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Yog-Sothoth
The summoning of an aspect of Yog-Sothoth.
(Deity)
Titles Lurker at the Threshold,
The Key and the Gate
Home Dark Tapestry
Alignment Chaotic neutral
Areas of Concern Gates
Space
Time
Worshipers Alchemists, sorcerers, witches, wizards, arcane spellcasters, isolated lunatics
Cleric Alignments
Domains Chaos, Darkness, Knowledge, Travel, Void
Subdomains Dark Tapestry, Exploration, Memory, Night, Stars, Thought
Favored Weapon Dagger
Symbol Black spiral
Sacred Animal None
Sacred Colors None
Images of Yog-Sothoth

Source: Wake of the Watcher, pg(s). 67

Yog-Sothoth[1] is an Outer God, one of the the ancient, eldritch entities of tremendous power that dwell within the Dark Tapestry.[2]

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Appearance and existence

Yog-Sothoth's appearance is described as a "congeries of iridescent spheres," a conglomeration of glowing balls of various sizes and colors. Yog-Sothoth is said to be coterminous with all of space and time, and therefore common beliefs among members of the Old Cults are that Yog-Sothoth is either the Dark Tapestry itself; a sapient embodiment of the Material Plane; some kind of living, intelligent, neighboring transitive plane coterminous with our own; or some other aspect of reality apart from our own Material Plane.[2]

Church of Yog-Sothoth

Worshipers of Yog-Sothoth tend to be isolated and often insane arcane spellcasters, such as alchemists, sorcerers, and wizards, searching for hidden eldritch secrets and hoping that Yog-Sothoth will reveal these mysteries to them in exchange for their worship. Other common worshipers are cults comprised almost exclusively of witches. Ultimately, Yog-Sothoth cares little for their worship, as It has no real need of them except for one purpose: mortal worshipers who will either directly summon It into Golarion's realm of existence themselves, or who will mate with It to produce a Spawn of Yog-Sothoth or other aberrant offspring who will summon its father instead. Once summoned to Golarion (or any other world, for that matter), Yog-Sothoth would be free to ravage the surrounding area and consume any and all lifeforms It can reach, corrupting the very space and time It touches with Its foul and unnatural presence.[2]

Prophesy

Some members of the Old Cults believe that when the time comes and Yog-Sothoth is finally successfully summoned to Golarion it will be the ultimate sign that the Stars Are Right, and bring about the End Times. For as it is written:

Yog-Sothoth knows the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the key and guardian of the gate. Past, present, future, all are one in Yog-Sothoth. He knows where the Old Ones broke through of old, and where They shall break through again.
  — Luveh-Keraph, the ancient Prophet and Founder of the Old Cults

Yog-Sothoth's entrance into Golarion's spacetime will come about when finally the Stars Are Right for this world, and Its presence will begin the reawakening of the imprisoned and sleeping dead Great Old Ones and their return to power. Their re-emergence will sweep away the last vestiges of the world's sane mortal races, ushering in an age of darkness, madness, aberration, and utter, insane evil, marking the time for Nyarlathotep to gleefully fulfill His final goal and mission, to call upon the rest of the Outer Gods to turn Their collective gaze upon Golarion, which would then be left a shattered world where all sanity and morality have been cast aside, and all creatures great and small are as the Great Old Ones themselves, dancing and singing and raging and murdering in an ecstasy of chaos and evil. If and when this comes to pass, it is said that not even the collective power of all the gods of Golarion would have any chance of stopping it.[2]

References

  1. Wikipedia article on Yog-Sothoth. Original Source: H. P. Lovecraft, "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward", 1927, published posthumously in 1941; James Jacobs. (2016). The Elder Mythos. In Search of Sanity, p. 73. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-882-3
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 James Jacobs. (2011). Cults of the Dark Tapestry. Wake of the Watcher, p. 67. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-311-8