Thursday, September 23, 2021

The Origami Library

"I saw it once, it looked like a big, old map until Lady Fude started unfolding it.  It kept unfolding and unfolding.  After an hour it was a beautiful tent and when we walked inside we saw it was decorated with birds and pale flowers.  There were paper shelves and on the shelves scrolls of paper that could be unrolled and read and they were all treatises on whatever topic Lady Fude whispered to the Library as she unfolded it."

"Oh, I thought it was a library of origami techniques!"

"It could be a library about anything, but it's true, that day I saw it, she did whisper to it to show her paper folding techniques and then she read one, and folded a crane that flew across the tent on its own."

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The Saffron Path

It's unclear whether by invocation or magic artifact, but Anshumat the Quiet could  toss a a handful of saffron threads before him and walk safely anywhere.  When the lepers rioted for bread in Dhunar, he slipped through the crowd as if he weren't there.  When hunted for heresy, he lived in the Untouched Tomb of Ambareesh, for only he could walk safely through those trapped halls.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Corinne's Case of Vivid Lenses

This mahogany box is lined with black velvet and holds pairs of eyes.  Stories differ on how many pairs or what type, but if the eyes are held up to those of a person, they grow into them and replace them.  This grants the person new ways of seeing.  When finished with the eyes the user can pull them out, leaving their own eyes unharmed.  Tales mention a milky white pair, clouded with age, said to obscure the world in a hazy fog except for the living, which appear as bright lights.  A brilliant green pair is said to let a person see the true emotions play across a person's face no matter their skill in lying.  There are other strange sights mentioned, but always the warning that using the eyes is comforting and pleasurable and harder and harder to resist.  (user become addicted: minus one to hit/damage for each day they haven't used a pair of eyes in a session)

Friday, September 17, 2021

The Circumspect Carpet

This large carpet has a relatively plain design- a stylized tree with bare branches.  But moments after a person has stepped on it, geometric blossoms will appear in vivid colors wherever a foot fell.  These blossoms will last a day and are the way the great scholar Adrina of Nar always knew someone had visited her private library.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

The Envious Platter

The merchant-priest Nabusalim grew famous for holding lavish feasts with the same foods the God-King dined on.  It is was whispered that he had a large, silver platter with a cover.  And if he whispered a name over the platter, it made food appear, whatever the named person was eating.  Nabusalim's feasts ended the same summer the God-King was poisoned.