Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Cryptogram: Demoniac Lycanthropes of Zukov

Awhile back, I came up with an opening crawl for a campaign setting for the fictional city of Cross Planes (with apologies and respect to Robert E. Howard):

Know, O prince, that between the years when the wyrmholes consumed the Union and its fifty-four states, and the years of the rise of the Scions of Vogel, there was an Age undreamed of, when night shrouded kingdoms lay spread across the world like hungry lions beneath the stars - Qng, Ka'Vril, Manthrax, Black Summit, Zukov with it's demoniac lycanthopes and epitaphs of fell psalms, Rocket City with its valor,  Mechaniopea that bordered on the unskinkable city of Hadron, Vex-Null with its gargoyle-laden monoliths, Norad whose dragon-line riders wore depleted uranium and phosphorous and orichalcum.  But the proudest kingdom of the world was Cross Planes, reining supreme in the haunted west.

Here are some of those ideas translated to Numenera:


Motive: Protect the pack
Environment: Zukov
Health: 15
Damage Inflicted: 5
Armor: 1
Movement: Short
Modifications: Bite 6, Mythos Lore 6, Speed Defense 6
Combat: Lycanthropes hunt in packs of 3 to 10 and perform monthly sacrifices to Shub-Niggurath.

Bat: They fly a Short distance and have Perception 6.
Bear: They have armor 3 and Climbing 6.
Boar: They have armor 2 and Charge 7.
Owl: They fly a Short distance and have Stealth and Perception 6.
Rat: They have Contortionist 7 and Stealth 7/
Spider: They can move up and along walls and ceilings a Short distance and can restrain all creatures in immediate range with a Level 5 Web (restrained creatures have a +1 to all Difficulties until free).
Tiger: They have Claws 7 and Stealth 7.
Wolf: They have Perception 7 and Tracking 6.
Use: A pack of demoniac lycanthropes have come to the town the characters are staying in, looking for a baby that Shub-Niggurath has marked as one it's young.
Loot: A dead demoniac lycanthrope has 1 cypher.

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