Sometimes Life Gives You Finger,Sometimes It Gives You.
November 28, 2013
NavyaMatsyaNyaya (The New Law of Fishes)
Raqs Media Collective
Oh man. @philnoto wins at everything.
November 17, 2013
November 13, 2013
Okay so I have Cthulhu, Dagon, Nyarlhotep, Cthugha, Yog-Sothoth,Azathoth, and Shug-Niggurath. I have a huuuge burning need to know which one is chief among the elder gods though, I looked stuff up on wikipedia and stuff but they only have the listing of elder gods, and they;re not organized most powerful to least…. so idk who’s the boss. if anyone knows, I’d be mighty grateful to know.
The list is way wider but the basics are:
The Outer Gods are more powerful than the Great Old Ones.
Azathoth is usually considered the ‘head’ of the Outer Gods because he is the origin of Creation despite his current ‘state’ (deaf/mad/whatever), if you prefer August Derleth and Carter’s take on the mythos though he (and Ubbo-Sathla) is still the origin and progenitor of all of the other deities of the mythos.
But considering Azathoth’s current state it could be argued that another Outer God would be the most powerful. Of the ones you’ve mentioned we have Shub-Niggurath, Nyarlathotep or Yog-Sothoth. I’d say Yog-Sothoth but I that is just my personal opinion.
(noticed that I avoided using the term ‘elder god’ but that is just because due to Derleth and Carter’s approach it refers to a completely different entity)
The Outer God/Great Old One/Elder God separation was invented by August Derleth as a sort of ‘war in heaven’ idea, as Lovecraft’s original Mythos had humanity alone in wake of all the horrors of the universe. The ‘Elder Gods’ - Bast, Hypnos and Nodens were the ones who fought against the Great Old Ones and Outer Gods, but are a bit of a controversial point between CoC Fans (At least the ones I know), I personally don’t mind them that much, (Although I hated Derleth’s thing of having some of the gods connected to the Greek elements, but anyway).
Back on track, Azathoth is primarily the chief god of the Pantheon, possessing immense powers and could possibly ‘unthink’ or destroy humanity if it wanted to, but it is a mindless beast and thus has no real control over its own abilities (It has made efforts to blight humanity with various pseudo-offspring like the Seeds of Azathoth which could awaken and destroy the various worlds).
Yog-Sothoth ‘The All In One’ is regarded as its second-in-command and possibly more powerful due to its ability to witness the past-present and future all at once, but is locked out of our known universe (I can’t remember why exactly), but Azathoth is the thing in charge, sitting at the centre of the universe atop a huge throne surrounded by an orchestra of equally alien gods and generally not a nice place to be. If someone else was to take over I’d probably bank on Yoggy too.
Nyarlathotep is the Outer God’s herald and messenger who has 1000 different forms or ‘Masks’ and obeys Azathoth, obeying it’s orders and such (Kinda like Hermes in a sense), and I’m a little dusty on Shubby, other than being a supremely powerful fertility goddess who lived on Earth eons ago, (I think).
A little while ago I bought the GM screen for the Call of Cthulhu rpg and it came with this little poster (this is the best resolution I could find) which categorises most of the various entities in the Mythos into sections, (which is below).
Hope this helps :v
and wasn’t too much of a ramble.
I’m going to re-read the Necronomicon now.
Thanks for adding that, I didn’t bother to go into further detail because I was on my phone at the moment I wrote that.
October 29, 2013
[Dutch Baroque Era Painter, 1627-ca.1683]
Flower Still-Life (detail)
Oil on canvas, 58 x 47 cm