Wednesday, October 21, 2015

What Walks into Town - Book Scorpions




So there is this thing called an RPG blog carnival. So here is my entry for this month's What walks into Town.


 Book Scorpions
While usual book scorpions will eat mites that eat bookbindings, when they begin to defend ancient tomb's of magic from dust mites, they can often begin to absorb strange powers. Brought into town by an uncles old book, a recovered library, or a strange gift in the mail. A book scorpion can emerge to terrorize a town. While not all wicked, they are usually perceived as such.

Each book scorpion is unique in how it absorbs magic and gains powers and unusually long life (for a scorpion.)

Sample book scorpions: (1d6 to select one at random)
1. Libram Terram: This book scorpion on emerging will generate offspring who bury into the ground and cause plants to die and people to take ill  if eating plants grown nearby. The disease will cause extreme lethargy (sleepiness) and slow creeping words moving on their skin.  For magic users taken ill they have random events (5e Wild magic table) or possible corruption (harder roll in the DCC system) accompany any spell they cast. Once the person stops eating things from nearby the symptoms pass in 2d4 days.

2. Libram Occultus: This book scorpion has lived hundreds of years and absorbed the wisdom of the ages. It is driven to find more books and absorb more information and will use any abilities to get more. It can charm a person with moderate difficulty to resist, in order to get more books. It is found stealing spell books if at all possible. Over the course of weeks and months it can acquire a horde of books in a random basement defending by charming would be assailants to it's horde. When it feels it has exhausted the supply of information in the town it will charm someone to take it on a trip infest another town. It knows 2d4 cantrips and/or 1st level spells that it can cast each once a day.

3. Libram Corpus: This book scorpion extends it's body by animating books and scrolls. Often flying books and scrolls around to maximize access to the tastiest book mites. Generally this freaks librarians out and they will panic by trying to move things back. This book scorpion can use mage hand / telekensis without any visible signs except for a random odor (roll on the table below)

Random Odors
1Fudge
2Sour pickled vegetables
3Petrichor (the smell before rain)
4Sewer
5Baked bread
6Wet Dog

4. Libram Resono: This book scorpion generates crazy sounds often leading people to become insane or crazy. It desired noise, and in the lack of noise it creates it's own. So typically during a busy loud day it will remain silent, but at night or in a quiet library it makes sounds. It acts like a minor illusion that can be cast 2d6 times a day and the sound is random and changes every 1d4 days or is always the same type.

Random Sounds
1Ringing Chimes
2Voices in a strange language
3Grinding stones
4Mellodic strains
5Thousands of crickets
6Sounds related to a character's youth

5. Libram Amorum: This book scorpion is perhaps misnamed, it doesn't just thrive off love, it thrives off of drama. It mimics other people's voices to instigate all possible drama. It also loves to find it's way to personal diaries and histories. Roll on the table below for it's preferred form of drama.

Drama
1Love
2Betreyal
3Jelousy
4Vegence


6. Libram Indium: This book scorpion loves art and finds books with art and pictures best. It also encourages new art in a violent, possessive way. It will possess anyone who displays artistic talent of the painting, drawing or calligraphic variety. It will possess them for 48 hours at a time, preventing the person from sleeping and cause them to create amazing art everywhere. Creating art in  books, walls, carpets, walls or anything avaliable. Then the possessed will be exhausted for days and not recall anything that happened. Roll for a random theme of the art.

Art
1Female bodies
2Male bodies
3Bizzare plants
4Abstract patterns
5Harsh angular geometries
6Spell like diagrams
7Mutated forms of plants, animals and humans.
8Bright, eye popping splotches
9Poetry of (roll on Drama table above)
10Long passsages of nonsense in many languages


If you use any idea let me know how it went.


Monday, October 19, 2015

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Strange things

Not sure what this is, but it is fun to doodle.



Thursday, October 8, 2015

Paladins and Strange Botany, Inktober

Another few pen things.

I opened a deck of Paladin Spell cards for 5th edition (published by Gale Force Nine) and the title of the first card was....

Related to yesterdays map with the lantern tree. A secret players can find is this:
When I freehand stuff the lines are all over the place, I need to be more consistent in my letter formation and staying strait across the page.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Embachnala Compound

What do you get when with a strange elven druid sets up camp in a high desert steppe? A walled brambled compound.

Part of an adventure I have been making called The Colorless Pool

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Adventure Title

So I am doing this inktober thing. Here is a title for an adventure I am making. Not great but not bad, tomorrow should be more elaborate.


Monday, October 5, 2015

Inktober

So apparently there is this thing called Inktober.

Sounds interesting lets try it. As it is for all October and making an ink drawing every day. I am late. But I will put some older ink drawings done this year to make up for it. I will also be taking some sketches and make them inked. I will also make some things related to RPG's because why not.

Costume Prep

So the idea is to have a group costume with friends for next year. Originally it was going to be this year.

The concept is to have a Steampunk Automata Alice in Wonderland Group. My wife and I being the Mock Turtle and Griffin. I tried to work on it to get it done for Steamposium this year just to get it done, and the basics are all completed. Below are some process shots. I will have more of a post later with the fabric parts and such.