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  • 1001 Beast Story Hooks

    So, I figured all the other game lines have one of these, so why not finish the set? Anyway, just post whatever comes to mind!

    1)The Brood has been dealing with an old, cunning Hero, one who's killed dozens of Beasts with disturbing ease. So it might come as a surprise when they arrive near the Brood's local haunts and peacefully approaches them. The Hero looks even crazier than normal, but their eyes are not filled with hate so much as... is that regret?*

    If the Brood talks to the Hero, they'll try to beg forgiveness, claiming that "the angels" took them up to heaven to show them the wickedness of their ways, and so that the Hero might sign again the Book of Life and repent. In case any of the players decide to try on a hunch, they'll find the Hero is now Kin (a Mage, if they know that particular "flavor"). Now the Brood has a dilemma on their hands. Will vengeance and justice take charge, or will the Ex-Hero's apparently genuine remorse and the bonds of family demand mercy?*

    1A) As 1), but the Hero was also part of a band, who is now conveying to slaughter their traitorous "friend". Will the Brood leave the Ex-Hero to their fate, or will they put themselves at risk for someone who would have murdered them just a day ago?

    2) Word has spread through the Hive of a strange young woman. A smiling, cheerful psychologist, a veritable saint, her presence actually numbs and sates the Hunger of the Begotten, a euphoric experience that leaves the affected Beasts docile and eager for more (her practice is practically booming with new patients). Of course, side effects include the fact that Children who experience this effect are effectively Gorged for a few hours afterwords, but it's not like a Hero is going to notice this and decide to use little Ms. St Martha Jr as bait to capture their prey, right?

    3) One day, the Brood or one of its members ends up dropping by to check up on some Kin to find that they're acting oddly. The Vampire is walking around in sunlight, the purely carnivorous werewolf is eating tofu, and the Lucifuge member is cowering in fear from an attack by a supernatural being. If confronted on this, not only do they fail to realize their behavior is odd, they actually don't remember the Begotten... or more bizarrely, their former nature. "Former", because any attempt to check their status reveals them as pure humans. Worse, this isn't an isolated incident; some force is running around town "curing" supernaturals of their nature and memories. Can they figure out what's going on and stop it? And what if some of their Kin want to be affected?

    4) You know how a hungry Horror will go out hunting to satisfy itself? Yeah, things have started to go wonky in regards to that. There's still feeding going on, and strange dreams as a result, but they don't provide fear anymore. Instead, the chief emotion victims seem to exhibit is rapture, normal people morphing into swooning zealots. Already, small cults are beginning to spread like wildfire as the afflicted unite in the hopes of calling the attention of their "gods", and the PCs won't have long to stay neutral on the subject. Will they attempt to nip this in the bud before things descend into anarchy, or will they seize their new callings as divinities? And of course, just because it's now creating cultists doesn't mean that the Horror's deprivations aren't still calling Heroes...

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    I'll throw one in, this is the story I'm running now:

    5) The characters have a vested interest in blending in as Kindred, both for social and feeding purposes. They've made some connections in the Unbound and are just barely known enough to have the best of both worlds. Suddenly they start noticing some of their unbound contacts disappearing. The Prince is rounding them up and interrogating them. Upon some further investigation the characters find that the Prince is afraid of something called a Malkov being in his city, but the symptoms sound a lot more like a Beast using a contagious Nightmare on kindred. If they just let it go the players will eventually be found out by the Prince and his men, but pursuing the problem would mean going up against another Beast. It could only get worse if the offending Beast was the self styled new Apex, hunting Kindred for sport.

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      6) One of your contacts in the local ecosystem has heard some whispers that some kind of Super-Hero has appeared. She's tapped into the Bright dream deeper than ever, and some people swear she was pulling some Sailor Moon shit. It'd be funny if she hadn't annihilated three Beasts already.


      Genius: the Transgression 2E is a thing that's being worked on.

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      • #4
        Hi there! First post on the forums, so please let me know if I'm following good policy. To start off, I have three story hooks, with two inspired by popular media.

        7) You Meddling Kids!
        The aftermath of some of your more... creative feedings has always drawn people - gawkers ready to build your legend or baffled cops, the occassional wild-eyed Hero. Now, however, your trail has been picked up by a group of amateur monster hunters. You'd classify these annoyingly persistent sleuths as Heroes except for two things. First, they haven't tried to kill you, and second, they are totally convinced that you are a fake. Even repeated use of Nightmares hasn't seemed to deter the investigators. Even if they're not actively malevolent, their prying might lead a Hero to you or to your Family in the city's supernatural underworld.

        8) Helicopter Parenting

        You have a daughter: a perfectly normal, fully human daughter. Maybe she was conceived before your Devouring, or maybe after it. Right now, she's in grade school, dealing with the normal problems of a child. Do you step in and use your powers to scare away all the bullies and push slacking teachers back into line, or do you stay hands off?

        If you do dive into the world of your daughter's school, however, you notice that it's a perilous neutral zone between various supernatural factions. The son of a Changeling courtier grows up with a few wolf-bloods and the distant relation of an elder vampire. These children could be a catalyst for peace between the people of the shadows... or they may become pawns or casualties in bloody war games.

        9) Thriller!
        You know the drill: The moon is up, the dead are rising all over town, and menacing the people you'd usually feed on yourself. Can you stop the zombie menace AND save your perfectly planned date night?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Kvedulf View Post
          9) Thriller!
          You know the drill: The moon is up, the dead are rising all over town, and menacing the people you'd usually feed on yourself. Can you stop the zombie menace AND save your perfectly planned date night?
          Dancing is not optional, but mandatory. Hmm. New Nightmare "So You Think You Can Dance?" that disrupts movement, reduces defense, etc.?

          Oh, and welcome to the forums!


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          • #6
            10) The Corrupting Touch

            Something strange is happening to the local area's Begotten, or more precisely, to the targets of their feeding. Some people who are fed on by Beasts are changing, their bodies warping to reflect the Horror of the Beast that fed on them. A Namtaru whose Horror manifests as a massive horned rat might cause their greasy black or brown body hair to grow over their victim's bodies, faces becoming elongated and muscles twitchy. An Anakim whose Horror takes the form of a shambling mass of blood-soaked metal shards finds that his last meal has gone into hiding as weird metallic growths manifest under the skin.

            Making a bad situation worse, those who are warped by a Beast's Horror gain the ability to sense the presence of the Begotten, with a particularly strong connection to the monster with whom their condition originates. Beasts in your city are now gaining collections of weird hangers-on. Obsessed cultists, children trying to please their cruel creator gods, hating and loving the Begotten all at once. What will you do when even your gentle feedings may leave scars?

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            • #7
              Hi, everybody! My first official post! Yay!

              Anyhow, onto business:
              11/)A Covey of Giants: An Anakim 'hecatonchieres' has come to town, and he's gunning to become Apex. He's of the Incarnate Inheritance, which is bad enough, but---he has, as allies, a neonate covey of Acolytes of the Circle of the Crone, who worship him as a masculine aspect of the Earthmother!
              Last edited by Demigod Beast; 08-02-2016, 09:50 PM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Demigod Beast View Post
                Hi, everybody! My first official post! Yay!

                Anyhow, onto business:
                11/)A Covey of Giants: An Anakim 'hecatonchieres' has come to town, and he's gunning to become Apex. He's of the Incarnate Inheritance, which is bad enough, but---he has, as allies, a neonate covey of Acolytes of the Circle of the Crone, who worship him as a masculine aspect of the Earthmother!
                Good to see someone new here! Welcome!


                Is it presumptuous of me to ask for alternating male/female pronouns?

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                • #9
                  12) An ancient and powerful Bahamatuan summons Ravagers worldwide to New York City, which he has promised to utterly destroy in an orgy of madness and violence as a gift to the Begotten. How can the children convince a demigod not to go through with it's promise, and what is it's motivation? Leviathans don't live long enough to become ancient and powerful by destroying cities without a very very good reason.


                  “There are no rules. Only Principles and natural laws.” - Promethius
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                  • #10
                    13) One of your Kindred buddies has Embraced somebody. No big deal, he's getting old and the Prince gave him the thumbs up. The problem is, apparently he was related to another friend, a Werewolf, and has started manifesting trait of the Dead Wolf bloodline. The Pack wants him back, but his Sire's not interested. You have been dragged in to intermediate.


                    Genius: the Transgression 2E is a thing that's being worked on.

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                    • #11
                      14) You know that guy you fed on the other night, the one from that weird cult that's just sprung up? Turns out that he went to the demigod at the heart of the cult and told him what happened. Now he's after you, thinking that you're possessed by a Titanspawn. How are you going to convince him of what you are and to stop coming after you? Can you make a deal with him and his followers, or will you have to deal with a cult full of guys just as fanatical as a Hero with the backing of something that can call down goddamn Miracles? And the worst thing? In his mind, he's doing nothing less than good.


                      Is it presumptuous of me to ask for alternating male/female pronouns?

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                      • #12
                        15) The Way Forward:
                        The Beasts in your brood and local hive are of an observant sort. They watch, they discuss, they listen and only occasionally intervene. To them the Dark Mother left you with a purpose, to shepherd you younger siblings toward a higher goal. That mentality has kept the Beasts in your area closely connected with many of the supernatural communities. But what happens when all of these communities come under attack at once? Kindred are found burnt to a crisp in the light of the moon. The Mage world is in an uproar as Paradox has spiraled suddenly past the point of being controlled. The Werewolves have disappeared into the shadow as mysterious and illusive spirits have begun a protracted war with the local ones. The Changelings are in disarray and panic when all of their senses tell them they've entered a 5th, unidentified season. Only the Beasts are involved enough to see these all as connected phenomenon. How far will they go to save their kin? Will they be received as cousins, as saviors or as the hidden source of the afflictions? What will they do when they discover the source lies far inside the Abyss?

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                        • #13
                          16) A lone Begotten seeking to expand his Kinship crosses paths with one of the Created. A member of the Osiran Lineage, this Promethean calls himself a Mystic, and seeks to understand humanity through the various supernaturals that dwell among them. It didn't take long for the Beast to find common ground with this intrepid cousin and join him on his Pilgrimage. And so, the journey begins.

                          17) An increasing number of Broods are noticing a rapid shift in the Hive. A raging torrent of superheated winds has begun washing over many of its Chambers, and it has even spilled into sections of a few Lairs. This has been happening since the fiery death of the local Apex. And as they happen with greater frequency and severity, the Children ask themselves the same question. Who or what is now affecting the Hive?


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                            18) Some Beasts have started to work more publicly, wearing costumes that reflect their Horrors and fighting crime to feed. That's all fine and dandy, I guess, but now there are a whole bunch of Heroes who've decided to combat them on their level, with massively destructive consequences for human and monstrous bystanders.


                            Genius: the Transgression 2E is a thing that's being worked on.

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                            • #15
                              19. Rumor has that a rather unusual hero has been putting together teams of beasts to terrorize various local business owners. This hero, whose legend is more of a monster tamer than a monster slayer, is supposedly able to entice these beasts into working for him by using his heroic powers to buff the beasts, which wouldn't be so bad, except the beasts in question act like domesticated pets around him. And worse still, his plots seem to be part of one large master plan.


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