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|“||The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.||„|
|~ Howard Phillips Lovecraft|
The Cthulhu Mythos encompasses the shared elements, characters, settings, and themes found in the works of H.P. Lovecraft and associated horror fiction writers. Together, they form the mythos that authors writing in the Lovecraftian milieu have used — and continue to use — to craft their stories. The term itself was coined by the writer August Derleth. Although this legendarium is sometimes called the Lovecraft Mythos, most notably by the Lovecraft scholar S.T. Joshi, it has long since moved beyond Lovecraft's original conception.
The Mythos' central theme is that the human world and our role in it are both illusions. Humanity exists inside a fragile bubble of perspective, oblivious of what lies beyond the curtains, or even of the curtains themselves, and our seeming dominion over the world is illusory and ephemeral. We are fortunate in that we are unaware of what lurks in the dark corners of the Earth and beyond. As Lovecraft famously begins his short story, The Call of Cthulhu, "The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents."
Please note that everything that is not made by H. P. Lovecraft or his close friends during his life is considered non-canon for this wiki, even though the Cthulhu Mythos is now public domain. Profiles on this wiki use only the primary canon as opposed to the expanded Mythos, and will primarily use the works of Lovecraft himself, along with occasional contributions to the Mythos from close friends, such as Frank Belknap Long and Clark Ashton Smith.
Power of the Verse
The Cthulhu Mythos is a particularly powerful verse and is widely regarded as one of the strongest verses in fiction. At the very bottom, there are creatures capable of effortlessly crossing interstellar distances and traveling across universes, entities capable of deeply influencing the mind and driving others to go insane just by seeing them. The scale continues to expand with each story, and may even transcend concepts of space-time and angled space.
As one progress further into the cosmology, there are the Ultimate Gods, a group of transcendental High 1-A entities that transcend the multiverse and totality as a whole, perceiving everything as an infinitesimal atom within the Ultimate Void. Even the Ultimate Gods, however, are reduced forms of their true formless essence in their Tier 0 Archetypes, which are themselves contained by the Supreme Archetype, an all-encompassing focal point that holds all things in existence and beyond as facets of itself.
For more information on the cosmology, here is the explanation page.
- Apex Predator X
- Azathoth The Abyssal Idiot
- Dreaming Serpent
- Matthew Schroeder
- Saikou the Lewd King
- Ultima Reality
- Ned the outer god
- Emirp Sumitpo
|The All-in-One and
|The Crawling Chaos|
|The Black Goat with
a Thousand Young
|Shub-Niggurath||The Ultimate Gods|
Great Old Ones
|Great Old Ones|
|The Sleeper of
|The Father of
The Deep Ones
|The Spider God||The Dark God|
|The Sleeper of
|The Father of
|Tsathoggua||Yig||Nug and Yeb|
|Lord of The
|Lord of Sleep||The Dreamer|
|The Star Spawn
|Colour Out of Space||Cthulhi||Deep Ones||The Shamblers|
|The Old Ones||The Floating Ones||The Projectors||Extradimensional
|Elder Things||Flying Polyp||Great Race of Yith||Hounds of Tindalos|
|Wolf-Like Mountains||Hunting Horrrors||Mi-go||Nightgaunts|
|Shoggoth||The Dunwich Horror|
|Discussion threads involving Cthulhu Mythos|