Kill the Beast by Victor Cheng. No prizes for guessing what the aim of the book is.
You are a villager who is plodding along fine until The Beast comes from nowhere and crushes houses and crops. It also carries off some of your fellow villagers. You are tasked with going to a nearby town and hiring someone who can kill it.
The Beast has a thick soil coloured hide that resists blows.It also has 'tentacles, primitive limbs and big eyes – dreadful, demonic eyes.' It is also described as a 'great barrel of a creature' with a 'toothy maw'
The beast is roaming around the countryside and can strike at any time. This fact is made more terrifying by the fact that The Beast can burrow under the earth and can burst out of the ground in front of you at any time. Now that's a surprise you don't want. 7/10
The Beast's toothy maw and its many tentacles and limbs make it an extremely dangerous foe. It has a skill of 12 and a stamina of 15. It also has a thick hide that '... seems to be made of the Earth itself'. Damage dealt against The Beast in combat is reduced by 1 point. Besting it in combat will definately be difficult. Your skill is between 5 and 7, so it will be suicide to take the Beast on yourself which is why you hire someone else to do it. However, along the way, you may get a chance to weaken it and reduce its skill which will go a long way. The trick to killing the beast is reducing its skill so that if you get someone who can hit it constantly then they will gradually wear it down. It takes some luck and good judgement to do this, however. 7/10
The Beast does not seem to want to do anything beyond wrecking the countryside and eating people. 5/10
As beasts go, this one definitely seems unique (bonus point). It's origin story is not explained, but I imagine it to be some kind of abandoned cosmic horror or the failed experiment of a mad wizard or an animal that has been mutated by evil magic or evil substances. However, being a Beast means that it's not going to be an urbane Bond villain any time soon. Of course, that also means that its actually going to kill someone. 6/10
Like Hate, there is no evidence of The Beast being sentient (of course absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, but I'm going on the source material here. of course, if Victor says that it is, then that's a different matter.) 1/10
It is not something that you want to come across, but it's not going to come up with a master plan to destroy the world any time soon. 26/50
Any plans for Windhammer reviews this year? I noticed you have an entry in this time :)ReplyDelete