Cthulhu Mythos Chronology

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  • 2 billion years ago: - Chaugnar Faugn incarnates in a primitive form on Earth. It evolves itself over the coming millenia.
  • 1 billion years ago: Elder Thing Civilization – Early Period. They land in the Antarctic Ocean and found their first city there. The Elder Things create the proto-shoggoth (which may be Ubbo-Sathla), which in turn produces other creatures that act as servitors and food.
  • 900 million years ago: Elder Thing Civilization – Expansion. Elder Thing cities spread across the oceans of Earth.
  • 800 million years ago: The Elder Things adapt to land. Many remain in the oceans.
  • 750 million years ago: The Flying Polyps arrive on Earth, and build their basalt towers on the land. They try to expand into the oceans, sparking a bitter war with the Elder Things. Eventually, the Elder Things are victorious.
  • 450 million years ago: Elder Thing experiments lead to the first vertebrates, fish, which they permit to evolve.
  • 400 million years ago: The Great Race of Yith come to earth fleeing catastrophe on their homeworld, transmitting their minds into a race of cone-shaped creatures on Earth. They drive the Flying Polyps underground and imprison them there. Following that war, they build their first and greatest city, Pnakotus, in western Australia.
  • 370 million years ago: Amphibians arise on Earth. Chaugnar Faugn later creates the Miri Nigri from amphibian flesh, as a servitor race.
  • 350 million years ago: A cataclysm raises numerous new land masses, such as Ponape and R'lyeh as the supercontinent of Pangea forms. The disaster also destroys several marine Elder Thing cities.
Cthulhu and his kin arrive from the star Xoth, and settle on the newly-risen landmasses. The Elder Things war with Cthulhu, but they eventually make peace.
Cthulhu is permitted to keep his current surface territories, and the Elder Things keep the rest of the planet.
The Deep Ones enter the service of Cthulhu, and help build the city of R'lyeh.
According to legend, the foundation of the underground civilization of K'n-yan dates back to this time.
  • 300 million years ago: A cosmic cataclysm (possibly a certain configuration of the stars, possibly a war with the Elder Gods) occurs, resulting in R'lyeh sinking beneath the waves. Cthulhu is imprisoned within the city.
Reptiles arise on Earth.
  • 275 million years ago: Serpent People – Empire of Valusia. It will survive for 50 million years.
  • 250 million years ago: The shoggoths rebel against the Elder Things, but are defeated.
  • 250 million – 2 million years ago: Elder Thing Civilization – Apogee
  • 250 - 200 million years ago: If the G'harne Fragments are believed, the city of G'harne had been built by the Triassic period. The Fragments themselves also date from this time.
  • 225 million years ago: The Serpent People take refuge in the Yothian Cities. The Age of Reptiles.
  • 190 million years ago: the supercontinent of Pangea begins to break up.
  • 160 million years ago: The mi-go set up a mining operation on Earth. The Elder Things try to battle them in space, but find they have devolved so much that they can no longer do so. The mi-go eventually control much of the northern portion of Earth.
  • 150 million years ago: The Great Race of Yith foils a Yekubian invasion attempt. Sometime thereafter, the tablets later known as the Eltdown Shards, which record this event, are buried in modern-day southern England.
  • 100 million years ago: Height of the Elder Thing civilization.
  • 65 million years ago: Dinosaurs are wiped out.
  • 50 million years ago: Another cataclysm strikes Earth. The Flying Polyps escape and take revenge on the Great Race, which sends its greatest minds to bodies on the planet Jupiter. From Jupiter, the Yithians proceed to bodies similar to their Earthly ones on a world orbiting a dark star near Taurus.
Many Elder Thing cities are also destroyed, including their original settlement in Antarctica. To replace it, a new Antarctic city is constructed.
A race of pre-human Lemurians build the city of Shamballah in the Great Eastern Desert.
  • 40 million years ago: the continent of India collides with Asia; the Himalayas begin to rise.
  • 26 million years ago: The continents of Earth start to approach their modern configuration.
  • 20 million years ago: Theem’hdra – Pre-Mesozoic pre-human Civilization
  • 6 million years ago: A member of a race of "insect-philosophers" which hail from the fourth moon of Jupiter exchanges minds with one of the Great Race of Yith
  • 5 million years ago: The Serpent People city of Yoth flourishes at this time under the guidance of their god, Yig. Their science has progressed to the point that they have created servant species, such as the Gyaa-yothn and Voormis. However, Yoth is destroyed by Yig when some of the Serpent People turn to the worship of Tsathoggua. A few Yig-worshipping survivors found a new civilization in Hyperborea. Tsathoggua probably journeys to Hyperborea following these events.
  • 3 million years ago: Rhan-Tegoth comes to Earth from Yuggoth, and comes to dwell in the Arctic. He feeds off sacrifices and worship made by primitive natives, but eventually they forget him and he enters a state of hibernation. Rhan-Tegoth eventually changes into a statue-like form.
The Voormis gain their freedom. They create a kingdom on the surface of Hyperborea, based around the worship of Tsathoggua.
  • 2 million years ago: As Elder Thing civilization continues to decline, they retreat to their cities on the southernmost tip of South America and the Antarctic regions.
  • 1.7 million years ago: Ithaqua appears in the northernmost regions of Earth, resulting in the decline of the Voormis.
  • 1 million years ago: Hyperborea – Beginning of the Classical Period.
Zobna – Pre-human Polar Civilization, predecessor to Lomar.
Lomar – Pre-human Polar Empire, successor to Zobna.
  • 850,000 years ago: A king of Lomar is among those that exchange minds with one of the Great Race of Yith.
  • 750,200 years ago: The time of the wizard Eibon, greatest wizard of Hyperborea. During his life, the worship of Tsathoggua is driven from Hyperborea by priests of Yhoundeh. Eibon disappears at the age of 132 during the Yhoundeh inquisitions, and his assistant Cyron of Varaad correlates several of his sorcerous works into the Book of Eibon. Cyron also writes the Vita Ivonis, an account of Eibon's life.
  • 750,000 years ago: The great polar civilizations finally fall.
The Elder Things retreat to deep within the Earth, and the people of Lomar are overwhelmed by the Inuto people.
The human civilization in Hyperborea splinters, and its surviving peoples scatter across the planet. A secret brotherhood saves copies of the Book of Eibon from Hyperborea and takes them to mainland Thurian continent (Europe).
Some Voormis begin worshipping Ithaqua, while the rest flee and become known as the Sasquatch and Yeti.
The serpent people move to the island of Lemuria and become known as the Dragon Kings.
Tsathoggua returns to N'kai.
Serpent People – Beginning of the Lemurian Period.
  • 500,000 years ago: Serpent People – Beginning of the Thurian Period [2nd Valusian Empire and Decline]
Humans war for a thousand years with the Dragon Kings in Lemuria. The humans win, and the serpent people are driven south.
  • 490,000 – 400,000 years ago: Lemuria – Imperial Period
  • 400,000 years ago: Atlantis – First Empire
  • 300,000 years ago: Around this time, the female deep one Pht'thya-l'yi is born to Mother Hydra.
  • 200,000 years ago: Mu – Nine Kingdoms Period. The human kingdom in Mu reaches its height. At this time, the Muvians worship many dark gods, including Shub-Niggurrath, Nub and Yeb, with other sects worshipping Ghatanothoa, Ythogtha, and Zoth-Ommog. The first instances of interbreeding with the Deep Ones.
  • 173,148 BC: In the Year of the Red Moon, Ghatanothoa becomes the supreme god in Mu, following the god's destruction of a high priest of Shub-Niggurath.
  • 161,844 BC: Ghatanothoa's worship has become so strong that other religions are outlawed. Zanthu, last high priest of Ythogtha, tries to free his god, destroying Mu. Zanthu flees to the Plateau of Tsang, where he scribes what are later known as the Zanthu Tablets.
  • 80,000 BC: Pht'thya-l'yi, daughter of Mother Hydra, comes to live in the deep one city of Y'ha-nthlei.
  • 50,000 BC: Great, brown-headed people dominate and hold South Africa.
  • 20,000-18,000 BC: Atlantis – Second Empire. The Atlantean civilsation becomes dedicated to the worship of Nyarlathotep and other dark gods under the rule of sorcerer-scientists.
  • 20,000 BC: Many great countries have arisen in the Thurian continent, including Commoria, Grondor, Kamelia, Thule, and Verulia. Valusia is taken over by humans.
  • 20,000 BC - present years ago: K’n-yan civilization at its height.
  • 18,000 BC: A Great Cataclysm destroys the old world, bringing in the Hyborian Age. The Atlantean continent's western regions sink, leaving only the islands that become Bal-Sagoth and Poseidonis.
After the loss of contact with Atlantis, the people of K'n-yan receive only limited knowledge of the outer world for the next 20,000 years.
The survivors of Lemuria and Atlantis degenerate into barbarians; the Picts arise around this time.
  • 18000 – 9000 BC: Ib / Lh-Yib – Thuum’ha Cities. Bokrug and the Thuum'ha come to Earth and found the kingdoms of Ib in the Middle East and Lh-yib in the land of the Cimmerians.
  • 15,500 BC: Stygia – In the eastern part of the shattered Thurian continent, the Lemurians free themselves from slavery. The Lemurians travel west and overwhelm the serpent people there, founding the kingdoms of Acheron and Stygia. They adopt the practices of the serpent people and worship many dark gods, including Nyarlat, Sebek, Set, Gol-Goroth, and Shuddam-El. The Stygians also cultivate a plant called the Black Lotus, which "enhanced" their worship of their deities.
The surviving serpent people flee to the southern edge of the continent
  • 15,000 BC: The Cimmerians, under the chieftain Crom-Ya, begin their ascent to glory. Crom-Ya is later deified as the god Crom.
  • 15,500 BC: Acheron – Lemurian Exile Kingdom founded [Hyboria]
  • 13,000 BC: The Hyborians, a northern people, conquer Acheron and form eight separate countries- Aquilonia, Argos, Brythunia, Corinthia, Koth, Nemedia, Ophir, and Zingara. Stygia, however, endures.
Fall of Acheron.
  • 12,000 BC: Height of the Hyborian Age.
  • 9600 BC: The Hyborian Age declines, as the nations and peoples of the era begin to fight. Aquilonia and Hyperborea battle, the Picts and Hyrkanians wreak havoc across the land, and the Vanir destroy Stygia. The Aesir settle in Nemedia, and the Cimmerians war against the Hyrkanians before retreating to the east. The Hyborians themselves are overwhelmed by another northern people. This is the time of the heroic Ghor Kin-Slayer of the Aesir, and the warlord Gorm of the Picts.
  • 9550 BC: A final cataclysm destroys the Hyborian world and new land masses rise, moving the world into more or less its modern configuration. Portions of the Hyborian continent, Poseidonis, and Mu all sink beneath the waves. In later times, this event is remembered as the Great Flood
  • 9500 BC: Sarnath is founded in Mesopotamia by a group of humans, near the Thuum'ha city of Ib. The people of Sarnath grow to dislike the people of Ib.
Isle of Poseidonis sinks.
Rise of the Khemite Empire
  • 9000 BC: The men of Sarnath slaughter the Thuum'ha of Ib, and are visited thereafter by omens promising doom.
  • 8000 BC: Bokrug, god of the Thuum'ha, brings doom to Sarnath.
  • 7000 BC: Fall of the Khemite Empire.
  • 3700 BC: Rise of Uruk period of Sumerian civilization.
  • 3100 BC: The First Dynasty of Egypt is founded.
  • 3000 BC: Height of the Sumerian civilization.
  • 2613 BC: Nephren-Ka, a truly foul pharaoh, rises to power in Third Dynasty Egypt. He revives the worship of dark gods such as Nyarlat, whom he renames Nyarlathotep. He also finds the Shining Trapezohedron and builds a temple around it. The pharaoh Snefru overthrows Nephren-Ka, and his name is utterly erased from Egyptian history. However, the dark religions he rediscovered are not forgotten again.
  • 2200 BC: Queen Nitocris, the Ghoul-Queen, rises to power in Sixth Dynasty Egypt. She revives the worship of Nyarlathotep once more, and uncovers the Shining Trapezohedron. She engages in many unspeakable acts during her reign, weakening her nation sufficiently to usher in the First Intermediate Period of Egyptian history. She leaves behind an artifact known as the Mirror of Nitocris.
  • 1991 - 1783 BC: Nyarlathotep is worshipped, in the form of the Bringer of Pests, during Egypt's Twelfth Dynasty.
  • 1783 - 1674 BC: The Thirteenth-Dynasty Egyptian high priest Luveh-Keraph, worshipper of Bast, writes the Black Rites in the Scroll of Bubastis.
  • 1640 - 1674 BC: Khephnes, who lives during the Fourteenth Dynasty of Egypt, learns the secrets of Nyarlathotep. He is also among those who temporarily exchanges minds with one of the Great Race of Yith.
  • 1674 BC: The Hyksos, a nomadic people who may have Stygian blood, take over Egypt. The first Hyksos pharaoh travels to G'harne and brings back the worship of Shudde-M'ell.
  • 1000 BC - 40 AD: The people of K'n-yan find a way to halt the aging process and prevent death by any means save violence, accident, or personal will.
  • 200 BC: Theodotides, a Greco-Bactrian official, is among those that exchanges minds with one of the Great Race of Yith.
  • 80 BC: Chaugnar Faugn is discovered by a Roman legion. It destroys the legion, but retreats with the Miri Nigri to the Plateau of Tsang. Faugn leaves its brothers behind.
  • 51 BC and AD 486: During the Roman period of Gaul, the towns of Simaesis and Avionium (later Ximes and Vyones) in Averoigne are feared due to worship of a god named Sadoqua.
  • 43 – 450 AD: Roman legionnaires occupying the Severn Valley in Britain discover the Great Old One Byatis imprisoned behind a stone door in an ancient camp. Horrified, they imprison it behind a five-pointed star. However, from time to time, Byatis breaks free, stalking victims. This creates the legend of the "Berkeley Toad."
  • 206 AD: Bran Mak Morn, great chieftain of the Picts, summons the Worms of the Earth (degenerate descendants of the Serpent People) to battle the Romans.
  • 466: The wizard Azédarac and his manservant both disappear from Averoigne.
  • 655: Possible year of Abdul Alhazred's birth.
  • 730: Abdul Alhazred writes the Kitab Al-Azif.
  • 738: Abdul Alhazred dies. According to popular lore, he is killed in the marketplace of Damascus by an invisible monster.
  • 950: Theodorus Philetas of Constantinople translates the Kitab Al-Azif into Greek, and renames it the Necronomicon.
  • 1000: The Exham Priory is mentioned in a chronicle as being a substantial stone priory housing a strange and powerful monastic order.
  • 1050: Patriarch Michael, disturbed by rumors about experimentation with the Necronomicon, has many copies of the book burned. According to Olaus Wormius in his introduction to the Latin edition, all known copies of the Arabic versions are destroyed as well.
  • 1099: A copy of Al-Azif is found in Jerusalem. It is eventually placed in the hands of the Comte de Champagne, who forms an order of knights known as the Templars to guard it.
  • 12th century: Ibn Khallikan writes a biography of Abdul Alhazred.
  • 1166: A man named Azédarac comes to hold the position of bishop of Ximes.
  • 1198: Bishop Azédarac apparently dies. He is canonized as St. Azédarac.
  • 13th century: The Necronomicon is translated into French, and enters the collections of several monasteries in southern France.
  • 1228: Olaus Wormius (a monk, not the famous doctor who came later) translates the Greek Necronomicon into Latin. He dubs his translation De Normis Necium.
  • 1232: Pope Gregory IX bans the Greek and Latin Necronomicons.
  • 1240: Gaspard du Nord translates the Book of Eibon into Norman French. Presumably, it is around the time of this translation that he writes his commentary Selections du Livre d'Ivon, which includes spells that protect a user of the Book from the forces of evil.
  • 1261: Henry the Third grants the Exham Priory to Gilbert de la Poer, First Baron Exham.
  • 1305: An Anchester chronicle mentions a de la Poer as cursed of God.
  • 1369: A red comet heralds the coming of the "Beast of Averoigne." It is eventually defeated by the wizard Messire le Chaudronnier.
  • 1400: A man described as a "ghoul" is buried in a Holland graveyard, along with a jade amulet of the "corpse-eating cult" of the Plateau of Leng.
  • 15th Century: A black-letter printing of the Latin Necronomicon is made in Germany.
  • 1501: A folio edition of the Greek Necronomicon is made on printing presses in Italy, leading to its suppression by religious authorities.
  • 1526: A Muslim army marches into the area of modern-day Stregoicavar, Hungary. Disgusted by the abhorrent cult they find there, they wipe it and the locals out.
  • 1558 - 1610: A Sir Randolph Carter, ancestor of the man who will have the same name, studies magic during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
  • 1567: An Italian edition of the Greek Necronomicon is published.
  • 1586: John Dee and Edward Kelley arrive in Prague. While there, Dee finds a copy of the Latin Necronomicon, which he translates into English. He also adds material from a Greek manuscript in the possession of a Transylvanian noble, and his own commentary on certain subjects.
  • 1593: Famous English playwright Christopher Marlowe dies in a tavern brawl. One of his works, The King in Yellow, is incomplete, with only the first two scenes written. William Shakespeare and John Croft attempt to complete it, but Shakespeare's scruples make the attempt fruitless.
  • 1595: Remigius' Daemonolatreia is published in Lyons.
  • 1610 - 1625: During the reign of King James I and after 1610, Walter de la Poer slays his decadent relatives and leaves his home of Exham Priory.
  • 1610 - 1643: Pierre-Louis Montagny, an aged Frenchman living during the reign of Louis XIII, is among those that exchange minds with a Yithian.
  • 1616: Captain John Smith, while exploring the New England coast, discovers Devil's Reef off the coast of modern Innsmouth and gives it its name.
  • 1623: A version of the Wormius Necronomicon is printed in Spain.
  • 1643: Innsmouth, Massachusetts is founded.
  • 1651 - 1658: During Oliver Cromwell's time as Lord Protector of England, James Woodville of Suffolk exchanges minds with a Yithian.
  • 1692: Keziah Mason is arrested and tried as a witch. Under pressure from the interrogaters, she reveals the correlation between angles and curves and the ability to travel between dimensions. Mason escapes from her cell using the same concepts and disappears.
  • 1747: Reverend Abijah Hoadley preaches a sermon to the Congregational Church at Dunwich Village on the close presence of Satan and his imps. Reverend Hoadley disappears from existence soon afterward.
  • 1750-65: Sir Wade Jermyn discovers the lost gray city of the Congo and marries the white ape-princess. After birthing a son, the three left the city for Jermyn House in England. Sir Wade and his wife returns to the lost city, where the ape-princess dies and is mummified. Sir Wade returns to England alone.
  • 1838: The group of villagers found by Captain Obed Marsh in the South Seas is decimated by other local villagers when it is discovered they worship, sacrifice to, and interbreed with the Deep Ones. The Sign of the Old Ones is scattered across the village and the small vocanic islet where the sacrifices are made to repel the Deep Ones.
  • 1845: Locals of Innsmouth, Massachusetts, stumble upon devil-worshipping and sacrifices near the wharves of the town.
  • 1846: Captain Obed Marsh and thirty-two other members of the Esoteric Order of Dagon are arrested on Devil’s Reef. No official charges are made, but Captain Marsh is held for a couple of weeks in jail. The Deep Ones, upset at the lack of human sacrifices, attacks Innsmouth and kills or carries off over half the population. The losses are attributed to epidimic. The human population of Innsmouth and the Deep Ones begin to interbreed.
  • 2169: Mongol hordes are repelled by strange means from Australia by Pickman Carter.
  • 2518: Australian physicist Nevel Kingston-Brown dies.
  • 5000: The Tsan-Chan Empire dominates the Earth.
  • 16,000?: Nug-Soth, a magician of the Dark Conquerors of Earth, lives.
  • 8 million years in the future?: The time of Zothique, last continent of Earth, and home to the dying remnants of the human race. The culture is barbaric, and magic has become dominant over science.
  • 18 million years in the future: A "half-plastic denizen" of the interior of a planet beyond Pluto is among those that exchanges mind with the Great Race of Yith.
  • 50 million years in the future: Following the final end of humanity, a new race of beetle-like insects arises. These are possessed by the Great Race of Yith. Eventually, even the beetles die out, and the Yithians send their collective minds into a vegetable species living on Mercury.
  • 500 million years in the future: The first primitive life develops on Venus. One Venusian is among those that exchanges minds with the Great Race of Yith.
  • 1 billion years in the future?: The last inhabitants of Earth, a species of intelligent arachnids, live within the interior of the dying world.
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