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Tagged With: odd ideas

(Odd Idea) Ancestor Worship

Ancestor worship is still quite common in many parts of the world today. The practices vary, but the underlying principles are the same. Sometimes you make sacrifices on the family altar, leave an empty spot on the table, keep the graves in good shape and so on. Many of these things are practiced in cultures that are not traditionally … Continue reading »

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(Odd Idea) An Evil Step-Mothers’ Troubles

In fairy tales, when the good-natured widowed father remarries, any princesses should beware! Evil stepmothers are a fairy-tale staple, but what if there ever was only one? And what if she did what she did because she only desired to leave behind a unified fairyland? A Final Fairytale? By marrying old widower kings and murdering them, … Continue reading »

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(Odd Ideas) Under the African Moon

In the modern world, bloody civil wars have cost millions of lives over the last decades. Europe, America, Africa and Asia have all witnessed violent conflicts. Some wars have had their roots in local history, others have been bloody legacies of foreign dominance and some are stages where global cold was have flared hot. And some are … Continue reading »

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(Odd Ideas) Into the Storm

On the 9th of March in 1862, the age of sailing ships in warfare ended, with a lot of bangs. On that day, USS Monitor and CSS Virginia faced off on the mouth of the Chesapeake river. Their battle proved for all spectators (local and international) that the age of wooden hulls and sails had … Continue reading »

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(Odd Ideas) Rest and Recuperation

Even the greatest adventurers have to spend some time resting and recharging their batteries between adventures (sometimes literally). Hospital stays, stints in the asylum and vacations are sometimes needed by the hardiest folk. On some adventure rich worlds, there might be people offering such services for wealthy adventurers. After all, if you have a stack … Continue reading »

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(Odd Ideas) Imperial Ending

History tells us that every empire falls, eventually and is replaced by new societies. The Romans, the Parthians, the Spanish and all the others have fallen. But empires are large, they cover several smaller nations and while their fall may be dramatic, it is rarely quick. The simple massiveness of the social and economic construct … Continue reading »

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(Odd Ideas) Imperial Glory

  Empires usually have three stages: the rise, the glory days and the decline. In the previous post I covered the rise of empires. This time it is time to peek into the stable periods of large nations. To some, these periods of stability and prosperity may seem boring and without good hooks for adventure. … Continue reading »

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(Odd Ideas) Rise of the Empire

While the definition of the word has changed over the years, Empires are not just large kingdoms, they are traditionally nations covering more than one recognized domain. The ruler of a kingdom that conquers another may declare their new nation to be an empire, as it now governs more than one people. Empires have been formed … Continue reading »

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(Odd Ideas) Beach Bums Inc.

Not every tale needs to be about epic journeys, world-threatening horrors or dangerous dungeons. Sometimes, even the most glorious heroes and lovable rogues just want to take a week of and relax. The beach is a good place to get a tan and have a nice time. Just because they are on a vacation, doesn’t … Continue reading »

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(Odd Ideas) War of the Three Queens

Wars of succession can be either completely internal affairs for a country, but in some case the candidates for the throne are foreign nobles with claims on the vacant throne. These claims can come from many sources: marriages and kinship, ancient legacies for dead titles or from just simple ambitions of conquest against a weakened country. In our … Continue reading »

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