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Strolen's comment on 2006-02-05 07:25 AM
I like the book a lot and the way it is presented is just fine, no issues on that. The question I have is about your percieved availability of the book. From the first part I get conflicts whether it is a single book that is handed around or something that can be created by those that know how. Refering to "the creator" implies that many can be made yet it seems a somewhat specialized item that is tied to a specific circumstance that wouldn't readily be duplicated.

The other thing I felt needed a little more was on how somebody would give this as a gift if it was a single item. It seems to me that the book should effect every person that holds it, not just an intended victim? In this case then it might be difficult for the current reader to give it away in the first place unless he already knows the nature of the book and doesn't get addicted to it. Maybe I am catching that one the wrong way though. Go to Comment
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Strolen's comment on 2011-05-16 12:57 PM


Still plenty of time before Murometz's gauntlet throw comes into affect. I still thing there is goodness in here!!


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Strolen's comment on 2012-09-10 02:43 PM
We are getting AWFULLY close to this. Uh oh. Go to Comment
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manfred's comment on 2006-02-10 11:09 AM
Very interesting.

I think you may have overdone the customizeability of the item, if that is possible. I could understand what you wanted to say, but among all the options has the message got a little unclear (like Strolen has noted).

I would suggest to limit the options at least at the start, and present the story in its entirety, it is interesting enough to stand alone. Show its powers, according to your story/game world, and afterwards list some of the ways how it can be adapted. Especially the scaling of power is interesting, you can skip some options, or note them only briefly.

Also, the whole talk of a 'template' is quite detracting to me. Skip it or put it towards the end along with others notes right of the technical manual.


I think I know what you wanted, and such a lesson for beginning GMs on how to integrate stuff into their own game world could be interesting, somehow the lecture format collides with the story. Maybe it is just me. :)

Solid item otherwise. Go to Comment
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Kassil's comment on 2006-03-19 03:59 PM
One random notation to this:

Shouldn't the word be omniscient, not omnipotent? Knowing all, but only able to generate the illusions? Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2006-01-31 05:53 PM
If the book is destoyed will her spirit be freed? Go to Comment
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Kinslayer's comment on 2008-01-28 07:25 PM
I like it. The submission could stand a rewrite, but the ideas are grand. This book works both as a customised work--storytelling raised to the level of magic, without true magic being used. It also works well as a magic item that adjusts to its new owner, sort of a mystic version of A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer from Stephenson's The Diamond Age.

Whether truly sentient or not, this is nasty and fun--for the GM, at least. I would use this subtly. That is, the imagery would be all in the reader's imagination, rather than an overt visual phantasm. Go to Comment
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2012-06-22 07:28 AM
Can we just force this out of need advice? Go to Comment
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wildcorn's comment on 2006-02-01 05:00 AM
Good question. I should add a section on destruction of the book to the item. In my template story, yeah it would be. Go to Comment
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wildcorn's comment on 2006-02-02 08:00 AM
Updated: Added section on destroying the book. Go to Comment
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Dozus's comment on 2012-11-05 02:52 PM
Hear hear! Ol' Corny hasn't been here in six years, and this is an interesting enough sub as-is. Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2006-06-10 07:31 PM
I say we give wildcorn another 6 years, 6 months, and 6 days from today to complete this work. Otherwise, we all pounce on this wonderful concept!

What I'm trying to say wildcorn, is come back! You have a wonderful imagination! Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2017-01-23 10:42 AM
Agreed. I think its prime time viable as well. Good stuff here!
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Kassy's comment on 2012-05-20 07:50 AM
Come back wildcorn!!

I really enjoyed reading this, it would be great to see it completed! Go to Comment
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PoisonAlchemist's comment on 2011-07-17 04:21 AM


*slow clap* I ... wow. A really good concept with an amazing and detailed example. I wish it would be revived.


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Longspeak's comment on 2017-02-03 12:46 AM
Okay, I have some issues with formatting which impact readability, which I am pretty keen on. But I love the idea. 4/4 Go to Comment
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manfred's comment on 2006-06-16 12:24 PM
It is 'out there', but definitively interesting. Makes people go 'Huh?!' when/if they find out.

As an alternative, he could be easily converted into a wizard, an Illusionist. (The illusions might be even visible by others - actually powered by the minds of those calling Cardinal.)

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Ria Hawk's comment on 2006-06-16 02:06 AM
Wow. I like the idea of Cardinal actually being a captive mind (although one has to wonder if he knows that's what he is). Of course, a bard of his reputation is going to have difficulty explaining why he never does public appearances (unless they're akin to raves, where everyone is stoned). And there's always the possibility that the Pills have some unknown and unpleasant side-effects, as opposed to just being addictive, although that's bad enough. Go to Comment
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Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-05 09:10 AM
A wonderful surprise, the not really there character. Worthy of Mr. Sterling's attention, even if the mechanics of multiple phylactaries as rather confusing. Go to Comment
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EchoMirage's comment on 2010-02-09 05:06 AM
It's an interesting idea, an a cool mystery character!

But: there's some spelling and grammar that could be corrected; also, his name is an issue, being the title of a high-ranking priest, and Luther being the founder of the Protestant church. Go to Comment
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Corpse Herders

       By: Murometz

The Jiangsi was the name of an undead being in Chinese folklore and mythology. Usually translated as zombie or vampire for Western palates, the Jiangsi was really neither. They appeared as simply risen, fresh corpses. They moved (peculiarly!) by hopping rather than walking, and sought out the living to suck the Qilife force from their victims.

Perhaps significantly more interesting than the Jiangsi itself, was the lore surrounding them. "Zombie wranglers", or "Corpse Herders", usually Daoist priests, were men tasked with delivering these undead beings back to their respective home towns. Tradition in China placed great importance and emphasis on the return of the dead to their homes and families, and thus the corpse herders came to be. By using magick words and talismans they would animate the dead, and by placing specially inscribed parchments of paper over the Jiangsi heads and faces, the corpse herders would be able to control the hopping corpses. Then like pied pipers, they would lead processions of subdued undead, across many miles, rhythmically chanting and ringing tiny bells.

Special inns were built across China to house these undead caravans, as the zombies could only travel by evening and night, the sun anathema to them. Rows of doors opening to barely a closet-space, lined the walls of these special establishments. Behind these doors, the corpses would be stored upright while the corpse herders rested in rooms.

The Jiangsi under the control of a corpse herder were quite harmless, merely hopping after him, silently and without complaint, for weeks and months. If however, the magicked parchment would somehow be removed from their faces, the creatures would immediately seek living humans to kill. Their thirst for Qi was unquenchable.

The job of a corpse herder was an interesting one to say the least.

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