Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Fiend Patrons in Krevborna

Mastery of the arcane can be gleaned through the study of heavy tomes laden with occult secrets, but some who seek power instead choose to become conduits for the power of entities that are beyond human understanding. The following four fiends are particularly active in recruiting mortals to their service.


Calysti

Calysti is an archdevil that glorifies perversion and uses seduction as her preferred weapon to corrupt humanity. She is a sadomasochist who views pain and degradation as the highest forms of beauty and art. Everything that should illicit disgust instead excites and titillates her. She even finds the thought of her own downfall and destruction to be arousing. Her favorite pleasure, however, is breaking the will of the pious.

Appearance. A beautiful woman clad in finery and an ornate choker; the archetypal winged succubus. 

Common Symbol. A heart engulfed in flames or a braided whip.


Damophet

Damophet is baseness incarnate. He is a demon lord of many lusts; both an indiscriminate, bestial sexuality and a monstrous lust for blood define his nature. Damophet’s goal is to refashion humanity in his own image, rendering mankind nothing more than a slavering mass of desires that are never truly quenched. Damophet is plagued by dissatisfaction—he is a creature of ruinous want that cannot be satiated. 

Appearance. A hulking beast covered with shaggy fur with a ram-like head.

Common Symbol. A ram skull.


Gyraphon

Gyraphon is an archdevil associated with war, conquering, and militaristic violence. He cares only for victory and is willing to sacrifice even his most devoted followers on the battlefield to ensure his triumph. In his eyes, everyone and everything is a tool to enable his glory. Gyraphon is also the most philosophical of the archdevils. He is emotionless, and his plans are long-ranging stratagems spanning centuries.

Appearance. A breathtaking androgynous soldier armored in shining steel who bears an elegant saber.

Common Symbol. A peryton in flight.


Khelana

Khelana, also known as the Demon Womb or the Demon Queen of Fecundity, believes in a curious utopia; she dreams of a world populated by a ceaseless sea of demonic monstrosities that continuously fight and copulate among themselves for eternity. Khelana is a dangerous trickster; she rejoices in spreading disorder and luring mortals to their doom. Some occult scholars also regard her as the source of all arcane magic.

Appearance. Her lithe human torso is perched atop the body of a massive, bloated arachnid. She wields a flaming sword.

Common Symbol. A spider covered in eyes.



Monday, October 19, 2020

Japanese Horror

Three interesting Youtube videos about Japanese horror.

What Happened to Japanese Horror?
- Screened

The Grudge & Ringu: What Makes Japanese Horror Creepy?
- Bluelavasix

A short history of Japanese Horror
- One Hundred Years of Cinema

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Strahd versus Dracula

Did you know that it is a canonical possibility that Strahd could face off against Dracula?

Let me explain.

It is generally well known that the Ravenloft setting pulls people from other realms into the Land of the Mists. The setting has characters from other settings such as Krynn, Faerun, Athas, and Oerth. The mists of Ravenloft can also abscond with characters from Gothic Earth--a setting that where all the elements of the Victorian Gothic are real rather than fictional. In fact, Ravenloft has a domain--Odiare--that was stolen from Gothic Earth's Italy.

And that's where Dracula comes in.

Dracula is one of the great evils of the Gothic Earth setting. If the mists can incorporate Odiare into its patchwork of horrors, there's no reason why it could not also pull Dracula from Gothic Earth's Transylvania and insert him in Ravenloft as the dark lord of a new domain. Of course, if that were to happen, it's only a matter of time until Dracula and Strahd square off to determine who is the true lord of the undead. What a horrible war for player characters to find themselves in the middle of...

Monday, October 12, 2020

A History of Horror

A History of Horror

This is a three-part documentary on the horror film genre made by the BBC and Mark Gatiss.

Frankenstein Goes to Hollywood

Home Counties Horror

The American Scream

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Monsters in Krevborna

A few scattered notes on the various monstrosities that populate Krevborna.

The Bifurcated Natures of Fiends
For most Krevbornites, the words “demon” and “devil” are interchangeable, but these beings represent distinct forms of supernatural evil. The angels who rebelled against the gods were metaphysically cleaved in twain by their holy brethren; the spirits of the fallen angels became devils and their bodies became demons. As such, devils and demons crave wholeness but are doomed to opposition against each other—thus does evil forever war against itself. True to their natures, devils tempt mortals to commit spiritual transgressions, while demons tempt mortals to commit bodily sins.

The Conditional Immortality of the Fey
The moors and forests surrounding Creedhall are particularly riddled with gates to Tiran Lyra; these areas are generally avoided by humanity, as they are the sporting grounds of the fey. Krevbornites tend to divide fey into malicious and helpful, but few understand that the fey prey upon mankind in order to maintain their unnaturally prolonged lives. The fey are functionally immortal as long as they take human lives to magically perpetuate their own. When a fey creature kills a human, the fey’s life is extended by the remaining time that the mortal victim had left in their natural lifespan. This is why fey abduct human babies—a young child is likely to have more unspent years ahead of them than an elderly person and therefore makes an ideal sacrifice to their continued longevity.

The Taltos
Though lycanthropes are greatly feared throughout Krevborna, ancient folktales tell of a group of pious werewolves known as the Taltos who can control their transformations. The Taltos are believed to use their bestial might to combat evil in the names of the gods. The oldest of the legends surrounding the Taltos state that one of their number will be instrumental in defeating the Mater Monstrum.

Dreams From the Sea
Primordial creatures lurk in the sea off the coast of Piskaro. Some occultists believe that these beings are ancient creatures that have survived in the depths since time began, but others argue that these elder gods are the earthly avatars of ancient gods who find the dark oceanic abyss favorable to their arcane natures. Their influence is strongly felt in Piskaro; sleep in the city is often troubled by strange, hallucinatory dreams.