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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 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.
- 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|