Wilderlands Age of Worms
According to rare and ancient texts, Yog-Sothoth is one of the “Great Old Ones,” powerful beings that dwell in the Outer Darkness, a plane of madness and terror that lies even beyond the Void (Astral Plane) that surrounds the world of the Wilderlands and most other planes of existence. Yog is also known as the Lurker at the Threshold, the Key and the Gate, the Beyond One, Opener of the Way, The All-in-One, and the One-in-All. It is reputed that Yog appears as a writhing, seething mass of darkness, which occasionally takes the most bestial forms. It is said that there are many other “Old Ones” like Yog in the outer void.
Although worship of Yog as a God is rare, it is not unknown. Rumor has it that those who call upon Yog for divine spells can gain access to the Chaos, Evil, Knowledge, Magic, Darkness, and Madness domains. The cult of Yog has traditionally been small, often consisting of single priests who live double lives as upstanding citizens. According to the ravings of these few followers, Yog is a keeper of ancient knowledge and he or his servants can be summoned from the void by ancient and forbidden rituals. Doing so can allegedly grant the summoner eldritch knowledge and power, presuming he maintains his sanity in the process.
One of the few known prayers to Yog is as follows:
“Yog-Sothoth knows the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the key and guardian of the gate. Past, present, future, all are one in Yog-Sothoth. He knows where the Old Ones broke through of old, and where They shall break through again. He knows where They have trod earth’s fields, and where They still tread them, and why no one can behold Them as They tread.”
There are those, particularly among the Triad of Sixes, who believe that Yog has the power to enhance the schemes of other evil deities. Research by Eligos the sage suggests that:
- Around the time of the fall of Ancient Kelnore, the wizard Angall called upon Yog-Sothoth. As a result, Angall achieved divine powers. Although many clerics believe him a false god or demigod, Angall is now worshipped by evil cultists as the God of the Perpetual Void.
- Approximately 6,500 years ago, followers of Demogorgon invaded the Ghinor Highlands with the intent of doing the same thing. They were, apparently, defeated by the Dragon Lords of Oricha before they were able to complete the ritual to call upon Yog-Sothoth.
Shoggoth: From a distance, shoggoths appear to be ordinary zombies. Closer up, however, their undead flesh bubbles and writhes, animated by the hideous green worms beneath the surface. The presence of these worms makes shoggoths extremely dangerous and difficult to kill. Shoggoths are the most notorious of Yog’s spawn, but they are actually the least dangerous. (See also information on Shoggoths provided by the witch Marzena.)
Mohrg: Mohrgs are the animated corpses of mass murderers or similar villains who died without atoning for their crimes. Although not exclusive to the service of Yog, these undead creatures are frequently employed by his servants.
Ulgurstasta: These massive undead creatures are capable of consuming the living and regurgitating them as undead.
Avolakia: Avolakias are nauseating creatures that combines the worst aspects of a worm, an octopus, and an insect. These nightmarish intelligent creatures have the capability to assume humanoid form and are experts at infiltrating humanoid societies for a variety of nefarious purposes.