Yes, these items are generally one-off constructions. They are very expensive (that is why the target in the backstory was a king) and need suprise to be effective. Once mages know what to look for, these suits lose their effectiveness. Go to Comment
In any case, I would let the GM decide on how well they are known. Their power is increased by their rarity. In this case, only Kagerith knows the way to make these suits (he has apprentices, but he is jealous of his secrets, so they only know part of the process). If his written works were stolen, then other mages could carry on with production. Go to Comment
This story resonates with the myths of Greece, of Perseus and the sea monster, and of Odysseus and Polyphemus the Cyclops. I like the power of the spear, and how Tryvaard himself was collected by the capiricious mountain spirits. There could certainly be some sort of notion that Tryvaard will one day return when his service to the Mountain is done, and who knows what wisdom and magic he might return with. Go to Comment
Not really unstoppable - it can be parried if someone knows it is coming. In truth it is not much more powerful then a shortbow. It's chief advantage is suprise, as well as the more precise control of a melee weapon. Go to Comment
If I got it right, nobody is crushed - they just have to keep walking, or they will be rolled around, recieve scratches and be hit, over and over, the rough floor slowly killing them.
I could imagine a healthy person could walk it for a few days (likely getting drowsy a few times, falling, and waking up again), until being too weak to continue... then dieing a very messy, prolonged death.
Simple and cruel. Good work. For a torture instrument of course. :) Go to Comment
My question is - how fast does the floor move? I could see one where, in a ten-foot-cell, it only move about 5 or 6 feet per hour, which would make for an extremely drawn-out and painful death. Is the stone still damp from the river as it comes up? If so, a particularly determined victim might end up scraping his tongue raw licking moisture from the stone, if they just throw them in and ignore them for a month. Go to Comment