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Tome of Unpleasant Reality

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This tome may give you the information you seek, though you may not be happy reading it. Not really cursed, but gives the information in such a way that many readers despaired before finding the right knowledge.

This book has an iron-spiked case, without any name on the cover, and lacks any information about the author.

The spikes on the cover and the pages itself are so sharp that any round of handling requires a Dexterity check (or similar) to prevent cutting yourself. Use of gloves is recommended.

The book always opens on the first page, displaying an extremely critical description of the reader, making many readers close it. Please be devious and insert the most appropriate critique for given PC. On the next pages wealth of information can be found on many things, including descriptions of various monsters, empires hostile to given kingdom, important enemies, and much other things the reader may seek and which may harm him.

The last page, if the reader ever comes to it, contains a warning of an oncoming danger, always true. Example: the hostile man you were forced to kill is not really dead - he is a lycanthrope and now seeks revenge. He will try to infect one of you, if he has not done so already.

Magical Properties:

The book contains accurate information most knowledge-based skills could give on any subject likely to endanger the reader, even if the powers of all described subjects are slightly exagerated, and all weaknesses made look petty compared to the powers. The book never contains
any fatal weakness the reader could use to easily defeat the subject (unless it is well known, like staking a vampire, etc).

With continued using of the book the reader develops a minor paranoia and/or a random phobia. This is not a magical effect or a curse, it develops naturally.



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strom
March 6, 2003, 13:07
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I like this idea. I am developing a roleplaying game and could use this to help characters get acclimated to the environment and the opponents therein.
Ylorea
July 11, 2003, 3:24
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It is going to be a lot of work to incorporate this into a campaign, as you can not just throw in some information on the fly, but besides that, I love the idea and it may be very usefull to both PC and DM.
Voted Scrasamax
July 2, 2007, 10:57
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Nice submission, and I think I will use it in a new sub i am writing. I love the scathing aspect of the book, plus the fact that it is not cursed.
manfred
July 2, 2007, 14:20
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Ah, am glad to see this being used!
Voted valadaar
November 28, 2012, 12:00
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This is quite cool - its something that some monestaries may make required reading to reinforce humility.

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Order of the Moonbeard

       By: valadaar

Among the assortment of organized criminals who live in the great city, few command greater fear the Moonbeard Order.

They of course do not call themselves that, but have earned the moniker from their fashion of dying their large beards with lye to produce a distinctive crescent shape running from earlobe to earlobe. This is meant as a taunt for their enemies, for it clearly outlines their throats.

They also wear garb similar to the northern tribesman, carefully tooled leather and showing multiple, colourful glyphs.

They are feared due to the intense discipline that their group maintains, due to their origins as a warrior-sect.

They serve as paid thugs, enforcers and assassins within the city, with the client simply ordering a service from the organization, not hiring an individual. Apart from making the request and providing payment in full in advance, the order completes the assignment themselves.

Their order has many moles through the organizations of the city, and more than a couple of nobles. As such, no organized move has been made against them since their chief activity is directed against other members of the crime world. It is said that their services have been useful for those in power as well, further protecting them from persecution.

Their religion holds that their time in this world is vanishingly brief, and largely unimportant except as training for the Great Battle.

The order is very utilitarian with weapons choice - they simply use the tool needed for the occasion, though not without having trained extensively with it beforehand. Daggers, garrottes, swords, bows, battle axes, polearms, wagons, even siege engines have been used to carry out their contracts.

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