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(Odd Ideas) The Dead Marches

I have touched upon the subject of non-evil undead before. I find the idea of heroic or necessary undead intriguing, so I’m returning to the idea. This time on a bit larger scale. Nations of the Dead are not particularly new ideas. Even the ancient Egyptians believed that the lands on the other bank of … Continue reading »

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(Odd Ideas) The Round Discs of the Sky People

Mixing elements from two sources can be a good way of creating interesting scenarios. Television and movies have done this for a long time and for a good effect. Some settings are based on very little else. Best mixes are surprising and entertaining. Bronze age tribesmen and alien abductions might not be the most obvious … Continue reading »

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(Odd Ideas) The Book of Names

Names are powerful. They give us the ability to classify things and thus give us power and understanding over them. On some worlds, names may hold more mystical power. If you know something’s true name, you can command or bind it. In some magical traditions that deal in spirits, knowing their true names is the … Continue reading »

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(Odd Ideas) Always Retain your Stub

Pawn shops are wonderful things for introducing new and unexpected things. They have been around for a long time and are known in many cultures. The modern European symbol of the pawnbroker (three golden globes) dates from the middle ages and sengoku samurai down on their luck were quite keen on hocking their prized katanas. … Continue reading »

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(Odd Ideas) Midsummer Night

The Finns have celebrated the midsummer since time immemorial. Celebrating the longest day of the year with carousing, folk magic and spending time with loved ones. For some it’s a working holiday: the police, rescue services and hospitality businesses have their hands full with carousers. Midsummer is said to be a magical time, and on … Continue reading »

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(Odd Ideas) The Leper’s Grail

  When a group of deformed and shunned “creatures” living in a ruined temple possesses a treasure of apparent power, you might think of dungeons and orcs. Bur what if those outcasts were only monsters to outsiders? For a long time, lepers were treated almost like monsters, reviled and ostracized. A Knight Erring? The lepers … Continue reading »

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(Odd Ideas) Saturday Night Magic

In many worlds, magic has real power. Magical rituals can take many forms. In some cases, a simple wiggle of the caster’s fingers and a few mumbled arcane phrases will do. In other cases, the rituals are elaborate and complicated. Some rituals may be solemn and slow, while others are energetic displays of raw energy. … Continue reading »

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(Odd Ideas) The Ones You Least Expect

Necromancy, the forbidden art of giving unlife to those who have left the mortal coil, or at least their remains. In most cultures, especially fantastical ones, necromancy is taboo or at least strongly discouraged. Necromancers tend to be the bad guys, striding (or riding a skeletal mount) at the forefront of a horde of undead … Continue reading »

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