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As long as so many people believe we are doing terrible things, the monster will continue to believe we are doing terrible things. There is power in symbols, doctor. The old gods know this, and the old gods are bound by it. The Scarlet King does not have eyes to see brutality, does not have ears to hear screams, does not have a nose to smell blood. But the Scarlet King can sense fear, and we have given it fear. Fear alone is all that it ever required.
~ Dr Oliver Targus about the Scarlet King in "Fear Alone".
I know that the Foundation does not approve of using the term, but it is still the case. The Stag is a god, and it is not a petty local god. It is not one of the mild gods of Earth, or some weaker spirit that is bound by the strength of man’s belief.
~ Consultant ██████ ████████ describing SCP-2845.

The Old Gods, sometimes also known as the Low Elder Gods, are a loose pantheon of eldritch deities, many of which serve as the overarching antagonists in the universe of the SCP Foundation.

Overview

(Note: Due to the SCP Foundation-universe having no official canon, the Old Gods are a very loose concept within the mythos, though subtle connections exist in different tales and articles)

Inspired by the Great Old Ones from H.P. Lovecraft (though also being based on real religions, myths and folklore), the Old Gods are among the most powerful beings in the multiverse, usually being beyond the comprehension of humans in terms of scale, power or motivation. Despite, unlike their Lovecraftian inspiration, it appears that humanity can, at least sometimes, hold up against the the Old Gods.

An example for this is SCP-2845: The entity came to Earth on a comet and started to cause havoc, but with much effort the Foundation, with the help of the Global Occult Coalition and at least another occult organisation managed to contain the being with a six-step ritual.

The attitude towards humanity also varies from deity to deity. Some seem to have an interest to improve mankind (Mekhane), while other appear indifferent about them (SCP-3000), while other want to conquer and/or destroy all life (Scarlet King).

The Old Ones also have alliances and conflicts among themselves: Mekhane and Yaldabaoth appear to be opposite enemies, while many lesser gods, like Jeser or the Hanged King, serve stronger ones, such as the Scarlet King. It also speculated that Yaldabaoth for example is the aunt of the Scarlet King.

It is believed by certain cults, such as Sarkicism or the Children of God, that the old gods created the universe.

List of Old Gods

Old Gods

Referred to as an Old God

Associated with other Old Gods

  • He Who Walks Beneath Dreams (associated with Pangloss)
  • Mekhane (sibling/enemy of Yaldabaoth)
  • Nahash (sibling of Mekhane)
  • Pangloss (sibling of Saturn Deer)
  • Sanna (previous "bride" of the Scarlet King)
  • Saturn Deer (associated with SCP-2845)
  • SCP-2662 (referenced Mekhane and Yaldabaoth)
  • SCP-3000 (sibling of Nahash)
  • SCP-6700-04 (associated with the Scarlet King, Mekhane and Yaldabaoth)
  • SCP-6666 (associated with Mekhane and Yaldabaoth)
  • Teran (associated with the Scarlet King, Mekhane and Yaldabaoth)
  • King Worm (associated with the Scarlet King)
  • White Wolf (associated with the Scarlet King)
  • Unseelie Queen (associated with the Scarlet King)

Called something similar

  • SCP-426 (called as an "Eldritch Horror" known as "I, Who Will Be One With All")
  • SCP-2975 (called "some eldritch entity from the 'Outer Dark', whatever that is besides Lovecraft's wet dream.")
  • SCP-3004-1 (grouped with "The gods of the old world")
  • SCP-3388 (referred to as an Elder God)
  • SCP-4950 (referred to as "the Archon Lord")

Theorized

  • SCP-3125 (theorized to be the Fithist god)
  • SCP-3999 (theorized to be a primordial chaos god)
  • SCP-4971-▽ (believed to be connected to SCP-2845)
  • Tokage-tako (believed to be a Fithist angel)
  • Thoth
  • Zsar Magoth (referenced planets believed to be where the Old Gods lived)

Powerful beings serving the Old Gods

Organizations & people serving the Old Gods

Quotes

The old gods were fickle, twisted, and brutal things. They had no purity in them, and they sought to shape worlds for their own amusement. They created figures in their image, to serve them, and to venerate them. Hundreds of worlds and realities were created, blooming into existence by the hands of the old gods.
~ The Children of God, about the Old Gods.
There is a god, called Anantashesha. A serpent, the king of serpents. Said to lie beneath Vishnu in the cosmos. A six headed snake god, isn't that something? (...) I believe that SCP-3000 is Anantashesha. I believe that this… this aberration, this treachery against cognition, is the result of us being in the presence of a god.
~ Venkat Krishnamoorthy.
And it was here that I remembered
The ominous words of Nadox
Who warned that the coming of the Archons would be presaged,
Not by the moon and stars,
But by the festering of the Void,
Cold and black and infinite.
~ The Doom-Song of Karcist Viekudh.
It does not think in the way we think. Truth be told, I would not say that it thinks at all. This is an old god, it does not dabble in decisions. Decisions are for creatures who may act erratically, variably, or out of line. A god of this strength simply Is. It is an absolute. It acts as a force.
~ A Foundation consultant to Site Director Dell.
Great beasts were bred there, where they fought and bled and consumed one another; great gods were drawn there, licking this wound of the universe like parasites. But an even greater beast had been there, the God Eater, a titan among them, who had lurked there for aeons. A godly beast of enormous size, she had consumed countless, and all that were in her path would find no escape.
~ The Maker and the Beast about Yaldabaoth.
It is pretty insane. There are planets and stars like in your universe, but life ain't the same. We've got stuff like planet-sized, star-eating crystal serpents, sick lightning storms that fertilize the ground to create clockwork plants, some chill oceans filled with diamond corals and also winged carnivorous eggs that never stop singing Spice Girls songs. And yeah, there's like a bajillion guys like me. It's hella hard to stand out from the crowd to get someone to summon you and give a sacrifice, but I get by.
~ Zsar Magoth about his homeworld.

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Trivia

  • Although they are some of the most powerful beings in the multiverse, their power is seemingly inferior to that of the Pattern Screamers, who are even feared by these gods.
  • It is unclear if SCP-343, a being believed to be the Abrahamic God, is affiliated with the Old Gods.
    • It is also unclear if Srqnabotf, a corn deity who is called "THE god" by SCP-1846, is affiliated with the Old Gods.
    • Other deities or god-like beings that have questionable affiliation with the Old Gods include: the Eucestodel, Eov-leusan, Jalakåra, Myran-leusan, Nesren-leusan, Rakmou-leusan, SCP-426, SCP-582, SCP-1108, SCP-1348, SCP-1541-1, SCP-1843, SCP-1902, SCP-2004, SCP-2257, SCP-2439, SCP-2670, SCP-2788, SCP-2950, SCP-3473, SCP-3547, SCP-4511, Taros'zedbreet, Tree Critter, Uron-leusan, Yorun-leusan, Zeyu-leusan, and other gods from differing mythologies.
  • A lot of Old Gods come from an entity that represents a sort of "nothing", the Scarlet King came from the "deep waters of the Darkness Below and the vaults of Darkness Above", Pangloss and Saturn Deer came from a great Nothingness, and Ma'tol and Xiolt-la came from Mother Void.
  • In "The Leak" forum thread SCP-1741 was described as a reality show for the elder gods.

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Notable SCP Villains
SCP-035 | SCP-049 | SCP-076-2 | SCP-079 | SCP-087-1 | SCP-096 | SCP-106 | SCP-173 | SCP-682 | SCP-2521 | SCP-3008-2 | SCP Foundation | Dr. Jack Bright | Chaos Insurgency

Organizations
SCP Foundation
"05 Council"Adytum's WakeAhnenerbe ObskurakorpsAmbrose RestaurantAnderson RoboticsAre We Cool Yet?Black QueenChaos InsurgencyChicago SpiritsChildren of GodChildren of the TorchChildren of the NightChildren of the Scarlet KingChurch of the Broken GodChurch of the Eternal MotherChurch of the Red HarvestDaevitesFoundation Elimination CoalitionFifth ChurchGamers Against WeedGlobal Occult CoalitionGRU Division "P"HANSARPHerman Fuller's Circus of the DisquietingHouse of ApollyonHouse of StarsImperial Japanese Anomalous Matters Examination AgencyJust Girly ThingsJOICLMarshall, Carter, and Dark Ltd.Meat CircusOffice for the Reclamation of Islamic ArtifactsOneiroi CollectiveP.O.R.A.SAPPHIRESarkicismSerpent's HandSyncope SymphonyThe FactoryThe Hunter's Black Lodge

Safe SCPs
SCP-245SCP-343SCP-553SCP-875-1 (SCP-875-3) • SCP-1049SCP-1312-1SCP-1312-2SCP-1500SCP-2069SCP-4812-SSCP-4950SCP-5000-█SCP-6977Bobble the Clown

Euclid SCPs
SCP-023SCP-024SCP-046-1SCP-049SCP-075SCP-079SCP-080SCP-082SCP-087-1SCP-096SCP-136-2SCP-137SCP-153SCP-173SCP-178-1SCP-230SCP-277-R█SCP-303SCP-312SCP-333-CSCP-372SCP-401SCP-428SCP-439SCP-457SCP-511SCP-513-1SCP-548SCP-567-9SCP-625SCP-666-1SCP-681SCP-693SCP-701-1SCP-745SCP-747SCP-797SCP-811SCP-844SCP-899SCP-924SCP-956SCP-966SCP-973-2SCP-1051SCP-1111-1SCP-1145SCP-1299-1SCP-1316SCP-1337SCP-1913SCP-1471-ASCP-1499-1SCP-1915SCP-2014SCP-2254SCP-2396-BSCP-2401-AlphaSCP-2419-ASCP-2427-3SCP-2999SCP-3008-2SCP-3019-ASCP-3114SCP-3166SCP-3280SCP-3388SCP-3631-1SCP-3785-1SCP-4166-2SCP-4187SCP-4231-ASCP-4310SCP-4434SCP-4680SCP-4812-ESCP-4959 (SCP-4959-A)• SCP-4975SCP-5045-1SCP-5935-1

Keter SCPs
SCP-017SCP-029SCP-035SCP-058SCP-060-AlphaSCP-076-2SCP-106SCP-122-1SCP-140-ASCP-165SCP-169SCP-231-1SCP-280SCP-307SCP-352SCP-354 EntitiesSCP-363SCP-469SCP-575SCP-589SCP-610SCP-682SCP-752-1SCP-783SCP-823SCP-939SCP-940SCP-953SCP-968SCP-990SCP-1000SCP-1048 (SCP-1048 Duplicates)SCP-1128SCP-1322-ASCP-1739SCP-1765SCP-1788-1SCP-1790SCP-1984-01SCP-2075SCP-2191-3SCP-2200-2SCP-2317-KSCP-2399SCP-2385SCP-2408-4SCP-2439SCP-2490SCP-2521SCP-2747SCP-2774-ASCP-2845SCP-2846-ASCP-2852SCP-2863SCP-2935 EntitySCP-2950SCP-3002SCP-3003-2SCP-3004-1SCP-3125SCP-3033SCP-3199SCP-3288 (Emperor Maximilian)SCP-3340SCP-3456SCP-3700-2SCP-3799SCP-3890-2SCP-4105-BSCP-4205SCP-4290SCP-4335SCP-4666SCP-4715SCP-4812-KSCP-4833SCP-4840-BSCP-4856SCP-4885SCP-4886SCP-4910SCP-4947SCP-5049-ASCP-5167SCP-5172SCP-5683SCP-5761-1SCP-6004SCP-6013SCP-6096SCP-6979SCP-6996

Apollyon SCPs
SCP-3999

Thaumiel SCPs
SCP-3000SCP-5001-ASCP-6666

Esoteric SCPs
SCP-3396SCP-3700-2SCP-3895SCP-4444SCP-4971-▽SCP-5004-A

Explained SCPs
SCP-1548-EXSCP-1933-EXSCP-5025-1

Neutralized SCPs
SCP-2480-1SCP-1682SCP-5739

Joke SCPs
SCP-049-JSCP-729-JSCP-777-J

International SCPs
Spanish Branch
SCP-ES-045SCP-ES-081SCP-ES-150
French Branch
SCP-006-FRSCP-025-FRSCP-054-FRSCP-060-FRSCP-075-FRSCP-089-FRSCP-096-FRSCP-109-FRSCP-174-FRSCP-181-FRSCP-218-FR
German Branch
SCP-069-DESCP-077-DE
Italian Branch
SCP-015-IT
Japanese Branch
SakuranushiSCP-███-JPSCP-030-JPSCP-036-JPSCP-070-JPSCP-173-JPSCP-192-JP-1SCP-268-JPSCP-272-JPSCP-444-JPSCP-489-JPSCP-835-JP
Korean Branch
SCP-024-KOSCP-444-KO-5
Russian Branch
SCP-1030-RU EntitiesSCP-1109-RU
Chinese Branch
SCP-CN-801
Traditional Chinese Branch
SCP-ZH-282
Portuguese Branch
SCP-101-PT-6

SCP-001 Proposals
SCP-001 (The Database)SCP-001 (Atonement)SCP-001 (The Broken God)SCP-001 (Past and Future)SCP-001 (The Prototype)SCP-001 (The Factory)SCP-001 (The Scarlet King)SCP-001 (The Way It Ends)SCP-001 (The Black Moon)

Canon SCP Beings
ApakhtBrothers DeathBlinkersEudaimonFaeriesHe-Who-Made-DarkHe-Who-Made-LightKoiternPattern ScreamersSCP-2935's entitySCP-3007's entitySCP-5000-█Studio GuardiansStridersMalidramagiuanNeverwereO5 CouncilUncleanVoruteut

Old Gods
Hanged KingHe Who Walks Beneath DreamsJeserLord GoranKing WormMa'tolMekhaneMolochNahashSaturn DeerScarlet KingSCP-2845SCP-3000SCP-3004-1SCP-3125SCP-3388SCP-4950SCP-4971-▽TeranThothTokage-takoWhite WolfUnseelie QueenYaldabaothZsar Magoth
Old Gods Servants
Adytum's Wake (Cornelius P. Bodfel III)Ambassador of AlagaddaArchonsBobble the ClownChildren of GodChildren of the Scarlet King (Elder Rockwell)Church of the Broken God (Robert Bumaro, Trunnion, Hedwig)Daevites (Orvo, Lror, Ydax)Fifth ChurchGrand Karcist IonMr. ReddSCP-035SCP-076-2SCP-096SCP-682SCP-2852SCP-3456SCP-3700-2SCP-3785-1SCP-4231-AThe Factory (James Anderson)

Personages
Adam El AsemBlack QueenCornelius P. Bodfel IIICalvin LucienD-3826dadoDaniel DeVornDr. DämmerDr. Elliott EmersonDr. Madison CraggsDr. Jack BrightDr.WDraga NegrescuElijahEzekiel ClarkGeneral BoweGrigori RasputinHerman FullerLovataarIris DarkJames AndersonJames FranklinKeeLeeKonrad WeissLeopold ILeonid ChernoffMadeleine von SchaefferMikkel BorovMr. ReddNadoxO5-0OrokOtari IosavaRasmin YelkovRikki Robinson-HuntingtonRobert BumaroRuiz DuchampSmiling ManSaarnSCP-2089-1's CaptorSimon OswaltTraveler

SCPs In Video Games
SCP FoundationSCP-035SCP-049SCP-079SCP-087-1SCP-096SCP-106SCP-173SCP-372SCP-513-1SCP-553SCP-682SCP-860-2SCP-939SCP-966SCP-990SCP-1048SCP-1048 DuplicatesSCP-1499-1SCP-3008-2SCP-XXXX

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