Monday, April 25, 2016

#22 - Spawn of Abhoth & Nyarlathotep

Spawn of Abhoth

Abhoth is constantly creating spawn, many of which are reabsorbed by it, but others are spared and wander free. No two spawn are the same.


In the RPG...

The Spawn of Abhoth have the weirdest stat listing of pretty much every creature. Aside from INT, each stat requires two stages to roll. As an example, STR is listed as 1-4D10, so the Keeper must first roll 1D4, and then roll that many D10s. This is obviously to emulate their variety, but to me is enough of a reason to never use them. To stat even two spawn would require 26 rolls! On top of that, they don't even have an attack listed. It simply says, "Various 1D100%, as per mode of attack," so the Keeper has to just guess what damage they might do. It all sounds like too much effort to me.

In a video game...

Because of their variability, I doubt the Spawn of Abhoth would work in a video game, because each creature would have to be modelled and statted individually, which would be a lot of work for such a minor enemy.

In a film...

This is where the Spawn of Abhoth could actually work. Unlike the RPG and video game, there's no need for stats, and the FX artists could go to town creating any creature their hearts desire.


Nyarlathotep

Nyarlathotep is the most popular Lovecraft deity after Cthulhu. He is the messenger of Azathoth and has 999 avatars, or "masks". Because he has so many different forms—the Malleus Monstrorum alone lists 44—I've decided to just focus on his most popular for the purpose of this entry. That being The Bloody Tongue (pictured below), which is a giant black humanoid figure with three legs, a pair of clawed arms, and a single enormous blood-red tentacle in place of a face.


In the RPG...

Nyarlathotep has the highest INT of any creature, and equal highest POW with Azathoth, Yog-Sothoth, and Nodens. This is significant because he also knows every spell and can summon any monster. He also has no armour, which may seem like a boon at first, but bringing Nyarlathotep to 0 hit-points simply causes a more monstrous form to burst forth from the vanquished one. Luckily, it is said that this reborn form will flee to space rather than attack... but not before rending the sanity of those witnessing the event.

In a video game...

In the guise of The Bloody Tongue, Nyarlathotep is too dangerous to face directly. His attack damage averages 70—so instant death—and it would take an average of 4 sticks of dynamite to take him down—or about 10 bullets if the player were feeling truly suicidal. Needless to say, a video game would be better served by Nyarlathotep in his human form, perhaps only showing his monstrous side if the player were foolish enough to kill him.

In a film...

Because of his many "masks", Nyarlathotep is an extremely versatile character and could essentially fit any story a writer may want to tell.

2 comments:

  1. What about Nyarlathotep in an anime? The chaos that always crawls up to you with a smile?

    Also, just started reading, gonna delve through your archives now.

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    1. I've never seen the anime, but I'd like to sometime.

      Hope you find something interesting in the past posts :)

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