Degenerate Serpent People
Erect, it could not have been five feet in height. Its body was scrawny and deformed, its head disproportionately large. Lank snaky hair fell over a square inhuman face with flabby writhing lips that bared yellow fangs, flat spreading nostrils and great yellow slant eyes. I knew the creature must be able to see in the dark as well as a cat. Centuries of skulking in dim caverns had lent the race terrible and inhuman attributes. But the most repellent feature was its skin: scaly, yellow and mottled, like the hide of a serpent. A loincloth made of a real snake’s skin girt its loins, and its taloned hands gripped a short stone spear and a sinister-looking mallet of polished flint – Robert E. Howard, ‘People of the Dark’
These degenerate creatures are the result of interbreeding between full serpent folk and humans in prehistoric Britain. Millenia of such unholy minglings have reduced most of Britain’s once-proud serpent-folk to the dwarfed hybrids described here: some nearly like bestial serpent folk, others almost human with ophidian characteristics. They speak in a harsh sibilant language and use crude weapons of stone wood and bone.
These creatures have given rise to many Celtic and pre-Celtic myths and legends regarding the ‘Little People’: the spritely faeries and the darker aboriginal inhabitants of England and Europe. This bestial race tends towards the more malevolent aboriginal myths, due to their limited intelligence. However, when an atavistic Serpent People is present, the degenerate forms follow and worship the untainted example of their race’s former glory.
First encountered during the events of Case 012 – Plant Y Daer.