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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Skeletons Don't Have To Always Be Human...

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Not every animated skeleton needs to be somebody's uncle...

4 comments:

  1. Simple post--Great point! There was a SyFy original a few years back called Mammoth I think about a mammoth corpse found in Siberia or something that got animated by aliens or some such. Anyway, utlizing nonhuman remains for skeletons and zombies I think would give those humdrum undead a needed kick.

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  2. Many of my undead are creatures recently killed.

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  3. A fact that Harry Dresden used quite well in one of his older adventures...

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  4. @Trey: Yeah, we're taking a shot at doing some shorter posts. Off and on. We don't watch much TV these days. SyFy has put out a lot of B-grade stuff -- Mammoth sounds like fun. Non-human remains just makes sense, HPL did a nice job with Horror in the Museum, and there are other good examples. We just thought that using alternative skeletons could get really interesting in Wyrmspittle, and open the doors to some fun Mythos/mythic resonances...like the Orang bones, the jar with the shrunken skeleton of a fanged marmot...etc.

    @Chicago Wiz: Nice approach--makes for better zombies. Might also cause some trepidation on the part of characters not wanting to leave dead bodies lying around that can and will get used against them...in the right circumstances. Once a body decays, it's awfully hard to use the muscles to move it about and you need some sort of hand-waving-effect to allow spirits to move dead, rotten meat around...which leads to the question of what else they can move...and how are these things related to Poltergeists...which we've had some fun with in the past.

    Skeletons are just a lot of fun as monsters, especially at low-level. Jason and the Argonauts. Gotta have the Harryhausen moment. But there's a ton more that can be done with skeletons, and a lot of implications for what moves them, how it does this, and what characters can do about it. We'll develop a more detailed post later, after we do the Poltergeist one.

    @Ka-Blog!: Yeah--he encounters an animated Tyrannosaur fossil, doesn't he? We've seen some serious arguments about that--was it a golem, an animated statue, a skeleton, or what? LOL--it could be any of those things. Thanks for pointing that out!

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