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The Invisible Trebuchet

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A Usurper and a Wizard have conspired to create a trebuchet of exceptional size and strength, but it's real power lies in it's charms of enchantment. The King plans a jovial celebration and tournament, which the Usuper plans to ruin by bombarding the festivities with projectiles that only become visible after they crash to earth. The Heroes must find a way to stop the usurper and destroy his siege engine. The Celebration cannot be interrupted, and the search must be done in secrecy, both for the guests, and to take the Usurper by surprise. Won't someone think of the children?



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Voted axlerowes
January 9, 2012, 17:20
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This is great, it reminds me of the adventure hooks at the back of the old roleplaying books from the 80s. This one has got flair.  

Voted Strolen
January 10, 2012, 14:10
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Think of the children. LOL  I think they will be able to determine direction by the damage path. Height of the throw by the depth of the initial impact. Then it just leaves using elementary trigonometry and some minor calculus taking into account the coriolus affect, pull of the moon, wind, nearby asteroids, barometric pressure, dew point and atmospheric pressure on a sliding scale of medium averaged density to find the arc, trajectory and origin. So not very hard to find. ;)

Voted Dozus
January 10, 2012, 14:23
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I like the plot. I'm picturing the Usurper as a Dick Dastardly, wringing gloved hands as boulders seem to appear from nowhere in the town.

How does one aim an invisible trebuchet?

axlerowes
February 1, 2012, 6:55
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more than once?
Voted PoisonAlchemist
February 1, 2012, 0:41
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Think of the children! :D

Voted Murometz
February 7, 2012, 22:46
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Love it.

Voted Aramax
November 18, 2012, 15:45
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NOT THE CHILDREN!!!!!!!!! 4/5
Voted valadaar
August 22, 2014, 11:43
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Ah, Medieval Thriller.

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Two Minerals

       By: Murometz

Yupiorite

Also called "pale-yellow witch" by alchemists, this mineral is known to possess a peculiar attribute. When found, a Yupiorite will appear the palest yellow. Rather than crystalline in structure, Yupiorite occurs in weird, smooth, ovaline shapes, as if already carved by skilled hands to serve as ring or necklace ornaments. Yupiorite somehow detects and reacts to mood. When the wearer of the gem is content, calm, and happy, the stone will remain the palest yellow. As the person gets more excited, angry, or otherwise stimulated, the mineral will darken progressively to a dark corn-yellow in color. Why the gem reacts this way to sentient mood swings, is still debated by gemologists and alchemists alike.

It is said that the Elven Halls of Vala-Aluduwy are resplendent with wall-sized mirrors of pure Yupiorite, showing plainly and ironically, the emotions of everyone present, despite the Elven love of restraint and stoicism.

Aragdulose

"Cave-grass" or "cave-pine" is a deep forest green in color, rare and often mistaken for other minerals, though otherwise mundane. Crystals form into tiny, ultra-thin, needle-like clusters by the hundreds of thousands, creating vast dark green bursts and structures, resembling evergreen conifers, if viewed by any sort of light. Despite its ephemeral shape, Aragdulose is only second to a diamond in hardness.

Dwarves are said to keep these mineral "trees" in their homes, putting them up during festive family holidays, leaving presents beneath them, for kin to open.

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