Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Autumn Nocturn - The D&D Rules Cyclopedia (Basic), Nightshift Veterans Supernatural Wars, & The Invisible College rpg

 Over the past twenty four hours or so my brain has been wracked to start putting my mind set in the fact that Autumn is offically starting. Here in the Connecticut Autumn started a lot sooner & its got me in the mind of Horror specifically B/X OSR Horror gaming. And the one book that I turn to frequently here is the D&D Rules Cyclopedia (Basic). This blog post goes back to this one here. 
If the Chaos storms from Meatlandia rage across the Earth & many have been for centuries this could be the genisis for monsters, Fey, and other classic horror creatures. Yes, we're talking about the B/X powered Nightshift Veterans of the Supernatural Wars here. 
The classic monsters & Fey from the D&D Rules Cyclopedia (Basic) have some real potential here as possible PC's. With the entries on Spirits especially being something we're taking a hard look at. These are some of the nastiest undead that are found in the Rules Cyclopedia; "Spirits are powerful evil beings inhabiting the bodies (or body parts) of others; they are among the nastiest of undead monsters. They are immune to spells below 4th level, and cannot be harmed by normal weapons or magical weapons of less than +2 enchantment. All spirits are travelers, never staying in one place for more than one night; they become invisible and nearly powerless (except to move) with the light of dawn, regaining their powers at dusk. In daylight, any spirit can travel up to 24 miles per day (1 hex). All spirits are poisonous. When hit by a spirit in hand-to-hand combat, the victim must make a saving throw vs. poison or die immediately. A new saving throw must be made for each hit by the spirit." 
These undead essences getting loose on Earth in small town America or elsewhere in the world is a frightening prospect. But where would such undead come from?! 

"These are fools that men adore; both their Gods & their men are fools. This verse establishes uncompromisingly that all Gods — G capital, that is to say, 'true Gods' — and all men deified by legend or deceit — that is to say, false gods' — are fools. How come? It is a key. Distinction is clearly made between the two types: one are Gods; the other is men."
The book of the Law - Alster Crowley 

My feeling on this the lower viberational realm of the Negative material plane & while we at it. These higher or lower dimensional realms could be all around us at this very moment. What I don't want to do is write yet another.. Stranger Things or 'Kids on Bikes' trope adventure. Instead for me the fantasy worlds are the higher dimensional realms in which immortals have taken the place of the gods. The invisible college has broken back of keeping 'most' of the horrors out. But that most is breaking down. No one is sure why yet.. 

The idea here is that while the magus of the invisible college can control the world as can their enemies the outside forces are hammering in our precious reality. There are lots of ins & outs to play with here but the idea of the chaos & entropic immortals scare the Hell out of me as a human being. Imagine the horror these bastards could cause the world or are they already?! 

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