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Two beings with distinct origins used that name:

  • Erlik Khan was one of the Old Ones, extradimensional beings predating Earth.[2]
  • Erlik was a Tenger, sired by Tengri, the god of the Eternal Blue Sky who predated all things in central Asia, and coupled with Gaea to create the god Erlik, Gaea providing a physical body by shaping it from mud, and Tengri imbuing it with life essence (or kut).

Erlik became prideful and arrogant, forcing Tengri to banish him to the underworld, where he became the god of death and evil. Tengri replaced Erlik as architect of the Earthly plane with Ulgen. The banished Erlik descended upon humanity with sin and disease, even finding a small group of worshipers during the Hyborian Age centuries before the other gods became popular.[4]


Mortally wounded nobleman Vonndhar was granted eternal life by Erlik, in exchange for his service.[4]


After the Great Cataclysm circa 18,000 BC, Erlik was worshiped in Pathenia, a remote northern realm.[4]

Hyborian Age

Erlik achieved prominence around 10,000 BC.[11] Around that point, Vonndhar relinquished his life to Erlik to restore his would-be-lover Jenna of Shadizar.

The prophet known as the Tarim was worshiped as Erlik's living avatar and brought his worship to the Hyrkanian tribes who founded the Turanian Empire.[4] Erlik was worshiped in Turan,[3][12] Hyrkania,[13] and Pah-Dishah.[12]

Through the Tarim, and allied with the Celtic goddess Scathach, Erlik arranged for Sonja of Hyrkania to become a mighty warrior.

The Lemurians, Hyrkanians and Turanians were the ancestors of the Huns, Mongols, Tartars and Turks.[4]

Modern days

Erlik is worshipped by the xenophobic Khirgiz tribe of Afghanistan, descendants of the Mongols.[4]

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