Aug 27 2012

Monster Monday: Opera Ghost (Valkyrie)

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The whole run of Titanic: The Musical seemed to be under a curse: when it ran in Washington, D.C., the iceberg prop went out of control and flattened the diva Beryl Starsland in the middle of “I Will Always Love You.” When it actually ran on Broadway a year later, the roof of the theater collapsed, killing most of the cast. Given how bad Titanic: The Musical was, however, it may have been a mercy in disguise.

In any case, both of these tragic locations became the focus for hauntings. The Broadway theater’s mess was cleaned up by the original NY Ghostbuster team during the “Return of Gozer” incident; the Golden Swan theater in Washington, D.C., haunted by Beryl Starsland, remained quiet and unused for many years, until finally the D.C. Ghostbusters were called in to clean it up.

In both incidents, the GBI teams reported being attacked by “operatic ghosts,” accompanied by an overwhelmingly loud ghostly accompaniment of Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries,” which seemed to arise spontaneously out of the theatrical environment itself rather than being tied specifically to Titanic: The Musical (which had no valkyries in it, thankfully).

Valkyrie by =SilenceV on deviantART

♠ Opera Ghost (Valkyrie)

Creature: Phantasm
Attributes: Agility d6-1, Smarts d4, Spirit d8, Strength d8-1, Vigor d6
Skills: Fighting d8-1, Intimidation d6, Notice d8, Stealth d8-1, Throwing d6-1
Pace: 5 (+1d10 fly), Parry: 7, Toughness: 9 (+3 armor), Charisma: 0
Gear: Longsword d8-1 (Str+d8), Thrown Objects d6-1 (Str+d4, 3/6/12), Plate Corselet (+3), Medium Shield (+2, Parry+1)
Special Abilities:
Ethereal: Immune to mundane physical attacks; Only seen if desired
Fear: Enemies roll Guts check against horrific manifestation

Text by John “The Gneech” Robey. Artwork by Sahar. Ghostbusters copyright Sony Pictures and used for fan purposes only. Stat block created by Hero Lab® (Registered Trademarks of LWD Technology, Inc. Free download at Savage Worlds is Copyright © 2004-2012 by Pinnacle Entertainment Group. All rights reserved.

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