RPG challenge, Day 15

Favorite Monster (undead)
I think ghouls are under-utilized. Or, maybe in the era of vampire movies, zombie shows, and mummy games, they just aren’t over-used. But they are generally presented as corporeal, thinking undea who can even sometimes pass for human. Of course ghouls aren’t even always undead. In Lovecraft mythology, they are just cannibalistic underground humanoid dwellers, and can even be allies. Other courses give them vast empires, and sometimes portray them as herding humans as livestock, interbreeding with them, or both. They adapt well to non-fantasy games – it’s not hard to see Firefly’s Reavers as ghouls, or some creatures that show up in zombie games as more ghoulish than shambling, rotting corpse. Sometimes they have a special stench, sometimes they can stun with a touch, sometimes they spread diseases, and sometimes they wear armor and cast spells while dedicating a kill to an elder god.

I think they’re creepy, dangerous, flexible, and ripe for use in nearly any setting.

About okcstephens

Owen K.C. Stephens Owen Kirker Clifford Stephens is the Starfinder Design Lead for Paizo Publishing, the Freeport and Pathfinder RPG developer for Green Ronin, a developer for Rite Publishing, and the publisher and lead genius of Rogue Genius Games. Owen has written game material for numerous other companies, including Wizards of the Coast, Kobold Press, White Wolf, Steve Jackson Games and Upper Deck. He also consults, freelances, and in the off season, sleeps.

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