We could blame it. That only way to ever sleep again, to go on, to do anything. Otherwise, what? Knot bedsheets and hope the ceiling fan holds? No. It was that thing, bug, grub, worm whatever it was. That did it. That’s what made us do those…things.
Truth is, it just sat there. Fat off everything we did. It ate what we fed it. It didn’t make us do anything. It just freed us of our inhibitions. Everything we did…we because we already had it in us.
Alternative names: Carrion Grubs
Cthoab are parasitic neoplasms spawned from substance that comprises the god-realm called Abattoir. On occasion they slip through the wounds that connect our world to the Abattoir. On Earth their presence has a degenerative effect on people of low willpower and sanity, reducing them to their most base, bestial instincts. Cthoab seem to feed on crimes against nature and humanity. They grow bloated as people around them descend into increasing acts of perversion.
Cornelius Trafford Hughes, a minor 19th century robber-baron that first contacted the Abattoir (or as he claimed it called itself, Xopolhiti). through his Pleaides Circle occult society, kept several Cthoab for study. His observations are noted in his journals, Conversations on Xopolhiti. Hughes never discovered the mechanism that drove madness in humans or fed the creatures. He gave up trying but kept the animals. He took much pleasure in the effect they had on his guests and did his part to keep his pets fed.
(Conversations on Xopolhiti. English, published 1909. Full Study 10 weeks. Sanity Loss 1D10. Cthulhu Mythos +3/+8. Mythos Rating 20%.)
Aura of Depravity: the aura extends for 1 mile in every direction from the creature for every 10 Magic Points it possesses. Anyone in the aura with less than 45 POW or Sanity must make a POW roll once per day. If the roll fails, the victim loses 1/5 of their current Sanity and suffers a violent Bout of Madness. They will indulge their worst, most vile impulses.
Cthoab, bloated on suffering
|STR||1D4 x 5||10|
|CON||1D4 x 5||10|
|SIZ||1D4 x 5||10|
|DEX||1D4 x 5||10|
|INT||1D4+1 x 5||15|
|POW||(4D6+2) x 5||80|
Average Hit Points: 2
Average Damage Bonus: -2
Average Build: -2
Average Magic Points: 16
Attacks per round: 1 (Bite, Caustic Spit)
Caustic Spit: launches a stream of viscous fluid at the face of an opponent. The victim loses 1D6 Hit Points and APP initially, then an additional 2 points of both every round unless removed (such as with water). The spit will dissolve and become harmless after 1D4+1 rounds
|BiteSpit||45% (22/8), 1D4 + damage bonus45% (22/8), 1D6 Hit Points and APP, see above|
Sanity Loss: 1/1D4 to encounter a Cthoab