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Source: Bestiary 2, pg(s). 151
- For another meaning of "Gug", please see Gug (language).
Ancient and grotesque giants banished since time immemorial, the gug is as savage a foe as it is alien. Having been exiled beneath the earth for countless generations, the appearance and morphology of the gug marks them as clearly alien. Whatever they are, they clearly have no place on Golarion. This origin would be easier to overlook if it wasn't for the occasional sign of a far greater intelligence influencing the bestial gugs.
Gugs at first glance resemble mangy, furred giants. However, even the briefest of glances reveals them to be far weirder than any sort of giant. Their most obvious difference is that they have four arms. Rather than four separate arms (which would be strange enough) gugs have their extra pair of arms growing out of what should be their elbow. Another obvious sign of their unnatural heritage is their head. Their eyes are pink, bloodshot, and are sheltered by unnatural looking bony protrusions. The most obvious deformity of the head is most easily visible when they open their mouths, which instead of opening vertically, opens horizontally and are positioned running horrifyingly across the top of the head. This turns the gug's head into a single over-sized abyss of teeth.
Gugs are not native to Golarion, but came to this world ages ago from another reality tied to the Dimension of Dreams. They were lured here by the Rough Beast, Rovagug, who called to them through a magical portal located in the Orvian vault known as the Midnight Mountains. Once in this world, they fell under the god's influence, and began to multiply. Their horrible, flexible body structure allows them to crawl through spaces far smaller than they should be able to get through. Gugs are both carnivorous and ravenous—a dangerous combination. Though they favor the flesh of sentient creatures, gugs can survive on the subterranean flora of their homes. They are one of the few creatures that find nourishment in undead flesh, although they have an inherent fear of ghouls.
Habitat and society
Gugs live in the Darklands below Golarion's surface, particularly in Sekamina, and speak a gurgling language known simply as Gug. They normally dwell in small nomadic groups that wander the Darklands, hunting to feed their ravenous appetite. Occasionally gugs are found inhabiting huge underground cities that seem completely at odds with their bestial nature. There is no definite explanation for this, and whoever these cities were built by, they belong to the gugs now.
Gugs on Golarion
Gugs beyond Golarion
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