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  • Gellydog
    started a topic Kinship Horrors

    Kinship Horrors

    Hello there! Inspired by some discussion from a few weeks ago, I thought it would be fun to come up with a series of Horrors based around the idea of Kinship with a particular monster from the CofD. Beast is often talked about as "the crossover splat," but that's often done in a... sort-of side-by-side way. Where each splat exists in its own bubble, alongside the other splats, and the Beasts kind of bounce around between them.

    But what if we took it further? Rather than creating a generalized Beast and then having them encounter other creatures of the dark, what if we started from the idea that they were intimately connected to whatever supernatural terror they were going to be involved in? Horrors spring from the Primordial Dream, and the Dream is shaped by the fears of the people living in a particular area. So one type of monster is prominent in the region, it stands to reason that the local Horrors, and local Beasts, would be a reflection of that fear.

    So the idea here is to come up with some Horrors that might spring forth from that situation. I'll start off with vampire-themed ones, since I'm most familiar with VtR. These deliberately won't talk much about the human half of the Beast; the idea is that you could "slot" them in to a character as needed. And please, if you feel inspired, let us know about your ideas for Kinship Horrors!

    (I have to go to work soon, so I'll just start off with this one, but I wanted to finally get things rolling)

    Anakim

    Anakim is an interesting challenge for a vampire-themed Beast, since the Kindred tend to be far more subtle than your typical Giant. But I think there's a real opportunity to highlight something that tends to get glossed over when it comes to vampires: they're walking corpses. Oh, sure, we talk about things like having no pulse or being cold to the touch, but what it really means is that their bodies can be pushed far beyond that which would irreparably damage a living being. How many horror movies feature scenes of the villain being repeatedly shot, only to shrug it off and keep going? Or get buried underground for 10 years, only to emerge ready to continue their reign of terror? That's the horror of an undead being. That's the Revenant.

    The Revenant
    • Family: Anakim
    • Horror: Undead Hulk - The Revenant is a massive mountain of cold, dead flesh. Tattered clothes hang from its grey and half-rotted form, and it is covered in scars and mementos from the many attempts (and failures) to put it in the ground for good. (think: bullet holes, arrows still sticking from its flesh, maybe chains wrapped around its arms that were snapped when it broke free)
    • Hunger: Transgression - The Revenant seeks to push others beyond their limits, and then delights in the damage they cause to themselves. Think of the personal trainer who encourages his clients to lift a little more, run a little further, and then watches them stumble. Or the daredevil stunt junkie who feigns concern when people are hurt trying to replicate her accomplishments, but secretly is smiling. The feeding has two requirements: The victim attempts something they know is physically beyond them, and they fail.
    • Atavisms: Cyclopean Strength, Looming Presence, Unbreakable, Terror's Friend
    • Nightmares: Run Away, Everything You Do Is Worthless
    • Lair: The Revenant's Lair is, fittingly, a graveyard full of the remains of those it has trampled in the dust. Shattered tombs and disturbed graves litter the fog-shrouded landscape, and there's plenty of rubble and gnarled trees for the Revenant to hurl at intruders. Traits: Fog, Jagged, Disruption
    Last edited by Gellydog; 04-13-2018, 01:44 PM. Reason: Changed formatting a little.

  • Wormwood
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    Another Changeling-inspired one
    Alexa Smith, Inguma Nemesis
    "Don't make promises you cannot keep."
    Alexa Smith is a judge, and her Horror punishes those who do not keep their end of a deal - a match nearly made in heaven, some would say.
    The Horned Man is not easily swayed, and sees right through most attempts to manipulate the truth.
    However, sometimes, when no suitable meal presents itself, Alexa makes do - usually by Feeding a temporary Hunger for Power.
    Drawn to her job due to her inherent desire to help other people and protect people from each other, her Devouring has been nothing but a huge blessing, albeit at the cost of her soul.

    Life: Protective
    Legend: Judgemental
    Horror: Cernunnos
    Lair: Dense Forest
    Lair Traits: Blazing Light, Undergrowth, Jagged
    Atavisms: Mimir's Wisdom, Enemy Within, Alien Mindset, Fear's Friend, Alien Allure
    Nightmares: You Cannot Wake Up, This Is Due Tomorrow, Behold My True Form, You Deserve This, You Are One Of Us

    Demigod Beast I had already written this one down before, sadly, my computer failed me and the text was lost. This is a poor re-creation. But hey, at least I tried, right? Here's a Deceived-inspiried Beast:

    Dedi, Anakim Nemesis
    "Satisfied with serving others, are we? You should not."
    Sightings of this ancient Namtaru is considered a bad omen for any Hive: Dedi is powerful, and careless when feeding. Dedi is also a glutton, so their very presence is practically a beacon attracting Heroes. But this is far from the worst: for one reason or another, Dedi is denied Communion with the Dark Mother, which lead them to develop extreme green-eyed envy for those who can, making them their favourite target. So once Dedi is in a Hive, Obcasus Initiates go into hiding, lest they end up a victim. Some speculate that this might be Dedi's attempt to reach Incarnation.
    Maybe ironically, Dedi's Horror, which looks strikingly similar to Ammut, punishes those that do not try to rise above their station. This, makes the Cursed their second-favourite dish: after all, access to such power should be accompanied by a desire to express yourself and partake of the world, not by losing yourself to serve something else.
    To their Cult, Dedi is a God, and they go to great lengths to fulfill their wishes.

    Life: Greedy
    Legend: Vicious
    Atavisms: Cyclopean Strength, Ravenous Maw, Crushing Coils, Relentless Hunter, Fear's Friend, Looming Presence, Shadowed Sould
    Nightmares: All Your Teeth Are Falling Out, Fear Is Contagious, Behold My True Form, They Are All Around You, Tabula Rasa, You Deserve This
    Lair: A dark tomb.
    Lair Traits: Darkness, Noxious Gases, Unstable, Maze, Murmurs, Bottomless


    Aaand an attempt at a Vengeful Sin-Eater inspired Beast.

    John Doe, Eshmaki Nemesis
    "You can't escape."
    John used to have a different name, but ever since his Devouring, that man's been dead. Now, John is out there in the city, practically a hobo, punishing cruelty and teaching them that 'those who live by the sword, die by the sword.' He feeds his Shadow of Death by targeting groups of violent criminals (for a given definition of criminal: everyone who forces their will upon others by use of force. Yes, this includes police forces), usually feeding deeply and killing one of them to make sure the 'lesson sticks'. Occasionally, he goes out of his way to punish less extreme cases of violence, like verbal abuse, but he's got to be very hungry for that.
    No one knows for sure, but apparently, shortly after his Devouring, a Hero killed his family trying to get to him. Ever since, John became rather judgemental regarding the use of force, but none of his experiences has undone his tendency to help people when needed.

    Life: Selfless
    Legend: Relentless
    Atavisms: From the Shadows, Limb from Limb, Relentless Hunter, Light's Death, Monster from the Deep, Skin Deep, Shadowed Soul.
    Nightmares: You cannot take it with you, Death is a Prison, Your Struggle Won't Matter, Fear is Contagious, You Are Lost, You Will Never Rest, You Cannot Wake Up, Run Away
    Lair: An empty, ancient and eldritch city, filled with moving translucent shades and displaying strange non-euclidian geometry.
    Lair Traits: Poor Light, Bad Angles, Minions, Murmurs, Maze, Disruption (anything more advanced than Middle Ages' technology), Thin Air

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  • Demigod Beast
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    Howsabout a Beast with Kinship with...
    ...Deceived mummies?
    ...Hive-Claimed humans, possessed by various magath?
    ...idigam of some kind?
    ...Torn Sin-Eaters?

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  • Wormwood
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    Attempt at a Changeling (Gristlegrinder, specifically) inspired Beast.

    Cedric Gordon, Anakim Predator

    Wendigos are famous for their appetite for man-flesh. Some are satisfied by any human flesh, but others desire far more: strong, powerful prey, so that they may take its strength into themselves.
    Cedric Gordon is plagued with the latter appetite.
    After suffering for a very long time, Cedric learned to come to terms with his Horror's needs, accepting his divergence from humanity while doing so. Since to his mind, this state of affairs has been forced upon him through the Devouring, he looks to punish his 'Creator', or at the very least, to dine upon him.
    This sort of antagonism and horror hunger quickly earned him sympathy and understanding among some local Changelings. They've helped Cedric come to terms with his state by accepting parts of it, and help him out as a honorary member of the Freehold.
    He usually runs lean, relying on his extended family to provide meals for the Wendigo. Nonetheless, every once in a while, he decides upon what he deems worthy prey, and hunts them down to consume them. As a hobby cook and socialite, this is no ordinary affair, and Cedric takes great pains to ensure that the meal is more than satisfactory.
    His usual guests are an esteemed group of friends: a few Gristlegrinders, some flesh-consuming Vampires, and a Werewolf fine with eating human meat.
    The prey only has in common that they can defend themselves, and are often hunters in some way or shape themselves: policemen, criminals, sexual predators, actual hunters, bounty hunters, soldiers, tournament fighters, Hunters. His favourite dish, however, is Heroes.
    He tries to abstain from supernatural flesh, which is why he keeps lean: when picky, the Wendigo wants Vampire, Werewolf, Promethean, Changeling, maybe even fellow Begotten on the table. The Horror doesn't care about the implications and relationships - Cedric, however, does, very much so.

    Atavisms: Cyclopean Strength, Crushing Coils, Ravenous Maw, Relentless Hunter.
    Nightmares: The Water Won't Last, You Cannot Run.
    Lair: Cold forest full of seemingly identical, very tall trees.
    Lair Traits: Extreme Cold, Undergrowth, Maze, Fog.

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  • Wormwood
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    I dont think 'your Rage consumes you ' s victims would apply to sating the hunger - enablers are all about you doing that thing, not you being supernaturally forced to do that thing. At that point, it would be like slipping bacon into a meal to make it haram- the Victim breaks unwillingly or even unknowingly With Their faith.

    Still a very topical Nightmare, and hey, no one said anything about forcing people to attack you so you fight back with possibly lethal violence isnt fair game.

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  • Gellydog
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    Originally posted by Master Aquatosic View Post
    Would "Your Rage Consumes You" make their job too easy?

    And how about Terror's Friend to make people scared of resisting the urge to fight by their side?
    Both good options! To be honest, I threw this one together in about 15 minutes. Almost certainly could use some fine-tuning. ;-)

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  • Master Aquatosic
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    Would "Your Rage Consumes You" make their job too easy?

    And how about Terror's Friend to make people scared of resisting the urge to fight by their side?

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  • ajf115
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    Originally posted by Gellydog View Post
    The Berserker, Anakim Enabler (I really like the idea of Giant's tempting people...)
    When I read the title, I immediately thought of this guy





    from Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works.

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  • Gellydog
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    Hey all! Sorry for being quiet. Been a bit busy. I really love all the stuff people have been posting! Here's a quick idea for the werewolf crowd...

    The Berserker, Anakim Enabler (I really like the idea of Giant's tempting people...)

    Horror: An immense warrior, covered in leather armor and animal skins of ancient design. Animal features seem to burst forth from its skin; antlers crown its head, savage teeth jut from its jaw and its hands end in wicked claws.
    Hunger: The Berserker seeks to tempt its victims into rage. Not cold anger or righteous fury, but a bloody and primal rage that bubbles in the blood and clouds the mind. It feeds off their realization, when the blood haze subsides and they see the damage they've done, of just how dangerous losing control can be...
    Atavisms: Cyclopean Strength, Limb From Limb, Looming Presence, Mimir's Wisdom
    Nightmares: Behold, My True Form!, You Deserve This, You're One of Us
    Birthright: The blood-tasting one.
    Lair: An ancient arena, with a blood-soaked dirt floor surrounded by stone bleachers.
    Lair traits: Murmurs, Slick (from blood), Exposed, Echoing

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  • ArcaneArts
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    Originally posted by Wormwood View Post
    Master Aquatosic ArcaneArts I think I'll have to agree with the both of you.
    Let's just call it the Alpha Wolf instead (although that particular scientific concept has been loooong since overthrown, but it's got such nice symbolic value it managed to live on).

    Fenris will have to be used another time. Anakim Ravager sounds good, indeed. Hm... Makara's Maw Atavism, Cyclopean Strength, Limb from Limb and Looming Presence? Oh, and Eye of Heaven - he wasn't going to be bound by anyone that wouldn't keep a promise after all, and knew Tyr was honourable. On the other hand, fell for it, so couldn't have Mimir's.

    Let's go an make him a punk - 80's movie style, you know? The 'break stuff for fun' adolescents, criminal, disrespecting authority. Outsider.
    If Robin from Bigger Bites had a concept on a character sheet, it would have been "Theater Punk", so I'm down for it.

    By the way, Robin's Horror from Bigger Bites was supposed to be Fenrir. The waters in the tunnel was the River named Expectation. So you know.

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  • Master Aquatosic
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    It may have been disproved on a scientific level, but a large part of the world still believes it, thus it almost definitely lives on in the Primordial Dream.

    EDIT: Never mind, you already said this.

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  • Wormwood
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    Master Aquatosic ArcaneArts I think I'll have to agree with the both of you.
    Let's just call it the Alpha Wolf instead (although that particular scientific concept has been loooong since overthrown, but it's got such nice symbolic value it managed to live on).

    Fenris will have to be used another time. Anakim Ravager sounds good, indeed. Hm... Makara's Maw Atavism, Cyclopean Strength, Limb from Limb and Looming Presence? Oh, and Eye of Heaven - he wasn't going to be bound by anyone that wouldn't keep a promise after all, and knew Tyr was honourable. On the other hand, fell for it, so couldn't have Mimir's.

    Let's go an make him a punk - 80's movie style, you know? The 'break stuff for fun' adolescents, criminal, disrespecting authority. Outsider.

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  • Master Aquatosic
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    Originally posted by ArcaneArts View Post
    Fenrir should be Ruin, just noting.

    But Tyrant fits so well with the rest of the concept (I think it's Werewolf as "alpha") that I think it might be better to remove the reference to Fenrir.

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  • ArcaneArts
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    Fenrir should be Ruin, just noting.

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  • Demigod Beast
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    Howsabout a Beast centered around Kinship with Prometheans?

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