Yog-Sothothery

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The entirety of the stories and/or fictional facts related to the entity Cthulhu or the Old Ones in general. The Mythos is a sort of fake mythology, created by H.P. Lovecraft when he began cross-referencing fictional books, creatures, characters and events in his horror stories, connecting them all to a variety of ancient, space-faring races. The Mythos was and is used by other authors (a trend started by Lovecraft himself, who traded names, stories and ideas with his friends and contemporaries), this gave the mythos an air of authenticity, especially to the mysterious and elusive Necronomicon (also known as Al Azif), an old tome of dark magic, recounting the story of the Old Ones. This spread has increased with Lovecraft's works falling into public domain though, like Conan the Barbarian, that several parts were original to other authors who outlived him (and thus have longer copyright), and the ability to hold a trademark on a public domain character make this more of a minefield than other well known public domain characters.

Now, how does this relate to /tg/? Well, its mainly due to the numerous games based around it, most prominently Call of Cthulhu. The mythos also has a habit of showing up in lots of other games, and is the direct inspiration for most "unfathomable evil things from beyond the stars" in the community. It has had a huge influence on role-playing games, and Wizards of the Coast acknowledged its influence in the creation of the Aboleth monsters, as well as releasing an "Elder Evils" sourcebook. The Eldrazi were designed by someone that was a fan of the Cthulhu Mythos.

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Great Old Ones, Outer Gods, and Elder GodsEdit

Three different terms are thrown around when dealing with Yog-Sothothery; Great Old One, Outer God, and Elder God. These can get rather confusing, and in fact are a result of the piecemeal development of the Mythos as a whole. Still, a rough consensus has emerged:

Great Old One: A god-like entity of the Mythos that lacks full "cosmic" tier power - a demigod, in effect. Many are actually ancient alien witch-kings or sorcerer-priests. This is the category into which Cthulhu himself falls.

Outer God: A "true" god, with a cosmic tier power scale; these entities have some kind of roughly universal dominion or aspect, and as such these are the guys that the Great Old Ones tend to serve or worship.

Elder God: A god-like entity that stands opposed to the Great Old Ones and Outer Gods, though this doesn't necessarily make them truly friendly towards humanity. A number of human gods are in fact guises for Elder Gods.

Deities of Yog-SothotheryEdit

This section details the maddening deities that appeared in the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

  • Outer Gods, The Big Four: Azathoth, Yog-Sothoth, Nyarlathotep, & Shub-Niggurath
    • Azathoth, the Nuclear Chaos: Currently residing in the center of the universe, sleeping while around him dance the outer gods, playing flute and drum to keep him asleep. Despite being a 'blind and idiot god' the center of creation is still entertained by other gods residing in its court. Used to be a clam-like gigantic entity with cylindrical arms until it made a brain fart and the universe popped to existence. Don't ask.
      • Appearances:The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath;The Insects From Shaggai(the latter is post-Lovecraftian canon)
    • Yog-Sothoth, the All-in-One:For you Marvel fans out there, imagine the Marvel Universes merging together and becoming sentient. Now you have a shred of the idea of the all-encompassing ("literally") power and AWESOME that is the King of Infinite Space, Planetmover, Lord of Dimensions, etc. Yog-Sothoth is the wisest being in the entire Mythos Universe, which considering it is "everything" is very natural. Being spacetime while being excluded from all the fun within occasionally prompts Yog to do something like impregnating mortals. Most benevolent of the Big Four, it will ask whether you wish to proceed before revealing secrets that drive you mad, instead of simply shoving it in your face like Nyarlathotep.
      • Appearances: The Dunwich Horror;Beyond the Gates of the Silver Key
    • Nyarlathotep, the God of a Thousand Forms: The progenitor of Just as Planned, responsible for countless plots, with almost every single one beyond mortal comprehension. Records include trolling the Egyptians for the lulz, disguising himself as an inventor by the name of Nikola Tesla and giving humans the gift of AC, trolling renegade US special agents as a shady crime boss by the name of Stephen Alzis and corrupting an important human corporation to toy with its government, once again for the lulz. Fulfills the garbled demands of its boss Azathoth while secretly resentful of being dominated, making it plot endlessly to bring down the source of creation. The only Outer God to actually enjoy driving people insane instead of crushing them by collateral when embroiled in godly struggles.
      • Appearances:Nyarlathotep;The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath; The Dreams in the Witch-House; The Whisperer in the Dark.
    • Shub-Niggurath, "The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young" Shub-Niggurath, not only can you not say its name around black people, is the fertility god of the outer gods of sorts. It Constantly Births and consumes here children the dark young, large tree-like monsters with thousands of mouths. She also birthed out many of the Gods.

Cthulhu Mythos DeitiesEdit

This section is about the deities which appear in HPL's contemporaries and successors, except those that Lovecraft have incorporated into his own works. Due to catagorization, Cthulhu will not appear in this section.

  • Y'golonac the Defiler: Created by Ramsey Campbell. Y'golonac is one of the sickest bastards in the mythos, god of perversion, depravity, and everything in between, with a particular fondness for rape. And eating kids. And... look, if you can think of it, Y'golonac did it first, refined it, did it again, and figured out how to make it even worse. Reading his name summons him and results in OH GOD HE’S HERE-
  • Ithaqua, the Wind Walker: Created by August Derleth. Ithaqua is an ice giant which abducts people and takes them back to his home planet. Source of the cannibalistic wendigos. Has fathered many children on unwilling human women.

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