Welcome back, my cultists. Back for more horrors from beyond the void and beyond reason? I’m more than happy to provide. Here are some classic creatures, as seen in the stories of H.P. Lovecraft. Be sure to check out my other post about Lovecraft inspired monsters from last week. They’re updated versions of earlier posts on my blog. While they needed a new coat of paint, I’ve been eager to bring them up to date. And, if this proves popular, I might continue to bring Lovecraftian monsters into D&D 5th Edition… Hell, I might compile them for DM’s Guild or the like.
As for using the content in other worlds, the easiest solution is The Far Realm, a weird demiplane just outside of reality that has been messing with the multiverse since late 2E! Barring that, there’s always the classic method of weird and aberrant things in dungeons and the underground depths (like the Underdark). And with that, here is my take on The Deep One, the Nightgaunt, the Mi-Go and the Shoggoth.
You see an eerily familiar sight; a sinister cottage building with a poorly written”antiques and oddities” sight nearby. As you draw nearer, a dreadful sense of deja vu pours over you. You’ve been here before. Upon entering the door, all comes back to you as you see a hunched over sales person, obscured by a cloak. The humanoid creature cracks a smile from underneath the cloth, as if it recognizes you.
Welcome to Rare and Magnificent Antiques and Wares! I haven’t seen you in quite some time. Hopefully you learned from last time you foolishly made a purchase without heeding warnings. Or perhaps you’re a new customer, no… you’ve been here, I sense it! Unlike other curio shops and antique specialists, I focus on the morbid and bizarre; artifacts found no where else in the world! But remember this, all sales are final. If you fear obtaining something, let me enlighten you on all there is to know. Granted, you already knew the rules, didn’t you?
Sadly, we’ve sold the wears that you’ve seen last time. But fear not, thanks to various benefactors as well as generous adventurers, I have replenished my stock with a satisfying assortment of new items to examine. Also, do be careful when handling the items. You don’t want to activate or awaken something by accident, do you? Of course not! And so, simply point to something and I’ll be right over to get it for you.
Author’s Note: The Hunched Over Salesman is back with all sorts of creepy magic items to dive into! I wanted to do a followup to my Gothic items from back in April, so here we go!
While warlocks are known for bargaining for arcane talents, many are not quite true devotees of worship. To many, warlocks embody the morally ambiguous master, willing to dive into the dark depths of the cosmos to obtain power. But, whose to say that clerical priests aren’t willing to succumb to such unfathomable madness?
The Eldritch Domain focuses on the dark forces that lurk beyond the wall of sleep. Eldritch clerics have devoted their life to knowledge of things that should not be, many have gone irreversibly insane in the process. The others remain stable enough to gain more forbidden knowledge of secrets beyond the veil. The Eldritch Gods promote secrecy, entropy, and eventual domination. To them, their clerical pawns are a means to an end. The world was theirs because a great sleep took hold of them. Thanks to their servants, the day will come when they can reclaim their realm.
CHECK OUT THE NEW VERSION HERE! It’s more focused around the cosmos as a whole, but it still retains a bit of that Lovecraftian flavor.
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