Authors: Kenneth Hite

Cover Artists: Patricia Smith

Pages: 11

Hideous Creatures: Byakhee

Hideous Creatures: Byakhee

“Apart from the curiously repellent feeling of human flesh under my hands, and furred wings, I was not able to ascertain what these creatures were like.” Servants of Hastur or misperceived shantaks? Astral psychopomps or sidereal scavengers? Climb aboard the byakhee and find out!

Byakhee are interstellar hunters, flying between the stars on vast membranous wings. They sometimes carry riders, usually one apiece — though such riders need protection from the vacuum and cold from suitable spells or potions. Byakhee do not have bases on earth, but sorcerers summon them to perform foul deeds or to serve as steeds.

Hideous Creatures: Byakhee includes,

  • Two unique scenario seeds, Something in Platinum, and Just a Song at Twilight
  • Keeper clues for every Trail of Cthulhu Investigative ability
  • Six mythic echoes from across the world
  • Eighteen Byakhee variations
  • And new powers, like Cognitive Dissonance and Orbital Flight, with GUMSHOE statistics.

In this series, Kenneth Hite looks at the creatures, species, and monsters of the Cthulhu Mythos from every non-Euclidean angle. Alternate versions and new explanations provide the same jolt of mythic bisociation that the gods and titans receive in the TRAIL OF CTHULHU corebook. Hite traces these foul things through their legendary history, and provides further clues for any Investigator to follow. Horrific scenario seeds burst and bloom, story spines protrude and deform, in a blasphemous garden any Keeper can harvest.

Praise for Hideous Creatures,

a brief injection of Hite-ian awesome … they’re just about the right length to digest in a single sitting, and full of amazing ideas that will make anyone’s game into a flavourful occult gumbo.” – High Trust, High Drama Blog

I consider this series a wake-up call to the lacklustre, to remind them tales of the Mythos, using whatever system, should instill uneasiness, upset and fear. Grasp the potential of the unearthly and inhuman…” – Paul Baldowski

Hideous Creatures: Byakhee is the eighth installment of Volume 2 of Ken Writes About Stuff.

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