Sunday, March 5, 2017

Punk Rock is the freedom to create


Inspired by Wendy O and Joan Jet. Art By: Me
 
Author's Note: Well, here we are again kind reader, another insane and weird monster by me. This monster is a Rebellion Conceptual, a physical representation of a concept. This particular conceptual is geared towards rebellion against an industrial/mass-produced society. I drew inspiration for this monster from the music of some of the Punk Rock greats (Black Flag, The Clash, The Dead Milkmen, The Ramones, and The Plasmatics). This particular monster is linked to the Factory City (Work in Progress) [LINK] and the Noir Weights [LINK] settings I have made. Both settings are heavily influenced by a wide range of artists, though Noir Weights was mostly influenced by Tom Waits. Check them out if you are interested in strange and awesome music. I used Pathfinder as well as OSR/AD&D/LotFP to create this monster, though I am open to making other versions for other systems if I get a request from someone. Normally, I would include Pits & Perils, but this monster is really outside the main theme of the game. The art belongs to me, the photos do not. As always, I appreciate all comments, critiques and suggestions.

Links to Songs I Drew Inspiration From
The Puking Song - Dead Milkmen (YouTube Link)
London Calling - The Clash (YouTube Link)
Bad Brain - The Ramones (YouTube Link)
Rise Above - Black Flag (YouTube Link)
Masterplan – Plasmatics (YouTube Link)
I've Had it With - Black Flag (YouTube Link)

Tired, young, and already broken by years of work in Factory City: digits chewed off by hungry machines, back muscles strained from endless shifts of heavy lifting, lungs scarred from the chemical fumes and cigarettes smoked to stay sane. These youth stare up at the ceiling before falling into a sleep that ends too soon, minds churning around the idea of endings and the forms they can take.

A night without special occasion, a broken laborer laying in bed, dreams smothered in weariness both mental and physical. Slicing through the darkness of dreamlessness, a single note reverberating through a forgotten part of the soul, the part that was able to scream 'Fuck You' to Authority itself. A sound, a 'G' note somewhere between the whine of a violin and the scream of a saw blade.

Yep... Just a factory. Art By: Me

The note cuts, a surgeons blade, excising the tired portions of the soul, replacing the lost parts with anger, with the need to say 'No'. The note heals, an apothecary's balm, reinvigorating the part of the youthful soul that once cried out for exploration and hope. The note ignites, an arsonist's matchbook, bringing back the anger at a world filled with inconsistent rules and greedy leaders.

As the essential form of the body is changed, so too its accidental form mutates to fit this new modality. Limbs gain a strength beyond what they once possessed in their prime, skin regaining health as well as vibrant and unnatural hue. The head now a totem, an object whose use could be turned towards rebellion: a television to show the truth, a microphone to amplify the truth, perhaps a lighter to burn truth into flesh.


Changed, they awaken to a speakers blare above their beds, calling them to a shift that will go unattended on this day and all those to follow. Filled with a need for change as great as thirst in a desert, they find a weapon waiting for them in a glory that would rival Excalibur's presentation to a boy king. A stringed instrument, a microphone, a set of drums, strange at first sight, but instantly familiar in their hands. This is how they will kill Authority, this is how the rebellion starts.

Armed, and now different, they grab what cigarettes that are left and the bottle of rotgut they've squirreled away for a 'special occasion', and then head into the concrete hallways of Factory City to fuck it all up only to burn it all down later. Maybe they'll find a gang of Headless, always at war with Management, or perhaps they'll wage their own war. Sometimes rebellion is a team sport, sometimes it's a fight against everyone else in the world.

In Plain Language
These folks are Rebellion Conceptuals, the living embodiment of the concept of rebellion; a conceptual is to a concept what an elemental is to an element. While rebellion can take many forms, in a industrial/mass-produced setting it takes on the forms and tropes of everything 'Punk'. They are about tearing down oppressive authority through aggression and disobedience, forgoing social norms in the hopes of shocking others out of their stupor.

Like all rebellions, a Rebellion Conceptual tends to have a short lifespan, burning brightly to die in a hail of glorious violence, or to fade away when they finally succeed. Whatever the case may be, they are focused on there here and now, looking to bring about the most change possible in the quickest way possible.

They start out a memetic creatures, having no form or substance, floating around in a shared consciousness that all sapient beings take part in. Their physical form comes from an individual too tired to fight, but too alive not to be angry. The conceptual comes to the person in a dream, and makes an offer without words that amounts to, “Let me live in you, and I'll give you everything you need to fight THEM. You won't live long, but you'll change the world”.

Wendy O was f-ing awesome.

Those angry enough to take the deal are changed forever, and become agents of violent change. Those that deny the deal are left to live the rest of their lives as they see fit. Though the conceptual doesn't directly control the individual they now inhabit, they do influence the person's behavior by enhancing their sense of outrage and anger at Authority, ensuring they will pick a fight with it whenever they can. Sometimes the individual will work with others, sparking full-scale riots, other times they may work alone, killing as many guards and managers before their inevitable and violent deaths.

While these creatures are designed for my Factory City Setting (LINK), they can be used easily with an industrial type setting. With some fluff alterations, they could be used in a fantasy setting against a tyrant monarch or evil wizard. 

Punk may be dead, but now so are a lot of people. Art By: Me
 
Pathfinder / DnD 3.X
CR 7
XP 3,200
CN Medium outsider (Native)
Init +3; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +12

Defense
AC 20, touch 15, flat-footed 17 (+2 deflection, +2 Dex, +1 dodge, +5 natural)
hp 86 (9d10+36); fast healing 3
Fort +10, Ref +5, Will +8
Resist: Electricity 10, Fire 10;
Damage Reduction: 5 / Authority (If the conceptual takes damage from an authority figure for the area they are in (guard, manager, rightful ruler, etc..), that damage is reduced by 5)
SR: 18
Gonna Rise Above: The conceptual is immune to fear (magical or otherwise). Each ally within 10 feet of her/him gains a +4 morale bonus on saving throws against fear effects. This ability functions only while the conceptual is conscious, not if he/she is unconscious or dead.
Masterplan: The conceptual is completely immune to all charm, enchantments, or any compulsion effects that would compel them to do something they didn't want to do. Each ally within 10 feet of her/him gains a +4 morale bonus on saving throws against these same effects. This ability functions only while the conceptual is conscious, not if he/she is unconscious or dead.

Offense
Speed 30 ft.
Melee 2 slams +15 (1d6+6), or Musical Weapon Smash +15 / +10 (Two-Handed 2D6+8)
Special: If the individual attacked is an authority figure for the area they are in (guard, manager, rightful ruler, etc..) the attack does an additional +2D6 damage Chaos aligned damage.
Space 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft.

Special Attacks
Factory City Calling 4/Day: Slamming their musical instrument over the head of an authority figure, the rebellion conceptual smites the individual. This ability only works against an authority figure for the area (guard, manager, rightful ruler, etc..). This ability adds +5 to-hit and +9 to damage and may use this ability as part of a normal attack.

The Puking Song 4/Day: Striking the ultimate 'brown-note' the sends a sickening wave of sound that strikes the body leaving bruised and sickened. The wave has a 30ft cone-shaped burst that does 5D6 points of sonic damage and leaves any creature in the area Nauseated for 2D6 rounds. A successful Fortitude Save (DC 19) reduces the damage by ½ and reduces the Nauseated condition to Sickened. The Puking Song cannot breach an area of magical silence.

Bad Brain 4/Day: Strumming / Beating Out / Screaming a confusing set of tones and notes, the conceptual sends out a wave of mind bending sounds. The wave has a 30ft cone-shaped burst that does 5D6 points of sonic damage and leaves any creature in the area Confused for 2D6 rounds. A successful Will Save (DC 19) reduces the damage by ½ and negates the Confusion. The Bad Brain cannot breach an area of magical silence.

I've Had it With 4/Day: Braying out notes of rage and frustration, the conceptual sends out a wave of pure anger at its opponents. The wave has a 30ft cone-shaped burst that does 5D6 points of sonic damage and leaves any creature in the area enraged, attacking any creatures it detects nearby (as the "attack nearest creature" result of the confused condition) for 2D6 rounds. A successful Will Save (DC 19) reduces the damage by ½ and negates the rage. The I've Had it With cannot breach an area of magical silence.

Statistics
Str 23, Dex 17, Con 19, Int 11, Wis 11, Cha 21
Base Atk +9; CMB +15; CMD 28

Feats:
Dodge, Iron Will, Power Attack, Combat Reflexes, Stand Still

Skills:
Intimidate +17, Knowledge (planes) +12, Perception +12, Sense Motive +12, Perform +17 (+20 w/ instrument), Stealth +15

Languages: Any that the host knew.

Ecology
Environment: Any
Organization: solitary, pair, or band (3–6)
Treasure: Musical Weapon – 2 Handed Club (Simple Weapon) that does 2D6 damage and acts as a masterwork instrument and does +2D6 damage to individuals attacked that are authority figures for the area the attacker is currently in (guard, manager, rightful ruler, etc..)

A really quick picture I made. Art By: Me

AD&D / OSR / LotFP
Type: Outsider
Size: Medium
Activity Cycle: Any
Diet: Booze, Cigarettes, and Bad Food
Intelligence: Normal Human
Treasure: None
Alignment: Chaotic (Neutral)
No. Appearing: 1-4
Armor Class: 20 / 0
Movement: 40 ft
Hit Dice: 9 (+9 HP)
THAC0/To-Hit: 11 / +9
No. of Attacks: 2 Slams or 2 Musical Weapon Smashes
Damage: Slam: 1D6+3, Weapon Smash: 1D10+3 (+1D8 damage to individuals attacked that are authority figures for the area the attacker is currently in (guard, manager, rightful ruler, etc..))
All Saves: 12
Special Abilities:
Infra-Vision: 60 ft
Factory City Calling 4/Day: Slamming their musical instrument over the head of an authority figure, the rebellion conceptual smites the individual. This ability only works against an authority figure for the area (guard, manager, rightful ruler, etc..). This ability adds +3 to-hit and +4 to damage and may use this ability as part of a normal attack.

The Puking Song 4/Day: Striking the ultimate 'brown-note' the sends a sickening wave of sound that strikes the body leaving bruised and sickened. The wave has a 30ft cone-shaped burst that does 3D6 points of sonic damage and leaves any creature in the area Nauseated (Unable to do anything but move and defend) for 2D6 rounds. A successful save versus Spell reduces the damage by ½ and reduces the Nauseated condition to Sickened (-/+2 to all rolls and AC). The Puking Song cannot breach an area of magical silence.

Bad Brain 4/Day: Strumming / Beating Out / Screaming a confusing set of tones and notes, the conceptual sends out a wave of mind bending sounds. The wave has a 30ft cone-shaped burst that does 3D6 points of sonic damage and leaves any creature in the area Confused (As per the Confusion spell) for 2D6 rounds. A successful save versus spell reduces the damage by ½ and negates the Confusion. The Bad Brain cannot breach an area of magical silence.

I've Had it With 4/Day: Braying out notes of rage and frustration, the conceptual sends out a wave of pure anger at its opponents. The wave has a 30ft cone-shaped burst that does 3D6 points of sonic damage and leaves any creature in the area enraged, attacking any creatures it detects nearby (as the "attack nearest creature" result of the confusion spell) for 2D6 rounds. A successful save versus spell reduces the damage by ½ and negates the rage. The I've Had it With cannot breach an area of magical silence.

Musical Weapon – 2 Handed Club that does 1D10 damage and acts as a masterwork instrument and does +1D8 damage to individuals attacked that are authority figures for the area the attacker is currently in (guard, manager, rightful ruler, etc..)