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Spark
December 17, 2005
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Votes: 3 / 3.333333
The Four Magi: A Children's Folk Tale of the North    Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (General)

Upon the fourth night of Winterkiss, a lord of the land was visited by four Magi.

Wogden
December 17, 2005
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Ideas: 15
Votes: 13 / 4.384615
The Hundred Journeys of Lai-Xeng    Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (General)

Lai-Xeng was a traveling scholar and wise man. There are a hundred tales attributed to him, each one containing a kernal of wisdom.

Ancient Gamer
December 17, 2005
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Votes: 7 / 4.000000
Ur-Kanesh Rhyme of the Shievren    Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (General)

This is a popular children’s rhyme in the city of Ur-Kanesh. It is chanted while the children run down the street on St. Arakis eve.

Ancient Gamer
December 17, 2005
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Votes: 4 / 3.625000
The Tale of Tear and Shastalar    Systems  (Divine/ Spirit)   (General)

In the lands of the Ardamians there is a tale. A tale of the weather god, Shastalar, and of Tear, the spirit of nature. This tale is often told when the weather grows bad and the children huddles in front of the fireplace.

Iain
December 15, 2005
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Ideas: 1
Votes: 3 / 4.166667
Heroic but non-magical items    Systems  (Mystical)   (General)

How may times have you read a book in which a famous hero’s sword is treasured and valued, not because it is magic, or because of its powers, but just because the hero wielded it. The “Sword of Enthar” the great warrior may just be a normal steel broadsword; but because he used it, it will be prized and treasured.

MoonHunter
December 10, 2005
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Ideas: 0
Votes: 3 / 3.166667
Spell Components - we don't need any stink'n spell components    Systems  (Mystical)   (General)

Most of the people who “spell components” really don’t know anything about magic. Components are used as tools, symbols to help focus the concentration and associations for the spell caster. Rarely is anything “consumed” in the casting, unless it is a sacrifice or burned.

drphluid
December 10, 2005
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Ideas: 34
Votes: 12 / 4.250000
Cantrips    Systems  (Mystical)   (General)

The little things matter.

MoonHunter
December 10, 2005
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Votes: 3 / 4.000000
Steamery - A type of magic    Systems  (Technical/ Mechanical)   (General)

Steamery is a type of learning, like Magery and Lettery (Magic of Written words, Scholarly works), akin to Alchemy which combined elements of the two. It is considered a type of magic, the use of the four basic elements to produce “magical” power.

manfred
December 10, 2005
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Ideas: 20
Votes: 12 / 4.291667
Runecasting - Dwarven Magics    Systems  (Mystical)   (General)

It is said that dwarves have problems with using magic (maybe they cannot cast spells at all). This is an attempt to create a distinctly dwarwen school of magic. The way you use it is of course yours.

Kassil
December 7, 2005
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Ideas: 22
Votes: 5 / 4.400000
Fantastic elemental forces    Systems  (Mystical)   (General)

But, O Fellow Denizens of the Citadel, I ask this - what other kinds of unique elements can you come up with?

Scrasamax
December 3, 2005
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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
November 30, 2005
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Ideas: 17
Votes: 9 / 4.222222
Sword-Draw magics    Systems  (Mystical)   (General)

One of the common variations on magic is the concept of ‘sword mages’ or ‘knight mages’. We all know and love them as the folks in full plate that split globes in twain with flaming swords, before twirling around to change their flame sword to an ice sword so they can stab the flaming angel of vengeance in the chest to maximum effect.

MoonHunter
November 30, 2005
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Ideas: 0
Votes: 4 / 3.875000
Focus Based Magic System    Systems  (Mystical)   (General)

Peldor scrambled for his staff. It has all his tactical spells anchored. He dived to the floor, trying to dodge the incoming dart spells. All he had was his ring (for energy enhancements) and his belt buckle (which carried his personal enhancements spells). Papers, smoke, and wood splinters flew everywhere. In the chaos, he saw it - his lab desk’s sextant. He stretched, just touching with the tips of his fingers. He rolled forward. A dart struck infront of him. Spitting dust out of his mouth and squinting against the flying debree, he made solid contact. He whispered the trigger, utilizing his ring to make it cost less mana. The green mystic glow unfolded. It formed a full serephamic sheild.  The hex bolts and darts were bouncing off it. Slowly he rose. He was able to take the three steps to reach his battle staff. Now, things would be different.

Michael Jotne Slayer
November 27, 2005
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Ideas: 19
Votes: 4 / 4.000000
Plagues and Great Disease    Systems  (Ecological)   (General)

Plagues and other great diseases are important parts of history and some settings. They defy man and may even defy God in their swift and terrible punishment upon the body of society.

MoonHunter
November 27, 2005
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Ideas: 4
Votes: 2 / 3.500000
Disease, Medicine, and your Game    Systems  (Ecological)   (General)

Plagues, diseases, injuries, and healing, are all things adventurers face.

CaptainPenguin
November 25, 2005
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Ideas: 0
Votes: 3 / 2.666667
Mysian Lengths    Systems  (Transportation)   (General)

All Agera work with a base-8 system (though of course, in GMing, for simplicity, I don’t). Accordingly, the Mysian system of measuring is based on 8s. From dolon to dolmelphion, the system is fairly straightforward, but, traditionally, after dolmelphion, it becomes a touch more complicated.

ephemeralstability
November 25, 2005
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Votes: 8 / 4.000000
Trollish Measurements    Systems  (Technical/ Mechanical)   (General)

Hathalfar holds the writhing troll down with his gloved fist and sword. The beast squirms at the touch of metal. “How far is Kolm?” he demands for the third time. “I said! A long way away,” replies the troll.

MoonHunter
November 25, 2005
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Comments: 6
Ideas: 0
Votes: 5 / 3.000000
Known World Measurements    Systems  (Technical/ Mechanical)   (General)

The measurements on Arth center around The Emperor and the Imperium.  The Imperium imposes certain standards upon its subjects to make communication and trade between areas easier.  Some of the most important was how much each coin was worth (and its basic size), the common language (imperial-low and high), and a system of measures.

MoonHunter
November 23, 2005
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Ideas: 0
Votes: 2 / 3.500000
Helion    Systems  (Divine/ Spirit)   (General)

In the begining there was a great Darkness. Then there was light. It was Helion.

MoonHunter
November 23, 2005
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Votes: 1 / 4.000000
The Divine Lord- The Adoni    Systems  (Divine/ Spirit)   (General)

The Adoni is celebrated in several regions of the world, sometimes under a different name. Some of the details are different, but it is basically the same myth.

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