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Strolen's Citadel: Browsing ephemeralstability

ephemeralstability's Hall of Honour Submissions - ( 33 )

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Muzzled Mouse By: ephemeralstability

Sometimes locks need that extra sharp fingernail to twist the catch. Sometimes a thief might find himself locked in a prison with a wooden door. The Muzzled Mouse is a hideous little tool which helps one in such situations...

by ephemeralstability
390xp
33 replies
16952 views
4 HoHs
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Tunguska Dreaming By: ephemeralstability

A (fairly sketchy) outline of a one-off adventure I ran based around the (time-honoured/hackneyed) Tunguska Event of 1908. As such it is quite specific (hopefully not hackneyed) and will probably best serve as a specimen for dissection to get those parts you can use in your own adventures. But then this is an Ideas Guild after all...

by ephemeralstability
180xp
6 replies
2859 views
2 HoHs
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Local History By: ephemeralstability

The addition of “irrelevant” details adds local colour to a campaign world, giving the impression that the DM has thought very deeply about the history of even the smallest architectural feature.

by ephemeralstability
175xp
25 replies
8915 views
1 HoH
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Character Hooks By: ephemeralstability

I'm trying to think of alternatives for game-openings, to replace the standard 'meet up in a tavern' or 'adventuring group applying for a job' techniques. I know these can be easy ways to get people playing, but I'm certain there are more interesting ways...

by ephemeralstability
300xp
43 replies
18335 views
5 HoHs
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Trivulo's Compendium By: ephemeralstability

A dangerous book of maps...

by ephemeralstability
235xp
12 replies
9803 views
3 HoHs
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Music during a game By: ephemeralstability

Although it can be a distraction, it can also add atmosphere to an adventure to have music playing in the background. Here are some pieces I'd recommend for different situations.

by ephemeralstability
350xp
59 replies
27753 views
6 HoHs
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Carmo By: ephemeralstability

Carmo keeps a shop in the backstreets of Erezi. It's not often visited, Carmo makes people feel...uneasy. Even the veterans of the Erezi underworld are uncomfortable being alone with Carmo. But they need to buy their traps from somewhere...

by ephemeralstability
160xp
10 replies
9503 views
1 HoH
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The World of the Iron Heart By: ephemeralstability

"When our barbarian ancestors first arrived on the plains of our homeland, they found them covered in dust inches thick. They named them Muranvan, the Dusty Plains and armed with spades they cleared the dust heaving it off the edge of the world. For they had been chasing the Prey for long aeons up the face of the cliffs at the edge of the world, and in the chase had tired of their nomadic ways. They wanted a stable home. So they founded Takvanak, the City on the Plains. In the long silence after they had cleared the dust from Muranvan, rang out the deep and unforgettable tones of the Iron Heart, Saekeri, and the barbarians knelt and felt resounding reverence."

- The Saekeran, book 1 verse 1.

by ephemeralstability
155xp
23 replies
20691 views
2 HoHs
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Masque of Confusion By: ephemeralstability

Unknown to anyone, a glamorous ball for the Duke of Erezi will turn into a confusing and chaotic bloodbath.

by ephemeralstability
320xp
19 replies
12548 views
5 HoHs
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The Clock of Shadows By: ephemeralstability

In the darkness in the south transept of the Cathedral of Isielles stands the resplendent Clock of Shadows. It tells more than just the time of day...

by ephemeralstability
460xp
15 replies
7335 views
8 HoHs
ephemeralstability
Novel Musical Instruments By: ephemeralstability

To give a world a feeling of otherworldliness, it is best to replace some standard, everyday objects by imaginitive replacements. I thought I'd turn to musical instruments as music often defines (or embodies) a culture.

This is just a first idea, feel free to post some more, because I will...

by ephemeralstability
155xp
25 replies
22411 views
1 HoH
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Insects (and Spiders and other creepy crawlies) By: ephemeralstability

Creepy, Crawley, Buzzing, Digging, Biting, Building, Sticking, Jumping, Clicking, and all the other things these small things do.

by ephemeralstability
155xp
37 replies
84151 views
2 HoHs
ephemeralstability
Trollisquarry By: ephemeralstability

A mysterious quarry. Feel free to suggest explanations - it's just an eerie thought that struck me that I intend to play with.

by ephemeralstability
190xp
17 replies
6585 views
1 HoH
ephemeralstability
Draconian parasites By: ephemeralstability

Dragons, being huge and meaty, are the ideal habitat for countless unpleasant parasites.

by ephemeralstability
210xp
8 replies
7612 views
1 HoH
ephemeralstability
Lyrian Necklace By: ephemeralstability

The silver necklaces whose inset gems display the status of the wearer.

by ephemeralstability
155xp
13 replies
8409 views
2 HoHs
ephemeralstability
Egg Cup of Summoning By: ephemeralstability

This looks like an elaborately fashioned wooden egg-cup, but it is a powerful magical tool, used mainly by witches to conjure up spirits and familiars.

by ephemeralstability
205xp
17 replies
12801 views
2 HoHs
ephemeralstability
Lazhkmazhon By: ephemeralstability

An impressive citadel in the Askharnn mountains. Their prohibitive laws on travel during the Winter months can be a problem for pilgrims and wanderers.

by ephemeralstability
265xp
11 replies
7881 views
2 HoHs
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The Great Gate of Calast By: ephemeralstability

The Great Gate of Calast is not like other gates. It's got a mind of its own...

by ephemeralstability
490xp
26 replies
17281 views
6 HoHs
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Cups and Rings By: ephemeralstability

Archaeologists have long wondered about the origins of 'cup and ring-marked stones', the mysterious rocks found on deserted tracts of moorland bearing markings resembling small shallow pits with concentric rings and dating to the Bronze-age.

by ephemeralstability
90xp
15 replies
9390 views
1 HoH
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Fire ants By: ephemeralstability

The mystery of fyre is one which has much occupyed my studies and the studies of men before me. ... I have concluded that fyre is the product of Fyre Antes.

Professor J Klewlise, "On the nature and origin of fyre" (1542)

by ephemeralstability
185xp
7 replies
6191 views
1 HoH