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23 May 2018 12:24 p.m. PST
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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian30 Oct 2017 7:47 p.m. PST

In your gaming universe, what is the origin of Beastmen?

* they are a natural race
* they are a creation of Chaos
* they are men who have devolved due to evil
* they are magical creations

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP30 Oct 2017 8:24 p.m. PST

Different factions believe different things with no one knowing the truth. Possibly different genises for different tribes. Much of the conflict is between factions is the different believes as to the origin of the different races.


Dn Jackson30 Oct 2017 8:32 p.m. PST

Well, when a mommy beastman and a daddy beastman love each other very much, and they decide the time is right…..

David Johansen30 Oct 2017 9:44 p.m. PST

I've done it a few ways though I lean towards a less evil than Chaos form of wild / nature magic. Sure Chaos outcasts and mutants appeal to the bitter misanthrope in me. But I like it better when the hatred humanity feels for outcasts and freaks is unjustified.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member30 Oct 2017 9:50 p.m. PST

Mostly the second and fourth choices above. But they reproduce naturally once here, so a bit of number one as well. About the only thing I don't use is de-evolution, too slow and scientific for my Fantasy universe.

langobard Supporting Member of TMP31 Oct 2017 4:24 a.m. PST

I normally go with creatures of chaos, but this is more of a nod to the unknown / undefined nature of their origin and the fact that they are implacably opposed to human notions of 'order and civilization' as opposed to anything else.

The devolution of evil men never really appealed as they stayed at a rather basic tribal level, rather than continuing to devolve. In fact, the stability of their types and structures seems to me to argue against this idea. That is, why don't they continue to devolve?

I don't mind the idea of magical creations for relatively rare types such as minotaurs, but there, I think current gaming productions are against me :)

Legion 431 Oct 2017 7:59 a.m. PST

CHAOS … of course …


saltflats192931 Oct 2017 1:48 p.m. PST

Mail order.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Nov 2017 3:04 p.m. PST

Depends on the specific genre of game I am playing. The four above are possible.

Also, wasteland mutants. Or other rad/bio/chem mutants, usually as avenging good guys. "History shows again and again how Nature points out the folly of Man" Godzilla, Blue Oyster Cult

And scientifically created creatures such as the Island of Doctor Merlot, where players take two swigs of red wine after scoring a hit against an opponent. Effectively a wisdom penalty for doing well to theoretically even things out. :)

I will not recount the origin of the Greek Minotaur, but that too …

And, of course, CTHULU!


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