Thursday, January 26, 2012

New Villain: Count Orlok

After some discussion at RPGNet and in the Shadow Wolves comment section yesterday about how vampires might look in ICONS, I decided to take a crack at statting one up for myself. For this build, I referenced an existing vampire NPC from the Villainomicon, Drusilla White, and added a couple of things I felt were missing like Animal Control. Based on a comment by on the ICONS Yahoo Group mailing list, I took a look at how a stake through the heart might work as a Challenge to immobilize, but not permanently kill, a vampire. While this vampire build is quite powerful - 87 points powerful according to the ICONS Character Folio - I think the vampiric weaknesses listed under the Challenges balance the scales a bit for any hero attempting to go Van Helsing on this bad boy. Power levels can certainly be adjusted to taste and probably should be lowered a bit for any newly turned vampire brides or children.

Vampire Lord

Prowess  6
Coordination  5
Strength  7
Intellect  5
Awareness  4
Willpower  6

Stamina  13
Determination  *

  • Animals - (bats, rats and wolves)
  • Deception Expert
  • Occult
  • Stealth Master
  • Alternate Form 7 (Gaseous) - Mist
  • Animal Control 2 (Mammals) - bats, rats and wolves
  • Immortality
  • Life Drain 4
  • Life Support 10
  • Mind Control 7
  • Resistance (Physical Damage) 5
  • Wall Crawling 2
  • Vampire (Undead)
  • Must drink blood to survive (Stamina only regained through Life Drain)
  • Social : Hideous appearance
  • Vampiric Weaknesses: Destroyed by sunlight or beheading (negates Immortality); silver weapons cause normal damage (negates Resistance); repelled by crosses; a stake through the heart causes an automatic Stun result that lasts until the stake is removed
Adventure Hook: Using Count Orlok in Grimm City
In 1889, the Russian ship Demeter ran aground on Stormwatch Island (known today as Vigilance Island) with all hands lost save for the captain whose bloodless corpse was found lashed to the helm. Unbeknownst to the residents of Grimm City, the ship had been transporting a dangerous and ancient vampire, the Transylvanian Count Orlok, to America. Orlok unleashed a reign of terror on Grimm City along the docks and within the slums of Southside, and city officials feared they had another Jack the Ripper (who had terrorized the city of London just one year earlier) on their hands. Heroes of the day finally succeeded in putting an end to Count Orlok's bloody reign (referred to as The Five Points Murders in the newspapers of the day) by driving a stake through his heart, and the incident slowly faded from memory and into urban legend. Recently, several bodies have been found in the side streets and alleyways of the Docks district of Grimm City completely drained of blood. Heroes who do their research will recognize the similarities to an incident that occurred in the late 19th century in the same part of the City. Is it merely a coincidence or has something dark and terrible returned? Those who dig deeper will perhaps realize in time that a stake through the heart might not be enough to kill a vampire...

Thanks for reading!