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There are many dangers at the poles and in the icy mountians of the world, but few dangers are harder to survive then an attack from an Ice Ghoul, a shadow-spirit whose very touch can be deadly.

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An Ice Ghoul is the spirit of somebody who was murdered in the ice and snow of the mountians or the polar regions of the world, and whose body was left uncremated and unburied in the snow and ice. The soul of the dead man or woman, tied to the world by it\‘s desire for revenge, is trapped in the dead body and rapidly driven insane by the cold and the numbness brought on by the snow and ice that the body lies on.

It can take several days or only a matter of hours before
the Ice Ghoul rises. If the dead body has been stripped naked then it will rise faster. The desire to escape the frozen body mounts until a shadow pours out as if it was liquid from the mouth of the body, a shadow which is the colour of frostbitten flesh, with glowing, staring red eyes.

The touch of such a spectre will cause frostbite. Once they have escaped the frigid prison that was it\‘s body in life, the Ghoul will begin a frenzied for the murderer who killed him or her, so that it may slay the killer, gain revenge, and escape to whatever afterlife is awaiting it. Howver, because the horror that the Ghoul has gone through as left in in mental and bodily agony and warped it\‘s mind, it is almost allways unable to tell the difference in most cases between the one that slew them and an innocent person.
Not wanting to risk the killer escaping, the Ghoul will attack almost anyone in sight, although it will normally not attack young children as even it\‘s frost-fevered brain knows that the murderer was not a young child.

They rip the bodies of those they kill apart,using a set of icy claws, briefly warm their chilled bodies with the blood and eat the organs.If those who are slain by such a creature do not recieve the proper funeral rites they too will rise as Ice Ghouls. The warmth temporarily eases their insanity and technicly it would be possible to speak safely to a feeding Ice Ghoul without ending up as it\‘s next meal, although very few people would dare do such a thing.

Most Ice Ghouls never reach a warm summer zone, because in their madness they have lost all sense of direction and wander about aimlessly in the snow and ice. But rarely one will reach a warm zone, such as the summer tundra, where the cold is no longer torturing it. An Ice Ghoul in a warm area is far less savage, although it is unwise to provoke one, but it is still very destructive. If it encounters an orchard of fruit trees, it will spend days gorging on the fruit until there is nothing left, and it\‘s very presense can kill a field of corn.

Normal methods of slaying do not work with such spirits. All non magical weapons will just pass straight through them,and unless there is a glowstone hilt,or the hand holding the weapon is wearing a very warm glove, then the person\‘s hand will freeze and become badly frostbitten. The Ice Ghoul will be outraged and will try it\‘s hardest to kill it\‘s attacker. It cannot manipulate weapons and other objects very well because of it\‘s numb hands, but it has long fangs and icy claws that can be as deadly as any blade,quite apart from it\‘s frostbite-inducing touch.

Ice spells and weapons such as the Frostthorn or the Ice Sword will make the Ghoul furious with rage whilst having very little effect. Fireballs and firery weapons will have very little effect, except that the spirit is warmed briefly.Indeed, such things will please the spirit and may persuade it to talk, in which case it will tell the story of how it was murdered and normally, exactly who did it too. Fireballs that would kill or wound almost anything else, can be used to, in the short term, make a Ghoul see reason.

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There are a few ways to lay the Ghoul to rest.

If the dead body that used to belong to the Ice Ghoul is found and cremated upon a pyre, the Ghoul will let out a hiss of pleasure and vanish to whereever souls end up.

If the murderer is either handed over to the Ice Ghoul, in which case his or her death will be swift and very bloody, or is hanged or otherwise executed in front or it, again, the Ghoul will hiss happily and vanish.

Should a magical portal be opened to a firey hell, the Ghoul will leap inside. Fire cannot burn a Ghoul any more then it can burn a fire elemential.All it does is to make the Ghoul feel like a human does in good weather-it ends the torment.



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Voted manfred
January 18, 2006, 11:42
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I have to say that I like it. There are a few problematic things though.

What I like on one side, and see as a hurdle is that it basically cannot be killed with any normal means (speaking of immaterial undead, normal means include magical weapons, holy water and so on).

If those killed by an Ice Ghoul rise as another Ice Ghouls, then you have soon a host of powerful hard-to-kill undead running around in your world (okey, initially only in the cold north, but they will sooner or later get closer to the south and spread further). How would this infestation be stopped?

Oh, and: is it vulnerable to sunlight (or perhaps only can't stand it, but isn't harmed by it)? How about holy symbols or hallowed ground?


Another way of laying it to rest could be persuading it that the murderer is already dead (which is much harder than it sounds).

(Note: do a small re-read and spellcheck on it. There are a few typos and missing words, and slashes have crept in, too.)
Cheka Man
January 18, 2006, 13:01
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Ice Ghouls only form in the most icy and remote regions when someone is murdered, and it is too cold for there to be groups of bandits waiting for travellers.

It could be that those slain by the Ghouls only become Ghouls themselves if killed in the ice and snow. Also, if the body is given a funeral and buried or cremated then the Ghoul will not rise.

As to Holy Ground, I could see that being a barrier.Maybe this does need a rewrite. The slashes ect were not there when I posted it.
Voted KendraHeart
January 20, 2006, 19:52
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Variation on Wendigo. Still a nice variation on Wendigos. Though, body heat vampires is probably a better term.

Perhaps if they only passed on the curse in a percentage of people, or only those that have killed or murdered in the past.
manfred
July 12, 2006, 8:44
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Oh! There are two submissions of this! This ought to be fixed.
Cheka Man
June 11, 2007, 13:44
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has it been fixed yet?
manfred
June 11, 2007, 16:14
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It is in your In Work area. You can do with it whatever you want. :)
Voted valadaar
July 31, 2007, 11:05
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Not bad but it could use some more polish.

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