Post by mindcontrolsquid on Nov 18, 2015 11:37:30 GMT -6
Zombie cows on a tightrope, hmm...
Although I could honestly see this idea sprouting in a more serious context. Perhaps a cabal of evil necromancers hoped to spread a curse of undeath through livestock, but something went wrong and slaughtered cattle rose again to devour the living in a sick parody of nature. There is something to be said about taking something innocuous or mundane and giving it otherworldly or supernatural menace (I think that accounts for about half of all horror films, actually). And even if the zombie cows are all destroyed, the livelihoods of farmers across the kingdom would be irrevocably damaged, causing food shortages, economic difficulties, violence, disease, and all manner of society-destroying shenanigans. A setting ripe for brave and ruthless adventurers to take advantage of, I would think...
Post by mindcontrolsquid on Nov 18, 2015 14:05:53 GMT -6
3) The PCs find that their latest dungeon expedition to the Hall of the Goblin King has gone awry due to goblin lawyers issuing a restraining order against them. Can they launch a successful appeal, or will they settle out of court?
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Undead bovines are nothing to laugh about. There is a story about a bull eating the burnt ashes of a Draugir. It menaced a region for many years according to legend. Now Norse undead are nasty enough as it is. Make it a bull and it becomes pretty d**n awful! So the cows are undead in the kingdom? Time to find the source of the curse! Now as to being funny, well yeah....
thorswulf boils down my main conflict I find with the concept: Yes, from our modern perspective, this would be story, as goofy as hell. - But there are certainly ways to tell the story in a straight fashion that is not entirely laughable. I picture an engagign scenario for kids, or one of those *drunk D&D nights*.
- Like, centaurs that have been zombified, or minotaurs that have been zombified? Myself, I have centaurs in my home campaign, and they are the scourges of any lower-level party already. Them being undead and even harder to fight effectively would probably be... Something that I need to try some time, actually!
There are also two scenarios - written by Keith Baker, of "Eberron" fame, no less - in the old d20 "En Route" books by Atlas Games, called "The Hell Cow", and "Hell Cows". So, bringing this together as sort of a bigger scenario wouldn't be... Wait for it... Udderly impossible.
As I ponder zombie cattle in a "Black Moo" scenario I have to wonder … where can I get a bunch of cow minis?
I'm running my homebrew crew through Blackmoor at the moment and think that a "Black Moo" side adventure could be hilarious.
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Pegasus makes an inexpensive box of nice 1/48 scale Farm animals including about 6 cows. As an added bonus, you can zombify the other farm animals included. They may be a bit large for your 28mm figures, but then they are fantasy cattle after all. Who knows what the magic-users have been up to in the barn?
ERTL makes 1:64 scale cattle, cheap to buy on Amazon as well. Probably a better way to get a visual on the infected herd.