Reading deeply into original Dungeons & Dragons's Gods, Demigods, & Heroes last night had me diving deeper into Robert E. Howard's Conan material. There's a rather nasty god level threat within those pages. And of course I'm not speaking about Cthulhu here. Let's dive in deeper here.
Within Original Dungeons & Dragons's Gods, Demigods, & Heroes there is the original Robert E. Howard's Conan & Hyboria section . And while I know that Grey Elf aka Jason Vey has his wonderful Age of Conan material here. Last night I went back to the original source after reading through the OSR Grimoire's June 2020 blog entry on Gods, Demi Gods, & Heroes by Kuntz & Ward here. And there was mention of American writer A. Merritt's 'Dweller Within the Mirage' & the Kraken according to Gods, Demi Gods & Heroes entry on the Kraken; "KRAKEN
Armor Class — 2 Magic Ability: (See Below)
Move: 18" Fighter Ability: 15th Level
Hit Points: 100
The Kraken comes to us fully described in A. Meritt's Dwellers in the Mirage. It is a giant octopus which is able to live on the land. This creature must be called from another dimension
where it is imprisoned, and is constantly trying to leave. It feeds on human souls/energy levels
and if the victim doesn't make his or her magic saving throw all his levels are drained. He can be
called on by any evil priest knowing the spell"
Here's the important bit, the Kraken can literally be called by any evil priest who knows the spell! That means in any age or in any time period. Within the Dweller in the Mirage the cult worship the evil Kraken named Khalk'ru which is within my mind is a Lovecraftian entity from another reality.
But in my mind its A.Merrit's 'Dwellers In The Mirage' that goes into the most details about this entity. And the horrifying fact that it drains not simply levels but whole souls. This will also bring up the point that anyone consumed by the Kraken can not be resurrected in the original Dungeons & Dragons sense.