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Nyarlathotep
(Deity)
Titles The Crawling Chaos,
the Faceless SphinxFS,
the Haunter of the DarkHD,
the Black PharaohBP
Home Kadath, Leng
Alignment Chaotic evil
Areas of Concern Conspiracies
Dangerous secrets
Forbidden magic
Worshipers Old Cults
Cleric Alignments
Domains Chaos, Evil, Knowledge, Magic; TrickeryBP; AirFS; DarknessHD
Subdomains Arcane, Divine, Memory, Thought; DeceptionBP, ThieveryBP; CloudFS; WindFS; LossHD, NightHD
Favored Weapon QuarterstaffBP
Punching daggerFS
DaggerHD
Symbol Inverted ankhBP
Featureless faceFS
Circle with winglike armsHD
Sacred Animal PantherBP
BatHD
Sacred Colors Black, redBP
Black, goldHD

Source: In Search of Sanity, pg(s). 70
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Nyarlathotep[1] is one of the Outer Gods of the Dark Tapestry who takes on thousands of forms, each having its own cult, unholy symbol, and favoured weapon.[2] Unlike the other Outer Gods, Nyarlathotep seems to enjoy manipulating mortals and driving them to madness. It is believed that he is has prepared for the apocalyptic return of Great Old Ones on countless planets.[3]

Appearance

The god's most notorious forms on Golarion are:

Realm

Nyarlathotep is the guardian and alleged caretaker of the strange gods of the Dreamlands, who dwell in Kadath, the impossible castle at the northern tip of the Plateau of Leng. Rumour also has it that he serves as the door ward to Azathoth. Few dare approach Kadath, and fewer return after meeting Nyarlathotep.[5]

The Church

Worshippers of Nyarlathotep believe he is the Outer God who ties together the worship of the Great Old Ones. They also believe he will open the doors to the uncaring light of the stars. Common worshippers are assassins, poisoners, and demagogues to bring about the deaths of kings and reformers, moving the world towards chaos.[6]

On Golarion

Nyarlathotep is particularly interested in Osirion: the Black Pharaoh is linked to Ancient Osirion and many witch cults, and his influence can be clearly seen in Osirian history. It is believed that he was responsible for the Armies of Exploration that ultimately led to Taldor's decline, and the invention of firearms by the dwarves of Dongun Hold. He also had a vague influence on Thassilon, where he was worshipped as the Faceless Sphinx.[3][7]

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