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September 8, 2006, 1:37 am

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Shirion the Indescribable


Shirion may have been a human once. That time is long past. Now, it is an ever-shifting being, its form lost to time.

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Once, Shirion was a talented bio-engineer upon the world of Erilynne. And he had, or so he thought, achieved the ultimate goal of his profession. He had created a system which would maintain the human body, healthy and unaging. It would destroy cancers, keep the genes properly sequenced, and fight the disorders that the body brought upon itself. Methusalyzation would come to the galaxy. All he needed was a test subject. Unable to gain official approval, he chose to test it on the subject closest at hand.. himself. 
The program was set. The injections begun. And unbeknownst to him, humanity’s foe had launched it’s attack, and upon Erilynne, a portion of that attack would prove to be a powerful viral plague, one designed to attack the very essence of Earth’s life. Each engineered to near-perfection, the immortality system and the sequencing plague warped and twisted one another, beginning an eternal war over the essential information that defined the human’s body.
Soon, the battle lines were drawn. The system of immortality would be able to keep him alive, but not able to keep up with the induced mutations.  
Now, Shirion’s body constantly reshapes itself essentially randomly, over the months skin shifting to hide, to scale, to feather, to chitin, as arms, legs, wings, and tentacles sprout and return to an ever-changing torso. When encountered, he may be armed with claws, fangs, beaks, or even tool-using hands, and while frequently possessed of an animal cunning, he is never sentient.
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While his physical, and even mental abilities, change with the rise and fall of the sun, there are a small handful of constants that remain. He always has some form of locomotion available to him. He is always able to eat meat, and usually prefers it. 
He tends to range around the ruins of the ancient bio-plants, occasionally even venturing into them, driven by reasons he no longer has names for.

Shirion is the only living remnant of mankind on Erilynne, those few who survived the war and plague having died of varying other causes. However, he is not quite perfectly immortal. While the mutability of his body will swiftly erase any wounds, and time itself has not a prayer of aging something so constantly reborn, he can be destroyed by way of massive damage, and by things such as fire and drownings. 

Erilynne, the setting: http://www.strolen.com/guild/index.php/topic,3346.0.html

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Voted CaptainPenguin
September 2, 2006, 2:26
Only voted
Voted Ancient Gamer
September 2, 2006, 2:50
Loose ends and a vague description. Who is humanity's foe? So he is ever changing eh? Got something solid to back that up with? (Like a set of rules for his changings, some random body part table could work too)

This is a typical 2.5, though I boosted it to 3.0 because your writing is good and it invokes my imagination. It could have been way better had you spent more time writing it. I know you are good for gold, you just have to focus ;)
Voted Cheka Man
September 2, 2006, 8:46
A good idea but the backstory could be better. 3/5
Voted MoonHunter
September 2, 2006, 10:51
Only voted
Voted Murometz
September 2, 2006, 12:26
I dont think its all that bad (votes). I think this is quite an interesting lifeform actually.

+.5 for Methusalyzation :P
Voted Pariah
September 2, 2006, 20:41
Only voted
Voted valadaar
September 4, 2006, 20:44
Not bad, but it reminds me of a cursed mage (his name escapes me) from the Thieves world.
Voted Ria Hawk
September 7, 2006, 23:22
I think it's pretty nifty, because ever-shifting expressions of entropy are always nifty. Does the immortality treatment just prevent the natural decay and illness of the body, or all harm? In other words, while I know it won't ever die a natural death, can it be killed? Also, is Shirion the only survivor of the plague on this world, or did he end up killing all the others? Is the immortality treatment complete, or was it flawed when he tried it on himself, and would it be possible to reproduce his research?
Siren no Orakio
September 8, 2006, 1:28
A link to the general setting has been included.

The perpetrators of the plague are not important, other than that they were very successful. Mankind is dead. I don't feel that tables are very appropriate for Shirion, as I feel those kind of details should be whatever's most likely to make him horrifying to the player group Right Now.
Voted Strolen
October 7, 2006, 13:42
The birth of a super villian.



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Hu's Iron Ball

       By: Murometz

Hu was an ambassador of the Seventh Emperor of the Reng Dynasty. Throughout his life he traveled across many miles and lands to entreaty with neighboring kingdoms and the semi-savages who dwelled amidst the Metal Mountains.

During one such diplomatic mission, Hu was gifted a small iron marble as a gesture, by a shaman of the Kiy-Kiy tribe. Little else is known of Hu, but that marble was lost and is now somewhere out there for someone to find.

A tiny, shiny sphere, the marble has several properties. First and foremost it is a strong magnet, considerably stronger than its size and density would indicate.

Secondly, if thrown or rolled upon the ground and the command word is spoken, the iron ball will magically enlarge to either the size of an ogres's head or to that of a great globe, twelve feet in diameter. The rolling ball of either size will continue to roll or fly at the same relative speed it was when launched as a marble, and can thus cause great damage to anything in its path. The magnetic power of the ball will also magnify when enlarged.

Legends claim that the ball has been tossed from besieged castles upon attacking foes and rolled at marching armies in ages past. At the end of such rolls, the larger size globe has been known to not only crush soldiers underfoot, but to also "collect" many dozens of metallic weapons and bits of armor unto itself, appearing as an armored sphere, with swords and spears sticking out from it in all directions.

Owning this powerful marble has its drawbacks. Anyone carrying it on their person, will experience the iron ball's insidious effects after some time. The owner feels no worse for wear, but after two month's time they will suddenly awaken one morning to find that their hair has fallen out completely, their teeth loosened like baby's teeth ready to drop, and their fingernails simply shriveled and sliding off the fingers and toes. Perhaps unbeknownst to the owner at first, the iron ball also renders an owner sterile or barren by this time.

Regular clerical healing will not reverse this horrible malady. Only finding and beseeching a shaman of the Kiy-Kiy tribe to heal the iron ball's effects with their particular brand of magic, will work.

Hu's Iron Ball should be handled carefully by players and gms.

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