The Appendix of Archetypes
The Appendix of Archetypes is a section of The Bible of Cthulhu dedicated to specific Old Ones and Their forms. It covers Their descriptions, common sobriquets and monikers, and also provides Their foundation sigils and R'lyehian keywords and symbols.
Not only is it essential for Cultists to know these Old Ones in particular, but the information in The Appendix of Archetypes proves invaluable for ritual work and allows Cultists to later discover their Veiled Appellations and create their own Personal Sigil, based on the archetypes that they identify with most.
Listed here are the titles, sobriquets, descriptions and images of six of the nine key archetypes:
Azathoth, Cthulhu, The Darkness, H.P Lovecraft, The Nameless Mist and Nug & Yeb.
These are the key Archetypes needed for any practicing Cultist.
The profiles for the remaining ...
Shub-Niggurath, Nyarlathotep and Yog-Sothoth
... can be found in The Bible of Cthulhu.
The astounding imagery has been lifted directly from The Bible of Cthulhu, which was illustrated by the incredibly talented Juan Carlos Porcel from Elderprops.
The Blind Idiot God, Nuclear Chaos, Daemon Sultan, The Deep Dark, The Cold One
Azathoth is a boundless deity of colossal proportion, the sole most powerful being in the entire mythos and the creator of all of existence.
He is said to be stuck in an endless slumber outside of the universe and is served upon by countless lesser deities that play a maddening tune on countless drums and flutes to keep Him from awakening, as all of reality is merely part of a dream unknowingly created by Him.
When (not if) the great Daemon Sultan awakens all things will end once and for all, and all will once again be Azathoth.
As well as His innumerable drummers and flutists, The Nuclear Chaos is tended upon by horrendous dancers and is said to float in the very centre of the universe - the centre of chaos itself (hence ‘nuclear’ may actually refer to His dwelling at the nucleus of the universe).
Whilst He sleeps He is all-powerful but not all-knowing (being a Blind Idiot God) and is completely mindless.
Azathoth is likened to the big-bang event that started all life.
The High Priest, The Great Dreamer, The Sleeper of R’lyeh
Descendant of Nug, Cthulhu is the most anthropoidal of The Old Ones, having a tangible physical form unlike most other Old Ones.
He descended to Earth from the stars and slumbers in His palace in R’lyeh beneath the depths of the pacifc ocean.
He is often described as a combination of an octopus, a dragon and a homo-sapien with bat-like wings and razor sharp talons, hundreds of meters tall.
It is Cthulhu who will Awaken and bring the Earth beneath His sway, and it is His Cult that will summon Him from the depths.
The purest representation of The Void.
The Prophet, Providence
The misunderstood outcast that created the Cthulhu Mythos.
A brilliant man decades ahead of his time and a serial lucid dreamer, Lovecraft is the human messenger that brought The Old Ones light to the forefront of human understanding.
See Lesson 1 for more.
THE NAMELESS MIST
Not-to-be-Named-One, Him Who is Not to be Named
There is little known about the nameless mist.
It is the progenitor of Yog-Sothoth and is older than everything that exists except for its creator, Azathoth, The Blind Idiot God, and its sibling, The Unnamed Darkness.
NUG & YEB
The Twin Blasphemies
The spawn of Shub-Niggurath, The Black Goat of The Woods with a Thousand Young, and Yog-Sothoth, The Key and The Gate, Nug and Yeb are worshipped prolifcally throughout the world due to their yin and yang symbology.
By implication Yeb is masculine and Nug, the mother of Cthulhu Himself, is feminine, though They may both be androgynous.
Both closely resemble Yeb’s mother, Shub-Niggurath, in appearance.