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June 13, 2009, 7:12 pm

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The Serpent's Teeth


“Oh the shark has pretty teeth, dear, / And he shows them pearly white. / Just a jack-knife has Macheath / And he keeps it out of sight.” - Bertolt Brecht


These 22 knives are unremarkable, slightly over-long and poorly balanced, making them unsuitable to the used as throwing knives. The knives themselves are of the highest quality, though they lack any ornamentation, crafted from watered steel.


Created by the Serpent of Darkness for his closest followers, the knives have seen much use in the ages that followed, disappearing for long stretches at a time, only to resurface when the lands are gripped in an age of strife and massed bloodshed. Ledgend has it that the Serpant, knowing that he would lose in the war with his brother, crafted these knives as a way to escape the prison he knew would be created for him.


The enchantments on the knives are of a very singular nature, power for those willing to use them. From the moment one first takes up one of these knives a sort of bloodlust sets in, a desire to cause as much physical pain as possible; to maim, murder, mutilate, and maul others. And as one gives into these desires they are rewarded, their strength and stamina increase, they are faster and the world just seems to be sharper, as if they were living in water their whole life, and only now have come to dry land.

But as the knife is left unused, the powers fade away, slowly at first, just a niggling whine at the edge of their consciouness, that they used to be better, but then faster and faster, until they are left feeling crippled, even if they're only at where they had started out at.

The other enchantment is just as singular, to funnel to energies created by the death of a mortal to the Serpent, to strengthen his ravaged body so that one day he might once again roam the Earth, bringing destruction and suffering. This mission is one they've played well since their creation, and one that even the most well-intentioned has played into once they picked up one of these knives and began laying waste to their enemies.

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Voted Cheka Man
June 12, 2009, 12:37
A useful cursed weapon.
Voted valadaar
June 12, 2009, 18:40
Indeed - these are cursed knives that make sense. I'm assuming that their destruction would cause anguish to their creator.

Voted Scrasamax
July 1, 2009, 8:27
I like Val's notion, breaking the knives to cause the Serpent injury. I like the idea as a whole as well, each knife adding slowly to the final body count needed to resurrect the Serpent. Well done.
January 23, 2010, 17:23
Nice job, though could use a bit more details. Like who is the Serpent of Darkness and more stuff about their history.
Voted MysticMoon
March 1, 2012, 23:36

This could make for an interesting recurring villain. A knife that continues to find and strengthen a succession of bad guys, with the players not realizing right away that it is the weapon which is the real enemy.

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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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