Mix the Bioshock aesthetic with lovecraftian horror.
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The Book of Yan.
A short Cthulhu Mythos story.
"Yan Bii'an Vilor'Akash Si'Yen."
- An ancient Yanite chant.
What I am about to tell you is completely true. Although I am loathe recount the horrid tale, I fear I must if only to keep all who read this from delving to deep into matters beyond human understanding.
It was during the month of June in the year of our Lord 1771, that I purchased an old tome from a travelling merchant of a rather shady repute.
(It is here that I must make mention of my fascination with ancient objects and artifacts of all kinds. I fear that it is this fascination which has gotten me into my current situation).
When I inquired about the books origins the man became as pale as the snowfall that one sees in winter. He said (rather hastily I might add) that he did not know, before pushing past me on the road and walking hurriedly in the direction that I had just come from. I admit that I was somewhat confused and a little concerned at his reaction to my question, but I (being the fool that I am) shook off the feeling, called a carriage, and returned home.
Upon reaching my modest residence I went inside, placed the book on a nearby table, and opened it.
The books first page contained only four symbols and a worn, folded up, note. When I studied these symbols they gave me a terrible and unexplainable feeling of fear and disgust. They seemed...unatural somehow. After a while I managed to focus my attention on the folded note. I picked it up, unfolded it, and began to read.
Written on it were the words, "The Book of Yan."
After reading this I spent the next couple of hours looking through the manuscript. It was a decision I regret to this day. I have never seen more occult rituals and obscene blasphemies before in my life! And the strange images of a foreign and altogether malevolent being that were contained within! I still shudder at the very thought of it.
I also found many insinscriptions beneath the images, some written in a strange alphabet, and others written in english. There was a specific inscription that I remember vividly. It was beneath an image of the hideous being.
It read, "R'cthug Xo'st, Praise be to M'arash Xyil'Vor In'Yan lord of the Lightless City! Soon he shall return to our world from the dark realm he was banished to untold eons ago! At his coming the mighty will tremble! The weak will go mad at the sight of his majesty! I'a! I'a the Dark God! I'a! I'a! Yan Ph'taghn!"
I will admit, dear reader, that this frightened me terribly. But this...this was nothing compared to what was waiting for me at the books end....
Even now, the very memory of it makes my blood run cold...
It said, "I SEE YOU."
It was at this moment that I slammed the book shut and threw it into my hearth. The cursed book (to my astonishment) refused to burn! Instead, it quenched the flames and plunged my home into complete and utter darkness. This darkness lasted until Sunday, and during that time it took all my willpower to stay sane. I...still remember the whispers...the threats...the temptations...the mad laughter of Yan...that accursed and wholy malevolent deity whose book I tried to destroy...
The rest of the letter, which was found in the author's empty home on Sunday afternoon by an acquaintance, was said to have been rendered illegible.
The acquaintance of the author did say that one sentence at the very bottom of the letter, was still legible however...
It said, "YAN IS IS WATCHING."
You are a Great Old One. You have minimal power and start out on a planet of your choice along with a backstory of your choice. In order to get more power (and possibly leave your homeworld) you must gather followers who will worship you and spread your influence. Good luck.
Im trying to make a bunch of Lovecraftian Deities based on the 108 defilements of buddhism, but i need a bit of help as i dont even know where to start.
I’m new on this wiki. While I have heard of Cthulhu Mythos, I haven’t read a single book, and only go here for the monsters.
Just so you know.
This discussion started in the Favorite deity thread, but I would like to explore this more.
Bích Nụ wrote:
John Thiel wrote: Shub Nigurath is who I like best. He's quieter, keeps to himself, mysterious.
Shub-Niggurath is a female, not male
That's an interesting point and raises some interesting philosophical questions. I guess Shub-Niggurath is generative, and has some female attributes, but I'm not sure binary human sex categories really have any relevance with these elder gods (if they have any meaning apart from culture in general). I suppose its my own unconsious bias that defaulted to male. Some of the sources indicate parentage and assign sex and sometimes gender to the various entities of the Mythos, but I'm not actually sure if it's ever applied uniformly or ultimately can be given much weight in light of the cosmically unknowable aspects of these beings. There's a handful of indications that some of the entities may be self generative/asexually reproductive (Abhoth), hermaphroditic and/or sexually fluid (Nug and Yeb). All of these have wholly terrestrial real-world analogs (jellyfish, cod, numerous amphibians) that make this a very reasonable possibility.
What are your thoughts? Are there any definitively sexed or gendered entities? Are those categories useful or accurate in that regard?
It can be any deity. Elder God, Great One, Great Old One, Outer God any of them. Mine is obviously hastur, I know shocking.
Hope this new take on the Book of Eibon amuses you guys