Son of Yog-Sothoth

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The Sons of Yog-Sothoth (AKA "Children of Yog-Sothoth", "Child of Yog-Sothoth", "Daughter of Yog-Sothoth", etc.) are from H.P. Lovecraft's The Dunwich Horror (fiction).


Bigger than a barn... all made of squirming tentacles... the whole thing sort of shaped like a hen's egg but bigger than anything, with dozens of legs like barrels that half shut up when they step... there was nothing solid about it — all like jelly, and made of separate wriggling tentacles pushed close together... great bulging eyes all along the sides, big as stovepipes, and all tossing and opening and shutting... all grey, with kind of blue or purple rings... and Gawd in heaven — that half a face on top...! That face with the red eyes and crinkly white hair, and no chin like the Whateleys.... It was an octopus, centipede, spider kind of thing, but there was a half-shaped man's face on top of it, and it looked like Wizard Whateley's, only it was yards and yards across....

H.P. Lovecraft, The Dunwich Horror (fiction)

Sons of Yog-Sothoth are the half-human children of Yog-Sothoth, partly immaterial and alien in form. The Sons will have varying proportions of influence over their form from their human and Great Old One ancestry, varying wildly in appearance; they tend to mature more quickly than a normal human, with an intellect and intuitive knowledge of the Cthulhu Mythos far in advance of their age, and a tendency toward rapidly growing unnaturally tall and large, ravenously hungry with a tendency to drink blood of victims through tentacles. Though the Sons can vary in appearance even between appearing just human enough to pass for a normal person when bundled into loose-fitting clothes that cover as much of their bodies as possible, to being invisible except when feeding, it is possible for an informed investigator to recognize the presence of even the most thoroughly disguised or hidden Son of Yog-Sothoth, and animals tend to sense immediately that there is something abnormal about them.

The most famous examples of the children of Yog-Sothoth are the twin Whateley children, Wilbur and his nameless brother: Wilbur resembled a very tall and abnormally mature Satyr with hairy goat-like legs and beard with tentacles on his body, and his brother invisible and mostly immaterial, monstrously large and thoroughly inhuman in appearance, intellect, and behavior. Wilbur Whateley learned ghastly languages such as Aklo from an early age, reading a great number of his ancestors' magical tomes by the time he reached adulthood, and had already contacted numerous Mythos creatures, developing a plot to sacrifice his monstrous brother to become the body to be inhabited by an alien intellect which would open the way for the Great Old Ones to return o Earth, scouring the surface world of all earthly life and dragging the Earth into an alien dimension. The Whateleys were eventually stopped: Wilbur torn apart by dogs, which reacted violently to the alien presence of the brothers, and his invisible brother destroyed with the use of the Powder of Ibn-Ghazi, a mob armed with fire, and a lightning bolt from the sky.

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