Guardian of the Afterlife (Major pottery related magic)
Forms either an infantryman, cavalryman or mount of terra cotta bound to the spirit of a named individual.
In life, these figures are useless - their utility comes in the afterlife where they will provide the bound spirit members of a host it can use in battles there.
More mundanely, for religions where this is not an issue, the figure will function as a weak golem used to defend crypts and gravesites. Although not able to sustain much damage, it can strike as well as a seasoned warrior, and there is nothing stopping improvements such as armour or magical spells from being applied. In this application, the figure will not leave the area of the grave.
crediting comments by manfred to my Death Mask scroll, and Chinese History
(the Terra-cotta army buried in Qin Shi Huang's mausoleum)Go to Comment
This lightly armored suit is designed to save the wearer from flash fire and explosive decompression. It is made of fairly durable puncture resistent fabric(not bullet proof, however)and has a special rapid self-assembling helmet. Upon detection of severe heat or pressure drop, it will quickly throw a polymer hood over the head of the wearer and simultaneously inflate to pressurize both suit and helmet. Oxygen is not used for inflation to reduce chance of fire, but a breathing tube is also provided. The suit uses a Oxygen recycler to extend the limited supply to 15 minutes. Go to Comment
Some parallel worlds have different time-flows, like the fabled dwelling-places of the elves: those who visit them under the hill for a night return to find that years have passed in this world. Perhaps it is the gate leading between the worlds which causes the alteration. If a gate were 'misaligned', the shift from '| |' to '| \' or '| /' as it were would lead to that difference, much as a light-beam split and bent by a prism ends up taking a longer path. There might even be a mathematical function linking degree of misalignment to alteration of time-rate.