Of Ye Old
Ones and their Spawn
- The Old Ones were, the Old Ones are and the Old Ones shall be. From the dark stars They
came ere man was born, unseen and loathsome They descended to primal earth.
- Beneath the oceans They brooded while ages past, till seas gave up the land, whereupon
They swarmed forth in Their multitudes and darkness ruled the Earth.
- At the frozen Poles They raised mighty cities, and upon high places the temples of Those
whome nature owns not and the Gods have cursed.
- And the spawn of the Old Ones covered the Earth, and Their children endureth throughout
the ages. Ye shantaks of Leng are the work of Their hands, the Ghasts who dwelleth in
Zin's primordial vaults know Them as their Lords. They have fathered the Na-Hag and the
Gaunts that ride the Night; Great Cthulhu is Their brother, the shaggoths Their slaves.
The Dholes do homage unto Them in the nighted vale of Pnoth and Gugs sing Their praises
beneath the peaks of ancient Throk.
- They have walked amidst the stars and They have walked the Earth. The City of Irem in
the great desert has known Them; Leng in the Cold Waste has seen Their passing, the
timeless citadel upon the cloud-veiled heights of unknown Kadath beareth Their mark.
- Want only the Old Ones trod the ways of darkness and Their blasphemies were great upon
the Earth; all creation bowed beneath Their might and knew Them for Their wickedness.
- And the Elder Lords opened Their eyes and beheld the abominations of Those that ravaged
the Earth. In Their wrath They set their hand against the Old Ones, staying Them in the
midst of Their iniquity and casting Them forth from the Earth to the Void beyond the
planes where chaos reigns and form abideth not. And the Elder Lords set Their seal upon
the Gateway and the power of the Old Ones prevailest not against its might.
- Loathsome Cthulhu rose then from the deeps and raged with exceeding great fury against
the Earth Guardians. And They bound his venomous claws with potent spells and sealed him
up within the City of R'lyeh wherein beneath the waves he shall sleep death's dream until
the end of the Aeon.
- Beyond the Gate dwell now the Old Ones; not in the spaces known unto men but in the
angles betwixt them. Outside Earth's plane They linger and ever awaite the time of Their
return; for the Earth has known Them and shall know Them in time yet to come.
- And the Old Ones hold foul and formless Azathoth for Their Master abd Abide with Him in
the black cavern at the centre of all infinity, where he gnaws ravenously in ultimate
chaos amid the mad beating of hidden drums, the tuneless piping of hideous flutes and the
ceaseless bellowing of blind idiot gods that shamble and gesture aimlessly for ever.
- The soul of Azathoth dwelleth in Yog-sothoth and He shall beckon unto the Old Ones when
the stars mark the time of Their coming; for Yog-sothoth is the Gate through which Those
of the Void will re-enter. Yog-sothoth knowest the mazes of time, for all time is one unto
Him. He knowest where the Old Ones came forth in time along long past and where They shall
come forth again when the cycle returneth.
- After day cometh night; man's day shall pass, and They shall rule where They once ruled.
As foulness you shall know them and Their accursedness shall stain the Earth.