What's the connection between Cyth'Vsung and Xhamen-Dor (if anything)?


Lost Omens Campaign Setting General Discussion


They have really similar portfolios (being evil divinites of fungus and parasites) and are both vaguely dragon-shaped. Is this just a coincidence or not?

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The connection is that they were both invented by me, and I have found the idea of being infested by fungus or parasites to be exceptionally disturbing and horrifying for well over 40 years, so it was a natural source to look into when creating horrific creatures.

Cyth-V'sug was invented for my homebrew D&D game back in the mid 90s, at which point that was the proper name for Treerazer before he was exiled, but I split them into two entities when I sold them to Paizo.

Xhamen-Dor was invented for a short story I wrote back in the late 80s, but wasn't as fully into the fungus angle at that point. The fungus element came in later after I sold him to Paizo and wanted there to be a fungus-associated element in the Elder Mythos.

Their similar appearance is mostly coincidence, but happened because they're both villains that I invented to explore some of my own fears about some of nature's grosser sides.


Oh, ok. I guess I just assumed Cyth-V'sug was the Pathfinder version of Zuggtmoy, since she's not in the OGL. Is this not the case?

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Yqatuba wrote:
Oh, ok. I guess I just assumed Cyth-V'sug was the Pathfinder version of Zuggtmoy, since she's not in the OGL. Is this not the case?

I guess you could look at it that way.

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