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Homunculi
« on: April 04, 2005, 07:21:11 PM »
Ah, the homunculus, tireless created servant of a sorceror. Too long have homunculi been relegated to a little muddy creature or something. Here's to homunculi!

Tireless Forgehand
This stunted little creature resembles a blubberous dwarf which has been melted like candlewax, seeming unshaped and undetailed. It stands roughly a foot tall. Most of it is a similar "melted" appearance, but it's right arm is large, detailed, powerful, and muscular, and drags on the ground as the thing trundles.
The purpose of the Tireless Forgehand is as stated- it serves its master as a forgehand, hammering out works in dark, smoky forges and workshops day in and day out. Tireless Forgehands are nearly mindless, and contain only enough knowledge to hammer out the works to which they are instructed.
The creation of a Tireless Forgehand requires a large block of clay (roughly the size of the homunculus when complete), several slabs of human flesh, ashes and soot from a forge, and the memories and blood of master blacksmith. The ritual is relatively simple, but is long and painstaking, and requires constant alertness.
Tireless Forgehands are often regarded as one of the easiest of homunculi to create.
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« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2005, 10:42:25 PM »
Watching Servant
Watching Servants are created as sentries and watchmen for the citadels and homes of their sorcerous masters. Resembling hideous piles of folded, scaly, and wrinkled flesh, surmounted by a gigantic, lantern-like, orb-shaped organ which glows with a steady bluish light and which resembles a miniature moon or huge eye. They have no limbs, and are often simply placed in locations where they would be able to observe well.
Watching Servants have immensely powerful senses- they can see in total darkness to a range far exceeding any human, can hear and smell twice as powerfully as a hound bred for the purpose, and can sense disturbances and vibrations in the air caused by movement. When they are alerted to the presence of one that the sorceror has not layed his mark upon, they immediately raise a horrible ululating shriek and shiver violently, their scales rattling in a most unpleasant way. However, they have no way in which to stop an intruder, and serve only as an alarm system.
Watching Servants are made from a single large living lizard, a fist-sized lump of quartz (preferably clear quartz; this is honed down into a lens which is fitted within the Watching Servant's organ), human flesh as well as eyes, ears, and noses, the nerves of fish, and the blood of a watchman who has never allowed an enemy past his sight. The ritual to create one entails a large amount of detailed surgery, and several prayers which should not be spoken too loudly (binding a tireless and sensitive demon into the lump of hideous flesh).
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