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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Are there any problems with building a howdah on a roc?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

No. It's going to count toward toatal weight carried and encumbrance, but if it weighs less than an elephant it shouldn't matter.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Where's official information on darkwood? The stuff is, per pound, four times as valuable as silver; but I don't recall ever seeing mention of actual trees or forests of darkwood.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

It might be setting specific. FR and Eberron both have trees according to some cursory Googling, but there's no reason it couldn't be magically or alchemically treated wood.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

It was just sort of handwvaved in. 3.5 wanted a wooden special material, but all the settings predate it's addition, so none mention it. Fun little consequence of kitchen sinking, but not doing new settings to match.

Eberron isn't really enough of an exception, since a lot of it was done prior to the contest, and it's pretty notorious for ignoring aspect of D&D, like high levels. And instead focusing on the magic tech nonsense without really delving into the details.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Eberron features a number of weird or magical types of wood, don't know which supplement they might be listed in, but there is some ranting about soarwood (?) being a vital component of the elemental airships (and at least two conflicting descriptions of its properties), and the the controlled export of rare woods is the between the continent of the elves and the rest of the world is a thing. So Eberron is all about magical wood.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Yeah, but in reference to Virgil's question, there isn't any indication if darkwood is 'once in a decade an oak sprouts under a new moon and is therefor transformed in a darkwood tree,' or if the fucking elves have a 100 acre plot where they plant 10 acres of the things every year for easy harvesting on a decade cycle. Multiply by 10 if you feel like it.

It's just 'sometimes shields or ships are made out of magical wood,' because elves and/or Druids.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

virgil wrote:
Are there any problems with building a howdah on a roc?

It can easily go either way.

If you want rocs with howdahs, it's not gonna break any reasonable suspension of disbelief that can stand up to rocs flying around the setting in the first place.

If you don't want people strapping howdahs on rocs, there are any number of plausible reasons aerodynamic, behavioral or biomechanical to give to prevent their use.


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