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Cities of the Eternal Blackness
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MoonHunter's comment on 2007-01-16 03:06 PM
A lovely piece with strong visuals and potential dramatic elements. Of course, how are most PCs getting down there to explore any of this? Go to Comment
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Iain's comment on 2007-01-16 03:51 PM
Very nice - very novel and unusual. Have commented more on the other post. Go to Comment
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Scrasamax's comment on 2007-01-16 12:30 PM
Not bad, my favorite part were the Colerids, great visual there. The rest goes well with the Trench-Dwellers as a whole and sheds some light on their culture. Strolen does have a point however, if the game never ventures underwater, and deep underwater at that, these eldritch creatures and their constructs will never been seen, or even heard of. Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2014-09-12 03:03 PM
I love the picture this presents. How to get here? Magic of course. That's part of what magic is for - to let us play with reality and go places reality would deny.

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Wulfhere's comment on 2007-01-15 09:14 PM
Updated: I edited the information to clarify some details. The devices and war machines of the Trench Dwellers will be detailed in my next sub. Go to Comment
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Moonlake's comment on 2011-02-22 11:30 PM


Well-written, goes well with the Trench-dwellers post. I My favourite part is the bewildering geometric concept that their cities are built around as a result of their architecture catering only to acoustics


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Strolen's comment on 2007-01-15 10:32 PM
I almost needed a dictionary reading the first paragraph of the description. ;)

Love the thought of the triad and instead of using the mental crutch they are a unit by constant communication.

I second Scras's question though now that I read both posts. Any tunnels/caverns they make probably wouldn't be much bigger than themselves. The long lived ones end up being stationary which defies the large cities that my vision dictates. Perhaps in the madness of age they begin their extreme effort in digging. I am searching for a reason behind it all though. What do they want, what do the hive minds talk about, what knowledge do they gain from only talking to themselves. Why bother digging if they don't need to. They eat through filtered water so the deeper they go the less the filtered water would have food in it. So why dig?

Love the idea how outside noise would offend them....but it is missing something substantial to me but I don't know what it is.

There is a great atmosphere in there and I want to be sucked into it.... Go to Comment
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manfred's comment on 2007-01-14 06:22 AM
Uhhhh... what Murometz said, but DARN!

Now this is a different aquatic race as it should be. Applause I have to say. Is there more where this came from? Go to Comment
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manfred's comment on 2007-01-16 03:09 PM
Perhaps their cities and their state of hibernation are connected. The fact that they don't need large cities for bare survival means nothing. If they can create something better, why wouldn't they?

Perhaps they have created THE perfect enviroment for life, work, or play, and then found themselves with having nothing at all to do... their cities, amazing catedrals of the best sound to indulge in, mechanisms that keep the nutrients in water on the right level, all threats eliminated, they have now nothing to do - and so they do nothing. In a way, they remind me of the Marcas. They have exactly what they wanted, and their civilization is now over as a result. Go to Comment
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manfred's comment on 2007-01-17 03:34 AM
A great update I must say! Their society is becoming alive a little more. Go to Comment
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Ria Hawk's comment on 2007-01-16 02:21 AM
I like them, they make sense as an aquatic civilization. Although I have to agree, they don't seem the type to build cities. Warrens yes, cities no. They don't need shelter, they get that by burrowing, if they use it at all, they don't have commerce to need markets, and they don't like other races (who give them headaches), so they don't need to offer hospitality to visitors. Now, I might could see them beautifying existing formations or warrens. In that case they just augment their surroundings. Go to Comment
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CaptainPenguin's comment on 2007-01-14 03:17 AM
I WANT THIS RACE TO MARRY ME Go to Comment
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MoonHunter's comment on 2007-01-15 02:48 AM
Simply lovely. Nice description, good details, and useful infomation for all. Application of said critters might be an issue, but still a nice addition.

Two paws and a tail up. Go to Comment
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Iain's comment on 2007-01-16 04:00 PM
Excellent. I love the strangeness and true alienness of these creatures. I am like Manfred; I don't need to know more about these creatures in order to use them in the game - the PCs will interact rarely with them and are certainly unlikely to be able to find out more than what it is told here which is rich in its detail and sense of otherness.

I was thinking about how the PCs could interact with them and thought of the following:

1) Magic - always a copout but definitely a possibility in a high fantasy world. It should be extremely difficult if possible.

2) Perhaps the merfolk bring a trench-folk artefact to the PCs and ask them what it is. It will be utterly alien to anything they or any others have seen before.

3) My favourite. A ship carrying the vital McGuffin, essential to the saving of the world/continent/nation has sunk in a storm, falling into a deep ocean trench. The PCs, via the intermediary of the merfolk, must persuade the trench-folk to return the McGuffin to the surface. The merfolk have no reason to like either surface dwellers or trench-folk and will have to be persuaded to cooperate. They may try to seize the McGuffin for themselves.

In addition, the PCs will have to learn enough about the totally alien society and culture of the trench-folk (via the merfolk - Chinese whispers with much potential for misunderstanding) in order to negotiate with them and try to persuade them to give up the artefact. If the trench-folk learn of its powers would they not wish to keep it? What could surface dwellers possibly offer such a deep-dwelling race in trade? To complicate things still further, perhaps the sinking ship landed on part of a trench-folk city causing great destruction and many deaths; they see it as a hostile attach and will be most unwilling to believe it was an accident. Go to Comment
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Scrasamax's comment on 2007-01-14 07:24 PM
Well, I hate to do this, but there are some problems with it, but I'll start with the parts I liked. As mentioned above, almost gushingly so, it is very atmospheric. Nicely done. The concept is certainly unique, especially the triad social structure.

Now for the parts I'm not thrilled about. Being small creatures, blind, and unable to bear loud or persistant noises, how did they create any sort of advanced civilization to create those decaying cities and eeriely silent war machines? What changed them from what would nominally be a dynamic society into a psychologically crippled quasi-post apocalyptic squatters?

I feel like an explorer who has found a marvelous underwater ruin and then absurdly attributed it and it's construction to the marine life I found there, about like archeologists claiming that the acropolis was built by ancestors of the wild dogs found in Greece. Go to Comment
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Scrasamax's comment on 2007-01-15 02:12 AM
Re-reading my comment, I don't think I made my main complaint clear. It was not how their civilzation fell apart, but how they created it to begin with. I am curious to know how they built things without tool-using appendages or large scale cooperation. Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2007-01-13 10:40 PM
A truly alien race. Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2007-10-07 08:41 PM
What if the PCs had to rescue one of these things from a merfolk torture chamber? Go to Comment
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Ancient Gamer's comment on 2007-01-14 02:00 PM
Uh.

They are okay.

Bonus points for originality and the dreamer part. I loved the mechanical guardians and the angry awakening.
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Pariah's comment on 2007-01-13 10:27 PM
It gets the "I wish I'd've thought of *that*" award at multiple points throughout.

Kudos. Go to Comment
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