Monster Genealogy for fun and profit

So right now it looks like we’ve got (via the demonic offspring of Tiamat, ultimately): Undead, Lesser Corporeal (Gallu) Wights, Ghouls, Zombies, Skeletons (3, 2, 2, 1 HD) Non-Corporeal (Edimmu) Specters, Wraiths, Shadows (6, 4, 2 HD) Undead, Greater (via Rabisu) Liches, Vampires, Banshee (12, 7-9, 7 HD) Chaos Bred (via Kusarikku) Minotaurs, Ogres, Bugbears, Gnolls, Stone Goblins, Goblins (6, 4, 3, 2, 1, 1/2 … Continue reading Monster Genealogy for fun and profit

Bašmu

Bašmu or Bashmu (lit. “Venomous Snake”) was an ancient Mesopotamian mythological creature, a horned snake with two forelegs and wings. It was also the Akkadian name of the Babylonian constellation equivalent to the Greek Hydra. The Sumerian terms ušum (portrayed with feet, see Ninurta’s Dragon) and muš-šà-tùr (“birth goddess snake”, portrayed without feet) may represent differing iconographic types or different demons. Continue reading Bašmu