[Let’s Study Beast: the Primordial] Part 3: The Hungers

Posted: May 18, 2016 by pointyman2000 in Articles, Beast: the Primordial, Let's Study, Roleplaying Games, World of Darkness
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As mentioned before, the other half of your Beast character concept is that of their Hungers. If their Family dictates a Beast’s form, then the Hunger dictates the kind of fear they prefer to draw out from their victims.

Each of the five Hungers are meant to teach a kind of Lesson to the rest of humanity. There’s no nice way of putting this, but the Beasts justify their actions by saying that it teaches humanity to better themselves.

It’s a vicious means of teaching, and there are few teachers less harsh than the Beasts, who view Humanity as a while as their students, rather than one or two individuals. More often than not they prey upon people to teach a community a lesson.

In some ways this is probably my biggest problem with Beast. I understand the justification for them doing what they do, that they’re victims of their nature, but it doesn’t compel me to sympathize with them.

There’s a bit of “victims of abuse grow up to be abusers” in this that leaves me somewhat bothered, and in submitting to the Horror and the Devouring, you’re essentially someone who gave in, gave up and surrendered to being someone less than what they could have been.

It’s an ugly state of being. THEN you’re mandated to be  a force of even more terror and abuse in the rest of the world because “you can’t help it.”

There’s a lot of parallels to abusive behavior I’m seeing here and that definitely makes me uncomfortable.

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  1. Good analysis of the themes of hunger, btw. When are going to cover nemesis hunger and how many hungers are you analyzing each day?

  2. are you adressing kinship as well? i could really use help on mage crossover for my game since the kinship fuel stat i.e. family dinner is something getting in my way of doing “dragons” the way i want to.

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