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  • #46
    I mean, why did you need to update here? No one was following it, it wasn't still engaged. This just.


    Sean K.I.W./Kelly R.A. Steele, Freelance Writer(Feel free to call me Sean, Kelly, Arcane, or Arc)
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    • #47
      I prepared session description as we will run this game as local in our local mini-RPG convetion event. Here is English version of description. Take in consideration that session opening needs to at least brush a bit general BtP setting also, for totally new people.

      ‘Walkers in Darkness’
      Story for Beast: The Primordial, Genre: Urban, Horror, Mythologies – Time is Saturday 15:00 to 21:00, 3 to 5 players, needed proficiency of English to understand the corebook. Session is for 16+ years old because of mature content. There are Ready Made characters. 8-) ( We will use official Bloodstained Brood, with Annika ran by my as distanced NPC. )

      ‘Stafford is small, English town. Calm community with 18th and 19th century tenement houses seated just right to sea. It’s also home for Bloodstained Brood – group of Children of Dark Mother, creator of all monsters, people whom hideous monsters from Mothers linage Devoured souls and replaced with themselves. Now a Brood are working together Beasts, that joined their Lairs – dream ( or rather, nightmare ) realms in what their monster souls are to what dimensions they can enter I their dream bodies. And all of them joins blood flowing across those dreams…

      It’s a start of autumn of this year. Stafford WAS calm community for the Brood. Everything changed when local Police Constable - Lauren Moran – found massacred bodies four members of local punk band - ‘Rage Against the Spiders’ – in town’s pub Marty’s after their night concert. Massacred is wrong word. MAULED bodies is much closer to truth. Local coroner and funeral director in one person does not have clue what to do with leftovers from would-be rock stars. Their families are devastated. And Beasts have very bad feeling about this all, sent, probably, buy their Dark Mother…’

      My stuff for Scion 2E, CoD Contagion, Dark Eras, VtR 2E, WtF 2E, MtAw 2E & BtP
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      • #48
        My first take on Hero, inspired by Beowulf. Comments are always welcomed.

        Maximilian Forsberg – ‘Beowulf’

        Background: Maximilian Forsberg is great and dedicated business investor in half of the world. However, he is now burden with secret – he started to have dreams about him freeing the land he comes from monsters. And, weirdly, it starts to make sense in his head.

        He rose in Götaland region in Sweden. Heir to his father’s fortune, he was schooled and practiced money making even before age of 7. Most children would be tired be the life of constant deal making and searching for loopholes, but he did not mind. He was good at it. And you do what you are made for.

        However, he also had a second pillar in his life. Housekeeper and close friend of the family that raised Max – as she called him – was immersed in Nordic myths. She told stories of their ancestors when he was little, cultivating lore of the land in the nights when she put him to bed. It ended when Maximillian got to boarding school, but the legends stayed with him all those years. In his teenage years in this facility he grow fond of swordsmanship and liked archery lessons. They are still his hobbies.

        Decades later, after ending Oxford, he started to invest his father’s money in foreign capital. And after almost two decades in it, he is very good at it. To say he did some nasty things in his line of work would be understatement. He travels a lot, looking for next investment to expand his portfolio and capital. But he still dreams about Norse gods and monsters, from time to time.

        Description: Desmond is a good shap man in his 40s. <Description of foreing inwestor.>

        Storytelling Notes: Maximilian is ‘fresh’ to his awakening as Beasts slayer – but idea is growing on him. More and more nights he dreams of himself as ‘prince freeing the country from monsters’ ( i.e. Beowulf ), the more he losses touch with his every day, business side. For now, he is cautious and discreet, as any true investor would be. For now.

        Maximilian’s Legend is Champion. He hunts and kills monsters because he believes only he can save ‘the land he came for’. In his heart, he wants others to speak of his great deeds and how that HE killed the dragon in the nearby cave. At present, all that is enough that local newspapers have headlines as ‘Mysterious hero save neighborhood from a mad man!’.

        His Life is Businessman. Maximilian whole life rose as ‘man making money’ and what’s he best on. But it’s deeper. He have tendency to use other people to get what he desire, talking them over doing what needs to be done. And he is pragmatic and caution – he likes to plan everything he do. More the Hero rise in him, less he can listen to this his rational voice in the head.

        Legend: Champion
        Life: Businessman
        Mental Attributes: Intelligence 3, Wits 3, Resolve 4
        Physical Attributes: Strength 2, Dexterity 3, Stamina 2
        Social Attributes: Presence 3, Manipulation 4, Composure 2
        Mental Skills: Academics 2, Computer 2, Investigation 1, Occult 1 ( 2 dots after 2 Beast kills ), Politics 3
        Physical Skills: Athletics 2, Drive 2, Firearms 1, Weaponry 2
        Social Skills: Empathy 3, Expression 1, Intimidation 3, Persuasion (Business) 4, Socialize 3, Subterfuge 3
        Merits: Allies (Business) 3, Allies (Town Hall) 2, Contacts (Media), Fame 2, Inspiring, Resources 4, Status (Business) 3
        Gifts: None ( After 1st Beast kill: Vanquisher’s Strength; After 2nd: Champion’s Endurance; After 3rd: Vanquisher’s Strength (2); After 4th: Open Gate )
        Health: 7
        Willpower: 6
        Integrity: 4
        Size: 5
        Speed: 9
        Initiative: 4
        Defense: 5

        My stuff for Scion 2E, CoD Contagion, Dark Eras, VtR 2E, WtF 2E, MtAw 2E & BtP
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        • #49
          Here is my take on full Beast based on Grendel from English poem Beowulf. Some may point he should be Makara as fisherman, but I simply did not remember other ‘lonely man of work’ job in modern world good for this Eshmaki Horror. Hopes you like him!

          Thomas Grant - ‘Grendel’

          Background: Thomas was simple, lone fishermen. Being single in mid 40s and working all day longs on his keel boat, really hating his job, he developed unhealthy relation with alcohol. Being drunk was his way of life to fill his existential void.

          Then, those two years ago, he passed once again as he gone few times a month. Instead of waking up in bar he drunk or on the shore, on the way to his boat, he waked up in some strange marshes. Trying to find his way up to home, he stumbled upon dark cave in the centre of this land. And in it’s darkness, then Grendel ripped him apart.

          From that day on, Beasts that was Thomas stopped to drink. He come sober and started to fill his Hunger in other ways. Like in the poem, when attacking Heorot mead-hall, Grendel in him scared teenagers parting too loud. Parents drinking when they should watch over their kids. Thomas still fish on his boat on the day, but on the nights – he has better commitment than booze on the land…

          What more unusual, he did not found any other Begotten to this day. And his loneliness and Hunger are casting a dark shadow on his existence.

          Lair: Grendel’s Marsh-Den
          Grendel’s Horror live in black cave amidst great, dark marshes. Each step is returning as heightened to listener, like the realm was driving everyone mad with sounds. Each step can also be last, as unstable ground can swallow you whole. And then there is monster in it, always watching, stalking it’s prey…
          Chambers: Heart –The Dark Cave from what Grendel comes to hunt. Maybe there is Mother of it in?
          Marshes – Great and boundless Marshes that can engulf you any time you walk them and not watch your steps.
          Sea shore – Night bounded sea shore that is engulfing victims with unstable sand on it and crashing water.
          Marty’s Bar – Latest addition to the Lair is tenement house in what Grendel massacred local punk rock band in bar, just after their concert. This horrified crime has shaken the mortal community to the core.
          Traits: Echoing, Engulfing, Darkness, Hunting Ground – Per scene: 3

          New Hive Trait: Hunting Ground – People can be attacked by Horrors multiple times and awareness of local Heroes do not rise. Trait shows in area as Grendel silhouette is found stalking every Chamber of the Hive ( even if it’s not the Horror itself. )

          Description: Thomas is rough looking man that spent half of his life on water. He wears old, worn clothes that smell of sea. He maybe not most friendly person, but surely he is only old, lone drunk…

          Storytelling Hints: Grendel in Thomas goes restless. His loneliness pushing him to more desperate measures. He wants to connect with Dark Mother just to have real family, at once. Crime in local bar finally moved something deep inside him. Something spoke to him by the vision. He wonders if is really the voice of Mother of his, Mother of All Monsters? Unless stopped, Thomas will become very violent Beast in pursuit to find his parent.
          Legend: Vicious – Grendel is known from doing over-needed violence to his victims. If this was secretive not the nature of Eshamki Horror and his nomadic lifestyle on boat, he probably would been caught by police forces months ago just because the fear his acts generates.
          Life: Simple – Thomas was very simple man. As Begotten he is still. He likes his days routine. Seeing him on the boat, you really would think he is only fisherman, dedicated to his job.
          Family: Eshmaki
          Hunger: Punishment - "Punish those who celebrate when they shouldn't."

          Mental Attributes: Intelligence 2, Wits 3, Resolve 4
          Physical Attributes: Strength 4, Dexterity 3, Stamina 3
          Social Attributes: Presence 2, Manipulation 5, Composure 3
          Mental Skills: Computer 1, Crafts 3, Investigation 3, Medicine 2, Science (Sea) 2
          Physical Skills: Athletics 3, Brawl 3, Drive (Boats) 3, Larceny 2, Stealth (Stalking) 4, Survival (Sea, Marshes) 3
          Social Skills: Animal Ken 2, Intimidation (Unsettling) 3, Persuasion (Deals) 1, Streetwise (Rumors) 2, Subterfuge 3
          Merits: Anonymity 3, Barfly ,Contacts (Criminal, Law Enforcement, Transportation) 3, Danger Sense, Danger Sense (Advanced), Direction Sense, Eidetic Memory, Patient, Resources 2, Safe Place (Boat) 3
          Atavisms: Limb From Limb, Cyclopean Strength, Death of Light, From the Shadows, Relentless Hunter, Monster from the Deep, Heart of the Ocean
          Nightmares: Behold, My True Form!, We Are Going Down!, You Cannot Run, You Will Never Rest
          Lair: 4 (Echoing, Engulfing, Darkness, Hunting Ground)
          Health: 8
          Willpower: 7
          Satiety: 4
          Size: 5
          Speed: 12
          Defense: 6
          Initiative: 6
          Armor: 0

          My stuff for Scion 2E, CoD Contagion, Dark Eras, VtR 2E, WtF 2E, MtAw 2E & BtP
          LGBT+ in CoD games