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'''Mormo''' is a shapeshifting female entity who's known for having three forms: The first form, is a mocking [[vampire]]-like maiden who may or may not be wearing Victorian Era style clothing; Second, a [[gorgon]]-like creature with tentacles for hair instead of snakes; And lastly, a large toad-like creature with tentacles for a face, akin to her servitors the [[Moon-beast|Moon-beasts]].
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'''Mormo''' is a shapeshifting female entity known for having three forms: The first form, is a mocking [[vampire]]-like maiden who may or may not be wearing Victorian Era style clothing; Second, a [[gorgon]]-like creature with tentacles for hair instead of snakes; And lastly, a large toad-like creature with tentacles for a face, akin to her servitors the [[Moon-beast|Moon-beasts]].
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In the story [[The Horror at Red Hook|''The Horror At Red Hook'']], [[H.P. Lovecraft]] directly connected Mormo to [[Lilith]]. He referenced Hippolytus, but put a more sinister twist upon the worship of Mormo.
 
In the story [[The Horror at Red Hook|''The Horror At Red Hook'']], [[H.P. Lovecraft]] directly connected Mormo to [[Lilith]]. He referenced Hippolytus, but put a more sinister twist upon the worship of Mormo.

Latest revision as of 04:41, 22 July 2021

This subject contains information from the "Lovecraft Circle" Myth Cycles, and while guided by HPL are not based on his work alone. Mormo is a shapeshifting female entity known for having three forms: The first form, is a mocking vampire-like maiden who may or may not be wearing Victorian Era style clothing; Second, a gorgon-like creature with tentacles for hair instead of snakes; And lastly, a large toad-like creature with tentacles for a face, akin to her servitors the Moon-beasts.


In the story The Horror At Red Hook, H.P. Lovecraft directly connected Mormo to Lilith. He referenced Hippolytus, but put a more sinister twist upon the worship of Mormo.

O friend and companion of night, thou who rejoicest in the baying of dogs (here a hideous howl bust forth) and spilt blood (here nameless sounds vied with morbid shriekings) who wanderest in the midst of shades among the tombs, (here a whistling sigh occurred) who longest for blood and bringest terror to mortals, (short, sharp cries from myriad throats) Gorgo, (repeated as response) Mormo, (repeated with ecstasy) thousand-faced moon, (sighs and flute notes) look favourably on our sacrifices!


As the chant closed, a general shout went up, and hissing sounds nearly drowned the croaking of the cracked bass organ. Then a gasp as from many throats, and a babel of barked and bleated words - 'Lilith, Great Lilith, behold the Bridegroom!' More cries, a clamour of rioting, and the sharp, clicking footfalls of a running figure.''

~ H.P. Lovecraft, "The Horror at Red Hook"



In the Trail of Cthulhu RPG, Kenneth Hite says Mormo is Diana, Mab, Lamia, Lilith, Medusa, The Moon, and/or several other Gods, Titans, and Great Old Ones. He links her to vampires, werewolves, and dogs, and says she's an enemy of Bast. As with all of Hite's write-ups of Gods and Titans in that book, the Keeper (GM) is encouraged to decide which of the contradictory elements are true and which are mere myth or misunderstanding.

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In Ancient Greek mythology, Gorgo and Mormo, along with Stheno, are given as names for the Gorgons, of whose form the originally very beautiful Medusa is given the likeness as a curse.