Thursday, October 15, 2020

Falcon's Bazaar (Dragon Annual #3) Errata

 From: Noel Graham []

Sent: Saturday, November 14, 1998 8:20 PM


Subject: [GREYTALK] Falcon's Bazaar Errata

Falcon's Bazaar Errata

Angon ~ the text should have read, "Although numerous incarnations have appeared since then, like the serrated and fork-bladed angons, two forms have become commonplace." The two standard forms are described in the following text: the dropped-V and trefoil-bladed versions.

As well the accompanying illustration depicts a strange weapon, indeed. The trefoil angon of Ratik has three blades radiating from what would otherwise be a central spike, rather than the jutting blades shown (though this might be yet another variant which has appeared over the decades).

Dagger Sash ~ As a hidden weapon baldric, the dagger "sash" is not actually worn about the waist at all, though a more durable weapon harness as illustrated (seep. 97) might be crafted for the same price.

Doublebow ~ a too-late revision to this item would have revised the manner in which it is strung. It should be strung using two separate, but normal casting strings. Should one break, the other remains completely useable.

Perhaps those strung according to the printed description are (imperfect) apprentice models or ones restrung in a make-shift manner (from emergency repair), one string having previously broken near the bow. This condition would impart an additional -1 to hit penalty.

Fineplate ~ Note the corrected sentence, "Among the best examples of this fineplate can be found in Verbobonc's Lord's District at the exclusive Wayfarers Hostel. Their emerald plates are carved in relief along the edges with the viscounty's COM PONY and chased with gold filigree."

Most of you will be aware than "company" is a heraldic device also known as "bordering". The Viscount's "company" would be something altogether different (I'd expect).

Gnomish Neckpurse ~ Again, the illustration is somewhat misleading. The neckpurse appears to be a fillet or headband with sufficient length to bind long hair behind the head. The small pouch described depends from this strapping beneath the bulk of the hair (and thus, gone largely unnoticed).

Gorgetal ~ While the illustration does, indeed, depict a gorgetal in its most obvious sense (and well-known knights might actually display these in common dress), the gorgetal is most often hidden from casual observation. It's considered a last-ditch defense against attacks to the neck/throat in social settings where overt wearing of armor might offend the host (indicating one has no trust in the host' guards or ability to protect guest, even as this is precisely the reason for wearing one). Keep this one in mind when those SB assassins return to the game!

Rhizian Shield Harness ~ Just a little edited here. "The northlander barbarians have developed a fighting style that allows battle use of a shield while both hands remain free*!.... The dishonorable will likewise think twice before attacking the user from behind a boon by any measure!

"*Note: The _derkest'ai_ or "dragon shield" style is a development of Kord's faithful and is taught by their whim alone. 1uffice it to say, while full, unrestricted movement is required, opponents are faced with a whirlwind assault of screaming shield-punches and flashing steel!"

Talwuc ~ A "rain tabard" rarely extends below the knees in length with little actual sleeves (though excess shoulder material will cover some portion of the upper arm). The talwuc is intended as a less-expensive, easily altered variation on the cote (certainly less than a robe) and would therefor be found amongst the rank and file of Yeomen soldiery. Any hood worn with one will be a separate item of clothing, removable after a downpour to allow ventilation and improve appearance.

Walking Stick ~ Prices given throughout the description are considered the base available in GH City. The simplest storage hollow are available from 3gp, while one whose latch mechanism is skillfully concealed by decorative carvings may cost many times more.

As might be obvious, a "kindler" pouch contains flint, steel, and "fat lighter" (sappy slivers of wood wrapped in waxed cloth, which lend themselves readily to starting fires) or "tar-tears" (small crystals of hardened tar).

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