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manfred
January 30, 2006
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Votes: 34 / 4.617647
Mathom, the God of Delays    Systems  (Divine/ Spirit)   (Defining)

Mathom, the God of Delays, is an overlooked but powerful entity. Few worship him, but many remember him with word and deed.

Mourngrymn
April 16, 2011
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Ideas: 20
Votes: 13 / 4.884615
Constellation Myth    Systems  (Knowledge/Lore)   (Defining)

Old cultures since the dawn of written time have seen pictures in the night sky and asked questions of them. Who they were, where did they come from, and why do they return? The earliest efforts to distinguish these nightly visitors and give them names and meanings dates back to before the Contention of Aborior. Those first observations were different than what is seen today but most still hold true to their original origins.

Kassil
January 8, 2008
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Ideas: 0
Votes: 9 / 4.777778
Thaumatechnology    Systems  (Mystical)   (Defining)

Thaumatechnology - in a world where straight magic has an unnerving tendency to get the user killed, either by magical catastrophe or by being lynched by an upset mob, this is a much safer form of magical use… Even if it does occasionally explode.

ephemeralstability
November 11, 2005
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Comments: 25
Ideas: 0
Votes: 15 / 4.900000
Ars Dracopodemiae    Systems  (Knowledge/Lore)   (Specific)

A transcription, beyng the seminal introduction by Mr S J Ponsuler to the theory and praxis of Dracapodemy, the studie of Dragons’ migration patterns. This tome ys to be founde in the librarie of Anserne University, alonge with many years of copies of the Dracapodemyst’s Almanac not to mention verious othere tomes on the subjecte.

(Another submission I’m transferring over to the main site from the fora).

axlerowes
October 6, 2010
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Comments: 10
Ideas: 0
Votes: 7 / 4.642857
30 Halfling Holidays    Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (Specific)

Time is measured for most by the events that are both constant and special.  "How many Christmas's ago was that?"   It should be no different for Halflings.

Iain
December 3, 2005
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Comments: 14
Ideas: 24
Votes: 10 / 4.750000
Gemstone Magic    Systems  (Mystical)   (Defining)

The magic in my roleplay system is based around gemstones. It started off with the fact that wizards could use gems to regain lost mana: essentially, the gems were nothing more than glorified potions of mana. Since then I’ve managed to expand the uses of gems considerably and make them much more integral to the magic system; however, I still feel there is a lot more that I could do with them if I could only think of it! Basically, I’m asking for any ideas and suggestions that people have on how to make the gems and magic more interlinked.

Dossta
October 24, 2012
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Comments: 16
Ideas: 0
Votes: 11 / 4.772727
30 Things That Grow in a Dwarven Beard    Systems  (Agriculture/ Husbandry)   (General)

Dwarven beards are rich habitats for the enterprising critter.

Dozus
June 1, 2011
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Comments: 21
Ideas: 2
Votes: 10 / 4.900000
Cartogramancy - The Magic of Maps    Systems  (Mystical)   (Defining)

"Anyone can draw a map, boy - there's no more difficulty in that than laying brick. What makes maps useful is when they are so proper, so precise, that they are living images of the places they represent. Encompassing knowledge of the geography, and mastery of the very space itself - that, child, is cartogramancy."

- Sage Pakpao Sasithorn, Chief Lecturer, the Ezagun-Darkbolt College of Cartogramancy

Pariah
July 2, 2006
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Ideas: 0
Votes: 10 / 4.350000
The Stories of Sama    Systems  (Divine/ Spirit)   (Defining)

You have been born into a rebellious world.  The whole of history is treason; your blood was spilt before you were even born; the various creeds are but an infidelity to the Truth; and Man’s laws are but treason to his Maker. -Passage from the Samahhi

ephemeralstability
October 30, 2005
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Comments: 8
Ideas: 16
Votes: 8 / 4.375000
The End of the World    Systems  (Geological/ Geographical)   (General)

Following a discussion we had on the site, I thought we could start up a thread to post the pre- and post-apocalyptic effects of a comet/minor planetary impact on a campaign world.

Scrasamax
September 28, 2019
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Ideas: 0
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7 Uses for Summon Spells    Systems  (Mystical)   (General)

Summoning Magic has always been of particular interest to me, and here is a summation, 7 uses of summoning spells, inspired by Final Fantasy, the Masked Singer, and general summoning from traditional RPGs.

Strolen
November 20, 2002
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Comments: 6
Ideas: 0
Votes: 10 / 4.500000
Tablets of Passage    Systems  (Mercantile)   (General)

Golden tablets with the seal of the ruler that issued the pass and the seal and name of who it was issued to. About the size of your palm of solid intricately etched gold. The holder of the tablet is backed by the authority of the king to make any required purchases on credit or enter any place they deem necessary. A very powerful token indeed.

manfred
October 30, 2005
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Comments: 12
Ideas: 0
Votes: 5 / 4.000000
Schools of Magic    Systems  (Mystical)   (Defining)

These are mystic traditions and their attendant sources.

Scrasamax
February 7, 2006
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Comments: 17
Ideas: 13
Votes: 9 / 4.444444
Low Sorcery    Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (Defining)

In too many games, role-playing takes a back seat to Kewl Powerz, a tag given to the multitude of spell lists, special abilities, and innate powers claimed by a character. Many times this is a problem of munchkins, or blowing up stuff becoming more important in a game than role-playing though alternate personas.

manfred
October 30, 2005
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Comments: 4
Ideas: 0
Votes: 3 / 4.000000
Implant-based Magic    Systems  (Mystical)   (Defining)

Here, fantasy meets science-fiction. Little green men have built automated outposts for the research of this planet.

EchoMirage
February 7, 2006
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Comments: 8
Ideas: 0
Votes: 6 / 4.416667
Theories on Art and Magic    Systems  (Artistic/Performance)   (Defining)

The mind of a wizard is more open to the more esoteric elements of his surroundings - this is why he is able to perceive the weave of the Great Tapestry that is the multiverse, and pull at the strings. This increased sensitivity can manifest in several ways.

Dragon Lord
October 30, 2005
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Ideas: 0
Votes: 7 / 4.000000
Folk Magic    Systems  (Mystical)   (General)

Folk magic is more of a magical tradition than a school of scholarly research being as old as the hills, some say as old as time itself. It is as deeply ingrained to the psyche of the country folk as the changing of the seasons and has been passed down from father to son and mother to daughter for countless generations.

Ancient Gamer
December 17, 2005
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Ideas: 0
Votes: 4 / 3.625000
The Tale of Tear and Shastalar    Systems  (Divine/ Spirit)   (General)

In the lands of the Ardamians there is a tale. A tale of the weather god, Shastalar, and of Tear, the spirit of nature. This tale is often told when the weather grows bad and the children huddles in front of the fireplace.

MoonHunter
October 28, 2008
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Ideas: 0
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Malign Hypercognition Disorder    Systems  (Ecological)   (General)

It is not an infectious disease, but it is a plague upon the world.

For it spawns villains. And not your garden variety villains, but epic villains, master villains of the most dangerous kind Evil Geniuses.

manfred
October 30, 2005
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Comments: 13
Ideas: 0
Votes: 7 / 4.071429
The Masters Of Fog Magic    Systems  (Mystical)   (Defining)

The followers of this school specialize in the control of the Fog phenomenon. In a world where most magical effects have only a short duration, theirs can stay active for hours, even days in some rare cases.

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The PCs come across a wild thicket of luscious looking blackberries. They eat the berries and become drunken fools. Later they find out that the berries were part of a fae garden and were intended for fae wine. In payment for stealing the berries, the mischievious fae make life inconvenient for the PCs. Horses are untied, water skins are drained, spare clothing is drug into the water, etc.

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