I just had this thought and figured I would write it down during a break, so I apologize if there is already a thread loke this.
I was having lunch with some of my students and they were doing the thing where they check the bottom of a glas to tell their age. There is a production number printed on most drinking glases, at least in Europe, and that has been a game for as long as I can remember.
Anyway, the thought struck me, what if I could turn that into a curse...
So: The cursed character can only drink from glases that hve the same production number as the character's age or the glas will shatter explosiely. Add 1 dmg to the shattering with a chance of an infected cut and bam, that's a pretty neat curse to throw at a modern day party. Do you stock drinking glases of the same number? How do you even find them? What about one year later? now you have to get all new glases. And forget about drinking in a bar, right?
Let's re-mod this for a fantasy type deal: The character cannot drink from a container that was made after the character was born. Glas shatters, leather rips, flagons burn, metal cups melt and so on. Imagine the party delving into crypts just to find a really old cup laying around so that they can actually drink. How does this interact with magical skins? Is this a big enough annoyance to seek out a cleric?
Anyway, got to go
Have fun all!
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Post by DM Onesie Knight on Feb 23, 2020 19:22:51 GMT
This is interesting! My mind wants to take this more abstract; I'm trying to think of more curses that could lead to weird superstitious rituals. I can easily see someone suffering your curse today checking their water glass at restaurants and going thirsty if it doesn't match, or digging through thrift shops for appropriate glasses to take home (imagine someone turning over and putting back a dozen identical glasses before grabbing one which looks the same as all the rest).
What if someone can only eat using forks with odd numbers of tines? What if someone literally harms someone close to them when they step on a crack in the road? What if someone actually suffers a misfortune when a black cat crosses their path?