Cazhaak Draal

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Re: Cazhaak Draal

Post by enderxenocide0 » Tue Apr 04, 2017 3:20 pm

HellcowKeith wrote:
Beoric wrote:IPrivate ossuaries are not unknown, and the occasional medusa tries to profit from them. Desperate people bring their terminally ill relatives to the city, and for a fee some medusae will petrify them and store them until a cure is discovered in the (likely distant) future.
To this I'd add the thought that most families have their own stone gardens. When respected members of the family reach a certain age or develop an uncurable illness, they are petrified in the garden. In part, they remain as a memorial; but also, should the need arise, they can be restored to use what little time they have left to aid their descendants. Notably, Sheshka has a stone cabinet including both previous rulers and skilled champions that she can restore should she need advice of their particular skill set. This is common practice, and as she advances in years Sheshka would eventually choose her successor and join the cabinet. It's similar in some ways to the Undying Court - simply that the ancestors only return when truly needed.
As a related question, Keith: how old is Sheshka?

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Re: Cazhaak Draal

Post by enderxenocide0 » Mon Apr 10, 2017 1:57 pm

A suggestion someone made to me the other day: instead of parabolic mirrors at corners, there are blind (either blindfolded or ritualistically blinded) citizens at street corners who are trained to listen for the approach of a medusa. This works particularly well if the medusae wear bangles and jewelry that give them away. Upon hearing a medusa approach, the blind corner guard rings a bell, audibly notifying those around the corner to the medusa's presence, allowing them to halt and avert their gaze, to let the medusa pass.

While none of these options are necessary, given the medusa's ability to receive general sensory input through its snake hair, perhaps Sheshka, in an attempt to mitigate the fears of the other races in the city has established a handful of additional safety protocols. In my campaign, she has a recent political rival in the city. Said rival may have less regard for the other races and wants to be a tyrant that's feared. His followers might actively disregard standard safety procedures like closing their eyes and using their snake hair, forcing Sheshka to start adopting other policies if she wants to keep the people happy.

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Re: Cazhaak Draal

Post by ThePurple » Mon Apr 10, 2017 9:53 pm

enderxenocide0 wrote:In my campaign, she has a recent political rival in the city. Said rival may have less regard for the other races and wants to be a tyrant that's feared. His followers might actively disregard standard safety procedures like closing their eyes and using their snake hair, forcing Sheshka to start adopting other policies if she wants to keep the people happy.
Considering Keith's likening of the medusa's petrifying gaze to any weapon that a human might wield, I could easily see any faction that begins flaunting its power (contrary to established social norms that medusa culture has developed) being a misdemeanor "disturbing the peace"-type infraction since a medusa that throws its gaze around haphazardly is just like a human that waves a gun around and fires it randomly. It's important to remember that medusae aren't immune to the gaze of other medusae so they're as much a danger to other medusae as they are to non-medusae.

A group of medusae abandoning the normal gaze-avoidance protocols in order to engender fear in other races makes about as much sense as white supremacists shooting guns in the air during their own gatherings (it might end up generating fear in other people because of the lack of control, but it's going to cause a *lot* more injury to their own people as they end up getting hit by the friendly fire that those protocols were designed to avoid).

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Re: Cazhaak Draal

Post by enderxenocide0 » Tue Apr 11, 2017 1:47 am

ThePurple wrote:
enderxenocide0 wrote:In my campaign, she has a recent political rival in the city. Said rival may have less regard for the other races and wants to be a tyrant that's feared. His followers might actively disregard standard safety procedures like closing their eyes and using their snake hair, forcing Sheshka to start adopting other policies if she wants to keep the people happy.
A group of medusae abandoning the normal gaze-avoidance protocols in order to engender fear in other races makes about as much sense as white supremacists shooting guns in the air during their own gatherings (it might end up generating fear in other people because of the lack of control, but it's going to cause a *lot* more injury to their own people as they end up getting hit by the friendly fire that those protocols were designed to avoid).
Never said they were going about this intelligently :P I play most of my villains as intelligent, but every once and a while, you get someone who makes absolutely stupid mistakes and still manages to get followers on emotional grounds.

But let's suppose for a moment they are aware of the consequences of their actions. They may have a system to announce their presence to each other, so as not to risk their own being petrified. Other medusae are already following safety protocols that would prevent incidents, so they don't need to worry about that. Or, they only do this as a coordinated effort, actively blocking off "territory" where they know only one medusa of their organization is located.

You might ask why they would do this. Possible reasons include, but are not limited to:

1. Terrorism. They're irrationally upset that they're not even more feared than they already are and feel they can accomplish this goal through terror.
2. Anarchism. They have a skewed sense of "freedom" and safety be damned, they should be allowed to walk with their eyes open.
3. Upheaval. It's really just a cover for something else, but they need the public to be in an outcry about medusa sight safety issues. It could be a spark that leads to something like the pre-Meiji Era sword hunts in Japan.
4. Idiocy. This is a catch-all for "anything that is just a result of poor thought". Such things happen every day in the real world and usually burn themselves out quickly, exactly because they are stupid.

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