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Sanguine Widowmaker
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Heroic)
EchoMirage's comment on 2005-02-11 02:55 AM
Don't worry, I've got several younger siblings, several being justkids, and plan to have kids someday myself, and would never harm a kid, nor wish harm on a child.
Mature people can handle such topics responsibly, and certainly do not delight in them, but they may be useful for gameplay to evoke a certain emotional response - for example, if youwere amongst the players encountering the Sanguine Widowmaker, the response would be exactly as intended - to creep you out, get scared and certainly not trust that cursed piece of iron, even though it might state that its intentions are lily-white.

Perhaps there should be a box to check if a post is not suitable for audiences under a certain age, due to violence, or sexual content? Go to Comment
BRS Gwynith
NPCs  (Campaign)   (Travelers)
EchoMirage's comment on 2005-01-12 10:44 AM
I'd velcome if she and her personality and quirks were portayed a little more in-depth, but good none-the-less. Go to Comment
Rurik the Necromancer
NPCs  (Minor)   (Mystical)
EchoMirage's comment on 2005-01-11 08:18 AM
A solid character, the black ... uh, white, sheep of the family.

I did not know that necromancers objected to learning 'good' spells though - why, when they can be useful? They too have living minions, and if one of them gets hurt, it is best to heal him. Actually, the necromancer might feel a need to heal ihimself/i Go to Comment
Munchkin Utility Belt
Items  (Other)   (Magical)
EchoMirage's comment on 2005-01-09 04:20 AM
I almost choked on my coffee, Scras.
I know thatafew of my players would never willingly give up the belt, screaming "My precioussss!" even as they would be drawn into the munchkin - prison.
I can picture Cthulu coming over and saying: "Mortal, I curse you with ... this!"
This reminds us of an often forgotten truth:
A warrior should not fight just for the fighting itself.
A thief should not steal and backstab just because he can.
A mage's quest for power should not be only about gaining said power, but using it to furter a goal.
A priest should first of all serve his go, and then himself. An honest prayer is worth more than a smitten disbeliever. Go to Comment
Becoming a druid
Plots  (Hired)   (Encounter)
EchoMirage's comment on 2005-01-07 09:43 AM
If it is known that one of them is a defiler, have all cast but a simple spell. So easy. "Cast a spell to prove your magic ability, so that you may continue with the contest."
Mystery solved. 2/5 Go to Comment
marantha
NPCs  (Major)   (Combative)
EchoMirage's comment on 2005-01-07 09:41 AM
*sigh* here we go again. Go to Comment
Rings of Consciousness
Items  (Jewelry)   (Magical)
EchoMirage's comment on 2005-01-06 12:07 PM
A good and reasonable backstory. Adecent item to bring siblings together andallow them to cooperate. A solid 4/5 post. Go to Comment
The Ruined City
Locations  (Any)   (City)
EchoMirage's comment on 2005-01-05 04:55 AM
One day it might become a honest city, with the inhabitants priding themselves on their descent... nowadays, it is a place to flee to, where nobody asks your name, and only cares about what you have to offer. Some of those whofled there will take up the plow again, some will embrace craft, as the city cannot steal everything. A highly unconventional army that does not fight on battlefields, but rather dark alleys, shady forests and bedchambers as well as council rooms might bring it influence and power. Strange religions unviable elsewhere might appear, and it might be the last haven for outcasts, whether due to deed or descent. Troll bouncers, orc guards, goblin seamsters, ... think of it, you find it there.
I like it a lot, a serious 4... yet the page does not let me rate it. Go to Comment
Staff of the Dark Anagog
Items  (Wand/Staff/ Arcane)   (Villanous)
EchoMirage's comment on 2005-01-03 03:42 PM
Keep in mind that most people are not familiar with the Forgotten realms, so references to it make little sense...
A good post should be usable in any setting.

As for the item - a necromancer stave enhancing necromancy powers. Made by a necromancer. Wheee! Actually, *yawn*, it is not special in any way.

a 2 I guess. Go to Comment
Ardos
NPCs  (Major)   (Mystical)
EchoMirage's comment on 2005-01-02 07:17 PM
Hey, he's a DnD newbie, read his name *smirk*
So, this time I will play the voice of reason (me? reason? wtf?)

Hear me, o newbie, for this page here is home to many wise yet demanding game-masters, story-tellers and dungeon-keepers.

A character posted here should be unique, not what a half-demented anime writer could come up with (he's like ninja and stuff and he does magic, man, and he's ... angry! and has a ... Katana of the Gods and his papa was a demon and mama was a sea cucumber and he's kewl and stuf, yo ... well, NOT like THIS)
He should be a character comparable to a figure in a WELL-written novel, with history, personality, realistic needs and motivations.
Read some of the higher-rated posts to see what I mean - the people who write them spend even hours on ONE. You will not gain respect here by dumping a plethora of two-line posts quickly.

Also, many people are not familiar with DnD - while I personally am, I harbor few positive feelings towards it, yet at least am able to understand what a post relying heavily on the mechanics of a system is about, yet many a Strolenite will not be able to do so. System mechanics are not necessary - a good post does NOT need them, as every half-brained GM is able to fit an idea into his game mechanics, and the people here are more adept than that (mostly ;)).

So, before you flame me, consider the fact that you are trying to be a productive member of an online community dedicated to quality role-play - so listen to those who offer advice: they mean it well. You can learn a lot here, and it will improve your role-play. It's up to you.

Still, I have to rate the post an '1'. Put more effort into it next time. Go to Comment
The Sword of the Stars
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Combat)
EchoMirage's comment on 2005-01-02 07:26 PM
*sigh* A +kazillion sword of whoopass. Where have we seen this?
Actually, a better-written item with an interesting history is much more desirable.
Also, look out into the world. People are not just good or bad, they're shades of grey. So think twice before stamping alignments on things. Go to Comment
The Sword of the Stars
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Combat)
EchoMirage's comment on 2005-01-08 01:20 PM
Okay, now wait a bit, dear Barbierian. Yes, we are critical. Why? Because this page is meant to give a GM something more interesting than some DnD supplement bought over the counter. The star system has only five different ratings, and if you consider the 3 a post you find vaguely interesting, then a two it is for a post which has many flaws and an '1' is for a post that should get you flogged. A four is an idea that is excellent and would not be unfit to be featured in the works of one of the masters of the fantasy genre, and a 5 is one that makes a seasoned GM fall on his behind, mouth agape, or forces him to jump out of his bath screaming 'heureka'.
Now, this post is nowhere near being vaguely interesting. There is no history, few explanations, and the post might have taken a whole MINUTE to write.
I am mildly amused by this post, and thus award a solid 1. Go to Comment
The Orb of Alternative Source of Magic
Items  (Wand/Staff/ Arcane)   (Magical)
EchoMirage's comment on 2005-01-02 07:21 PM
Well, actually, the null-magic zones are tools for the GM when he does not want his plot to be circumvented through some stupid spell.
So it is munchkin. See where it leads: The PCs have to learn information from Fnord the Sage. He'd send them on a quest, for which the just reward would be the bit of knowledge. But no, a PC mage walks up to him, and reads his mind. No quest, no game, boooo-ring. Now, if Fnord sits in a null-magic zone, all is different.
Also, characters with no weaknesses are quite uninteresting as well. Go to Comment
The Orb of Craft
Items  (Wand/Staff/ Arcane)   (Magical)
EchoMirage's comment on 2005-01-02 07:23 PM
Now, DnD-newbie, don't discard all the comments and brush them aside. They're well-meant. This item is boring and over-powered, especially in your beloved DnD: what is to stop the mage from creating any item he wishes if he does not have to pay the exp cost? Go to Comment
Cobrais
NPCs  (Major)   (Mystical)
EchoMirage's comment on 2005-01-01 04:43 AM
While he may be considered foolish by his brethren, Cobrais isdoing more than any of his kin for the survival of his race - knowledge is power and without that power the humans cannot harm the Golden Ones, for - can you attack whatescapes your knowledge?
a solid 4/5 Go to Comment
Kanel Rull
NPCs  (Minor)   (Knowledge/Lore)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-12-30 04:27 AM
wtf? ROFL! While I like to use an ultra-evil boss sometimes, this just gives me the creeps... what if your potionsare laced with something, or Bubrudz the dwarf who forged your Holy Avenger Blade is in fact evil (evil, evil, evil) and uses it to influence you to do his bidding? Go to Comment
Kanel Rull
NPCs  (Minor)   (Knowledge/Lore)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-12-29 06:57 PM
Most devious! I like villains with style who are amusing still!
A cream pie fight might bwe much more perilous if the pies tossed by one side explode ;)
Surely better than some Archidreadmaster the Defiler of Worlds.
Two thumbs up. Go to Comment
Blackrose Academy
Locations  (City)   (Water)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-12-29 06:52 PM
I think the academy mightb ecome a mere pawn if it sell it services too often and does not show some backbone - its voice no longer commanding respect but rather provoking a smirk or frown. Go to Comment
Gator Hunt
Plots  (Hired)   (Single-Storyline)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-12-28 02:02 PM
Could it be something more than a gator? I wouldn't go intothe "horror from beyond" category, but imagine the terror when the PCs finally put down a poor gator, only to have a THING emerge in a gush of sewage behind them just as they were about to rejoice in their victory. Perhaps some tentacle thing connected all the bodies of the murdered who were tossed into the sewer into a single malicious mass, or ... anyone saw Dogma? The Golgothan Shit Demon! Go to Comment
Tisiphone
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Criminal/Espionage)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-12-28 02:11 PM
Now, this is an example of how an assassin can be written well... now, Scras, you wouldn't mind a bit more of personality? Go to Comment
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