Buopoth

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An unlucky artifact said to depict a Buopoth

Buopoth.

Origin: H.P. Lovecraft, Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath (fiction)

Description

In former dreams Carter had seen quaint lumbering Buopoths come shyly out of that wood to drink, but now he could not glimpse any.
H.P. Lovecraft, Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath (fiction)

Among the strange wildlife that might be found along the Dream River Oukranos are the shy Buopoths that lumber out of the forests to drink from the river's waters. The rarely-seen beast is sacred to the river-god Oukranos, and it is unlucky to describe it, but according to fable, those who see one are destined for strange fortune, either good or ill.


Chaosium's Buopoth

Chaosium's Call of Cthulhu role-playing game describes the Buopoth in its H.P. Lovecraft's Dreamlands supplement as a vaguely elephantine beast, larger than a horse, with a short trunk, ears that somewhat resembler a human's, and large, liquid eyes; this beast is said to have a soft, melodious, trumpeting voice, and a gentle and skittish disposition that may result in a panicked Buopoth trampling human bystanders.


Heresies and Controversies

Keeper Notes

Associated Mythos Elements

  • deity: cult of Oukranos considers the beast sacred
  • location: River Oukranos
  • person: the King of Ilek-Vad, who considers rivers where the beast may be found to be sacred, and makes regular pilgrimage to pay his respects to Oukranos

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