Phobiums are human beings who once served a Fear, or were once a Runner, and managed to escape the Fear's influence, in effect severing the mental link, and making the person no longer a Runner, but a Phobium.

Phobiums always adopt a few powers related to the Fears, along with that, there is always one or more detriments that the Phobium is afflicted with. These range from mildly annoying to almost totally debilitating. They also can take on a few seemingly random kinetic powers

Phobiums and their abilities

The Anathema

Phobiums of the Anathema normally become highly reclusive, hiding away from society at large.

  • Can sense when the Anathema is nearby. 
  • Suffers from a form of Body Dysmorphic Disorder, making themselves perceive themselves as hideous mutants.
  • Hearing and vision both become remarkably better.

The Black Dog

As the Fear of Secrets being leaked, the Black Dog's Phobiums tend to be highly secretive themselves.

  • Can instantly sense lies and liars.
  • Almost all are pathological liars.

The Blind Man

Wandering around aimlessly after escaping this being, his Phobiums are very strange indeed.

  • Can "absorb" the memories of those in intimate relationships, and often mistakes the memories for their own.
  • Very severe short-term memory loss.
  • Issues with vision, including but not limited to: temporary blindness, seeing spots, and hallucinations.

The Brute

The Brute has no Phobiums, as the rage-filled being utterly obliterates any and all who try to escape it.

The Burning Bride

She has no Phobiums, as she burns her victims, or her ever-mad servants, the Fireveined, slaughter the target before she gets to them. She is anger. She is rage. She leaves no one alive.

The Choir

The Choir has no phobiums, as its nature as a fungus prevents it from actively chasing down Runners, instead, the servants simply try to spread the Choir anywhere they can. 

The Cold Boy

The Cold Boy's Phobiums normally die when they escape the service of the Fear, as they are technically dead already. However, the few who do survive either being released from service or the onslaught of the Cold Boy are greeted at home with warm hugs and love.

  • Possess cyrokinetic powers.
  • Immune to all cold.
  • Permanently black eyes, blue lips, and cold skin.
  • Incredible sensitivity to temperatures over 10 degrees Celsius, causing pain throughout the body.

The Convocation

There are no Phobiums of the Convocation, as any attempt to escape is almost always met with birds tearing through the skin of the victim, utterly destroying their internal organs.

The Dying Man

The Dying man has no servants. Therefore, no Phobiums.

The Empty City


The Eye

There are no servants of the Eye, save the Judgement, who is but a vessel.

The Grotesque

No servants of the Grotesque are known, though, strangely, Phobiums are known to exist. They are known as Dreamwalkers and can appear in the dreams of those close to them, though most become disconnected from reality.

The Intrusion

The Intrustion's Phobiums are those who escaped the Hivemind before it utterly consumed them. They can do little, but it has been noticed that they have hightened senses, though weakened eyesight. 

The Ire

Phobiums of The Ire are incapable of controlling their anger, but they are capable of great feats of strength. 

The Mother of Snakes

These Phobiums, rare as they are, can seemingly communicate with reptilians, though most note that the average snake has nothing intelligent to say.

The Nightlanders

The Nightlanders leave no victims behind. They take no servants. They have no Phobiums.

The Pale Maiden

She has no servants, and therefore, no Phobiums.

The Pitted One

Great artists arise from these Phobiums, who, though truly mad, understand colours and patterns better than any other human.

The Plague Doctor

Total Hypochondriacs, these doctors often lose their jobs, and spend endless hours worrying over every single detail of their health. However, in a cruel twist, they are actually immune to all viral, bacterial, or toxic agents. 

The Quiet

The Quiet has no servants. It has no Phobiums. It has nothing. It is nothing. 

The Rake

Only insane, babbling, gibbering masses of flesh are these Phobiums. To date, none have been sane enough to test what abilities they may have.

The Typhoon

The Typhoon simply does not allow its servants to leave. They are torn apart by tornados or hurricanes, struck by lightning, etc.

The Wooden Girl

The Wooden Girl's Phobiums have an amazing sense of emotions, and can tell what someone is feeling just by being near them. They can decipher the truth with ease, but feel totally out of control with their lives, and suffer from various anxiety disorders.

Red Cap

Their blood runs thin as water through their veins, never clotting, never sealing wounds. They live a life of utter misery and sadness, often locking themselves away to avoid cuts or bruises that almost never heal. As a sort of cruel joke against them, they are capable of incredible feats of strength, though any attempt to preform such feats will likely lead to bruises and internal bleeding all across their body. 

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