with the enchanted paper.

Wax seals will be used, as those can not be duplicated by the enchantment (or will just show as a splat). And Notaries will become a requirement, as they will list what they have certificed and why. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notary_public for information about these people). The Notary has a record of what they witnessed. Thus they can eliminate some of the semi-fraudulent processes.

Still, it is a great "fantasy" radio. The price is not that outragous and would provide huge advantages in government, warfare, and large scale businesses over those who do not have it. Even expensive, it would easily pay for itself.

Communication processes are great. And if Books of Law were made with this paper, and tied to a few dozen other books of the same time, you could have instant distribution of laws, warrents, and such to the outlying providences.

From this item, Ledgers of Governence would be created. Right Sided Pages for sending out to the outlying location, the left sided pages for inbound information. Thus laws, tax records, appointments, warrents, and such could be recorded and sent instantly.

Of course one thing. If what is done to one page, is done to another, then what about burning one page? Will the other burn as well? Go to Comment
Twin Paper
Items  (Materials)   (Magical)
MoonHunter's comment on 2007-01-06 04:06 PM
So the shreading of this age will be painting it over with black ink. If the ink used was flamable, even the better.

Actually many an early modern era espionage mission was done by France and England to get the other's official paper, much the same way people try to steal Money Blank paper. With it, you could make official documents. With this technology though, you would not only have to steal the heavily guarded paper, but put it back so someone will use it (after enchanting it).

If this paper imaging becomes "common", then they will start enchanting certain paperweights with a detection spell keyed to it. Thus the copied paper can be detected easily. Technology, counter technology, it is a natural progression.

Aside: There is a spooktale where the KGB tagged certain military office's paper supply with a radioactive material, so when they sent orders out on it they could trace where the orders went (finding the spies associated with the office via geiger counter). Do not know how reliable this one is, but it sounds good. Go to Comment
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