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Lovecraft in simple terms gave 4 of them starring roles in his significant Mythos fiction, made up 3 extra for ghost-written paintings, stole one from Clark Ashton Smith, and left the remainder at a dozen or so name-dropped deities. yet each one successor extra their very own beforehand Wikipedia lists eighty three nice outdated Ones, and Lovecraft’s acolytes extrude extra each day. “Great previous One creep” lands up making our primordial prehuman planet seem like Rick’s in Casablanca – everything involves Earth. It’s way more enjoyable to take an current god and make up anything new approximately it. make a decision that Shub-Niggurath, instead of embodying lifestyles, really eats ecosystems; she stripped Mars to the rocks, and boiled Venus, and now she’s on the point of kill off the Earth. extend on one of many minor titans. advertise Yig to an Outer God, the embodiment of closed-loop time, who manifests now not in simple terms in snakes yet in all earrings, spirals, and coils from DNA to Saturn. Snakes turn into simply the outermost fringes of his perceptibility intruding on us; poison turns into a transcendental adventure. Take another frightening mythological being and equate it with an excellent previous One. examine Odin, the one-eyed chooser of the slain, god of hateful prophecy, who rides an eight-legged “horse. ” may possibly he be Nyarlathotep the trickster, along with his three-lobed eye and 8 tentacles flowing under his gown? That manner your “new” god will be an avatar or a side of one other god – in an effort to let you raise the entire tales approximately that god in your personal, and manage wonderful theological disputes among cultists all over the place. in case you easily needs to invent an entire new god, don’t simply bang out Uifghx, the Lord Of Randomly Struck Keyboards, and anticipate it to paintings. Do what Lovecraft and Derleth did. get a hold of a distinct segment that wishes filling — colossal bringer of apocalypse, trickster god, deified Wendigo, fireplace elemental – and fill it. try and offer it with its personal individuality, whereas nonetheless leaving it amorphous sufficient to supply demanding situations in all kinds of settings. Hit one subject matter strongly – Cthulhu appears like aquatic lifestyles, lives less than the sea, water symbolizes goals and idea so he does either, fish-people worship him – after which ring as many alterations on it as you could – the sea is his capture, his cult is established in a barren region, he's struck down via a boat. Take a few iconic photo, or a few creature that simply petrifies you, and expand its scope in time and house until eventually it truly is distorted and negative. Then you’ll have whatever worthy bringing ahead of the court docket of Azathoth. he's the mortal enemy of Nodens, the Lord of the Abyss, who seeks to impose actual abyssal nothingness upon YogSothoth. • Yog-Sothoth is the counterswirl within the wave of production, the effervescent foam kicked up and pushed backward via the universe’s ahead momentum. It hence embodies all antiCreation. • Yog-Sothoth is the daddy of Cthulhu, Hastur, and Vulthoom. Yog-Sothoth additionally sired Nug and Yeb out of Shub-Niggurath. • Aforgomon, a fractal of YogSothoth, is worshipped in lots of nation-states, together with the Dreamlands, because the Lord of Time.