When a powerful spellcaster with a strong personality, a lust for life, and a remorselessly evil soul dies and is buried in a graveyard infused with eldritch magic, a strange phenomenon sometimes occurs. The flesh of the decaying body fats and instructs the very worms that gnaw, and these graveworms quicken not only on corruption but upon the spellcaster’s memories and magical power. The spellcaster’s very soul is consumed in this vile process, only to be split apart to inhabit each of the individual chewing worms in so many fragments. The result is a hideous hive mind of slithering life known as a worm that walks—a mass of worms that clings to the vague shape of the body that granted it this new existence, and can wield the powers and magic the spellcaster had in life. A worm that walks retains memories of its life as a spellcaster before its death, but is not undead—it is a hideous new form of undulant life.
Ah yes, the Age of Worms Adventure path was my first introduction to this particular nasty form of monster. Kyuss. The mad sorcerer god that sacrificed his own people and turned their life force into the divine power to transform him into a god. The second picture is Kyuss from the magazine. Very awesome stuff. I’d actually love to run a dnd game with that adventure path again actually.
Had a lot of very cool stuff in it.