I'm sure there's been a thread on this already, but I can't find it.
So is it KYOOS (rhymes with "wuss"), or KAI-us (rhymes with "why us?")?
In the Dungeons & Dragons World of Greyhawk campaign setting, Kyuss (pronounced kai-OOSS) is a deity concerned with the Creation and Mastery of the Undead. Known as the Bonemaster, the Wormgod, and the Herald of the Age of Worms, his symbol is a skull erupting with writhing green worms.
i guess it's similar to the way you pronounce Iuz.
I'd heard that there was a band named after Kyuss (I think it was mentioned in a Dungeon editorial) but I was still surprised when the first mention of Kyuss happened in my game. The long time player paled and said, "THE Kyuss? Holy crap..." He was remembering stuff from first edition etc. That was very satisfying for me.
However, the newer initiate who's pretty hip said, "Wait, like the band?!?"
Apparently the band pronounces it Kai-us. If that's any better than Wikipedia...
We pronouce the first bit the way the Japanese phoneme /ky/ is pronounced (like in Kyushu), and the second bit we say -us with a slightly elongaged /s/. There is slight stress on the -u-, though we say it as one sylable.
I'm fascinated that this has come up so often here, as we had a bit of debate about it too.
|John 'Deathginger' Goodrich|