Pixels & Polyhedrals: Necromorph, Infector

The Return of P&P

I know I haven’t done one of these in a while, it just so happens I haven’t played many inspiring video games lately – at least not ones that would make for a good P&P. Skyrim is fantastic, but a hill giant is a hill giant no matter where you are, y’know?. Granted the Necromorphs from dead space are basically “Space Zombies” but they are unique in their own very cool ways, let’s dive in!

I’ve done up an Infector, they are disgusting little bastards who can quickly fill a room with shambling, stabbing Slashers (which I’ll be covering next time) by skulking along and infecting those left dead on the floor. Just one of these can make for quite a nasty encounter, especially if there are fresh corpses for impregnating.

In Combat

The Infector is a bat-like bundle of fleshy wings with claws, and a proboscis that protrudes from its ‘head’ used to inject and rapidly transform its victims into necromorphs. Once a victim is latched onto, a flail of tentacles burst forth from inside, devouring and turning its prey into a animated machination of flesh and bone.

Infector’s prefer those already dead to those still living when searching for victims, often skittering around in the darkness and staying behind cover. After a victim has been transformed, the infector will quickly search for the next available target to transform until none are left, at which point it will attack PC’s directly, fighting to its death. [See An Example].

 

[titled_box title=”Necromorph Contagion || Level 6 Disease” variation=”green”]A flash of necrosis spreads quickly through the body, collapsing vital organs, snapping bones, and flesh until the victim has become a horrible undead abomination.

Stage 0: The target recovers from the disease.
Stage 1: While affected by stage 1, the target is slowed and gains vulnerable 5 all
Stage 2: While affected by stage 2, the target is weakened and cannot speak coherently
Stage 3: While affected by stage 3, the target is stunned and immobilized
Stage 4: The target dies and immediately reanimates as a Slasher Necromorph, it has hit points equal to half of the maximum hit points it had in life and enters the DM’s control.
Special: Targets already dead, or those that die while affected by Necromorph Contagion immediately advance to stage 4

Check: At the end of each short rest, the target makes an Endurance check if it is at stages 1-3.
10 or lower: The stage of the disease increases by one.
11-14: No Change
15 or higher: The stage of the disease decreases by one.[/titled_box]

4 Comments

  1. Brilliant! How many times do adventurers sweep through a dungeon leaving dozens of dead bodies in their wake?
    Instead of having a big bad boss monster as the climax to an adventure you could have the Infector following the party at a safe distance, infecting everything they have killed, and suddenly the quest isn’t ‘kick in the door and grab the loot’, but ‘get out of the dungeon alive’. Two adventures for the price of one 🙂

    • Haha, nice! Sounds like a great time! Glad you enjoyed the monster and thanks for stopping by. I”ll have the Slashers up soon so you can see what they transform into.

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