Ok, not really but they found something that is even more interesting and inspirational for GMs.
The Universita di Firenze announced that he and his archaeoloical team had excavated the skeleton of a Renaissance woman whose skull was impaled through the mouth with a brick. Why a brick through the mouth? It seems that during the plague, it was commonly believed that the disease was spread by female vampires. Possibly because dribbles of blood were often seen coming from the mouths of plague victim.
Full Details: Archaeologists Find Venetian Vampire!
Messing with your Players’ Heads
Your players know about vampires and stakes through the heart. They know about silver and killing werewolves. In fact, your player’s know just about everything about how to kill undead and the like.
Now the party is exploring an ancient ruin once belonging to a famous hero. Broken skeletons and smashed walls demonstrate the violent end that befell the occupants and there, in the main chamber, are signs of an epic battle. The broken skeleton of the hero, recognisable only by its armour, is entwined another skeleton. Both seemingly having killed each other with their final blows but there is something odd.
The hero’s sword is discarded. In his skeletal hands is a brick he is ramming down his opponents throat.
Was the brick some desperate improvised weapon or s it a half-brick of slaying? Is there some new kind of monster that can only be killed with baked clay? Who knows? Well certainly not your players.
Introducing something unexpected, can induce paranoia in your players. Their safe world of “I know how to kill that monster” suddenly becomes “What the fu** is going on!”. Throw in some more clues (red herrings or real) and they will be all be grabbing half bricks. Will it help them? Only you know that.</p?