Nyarlathotep

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"A tall, slim figure with the young face of an antique Pharaoh, gay with prismatic robes and crowned with a golden pshent that glowed with inherent light . . . that regal figure; whose proud carriage and swart features had in them the fascination of a dark god or fallen archangel, and around whose eyes there lurked the languid sparkle of capricious humour."

– H.P. Lovecraft, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

Nyarlathotep, the Crawling Chaos, is arguably the best known of the Outer Gods created by H.P. Lovecraft for his Cthulhu Mythos. Unusually for an Outer God, Nyarlathotep is actively aware of humanity and even takes something of a direct interest in us. Unfortunately, he's a manipulative dick. Basically, think of him as Lovecraft's take on Satan and you've pretty much got him in a nutshell. His most unique defining trait is that he has countless Avatars, each with its own unique name, title and horrific appearance. The three most common of these are:

  • A tall, handsome Egyptian pharaoh - How he usually appears in Lovecraft's stories
  • A winged creature with a three-lobed eye - From "The Haunter of the Dark", by Lovecraft
  • A three-legged humanoid with a single giant tentacle where its head should be - Popularized by the Call of Cthulhu RPG

Pathfinder[edit]

Nyarlathotep
Nyarlathotep symbol PF.png
Upside-down Ankh (pharaoh)
Featureless Face (sphinx)
winged circle (haunter)
Aliases Crawling Chaos, Faceless Sphinx, Haunter of the Dark, Black Pharaoh
Alignment Chaotic Evil
Divine Rank Outer God
Pantheon Dark Tapestry
Portfolio Conspiracies, Dangerous Secrets, Forbidden Magic
Domains Chaos, Evil, Knowledge, Magic, Trickery, Air, Darkness
Subdomains: Arcane, Divine, Memory, Thought, Deception, Thievery, Cloud, Wind, Loss, Night
Home Plane Kadath, Leng, Dreamlands
Favoured Weapon Quarterstaff (pharaoh)
Punching dagger (sphinx)
Dagger (haunter)

The three avatars used by Pathfinder's Nyarlathotep are the Black Pharaoh, the Haunter of the Dark, and the Faceless Sphinx, the last of which is identical to the form of the demon lord Areshkagal. While most sages agree there is some connection between the two deities, none have definite explanations.

The deities of Golarion
Lawful Neutral Chaotic
Good Adanye - Apsu - Chohar - Erastil
Gruhastha - Ihys - Iomedae - Myr - Osiris
Shizuru - Torag - Tsukiyo - Wadjet
Aesocar - Arundhat - Bes - Cihua Couatl
Isis - Jaidi - Kazutal - Khepri
Kurgess - Lady Jingxi - Neith - Qi Zhong
Sarenrae - Shelyn - Tlehar - Yuelral
Cayden Cailean - Desna - Elion
Findeladlara - Hathor - Ketephys - Kofusachi
Milani - Selket - Uvuko
Neutral Abadar - Amaznen - Anubis - Aroden
Horus - Irori - Luhar - Ma'at - Ra
Ravithra - Thoth
Balumbdar - Chamidu - Daikitsu - Fandarra
Gozreh - Grandmother Spider - Likha
Nalinivati - Nethys - Onos
Pharasma - Ptah - Ragdya - Sivanah
Yamatsumi
Abhoth - Acavna - Azathoth - Bastet - Besmara
Calistria - Gorum - Groetus - Hei Feng
Kalekot - Lubaiko - Nephthys - Nocticula
Sekhmet - Sobek - Speakers of the Depths
Sun Wukong - Yog-Sothoth
Evil Achaekek - Asmodeus - Dhalavei
Diomazul - General Susumu - Lissala
Minderhal - Sicva - Yaezhing
Zon-Kuthon - Zursvaater
Ah Pook - Bound Prince - Droskar
Fumeiyoshi - Lao Shu Po - Norgorber
Raumya - Scal - Set - Ulon
Urgathoa - Zyphus
Apep - Camazotz - Dahak - Ghlaunder
Lahkgya - Lady Nanbyo - Lamashtu
Nhimbaloth - Nyarlathotep - Rovagug
Shub-Niggurath - Urazra - Ydersius

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