THE ELDER MYTHOS
"Nor is it to be thought that man is either the oldest or the last of earth’s masters, or that the common bulk of life and substance walks alone. The Old Ones were, the Old Ones are, and the Old Ones shall be. Not in the spaces we know, but between them, They walk serene and primal, undimensioned and to us unseen... unseen and foul in lonely places where the Words have been spoken and the Rites howled through at their Seasons. The wind gibbers with Their voices, and the earth mutters with Their consciousness. They bend the forest and crush the city, yet may not forest or city behold the hand that smites.”
—H. P. Lovecraft, “The Dunwich Horror”
The gods of Golarion are diverse and varied, and while some are newcomers to the ranks of the divine, others date back millennia. Some of those worshiped when the first architects of Azlant were drawing up plans for their nascent empire are still venerated today. But even in those early days, there were older gods whose existence dwarfed even those who helped shape the course of written history. These are the unimaginably ancient and inconceivably potent Great Old Ones, who in turn serve and worship the even greater Outer Gods. Scholars call these entities by many names, but on Golarion, their faiths and the entities themselves are known as the Elder Mythos.
The Great Old Ones and Outer Gods do not reside within the outer planes of the Great Beyond. Some visit or dwell in regions or dimensions adjacent to those distant planes, but the vast majority of those who make up the Elder Mythos dwell on the Material Plane. Yet they are anything but mortal. Death holds no claim over the Great Old Ones, who merely dream when defeated, waiting for another opportunity to work their wills once again when they inevitably waken. And the Outer Gods themselves have always been there. As far back as one dares to peer, evidence of their influence can be found. Some scholars propose that the Outer Gods predate even the oldest of the gods, that they existed before time, and that they recall the birth of Pharasma, and thus the birth of life and death. Worshipers of the Lady of Graves regard these theories as blasphemy, yet the wisest among her clergy know better than to delve too deeply into such matters, for the truth may not be something even the staunchest of Pharasmin minds could bear to accept.
These pages detail the Elder Mythos gods who are most often worshiped on Golarion. Cultists devoted to the Elder Mythos are often quite insane. As such, it is the cultists who most often threaten mortal affairs, not the gods themselves. And in the end, even the most faithful will succumb during those strange aeons when the stars are right and the Elder Mythos rules again.