Ghatanothoa

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Ghatanothoa
(Deity)

Titles
The Eternal Source
Realm
Alignment
Areas of Concern
Disasters
Lost islands
Sacrifice
Worshipers
Insane cultists
Cleric Alignments (1E)
Domains (1E)
Destruction, Evil, Madness, Water
Subdomains (1E)
Catastrophe, Insanity, Nightmare, Oceans
Favored Weapon
Symbol
Waves parting around a rising jagged stone
Source: In Search of Sanity, pg(s). 67
Ghatanothoa
(Creature)

Type
Aberration
(chaotic1, evil, Great Old One)
CR
29
Environment
Any
Alignment
Source: Black Stars Beckon, pg(s). 84–85

Ghatanothoa2 is the Great Old One of disasters, lost islands, and sacrifice. It is imprisoned on an island on a distant planet, and its awakenings cause nightmares and great disasters to follow.3

Home

Ghatanothoa is trapped in an immense structure on a sunken island on Earth, a planet in a star system distant from Golarion, where it arrived in ancient times from the Dark Tapestry.3

Relationships

Numerous similarities exist between Ghatanothoa and Cthulhu, and evidence points to Ghatanothoa being Cthulhu's spawn. Cultists of Ghatanothoa consider this claim blasphemous and regard Cthulhu's cultists as enemies, while Cthulhu's followers consider Ghatanothoa's beneath notice.3

Appearance

Ghatanothoa's form, consisting of an abhorrent tangle of organs, is capable of shifting its composition at a whim but always retains a definite shape. A mere glance at Ghatanothoa or one of its perfect images is enough to transform one instantly into a desiccated, living corpse capable of seeing and feeling time but unable to move or interact with the world outside.34

Cults

Ghatanothoa counts few human followers, but has long been worshipped by several mi-go sects, who build stone temples on desolate islands. They are said to be able to raise islands from unknown oceans on distant planets that serve as portals for their patron.34

References

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  1. It is very unusual for a neutral evil creature to have the chaotic subtype, but this is confirmed in the text.
  2. Original Source: H. P. Lovecraft and Hazel Heald, "Out of the Aeons", 1935;James Jacobs. “The Elder Mythos” in In Search of Sanity, 67. Paizo Inc., 2016
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 James Jacobs. “The Elder Mythos” in In Search of Sanity, 67. Paizo Inc., 2016
  4. 4.0 4.1 James Jacobs, et al. “Bestiary” in Black Stars Beckon, 85. Paizo Inc., 2017