For Under the Seas of Vodari, we’re creating several kaiju-like ultra-powerful monsters. They’re commonly known to exist, but to be bound in slumber by the bards of the College of Deep Dreamers. Their awakening is an ever-present threat in the setting. In this post, I’m creating lore and stats for the one I named Rhaluq the Many. As I start, I have only the very vaguest concept.
Rhaluq the Many
Rhaluq is the newest form of an immortal and apparently indestructible horror. It has changed names and forms countless times, as heroes rise to destroy or contain it. When allies from above and below the waves gathered to strike down Nolgathar the Contagion, they succeeded in ripping that impossibly massive body asunder, but it infected them with Dokahi’s transformative power. As they celebrated victory, they began to merge into a horrifying new form: a titanic crab-like thing made out of dozens of humanoids, which were soon encrusted with barnacles.
Eventually, the song that binds Rhaluq the Many in slumber must fail, because that is the nature of Dokahi’s unquenchable malice. If someone stops it, then perhaps it will take on a new form that allows the Deep Dreamers to bind it once again.
Roiling Thought. All of the people that became Rhaluq are still in there somewhere, their thoughts part of its psychic composition. Dokahi’s pervasive malice channels their confusion and anger at her into destructive rage against the world. Rhaluq’s many minds prevent anyone other than Dokahi or the Deep Dreamers from controlling or contacting it, but its collective sense of self is almost completely lost.
Cacophony. When it is awake, it is possible to speak with Rhaluq the Many. Its voice is the chorus of all the bodies nearest the surface of its form, some of them poking through the barnacles.
I’m in the odd position of writing a kaiju and not wanting to copy my own work, which is why I haven’t copy-pasted Colossal Creature from the Kaiju Codex. Also, this is for OGL publication, so I don’t think I can use Mythic actions – even though this creature would be a strong candidate for them.
I am taking one thing from Kaiju Codex, decisively: this creature is not fair for its CR. It’s not as unfair for its CR as I made the kaiju of the Codex to be, but you’re not particularly supposed to be able to take this thing on as a single team of PCs and win. (If that were feasible, the whole lore of the Deep Dreamers doesn’t work so great.) That said, I’m very familiar with how PCs can surprise you and punch above their weight.