Monday, April 30, 2007

Nothing Doing

I was away at my cousin's wedding Thursday through Saturday. Between visiting family and acting as familial labor (read: free and obligated semi-slavery), I had no time to create anything.

And today I had nothing come to me. I did, however, finish reading Heroes of Horror. The monsters were not inspiring to me. I did like the bane wraith but I disliked its ability to automatically know the names, appearances, and presumed locations of your loved ones without a saving throw. I thought I might use the dusk giant for the IH Asgard idea but they neither fit nor did they inspire me with interesting abilities.

I did have a bit of an idea for a corruption eater that lived symbiotically or parasitically with a humanoid. Corruption eaters have the ability to eat taint from creatures. If they eat enough (defined as gaining enough temporary hit points to put them above their normal maximum), they can spew a cloud of corruption that taints other creatures. Of course, in an easily manufactured situation, the corruption eater can subsist solely on one introduced point of taint in a willing human. Eating the one point of taint gives it enough reserve to spew a cloud that, if a save is failed, gives the human the one point of taint back. This can go on indefinitely. I suppose that counts as a kernel of an idea that can later be expanded.

1 comment:

Eldric IV said...

Just a quick jot:

I had this idea months ago but the song played on the way to work so I will type it up now anyway.

I listened to the song Invincible by Pat Benetar and it brought to mind an alien planet torn by war and oppression. One alien race is subjugated to another, stronger race. An individual is trying to inspire a small group of disaffected peers to fight back. They have a legend about a hero called Invincible. No one believes Invincible is real because they ended up in this situation and he never appeared to help. This individual, however, believes he can renew the spirit of the people by fighting as the mythic Invincible.

Such a ploy would likely result in his quick death so the cooperative martyrdom of this group would be required to maintain the image of Invincible. He dies but another takes his place immediately, so Invincible remains so. And so on and so on until the war is won.

Unbeknownst to this individual, his group, and his entire race, this exact ploy is how the original legend of Invincible was created long in the past.

Also, just to note, I love Pat Benetar.