>Your PCs are all regular, ordinary folk riding the subway late one night, trying to get home.>One by one, each character fell asleep, missing not only their stop, but every stop.>By the time they wake up, they discover that they and their train have been left abandoned.>They know they have to fin their way upward, and they know they have to stick together.>What they don't know is just how far down they really are, or what is down there with them.What do your PCs find beneath the city streets, in the secret places deep underground?
>>53361294Just do every entry dungeon ever and put some ol' fantasy big rats.Also theyy will be like totally in flavour
>The tunnels are too quiet and sound doesn't carry.>The tunnels are full of extraneous unexplained noises.>The tunnels shift and move around the PCs randomly.>The PCs find evidence of others getting lost before them.>Something begins stalking the PCs through the tunnels.>The PCs begin tracking something through the tunnels.>The PCs lose a member of their party in the tunnel.>The PCs gain a new party member in the tunnels.
>>53361294feral hobos who wandered into this strange realm and never found a way out. literal molemen. giant worms. sentient colonies of insects and/or rats. spiders in every shape and size. strange fungi.
>>53361294There's a tribal society in Metro 2034 that believe the tunnels were dug out by giant worms. They worship said worms and also sacrifice people to them. The leader of the tribe was able to practice a form of hypnosis.
I'm trying to remember the name of a short story I read about a guy who accidentally crossed into another dimension on a subway, and when he tried to get back to our reality, he ended up in yet another reality, and realized he was probably never getting back to Earth.I think it might have been a Stephen King short. Anybody know what I'm talking about?
>>53365035I've read a lot of Steven King and it's not ringing any bells. Clive Barker maybe?
>>53361294>Sometimes the PCs will see trains that pass, but always pass whatever platform (I mean, they'd be abandoned anyway) they're on, and they don't look too friendly anyway. among these include:>A rusted, old train from an earlier time, it seems in as bad shape as a train that old should be, if the PCs are able to make a successful spot check, they might see some familiar faces aboard belonging to people they know are passed on>A modern train, but this one passes with no one inside. No passengers, no driver, nothing. But screaming can be heard inside>>53362395>some of the Feral Hobos have degenerated to the point of looking outright like zombies>some, may in fact, be certainly operating in a way humans should not survive either.
>>53361294Sounds like an interesting idea fora short horror adventure.
Inspiration for thread
>>53361294I remember a great bit for this someone came up with like a year ago.Every other terminal they come across a shop. It's in one of those enclosed boxes here the shopkeeper talks through a speaker embedded in the shatter proof glass of it's front. They have all kinds of ares from snack food to radios that pick up weird signals, big old #1 foam fingers and air horns, maps of the immediate area but no further than the next terminal, to guns and ammo but are always cagey about why they stock it.The shopkeeper is always the same individual.Whenever the players arrive the shopkeeper is always "a few minutes to closing time" so they have to rush there purchases. After a time set buy the DM the shopkeep says all purchases are final, thanks for your business then pulls metal blinders don over the window.Players never see the shopkeep leave.If they some how get in or manage to peek in they find it empty, shelves and ground lined with dust and the light bulb burnt out.
When the players finally find a tube station map, they find it has a completely different layout to what it normally has. The stations are smudged and unreadable, but a low level knowledge/science/healing check will let the player notice that the map is now in the shape of a brain, with the players station apparebtly being somewhere in the subcortex, where the subconcious lives.
>As the PCs continue to explore the tunnel system beneath the city, they discover evidence of others who have gotten lost down there in the dark.>Abandoned backpacks and shed clothing, makeshift campsites and hidden boltholes, graffitied warnings and long-unread goodbye letters.>Three separate characters slowly begin to emerge: a frihtened college-aged girl, a graffiti-artist and a homeless vet turned survivalist.>Each one leaves different clues as to what might be happening in the underground and how the PCs might escape that are worryingly contradictory.
Every so often the players come across an old emergency phone in the tunnels, on which they can get a hold of a subway maintenance worker that can give them a little intel and direction as they try to escape the underground. However, this friend on the phone is:>Just a regular Joe who is totally out past his depth with this spooky stuff.>A hallucination experienced only by the one player who picks up the phone.>Some sort of evil entity purposefully trying to confuse and mislead them.>Lost deep down in the underground just as badly as the players are too.>The father of another lost girl who really only cares about her safe return.
>>53365035Does it go something like My name is Andrew Erics. I lived, once, in a city called New York. My mother is Terrie Erics. She's in the phone book. If you know the city, and you read this, find her. Don't show her this, but tell her I love her, and that I'm trying to come home. Please.
>They literally find clones of themselves trying to accomplish the same goal>Find a government funded secret lab that conducts experiments on people>An amalgam of hands, heads, and other extremities that murderers try to hide in the sewers that has come to lifeI love science-horror
>>53361294>Some tunnels have ancient cave painting that seems to imply worship of some sections>Said sections of the tunnel are sentient and try to digest whoever stays too long in it
>>53361294>Urban Unease threadYYYEEEESSSS
As the players are following one of the many tunnels, they realise the style of the tunnel is changing. The cement walls are giving way to elegant marble. The floor becomes flagstones, and then mosaics. Soon it becomes obvious to everyone that the tunnel has essentially become ancient roman in design.And that's when they find the exit. It's roman themed, with the turnstyles made of elaborate metalwork, and the signs being written in Latin. Even the coinslots indicate they are for denarii. Past these gates, one can see the sun shining down a staircase leaning up. The area seems deserted.On the wall near these turnstyles, daubed in grafitti:>DON'T JUMP THE TURNSTYLES, WHATEVER YOU DO.>No, do it!>Are you kidding? I saw the 'security guard"!>Allright guys, I'm gonna jump it. If I make it over ok, I'll come back and write something.There is nothing written underneath.
>>53361294>this the dlc from the Urban Unease-Spooky Cozy appartment complex edition>the player expect something nice, nothing to much murderous compared to what they lived in the appartment>they are wrong
>>53371392>Does it go something like>My name is Andrew Erics. I lived, once, in a city called New York. My mother is Terrie Erics. She's in the phone book. If you know the city, and you read this, find her. Don't show her this, but tell her I love her, and that I'm trying to come home. Please.No, that's the creepypasta that someone who had read the original story ripped off. In the original story, the "people" he first encountered looked like monsters but didn't seem to pay attention to him, or at least didn't care that he didn't look like them. I read that creepypasta looking for the real story yesterday.
>>53372243There can still be creepy-cozy aspects to a surreal subway story, but the PCs are still going to want to escape to the life they'd known before they got spirited away. Think of the subway sort of like an underground, urban Tir-Na-Nog.
>>53372288I swear that's an SCP.
>>53372427You can make a lot of thing cozy even subway, but the tone of this thread is a lot more creepy and violent compared to the 3 last thread about the decrepit appartement complex, it was a tad more wacky and comfy
>>53372453Is there an archive link or any screencaps of that thread? The one that had the little picture of the apartment with the neon signs and air conditioning units.
>>53372723http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Urban%20uneaseHere you go, there is also some other threads with the same theme
>>53372429>I swear that's an SCP.It could be, but I know that this >>53371392 isn't it.
>>53372453Maybe we should inject a bit of cozy into it then:>There is a whole society of people living in the tunnels with its own history, art and culture. None among hem have been to the surface in about 40 years and all are politely skeptical of how the PCs describe it.>One large, domed chamber is covered from top to bottom in graffiti that shines softly and strangely in the darkness. The longer the PCs state at it, the more sure they become that the graffiti is shifting and swirling slowly.>In various abandoned stations and maintenance rooms, someone has posed groups of department store mannequins and props into dioramas. Some are fanciful and some are funny, but all are a bit off.>The lighting in one particularly narrow stretch of tunnel is on the blink, regularly throwing the PCs into pitch darkness. Each time the lights come back on, they find that their marching order in line has been rearranged.>An eternal rave seems to have taken over one old subway station, and always seems to be in full-swing whenever the PCs visit. When asked how to get out of the tunnels, no one seems sober or cojent enough to answer.
>>53361294>An area of utility tunnels is inhabited by a small group of drunk frat bros. They say they were locked in the university's steam tunnels over the weekend as part of a hazing ritual to join the Upsilon Upsilons. >They're too drunk to remember where the exit is, and will always insist that they've only been down here for a day or so. >They seem to have a near-unlimited supply of cheap beer. Every time you turn around, you'll see someone cracking open a 24-pack, or rolling out another keg. >Some nearby areas of the tunnels are completely walled-in by massive piles of empty beer cans and bottles.
>>53372810>>53372453>>53372427I like the idea of the underground being some kind of dark wonderland or urban fae realm that can be good or bad or both or neither, depending on your actions and interactions within it.
>>53361294>A working Roman bath, complete with a large central public bathing area, frigidarii, tepidarii, caladarii, saunas, and attendants offering towels and oil massages. The changing rooms even include togas for the more-modest bathers to wear in the public baths. And the dirty tunnel denizens who use the baths add an authentic ancient feel. >Nobody can agree on the origin of the baths. Some people say that it's the remains of a roman-themed public pool from the late 1800s. Others claim that it used to be a gay bathhouse, built anywhere between the 1910s and 1980s. Some claim that it truly is a 2000-year-old Roman ruin, although the masonry doesn't quite look *that* old...>The baths are run by a fat 70-something Italian guy who is always dressed in a purple toga. He is sometimes seen reciting songs and poetry in fluent Latin (well, it *sounds* pretty fluent).
>>53375445Anomalous wrecks and ruins of all sorts can be found buried deep beneath the streets, having been tunneled to and co-opted by the people who have taken to living down in the city's subways and sewers. No one knows what the oldest, deepest ruin might be, but many believe it may be responsible for all the rest.
A young man fishing in a reservoir. He never stands up from the blanket under him, almost the same pattern as the surrounding floor. His legs slowly kick over the edge, gently creating ripples in the surface.Whatever it is, its not water. You saw how it looked on his toes when he bent his knee at an impossible angle just to smell the liquid. He seemed mildly disappointed at the smell, but didn't stop fishing.
>>53376373So the story of young Cthulhu before he got all old and fat and had to nap for untold millennia because the 'stars weren't right'?
>>53365035Thats an old /x/ pasta
All right, I WILL finish writing up my NY metro horror session this time, I swear on my lazy ass, this thing is from it >>53370495Will post it tomorrow evening, at most
>>53378908That's a far older scifi staple. Even the Simpsons did a variation, albeit the butterfly effect with Homer time traveling and finally giving up when he was able to find a home that was "close enough". Sliders also comes to mind.
You find yourself on an empty subway platform. You notice a staircase leading down. You follow it to another sub-level., another, more dusty and more empty platform. You go further down. How many sub-levels can there be? You think this is the twentieth... or thirtieth. The staircase turns more and more old, dilapidated. Tiles get replaced by bare cement walls, cathode lights by sets of lightbulbs. What gets you concerned the most is that graffiti stopped a couple levels up. Several levels down even the cement disappears. Walls and stairs themselves seem chiseled out of stone. Thick black wire connects solitary, buzzing lighbulbs. The staircase is getting narrower, until only one person could fit. Instead of zig-zagging flights of stairs with clear landings you get a claustrophobic spiral staircase, winding ever downward counterclockwise.Is it getting hot in here?
>>53379464Lightbulbs stop and so do you. It's more like a tunnel than any staircase now. Shadows quickly turn into pitch-black darkness and you obviously won't even consider going further. You curse the curiosity that lead you here, stupidly telling you to try go just a couple more steps down. You hear your breath in the hot humid air of this place. Beyond that - drops of water hitting some larger pool further in the darkness. And something else. An echo? Echo of faint footsteps, coming from down below. Some... one?... is coming. You've been heard.
>>53379464>>53379690Even though this is basically just http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-087, I quite like it.
>>53361294There's a subway conductor on the New Jersey PATH line between WTC and Newark who's always very cheery, way too cheery to be the conductor of the late-night PATH trains. "Welcome to beautiful Newark, New Jersey! This is the end of the line."Why's he so cheerful all the time? It is a spoooooky mystery!
>>53361294Ladies and gentlemen, the Subway Cricket Lady:http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/cricket-flinging-woman-sends-train-riders-chaos-article-1.2765937When it comes to the subway you really don't have to go too far to make things crazy, because reality does the job just as well
>>53381127Charon's modern incarnation running the subway line to Hades, New Jersey."You can check out anytime you like but you can't ever leave."
>There's a certain order of turns, that most everyone knows, that'll take you to it. It's the real deal, a true exit. You can hear the busy street just beyond, see shadows of of peoples feet as they pass. It seems to open out of a steel sewer drain..... only six centimeters wide.>There's a had-full of skeletons near and around it. People who've wasted away staring out at their freedom from this dark twisted prison. So close yet, so very far away.
>>53382274Do they all float down there?
>>53370495so the killingfloor shopkeeper?
>Someone has painted this tunnel in a rainbow pattern. >There's a low, yet oddly pleasant hum as you walk through it. If you run quickly through the tunnel, the hum becomes a beautiful song.
>The players sometimes hear voices when no one else is talking>Sometimes they even see shadows cast by people who aren't there>These entities don't seem hostile, but do seem to want to be left alone
>>53371857 That's actually pretty good.
>>53375445Go to bed, Ragnar.
Mind the Gap between the train and the platform edge.It is terrible and will show you no mercy.
>>53361294There's a large crack in the wall of a service tunnel. Some manner of liquid with the rippling sheen of spilled petrol is leaking from it. If you look through the crack, you'll see a place. Everyone sees a different place.
Deep in the tunnels, a war rages. Strange hybrids of rat and cockroach scurry about, plotting their conquest of the surface, swarming over unfortunate hobos to devour or infest. They are opposed by the Best Boys, a small army of once loved dogs who lost their owners. Oddly intelligent, the canines are convinced their masters are still out there somewhere, and throw themselves into battle with the scuttling hordes to ensure the safety of their humans, wherever they might be.
There is a laboratory deep within the tunnels that houses advanced machinery and xenophobic scientists. It's a meth lab that cooks the really high grade stuff.
If one pays close attention to the magazines and newspapers left scattered about, they find that they often reference "current events" from the distant past, or more rarely events that never took place entirely. Allusions to "the event" are often made, but the writers seem to actively avoid speaking about it directly.There is a librarian deep into one of the substations that is attempting to piece together the fragmented news and bits of history to attempt to work out "where things went wrong". He pays handsomely for new texts, but not necessarily in money. Or at least not in any money you recognise.
>>53384528Lovely big guns
>>53389638The secret ingredient is the blood of teenagers that come down in the tunnels to smoke dope and have sex. The "monster" that keeps hunting kids is just a scientist in hi-tech hazard suit to avoid all the hobo piss.
>>53391671I do like monsters with a biomechanical flourish, nigh indestructible that eventually turn out to be regular jackoffs in some kind of hazard suit.
You've been working your way through some old machine rooms when you start to hear music and muffled conversation. Rounding a corner you find yourself in a bar full of hipsters. Lots of furniture made from pallets and people in strange clothes. Talking to the people there you find out that its the opening party for an art performance art show. The art is pretty bad, but at least there is an open bar. You occasionally stumble across the bar every now and again in your travels. Although the patrons and occasion is different every time, the drinks are always free.
You have travelled down to the deepest parts of the underground rails. This is an old project, construction that dates to just after the turn of the last century. These were not intended to be normal rails but rather a private system for the richest and most powerful's own use, made with the height of technology at the time and sparing no creature comforts. A separate arterial system connecting the most important, affluent parts of the city: veins pumping the money where it needs to go. The archetecture has a distinctive gothic flair, every tunnel having an arched, tiled ceiling designed like some ancient cathedral. Bas-relief statues rest in alcoves set at intervals along every passage, some of histories familiar faces but given godlike proportions: captains of industry remade as marble deities.It is difficult to see why the lines never opened. The construction seems complete, rails are laid, even trains sit idle, ready, their interiors old but resplendent. Plush red velvet curtains, pillowy seats, now ravaged by time, thick with coated dust. The handrails flake gold foil at the merest touch exposing worn metal with the patina of ages weighing heavily upon them. Occasionally you hear a rumble, vibrations in the stonework as trains run along active rails. Although it is impossible to be certain, the mind prone playing tricks on itself this far down, it seems as if some of the trains are running BENEATH you. But that would be impossible. All records indicate this is the utmost depth of man's delving beneath the city.All this splendor around you abandoned to the ravages of time. It's hard to imagine all of this has passed the attention of looters or squatters.
I'm surprised this hasn't shown up yet:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3mqws965XQWonder City. A city beneath Gotham City. Constructed in the 19th Century it had storefronts, housing, libraries; all the amenities of civilization but expanded with super science made available by the wondrous Lazarus Pit at the heart of its construction. Pity about the long term effects of Lazarus driving the citizens to madness, the entire city erupting into a debased orgy of violence and mayhem until it was sealed off, all the residents who survived dragged off to Arkham Asylum. And Wonder City itself was largely forgotten.
>>53393319Old, worn postcard
>>53393978Graffiti can be fun, especially if it starts as simple tagging but changes as you move deeper into a location, the messages becoming paranoid, then frantic, then cryptically referring to some kind of threat until finally you come across an area that looks like someone used an awful lot of dark red paint splashed all over the walls and floor. Spray cans are strewn about the place. Some of them appear to have been punctured by something long and thin with tremendous force behind it. You never find the punk kids themselves.
>>53370495Over 'ere, stranger.
https://my.mixtape.moe/sxsfcn.7zhere's my take on what I compiled from an old thread.not pretending it's an official version, I'm just posting it because I processed it a bit to make it easier to use
A line that leads to an abandoned secret underground church worshipping unknown and thoroughly unsanitary looking gods.
>>53395327Bonus points if the thing is totally underground and the source of the light streaming in from the windows and upper dome is completely is completely unidentifiable.I love how those pews look, too. In the middle of the railways for the body these are railways for the soul. But sending it to where?
>>53395533The railway lines are aligned with ancient ley lines of mystical power with the church as the focal point.
The only source of law deep within the underground is the commission, a group of mafioso that got lost in the tunnels escaping from the cops. Heavily armed with weapons that come from the twenties. People who have done favors for the commission are treated like kin, but crossing them will have a hit put out on your parties collective heads.
>>53396559"You lookin' at me? Hey, you lookin' at me? Well I don't see any other Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dweller so you gotta be lookin' at me!"Seriously, do NOT fuck with the workers who were left to mutate in the underground support structure they built for New York. They still have a very strong union.
>>53395327>>53393121>>53393307Maybe combine these. Rich bastards funding an underground works for themselves complete complete with church, an underground club (the rich men's variety, not the girly dance kind since naturally No Womankind Allowed) their own little world tucked far from the prying eyes of the little people, accessible from their private rails.Built, of course, by common laborers living in underground camps to speed the lengthy construction. In the ways of such men many of them brought their wives and girlfriends, even ladies of comfort and illest repute. At some point their is a labor dispute that escalates into open revolt. These men end up occupying the opulent structures they built with their own toil. Even the Pinkertons prove insufficient to dislodge them since even the most mercenary thug finds himself ill-prepared to deal with men covered in dark grease to blend into the shadows, in territory they know because they laid it brick by brick, slipping out of the darkness and burying a mattock in your skull.So if you're a rich bastard who figures the whole affair is spoiled, probably way too much blood on the carpets by this point, you just cut your losses and seal the damn thing up. Claim there was some industrial accident. They'll die off soon enough... only somehow they don't. There's underground sources of water, hell, the problem is often keeping the tunnels dry. Rats are plentiful. They can grow potatoes, at least, and maybe a few other vegetables under certain conditions.Yeah, you could probably have a divergent breed of hideously inbred mutant molemen living under palacelike conditions, even going to church. Could be fun.
>>53361294They find these symbols
Breached tunnel; flooding in progress
Something is making a nest...
Amazing discovery in London Underground! Tiny trains for anthropomorphic animals! Furry community rejoices! "Vindication!"
>They get up to the surface and the bright warmth of the suns hits them.>Wait, suns?>No, just massively bright lamps hanging from the sky blue vaulted ceiling.>And those aren't exactly buildings like there used to be either. They're subway kiosks like newspaper or snack venders but built several stories tall (all the doors and stairs and shit are actually set up for people their size, the buildings are just styled after the kiosks and all their products are ones that would be found at them)>There aren't roads anymore, just subway tracks as wide as a three lane road.This isn't the surface, just another more massive subway styled after it. And there is a distant rumbling growing closer... Who knows how many dozens of miles away it might be? Who knows how big these trains must be?
>>53398043Animal sized tunnels
Unified urban unease setting no includes:delta green container shipyard for giving players ambitions and problemscozy appartment complex for comfy strangeness and SoLnight shift gas station for limited time invasion challengesthe metro for when you really want to rough your players up
Tunnels that deadend at suspiciously heavy doors that show signs of damage as if some tremendous force on the other side tried to break it down.
>>53389374However with needing to eat the best boys will sometimes lend their noses to find items or people of extreme value. The only shopkeeper in the best boys territory is a Shiba Inu that suffered brain damage at some point in his life and thus he has a speech impediment.
>>53380822fuck I think that's my town's
>>53398449Beyond the door things look normal enough but the deeper you go the more signs of struggles you see. Bullet casings litter the ground, bullet holes riddling the walls, but never any signs of bodies. Deeper still the manmade tunnels give way to rough, uneven stone passages that at first you think are natural until you realize something large and strung dug them. With claws, too, based on some of the gouges in the stone. A short ways inside you find old tools, pickaxes and shovels, even helmets, apparently dropped in a hurry. Still no bodies...
>>53398449We might need a bigger door.
The discovery of an underground rocket test facility labelled Project Gatecrasher. Booster engines affixed to carts attached to railways are common enough but typically tested on long tracks across the desert. This, however, is on a much shorter track that, to your astonishment, terminates at a rock wall. The rock wall proves even more astonishing because it has a capsule partially lodged into the stone wall. Not embedded in the normal sense of a crash but somehow merged into the stone as if when it passed the stone were no more an obstacle than water. Inside the capsule you can find an astronaut with his lower body and partial torso on the righthand side embedded in stone. Opening the faceplate you are greeted by a skull.Hold on to your John Bigboote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjA92f_iCHQ
>>53397882These can be really creepy.Like if the PCs follow a bunch of clues that lead them to some hidden ammo or stuff. Maybe even warns them of a monster, leads them into a side tunnel where they might be safe.>SYMBOLS HAVE BEEN COMPROMISEDFuck
>>53397882>Posting that shitty knock-off instead of actual Hobo signs.Also, these glyphs were literally created by illiterate migrant workers. Why the fuck would a secret global super-science organization dedicated to storing and cataloging the supernatural use fucking pictograms? Is this supposed to be some part of a quadruple-redundant system in case they're fighting a meme SCP that infects all written english words? Shittypasta aside, I think there might be some cool uses for hobo lore. Maybe an underground community of elderly hobos who rode the rails until they ran out of rail to ride? Or an anachronistic group of 1930s hobos who have been stuck underground for 80 years but haven't aged a day. The Hobo code might also have some fun uses https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hobo#Ethical_code
>>53398989Oh, and here's some actual hobo signs.
>>53398989>Why the fuck would a secret global super-science organization dedicated to storing and cataloging the supernatural use fucking pictograms?why the fuck wouldn't they? what kind of retarded complaint is this?
>>53398989>being this autistic
>>53398989There is SCP's that can tamper with electronics and writing.
>>53399028>>53399063>Oh no, there's a spooky monster in this building!>I'm not gonna radio to base and let them know.>I'm not gonna give a report to my superiors so they can make a note in some kind of online database.>I'm not gonna leave an encrypted message written on the wall.>No, I'm draw some stupid symbols instead.Pic related: top-secret page from the SCP Foundation training handbook. >>53399075>meme monstersLiterally the dumbest shit in the SCP canon. But since I triggered you, feel free to keep derailing the thread.
>>53399163you have fuckin autism dude
>>53399163Is there a code for you sucking dick? Oh wait I think I found it
>>53399163Are you really too stupid to think of a situation where communication might be cut? SCP explorers die or get stuck all the time, it makes perfect sense they would want to leave behind warnings for the next team to come in.Also encrypted messages is legit retarded. What is the purpose of encrypting them? Are you gonna write the message in 50 languages in case they don't speak whichever one you do?>stupid symbolsso basically nevermind realism or practicality, it just isn't "cool" enough for you. Ironic how you act like pictograms are somehow "childish" (despite almost all real-world organizations using them) and in reality you're the manchild who just wants "Cool shit like, encrypted SECRET messages XDD"
>>53399397His efficacy unwitnessed by his own eyes!I fucking love that image>>53378976Also if anyone's interested I'm writing this shit up, it takes longer than I a expected(again), but I have over the half already, in this pace it should be ready for tomorrow, or next day tops. Basically a horror session inspired by the same topic threads we had a year ago.
You see a bright light at the end of the tunnel. Crossing the threshold you find yourself walking along a forested path in a light drizzle. The air feels unusually warm and still. This must be a park yet strangely you do not feel as if you've ascended enough to be back on the surface. It takes a few moments for your eyes to adjust to the brightness. Slowly, it dawns on you that you can see stalactites extending downward out of the mist. You aren't outside, you are standing in a gigantic cavern.
>>53399163I was just saying, you're the one who's having a bitch fit. Hell, I don't even like SCP.
If you see anyone standing out in the open wearing a gas mask and staring in your general direction blankly, turn around and run away quietly.
>>53401816https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7alUz_ln6q8There are two kinds of people in this world. Are you going to be the pussy who runs away or are you gonna pull up your big boy pants and start kicking?
>>53403108I'm sure it's friendly.
You open a heavy door and emerge from the dirty trash-strewn passages into a nearly-spotless tunnel. The curved walls are decorated in a mid-century style, soft carpet lines the floor, and a few modest pieces of furniture sit against the wall. Apart from the curved walls of the tunnel, it looks very much like an office hallway. It's completely untouched by the normal damage of time, rodents, and vandals. As you take in the surroundings, you even notice the soft sounds of smooth jazz emitting from a small speaker embedded in the wall. At the other end of the tunnel, an identical door opens into another room. The decor is the same, but now obviously decayed by many decades. Only a couple broken bits remain of the furniture. Graffiti covers most of the walls, but the most prominent letters take up almost half the height of the wall, and seem to have been painted with a wide paint roller. >DONT GO BACK TO THE ROOMOf course, there are a few replies scrawled next to it>Why?>If it's written in letters this big, I'm not gonna question it. >I wasn't gonna go back, but now I really want to>What a joke>You forgot an apostrophe>RIP Jenny. Listen to the warning.
A miniature train track runs across the floor of the tunnel. It exits a round mouse-sized hole on one side, and enters another hole on the other side. The hole on the right is lit by tiny yellow light bulbs, and when you peer inside, you can see a tiny model subway platform with tiny plastic people posed on the platform. Every few minutes, a miniature subway train passes through the tunnel and stops at the platform. When it leaves, the figures waiting on the platform seem to have been swapped with new ones. But the train blocks your view of the platform, so you can never see what's happening while the figures are switching. It would be so easy to just reach out and grab a subway car as it zips past on the tiny tracks...
>>53399589Oh hey I've been to that place before. Kinda spooky, but there were a lot of orher people there too. Some kind of Wizard of Oz themepark type place in Western North Carolina, right?
>your PC's are on the 1:15am from X to Y.>What you thought was a hobo snoozing on the train turns out to be a bundle of bones wrapped in clothes stinking of piss>Next to this is a torn-open box labelled 'biohazard'>perception check reveals box was opened from insideSeriously OP, despite the amazing contributions in this thread, there is an author named Christopher Fowler. Pretty much his entire oeuvre is urban paranoia. Go read 'The Bureau of Lost Souls' or 'City Jitters'. Thank me later.
>>53403447Clearly the idiots in there were only capable of communicating with each other through wallscrawl. Just back on out and seal the fucking place again.
>>53403607Yep. Holy Land USA is another fun abandoned park.
This tunnel eats cars.
>>53370697It's posts like this that make me wish for a "like" function on this site.
This stretch of narrow corridors is lined with complicated arrays of old electronics and computer equipment. The tunnels echo with the buzzing and humming of electrical current coursing through thick, old wires. Here and there, you can hear the clacking sounds of electromechanical relays. As you walk past the vintage equipment, an intercom buzzes to life and a pre-recorded voice plays.>Maintenance required in corridor... D... Seven... One. Technician, please proceed to... Left. Ahead of you, you notice a 4-way intersection in the tunnels, and a small flashing light on one of the panels in the left passageway. Was that light blinking before? Before you can ponder this further, the speaker buzzes again.>Technician- *crackle*>Technician, please proceed to... Left. >Technician- *crackle*... Thank you for your cooperation.
>>53378988Yes but the specific details are of an /x/ pasta
>Continue down tunnels, through some scripted means a party member trips and falls to what should have been a fatal height>The member doesnt die immediately, and begin screaming in their death throws>half a minute passes>the screaming doesnt stop>They should be dead, their brains are on the floor>they dont stop fucking screaming>suddenly it clicks>all of the murderhobos and markings of other lost parties all fall into place>they cant die>party, with now the threat of everlasting torture as a concequence for failure, manage to beat the should-be dead party member into enough of a pulp to remove conciousness, however the pain continues, as the gurgling pile of flesh continues wailing>party is forced to move on leaving their party member in a state of everlasting torture
I can do creepy atmosphere. But I suck at the pay-off.
>>53403877Remember: less is more.hidden eldritch shit will seal the deal, dont throw in gibbering flesh monsters and, much to even my own dismay, murder hobos. Keep encounters sparse but absolutely terrifying, with no information revealed, as in stay away from gimics like "a darkness monster which cant go in the light."
>>53403816Clearly these are people for whom "kill it with fire" never crossed their minds.And if they don't have the means to make fire then what the fuck are they doing hunting creepy shit for? You ALWAYS bring fire, dammit! That's been mankind's mantra since they invented the damn thing!
>>53403932but sooner or later the party HAS to figure out what their dealing with. the "big reveal" as it were. And at that moment the reveal has to be both satisfying given the build up, and transition nicely from being "creepy" fear of the unknown to "terrifying" knowing just how screwed you really are .But you are right, less IS more, sparse encounters with no clear resolution and no additional information gleamed is good, keeps the players from building up confidence. Throw enough crazed hobos at them will either give them the sense of invincibility when they constantly beat them back, or they will be so on-guard that they are no longer surprised when violent shit happens.
>>53403992so what happens when the fire has no effect on the scary monster-thing? or "Killing it with fire" just makes it worse?
>>53404029Then clearly you didn't use enough fire, but if you're going to be a big baby about it then fine, use mankind's backups: sharp stick and pointy rock.At any rate, in this scenario there's no reason it wouldn't work on their fallen comrade. If the brain is somehow still active enough despite death then burn it to ash. It's unlikely to still function.
>>53404005Hm... What would be a good reveal?I cant really think of any proper monster to fill the role besides"unknowable eldritch demigod" which kinda ruins the fun.I wish there was a way to keep something explainable while still having that immense sense of scale about it.Heh, maybe the scp fags know what theyre doing, ima check if there are any recent good stories.
>>53404075>Then clearly you didn't use enough fire,Oh I can see this going well.> Shit! Scary Monster-Thing!> KILL IT WITH FIRE RIGHT NOW!!!> Will shit, it doesn't seem bothered by being set on fire, but now it's on fire and setting everything it goes near on fire too.> USE! MORE! FIRE!!!> I really don't see how more fire is going to help the situation.
>>53404086That all of the crap the people are dealing with is actually due to God who is the DM of a game, the very game the players are playing and the characters are suffering through. When it is ultimately discovered that God, aka The DM, was asking 4chan for advice the characters have to convince the players to beat him to death with pool cues.
>>53404163That man is doubting the fire. He is clearly an anti-fire operative and must immediately be fired, with fire.
>>53404086>while still having that immense sense of scale about it.It doesn't always HAVE to have a massive scale to it, it might just be the kind of thing that gets the players to say "We can't handle this thing".
>>53404086DESU, any "big reveal" you plan for a game has only about a 20% chance of actually making your players go "holy shit!" Unless you're running a totally-scripted game, it's very hard to pull off a climax perfectly with the right tone, pacing, etc. I'm not saying you shouldn't try to do big scary reveals, but if you run a session with that as the goal, you're setting yourself up for disappointment.
>>53371392where is this from I am intrigued
>>53403749For some reason, I really like this idea.
The city station is a phenomena occured only very rarely inside the labarynthine tunnels under the station. It initially appears as a standard train station platform, like one of the many that appear, seemingly organically through the tunnel network. This one is unusual in that the exit actually exists and doesn't simply lead further in. Using the exit takes the person out onto a street at night, but something will immeadiately seem off. No one's around. Everything is made of harsh concrete blocks. The stars in the sky have a strange sodium-yellow tint to them. And then it becomes clear. The whole city is still a part of the station. Roads are rail lines. The sky above is actually a distant ceiling, with lamps in place of stars. Buildings are shop fronts, with everything being made from reappropriated train station materials, like someone tried to make a city with only a limited number of object "types". It is best to turn back at this point, as going into any subway entrance but the one you came up from is likely to lead you in confusing circles, to trap you in the city. And if you find anyone else in the city besides yourself, do not help them, do not anger them, and definitely do not lead them to the station you came in through.
>>53361294No, GM. We are not playing Let it Die.Stop it.
>>53361939One trick I like to use in weird horror games is to have the PCs encounter a dead body that eerily resembles the one who found it. Used sparingly it can provide a lot of impact.
>>53410968If you REALLY want to scare them? Have them find in the hands of that corpse a bunch of blood encrusted 20 sided die all showing 1s. No matter how they roll they always come up 1s. And the blood DOES NOT WASH OFF! Mwahahahahaha
>>53403816>death throwsIt's "death throes".
>>53404362>where is this from I am intriguedDid you try selecting the text, copying it, and pasting it into the google search bar
>>53411386not in tabletop it's not
>>53411386>not suplexing Death, breaking his spine over your knee, and then throwing him out of the ringThe state of /tg/ these days, I tell you hwhat.
>>53412291That's a nat20 death throe
Ancient cities...or modern ones. The secret reversed city where it turns out that the the city hasn't just been building up for a higher skyline but someone, or some cabal, has been building downward. People get in the elevator to go to work or to their apartment and the elevator is occasionally rigged to take them down to the lower city, another unwilling occupant.
Faaaabulous salt mines.
>>53404086I like to think of massive scale more as the way something carries itself. Or how the world reacts. A barefoot man in a pristene three-piece suit but oil is dripping on and off all over his skin. This is unsettling but seems small.But instead of making him just oily, maybe trickles of oil are spouting from walls and the ground and the ceiling and lights and it is all being drawn toward this man. And when he speaks to you the oil also listens and trembles, almost like when you run a strong magnetic field theough ferric liquids. Giving a character an external force to their actions makes them more grand. A ripple in a cup of water that precedes a T-Rex makes the appearance of said T-Rex more powerful.
The modern tunnels give way to increasingly older tunnels, what look like European style catacombs that shouldn't exist in the US. You start finding increasingly disturbing carvings in the walls.
>>53385038That shit was so creepy, especially when you took damage from listening to the pipes too long.
>>53404173Holy fuck this
>>53413922I love the idea of finding secret cold war bunkers for the mega rich to survive nuclear holocaust. One of the players is hurt by an accident and it turns out the place is still staffed with super friendly people who take the players in for treatment.Turns out that the place is being renovated for a projected end of the world scenario where overpopulation, climate change, and the resulting floods, droughts, disruption to food supplies - and the resulting violence as the poor and unfortunates who can't afford the new prices tear societies apart.Oh, and it turns out they really don't want anyone to know about their secret luxurious bunker and so they're planning on killing you! In fact the "accident" was an early attempt to kill you but only injured one player.GOOD LUCK!
Something metallic clatters beneath your boot. It's an old metal sign, pressed letters with remnants of black paint on a white background. It reads:>DARPA>FACILITY SIERRA>CBRN MOPP LEVEL 4 BEYOND THIS POINT
>>53414682>CBRN MOPPCabron mops? So this is clearly the level for the immigrant janitors.
>>53414441You can do a variation on this one where it turns out that the richie riches jumped the gun say back during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Someone thought this was the end and caught all radio contact with the surface to spare them the horrors of everyone dying above them. Their plans were to wait for the radiation to drop and then arise to the surface as kings of the mutants with their money and technology! Truly gods among the misshapen mortals they assumed they'd find.Bonus points if it turns out their sensors are still showing dangerous levels of radiation because they built their bunker above a future Superfund Site and they're just reading toxic waste.I guess it's a bit Bioshock. I suppose you could do things where they have scientists too trying to alter their genetics to make them hardier and superior to survive the assumed nuclear wasteland above only they've been driven insane or whatever. I mean you could if you wanted to.
>>53365035Sounds similar to Job: A Comedy of justice, but it had a cruise ship instead of a subway.
>>53414839"Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear; Minimum Operational Protective Posture 4."Just in case you weren't just trying to make a bad joke.
>>53414950Hey, this is 4chan. These are all bad jokes, ese.
>>53414930A ship, eh?Sure, how about the importability of finding a drydock deep underground. Variable ideas for it including naming it THE ARK or it could be, say, the USS Eldridge (DE-173):https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia_ExperimentI'm partial to that second one myself.
>>53415310Those cuh-raaaazy Ruskies!
>>53414999The real joke is that the use of CBRN makes it not current (as CBRNe has been the term for over a decade) but not super old (as CBRN replaced NBC when dirty bombs became a thing post-Cold War) and that basically gives it a pretty short timeframe that this sign would be from.
>>53414441I more like a different concept. When its some futuristic post-apo setting, where sure, there are secret underground facilities, but they are all high tech and stuff.And then you stumble into some Cold War remnant that has been decomissioned in early 80s. Kind of that moment when John Connor storms the bunker in T3 and with each step realise he's basically inside a fucking museum, with everything inside being older than he's himself. Shit movie, but I fucking love that sequence.Now imagine that being extrapolated in some 22th century setting.
>>53415715Although I can't imagine it really working for a game I DO like the idea of a bunch of old farts in their comfort bunker who plan on returning to the surface after nuclear war with advanced super technology!"Behold, imbeciles, and cower before the might of our...CORDLESS PHONES!""Hey, fuck you, jackhole! I'm trying to listen to my iPod!"".......... Dear GOD listen to how their language has devolved into gibberish!"It's still possible to make it a game if it turns out the rich dbags also stockpiled some nukes they bought off some corrupt generals in case they discovered the Ruskies needed a bit more thrashing so the true Ameican yuppie could unopposed rule as God intended. When they discover there was no nuclear war they decide to kickstart it themselves. Extreme bonus points if after the players thwart their ill-conceived schemes it turns out they were planning of of really old maps and their targets in the USSR turned out to be poor little Moldova. Horrific but hardly likely to cause the Russians to retaliate with WWIII.
>>53415922That makes... zero fucking sense.All of it
>>53415310The discovery of a flooded cavern under New York City with the wrecked and overgrown remains of a modern day ship, however the ship must have been wrecked long before such a vessel could have been constructed and there is also no indication how in the hell such a ship could have even gotten inside the cavern. The Army Corp of Engineers manages to drain the cavern, albeit temporarily, allowing a team of researchers to board and investigate the derelict. Not the best pic for it but I think it gets the visuals.
>>53416413I like the idea of underwater cave exploration when you're under a city. Something about knowing there are millions of people happily going about their lives above your heads but you're in these incredibly deadly areas with the clock ticking until you run out of air. I do like the idea of finding derelicts, places whose presence defies explanation yet they serve as temporary refuges where there are pockets of air, stale but breathable, and yet potentially no less dangerous. Especially if you plan on adding critters into the mystery.
>>53416413Why does it sound awful familiar to the Xenozoic Tales?
>>53416520Hm, can't help you there. Sorry. Closest it reminds me of is the surely just around the corner Half-Life 2: Episode 3! With the Borealis, an Aperture Science vessel that vanished along with part of the drydock in what is assumed was a teleportation accident.
>>53417149I personally preferred haunted otherworlds. As the players descend they find the place a twisted hellscape, like a prison or lunatic asylum only the inmates are running it. Despite knowing the way back when they climb back up the stairs they end up on another layer and another no matter how far they climb, unable to reach the surface and safety.Until they solve the mystery, or die trying, looks like they're the inmates too.
>>53413866I might be autistic, but each time I see pics of those megacities I always think about how and where did they find the materials needed to build them.
>>53417393Drow skyscrappers carved out of giant stalactites and stalagmites.
>>53371420>extremities that murderers try to hide in the sewers that has come to lifeLove this one. What a cool idea.
>>53371469The Borderlands inspiration?
>>53361294A small side door leads not to more tunnels but a room apparently made from warm living flesh.Disturbing to be certain but the warmth is a welcome change from those cold tunnels and that low heartbeat like pulse is oddly soothing.
>>53418103I like it but I'd make it more than a room. Also give it weird denizens, skinless humanoids that communicate in weird chittering voices and who move among the fleshy architecture, occasionally giving it a loving stroke while cooing soothingly.Nearby there are human bodies like pic related. Next to each is piled clothing that indicates they were normal commuters. Their skin has also been removed but they are clearly somehow still alive and in great pain. Various tubes run from their bodies to nearby flesh, fluids being drained from them apparently to feed the walls.One of the human victims spots you and screams for help, alerting the chittering beings to your presence.
>>53418311Coming soon to home video starring Jeffrey Combs.
>>53392877>Talking to the people there you find out that its the opening party for an art performance art show. The art is pretty bad, but at least there is an open bar. Thats not uneasy, that sounds pretty cozy
>>53403447>burning need to know why not intensifies
>>53418424I'm still trying to figure out what constitutes the "other room" since there's basically a hallway connecting the trashy place to another room on the far side that, well, some people have trashed. Also they communicate, against all reason, in graffiti. So... is the hallway considered the room? Is the other end of the hallway back where you came from the other room? Is there an as-yet unseen room?It's the Lair of the Trapmaster all over again!
>>53418311I was going for more of a subtler more insidious 'return to the womb' type of vibe but whatever.
>>53418523Frigging magical realmer. Get your imagination out of your mommy's cooch!
>>53418607This, by the way, is just another one of those bad jokes, in particular an Oedipus Rex joke. That said while we've had murderhobos, CHUDs, molemen, and the like living underground how about a weird cult that dresses like pic related (also Oedipus Rex). Incest need not apply but, you know, whatever.
>>53361294Paranoia is the key. Not everyone who rides the subways is who they seem to be. For some, humanity is only skin deep.
Bump you fools
>>53385038Seems to me people find ghost children to be entirely creepy. People find little kids being hurt abhorrent so dead ones are intrinsically off-putting. Even when they aren't hostile and don't seem to mind the players. Mostly auditory and telekinetic disturbances. Sounds of children whispering. Laughing, crying, occasional cries for their mothers. Sights of strange, childlike shadows, objects, mostly toys, being moved. A player feels a small hand grip their own but looking down they see nothing.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Rbm3kzQt-Y&t=31m40sJust your normal creepy ghost kids, perfectly harmless...at least until they decide they want to "play" with you and you'd be much more fun if you joined them as ghosts. Seriously, kids can be cruel.
>>53361294How about some radio stations?>Midnight City: A smooth voiced DJ who never introduces himself plays light jazz and music that sounds like it belongs in an old Adult Swim bump. No matter where you are you can always tune in.> You've heard stories that if you tune your radio to a certain frequency you can pick up a strange static. People say they hear their names being called, and those who listen for too long sometimes go missing. They become obsessed with the static, needing to find the source.
>>53420226I was just thinking along those lines. I like yours but I was thinking about finding a mysterious control room with radio equipment from the mid-20th century. There's a single chair in front of the terminal with a skeleton sitting in it. The skeleton is mostly held together by the clothing which, though tattered and faded, appears to be a military uniform. The top of the skull has an obvious exit wound about the size of an egg and there is an old pistol, dusty and covered in cobwebs, on the floor beside the chair. The radio equipment is still active and is playing:https://youtu.be/_GjT4V_apdI#t=110
>>53420356This needs something more. Okay, how about this:New York City, for instance, has a lot of top secret shit underground. Nothing too sexy, but a lot of substations, power, water, communications, etc, and a lot of pumping stations meant to keep all of this dry. The river is always the enemy. Well during WWII there was a real fear that Nazi infiltrators would try to sabotage these systems. If memory serves agents arrested some spies and found detailed plans which freaked out officials. The place is so secret it's legally allowed to shoot trespassers:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLPOmtI4W9ISo let's imagine that this soldier was at a security monitoring station. There is a dusty clipboard on a desk by the corpse. Although it's hard to read over the very old blood splatter it appears to be a fairly mundane log of various frequencies he'd picked up, noting time, frequency, and signal strength, typical guard stuff, but on the next page he's started to fill out an Incident Report form that tells a remarkable story. He talks about picking up a strange signal, the same one in the previous vid, that barely comes through the static. He can't identify where it's coming from but what really seems to be bothering him is he swears he can keep hearing it even when the equipment is turned off. He also talks about seeing "her" in the corner of his vision. He's drawn a little image that roughly matches the creepy white haired girl with the large black, empty eyes. He talks about the song getting louder in his head and the louder it becomes the closer she gets. He says she wants him to go with her but he's afraid. That's all he's written and the moment they finish reading the radio equipment suddenly dies. Still, it's too late.
>>53420696It's basically an earworm where the more you hear it the more the louder it plays in your head and the stronger the corresponding hallucinations. People who hear it tend to hum it reinforcing it and spreading it to other people. Worse it somehow seems to somehow spread to any electronic speaker around you. Cell phones, MP3 players, subway announcement systems. Each time you hear it you basically roll for San loss and when you run out you're convinced the creepy girl is coming after you to kill you, however in reality everyone who succumbs dies by their own hands without realizing it. If it plays too long over the subway system you'd end up with everyone climbing onto the track.Anyway it's probably been done. Reminds me of those dumbass Ring movies, really. I mostly like it for the ambiguity. Is there really a creepy little girl who acts like Pyramid Head stalking people? Or is the signal somehow able to trigger a psychotic episode? Is it really spreading to nearby devices or is someone controlling it? Could it all be some kind of deadly experiment? Weaponized sound?And more importantly for the players, how do they stop it? I have no fricking clue.
>>53361294>What do your PCs find beneath the city streets, in the secret places deep underground?They press on, through the dark tunnels, occasionally lit only by the flickering lights which line the tunnels. The light is dim and casts strange and uncomfortable shadows against the walls. The only sound is the steady dripping of moisture from some unknown place onto the floor. It seems like the tunnel is going deeper into the earth. As they descend they notice little by little that the signs of civilization fade, fewer lights, less wiring lining the concrete walls of the tunnels, the tracks, well they ceased a while back. Soon even the concrete walls of the tunnel give way to natural cave walls...Bleak ending: believing that they must've gone the wrong way they turn around to retrace their steps back to the train car, but find that it doesn't go back to the tunnels but more of these winding natural caves. "Our journey begins" ending: Deeper and deeper into the caves they continue, soon pulled down one particular tunnel by the feeling of a cool breeze. They follow the tunnel ever deeper, still tracking that breeze, they see at the far end of one large gallery a bright light. it is indeed an exit, and they all clamor out as fast as they can. Indeed they look up and see nothing but sky, but no buildings, no streets, a vast wilderness stretches before them of hills leading down into a dense forest and beyond those snow-capped mountains. from out of the trees bursts forth a kaleidoscope of colors. These are birds they have never seen... except they are not birds, they look like brightly colored stingrays swimming through the air with the ease one might swim through water. It is then that they hear something growling behind them I'm going to guess that you guys will either prefer the Beak ending or hate them both.
Someone made an awful mess down here...
Doc Oc survived Spider-Man 2! Sort of!
Workers underground uncover a strange sealed doorway.
Discovering weird and weirdly advanced underground ruins.
>>53421958Or straight up elder god looking ruins under modern cities.
Every member of the party randomly loses the ability to see the others, but can hear them as if they are far down the tunnel. (Even though they are really standing next to each other.)
>>53414909>I suppose you could do things where they have scientists too trying to alter their genetics to make them hardier and superior to survive the assumed nuclear wasteland above only they've been driven insane or whatever.Basically what happened to the Askaris in Eden, except the apocalypse really happened.Rich arab princes built underground bunkers when they sensed shit was going to hit the fan, and brought scientists with them, along with plenty of prisoners to experiment on.Years and years later, all the prisonners are dead and the descendants of scientists and princes only have half finished stuff they have to experiment on themselves.
>>53420729>And more importantly for the players, how do they stop it? I have no fricking clue.Maybe they have to find the place from where the signal is emitted and stop it?
I think for anything like this, the most important thing is consistency- start with a central idea and build on it so that you've got a proper consistent approach for the strangeness you encounter- are the PCs all dead after a train accident? Have encounters that fit that.Is it something like the PCs have found themselves in old bunkers from a war / broken into a timeline where say, the cold war is still going, with strange and unsettling tech causing these anomalies?Are you going more occult with magic in the deep places of the world, a labyrinth where all that has been forgotten will wander forever, eternally fleeing the jailer, as whats a labyrinth without a minotaur.Go full lovecraft, the heart of the earth, etc.basically, just pick a theme and stick to it.
No mention of Deros yet? Have we forgotten our roots?
>>53425411Come to think of it, didn't some Japanese folks make a movie about Shaver Mystery stuff a while back? I think it even involved a subway.Anyway:http://sacred-texts.com/ufo/irl/
>>53361294>fat russian lady walks into store with crazy hair>"hey there what can I get you?">speaks in undecipherable shit english>her tard wrangler comes into the store to translate for her>get done with putting meat on her sandwich>"okay what vegetables would you like on this?">she puts her face right next to the glass and starts poking the glass with her tongue really fast>try not to react or gag>she smiles and then starts flicking her tongue at me and says what she wants>check her out real fast and go take my breakDressed like Cruella DeVille or whatever her name is, horrible make-up. Was a lot weirder than I'm probably making it sound.
>>53425438Marebito! That was the one. I remember it being surprising true to the material thematically (though not entirely accurate to the lore in fact), albeit through a Japanese lens. It really did a good job of portraying the experience of being someone who becomes aware of the existence of deros.
>>53424620Would turning it off stop something propagating in people's heads? Maybe if you find a lab with some kind of "counter noise", a brown note to flush it all out. And I mean ALL.
>>53425907If you want pseudoscience then maybe a specialized white noise generator to "flush" the offending sound from the minds of people hearing it. The sound heard by humans over the radio probably isn't the problem it will probably be some kind of embedded frequency we normally can't hear. If the sound is being studied or was otherwise created it's probable that whoever did it has noise cancellation technology to "immunize" themselves, albeit only why they wear special headgear.If you want to be really coy, you can make the "anti-sound" that destroys this one or drives it from people's heads as some pop or rap song or classic rock. Whatever fits your taste.
>>53426379You know, that last one isn't a bad idea. Maybe the PCs figure out that the guys writing all that cookie cutter pop-music are actually embedding anti-sounds into their songs to keep the Signal at bay.
>>53426648There is only one way to fight a creepy Swedish death sound:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEGuHdKn0Lc
Putting aside murder mutants and goblins, what about good old fashioned, "Come out to playyyy," rape/murder gangs? The worst monsters we know in the real world are human, after all.>>53418311That guy looks too goddamn happy for someone who had all his skin ripped off and probably eaten. Maybe he has a pain fetish?
>>53421966Well, why else would the modern cities be built there?
In the distance, you see bright green-tinted light. As you walk along the tracks, the stone tunnels drop away and are replaced by thick green leaves. Bright light filters through the branches overhead, and the air is warm and wet like a greenhouse. Is it sunlight? Did you finally find a tunnel that leads outside? As you scramble up the sides and brush away the branches, your heart sinks. Clouded panes of glass hide nothing more than rows of humming fluorescent lights. Don't be fooled by the pleasant warmth and light. The trees seem to be trimmed only by the force of passing trains cars. That means another train could rush through at any moment, and the dense branches leave no space to take shelter on the sides of the tunnel.
>>53427744The Old Ones wake up hungry, dammit!
>>53399163>radios always work>you'll always get safely back to the base>you always have time to encrypt and write a message, and whoever it is for will certainly have time to decrypt it>redundancy never pays off
>>53399589>>53428208Might be compatible.
>>53414441That is kind of neat.
You find a hidden nuclear bunker populated by two skeletons and their surviving son, a socially inept shut-in who knows nothing of the modern world.He refuses to stop tagging along with the party no matter what they tell him, even offering to buy him a nice prostitute and then secretly paying her extra to shank him.
A small underground movie theater. What films are playing on the screen?
Someone should archive this thread.
You start out following some woman in a big city. She's a nurse. Her job drains everything out of her and she doesn't ever find time for a social life much less a family. Then you jump to a middle aged man in the same city. We see him pass a homeless veteran on his way to the subway. He says he doesn't have time to give anything. He's in a hurry to get to work. Maybe when he comes by on his way home. He gets to work and we see he's a manager, but he's past his prime and the company he works for has hired some young upstart with lots of enthusiasm and ideas who is obviously meant to replace him eventually. We see a bit of him at work and then he gets off and heads to the subway to go home. He's sitting on the train car and we cut to the woman getting off her shift and heading down into the subway. She gets on. Then things take the turn OP described. At first they run into just some basic subway tunnels and platforms with ragged sleeping bags with skeletons in them. As the story progresses, we see parts of the subway that had been turned into shops and homes at one point but are now abandoned and run down with little clues left behind about the lives of the people who used to live there. They find more bodies, some clearly dead from suicide. The story follows the two of them as they make their way up through the abandoned tunnels and at one point one of them gets an opportunity to get closer to escaping back to the surface, but they'd have to betray the other to be left behind. They take the chance and from there the story follows the two separately and we see that the chance was a false hope and whichever one backstabbed the other is no closer to getting out than they were before, and now they're alone.
Secret underground cities are my jam.The flavor I prefer is temporally displaced future city. I realize it's fairly Dinocrisis/Chrono Cross, but rather than the typical ruins I like the notion that some far future calamity forces an extreme survival tactic: relocate a colony into Earth's own past. If you want to avoid the question of why they don't try to prevent the calamity it can be the past of a parallel Earth or whatever threat humanity faces may be too big to be met otherwise. They could be researching a solution on their own.They can slowly siphon resources for their own needs and even sending explorers to the surface but otherwise do not abide anyone from the past discovering them.
>>53433836You can easily do a variation on this one where the city isn't populated by future people at all. They're actually from the present, part of a government experiment in wormhole technology for the purposes of exploring...>time>alternate realities>alien worlds>all threeBasically stealing a page from Stargate where they've been reaping huge benefits from their activities and applying the technology to expand their own operations but they are extremely hesitant to share technology with the world at large until they know it is safe and it won't disrupt the economy.
Hm. How about discovering a secret lunar installation under [name major city here]? How the hell does that make sense? It's a test to create a fully functioning, self-sustaining base to test the viability of future lunar colonization. According to documents found on-site it was dreamed up in the 60s with the purpose of creating a secret colony on the moon. In the event the Cold War went hot Americans/British/Russians/Canadians/TexMexicans/WHOEVER BUILT IT would survive long enough to eventually return to repopulate the Earth. The base was finished in the late 70s and sealed on June 12th, 1979 for a long-term isolation study. The base was fully staffed with some of the best and brightest in several fields who were allowed to conduct various experiments to occupy themselves. There are nearly two years worth of extremely tedious logs detailing secret monitoring of the experiment which suddenly stop on January 3rd, 1981, the entire endeavor presumably completed or abandoned.The front entrance is sealed with a keypad to the right of the door. The door itself is extremely heavy looking reinforced metal with a single viewport. Wiping away a layer of dust brings two surprises. The first is that the interior of the base is lit. At the very least the generators have proven their long-term viability. The other surprise is a series of curious symbols that are quickly recognized as backwards numbers someone has scrawled on the inside of the glass. This is the code for the keypad to unseal the facility.At this point any sensible person would NOPE the fuck out of there but oh no this is a scenario as-if written by Ridley Scott, dammit! Time to earn your Darwin Award! I mean what's the worst that could happen?
>>53434449What's the worst that could happen?Well first comes the curiously horrible odor as the long sealed away atmosphere meets the outside world for the first time in decades. Then there is the discovery that the numbers were apparently written in blood. In fact there is a LOT of blood on the floor you couldn't see through the viewport. It's quite an alarming amount of blood, probably more than a single person could stand to lose, but despite that there is no body.In case you were planning on leaving at this point the door suddenly slams shut and the electronic locks activate. Turns out the base wasn't abandoned; it was quarantined. When unsealed some alarm activates in some far-off government facility. At first it causes confusion, then when they figure out what it means they quickly reactivate the lockdown. Oh, and there is no keypad to open the door from the inside which seems to explain why someone went to the trouble of writing the unlock code in their handily available blood.Whatever else the players discover here they'll also have to eventually deal with a government clean team sent to ascertain who opened the facility, why, and eliminate them even if they turn out to be the kids from Scooby-Doo.
>>53434513You could run a number of different scenarios here. >Run of the mill viral outbreak! >Dr. Ted goes crazy from isolation and murders everyone who won't join his new founded blood cult!>Zombie outbreak!>Intelligent ape revolution!>Some geneticist had a project to create the godlike Nu-Men who would be able to survive even an irradiated hellhole but the test produced super strong psychopathic mutants!My personal favorite is for anyone who had to sit through The Martian: some scientist tries to create hardier super crops and accidentally creates Attack of the Killer Potatoes.
>>53434623>Attack of the Killer Potatoes"By root or by vine, your fine ass shall be mine!"
Enemy Crab appears!
"Well Bill this solves our problem forever.""That's right, Glen. There's no way some kind of player character fifty years from now is going to break open this seal out of curiosity and unleash hell on Earth."
Here's a fun one I've used>Players are on a dimly lit train, very minimal light>Moving along it's a train with two floors>Change carriage, about to head to 2nd floor>Humanoid figure floating in the middle of the aisle, barely illuminated by the light>Party decides to jump it>Half the party goes to 1st floor, comes out on other side>Both parties charge the figure>It's some fucker that's hung himself, a self help book lies on the ground discarded>Party briefly ponders the human condition>While people have a philosophical discussion one of the players steals his suit
>>53442098This is perfect
On a search for the restrooms the players discover a curious door, simple yet heavy metal with a question marked chalked on the surface. Opening the door reveals the top of a flight of stairs that curve downwards into the darkness. The banister is unusually ornate, more like what you'd find in an old sanitarium.
I say to thee neigh
>>53423869To flip this: members of the party are standing right next to each other, but sound as though they are echoes in the tunnels. Their voices are growing ever-fainter.
The ruins of the ancient ritual chambers upon which the city was deliberately built. The players don't discover it by mistake, however, for the time of sacrifice is nigh. They must die so the city can continue to prosper.Campaign by Joss Whedon.
>>53404086An enterprising devil is testing out his new level of hell using random humans from a new York subway system as his guinea pigs.
A tunnel flooded with water, covered by a thick layer of ice. The ice is somewhat blurry, but beneath it you can see masses of thrashing, churning black shapes. The tunnel is eerily quiet despite the turmoil.
>>53421101They are both equally terrible.Hell, one's not even on-point.
>>53415715>Kind of that moment when John Connor storms the bunker in T3 and with each step realise he's basically inside a fucking museum, with everything inside being older than he's himself. Shit movie, but I fucking love that sequence.Man, that was a terrible movie but holy fuck was that scene great.
>>53416520>Why does it sound awful familiar to the Xenozoic Tales?In Xenozoic Tales, the vaults were obviously man-made and everyone living inside knew how they had been constructed and why. Anon is saying that modern-day people find a (natural) cavern with a large craft impossibly inside.
>>53365035sounds like a story from sandman where a guy gets lost inside the dream of a city1/2
>>53452861YOU'RE equally terrible. Go jump in front of a subway train you leech.
>>53381186Seems more like he works at Hotel California than a subway
>>53461531>australian actor pretending to be a comedian telling that that is the joke while his goggles do nothing.jpg
>>53372810>The players continue to the dark depths after getting off a station called "London" >The lights are flickering > They can see shapes in the darkness, humanoid ones.> Upon inspection they're just mannequins in different poses >Most of them posed as if they were waiting for a train >Some of the Mannequins handing out newspapers >All of them dressed in 1930s clothing >A train can be heard, lights can be seen >The screeching coming ever closer >Its a red train, the design seems pretty old, but it looks new >The train comes to a halt on the platform >The lights start to crackle and flicker
>>53462358>The door of the train opens to reveal a spotless modern interior >Each time the light flickers mannequins move around >as you board the train and take a seat the doors start to close >A voice over the intercom can be heard "Next stop Berlin" >As the voice finishes you can hear another train. >In the middle of the cart runs tiny tracks >With a replica train on it. It's obvious, someone wanted you to come down to these depths. They wanted you to ride this train and find the small toy train. But who? Why?
>>53462358Well thank goodness the Hogwarts express showed up but those wizards have shit skills at blending in.
>>53361294hey these are some neat ideas
>>53462653>They wanted you to ride this train and find the small toy train. But who? Why?Santa. He runs these elaborate passive aggressive plots to see how people react in the hopes of correctly deducing the big thing for the coming holiday. The elves have to make all of that shit in advance, you know. Of course there IS the unfortunate fact that now the party will know too much and now the Jolly Fat Man had to send in a kick murder squad of his best elves to deal with them.
>>53466109"Don't think of what has to happen as a naughty act. Trust me, I know all about these things. Think of this as the chance to ensure your surviving relatives get something extra nice this Christmas courtesy of your's truly. Ho. Ho. Go for the kneecaps, Jolly Boys!"
>>53466233Don't think escaping to the surface means you're safe, either.Damn Jolly Boys have zero trigger discipline.
>>53466249/k/ris /k/ringle doesn't care about trigger discipline because he's not worried about collateral damage. Jolly Boy Jenkins just shut a little boy in the face waiting in line to talk to Santa because he had a bad feeling about how long that kid was sucking on a candy cane, like he was sharpening it. Peppermint stakes are the only way to take down a Santa, after all.Kinda hoping this thread doesn't die with Santa, though.
We have plenty of train tunnels. Can we get some more sewers, storm drains, and cisterns in the thread?
>>53469444Feels like sewers tend to trigger certain people. The whole "unreasonably spacious" thing. I mean it's true sewers aren't going to be chock full of, say, ninja turtle style lairs but who plays games to only match reality?Besides, these are largely anomalous settings anyway. Kind of the point, really.
>>53469489Is it weird that I find brick sewers to be particularly beautiful?
>>53469489storms could be an interesting element here. just knowing that whenever you enter the sewers there's a chance that a storm's brewing up above and the torrent of water could drown the whole party.