Rat-Thing

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Witnesses said it had long hair and the shape of a rat, but that its sharp-toothed, bearded face was evilly human while its paws were like tiny human hands. It took messages betwixt old Keziah and the devil, and was nursed on the witch’s blood—which it sucked like a vampire. Its voice was a kind of loathsome titter, and it could speak all languages... The bones of the tiny paws, it is rumoured, imply prehensile characteristics more typical of a diminutive monkey than of a rat; while the small skull with its savage yellow fangs is of the utmost anomalousness, appearing from certain angles like a miniature, monstrously degraded parody of a human skull.

A Rat-Thing is a ratlike creature with a human face and hands. First presented in The Dreams in the Witch House as the familiar Brown Jenkin, the idea was later generalised to a whole type or race of beings.

Rat-Things are created through magic, transforming humans (typically cultists) into servants. They often have some knowledge of magic.

In Call of Cthulhu

See Category:CoC:Rat-Thing scenarios