Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Untotetruppen Fiction and Rule-sheet Draft

First for today is a bit of fiction about the creation of the Reich’s Undead-troops, the dread Untotetruppen. At the bottom is the draft of the rules and tokens for this Tannhauser custom based on the previously shown Oni Virus Zombies from AT 43.


It was in 1941 that Reichdoktor Hoss Harbinger had decided to pursue the work of Viktor Frankenstein. However, his initial search proved futile – it appeared that all of Frankenstein’s research had died with him in the 1790s. Still, fixated on the idea, the Reichdoktor organized an expedition to secretly scour the world for any remains of Frankenstein’s work. These men would travel from the burned ruins of a manor in Geneva to the frozen wastes of the Arctic Sea; all along finding scraps of information and rumors to lead them to the next clue.

Eventually, in 1944, they returned with enough information to point the doctors of the Eisendivision in the right direction, and established the Untotetruppen Project. Drawing on the works of Paracelsus, Albertus, and Agrippa, just as Frankenstein himself had done, they were able to make real progress. In the summer of 1945, they were able to reanimate a frog, and soon they would be close to doing the same with a fallen soldier.

Finally, in the fall of 1946 just outside the city of Dresden, the doctors and researchers set to work on the final phase of the Untotetruppen Project. They had overcome the power constraints that had held back the project, and discovered a suitable synthetic replacement for amniotic fluid. They began their work of reanimating a human by first executing a prisoner, hoping that a recently killed individual would prove easier for a first attempt. The lights dimmed as the influence machines whirred to life, and the transformers hummed as the capacitance built up in the storage unit. The sound of Union bombers could be heard overhead, and even as the nearby city was being reduced to dust, the doctors continued with their grim work. The body was placed in the reanimation chamber, which was filled with a viscous oxygen-bearing fluid. As the gauges indicated just the precise charge, the system was triggered, dumping the mass of energy into the chamber, beginning the chain reaction to restore life to the dead. There was a fury of light and sound, and then nothing, only the distant rumble of the bombs could be heard.

The chamber was carefully and slowly opened. The beast they had created slumped to the floor, and a gasp broke from its grotesque lips. A shout from one of the workers could be heard “Es ist am Leben!” The project was a success, and as the beast began to rise from the floor its head exploded in a bloody mist, the prisoner’s execution had once again been carried out. Word was sent to Harbinger of the project’s progress, and he instructed the researchers to begin work on the next phase of the project: reanimating a soldier from the battlefield so that he could once again serve the Reich in glorious battle. In the morning after the bombs had stopped falling, the scientists, doctors, and lab assistants packed all of the necessary equipment and evacuated Dresden. The project would soon find a new home in Hungry…

rulesheet copy

Hope you all enjoyed that, special thanks to Rhydderch for suggestions and some proofing.