All that Danforth has ever hinted is that the final horror was a mirage. It was not, he declares, anything connected with the cubes and caves of echoing, vaporous, wormily honeycombed mountains of madness which we crossed; but a single fantastic, daemoniac glimpse, among the churning zenith-clouds, of what lay back of those other violet westward mountains which the Old Ones had shunned and feared. It is very probable that the thing was a sheer delusion born of the previous stresses we had passed through, and of the actual though unrecognised mirage of the dead transmontane city experienced near Lake's camp the day before; but it was so real to Danforth that he suffers from it still.
He has on rare occasions whispered disjointed and irresponsible things about "the black pit", "the carven rim", "the proto-shoggoths", "the windowless solids with five dimensions", "the nameless cylinder", "the elder pharos", "Yog-Sothoth", "the primal white jelly", "the colour out of space", "the wings", "the eyes in darkness", "the moon-ladder", "the original, the eternal, the undying", and other bizarre conceptions; but when he is fully himself he repudiates all this and attributes it to his curious and macabre reading of earlier years. Danforth, indeed, is known to be among the few who have ever dared go completely through that worm-riddled copy of the Necronomicon kept under lock and key in the college library.
~ HPL , "At the Mountains of Madness"

This subject contains information from the "Lovecraft Circle" Myth Cycles, and while guided by HPL are not based on his work alone. The moon-ladder is one the visions seen by Danforth. (HPL: "At the Mountains of Madness") It is Gobogeg, the Twice-Invoked, a powerful Great Old One that appears as a colossal pillar of amorphous alien flesh, with a cyclopean head or eye in the center. (EXP: Cthulhu Wars: Great Old One Pack Three)

When summoned in, the deity immediately causes a powerful quake that can be felt throughout the entirety of a country or even continent that it is summoned in.

To make matters worse, once it is summoned Gobogeg literally drags up the entire continent as it ascends upwards, consequently causing the entire world to cave-in on itself. (EXP: Cthulhu Wars: Great Old One Pack Three)

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Behind the Mythos[edit | edit source]

It was Sandy Peterson who greatly expanded on the very vague mention of "moon-ladder" and other visions in Lovecraft's writings.[1]

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