Saturday, April 11, 2009

Weekly What the Heck

Welcome to the twenty-sixth installment of my regular feature here at the Near TPK. With continuing apologies to one of my favorite blogs, the Daily WTF, I present... The Weekly What The Heck.

Each Saturday at 10 AM Central Time I'll post one of Jen's drawings of some kind of whacked-out creature, and ask my readers: "What the heck IS that?"

I hope my readers will approach the challenge in the spirit of "Yes, and ..." - building on previous responses so everyone's ideas can be used in the final writeup. Comments are now closed on last week's entry, and I hope to have the final writeup posted tonight. Comments will be accepted on this week's entry until I post next week's entry.

So... What the heck is that? What should it do? Can you tell it's supposed to be wearing a bikini top?

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jermwar said...

Quizacoatls are the gameshow hosts of the astral plane. Travelers who encounter a Quizacoatl are asked a riddle. Answered correctly, the Quizacoatl will provide a minor boon or other beneficial assistance. Answered incorrectly, the Quizacoatl will instead cause a minor embarrassment (summoning a bucket to pour green goop over the traveler's head) or curse of bad luck for the duration of the traveler's journey through the astral plane.

Rarer is the Lightning Quizacoatl.

benpop said...

Quizacoatls are related to sphinxes. They are manifestations/incarnations/protrusions of the universal concept of the Riddle extending into different planes. The quizacoatl manifests on the Astral Plane, the sphinx on the Material Plane, Gollum on Middle Earth, etc.

The most ancient and arcane Riddle, one that the followers of Ioun and Vecna battle and strive to recover -- the First Riddle -- is, of course, "Why did the chicken cross the road?" (Fans of Douglas Adams may substitute the Answer with "the number 42".)

Despite this, most riddlers could care less and are in the job for the lulz -- and the green goo. Because of this, summoning a Quizacoatl for such purposes as detailed in such rituals as Loremaster's Bargain can be hazardous, at least to one's pride. The reward may be great if the summoner piques the Quizacoatl's fancy and cleverly solves their riddle -- furthering the chaotic reputation of the Riddle and its avatars.