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Ghouls – A Dipterous Reflavoring

Ghouls: A Dipterous Reflavoring

“Ghouls are usually described as doglike or canine in appearance, a description that has as much to do with their pack behavior and habit of digging as it does their specific skull shape.

To change up ghoul imagery, try other graveyard scavengers. Ghouls in your campaign might also resemble or at least evoke:

Flies (bristles on arms, segmented eyes, green-blue sheen on flesh)”

— Kenneth Hite et al., “Hideous Creatures – A Bestiary of the Cthulhu Mythos”

I decided to take Mr. Hite’s advice to heart, and write a retheme for one of my favorite monsters in Delta Green. The book lists several other aesthetic options, but I had the most ideas for flies and they were the most different from your ‘stereotypical ghoul.’ I also took the opportunity to elaborate on and rewrite some existing mechanics I felt were too vague or just didn’t like.

Ghouls are ageless creatures that dwell underground and emerge to feed on the dead. Any corpse will do, but for some reason, they have a taste for humanity. Despite their scavenger-like behavior, ghouls are as dangerous as any predator. They are big and tough, four arms bristling with hairs and tipped with claws, nearly every inch of their skin hardened into a green-blue shell. Their mouths appear human at first glance, but open to reveal gummy jaws with a few prehensile fangs and a long rasping tongue.

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The Matador 

the Matador is a tall and broad skeletal humanoid, with a body made from bits of machinery, ropes and pulleys, ticking gears and whirling levers. Parts of its body, notably the face, arms, and legs, are decorated with either papier mache, porcelain, or fiberglass, though this does practically nothing to hide its human figure. Nestled within its chest is a single, glass jar containing several leeches, fattened with blood and swirling in the brackish water. Its face resembles a venetian mask, within an unmoving, knowing smile. The Matador’s right arm ends with a sword. Usually a Spanish rapier of fine craftsmanship, though they’ve been encountered with homemade approximations and substitutes. Its left arm clasps a Muleta of deep crimson cloth in its skeletal hand.

A Daredevil of Carcosa 

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“It was standing on the bed, it cocked its head at us like a german shepherd. Hellmann was crawling towards us, it must have stabbed him at least six times.” 

“Then what?” 

“Then – I don’t fuckin’ know – it just throw that cloth over itself and it was gone. It just wasn’t there. I don’t (unintelligible)” 

“Okay. So it’s still out there somewhere.”

– After-action report gathered by Agent Wynch 

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