|“||There flapped rhythmically a horde of tame, trained, hybrid winged things... not altogether crows, nor moles, nor buzzards, nor ants, nor decomposed human beings, but something I cannot and must not recall.||„|
|~ HPL , "The Festival"|
Byakhee are interstellar predators that travel the vacuum of space by means of an organ called a "hune". This organ, located in the thorax of the creature, allows the creature to greatly surpass the speed of light by unknown means. The creature can also survive the interstellar vacuum unaided. If one had the means by which to survive the myriad threats space presents, than one could ride a Byakhee to anywhere in the cosmos. When travelling beyond the speed of light, the creature's metabolism is greatly increased. When descending to the surface of any given planet, it is usually to feed; it is best avoided.
While on the earth's surface, Byakhee can fly at speeds up to 70 kph. The "hune" also allows them to hover on a planet's surface, using their wings for movement.
Theories[edit | edit source]
It has been theorized that the Byakhee's "hune" is paramagnetic in nature; that is in fact attuned to the galactic magnetic field, and is propelled by the flux. If this is true, than it may explain the creature's uncanny ability to hover while planetside, as it could easily manipulate the earth's natural magnetic field to achieve such an effect.
Space Mead[edit | edit source]
Sandy Petersen added an extra piece of lore to the Byakhee for the Call of Cthulhu 5th edition RPG as well as for his later works. This is the concept of Space Mead.
Space Mead is an alchemical compound which when drunk renders the drinker immune to the effects of exposure to the vacuum of space. The drinker need not eat, sleep, or breathe during the period of the Space Mead's effect.
This potion was added to explain how a mortal adventurer might safely ride a Byakhee into the extreme environment of outer space and return safely.
Behind the Mythos[edit | edit source]
- Byakhee were created by August Derleth, and appear in many stories of the Cthulhu Mythos.
- Similar flying creatures appear in Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian stories.
- There is some dispute as to whether or not the creatures described in Lovecraft's The Festival and the creatures created by Derleth are, in fact, one and the same.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- The House on Curwen Street, by August Derleth (First Appearance)
- The Watcher From the Sky, by August Derleth
- The Festival, by H.P. Lovecraft
- S. Peterson's Field Guide to Cthulhu Monsters, by Sandy Peterson, et al.
Sources[edit | edit source]
- Article originally taken from The Alien Species Wiki
- S. Petersons Field Guide to Cthulhu Monsters, by Sandy Peterson, et al.
- The Cthulhu Mythos Encyclopedia: Third Edition, by Daniel Harms