All About Aspects: Monstrous Nature as an aspect

Monstrous Nature as an Aspect

There are a number of famous tabletop RPGs where playing a monster struggling with their humanity is a central focus, as a variant of character race (discussed previously), this could (in part) be handled using theĀ high concept aspect.

We’ve explained the basic formatting for our high concept aspects in one of our previous post, in this post I provide a single descriptions table (that can be used instead of the ones in previous articles) to add an alignment descriptor.

Descriptions

No.Description When to invoke When to compel
1Vampire Invoke when using the inherent characteristics of the vampiric form, superhuman speed, strength and toughness or when trying to enthrall a mortal socially. Compel to have a character fall victim to their bloodlust or fall victim to other weaknesses of vampires.
2Werewolf Invoke when using the sense of a wolf or when supernatural strength and toughness comes into play. Compel when a character is goaded into a berserk fury or when the moon causes them to act irrationally and against their best interests.
3Wizard Invoke when using magic or attempting to research the occult. Compel to have a character pursue knowledge or arcane secrets regardless of the cost to the themselves and others, or to have their magic backfire in a spectacular fashion.
4Ghost Invoke to sway the emotions of people or to manipulate objects without touching them. Compel to doom your character to repeat the actions they undertook leading to their death or use compels to confine them to the place of their demise.
5Zombie Invoke to ignore otherwise incapacitating injuries. Compel when the hunger for brains becomes too much or when the character's obviously rotting appearance offends or terrifies mortals.
6Immortal Invoke to avoid/soak attacks that would otherwise cause harm to the character. Compel to have the character take foolish and dangerous risks, secure in their immortality.

Example:

To test this out I’m going to use the job and twist tables from our Modern Day post and swap in the monster description table; rolling three times using the online dice roller I’ve rolled: 1, 19 and 18

Looking at the tables this gives me the following:

I’m a vampire single-parent who is in love with someone.

I can invoke my aspect:

  • When using the inherent characteristics of the vampiric form, superhuman speed, strength and toughness or when trying to enthrall a mortal socially.
  • Invoke when dealing with children or other parents in social situations.
  • Invoke when attempting to help or aid your true love.

And I can compel it:

  • To have a character fall victim to their bloodlust or fall victim to other weaknesses of vampires.
  • To have an emergency with your child require immediate intervention or to have yourself give a villain the benefit of the doubt because they remind you of your child.
  • Compel when you forsake all else to rescue your lover from harm or when an enemy attempts to get to you through them.

You can see that we already have the start of an interesting character, a vampire who has to single-handedly bring up a (presumably human) child and who is attempting to continue with a relationship, whilst trying to fight of the bloodlust and evil urges that go with their vampire condition.


 

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2 thoughts on “All About Aspects: Monstrous Nature as an aspect

  1. As with many archetypical high concepts or aspects you have to closely define how it can be invoked or compelled. “Compel to have a character […] fall victim to other weaknesses of vampires.” means that those weaknesses need to be written down. There are so many versions of vampires these days that there may be very little common weaknesses.

    1. That’s a very good point Markus, these aspects (as with a lot of things in Fate) rely on both GM and players having a common frame of reference when it comes to things like this.

      If there’s interest I may well do an article featuring the strength and weaknesses of several versions of such creatures.

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