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A Bonethief is a skeletal creature that is able to wear the skins of people in order to appear human. At a glance, possessed humans appear normal, but they quickly move to attack the player. When the human host is too damaged, the Bonethief will burst from the body, having a very negative effect on the player character's sanity. In some cases, the bonethief will burst out of their host willingly, as evidenced by the monk at the end of Chapter 3, where the bonethief emerged from the monk upon the declaration of his Ancient's name despite having no sign of injury at all. They are vulnerable at the neck, and once exposed may be quickly dispatched by targeting the head. If given the opportunity, they will attempt to possess the player, meaning instant death if not shaken off in time. In some cases they possess zombies. Bonethieves are also nimble enough to dodge projectiles, but can be shot when winding up for possessing someone, in the process of doing so, or when using a standard attack. Oddly enough, Bonethieves cannot dodge crossbow bolts, even though they are capable of dodging Chakrams, bullets, and even the spread fired by a shotgun.

Like most creatures, Bonethieves vary based on alignment.

Chattur'gha's Bonethief[]

Chattur'gha Bonethieves are a bit stronger and more resilient than the others. They are more muscular, and have longer claws. Chattur'gha's bonethieves are also more aggressive and attack faster than other alignments. If their head is severed, they will instanly crumble and be vulnerable to a finishing move.

autopsy journal[]

Notes - Severing the neck kills the creature instantly.
      - The creature wears the skins of people to protect 

Maximillian's Report:

"They ARE amongst us! I knew they would come after me...knew 
their devices...Their depraved methods! Creatures wearing 
human skins as we wear clothers - to cover their hideousness 
from our eyes! So they might consort insidiously with our 
species, infiltrating, manipulating, playing us against each 
knew...Oh yes...I knew! I knew they were there - plotting 
behind that door! One has to be must separate 
their heads from their bodies. And yes! Fire is the 
purge their souls from this earth...sending them whimpering 
to their masters in the Beyond!"

Xel'lotath's Bonethief[]

Xel'lotath Bonethieves lack heads, the usual weakpoint, having only green, flying spheres in place, making them harder to kill. Steal sanity upon successful attack.

autopsy journal[]

Notes - The creature wears the skins of people to protect 

Maximillian's Report:

"The devils inside the servant's skulls were trying to kill 
me! They plotted behind doors locked and barred and planned 
the downfall of the human race! I took care of the ones 
around me...Stopped their plans. Their are others, I'm 
sure...Out there...Manipulating us...Secreting madness 
inside our very heads, while our souls are pushed into the 
corner's of our skulls...watching as our hands do tasks that 
we have no control over! Oh 
horrible...horrible...things...WE MUST PURGE THEM FROM OUR 
MIDST!! Kill them all!! CUT THEM, BURN THEM!!! It's the only 
way...I know...I've done"

Ulyaoth's Bonethief[]

Ulyaoth Bonethieves are crystalline in appearance and drain magick with each attack. Like Chattur'gha's ones, their heads can be severed.

autopsy journal[]

Notes - The creature wears the skins of people to protect 
      - Severing its neck kills the creature instantly.

Maximillian's Report:

"They are so close their stench fills the air! You can smell 
them, I tell you!! Somewhere between the spice of vanilla 
and the bitter sweetness of pustulent rot! Those creatures 
inhabit the bodies of men and women...exorcising the human 
soul and replacing it with their own putrid spirits. But 
they couldn't fool at all...I could smell 
them, you see...They were all around me...Dear god! All 
around! I knew what I had to do...they had to go...By blade 
and bullet I had to get rid of them! DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND?!! 
Dear god, I had to do it...had to...You believe me, dont 
you? Don't you?"

A Xel'lotath Bonethief

An Ulyaoth Bonethief

A Chattur'gha Bonethief