Voyeur, peeping tom, pervert. The usage of the term Cauchemar is just as derogatory. A Cauchemar is a person, generally a male who uses love potions, or charisma enhancing magics/spells to seduce women to his own ends.
The Cauchemar is a taker, and generally is bound up in his ability to have any woman he desires. The most famous have been the villians of epics, where they attempt to seduce a noblewoman but are thwarted by the noble knight/hero. Go to Comment
Political ties have been formed, alliances forged and all that has to happen is for the young ones to marry to seal the deal. Unfortunately one or both are unwilling, having found love elsewhere (with an adventurer perhaps?) and extraordinary measures must be taken. Just before the marriage a servant enters their private room carrying decanters of wine (love potions) for both.
Twist #1: The vain female (or male or both) looks in the mirror as she sips the wine.
Twist #2: The servant sips from one cup before entering the room (for hilarious sequences)
Twist #3: The female/male sips from the cup and looks at the servant before he exits Go to Comment
"And what's over there?"
"Oh, that's where the Death Giant is."
You could easily make a "Death Giant" Neighbourhood, which guards this powerful creature. Guards, and an assigned priest and/or wizard which take care of the wards, and the occassional fool that tries his luck. Go to Comment
"a zombie filled with the pain of rot and water damage"
I just love the idea of a neighborhood with a giant, drippy zombie roaming through it. I'm sure desperate people still try to pass through it, even if its walled off. It'd also be a good place for brief, clandestine meetings.
I'm curious why the city hasn't just brought in a magical SWAT team, though. Good real estate is worth a lot. Go to Comment
It reminds me a lot of "The Colour Out of Space" by Lovecraft. But I think part of what makes it good is that it's not the same thing. Kudos to you. But of course, though the infestation has been exterminated, the underlying cause might not have been dealt with. There are still jars of the substance from the rock, and the land and water might still be poisoned. Also, is this affliction passed in the bites of those suffering from it? Go to Comment