#RPG – A Month of Monsters – The Flesh Flayer

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This piece depicts a squid-faced monstrosity.

The flesh flayers have devoted themselves to the study and perfection of the body, rather than the mind. They train themselves in martial skills, hone their bodies, experiment with flesh golems and other monstrosities and strip the flesh from their enemies to add it to their own. Some flesh slayers have constructed huge bodies for themselves from the musculature they have rent from their slaves and victims. This requires constant upkeep however, and few slave plantations can provide enough raw material for them to maintain such powerful bodies for long.

Flesh flayers are as enchanted with the pleasures of flesh and blood as their distant cousins are with matters of the mind. Sybaritic creatures of excess, luxury and pleasure-seeking their bad intentions can be bought off with unique physical experiences or pleasures – but there is precious little they haven’t indulged in. Their moods are easy to read, thanks to the bioluminescent chromatophores that cover their body, and strobe in agitation – or arousal.

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#RPG – A Month of Monsters – Psipunk Vampire Hunter

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This piece depicts a psychic investigator, a foe or ally perhaps.

Emily Garcia thought she was ‘woke af’ and was an online activist through her teens, running endless petitions and spawning numerous hashtags – some of which even took hold. At the height of her online fame she appeared on an internet call-in show on Al Jazeera to discuss sexual harassment on social media. All of this culminated in her joining up with Antifa group but, on her first outing she ended up getting cracked across the skull with a baton and ending up in hospital.

The head injury changed something in her, and after she came out of her coma she wasn’t only ‘woke af’, she was an awakened psychic. These new powers revealed a hidden world to her of ghosts, vampires, magick and conspiracy. Explaining this to her activist friends didn’t go well, and they soon evaporated from her life. As for her online spaces, on Tumblr claiming a conspiracy of Vampires was running the world or that you have psychic powers was positively mundane.

Now she has to juggle college, loneliness and a driving desire to fight back against the hidden world, even without allies.

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#RPG – A Month of Monsters – The Cichuagin

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This piece depicts a strange frog, or fish-like beast. Perhaps some distant relation of Dagon?

The cichuagin are a distant offshoot of the sahuagin, cut off by some great change in the land long ago. The cichuagin were trapped in an inland see which, over time, turned fresh rather than salt and as the land settled into a new pattern of lakes and rivers, the cichuagin spread – no longer able to tolerate the salt waters of their ancestral seas.

The cichuagin are less belligerent and more adaptive than their saltwater cousins, better adapted to an opportunistic and omnivorous diet than their purely predatory kin. Still, for those who live close to the rivers and lakes they call home, they are still a source of fear and depredation, as they consider themselves superior to anything above the waters and lurk in their mud-and-stone villages in the dank, plotting.

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#RPG – A Month of Monsters – The Halbtior

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This piece depicts a bestial face, perhaps that of a werewolf or similar.

The halbtior is a kind of werebeast that is in a permanent state of flux, the curse gone wrong. Unable to assume any one of their forms fully, their flesh moves, their bones crack and their muscles, skin and fur flow over their body in an ever-shifting motion. Even at rest, arms or legs swell, new teeth burst forth or shrink back and – unsurprisingly – the creature is in a state of constant pain and only gets relief from inflicting or taking harm. Unable to hide, they rarely last long. Perhaps 1/100 lycanthropic curses produce a halbtior, rather than the more normal legacy of their kind.

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#RPG – A Month of Monsters – ‘Hellen’ the Vampire

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This piece depicts a comely female vampire, mid feast.

She calls herself whatever it is she thinks you want her to be called. She seduces mortals with sex, vampires with blood, and she is mostly human herself. ‘Weak blood’ they call her, but she sees it as a strength – the best of both worlds, and as she – chameleon-like – changes her appearance, personality and story she flits from city to city, place to place, Elysium to Elysium slaughtering those who oppose the great Anarch rising while they sleep. In life she was a junkie and a user of men – and women. The blood purged her of her need for drugs, but she still gets a rush from blood and from fooling people.

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#RPG – A Month of Monsters – William Thomas the Nosferatu Tailor

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This piece depicts a well-dressed, but hideous vampire.

William Thomas was born in the winter of 1897, his mother a seamstress, his father a tailor. A prideful boy with his parent’s artistic flair he often had to prove himself in rough and tumble with the other local boys. In 1914, barely more than a boy, and still feeling the sting of childhood taunts he went to war in the trenches of WWI to serve his country and prove his manhood.

William (never Bill) seemed to lead a charmed life, unscathed while so many people died around him. He brightened up the trenches with paintings and drawings, and darned socks and fixed uniforms for his fellow soldiers, making him much loved (if often made fun of) That luck finally came to an end at Ypres in 1917 when he has engulfed almost directly in concentrated mustard gas.

William’s blisters covered most of his body and became horribly infected. He was bed-bound for years but never lost his upbeat attitude or appreciation of beauty, painstakingly painting and sewing over months with trembling, blistered, raw fingers.

After years of this, he was tracked down by an officer, Captain Jonathan Carstairs, he had served with, now a vampire, seeking to retain his links with his humanity. Finding William in such a state he took pity on him, reasoning that – already disfigured and yet well-adjusted – he would adapt well to his transformation. Carstairs was not wrong.

Even disfigured, William was – now fit – able to return to his family, using the half-truth of his flayed skin as an excuse to live a nocturnal life, out of the sun. He inherited his father’s tailor’s shop and employed his brother (and later his nephew and grand-nephew) to run the store by day, while he ran his own unique service by night.

William has mastered his art in the intervening years and his family are in on his secret. He holds himself apart from the politics of other vampires and the Thomas Tailor store is granted a unique status as neutral ground and a permanent elysium, a safe place for vampires – of any sect – to engage William’s skills, in exchange for blood.

William has innovated with threads and coating that resist blood, that resist bullets (while retaining a fashionable and tailored line) and he has even begun to experiment with more supernatural materials, worthy of his skill.

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#RPG – A Month of Monsters – The Desert Troll

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This piece depicts a troll, bursting from the earth, perhaps in a fantasy Western setting.

The desert troll is a seasonal creature, living far from the traditionally trollish homes of swamps and marshes, and adapted for that environment. The desert troll emerges and feasts when the rains come to the desert, storing moisture and fat in its capacious belly and wart-like growths, as well as the thick mucous that covers their flesh. As the rains come to an end they find a patch of earth and bury themselves in a crust of mucous to await the next rainy season. On occasion, alerted by the patter of hooves or the rumbling of wagon wheels, they will opportunistically burst forth from their hibernation in a feeding frenzy, to supplement their stores until the rain comes again.

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