Cthulhu Mythos Creature for CONAN RPG: Byakhee


Large-Size Outsider
(Lesser Servitor Race)
Climate/Terrain: The Void of Interstellar Space and Alien Worlds
Organization: Usually solitary or multiple during the Festival
Hit Dice: 6d8+6
Initiative: +2
Senses: Darkvision 60 ft.
Languages: None, not known anyway
Dodge Defence: 15
Parry Defence: 17
Hit Points: 33 (6 HD)
DR 5 (Natural Exoskeleton)
Saves: Fort +8, Ref +7, Will +7
Immunities: Cold, Zero Pressure, and Lack of Oxygen
Speed: 20 ft., fly 60 ft. (average) in terrene atmospheres, 500 ft. (perfect) in deep space vacuum
Space: 10ft.; Reach: 10 ft.
Melee: 2 claws +9 (1d4+4, AP 4), bite +4 (1d6+3, AP 5)
Base Atk +6 Grp +14 (CMD 24)
Magic Atk +2
Frost Magic-Fell of Frost, Icy Flames, and Chill Touch
Hypnotism-Entrance and Terrible Fascination
Power Points: 8 (max 24)
Special Attacks: Rend*
Abilities: Str 18 (+4), Dex 15 (+2), Con 12 (+1), Int 10 (+0), Wis 14 (+2), Cha 8 (-1)
Special Qualities: Darkvision 60 ft., does not sleep, eat, drink, or breathe in any mundane way, Immune to Cold, resistance to fire 50, can survive in outer space
Feats: Flyby Attack, Great Fortitude, and Power Attack
Skills: Balance (5 skill points + Dex Mod) +7, climb (5 skill points + Str Mod) +9, Concentration (5 skill points + Con Mod) +6, Hide (3 skill points + Dex Mod) +5, Jump (9 skill points + Str Mod) +13, Knowledge(Arcana & That Which May Not Be Told)(9 skill points + Int Mod) +9, Listen (9 skill points + Wis Mod) +11, Move Silently (9 skill points + Dex Mod) +11, Search (9 skill points + Int Mod) +9, Spot (9 skill points + Wis Mod) +11
Possessions: Some may have armor or weapons, including alien technology
Advancement: By character class
*Rend: Upon hitting with both of its claw attacks, the Byakhee latched onto its victim and tears and pulls, automatically dealing 2d4+4 damage.
The Byakhee, also known as Star-steeds, are creatures from the deepest pits of black, cold space. They may in fact be summoned via the Summon Demon spell, but a special whistle must be blown and the rite performed when Aldebaran is above the horizon. There is no need of sulphur, and the XP Cost is 200. Think of it as a Summon Byakhee spell instead. The creature later emerges from the sky, covered in ice, and the sorcerer may use it as a mount for the duration of the spell, providing that the creature fails its save. The exact nature of the whistle needed may need to be wrung out of one of the servants of Tulzscha, if not a member of the secretive cult of the Outer God.

In some realms or spaces, foul war-mages may descend from their dark towers upon armored Byakhee, carrying powerful lances which create streams of eldritch, green fire. In Hyperborea, the children of Zarr still fear the Atlantians’ war machine, told of by their elders from their elders long passed. Tragically, Zarr’s worst enemy, Harlithonia, may have salvaged some technology from the remnants of Atlantis.

“There flapped rhythmically a horde of tame, trained, hybrid winged things…not altogether crows, nor moles, nor buzzards, not ants, nor decomposed human beings, but something I cannot and must not recall.”
H.P. Lovecraft, “The Festival.”