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December 9, 2011, 6:04 am

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Everlasting Chalk


Need to know which way you took in the maze? Mark your path with chalk.

Leaving a message on the wall for your sleeping lover? Write it in chalk.

Got a virginal sacrifice, a lunar eclipse, but nothing to to inscribe your floor with? No, not chalk; YOU need to get some help. Expensive, professional help.

Everlasting chalk is a whitish lumpy round mass with yellowish streaking in it. Sizes vary, but most are about the size of a peach pit. Use it for anything you would use normal quality chalk for, it will not susbstitue as higher grades due the streaking and it's own very nature. What's remarkable about the chalk is that you can write, draw, mark things however you like with it, and it regrows, renewing itself for further use. While it's name is everlasting chalk, it is not indestructable. It can simply be crushed into a powder, and while it doesn't burn, prolonged exposure to fire with cause it to break apart to dust, as will acid; neither of which is surprising considering it's origins.

The "chalk" is a troll's kidney stone.

Unless they are personally involved in it's harvest, most adventurers are blissfully unaware of it's true origin and simply regard it as some type of minor magic or a tiny portal to some chalk dimension; and make use of it on a day to day basis. Trolls themselves could care less about someone using it, although those with sense enough to show civilised manners think it a bit gross. There is no danger of running out of trolls to produce the stuff either, as there is little demand in fifty gold piece chalk, even if it did last forever...

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Voted Chaosmark
December 9, 2011, 15:39

That is terribly disgusting. And extremely creative. +1 for the combination of creative and useful.

December 9, 2011, 18:00
Simply put: genius!
I was reading "everlasting chalk, usefully but bo.... Wait what, Troll Kidney Stone?!?"
Voted Cheka Man
December 10, 2011, 9:42

*imagines Trolls being paid for their kidney stones*

Voted dark_dragon
December 10, 2011, 10:46

Cute and disgusting at the same time. I like it. 

* d_d wonders what other bit of disgusting monster anatomy could have practical use...

Voted Dossta
December 12, 2011, 16:24

Brilliant!  I would love to see a quest where a party of newbies is convinced to become partners in this sort of "business venture."  Their sponsor gives them a sample of the *very expensive* chalk, talks up the potential market value of the product, and strokes their egos a little.  He then has them sign a contract as harvesters, and gives them vague directions to the nearest source.  When they arrive, their contact in the area explains exactly what they are supposed to do. . . and reminds them of the severance agreement in the contract they signed if they refuse to go through with collecting these things.

Voted mimic12455
December 20, 2011, 13:42

Everlasting Chalk, or Kidney Stone, made from the regenerative properties of a Troll.

I like this idea. Makes sense and humourously creative. Good job.

Voted valadaar
December 20, 2011, 19:11

Truly odd. It is a unique idea, though I don't thnk there is a lot of call for it :)


Voted Murometz
February 19, 2012, 0:48

Clever! I want one. Quirky and useful. I like the detail about the trolls not giving a hoot :)

Voted Forganthus
June 16, 2012, 0:08
Sometimes its the little details that make a setting. I've been thinking about this for a while now, and I can honestly say that I don't think I could think of a cooler kind of chalk.

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