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YMMV: Anchorhead
  • Complete Monster: Croseus Verlac is the patriarch of the Verlac family and a man who discovered a dark route to immortality. Long before the story of Anchorhead began, Croseus's physical flesh became dust...but his spirit survives by taking over the bodies of his male descendants and impregnating the female descendants to create new bodies for him to steal later. The power Croseus has over his descendants is represented in the chilling Arc Words: He always returns to his blood. Not content with this, Croseus runs a legacy of dark magic and murder, routinely sacrificing children for power to the point where the well behind the village slaughterhouse is full of the bones of missing children. In the present, Croseus takes control of and possesses the nameless heroine's husband, before setting his plan into motion: to open the gates to the Eldritch Abomination beings he worships and allow them to devour all that lives.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Well, duh. On top of it being inspired by the Cthulhu Mythos, here's a few examples.
    • William. Try examining him sometime.
    • The church book, when read in its entirety, causes you to rip your eyes out.
    • Everything about Croseus Verlac.
    • The paintings in the gallery.
    • The Verlac crypt. The altar room beneath the town obelisk. The well behind the slaughterhouse full of the bones of missing children.
  • Squick: Quite a bit of it.
  • Tearjerker: At one point you stumble across William's drawing. It shows a perfectly normal-looking human woman and something that looks like "an octopus on human legs". Next to the woman is scribbled "MOMY", next to the "octopus" - "WILAM (ME)".
    • That's not even the whole of it. Late in the game, you encounter him near Whateley Bridge and, if you've gone into your attic, can show him the gold locket with a picture of his mother, which he is transfixed by to the point of tears. And then you kill him with a meat hook to the eye (remember he has the face of a child) and his body falls over the bridge and into the Miskaton River.
  • The Woobie: Let's put it this way - anyone in the game who's even slightly sympathetic goes through hell.
    • Poor, poor Claudia Benson. And Dr. Rebis aka the bum. And Edward Verlac. And his wife Julia. And their daughters Sonia and Gertrude. And Anna. And her son William ( who's also Edward's older brother).

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