Friday, January 17, 2014

[Cryptworld] 7 Days of Things, Day 3: Wendigo

A Native American Thing for Cryptworld

STR: 7 (120) --- WPR: 4 (60)
DEX: 6 (90) --- PER: 4 (60)
AGL: 6 (90) --- PCN: 6 (90)
STA: 4 (60) --- PWR: NA
ATT: 1/105% --- WND: 14
MV: L 75†

Experience: 800

The Wendigo is evil creature that is the embodiment of cannibalism brought on by famine and starvation. It is found in the northern U.S./Canadian wilderness and appears as a tall stag-like creature that walks upright. It is emaciated with taut, rotting skin pulled over exposed bones; eyes and cheeks that are sunken and hollow; and what lips it once had are tattered and bloody, as if the creature chewed them off itself.

The Wendigo is ravenously carnivorous, as it is in a constant state of starvation. Any animals the creature encounters will be pursued, subdued, and eaten without pause. The hunting grounds of a Wendigo will be eerily quiet and without life as the forest's creatures know better than to enter the area. A Wendigo has a particular fondness for human flesh though. Any humans caught by a Wendigo will be incapacitated and dragged back to its cavernous lair where it will attempt to fatten them up. As the only food available in a Wendigo's cave are the scraps from previous human meals, it will force the victim to consume human flesh, going so far as to force it into their mouth. This horrific ritual lasts a week, until such time as the Wendigo is ready to eat the victim. If a victim succumbs to the consumption of the foul feast but is able to instead escape the Wendigo's clutches, they will eventually develop a craving for human flesh, becoming ravenously cannibalistic themselves, until they eventually transform into a new Wendigo.

A Wendigo takes Stamina damage as normal during combat, but does not take wound damage from ordinary weapons. When a Wendigo is reduced to zero Stamina, the creature transforms into a cold arctic wind and rushes into the air and away from the area. The Wendigo will reform in 24 hours. As a creature of colder climates, there are only two known ways to permanently destroy a Wendigo. If an icicle pierces it heart, the creature will be killed. A Wendigo is also very susceptible to fire and will take normal wound damage from any flame-based attacks.

(NOTE: There are many varieties of Wendigo in the myths and legends. This was the version that I thought was a good monstrous fit for Cryptworld!)

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