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Did you ever have characters in games you played or storytold that became urban legends?

For example:

The Body

Kansas City police officers responding to late-night reports of an accident or crime find the dead body of a male Caucasian in his mid-forties. The body has no ID, finger prints and dental records do not bring a match in any database, facial recognition brings up no hits, etc, with one glaring exception. This body has been discovered before. A lot. The computer indicates that this unknown man has been killed at least fifteen different ways, usually involving violence or accidents. When taken to the city morgue, the body always disappears before morning, with none of the morticians or staff having any idea what might have happened to it. Most cops do not talk about it because they would be in real trouble for losing the body.

What's really going on:

"The Body" is really a Malkavian vampire who likes to get into trouble, and pretend that he is dead when the cops come. Of course, when they are not looking it's the Dominate/Obfuscate one-two punch and the Malkavian goes on his merry way. This is quite a headache for the Prince of Kansas City, who has to cover up these Masquerade breaches with pressure from above.

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Sorta, but involving the Kindred "urban legends" - though having it become more (edit: mundane/mortal) ones is a very crafty idea!

Now I am not sure if what I'm about to say is something I ran across in a Nosferatu book or some lore or if I did completely manufacture it, I'm prefacing this with that grain of salt, so no one thinks I'm trying to hi-jack anothers work/idea as my own.

In my game there is a character who uses the Nosferatu legend of "The Mad Russian". The only Nosferatu to escape Russia after the Hag took over (and obviously before her demise). The Mad Russian is so paranoid (for unknown, but speculated reasons, the Hag, Nicktu, etc), that he NEVER turns his Obfuscate off when he's awake, and it's so high, no other Kindred have been able to master a level of Auspex high enough to see through it.

Because of this, many doubt he even exists, though rumors of him being in cities before "Terrible Things" happen do persist. Part of the speculation is that the people behind the "Terrible Things" spread rumors about bumping into Mad Russian, as part of their psychological attack on the city in question.

Even other Nosferatu are torn on if he really ever existed, still exists, or if it's multiple Nosferatu using the same handle, or something else. Though a Nosferatu who signs off as Mad Russian does pop up on Schrek.net now and then, and makes posts about the city he's in... usually not long before "Terrible Things" happen...

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I currently have a very humane Nosferatu Ancilla (Humanity 7).

I am brewing plans for if and when he devolves, very icky plans.

that said, I will be aiming for humanity 8 before to long.

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Bubba:

Bubba has been around the factory he works for as long as anybody can remember. Everybody knows Bubba. You can hear him coming long before you see him. Bubba is known for two things: his vocabulary of swear words, and the fact that he can fix almost anything. Nobody is really sure how Bubba got hired - his behavior is nothing but bad and his language is worse. None of the current management really likes him, but it seems they are afraid to fire him. They are almost sure that the place would go to heck without him, and they just might be right. Bubba's always tinkering - he keeps things running, but none of it is every good enough for him. He is always trying to adjust things, and often causes problems on various factory processes with his constant, foul-mouthed meddling.

Bubba doesn't really have a good side, he has a bad and a worse side. Folks really don't want to get on his worse side. It is rumored that some of Bubba's more creative cursing has a tendency to actually come true. And he's friends with a bunch of bikers that call themselves the Corbys or something like that who have a tendency of making those who seriously inconvenience him... disappear.

Even the machines appear to fear Bubba's temper. One coworker swears he saw Bubba actually threaten a recalcitrant process into working. As in, Bubba came in, cussed it out for about half an hour, and it started working more flawlessly than it ever worked before. Another one swears one time he saw Bubba step out of a door in the wall that wasn't there. Then there was the guy who, after working there six months, flipped out one day and tried to kill Bubba, and was taken away raving about little green men.

What's really going on:

Bubba is, of course, an Unseelie grump Nocker

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The Fixer

Look, we all know that there are *things* out there, don't we? Things that lurk in the shadows, waiting to pounce on the unwary. Sometimes people blunder into contact with dangerous forces from the beyond. So what do you do when you have trespassed on the sacred land of werewolves, or when the vampires come after you because you have somehow seen through their masquerade? Who are you going to call? Unfortunately, not Ghostbusters because that ain't real.

But maybe, if you know just where to look, you can get in contact with The Fixer. Nobody really knows much about this guy, except that he knows all about the creatures of the night, and for a price, a steep, steep price, he can make them leave you alone. How to get in contact with him? Well, that's the trick isn't it? Some say there is a ritual to summon him. Some say he finds you - and it is best not to speculate how.

But if you find him he will tell you "One day I will come to you and ask you for a favor. Whatever it is you must do it. That's my price." Often these favors involve crossing the supernatural forces again, and always they are not safe. Often they will put you even further in the Fixer's debt. But if you agree to the price, you may survive until tomorrow.

What's really going on:

The Fixer is a Sorcerer with a fairly extensive knowledge of the supernatural. He may not be as powerful as a full Mage, he does have knowledge of several powerful Paths that allow him to fight off or drive away many supernatural menaces, as well as Contacts among the supernaturals themselves who owe him favors not unlike those he charges for his "ghostbusting" services.

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The Bloody Roses

who planted all these roses? they're huge! they just seem to have...appeared in abandoned lots. Multiflora rose can grow pretty fast, its an invasive weed, but these are genuine roses and they don't normally grow that fast. well, its spring, maybe I just hadn't noticed them before since they didn't bloom before. well its better than the pile of car parts and old mattresses that are usually there...

Of course, once people got used to them they knew to avoid them. real roses have thorns! Big ones. sharp ones. and when they grow wild... and as a bonus, nobody wants to lurk in that abandoned lot anymore, getting up to no good since its now a briar patch. and there's talk that if you are up to something, you will end up tangled in them, or worse... and similar rumors that if you're in really desperate need, diving into the briar patch to get away from someone trying to rape or kill you might let you get away with only a few scratches while your attackers may never come out and the roses may bloom in winter there. those red, red roses...

What's really going on:

someone mixed together a bunch of different thaumuturgical effects including a koldunic sorcery effect that let the land defend itself against attackers. It got a tad bit out of hand and the roses will generally let people that live in his turf as "subjects" pass.... and kill attackers . They aren't actually SMART, so basically just pick up on ill intent. today's lesson: if you're going to do something like that, using the rose bush you've been watering with vitae for decades as a component is either a BRILLIANT idea or a TERRIBLE idea. or brilliantly terrible.

Either way, nobody really misses the muggers and rapists that get eaten by the roses. and since they're on abandoned urban land, nobody is likely to actually bother them. Should someone decide to engage in some urban renewal however...

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The Geek

Several years ago, the murders started. All of the local "psychics", "mediums" and "witches" - which is to say people who ran occult book stores or performed "psychic readings" for money. None of them had received any threats, none had broken any laws beyond possibly fleecing their customers with fake psychic readings and providing bad advice. The murders were quick, and brutal affairs, with no obvious motive and no clues except for a piece of rotting red cloth found at one of the sites.

Among the crowds that inevitably gathered, people began to notice one face. Most had no idea who the man was. A scruffy, bearded, middle-aged,  unfriendly looking sort, often dressed in T-shirts with the logo of some comic book superhero or other, such as Superman's S-symbol or Batman's bat. He seemed to take an intense interest in the cases, but after being questioned by the police at the scene of several, they simply concluded he was some sort of crime buff - he'd showed up at the scene of several high profile crimes in the area, but had nothing to do with any of them.

But he kept showing up at every murder scene. The Psychics in the area started calling him "the Geek", and began to wonder if he were not the one doing the murders. None of them knew him - most had never seen him in their lives. But they all began to be nervous when rumors of his presence filtered through their neighborhood - the man was hanging out in squalid bars and back alleys no geek had a right to be in - and most of the gangs actually seemed a little wary of him. "He cool," one of the bangers was heard to say "He seen the eye of the demon, and then he poked it out."

Then came the day of the fire at the occult book store. The fire department found the owner, bruised, battered and traumatized, but alive. They also found a years-old corpse dressed in red robes, with a broken sword in its hand. The red cloth was a match for that found at the previous murder site, but no one knew where the corpse had come from. Strangely, they also found a twisted, melted crowbar with the imprint of a human hand in it buried in what was left of the corpse's brain. The police didn't believe the owner's story - that the corpse was some kind of zombie, and that a man who'd been shopping in her store had killed it with the crowbar. The bar was later determined to have been heated to an insanely high temperature before being applied to the corpse's head - so high that no one could have held it in their bare hand.

No one knew just what had happened that day but the murders stopped. The store owner swore that it was the Geek who had stopped the creature from harming her, that the man told her to "stay good", and left. No one in the neighborhood ever saw him again after that day.

What's really going on:

The Geek is of course an Imbued Avenger on the trail of a murderous Walker that targeted the local psychics - especially those who have an inkling of real talent. He'd previously dealt with some creature that was bothering the gangbangers, and they were actually helping him track the Walker's movements. Sometimes the Imbued do what they do without being seen. Sometimes they are seen, but not believed.

 

 

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