I think it would be a good idea to introduce PCs to leonamuth spine duels before they hear about leonamths. And then to hear about them long before they encounter one. And maybe they get back to camp after an excursion and the camp has leonamuth tracks all over it and all of their porters and friends are dead. Apex predators need to be built up before their introduction.
Sorry, animals preying on humans is something we haven't had to take seriously in a few hundred years (partly because the lions weren't 20' tall). Here's another something to shake the ancestral fear by the shoulder.
Not only do leonamuth's use their spine-dens to impress females, but they also use them acoustically. In the wastelands of Corpsefall, hearing a far-off corpse hit the ground is often a matter of life and death.
Built according to instinctual blueprints, spine-dens always work to funnel and amplify sounds towards the center. A listener in the center of the den can hear noises coming from ten times farther away than they would otherwise. Bigger dens are more powerful amplifiers, and the most successful dens are built on hills (although in flat areas without any tree cover, elevation doesn't matter).
For this reason, it is nearly impossible to sneak up on a leonamuth in its den. If you stumble upon a leonamuth's den, you can be assured that it is not home, or else it would have heard you coming and killed you by now. Go to Comment
I like these, and I love the Bonestitcher, too!
This is a powerful healing tool, and I like that you've attempted balance by nature of the bonepicker causing scars and intense pain, as well as the chance of hungry bonestitchers coming up which adds an element of gambling and risk to the use.
I think it would be best used against the players than for them, used as a trump card by evil cultists when their chips are down. Go to Comment
I would not expect one of these to fall into a PC's hands without them winning some major battle - the cultists who carry these are high ranking. The DM who lets a PC just grab one deserves the unbalancing effect :)
Used without the counter-balance of a pyschotic, large, magically powerful and infernally well connected cult, and yes it would be unbalanced. They do scar the character in question - I left that to the GM to adjudicate, but I would be looking at both charisma and sanity impacts - they are neither aesthetically concerned, nor do they anaesthetize while operating. Not really that much different from old style medical practice when you think about it :)
They cannot be used in the heat of battle - both practically and with the chance the injured party could end up undead should the patient die mid-operation.
Additional complications one could apply:
1. The food on hand must be a live, aware creature of some form.
2. The hole in reality the amulet opens gives a possibility something else could step into our realm.
3. Gyatharmar may notice and either act himself (unlikely) or at least communicate the location to the Cult.
4. If the lesser bonestitcher is damaged during the operation (i.e., it was called upon during an active battle) that particular one will never return, removing one of the daily usage slots.
5. Each successive use on a given day adds 1 to the roll on the table.
Bone stitchers are awesome. Awesome, awesome, awesome.
This amulet is solid, but it still feels sort of basic. I'd rather see something weird, like a femur you have to lick in order to summon one. Or a length of string that you use to make a "spiderweb" in a moonlit window.
Are the bone stitchers really spiders? Or are they just little muttering surgery demons that happen to have a spidery body? Go to Comment
The lesser bone stitchers are nice because you're more likely to use/encounter them in a game. Are there any requirements for using the amulet -- such as being a member of the Cult, or being "keyed" to the item somehow? As written, a PC could pick up one of these bad-boys and act as a impromptu cleric with no real drawbacks, provided they keep some contingency meat around. Go to Comment
I have a player with a very dark cleric who will definitely love this. She hates healing the other players because she feels it too kind. I don't think she'll hesitate to heal them this way, however. She might ask them to smear themselves with bacon fat first. Go to Comment