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Rhojin's Tower
Items  (Wand/Staff/ Arcane)   (Magical)
Phaidros's comment on 2011-12-12 06:21 AM
Dear Cheka,
For some reason I do not see a voting button, only the possibility to leave comments. I thought that was the way everyone votes, in the comment-box. Go to Comment
Rhojin's Tower
Items  (Wand/Staff/ Arcane)   (Magical)
Phaidros's comment on 2011-12-12 04:50 PM
Sorry, I do not get to see a vote button, only the comment-box. Something wrong with my browser? This website is one of my favorites to visit on my mobile when in train or bus... Go to Comment
Everlasting Chalk
Items  (Tools)   (Non-Magical)
Phaidros's comment on 2011-12-09 06:00 PM
Simply put: genius!
I was reading "everlasting chalk, usefully but bo.... Wait what, Troll Kidney Stone?!?"
4.5/5 Go to Comment
Meles the Tenacious
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Forest/ Jungle)
Phaidros's comment on 2011-12-09 07:28 PM
Good summon, a detailed description, extensive tactics and quite a personality.

5/5 Go to Comment
The Horn of Seven Seals
Items  (Art and Music)   (Magical)
Phaidros's comment on 2011-12-07 08:08 AM
Well, it seems Verrin was hard on the path towards blackguard, so that might be a suitable curse on future users. This horn seems to be ideal for defending armies, not for conquerors, unless the Horn can be convinced the landgrab is justified. Maybe it sticks to the borders at the moment of its crafting. A Leonidas might use it justly, but an Alexander not.

Which leads me to the following question: was Verrin the only one of the brothers to misuse his item, or just the first? Go to Comment
The Skald of Seven Shapes
Items  (Other)   (Sentient)
Phaidros's comment on 2011-12-04 01:25 PM
Of all the magic items on this site, definately the first I would like to own right now. So far, all the items of the seven list are good, but this one is just making me salivate. Though that own sentience might be a spoiler.

I am imagining a campaign/story, where the bastard child of a poor nobleman get as only inheritance this old hat. The hat finds the orphan's heart pure, and guides him/her to find other items and other worthy heirs, and then together the New Seven revive the kingdom. Of course, other people will want to have the items too, or do not want to have the kingdom refounded.... Go to Comment
The Crown of Seven Swords
Items  (Jewelry)   (Magical)
Phaidros's comment on 2011-11-30 06:59 PM
Another good item, keep it up! Go to Comment
Gailerust's Grand Gauntlet
Items  (Armor)   (Magical)
Phaidros's comment on 2011-11-30 06:11 PM
Nice hook with the showy Regdar, this item is indeed good for the showman/adventurer, less for the no-nonsense soldier or laborer. And indeed, the maker is a showman himself too. 4/5 Go to Comment
The Ring of Seven Stones
Items  (Jewelry)   (Magical)
Phaidros's comment on 2011-11-29 09:06 PM
"One Ring to rule them all"....

While its powers are quite subtle and at first low-powered, its wielded would be impelled to keep the users of the other seven items together, and with the growing powers of the ring, that might become quite easy. The ring-wielder better make sure that the cause they all pledge to is very favorable for him!

Still, these items and their backstory are simply fantastic. Go to Comment
Red Armor Mk. VII
Items  (Armor)   (Non-Magical)
Phaidros's comment on 2011-11-29 08:54 PM
Very good backgrounds and technical decription. It is an advanced device, but not cutting edge, no "magical Swiss-knife", doing everything the plot desires. I bet that if there were any SWAT-members between our members, they would state that they would like such an armor. PCs playing policemen might end up with these, or the mob might try to get some for their enforcers. And of course, a penny-pincing dictator might send off the PCs with "the most advanced imported armor"... Go to Comment
Items  (Other)   (Sentient)
Phaidros's comment on 2011-11-27 06:32 AM
Intriguing, all too often familiars are treated as simple things, for a single skill-bonus or as just a delivery system for spells. Woodwise might bring great weal, but also great woe, for its master, depending on its treatment and on the possible plothooks you choose. This is definately not a familiar you can forget for a session. Go to Comment
The Kingdom of Seven Princes
Locations  (Country/ State)   (Any)
Phaidros's comment on 2011-11-25 07:07 AM
First I thought this was going to be a recipe for strife, like the princes of the Starstruck movie, but instead it is a nice background for some nice items. The 7 brothers might rule wel together, but if they all get children a dynastic fight might still be a possibility. Maybe future generations look back on the time of the Seven with nostalgia, when brothers worked together and the realm was still one.... Go to Comment
Items  (Jewelry)   (Magical)
Phaidros's comment on 2011-11-13 06:02 AM
Not the most original item but very nice backstory and some good drawbacks, too often in fantasy games one can stack/combine items without problems. That ruby form might destroy a careless mage's favorite magic robe. And of course, randomly pressing gems to find those rumored extra forms is going to be a dangerous bussiness. 4/5 Go to Comment
Winter's Fang
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Magical)
Phaidros's comment on 2011-11-11 08:59 PM
I think one would have to be an exemplary defender of the tribe to avoid getting the spirit of the shaman very displeased with you, if you use the Fang as a cooler. Though his abilities might be lessened, it seems to be that the shaman, as he gave his life for the tribe, would want to be wielded only by tribemembers defending the tribe. A barbarian PC might use the Fang on a quest for the wellbeing of the tribe, but anyone else better return this weapon to its rightful owners. Go to Comment
The Gi'en Scroud
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Magical)
Phaidros's comment on 2011-11-11 09:05 PM
I have trouble visualizing this weapon, but it hlkas a terrific backstory, and even without the burning of the owner's fingers, it seems to be cursed to change owners quickly. Meanwhile, extra humiliation for monsters defeated by a mere skillet! Go to Comment
The Thunder Sphere
Items  (Armor)   (Magical)
Phaidros's comment on 2014-03-18 06:41 PM
Good item, I would only like some more on that history, with both heroes and villain (ab)using the Sphere. And who made this? Go to Comment
How To Create Deep & Compelling Magic Item Backgrounds In Just 60 Seconds
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Gaming - In General)
Phaidros's comment on 2011-11-07 02:17 PM
Very good! Even if it is "just" a +1 sword, a backstory like that of Sevrin and Uktar makes it feel alive, and a PC might want to continue the vigilance against Orcs, a hook the GM might otherwise not have. Go to Comment
Moradin's Piece
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Sentient)
Phaidros's comment on 2011-11-04 06:29 PM
Personally guns seem to me more something an inventive gnome might tinker together, but I like the image of a tough lonesome Dwarf, sole source of law on the frontier.

"Sheriff Garrik might be short and gruff, but his aim is true and he'll face down anything for justice." Go to Comment
New NuOrleans
Locations  (City)   (Water)
Phaidros's comment on 2011-11-04 05:09 PM
Nice description, but when I read "floating city", my first thought was a New Venice or Amsterdam. Something to do next? Go to Comment
How To Create Great Magic Items In Just Three Minutes
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Game Mastering)
Phaidros's comment on 2011-11-04 05:14 PM
Meaty, usefull tips & links. Now add some examples and a ready-to-use card and you'll have a full 5 from me. Otherwise, there can never be too many of these helpful pieces. Go to Comment
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The *living* dead

       By: Cheka Man

A certain tribe in a valley believes that the soul remains trapped in the body after death and is aware of it. So they treat their dead as if they are alive, talking to them and keeping them at home. They are used to the stink and for some reason are also immune to the diseases that this practise causes but outsiders are not so lucky.

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