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Flying Polyp

Flying Polyp, Elder Things (not to be confused with "Old Ones", which are called "Elder Things" in the Call of Cthulhu RPG).

Origin: H.P. Lovecraft The Shadow Out of Time (fiction)

Description

The basis of the fear was a horrible elder race of half-polypous, utterly alien entities... only partly material — as we understand matter — and their type of consciousness and media of perception differed wholly from those of terrestrial organisms.... They had the power of aërial motion despite the absence of wings or any other visible means of levitation. Their minds were of such texture that no exchange with them could be effected by the Great Race.... Singular whistling noises, and colossal footprints made up of five circular toe-marks, seemed also to be associated with them....
H.P. Lovecraft, "The Shadow Out of Time (fiction)"

The Flying Polyps are a species of 'half-polypous entities' that ruled the Earth before the arrival of the Yithians around a billion years ago. The Flying Polyps built cities of towering, windowless, black basalt structures in which they lived. They fought a war with the newly-arrived Yithians and were defeated and forced into subterranean caverns and tunnels, but would eventually re-emerge and destroy the Yithian civilization.

Flying Polyps were only partially material, but could generate powerful winds and their presence was marked by five-toed footprints. Their partially-material nature rendered them difficult to harm, but the Yithians found that electrical weapons were effective against them.


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The basis of the fear was a horrible elder race of half-polypous, utterly alien entities which had come through space from immeasurably distant universes and had dominated the earth and three other solar planets about six hundred million years ago. They were only partly material—as we understand matter—and their type of consciousness and media of perception differed wholly from those of terrestrial organisms. For example, their senses did not include that of sight; their mental world being a strange, non-visual pattern of impressions. They were, however, sufficiently material to use implements of normal matter when in cosmic areas containing it; and they required housing—albeit of a peculiar kind. Though their senses could penetrate all material barriers, their substance could not; and certain forms of electrical energy could wholly destroy them. They had the power of aërial motion despite the absence of wings or any other visible means of levitation. Their minds were of such texture that no exchange with them could be effected by the Great Race. When these things had come to the earth they had built mighty basalt cities of windowless towers, and had preyed horribly upon the beings they found.... Such was the fixed mood of horror that the very aspect of the creatures was left unmentioned—at no time was I able to gain a clear hint of what they looked like. There were veiled suggestions of a monstrous plasticity, and of temporary lapses of visibility, while other fragmentary whispers referred to their control and military use of great winds. Singular whistling noises, and colossal footprints made up of five circular toe-marks, seemed also to be associated with them....

When I brought the torchlight close... I did not like what I saw... It was as if there were regular lines of composite impressions — impressions that went in threes, each slightly over a foot square, and consisting of five nearly circular three-inch prints, one in advance of the other four.... I thought I heard a shrill, whistling sound, like nothing else on earth, and beyond any adequate verbal description.... There was a wind, too — not merely a cool, damp draught, but a violent, purposeful blast belching savagely and frigidly from that abominable gulf whence the obscene whistling came.
H.P. Lovecraft, "The Shadow Out of Time (fiction)"


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