Baku the Mooneater
- For the tortollan, see Baku.
|Occupation||General of Hagatha the Witch|
- “In her defense, it did look like a cookie.”
- — Flavor text
Baku the Mooneater is a giant worm featured in the The Witchwood expansion for Hearthstone. Baku is "the great worm" that "basically" serves as a general to Hagatha the Witch. The Witchwood's growing influence drives even the redoubtable citizens of Gilneas to fearful flights of fancy, and they all seem to share the same horrid dream, night after night: a feeling of unspeakable dread as they watch huge, spectral fangs devour the moon.
No being akin to Baku exists in any records that describe serpents, dragonhawks, dragons, or other scaled, magical creatures. In fact, Baku has not been seen physically by anyone, instead being observed solely via shared dream visions. One initial hypothesis is that Baku may actually be the tormented psyche of a dragon whose physical form is trapped within the bounds of the Witchwood, but outside of physical reality — some kind of dream-dwelling projection of this dragon's mind, warped and twisted by Hagatha's own nightmares. Whatever the Mooneater's true nature, those who dream of Baku tend to slowly descend into a fugue state and develop the ability to manifest their will in surprising ways. In brief moments of lucidity, these subjects express a feeling of crushing dread as they see a kaleidoscopic serpent coil and stretch the horizon, blotting out the sky overhead.
- Effect triggering
- None will survive!
- I will silence their screams.
- Slay them!
Notes and trivia
- Despite being described by Mike Donais as a worm, Baku is more visually reminiscent of a sea serpent.
- Baku is a reference to Bakunawa, a dragon or sea serpent from Philippine mythology who is believed to cause eclipses by attempting to swallow the moon.