OHA5: The Familiar Corpse

Location: Usually inside residences or areas of low foot traffic.

Status: Active.

Description and Behavior: The Familiar Corpse is an incredibly dangerous entity, especially to anyone who is unaware of its effect. This effect is the entity’s ability to be perceived as being the dead body of whoever sees it. It is then that the affected individual will obsess over the corpse, behaving in a manner reminiscent of intense grieving. This manifests in the person remaining close to the entity, wondering aloud about how the death occurred. Often this continues for days, with the victim or victims neglecting their own needs to be by the entity’s side. The typical victim will die due to dehydration after a number of days. The situation becomes especially dangerous if the victim is strong enough to carry the entity away from the initial location allowing the effect to spread far further than is normally probable.

The effect the Familiar Corpse produces also manifests through pictures and video. If a person witnesses a picture or video of the entity, they will be filled with the intense desire to locate what they believe to be their own dead body. They will relentlessly pursue finding the body, often to their own detriment. The only people who can seemingly shake off the effect by the Familiar Corpse are people with a low self image. They frequently recognize the body as themselves but are able to move on.

Recommended Actions: Because of this entity’s ability to alter minds there is little that can be done in an encounter. It is known that persons with a high opinion of themselves and their abilities tend to react much more strongly to this entity and are less likely to survive. Therefore, the best course of action to maximize survival is to develop a modest sense of self.

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