Wednesday, July 12, 2017

#76 - Formless Spawn of Tsathoggua & Gyaa-Yothn

Formless Spawn of Tsathoggua

The Formless Spawn of Tsathoggua seem to be like mini Shoggoths, though they can only alter their shape, not create organs etc.


In the RPG...

Formless Spawn have a couple of odd stats. For some reason, both STR and SIZ range from 1D6 to 6D6 (plus modifiers), though neither the Malleus Monstrorum or the core rulebook specify how to utilize this variability. Perhaps you would roll 1D6 to determine how many D6 to roll, similar to the Spawn of Abhoth? The Formless Spawn are immune to all weapons, even enchanted ones, though magic, fire, chemicals, electricity etc can hurt them. They can also consume up to their SIZ in prey, wherein the victim takes 1 hit-point or damage on the first round, 2 hit-points on the second round, and so on. It's also worth noting that the 7th edition rulebook has made their regular attack much stronger. It used to be 2D6 or damage-bonus (whichever was higher), whereas the new stats are 2D6 plus damage-bonus, changing the damage average from 7 to 14. To put that into perspective, they went from being able to kill 2% of Investigators in a single hit, to 94%!

In a video game...

Like the other amorphous creatures on this list, the Formless Spawn would be pretty hard to animate. Similar shape-shifting creatures appear in the game Prey, though they are mostly animated like spiders, only using their shape-shifting ability to ambush unsuspecting victims.


In a film...

The Formless Spawn of Tsathoggua could be pretty cool in a film. I'm kind of picturing something along the lines of the Venom symbiote from Spider-Man 3, but much bigger.



Gyaa-Yothn

Gyaa-Yothn are said to be related to—and are possibly just domesticated—Ghasts, though they have a horn protruding from their head and are covered in fur. They are ridden by the people of K'n-yan, as well as being used as beasts of burden.


In the RPG...

Gyaa-Yothn are slightly stronger, larger, faster, and more intelligent than Ghasts. They can be ridden (with a base skill of 5%), and carry a load or rider up to 65 SIZ. Like the (pre-7th edition) Ghasts, they have 3-point armour. Unlike the Ghasts, however, where I said "none" is more likely, I would probably leave the Gyaa-Yothn with 3, purely because of their covering of fur.

In a video game...

Like I said in the People of K'n-yan entry, I think their world would be quite interesting to visit in a game.

In a film...

Once again repeating the K'n-yanian entry, the horrific aspects of their world would need to be highlighted for it not to come across as goofy.

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