Monday, July 12, 2021

The Book of GAUB is LIVE!

 

 

Story

A finger trails the letters across a dusty tome.

A finger points the way down a dark haunted alley.

A finger feels for the pulse of life on a long decayed corpse.

A finger scratches the floorboards beneath your feet.

A finger chewed down to a white bone.

A finger that is not there.

A finger catches a shed tear and slides it into a bottle.

These are the Seven Fingers of the Hand of Gaub.


The Book of Gaub is a RPG supplement and anthology of creepy magic and micro-fiction, fit for all game systems and tailored to retro/old school D&D in the style of Wonder & Wickedness. Written by seven authors, their concerted effort fleshes out the Seven Fingers of the Hand of Gaub, manifest through the filigrees of cobwebs and nails, false memories, and nightmares you want to forget. 

Aside from its core content - 49 spells and small tales - the Book also includes 100 terrible Catastrophes to invoke when its vile magic goes awry. 20 Monsters are bound in the book as well, together with insidious rituals to turn them to your gain. With some of the 49 bizarre paraphernalia in hand, you may begin your descent to the place where fear lies.

The Book of Gaub book takes inspiration from "floorboard and cobweb" horror; touchstones of this are The BabadookScary Stories To Tell In The Dark, Stephen King's works like Misery and The Shining, and so on.

The Tide of Turmoil

The Book of Gaub is about 100 pages, and divided in four sections:

Spells - 49 micro-fictions and 49 spells, seven for each of the seven fingers of the Hand of Gaub, each finger tied to a different discipline of forbidden sorcery. Written primarily for any edition of That Famous Fantasy Game (including retroclones and other old school systems) but applicable across the board, the book presents spells without levels in the style of previous Lost Pages publications, such as Wonder & Wickedness.

Spells of the Finger that Points the Way

Paraphernalia - forgotten in abandoned homes, hidden in dusty attics, found in the pockets of cultists,  a catalogue of 49 strange objects and minor magic items to help you bring the mood of Gaub to the table. Best gifted as random starting items to sorcerers.

Boarded and Gnawed Paraphernalia

Catastrophes - sticking your fingers inder the skin of the world begs disaster, and disaster you will have. The Book features seven grave catastrophes for each finger of Gaub, plus 51 generic catastrophes for all the other times when magic goes terribly wrong.

Literary and Pointing Catastrophes

Monsters & Their Uses - twenty horrible monsters made from the worst of our nightmares: six generic to Gaub, plus two for each of the seven fingers. Each monster comes detailed with stats, Means, Wants, Omens, and a way to turn the monster into an item, asset, or help. Often by capturing it and treating it truly horribly.

Cairn Geist

Rowan A./Monsieur Le Battlier: lead writer, artist, author of The Thawing Kingdom (blogportfoliotwitter)

Charlie Ferguson-Avery: writer, artist, author of Into the Wyrd and Wild and Vast in the Dark (portfoliotwitter)

John Gregory/The Lawful Neutral: writer, author of Gourmet Street and Lowcountry Crawl (blogtwitteritch.io)

Evoro: writer (blogtwitter)

Furtive Goblin: writer (blog)

Isaak Hill: writer (blog)

Paolo Greco: developer, designer, publisher of Lost Pages (blogtwitter)

Additional art by Trevor Henderson (twitter) and Enoch Duncan (twitter).

The Book of Gaub will be available in three editions:

  •  Seeker - PDF - optimized for screen and for printing at home. 8£
  •  Initiate - Hardcover - our team has printmaking and bookbinding experience, so we are aiming for a high standard. The book will be printed on thick cream paper by an offset printer, smyth & sewn, cased in hardcover with a rounded spine, clad in bookcloth, and given an embossed cover. Buying a print copy also gets you a PDF, so you can read and dream of Gaub while the hardcover gets made.  20£
  •  Cabal - Kickstarter Limited Edition Hardcover - since some of you asked, and to celebrate the thirteenth issue of a Lost Pages occult book, we offer a special limited edition available only for the Kickstarted campaign: a local bindery is going to create a limited number of numbered copies and case them in a selection of materials for you to choose, with a range of sustainable leathers and synthetics available.  They will the hand-tool the cover and the rounded and raised spine. We will not release more than 70 copies, priced at 100£ each: we understand it's a steep price, but we believe in supporting local bookbinders and their trade.

Backers for all levels also get temporary access to the rough, unedited development files. 

Cover mockup - Initiate edition

Interior mockup

We want to deliver an awesome book without delaying delivery, so we carefully picked our stretch goals to not impact on printing and fulfillment.

 We will uncover more goals as the campaign continues. Stay tuned!

We are trying to make shipping as easy as possible for you:

  • Shipping to the US will be collected after the campaign. We expect costs to be in the ballpark of 5 USD.
  • Shipping to the EU will be collected after the campaign. Our EU shipping partner will take care of handling import fees and VAT, so you are not going to be burdened with additional customs and handling fees. We expect costs to be not more than 5£.
  • Shipping to other locations will be collected after the campaign. We expect costs to be around 5-10£.

The Cabal limited edition will incur in slightly higher shipping and handling costs, as fulfillment will use a different process.

Risks and challenges

The biggest risks for this kind of project are fulfilling late, stretch goals and fulfillment. We have tried to reduce all the above as much as we could. To do so we have done as much work as possible before the campaign: the core of the writing is complete. Stretch goals for extra writing are of manageable size and the writers' schedules have been taken into consideration. Layout is also complete, any additional text requiring only minor layout work. Art is also almost complete, and are waiting for a limited number of contributions, which are already underway. We are not going to have extra items as stretch goals: in our experience they risk dragging on for a long time, and often fail to deliver. We have chosen instead to make our stretch goals part of the book, or digital: this is to keep manufacturing and fulfillment as straightforward as possible. Fulfillment is carried out by our specialist partners, which have been doing this for a while and for much bigger projects. We are also only shipping one single item, a book, which makes it easier for customs. Our shipping partner will take care of import VAT for EU customers, so you won't have to pay extra handling fees.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

D100+ Tormented Locations & GAUB Announcement

The following is a location generator for the forthcoming Book of Gaub project.

Charles Ferguson-Avery of Wyrd and Wyld, Rowan of Thawing Kingdom, Paolo Greco of Chthonic Codex, myself and others have come together under Lost Pages publishing to create a new work of delicious horror in the style of Wonder and Wickedness.

  • 49 Horror spells with Mini-Fiction
  • 49 Gruesome Magical Paraphernalia
  • 20 Terrifying Monsters that can be dealt with or mutilated for magic power
  • 100 Awful Catastrophes for those who abuse this wicked power
  • A̴̱̼͉͖͍̖͙̗͍̬͗̑N̷̘͇̥͍̗͉̖͆̔͘Ḑ̴̪̠̪̗̟̮̹̬̦͚̟̦̾͋̌̈ ̸̡͚̜͍̬̹̋̋̃͂̂̈͒͛̔Ṁ̸̧̡̢̱̩̤̠̹͖͚̦̪̦͗̇́͝ͅÒ̸̡̬̼̰̖̥̹̩̞͕̭͊́̋̆́̚Ŗ̴̥̜͍͓̼̺̐̅́̒͜E̵̛̜̣͖̻̬͍̻͚̠͛̀̊̀̀͒̌͐̓̂̕

Follow our page here and be ready! 

 

D2 Hideous?

  1. Yes
  2. Y̵̨̛E̸̗̓Ș̶͆

D4 Severity of Corruption- Roll on d100 list a number of times equal to the roll here.

  1. Touched
  2. Tainted
  3. Immersed
  4. Beyond Respite

D6 This Place Is Too

  1. Large
  2. Dense
  3. Cold
  4. Moist
  5. Quiet
  6. Dark

D8 GAUB FINGER/Theme

  1. Gnawed To The Bone- Consumption, waste, loss of self control
  2. Not There- Corrupted memories, things beyond the veil, annihilation 
  3. Points The Way- Lost roads, lost causes, fear/thrill of being alone
  4. Catches A Tear-Grief, misplaced and tainted love, manipulation
  5. Trails The Letters- Forbidden lore, obsession, sacrifice
  6. Feels for a Pulse- Disease, lost empathy, remorselessness 
  7. Scratches Upon the Floorboards- Unsafe homes, generational evil, dark secrets
  8. Roll Twice and Mix

D10 Environment Descriptor

  1. Charred
  2. Labyrinthian 
  3. Infested
  4. Drained
  5. Rotten
  6. Unholy
  7. Lifeless
  8. Poisoned
  9. Lost
  10. Overgrown

D10 Environment

  1. Battlefield
  2. Forest
  3. Swamp
  4. Village
  5. Cemetery
  6. Hospital/Asylum
  7. Ruin
  8. Cave
  9. Hills/Valleys 
  10. Crossroads

D12 What Happened Here?

  1. A terrible ritual was botched
  2. A terrible ritual was fulfilled
  3. Someone dug too deep
  4. A prayer was answered
  5. A wish was made
  6. A seal was broken
  7. Corruption seeped in over time
  8. The psychic weight of a long series of grisly tragedies 
  9. A mass cult suicide
  10. An experiment was carried out
  11. A prophecy was fulfilled
  12. A foul wind blew

D20 Transitions and Omens

  1. A chill misty fog rolls in suddenly
  2. A wrong turn is taken at a crossroad
  3. You blink and the world is subtly different
  4. Warning signs are posted and ignored 
  5. You can feel eyes upon you and breath on your neck, turn around and you are lost
  6. In the days before reaching here, you have had waking dreams of this place
  7. The air feels syrupy as you cross an ill defined border
  8. Things are different after you looked in the mirror
  9. All noises cease– no animal calls, no insects chirp. Every sound you make feels like it shatters the silence
  10. A door leads somewhere that it did not previously
  11. A curse is laid with a creature’s death rattle.
  12. The map did not show this place yesterday.
  13. It felt like walking through gossamer threads as you passed under the archway
  14. Your heart races, your palms sweat, a panic over takes you then passes just as suddenly
  15. A cacophonous wind rattles everything–windows, branches, bones.
  16. A creature races past in panicked flight, its gait in unnatural and its guttural utterances disturbing
  17. Stains spread out from the edges of things, looking not unlike a terrible seven fingered claw
  18. Clouds gather, the threat of rain looms and the sky feels oppressively heavy
  19. The past few days have been a blur, it felt as though you were a rider in your own body. Just now is the first time you’ve felt really, truly in control again.
  20. An eclipse throws your world into darkness, the sun that peeks out once again is colder, dimmer

D100 Additional Horrors

  1. This location repeatedly loops back upon itself
  2. Dolls are hung up around this location, from ancient ragged things of scraps and sticks to modern plastic contrivances 
  3. Sudden severe weather shift
  4. Always Night (Roll 1d8 to determine phase) 
  5. Always Day (roll 1d4 for Morning, Noon, Evening, Ever Shifting)
  6. Even the faintest whispers echo
  7. Even the loudest screams are muffled
  8. Faces strain and press against surfaces
  9. A sound is always nearby, but you never seem to get closer
  10. The air tastes of iron and ozone here
  11. A single flickering lightsource that leaves afterimages in your retinas
  12. Illegible moss covered gravestones litter the area
  13. Animals come to this place and throw themselves off the highest point
  14. The colors are faded and washed out
  15. Familiar voices whisper
    1. Sweet nothings
    2. Threats
    3. Explicite blasphemies
    4. Innermost secrets 
    5. Pleas for help
    6. Frantic warnings
  16. Plants, walls, the ground–it all bleeds when pierced. 
  17. An uncanny scarecrow or mannikin pops up wherever it is unobserved
  18. An especially aggressive murder of crows or wake of vultures haunt the area
  19. Ominous bird calls echo though none are seen
    1. Vulture
    2. Raven
    3. Barn Owl
    4. Screech Owl
    5. Whippoorwill
    6. Loon
  20. Shadows are static here, changes in light do not change their strength or position
  21. Natural sleep is impossible here, supernatural sleep is filled with psychosis-inducing nightmares
  22. Wounds do not heal here nor do they kill, everything simply festers
  23. Unless kept in skin contact with someone truly faithful, religious iconography burst into flame
  24. Cooked food does not keep here, it turns to sand and grit in your mouth
  25. New fires cannot be lit here, ones brought it must be constantly fed and are dimmer and colder besides
  26. Truths cannot be spoken here, only blasphemies and lies
  27. Dark temptations rise in those to stay here long, primal animalistic urges from the Id
  28. Your heart stops here, nothing has a pulse, instead a cold tugging at your chest keeps you moving deeper.
  29. Anything that dies here rises again and performs halting mockeries of previous lives
  30. New memories of any importance can only be formed here by forgetting old ones.
  31. Maps change, compasses spin, paths divert, this place actively foils all attempts to navigate through it
  32. Everything is heavier here, everything is a strain. There is a terrible urge to lie down, give up, and sink into the soft earth.
  33. A person waits here for you, they are immaculately beautiful in contrast to the corrupt landscape. They make each of you a terrible offer for a terrible price.
  34. If you sleep in the place, a black seven fingered handprint manifests on your stomach. It grows longer whenever you rest. When it reaches your neck it will strangle you and take control
  35. Creatures twist subtly here to reflect their inner vices, slowly becoming grotesque caricatures of their former self.
  36. Anything written loses all meaning here and pieces of writing, such as spellbooks, erase themselves a page at a time every hour.
  37. Any structure built here immediately attracts 1d6 hostile spirits.
  38. Metal rusts at an accelerated rate here, weapons and armor reduce in effectiveness by a point (ex 1d6 becomes 1d6-1 or +4 becomes +3) until at 0 they fall apart. Other items rust and decay at a similar rate.
  39. Every day that passes here a week passes on the outside. The center is here somewhere, time passes faster as you approach it.
  40. Every day that passes here an hour passes on the outside. The center is here somewhere, time passes slower as you approach it.
  41. Sleep and hunger are impossible to satisfy here without magical assistance. Any who die here of hunger rise as a Ghoul and any who died here of fatigue rise as mad Shadows
  42. Acts of charity and assistance are painful to do here, Save or take 1d6 damage anytime you do something selfless. After 7 times, a failed save means Death.
  43. Everything here is damned to repeat itself, repeating their last day before a terrible catastrophe. The inhabitants remember every minute of it but cannot help themselves.
  44. Nothing can stay secret here, all beings immediately understand one another’s thoughts. Something unseen occasionally inserts thoughts of terrible graphic violence.
  45. Any cut here causes the target to be severed clean through. Severed parts gain a life of their own, escaping or fighting to escape to somewhere in the center.
  46. Light perception is reversed here, patches of shadow are brilliant to behold and the full sun is darker than the deepest pits.
  47. There is a wishing well here, it will grant you your heart’s desire without trickery. You must kill a true friend and toss their body down the well as payment.
  48. There is a wishing well here, it will grant you a minor wish. The payment is your coins to the Boatman, you will never find rest in death.
  49. An older couple live in a small home here, white picket fence and well manicured lawn. They will offer aid, they will give you rest and supper. They will kill you in your sleep and eat you.
  50. A cult considers this place holy ground and makes a yearly pilgrimage here to perform their profane mysteries. 
  51. A decrepit playground is here, the sounds of small feet and laughter are just on the edge of hearing.
  52. Pain is immensely pleasurable here. Any damage instead appears to heal for an equal amount. This is false. Mirrors show the truth.
  53. The sky is marred by a truly massive seven fingered hand. It cannot be seen from outside the region, but every day it gets a little closer until it is larger than the moon, the sun, it forms a dome around the region. It will then scoop the land away and bare it off to the void. No one will remember this place existed.
  54. All idle time is filled by ennui and regrets about the past. Sweet smiles let go, open hearted talks never had, talents unexploited, promises unfulfilled, friends let down.
  55. All idle times are full of brooding and obsession over slights. Petty insults left unanswered,  vengeances unsatisfied, embarrassments relived, annoyances amplified.
  56. Graffito of countless years and countless languages piles upon one another, their messages all begging and pleading, but for what?
  57. All the people who live here are missing a random finger from their hands. The wounds do not close. All floor surfaces are covered in crisscrossing blood trails. People passed out from anaemia lie slouched by the waysides. Those conscious notice no irregularity.
  58. This place marrs symbolic thinking. Every day lose a language (Mathematics, wizard magic, and advanced sciences count as languages), then the ability to meaningfully gesture. Soon you forget your first word (Mama perhaps?) and you become a thing of raw natural instinct. 
  59. Like objects wish to unify here, mineral to mineral, flesh to flesh. Two things of the same sort (two humans but not say a human and a pig)that are touched are fused at that point of contact. The few inhabitants wear heavy gloves and tend highly spaced groves.
  60. Dreams feel more real here, brighter, more vibrant, more beautiful. In contrast the real world becomes duller and darker, you wish to spend less and less time awake in it.
  61. Everything here is just slightly off, you cannot put your finger on what it is but it is uncanny.
  62. Shadows are alive here and seek to overtake their fleshy captors if they have the chance. Unless your shadow is kept it line it will detach itself and become 1d6 Wretches of Gaub or a shadowy doppleganger on a 6
  63. Magic other than those deeply tied to this place come at a cost. Any spells cast draw 1d6 per level HP from the caster or a willing proxy of the caster. 
  64. The ground below your feet, inside walls, any empty enclosed space, is absolutely writhing with worms. The Emperor Maggot swims amongst them.
  65. This place is Vast and Dark, it makes no sense that such a place could be held within these apparent bounds.
  66. An Oubliette is here, you may not see it but you feel it. A psychic scream of isolation, starvation, madness. Its inhabitant is no longer human.
  67. There is a distant siren, the inhabitants of this place know it is time to lock the cellar doors and hide in their attics. They will not, can not, tell you why.
  68. There is a Library here. It contains books with simple titles. The Life and Sins of Eric Smyth, for example. They are all The Life and Sins. Your book is here too.
  69. This place is thawing, as though it were only just released from an ice age. The cold mud sucks at your boots, the people are ravenous from long denial, there are shadows in the ice. 
  70. There is a hole here. There Is A Hole Here. THERE IS A HOLE HERE! 
  71. There are doors here. Each one is numbered sequentially, but they are all locked. If you manage to open one, you’ll end up somewhere else.
  72. Ropes hang from the rafters, ropes hang from the trees, the ropes are old and frayed, the corpses are old and frayed. When you join them you will be old and frayed too.
  73. The sky is a cloying sepia, and brittle ash-like particles rain down like soft snow. When they touch your skin, it ages rapidly.
  74. The sky is watching you. If you look closely, you can make out its eyes.
  75. The water is defiled and stagnant here, it is filled with the larvae and spawn of countless crawling things. The inhabitants are filled with the larvae and spawn of countless crawling things.
  76. You can hear a faint voice, coming from behind something. It mocks you, and it knows all your failures.
  77. All emotions are dulled here, the very air seems to sap them away. Abilities that depend on emotions such as rage, fear, inspiration, function only at their most minimum possible effect. 
  78. As you enter this place, your opposite also enters it. They do not necessarily wish to kill you, but they do not wish you to leave unchanged either.
  79. There is nothing to be afraid of here, there is nothing hungry and waiting in the corner, we do not know why you are acting this way. Mind the stains please.
  80. Your sister is here, she is in terrible need of your help. You see, her disease has progressed and we’ve done all we could for her. What do you mean? Of course you have a s̴̳̞̱͘i̴̯͋̈́͜͝s̵͈̯͂̆̕t̸͍̞̞͂e̴̫̜̞͝r̷̀͑͝ͅ.
  81. To one of you, this place is crawling with horrors, your eyes are continuously filled with scenes of utter malice. The rest of you cannot perceive it. The One, these horrors are real and your friends are mad.
  82. To one of you, this place is a delightful paradise, in all your days you’ve not been somewhere more serene. The rest of you see this place of rot and despair for what it is. The One, these delights must be shared.
  83. This place is full of all the noises appropriate. Animals calling, people about their business, perhaps the tolling of a church bell. Listen long enough and it begins to sound scratchy. Listen longer and you realize it repeats. 
  84. This place is surrounded by a thick haze of fog, the sounds of agony and battle occasionally ring out from within the fogbank. When the wind picks up, the Tide of Turmoil overtakes this place.
  85. This place is absolutely silent, and you find even you are silent.The silence is deafening. Something is eating the noise. 
  86. Dozens of Cairns dot this place, they lead up to a great stone barrow. A low moan rises on moonless nights, the Cairns joining slowly in a basso profundo that makes one’s bones throb. It is not safe to sleep here.
  87. Old cast-iron pipes crisscross this place, coming up from under the ground, twisting through structures, wrapping around trees. The place is strangely sharp, everything seems to scratch, pierce, and draw blood. The pipes hunger.
  88. This place is terribly unkempt, every corner seems to be filled with detritus and dust and mites. It is as though everyone and everything is living in the moment, forgetting…These mites bite…This place is terribly unkempt…
  89. A horse is tied to a pole here, abandoned and unkempt. It looks like it would serve an excellent steed, pity about the smell…and the teeth, oh those terrible terrible teeth.
  90. You are here. You are standing in front of a figure that is not you. They are battered and bruised, and cannot speak, but they imitate your every move.
  91. There is a crack somewhere nearby. It might be in a wall, or in the bark of a tree, or running down the side of a stone. It whispers slightly, and if you listen you hear mysteries .
    1. Things you have forgotten
    2. Things you wish were forgotten
    3. Things the World has forgotten
    4. Secrets your so-called friends are keeping from you
    5. The words of those who plot against you
    6. The Words of Gaub
  92. Every exit from where you are takes you back into the same place, forward progress is seemingly impossible. Walking backwards counteracts this effect.
  93. Head-like fungal masses sprout in softly moaning clusters, they jabber in tongues and release spores if approached. These spores cause one to hallucinate that they are rapidly growing more fungal heads from their body. They will be if exposed more than twice.
  94. A mausoleum sits on these grounds, its heavy locks long since rusted away. Within is the columbarium, scores of urns hosting the ashes of the dead. They smell delicious. They want you to have a taste, come–come please please let us inside you.
  95. A cliff is here, a cliff facing a sea that shouldn’t be here. There is a lighthouse on the cliff, its light moving like thick honey through the dark seamist. The rocks below are sharp, lethal…inviting. 
  96. The waters are rising here. At first it is just the thick, wet soil. Soon it is over your boots, then over your waist, then over your head. Thick, and befouled, nothing should be living in these waters. But something is.
  97. A tower is here. No, it is a tunnel. It goes down into the earth. It is a tower. No, it is a tunnel. There is something waiting for you at the bottom. It waits for all of us.
  98. This place seethes with corrupt energy, 1d4 Cataclysms strike at random in the form of black lightning every day.
  99. The loud bongs of a distant clock echo throughout the space. It seems to be counting down to something, or adding something up. Counting down to the end? Counting you up? It won’t stop unless…unless you stay, stay and it fades, stay and it will go away.
  100. A great pillar rises into the sky here, a great black obelisk tipped with seven jagged spokes. This is the first. Pray the others are not completed.

Monday, October 19, 2020

D100+ Demon Generator

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Baron Faraii by Andrew Baker


So back in the day when Lucifer decided to rebel, he supposedly was able to get a third of the entire angelic host to rebel with him. While I'm no bible scholar, the numbers of angels I generally see quoted fall under the umbrella of "innumerable." So a third of innumerable is still well...innumerable. I am providing here some information on a hundred or so particularly well known demons based mostly on the Ars Goetia with a little bit of inspiration taken from here and there and some of my own flair.

The Pseudomonarchia Daemonum, the Grand Grimoire, The Book of Abraham, a few other grimoires and the works of Wayne Barlowe further gave inspiration to this list.

How to Deal with Demons
Dealing with demons is generally a bad idea. They are millennia older than you and have been dealing in this game for a long time. That said, centuries of occultists have researched and interacted with these fallen spirits and have found myriad incantations and ceremonies that can help in your endeavors. There are a few basics that need to be a part of any demon summoning ceremony:

1. Magic Circle- This should be a given for all but the most rudimentary of summoning magic. A well crafted Magic Circle helps to focus and refine the summoning energies required to locate and call an individual spirit rather than a broad category of creatures. Furthermore it will bind the spirit to the circumference of the circle and thus keep the summoner (mostly) safe from the spirit's direct influence. For summoning demons in particular, silver is the best material for a circle but salt will do in a pinch. Circles without some sort of anathema tied to it will do the job of summoning a spirit but be sorely under-equipped for binding the spirit.

2. Bait- Demons don't work for free unless forced to by an exceptional power greater than their own (eg Solomon's Seal.) So to call up the demon you want, you will need some sort of bait or sacrifice. This is not the price you are paying for the demon's service, think of it more like an entrance fee. Some demons have fairly simple hungers while others might be significantly more complex, this does not necessarily match with the power of said demon.

3. True Name- There are three broad categories of demons for our purposes here. Demons Major, Demons Minor and Lesser Demons. From a DnD standpoint think of them along the lines of True, Greater, and Lesser. Lesser Demons were part of the vast hordes of ordinary spirits who fell, their True Names were weak and shattered in their fall leaving them as near identical creatures that any old summoning will grab at random. Demons Minor were among the high Choirs, such as Powers, Virtues, and Dominions.Demons Major were the chiefest of angels before their fall, Seraphs, Cherubs, and Thrones. These Demon's names were twisted and corrupted in their fall but remain deeply embedded in their being and are represented by complex sigils. To call upon one of these mighty individuals you must know and use their Sigil as a part of the summoning, even a small error may call upon the wrong demon or worse, gravely insult the demon you were attempting to call.

The Benefits of Demon Summoning
Now that you have a general understanding of how, now you need to know the why. Here's the thing: you want something. You want it badly and you are willing to go to extreme lengths to get it. An honest person might work at more conventional means to reach that goal, but if you've even considered this then you probably can't be described as an "honest person." Demons provide a short cut to success. Angels will want to guide you. Elementals can't give two craps about your meat-needs. The Fae are more interested in mischief than they are in honoring deals. Demons, for the most part, have an active interest in you. Mostly this interest in finding ways to tempt you and lead your soul to their clutches. But hey, that's a problem for later right?

Think of the power that Demons are able to grant something like a specialized genie that works on commission. They can do one or a few things really well and in return ask for specific favors or sacrifices. A Demon with the appropriately sealed contract is less likely to Monkey Paw your wishes, because unlike the angry bottle-bound Efreet they are getting paid. That said, what a Demon gives is power, power is an addictive drug and Demons know that addicts are willing to pay a premium. The first taste is all but free, however further services will require escalating costs.

Professional Summoners
There are those out there who are not mere wizards and occultists, but true professional Summoners. Their focus and expertise is such that they are able to manifest and bind entities to their will for hours on end rather than bare minutes or just long enough to negotiate a contract. They are best known for the 99 Entities from their own lexicon, but a few move into the field of Demonology and draw from this list instead. These summoners do not make contracts for singular great feats, but instead form longer term bonds for lesser services. Some say that these summoners are actually calling up minor Avatars of these demons rather than the beings themselves, but that is a matter for the scholars.

Baphomet by Fel Vast


The Generator

D2 Willing to Negotiate. Demons who negotiate are sometimes also called Devils.

  1. Yes, let’s make a bargain!
  2. GIMME YOUR SOUL NOW MORTAL!

D4 Cardinal Direction/Element/Season/ Preferred Sacrifice

  1. North - Air - Winter - Blood
  2. East - Fire - Spring - Riches
  3. South - Water - Summer - Souls
  4. West - Earth - Autumn - Rare Reagents 

D6 Body Plan- All Demons have horns, increasingly powerful ones have more, but they are able to absorb or display the horns at will. Demons often take the horns of rivals as a trophy. 

  1. Humanoid 
  2. Insectoid
  3. Mammalian (1-in-6 chance of Lion, Otherwise Random)
  4. Avian (1-in-6 chance of Raven/Crow, Otherwise Random)
  5. Reptilian
  6. Abstract, such as a screaming pentagram or stygian blue lightning
     

D8  Weakness

  1. Holy Sutras/Chants
  2. Silver
  3. Salt
  4. Holy Water
  5. Sunlight
  6. Specific Scents and Oils/Incense
  7. Innocence also Puppies
  8. Holy Symbols
     

D10 Title- Roll on the d12 table once per rank level

  1. No Title
  2. Knight
  3. President
  4. Baronet
  5. Baron
  6. Viscount
  7. Earl/Count
  8. Marquess- Roll 2x on d100 table
  9. Duke- Roll 2x on d100 table, 2x on General Powers
  10. Prince- Roll 4x on d100 table, 2x on General Powers
  11. King- Roll 4x on d100 table, 4x on General Powers
  12. Unique Title- Roll 6x on d100 table, 6x on General Powers
     

D10 Vice

  1. Anger
  2. Pride
  3. Deceit
  4. Envy
  5. Avarice
  6. Fear
  7. Gluttony
  8. Lust
  9. Sloth
  10. One of those really obscure ones like eating bed stuffing or something from deviantart
     

D12 Common Granted Powers- These are the common things they usually are summoned to grant, but these are not necessarily what they are limited to. All titled demons are also capable of granting familiars from their Legions. 

  1. Mastery of Arts (Liberal or Physical)
  2. Invisibility
  3. Granting magical power
  4. Granting love
  5. Immortality
  6. Reveal Secret Treasures/Grant Wealth
  7. Build great artifices
  8. Answering questions of the Past or Future
  9. Astral Project/Flight
  10. Power over Animals
  11.  Power over People
  12. Causing Harm 
     

D20 General Powers

  1. Necromancy
  2. Elemental -mancy (matching to d4 result)
  3. Hemomancy
  4. Shapeshifting
  5. Entropy Control
  6. Mind Control/Charm
  7. Weather Control
  8. Precognition
  9. Massive Physical Strength
  10. Poison Generation
  11. Flesh Crafting
  12. Gravity Manipulation
  13. Transmutation of Materials (Lead to Gold, Water to Blood etc)
  14. Darkness/Shadow Manipulation
  15. Insect Spawning/Control
  16. Disease Creation/Manipulation
  17. Possession
  18. Puppetry
  19. Localized Omniscience 
  20. Dream Control

D100 Unique Attributes

  1. Affinity for Slime/Filth
  2. Affinity for Rot/Mushrooms
  3. Resistant to Sacred/Hallowed Lands
  4. Hooves
  5. Projectile Vomiting of Unnatural Things (insects, blood, change, etc.)
  6. Aversion to Weirdly Specific Objects/Places (the local Walmart, holly, etc.)
  7. Suits, Suits, and more Suits. Also carries a suitcase full of souls. 
  8. Is the Tax Man
  9. Is a Hellmouth, can act as a gate for other demons
  10. Aura of Rot, everything around them ages at 100x the normal speed
  11. Feeds on Fear
  12. Let’s Give it Wings, higher rank = more wings. 
    1. Bird
    2. Bat
    3. Insect
    4. Metallic
    5. Bone
    6. Strange Geometry 
  13. Creepy Child Form
  14. Aura of Inciting Rage
  15. Two Mouths, One is Constantly Eating, the other Constantly Talking
  16. Has only 666 more souls they need to personally damn before they win a bet with an angel and gets to switch roles.
  17. Fa/Mother Of Monsters: Can rapidly spawn other hideous monsters 
  18. Has 1d100 eyes which
    1. Are jammed into its skull
    2. Distributed across their body
    3. Extend in stalks
    4. Float freely
    5. Are inside of Thrall bodies
    6. Make up the whole of their form
  19. Has a terrible, hideous steed 
  20. Aura of constant ominous Latin chanting
  21. Turn water into 80-proof whiskey
  22. 1d20 Extra mouths that are always whispering inappropriate things
  23. Non-euclidean face geometry
  24. Has a shrill, unintimidating voice that they are very sensitive about, but can release devastating screams. 
  25. Can absorb dead organic matter into their being
  26. Has uncooperative snakes for hair
  27. Is mildly allergic to the air in the material plane
  28. Has limbs that split and grow like fractals
  29. Has horns and claws honed to molecular sharpness
  30. Sweats highly corrosive acid
  31. Smells of fire and brimstone
  32. Smells of fire and brimstone, but it’s actually rancid egg farts
  33. Perfectly, hideously immaculate and symmetrical
  34. Can shift between 2D, 3D and 4D forms. 
  35. Being “killed” only causes it to reform as a new demon of a rank lower
  36. Can shift between classical elemental powers/resistances with a thought.
  37. Capable of creating vast and life-like illusions
  38. Is actually made up of a massive swarm of locusts that slot perfectly into place to form the demon.
  39. Phases through any material that isn’t silver or blessed. 
  40. Has a vast cult at their beck and call.
  41. Always appears with two vassal demons, generate 2 demons of 2 ranks lower
  42. Has very strange rebellious politics
  43. Can manifest any mundane object with a snap
  44. Speaks backwards
  45. Magic is suppressed in their presence unless their weakness is presented
  46. Has breath that is a spiritual poison, affects even things normally unaffected by poison. A specially prepared silver ring negates this. 
  47. Master over Hellfire, which affects normally incombustible things and can only be put out with holy water
  48. Master of Felfire, which is invisible and painless, but still destructive. Using magical means of looking at it is damaging to the retina.
  49. Can shrink to flea size or inflate to titanic kaiju size. 
  50. Oozes The ORKUS
  51. Can spit petrifying loogies. 
  52. Can split themselves into multiple lesser demons and recombine
  53. Is favored by the Court of the Fly and enjoys special political protections and privileges in Hell 
  54. Is favored by the Court of Sargatanas and is secretly working on a method to redeem Hell's inhabitants. 
  55. Is a Vassal of Abaddon, Lord of the Pit, and specializes in negating the defenses of other infernal beings.
  56. Always arrives with a great cacophony of trumpets and gratuitous special effects.  
  57. Their presence is so terrible that the unprepared are frozen with fear and the especially faint of heart may drop dead
  58. Can heal any wound on a target. It leaves behind an infernal brand and the demon can reopen the wound at will
  59.  Can levitate at will with perfect precision 
  60. Knows the names and histories of all dead sinners.
  61. All Demons possess terrible magical weapons, however this one's weapon is a truly mighty pre-Fall artifact.
  62. Has 1d6+1 Heads, each a different creature
  63. Only speaks in High Infernal, somewhere between extreme Legalese and an agonized wail. Listening to it makes ears bleed.
  64. Is distantly related to the party's Tiefling
  65. Is able to teleport themselves and anyone else contracted to them anywhere without error. 
  66. Is not actually a demon, but a primordial Abyssal, one of the original native of Hell. 
  67. Has a fondness for taking the form of saints, priests, and other holy figures to tempt and confound mortals.
  68. Was trained in the sensual arts by Lilith herself.
  69. Disregard everything else, its actually Buer or one of his Minions 
  70. Any space they occupy has constant shifting haunting effects 
  71. Is a writhing mass of flesh and chain, the chain is the true demon
  72. Is bound by an ancient contract not to harm anyone of a specific bloodline.
  73.  Bleeds ink that writes itself into vindictive curses.
  74.  Is sealed inside of an Iron Flask because its physical form is too hideous for ever other demons
  75.  Has secretly been behind all the best music to come out in the past century.
  76. Collects the skulls of their victims and can call them into their service.
  77. Make a hobby of creating hideous experimental zombies 
  78. Appears like a completely average human, but has an incredibly unnerving presence  
  79. Is actually several dozen imps in a papier-mâché skin filling in for their master.
  80. Grows blades from their back that can cut through absolutely anything
  81. Is bound to a powerful blade which possesses the body of a lesser demon
  82. Is so hideously corpulent that all but the greatest attacks are mere flesh-wounds to it
  83. Is a master Conjurer and can effectively cast and modify any spell-effect 5 times out of 6 
  84. Is able to bring mortal's sins to the surface as dense black orbs, more sinful the mortal more overwhelmingly heavy the orb is
  85. Is a full on sado-masochist Cenobite
  86. Body constantly oozes molten metal that it is able to quickly solidify into anything in its terrible imagination 
  87. Is able to corrupt and control all nearby plantlife
  88. Has taken on the perfect form, that of a great crustacean with countless claws
  89. Possesses a chimerical parasite that doesn't always agree with the main body, such as a smary snake-tail
  90. Can continuously grow its teeth and control their shape even if they're removed from their mouth
  91. While still harmed by their weakness, it also invokes a masochistic delight in them
  92. Any wound they deliver is instantly infested with infernal maggots.
  93. They are actually a very lost daemon who is looking for the humans they're supposed to be patrons for.
  94. Is actually an angel working deep undercover (50% Chance this is a delusion)
  95. Is actually a Dharmapala, and wants to help you reach enlightenment 
  96. You know that gut feeling you get that everything is about to go to shit despite everything otherwise seeming fine? Yeah its this demon's fault
  97. Will grant a corrupted wish to whomever says it’s name 3 times
  98. 98 Roll 2 more times on the General Power list
  99. 99 Roll 3 more times on this list
  100. Shit, you summoned Lucifer. Anything on this post, whenever they want

Friday, October 16, 2020

Sunday, October 11, 2020

d100+ Witch Generator


The World On Her Head by Rimma 'zooyeglass' Deli


First an important note on:

How to tell a Witch from a Wizard

  1. A Wizard has a Tower, a Witch has a Cottage
  2. A Wizard is an introvert, a Witch is also an introvert but is one of those sorts that has to extrovert constantly as part of their job.
  3. A Wizard paid a lot of money to know things. A Witch put in hard work to know that the wizard got themselves into student debt for no good reason.
  4. A Wizard wears a pointy hat which shouts, “I AM THE WIZARD.” A witch wears a pointy hat that calmly informs you, “I am A witch."
  5. A wizard knows what a spell does. A witch knows what the spell is for.
  6. A wizard has ampules, phials and flasks. A witch has jars, pots and jugs.
  7. Wizards and Witches are both fond of pickling things. You are more likely to be able to eat whatever the witch pickled.
  8. A wizard hates people. A witch hates what people are when left to their own foolish devices.
  9. A wizard expects to be reimbursed for their “services.” A witch never expects to be reimbursed, but they always are anyways.
  10. Having a wizard in your community is like having a mildly unstable nuclear bomb on hand. Having a witch in your community is like having a fully staffed social services program and a fairly decent hospital. Guess which one regular folk prefer?

A Witch who cackles is barely better than a Wizard. Note that one of the differences is not gender, a Witch or a Wizard can be any gender even if ignorant townsfolk might make assumptions if you have a pointy hat and a beard.


Witchsona by Doodlekiidd

The Witch Generator

Anything on this list can be Boffo or Headology, that is to say something that isn’t necessarily true about the witch but the witch encourages people to believe to keep up a healthy aura of fear/respect. 

2 Hungry? Alternatively, Green?
  1. Eats Kids - Not Green
  2. Doesn't Eat Kids - Green

4 Aspect- Traditional terms, but others can be used. White Hat, Grey Hat and Black Hat for example.
  1. Maiden
  2. Mother
  3. Crone
  4. Three-In-One
6 Familiar
  1. Crow
  2. Toad
  3. Cat
  4. Bat
  5. Big Spider
  6. Something...weird

Witchsona by Beebeediboop

8
Specialty- All witches are proficient in basic medicine/herbalism and have First Sight and Second Thoughts. That is, they see what’s really there and they think about their own thoughts.
  1. Weather
  2. Potions
  3. Transformations
  4. (Un)Sympathetic Magic
  5. Runes/Sigils
  6. Misfortune Telling
  7. Flora and Fauna
  8. Curse Making/Breaking








10 Theme
  1. Classic/Cunning Folk
  2. Neo-Pagan
  3. Tumblr Witchsona
  4. Maho Shojo
  5. Trash Witch, always has a shitty griffon familiar 
  6. Fairy Godparent (really a type of witch)
  7. Swamp Witch
  8. RUSSIAN
    Granny Ogg by Rob Lopatto
  9. Goth
  10. Scary Child

10 Wyrd Transport
  1. Besoom
  2. Huge mortar and pestle
  3. Hut on Chicken Feet
  4. Giant black cat
  5. Chariot pulled by winged goats
  6. A chair with a thousand ravens tied to it
  7. Turns into a swarm of insects
  8. An Umbrella
  9. Flies without mechanical aid by lifting themselves up by their bootstraps
  10. Literally anything they can smear Flying Ointment on
12 Sources of Power
  1. The Land (Everyone knows the best witches are grown in the mountains)
  2. Ancestry, its witches all the way down
  3. The Fey, all that time spent around mushrooms as a kid
  4. Infernal Pact, specifically with a black goat
  5. Inherited the power from another witch on their deathbed
  6. Was the 8th child of an 8th child, don’t let on to anyone that you’ve got wizard magic
  7. People just started assuming and after a while it turned out they were right
  8. Blood, sweat, tears and a long apprenticeship to a senior witch.
  9. Possessed by an ancient body-swapping hag
  10. Sheer willpower, really a can-do attitude and a drive to fix the lives around you is enough
  11. Everyone has a nipples-in-10 chance of being a born witch.
  12. Actually listening to all your grandma’s folk wisdom

Tiffany Aching by Benjamin Scott

20 Signature Magical Tool

  1. Witch Ladder aka a Shamble
  2. Athame and Boline- KNIFE WITCH
  3. Book of Shadows/Diary
  4. Nithing Pole, flayed horse skin and skull on a pole. METAL
  5. Mask(s)
  6. Copious Jewelry
  7. Needles (Knitting/Sewing/Surgical/Poking)
  8. Oven Cauldron
  9. A telescopic 3-in-1 Wand/Broom/Spear Combo Tool
  10. Turpentine and a good Cussing
  11. A pair of mirrors
  12. Smudge Sticks, oooh this one smells like cinnamon
  13. A cast iron pan
  14. A saucer and an inkwell
  15. A spade/shovel/pickaxe
  16. A collection of humorously shaped mushrooms
  17. A golden stamp/seal
  18. A variety of colored lenses
  19. A big creepy lantern
  20. Distaff and spindle
100 Quirk- May or may not be true
  1. Long nose with olfactory strength of a bloodhound
  2. Has two bodies and one soul, bodies get more clumsy the further they are from one another.
  3. Can step outside their own body and roam as a spirit, body is inert.
  4. Is fatally allergic to water, but can be reconstituted and revived by pouring a heaping spoon of sugar into their melted remains.
  5. Has a creepy collection of dolls who may or may not be haunted.
  6. Has a clockwork heart and cannot die while it continues to tick
  7. Communes with bees
  8. Can sour milk with a word, useful for making cheese
  9. Can speak at length to various barnyard animals on topics so boring that the animal falls over dead
  10. Knows the “Horseman’s Word” and can freeze any Odd-Toed Ungulate in their tracks
  11. Is unable to pass through a room containing a colander without having to stop and count all the holes.
  12. Has terrible Iron Teeth that can bite through anything
  13. Has to answer any riddle posed to them
  14. Only speaks in iambic pentameter
  15. Can talk objects into life
  16. Weighs as much as a duck
  17. Can turns folks into a newt (and other amphibians)
  18. Can build surprisingly sound structures out of baked goods.
  19. Collects toenails of their victims to personally give to Hel
  20. Their heterochromia allows them to invoke the Evil Eye and dispel it
  21. Has several score tiny angry “fair folk” at their beck and call
  22. Is blind, but has honed their precognition to the point that they always see a few seconds into the future.
  23. Hair can move independently of body and has the grip strength of an octopus
  24. Can produce 8 gallons of ectoplasm daily
  25. Casts no reflection or shadow, can’t be photographs or otherwise depicted through art
  26. Comes in the night with a huge sack to take away naughty children
  27. Can stretch their limbs 50’ and snatch up unsuspecting victims
  28. You can hear their teeth grinding a mile away
  29. Can breath underwater
  30. Cannot be touched by fire
  31. Can steal your name and give you an awful one. 
  32. Can call up a terrible storm with the help of a coven of 3 or more
  33. They are actually made of wood
  34. More warts than face
  35. Can attach their senses to other creatures, see what they see, hear what they hear etc.
  36. Weaves the names and fates of those in region into a vast tapestry
  37. Keeps a demon and a hoard of treasure in their basement
  38. Know the exact time and place of their own death and cannot be fatally injured before then
  39. Can open their mouth so wide that the top touches the sky and the bottom plummets to hell
  40. Grows into a terrible giant when provoked
  41. Turns wicked folks into pigs and keeps them on their farm
  42. Knows how to do the “Pig Trick” without a pig, much to many other witches' shock and disgust
  43. Skin changes color depending upon their mood
  44. Can stand so still that they blend into the background
  45. Can choose to make no noise whatsoever
  46. They are immortal until they find their one true love
  47. Is a master of Unfission and is in fact several dozen witches. 
  48. Can age up or down anything they touch, doesn’t affect overall lifespan though
  49. Is actually an imp piloting a corpse
  50. Knows how to enchant beans and salt to drive away ghosts
  51. Knows where the [Magical Weapon] of Destiny is and who is destined to wield it
  52. Anything they yell becomes locally true, they dislike noises louder than a whisper though
  53. Lives through time backwards
  54. Is able to balance and judge any argument for an outcome best for both parties
  55. Any bag, pocket or hat works like a Bag of Holding for them
  56. Knows a tune that can rise the dead and make them dance
  57. Thawed out from a far northern Kingdom
  58. Their eyes glow with the strength of a bullseye lantern
  59. Only sleeps for 1 minute each day
  60. Has terrible claws that can cut through steel like butter
  61. Any affect that would scare lesser folks simply makes this witch furious
  62. Can control sand, they’re the Sand Witch.
  63. Can make a delicious soup from any ingredient. ANY
  64. Can somersault and roll down hills like a wheel...or A BUER
  65. Can put an entire kingdom to sleep in they put their mind to it
  66. Can change sex at will
  67. Is the sibling-in-law to the current King/President/Warlord
  68. Is actually a banished fairy noble, cursed to human skin
  69. .Breath is so bad it wilts flowers
  70. Has one withered arm and one HULKING MONSTER ARM
  71. Is physically harmed by sincere compliments
  72. .They are invigorated by nasty remarks
  73. Their words can literally cut
  74. They are only able to show one emotion a day.
  75. Has a weakness for especially gaudy jewelry, but can instantly appraise anything
  76. For the right price, they can regurgitate exactly what you need.
  77. Can speak out gold and jewels
  78. Can speak Toad Words 
  79. Keeps dozens of jars of marbles, they are all the lost memories
  80. Can speak an Earworm that slowly fills up your thoughts until it hatches from your skull
  81. Practices Hardcore Astrology 
  82. Knows the language of birds, also they are very easily annoyed
  83. Deaf, but has heard everything ever whispered
  84. Each part of the witch is independently alive and mobile, will rebuild themselves if hacked apart
  85. Has a garden that grows a tree from anything planting there, the fertilizer is something eldritch and terrible
  86. Has a tongue of Lead and a tongue of Silver, capable of speaking horrid truths and sweet lies simultaneously.
  87. Is filled with a terrible ichorous corruption, The Orkus 
  88. Can control the land of their home region as well as they could control their own hand.
  89. Is a close personal friend of Sasquatch
  90. Knows the method of producing mirror honey
  91. Meeting eyes with the witch will reveal to them all your terrible 3 AM secrets.
  92. Is covered in tattoos depicting sentient Stories that they have tamed.
  93. Is a metal witch-shaped cauldron: the actual witch is the sentient brew inside. Doesn't move but just appears in places, casts spells through boiling broth fumes
  94. Scooped out their own brain, they cannot be scryed, their thoughts cannot be read, their emotions cannot be altered.
  95. Can suck out your soul and stick it into a jack o lantern
  96. Has been North of Reality and back.
  97. Makes deals with devils, always comes out on top somehow.
  98. Can turn hearts into powerful protective amulets.
  99. Legendary “hag,” Roll 3 times
  100. Roll 20 times, they ordered pretty much everything from the “Wicked Witch” collection in the Boffo Catalogue
Trash Witch by Charlie Ferguson-Avery

Three Sisters by Alexander Shatohin