History TableTopGame / Nightbane

4th Jul '13 1:32:42 PM Necromaster
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* NamesTheSame: The Baal use the names of famous devils (such as Lilith) but they are not those beings (who exist in other parts of The Magaverse.)

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* NamesTheSame: The Baal use the names of famous devils (such as Lilith) but they are not those beings (who exist in other parts of The Magaverse.Megaverse.)
5th Mar '13 4:06:03 AM Xtifr
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* ShoutOut: To Creator/WilliamHopeHodgson's work Main/TheNightLand.

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* ShoutOut: To Creator/WilliamHopeHodgson's work Main/TheNightLand.''Literature/TheNightLand''.
13th Jan '13 10:13:17 AM Leliel
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* DarkIsNotEvil: Many Nightbane powers are shadow-based.

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* CursedWithAwesome: Nightbanes may have some FreakinessShame inducing powers...except they are in complete control of them, and may do with them as they will.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Many Nightbane powers are shadow-based.shadow-based, and they belong to people who have the same rate of good and bad as everyone else.
18th Oct '12 8:35:49 AM justanid
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* ShoutOut: To Creator/WilliamHopeHodgson's work Main/TheNightLand.
10th Jul '12 7:36:13 AM Sijo
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The setting is this: On March 6, 2000, the entire planet was shrouded in unnatural darkness. This was due to The Nightlords, a secret cabal of supernatural beings from another dimension, and their shapeshifting minions, who then quietly seized control of the world's governments and corporate powers. It was also during this darkness that thousands of people learned that they had become inhuman monsters. These shapechanging beings are called the Nightbane, for it was at night that they become monsters. It is now up to the Nightbane to save the Earth from the Nightlords with the rest of humanity unaware of the secret war.

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The setting is this: On March 6, 2000, the entire planet was shrouded in unnatural darkness. This was due to The Nightlords, a secret cabal of supernatural beings from another dimension, and their shapeshifting minions, who then quietly seized control of the world's governments and corporate powers. It was also during this darkness that thousands of people learned that they had become inhuman monsters. These shapechanging beings are called the Nightbane, for it was at night that they become monsters. It is now up to the Nightbane to save the Earth from the Nightlords with the rest of humanity unaware of the their secret war.



There are several factions that the players can encounter, or even join: ''The Resistance'', made of up Nightbane who oppose the Nightlords; ''The Underground Railroad'', who just wants Nightbane to keep hiding from humanity; ''The Warlords'', Nightbane who used their powers to take over gangs and organized crime; ''The Nocturne'', an alliance of supernatural beings (including vampires, whom most Nightbane do not trust); ''The Seekers'', a group (mainly of humans) who investigate magic and the supernatural; ''The Spook Squad'', an organization made up of (former) government agents who survived the Nightlord takeover and are trying to retake control (but are underpowered and barely understand what's going on); and The Lightbringers, all-around do-gooders led by The Guardians.



* CrapsackWorld: Evil rules the world, most people just don't realize it.



* DevilButNoGod: Subverted, with the Baal (the Nightlords) being the 'devil' and [[ThePowersThatBe a mysterious being]] creating The Guardians as their counterpart.

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* DevilButNoGod: Subverted, despite appearances, with the Baal (the Nightlords) being the 'devil' 'devils' and [[ThePowersThatBe a mysterious being]] creating The Guardians as their counterpart.counterparts.



* HordeOfAlienLocusts: The Shadow Mantis
* LightIsNotGood: Subverted, the Guardians, who are always good, have light-based powers.

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* FantasticRacism: Plenty among the various races.
*GovernmentConspiracy: Twice. First, there was the "War Room", a secret faction that carried out "black ops" without the public's knowledge; now that the government has been taken over by "aliens" this group became the Spook Squad.
* HordeOfAlienLocusts: The Shadow Mantis
Mantis monsters.
* LightIsNotGood: Subverted, IdentityAmnesia: The Guardians *might* be dying humans revived to serve the light. They don't remember.
* LightIsGood: The
Guardians, who are always good, have light-based powers.


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* MetaOrigin: Dark Day, sort of. (While many Nightbane already existed on Earth, it 'awoke' many more.) Also, magic has become stronger since then.


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* NamesTheSame: The Baal use the names of famous devils (such as Lilith) but they are not those beings (who exist in other parts of The Magaverse.)


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* PsychicPowers: Nightbane cannot have them, but humans, guardians and vampires do.


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* TheUnreveal: Many facts are left ambiguous, such as: Are the Nightbane originally from the Nightlands? were the Nightlords once human? what exactly are the Guardians?
* UrbanFantasy
8th Jul '12 7:19:09 PM Sijo
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[[caption-width-right:197:Beauty and The Beast!]]
8th Jul '12 7:14:12 PM Sijo
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* RecurringTheme: Darkness, both literal and metaphorical.

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* RecurringTheme: RecurringElement: Darkness, both literal and metaphorical.
8th Jul '12 7:11:58 PM Sijo
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* PsychicVampirism: The Nightlords

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* PsychicVampirism: The NightlordsOurVampiresAreDifferent: There's the classical kind, and the Wampyrs (free-willed vampires).
**The Nightlords are psychic vampires.
8th Jul '12 7:07:28 PM Sijo
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''Nightbane'' is a DarkFantasy TabletopRolePlayingGame and setting created by C. J. Carella and published in 1995 by PalladiumBooks. Originally published under the title "Nightspawn", the game's name was changed after legal threats from the lawyers of ToddMcFarlane, creator of the {{Spawn}} comic book.

The setting is this: On March 6, 2000, the entire planet was shrouded in unnatural darkness. This was due to The Nightlords, a secret cabal of supernatural beings from another dimension, and their shapeshifting minions, who then quietly seized control of the world's governments and corporate powers. It was also during this darkness that thousands of people learned that they had become inhuman monsters. These shapechanging beings are called the Nightbane, for it was at night that they become monsters. It is now up to the Nightbane to save the Earth from the Nightlords with the rest of humanity unaware of the secret war.

The game uses Palladium's "Megaversal" system, which is also used by the multi-genre game {{Rifts}} and the horror game BeyondTheSupernatural, among others. Players don't have to be just Nightbane, however, they can also be human, vampires and even mysterious angelic beings known as The Guardians.

!Tropes in Nightbane:
*AlwaysChaoticEvil: The Nightlords and most of their minions. Also most vampires.
*ChangelingFantasy: Of sorts, if a pretty dark take.
*DarkIsNotEvil: Many Nightbane powers are shadow-based.
*DarkWorld: The Nightlands, where the Nightlords come from (and possibly the Nightbane's original homeworld.)
*DevilButNoGod: Subverted, with the Baal (the Nightlords) being the 'devil' and [[ThePowersThatBe a mysterious being]] creating The Guardians as their counterpart.
*DimensionLord: The Nightlords
*HordeOfAlienLocusts: The Shadow Mantis
*LightIsNotGood: Subverted, the Guardians, who are always good, have light-based powers.
*TheMasquerade: The Nightbane existed for thousand of years on Earth, hiding from humans. Most of the current ones had ''no idea'' they weren't even human!
*{{Muggles}}: Most humans.
*PsychicVampirism: The Nightlords
*RecurringTheme: Darkness, both literal and metaphorical.
*RideTheLightning: One of the obtainable Nightbane Talents allows this.
*SuperpoweredEvilSide: Subverted; while most Nightbane's true form (the "Morphus") is often hideous, they usually retain control of themselves, and it provides most of their powers.
*TheVerse: The Nightbane's Earth is part of the larger Palladium Megaverse.
*VoluntaryShapeshifting: Many examples: The Nightbane, The Vampires, The Nightlords etc.

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