Post by The Rising Dragon on Oct 28, 2009 3:35:45 GMT -5
This thread is for an alphabetical listing of any Nightmares you can possibly encounter in Ymaggion. If you wish for this list to be expanded, go suggest a creature in the Creature Suggestion thread.
Many unknown things lurk in the shadows of the world. Thousands of years' worth of history was lost in a single moment as Ymaggion's surface was rent apart and civilizaton was scattered across the wastelands of the world. As magic was rediscovered by mankind, many strange things were born... and it is thought that this is how the darkest of the world's creations came to exist. In lands that suffer through chaos and bloodshed, the anguish of the fallen seep into the land, attracting dark and unholy forces. This negative energy rises up and corrupts that what it touches, binding with the slain and becoming something worse than the demons that lurk beyond the chaos... the Nightmare.
Post by The Rising Dragon on Oct 28, 2009 3:38:17 GMT -5
The most dreaded of all Nightmares, and truly, the most dreaded of all creatures that inhabit Ymaggion, is the profane Imperfect. Not always do the victims of war and battle leave behind a fully functional corpse. Many times, a creature is left butchered, with its limbs and its organs scattered across the region. And such horrible fates inflict the greatest of anguish, acting like a beacon for the foul energies of the Nightmare. As indiscriminate as this power is, it will take the most viable pieces of a slain creature and bind them together, often with the parts of other slain creatures that are entirely unrelated to them. What forms is an invincible, mismatched monstrosity known as the Imperfect. These creatures retain all of the capabilities of a regular Nightmare--their bodies, bound together by the energy, is full of the dark powers that control it, and attacks from the limbs of these beasts will expel harmful shadow energy from claws and talons and beaks. All magical capability used by the former creatures become corrupt weapons of the Imperfect, and the weaknesses of the original bodies cancel each other out, leaving only their strengths left. Due to the dead status of the body parts, Imperfects cannot feel pain, and are unaffected by poisons and other chemicals that harm the living. Like all Nightmares, the energies form a red core hidden somewhere within the Imperfect--this is the only weakness of this otherwise invincible creature, and must be destroyed to eliminate it. Upon its death, the energies will disperse, causing the body to fall part into its original constructions, which, due to their exposure to the energy, will rapidly decompose. Wherever a Nightmare exists, the threat of the existence of an Imperfect looms.
Post by The Rising Dragon on Oct 28, 2009 3:38:59 GMT -5
The Nightmare is the result of Nightmare energy bonding with the corpse of a slain creature. The energy possesses the corpse and uses it as its own, resulting in something different from the undead. Its body will take on a blackish appearance and emanate an aura of darkness around it, while a red core develops somewhere on its body, usually its chest or its forehead--this core serves as the focal point for the Nightmare energies, and should it be destroyed, the Nightmare cannot maintain itself or resurrect. If it is not destroyed, however, a Nightmare can soon return and renew its attack. All Nightmares lack the ability to feel pain, and are supercharged with shadow energy. Their dead bodies enable an immunity to poisoning and other ailments, and due to the fact they are not true undead, anti-necromancy measures are generally useless against them. The Nightmare retains all of the capabilities of the creature it was created with, but all magical abilities become corrupted by the energies maintaining the body, making them far more dangerous against mortal creatures. Any living creature that leaves behind a corpse can subsequently form a Nightmare, regardless of its size. As a result, elementals, which break down into their original components and do not leave true bodies behind, are unable to become Nightmares. Similarly, the undead, already infused with magic that reanimates the body, cannot be overtaken by the energy--however, undead creatures that have been put to rest can be taken by the Nightmare, should the reanimating energies have been dispersed. When slain, a Nightmare's energies disperse, leaving behind the original body of what it had taken hold of. Due to the exposure to such energies, however, the body that is left behind will rapidly decompose. Wherever a Nightmare exists, the threat of the existence of an Imperfect looms.