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Frog God Games reveals the next Lost Lands piece with The Blight, for Pathfinder, Swords & Wizardry, (and now!) 5e.
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It Came From Between 3!!!

Posted by Frog God Games (Creator)
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Here's a couple lovely fellows that you might encounter in the Blight:

Chymic Spider
Chymic Spider

 

The chymic spider is kind of a nasty fellow, if you couldn't tell from the illustration. Despite what you might think, those guys visible on his exoskeleton are not laughing with glee. I know, right? Found along the banks of the Great Lyme River, these spiders are a physical manifestation of arachnophobia. They haunt nightmares and even create some of their own. And they love eating the stuff of these dreams. I guess that's what happens when you live in an ecological cesspool at the edge of a place like Between.

I've got to give it up to Richard Pett and Jeff Swank in their co-design of this bugger. The name chymic follows the alchymic spelling themes of The Blight and channels its central concepts of unchecked magical and proto-scientific research resulting in the horrific living conditions that exist in the city of Castorhage, but then Dr. Swank added his own touch and actually tied it in to the technical meaning of chyme from a biological standpoint which is as an enzymatic and acid-laden slurry of partially digested food as it passes from the stomach to the small intestine. So this little guy not only causes and feeds on nightmares but also likes to spray those that get too close with a nice burning dose of his most recent physical meal as well. Did I mention that they feed physically as well? And the whole egg implantation thing? Yeah, I'm sure I did. Moving on...

Crathog
Crathog

 Oh crathog...what to say about you. Hmm, well a crathog tastes great when boiled and served with lemon garnish and a nice cocktail sauce, probably. The fact that he's a Huge creature and that his porous skin constantly weeps a coating of acid might make that crathog boil a bit more problematic. The fact that he mainly hangs out in the sewers of Castrohage might make it a little less appetizing too. But never fear, those antennae-things are straight up tentacles, and his distending bite has a surprising reach. So even though you may not bring him to your cookout after all, he might just invite you to his.

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    1. Frog God Games 24-time creator on

      Sleet, I can't be 100% certain that alchymic wasn't based on chyme (I've never specifically asked Rich that question), but my impression has always been that it is just an archaic spelling of alchemical. So it's gone full circle in my mind anyway! Though I'm told that my mind doesn't actually represent the entirety of the universe and that you aren't all just constructs of my imagination.
      Oh, you figments, you're all so creative and entertaining. Never change. :-)

      Greg

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      Sleet
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      Horrific stuff! Can't wait to learn more about them!

      And I'd half-assumed that chyme had been involved in the choice of the term 'alchymic,' so it's neat to learn otherwise and even neater to see it come full circle and get a mention anyway!

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      Allan MacKenzie-Graham
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      Something wrong with you boys. :)
      Thanks for putting these nightmares on paper. Very evocative!