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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. Iod is a Great Old One worshipped on the planet Bel Yarnak and beyond the farthest galaxies (where he is "The Source"), and is known in Atlantis and Mu (as "The Shining Hunter") where the inhabitants worshipped him as a "god of earth" along with Vorvadoss and Cthulhu. He is a strange crystalline fungus entity. He is remembered dimly as "the Shining Pursuer, who hunted souls through the Secret Worlds". Most data on him is contained in the Book of Iod.


Iod is a conglomeration of plant, mineral, and animal which appears first as a veil or great black shadow in the air, followed by a blinding night after which it emerges. After paralyzing its victims, Iod drains away their life force with its tendrils until only its brain remains. Which lives on within the corpse, trapped forever.

Call of Cthulhu RPG

In the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game, Iod is not an Outer God but a Great Old One.