Shoggoth

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Shoggoth
A shoggoth.
(Creature)

Shoggoths are said to have been around for eons. Legends also claim that, when compared to any other oozes, shoggoths have much greater wisdom. Shoggoths were once the servants of dark powers, but cast off their masters after centuries of mistreatment.1 Sages believe that alghollthus might be their creators, but this is incorrect: the elder things, an even more ancient race, were behind their existence, and uprisings of shoggoth slaves who develop intelligence have been the doom for countless elder thing colonies.234

Appearance

Shoggoths have no distinct form. They change it to fit the situation as need be, having arms, tentacles, or any other form that might help them to catch and consume their food. Their flesh is mostly black and sometimes translucent, and gives off a very faint luminescence. A shoggoth has no permanent mouth, but it can create and absorb mouths as needed.1

On Golarion

These horrors exist in the deepest, darkest reaches of the oceans or in the remotest ruins and caverns,2 such as islands in the Sightless Sea—cults of the Great Old Ones maintain that shoggoths take the the waters of the sea to sing their insane songs—the Black Desert, and Ilvarandin in the the Darklands realm of Orv;356789 in far-flung ancient ruins;1011 or in the service of monstrous Old Cults of the Dark Tapestry.12

Known shoggoths

On distant worlds

Within the solar system, shoggoths have also been seen near the south poles of Aucturn and Akiton.14

References

Original source: At the Mountains of Madness, H.P. Lovecraft.

For additional as-yet unincorporated sources about this subject, see the Meta page.

  1. 1.0 1.1 Wolfgang Baur. Crucible of Chaos, 31. Paizo Inc., 2008
  2. 2.0 2.1 Paizo Inc., et al. “Monsters A to Z” in Bestiary, 249. Paizo Inc., 2009
  3. 3.0 3.1 James Jacobs & Greg A. Vaughan. Orv” in Into the Darklands, 53. Paizo Inc., 2008
  4. Greg A. Vaughan & James Jacobs. “Bestiary” in Wake of the Watcher, 83. Paizo Inc., 2011
  5. James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 61. Paizo Inc., 2011
  6. Robert G. McCreary & Graeme Davis. “The Thousand Fangs Below” in The Thousand Fangs Below, 16. Paizo Inc., 2011
  7. Benjamin Bruck, et al. “Chapter 2: Places of Myth” in Mythic Realms, 21. Paizo Inc., 2013
  8. Tim Hitchcock, et al. Ilvarandin” in Lost Cities of Golarion, 11. Paizo Inc., 2011
  9. Amber E. Scott & Mark Seifter. Golarion's Seas” in Aquatic Adventures, 34. Paizo Inc., 2017
  10. Tim Hitchcock, et al. “Encounter Tables” in Heart of the Jungle, 63. Paizo Inc., 2010
  11. Adam Daigle. “Continuing the Campaign” in The Dead Heart of Xin, 65. Paizo Inc., 2013
  12. James Jacobs. “Cults of the Dark Tapestry” in Wake of the Watcher, 62. Paizo Inc., 2011
  13. Amanda Hamon, et al. “Adventures in Cheliax” in Cheliax, The Infernal Empire, 47. Paizo Inc., 2015
  14. James L. Sutter. “Chapter 3: Aliens” in Distant Worlds, 57. Paizo Inc., 2012

External links

  • Shoggoth (real-world fictional creature) on Wikipedia