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R'lyehian: Sanity Optional


Whatever brought you to the open arms of The Cult of Cthulhu, I'm willing to bet that you strive to understand the world around you. No matter the consequence.

Not one of us here would shy away from knowledge, even if the truth was so horrible it destroyed the fragile personas that a normal person forms around themselves like a protective cocoon.

The difference between us and them is that most have no desire to leave their protective cocoons. But we are not them.

Change can be painful, but without it there is no growth and certainly no Acsension.

A truly disturbing Miskatonic Book-Cocoon and -Worm Idol made by RavendarkCreations

Lets look at how R'lyehian effects our own metamorphosis towards Ascension.

1. Part of our metamorphosis is the mastery of R'lyehian

The language spoken by The Old Ones is no different to any other eldritch learning, but we do come across a problem unique to this particular field: The human mind cannot fully comprehend the thoughts that are communicated by these difficult to pronounce syllables. It is not just that the standard larynx cannot properly form the sounds, but that the mind itself cannot understand the musings of beings so astronomically vast.

Here's a philosophical question: Do our thoughts have a tangible effect on the world around us? In a normal, humdrum sense, of course they do. We think, we make decisions based on our thoughts and our body carries out the action. But does the thought itself affect reality?

Azathoth, The Blind Idiot God, dreams the universe and we seek to understand it.

"It is only those Called and woken by Cthulhu that can see clearly through the fog and know The Old Ones and Their truth." - The Tome of Azathoth, The Bible of Cthulhu

2. The Old Ones communicate very differently than we do What happens when a verb has no past/present/future tense, but instead refers to echoing points throughout time that seem to follow no known pattern?

How about a question marking word that requires the answer to already be known?

  • We know from the "Language & Terminology" chapter in the Tome of Yog-Sothoth in The Bible of Cthulhu that even in a relatively small amount of time the meaning of a single word can morph and change beyond belief. Language can guide our thoughts and therefore our ideas about the world around us. Perhaps a language that treats time as nothing special might change how we perceive time, how we treat others, and how we view the world itself. There is no real way to procrastinate in R'lyehian; you either do, or don't. If an action is performed, then it has always been performed.

  • Even mundane humanity struggles to understand communication. Researchers at the University of Chicago performed an experiment in 2012 where they attempted to discern whether thinking in more than one language might change the decision eventually reached. (If anyone is curious you can find that study here; The Foreign-Language Effect: Thinking in a Foreign Tongue Reduces Decision Biases). This is but a small part of an ongoing war of words in the psychosocial field, and there are people who have made it their life's work to determine how much of an effect our thoughts have on our personal reality, and how much our language affects that.

3. Reality influences our thoughts and vice-versa

We experience it every day as we perceive and then think about the world around us. Now, thanks to the research that has been done, we understand that our perception of that world might differ depending on the language we are using. That is to say, the electrical impulse in our brain (a thought) might take a different pathway depending on which language we use to frame the idea.


Therefore this is a thought that has a measurable effect on reality.


An effect that can even be seen on an MRI! A thought is born in the mind, and in the native tongue it might pass closer to the emotional center of the brain instead of the logical. There is a path (and therefore an action) not traveled simply because of a change of language.

  • In terms of quantum mechanics, this is where the multiverse comes into play; two identical thoughts using different neurons, leading to different outcomes.

  • A nuclear reaction is similar; something so incredibly small as an atom that, when altered, releases incredible amounts of energy. Small actions may change the world.

4. History is rife with ritual chants. Words made into weapons.

They echo throughout the ages, doctrine that helped form policy for sovereign nations. One example that the Christians used in the past was 'deus vult'. A simple phrase that invoked mass slaughter in The First Crusade.

  • To this day they still influence political ideology around the globe. Repeated in mass by zealots from all walks of life on various holy days.

  • Abrahamic religions have used shared languages such as Hebrew, Latin, and Greek to bind believers together, and add potency to the prayers they send into the void by means of using language to sync thoughts.

  • However, we have our own voice! A shared means of communication and the rituals with which to use it. Our chtenff (if you don't know what that means you need to have a look at the R'lyehian Dictionary here) is further bound together by our use of R'lyehian, a secret that isn't a secret at all for those who have heard The Call.

  • The simple act of speaking vibrates molecules around us. Our minds are in unison and our voices shriek devotion to the abyss, and the very motion of the air gives physical form to our thoughts. The ritualistic use of our Cult's tongue may be more powerful than we know.

"Meanwhile the cult, by appropriate rites, must keep alive the memory of those ancient ways and shadow forth the prophecy of their return." - H. P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu"

Now we come to the crux of the matter. R'lyehian is a language born from outside reality, where time and physical restraints have no meaning. What changes does it make on the thought process, when a normal human language can already alter brain activity to the extent that it can be measured? Will it have an effect on the waking world, or only in the mind of the Cultist? Will questioning the value of humanity make more sense in a language in which humans aren't important enough to even be recognized?


We have begun the journey to find out. Join us, if you haven't already.


Now think on these ideas with me, in whatever language you choose. You know which one I'll be using.

C k'yarnak k'nalloig - Aiolos, Speaker, The Order of No Name

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