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ephemeralstability
December 4, 2005
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Ideas: 14
Votes: 5 / 4.300000
Novel Musical Instruments    Items  (Art and Music)   (Non-Magical)

To give a world a feeling of otherworldliness, it is best to replace some standard, everyday objects by imaginitive replacements. I thought I’d turn to musical instruments as music often defines (or embodies) a culture.

This is just a first idea, feel free to post some more, because I will…

manfred
December 4, 2005
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Comments: 6
Ideas: 0
Votes: 6 / 4.000000
City Image - Medhar, the City that hides.    Locations  (City)   (Any)

Settled two hundred years before, the people were fleeing war and tyranny. Establishing a comfortable existence in the fertile, but empty valleys, they soon learned who the lands belong to. A mighty dragon called only Death, came and burned the city to the ground, and later again, and again, sending with fire also his (hers?) evil laughter and shouts of pleasure at the destruction. The survivors did not wish to leave, and decided for a new strategy.

MoonHunter
December 4, 2005
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Comments: 6
Ideas: 0
Votes: 3 / 4.000000
City Image - PlaceBetweenSunsetandFalls or Anshenestardaywadaden    Locations  (City)   (Water)

Nestled between a plateu and a river that soon leads to the sea, is the Elventi city of Anshenestardaywadaden or more literally Place Between Sunset and Falls. This city has no purpose other than being beautiful. Anshenestardaywadaden is a riot of color, between Elventi magics and the near tropical climate, there are hundreds of beautiful flowers here.  It is best known as a place of waiting for another perfect sunset.

MoonHunter
December 4, 2005
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Comments: 10
Ideas: 0
Votes: 5 / 4.800000
City Image    Locations  (City)   (Any)

Every city (or town or village) expresses its personality (or the cultural personality of its people) and its identity through its buildings, roads, and other pieces of engineering. They are permanent expressions of the local culture.

MoonHunter
December 4, 2005
Hits: 3763
Comments: 11
Ideas: 0
Votes: 7 / 4.142857
Walker    NPCs  (Major)   (Artistic/Performance)

Some cities have more spirit than others.

Spark
December 3, 2005
Hits: 8637
Comments: 4
Ideas: 13
Votes: 4 / 4.125000
Selected Lichens, Mosses, and Ground Covers from the Mura Katur    Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Swamp)

Although the stink and slime of the swamp is not the perfect habitat for dry plants, within forests of the Mura Katur can be found a respectable variety of lichens, mosses, and ground covers.

Spark
December 3, 2005
Hits: 9131
Comments: 12
Ideas: 13
Votes: 7 / 4.142857
Selected Mushrooms and Funghi from the Mura Katur    Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Swamp)

From the Black Marsh to the Glowing Swamps of Luminiall, the Mura Katur is home to a great abundance of funghi. Enclosed is a sampling of the many species found in its dank mires and soaked forests.

Scrasamax
December 3, 2005
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Comments: 56
Ideas: 14
Votes: 19 / 4.763158
Scrasamax's Guide to Orcs    Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (General)

Recently unearthed this gem of mine, and thought to post it. Its writing predates my joining of Strolen, and I found quite a few interesting bits in it. It is nearly completely written and I am going to endeavor to finish writing it out. Until then, I plan to post it here, perhaps a section a day or so. Enjoy, expand, criticism, comment.

Siren no Orakio
December 3, 2005
Hits: 5179
Comments: 5
Ideas: 0
Votes: 4 / 4.625000
Doctor Adamson and Jillia    NPCs  (Major)   (Technical)

A mad doctor who dared defy the laws of the natural order, to transcend death itself, and the creature he created.

Iain
December 3, 2005
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Comments: 14
Ideas: 23
Votes: 10 / 4.750000
Gemstone Magic    Systems  (Mystical)   (Defining)

The magic in my roleplay system is based around gemstones. It started off with the fact that wizards could use gems to regain lost mana: essentially, the gems were nothing more than glorified potions of mana. Since then I’ve managed to expand the uses of gems considerably and make them much more integral to the magic system; however, I still feel there is a lot more that I could do with them if I could only think of it! Basically, I’m asking for any ideas and suggestions that people have on how to make the gems and magic more interlinked.

Ria Hawk
December 3, 2005
Hits: 7132
Comments: 5
Ideas: 6
Votes: 4 / 3.875000
Wild Ones    Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Any)

There was once a tribe of humans that was referred to as “the Wild Ones.” They were humans who were linked to the wild natural world, having animal characteristics.

Scrasamax
December 3, 2005
Hits: 10514
Comments: 10
Ideas: 0
Votes: 8 / 4.125000
Funeral Gold and Grave Silver    Items  (Jewelry)   (Cursed)

Untold years, laying in the deep
Sheltered in the sepulchre earth
Borne by the dead who never speak
Funeral Gold and Grave Silver
Beware the gift
Beware the giver

Scrasamax
December 3, 2005
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Comments: 10
Ideas: 0
Votes: 9 / 4.777778
Albus Sintaba    NPCs  (Major)   (Mystical)

“Come in, come in. I knew you were coming.

How did I know? Your brother told me.

Yes, yes I know your brother died in the war several years ago, he has told me all about it.”

CaptainPenguin
December 2, 2005
Hits: 5926
Comments: 6
Ideas: 5
Votes: 4 / 4.000000
The Iothun: A New Look at Giants    Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Mountains)

Deep in the mountains, beyond where the trails end, one can find collossal stairways and long, cliffside roads, massive arched bridges and huge vaulted tunnels, spanning thousands of miles. These roads, though seemingly deserted, are closely watched by their creators, the reclusive and strange Iothun (“yoh-thoon”).

MoonHunter
December 1, 2005
Hits: 114456
Comments: 16
Ideas: 0
Votes: 5 / 4.600000
New Looks and Takes and Makovers    Articles  (Resource)   (Game Mastering)

Some times the same old thing, be it a species or class or type of magic, just does not have that old spark. That is what these threads are about. They are re-imagined versions of the classics. An attempt to make them interesting and useful again.

Maggot
December 1, 2005
Hits: 4776
Comments: 8
Ideas: 0
Votes: 7 / 4.928571
The Surash    Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Water)

The Surash are without doubt,the most distrusted and least liked race in existence.

EchoMirage
December 1, 2005
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Comments: 8
Ideas: 0
Votes: 5 / 4.200000
The Monroi    Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Any)

Pride. Strength. Skill.
These are the values of the Monroi, woven into their very being - for them, battle is not just self-preservation, but a need.

EchoMirage
December 1, 2005
Hits: 5104
Comments: 22
Ideas: 0
Votes: 16 / 4.062500
The Dunshar    Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Any)

Seldom does one see a Dunshar “nude”, as an amorphous masses of jelly.  They can animate mud, earth, stone or metal, and use them as a body to shield their fragile self.

Roack
December 1, 2005
Hits: 6696
Comments: 19
Ideas: 0
Votes: 11 / 4.090909
Godkiss Butterfly    Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Desert)

In Gaeaioa’s wings, inspiration is physical.

MoonHunter
December 1, 2005
Hits: 3468
Comments: 10
Ideas: 0
Votes: 5 / 4.400000
The Khor    Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Any)

The Khor are a monsterous and violent race that can grow to great size.

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       By: ephemeralstability

Idea from the Aeneid. Could make an intriguing encounter when searching for firewood..."Quite near there happened to be a mound of earth, at the highest part of which were growing thickets of cornel and a dense cluster of spiky myrtle-stems. I went up there and tried to wrench the green growth from the ground to provide a leafy covering for our altar. There I was confronted by a horrible and astounding miracle. For from the first bush which I tried to break off...blood oozed in dark drops, fouling the earth with its spots...A piteous moan came from the base of the mound and I heard a human voice answering me: 'Why, Aeneas, must you rend a poor sufferer? I am buried here...for I am Polydorus. Here death overpowered me in a crop of piercing iron-pointed spears. And so a crop resembling javelins has grown over me...'"

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