#RPG – A Month of Monsters – Princess Nektirini

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This piece depicts a woman with draconic features.

The Kingdom of Sieni was at war with the Dragons of Terka-Zamok ever since its founding, the kingdom founded from the hoard of an ancient dragon, slain by the first King.

After many years of conflict, many burned villages and many slain dragons, the great green Dragon Koldunkoro – at bay in the 13th Dragon Kingdom, feigned surrender and, using powerful magic, took the form of a woman and seduced Queen Persika’s consort. Once this half-human offspring hatched, Koldunkoro took human form again and brought the baby princess back to the Kingdom of Sieni, causing a rapid scramble to cover up what was thought to be a sex scandal and to adopt the child and bring them into the fold.

Now the princess has come of age, her draconic traits are starting to come out. Her treacherous draconic personality with it, along with jealousy and greed. Queen Persika has had her imprisoned in a tower of her castle, but she still plots and schemes to get herself extricated and to take over the kingdom, just as Koldunkoro planned, all those years ago.

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#RPG – A Month of Monsters – The Samudree-Naga

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This piece depicts an aquatic naga.

The samudree-naga are the guardians of the seas, their ruins and their stocks of ancient magical items and lore. Where other naga guard tombs, temples and treasure-stores in the jungles, the samudree-naga lurk in the tropical seas, the depths of the swamps and the flooded, lower levels of the water temples. More spiritual and contemplative than many other naga, they also retain more of a ‘humanoid’ appearance – as regards their face.

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#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 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 – Ogroids

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This piece depicts a face-off between an ogre and a mage, and if that’s gotten to close combat, then something has gone horribly wrong…

Ogrillions are the unstable, half-ogre offspring of ogres and other humanoid or goblinoid races. Ogrillions are almost always mules, infertile dead ends to a bloodline most often born of abuse and violence. Sometimes though, just sometimes, a half-ogre is born who is not infertile and who is something more than just a freak of nature. Through these rare exceptions, ogre blood can enter familial lines and sometimes comes to the fore, creating a throwback in which the ogrish blood expresses itself in temperament, bulk, strength and tenacity.

Two fates await such throwbacks, either being discarded and spurned by their communities as their ogre blood wins out, or winning over their communities with the good humour and adaptability of their more human side.

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#RPG – A Month of Monsters – The Baron

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This piece depicts an unearthly gentleman with an unsettling, tombstone, grin.

The Baron is a legend and a contradiction, a dead man who loves life. A wight that heals. A fleshly being who acts more like a spirit. His booming laugh and enormous carnal appetites – for pleasure, drink, food and smoking herbs – are as legendary as he is. He follows his own whims but repays debts. He is neither hero nor villain, he simply does what amuses him and keeps to deals he has struck, with a blunt manner and a literally interpretive frame of mind. Villain or ally? That really depends whether you amuse him or not and whether you bought him a drink.

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