Cthullu and the Great Old Ones


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Hopefully quick question. In the Universe of Pathfinder 1st Ed., where would Cthullu, the Great Old Ones, and similar aberrations be from? In 4th Ed D&D terms I know they'd be from the Far Realm, but did not know what the planar equivalent (if any) was in Pathfinder. Any help would be most appreciated as always!


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blahpers wrote:
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Thank you Sir!


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Gargs454 wrote:
blahpers wrote:
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Thank you Sir!

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Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.


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It should be noted that, like Lovecraft's works, there is no one origin of these beings. Some also come from the dimension of Dreams, some are chilling on planets, and at least one is chilling in Abaddon, eating souls.


You might want to look around the Pathfinder Wiki for lore stuff. The Lovecraftian Entities are mostly split between the Great Old Ones and the Outer Gods, though some of the Eldest seem to be inspired from the same source.

BTW: in Pathfinder Cthulhu is most likely on Earth. Physically on Earth.


In brief...

Great Old Ones are mortal (or at least killable - age doesn't mean much to them), and are probably best thought of as a kind of demigod. They can have statblocks. Outer Gods are actually deities and do not have statblocks.


Fun tidbit, there's a bit of an implication that Desna is an Outer God who's just unusually nice, given that she's closely related to the positive aspects of themes associated with the Outer Gods and some text in Inner Sea Gods stating her true form is horrifying and she prefers not to show it to mortals.

It's not confirmed, of course, but I think it's a neat theory.


Which one of them is hanging out in Abaddon?


WagnerSika wrote:
Which one of them is hanging out in Abaddon?

Nhimbaloth, according to the entry on the Elder Mythos in Strange Aeons #1. She prowls the River Styx eating souls and whatever else shows up.


Cool, thanks. For some reason that is not mentioned in her PathfinderWiki entry.


Arachnofiend wrote:

Fun tidbit, there's a bit of an implication that Desna is an Outer God who's just unusually nice, given that she's closely related to the positive aspects of themes associated with the Outer Gods and some text in Inner Sea Gods stating her true form is horrifying and she prefers not to show it to mortals.

It's not confirmed, of course, but I think it's a neat theory.

Innnnntterrresssting . . . it just so happens we have a cleric of Desna in our group. lol.

And thanks for everyone for their replies, will definitely be taking a look through all that stuff. For the most part, I'm using them more as a side piece in the campaign, but I still prefer to get it as close to right as I can. :)

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