Wednesday, June 1, 2016

#38 - Things & Brothers of Chaugnar Faugn


"Things" are shapeshifting creatures that can take the form of anything they consume. They also absorbs the victim's memories, skills, and mannerisms, allowing perfect mimicry.

In the RPG...

Things are quite complex monsters. Not only can they imitate any of their past victims, but they can infect a new victim by mere touch—dependant on a Luck roll. They can also split—or bud—new Things, splitting the original's STR, CON, and SIZ among them, while retaining their INT, POW, and DEX. Consuming a victim also adds equal points of STR, CON, and SIZ per point of SIZ eaten, so even though it begins with roughly human-ranged stats, they can easily escalate. Their means or attack and armour varies, dependant on the creature it's mimicking at the time.

In a video game...

There was a video game set as a sequel to John Carpenter's The Thing back in 2002. It was a decent attempt at capturing the essence of the film, but could definitely be improved upon, especially if it was developed as a survival horror in the vein of Alien: Isolation rather than the action shooter it was. The biggest theme of the film was the paranoia of not knowing who might be infected, and though the game tried to convey this, it could again be better if made the focus rather than simply a "mechanic".

In a film...

There are already three films featuring Things, the most recent of which was in 2011, so I don't think we need another just yet. It's entirely possible that I'm biased, however, as John Carpenter's version is my all-time favourite film.

Brothers of Chaugnar Faugn

The Brothers of Chaugnar Faugn—both lesser and greater—are simply smaller versions of him.

In the RPG...

Almost everything said about Chaugnar Faugn can be repeated here. The only difference is that the Brothers' stats are lessened, and if their sire is affected somehow—such as injury—they are also affected—to a lesser degree—due to a psychic connection. The Lesser Brothers have roughly human-ranged stats, while the Greater Brothers are larger and more powerful. Also, the Greater Brothers can only be harmed by magic, while the Lesser Brothers are harmed normally, though do have 2-point armour.

In a video game...

Because the Greater Brothers are not wildly different from Chaugnar Faugn, I'd probably only include the Lesser Brothers in a video game. With their human-ranged stats, they are actually fightable.

In a film...

As I stated last time, an adaptation of The Horror from the Hills is probably all that is needed to give the Chaugnar Faugn family their time on the silver screen.

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