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    Journeyman Greytalker

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    Thu Aug 12, 2010 7:20 am  
    Bezoars, mad stones, pearls, etc...

    After doing a bit of research about uncommon pearls (conch pearls, abalone pearls, cowry pearls), I find myself intrigued by bezoars, mad stones, hagstones, lithomancy, snake stones and the like. Has anything been done with these, in GH?

    I may end up making a class (witch specialist?) that makes use of natural items like those above.

    This just screams to be made into an adventure: Nine Pearls
    GreySage

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    Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:48 pm  

    AWESOME find, Aeolius! Cool

    That DEFINITELY needs to be an adventure hook! Wink

    So, when are you going to write up a module for us? Shocked Laughing Laughing Laughing
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    Thu Aug 12, 2010 2:09 pm  

    Mystic-Scholar wrote:
    AWESOME find, Aeolius! Cool

    That DEFINITELY needs to be an adventure hook! Wink

    So, when are you going to write up a module for us? Shocked Laughing Laughing Laughing


    Haven't you learned yet, Scholar? Aeolius never actually writes anything. He just comes up with these ideas and tosses them to the rest of us out of spite. He's a game tease, man! Cool
    GreySage

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    Thu Aug 12, 2010 2:15 pm  

    Well, I can't deny the truth of those words. Evil Grin

    Sorry, Aeolius, but the truth hurts . . . occasionally. Wink Happy

    I guess that means that you and I will have to come up with something, Bubbagump. I know you're not doing anything at the present time. Shocked Laughing Laughing Laughing

    *The Scholar chuckles at the obvious lie* Evil Grin
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    Thu Aug 12, 2010 2:59 pm  

    Ouch. ;) But...hey... guilty as charged. I did do that interview in Phoenix Lore, though.

    I have rewritten my notes for what has become "Hagborn" at least three times. I like the current direction my brain is taking me, so perhaps we'll see that multi-part hag ecology yet.

    Where's my queue... ah, yes...

    Ecology of the Shellycoat
    Ecology of the Midnight Hag
    “Seas & Trees: Ecologies of the Woodhag, Salthag, and Greyhag
    Necrology of the Spirit Hag
    Ecology of the Krampus (my take on the krampus)
    Ecology of the Stormhags

    Hagstone dragons (coral, pearl, abalone)
    Tsantsa: Shrunken Heads

    reboots of Turucambi, The Sinking Isle, and the Jungle of Lost Ships from an undersea perspective.

    “Nature of the Beast” as a viable d20/OGL campaign

    My urban module series: Slipshod, Servant Unseen, Action/Reaction, “The King is a Fink!”, and Ooze Your Daddy?
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    Thu Aug 12, 2010 3:30 pm  

    But . . . Exclamation

    Are you ever going to finish any of them? Hmmm? Confused

    Evil Grin Laughing Laughing Laughing
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    Thu Aug 12, 2010 6:43 pm  

    Nice Aeolius,
    From the sounds of it either Mystic Scholar or Bubbagump will do your write up. I would say write up an npc of this class for postfest. Unfortunately your reputation seems to be contrary to what is needed.
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    Thu Aug 12, 2010 9:42 pm  

    Of course I was only kidding, Aeolius. No hard feelings, right? Besides, it's not like my record is much better...
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    Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:07 am  

    Aeolius knows that we love him! Happy

    Without him, none of us would know what type of sea life dwelt beneath the waves of Oerth's oceans! Shocked

    Yep! He gives all of Oerth's aquatic life depth and dimension! Surprised Cool

    Long live Aeolius! Happy Wink
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    Fri Aug 13, 2010 8:16 am  

    As I was typing away in Greytalk, last night, it occurred to be that I had seen bezoars in D&D before. The 1e FF has sea urchins that contain "gems".

    and I might as well add Dorodango to the list.

    EDIT: and let's add carbuncles to the list...


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    GreySage

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    Fri Aug 13, 2010 10:49 am  

    Dorodango gems sound good! Happy

    What about a Conkers gem, based on the seeds of horse-chestnut trees, like in the Dorodango article? Cool

    You'll figure it out. Wink
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    Sat Aug 14, 2010 7:46 am  

    Ewwwww....

    The Pearl of Lao Tzu

    Thusfar, I envision the Madstone Witch, using the trophy collector feat from PH2, metamagic components from UA, token spellbooks from Complete Arcane, and the leviathan hunter from Stormwrack... all mixed up together in a blender... Oerthblood and a certain 333 gems might play a role in there, somewhere.

    A Madstone Witch is identified by her "third eye". Lodged in the center of her brow is a carbuncle of the highest quality coerced from the creature of the same name.
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    Sat Aug 14, 2010 4:03 pm  

    I knew that there was no way you could make such a find -- The Pearl of Lao Tzu -- and not find a way to use it in your game! Happy

    But then, that's our Aeolius! Evil Grin
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    Sat Aug 14, 2010 4:53 pm  

    Looks Like an unborn fetus. Aboleth blooded fetus.
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    Sat Aug 28, 2010 10:11 am  

    A local New Age store is hosting a gentleman performing cowry shell divinations, tomorrow. Do you think they'd be put off if I showed up to take notes? ;)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methods_of_divination
    conchomancy: by shells
    margaritomancy: by bouncing pearls
    ichthyomancy: by fish behavior
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    Sat Aug 28, 2010 8:45 pm  

    I thought margaritomancy was divination through tequila...
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    Sun Aug 29, 2010 10:10 am  

    Aeolius, does your Krampus ecology involve Black metal and Christmas parades? Is the Creature known as a Carbuncle, from the original Fiend Folio, still in 3rd edition?
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    Tue Oct 12, 2010 5:54 pm  

    My krampus was inspired by the krampus of Christmas time, but I added my own spin on things. As for the carbuncle, I think Tome of Horrors has that one.

    And now... more pearls! This time from scallops:
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    Wed Oct 13, 2010 9:55 am  

    Aeolius, you inspire me my friend. I'm going to find a way to use The Pearl of Lao Tzu, as well as your latest crop of scallop pearls, in my stories. They're just too good to pass up. Evil Grin

    Thanks! Happy Cool
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    Sat Oct 16, 2010 12:38 pm  

    I am contemplating the creation of a demi-plane of Pearl. Every naturally-occurring pearl has an infinitesimal link to this plane - and a speck of power held within. Gathered in great numbers, pearls hold a magic of their own.
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    Sun Oct 17, 2010 3:54 pm  

    We're waiting. Happy
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    Mon Oct 18, 2010 6:24 am  

    A demiplane of pearl? Actually that sounds kind of interesting.

    Just make sure it doesn't come into contact with the plane of vinegar!

    Oh, and check your PMs, Aeolius.
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    Mon Oct 18, 2010 12:14 pm  

    Maybe use the name- Brihat-Samhita ("The Great Compilation") for a tome or with the only know way to this plane ,maybe a quest to find a high-superior quality one of each .
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    Sun Nov 28, 2010 5:02 pm  

    Adding to the list is Yemengzhu, the Luminous Pearl
    (also known as night-shining or moon-bright) lore

    Though technically not a natural pearl, it's still inspirational.


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    Sun Nov 28, 2010 5:06 pm  

    Aeolius wrote:
    Though technically not a natural pearl, it's still inspirational.


    Ooooh! Nice! I like it! Cool
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    Sun Nov 28, 2010 6:20 pm  

    I am tempted to do something unusual (I know.. I know... shocking) and make the sphere Phoebe, the "lost" moon of Oerth. I shall place it in the Sunless Sea, to light the surrounding waters. It is both revered and feared by lycanthropes.
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    Sun Nov 28, 2010 6:35 pm  

    That's not a bad idea. Cool

    **check your e-mails and pms** Evil Grin
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    Sun Nov 28, 2010 7:05 pm  

    So when are you going to be ready for online gaming then? ;) I didn't get an e-mail..try the addy listed at my game site: http://web.mac.com/aeolius/turucambi/
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    Sun Nov 28, 2010 7:21 pm  

    Sent it "straight" e-mail, as some are having trouble opening my attachments. I'm told you need "Word Perfect." Still learning. Embarassed
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    Mon Mar 14, 2011 5:26 pm  

    Too flipping cool!

    A fish trapped inside a shell, then entombed in a blister pearl. The basis for pearl money? Pearl magics? Or something new?
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    Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:57 am  

    Nice, very nice. We'll definitely have to find a use for that one! Evil Grin

    Thanks Aeolius. Cool
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    Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:27 am  

    I never knew so many kinds of pearls existed. And, that blister pearl is just too cool. Smile

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