By K. J. Parker
Whilst an engineer is sentenced to loss of life for a petty transgression of guild legislation, he flees the town, forsaking his spouse and daughter. compelled into exile, he seeks a negative vengeance -- one who will go away a path of dying and destruction in its wake. yet he'll no longer manage to do so by means of himself. He needs to draw up his plans utilizing the blood of others...
In a compelling story of intrigue and injustice, ok. J. Parker's embittered hero takes up palms opposed to his enemies, utilizing the single guns he has left to him: his ingenuity and his ardour -- his units and desires.
"A richly textured and emotionally advanced fantasy...Highly recommended."
--- Library magazine (Starred assessment)
About the Author
K. J. Parker is an writer of fable fiction. The identify is a pseudonym and the writer's precise id hasn't ever been published. little or no is easily identified approximately Parker, even his or her gender, and there was hypothesis as to his or her actual name.
While Parker's tales ensue in exchange universes with invented geographies and histories, a few of the commonplace beneficial properties of fable fiction corresponding to particular use of magic usually are not current. The tales are inclined to have tragic subject matters with characters whose activities are by accident, finally self-destructive.
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Those who fail the fortitude save by 11 or more, however, die during the process and do not emerge from the crumbling remains of the crystalline tomb. Though these unfortunates may be resurrected or otherwise returned to life, they may never attempt to enter this prestige class again. This channelling of energy continues each day for 30 days and any psion who contributes energy on the first day must continue to provide energy throughout the process.
Known as psychic mummies, these beings are most often created for a specific purpose by a group of like-minded psions. The process is difficult and very dangerous, with the potential for an agonising death for the subject. Those who successfully complete the entombment process emerge as psychic mummies, creatures quite different from what they were before. This process requires a psychic tomb, a crystalline box which is sealed and locked from the outside. The psychic tomb weighs 700 pounds and costs 3,000 gp.
Anyone who wants to contribute must be involved from the beginning and must continue to be involved until the very last day. At the end of this time, the subject may or may not be transformed into a psychic mummy and may even be killed by the process. Sustained by the psychic energies of his companions, his ability to absorb the energy pumped into the tomb will determine his ability to survive. At the end of 30 days, the subject must make a successful Fortitude save (DC 30). The psion receives a +1 circumstance bonus per additional 5th-level to 9thlevel psion who provides energy for the entombment process, a +2 circumstance bonus per additional 10thlevel to 14th-level psion who provides energy, and a +3 circumstance bonus per additional psion of 15th-level or greater who provides energy.