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Titles The Dreamer in the Deep
Home R'lyeh, Earth
Alignment Chaotic evil
Areas of Concern Cataclysms
The Stars
Worshipers Old Cults; half-insane artists, poets, and visionaries
Cleric Alignments
Domains Chaos, Evil, Madness, Void
Subdomains Dark Tapestry, Insanity, Nightmare, Stars
Favored Weapon Dagger
Symbol Complex rune around eye
Sacred Animal None
Sacred Colors Black, blue
Images of Cthulhu

Source: Bestiary 4, pg(s). 138
Type Aberration
(chaotic, evil, Great Old One)
CR 30
Environment Any (R'lyeh)
Images of Cthulhu

Source: Bestiary 4, pg(s). 138

Ancient Cthulhu[1] is the most powerful of the demigods known as the Great Old Ones, and is regarded as the herald of the Outer Gods.[2]


For now, dead Cthulhu lies asleep in the corpse city of R'lyeh on a distant world far from Golarion, held in stasis by powerful magic and the power of the Elder Sign, but he can reach across the voids of space to touch the sleeping minds of mortals (usually half-insane creative minds like poets, artists and visionaries), who dream of madness and wake with memories not wholly theirs, sometimes not even realising that they are being influenced. His cult is spread in this manner.[3][4]


Cthulhu resembles a massive humanoid with an octopoid face, immense draconic wings, and foul, protoplasmic, writhing flesh. His exact form is somewhat fluid, and he stands more than 100 feet tall.[3][4]


Cthulhu is served by the star-spawn, which share Cthulhu's shape and purpose. Though smaller and weaker than their master, they still possess tremendous power.[3]


Cthulhu is worshipped by various aquatic races, those dwelling near coasts, and those driven to madness by haunted dreams. They are careful to hide their faith and only meet in barely trodden places, infecting others with terrible visions of their master rising from his sunken city. They know that when the stars are right, R'lyeh will rise again, and it will be only a matter of time before their master arrives on Golarion and wipes it clean to prepare for the Outer Gods' return. They believe that their obeisance will cause Cthulhu to reward then, but in truth Cthulhu is unlikely to notice them at all. Cthulhu's temples are stark, cyclopean, monolithic buildings, but since most of his worshippers lack the resources to build them, they usually make do with simple hidden shrines.[3][4][5]

Unholy symbol

Cthulhu's unholy symbol is a complex rune surrounding an open eye.[2]


  1. Wikipedia article on Cthulhu. Original Source: H. P. Lovecraft, "The Call of Cthulhu", 1926, published 1928; James Jacobs. (2016). The Elder Mythos. In Search of Sanity, p. 66. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-882-3
  2. 2.0 2.1 James Jacobs. (2011). Cults of the Dark Tapestry. Wake of the Watcher, p. 64. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-311-8
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 James Jacobs. (2016). The Elder Mythos. In Search of Sanity, p. 67. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-882-3
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Paizo Staff. (2013). Bestiary 4, p. 139. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-575-4
  5. Colin McComb. (2011). Faiths of Corruption, p. 20. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-375-0