Lesser Shepherd / Shepherdess of The Black Goat

Much like the greater variety of this creature, Lesser Shepherds / Shepherdess’ of The Black Goat begin life as a normal human. They too had mother’s die during childbirth, but never as part of a formal ritual to Shub-Nigguruath. During their childhoods they receive none of the special diet or training of Greater Shepherd or Shepherdess’. None of these creatures had any connection to a cult of the Black Goat with a Thousand Young. They are created when an unlucky individual whose mother died in childbirth eats or drinks something made from the black milk of a Sacred Ewe of Shub-Nigguruath. This is close enough to the criteria for creating a Greater Shepherd or Shepherdess that it triggers a similar transformation, albeit one resulting in a less powerful version of the intended creation.

tall humanoid, lanky creatures with long arms, hands and claws, small ears, tiny black sunken eyes, and narrow slits for a nose. Hunched posture, curved back
Lesser Shepherd of Shub-Niggurath by Luis Reina

The transformation is a very painful one and lasts about an hour. When it is over the victim’s body transforms, permanently, into a Lesser Shepherd / Shepherdess of the Black Goat. Once transformed these creatures begin to lose their human memories and intellect (taking 2D20 hours), becoming creatures of instinct enslaved to the will of Shub-Niggurauth. These newly created guardians then travel to the nearest holy site to the Black Goat, becoming a guardian to a sacred shrine, grove, circle or temple. 

Lesser Shepherds / Shepherdess’ are not granted extended life spans or immunities, nor any form of resistance to disease or injury. They are smaller and weaker than their Greater version and cannot transform back into human form. However, they do return to their human appearance after death (a transformation that takes about an hour to complete).

These creatures have tall, lanky builds giving them a gaunt and ungainly appearances. They have   with long arms, hands and sharp claws. Their faces are withdrawn, with tiny black eyes sunken deep into sockets, small ears and a pair of long slits where a nose would normally be. Their shoulders are hunch and they have a curved spine with a boney ridge down their back. However, they are still quite powerful and nimble, climbing, jumping, and stalking prey just as well as their superior cousins. 

Shepherd/Shepherdess of The Black Goat (Lesser), Mutated Victims of a Fatal Brew

Char. Averages rolls

STR   80 (4D6+2) x 5

CON   65 (2D6+6) x 5

SIZ   80 (4D6+2) x 5

DEX   65 (2D6+6) x 5

INT   35 2D6 x 5

POW   65 (2D6+6) x 5

HP 13

Av. Damage Bonus: +1D4

Average Build: +1

Average Magic Points: 13

Move 9


Attacks per round:

Fighting Attacks: Clawed hands delivering brutal punches or deadly slashes. 

Fighting, Brawl 45% (22 / 9), 1D6+db

Dodge 35% (17 / 7)

Armor: None.

Skills: Climb 85%, Jump 75%, Listen 70%, Spot Hidden 50%, Stealth 70%.

Sanity Loss: 0/1D6 points to see a Lesser Shepherd or Shepherdess  

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