A Brief Note: Shoggoths in Water

This illustration is from Sandy Petersen’s excellent Field Guide to Cthulhu Monsters.  It was published by Chaosium and while I do not play the Call of Cthulhu game, I did pick up the book for the great illustrations.  Shown below is a Shoggoth in water.

Shoggoth in water (S. Petersen)
Shoggoth in water (S. Petersen)

Being buoyant in water, the Shoggoth takes its natural aquatic form of a sphere.  This shape must aid the Shoggoth to conserve its energy.  Lovecraft said that Shoggoths were, “fifteen feet in diameter when a sphere.  They had, however, a constantly shifting shape and volume -“.  Thus, when active, the Shoggoth is an ungulating mass of living matter, not limited to a specific shape or size.  However, in its resting state in water or as a means of moving on land, the Shoggoth is a sphere.


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