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October 21, 2012, 1:55 pm

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Veracit's Furball


It's so cute!

Wait, why is it glowing?

"Veracit didn't say how this... thing... is supposed to help us see in that cave." Roderick said, moving in close to the small ball of fur that sat still on the mage's desk.

The ball wobbled, before standing up an inch on four stubby legs. Roderick stumbled back a few paces.

"I'm hungry!" The ball squeaked.

Roderick sighed. Why me? Why do I agree to watch his lab?



Veracit's Furball was created by the mage Veracit during experimentations with light sources and its effects on life. Although only one was created initially, Veracit's furball managed to propagate widely and freely.



Veracit's Furballs range in size from a baseball to about the size of a softball, taking into account their fur. Their four stubby legs are the only non-spherical thing about them. Fur color ranges from brown, rust, black and white. Most furballs are of one color, although multi-colored or almost calico patterns have been observed. Veracit's furballs have black skin, although usually this can only be observed by looking at its legs. Furballs run awkwardly, but are capable of keeping up with most cats. Furballs can jump about a foot high, able to clear most steps.


Furballs can speak in a high pitched voice. They generally remain still unless threatened or are following an individual. Furballs are affectionate, witty, and chipper. Most often furballs communicate a desire for food, although they will have conversations if prompted. Furballs feed on light, and enter a deep hibernation if unable to absorb light for a long enough duration. Furballs can cause light sources to flicker out from feeding, especially magical sources.

Upon being asked, Furballs can emit light like a torch or lantern, depending on how well fed the furball is. They can sustain this ability dependant on the amount of light consumed recently. For feeding, sunlight is preferred, although light spells, torches, lanterns and fire may be used. Furballs will cause a small light source (IE: Torches, light spells, ect) to blink out and stop working when feeding.



Veracit's Furball is an alternative to the normal torches and other light sources usually available in a game. They should be played as simple, happy creatures, more than willing to give aid or provide light in dark places. Allowing players intelligent light sources can add character and flavor to a game, and the need to keep their source of light 'full' can lead to interesting situations. Furballs are also mobile, and can free up a small party from having to hold a torch.

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Cheka Man
September 13, 2010, 13:19
Very good,I wish I could vote on it.
September 13, 2010, 13:58
These would be great gifts to children -- little cuddly, friendly night lights! How fast can these things move, and can they jump? The hour-long limitation seems a bit short to use them as the primary light source in most dungeons, but you could probably send one scuttling into darker nooks and crannies where torchlight (and torch bearers) can't go. How long do they need to recharge?
September 13, 2010, 14:56
Update: UPDATE:
No longer a stub since Cheka complained.

Added speed, jumping ability. (Can keep up with a cat, can get up stairs but not much higher.)

Fixed blurb on time it can glow after being fed. (Trying to leave it ambiguous to allow DMs to officiate it how they like.)
Voted Dossta
September 13, 2010, 16:20
Great sub, thanks for clarifying the speed/jumping. Love these little things.
Voted Cheka Man
September 13, 2010, 16:29
I love them as well. 5/5
Voted Pieh
September 13, 2010, 19:34
Very cute and fun. The part with "I'm hungry" reminded me of the nightmarish Furbys, and overall it feels like a combination of them, Tribbles, and Gizmo from Gremlins, just add glowing. Do they breed at an alarming rate? Or mutate when fed after midnight? Can they be taught to repeat obscene phrases?

I like them. Good work.
Voted Nafar
September 20, 2010, 12:23
Only voted
Voted Ramhir
September 24, 2010, 12:40
A neat critter. Not very powerful, but fun and original. I like it. I'll add them to my world.

How do you 'turn them on and off'?
October 1, 2010, 10:59
Ask them. They can control their glowing at will.
Voted Forganthus
May 23, 2012, 2:18
If they don't last long enough, just bring more of 'em. Bring ten in the dungeon. Heck, bring thirty. If they eat light, they probably won't leave any messes in your pockets.
October 21, 2012, 13:55
Update: Added to quest as per Dossta's suggestion.
Voted Elbin
June 3, 2013, 13:36
Great fun, especially if they ask for food in the "appropriate" moment.

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Corpse Herders

       By: Murometz

The Jiangsi was the name of an undead being in Chinese folklore and mythology. Usually translated as zombie or vampire for Western palates, the Jiangsi was really neither. They appeared as simply risen, fresh corpses. They moved (peculiarly!) by hopping rather than walking, and sought out the living to suck the Qilife force from their victims.

Perhaps significantly more interesting than the Jiangsi itself, was the lore surrounding them. "Zombie wranglers", or "Corpse Herders", usually Daoist priests, were men tasked with delivering these undead beings back to their respective home towns. Tradition in China placed great importance and emphasis on the return of the dead to their homes and families, and thus the corpse herders came to be. By using magick words and talismans they would animate the dead, and by placing specially inscribed parchments of paper over the Jiangsi heads and faces, the corpse herders would be able to control the hopping corpses. Then like pied pipers, they would lead processions of subdued undead, across many miles, rhythmically chanting and ringing tiny bells.

Special inns were built across China to house these undead caravans, as the zombies could only travel by evening and night, the sun anathema to them. Rows of doors opening to barely a closet-space, lined the walls of these special establishments. Behind these doors, the corpses would be stored upright while the corpse herders rested in rooms.

The Jiangsi under the control of a corpse herder were quite harmless, merely hopping after him, silently and without complaint, for weeks and months. If however, the magicked parchment would somehow be removed from their faces, the creatures would immediately seek living humans to kill. Their thirst for Qi was unquenchable.

The job of a corpse herder was an interesting one to say the least.

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