History NightmareFuel / DungeonsAndDragons

25th Oct '16 10:20:51 AM WanderingBrowser
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* The Unholy Scion is a horrific little example of DemonicPossession. Usually created when a fiend possesses an unborn baby, the result is truly a FetusTerrible; it's aware, sentient and intelligent even in the womb, and has a ''permanent'' CharmPerson effect on its mother. Naturally, being a demon, it likes to make its host-mother do all sorts of terrible things for its own amusement, something a sadistic DungeonMaster can really have some "fun" with. Imagine a beloved pregnant matriarch whose many loved children are disappearing... and then imagine it's because she's ''eating them'' at the behest of her unborn child, simply because it amused it. Worse, the mother is perfectly ''aware'' that what she's doing is wrong, but the unnatural love for her child [[MindRape forced upon her by its powers]] [[AndIMusScream leaves her helpless to obey]].

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* The Unholy Scion is a horrific little example of DemonicPossession. Usually created when a fiend possesses an unborn baby, the result is truly a FetusTerrible; it's aware, aware and sentient and intelligent even in the womb, and has a ''permanent'' CharmPerson effect on its mother. Naturally, being a demon, it likes to make its host-mother do all sorts of terrible things for its own amusement, something a sadistic DungeonMaster can really have some "fun" with. Imagine a beloved pregnant matriarch whose many loved children are disappearing... and then imagine it's because she's ''eating them'' at the behest of her unborn child, simply because it amused it. Worse, the mother is perfectly ''aware'' that what she's doing is wrong, but the unnatural love for her child [[MindRape forced upon her by its powers]] [[AndIMusScream [[AndIMustScream leaves her helpless to obey]].
22nd Oct '16 12:06:08 PM WanderingBrowser
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* A bit of meta horror: crack open any of the older bestiaries and flip to the 'Giants' section. In the middle of describing encounters and such, it will suddenly mention the statistics of their newborns. No context, no reason to be there, but it is. When Gygax said AlwaysChaoticEvil, he knew exactly [[WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide what he was doing]]

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* A bit of meta horror: crack open any of the older bestiaries and flip to the 'Giants' section. In the middle of describing encounters and such, it will suddenly mention the statistics of their newborns. No context, no reason to be there, but it is. When Gygax said AlwaysChaoticEvil, he knew exactly [[WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide what he was doing]]doing]].
* The Unholy Scion is a horrific little example of DemonicPossession. Usually created when a fiend possesses an unborn baby, the result is truly a FetusTerrible; it's aware, sentient and intelligent even in the womb, and has a ''permanent'' CharmPerson effect on its mother. Naturally, being a demon, it likes to make its host-mother do all sorts of terrible things for its own amusement, something a sadistic DungeonMaster can really have some "fun" with. Imagine a beloved pregnant matriarch whose many loved children are disappearing... and then imagine it's because she's ''eating them'' at the behest of her unborn child, simply because it amused it. Worse, the mother is perfectly ''aware'' that what she's doing is wrong, but the unnatural love for her child [[MindRape forced upon her by its powers]] [[AndIMusScream leaves her helpless to obey]].
** And it doesn't get any better when the Scion is born. It just graduates to the position of EnfantTerrible. Now you have the [[SarcasmMode lovely scenario]] of a perfectly normal baby who uses both its permanently-besotted mother and its own array of BlackMagic powers to guard itself until it's physically strong enough to enact its corrupt and sadistic urges.
** Oh, and the icing on the cake? You ''can't'' exorcise an Unholy Scion. Attacking a body with such an underdeveloped soul means the fiend effortlessly absorbs the original spirit. From an outside perspective, there's nothing to exorcise. You can only kill it when it's born... or perhaps, before.
** Oh, and it gets worse! See, whilst ''most'' Unholy Scions are created through deliberate DemonicPossession by fiends, they can also form ''spontaneously''. If a woman happens to conceive through union with a fiend in an area of high Taint, then the result is always an Unholy Scion.
19th Oct '16 1:55:00 AM WanderingBrowser
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** Speaking of Narm, let's linger on Atropus a little. This Elder Evil's moniker is [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "The World Born Dead"]] -- a stillborn godling that takes the form of an entire ''planet'' made out of undead flesh and bone and corrupted elemental matter. Its surface teems with swarming armies of undead, and Atropus is defined first and foremost by its unquenchable hatred for all life, which sees it roaming the universe, causing a ZombieApocalypse on any world it approaches, hoping to annihilate all life and replace it with undeath. Where's the narm, you ask? Simple; Atropus takes the form of a planet with a face. It's a vague, shadowy semblance of a skeletal face, visible from orbit, with a hollow mouth gaping in an eternal scream of hatred.
27th Sep '16 9:25:57 AM TotemicHero
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[[AC: The Night of No Tomorrow]]

[[AC: The Eye Of The Beholder]]

[[AC: The Hall Of Bones]]

[[AC: Valley Of The Unicorns]]

[[AC: In Search Of The Dungeon Master]]

[[AC: Beauty And The Bogbeast]]

[[AC: Prison Without Walls]]

[[AC: Servant Of Evil]]

[[AC:Quest Of The Skeleton Warrior]]

[[AC: The Garden Of Zinn]]

[[AC: The Box]]

[[AC: The Lost Children]]

[[AC: P-R-E-S-T-O Spells Disaster]]

[[AC: The Girl Who Dreamed Tomorrow]]

[[AC: The Treasure Of Tardos]]

[[AC: City At The Edge Of Midnight]]

[[AC: The Traitor]]

[[AC: Day Of The Dungeon Master]]

[[AC: The Last Illusion]]

[[AC: The Dragon's Graveyard]]

[[AC: Child Of The Stargazer]]

[[AC: The Dungeon At The Heart Of Dawn]]

[[AC: The Time Lost]]

[[AC: Odyssey Of The Twelfth Talisman]]

[[AC: Citadel Of Shadow]]

[[AC: Cave Of The Fairie Dragons]]

[[AC: The Winds Of Darkness]]
25th Jul '16 8:16:57 AM brickbat1137
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*So you know that 3.5e spell ''Avascular Mass''? Y'know, the one that [[BodyHorror forces the target's blood vessels out of their body and makes a wall out of them?]] ''[[NauseaFuel A wall that traps people inside?]]'' And the best part is it only takes away ''half'' of the target's Hit points, so it guarantees the target will be alive while it happens.
23rd Jun '16 8:13:56 PM nombretomado
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* The ''[[TabletopGame/D20Modern Urban Arcana]]'' campaign setting [[MageInManhattan combines fantasy and realistic settings]]. It includes familiar monsters from ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', which is fine...and then there's the new ones. Such as the "Urban {{Wendigo}}". A homeless person's bitterness and sense of disconnection from humanity eventually causes them to degenerate into a subhuman, [[TheTimeMachine Morlock]]-like beast that, while still looking essentially human, preys on lost people in the city. And just think: [[ParanoiaFuel ANY homeless person could be one of them]]...

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* The ''[[TabletopGame/D20Modern Urban Arcana]]'' campaign setting [[MageInManhattan combines fantasy and realistic settings]]. It includes familiar monsters from ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', which is fine...and then there's the new ones. Such as the "Urban {{Wendigo}}". A homeless person's bitterness and sense of disconnection from humanity eventually causes them to degenerate into a subhuman, [[TheTimeMachine [[Literature/TheTimeMachine Morlock]]-like beast that, while still looking essentially human, preys on lost people in the city. And just think: [[ParanoiaFuel ANY homeless person could be one of them]]...
1st Jun '16 10:49:59 PM BigKlingy
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* A sourcebook called the "Book of Vile Darkness" is a whole vat of NightmareFuel, supplying the GM with ideas for various heinous acts, spells such as 'MindRape', 'Wall of Eyeballs', or 'Rapture of Rupture', as well as several monsters. One particular horror is an abyssal being who feeds by paralysing its victims and then digging through their bodies with a toothed feeder tendril. Bonus? The creature is naturally telepathic, so while it is munching on the victim's guts, everyone nearby (including the victim) will feel what they taste like.

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* A sourcebook called the "Book of Vile Darkness" is a whole vat of NightmareFuel, NightmareFuel (it has a label declaring "[[ContentWarnings content intended for mature audiences only]]"), supplying the GM with ideas for various heinous acts, spells such as 'MindRape', 'Wall of Eyeballs', or 'Rapture of Rupture', as well as several monsters. One particular horror is an abyssal being who feeds by paralysing its victims and then digging through their bodies with a toothed feeder tendril. Bonus? The creature is naturally telepathic, so while it is munching on the victim's guts, everyone nearby (including the victim) will feel what they taste like.
22nd May '16 1:11:16 PM bweb
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21st May '16 11:23:15 PM bweb
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[[AC: The Night of No Tomorrow]]
[[AC: The Eye Of The Beholder]]
[[AC: The Hall Of Bones]]
[[AC: Valley Of The Unicorns]]
[[AC: In Search Of The Dungeon Master]]
[[AC: Beauty And The Bogbeast]]
[[AC: Prison Without Walls]]
[[AC: Servant Of Evil]]
[[AC:Quest Of The Skeleton Warrior]]
[[AC: The Garden Of Zinn]]
[[AC: The Box]]
[[AC: The Lost Children]]
[[AC: P-R-E-S-T-O Spells Disaster]]
[[AC: The Girl Who Dreamed Tomorrow]]
[[AC: The Treasure Of Tardos]]
[[AC: City At The Edge Of Midnight]]
[[AC: The Traitor]]
[[AC: Day Of The Dungeon Master]]
[[AC: The Last Illusion]]
[[AC: The Dragon's Graveyard]]
[[AC: Child Of The Stargazer]]
[[AC: The Dungeon At The Heart Of Dawn]]
[[AC: The Time Lost]]
[[AC: Odyssey Of The Twelfth Talisman]]
[[AC: Citadel Of Shadow]]
[[AC: Cave Of The Fairie Dragons]]
[[AC: The Winds Of Darkness]]
14th May '16 12:28:13 AM WanderingBrowser
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* The ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' campaign setting is the textbook definition of IronicHell.
** The book in which Dr. Illhousen figures, The Nightmare Lands, is quite a nightmare fuel filled read in itself. Imagine you are a doctor who has made breathtaking advances in medical science related to insanity. Imagine you come across a pattern of similar nightmares in a string of patients. Imagine you realize the patients aren't psychotic, they really are being tormented by nightmarish incomprehensible beings that worm their way into your nightmares. Imagine when those beings notice you noticing them. Imagine theres no escape from them because the Nightmare Lands are a Domain controlled by these beings, who are collectively its Dark Lord, and that the Lands conjoin the Deep Ethereal, where all humans go when they sleep. Welcome to Dr. Illhousen's very sleepless and fun life.
** The ''Wishing Imp'' is a magical statue-slash-JackassGenie that follows you around and twists your wishes. And eats your soul if you don't make any-- or if you do.
** Illithids (see above) are scary enough. One of the ''Darklords'' of the place is an Illithid elder-brain. The stuff that torments it? ''Illithid Vampires''.
** Darkon is a very subtle kind of NightmareFuel. The place eats your memories and replaces them with memories of you having lived your life there your entire life. Which means that anyone there cannot, almost by definition, trust their own memory...
** The Bleak House. Every room in the place is designed to unsettle the characters (and players) from a room made in shadowless monochrome with a permanent echoing spell to torches that give off monstrous shadowy. Every patient, orderly (and the characters) are made to dress in Grey robes, with ugly masks they can't take off, so you can't tell friend from foe, can't even recognize yourself. The kicker? Every night, when the characters are asleep, they're subjected to several different types of "Psychological Experiments" ranging from inducing new Phobias to purposely inducing Split Personalities and two words: ''Psychic Amputation''. Not to mention the Warden has a nasty habit of letting you ''think'' you're getting away with a clever escape plan, before he swoops in at the very last second, and did I mention the Orderlies are dressed exactly like the patients and they're a type of vampire that drinks cerebral fluid.
** One adventure features a trapped coffin that if some unfortunate victim gets stuck in it, but manages to escape before ten rounds, that they start acting and suffering the effects of vampirism for the next several days (but not actually turning into one). Which leads to the idea that the poor victim might end up 'being staked for the better of sapient-being-kind' before his friends realize the ruse. Or worse, imagine being the Paladin or Cleric (or a Ranger with special enemy Undead) - imagine their horror.
** In the greater D&D cosmology, gods restrict themselves to their own domains, e.g. the gods of Toril have no influence on Krynn. Ergo, clerics from the Forgotten Realms have to find a new god if they end up in Dragonlance (which, philosophically, is a lot harder on a person than erasing "Mystara" and writing "Majere" in its place on your character sheet). That is not true for ''Ravenloft;'' while no true gods have power in ''Ravenloft'' (late 2E Vecna notwithstanding), which has its own pantheon of ill-defined deities, outsider clerics still have power. ''Something'' is answering those clerics' prayers. It's heavily implied to be the Dark Powers, though WHY is anyone's guess.



* Swords and Sorcery: The ScarredLands -- The titans, humanoid eldritch abominations who once ruled over the land of Scarn with an iron fist. Despite being part of the very being of the world itself, the titans are amoral and cruel gods who will summon storms or create hideous monsters whenever they get bored. For example, Gaurak the Glutton is an obese titan who once ate all life on the once verdant moon. Their children, the gods, who ended up overthrowing them (with a few exceptions) aren't much better. Belsameth, one of the gods who controls the underworld, once got angry at a band of thieves who killed a man held for ransom, dumped him in a river, and prayed to the chaos-god Enkili instead of her to get rid of the corpse. Belsameth then bought the corpse to life, which then proceeded to murder the thieves and (even to her surprise) kill his own family for not paying up the ransom that could have saved him.
** Despite defeating the titans, the gods could never truly kill them. Instead they hacked and sawed the titans into pieces and displaced them so they would never reunite. For example, the Titan Gormoth was split from skull to crotch by the gods Vangal and Chardun and each half placed on opposite sides of a great chasm. As a result, the flailing halves forever struggle to reunite.
** As horrible as the Titans and most of the gods are, their created races and minions also deserve a mention in the high-octane nightmare fuel category, courtesy of Swords and Sorcery: Creature Collection:
*** Sword Golem - A golem made of shattered and broken swords.
*** Blood Horror Demon - Chosen priests who displeased the war god, Vangal, and were visited by a horrible disease that bled them until their corpses were husks. When their souls are greeted in the Abyss, things only get worse, as their souls are crafted into Blood Horrors, amorphous blobs of blood with giant maws. When the Blood Horror strikes, it prefers to leave its victims suffering from stigma wounds that, like the blood horror's death wounds in its former life, cannot be stanched.
*** Blade Demon - A creation of the dark god, Vangal. Among his most vicious, the blade demon appears as a twisted humanoid with scythes for hands and bladed wings wrapped with human skin. Black iron visors cover their faces, glowing with the heat of fleshly forged metal, which perpetually sears itself into the flesh of the demon.
*** Dark Womb - Disgusting, hideous creatures that appear as obese hags from the waist up with a huge, translucent, bulbous sac of a termite queen for an abdomen. Cursed by Mormo, the patron of all witches and hags, for trying to create life, the Dark Womb uses any tissue from a living creature to create clone children that serve her to their deaths.
*** Blood Maidens - Once benevolent aquatic beings that become tainted by the spilled blood of the Titan, Kadum. Blood Maidens look like beautiful women with long black hair and pale skin. When seeing their faces, the creature's monstrous nature becomes clear. Instead of a normal face, the blood maiden has only a giant circular, eyeless maw, like a lamprey.
*** Garabrud, the Obsidian Hound - A thing of dread across the Scarred Lands. Nigh-invulnerable, guardian mastiffs that serve the ravenous Titan, Gaurok, the Obsidian Hound will flawlessly track any designated prey, no matter how far or hidden it is. The hound will continue to close on its prey, never resting and scarcely deviating from the most direct path. For those victims fortunate enough to be far away from the Garabrud when it begins its pursuit, the hound's coming is presaged in the victim's nightmares. When a wizard tried to take refuge in a citadel to escape the hound, the intensity of the nightmares drew him to commit suicide over the year the hound spent burrowing at the bedrock of the citadel to reach him.
*** Hornsaw Unicorn - Imagine a unicorn. Now imagine a unicorn with a taste for flesh, pointy teeth, and a serrated horn like a rusted knife.
*** Skin Devils - Terrifying creatures that in their natural state appear as human beings whose skin has been expertly removed, revealing glistening muscle and pulsing veins from head to toe. Its constant agony means it must cover its form in another's stolen skin.
*** Flesh Strippers - Horrid packs of rodents that strip the flesh from grazing animals. The animals, anesthetized by the flesh strippers' poison, continue to graze or sleep until the beasts consume some vital organ and kill their prey.
** It really says something about a setting when the city ruled by (admittedly largely non-evil) ''necromancers'' is one of the better places to live. Oh sure, there's Nightmare Fuel aplenty in Hollowfaust, but if you're a resident the skeleton street cleaners and whatnot are on your side.
** The fact that up until 200 years ago the campaign setting was ruled by completely unkillable monsters who would torture or kill people by the thousands because they were bored. Hrinruuk is especially frightening (and evil). Imagine a seemingly nice guy walks into your town, gets friendly with the locals, and then demands the lord's daughter (or something else he wants) or he'll wipe out the entire city. And maybe he'll do it anyway, just for kicks, and sic a bunch of monsters on whoever survives to see how deadly they are. Then he'll kill the monsters. The worst part? He is considered the most likely to have created humans.
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