New Killer Idea: Contagion
First off, Contagion’s general appearance will be goopy and zombie-like, similar to that poor horse next to the circus trailer. His special ability is Plague, which allows him to infect hooks. If he hooks a survivor on one of the infected hooks, then that survivor becomes infected with a virulent, contagious disease. By default, the killer may infect 4 hooks (but may modify this with add-ons). If he infects a 5th, then the first hook infected loses this property (like the Hag’s traps).
The properties of the infection are as follows:
—As long as the survivor is infected, their overall health bar declines at a similar speed as bleeding out when they are crawling. Any health lost in this fashion remains lost if the survivor is later put into the dying state and crawls around.
—If the infected survivor is within X meters of another survivor for X seconds, the disease spreads and infects the other survivor as well. As elaboration, a survivor does not need to be injured to be infected, and the original infected survivor will remain diseased even if they heal from the injured state.
—While infected, skill checks are more common and have a minimum of moderate difficulty.
—To cure the infection, the survivor must ‘Collect Sample’ from an infected hook OR from a glob of goo that periodicall drops off the killer as he roams the map. (These disappear after a short time.) Collecting samples will take about the same amount of time as searching through a chest.
—Once a sample is collected, the survivor may ‘Cure Disease’ on himself or another player (at the risk of becoming infected while helping others). Curing the disease should be about as quick as recovering from Deep Wound.
—Only one sample may be collected at a time, and is only good for curing one survivor.
—A collected sample will degrade over time and become unusable after a while (say, 2 minutes). If this happens, a new sample will need to be collected. (This should prevent all survivors running around with samples ready to go all the time.)
What do you think?