How do Gug's reproduce?


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So there's a Gug savant who spawned a couple of gugs with the fiendish template in this book. But I've read everything I could find on the gugs of Golarion and I see nothing on how they reproduce. They don't have genders, so I'm assuming the abberations spawn asexually, but there's no information on gestation periods or anything.

I'm particularly interested in this because some dungeons have mechanics to replenish lost troops over time, which I think goes a long way towards making them feel like a series of static encounters the party can wittle away at one fight per day.

So my current idea is that gugs can gorge themselves on enough recently slaughtered creatures, they can literally just split off a couple of spawn fully formed. (Or fast growing enough to where they might as well be.) This includes consuming the bodies of other fallen gugs, which means that any dead gug bodies the party leaves behind can be recycled into fresh gugs.

I think this feels suitably horrifying for these awful monsters bent on slaughtering everything in their path and makes the dungeon feels more alive. But I wanted to confirm I'm not contradicting existing canon or anything before pulling the trigger on it.

Also, forgive me if this isn't the right forum. With the edition split I'm not sure where very specific lore questions should go.


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Sounds roughly appropriate, though I'd have the reproduction be the gug grabbing the sides of it's mouth, stretching wide as possible and vomiting a new gug fully formed as opposed to splitting.

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Violently.


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Four-winged storks.

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You don't wanna know! Believe me, you DON'T wanna know!


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According to Darklands Revisited Gugs reproduce by gorging themselves on the flesh of a recently deceased Gug, finding a safe area to hide, falling into a nightmare laden sleep, and vomiting out 2 to 10 smaller Gugs. Also, Gugs are surprisingly caring toward their offspring, making sure they have the food and safety they need to reach adulthood.

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Wow, now I want to wonder about how other abberations reproduce (though I probably shouldn't).

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There is a surprisingly complete explanation on how darkmantles and their kind reproduce in that book as well.

It is suitably horrifying.


MidsouthGuy wrote:
According to Darklands Revisited Gugs reproduce by gorging themselves on the flesh of a recently deceased Gug, finding a safe area to hide, falling into a nightmare laden sleep, and vomiting out 2 to 10 smaller Gugs. Also, Gugs are surprisingly caring toward their offspring, making sure they have the food and safety they need to reach adulthood.

Hey that's great, sounds like my idea was about how it works. Any information on gestation? Or how long childhood lasts and how big the kids are? I'm wondering if I could also the weak template on the basic gug and call it a day.


Captain Morgan wrote:
MidsouthGuy wrote:
According to Darklands Revisited Gugs reproduce by gorging themselves on the flesh of a recently deceased Gug, finding a safe area to hide, falling into a nightmare laden sleep, and vomiting out 2 to 10 smaller Gugs. Also, Gugs are surprisingly caring toward their offspring, making sure they have the food and safety they need to reach adulthood.
Hey that's great, sounds like my idea was about how it works. Any information on gestation? Or how long childhood lasts and how big the kids are? I'm wondering if I could also the weak template on the basic gug and call it a day.

Gestation is roughly six weeks, and Gugs reach adulthood at 40 to 60 years. To represent an adolescent Gug, use the Young template.


MidsouthGuy wrote:
Captain Morgan wrote:
MidsouthGuy wrote:
According to Darklands Revisited Gugs reproduce by gorging themselves on the flesh of a recently deceased Gug, finding a safe area to hide, falling into a nightmare laden sleep, and vomiting out 2 to 10 smaller Gugs. Also, Gugs are surprisingly caring toward their offspring, making sure they have the food and safety they need to reach adulthood.
Hey that's great, sounds like my idea was about how it works. Any information on gestation? Or how long childhood lasts and how big the kids are? I'm wondering if I could also the weak template on the basic gug and call it a day.
Gestation is roughly six weeks, and Gugs reach adulthood at 40 to 60 years. To represent an adolescent Gug, use the Young template.

Hmmm, that maps close enough to the PF2 weak template for my purposes. I reckon I can use the fiendish template and the savant's mystical shenanigans to justify a quicker gestation period... Is it weird that the part that makes me most reluctant to move forward with this is that using your kids as body guards is bad parenting and I think the bit about caring for baby gugs is cute?


Captain Morgan wrote:
MidsouthGuy wrote:
Captain Morgan wrote:
MidsouthGuy wrote:
According to Darklands Revisited Gugs reproduce by gorging themselves on the flesh of a recently deceased Gug, finding a safe area to hide, falling into a nightmare laden sleep, and vomiting out 2 to 10 smaller Gugs. Also, Gugs are surprisingly caring toward their offspring, making sure they have the food and safety they need to reach adulthood.
Hey that's great, sounds like my idea was about how it works. Any information on gestation? Or how long childhood lasts and how big the kids are? I'm wondering if I could also the weak template on the basic gug and call it a day.
Gestation is roughly six weeks, and Gugs reach adulthood at 40 to 60 years. To represent an adolescent Gug, use the Young template.
Hmmm, that maps close enough to the PF2 weak template for my purposes. I reckon I can use the fiendish template and the savant's mystical shenanigans to justify a quicker gestation period... Is it weird that the part that makes me most reluctant to move forward with this is that using your kids as body guards is bad parenting and I think the bit about caring for baby gugs is cute?

You're looking at it backwards. The parent is the bodyguard protecting the kids. They stay nearby to ensure no threats get too close. The kids feel an urge to help and rush into the battle against the parent's wishes.


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