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Tuesday Magic Item – Intelligencer’s Hive

18 July, 2017

What's the buzz?Voddick shooed a bee away from his drink.  “The bees are particularly busy today.”

“Price you pay for good mead,” replied Gollaon with a smile.

“Truth.”  Voddick nodded.

“But it does seem a bit late in the season,” mused Gollaon.  “And it is a little odd to see them around so many people.”

Voddick frowned.  “It is magic, isn’t it?  It is always magic.”

Intelligencer’s Hive

This magic item consists of two components, a piece of jewelry (usually a broach) emblazoned with a bee, hive or hexagon pattern and a gold disc with a matching pattern.  The disc must be placed in a bee hive to function.

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Doomsdays and Dystopias of the Sea of Stars

14 July, 2017

The theme for this month’s RPG Bog Carnival is Doomsdays and Dystopias hosted over on Daemons & Deathrays.

What a messThere are two major doomsday points in the Sea of Stars:

The Fall of the Gods and the Sundering, the war between the gods and the dragons had considerable, to use the current term, collateral damage.  While the dragons did not seek to destroy any more than necessary, looting rubble is less productive, there were situations that required significant devastation especially in the cases of the gods who choose to live among their worshipers.  The combats in those cities were massively destructive to life and property.

But the damage caused by the Gods War pales by comparison to that of the Sundering which followed immediately afterward, as the world itself shattered and pulled apart.  The loss of life was immense and some area were rendered uninhabitable as rivers were diverted, lakes and oceans drained away, mountain ranges crumbled or emerged.  In less than a day, the world was irrevocably changed.

However, with the help of their new rulers, the dragons, the world was slowly rebuilt.  Some areas took longer to recover than others . . . and a few never did leaving ruins in formerly fertile areas that were now deserts or marshes or worse.

If massive environmentally disruption is your idea of a good campaign, the Sundering has everything you could imagine.

A much more focused doomsday is the Sen’Tek Revolt, the attempt by a conspiracy within the Visse servant class and Imperial bureaucracy to overthrow (and replace) the draconic overlords.  The deep conspiracy planned across decades was forced to act prematurely when it was revealed to the Empress.  While many dragons and dragonkine were killed, the plot as a whole was foiled, and many, many Visse were slain.   Though the core of the conspiracy escaped deep into the far mountains.  Even this failure caused deep disruption to draconic rule as the dragons turned upon the weakened houses and sought to benefit until the Empress stepped in and reorganized the survivors.

If you want a survival horror type scenario it could be run on either side of this: either dragonkine nobles trying to survive against servants who know their every foible and weakness or a group of Visse, possible mixed conspirators and innocents, avoiding dragons and trying to escape.

For dystopia, well, it is a world ruled by dragons after killing the gods, for many, they could not imagine a worse world.  For the dragon rulers who had to “reeducate” formerly pious societies, it was not a pretty task.  While, in general, the dragons take a claws off approach as long as they get their taxes, there are always exceptions.

So if you are looking for unhappy places, there are no shortage such as the Kingdom of Laccini and its militant knights backed by necrourgists or the Dark Star Dominion and its ruler, Ba’a’ai, the Dark Star himself.

Other dystopias must exist as well but I cannot immediately think of any more.

 

Notes: Photo “Ruined Castle” by Grant is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Banner of Authority

11 July, 2017

So many banners“I do not think I would mind seeing the Autocrat’s symbol everywhere if it was less . . . brutal,” finished Voddick as they walked down the main thoroughfare.

“I must agree, a crowned sword impaling a globe is hardly subtle,” said Gollaon idly flipping a coin.

“Subtle is not their strong suit here,” agreed Voddick.

“But I think they serve a more sinister purpose than simply showing the colors,” said Gollaon.  “I think they make one feel unsettled.”

“It is the banner causing that?  Not the armed men?”

“One reinforces the other.”

Banner of Authority

The banners are well made though often to identical designs, they are designed to showcase and display the authority of the state for which they were made and are usually produced in large numbers for such a state.  Individually, the effect of each banner is minor but combined they can prove very effective in maintaining the hold of an oppressive state.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Citizenship Shield

4 July, 2017

Defend your people

Voddick checked his bolts and closed their case.  “Well, I am glad they are enthusiastic, though I would prefer that they were better trained,” he said surveying the gathered militia with their mismatched weapons and armor.

“At least they have kept to a unified choice of colors and the shields are in good shape,” answered Gollaon.  “Though I would have liked another week or two of drills and weapon practice.”

“Very rude of the raiders not to be sporting about all this.”

“Indeed, we shall have to let them know how we feel about their lack of manners.”

Citizenship Shield

These shields are solid and well made, decorated with the symbols of the community they are made for.  Often each civic bearer has painted their name on the inside as if to emphasize the continuity of the defense of the citizens.

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Tuesday Magic Item – The Three Brothers’ Swords

27 June, 2017

Three of Swords“Watching the conflicts between our leaders, I am put to mind of the legend of the three brothers who all went to the same court wizard to get magic swords forged to allow them to seize the throne,” said Gollaon pouring himself another goblet of wine.

“That’s no legend,” replied Voddick after a drink of ale, “my great-uncle forged the swords that were used.  They all ended up cursed by the brothers fratricidal ambitions.”

“And these swords, the resembled each other, yes?”

“Yes.  Three identical blades except for the gems set in the hilts. “

“Not ruby, sapphire and emerald?”

“Yes, why?” Voddick glanced over at the senior captain’s sword.  “Ah.  This is not going to end well.”

The Three Brothers’ Swords

These fine swords were forged for a trio of royal brothers, each of whom thought that only he was the proper successor to the reigning monarch.  Each, separately, approached the court wizard for a weapon to make them king, the wizard agreed to all of their requests giving each an identical sword, except for the gems decorating the hilt.  The three brothers, as the wizard had hoped, ended up killing each other off allowing the lone daughter to inherit.  But the swords retain both the ambition and hatred of the others that led to them being made.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Zarya Cloak

20 June, 2017

A new dawn“It seems a dangerous plan to cross this ancient battlefield,” said Voddick, glancing around his crossbow ready, “especially at night.”

“What could go wrong?” asked Gollaon, hand resting on his sword hilt.  “Besides the obvious of course.”

“Well, I am glad the sun priestess is with us,” added Voddick.  “Such people always have useful tricks if we met ghosts or ghoulies.”

“Agreed.”

Zarya Cloak

These fine cloaks have an outer layer of deep midnight blue while the interior lining is the graduated colors of the dawn.  The cloak clasp incorporates a sun disk and silver stars set with crystals.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Gambara’s Desk and Seals

13 June, 2017

Time to write

“It is not like you to be so excited about a simple courier job,” said Voddick as he adjusted the saddle.

“It is not the job, it is who we are delivering the letters to,” said Gollaon who was already mounted and ready to ride.

Voddick pulled himself up.  “Yes?  Who?”

“The incompatible Duchess Veronika, poet, politician and patron.”

“Ah, sounds like a charming woman,” nodded Voddick.

Gambara’s Desk and Seals

These portable writing desks, if the set is intact, have inkwells, pen knifes, quills and pens, sand for blotting, paper and six seals.  It also has a fine lock.

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