[ISS] Mark Larsen, the Ghoul

edited August 2016 in ISS Tsiolkovsky


striking; calculating eyes


Hot 1 Cold 2 Volatile 2 Dark -1


The Hunger
You have a Hunger for chaos.
You have a Hunger for having sex with Nadja.
You have a Hunger for having sex with Pax.
When you heedlessly pursue a Hunger, add 1 to rolls.
When you ignore a feeding opportunity, roll to hold steady.

When you turn someone on, roll with cold.

Short Rest for the Wicked
When you die, wait it out. Some hours later, you wake up fully healed.

When you satiate a Hunger, choose one:

  • heal one harm;
  • remove a Condition;
  • mark experience;
  • carry 1 forward.

Soul Debt
You owe a debt to the Connoisseur. Choose two Bargains that it has made with you. It can hold Strings against you. Whenever it collects 5 Strings against you, trigger your Darkest Self.

Uncanny Voices
You can give the dark power a String in order to realize a secret about someone you’re talking to. The owner of that character will reveal one of their secret fears, secret desires, or secret strengths (they choose).

Strings Attached
You can ask the dark power for something that you really, really want. The MC will attach a price to the thing you want, and hint at an undesired twist in its nature. If you pay the price, you’ll get what you’re after.

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Sex Move

When you have sex with someone, add “having sex with
[this person]” as an additional Hunger. If you already have
this Hunger, mark experience.

Darkest Self

You will maim, kill and destroy anything in between you and the nearest object of your hunger. You will feed relentlessly. You escape your Darkest Self when someone restrains you or fends you off for long enough for you to regain your composure – at least thirty or forty minutes.


  • Take another Ghoul move. X

  • Take another Ghoul move.

  • Take a move from another Skin. X

  • Take a move from another Skin.

  • You have Necromantic Caretakers.

  • Add 1 to Hot (max 3). X

  • Add 1 to Cold (max 3). X

  • Add 1 to Volatile (max 3). X

  • Add 1 to Dark (max 3).

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  • edited August 2016


    Backstory and Strings

    Mark is a good kid. That's what everyone says. Good grades, captain of sports teams, liked by teachers and peers alike. All he has to do is get through this whole quarantine thing and he's got a great life ahead of him. There's a place waiting in the Accelerated Officer Training Program and in a few years he'll be on the command deck, just like his old man.

    That accident with the airlock nearly cut it all short. But it turned out fine in the end. He doesn't remember much. He woke up in the access corridor, alone on a cold floor, and not a scratch on him.
    Everything is back to normal. Everything is fine.

    Someone reminded you what love was, when you thought that death had stolen it away from you forever. Give them 2 Strings. Ourania

    Did anyone watch you die, or watch you come back to life? If so, you both gain 2 Strings on each other. Tabitha

    Strings I have on people

    Tabitha: 3. She saw me die or come back to life. I knew the real Ioanna.

    Ourania: 1. I caught her going through my roommate's stuff, but didn't say anything.
    We had an altercation in the hallway.

    Turned on while dispelling a curse.

    Ashlee: 2. Turned on at speedball practice. Out of her reach.

    Olivar: 1. I told him to stow his lip in class.

    Gen Yu: 1. Turned on before the speedball game. (Exchanged for condition Hot For Mark.)

    Pax: 1 Turned on mid-arrest.

    People with strings on me include
    Aiden (1)

    Rys (1)

    Ourania (2)

    The Voice in My Head (5) (Uncanny Voices: Ezekiel, Pax, Ourania, Ashlee, Dr Lancome; Strings Attached: B&E)

    Gams (1)

    Pax's burgeoning speedball career
    Let's see how Pax is coming along. Please roll+Hot. On a hit, she's integrated in with the team as well as can be expected. On a 7-9, choose one option from the list below. On a 10+, choose two.

    - she's aggressive, while she's on the court and focused, she gives you a +1 Ongoing to Speedball Moves Lead the Line and Control Play

    • she's inspiring, you can heal 1 Harm per game if you open up to her

    • she's a little wicked, for every String you give her, take +1 Forward with Unsportsmanlike Conduct

    On a miss, she's scary good, and giving you a run for your money. She might supplant you as the team captain, the Coach Ryan seems to have taken a shine to her.

  • edited May 2016
    Le Revenant

    Comme les anges à l'oeil fauve,
    Je reviendrai dans ton alcôve
    Et vers toi glisserai sans bruit
    Avec les ombres de la nuit;

    Et je te donnerai, ma brune,
    Des baisers froids comme la lune
    Et des caresses de serpent
    Autour d'une fosse rampant.

    Quand viendra le matin livide,
    Tu trouveras ma place vide,
    Où jusqu'au soir il fera froid.

    Comme d'autres par la tendresse,
    Sur ta vie et sur ta jeunesse,
    Moi, je veux régner par l'effroi.

    — Charles Baudelaire

    Style notes
    - Chiasmus, especially when answering questions
    - Internal monologue is 1st person (because 2nd is the dark power)
    - Never use a long word when a diminutive verbalisation will suffice
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