Sunday, December 2, 2018

Slashmonger Fraymaker Extraordinaires

Crypts-n-Creepies is a living game and constantly being updated. A lot of the new stuff is in note form and being swapped into formats for mass release. All of this will become a newer version of the game. I bring you now...

Slashmongers are the masters of fray making. They prefer to leave logic to the likes of soft headed babies who always seem to be putting off the inevitable well-placed spear through an offending thorax. There simply is not an issue which the cold hard edge of sharpened steel cannot solve. Just look at those limp necked part-time crypt openers with their shiny pocket orbs and shrink-wrapped iron rations. They always seem to be under foot squinting into their palms every time giant spikes begin shooting out of the walls! If it weren't for old fashioned feral instincts driven hard by battle drenched hormones, the whole lot of them would be just be another layer of random crypt detritus. Sometimes the slicing of a few random necks, the grinding of few vertebrae or the squelch of cartilage is the most efficient way to cut through all the mumbo jumbo. They may grumble about hugging trees and climate change a little, but once they start pawing through all that swag they will at least step to the side the next time a pit starts opening up under everyone's feet. 

Riskola %
Shank Foddre
As Species*
Chisel Chest
Anvil Biter
Rubber Neck
“Lord of Dissected Body Parts”*
80 baby!

Slashmonger 7th Grid Title Generator


Ruckus shows the number of attacks the persona can make each   Na-nuta. Attack’s are made by throwing a d20 and exceeding your foe’s Armor + Nimbality (see “Combat”). Additionally, Ruckas can be used as a defensive action which reduces an attackers chance to land a hit. When used this way adjust the Slashmongers Armor + Nimbality by also adding their current grid factor. Ruckus may be set aside to be used defensively later in a combat na-nuta (in cases when the Slashmonger wins Scroll/Pincer/Ingot). Leftover Ruckus cannot be saved and used in future Na-nutas.

Riskola % is best described as a heap 1% poker chips. The Slashmonger may wager any portion before rolling a percentile die to increase their chance of success (up to 99%). If the result is a fail, the Riskola is simply lost. The Crypt Lord can rule that the expenditure of any Riskola was “Quite Pithy” and if the action is deemed successful the user may roll a d100 and reclaim the number rolled up to the amount spent. At the start of the next PEOG (Proverbial Evening Of Gaming) Riskola automatically resets back to starting number. Riskola may not be used to increase d20 rolls to hit in combat.

Fray Style is a unique form of artistic expression in the art of fray making. Some employ a cross handed grasp in order to spin their weapon windmill style. Some can hock a poisoned luggie on their arrow tip just before release. Still others have appropriated the fancy footwork from a really sick Michael Jackson video. Slashmongers are encouraged to embellish their mundane attack roll with verbose descriptors. This serves to enhance the flavor of the game. If the Slashmonger believes that any one of these embellishments is particularly good during the PEOG, they may (with the Crypt Lord’s guidance) create a Signature Move. The effect should then be recorded on the person’s sheet and can be used again thereafter. (Note, the other professions do not have the same mastery of fray making and instead pick combat moves from a list of “Combat Arts”. This is because they are weak and stupid like spineless worms). Only one Signature Move may be created each PEOG. A Slashmonger may only have as many Signature Moves in their repertoire as they have Force Factors. Use the list below is a guide to create Signature Moves:

Fooglee Shuffle (Attack/Mace)
Hold weapon low while skipping backwards. Follow up with sudden weapon flick under the targets chin followed by reverse action on an arc downward. Weapon should make as much contact as possible. Call out an odd number. If rolled the attack inflicts double damage. If the FS is used subsequently this PEOG the number stays the same.

Mao’s Bow (Attack/Sword)
Engage your opponent in mock resignation. Bow reverently and intone subservience. This will stoke your resolve to thrust your blade further into the imperialist foe’s organs. This is an especially vicious attack against creatures who’s dogma you find particularly inferior to your own. If the CL buys your argument that this is the case gain a bonus to hit equal to your grid factor.

Nitrous Smack (Attack/Sword, hard targets only)
With a an obnoxious flick bounce your weapon off your foe several times as if you were playing them like a snare drum. If you score a hit no damage is inflicted, but your opponent loses one of their attacks for this and the following Na-nuta.

Wee Piggy Feint (Any Attack)
Snort like a pig. Use first the left nostril followed by the right. Now draw energy from your inner Swine-Ka in order to punctuate this exhortation sharply. At the same time feint a high lunging attack. If a hit is scored this means that you were able to stomp on the targets foot for 1d4 PHP damage. More importantly the target must drop any single item of your choice.

Coiled Serpent (Any Weapon/Defence)
In this defence wait for your foes attack by crouching low, both knees above your head. Unwind yourself like a spring when your opponent strikes and attempt to deflect the blow. If successful in repelling this attack you may immediately leap over them and attack from behind with a +2 bonus to hit!

Shazbott’s Flourish (Sword/Attack)
Begin by slowly tracing a rune in the air with your weapon tip. Make a big deal out of it for all to see. Now, cut the rune on the exposed flesh of your foe. When a hit is scored it only inflicts 1d6 php damage (no MP bonuses, or skill). However, it reduces their Force Factors by 1d4. It is rumored that knocking your victims FF to zero wipes out their will to fight...

Iz and Iznott (Bow/Attack)
Become hypersensitive to all that is not the target. By completely blocking this sensory input from your active synapses you will be able to hit the mark. The Crypt Lord will award a bonus based on how well the act of discharge is acted out in front of the assembled group. A bonus to hit may not exceed the users grid factor 

Criss Cross Ricochet (Thrown Staff/Attack)
The staff is lobbed while semi-squat which introduces a disturbing wobble during flight. It will bounce and arc sideways wildly.  On a hit it fouls itself in the victims locomotive appendages. This only inflicts ¼ damage however, the target’s Nimbality is reduced by 4 for 2d4 Na-nutas.
Two Handed Weasel (Grenades/Attack)
This ridiculous throw starts with knees bent. The bomb is launched two handed from below the anus. The thrower gets a +4 bonus to hit. If the result is a miss double the distance off target.

Mono-Handed Loogi (Dagger/Defence)
A copious phlegm ball is hacked up. If a successful Nimbality check is made it can be quickly deposited on the blade. Use the difference of the roll and Nimbality to determine the amount that users “to hit” value is increased.

Dizzgussting Flesh Eater: After a long fray some Slashmongers get a little peckish. And look… freshly spilt organs lying around going to waste. This is the perfect time to think green and use your ability to feast on your foes organs.  Besides, there is something about the expression on your comrades faces when you rip off and choke down a chunk of your foe’s steaming liver. This will affect the members of your group differently. One troupe member will be completely disgusted and your Force Factors to them suffers a minus equal to your grid factor. On the other hand, there is that other trouper that digs the whole thing and is affected exactly the opposite. Both should be chosen at random.

But wait, there’s more. Once the flesh has been consumed there is a chance that it will have one of the following effects:

01-69: YLB-No effect.
70-80: Heals 2d12 PHP. Don’t get used to rolling this one.
81-95: Imbiber affected by random poison (core rules, page 117).
96: Drugged vision. The narrative of this vision is created in alternating sentences by the Crypt Lord and any other player selected at random. This state lasts as long as it takes to construct it in RL. While under its effect the SM is incapacitated and may only sit/sweat/stand/drool/urinate. Some part of this vision know.
97: Diarrhea. Lucky you! The user’s system besieged by constant pressure that must be relieved d4 times at random times during the PEOG. The CL should feel free to select the occurrences in some suitibly random fashion. When one of these comes on the DFE has 2d6 na-nutas to find a suitable offal receptacle for the explosive burst. Each episode lasts 3d6 mi-nutas and the target suffers 1d4 php loss if they do not have some form of entertainment, such as a crystal feed or scroll to distract them.
98: Total Healing. You are instantly healed of all chronic health issues, all curse(s) lifted and all poisons nullified. Your PHP damage is wiped clean. All the bad stuff is purged. Ah, but where does it go?   
99: Vomits up all that gum you ate as a kid: As it exits the oral cavity, compressed gasses in the mass form and cause it to expand. It will then rip itself from the DFE’s oral cavity and take on life, becoming a creapazoid invented on the spot by the Crypt Lord.
00: Gain ability of creature consumed (as delineated by the Crypt Lord).

Is it worth it?

Embrace the Reaper: Most of us find succumbing to death and the state of unbeing troubling. Slashmongers however, get a thrill by pushing their experiences to the edge. It is only natural that in order to enjoy the bounty of existence one should also try a little death. When the user’s body drops to zero PHP they may choose to keep functioning somewhat “normally” instead of collapsing in a useless heap. While “mentally deceased” the Reptilian Brain keeps the physical operations of the lifeless body going. This is simulated by selecting at random any other person to be in control of the Slashmongers body and actions. While in this state their Cerebral Energy, Nimbality and Force Factors are reduced by 75%. Any further damage sustained in this state will leave permanent marks as decided by your friendly Crypt lord. Embrace the Reaper lasts 1 Mi-nuta per grid factor. If the Slashmonger fails to get their PHP above zero before this time elapses they die, like totally for real. There is another issue with ETR, in that 1 in 20 (statistics vary) of Slashmongers like it too much. The randomly designated driver (see above) rolls versus your Insanity Factor to see if your body will resist revivification efforts.

Fire Bad: Fire hot, fire burn. Hot feeling good, crisping flesh bad. No, pain so bad it good, but bad because it make you lose PHP, fire bad. Not bad if you like dancing lights. Fire not bad, fire good. No wait, I’m confused, fire bad? It hurt to think. I stop now. Ha ha, made you look. Set fire to yourself slowly and sustain 1d4 damage on the first Na-nuta, 2d4 on the second, 4d4 on the third and so on. This idiotic spectacle is instantly mesmerizing to all present and they will stop whatever it was they were doing to watch you be consumed by flame.

Gwarrr Parrrrtay: By yelling “Gwarrrr Parrrrtay!” every Slashmonger within earshot is compelled to join the user to join in a spontaneous warrior orgie of feasting, wanton destruction, bad singing, alcohol swilling, profuse sweating and shaft dancing. The user may attempt this once per Proverbial Evening Of Gaming and has a cumulative 5% per grid of attracting revelors. It will be up to the swarthy Crypt Lord to determine just how many warriors come out of the woodwork in the area. Heavy metal is not optional.

Gwarrrr Party Matrix

Cost & Destruction

Desired Effect

2d6 Gn
4d6 Gn
6d6 Gn

Cross index size to find the Gwarrr Party details. They are a way to learn some rumors, heal some PHP and have some other effect as determined by the user (and approved by the CL). Note, if the destruction cost is not paid promptly, assume those affected will take appropriate action against the offending persona.

Rat Brain: You are able to employ your Rat Brain (a smaller organ below the reptilian brain) and lock in any single thought, perception, idea or mood for one PEOG. Once your will on this matter has been determined it cannot be significantly affected by magic, divine or mundane means for the rest of the PEOG. Your standard thinking is otherwise unaffected. Or so they say. 

Pucker Up Wound: Once per combat you may simply ignore the PHP damage of one hit from an opponent by spending a single Ruckus point.

Smash Thing Now: Warriors are creatures of action and lust. They can flip a mental switch and embolden their natural maniacal mistrust of civil society, social order, government and giant carved idols. By focusing this latent energy onto inanimate objects, they are able to summon vast muscular power to topple, smash and otherwise destroy overly large things. It allows the Slashmonger to affect seemingly larger things than their Feat % would normally allow. It goes without saying the Crypt Lord is the final judge on what can be affected. STN can be used a number of times equal to grid factet per PEOG. 

Voice of Command: In battle a warrior may bark out commands and if followed by other player personas they gain a +1 or +5% (as applicable) to carry them out.  Remember that a combat Na-nuta is but 6 seconds long and whatever is said can only be that long.  Commands must be specific, not "attack", but  "Xerocks cut the Donn's leg off" or "Bob jump over that stone idol".

War Host: A Slashmonger is able to call a War Host once each year.  They will attract 1d20 creatures at first grid, 2d20 at second, 4d20 at 3rd and so on. The War master better have a good reason for calling these warriors together or else there will be trouble.

Weapon Lore: The Slashmonger is the explicit bon vivant in the care and maintenance of the tools of military engagement.  All warriors can repair a broken weapon or armor piece in 1 Na-nuta flat if they can roll a d100 equal to or less than ten times their grid factor.  All that is needed maybe are some vine scraps, duct tape, sock, or chewing gum (all the great warriors chew gum).  A warrior is nervous about letting the uninitiated touch their weapons.  Careless handling of these instruments leaves oils behind that can ruin the finish.  True warriors are uncomfortable using the same main weapon as someone else in an adventuring troupe because they will constantly bicker about who's is bigger, longer, thicker, etceteras. Additionally, you are able to weaponize anything you touch. The Crypt Lord will furnish appropriate stats as needed.

Raspy Bar Voice: If you want to make sure that everyone is paying close attention to your words you can speak in low whisper. logically speaking louder and more clearly would seem to make more sense, but you know, this game is kinda whacked. While using this ability people will visibly strain to figure out what you are saying. You may repeat what you are saying as long as you rasp while doing so. It is not possible for any other creature to interrupt while you are speaking thusly until you are finished.

Stalwarts will have noticed that 1st grid Slashmongers PHP "is by species". The PHP base for personas from now on will be done this way to reflect a new logic for the game.

Enjoy and keep on Crypt'n. Creep'n? Ug.

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