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'''Shan''', AKA '''Insects from Shaggai'''
 
'''Shan''', AKA '''Insects from Shaggai'''
  
Origin:  The Insects from Shaggai are primarily described in [[Ramsey Campbell]]'s "[[The Insects from Shaggai (fiction)]]", and seem to have been inspired by a dream noted in the [[Commonplace Book (fiction)]] of [[H.P. Lovecraft]].
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Origin:  The Insects from Shaggai are primarily described in [[Ramsey Campbell]]'s "[[The Insects from Shaggai (fiction)|The Insects from Shaggai]]", seemingly inspired by a dream H.P. Lovecraft noted in his [[Commonplace Book (fiction)|Commonplace Book]].
  
 
==Description==
 
==Description==
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"At last a shape appeared, flapping above the ground on leathery wings. The thing which flew whirring toward me was followed by a train of others, wings slapping the air at incredible speed... I could ... make out many more details... Those huge lidless eyes which stared in hate at me, the jointed tendrils which seemed to twist from the head in cosmic rhythms, the ten legs, covered with black shining tentacles and folded into the pallid underbody, and the semi-circular ridged wings covered with triangular scales... I saw the three mouths of the thing move moistly, and then it was upon me... [not] strictly material [but] constructed of some alien matter which allow its atoms to exist conterminously with those of my body...."
 
"At last a shape appeared, flapping above the ground on leathery wings. The thing which flew whirring toward me was followed by a train of others, wings slapping the air at incredible speed... I could ... make out many more details... Those huge lidless eyes which stared in hate at me, the jointed tendrils which seemed to twist from the head in cosmic rhythms, the ten legs, covered with black shining tentacles and folded into the pallid underbody, and the semi-circular ridged wings covered with triangular scales... I saw the three mouths of the thing move moistly, and then it was upon me... [not] strictly material [but] constructed of some alien matter which allow its atoms to exist conterminously with those of my body...."
<br>&mdash; [[Ramsey Campbell]], "[[The Insects from Shaggai (fiction)]]"
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<br>&mdash; [[Ramsey Campbell]], "[[The Insects from Shaggai (fiction)|The Insects from Shaggai]]"
 
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The Shan, or "Insects from Shaggai", are a little larger than terrestrial insects, with ridged and scaled leathery wings, huge lidless eyes, jointed tendrils which twist "from the head in cosmic rhythms", ten legs covered with shiny black tentacles that fold into their pallid underbody, and the three mouths on its head, controlled by three compartmentalized personalities cohabiting a six-lobed brain.
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The Shan, a.k.a. the Insects from Shaggai, are a little larger than terrestrial insects, with ridged and scaled leathery wings, huge lidless eyes, jointed tendrils which twist "from the head in cosmic rhythms", ten legs covered with shiny black tentacles that fold into their pallid underbody, and the three mouths on its head, controlled by three compartmentalized personalities cohabiting a six-lobed brain.
 
 
The Shan find Earth a hostile place to live, in particular due to solar radiation, which the Shan find deadly in extended exposure.  The creatures appear to be capable of thought transference on physical contact with a human brain, effected by the incorporeal, immaterial composition of the creatures, which allows them to pass easily through the solid matter of human flesh and bone, directly into the human brain, allowing the target to remember the insect's vast and alien memories, as well as the merger or replacement of human and shan minds.
 
 
 
 
 
==Heresies and Controversies==
 
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==Keeper Notes==
 
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The Shan find Earth a hostile place to live, in particular due to solar radiation, which the Shan find deadly in extended exposure.  The creatures appear to be capable of thought transference on physical contact with a human brain, effected by the incorporeal, immaterial composition of the creatures, which allows them to pass easily through the solid matter of human flesh and bone, directly into the human brain, allowing the target to remember the insect's vast and alien memories, as well as the merger or replacement of human and Shan minds.
  
 
==Associated Mythos Elements==
 
==Associated Mythos Elements==
* tome:  
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* Tome:  
 
** ''[[Massa di Requiem per Shuggay]]''
 
** ''[[Massa di Requiem per Shuggay]]''
* artifact:  
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* Artifact:  
 
** [[Shan Temple-City]] (teleporting space-ship/city objects containing a temple-like portal to [[Azathoth]] in its lower levels, possibly as a source of energy)
 
** [[Shan Temple-City]] (teleporting space-ship/city objects containing a temple-like portal to [[Azathoth]] in its lower levels, possibly as a source of energy)
* deity:  
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* Deities:  
 
** [[Azathoth]]
 
** [[Azathoth]]
 
** [[Dzéwà]]
 
** [[Dzéwà]]
** [[Ghroth]], the Harbinger (supposedly destroyed Shaggai, according to ''[[Encyclopaedia Cthulhiana]]'', ''[[Lovecraftian Science blog]]'', and possibly [[Ramsey Campbell]]'s "[[The Tugging (fiction)]]"?)
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** [[Ghroth]], the Harbinger (supposedly destroyed Shaggai, according to ''[[Encyclopaedia Cthulhiana]]'', ''[[Lovecraftian Science blog]]'', and possibly [[Ramsey Campbell]]'s "[[The Tugging (fiction)|The Tugging]]"?)
 
** [[Lrogg]], possibly an avatar of [[Nyarlathotep]]
 
** [[Lrogg]], possibly an avatar of [[Nyarlathotep]]
* race:  
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* Race:  
 
** [[Being of Xiclotl]]
 
** [[Being of Xiclotl]]
 
** [[Inhabitant of L'gy'hx]]
 
** [[Inhabitant of L'gy'hx]]
* location:  
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* Locations:  
 
** [[Shaggai]], a world orbiting twin emerald-green suns
 
** [[Shaggai]], a world orbiting twin emerald-green suns
 
** [[Goatswood]] (a temple city landed here)
 
** [[Goatswood]] (a temple city landed here)
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** [[Thuggon]]
 
** [[Thuggon]]
 
** [[L'gy'hx]] ([[Uranus]])
 
** [[L'gy'hx]] ([[Uranus]])
* cult:  
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* Cults:  
 
** [[Cult of Azathoth]]
 
** [[Cult of Azathoth]]
 
** [[PISCES]] (infiltration in the '60s and '70s)
 
** [[PISCES]] (infiltration in the '60s and '70s)
 
** [[Army of the Third Eye]] terrorist organization
 
** [[Army of the Third Eye]] terrorist organization
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==References==
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* Lovecraftian Science Blog: [https://lovecraftianscience.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/the-insects-from-shaggai-part-1-alien-matter/ Alien Matter], [https://lovecraftianscience.wordpress.com/2016/02/28/the-insects-from-shaggai-part-2-modes-of-inter-dimensional-nutrition/ Nutrition], [https://lovecraftianscience.wordpress.com/2016/03/23/the-insects-from-shaggai-part-3-the-destruction-of-shaggai/ Shaggai], [https://lovecraftianscience.wordpress.com/2016/04/03/ghroth-the-harbinger/ Ghroth], [https://lovecraftianscience.wordpress.com/2016/04/17/the-arrival-of-the-insects-of-shaggai-part-1/ The Arrival of the Insects from Shaggai Part 1], [https://lovecraftianscience.wordpress.com/2016/04/23/the-arrival-of-the-insects-of-shaggai-part-2/ Part 2]
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==Appearances==
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===Fiction===
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* [[H.P. Lovecraft]] - "[[Commonplace Book (fiction)|Commonplace Book]]"
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* [[Ramsey Campbell]] - "[[The Insects from Shaggai (fiction)|The Insects from Shaggai]]"
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* [[Diane Sammarco]] - "[[The Queen]]"
  
==References==
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===Reference works===
* fiction: "[[Commonplace Book (fiction)]]" by [[H.P. Lovecraft]]
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* [[Daniel Harms]] - ''[[The Encyclopedia Cthulhiana]]'' (1998)
* fiction: "[[The Insects from Shaggai (fiction)]]" by [[Ramsey Campbell]]
 
* Lovecraftian Science Blog:  ([https://lovecraftianscience.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/the-insects-from-shaggai-part-1-alien-matter/ Alien Matter]), ([https://lovecraftianscience.wordpress.com/2016/02/28/the-insects-from-shaggai-part-2-modes-of-inter-dimensional-nutrition/ Nutrition]), ([https://lovecraftianscience.wordpress.com/2016/03/23/the-insects-from-shaggai-part-3-the-destruction-of-shaggai/ Shaggai]), ([https://lovecraftianscience.wordpress.com/2016/04/03/ghroth-the-harbinger/ Ghroth]), ([https://lovecraftianscience.wordpress.com/2016/04/17/the-arrival-of-the-insects-of-shaggai-part-1/ Part 1]), ([https://lovecraftianscience.wordpress.com/2016/04/23/the-arrival-of-the-insects-of-shaggai-part-2/ Part 2])
 
* [http://www.yog-sothoth.com/wiki/index.php/Category:CoC:Shan_scenarios Call of Cthulhu Scenarios]
 
  
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===Role-playing games===
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* Keith Herber - ''[[The Keeper's Companion, Vol. 1]]''
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* List of [[:Category:CoC:Shan_scenarios | Call of Cthulhu scenarios featuring the Insects from Shaggai (Shan)]]
  
 
[[Category:Races]]
 
[[Category:Races]]

Revision as of 21:19, 15 June 2020

Shan, AKA Insects from Shaggai

Origin: The Insects from Shaggai are primarily described in Ramsey Campbell's "The Insects from Shaggai", seemingly inspired by a dream H.P. Lovecraft noted in his Commonplace Book.

Description

Insect from Shaggai, as depicted by naturalist/entomologist Nicolaes DeBruyn in 1594

"...I was, while walking in a familiar rural region, suddenly attacked by a swarm of swift-darting insects from the sky. They were tiny and streamlined, and seemed to be able to pierce my cranium and enter my brain as if their substance were not strictly material. No sooner had they entered my head, than my identity and position seemed to become very doubtful. I remembered alien and incredible scenes..."
H.P. Lovecraft, in a May 11, 1935 letter to Robert H. Barlowe

"At last a shape appeared, flapping above the ground on leathery wings. The thing which flew whirring toward me was followed by a train of others, wings slapping the air at incredible speed... I could ... make out many more details... Those huge lidless eyes which stared in hate at me, the jointed tendrils which seemed to twist from the head in cosmic rhythms, the ten legs, covered with black shining tentacles and folded into the pallid underbody, and the semi-circular ridged wings covered with triangular scales... I saw the three mouths of the thing move moistly, and then it was upon me... [not] strictly material [but] constructed of some alien matter which allow its atoms to exist conterminously with those of my body...."
Ramsey Campbell, "The Insects from Shaggai"

The Shan, a.k.a. the Insects from Shaggai, are a little larger than terrestrial insects, with ridged and scaled leathery wings, huge lidless eyes, jointed tendrils which twist "from the head in cosmic rhythms", ten legs covered with shiny black tentacles that fold into their pallid underbody, and the three mouths on its head, controlled by three compartmentalized personalities cohabiting a six-lobed brain.

The Shan find Earth a hostile place to live, in particular due to solar radiation, which the Shan find deadly in extended exposure. The creatures appear to be capable of thought transference on physical contact with a human brain, effected by the incorporeal, immaterial composition of the creatures, which allows them to pass easily through the solid matter of human flesh and bone, directly into the human brain, allowing the target to remember the insect's vast and alien memories, as well as the merger or replacement of human and Shan minds.

Associated Mythos Elements

References


Appearances

Fiction

Reference works

Role-playing games