Thursday, June 16, 2016

#41 - Ghouls & Servants of Gloon


Ghouls are feral, "vaguely canine" humanoids that dwell in tunnel systems beneath many cities, often centered on graveyards and ancient catacombs, where they feast on the dead. Some of these tunnels even lead to the Dreamlands, in which Ghouls are regular denizens.

In the RPG...

Because of their human-like form and stats, Ghouls are another very common enemy in Call of Cthulhu. The most unique trait of a Ghoul is that if they successfully bite their victim, they latch on and can only be dislodged with an opposed STR roll, meanwhile doing up to 4 damage per round.

In a video game...

I feel it would be heresy to not include Ghouls in any Call of Cthulhu video game. Even if the game had nothing to do with them, I would personally include one as an easter egg, or at the very least, have an exhumed grave with tracks leading into a nearby tunnel. Though typically seen as enemies, Ghouls have also been known to ally themselves with humans—as in The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath—so there is a lot that could be done with them.

In a film...

There have been many adaptations of Lovecraft's Pickman's Model which features a Ghoul, so I'm not in any rush to see more of them myself. Having said that, I'm still waiting for a Dream-Quest film.

Servants of Gloon

The Servants of Gloon look like miniature versions of Zoth-Ommog (hence the reused image) and act on the whims of the Great Old One, Gloon, tending to his every need. 

In the RPG...

There's not a lot of information on the Servants of Gloon, other than saying that they will crush their victim after a successful tentacle attack, which can only be escaped with an opposed STR roll. They also have 3-point armour, 3-point regeneration, and 30 hit-points, so would not be easily dispatched.

In a video game...

Gloon is said to be imprisoned in Atlantis, so I'm not sure if his servants would be encountered on the surface, or just near him. Knowing this would affect whether they would be encountered on a typical level, or only at Atlantis, which would require a very specific level or game.

In a film...

Gloon and his servants don't seem that intriguing to me, so I couldn't advocate their appearance in a film.

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