Fighting Fire with Fire
The Characters are all Mutants.
They serve or at least agree with the principles of Malal the renegade chaos god that hates chaos.
The Characters and their Mutations
Felix Graystone – Mimic, Massive Intellect, Iron Hard Skin, Weapons Master
Dar Winterfield – Lion’s Head, Cats Eyes, Strong, Wound Thief
Markus Eckhardt – Weapons Master, Wound Thief, Hypnotic Gaze, Blood Substitution: Electricity
Timon-Toenar – Two Heads, Growth (10ft tall), Lucky, Massive Intellect
There was a small description of Malal in the first edition Warhammer book. When I first saw it I didn’t give it much thought. Then years later I bought the Realm of Chaos: Slaves to Darkness book and I marveled at the random mutation charts. I really wanted to run a game using these charts but I knew my players wouldn’t enjoy an “evil” campaign (tried that once, didn’t work out).
It was actually years before the Malal plus mutation charts came together. I was pleased with the concept as I could have the players playing “good” guys fighting chaos and use the mutation charts on their characters. Turns out they’re pleased themselves.
I recently read a description of Warhammer on a blog which said something like, “When playing Warhammer you start out thinking your playing D&D but eventually figure out your playing Call of Cthulhu.” We love the Warhammer game system but we don’t play it that way. For instance, we don’t use insanity points and I wouldn’t force a debilitating mutation on someones character. We’re playing to have fun with heroic characters, hopefully over a long period of time.