The Bionomics of the Inchoate

The Inchoate (lit. incomplete, unfinished) is a creature known to have been summoned on at least three occasions: Nagpur, 1856; New England, 1971; Buxton, 2016. The method for summoning it is found in the Mahabhairavacaryāvatāra, an ancient Indian tome.

Immature Inchoate
Immature Inchoate

The Inchoate is so called as it has never been seen in its mature form except in the dreams of madmen and there are but three individuals alive who have seen the creature in its immature form.

The creature goes through two known phases of growth. In its immature phase it is humanoid in shape, although it could never be mistaken for a human. Its torso and limbs are extremely thin, so much so that it is difficult to believe its limbs could support its weight. The arms of the Inchoate have two wrists and end in savage claws. Although the Inchoate has opposable thumbs it does not have a fleshy palm, its finger protruding straight from the wrist.

The Inchoate’s head is long and bulbous, rounded at the back and ending in a tubular mouth filled with viciously sharp teeth. It has no eyes but several slits just above its mouth serve as olfactory organs. The creature has no visible reproductive organs and nothing is known about their reproductive cycle.

The skin of the Inchoate secretes an alkaline mucus containing antiseptic enzymes, immunoglobulins and proteins. It is thought that the mucus acts as a protective barrier to the Inchoate’s native environment indicating it lives in an acidic atmosphere. The mucus is bioflourescent and displays as bright purple under UV light.

Despite its apparent frailty the Inchoate is possessed of great physical strength. A freshly summoned, unfed, immature Inchoate is capable of throwing a small automobile some fifty metres.

The Inchoate is carnivorous and has a voracious appetite. It has three stomachs that digest its food.  The Inchoate’s mouth and throat are lined with thousands of teeth that shred the food until it reaches the first stomach. Everything the Inchoate eats is digested, it does not excrete waste matter and has no orifices through which it could do so.

Mature Inchoate
Mature Inchoate

As the Inchoate feeds it grows. It does not stop growing and it is unknown how large a mature Inchoate can become. As it enters maturity it begins to develop tentacles inside its mouth. Its teeth fall out and are digested with everything else. Its body shape begins to change the older it gets. It gains weight, eventually becoming corpulent and slug like. Unable to support its body weight the limbs eventually atrophy and withdraw into the body. The tentacles grow in size and strength and become the principle means by which the creature drags prey into its mouth.

The Inchoate is difficult to despatch. Its skin is preternaturally tough making it resistant to most forms of damage. During the 1971 incident Col. Thomas Clark managed to kill an Inchoate using an M60A2 tank and a large amount of explosives. The New England town of Starham was destroyed in the process.

The least destructive way of dealing with the Inchoate lies within the pages of the Mahabhairavacaryāvatāra which provides detailed instructions on the performance of the banishment ritual. During the 2016 incident paleo-linguist Dr. Julie Dennett discovered that the somatic and material components of the ritual could be dispensed with and that only the verbal component was necessary to activate the ritual’s effect and banish the creature back to its own plane of existence.

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