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sleyvas
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Posted - 18 Jul 2007 :  17:04:17  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Very good to see some realmsifying of existing vestiges (I was particularly not liking acerak as a vestige, though for me I'll probably still have Sammaster as a vestige, but Mellifleur will replace Acerak. The Sammaster vestige will do things that are more draconic and/or meta-magic oriented).

I was intrigued by Zceryll and wondering if there's more lore there to be found. I quickly scanned LEoF, DoF, CoV, CoR, Serpent kingdoms, LoD, and PoF looking for the well of dragons entry figuring I'd find something about the bone scepter of Zceryll. I really like the idea behind this vestige, and I can see it being a vestige that the Theurgist Adepts possibly contacted. However, if there's actual lore there, I'd like to be able to set dates to it to see if they're possibilities. Any pointers or was it created whole cloth?

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EytanBernstein
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Posted - 18 Jul 2007 :  17:17:02  Show Profile  Visit EytanBernstein's Homepage Send EytanBernstein a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by KnightErrantJR

Excellent work Eytan. I really liked the "Realmsified" vestiges in the article, and I love new vestiges as well. Really happy about the article.



Thanks! I'm really pleased with this one as well.

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EytanBernstein
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Posted - 18 Jul 2007 :  17:17:45  Show Profile  Visit EytanBernstein's Homepage Send EytanBernstein a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks!

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EytanBernstein
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Posted - 18 Jul 2007 :  17:24:18  Show Profile  Visit EytanBernstein's Homepage Send EytanBernstein a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas

Very good to see some realmsifying of existing vestiges (I was particularly not liking acerak as a vestige, though for me I'll probably still have Sammaster as a vestige, but Mellifleur will replace Acerak. The Sammaster vestige will do things that are more draconic and/or meta-magic oriented).

I was intrigued by Zceryll and wondering if there's more lore there to be found. I quickly scanned LEoF, DoF, CoV, CoR, Serpent kingdoms, LoD, and PoF looking for the well of dragons entry figuring I'd find something about the bone scepter of Zceryll. I really like the idea behind this vestige, and I can see it being a vestige that the Theurgist Adepts possibly contacted. However, if there's actual lore there, I'd like to be able to set dates to it to see if they're possibilities. Any pointers or was it created whole cloth?



Indeed there is. In Dragons of Faerun, Zceryll is mentioned on page 15 and star spawn are mentioned on page 74. She is also mentioned in the 4th Magic Item Compendium preview article (http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/ps/20070306a) on adapting that book to the Realms. I like to try and reinforce new lore with additional references.

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sleyvas
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Posted - 18 Jul 2007 :  19:48:51  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
cool, so the star-spawn scepter is rumored to be Imaskari in origin (or at least used during their time), that leaves Zceryll as a possibility of being a vestige that the theurgist adepts may have used timeline-wise.
Hmm, another thing that comes to mind.. my natural inclination is that Zceryll was human to start off with. However, there's nothing that I know of that's indicating that she wasn't Sarrukh or something else. Have you guys laid any of this groundwork to cement her original race?

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sleyvas
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Posted - 18 Jul 2007 :  19:54:45  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ah, the web article could imply something where it says "Most items related to the entity have one thing in common: wielders hear or see alien words, whispered or uttered by unseen beings--perhaps by Zceryll itself."

Perhaps Zceryll was Illumian?

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EytanBernstein
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Posted - 18 Jul 2007 :  20:36:46  Show Profile  Visit EytanBernstein's Homepage Send EytanBernstein a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I thought about assigning her a race, but though it would be more interesting to leave her origins more mysterious.

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EytanBernstein
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Posted - 19 Jul 2007 :  23:32:24  Show Profile  Visit EytanBernstein's Homepage Send EytanBernstein a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Here are errata I wrote for the Summon Alien and Bolts of Madness abilities.

The summoning ability functions all ways as if you are a sorcerer of your effective binder level casting a summon monster spell. Any creature you summon that is eligible (the significant majority) has the pseudonatural template (and yes, that means you can summon a pseudonatural celestial badger if you like). Just like a sorcerer, you must use a full round action to employ this ability. The duration is 1 round/level. You can only summon one creature at a time (so you can't summon 1d3 or 1d4+1 lower level creatures). The ability is a supernatural ability, not a spell or spell-like ability, so augment summoning and any other feat that affects summoning spells do not apply, though you might find uses for feats that affect supernatural abilities. It does not provoke attacks of opportunity. You can summon additional creatures by waiting 5 rounds (each separate use of this ability has its own duration).

Bolts of madness requires a standard action to use and is a supernatural ability. It does not provoke attacks of opportunity.

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sleyvas
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Posted - 20 Jul 2007 :  16:49:52  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I like the add on about feats not affecting it and that you only get one creature not multiple lower levels. Would be interesting that a 20th lvl binder could pretty much constantly be running around with 4 pseudonatural hezrous though (or given the space, 4 fiendish pseudonatural gargantuan monstrous scorpions), which he could use to set off traps, short term scout, etc... and replace within 30 seconds <g>. Of course, you'd be constantly summoning a new one every 30 seconds.

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EytanBernstein
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Posted - 20 Jul 2007 :  18:26:20  Show Profile  Visit EytanBernstein's Homepage Send EytanBernstein a Private Message  Reply with Quote
At 20th level, pseudonatural hezrous aren't that big a deal. Fights can be incredibly nasty at that level. The monsters could certainly help, but they wouldn't dominate any fight.

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sleyvas
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Posted - 20 Jul 2007 :  19:14:02  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
>>At 20th level, pseudonatural hezrous aren't that big a deal. Fights can be incredibly >>nasty at that level. The monsters could certainly help, but they wouldn't dominate any >>fight.

true, but 4 unholy blight area effect spells going off each round would be pretty nasty (roughly 12d8 dmg per round assuming they fail one will save out of the four) . Plus, the power attack with the true strike from pseudonatural template could be fun. I've yet to use a binder in a campaign, but the more I'm reading the more I'm liking the idea. They lose a lot of versatility that a wizard would have, but they seem like they'd make great encounters for PC's.

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Dargoth
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Posted - 23 Jul 2007 :  00:49:19  Show Profile  Visit Dargoth's Homepage Send Dargoth a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey Eytan any plans to do god blooded templates (MM5) for FR deities in your articles?

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EytanBernstein
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Posted - 23 Jul 2007 :  01:42:56  Show Profile  Visit EytanBernstein's Homepage Send EytanBernstein a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Right now I'm only dealing with core classes. Who knows what might be in the future?

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 25 Jul 2007 :  05:48:29  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The next one is up: Shadowcasters

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Sian
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Posted - 25 Jul 2007 :  09:28:33  Show Profile  Visit Sian's Homepage  Click to see Sian's MSN Messenger address Send Sian a Private Message  Reply with Quote
nice ... now i can't wait for Truenamer to show up ... and what you based that on ... i remember a debate turning into that it could be dwarven ancient magic that elves took over and refined again and again ending up with the 'easier' but limited Arcane magic

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KnightErrantJR
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Posted - 25 Jul 2007 :  11:30:53  Show Profile  Visit KnightErrantJR's Homepage Send KnightErrantJR a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Eytan . . . thank you, thank you, thank you for making that distinction between shadow magic and Shadow Weave magic. I'm really glad that you did that. Also, very interesting regarding the follow up to the Demarch Alliance war between Leira and Mask's followers.

Interesting inclusion of a few of the other "darkness" related gods that don't often get thrown in the category with Mask and Shar.

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EytanBernstein
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Posted - 25 Jul 2007 :  21:50:09  Show Profile  Visit EytanBernstein's Homepage Send EytanBernstein a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by KnightErrantJR

Eytan . . . thank you, thank you, thank you for making that distinction between shadow magic and Shadow Weave magic. I'm really glad that you did that. Also, very interesting regarding the follow up to the Demarch Alliance war between Leira and Mask's followers.

Interesting inclusion of a few of the other "darkness" related gods that don't often get thrown in the category with Mask and Shar.



I struggled with that for a bit, but with Eric's help, I refined it so that there was a clear difference that was easy to follow. I wanted to follow up on Demarch to add some more detail.

These esoteric classes give us the opportunity to look at some of the less frequently discussed gods.

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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 26 Jul 2007 :  23:43:25  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
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Eytan . . . thank you, thank you, thank you for making that distinction between shadow magic and Shadow Weave magic. I'm really glad that you did that.



Me too, speaking as someone who has long been confused about the topic.

Although, what are the...uh..."Stingers of Oaxaptupa"? Forgive my ignorance, but I've never heard of them before. Were they mentioned in another article? I have to admit, I'm not really interested in a lot of these exotic classes (I'm just not--though I DO think the articles are well written) so I'm a bit "lost" when it comes to the more clandestine details.

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Wooly Rupert
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quote:
Originally posted by Rinonalyrna Fathomlin

quote:
Originally posted by KnightErrantJR

Eytan . . . thank you, thank you, thank you for making that distinction between shadow magic and Shadow Weave magic. I'm really glad that you did that.



Me too, speaking as someone who has long been confused about the topic.

Although, what are the...uh..."Stingers of Oaxaptupa"? Forgive my ignorance, but I've never heard of them before. Were they mentioned in another article? I have to admit, I'm not really interested in a lot of these exotic classes (I'm just not--though I DO think the articles are well written) so I'm a bit "lost" when it comes to the more clandestine details.



The man-scorpion dudes that have settled under Amn, I think.

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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 27 Jul 2007 :  01:40:29  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

The man-scorpion dudes that have settled under Amn, I think.



Thanks Wooly.

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EytanBernstein
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Posted - 27 Jul 2007 :  06:38:32  Show Profile  Visit EytanBernstein's Homepage Send EytanBernstein a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Rinonalyrna Fathomlin

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

The man-scorpion dudes that have settled under Amn, I think.



Thanks Wooly.



That particular plotline is not of my creation. I think Eric writes about it in Power of Faerun.

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George Krashos
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And he got it from "Monsters of Faerūn".

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Originally they were called the tlincalli -- the half-man, half-scorpion creatures detailed in the first [going from memory] FR Monstrous Compendium Appendix. They are originally from Maztica, but some have made it to Amn.

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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Again, thank you all for the information.

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Hello-

And the next one is up! :)

Truenamers:

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