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Ghost ship carrying cannibal rats!

January 24, 2014

This story is doing the rounds of UK news sources today. The MV Lyubov Orlova, an ill-starred Russian cruise ship with a strengthened hull for polar voyages, has been adrift in the Atlantic Ocean for a year. She is thought (for some reason) to be close to the British Isles, and the Irish coastguard is staying vigilant just in case the “ghost ship” runs aground and discharges her cargo (crew?) of disease-ridden cannibal rats. It’s silly journalism, if you ask me, but it’s pretty good imagination fodder for gaming purposes.


Who or what is aboard the vessel? Roll three times on the following table:

1. Giant rats (3d100) – 10 times normal chance of disease
2. Wererats (2d6)
3. Vampires (1d6)
4. Drowned zombies (4d6)
5. Sea-ghouls (2d8) – including solicitous chief steward
6. Eye of the deep (1)
7. Pirates (1d20+20)
8. Acolytes of Cthulhu (1d20)
9. Deep ones (3d4)
10. Shoggoths (1d4)
11. Mutant giant two-headed octopus (1) – standard 8 tentacles but two beaks for biting
12. Morkoth (1)

Alternatively, make it a cannibal ship (whatever that implies) full of ghost rats.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. slamdunk permalink
    January 24, 2014 9:36 pm

    Sounds like a whacky game of rat survivor–who will be the last one left crawling?

    • January 24, 2014 9:51 pm

      Aye, maybe there’s not 3d100 giant cannibal rats; maybe there’s just one gigantic evil “Oberratte” left, full of devilish cunning and dripping with disease.

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