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March 8, 2006, 8:24 pm

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Doorman's Tapestry


It appears to be an older, above average quality taptestry.  The subject is unimportant, so some are religious, others are landscapes, others portaits of kings/ queens, some portray ancient cities. However, you can lose yourself in one.

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It appears to be an older, above average quality taptestry.  The subject is unimportant, so some are religious, others are landscapes, others portaits of kings/ queens, some portray ancient cities. They seem to collect more dust than everything around them.  Even a exceptional servant will not be able to keep it perfectly pristine.

Magic/Cursed Properties
If you duck behind said tapestry, hiding like a child in the drapes, you will “disapear”.  Anyone looking down the hall will see the tapestry hanging normally and no feet will be appearing from behind it. If you lift the tapestry and look behind it, nothing will be there.. though you might be able to hear the breathing or noise the person behind the tapestry is making. You can even wave your arm behind the tapesty and nothing will be there. It only work if you hide behind it.

If you tear the tapestry down or cut it/ burn it, the person behind the tapestry will “fall out”.

The person hiding behind the tapestry sees nothing but the tapestry’s back. (If two or so hide back there, they can see each other). They can see the hand print of someone touching the tapestry through the back.  If they make a good listen/ perception die roll, they can hear the muted sounds around the tapestry.

The item hides anyone behind it and appears as if no one is there.

While this was created for the Garage Sale from Hell, this is not an Evil Cultist item per say, but it is something they have use for. It is a general magic item, that comes in dozens of forms and formulas. It’s other use is for noble homes, who would need these to hide from raiders or while sneaking about. And unofficially, it is a thieves best friend. In fact, some thieves have been known to send future victims these tapestries (under the guise of normal tapestries), so they can later sneak in and hide in them while doing more extravagent roberies.

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Voted Zylithan
November 15, 2005, 1:11
Little details like it collecting dust quickly are nice. Short and sweet.
Voted Scrasamax
March 29, 2006, 14:22
In a way, I could see a haughty noble buying these on purpose to hide a servant's passage, to keep those damn grubby commoners out of sight when he tries to eat. The dust is a nice touch.
Voted valadaar
December 6, 2012, 13:54
This is a neat item of magic. A great little special affect that would so fit into a mages home.

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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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