"Out of the unimaginable blackness beyond the gangrenous glare of that cold flame, out of the tartarean leagues through which that oily river rolled uncanny, unheard, and unsuspected, there flopped rhythmically a horde of tame, trained, hybrid winged things that no sound eye could ever wholly grasp, or sound brain ever wholly remember. They were not altogether crows, nor moles, nor buzzards, nor ants, nor vampire bats, nor decomposed human beings; but something I cannot and must not recall. They flopped limply along, half with their webbed feet and half with their membranous wings; and as they reached the throng of celebrants the cowled figures seized and mounted them, and rode off one by one along the reaches of that unlighted river, into pits and galleries of panic where poison springs feed frightful and undiscoverable cataracts."

- H.P. Lovecraft, The Festival (1923)

Lesser Ascendant Being

True Name:
The word written here is BYAKHEE. The word implies that this creature is a member of a lower or servile caste of Ascendant beings.

Byakhee range between four and seven feet in height.

Byakhee are ascendant from some race other than humanity, and are used by the Elder Spawn as slaves. Summoners will sometimes use them as servitors for menial tasks, given their generally low intelligence and physical resilience.

Byakhee skin has become tough and chitinous, and is the color and consistency of old bones. Like the Malebranche, they are possessed of organs that resemble vestigial wings which apparently serve to absorb light energy as a form of camouflage. They enjoy a limited intelligence, and are capable of using primitive tools, and are even sometimes outfitted by the Elder Spawn with Subdimensional artifacts that enables them to fly in an atmosphere.

They are usually small creatures, generally ranging between three and five feet in height, although much larger specimens have been observed. They are not well loved even by the other Ascendant Ones, who avoid or torment them. They hide from the light in rock caves and tree stumps, clustered together in small swarms that resemble piles of bones or dry wood. They lay in wait in these small lairs for any opportunity to seize or torment unwary prey. If provoked from their lair or otherwise disturbed, they will descend upon the victim in a swarm, attempting to tear them to pieces.

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