Now as we all know Damascus in Syria is the oldest continously occupied city in human history. Damascus is also the the place where they invented Damascus Steel. Damuscus Steeel was made by forging a high quality iron sword , and while it was still red hot , quenching it by running it thru the body of a prisoner or slave. Eventually they learned that if you soaked leather in seawater and urine it could also quench the blade just as well. But imagine the players buy a masterwork sword and once a year the ghost of the person who was killed comes back to haunt them.
I have a fever , a fever for more brains. Now, some anthropologists think that humans may have developed sapience as a result of a disease that killed many proto-humans before the brain defended itself and as an un-intended side effect became smarter. So take stupid race like Orcs. 99% of them die from a disease that combines hydrophobia and some thing like Parkinsons. For three generations the orcs suffer from epiplesy and mental retardation. Then the orcish brains begin to fight back and 'CLARITY OF MIND' occurs.
When is slavery not a bad thing? Now a dog is a pet or animal companion in our world. Does a dog become a slave if you cast the Awaken spell on it? Can you spay or neuter a talking dog without its permission? Do talking animals have the right to vote, (Wicked,which is an Oz parady , had talking animals being persecuted.) . Can a talking dog take the witness stand against its owner? Can a human marry a talking dog? Does the principle of consenting adults apply to a talking pet.
Big Giant Floating Heads , or BGFH. As a representive of a god or high magic government. A storm giant is decapitated while wearing a magical collar that saves his or her life. The giant retains many abilities from life and can swim underwater as well as float in the air. BGFH tends to speak in loud voice and toss lightening bolts around to get respect.from pcs. BGFH can rise from pool for dramatic effect. BGFH rises from under bridge and demands party answers riddle, like in monty pythons flying circus. Does a BGFH get psionic powers like a mindflayers Elder Brain?
Now, here in america we have presidential elections where we get to choose between two lackluster candidates. But we have a miss america pageant where we find contestants who are so pretty their worth leaving your wife for. We find fifty of these women every year. Now suppose a fantasy society had a beauty pageant every year and picked one high charisma type. These winners stand on a magical disk that makes them a sorceror and then receive 4 years of training before joining the magical oligarchy that rules.
I have been thinking about some of the illogical things in D D. D D has an over-abundance of predators. The flying predators are especially bad because they would require twice the food of a land-based one. A one ton manticore would require the food intake of 8 tigers. Tigers often become man-eaters(anthrophagic) when elderly or in over-hunted areas. A 16 ton ,maxed-out manticore probably requires a town of 4000 to keep fed, always a mount for a baddie then? A 40 lb manticore makes more sense. I call these Mantachores.
BOB LIVES. I've been thinking about the movie and tv series' MONSTERS VS. ALIENS.' This show features B.O.B. who's a throwback to the classic sci-fi horror flick 'THE BLOB'. B.O.B. sort of looks like Blue Eye Goo of early ninetendo games. So, if we were to create bob would he be an ooze made with the AWAKEN spell? There was one episode in the Tv series where bob was splitting in half. Would it be amusing to have bob reproduce by fissioning? How many bob's are too much of a good thing? He eats 2-3 hams aday in the government facility "fifty-something". Just a few random thoughts.
Now, over the years i've based adventures off the idea of population explosions or migrations. I'm also a fan of movies based off the idea of giant animals. So, how about some thoughts on " Attack of the Giant Caterpillars" ?