Last year for the site’s anniversary, I dropped dozens of monsters for 4 Horror War, a purely hypothetical mons game I made up in homage of a bunch of horror characters I like. Well, one of the things I’m doing this year is the first 4 Horror War DLC, House of 4 Horror War. There will be sixteen new arky families for your perusal this month. Today’s family belongs to Cosmic Horror, THE GAMMELOGAST FAMILY!
Rising from the ground like a vast tree, Oakhead acts affable enough despite its upsetting appearance. The smoke trailing from its pipe poisons the minds of those in its presence, making them witness all manner of strange and horrible apparitions.
If encouraged to lay down more roots, Oakhead can evolve into Tumortree. Content to be mistaken for a piece of scenery, this bizarre botanical monster lies patiently in wait for prey to come to it, at which point its branches snap into action and crush its unfortunate victims.
If asked to look out for the other arkies on its team, Oakhead can evolve into Palady. This ethereal monster does everything it can to protect its allies from harm, even going so far as to shield them with its own body, a tactic it can use several times thanks to its high HP pool.
After being put on a team with the Other Visitor arky Jotoder, Palady can evolve into Wrongthing. Retaining several of the ally-aiding spells and abilities of its predecessor, Wrongthing trades some of its defensive skill for more magic attack power, allowing it to deal some decent damage while keeping its allies safe.
If allowed to go on a walk about town, Oakhead can evolve into Equestrix. Though it claims to just be a normal horse, this monster’s disguise fools no one, so it opts instead to kill its enemies with the nails that have been driven through its hooves.
If told its horse disguise isn’t working, Equestrix can evolve into Gatorman. Now claiming it’s actually a human being, Gatorman doesn’t carry the ruse very far before it grabs its enemies and tears them apart with its reptilian jaws.
If asked to turn into something a little cuter, Oakhead can evolve into Ratdog. Now indistinguishable from a sweet little terrier, this feisty scamp runs up to unsuspecting victims, jumps into their laps, and rips their throats out with its rodent-like teeth.
If told its dog disguise could use a little work, Ratdog can evolve into Darkdog. Now a larger breed of canine, this grim omen of disaster picks one enemy and relentlessly hounds them, bringing intense misfortune and disaster before finally finishing its prey off with a bite to the throat.
I wanna shout NOPE while backing away slowly. The art’s still great, even if I don’t know what this is in reference to.
Pretty sure some of these (Ratdog in particular) were spun off the ‘Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark’ series. Distinctively funky lump-a-riffic horror artwork.
All of them are, actually. Stephen Gammel was the illustrator of said series. Hence, Gammelogasts.