MAP OF MYSTERY: STAR SPAWN CATACOMBS

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This is a great map. You can use it for a short adventure.  It would seem that some cultists have come to worship the Star Spawn, and have dedicated an abandoned catacomb for their temple. Perhaps these are Warlocks, sumoning dark magic from their nearly unknown Dark Master. They have some knowledge of the Spawn but not of the Sleeping One, mighty Cthulhu.

This temple is not dedicated to the infamous Cthulhu himself, but a representation of one of his kindred. Sometimes referred to as “StarSpawn,” they are more or less described as an octopus-like race which descended from the stars.

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The Star Spawn of Cthulhu are an extraterrestrial civilization of land-based octopus-like beings which colonized Earth sometime during the Paleozoic period and fought a long-lasting war against the Elder Things, eventually causing their opponent’s withdrawal to the sea. Later, peace treaties were made granting most of the recently formed continental areas of Earth to the Spawn of Cthulhu, while the oceans and the older lands – notably the Antarctic continent – were left to the Elder Things. The Spawn of Cthulhu was so called for worshiping the Great Old One known as Cthulhu, whose exact relationship to them is still unclear.

Like the Mi-Go and unlike the Elder Things, the Spawn of Cthulhu are not made out of ordinary matter at all, and seem to possess shape-shifting abilities to some degree. They were noted for the non-Euclidean geometry and strange angles of their architecture. Unfortunately for them, most of the land areas that belonged to the Spawn of Cthulhu ended up sinking back to the sea, including their most sacred stone city of R’lyeh, where Cthulhu himself still lies dormant. While the origins of the octopoid creatures is not clear, two hypothesis could be speculated upon: that they were a species that simply happened to be extremely devoted to Cthulhu (who as should be noted shares some cephalopod traits with them) or that they were created by him, perhaps even as true off-springs. The fact that some other Great Old Ones also appear to have “follower races” (such as Dagon, who is worshipped by the Deep Ones, for example) could possibly support this.

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