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Started by colin roald, June 24, 2006, 10:12:58 PM
QuoteIn the midst of the table an alembic was working. The lamp's flame -- deep blue, this one -- kept a-boil in the large crystal cucurbit a dark, viscid fluid with here and there diamond glints. From out of the thick, seething stuff, strands of a darker vapor streamed upward to crowd through the cucurbit's narrow mouth and stain -- oddly, with bright scarlet -- the transparent head and then, dead black now, flow down the narrow pipe from the head into a spherical crystal receiver, larger even than the cucurbit, and there curl and weave about like so many coils of living black cord -- an endless, skinny, ebon serpent.Behind the left end of the table stood a tall, yet hunchbacked man in black robe and hood, which shadowed more than hid a face . . . From under a receding forehead and bushy gray brows, wide-set eyes looked intently down at an age-browned scroll, which his disgustingly small club-hands, knuckles big, short backs gray-bristled, ceaselessly unrolled and rolled up again. The only move his eyes ever made, besides the short side-to-side one as he read the lines he was rapidly intoning, was an occasional farther sidewise glance at the alembic.. . .[In Bones Alley] the night-smog was thicker than ever. A high-circling nighthawk would have seen the stuff converging from all sections of Lankhmar, north, east, south, west -- from the Inner Sea, from the Great Salt Marsh, from the many-ditched grainlands, from the River Hlal -- in swift-moving black rivers and rivulets, heaping, eddying, swirling, dark and reeking essence of Lankhmar from its branding irons, braziers, bonfires, bonefires, kitchen fires and warmth fires, kilns, forges, breweries, distilleries, junk and garbage fires innumerable, sweating alchemists' and sorcerers' dens, crematoriums, charcoal burners' turfed mounds, all those and many more . . . converging purposefully on Dim Lane and particularly on the Silver Eel and perhaps especially on the ricketty house behind it, untenanted except for attic. The closer to that center it got, the more substantial the smog became, eddy-strands and swirl-tatters tearing off and clinging to rough stone corners and scraggly-surfaced brick like black cobwebs.. . .The tempo of the incantation quickened, the blue-white flames brightened and hissed audibly, the fluid in the cucurbit grew thick as lava, great bubbles formed and loudly broke, the black rope in the receiver writhed like a nest of snakes; there was an increasing sense of invisible presences, the supernatural tension grew almost unendurable, and Fafhrd and the Mouser were hard put to keep silent the open-mouthed gasps by which they now breathed, and each feared his heartbeat could be heard cubits away.Abruptly the incantation peaked and broke off, like a drum struck very hard, then instantly silenced by palm and fingers outspread against the head. With a bright flash and dull explosion, cracks innumerable appeared in the cucurbit; its crystal became white and opaque, yet it did not shatter or drip. The head lifted a span, hung there, fell back. While two black nooses appeared among the coils in the receiver and suddenly narrowed until they were only two big black knots.-- "Ill Met in Lankhmar", Fritz Leiber
Quote from: Doyce on June 25, 2006, 10:45:57 AMThird, there should be a secret or ability for preemptive banishing.
Quote from: Eero Tuovinen on June 25, 2006, 02:19:56 PM- The walozi rules already do a passable Sorcerer imitation. Check them out and learn.- While I adore secrets that are prerequisites for learning an ability, this set-up is underpowered and a bit broken regarding the nuances of the ability rules: underpowered because you have to invest in three separate abilities, which is rather much to get just one type of magical effect;
Quotebroken because those abilities are difficult and undramatic as regards transcendency. The latter is a killer in my opinion, because you absolutely have to make sure that your abilities are protagonising; a character that starts taking these should have a dramatic and impressive transcendency waiting for him, and having sorcery split into three abstract skills is not good in that regard. Like, what will my transcendency look like if I transcend from Bind?