The Horrors are a diverse range of inter-planar creatures that personify the Scourge - they are corrupt entities of malice and destruction. Horrors are not Namegivers, but are sometimes referred to as Name-eaters.
Characteristics and OriginEdit
Very little is common to all Horrors in terms of physical characteristics that might help to classify them. One trait they are all share however, is their origin; they are thought to come from a distant astral realm, envisioned to be some kind of hell. Another shared trait is their instinct or desire to cause harm. It is theorised that Horrors subsist on the negative emotions produced in the victims they torture.
In the Shadowrun/Earthdawn universe, magic goes through cycles. As the magic level rises, it allows Horrors to cross from their distant, otherworldly dimension into the human's world. The Horrors come in an almost infinite variety -- from simple eating machines that devour all they encounter, to incredibly intelligent and cunning foes that feed off the negative emotions they inspire in their prey. Some horrors were so powerful, that during the Scourge they killed or drove insane several Passions and similar god-level entities.
Horrors display a variety of powers that they use to cause misery, pain and suffering. Some of the more notable Horror powers include abilities that:
- curse a pattern with astral taint, through which they can wield their other powers
- warp and corrupt astral energies and magic
- inflict horrendous damage by causing a victim’s skin to tear and twist around their body
- create undead from the bodies of slain victims
- drain the magical and life essence from living beings
- instil crippling terror in those nearby
- manipulate a victim’s thoughts and actions, and defile their dreams and emotions
Not all Horrors possess these capacities, and this list is by no means exhaustive.
Although Horrors manifest in an infinite array of imaginable forms, there are certain groups that share physical characteristics and display a similar range of powers. Examples of these include Bloatforms, Despairthoughts and Wormskulls. Any individual may exhibit features and powers that are distinct from others of it’s "species" however.
Some incredibly powerful Horrors have Names and therefore True patterns. These entities are among the most dangerous in existence. They exhibit unique powers or variations of more common ones. Though these Horrors have Names, their True Names may not be known, so concepts like Hate, Nemesis and Betrayer are ascribed to them. Others have people associated with them, like Chantrel’s Horror, named for the unfortunate individual that first encountered it. The most powerful Named Horror believed to exist is Verjigorm, called the Hunter of Great Dragons.