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100 Sinister Markings


There is no telling the type of vile adversaries a hero can encounter upon the many battlefields and amidst the dark alleyways that make up the landscape of Urth. Yet even the most lowly of pickpockets and cutthroats has a history which can often be seen on the very flesh that clings to their nefarious bones.

100 Sinister Markings presents brands, odd body parts, piercings, scars, tattoos, sigils and other physical wounds and ailments to give quirky and suggestive backstories to even the most mundane humanoid antagonist a GameMaster might throw at their players. They offer hints to possible histories requiring further investigation, allude to a character being corrupted by foul influences or imply membership in a particular organization native to Urth - or possibly the villains desire simply to appear as such...after all, just because a villain has a particular tattoo or marking, doesn’t mean they earned that seal or its aegis…

Here are some sample examples of the markings presented in this guide:

  • A lightning bolt tattoo is branded upon the bearer's neck - the Symbol of the Storm Lord. (Demon Lord’s Companion 2)
  • Embedded in the character’s back, just below their right shoulder blade is a fist-sized dead scarab beetle, crystallized into hardened stone and fused and inseparable from their skin, its shell and legs just barely, yet painfully, peeking out from their tormented flesh. (Tombs of the Desolation)
  • Both palms of the character’s hands have circular wounds, healed over but the result of a painful stigmata for a sin the followers of the New God meted out with relish.
  • The character bleeds writhing maggots instead of blood when it suffers a wound that breaks its skin. (The Price of Evil)
  • A small black tattoo in the shape of a key is etched into the character’s inner thigh - the secretive symbol of a member of the Black Sun. (Core)
Requires Shadow of the Demon Lord from Schwalb Entertainment.
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