Nightmare Fuel / Chronicles Of Darkness
aka: New World Of Darkness

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  • The sourcebook Asylum probes the fear of lobotomies for all it's worth, tying it into a setting where having one's brain destroyed is not the worst thing that can be done in the asylum. It's one of the most unsettling books in the line.
  • Antagonist is a supplement book meant, as its title suggest, to provide a wide array of antagonist for any of the gamelines, each chapter covering a different type:
    • The first chapter focuses on undead enemies, primarily the different type of zombies, including the classic flesh-eating mindless zombies, but also the lesser-known voodoo ones who actually possess some degree of intelligence. It also provides rules to create creatures similar to Frankenstein Monsters (this was before Promethean came out) and "Revenant", being born from corpses being reanimated either by their own ghost or by a spirit. Oh, and you can actually create zombie who won't die if you shoot them in the head.
    • The second chapter focuses on hunters. Since unlike Hunter: The Vigil, this was written with them as antagonists in mind, they are portrayed in a less sympathetic light, describing how some of them are downright psychotic and perfectly willing to stalk and murder the human families of the monsters they hunt.
  • The nWoD games are filled with guys trying to show evil is the only true way. There's implications everywhere, both in powers and fluff, that they are indeed correct. It's like WW is saying "Dude, this is a horror series. Whachu expect?!"
    • Vampire: The Requiem gets Belial's Brood and the Strix.
    • Werewolf: The Forsaken gets the entire amoral spirit world, the idigam, the Bale Hounds, etc.
    • Promethean: The Created has the Centimani, but they are much less of a pure, unified "evil" faction than their counterparts in other game lines — quite a few aren't really evil, just world-weary and hurt, or simply follow unusual philosophies.
    • Hunter: The Vigil is no picnic, either. The Cheiron Group, the Lucifuge, and the Cainite Heresy are of dubious morality, while Ashwood Abbey, the Hunt Club and the Knights of Saint George are considerably more than dubious. Consider that that last one serves the local analogues to the Elder Gods...
    • Oddly enough, Geist: The Sin-Eaters doesn't seem to have this, at first. That's right, the game where you play a person who came back from the dead by making a bargain with some sort of incredibly alien ghost-spirit hybrid is in fact probably the lightest and happiest member of the nWoD gameline.
      • Of course, there's a catch. If you die again and haven't fulfilled your end of the bargain sufficiently (and you aren't dying of natural causes like old age), the Geist brings you back and someone else dies in your place. You get to live through the death of your replacement, and the trauma of being brought back can cause your grip on sanity to slip. Die enough times and the Geist takes over. Sure, you can say you want to be allowed to die next time, but the Geist can always do it anyway. And that's not even taking into account the Kerberoi.
      • The Geist themselves ARE the "guys trying to show evil is the only true way". By all means, they are insane half-death spirit ghosts. And they're ALWAYS hanging around the Sin-Eaters. In fact, your soul is bound to them. And when the Geist actually take over...it's not pretty.
  • Now we have God-Machine Chronicles. Take all the horror of Cthulhu, add in conspiracy thriller, make the cosmic horror in question and make it an utterly amoral machine best described as Passive-Aggressive Skynet God, and then for a final terror sundae, add in the fact that it can Time Travel to its heart's content. Are you sure that your past is your own...?

  • Maybe the scariest thing of all in the World of Darkness isn't the monsters or ghosts or strange happenings that sometimes have no explanation, even by magical means. No, what's possibly scariest of all is that these evils still pale to what still happens in the unknowing mortal world. Wars are still fought, people are still raped, and children still die. The monsters may cause it sometimes, but then there's the times when all it took was one sick person with their own ideas. The human evil, the real, non-mystical human compulsion for hate, is still a more powerful force than any magic in this setting.


Alternative Title(s): New World Of Darkness

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