In the storyline that Last Hope is constantly evolving, a number of relatively peaceful races fled their homeland for a continent where they've encountered these beasties, aka the "Mordok."
Characters, such as this one, a nameless Mordok ruffian, each play a role in the story, great or small. It was mostly the job of Mordok on Friday to slink around and fall under the sword of the Humans (people), Syndar (an elf-like race) or Ulven ("The People of the Wolf"). This hungry-looking Mordok was played by Diana Verstein, who had not shown up for the day's activities unarmed.
Verstein's friend, Shelly Sonsalla (far below), was also in Mordok garb and showed us a Necromancer's kit
she had assembled from found objects, one of which was the detached wing of a dead bird. She found it outside an auto repair shop, and the squirrel bones seen below (at the bottom right) came from a roadkill specimen. Even more interesting was learning that Sonsalla and Verstein had cleaned the squirrel corpse by leaving it next to an anthill. (For the uninitiated, necromancy is the dark art of raising the dead and, typically, forcing them to do your bidding.)
Some of the other Mordok gore props were homemade. The decorated skull (cow skull?) seen below is a Mordok artifact
reported to possess magic powers.
A tabletop session (like DnD but with different rules) was ongoing in the background as the Mordok played by Sonsalla finished a meal of guts.
Another entry from the props department: This toad belongs to Mischelle Maas, playing Anariel, a Syndar mage.
Next we're going to jump into some combat between Shana Aber of Kenosha (Selena Stargazer), a cleric, and Jake Nitzel of Rhinelander (Stanrick Longfang), a warrior.
Both have assumed a defensive posture.
And the battle is joined!
It goes well for Longfang, but he suffers a mortal wound
and is reduced to lying on the floor.
In LARPing, this is when you find out who your friends really are. Players track the damage they have withstood, and if they withstand too much, they're forced to crawl across the battlefield or lie and wait for an allied cleric to resurrect them.
The beads indicate to other players that the healer is using magic.
All the while, the tabletop game is proceeding apace. Last Hope is experimenting with translating its live events into a format that players can enjoy on a smaller scale.
In a nearby tent, a map of the land of Mardrun was on display.
One more gore shot for the road:
Last Hope's website is here
and includes other photos. All the above were taken by yours truly.