Monday, December 16, 2013

[Cryptworld] New Thing: Krampus

A Yuletide Thing for Cryptworld

STR: 6 (90) --- WPR: 4 (60)
DEX: 5 (75) --- PER: 4 (60)
AGL: 5 (75) --- PCN: 6 (90)
STA: 5 (75) --- PWR: NA
ATT: 1/83% --- WND: 15
MV: L 100†

Experience: 600

The Krampus is a goat-like humanoid creature who punishes children who misbehave during the Christmas holiday season. Just as Santa Claus rewards children for good behavior throughout the year, the Krampus terrorizes, punishes, and eventually consumes those found to be irredeemably "naughty." However, because the Krampus enjoys eating children, what is judged as "naughty" in its eyes can be as innocuous as forgetting to say "please" or "thank you."

The Krampus has the horns and hooves of a goat, a long mule's tail, and is covered in black coarse hair. A long pointed tongue lolls out of its mouth, and it signals its presence through the rattling of chains it always wears. The Krampus lurks in the shadows, always out of site, stalking a child it feels may be potentially "naughty." Initially, the Krampus may spirit away truly bad children (the defiant, the rude, bullies, thieves, etc.) but it will eventually turn its attention to those children who could be classified as good. It will watch the child until it witnesses some momentary lapse of manners or good judgement, at which point it will judge the child as irredeemably "bad." Once the child is alone, the Krampus will kidnap the child, taking him back to its lair where it will torture and terrorize the child over the course of several days. When the child is out of his mind with fear and regret, the Krampus will then consume the child. In some perverse way, the Krampus feels he is doing a kindness for the parents, removing the ungracious youngster from his put-upon family.

If a series of child disappearances occurs during the holiday season, there is most likely a Krampus on the loose. The quickest way to draw it out is to use a misbehaving child as bait -- an irresistible target for any hungry Krampus.

1 comment:

  1. Nice post, Tim. You've inspired me to stat up my own Krampus for Halberd Fantasy