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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

Summary

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 also 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 essence in the Mythos is that the human world and our role in it are an illusion. Humanity is living inside a fragile bubble of perception, unaware of what lies behind the curtains or even of the curtains themselves, and our seeming dominance over the world is illusory and ephemeral. We are blessed in that we do not realize what lies dormant in the unknown lurking places on 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 the purposes of 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 occasionally 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 very powerful verse and is widely regarded as one of the strongest verses in fiction. At the absolute low point, we have creatures that can cross interstellar distances easily and travel between universes, beings capable of affecting the mind to a high degree, and causing others to go insane from merely perceiving them. The verses continues to become wider scale through each story within, increasing to beings of such a high magnitude that they can go beyond the concept of space-time and angled space.

As you go further to the higher points of the cosmology, you have the Ultimate Gods, a group of transcendental High 1-A beings who transcend beyond the multiverse and totality as a whole, viewing everything as an infinitesimal atom within the Ultimate Void. But even the Ultimate Gods become irrelevant when you look to their archetypes, and realize that the Ultimate Gods are simply reduced forms of their true formless essence in their Archetypes residing at Tier 0, which are themselves encompassed by the Supreme Archetype, an all-enclosing 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.

Supporters/Opponents/Neutral

Supporters

Opponents

Neutral

Characters

Ultimate Gods

Ultimate Gods
Azathoth (Cthulhu Mythos) Yog-Sothoth Nyarlathotep (Cthulhu Mythos)
The Blind

Idiot God

The All-in-One and

One-In-All

The Crawling Chaos
Azathoth Yog-Sothoth Nyarlathotep
Shub-Niggurath The Ultimate Gods
The Black Goat with

a Thousand Young

The Archetypes
Shub-Niggurath The Ultimate Gods

Great Old Ones

Great Old Ones
Cthulhu (Cthulhu Mythos) Dagon (Cthulhu Mythos) Atlach-Nacha Ghatanothoa
The Sleeper of

R'lyeh

The Father of

The Deep Ones

The Spider God The Dark God
Cthulhu Dagon Atlach-Nacha Ghatanothoa
Tsathoggua Yig Nug and Yeb
The Sleeper of

N'kai

The Father of

Serpents

The Twin

Blasphemies

Tsathoggua Yig Nug and Yeb

Ascendant Beings

Ascendant Beings
Nodens Hypnos (Cthulhu Mythos) Randolph Carter
Lord of The

Great Abyss

Lord of Sleep The Dreamer
Nodens Hypnos Randolph Carter

Cosmic Entities

Cosmic Entities
The Colour Out of Space Cthulhi Deep Ones Dimensional Shamblers
The Cosmic

Virus

The Star Spawn

of Cthulhu

The Children

of Dagon

The Hunters

From Beyond

Colour Out of Space Cthulhi Deep Ones The Shamblers
Elder Things Flying Polyp Great Race of Yith Hounds of Tindalos
The Old Ones The Floating Ones The Projectors Extradimensional

Predators

Elder Things Flying Polyp Great Race of Yith Hounds of Tindalos
Wolf-Like Mountains Hunting Horrors Mi-go Nightgaunts
The Silent

Giants

Servants of

Nyarlathotep

The Fungi

From Yuggoth

The Faceless

Dreams

Wolf-Like Mountains Hunting Horrrors Mi-go Nightgaunts
Shoggoth The Dunwich Horror
The Formless

Amoeba

Son of

Yog-Sothoth

Shoggoth The Dunwich Horror

Discussions

Discussion threads involving Cthulhu Mythos