Serpent People are a nonhuman species which, although possessing somewhat humanoid limbs, strongly resembles snakes. In Mythos stories by various authors, they once ruled the Earth before humanity before being in conflict with prehistoric humans.
They first dwelt in Shuggon in Mesozoic times, but when it was destroyed (circa 65 million B.C.E.) they moved first to Elder Valusia (the Thurian Continent), and then small pockets moved all over the world (America being a probable site). However they suffered several defeats when encountering Mankind. Both the goat-spawn and the shoggoths have functioned as their slaves. They had an advanced culture of science and sorcery, and are capable of impersonating any humanoid lifeform at will (a skill they use to infiltrate human sociopolitical systems and thus gain power).
Sometimes they are also called "Snake Men", "Serpent Men" "serpent folk" and "Valusians".
Named serpent people include: Ssrhythssaa, Zloigm, Sss'haa, Ssathasaa.
Behind the Mythos
The serpent people were invented separately, but almost simultaneously by Robert E. Howard and Clark Ashton Smith; H. P. Lovecraft, Lin Carter, and John R. Fultz have all expanded the information. Richard L. Tierney added the goat-spawn and shoggoths in "The Temple of The Abomination" by Howard and Tierney.
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