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Like I said over in the Sectoid discussion page, I'm doing a personal project and wondering about the origins of the alien names. Most are self-explanatory, but I can't find anything about a 'Tasoth' that doesn't relate to TFTD. The suffix -oth seems to mean something in H.P. Lovecraft's fictional language ('a native of'), but I can't find anything about 'tas.' Maybe it just means they're the natives of a planet/realm/other called Tas? Debesh Unnos 21:09, 12 February 2013 (EST)

I'm probably over-simplifying the answer, but apart from being made up to sound Lovecraft-ey, Tas may just refer to T'Leth. It would certainly be fitting. NKF (talk) 02:13, 4 May 2015 (EDT)


Is there any evidence either way about whether the plural of Tasoth is "Tasoth" or "Tasoths"? If not, what's the plural of Shoggoth in Lovecraft's work? Magic9mushroom (talk) 21:15, 3 May 2015 (EDT)

I know Wikipedia's not the be-all and end-all of knowledge, but does have Shoggoths as a plural.
For Tasoth though, I am guessing the last line in the live entry seems to suggest Tasoth is the plural. We would normally add an s when we pluralize the rank. Tasoth Soldiers and Tasoth Squad Leaders for example. The only time you'd stick s on the end is with an apostrophe to indicate possession. NKF (talk) 01:54, 4 May 2015 (EDT)

The last two lines of the live entry are singular (why, I have no clue). "The Tasoth is a true alien and its behaviour and carnivorous nature unmatched on the planet. The Tasoth often forms the spearhead of an alien attack and never seems to shrink from the fight even in the face of overwhelming odds." So it doesn't tell us the plural.

Shoggoths (and that is indeed the plural; just checked At the Mountains of Madness) are a servant race of the Old Ones, bred to perform manual labour. They share certain features with Tasoth(s), specifically their aquatic nature and mutable flesh. Magic9mushroom (talk) 02:14, 4 May 2015 (EDT)

Shipping Route missions in April/May?

This has had a [Verify?] tag for several years. That they can't appear before April on such missions is an obvious consequence of the fact that Shipping Route missions themselves don't appear until April; however, does anyone know for sure whether the Alien Appearance Ratios table includes them in the April/May block on Shipping Routes? Magic9mushroom (talk) 07:37, 1 April 2016 (UTC)

The charts are correct. Shipping routes only use one entry on the alien selection table, despite the length of the game. Here is the raw data: 0x478D1C: 00 01 01 01 04 04 02 02 03 03 -Tycho (talk) 08:00, 1 April 2016 (UTC)

Wow, shows how recently I've checked the TFTD appearance ratio page closely; I didn't notice it had been added. Alright, clarifying. Magic9mushroom (talk) 11:50, 1 April 2016 (UTC)