The Frozen Woman of the City
Frozen to death by a penny pinching, cruel landlord, the Frozen Woman has found her vengeance against her killer, and now seeks to destroy those who might do unto others what was done unto her.
It is rare for the Frozen Woman to appear, but when she does, she appears as she did at the moment of her death, a once-lively young woman, covered in frost, pale and chapped with the effects of the cold. Her clothes are tattered and threadbare, and she carries a bundle of snow, wrapped in swaddling clothes, believing it to be her baby.
A poor war-widowed woman, the Frozen Woman found herself paying nearly all her wages for a single, poorly insulated room in a tenement in the worst parts of town, to a deeply greedy soul, unaware, at first, that the slumlord often let the coal-fired steam heat run out in the winter.
And it was in the deepest parts of the winter that the heat finally failed her when she needed it most. Having nowhere else to go, she wrapped herself and her child in their warmest blankets, but it was to no avail, and there, she held her young daughter against her breast as first the child, and then she herself, froze to death.
But so full of fury was she, that dead, she could not rest. Would not rest. And instead, she took her revenge, hunting down her slumlord, pitching his home into the freezing temperatures that she hid died in, until he, too, was dead. But this was not enough for her. She would continue, to take her cold, cold revenge against all those who would cast children into the winter to die...
The Frozen Woman may be real, she may simply be an urban legend, in any city where the winter nights get cold enough to kill. She may function in a manner similar to a poltergeist, however, she may also choose to throw her 'child' into the victim's arms, whereupon it cannot be put down, until it has sucked all of the warmth from his or her body.
She may also attempt to lead those who are freezing to death to real warmth, but is likely to be dismissed as a hallucination.
Winter. The final frontier. For who truly knows, if spring will ever come.
This months quest revolves around the concept of winter, in all its hoary splendor. Cold, death, decay, and torpid hibernation. Snow, ice, and frost. These are the ubiquitous images of the long, bleak season.
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Good for any cold game world.
Not bad - a good backstory for a ghost. Like to see some plot hooks though.
Ria said it best. Simple and intriguing.
Ok, with the landlord not providing heat, she could be another regular 'Rent' character. Then came the imaginary baby cradling, and I immediatley thought of Discovery channel baboon mothers, dragging their dead babies around. Good stuff.
And I love the baby throwing idea, and the leading to heat thing!
In that same vein, but less sinister, she doesnt seek revenge, but _just_ heat, in all its forms. Could lead to some interesting scenarios.
I like it. My kind of sub.
I agree with Manfred, Ria nailed it on the head. I also agree with Muro, throwing ice babies is just evil. Nicely done.
Bump. What a wonderfully mournful piece. The title just draws me in.
Curses! I was working on an idea very similar to this one, just been too busy to finish it off and submit. Perhaps I still will. Very good BTW.
Another good, useful idea for an urban fantasy. I like it. 3.5
Still strikes me as a 'Rent' character for the fantasy set.