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Moonpool Vault

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Water drips from the ceiling in a steady rhythm. Water refracts torchlight, illuminating the depths of the pools with reflected torchlight.

Stone looms overhead, like so many thousands of tons of cold earth, ready to crush the meager life from frail bodies. The stone is wet, in some places the footing treacherous as the tunnel opens into a vast chamber. The chamber is dank, water forming pools in places, the stone forming islands in the depths. An underground grotto.

The light from the torch is refracted by the silicate compounds in the submerged stone, illuminating the depths of the pools with a faint golden radiance. The light seems to brow brighter in the deeper pools, almost as it the light itself was forming into a pool. The shallow pools are the darkest, with only a faint glow about them.



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Scrasamax
January 27, 2006, 8:46
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It is short, and it is just a bit of decoration. A little odd, nothing magical and no lurking monsters. No there is 1 submission in the Dungeon - rooms/halls section.
Voted MoonHunter
January 27, 2006, 10:05
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An extra .5 for filling in a gap.

Most of the room entries have be co-opted into the traps, as the rooms are basically traps. Flavor text is a perfectly good things to do, and needed in dungeons.
Voted Cheka Man
January 27, 2006, 12:00
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Short but interesting.
Voted Ancient Gamer
January 28, 2006, 14:50
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More like a candidate for the idea thread if you ask me. Like all your ideas it has lots of potential.
Voted Murometz
March 1, 2006, 13:07
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this is all the inspiration I need for the "gray cells" to take over and make up the rest!
Voted Drackler
April 29, 2006, 10:22
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This is an idea that would be good filler for a dungeon, or if your players
are paranoid weirdos who think every room has a huge dragon hiding in the shadows.:)
chilled
May 26, 2006, 10:37
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its pretty darn good.
Kassy
July 27, 2008, 7:42
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Short but good.
Voted Forganthus
June 12, 2012, 20:43
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Good stuff. I'd welcome a description of smells or sounds.
Voted valadaar
November 6, 2013, 8:57
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An ancient 100(ish) word sub.


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       By: Raptyr

Nine times out of ten, it’s the undead that do the running.

Not strictly animal or vegetable, the Corpse bud is a peculiar individual that shares characteristics from multiple kingdoms and species. In appearance, all corpse buds bear a shape of a large rounded top bud divided into four lateral segments, and a much longer, narrower bottom bud, also divided into four segments. Between the two halves are a set of four radial limbs, rounded on top and flat on the bottom, covered with tiny serrated hooks facing towards the body. In overall size, it’s limbs reach as wide as a spread hand, with the body being as thick as a fist. It is as long as a human hand from top to bottom.

Internally, the top bud of the corpse bud contains a bacteria filled membrane that produces the hydrogen that the corpse bud uses to stay aloft, and a series of fungal gills for the dispersal of spores for reproduction. The lower half of the bud contains a number of fine filaments, as well as a sharp barbed stinger containing a powerful local anaesthesia.

The Corpse Bud mobilizes by inflating its top bud, and steers by rotating its arms rapidly about its body. The corpse bud ordinarily drifts with the wind, orienting towards the scent of recent decay and death. It preys on the recently dead, burrowing the lower bud into the victim, using the anaesthesia in case the victim is dying, and not truly deceased. Once embedded, it releases its filaments into the body, replacing the current nervous system. This gives it full animation of the body, and allows the corpse bud to direct it.

Corpse buds are not a malevolent species, being primarily concerned with breaking down the host body for food, and infecting the reproductive cycle with spores in order to mate with other corpse-bud bodies. To preserve the corpse for this purpose, Corpse buds will seek out dry locations to prevent bacteria from destroying the corpses. This often causes a large number of corpse buds to gather in a single location.

In culture, Corpse buds are used to repair broken spines or degenerative diseases, as the sentient mind will easily overcome the mind of the non-sentient corpse bud. Once infected by a corpse bud, however, removal is usually fatal, and the infected individual cannot reproduce, or risk infecting another. Thus, it is a technique often reserved for the elderly, or a last resort.

Necromancers and other dark sorcerers will often preserve the corpses of their victims magically, and infect them with corpse buds, creating traditional undead as well, so as to seed their lairs with undead both offensive and non, in order to throw their enemies off balance. They will also enslave the rudimentary minds of the corpse buds, and transform the docile things into a plague. There have also been accounts of magically transformed corpse buds with stronger minds and a taste for living flesh, but thus far all accounts are unproven rumors.

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