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Spelljammer/Starjammer - Background - Megans Allowed!

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21 minutes ago, Pezler the Polychromatic said:

Sounds like a fine design for space. ::D:

 

For space, I might make it double sided going out from the center.

 

ACK! Almost spoiled some stuff that will actually be coming up in a few weeks!

 

Last week the party got together - two are near-bankrupt nobility, that desperately need to rebuild their family fortunes (including an elf emigre). One is a ship's captain. One is an ex-marine, drummed out of the service for a crime that he... probably didn't commit, and even if he did he was drunk at the time, and doesn't remember (he has a story feat). One is a witch of the dark tapestry - and a trained ship's navigator. One is the ship's chaplain. One is the shanty man. One is... a procurement specialist... it doesn't count as theft if it wasn't nailed down, does it?

 

Right now they are chasing down rumors of a ship that may be open to salvage - and need to deal with a half-elf that is running a shop named 'Of Dubious Origin'. Best known for being able to find Shelathi Shelar*, an elven wine that is... technically... contraband, at least if acquired from the elves.

 

Certain crew positions are still open - they need an experienced gunner, and there is a rumor that one might be found on a prison hulk out in Coldwater Harbor.

 

The Auld Grump

 

* Wine of Dreams** - more like absinthe than a vintner's specialty. A wine with mild hallucinogenic qualities and divination enhancing properties.

 

** Or at least that is what the smugglers call it - Of Dubious Origins calls it 'Wine from the Island of Wine' - the elvish words for dream and wine share a common root.

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1 hour ago, TheAuldGrump said:

* Wine of Dreams** - more like absinthe than a vintner's specialty. A wine with mild hallucinogenic qualities and divination enhancing properties.

 

** Or at least that is what the smugglers call it - Of Dubious Origins calls it 'Wine from the Island of Wine' - the elvish words for dream and wine share a common root.

Maybe it actually translates as 'Dreams from the Island of Wine'. ::D:

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4 hours ago, Pezler the Polychromatic said:

Maybe it actually translates as 'Dreams from the Island of Wine'. ::D:

Hey, it's all Greek to me... (Oeno.)

 

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The party is going to have problems with the first person they need to talk to tonight - he is stone drunk on cheap wine. :devil:

 

They put off meeting him until too late. ::P: (He is a similar state every night at about this time - and his skin and eyes are already acquiring a yellow cast, as his liver begins to fail.)

 

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Deciding how dark I want to make the Secret of Star Travel - the method for making the flying ships is to coat the hulls with rendered grease from what are basically 'Space Whales'.

 

The question is, how sentient, or nearly sentient, do I want those whales to be?

 

I am leaning toward 'intelligent animals' - monkey or porpoise level intellect - with older examples reaching true sapience.

 

And the whalers favoring the older ones, for their equivalent of Ambergris - an enlarged pituitary gland that can be used to create potions that aid with navigation.

 

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Beholders are also being added in - their shape makes more sense for space than it does for terrestrial adventuring.

 

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Mindflayers aren't the ones from D&D - instead they implant an embryo in the heads of their victims, which first replace the victim - and are completely unaware of any change, then it eventually matures - tentacles bursting forth from the mouth, and similarity to the victim being lost.

 

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Newly matured.

 

Over time, the appearance becomes completely alien - with the familiar mindflayer being replaced by the Reaper Bathalians. (Multiple castes - warriors, drones, and queens.)

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Warrior

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Drone

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Queen

 

Though the terms are misleading - they are codependent species, rather than dimorphic forms of a common species - a drone creates more drones, a warrior more warriors, etc..

 

Nor are all the victims human, or even sentient....

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They never did find out what happened to Fluffy....

 

They do not breed quickly, nor do they much care about outsiders - though the Queens tend to favor sentient hosts over animals.

 

Their ships use an entirely different method of propulsion - not relying on the Whorls, faster than a ship tacking against the whorl, not as fast as a ship in a favorable whorl.

 

The Auld Grump - also, their ships are alive, and a related species. (Because I liked the Nautiloid ships they had in Spelljammer.)

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On 6/5/2018 at 3:49 PM, TheAuldGrump said:

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They never did find out what happened to Fluffy....

 

 

Fluffy! Nooooooo!

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