This Accountant... This Monster![/i]
William Prescott Lowman was a man that the world never saw. Not an impressive physical specimen, Willy was short, overweight, and balding in his old age. His purpose in life? He was an accountant. Not a great man, not even a great accountant by any means, but that was his sole purpose in life. In his old age he would reminese about the days of yore when he was the accountant for millionaires and entrepeneurs, but those are just the daydreams of a tired and lonely old man.
As unremarkable as he was, Willy didnt deserve to die. But die he did, of fright, as he walked as he did every day to Apartment 304. What could he of seen that scared him so much that his heart burst? It could of been anything, said the police. He was a paranoid, smallish, and frightened old man. And no one remembered him aftewards. The neighbors had hardly knew he existed and they only barely aknowledge the odd and secretive man who took Willie's old apartment, room 304, afterwards. Oh yes, theyll admit, he is a much more interesting tenant than poor old Willie. Oh yes, but he's a queer fellow indeed. Wears a trenchcoat and fedora indoors, has spectacles that are all steamed up. And he breathes so heavily, like he was some sort of beast. But most strange of all, late at night he listens to weird tunes on his record player, tunes that have no rhyme or reason but just play on and on in haunting melody.
One of the PC's lives in apartment 302, two doors down from the former apartment of Willy Lowman. In fact, the PC may have talked to Willy once in a while, but doesnt remember anything that important about him. Use this as a backdrop to your existing adventure. After a long hard day of crimefighting with the other PC's, this PC gets home to room 302 and is kept awake by the haunting tunes from 304. After a few nights of GM described restless sleep, that impairs the PC during the day when crimefighting with the other PC's, the PC should be ready to investigate. If he knocks on the door at day, no one is home. At night the strange man lets him in, and makes idle chatter, still dressed in full trenchoat, hat, and glasses. He's a pale man, and disturbing, but seems absolutely harmless. However, each night after speaking with the man in 304, the PC in 302 will have nightly visitations that he beleives are dreams, and during the day might find those same weird tunes in his head. The PC slowly descends into madness, and the other PC's must find out why and stop it. To do this they must stop the Monster in room 304.
The man in 304, is in fact, the embodiment of all the supressed feeligns of worthlessness and self loathing that Willy Lowman had. It will select a victim, and hence after slowly drain them of all purpose in life, making them live the way Willy did. Its goal is suffering, not causing death, but it itself is nearly invulnerable to physical harm. If you want to hurt him, you must make him known. Fight him in public, in front of hundreds of spectators, and give him the attention Willy never got. Only then will he be vulnerable to your might.
The Imp of Perverse
The Still Beating Heart
"Look out boys, it's Astro City's greatest hero!"
"Hey, I dont see Samaritan anywhere..."