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Kothogaz
(Creature)

Source: Inner Sea Bestiary, pg(s). 46

Unyielding Kothogaz, the Dance of Disharmony,[1] is one of the Spawn of Rovagug. When it arrived is unknown, except that it was after Ulunat.[2]

Appearance

Surviving parts of the acid-sourged Ezida Scrolls provide a most detailed known description of it: a shell like a horned beetle's: veined wings of broken glass; a torso resembling a humanoid with a slug-like abdomen and moist, chitinous armor; four arms, two tipped in pinscers; a drooling maw that forms most of its head; and dozens of eyes arrayed above its mouth.[3]

History

Kothogaz was first spotted near old Ezida, then a city of Ninshabur.[3] Hathga-Tah the Ninshaburite also described Kothogaz as "pus of raw and bursted wounds" in their list of the Spawn of Rovagug.[4]

A bit from Kothogaz is blamed for the disfigurement and madness of the gold dragon Trilochan in the Nahari Desert.[3]

In the mid-4th century AR, Kothogaz came upon Vudra, then disunited, and wrought much destruction in it. The legendary hero Khiben-Said, whom the current maharajah claims as an ancestor, led the defense of this land. In a battle that tales claim cost a million Vudrani lives, the hero-priests cast it into the ocean and boiled the ocean, weakening it to the point where the creature's heart could be extracted.[3]

The heart is now in 101 pieces, and the largest is said to lie beneath Padiskar on Jamleray.[3]

Kothogaz is said to have scattered three pieces of the Champion of the Gilded Host, a powerful construct, when it trampled across Vudra.[5]

In culture

Kothogaz is not well-known in Avistan. Its tales are retold primarily in Nex, and (amongst the reactionaries who revived it) Ezida. In Vudra, where it is best known, it is a crime to speak of it, nor is it recommended for visitors to inquire after it in Vudra's outpost of Jalmeray.[3]

References

  1. Jim Groves, James Jacobs, Rob McCreary, et al. (2012). Inner Sea Bestiary, p. 46. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-468-9
  2. Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 153. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1 "The Tarrasque... was but one of a dozen titanic monsters disgorged by the Pit of Gormuz in the last 5,000 years. Other spawn include the great beetle Ulunat...; ... Volnagur; and Chemnosit". Sothis was founded around Ulunat's shell: Mona, 119; has always been the capital of Osirion: Mona, 117; which was founded -3470: Mona, 201. "In the last 5,000 years" cannot span the time from -3470 AR to the Campaign Setting book's "current year" of 4708 AR. This is most likely an error: Todd Stewart. (2009). The Great Beyond: A Guide to the Multiverse, p. 50. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-167-1 "Other the next 5,000 years (after -3923 AR) the cyclic eruption of horrors continued to issue forth from the lip of the Pit (of Gormuz)".
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Clinton Boomer. (2009). Spawn of Rovagug. The Final Wish, p. 53. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-185-5
  4. Clinton Boomer. (2009). Spawn of Rovagug. The Final Wish, p. 49. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-185-5
  5. Judy Bauer et al. (2014). Lost Treasures, p. 22. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-703-1