At first it almost seems to unrealistic and over powered. The ability to create zombies at will by piecing them together like a child's play toy.
That being said. I gruesomely love it. On first reading I said a loud this needed to be under the undead freetext and lo and behold it is. And a Cult quest at that. I'm failing at my own mastery of my Cult of the Dead.
Aside from my minor gripe, I would tend to use it as the corpses would pull free from its body when enough parts amassed together in a single spot spilling forth undead to protect it solely for no other purpose.
A great and creepy monster indeed. I personally wouldn't make it as impossible to destroy as it sounds as an end boss but still creepy and memorable when one brings one of these out.
The Corpsemaker's "cry" adds a nice shiver and the worm is suitably gruesome for my tastes. I couldn't help but to also think of the vile and disturbing movie, "Centipede" as I read the creature's description.
Okay, this is not my type of thing normally but I finished reading this piece as a result of doing proof-reading for the Strolenati ebook of horror. So I might as well come and seek this out. All I want to say about it is that at one point it really gave me the chills so good work. Go to Comment
Awesome. An amalgam of its victims and old weapons. A bile that allows it to create a horde, and heal it.
The one question that I do have is how intelligent the thing is. Is this thing human smart? Smarter than us? Stupider than us? If I were to guess, I'd say its around our intelligence. After all, it's using stealth, and able to reason out the benefits of tearing its body apart and adding bile. Go to Comment
Is there anything that limits how many times this can be used in a set amount of time, it wouldnt take much for a single rogue to turn a town into a raging cauldron of paranoia as the newest zombie plague starts spreading, or turn a small village into the Village of the Rotting Dead Go to Comment
Very dark. The only problem I see is that she would infect herself while trying to stab the fetus.
As for the village of the rotting dead,yes - the potential for abuse helps make this a dangerous item and why a major plot could be wrapped around it. It could be used as a subject in a fantasy thriller. Go to Comment
I think the best part of this sub is the disturbing little story at the beginning. I'm taking notes--this is where evil artifacts come from. The simplicity is nice, too. It's what you get when you cross needle + undead. I can imagine a bad guy wielding one of these, poking people that annoy him, and leaving a trail of demi-zombies in his wake. Or a bunch of animals in the forest. Could you use it to make an army of zombies by sewing bags over the heads of some villagers?
I've tried, but I still can't imagine sewing anything on to a wall. Go to Comment
Scable is not meant to be a creature of particular physical strength, although he would be a tad stronger than humans. He is meant more to add a psycological element into a scenario. It would take more effort to kill him than it would a normal human, but by no means is he meant to be an invincible monster - his best defence is going undected by the general populace.
As for holy places and clerical powers and such - I hadn't actually considered it. But I would say that Scable's human side would provide him with a high resistance to typical holy powers and sanctuaries, however he may naturally avoid those places because the undead part of him would make him feel wrong for being there. I'd like to think priests,necromancers and such would still not be able to notice Scable - or perhaps only detect a faint sense of wrongness around - because Scable's existence is still as an enigma to the holy or unholy, and their brains would still reject the idea of it.
He would have to eat perhaps every several months to keep his living flesh regenerating, lest he will rot away. It's not in Scable's nature to go caveman on a bloke and start eating, even though his being undetected would aid him in that - his instinct is to make the situation as safe for him as possible - so to break the mind of his prey so they don't fight back, plus isolate themselves would be ideal for him.
Although I wouldn't say that he is beyond Flights of fury that will go against his instincts and judgement; especially if it's a female involved and he is feeling particularly... amorous.
Good questions, Scras! There's a lot I hadn't considered in this - i'm still a bit rusty, I fear. Go to Comment
I like the functionality of Scable's borderline Life condition, how his skin feels like clothing and how by being such an abomination that common folk will go out of their way to avoid him. I do have a few questions:
You have stated that Scable is both alive and undead, can he be killed by mundane means? If so, it would seem to make him a fairly weak sort of undead (which I am fine with, just want to clarify)
What about clerics, holy places, clerical turning abilities, and other banes of the undead? Will be a holy priest or an evil priest be affected the same way by his natural obfuscation? Does Scable avoid churches and graveyards?
Dietary concerns: how often does Scable have to eat to maintain himself? Does he have to follow his danse macabre for each victim or can on occasion can he say screw it, knock someone out with a rock and start eating them unconscious? Go to Comment
An interesting being - I could see him being used as an NPC in an appropriately dark settings, perhaps as a rather odd 'fixer'. His 'diet' being simply a vice one would need to be aware of when dealing with him.
He could be sought by necromancers if they were made aware of his existence - his natural 'cloaking' power being something they would seek to emulate for their own undead assassins. Go to Comment