I want the Big Bad of my Setting to be a Pollution Monster

Because I want to swing a pro-environmental message. And I don't want to be subtle about it. How can I pull this off?

  1. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    I suggest you rip off captain planet, miyazaki, and fern gully all at the same time.

  2. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Weird behavior. you should want one because they're cool. If you're really just worried about saving the earth you should probably just talk directly to your friends about it.

  3. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Get tim curry to co-GM

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      https://i.imgur.com/JylDtLl.png

      Because I want to swing a pro-environmental message. And I don't want to be subtle about it. How can I pull this off?

      >Ferngully, Pirates of Dark Water
      literally all the ideas you need for a whole campaign

  4. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Combine it with a concept some fa/tg/uy brought up a decade ago: Oil is dead things. It has stewed and seethed for eons. It has immense necromantic power.

    Perhaps the oil monster spawned from some necromancer's attempt to control air pollution directly, or may even be a pollution lich.

  5. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Don't forget the greedy king trying to exploit the oil monster for his own ends, only for it to spill out and fuck up the surroundings.

    And the tribes of people outside of the cities who kept the oil monster sealed away in their territories, but as civilization expands and they're driven away or killed it opens up more places for the oil monster to burst out and cover the land in black goo.

    And the pioneers trying to find alternatives to exploiting the oil monster only to be silenced, jailed, and/or executed for seemingly unrelated reasons.

  6. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Rip off Hedorah

  7. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    >Because I want to swing a pro-environmental message. And I don't want to be subtle about it. How can I pull this off?
    cut your genitals off and scream about your anti-science child apocalypse doom cult?

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      OP didn't mention christianity

  8. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Rip off Werewolf: The Apocalypse, which has already been doing this for 30 years.

  9. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Copy Avatar the Last Airbender. There, destruction of a forest caused the local location spirit to get pissed and start breaking stuff (and if it wasn't a kid's show, he would have for sure killed people).

    Later we encounter a once-prosperous fishing village currently in poverty because a newly opened factory polluted the lake. Here, the location spirit is unable to act to help the people until the lake gets cleaned up.

  10. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Have the response of the people who are culpable for the existence of the monster deny, deny, deny and try to blame ordinary people for it.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      When they're not denying that there is a monster, natch.

  11. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    do not go the "it's because john smith didn't recycle enough of his plastic ups" retardation path; go the correct "it's because [fictional] corporations are allowed to do whatever they want and fuck everyone over for profit because the [fictional] CEOs are like 80 years old and won't live long enough to face the consequences of their actions and they should all be [fictionally] strung up in the streets on barbed wire like the flyblown ghouls they are before it's too late [fictionally]" route

  12. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    If you really want to push the environmentalism angle in the rational sense, make the monster itself non-malicious and even necessary part of the society - but the one that's completely and absurdly lethal when overexploited and incredibly tempting to exploit. Just like oil and the petrochemical products - by themselves they are a necessity for the modern civilization. But in their current form the petrochemical business build on exploiting oil and its products is the amoral, all consuming monstrosity.
    If you are working with the fantasy setting, just make the monster a corrupting mass of the carelessly discarded slag from used up magical rocks that power the setting.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      I like this. You can even make it over the top, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas-style. Show that people know this thing is bad but most ignore it because they like the products. For bonus points, make it a luxury and not a necessity. Maybe there's some sort of giant spider that makes amazing spider silk but only as long as you feed it a child every so often. Some people are opposed to it, especially the ones whose children are chosen ("by fair raffle"), but most people just try to keep it out of mind while enjoying the fact that it makes their town rich off of the textile industry that sprang up around their secret silk.

  13. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Hedorah from Godzilla. Make it a multistage fight where after they beat one form he oozes away, evolves, and comes back for more.

  14. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    >And I don't want to be subtle about it. How can I pull this off?
    literally just a giant sludge monster or an upsized trubbish from pokémon
    check out various nurgle shit from 40k - see black crusade's tome of decay in particular or any of the 40k rpgs with a major bestiary/enemy section should have nurgle followers and some of their special bullshit - for the shit it does to its followers, disease and pollution go hand in hand, it works right down to the theming
    have it spread industrialisation in the form of the most polluting methods possible
    bonus points if this involves an orphange getting fucked over by the resultant factory waste
    assassins who work for the monster take down activists and those who complain
    beasts who eat from any area that has been directly polluted by the monster die or, worse, survive and become dark creatures in whose footsteps grass shall not grow and whither crops just by walking through a field

    if you're playing a system with lair bonuses or whatever, let it or its powerful mini-monsters treat any sufficiently polluted location as a lair
    make an area in which it's doing that have poor visibility and hard to breathe air
    "natural" hazards should include holes full of oil - or more fetid waste and rotting, poisonous plants that somehow still try to ensnare and eat you

    how's that work for you?

  15. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Every year the kings of the nations get together to come up with plans to levy more taxes. An alchemist invents sludge golems and it is decided to unleash these sludge golems on the common folk. The explanation: the lowly people have been eating too much meat and using unnatural means of production and transportation (think watermills and horse and carriage as opposed to their own bodies for labor and locomotion).

    From now on only royalty can use wheels for any purpose. Also the people need to donate their first born child to the state to serve in the sludge golem defense force, and pay for its upkeep. Those who do not are taken by the sludge golems (actually just the authorities in disguise).

    Pretty believable setting if you ask me.

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