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September 15, 2007, 8:19 pm

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Whistle's Vanishing Puppets


Missing Toys

Whistles, the kindly, old, forgetful mage has been making toys and puppets for children in his tiny, cluttered shop for as long as anyone can remember. The PCs visit Whistles shop, and as the old man chats them up, he mentions that something bizarre has been happening to his creations recently, they have been disappearing.

Vanishing, he insists, from his shelves, from the beds and windowsills of the children who bought and own them, from his workshop, and even from right under his nose. One day Whistles finishes a puppet, the next day, or a week later, its often gone, vanishing apparently into thin air. Whistles does have some minor magics at his disposal, but has been unsuccessful in his attempts so far to solve the mystery of his disappearing puppets. He has alerted the city guard, but claims they deride him, as an old, senile man, and tell him they have more important things to do than track down missing toys. "They were probably just stolen from under your old beak", they tell Whistles.

The old wizard and toy-maker petitions the PCs for help, in solving this most peculiar and singular affair.

As in many plots, the PCs play the role of investigators.

Possible Explanations:

1. The Wood?

2. The Wizard?

3. The Puppets?

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September 15, 2007, 20:08
Murometz] 7:56 pm: question: can anything cool be done with this?....
Murometz 7:57 pm: hang
Ria Hawk 7:57 pm: well, what did you have in mind for it?
Chaosmark 7:58 pm: I think it could be done quite nicely.
Chaosmark 7:59 pm: It wouldn't be an epic world-shaking plot, but it'd be a good 'filler' for some PC city
Murometz 8:00 pm: back
Murometz 8:00 pm: hmm, i didnt have anything in mind actually, except the premise
Murometz 8:00 pm:      hence the Advice Requested
Murometz 8:01 pm: no clue     
Chaosmark 8:01 pm: Well, to start, what all magics does the old geezer have at his disposal?
Ria Hawk 8:01 pm: well, you could go with a harmless explanation, a somewhat sinister one, or a creepy one
valadaar 8:01 pm: I like it. Are they being drawn into an alternate realm, animated and do battle with intelligent
Murometz 8:02 pm: CM...i guess you could say he's a 3rd level mage or something
Murometz 8:02 pm: Ria...that sounds good..the three options
Murometz 8:02 pm: val, wow...    
valadaar 8:03 pm: Er, sorry. Silly mode still engaged aparently..
Ria Hawk 8:03 pm: harmless, either the old man is senile and forgetting what he's doing with them, or some
reletively harmless magic makes them either move to new places, or makes them temporarily disappear
valadaar 8:04 pm: A eccentric fae loves his work and wants teh complete collection...
valadaar 8:04 pm: evnetually coming for the old man, too.
Ria Hawk 8:04 pm: Sinister, someone (maybe the old man himself?) is using the puppets for criminal
purposes, either enchanting them to steal things, or there's something valuable about the puppets themselves
Ria Hawk 8:05 pm: Creepy, the puppets themselves are coming to life on their own, and going somewhere.
Purposes and attitiudes may vary
Murometz 8:05 pm: copy/pasting     
Chaosmark 8:05 pm: lol
Michael Jotne Slayer
November 8, 2007, 17:31
The puppets are alive and hungry for PC blood! Hahahahahahahahahhaharkhhh....erhm....sorry, got a little carried away there.
Michael Jotne Slayer
November 19, 2007, 12:43
Finish please...:)
December 24, 2007, 22:06
I like it so far. Possible explanation-a magically powerful child, or magically powerful being with the mind of a child is taking the toys for its own amusement?
the Wanderer
January 13, 2008, 16:59
This one is just screaming "FINISH ME!"
January 25, 2008, 17:44
The toys aren't coming to life; they are stealing it instead. The missing puppets & toys steal the souls of the children while they sleep. Their little bodies still animated in a crude parody of life--the chemistry of life continues, but without the 'spark'. The formerly inanimate bodies are then animated by the children's souls, and taken by a third party when they come to life & confusedly begin to explore their new existence. It's simple for the thief: wait until after dark (which could be a limitation on the enchantment) & scoop up any toys that are wandering the streets.

It's what one plans to do with either the children's captured souls--or the still-living husks of their bodies--that is the true terror...
Michael Jotne Slayer
May 20, 2008, 8:22
Good idea Kinslayer... Will this ever be finished Murometz? Hope so... Or we will hav to talk to your BOSS! :D


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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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