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Overview

The Old Ones are ancient eldritch beings predating Earth and even, for some of them, the universe itself. Many Old Ones dwelt on Earth in the distant past.[20] They are also known as the "Many-Angled Ones",[10] "Elder gods",[4][5] "Elder Ones", "Outsiders",[7] "Great Old Ones",[8] "Dark Ones",[7] or "dark gods"[4] (to add to the confusion, other groups have been known as "Elder Ones", "Dark Gods" or "Elder Gods", but also as "Old Ones".

They were led by a certain number of Old Ones, including Shuma-Gorath,[21] True Faery King Oberoth'm'gozz,[22] Sehdoula,[7] and Chthon.[8] The hierarchy among the Old Ones, including the Great Old Ones status, is currently unknown.

Many ancient books mentions them and specifically (sometimes strictly) Shuma-Gorath, including Unausprechlichen Kulten, the Thanatosian Tomes and the Black Sea Scrolls.[23]

In Earth-616, modern author Lovecraft wrote about at least the True Faeries,[22] while his Earth-1610 counterpart wrote at least on the subject of Zvilpogghua and the great old ones.[9]

History

Origin

Despite being sometimes described as a race[4][18] and to have common elements in origin, there is no evidence that the Old Ones are one and the same race.[20]

The origins of the Old Ones are unclear, and various:

  • They have been described as "extradimensional demonic"[18] beings.
    • The Many-Angled Ones were described as primordial cosmic entities that inhabited the spaces between universes. They were reported as the memory-echoes of the nightmares that plagued the first Daemons, but there were ancient, pestilential ghoul-worlds in dying realities still devoted to their worship. They were documented as the first beings ever to grow old.[11]
  • The Old Ones were described as "primordial beasts" made of antimatter, and to be the embodiment of nothingness, absence of meaning, and thus evil beings.[17]
  • Asteroth claimed to had been born from the Chaos of creation, and to be "the blood and tears of the Universe".[24] It is known that she belonged to a race of cosmic beings.[25]
  • Despite the general "extradimensional" origin, allegedly, the greatest of the Great Old Ones was Chthon, an Elder God[8] of Earth.

A few Old Ones have been identified seemingly as consistent species:

  • The star-headed Old Ones were a species that came from space and established themselves on Earth, building massive cities.[26]
  • The True Faeries are a species of squid-headed, insect-winged humanoid Old Ones.[22]

They were led by a certain number of Old Ones, including Shuma-Gorath,[21] True Faery King Oberoth'm'gozz,[22] and Chthon.[8] The hierarchy among the Old Ones, including the Great Old Ones status, is currently unknown.

The Ancients, a similar group,[20] may (or may not)[4] be contemporary with, or a sub-set of the Old Ones.[20]

Prehistory and distant past

The Old Ones (as well as the Great Race of Yith) partially wrote the Pnakotic Manuscripts.[27] They also created the Wings of Needless Sorrow, an absorption and redirection device with also negative impact on people's moral,[28] and brought to Earth the Shining Trapezohedran.[29]

According to lore, the Old Ones populated all existence before the act of creation.[17] The Nameless Old Ones allegedly ruled the universe a billion eons before the birth of Gayomar, the first of all men.[15] Shuma-Gorath and other Old Ones came million years ago, ruling the Earth and feasting on the ape-men.[30]

They were known to love fire, blood, degradation, sacrifice and death, all which the mortals were utterly willing to give them.[31]

In their time, the demon N'Garthl walked the Earth, while man was "but a cowering pawn in the shadow of creatures vile beyond imagining".[32]

Disappearance

Many events happened led to the disappearance of most of the Old Ones from Earth and the Universe:

  • On Earth:
    • More than 1 million years ago,[33] Shuma-Gorath was banished from the Earth-realm by the time-traveling sorcerer Sise-Neg, along with allegedly "all of the Old Ones".[10]
    • 1 million years ago, two groups of gods fought. One side, led by Chthon, lost, and were banished away.[8]
    • Many others existed on Earth or were summoned, but most of those were slain or driven off,[20] stated to currently slumber in the sea, waiting to reawaken.[34]
    • At an unknown point, the Old Ones, possibly including Cthulhu, were reborn in a different form, into one simple spiritual entity, into God when his name was invoked in hatred. They assumed various identities, including Ra, prayed by the Egyptians for him to keep the slaves in line and themselves wealthy. This tale was told in opposition to the Old Ones fleeing to an alternate dimension,[17] although it is established many did, under different circumstances.
    • The star-headed Old Ones living in the Mountains of Madness, in Leng, were killed by their slaves, the Shoggoths.[26]
  • Asteroth was exiled by her own race into a "cosmic Hell".[25]
  • In Earth-1610, Zvilpogghua was allegedly cast into "The Abyss", the N-Zone, by the ancestors of Atlantis.[9]

Despite the general disappearance of many Old Ones from activity (through death, extradimensional removal, slumber) due to the various events mentioned up here, part of them remained present and active on the Earth plane.

Pre-Cataclysmic Age

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Hyborian Age

During the Hyborian Age, the Old Ones as a group were considered dead.[35] Some Old Ones were sometimes invoked or even summoned or already present on the Earth plane. A few were even gods of cities and official religions.

As far as 20,000 years ago, the Old Ones were worshiped in the Temple of the Old Ones of the City of the Winged One (near Hyborian Age's River Zarkheba).[36]

Invocations and secret worship

To avenge himself from Captain Lupus Dalvalte who tortured him, left him for dead and stole his daughters, Reimos allegedly entered in contact with the Old Ones, the Black Gods of R'Lyeh, the Goat with a Thousand Young and the children of Great Cthulhu, who offered him his spider-infested castle.[37]

Gods of cities and official religions

Gol-Goroth[38] (also known as Gol-Gorth) was the god of darkness in the city of Bal-Sagoth. His cult was administered by the high priest Gothan, and an indestructible idol of him existed within the city. His worship was outlawed by Kyrie who posed and was worshiped as Aala, the sea goddess.[39] Afterwards, Gol-Goroth manifested itself into Bal-Sagoth before the city's destruction.[38]

Thog, the Ancient, was worshiped in the city of Xuthal.[40]

In Zemizar in Zamora, the Goat God was known as Sahb Delanzar, and was a major religion of the city. The Brotherhood of Sahb Delanzar tried to gather the Thousand Young (the One Thousand sacrifices who would constitute the leaders of Sahb Delanzar's avenging army when it would return to claim and/or consume Earth). That plan was foiled by Conan of Cimmeria.[2]

Vanaria

One of the last active Old One, the Beast-God, lived kingdom of Vanaria and was offered sacrifices. He was killed by Beowulf who later killed his ghost-form as well, destroying him.[41]

Unforgiven Dead

The Unforgiven Dead (also known themselves as the Old Ones, led by Suma-Ket, worshiped the Old Ones[18]

Modern Age

Lovecraft wrote about at least the True Faeries,[22] while his Earth-1610 counterpart wrote at least on the subject of Zvilpogghua and the great old ones.[9]

The Old Ones' origin was seemingly unknown to the neophytes.[29]

Shuma-Gorath's servant N'Gabthoth awakened, only to be defeated and killed by Doctor Strange.[42] Strange soon also killed Kathulos, who served Shuma-Gorath as well.[43]

Later, while fighting Urthona, Strange was forced to destroy many objects of powers to swipe his enemy, but in doing so released many ancient evils[44] (including the water elemental of the Ancients,[45] and the Old Ones,[citation needed] called "ancient evils"[45] or "old horrors").[citation needed] Strange finally helped Jacob Roark relinquish his magical energies which were keeping together a "thing" from R'lyeh that assaulted him, causing the vanishing of the creature.[46]

The Many-Angled Ones whispered their influence to the Captain Marvel of Earth-10011 on his deathbed and convinced him to initiate the ritual of Necropsy that destroyed the avatar of Death and released the Angled-Ones into the universe's plane of existence, causing his universe to eventually become known as the Cancerverse.[11]

Miscellaneous


Representatives: Cthulhu and Shuma-Gorath are considered as archetypal Old Ones.[20]

A few among them have been told to lead their brethren:

  • Shuma-Gorath was stated to be the Master of the Old Ones.[30]
  • Chthon was considered the greatest of the Old Ones, and was the leader of his group of Gods.[8]
  • Oberoth'm'gozz was the True Faery King of the Old Ones.[22]
  • Sehdoula was the Lord of the Dark Ones, the Outsiders.[7]

See also the list of known Old Ones.

Among the many entities' names invoked by the denizens of the Cancerverse, and presumably those of the Many-Angled Ones, were Kthl, Yot-Soter, Shuma-Gorath, Nyerlathortech, Llehk, Yoggor, and Yoth.

Notes

  • The Old Ones are demons of the Third Class, and are considered to be key elements[47] and the most notable[20] among that class.
  • Despite common elements in origin, there is no evidence that the Old Ones are one and the same race.[20]
    • However, they have been described as a race on occasions.[4][18]
  • The status of Old One hasn't been seen so far to be transmitted to their direct descendants: The Dweller-in-Darkness (spawn of Cthulhu), Khosatral Khel and Dagoth (spawns of the possible Old One Dagon) have never been stated to be Old Ones themselves as far.
  • Many of the Old Ones' names end with the syllable "-oth", a constat that led Ian McNee to suspect Hoggoth to be himself an Old One.[48]

Original creation

Confusion around the name

Great Old Ones

See Also

Links and References

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Thanos Imperative #5
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Savage Sword of Conan #125; At the Altar of the Goat God
  3. 3.0 3.1 Savage Sword of Conan #164; The Slithering God
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #8; N'Garai's entry
  5. 5.0 5.1 Marvel Zombies Handbook #1;Demons' entry
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Thanos Imperative #6
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 Savage Sword of Conan #152; Valley Beyond the Stars
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 Carnage Vol 2 #14
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Ultimate Fantastic Four #31
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Marvel Fact Files #46; Shuma-Gorath's article
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Thanos Imperative #3
  12. Carnage Vol 2 #4
  13. Savage Sword of Conan #64; The Children of Rhan
  14. Fantastic Four Annual #33
  15. 15.0 15.1 Conan the Barbarian Annual #7
  16. Savage Sword of Conan #126; The Mercenary
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 Moon Knight #191
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #11; Suma-Ket's entry
  19. Heroic Age: Villains #1; Cancerverse's entry
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.5 20.6 20.7 20.8 Marvel Zombies Handbook #1; Demons' entry
  21. 21.0 21.1 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 4 #18; Shuma-Gorath's entry
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 22.5 Thunderbolts Annual Vol 2 #1
  23. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Mystic Arcana: The Book of Marvel Magic #1; Appendix; Tomes
  24. Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill #4
  25. 25.0 25.1 Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill #5
  26. 26.0 26.1 Conan the Savage #4
  27. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Mystic Arcana: The Book of Marvel Magic #1; Appendix; Tomes; Pnakotic Manuscripts
  28. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Mystic Arcana: The Book of Marvel Magic #1; Talismans of Mystic Power; The Wings of Needless Sorrow
  29. 29.0 29.1 Journey into Mystery Vol 2 #4; The Haunter of the Dark
  30. 30.0 30.1 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 4 #18; Shuma-Gorath's entry
  31. Strange Tales Vol 2 #8
  32. Savage Sword of Conan #135; Three Lives for N'Garthl
  33. The First Host occurred 1,000,000 years ago per Marvel Zombies Handbook #1's Set's entry, while Uncanny X-Men Annual #1989 picture the pre-humans who benefited from Sise-Neg going through the First Host
  34. Strange Tales Vol 2 #4; Walk on the Wild Side!
  35. Savage Sword of Conan #162
  36. Conan the Barbarian #100
  37. Conan the Barbarian #141
  38. 38.0 38.1 Conan the Barbarian #18
  39. Conan the Barbarian #17
  40. Savage Sword of Conan #20
  41. Tower of Shadows #6
  42. Marvel Premiere #6
  43. Marvel Premiere #8
  44. Strange Tales Vol 2 #1
  45. 45.0 45.1 Strange Tales Vol 2 #2
  46. Strange Tales Vol 2 #19
  47. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 4 #18; Appendix: Demon classes, Class III
  48. Marvel Tarot #1; The Inner Planes
  49. Many-angled ones on Wikipedia
  50. Lloigor (Cthulhu Mythos race) on Wikipedia
  51. Savage Sword of Conan #40; A Gazetteer of the Hyborian Age: Valusia's entry
  52. Defenders: Strange Heroes #1; Slorioth's entry
  53. 53.0 53.1 Vampires: The Marvel Undead #1; Amenhotep's entry
  54. 54.0 54.1 Avengers: Roll Call #1; Agamotto's entry