Formless Spawn of Tsathoggua

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Formless Spawn are a servitor race closely associated with Tsathoggua and often found his cavernous temples.

Both Tsathoggua and his Formless Spawn were created by Clark Ashton Smith in his 1929 story The Tale of Satampre Zeiros and also appeared in H.P. Lovecraft and Zealia Bishop's 1930 story The Mound.


Formless Spawn as portrayed in Quake.

"Then two arms — if one could call them arms — likewise arose inch by inch, and we saw that the thing was not, as we had thought, a creature immersed in the liquid, but that the liquid itself had put forth this hideous neck and head, and was now forming these damnable arms, that groped toward us with tentacle-like appendages in lieu of claws or hands!" — Clark Ashton Smith, The Tale of Satampre Zeiros

"When the men of K'n-Yan went down into N'Kai's black abyss with their great atom-power searchlights, they found living things—living things that oozed along stone channels and worshipped onyx and basalt images of Tsathoggua. But they were not toads like Tsathoggua himself. Far worse—they were amorphous lumps of viscous black slime that took temporary shapes for various purposes. The explorers of K'N-Yan did not pause for detailed observations, and those that escaped alive sealed the passage." — H.P. Lovecraft and Zealia Bishop, The Mound

Black, protean beings that can change shape in an instant, from toad-like lumps to elongated things with hundreds of rudimentary legs. They ooze through small cracks and enlarge their appendages at will.

Formless Spawn are capable of several simultaneous attacks with their fluid bodies and can even swallow an investigator whole.

Heresies and Controversies

  • Compare/Contrast with Shoggoths; Lovecraft might in fact have been alluding to Shoggoths in the reference to the formless "spawn" of Tsathoggua, in that context they might be regarded as a "cult" of Shoggoths which encountered Tsathoggua in N'kai.... (The Mound (fiction))

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