Lowyatar’s Children

Thus Lowyatar named her offspring
Colic, Pleurisy, and Fever,
Ulcer, Plague, and dread Consumption,
Gout, Sterility, and Cancer.

Elias Lönnrot, Kalevala, Rune XLV, 1888

Alternate names: siphonophores of disease, progeny of Syöjätär, malady of the East Wind

Millions of virulent zooids comprise this colonies that form this highly infectious, floating creature. A polyp-like colony forms a large central bud, almost resembling a closed rosebud that quickly blossoms into a gaping maw of teeth when it suddenly decides it’s time to eat something. From this, the yellowy-orange original bud, it asexually produces myriad short, pink-hued fleshy tentacles that act as feelers in tight quarters, and can be used to grab and hold things. Below these are seven trumpet-like appendages, packed with extrasensory organs, allowing the eyeless horror to sense its surroundings out to a few hundred feet. Each one is spotted yellow and orange, and ends in a flower-like aperture that opens or closes depending on what it’s sensing/using. Below comes a cluster of tiny, purply-pink sacs, dangling down beneath the body like its entrails. And floating around the entire siphonopore, nine writhing tentactles that house disease-packed cnidocytes.

Ernst Haeckel – Kunstformen der Natur (1904), plate 7

Siphonphores of disease are highly contagious to those they come into contact with, but the diseases they spread aren’t typically infectious via secondhand contact. They may contain any diseases a Keeper wishes to use, but typically, the length of a contagion-bearing tentacle is proportionate to that malady’s naturally occuring prevalence of the time.

Contagion: Anyone coming into close physical proxmity (15 feet) with one of Lowyatar’s children must make an Hard CON roll the following day, while those that physically touch one (but not one of the nine tentacles) must succeed at an Extreme CON roll. Success, and the person losing 1D6 to their STR, CON, and DEX (roll separately for each), with symptoms ranging from a mild fever, feelings of nausea, and diarrhea. Mild symptoms fade at 1 stat point regained per day. Failure, and the symptoms are much worse, costing 2D6 to STR, CON, and DEX, rolled separately and daily over a period of 7 days. If any characteristic reaches zero, the infected person dies.

LOWYATAR’S CHILDREN, virulent siphonophores

char.
STR
CON
SIZ
DEX
INT
POW

roll
3D6 × 5
10D6
(4D6+6) × 5
2D6 × 5
2D6 × 5
3D6 × 5

average
50-55
175
100
35
35
50-55

Average Hit Points: 27
Average Damage Bonus: +1D4
Average Build: 1
Average Magic Points: 10
Move: 7

Combat
Attacks per Round: 1D4+1 (multiple feelers, 1 infectious)
While all the disease-bearing tentacles attempt to attack individuals (and have up to a 20-foot range), most are too busy fighting off each other, and so only 1 attacks per round. The remaining 1D4 attacks are made by the short feeler-arms, and are used to batter or grapple opponents.
Disease: Anyone struck by one of the nine writhing tentacles must make an opposed CON roll. Success, and they suffer the effects mild effects of Contagion (above). On a failure, they immediately lose 2D10 CON and the infection spreads throughout their body (this also affectes their hit points). On subsequent days, they continue to suffer, losing 2D6 STR, 2D6 CON, and 2D6 DEX, daily, until they die. If they lose 10+ of any stat on a single day, they are contagious for the next 24-hour period. A Hard Medicine roll may cure someone of the disease, but they still lose 1D4 to each of the affected stats for a 7-day period.
An individual may be affected by up to nine Infectious Tentacles, with each one causing the above effects. Anyone affected by two or more requires an Extreme Medicine roll to save, at which point they’ll lose 1D6 per affected stat for the next 7 days.

Feelers 50% (25/10), damage 1D3+DB plus Contagion (see above). Can be used to Grapple (mnvr).
Bite 50% (25/10), damage 1D12+DB, only if Grappled. Cannot use Feelers for other attacks while eating/attempting to eat (but infectious tentacles can still do their thing).
Infectious Tentacles 80% (40/16), damage DB + Disease
Dodge 17% (8/3)

Skills

Armor: None, but the physical attacks do half damage.
Spells:
None.
Sanity Loss:
1/1D10 to see one of Lowyatar’s oddly beautiful, yet alien-looking and deadly spawn.

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