In the end, it is really the backstory that grabbed me — the concept of someone who, through his own vanity, finds a form of immortality and wants to share that with his fellow man is intriguing. He thinks he's doing the right thing. But the question remains — is giving up everything to live forever really worth it? These "things" his disciples become are truly the walking dead and yet retain their mental faculties. So can you lose your life essence and still retain your humanity?
BP&THK presents a unique story in a way that should provide twists and turns to GMs and players alike. If you're a GM looking for some inspiration, definitely check out Brother Ptolemy & The Hidden Kingdom from Nevermet Press. Paul King, Jonathan Jacobs, Dennis "Wyatt Salazar" Santana, Sean Holland, Christian Martinez, Steven Schutt, Stephen Dewey, Matthew Cicci, Liz Courts, Rob Torno, Matt Lichtenwalner, Matt Meyer, and Kenya Ferrand put together a heck of a book!
Now I'm really looking forward to Nevermet's Loaerth & Feywyrd -- a fantasy steampunk setting that uses the Savage Worlds game system. Who knows what twisted technology they'll work out in order to up the ante.
Be sure to check out the Nevermet Press website for details on Brother Ptolemy and all the rest of their projects — it's always chock full of ideas!