Nightmares

Nightmare and survivor

A Nightmare gives a hug to a survivor who really doesn't want a hug

Nightmares are creatures that sometimes appear at Zombie LARP events. They are mischievous supernatural bad dreams.

Nightmares are rare, disturbing, and pretty much impossible to destroy. They first turned up at Zombie LARP: Nightmare (duh), when they haunted the burnt-out ruins of the Bioflex Research Complex. They later materialized again at Station Zero.

Appearance / behaviour

Humanoid, wearing some sort of boiler suit, and with a smiling blood-scratched doll-mask instead of a face. Nightmares scamper about, dance, sing songs, clap their hands with glee, and poke people for no good reason.

Nightmares are capable of extreme violence, but don’t usually bother; instead they prefer to follow pitiful humans around and torment them. Shooting and hitting a Nightmare have little effect, except that it may cause the Nightmare to sulk. Zombies have no interest in Nightmares, and White Knights seem to regard them as an annoyance.

Nightmares often seem to be making an effort to be friendly, but they have no idea what friendship is. They probably think it involves cannibalism, singing the same song for a thousand years, mutual irradiation, or bleeding to death in unison. Watching a human engage in a life-or-death struggle for survival is just hilarious to a Nightmare.

Backstory

Nightmare

Don't worry, it's only a Nightmare

At the end of Zombie VII: Payday, the Occult Task Force blew up the Bioflex Research Complex with a miniature nuclear bomb. The complex was sealed up and no-one went in for months. Then, one night, a bunch of former Bioflex employees mysteriously woke up inside the facility with no memory of how they got there, and the Nightmares were already scampering around, playing practical jokes that were either instantly lethal or just deeply unfunny.

So, who the hell knows what they are? They’re probably some kind of ghost, or naturally-occurring psychic manifestation, caused by all the horribleness that follows any zombie outbreak. Your guess is as good as ours.

Playing as a Nightmare

Right now, this creature is “on the shelf” until we come up with a good reason to use it again. Nightmares have usually been played by crew members, but it’s always possible that refs will ask for volunteers to play Nightmares during a future event. Being a  Nightmare is a lot of fun if you have the right sort of twisted mind. It requires improvisational skill: you need to be able to continually taunt, annoy, confuse, disturb and scare the humans, often while also filling an important role in a plot, puzzle or mission. But if the adorable little scamps do appear again, it will be in limited numbers. Of course, if you just want to act like a lunatic, you can pretty much do that as a normal player.

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