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Nyarlathotep is an Outer God, and a servant of Azathoth (who he seems to despise). He is also known as the Crawling Chaos, and is said to have over one thousand different forms and avatars. Nyarlathotep acts as an messenger, conveying communications between the Great Old Ones and their worshippers, as well as between the Old Ones themselves. Nyarlathotep was once known as simply Nyarlat, but acquired the honorific "-hotep" during the reign of Nephren-Ka.

Unlike the other Outer Gods and Great Old Ones, Nyarlathotep prefers to torment rather than destroy. He will sometimes grant advanced science or "magic" to lesser beings, simply to see it destroy them. In fact, he is destined to bring about the end of humanity; his involvement in the creation of atomic weapons may be the first step towards that.

Known Avatars of Nyarlathotep


It has been suggested that Nyarlathotep does not exist as an individual being, but rather represents the mental powers of the Old Ones as a whole; however, his distinct (and fairly human-like) personality makes this doubtful.

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