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|“||The other gods! The other gods! The gods of the outer hells that guard the feeble gods of earth!... Look away... Go back... Do not see! Do not see! The vengeance of the infinite abysses... That cursed, that damnable pit... Merciful gods of earth, I am falling into the sky!||„|
|~ Barzai the Wise after seeing the Outer Gods.|
The Outer Gods are the main antagonistic race of the Cthulhu Mythos. They are the most powerful entities in the works of H.P. Lovecraft and are to the Great Old Ones what the latter are to humanity. Needless to say this makes the Outer Gods so utterly alien and vast that no human could even dream of beginning to understand them: though many have tried (at the cost of their sanity). There are 40 known Outer Gods described or mentioned in Lovecraft's corpus.
The Outer Gods serve a cosmic function that the Great Old Ones do not, and although they may be worshiped as gods by madmen and heretics, they care little for such things and are dedicated to their tasks without question. Although they rule over the universe, they do so in a manner humans would consider chaotic at best, and are totally uncaring of the plight of others.
Those who seek aid from the Outer Gods are considered blessed if the entities ignore them. If, by slim chance, the Outer Gods do decide to aid a foolish mortal, they are doomed to an eternity of unimaginable torture and sanity-shattering events, not so much due to any malice on the Outer Gods' part, but because humans simply are not capable of grasping the nature or motivations of these horrific entities.
Known Outer Gods
- Aiueb Gnshal
- The Blackness from the Stars
- The Cloud-Thing
- The Hydra
- Mlandoth and Mril Thorion
- Mother of Pus
- The Nameless Mist
- Star Mother
Works inspired by the Outer Gods
- The Ogdru-Jahad from the Hellboy-comic series resemble the Outer Gods, while their children, the Ogdru Hem resemble the Great Old Ones.
- Yokoth and Glythur from the TV show Supernatural. The two consumed most of their universe and were also parents of the "Faceless Hordes".