The 'value' of Malhonne should not be judged based on whether we like her character or not, but instead by asking the question: how worthy is she as an addition to my game?
Every NPC hereis a GM tool. Of course that most of the visitors of this page have had or will have a bad experience with a 'slut' they fell/fall for - but that does not concern this post. Of course her character is flawed - but then, we'd not be able to post any villains here if we posted only characters whose personality we like. Go to Comment
An assassin. I'd have thought that getting beaten and seeing his sister violated would lead to a different attitude than 'carefree and cocky'...
There should be more drama - it does not make for a good story if he just takes the beating, and stays in the shadow.
The selflessness he shows when taking beatings for his sister could lead him down a wholly different road than that of assassination... consider it.
An alternative: The Cursed Keyboard of the Strolenite
Once held by a Strolen's user whose posts drew only the worst of comments. If one uses it, he will be drawn to comment on any forum on any matter until he starves to death or someone shuts down the computer.
If someone actually asks the user of the Keyboard to comment on something, the comments will be malicious yet all except the author of the post will see them as wise. Go to Comment
A morningstar - fitting weapon for an orc... I can see many a steel-clad knigh falling to the sheer fury of Grond.
While Excalibur is noble and elegant, Grond should be massive like a mountain, black as a moonless night and fierce as polar winter. No subtlety, just feral savage power.
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I ... like it. A lot, actually...
There could be an underground culture where people gather and live out emotion in relative safety, perhaps under the supervision of a competent anti-mage/abjurer.
A festival could consist of people stepping up on a piedestal or such, and wishiong someone well... the gathered positive feelings might bestow a blessing.
A public execution could simply consist of the offender being tied up, with all the people being mad at him... the magic takes care of the rest (plus, a good way to vent those negative feelings).
Beings that feed on emotion could find themselves paid to remove those feelings welling up inside - this could make for truly peculiar denizens.
Also, very strong feelings and botched spells could give birth to a wide variety of curiosities: a childless couple wishing for offspring could subconsciously animate the doll they hugged in place of the child they'd never have; a student in love might allow some spirit to take material form, that of his beloved of course; fairy tales might be even forbidden, as the power of children's imaginations would make the figures from the tales real.
Just don't start to believe there's a monster under your bed. 5/5 Go to Comment
The character is interesting, but needs more motivation than feeding - after 500 years of existence, Claudia will have picked up quirks, likes and dislikes, and will have opinions on most subjects - it would be interesting to hear them. Feeding and staying alive is good for insects.
Also, her father's biases will influence her actions.
Thus, her preferences might alter the view of her strongly - a Claudia who uses her wealth and power for aiding children in need might be a lily-white altruist, founding orphanages and schools, and protecting them.
But if a vengeful streak is added, she might become a vigilante, punishing those who trespass against children. If her father's dislike for priests kicks in, she might start cleansing the clergy - slaying those who pay just lip service to the teachings and harm the helpless, especially kids, in any way.
She might be obsessed with becoming mortal again, or at least growing to adult size. She could meddle in vampire politics...
If that was fleshed out, I'd gladly give a 5, so I will wait. Still, good work. Go to Comment
Has anoyone of you read Terry Pratchett's 'Sourcery' ? There, the drive of every wizard to build a tower for himself and himself only is depicted - the highest number of wizards that can cooperate is one, and what is a better abode than an ominous tower, like a warning finger, a symbol of his power (and a phallic symbol as well)?
Wizards and towers are an archetype, so closely connected that if a wizard decides to live in a comfortable villa where he does not have to walkas many stairs, all his colleagues will tap their foreheads.
Uh, and as for the post - a good one! The construction of a highway as opposed to say a pyramid is unique in encountering new problems as the construction progresses and the highway's front moves along. Go to Comment
I might note that it depends upon the female whether twins are born or not - it is the number of ova to be fertilized that determines the number of kids - if, by chance, two manage to mature at the same time, the potential for twins is given, etc.
The male must just shed enough spermatozoa to fertilize them, and this could indeed be the effect of the soup: potence, combined with desire, and a higher sperm count.
There should be a female counterpart for this, resulting in increased female fertility, to justify that 'twins' part... now, perhaps there should be several potions for the female to ward of diseases of the unborn, and ensure healthy development... I sense a thread coming up... Go to Comment
In a high-magicworld, this is certainly the way to go - free labor that won't rebel. Of course, the people may be upset at magical items 'stealing' their jobs, with golems and conjured servants doing chores, succubi competing with prostitues for clients, warrior demons entering the market of assassination...
Could cause some outrage amongst the populace...
a good one 4/5 Go to Comment
The PCs are accosted in a major city containing at least one famous fortuneteller / prophet of the future. They are informed that their as-yet-unborn child will (insert terrible evil), and that, although they are very sorry, the PC must be executed to keep this from happening.