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|Dungeons & Dragons creature|
|Kuo-toa depicted on the cover of Descent into the Depths of the Earth.|
The name "Kuo-toa" was created by Gary Gygax, co-creator of the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game, and first appeared in dungeon module D2 - Shrine of the Kuo-Toa. However, the concept was clearly inspired by the Deep Ones, creatures that appear in H. P. Lovecraft's novella "The Shadow Over Innsmouth". Like the Kuo-toa, the Deep Ones are a monstrous marine-dwelling race of fish-headed humanoids, who worship a being called Dagon. The kuo-toa is considered a "Product Identity" by Wizards of the Coast and as such are not released under its Open Gaming License.
Kuo-toa have scaly, bipedal bodies with fish-like heads.
Kuo-toa in various campaign settingsEdit
Kuo-toa in the Forgotten RealmsEdit
In the Forgotten Realms campaign setting kuo-toans maintain friendly relations with drow, their Underdark neighbours. Blibdoolpoolp is the focus of the kuo-toans' lives, and even has her own monstrous, deformed kuo-toa breed - the giant kuo-toa leviathan. They have total hatred for the sahuagin, another race of fish-like beings[attribution needed].
Kuo-toa in GreyhawkEdit
- Stephens, Owen K.C. "By Any Other Name: Races of the Underdark." Dragon #281 (Paizo Publishing, 2001).