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Twin Paper
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Cheka Man's comment on 2007-01-05 08:15 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
Twin Paper
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Chaosmark's comment on 2007-01-05 10:29 PM
A useful means of mystical communication. Another use might be watchtowers on the outskirts of the country. When an invading force is first seen, the watchers write out a warning, then burn their linked-logbook, as the messages have already been imprinted within the matching book inside the capital. This instant communication gives the soldiers an extra edge, because they do not need to return to the capital or anywhere else to give warning; instead they can focus on survival, and hindering the enemy's progress. Go to Comment
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Incarnadine's comment on 2007-03-28 09:51 PM
If you slipped this into somebody's backpack you could have a pretty sweet plot as they think they've found a holy artifact- just write something along the lines of:

"Hello, I'm your god."

As long as they're not familiar with Twin Paper, that'd make a pretty entertaining plotline. Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2007-01-05 07:42 PM
Fix the bolding

A great addition to any espionage game, obviously goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway. Hmm, this is a pricey enterprise, creating these sheets, but then again, royal courts and governments could theoretically mass produce these in droves, having teams of alchemists working around the clock, and procuring the necessary components ad nauseam.

Hmm, here's a plot. You can have an entire nation overthrow another one, with this innovation, assuming the latter nation does not have the secret paste recipe or awareness of the process. A potentially humbling tide turner in a great war.

The list goes on. Thieves Guild intrigue, unscrupulous monks copying the religious texts of another secret order, on and on.

Good work val. Useful and uncomplicated. Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2007-01-05 08:04 PM
Updated: Bolding fixed... Go to Comment
Twin Paper
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valadaar's comment on 2007-01-06 02:26 PM
Your point about countermeasures is well made, and could help reduce it's impact. However a powerful nation could get around some of the measures by forging or stealing watermarked paper and then treating it.

The wax seals and Notary are an excellent countermeasure.

Regarding damage transferral, it was not stated explictly, but only minor alterations such as writing will transfer, otherwise the use as a 'backup' copy is not possible. So, I'd say physical damage (tearing, etc) do not transfer at all, and total destruction like burning will simply cause the other sheet to become somewhat scorched but readable. Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2007-01-06 07:57 PM
I heard something similar, but it was a terribly invasive ultraviolet dye... Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2007-01-08 08:52 AM
Updated: Changed to Scroll to add a few related entries and thoughts. Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2007-01-08 08:56 AM
An ideal companion item for a spy deep within an enemy is the use of a magical quill which writes illusionary text. In reality it writes a plain-text message which due to the paper not transmitting magic, comes through clear on the other side. If someone were to see the local copy, they would see the illusionary text which would appear as something unimportant.

Spells which accomplish the same task are also useful. Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2007-01-08 09:02 AM
A lesser powered (No magic capturing) version of the Book of Transcription made with this type of paper would be even more powerful, being a 'bug' with unlimited range, though the book would be hideously expensive.

Eg. For a 100 page book with standard (8"x11" - yes I know that is not a medival standard) size pages, you are looking at expending the equivilent of 550lbs of gold to produce the necessary twin paper. This is not even touching the cost of making it into a book of transcription.

Anyone of power would be well advised to periodically checking their library for books radiating enchantment they are not expecting. Could provide much gainful employment for lesser wizards of a trustworthy sort :) Go to Comment
Twin Paper
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valadaar's comment on 2007-03-28 07:32 PM
Twin Journal

A pair of books created with large amounts of Twin Paper. Generally used on fleet flagships for communication with High Command, and sometimes on especially important espionage missions. Go to Comment
The Scratching Stone
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manfred's comment on 2006-12-21 01:16 PM
I would think that there is a subtle enchantment placed on the stone, that discourages the simple folk from interfering with it. Or maybe they just register on some level, hidden to them, that damaging the stone would be a very bad idea.

Of course, once someone else finds out, and rushes in to break it up into nice little pieces... ouch.

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The scholarly details could recieve more power, if the players find themselves on the opposing side of would-be-miners. What if there is a prophecy, that something unnatural and terrible will happen at the Stone? Unclear as prophecies go, it could be that somebody plans to create a massive stone golem (or few) for some real muscle - and that could be also a real plot.

But there is also the Stone itself - so off with the PCs to hunt for more knowledge about it, and inevitably about the forgotten people of the region. With a few unclean legends of the scourge of their time, or some pictographic burial findings, they should be able to piece the big secret together.

Suitable for groups that like research of this kind, though.

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Oh, and: it's a nice plotlocation. :) Go to Comment
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MoonHunter's comment on 2006-12-21 12:46 AM
Nicely executed and has a lot of scholarly details (I am not sure where anyone dealing with this would get those, but we move on). The piece is generic enough that it has dozens of uses in dozens of ways.

This one could be a modern or supers submissions as well as just a fantasy one.

Gets some paws up. Go to Comment
The Scratching Stone
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Iain's comment on 2006-12-21 05:05 PM
Excellent Go to Comment
The Scratching Stone
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Scrasamax's comment on 2006-12-21 07:38 AM
Very nice, good historical aspects as well as impending doom for the greedy. Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2006-12-20 05:40 PM
I really like this and can imagine the furious Wrym, of a different type then *modern* Dragons, bursting out because of human greed. 5/5 Go to Comment
The Scratching Stone
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Chaosmark's comment on 2006-12-21 07:01 PM
Very nicely done, though it could probably use a bit more in the way of potential plots. I like it, I really do. Go to Comment
The Scratching Stone
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Murometz's comment on 2008-12-18 08:38 AM
Not sure why I missed this one. VERY good! Go to Comment
The Scratching Stone
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valadaar's comment on 2006-12-20 12:24 PM
The Dragon can easily be swapped out for any similar Mystic Scale monster, all one needs to do is change the meaning of the word Haern. If desired, I can add the dragon as a sub, but there are enough suitable dragons out there to fit the bill. Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2006-12-21 01:51 PM
The Pictorial idea is great! Since the old culture is mostly stone-age (with experiments with copper and later bronze) cave paintings fit in quite nicely.

The paintings could depict the battle between the Dragon and the Alun gods (monster with big teeth, lots of dead stick-people) and a rough image of the stone. Go to Comment
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