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       By: Strolen

Silk Armor? The Mongols wore silk undergarments under layers of leather armor. Why? Because silk is very strong. If an arrow hit them and made it through their armor, it would usually not have enough energy to puncture the silk. It could still enter their body but, because the silk would not break, the arrow's barbs could not do their work and the arrow could easily be removed leaving a relatively clean wound considering normal arrow wounds.

Ideas  ( Items ) | December 11, 2002 | View | UpVote 2xp

       By: DaWergyling

Perhaps divinations, if strong enough, can actually change the future, instead of predicting it.

Ideas  ( System ) | December 9, 2002 | View | UpVote 0xp

       By: Agar

A possible answer to what happens to spells when a mage dies. If the spell is strong enough, say and enchantment or other permenant effect, part of the mages spirit may become lodged in the magic. It may be a way for items to gain some kind of intelligence, but a mage who has knowledge of this fact would be very hesitant about enchanting anyone or thing. He might have other plans for his afterlife than counting the change in your bag of holding.

Preists, I think, would have this sort of thing covered.

Ideas  ( System ) | November 10, 2002 | View | UpVote 3xp

       By: Agar

A magician develops a new way to make scrolls and can sell more powerful spells for cheap. Problem is, whether the magician is aware of it or not, the spell's power comes from spirits trapped by the magic that makes the scroll. Once used to power the scroll, the spirit is driven mad by the forces that have ripped through it's being, and often develops a homicidal thirst to destroy the one who tormented it. The spell the spirit was used for may have left some residual power in the spirit to give it more abilities than it ever used to have.

Buyer beware!

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       By: Strolen

A new substance is found in an out of the way area and kept very quiet. It is found to make a perfect counterfeit diamond. Only the most expert of expert appraisers would even have a hope of noticing that it is fake. Only one problem: if it gets wet it starts to slime and if it is saturated, it turns into a glob of gel.

Ideas  ( Items ) | November 7, 2002 | View | UpVote 0xp

       By: Ria Hawk

If a creature is transformed into another creature (say, a human into a dog), then that creature will become more and more accustomed to the new form until a point is reached where reversing the spell is impossible. A second transformation is possible, but the creature will have to go through the whole process again.

Ideas  ( Lifeforms ) | November 6, 2002 | View | UpVote 0xp

       By: Agar

A certain type of demon cannot not be hit by ranged weapons or attacks. Attacks have to be made up close and personal for the damage to mean something. Ranged attacks are to impersonal.

Possibally a way to make the ranged attacks more meaningful would be to coat the arrow head or what not with the shooters blood. Of course, they'd better be a good shot, otherwise they're wasting arrows and already bleeding to boot.

Spells: wizards might have half or no effect, preist might work due to divine intention.

Ideas  ( Lifeforms ) | November 5, 2002 | View | UpVote 0xp

       By: Agar

Weapons or equipment that is heavily relied on can be "named". Then the equipment begins to gain abilities beyond those of normal equipment. They might siphon off some of the experiances of their owners (1 to 5%) and level up on thier own. Could be an unintenitional way of creating artifacts. Ships could become sturdier or seem to just barely outrun the worse of a storm that would have surely sunk another vessle, swords could fumble less or resist dulling more, a farmers plow could turn stones aside easier. Anything that is depended on as much as an inividual can depend on as much as another individual could be "named".

Ideas  ( System ) | November 5, 2002 | View | UpVote 1xp

       By: Ria Hawk

It is not considered a crime if a ship's crew mutinies against a captain that is obviously unfit for the post (dangerously incompetent, insane, or overly cruel). Assuming, of course, that they can prove it.

Ideas  ( System ) | November 4, 2002 | View | UpVote 0xp

       By: Strolen

Another real world thing. White tea. Can only be picked two days a year, the two days before the flowers blossom. Could be a similiar plant that...is the deadliest poison known, cure known diseases or psychosis, or a potent herb that just tastes awesome.

Ideas  ( Lifeforms ) | November 3, 2002 | View | UpVote 0xp

       By: manfred

Actually a real-world fungus, just heard about it. A fungus that tastes well and all, no ill effects. UNLESS you consume some beverage, even 3 (three) days after eating it. Then you become really sick, pains, vomiting, all the fancy stuff. Was really used to cure alcoholism. May be a joke or to make sure the heroes spend their time focused on the mission.

Ideas  ( Lifeforms ) | October 30, 2002 | View | UpVote 0xp

       By: ephemeralstability

The peasants of the wood use crudely carved symbols to ward off wolves. They think the symbols are emblems of purity and goodness and that keeps the wolves away. The symbols work, but not for the reasons the peasants believe...

The symbols are actually arcance evil symbols which the wolves know and fear, but to which the peasants are oblivious. So how gullible are the peasants going to be when a strange horned man displaying the symbols on his shield turns up and asks for their allegiance?

Ideas  ( System ) | October 24, 2002 | View | UpVote 0xp

       By: Ria Hawk

Rivers and other natural boundaries are used as political boundaries as well.

Ideas  ( System ) | October 24, 2002 | View | UpVote 0xp

       By: Ria Hawk

Atheists and agnostics get a jolt when one or more deities make an appearance, and take a direct interest in things. It is hard to deny the existence of gods when one has met them face to face.

Ideas  ( Society/ Organization ) | October 17, 2002 | View | UpVote 0xp

       By: Ria Hawk

Bards and minstrels, if business is slow, will moonlight as freelance diplomats, couriers, or spies.

Ideas  ( Society/ Organization ) | October 17, 2002 | View | UpVote 1xp

       By: Ria Hawk

The army relies on a loosely organized, semi-freelance corps of scouts for information-gathering. The officers in this scout corps are usually retired spies.

Ideas  ( Society/ Organization ) | October 17, 2002 | View | UpVote 0xp

       By: Strolen

A certain culture believes that evil can live beyond the grave. They also believe that the destruction of the dead body can keep that one from coming back. Destroying the newly deceased body can destroy the soul if done properly. They first burn the body for 24 hours, smash the remains as well as possible, then burn the what is left for another 24 hours.

Ideas  ( Society/ Organization ) | October 15, 2002 | View | UpVote 0xp

       By: Ria Hawk

An ancient, psuedo-immortal race has been manipulating something important (politics, religion, economics, etc.) for centuries. Hardly anyone is aware of them, let alone their goals.

Ideas  ( Lifeforms ) | October 13, 2002 | View | UpVote 0xp

       By: Ria Hawk

One of the most wanted assassins in the realm looks exactly like an important person (local nobility, PC, etc.) This may or may not be common knowledge.

Ideas  ( NPCs ) | October 11, 2002 | View | UpVote 0xp

       By: Strolen

Thieve's House or thier main front: All the floors are designed to squeak when stepped upon or to sag or bend sending a small shake along the beam, somewhat like a spiders web, to alert those inside.

Ideas  ( Locations ) | October 10, 2002 | View | UpVote 0xp

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       By: MysticMoon

This tome looks like a haphazard collection of random notes on different types of paper stitched together and bound within a wooden cover. The pages describe all of the 300,000 gods of the world, each in the language of the people who worship them. The book is stored high in the mountains, kept safe by an order of monks. Reading the entire book confers a deep understanding on the nature of the cosmos and access to incredible power. This only works, however, if it is read without translation, meaning that the reader must master each language contained within. The various monks know these languages but there is typically only one alive at a time who knows them all. This monk would be an excellent source of information and/or magic. IF the PCs learn about it; IF they can find the monastery; IF they can convince the monks to help them; AND if they can understand the convoluted riddle given as an answer.

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