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Monster fighting 101-The mummy

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Unlike monsters like vampires and werewolves the tools and methods for combating mummies seem to be less defined here. That means when a mummy pops up it’s anyone’s guess how to combat them to an extent. Unless you have an archaeologist nearby then they’ll rant on with a history flashback before giving you not so great advice on how to fight a mummy. However I will try to throw out some possible trends and possible solutions for you.

Purpose-A mummy is a supposedly dead and often long dead person usually but not always wrapped in bandages. Frequently of Egyptian heritage and some times they are royalty, but not always. So these people were buried frequently in tombs and meant to stay buried. Then they pop back up usually many years later. Why? Well the top reason is some power hungry person wants to use the mummy for their or their people’s purposes so they revive them normally resulting in lots of deaths. Some times mummies are disturbed by accident usually by archaeologists or tomb robbers. Usually both of those groups face bandaged death.

How to stop a mummy-

How to stop them in the long run may depend on the purpose of the mummy. If it’s some lunk head worshipper with foul intentions you may be able to force them to stop the mummy. Although that’s unlikely because they are crazy enough to bring someone back to life in the first place. You could kill the person controlling the mummy, but that doesn’t always stop the mummy. So stopping a person controlling the mummy may help, but you might have to go further to stop the bandaged terror.

Another popular reason for a mummy to prowl lands years after being entombed is to be re-united with his/her long lost love. If the love interest is up and walking around too then you may have to play matchmaker to two undeads.

On occasion the mummy may be walking around looking for a possession such as a medallion, coin or some physical artifact. Once they get it they may go back to rest.

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Tools-

Tanna leaves-The leaves of a mythical plant that when brewed in a tea or mixture can help give a mummy life and give the brewer of said concoction some power over the mummy. However this is normally done with reading from a scroll and done by someone who knows what they are doing. Destroying a supply of tanna leaves may relieve a nutbar follower of his control over the mummy.

Fire-This may be more a tool of  desperation rather than logic as often desperate people use this to ward or attempt to ward off the mummy. This may just be people who saw a Frankenstein film and assumed that all slow monsters were scared of fire.

Medallions, coins or artifacts-Some times these may have power over the mummy or as mentioned above taking these items might just cause the mummy to come after you. So using these against a mummy may be a real risk if you don’t totally know what you are doing. You may be able to command them or holding on to these and waving them about may be saying “nanana come and get me, you big Band-Aid”.

Swamps-Most but not all mummies tend to have a lack of direction, eyesight and mobility. So luring them into a deep swamp may put an end to them if they sink down into it. However being undead a bunch of mud may just cover them for a while until the resurface and start lumbering about again. And of course you need a nearby swamp to even attempt this solution.

Building/tomb collapses-This may be risky because you can die in this one even easier than the mummy.  Despite their strength a good tomb collapsing on the mummy’s head should stop him.

Speed-This one seems to be in many cases an advantage that you or I may have over a mummy. They may be far stronger than us but they usually can’t run worth a darn. Although running won’t be a long term solution it will get you free for the time being.

Common sense-This as in all monster fighting cases may be your best weapon. Digging in ancient tombs is risky, holding onto cursed artifacts is even worse. If people start dying in funny ways after a dig or removal of items then you may want to put that crap back. If a mummy is roaming around in the states or England and an Egyptian person is nearby, not to be prejudiced or anything but it’s quite likely they have a hand in it or at least know what’s going on.

There you go, hope that helps a little should you ever have dealings with a mummy. Remember if Abbott and Costello survived dealing with a mummy then you can too.

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About markmc2012

I have watched far too many horror and sc-fi shows in my life. Now I feel the need to share this wealth of knowledge and make others suffer.

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