|Titles||Herald of the End Times|
|Areas of Concern||Hibernation|
|Cleric Alignments (1E)|
|Domains (1E)||Chaos, Evil, Repose, Void|
|Subdomains (1E)||Ancestors, Dark Tapestry, Entropy, Stars|
|Symbol||Three black stars|
Source: In Search of Sanity, pg(s). 71
(aquatic, chaotic, evil, Great Old One)
Source: Bestiary 6, pg(s). 146–147
Rhan-Tegoth is the Great Old One of hibernation, immortality, and ruin. It has spent most of its existence as an immobile statue, and ancient texts agree that when Rhan-Tegoth awakens by itself, the End Times shall be upon the universe, but it is unclear which one triggers the other. According to legends, destroying Rhan-Tegoth will forever avert this apocalypse, but there is no known method of doing so.
Rhan-Tegoth resembles an aquatic arthropod with a globular torso, six limbs ending in crab pincers, three fishy eyes and a long proboscis. Its body measures 10 feet long, its legs span 24 feet, and it weighs 2,000 pounds. In statue form, it weighs 20,000 pounds and is still aware of its surroundings. Numerous statues of Rhan-Tegoth exist, and it is impossible to distinguish the actual Rhan-Tegoth from a simple statue. Mere proximity allows Rhan-Tegoth, even in statue form, to influence lesser minds and compel them to perform increasingly violent sacrifices.
Rhan-Tegoth is worshipped by both primitive tribes who stumble upon its statue and fail to understand the terrors it causes, and by fanatics who fully understand Rhan-Tegoth and often place their hibernating patron in public museums to instigate insanity and destruction before Rhan-Tegoth moves on to other places. Sometimes, they temporarily stir Rhan-Tegoth from hibernation with certain chants, but always end up devoured by the Great Old One.
- Original Source: H. P. Lovecraft and Hazel Heald, "The Horror in the Museum", 1932, published 1933; James Jacobs. (2016). The Elder Mythos. In Search of Sanity, p. 71. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-882-3
- James Jacobs. (2016). The Elder Mythos. In Search of Sanity, p. 71. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-882-3
- Robert Brookes et al. (2017). Pathfinder RPG Bestiary 6, p. 146–147. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-931-8