"Why stand by while these heathens corrupt our youth? Why, they cavort with man-beasts half naked without shame! They engage in baudy humor and display proud beasts in chains!
While the PCs are in a small and unexciting village, The Carnival of Forgotten Souls arrives. An intolerant local religious leader, incensed at their licentious displays, preaches in the Village Common, stirring up trouble and urging that "those heathen scum" should be run out of town. Go to Comment
Guard Duty - Sometimes the gold has to be moved, and hired muscle is more feasible that using layer upon layer of temperamental magic to protect a shipment. The PCs have to guard a gold shipment, or even stand guard on the Keep itself as a show of ability on the side of the Cache. Go to Comment
Well, it is intended primarily as a form of artillery - with normal Archer/javaline throwing range. The culture which developed them would have deployed many of them and used them primarily as an ambush weapon - stop a calvary charge, or as point defence similar to using cannon with grapeshot.
This is not intended as a PC weapon or adventuring gear. I did not figure that all Items had to be PC items.
And yes, it could be used as a booby trap or rather lethal gag.
It was also part of a list of military oriented magic items I was working on, but this item ended up being described enough to be better then a scroll entry so I added it as a general entry. Maybe a backstory with it's intended use would have better set the stage... Go to Comment