He desired to fly to the onyx castle atop unknown Kadath in the cold waste to plead with the Great Ones for the sunset city they denied him, and felt sure that the night-gaunts could take him thither without trouble; high above the perils of the plain, and over the hideous double heads of those carven sentinel mountains that squat eternally in the grey dusk. For the horned and faceless creatures there could be no danger from aught of earth, since the Great Ones themselves dread them. And even were unexpected things to come from the Other Gods, who are prone to oversee the affairs of earth’s milder gods, the night-gaunts need not fear; for the outer hells are indifferent matters to such silent and slippery flyers as own not Nyarlathotep for their master, but bow only to potent and archaic Nodens.
~ -The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath


Nodens is an Elder God within H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos and a very mysterious entity even within the setting. His first and only appearance was in the story, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath where he aids Randolph Carter in escaping from the clutches of the Crawling Chaos. He is served by the Nightgaunts, who revere him as their lord and master.

Powers and Stats

Tier: 1-A

Name: Nodens, Lord of the Great Abyss, Nuada of the Silver Hand

Origin: Cthulhu Mythos

Gender: Unknown

Age: Unknown

Classification: Unknown

Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Reality Warping, Abstract Existence (Type 1), Nigh-Omniscience, Acausality (Type 5), Matter Manipulation, Light Manipulation, Incorporeal, Immortality (Type 1, 3 and 10), Regeneration (At least Low-Godly), Void Manipulation, Spatial Manipulation, Time Manipulation, Beyond-Dimensional Existence (Type 2), Large Size (Type 11), etc.

Attack Potency: Outerverse level

Speed: Irrelevant

Lifting Strength: Irrelevant

Striking Strength: Outerversal

Durability: Outerverse level (Fights against the likes of the Black Pharaoh for sport)

Stamina: Unknown

Range: Outerversal

Standard Equipment: Unknown

Intelligence: Nigh-Omniscient (Knew exactly where Randolph Carter was throughout the entire multiverse at all times)

Weaknesses: Unknown

Note: Nodens is the first of the "Elder Gods", though at the time he was introduced that term did not exist in the Mythos. Still, he appeared in "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath" and is thus canon to the original Mythos.

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  • How do Elder Gods compare to Outer Gods?

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    • The Great Ones are specifically under the protection of Nyarlathotep not any other Outer God so Hypnos being destroyed by one wouldn't im...
    • Planck69 wrote:The Great Ones are specifically under the protection of Nyarlathotep not any other Outer God so Hypnos being destroyed by ...
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    • Oh! That was quick. Then this can be closed.
    • Got it. I will close the thread.
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