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December 31, 2006, 2:31 pm

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Roots of Unity


Small wooden discs about 2 1/4 inches in diameter and between 5 and 10mm thick (see below). They are rumoured to be made from the roots of the great tree Unity that supports the centre of the world.

Small wooden discs about 2 1/4 inches in diameter and between 5 and 10mm thick (see below). They are rumoured to be made from the roots of the great tree Unity that supports the centre of the world. They are made of a fine-grained dark-golden wood, and are all exactly identical. They are symmetric if cut in half down the edge (i.e. in to two thinner circles).

The most noticeable features about the roots is their pattern of thickness. The discs are not of the same thickness across their whole surface, giving a rippled, contoured effect. The exact thickness of the disc in any place is as follows:
Holding the disc vertically, an infinitesimally thin line joining the top to the middle will be 5mm + 5mm thick. The line joining the point halfway round from this (i.e. the bottom) to the middle is 5mm + 2.5mm thick. The two lines joining the points 1/3 and 2/3 of the way around to the centre are 5mm + 5/3mm thick. The line joining the four points 1/5 of the way round are 5mm + 5/5mm (i.e. 5mm + 1mm) thick. This continues so that the lines joining the middle to a point (1/n) of the way around is (5 + 5/n)mm thick, where n is every prime number from 2 to infinity. The thickness of the disc thus varies infinitely quickly from point to point, but still appears smooth.

The discs are extremely common in the land (there are more discs than people). A farmer ploughing a field will typically upturn several dozen. They are almost unbreakable and practically impossible to chip or carve and will only burn in a very intense fire. They have no apparent use or magical properties whatsoeverl however, they are widely used as good-luck charms. Almost any house would have several over the doorway, on mantle pieces etc. and people frequently carry them on their person. Folk lore says that the discs are made from the roots of the great tree Unity, the tree that supports the centre of the world. Whether this is true or, if not, what the truth is, is unknown.

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Comments ( 8 )
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May 30, 2004, 21:36
A phizbanger! Top drawer, I say, top drawer!

June 1, 2004, 1:23
It is both a good idea, an interesting idea, and a good item.

Voted MoonHunter
November 6, 2005, 0:56
Add the points
Voted Murometz
March 4, 2006, 16:42
Love these! Not much more to say.
Voted Michael Jotne Slayer
October 19, 2010, 4:24

Only voted.

Voted Ramhir
October 19, 2010, 21:47

Very interesting, but what is the point? Also, I got very confused with all the measurements. Are they supposed to mean something, or are they just there for any, all, or no reason? I do like the fact that they are *everywhere*. 

Voted RGTraynor
May 12, 2011, 15:55

Eh, good for local color, but if they don't actually do anything ... ?  If you can't chip or work them, by the bye, how are they "made?"  Is there any speculation as to what could have formed or fashioned them, beneath the earth?  Something had to separate them from the roots in such teensy slivers, after all.  The creator's been long vanished from the site, but even so ...

Voted valadaar
May 13, 2012, 19:18
A nice local color item.

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His skin is the color of tallow, surprising perhaps for a renowned jungle guide, yet his natural helm of dreads and the jungle's canopy keeps the sun from bronzing his originally pale flesh. On his back are tattooed three women from the waist up, side-by-side, each resembling the other but of different ages. This is a tattoo of Molk's mother, sister, and daughter. His wife (don't bring her up to him!) was killed by marauding Qullan years ago, and appears as her own tattoo on his broad but sunken chest.

His feet shockingly are turned around 180 degrees at the ankle, facing towards his back! A curse from a pernicious shaman. Molk walks feet backwards (he's used to it) and walks backwards, forwards. This can be very disconcerting and outright creepy to the PCs as he guides them through the rainforest.

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