Gloon, the Corrupter of Flesh, is an Great Old One introduced in The City in the Sea, setting for the role-playing game Cthulhu Now. It is said to correspond to a deity mentioned in the story The Temple, written by Howard Phillips Lovecraft.
Name[edit | edit source]
Gloon's name seems to come from the English Gloom (darkness, melancholy). It could also take influence from the name Y'golonac.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
According to sources after Lovecraft's death, the deity that would represent that size would be Gloon, an Great Old One similar to a sea slug who was worshiped by the Atlanteans, before whom he manifested as a three-meter-tall young man. This size would not be exaggerated, since real classical sources indicate that the inhabitants of Atlantis had excessive dimensions (although obviously this refers more to the Greek mythological world than to reality, since the existence of the "Submerged Continent" is still the subject of debate and it is framed more in the context of pseudoscience than of the real sciences).
Conceptual information and role[edit | edit source]
Gloon was sealed in the temple of Atlantis which once served to worship him. From there he is able to cause shipwrecks and make ships disappear using his evil powers. It is said that if Gloon manages to establish mental contact with someone, he will be drawn to the prison of the Great Old One and this will take first his sanity and then his soul.
Relates[edit | edit source]
Lovecraft works[edit | edit source]
Although it is not even mentioned, it has been tried to relate what happens in this story with the influence of Gloon.
In role playing games[edit | edit source]
Cthulhu Now: The City in the Sea[edit | edit source]
Gloon appears as an entity that delights in causing suffering to humans. Apparently, he guards a hidden dimensional portal in his temple, but it is not specified where this portal leads. ==Curiosities==
- Lovecraft initially conceived of the temple deity as a sinister version of Dionysus, a Greek deity associated with wine and excess. However, from the modern manuals of the role-playing game Cthulhu Now and later in the Malleus Monstrorum he was clearly differentiated from Dionysus and given his current name.
- By his name and his epithet ("the Corrupter of Flesh") it could be related in some way with Y'golonac, the Defiler, deity devised by Ramsey Campbell.