More ideas for stuff

Meditating on Japanese ghosts and monsters.
A haunting that appears only in moonlight: a gallows that shows a swinging body in moonbeams, a wailing specter who appears when the light of a summer’s crescent moon filters through the window of the kitchen where she was murdered. Could be the critical clue to solving a mystery, especially if the Dead can be contacted through this means or released from their prisoning.
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Or even artificial light:
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A character has performed an unjust murder (yes, I know, by the definition of the word “murder” it’s inherently unjust). They are followed by the face of the deceased popping up in unexpected places, and ordinary objects become suddenly sinister. Roots coil and strike like snakes, a ragged lantern becomes the harrowed face of the victim, the character’s reflection is transformed in unpleasant ways. Your option as to whether Remove Curse actually works, but I recommend making a proper atonement (no, you can’t just cast the spell, you pussy, go and fix the situation you created) instead. Suicide is the most effective atonement.
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Something the PCs have saved, spared, or otherwise aided takes a beautiful human form to thank them. That Way. Imposes a fairy-tale condition on their new lover (no looking at me at night, whatever). If broken – and it will be – they revert to their former form and leave without regret. Any children will be human, but.. weird. One of many sources of wizards, especially when Foxes are involved.
jpg3808There’s also the classic “This traveller is not what he seems – look at his reflection! Iron mirrors break Fey Glamours, Silver the illusions of the Undead, bronze the charms of the kitsune. Pure running water’s reflection destroys all charms
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Bad Things happen when people are raised from the dead. Again, fairy-tale conditions apply.
Examples:
Cannot touch dead flesh, or their animus leaks into it, diluting their soul, decaying them slightly, and briefly animating the meat.
Anyone with True/Second/Death Sight sees the person as a horrifying, shambling corpse. 223.13

Cannot sire children (I automatically impose this one anyway).
The character is only raised for a set time, or based on a set condition; a year and a day is traditional.
The character cannot go abroad on the night of their death, or the Furies will arrive to scourge the soul from their shell and take it back.
The Character has become a hollow shell, who must feed on the energies of the dying or fade away again into the Abyss.
Always surrounded by babbling, phosphorescent, or fearsome spirits.
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Pictures 1, 2, 5, 6, and 7 by Yoshitoshi Taiso. Picture 4 by Hokusai Katsushika. Picture 8 by Maboroshi Chouji. Source of image 3 unknown.

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Resolution status

Kept  for the day. Wrote a page into my dungeon module, created a new magic item, and wrote a half-page of errata for TRO: Prototypes. Sooooo much more work on that last one. I’m working up a compilation of errata now for a good dozen publications, because I’m sick of the massive decline in publication quality from Catalyst.

Anyway, magic item (intended for Lamentations of the Flame Princess):
An untarnished, unmarred blue-steel knife inside a crumbling leather sheath. It will never rust, but it inflicts decay on objects (made from non-living materials) it touches until Time’s accounts are settled. Inscribed on the blade is the phrase “Corruption surrounds the Pure”
This could be dangerous as Hell in the right hands, and if you know what it is.. but it’s still dangerous to its user. It won’t corrode a stone wall (they last thousands of years, after all), but a wooden door might explode into dust if there’s enough stress on the knife; on the other hand, no sheath will hold it for long. This one’s been sitting on the floor for a thousand years…

Personal.. resolution, I guess?

Going to try to write a page a day, on or offline (and no, 4chan doesn’t count) for the next month and see where it gets me.  Today’s contribution; fleshing out some dialogue for that book idea from the other day.

Interesting ideas

Had some fun thoughts in a fever dream tonight. Break is to respect the wishes of a friend.
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Mold Experiments, days 5 and 6

Well, new year, and first case of food poisoning on day one. Well played, /13..

In molding news:
The Scriptarius method (caulk accelerated by acrylic paint) produces a tough, heat-resistant, and detailed mold.. but it’s not reliable. Or especially good at preventing surface damage and imperfections. It also stinks like a mother.
Worse, it causes lead rot: acetic acid is the curing agent and causes lead corrosion. So old models (the kind you most need to cast bits from for, say, repair and mirroring) will be destroyed.
It’s cheap as hell – ~$8 for materials made enough for about 8 mold halves – but I had to throw away every single one of them. Only two halves of two separate molds came out acceptably, even after I ruined an old paintbrush brushing a thin layer onto the master before pouring the structure. The quality of any individual mold half and pour also varied wildly, even though my last four pours were made with identical quantities of identical paint, the same amount of caulk, and nearly identical mix, pour, and cure times – halves ranged from dense, detailed, and opaque to translucent and spotty with almost no rhyme or reason.
I may try again with a thinner master, or try to find a less-viscous form of base RTV, but for now.. the tin-cure won.

My first tin-cure throw took about an hour of carefully prepping the matrix and mold box, and then another half-hour or so of cleaning and checking the first mold half for issues. I used leftover rubber from the first batch as filler on the second and subsequent batches of rubber. The first cast off of it, however, was perfect. Lots of flash, not like I wasn’t expecting that.. but no surface flaws, the mold lines matched perfectly (the hardest part of the prep work), and the cast model actually has sharper detail than the master, which I blame on the superior casting material.
The tin-cure is expensive – $25+ a kilo – which I currently estimate will last me for another 12 mold halves discounting filler. On the other hand, it’s thin enough to work well, even if it is more toxic.

Speaking of which; I’ve been working a bit with Smooth-0n 300 now. It’s amazing how far it goes – 1T made a bulky 28mm model with flash to spare. It’s fragile: bendy and rubberlike as you first pull it from the mold, but subsequently becomes more brittle. If you want to adjust a pose or the like, do it fast. It also helps to run a little wire inside the mold before you cast, especially inside thighs, upper arms, and other fragile bits (although you can also use plastic rod/strip; I used Q-tip shafts [the hollow rubbery soft plastic kind] in my second mold with no adverse effects) to strengthen the parts.
My first cast seems to be holding the primer (standard Krylon flat black spray) well, and I’ll paint her up tomorrow. I’ll mix it in with some of my other stuff in the pics, I think..

Also, more tutorially stuff, hopefully with more pics, to give you a better step-by-step feel for the process.