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The Monolith of Thunder Rift

Post by Gravesguardian » Tue May 15, 2018 6:52 pm

Ideas I'm tossing out for discussion & expansion:

#1. The Monolith is the "sleeping" form of a nameless Old One: sleeping simply refers to a state of being in which an Old One reduces it's power level to that of a mere artifact in order to physically manifest on the Prime w/o detection.
#2. In "sleeping" form the Old One designates which powers will manifest while it observes a fixed target.
a) Invibility: to conceal Thunder Rift
b) Flight: rather than fix Thunder Rift to an easily accessable location on the ground, Flight enables the Old One to guide Thunder Rift all over the surface of Mystara. (The Old One subconciously guides the flight routes to avoid areas of conflict.)
c) Teleport w/o Error: In order for inhabitants to interact w/ other civilizations on the ground, a few routes that seem to exit the Rift actually Teleport(unseen Portal/Gate) people to w/in a days travel of the nearest inhabitated city that the Rift is flying over at the time. When they try to return to the Rift, the Old One opens an unseen Portal/Gate at roughly the same spot where they first emerged.
#3. The Old One created Thunder Rift w/o any inhabitants w/ the sole intent of allowing people to "find" the Rift & inhabit it. The Old One's interest is in watching how such cultures/civilization will evolve.
#4. The Old One will not interfere in the development of the Rift UNLESS the Rift's continued existance is threatened & even then it'll only use proxies. (Should other Immortals try to interfere in it's experiment, the Old One will "slap them down" in such a way that it's existance isn't revealed.)
#5. Because the Old One no longer needs followers, it's intrigued to see how the "lesser" Immortals handle their followers in these circumstances.

Will add more as I work them out, or as others suggest them. (If possible when offering suggestions, use the format above so they can be more easily placed.) The order above is subject to change as Order of Importance gets better spelled out.

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Re: The Monolith of Thunder Rift

Post by Tim Baker » Tue May 15, 2018 9:56 pm

I'm such a Mystara n00b that I don't even know what an Old One is. However, I remember the Thunder Rifts adventures that came in the board game sized boxes, and some of the details of the setting itself. I really like these explanations for some of the mysteries of the setting!
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Re: The Monolith of Thunder Rift

Post by Gravesguardian » Tue May 15, 2018 10:10 pm

An Old One is an Immortal from before the current Immortals, or better put: they are prior Immortals who mysteriously vanished before the current Immortals first appeared. The RARE appearance of an Old One proves that they are, power-wise, far stronger than current Immortals. As some have put it: The power difference between Old Ones and Immortals is akin to the difference between Immortals and mortals.
Since there is no classification w/ Old Ones, an appearance could be from an Old One "just prior" to the current Immortals, or it could be an Old One who was already an Old One when Mystara was first born. (I believe Mystara is several billion years old.)

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Re: The Monolith of Thunder Rift

Post by ripvanwormer » Tue May 15, 2018 10:52 pm

Here's a monolith-related adventure.

You could also use one of Geoff Gander's Outer Beings, or one of their servitors.

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Re: The Monolith of Thunder Rift

Post by Gravesguardian » Tue May 15, 2018 11:09 pm

ripvanwormer wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 10:52 pm
Here's a monolith-related adventure.

You could also use one of Geoff Gander's Outer Beings, or one of their servitors.
That adventure seemed a great fit for Karameikos; but, it hasn't sparked any ideas for me. :( I suggested the Monolith as an Old One because they would be most inclined to stick w/ a strong code of non-interference; whereas Outer Beings & their servitors would focus more on finding ways to bring the Outer Beings into this world. (And the Flight + Invisibility helps solve the infernal question of where to place TR on Mystara :cool: )

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Re: The Monolith of Thunder Rift

Post by Tim Baker » Wed May 16, 2018 1:54 am

Gravesguardian wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 10:10 pm
An Old One is an Immortal from before the current Immortals, or better put: they are prior Immortals who mysteriously vanished before the current Immortals first appeared. The RARE appearance of an Old One proves that they are, power-wise, far stronger than current Immortals. As some have put it: The power difference between Old Ones and Immortals is akin to the difference between Immortals and mortals.
Since there is no classification w/ Old Ones, an appearance could be from an Old One "just prior" to the current Immortals, or it could be an Old One who was already an Old One when Mystara was first born. (I believe Mystara is several billion years old.)
That definitely helps. Thank you for taking the time to explain that!
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Re: The Monolith of Thunder Rift

Post by Gravesguardian » Wed May 16, 2018 2:02 am

You're welcome.

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