Avatar
Please consider registering
Guest
Forum Scope






Start typing a member's name above and it will auto-complete

Match



Forum Options



Min search length: 3 characters / Max search length: 84 characters
sp_TopicIcon
A new Ghast miniature
RSS
Avatar
Duane Fleck
Kansas City
20 Posts
(Offline)
1
April 29, 2020 - 3:49 pm

I have several of the current ghast miniatures already but based on the description and the beautiful artwork in the Ghoul Island campaign, I would love a new version that matches. A ghoul riding a ghast would be even cooler. Cheers

Avatar
LuckyHastur
108 Posts
(Offline)
2
April 29, 2020 - 6:08 pm

I’ll admit, Ghasts are pretty much the Cthulhu Mythos creature I know (and care) the least about, but aren’t they like, human sized? How do ghouls ride them?

Avatar
Duane Fleck
Kansas City
20 Posts
(Offline)
3
April 29, 2020 - 7:35 pm

LuckyHastur said
I’ll admit, Ghasts are pretty much the Cthulhu Mythos creature I know (and care) the least about, but aren’t they like, human sized? How do ghouls ride them?  

The rules describe them as being the size of a small horse or about the size of a griffon, around 600 pounds and around 8 feet tall. They prefer to move on all fours but attack standing up. Can be trained to serve as mounts and war mounts. Sounds cool to me and they are tough to kill

Avatar
Sandy Petersen
217 Posts
(Offline)
4
April 30, 2020 - 12:43 pm

Yes they are fairly large, and move sometimes by hopping. I have posited in several works that the Gyaa-Yothn ridden by the Ancients in the cavern of K’n Yan are domesticated ghasts, but they are probably also bred specially for larger size.

They’re only semi-intelligent, which is how the ghouls in Ghoul Island bully and control them.

Avatar
LuckyHastur
108 Posts
(Offline)
5
April 30, 2020 - 3:27 pm

Ah. Is it that there are different types or do I just not understand what they are at all?

For context, I thought they were like ghouls, they’re vaguely human and hang out underground, but they are immaterial like ghosts.

Avatar
Sandy Petersen
217 Posts
(Offline)
8
May 6, 2020 - 12:08 pm

my entire household’s existence is foundationed upon Lovecraft’s works.

Avatar
Sandy Petersen
217 Posts
(Offline)
6
May 1, 2020 - 10:02 am

They are like ghouls in some ways but are a different creature, and are not always friendly to ghouls. When Randolph Carter and his ghoul allies spot ghasts in the Underworld, they hide from them, hoping not to get attacked. 

On the other hand I’d agree that ghasts are probably on some level related. Both are vaguely humanoid, and both have hoof-like feet, somewhat less so for the ghouls. They have some human features too, so my guess is both species developed from degenerate humans – in the case of ghouls probably from humans practicing black magic, and in the case of ghasts it’s less clear. The description of the human food animals from The Rats In The Walls sounds almost like they are trending a little bit towards ghast-level, and that was only about a thousand years of breeding. 

My feeling is that any kind of underground animal is likely to speciate and form into variations, since it’s really easy for them to have isolated populations for thousands of years at a time. In the same way that there are probably thousands or millions of byakhee species, there are probably several dozen types of ghast. Plus the Ancients explicitly bred them for domestication so in that case they might be as different from the wild ghasts as a mastiff is different from a wild jackal. 

Avatar
Duane Fleck
Kansas City
20 Posts
(Offline)
7
May 3, 2020 - 10:42 am

Thank you for the background.  Your knowledge of the mythos is incredible, you are an amazing resource.

Forum Timezone: America/Chicago
All RSS Show Stats
Administrators:
Tanya
Moderators:
Link Petersen
existoid
PetersenGames Admin
Sandy Petersen
Tony M
Christy Crace
George Botelho
Nathan Bishop
Christine Graham
tanya.test
ruchi9570
Top Posters:
LuckyHastur: 108
Anthony Rubbo: 38
gilbertguillen: 37
Antaalkar: 23
Duane Fleck: 20
Bob Juruncle: 18
krytenkoro: 16
massimocorsi: 13
ToeSama: 13
Anudem: 12
Newest Members:
tazbir0
dominikschwind
rene.weier
Connor Lancaster
Tamrha Smith
Benoit Groulx
gerrysann
melkur
Phillip Velikan
hugomorrisadams
Forum Stats:
Groups: 1
Forums: 3
Topics: 159
Posts: 854

 

Member Stats:
Guest Posters: 1
Members: 16326
Moderators: 11
Admins: 1
Most Users Ever Online: 55
Currently Online:
Guest(s) 3
Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)