Will be converting some of the notables in this sub to Stubs and then Subs as time allows.
In some ways it's like making an onion - you always need to add another layer :)
I will be elaborating on the home city, its politics and culture as time allows, but for now it is a large, middle-easternlike maritime city. There are two major ethinic division with the minority in power. Herithi is part of the majority which is oppressed, Cardos (and all other government figures) are part of the minority.
A very original NPC! It seems that the beggars and lowlifes of the city have more magical resources than one might expect!
I like the way that his history was presented and the nicely fleshed-out supporting characters, the cruel judge and the regretful executioner.
I suspect that Yatharith would have kept a regular watch on the activity of the courts, both to recruit likely future beggars from among the executioner's maimed victims and to gather information that might interest his friends among the criminal underworld. Go to Comment
A fascinating NPC, and one that coudl easily prompt the more good hearted adventures to take it upon themsevles to either heal or avenege, especially once they realize the mans capability and how his gratitude could be reapaid...
Funny it is, but very usable at the same time. And hey, this would work nicely with the Hiberian String! It works for me; can I steal it for my system? :)
You have been questioned in detail, because while the school can work nicely standalone, it has possibly a much deeper magical background. And we do love magical theory. There's quite a few schools of magic around here, but most are only the basic idea.
And MoonHunter is hard on you, as this could easily become a supplement to other systems (D20 even, duh). The idea and much detail is there - it depends on you whether you want to expand it further. We would love to hear more.
(Low power) Climb - lets the rope crawl upon a surface - say, up or down the mountainside - and hold its own weight there. A further spell may be required to tie it to something. Sight of the spellcaster is very useful. Go to Comment
While it is close to Order of the Holy Swine, I think it's even closer to Dwarven Runecasting, where the effect is based on the caster spending time and concentration creating the rune, or the knots in this case. System-wide, doesn't really need to be based on mana, but can be easily adapted. Go to Comment
Reading on the Herithi character, I came to wonder about this: couldn't (some of) the spells also effect hair, and similar natural threads? Even if the caster could cast only upon himself, there would be manifold applications. Speaking of Herithi, making the hair more sensitive to air currents and the like, he could improve his senses, and percieve more of his surroundings. Go to Comment
Well, it wouldn't remove the blindness, just make him more "Whoa, these people really have their other senses improved." Even a decent bonus would make it seem he only knows his surroundings well. (As for Herithi though, you are right.)
Now Dwarwes... with all those beards, and many little knots here and there, for purely decorative purposes of course... who knows if they are such great fighters for their physique only. Go to Comment
Among other Easter customs in my country, there are woven small whips out of young flexible twigs, typically of willows. After the holidays, they are mostly discarded, but I have seen that a few people plant them, and with some care they sprout, growing into weird-looking 'trees', that are made of tightly interwoven thinner beams.
Now the idea: an Entwiner could thus wave together the fresh twigs, and plant them to grow. The actual 'ripening' of the spell would take years, with the growing plant absorbing it's own power of life and growth into itself; growing slower than normal.
To release the spell, the entwiner will untie the knots in the reverse order they were bound. Doing so, they release the power of life the tree has accumulated, in effect casting a potent healing spell on those around it. Its power depends on how long was the tree allowed to grow; but the untieing may be too hard if the tree is left alone for too long - beams growing thicker and harder, eventually growing into one.
Speaking of braided hear, I've heard that some of the prettier girls have intuitively learned to make just the right hairstyle for their beauty... you didn't know how widespread this school was, did you? :) Go to Comment
Re curses woven into peasant huts: a curse targeting the person who destroyed a cottage may not be strong, but what if someone destroyed an entire village (raid/pyromania/accident) of such cottages, with all the curses falling in heaps upon the person? That someone would need help very fast... but what will the helpers do, when they find out the cause?
While not detailed, fairly complete. Hits all the bases for a magical school sub. It has good flavor aspects and a few details worth mentioning.
I have a number of questions off the top of my head that are unanswered in your submission:
Can anyone who can tie the knot make a spell (thus is it possible to do it by accident?)
Do people have to be "those with the magic gift" to tie so many knots?
Are knots much like a rune system... each knot being a symbolic aspect of the magical word or phrase or is each spell a single knot?
Would like to know is there any limit to the number of knots you can tie per day/ per hour/ or per person? Is this a manna system where personal power empowes the knot?
Is the cost of the spell is time spent tying?
How long does it take to tie a knot/ cast a spell?
Are there any limits to the number of knots you can tie putting together in a rope? (And since rope/cord is not taken up with a knot, it is really just a taliman and something to focus the hand motions required for the spell).
Why learn splicing when the knots never eat up the rope?
Is it one spell per rope or can I re-use the same rope for a umber of spells.
Can you tie knots ahead of time and then cast the spell?
Can you get a knot "mostly done" and do one final twist or pull and hae an effect go off?