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One Hundered Twenty Three Islands!
Locations  (Area)   (Water)
Wulfhere's comment on 2007-07-11 08:49 PM
80) Shearwood Island

When the captains of passing ships peer with their spyglasses, they can make out hundreds of small boats pulled up on the shores of Shearwood Island. Weathered and cracked, half-buried by sand, some of the boats have clearly been there for years or decades. The local sailors have dozens of tales of horrors beyond reckoning, mysterious terrors hunting those who land on the forboding island, but none of these tales answers the question: Where did all those boats come from?

No one appears to dwell on the desolate island, and those heavily-armed parties that explored the place didn't find anything, so where DO all the boats come from? It turns out that a tribe of undersea ogres lives nearby, and enjoys snacking on passing fishermen. Some decades ago, their leader encountered a powerful mage, who bound him never to sink a ship, but to allow them to land safely. In order to pervert his geas, the ogre cleverly forced boatmen onto the nearby island, where he was able to do as he wished with his victims. His successors, understanding nothing of this taboo, faithfully drive the boats of their prey to the island as their ancestors once did. Go to Comment
One Hundered Twenty Three Islands!
Locations  (Area)   (Water)
Wulfhere's comment on 2007-10-02 01:34 PM
You might want to pull this one out and make it a sub on its own. It's most of the way there. Go to Comment
Order of the Mace
Society/ Organizations  (Combative)   (Country/ State)
Wulfhere's comment on 2006-09-29 06:51 PM
A good way to introduce gladiatorial combat and all it entails to games in societies where it might not otherwise fit in. Go to Comment
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Any)
Wulfhere's comment on 2006-11-17 06:37 PM
Drackler, just ask "why?" to every part of your write up. When the answer that occurs to you is cool, add that to the article.

As an example, your description indicates that... These creatures are the bizarre creation of the mad wizard Tetrek. He created them by genetically fusing a wolf, a human, and a demon. After they were created, the wolf-kin killed their master as is their nature, for they do have demon blood in them. However, they have since learned to master their instincts to survive.

This leads me to wonder:

Why did Tetrek create them?

How was he mad? Was he "I want to take over the World!" mad, or merely "I'll show those door-to-door religious nuts what happens when you wake ME up on Saturday morning!" mad?

Why did he fuse wolves, humans, and demons? They don't seem to have any particulrly useful qualities from these creatures.

What instinct did they master?

Let yourself be creative! Go to Comment
The Order of the Knights of Rightous Victory
Society/ Organizations  (Combative)   (Area)
Wulfhere's comment on 2007-03-19 05:01 PM
Although the knights of "real world" orders covered up their foul deeds with fair words, there were Medieval "crusading orders" that were just as unpleasant as this. Some of the offshoots of the Teutonic Order, for example, were rather unpleasant sorts.

Terry Jones (of Monty Python fame) hit upon this in his book about Chaucer's Knight's Tale. His (controversial) thesis was that the "ideal" knight depicted therein is shown to be a bloodthirsty mercenary when you dig below the surface. The historical Dracula, Vlad Tepes, was another excellent example of a rather nasty "knight".

I could see a group of "plainspoken knights" that argued that the only difference between their order and others was that they eschewed hypocritical posturing. They might even argue that their actions were justified due to various historical factors similar to the excuses for the numerous crusades and pogroms aganst Jews and various heretics in Medieval Europe. After all, if the gods didn't approve, they would not be blessed with victory, right? Go to Comment
Songs Of Fantasy!
Plots  (Coincidence)   (Single-Storyline)
Wulfhere's comment on 2007-04-07 11:12 PM
I finally finished the one I was working on... Go to Comment
The Keepers Of Forbidden Beasts and Birds
Society/ Organizations  (Criminal/Espionage)   (Regional)
Wulfhere's comment on 2007-09-07 02:02 PM
In the Middle Ages, the peasantry often had exaggerated ideals about how their rulers would care for their needs, with extreme examples including rebels that laid down their arms because the king had come to meet with them and "address their grievances". Based on that, a ruler might well pass laws in the name of "protecting the peasantry from injustice", undermining the authority of a nobleman that had displeased him. Go to Comment
Locations  (City)   (Plains)
Wulfhere's comment on 2006-10-13 10:33 AM
Fowlgraff, I mean Powlgraff, a city with a bird-brained set of laws. I love this insane city!

Plot Ideas:
The PCs need to get information from the venerable sage Sohndres, but the man has snapped, going on a chicken slaying rampage! As he's the only living expert on the Lost Dingus of Axelrod, the PCs will have to smuggle him out of the city before he commits any more acts of avicide!

A wizard, Pogott Glommer, has begun an evil scheme to avenge himself against the city's nobles. He has found a magical item that exchanges minds from body to body and has begun switching the nobles out with chickens. If the PCs don't stop him, he'll make them pay dearly for the humiliation he went through when he was arrested for eating a chicken!

Dark rumors have surfaced of a sinister cult hidden in the City of Poultry, a cult dedicated to Mrrrrorw, the little-known Demon Lord of Rabid Housecats. This group must be stopped before they can summon their vile patron and unleash a fowl bloodbath unlike anything the world has ever seen. Go to Comment
Torture Devices and Techniques
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - In General)
Wulfhere's comment on 2006-10-24 01:20 AM
That torture is documentably at least 400 years older than that. It was in use in medieval Spain and Germany.

The political context is irrelevant. Go to Comment
Torture Devices and Techniques
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - In General)
Wulfhere's comment on 2006-10-24 01:25 AM
The Native American torture that you described (Nailing intestines to a tree) was also used by the Vikings. Go to Comment
The Kamuinji Sabre
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Combat)
Wulfhere's comment on 2013-02-22 06:57 PM

A worthy first try, Rowler. Read the feedback, then consider how to make you next submission even better. In your shoes, I wouldn't go nuts revising this piece, but would instead focus my effort on outdoing myself with each new idea.

When you write, try to think of details that a reader might not expect, but which make sense. Ideally, you want to leave your reader thinking "I never would have thought of that!"

Hmmm.  I just noticed that this was first submitted in 2006.  In all likelihood, it's too late to give Rowler advice.

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Items  (Home/ Personal)   (Non-Magical)
Wulfhere's comment on 2006-12-29 06:55 PM
I really like the backstory and quirkiness of the item.

Part of me reacts, "but, it's just a frying pan!" and part of me wants to figure out how to build an adventure around it...

... and with an eerie, otherworldly voice, the Oracle spoke: "Bring ye forth the Vessel of Ironspirit from its durance within the Hellcaves of Dalroth! Only one who has prepared the Orbs of the World Eagle within the Vessel may pass the Iron Guardians and achieve their quest!" Go to Comment
Nial Ironspirit
NPCs  (Mythic/ Historical)   (Domestic/ Craft)
Wulfhere's comment on 2006-12-27 03:55 PM
(Bump!) A well done legend, detailed and useful. Every magic weapon should have an epic smith to give it life. Go to Comment
Censer of Mal'Mennoth
Items  (Wand/Staff/ Arcane)   (Villanous)
Wulfhere's comment on 2007-04-27 12:29 PM
I normally prefer more subtle evil than this, but I have to make an exception for this wicked item.

Excellently described and detailed! Go to Comment
E'Scatonia's Little Chest
Items  (Other)   (Magical)
Wulfhere's comment on 2006-10-03 11:52 AM
E'scatonia's chest may be little, but it certainly held my interest. (But, then I've always appreciated a well-displayed chest.)

I can think of a lot of ways that I could use this; this could take a campaign off in 20 different directions, from political intrigue ("My, that IS an interesting fetish the duke enjoys! I wonder what the Dutchess would say, if she knew?") to cat and mouse with the daughter (Daughter may want her birthright...) to contact with the three-tongued one. Go to Comment
Mathom, the God of Delays
Systems  (Divine/ Spirit)   (Defining)
Wulfhere's comment on 2007-03-26 01:07 PM
I have added Ye Boke of Ye Blesssynges of Mathom as a scroll.

Manfred, thank you for giving us this amusing and useful diety. Go to Comment
Mathom, the God of Delays
Systems  (Divine/ Spirit)   (Defining)
Wulfhere's comment on 2007-03-26 01:49 PM
Ye Boke of Ye Blessynges of Mathom
This rather lengthy text contains the collected sermons of the self-appointed "Patriarch of Mathom", Saint Ferdric the Sluggish. This decrepit wise man spent many years wandering from village to village, expounding on the need for all things to happen in their own, appropriate time. While the elderly sage’s odd views brought him into conflict with civil and religious authorities in several lands and he was eventually arrested, the magistrates never found the time to try him on the charges. Local legend says that on the day when the Blessed Ferdric passed away, his fellow prisoners were able to walk right out of the dungeon that held them, for the rusted-out bars of their cell had not been repaired on schedule.

The text itself is very disorganized, for many of the individual sermons within were never completed. It appears that Saint Ferdric intended to revise the sermons and organize them properly, but passed away before this task was completed. After his death, his acolytes respectfully decided to keep everything as the saint had originally written it.

A printed version of the text was planned, with elaborate woodcuts illustrating important passages, but this version was never produced due to disagreements between the printer and the acolytes that possessed the original text. While some woodcut illustrations were made, and are still widely admired, the text itself is only found in a few hand-written copies. Go to Comment
Mathom, the God of Delays
Systems  (Divine/ Spirit)   (Defining)
Wulfhere's comment on 2011-02-03 02:02 AM
Just getting around to it, eh?

(Yes, I know... That's what EVERYONE ELSE said. I'll think of something original when I have some spare time.) Go to Comment
The Strong Orcish Gods
Systems  (Divine/ Spirit)   (General)
Wulfhere's comment on 2006-10-11 01:06 PM
A worthy addition to the culture of the orcish folk. A worthwhile sequel would detail how the tribes and their shamans worship these gods. Go to Comment
The Black Legion
Plots  (Duty)   (Multi-Storyline)
Wulfhere's comment on 2007-02-22 02:42 PM
But that was my favorite part! Go to Comment
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The blood of a dragon is vital in the creation of potions of longevity. The liver could used to cure any disease or ailment, while the heart could restore a PC to full and complete health, despite their age, or injury.

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