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Cheka Man
December 3, 2006
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The Celebration Thread    Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (General)

The many worlds of the Universe have their multiple festivals-some may be to celebrate the turning of the year, the coming of the rains or the return of the sun.

MoonHunter
December 2, 2006
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Ideas: 4
Votes: 8 / 4.250000
The Old Code    Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (General)

“Who are you to tell me what is right to do?”, Sir Aldros said.
“I am a follower of The Old Code”, the older knight said.

Chivalry was disciplined by a code of conduct that was clearly understood although it was never clearly formulated. ~ Léon Gautier ~

Wulfhere
November 28, 2006
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Votes: 7 / 4.500000
Justice in the Free Cities    Systems  (Political)   (General)

Within the Lands of the Free Cities, the Courts of Justice are a varied lot: Truth and Tragedy mix wildly within their halls.

manfred
October 22, 2006
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Ideas: 0
Votes: 7 / 4.071429
Order of the Holy Swine    Systems  (Mystical)   (General)

Deep forests hide many secrets, and traditions older and stranger than civilization itself.

Pariah
October 10, 2006
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Ideas: 5
Votes: 7 / 3.928571
Mama Always Said...    Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (General)

Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.
-Forrest Gump

Scrasamax
October 10, 2006
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Ideas: 6
Votes: 11 / 4.500000
Tmesian Sorcery    Systems  (Mystical)   (General)

The art of putting spells within spells.

Scrasamax
August 20, 2006
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Ideas: 0
Votes: 9 / 4.222222
The Elven Art of War    Systems  (Mystical)   (General)

Elven soldiers, elven armies? What a human, and therefore shortsighted, idea…

Athiyk student quote

manfred
July 19, 2006
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Ideas: 0
Votes: 8 / 4.437500
Debeth, the God of Knowledge    Systems  (Divine/ Spirit)   (General)

What is the worship of knowledge for some, can be revenge for a few, and unwanted revelations for others.

Scrasamax
May 21, 2006
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Comments: 10
Ideas: 7
Votes: 6 / 4.166667
Meta-Magic and Spell Components    Systems  (Mystical)   (General)

Somewhat system specific, but bear with me.

MoonHunter
April 17, 2006
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Ideas: 0
Votes: 8 / 4.625000
Capathan Spiritual Beliefs    Systems  (Divine/ Spirit)   (General)

Every Society believes in certain spiritual beliefs. Those beliefs color everything they do.  The Capathan people are a warrior culture, semi-nomadic over a wide range of plains, steppes, and hill country. Their belief systems make them quite different from what you would expect.

MoonHunter
April 10, 2006
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Ideas: 0
Votes: 8 / 4.250000
Galron Stones    Systems  (Mystical)   (General)

Galron has found lasting fame for simply being the first one who mentioned the stones in the record.  This ancient parchments, translated into so many languages, is a hodge podge of various techniques that can be done, processes to do many of them, and vague hints about what can be done what the older magics.

Scrasamax
April 8, 2006
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Ideas: 0
Votes: 8 / 4.187500
Elvenesque    Systems  (Architectural)   (General)

Organic elements, flowing lines, and an absence of sharp angles and corners all are elements of the Elvenesque style of architecture.

Spark
February 13, 2006
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Ideas: 0
Votes: 5 / 4.000000
Being of a Clerical or Holy Nature    Systems  (Divine/ Spirit)   (General)

A compendium of the tales of martyrs, the quests of clerics, and the ways of the holy, and all who walk in the graces of the light of the holy hand.

Iain
February 6, 2006
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Ideas: 1
Votes: 8 / 4.437500
Theory of Elements    Systems  (Mystical)   (General)

“...the experiment performed last year by Michelson and Morley, in which the movement of the Earth with respect to the Ether was successfully measured, has only compounded the problem by adding yet another member to the list of so-called “fundamental” elements. The seemingly unending proliferation of this “element zoo” is one of the most pressing questions in natural philosphy and thaumatics…”

Ancient Gamer
February 4, 2006
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Ideas: 21
Votes: 5 / 4.600000
The Magic of Art    Systems  (Artistic/Performance)   (General)

This is a scroll for posting spells to be used with fantasy art, or just debating possible effects and uses for magic together with art. Come join the creative effort.

MoonHunter
January 30, 2006
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Comments: 11
Ideas: 0
Votes: 8 / 4.125000
The Strong Orcish Gods    Systems  (Divine/ Spirit)   (General)

A small pantheon of deities worshiped by Orcs (or other barbarous races) through their shamans. This write up shows the Orc view of these things, rather than the relative view.

Ancient Gamer
December 27, 2005
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Comments: 10
Ideas: 12
Votes: 6 / 4.166667
Battles out of History    Systems  (Combat/ Warfare)   (General)

A follow up thread to MoonHunter’s NPCs out of History. These are battles out of history that may serve to inspire GMs to create cool battle scenarios or mythical battles / rumours of battles.

manfred
December 24, 2005
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Ideas: 4
Votes: 2 / 4.000000
Adventurer Guilds    Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (General)

An adventurer guild is a way to provide plot hooks, motivation and social context for such a weird and diverse group of people known as “adventurers”. It can can offer interesting options, in-game and out-of-game.

Strolen
December 23, 2005
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Ideas: 0
Votes: 6 / 3.916667
Adventurers Guild Contract    Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (General)

I could think of many times such a party contract would of come in handy.

Spark
December 17, 2005
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Ideas: 0
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.

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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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