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This subject contains information from the "Lovecraft Circle" Myth Cycles, and while guided by HPL are not based on his work alone. Earth is the third terrestrial planet in the Solar System. It is the homeworld of humanity, although it has been inhabited and ruled by numerous other species across time - known ones like Neanderthal and Homo-Erectus as well as several unknown ones, among them the Elder Things and the Great Race of Yith.


See also: Events in H. P. Lovecraft's fiction


Shortly after Earth's formation four and a half billion years ago, Cthugha and the Fire Vampires arrived and dwelt in the molten ruins. (EXP: "Timeline of the Cthulhu Mythos," Shannon Appelcline)

Some primitive life may have evolved on Earth a little under four billion years ago, accompanied shortly by the arrival of Tsathoggua and Chaugnar Faugn. (EXP: "Timeline of the Cthulhu Mythos," Shannon Appelcline)

More than a thousand million years ago, the Elder Things came to Earth. They created the Shoggoths and other artificial bio-forms which eventually evolved into Earthly vertabrates, including Humans. Over the next hundreds of millions of years, the Elder Things endured wars with the Flying Polyps, Mi-Go, their own Shoggoth creations, and Cthulhu and his Cthulhi, which each hld some territory on Earth for a time. (HPL: At the Mountains of Madness, The Shadow Out of Time)

600 million years ago, the Flying Polyps came to Earth, preyed upon the inhabitants, and built windowless basalt cities. (HPL: The Shadow Out of Time)

350 million years ago the Deep Ones may have helped build the city of R'lyeh. (EXP: "Timeline of the Cthulhu Mythos," Shannon Appelcline) Certainly they served Cthulhu in some capacity. (HPL: The Shadow Over Innsmouth) Cthulhu and his kin were forced into hibernation because "the stars weren't right"; utimately R'lyeh and the land around it was sunk by an earthquake, taking them with it. Cthulhu was able to project his wishes into the minds of the living races until R'lyeh sank entirely and cut off his telepathy. (HPL: At the Mountains of Madness, The Call of Cthulhu)

275 million years ago the Serpent People arise and found the kingdom of Valusia. (EXP: "Timeline of the Cthulhu Mythos," "The Children of Yig," Shannon Appelcline) Some would mind-swap with the Great Race of Yith. (HPL: The Shadow Out of Time)

By a hundred and fifty million years ago, during the Permian or Triassic age, the Great Race of Yith had subsumed the bodies of an unnamed conical Earthly species and waged war on the Flying Polyps, driving them underground. They then proceeded to project themselves further in time into the bodies of later races (including their own descendents), gathering knowledge and escaping death whenever they reached old age. They even abducted inhabitants of other planets and the Dreamlands. (HPL: The Shadow Out of Time)

The Great Race of Yith civilization ceased around 50 million years ago as a result of some vengence wrought by the Flying Polyps. They fled into the future, stealing the bodies of a beetle race who would live long after humanity had died out. (HPL: At the Mountains of Madness, The Shadow Out of Time)

5 million years ago, at the peak of their power, the Serpent People city of Yoth was destroyed by their god Yig. (EXP: "Timeline of the Cthulhu Mythos," "The Children of Yig," Shannon Appelcline)

Human History

Proto-humans first arose under the Elder Things, and were regarded as both amusing buffoons and as food. (HPL: At the Mountains of Madness) The Necronomicon claims that the Old Ones once broke through to Earth and ruled it, and left some part of themselves in mankind; the only part that can percieve them. They remained on Earth in some sense, but invisible and largely immaterial, in some other dimension. They left behind traces in the frozen Antarctic and in ruins in the depths of the sea, as well as in Kadath in the Dreamlands. (HPL: The Dunwich Horror)

200,000 years ago the human kingdom in Mu reaches its height. At this time, the Muvians worship many dark gods, including Ghatanothoa, Ythogtha, and Zoth-Ommog. In the Year of the Red Moon, Ghatanothoa becomes the supreme god in Mu, following the god's destruction of a high priest of Shub-Niggurath. ("Out of the Aeons," Lovecraft and Heald)

c. 80,000 BC: Pht'thya-l'yi, daughter of Mother Hydra, comes to live in the Deep One city of Y'ha-nthlei. (HPL: The Shadow Over Innsmouth)

c. 18,000 BC: A Great Cataclysm destroys the old world, bringing in the Hyperborean Age. (EXP: "Timeline of the Cthulhu Mythos," "The Children of Yig," Shannon Appelcline) Some furry proto-human Hyperboreans who worshipped Tsathoggua were among those abducted by the Great Race of Yith.  c. 15,000 BC the Cimmerians, under the chieftain Crom-Ya, begin their ascent to glory. (HPL: The Shadow Out of Time)

c. 10,000 BC: The time of Conan. The Cimmerian barbarian wipes out the last Serpent People in their Hyborian city of Yanyoga. (EXP: "Timeline of the Cthulhu Mythos," "The Children of Yig," Shannon Appelcline)

c. 9550 BC: A final cataclysm destroys the Hyperborian world and rises new land masses, moving the world into more or less its modern configuration. Portions of the Hyborian continent, Poseidonis, and Mu all sink beneath the waves. In later times, this event is remembered as the Great Flood. (CIRCLE: "The Hyborian Age," Howard; EXP: "Timeline of the Cthulhu Mythos," Shannon Appelcline)

c. 2200 BC: Reign of Queen Nitocris, the Ghoul-Queen, in Sixth Dynasty Egypt. She revives the worship of Nyarlathotep once more, and uncovers the Shining Trapezohedron.  She leaves behind an artifact known as the Mirror of Nitocris. (HPL: "Imprisoned with the Pharaohs," Lovecraft and Houdini; EXP: "The Mirror of Nitocris," Lumley) Between 1640 and 1674 BC, during the Fourteenth Dynasty of Egypt, Khephnes learns the secrets of Nyarlathotep. He is also among those who temporarily exchanges minds with one of the Great Race of Yith. (HPL: The Shadow Out of Time)

Between 1000 BC and 40 AD: The people of K'n-yan find a way to halt the aging process and prevent death by any means save violence, accident, or personal will. ("The Mound," Bishop and Lovecraft)

During the classical period, a Greco-Bactrian official named Theodotides, and a quæstor named Titus Sempronius Blaesus from the time of the Roman dictator Sullais, were among those that exchange minds with one of the Great Race of Yith. (HPL: The Shadow Out of Time) The cannibal-infested ruins beneath Exham Priory allegedly dated to at least this early. (HPL: The Rats in the Walls)

Abdul Alhazred writes the Kitab Al-Azif. In 738 AD, Alhazred dies; allegedly killed in the marketplace of Damascus by an invisible monster. In 950 AD Theodorus Philetas of Constantinople translates the Kitab Al-Azif into Greek, and renames it the Necronomicon. In 1050 AD Patriarch Michael, disturbed by rumors about experimentation with the Necronomicon, has many copies of the book burned. According to Olaus Wormius in his introduction to the Latin edition, all known copies of the Arabic versions are destroyed as well. In the 12th century Ibn Khallikan writes a biography of Abdul Alhazred. In 1232 AD Pope Gregory IX bans the Greek and Latin Necronomicons. (HPL: History of the Necronomicon)

1261: King Henry III of England grants the site of Exham Priory to Gilbert de la Poer, also known as Baron Exham. The building itself is constructed atop the previously existing ruins some time thereafter. (HPL: The Rats in the Walls)

c. 1400: A man said to be a ghoul is buried in a Holland graveyard, along with a jade amulet of the "corpse-eating cult" of the Plateau of Leng. (HPL: The Hound)

Modern History

1501: A folio edition of the Greek Necronomicon is made on printing presses in Italy, leading to its suppression by religious authorities. (HPL: History of the Necronomicon)

1541, October 7: conquistador Pánfilio de Zamacona y Nuñez finds the underground civilization of K'n-yan. He is forbidden to leave, and is eventually killed in an attempt to escape. ("The Mound," Bishop and Lovecraft)

Between 1500 and 1550, a Greek Necronomicon is printed in Italy. In the 17th century a Latin Necronomicon is printed in Spain, while by 1692 what was purportedly the last Greek copy was burned in Salem. (HPL: History of the Necronomicon)

Aged Frenchman Pierre-Louis Montagny from Louis XIII's time and Suffolk gentleman James Woodville from Cromwell's day mindswapped with the Great Race. (HPL: The Shadow Out of Time)

1860: William Channing Webb encounters a "singular tribe or cult of degenerate Esquimaux" on the western coast of Greenland. This caste is found repeating the chant "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn." (HPL: The Call of Cthulhu)

1882-3: Events of HPL: The Colour Out of Space.

November 1907: Cthulhu cultists captured in New Orleans. (HPL: The Call of Cthulhu)

1925: Cthulhu rises. Wave of madness in sensitive individuals worldwide.(HPL: The Call of Cthulhu)

Future History

2169: Pickman Carter, descendant of Randolph Carter's family line, uses "strange means" to repel Mongol hordes from Australia. ("Through the Gates of the Silver Key," Lovecraft and E. Hoffman Price)

c. 2350: Fthaggua and its fire vampires are due to arrive on Earth. (EXP: "Timeline of the Cthulhu Mythos," Shannon Appelcline)

2518: Australian physicist Nevel Kingston-Brown dies. In his life, he was one of those who exchanged minds with a Yithian. (HPL: The Shadow Out of Time)

c. 16,000: The wizard Nug-Soth is one of many across time who exchanges minds with one of the Great Race of Yith. (HPL: The Shadow Out of Time)

Legends claimed that Cthulhu and the Old Ones would one day awaken and destroy human civilization, leading their followers in an orgy of violence and freedom.(HPL: The Call of Cthulhu) Alternately, human civilization may have been destroyed by Nyarlathotep and his followers. (HPL: Nyarlathotep (short story)) The Necronomicon for its part promises that the Old Ones, who once broke through to Earth, would do so again through Yog-Sothoth and replace man as Earth's rulers.(HPL: The Dunwich Horror)

Some time after humanity, a "mighty beetle race" would arise, only to have their bodies and civilization stolen by the Great Race of Yith. In time, they too would pass, and the Great Race would move on to vegetable inhabitants of Mercury. Other races would inhabit the freezing Earth at various later points, burrowing deep into it's core. The final inhabitants of Earth were arachnids, some of whom were mind-swapped with the Great Race. (HPL: The Shadow Out of Time)



Great Old Ones

Outer Gods