THE THIN VEIL OF NYARLATHOTEP

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Nyarlathotep differs from the other beings in a number of ways. Most of them are exiled to stars, like Yog-Sothoth and Hastur, or sleeping and dreaming like Cthulhu; Nyarlathotep, however, is active and frequently walks the Earth in the guise of a human being, usually a tall, slim, joyous man. He has “a thousand” other forms, most of these reputed to be maddeningly horrific. Most of the Outer Gods have their own cults serving them; Nyarlathotep seems to serve these cults and take care of their affairs in their absence. Most of them use strange alien languages, while Nyarlathotep uses human languages and can be mistaken for a human being. Most importantly, while the other Outer Gods and Great Old Ones are often described as mindless or unfathomable, rather than truly malevolent, Nyarlathotep delights in cruelty, is deceptive and manipulative, and even cultivates followers and uses propaganda to achieve his goals. In this regard, he is probably the most human-like among them. And that within itself is frightening.

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Nyarlathotep

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Nyarlathotep, the Mighty
Messenger, is the enforcer
of the Other Gods’ decrees,
the cruel extension of their
will and power in the lesser
dimensions where people
might dwell or dream.

It is understood in the land of
dream that the Other Gods
have many agents moving
among men; and all these
agents, whether wholly human
or slightly less than human,
are eager to work the will
of those blind and mindless
things in return for the favour
of their hideous soul and
messenger, the crawling chaos
Nyarlathotep.