Although T. H. Lain's books frequently don't reveal the names of the monsters and spells they feature, they seem to all be sourced directly from rule books, and I've generally been able to use the novel's descriptions to figure out what they are.

However, I had no luck with two of the monsters in the book "Oath of Nerull".

The first was some sort of inky oily tentacle-thing that announced it's presence with a musical flute-like piping. Based on the party's borderline irrational reactions, it might be able to cause some sort of fear effect. It might also be worth noting that the specific one in the book was capable of speech, allowing the group to avoid a fight by returning an object they had accidentally stolen.

The other one was occasionally referred to as an "Abyssal Child", and was some sort of combination slug/infant summoned by cultists. It was also capable of speech, and had skin acidic enough to cause injury on contact.

Nothing relevant or helpful seemed to be in the Monster Manuals I browsed, so either I missed something or they're from a source book that also covered other stuff. Since "Oath of Nerull" came out in September 2002, I'd assume whatever they're from came out around that time or earlier.

  • \$\begingroup\$ The abyssal child might be an Atropal. An atropal is also featured in Richard T Byers Haunted Lands Trilogy. \$\endgroup\$ – Mala Jul 23 '15 at 7:58
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    \$\begingroup\$ One could ask Bruce Cordell. \$\endgroup\$ – Hey I Can Chan Jul 23 '15 at 11:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ @HeyICanChan I just did, linking this question's url, to: plus.google.com/+BruceRCordell/posts \$\endgroup\$ – Ruut Jul 23 '15 at 18:00

The first monster sounds like an aboleth. "An aboleth attacks by flailing with its long, slimy tentacles, though it prefers to fight from a distance using its illusion powers." They do speak Common, and they have mind-control abilities as well as illusion.

I can't specifically explain the piping sound, but it might be the native aboleth language, which is not otherwise documented.

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The first one strongly hints at a merging of Yog-Sothoth and Azathoth from Lovecraftian Myth or a cunning Yog-Sothoth posing as Azathoth.

Reasons to suggest Azathoth:

  • Its presence accompanied by "the thin monotonous piping of a demoniac flute".
  • Tentacled form.
  • Causes insanity by its mere presence.

The reason it is not Azathoth is when you write "was capable of speech", because Azathoth is a "blind idiot god". Speech and intelligence points instead to Yog-Sothoth, who also frequently appears in a form similar to Azathoth.

I would post a 3rd link, but I do not have enough reputation.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Your reasoning is reasonable, but the linked dandwiki page is homebrew-- unlikely to be considered 'sourced directly from the rule books' by the OP. I'm unaware of a Yog-Sothgoth in D&D 3.5 cannon, so I'm afraid I have to-1 this answer. \$\endgroup\$ – Please stop being evil Jan 23 '16 at 19:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ @thedarkwanderer I could have added a shortened version as a comment, but don't have the rep to make a comment. What I had to say was, IMO, too close to a valid answer to not respond. SE is built around the idea of if you have a partial answer, then write an answer; do not add a comment. Outside of Stackoverflow, a lot of the other sites have this backwards and prefer comments, which goes against the SE design. \$\endgroup\$ – Detective Chimp Jan 23 '16 at 19:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ To support my augment just prior, from the help page of this very site: "Any answer that gets the asker going in the right direction is helpful..." \$\endgroup\$ – Detective Chimp Jan 23 '16 at 19:43
  • \$\begingroup\$ When the resulting answer isn't on-point anyway though, sometimes the only recourse is to neither comment nor answer. \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Jan 23 '16 at 20:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ @SevenSidedDie Well, at least up-vote the guy who answered Aboleth while I slap my forehead at my forgetfulness. \$\endgroup\$ – Detective Chimp Jan 23 '16 at 21:02

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