Great rpg material: Roman curses

December 5, 2006 at 11:19 am (Articles)

This discovery from the science blog gives some great rpg useful material, a curse to the god Maglus from Roman Leicester. You could use this as inspiration for a plothook in dnd, a mystery in CoC, or something strange in shadowrun.

I’d be using it in either dnd or cyberpunk,  as our cp runs with some magic going on.

Curse tablets from a roman background

 are thin rectangular sheets of lead bearing the ‘curse’ inscribed with a point or stylus. They were usually rolled up and were probably nailed to the wall of a temple or shrine.

Most curses seem to relate to thefts and typically the chosen god is asked to do harm to the perpetrator. It has been suggested, on the basis of name forms and the value of items stolen, that the curses relate to the lives of ordinary people, rather than the wealthy, and that they were perhaps commissioned by the dedicator from a professional curse writer.

Historians and writers, making our games easier to run 🙂

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