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Shub-Niggurath
(Deity)
Titles Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young
Home Dark Tapestry
Alignment Chaotic evil
Areas of Concern Fertility,
Forests,
Monsters
Worshipers Old Cults
Cleric Alignments
Domains Animal, Chaos, Evil, Plant, Void
Subdomains Dark Tapestry, Decay, Feather, Fur, Growth, Stars
Favored Weapon Dagger
Symbol Radially arrayed goat heads
Sacred Animal None
Sacred Colors Green, white

Source: Wake of the Watcher, pg(s). 66

Shub-Niggurath[1] is an Outer God belonging to a group of immensely powerful, yet inscrutable beings called the Elder Mythos, or the gods of the Dark Tapestry. Shub-Niggurath is the fertility deity of that pantheon. Her unholy symbol consists of three goat heads attached at the neck, with horns pointed outward to form a circular shape.[2]

Home

Shub-Niggurath resides in what is known as the Dark Tapestry: the darkness between the stars where inhabitants of Golarion believe true madness lies.[3]

Shub-Niggurath's mobility means she is able to materialize quite readily on any planet in the Material Plane especially if locals are dabbling with her spawn.[4]

Appearance

Shub-Niggurath appears as an alien, sanity-shaking, immense blob of living tissue and mist with tentacles, hooves, eyes, fanged mouths and other deformities protruding from every surface.[2][5][6]

Relationships

Shub-Niggurath is a fecund goddess and has mated with probably most Dark Tapestry deities, giving birth to powerful offspring. The goddess' title refers to the number of spawn she is likely to have born.[2][6] Some of her most successful spawn are termed dark young of Shub-Niggurath, which start out as moit of Shub-Niggurath.[7]

On Golarion

The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young has a relatively strong following within the Inner Sea region compared to the other gods of her pantheon, usually localized in rural areas: especially forests, jungles or swamps. The largest cult following is around Lake Encarthan, which is also home to a piece of Shub-Niggurath: the Watcher in the Bay, the result of an occult ritual designed to call out Shub-Niggurath enacted long ago by her worshipper Ariadnah.[2][6][8]

Shub-Niggurath was responsible for spawning millions of neothelids into the surface of Golarion during the Age of Creation. Most neothelids venerate her and pray for her return so she might give birth to a new clutch of neothelids.[9]

Outside of Golarion, the mi-go population mostly worship Shub-Niggurath.[10]

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