I'm still relatively new to the Cthulhu / Lovecraftian Mythos....so I have several questions about the central Mythos monstrous entities that I hope you guys can clarify.
- Okay - so I understand there are the "categories" of "Ancient Ones" - to use the catch-all term the LCG gives these creatures...that I listed in the title for this thread/posting....but how do they all interact and what are their power-levels relative to each other ?
Old Ones - I assume this is the catch-all term for many of the ancient monsters that sleep/wait on Earth or other planets / areas in the Mythos ? Like...this Mnomquah - giant lizard card in the Dreamlands cycle for the LCG....he is pretty strong...but lacks the Invulnerability (game term) that many of the "bigger - and I presume more powerful" Old Ones have...
So I assume beings like him....Bokrug (Great Water Lizard)....and several others ARE "Old Ones" - technically speaking...but don't rise to the level of "Great"-Old Ones..... is this correct ?
Great Old Ones - In this category, I assume, are massively powerful entitites like Cthulhu, Shub-Niggurath, Hastur....etc. I assume Y'Golonac is also considered a Great Old One....but maybe he's only a "regular Old One" - who simply has "Invulnerability" as part of his special powers in the card game ?
Great Old Ones are several magnitudes of power beyond the other Old Ones represented in the Mythos (in my understanding of things) - and are the ones that most of the cults on earth tend to direct their worship to. Dagon and Mother Hydra (Deep One deities) - may be Great Old Ones - that are simply trapped/living beneath the sea...or they might be "regular Old Ones'" - in the same role....I'm not sure where they fit into the Mythos "power hierarchy".
Outer Gods - These guys include almighty Azathoth....Yog-Sothoth....and Nyarlothotep (as the messenger of the Outer Gods) - from what I understand.... these beings are "supposed" to be more powerful than the imprisoned Great Old Ones and lesser Old Ones ....if I am correct ?
Also.. I am confused by the exact "point/goals/aims" of the Outer Gods .... like...what do they want with Earth and humanity, if anything ? It seems the Great Old Ones are more sinister and "evil" in their aims and feelings on people...but do Azathoth or Yog-Sothoth, for example, actually "care" about things happening on earth - or what humans think of them / worship towards them - etc ?
Additionally....if Yog-Sothoth is an Outer God...and a being more powerful than sleeping Cthulhu, and the other Great Old Ones, what is his role in the Mythos ? I have heard him called "The Key and the Gate" - but am not sure what they mean by this ? Apparently he has massive knowledge of the past - present - and future - in some way, and "knows the places where the Great Old Ones sleep....and where they will try to break free once again" - like the secret areas of "weakness" in the mortal plane where the GOO's can be freed.
But is this something Yog and the other Outer Gods actually want....or are they actively opposed to the GOO's ever waking up again and will try to stop human cults who are trying to raise them ?
Also...can something like Yog-Sothoth or Nyarlathotep actually exist in their "true monstrous forms" - while on Earth / physical plane - or do they only appear in smaller "human-sized" avatars, like Nyarl. and his "Black Pharaoh" guise .... ?
Elder Gods - these are apparently different from the Outer Gods, and are somehow "good" deities - who actually don't want to see humanity be destroyed. They may not be "directly good" - but I have read they basically are content to let the world turn - so to speak - and will not interfere to control or dominate humanity as the GOO's and Outer Gods (Nyarl in particular) are likely to do .....
Are these entities somehow related to the Outer Gods ? - or are they completely separate and different in goals / power-level / etc.... ?
Thanks to all who can offer some explanation of these areas to me !