Archive for February, 2010

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March Plans and February Review

28 February, 2010

Leaving behind the ill-starred day of February, we move into March toward the Equinox and Spring.  March gains its name from the Roman month Martius which is -in turn- named after Mars, the god of war, why even the name sounds martial.

So, the theme for March will be war, warfare and weapons.

Looking back over February, there were the following posts:

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Thoughts on Curses

28 February, 2010

As February draws to a close, I thought that it might be worthwhile to discuss some of my thoughts on the place of curses and how they can be best used in a roleplaying game.

In games, curses usually come in one of two forms:

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Curse of the Tyrant’s Lament

27 February, 2010

Thought that I would wrap up the month of curses, curse-wise, with a greater, kingdom wrecking curse:

When King Sandovar II was crowned, having killed his two older brothers and forced his younger sister into a marriage with his firmest ally, his hold on power seemed unassailable.  A decade later, both of his sons were in open revolt against the king, his eight-year old nephew was the center of a rival claim to his throne and his second wife had just been executed for treason.  The dynasty did not survive long after as the internal power struggles tore both the family and the kingdom apart.

Tyrant’s Lament

This is a powerful and destructive curse, one that will ruin a bloodline and destroy a kingdom, it will unleash death, ruin and woe . . . yet vengeance will be wrought and the guilty will be punished though the innocent will suffer as well.

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New Magic Item – Talisman against Curses

25 February, 2010

Since all of these curses have been described, perhaps some defense against them is needed as well:

Talisman against Curses

These talisman take many forms depending on the culture that produced them, from simple bags filled with magical bits and pieces to discs of precious metals inscribed with wards and prayers.  In all cases, their purpose is the same to protect the wearer from curses.

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Flies’ Friend Curse

23 February, 2010

“Damnable things,” the knight cursed swatting at the insect that circled his head.  “Since we left Lower Scofton I cannot seem to get rid of the creatures.”  Reports had reached me that the knights of his order did not treat the folk of Low Scofton with much kindness during their time there, perhaps this was their revenge.

Flies’ Friend

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L5R – JYTB Campaign Report 3

21 February, 2010

The Mystery of Shaiga

Having left behind North Pass Village, its monster problem solved, and on their way to North Wind City.  Our group of yoriki arrives at Shaiga, currently a small Scorpion outpost and staging post for the Yasuki traders.

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Drinker’s Curse

19 February, 2010

A minor curse, of the folk variety:

Old Redbeard, though his beard had long since, gone gray, used to haunt the taverns near to his home until one day he found he was not welcome.  His very presence in a tavern soured beer and made wine into vinegar.  Soon, he could drink no place in the city but at home, which is said to be what his wife wanted all along.

Drinker’s Curse

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