Please note: the nature of the In Nomine game world largely requires this to be a horror setting. Sorry about that. I’m not too thrilled about it, either, but you go where the writeup takes you.
Found here. Short version: easy enough to do the robes-and-chanting-and-sacrifice sorts, but you can do better. Also, David Drake’s collection of short stories (Balefires) has a cracking good story in it (“…Than Curse the Darkness”) that should be required reading for anybody trying to do Cthulhu Mythos-style cultists. Drake absolutely sells what it would take to get people with the proper nihilism – and it’s alarming, because he actually toned down the historical record a little when doing it. Check it out.
The Blood Fiend of Toledo [The Day After Ragnarok]
Toledo, Ohio is a haunted ruin. Just ask anybody. There was a plague, and then there was a huge fire, and then the usual Things moved in – and now the city’s abandoned. Except for the Things. Thankfully the Things keep to themselves, whatever they are, but smart people don’t go into the ruins. Especially once the drained corpses of various animals and lesser monsters started showing up on the outskirts of the city. The legend of the Blood Fiend of Toledo is already making the rounds of all the dives and pirate havens on the Great Lakes, and the tales get steadily taller. (more…)
Blame this. Kinda.
Wild Salamander Chase
The most powerful mages in the animal kingdom are the ones that thrive in two environments. When you say that, most people think ‘birds:’ and it’s true, many birds are powerful magi. But consider the humble turtle. It is [amphibious], so it lives in the water and the land; in fact, the turtle’s shell gives it a special symbolic connection with Earth. The turtle merges Earth and Water; the albatross, Earth and Air. The flying fish is likewise the guardian of the interface of Air and Water.
But what of Fire? What are the animals that speak for THAT element?
…And there is the adventuring party’s assignment, in a nutshell: work out what animals partake of the elements of Fire and each of the other three Elements, confirm that those species have natural mages, and report back to the suitably cryptic Wise One that gave out this assignment in the first place. Or come back and admit failure. There’s no shame in not being able to handle such a difficult task, after all.
Despite its name, this spell works on any sort of poultry. When cast, it transforms the victim into a variety of carnivorous dinosaur, depending on the rough size of the poultry in question:
The Curse of the Yellow Sign book seems to be an interesting mix of King In Yellow-style adventures: they’re in the past, present, and future, and may be interconnected (while still being examples of different sorts of horror stories). Also, it’ll be interesting to see if John Wick is working in what is now more or less the ‘classic’ Hastur Mythos – which is apparently going to be our generation’s default contribution to Lovecraftian cosmic horror – or whether he’s taking a more idiosyncratic path. Knowing Wick, I could really see it going either way, honestly.
Found here. Short version: there’s actually a bit that you can do with zombies in your campaign, and I didn’t even get to zombie pets or metaphors for the environment. Although… a zombie campaign done in the style of the 1970s disaster movie genre could be hysterical. Polyester leisure suits, and all.