This is a 5e conversion of a monster originally published by WotC for Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 edition.
Back in 2005 Wizards of the Coast published another great book in their series of “Environment” hard cover supplements for D&D 3.5 called Stormwrack. As you might be able to guess from the title and cover, it’s all about aquatic adventuring. Recently I needed an aquatic monster to pit my PCs against in Curse of Strahd, and wanted something that would seem otherworldly and horrific, without being overpowering (thus, no Aboleth!). I didn’t find what I wanted in the 5th edition Monster Manual, but while flipping through Stormwrack I came across the perfect creature, The Caller From The Deeps
Spirits of the Dead
Edgar Allan Poe, 1809 – 1849
Thy soul shall find itself alone
‘Mid dark thoughts of the grey tomb-stone;
Not one, of all the crowd, to pry
Into thine hour of secrecy.
Be silent in that solitude,
Which is not loneliness — for then
The spirits of the dead, who stood
In life before thee, are again
In death around thee, and their will
Shall overshadow thee; be still.
The night, though clear, shall frown,
And the stars shall not look down
From their high thrones in the Heaven
With light like hope to mortals given,
But their red orbs, without beam,
To thy weariness shall seem
As a burning and a fever
Which would cling to thee for ever.
Now are thoughts thou shalt not banish,
Now are visions ne’er to vanish;
From thy spirit shall they pass
No more, like dew-drop from the grass.
The breeze, the breath of God, is still,
And the mist upon the hill
Shadowy, shadowy, yet unbroken,
Is a symbol and a token.
How it hangs upon the trees,
A mystery of mysteries!
Find this poem and more Halloween-themed poetry at www.poets.org
Iä! Iä! Cthulhu Fhtagn!
Today is, or rather would have been, the birthday of Howard Phillips Lovecraft, who was born August 20th, 1890. If you aren’t familiar with who he is, and what he did, and you like Halloween… well, what have you been doing with your life?! 😉
Lovecraft is responsible for the Cthulhu Mythos of elder god-monsters, and dozens upon dozens of short stories that should be considered required reading at Halloween. Much of what came after in the Horror genre was directly influenced by Lovecraft (and before him Edgar Allan Poe). If you’d like to learn more about Lovecraft, there is a great page on Wikipedia, as well as an extensive site at The Lovecraft Archive (including texts of his works for free).
If you’d like a little ambience (music and sound) by which to read, check out Simply Rain as well as Pumpkinland by Mark Harvey at 13thtrack.com.
If you’d like to get some free audiobook versions of Lovecraft’s work to listen to, go to booksshouldbefree.com.