As this is written for DnD, and given the nature of the maker of the Catbook, perhaps the book simply suffuses the cat, and by petting it, you are instilled with the knowledge it contains (random fragment if by accident, the piece you want if intentional).
This makes accidentally unleashing the power more likely than if people simply open the cats. Go to Comment
Terrific idea! Fun to read, witty and clever. Wish I thought of it and can't wait to use this somehow. The what happens when they breed comment by val sent me down a whole new wormhole of thought, and I wasn't even done thinking about the initial concept yet. This is a fascinating sub! Go to Comment
This is perfect. You had an idea that is novel as far I know: cat book, you wrote a character of minor depth and sympathy (the cat book lady), you gave a slde long view of a society and a world....really really perfect. Go to Comment
A quite novel idea and I must say I prefer Echo's idea of petting the cat and getting the knowledge instilled in you much better than the much darker way in the sub but luckily, I don't have a very graphic imagination. Go to Comment
Holy paper catnip, Batman! Any sub that includes the words "Tower of Forbidden Cats" deserves far more recognition. I like Echo's idea of the knowledge being instilled while petting the cat, since that would suit Rigalene's personality better (and make the chore of spell memorization an enjoyable afternoon task). But if pages of paper-thin flesh are more your style, then awesome I guess (backs away, very slowly . . .).
I'm sure it wouldn't be long before a necromancer was trying to reanimate old catbooks as cat-zombie-book fiends, and the pages of flesh suit them better, anyway.
Fantastic job. Looking forward to using this one day! Go to Comment
Agreed. This is the internet, be nice to cats! If you were going for a cat-bus vibe, then petting would be a much better idea than opening the poor things. And while you're at it, that whole shove a book into a cat part provokes some disturbing images as well. >.< Go to Comment
Sessiliths (name based on the word sessile) are gargoyle-type creatures which are stationary, attached to the stone of whichever foundation they are bound to. Though they can move their extremities and limbs they are unable to move away from their particular perch. In lieu of swooping down and attacking like their mobile cousins the gargoyles proper, sessiliths are equipped with their own brand of mischief. The creatures are all able to verbalize and thus usually hurl vile insults and curses upon passersby. The cumulative effects of dozens of sessiliths cursing, screaming, and speaking in tongues, can have an effect of temporary confusion (or even discord) in those forced to listen to the shrieking stone gremlins.
Additionally, most possess the ability to "spout" or spit forth various undesirable projections, such as tar, boiling water, or even acid. While they can usually be avoided easily enough or even destroyed (their "bodies" feature the same defenses as gargoyles), sessiliths are usually placed in such a way as to hinder all trespassers and interlopers, narrow corridors, claustrophobic tunnels and other related "gauntlets", where they cannot be easily avoided. Like gargoyles, sessiliths come in all sorts of grotesque shapes and sizes, though they tend to resemble tiny horned devils, demonic amphibians, or simply distorted faces and heads, more often than not.