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Scrolls of Lankhmar has a nice post about my discussion of Lankhmar and early D&D.

Srith of the Scrolls points out that Pulgh is not the only mystery in the Nehwon mythos in Deities and Demigods. Who is “Cold Woman”, who looks like a sort of Halloween-ghost sheet monster?

Cold Woman has a bizarre list of powers. “This creature is basically a huge white pudding. Her powers include illusion generation…” “Her corrosive secretions dissolve metal at the same rate as a black pudding.” “Cold Woman lures persons into her lair with gems and jewelry, which are scattered about her cave. She then paralyzes them and inserts one of her eggs into the body.” “Her young are known as Cold Spawn.”

I don’t remember any such creature anywhere in Leiber, but I did find this passage from The Jewels in the Forest that I think may have inspired whoever wrote up Cold Woman. Fafhrd rants:

“Oh, by Glaggerk and by Kos!” he roared. “By the Behemoth! Oh, by the Cold Waste and the guts of the Red God! Oh! Oh! Oh!” Again the insane bellowing burst out. “Oh, by the Killer Whale and the Cold Woman and her spawn!”

That’s all I can find: 6 words, “Cold Woman and her spawn.” From that, the author (Ward, or Kuntz, or whoever) presumably spun the rest of the entry: the combat stats, the adventure hook, and the classic first-edition PC-devouring egg attack.


4 Responses to “lankhmar linkhmar”

  1. Thanks!

    It looks like they did the same with the entry for the Behemoth. I remember Leiber mentioning a Behemoth a couple of times, and it’s even the name of a year. From that, TSR comes up with some killer whale on land with stubby legs! I get the impression its attack is to pounce on you! :)

  2. paul says:

    Then we shall eat the Behemoth’s tongue! Who’s with me?

  3. Claire Claire says:

    The killer whale’s attack should be to eat your tongue. That’s what they do sometimes!

  4. 1d30 says:

    I thought the Cold Women were the witch-women of the northern barbarian tribes like what Fafhrd is from. In which case, making it a pudding is just some standard D&D retardedness. Don’t we already have Olive Slime? Isn’t that good enough for you?!

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