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Strolen
July 6, 2013
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A Traveler’s Guide to Vartanadel    Locations  (Country/ State)   (Any)

The land of Vartanadel is full of twisted and fabricated truths. To stay in power, one must play the game.

Moonlake
June 28, 2013
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Comments: 8
Ideas: 0
Votes: 5 / 3.700000
Dangerous Chinese Mythical Lifeforms    Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Any)

A collection of Chinese Mythical Lifeforms that can pose varying degrees of danger to adventurers and the general populace

Moonlake
June 27, 2013
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Comments: 22
Ideas: 2
Votes: 7 / 4.071429
Harmless Chinese Mythical Lifeforms    Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Any)

A collection of relatively harmless Chinese Mythical Lifeforms

Dossta
June 26, 2013
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Comments: 7
Ideas: 1
Votes: 4 / 4.625000
The Wu Xing Beasts    Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Any)

Two creatures, forever cycling between the phases of the 5 elements, unable to rejoin.

Dossta
June 25, 2013
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Comments: 6
Ideas: 0
Votes: 4 / 4.750000
That Which is Forgotten    Articles  (Fiction)   (Gaming - In General)

A short story which uses Memory Moths in a sci-fi setting. Props to Echomirage for the forum post that inspired the symbiotic Proxy Bug.

caesar193
June 24, 2013
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Comments: 14
Ideas: 0
Votes: 4 / 4.625000
Raveten    Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)

An army can be compared to a craftsmen. Both produce for gain. A craftsmen produces a product, a good, for monetary gain. An army, however, produces corpses for resource acquisition. Be it on the battlefield or in the medical tent with the severely wounded being put out of their misery, the fillers of graves are being produced.

Any mind of the modern age has thought about putting those bodies to work. Necromancy has long been socially inacceptable. Besides, no one enjoys seeing a former comrade, a former brother-in-arms, walking around fighting and killing with a spear hole in his gut and a couple arrows hanging from the arms. And the only other way was to throw the dead body into a catapult and throw it at the enemy, in the hopes of giving them plague.

It was Obstarian military who first unleashed the Raveten on their foes during the World War. No one was prepared for it. And so people died.

Scrasamax
June 23, 2013
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Comments: 10
Ideas: 0
Votes: 10 / 4.650000
Zoe 3000    NPCs  (Extras)   (Artistic/Performance)

Think twice before giving your children extreme in utero biomodification. Your decision will last for my lifetime.

Zoe 3000

Scrasamax
June 20, 2013
Hits: 1304
Comments: 5
Ideas: 0
Votes: 4 / 3.875000
Tangaroa    Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Water)

Greentails, sirens, mermaids, merfolk, the creature you think of when you hear these names is a Tangaroa.

Forganthus
June 7, 2013
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Comments: 17
Ideas: 0
Votes: 14 / 4.892857
A Spell Called Catherine    Plots  (Crisis)   (Single-Storyline)

When a wizard named Mendalus develops a spell that summons an obedient woman named Catherine--exactly like any other summoning spell--it creates chaos in the wizard-metropolis of Meltheria, as many interested parties struggle to understand the nature (and legality) of the Catherine spell, while vast fortunes hang in the balance.

Gossamer
June 6, 2013
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Comments: 11
Ideas: 0
Votes: 12 / 4.458333
An Ode To The Colour Red    Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Magical)

Author: K.Wordsmith
The cover depicts a stylized rose with one drop of blood dripping from one of its thorns.

(But is there more than meets the eye with this book, of bloody course there is!)

Shadoweagle
June 6, 2013
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Comments: 7
Ideas: 0
Votes: 8 / 4.562500
Lazarus Lightward    NPCs  (Major)   (Religious)

Herein lies the histories of Warpriest Lazarus, righteous fist of Tridoa. Lord Lightward the Lunar Hammer.

Herein lies the birth of Lazarus Lightward the Hellpriest; Trickster of Devils and Master of the Bloodied Moon.

Forganthus
June 1, 2013
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Comments: 16
Ideas: 0
Votes: 18 / 3.833333
Crawling Giants    Plots  (Crisis)   (Single-Storyline)

This submission was lost to the void...

valadaar
May 18, 2013
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Comments: 8
Ideas: 0
Votes: 16 / 4.250000
Helstone Treasures    Items  (Equipment Listing)   (Villanous)

Aye lad, they gleam do they not? Treasures they seem, and to some, they are. But they are not for mortals, lad, not for you at least...

An extension of Gems of the Underworld

Shadoweagle
May 14, 2013
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Comments: 9
Ideas: 0
Votes: 9 / 4.944444
Bareka    Locations  (City)   (Desert)

The shining city of glass and mirror within the forboding Karikun desert. Welcome to the home city and birthplace of the Ouzquin Dremorix.

Gossamer
May 11, 2013
Hits: 871
Comments: 7
Ideas: 0
Votes: 8 / 4.000000
The Eye Of Winthorp    Items  (Other)   (Cursed)

One man's ultimate demise could prove another's treasure...Or curse.

caesar193
May 5, 2013
Hits: 1238
Comments: 12
Ideas: 1
Votes: 12 / 3.583333
Flowers Of Innocence    Lifeforms  (Flora)   (City/ Ruin)

Also called the Flowers of Childhood, they look like they were taken straight from a fairytale. But they have a darker side.

axlerowes
April 19, 2013
Hits: 1360
Comments: 18
Ideas: 7
Votes: 7 / 4.500000
Npc Generator Pirates    NPCs  (Extras)   (Mercantile)

Captain Aubrey surveyed the deck of the captured sloop. He was amazed that such well run ship could crewed by such a motley gang of men. He turned to the doctor and wondered, "No man is born into piracy. What were these many fellows before they took up the black flag? Surely they can not all share the same story."

Shadoweagle
March 26, 2013
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Comments: 22
Ideas: 0
Votes: 10 / 4.600000
The Other Side    Plots  (Divine/ Spirit)   (Defining)
Kovel the fighter sat at the bar table with his sorcerous companion, Errat, and and the roguish woman, Vena. Laughing, they raised their drinks to a succesful heist - they were all much richer after robbing and slaying the fat merchant earlier on the road and were celebrating a job well done. But deeds such as this attract the attention of many people.
Some hours into their night, a woman approached the friends with a friendly smile, "Greetings Kovel. Good eve, Vena and Errat. I wish to have a word with you. Yes, I know your names. We have been watching you for some time, and we like what we see. I am here to offer you a part in something great. And yes; there will be money. You will have power. Come with me; let us talk."


PoisonAlchemist
March 24, 2013
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Comments: 7
Ideas: 2
Votes: 4 / 4.125000
Snapdragon    NPCs  (Minor)   (Combative)

"Impatient as well as stupid, some virtuous whip you are." Snap tilts her head to the side with a smile as her drumming fingers increase in tempo. "I assure you that my patience is vast." The man stops in his tracks stare Snap down, her expression remains unchanged. "Vast, not infinite. I am but a human so I am sure something could cause me to break my vows." Hastily he resumes filling the order. As Snap walks out the door with the goods the shopkeep grabs your arm. "That is a monster chained by monks robes, I have stared down raging barbarians and never seen such hate in their eyes."

Darkornyx
March 23, 2013
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Comments: 15
Ideas: 0
Votes: 5 / 3.400000
Valadaar, Hand of Ashantar    Articles  (Character)   (Players)

A warrior that never tremble, a warrior that always line forward, a warrior that always spearheading the battle. His bravery is unimaginable... It's Valadaar, the Hand of Ashantar...

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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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