Thanks for the typo alert. I might add more from further research after I finish the Wiki page (there's some 130+ entries in total). I was just trying to clear one of these scrolls in my Chinese Mythical Lifeform Codex so I don't have that many released incomplete subs in addition to my pile of in-work subs. Go to Comment
Actually, Dossta mentioned the same thing for my Nine Offspring sub and I understand the rationale but unfortunately there is this ancient/modern divide in wording that for a lot of the names of the creatures in this scroll, I cannot really decipher their meanings and so I could only put in the Mandarin pinyin. I couldn't put down the English pronunciation either because I never learnt it properly even though I can write fluent English. I sort of speak fluent English but actually an accent shows up here and there b/c of this pronunciation aspect that I had just failed to master. Go to Comment
On the fox, I actually already expanded the Lore section a little based on my own knowledge (relative to the Wiki page, that is). As for the extra tails, I think another version has it that each extra tail represents an extra live rather than being a storage device of magical energies. I've never come across references on what exactly triggers the form shift but my interpretation is that this is an ability they develop so that they can more easily approach human men so that they could suck their life forces. Go to Comment
Feel free to do your own adaptations. The original purpose of this compilation was precisely to act as inspiration/resources after all. The same idea did cross my mind on a few but then I was focused on actually finishing the compilation plus as per usual, I've got myself split between a dozen different writing projects. Go to Comment
Actually, at one pt I did consider omitting the Special Properties and Lore section headings as well just like the Translation Quirk. But b/c I didn't label them as optional, I sort of opted for the current approach for consistency of format. But then I think you are right, omitting them wouldn't confuse anyone so I might as well get rid of empty headings. Go to Comment
Go ahead and expand any that suits your fancy, I think I told Val the same thing on a companion sub to this. You came onto the site late (or rather became active late) but before I embarked on the venture of doing this series of Chinese fabled creature subs, I actually put up a poll asking whether Strolenatis would be interested in such a 'compile and translation' exercise as I call this and all along I had the idea that this series of subs could be a gamer resource where GMs could take whatever particular creature(s) suit their fancies and adapt/expand them to their own needs.
I actually saw that you tagged this for your Stolen campaign and I was glad that you found a use for this in such a way. Go to Comment
I ran another Google search on Huan and the only other info. abt this creature are that:1) it always wears an arrogant expression, by which I assume it always holds its head unnecessarily high; 2) apparently it doesn't need to eat or drink and can still live. Go to Comment
From reading online novels, apparently all I have to do is get my hands on a copy of the ancient Chinese text available in every physical book shop in China (but I don't know whether that's true, it's a novel after all). Now that my bank card is automatically updated to become a visa debit, I can finally shop online at will but I need to find the right place to get a copy. Go to Comment
I did browse through 1/4 of that Chinese text I talked about in one go but finding it very hard to keep track which worthy of translation and which not (some too brief and overlapping with what I put up already)- from memory, only about 2 I found potentially promising but by the end I forgot which 2 already. Maybe I should just translate the whole thing into English and then dig through it, I been thinking about releasing another Chinese sub to be honest a while back though that would be a NPC/lore sub rather than more creatures. Thinking to get more active writing wise though (currently planning a novel series and pretty slow going) so just might get to this but no promises. Go to Comment
"Binding the Life Coil" is an ancient quasi-mystical technique rediscovered to prolong one's life at the expense of one reproductive ability. It is a simple magikal technique that anyone can learn (a skill or feat). The promise of near immortality or a lifespan of a thousand years or more makes everyone want to learn it.
This technique has a price though, the amount of immortality is in direct response to the strength of ones reproductive spirit. Those that have never breed will live longer than those that have. The use of the technique makes conception difficult, if not impossible. So you trade the future of your society for the chance for you to see much of that future.
Ideas ( System ) | May 28, 2003 |