There exists dimensions beyond our own. And what dwells in those realms? Entities far beyond our comprehension, of course! Only a fool would research too deeply into such theories, as they’re liable to go mad from either dark truths or being constantly called a liar and a fool.
Author’s Note: It’s been a while since I’ve done something truly inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s brand of horror. While my personal campaign has inject Lovecraftiana into a Barrier Peaks homage (making it more Firestorm Peak), my blog has been lacking in that. So, let’s revisit Cosmic Horror by revisiting some of my older monsters! Enjoy.
“We’ll be taking that world of yours!”
Extraterrestrials, xenoforms, space beings, aliens. These are all methods to categorize something not from this world, something so detached from us in almost every way possible. The thought of something we can’t quite comprehend frightens us, because we can’t anticipate their next move or attempt to understand their motives or culture. For many, the Alien is the fear of the unknown and distant realized. Some end up trying to learn their ways and branch diplomacy further. Some react in hostility and branch war further into the known universe. Either way, an encounter with an alien is one that will be known for ages to come.
While aliens have been documented across space and time, many popular ones keep show up in scripts, tomes and records. These are the Greys, the Reptillians, The Children, Invaders, many more. Many of these accounts have been destroyed, for many of these beings are inherently domineering and malicious towards “outsiders” or creatures they plan to conquer. Others are merely just scholars trying to keep their research a secret, as they chronicle all know realities. Some seem all too eager to share their knowledge with whoever will listen… almost to an imperialistic extent.
Many have said we’re not alone in the universe and they’re correct. While evidence shows that life outside our own sphere isn’t inherently malicious, there are many lifeforms who seek to reap what we have taken for granted for so long. Among these beings are the Colonists, who have been cataloging material plane life for ages, in hopes of studying them. In the end, they hope to enslave our world and colonize it for their own efforts. While the masters of this operation are mostly unknown, their force of uncanny bounty hunters have made themselves known. The bounty hunters are deployed to uphold the missions of the colonists, without the greater public finding out. Even Shadow Governments forming pacts with them are unaware of some of these plans.
All present themselves as a similar looking man, they seek and destroy any person or creature that would compromise their greater mission. Armed with merely a sidearm gun and a strange device, they still pose quite a threat with their intimidating stature. Sightings have been most common in an alternate plane referred by some as “Conspiracy Earth”. That said, thanks to the advent of numerous technologies and magics, these bounty hunters have traveled far and wide. Some have arrived on crystal spheres via planar travel or spelljammer, tracking down native beings and astral beings that would harm work on a minor to multiversal scale. Even more frightening is the nation that the Colonists might be expanding their reach to other realities as well.
The fear of contamination is a rational one in the multiverse! Plagues of the living dead, being consumed and replaced with an alien copy, the dread curse of vampirism, and more torment the minds of countless victims. One threat such threat is far distanced from the Material Plane. This threat is known as the “Eldritch Ooze.”
Despite its name, this creature isn’t so much an ooze, but an oil-like parasite that slinks into the creature’s nervous system and takes over it entirely. Most of the time, the only method of discerning a controlled person is black and cloudy looking eyes. When the creature is ready to strike, it begins to pour out of a victim’s eye sockets, mouth, and sometimes elsewhere as well. Victims are seen retching and gasping in unfathomable pain as the liquid abomination slithers slowly outside of several orifices. Some have been lucky enough to resist it, but these are few and far between. Another aspect of this creature is its ability to produce spawn while inside a victim, spreading its vile essence while keeping control of its current host. To prevent such an atrocity from spreading on a wide scale would result in an apocalyptic event. Even worse is the motivations and intentions of this creature are completely unknown. Continue reading