Thuria and Beyond
Star Spawn of Cthulhu
Resembling man-sized versions of their creator, this is a servitor race created aeons ago on another world by Cthulhu. They descended to earth with their master around 20,000 YT and built the undersea city of R’lyeh. From that point onwards and for around 2000 years, the Star Spawn waged a long, bitter war with the aboleth of the surface oceans. Most of the once very numerous Star Spawn perished in that war of attrition. A minority remain trapped and slumbering in lost R’lyeh, imprisoned by powerful aboleth magic with their creator. A smaller faction of Star Spawn escaped destruction by fleeing onto the great continent of the earth’s eastern hemisphere. Unable to adapt well to dry land, these Star Spawn ensure the continuation of their lineage by altering their means of reproduction, produce larvae which could be implanted into the brains of sapient creatures. By this means, the first ilithids were created.