|Viktor Svindland RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32 aka ViktorS|
I would've preferred it if the slain migrus reappeared inside the locker. On the other hand there are several wondrous items in the SRD that blur the line between item and creature - Efreet Bottle, the various Figurines, Quals Feather Token (whip).
I take your point Viktor, but the dealbreaker comes when you can easily spot the mechanic / rule approach that should have been used instead.
I picked apart the mechanics of three items and this was one of them (then I stopped, because it was too much sour grapes and I'd rather wish them goodwill than b#*** about it). In each case, there were simpler and easier ways to do the item if you only spent a little time doing some research.
Darkjoy is okay in sticking by his guns, because there are easily found mechanics to make the Migrus legal. It's a Construct. The Create Construct Feat is right in OGL 3.5 Monster Manual.
The Migrus is a low hit dice monster with the Construct Type, so is the Homonculous. They have different abilities, but the core premise is pretty damn similar.
The author tied the Locker itself back into the item in his comments, but "comments made later" don't really count.
I'm happy the author won with his idea. Erik has justified his decision, and speaking for myself I'm at peace with it. And I don't doubt it was very original.
But I don't think you're going to be able to draw the comparison to the Efreet Bottle (or other items you mentioned) when the author calls it a Construct and you only have to look at a Homonculous. I compare what 'game mechanic' approach is closer to what the Migrus actually is, and the Homonculous is the clear winner. And those are monsters, creatures that can be created with with Craft Construct (which requires Craft Wondrous iItem as a secondary requirement).
I was well aware of the similarities between the Migrus and homunculi, and I agree with almost everything you said.
The items I listed in my previous post were poorly chosen. But take a look at the Horn of Valhalla - an item that creates construct barbarians.
The Migrus Locker is wondrous item that creates a cool homunculus-like construct, the Migrus. The creature part clearly is the selling-point in Kisko's submission. That's why I would have preferred a stronger connection between locker and Migrus. Still, there is no denying that the locker is a wondrous item.