|“||Rhan-Tegoth, infinite and invincible, I am your slave and high-priest. You are hungry, and I provide. I read the sign and have led you forth. I shall feed you with blood, and you shall feed me with power. Iä! Shub-Niggurath! The Goat with a Thousand Young!||„|
|~ The Horror In the Museum|
Rhan-Tegoth is a 15 foot medusa-like, insectoid amphibious god-being (Great Old One) of little power but vital to the return of the Old Ones. It lived in the warm seas of Yuggoth before coming to Earth.
3 million years ago, during the Pliocene epoch, it inhabited an area of Alaska before going into a hibernation like trance. Rhan-Tegoth was the last god to sleep, and probably was meant to be the first to wake. Its body was found by George Rogers and moved to a museum in London, 1926 (HPL: "The Horror in the Museum"), but was then lost track of until It turned up, firstly in Sheffield, UK in the 1980s, and then in America in the 1990s. It was worshipped by the prehuman, cannibal Gnophkehs, but few humans know of it today. (CIRCLE: "The Scroll of Morloc")
The god is shaped somewhat like an enormous insect, with a tremendous, barrel-shaped trunk with six appendages ending in claws-like pincers and a near-spherical head covered with hair-like filaments or feelers, a tentacle-like proboscis and three small, beady eyes.
Behind the Mythos
Rhan-Tegoth was created by H. P. Lovecraft and Hazel Heald. It was developed by Lin Carter; Laurence J. Cornford and Chaosium.