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The Silvermoon Carnival


Come one, come all to the greatest show in the world!

A while back, there was a traveling group of performers. All of them had reasonable skills, enough to wow the farmers they entertained. Things continued on just fine until one fateful day, when passing through a small community on the edge of the forest, one of the performers, Jonathan the magician, was bitten by a werewolf.
It didn’t take very long for the rest of the troupe to find out, and while they were concerned for him they were more concerned about themselves. They gently explained to him that in his present state he was no longer welcome to travel with them, due to the danger he presented. Setting out on his own, Jonathan eked out a living by performing his tricks in large cities, places where he could hide when the transformation took him.
He continued like this for months, scraping a living as best he could, until one day competition arrived. A burly man performing shocking feats of strength was pulling away the bystanders, who had started to grow bored of Jonathan’s act. During the next full moon, when Jonathan had decided to head for the next city in his wolf form, he saw what he could have sworn to be a bear rummaging through a pile of refuse.
Two things struck him as odd about this: one, that there weren’t any bears for a week’s travel from the city, and two, that this particular bear had odd markings that were very similar to those of the strongman.
Deciding to postpone his trip to the next city, Jonathan confronted the strongman the next day. The man, Sebastius, denied it as silly and proceeded to mock Jonathan. More sure of himself than before, Jonathan waited for the next full moon and used his senses to track down the bear. Upon finding it, he proceeded to follow it for the rest of the night, until the moon went down. Sure enough, it was Sebastius. Immediately confronting the big man, Jonathan was about to let him know of his plans to expose him when an realization struck him: there were more like him! Changing the course of the conversation mid-topic, he told Sebastius that they could seek out others like themselves, that the best place to hide is in plain sight, and where better than a stage? After convincing the big man, the two set out to find more like them.
Slowly, they accumulated more people. It turned out that a particular forest that a number of small towns border was actually home to a number of the werebeasts, who every now and then assaulted one of the performing troupes that so often came near.
Soon, they had assembled a rather exotic little group: twins, Elves, a Dwarf, an Orc and a Dark Elf amongst them. Moving as a group, they became rather successful, as many would pay just to be able to see a Dark Elf or an Orc without fear of immediate and disfiguring injury. The true turning point for the group though, was the discovery of an odd potion that, when ingested, triggered transformation in werebeasts. Although intended to help root the creatures out, it allowed the performers to do the greatest "transformation" tricks that anyone had ever seen.

Now, the recently christened Silvermoon Carnival has gained a reputation as having reasonable prices, good kettle corn and spectacular performances.


For a darker take on this, it’s possible that in his efforts to recruit more Lycanthropes to his group, Jonathan has gone so far as to purposefully infect talented performers. Such new members would likely have trouble controlling themselves in their new forms, and for the first few months it would be not too uncommon to hear that a couple of people went missing when the carnival was near.

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Voted Ancient Gamer
May 20, 2008, 12:11
The lycanthropic carnival: A decent, well written submission. This could be a neat background addition to any high fantasy campaign. As it stands it is okay, but there is nothing terribly exciting about it. Personally I love twists, details and stories within stories. Right now you have a quality one dimensional story.
May 20, 2008, 14:31
It's mostly meant to be a backdrop to something else, carnivals are a great place for mysteries to start. A little cliche, but what the heck.
Voted Drackler
May 20, 2008, 20:03
I like the idea, and the background is decent. Something I would suggest would be to give some descriptions for specific locations within the carnival. Do they have a special tent just for "weathering out" their transformations? Also, what happens usually during the full moon, do they just sit around and mope,or do the villagers find oddly killed deer in the woods the next morning?
Voted valadaar
May 21, 2008, 20:26
Oddly Filled deer? :P

A good idea - could be the start of much more.
Voted Strolen
May 21, 2008, 21:13
"Closed for Full Moon."

You just had to bring in the Dark Elf. :)

A fun idea for a carnival! Seems I remember a few other carnivals too. Freetext or a Codex?
Voted Murometz
May 21, 2008, 21:27
freetext, I'd say.

I tend to agree with AG's comment, but I do understand your reply as well, Grey. As a backdrop it works just fine. I get it, You're painting with broad strokes here (like in the teddy bear piece as well), providing expanded idea seeds, for a GM to build upon. Good.
Voted punkcasher
March 16, 2009, 15:52
Good idea.



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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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