By Leonard Richardson
First touch isn't all enjoyable and video games. Ariel Blum is pushing thirty and doesn't have a lot to teach for it. His laptop programming abilities are generating not anything yet pony-themed games for little women. His love existence is a slow-motion educate spoil, and at any time when he attempts to make whatever of his existence, he reveals himself again at the sofa, replaying the video games of his formative years. Then the extraterrestrial beings appear. Out of the sky comes the Constellation: a swarm of anarchist anthropologists, exploring our seas, cataloguing our crops, enhancing our wikis, and consuming our Twinkies. nobody is aware tips to respond--except for nerds like Ariel who've been interpreting, role-playing and wargaming first-contact situations their whole lives. Ariel sees the aliens' pcs, and he understands that anywhere there are pcs, there are games. Ariel simply desires to commence a enterprise translating alien video games to allow them to be performed on human pcs. yet an easy cultural alternate turns up old secrets and techniques, executive conspiracies, and unconventional anthropology strategies that threaten humanity as we all know it. If Ariel desires his species to have a destiny, he's going to need to take the step that not anything on the earth can make him take. He'll need to develop up.
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A trespasser in the cave might find a row of these recent flesh trophies impaled on spikes wrought from coral or ToKEN O F TH E NucKELAVEE Nuckelavees are rarely pleased by anything other than bloody vengeance, but occasionally they take a liking to a mortal-usually one with some connection to nature-who has a reputation for being a friend of the waters, perhaps by virtue of clearing a river of debris or driving a coven of polluting hags from a shore. In such instances, the nuckelavee bestows its token upon the do-gooder.
Despite the fact that redcaps bathe their hats-and often their bodies-in their victims' blood, they aren't known for drinking that blood for sustenance. Rather, redcaps eat any part of the body that isn't a good source of blood, such as bones and organs. Redcaps view blood more ritualistically than pragmatically and see any use of the life-giving fluid other than keeping themselves and their grisly headwear thoroughly soaked as a waste of the hard- earned resource. Luckily, redcaps revel in violence and bloodletting of all sorts, and so constantly seek opportunities to increase the supply ofblood available to them.
The evil eye is a mind-affecting fear effect. The save DCs are Charisma-based. Evil Eye Curse: Gaze-failed save; save Will DC 20; frequency 1/day; effect staggered (or fall comatose if already under the effects of the evil eye) . This nuckelavee is even more hideous than usual because its torso is that of a sea hag, whose skinless head somehow retains a mess of hairlike knotted seaweed that flails behind it as the creature gallops furiously acros s the land. The creature dwells in Kallas Lake at the southern tip of the River Kingdoms and terrorizes the nearby town of Riverton, where humans and half- elves survive by fishing and guiding travelers along the branches of the Sellen.
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