History Literature / AtTheMountainsOfMadness

25th Mar '16 3:15:47 PM Theriocephalus
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--> '''Dyer''': ''"After all, they were not evil things of their kind. They were the men of another age and another order of being. Nature had played a hellish jest on them—as it will on any others that human madness, callousness, or cruelty may hereafter dig up in that hideously dead or sleeping polar waste—and this was their tragic homecoming. They had not been even savages-for what indeed had they done? That awful awakening in the cold of an unknown epoch—perhaps an attack by the furry, frantically barking quadrupeds, and a dazed defense against them and the equally frantic white simians with the queer wrappings and paraphernalia ... poor Lake, poor Gedney... and poor Old Ones! Scientists to the last—what had they done that we would not have done in their place? God, what intelligence and persistence! What a facing of the incredible, just as those carven kinsmen and forbears had faced things only a little less incredible! Radiates, vegetables, monstrosities, star spawn — whatever they had been, they were men!"''

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--> '''Dyer''': ''"After all, they were not evil things of their kind. They were the men of another age and another order of being. Nature had played a hellish jest on them—as them -- as it will on any others that human madness, callousness, or cruelty may hereafter dig up in that hideously dead or sleeping polar waste—and waste -- and this was their tragic homecoming. They had not been even savages-for what indeed had they done? That awful awakening in the cold of an unknown epoch—perhaps an attack by the furry, frantically barking quadrupeds, and a dazed defense against them and the equally frantic white simians with the queer wrappings and paraphernalia ... poor Lake, poor Gedney... and poor Old Ones! Scientists to the last—what had they done that we would not have done in their place? God, what intelligence and persistence! What a facing of the incredible, just as those carven kinsmen and forbears had faced things only a little less incredible! Radiates, vegetables, monstrosities, star spawn — whatever they had been, they were men!"''



* StarfishLanguage: ({{Trope Namer|s}}) The Elder Things communicate by making piping sounds through their breathing tubes.

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* StarfishLanguage: ({{Trope Namer|s}}) The {{Trope Namer|s}}. The Elder Things communicate by making piping sounds through their breathing tubes.



* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: Originally mindless workers, the Shoggoths somehow evolved intelligence once the Elder Things relocated to Earth, its hinted that it was a side effect of the Elder Things modifying them for their new world. A war was apparently fought to resubjugate the Shoggoths and keep them from wiping out their masters, and it seemingly worked...temporarily. After the Elder Things relocated to a giant, underground sea, its implied that the Shoggoths once again rose up, and this time, they won.

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* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: Originally mindless workers, the Shoggoths somehow evolved intelligence once the Elder Things relocated to Earth, its Earth. It's hinted that it was a side effect of the Elder Things modifying them for their new world. A war was apparently fought to resubjugate the Shoggoths and keep them from wiping out their masters, and it seemingly worked... temporarily. After the Elder Things relocated to a giant, underground sea, its it's implied that the Shoggoths once again rose up, and this time, they won.



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17th Nov '15 9:15:28 AM DarkStarling
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* AlienGeometries: As expected for Lovecraft, the expedition nearly gets lost thanks to the nature of what they have discovered.

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* AlienGeometries: As expected for Lovecraft, the expedition nearly gets lost thanks to the nature of what they have discovered. In this case it's at least as much the alien architecture as any twisting of space.
3rd Nov '15 11:51:05 PM seerofthevideos
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* GoMadFromTheRevelation: [[spoiler:Danforth]] sees...''something'' past the far mountains. It's implied that he gets a good look at the [[spoiler: [[EldritchLocation dread city Kadath]]]] and through it sees a sight ''[[UpToEleven even worse]]''. Although never outright stated, from various gibberings, it's likely that [[spoiler: he got a good look at the history of many, ''many'' [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]], including the Shoggoths, the Great Old Ones, and even Outer Gods like ''Yog-Sothoth'']].
20th Oct '15 8:13:49 PM ManEFaces
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** Um … Danforth? Whatever is making that eldritch, demented piping, it is definitely not the penguins. Frankly, I'm not at all certain that the source of the stertorian clamour bears thinking about, let alone looking upon. It would be better to leave this place before we are given no choice but to confront that hellish, otherwoldly entity. But we're in a Lovecraft novella, so that's probably not in the cards — madness, here we come.
20th Oct '15 8:13:18 PM ManEFaces
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* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: Subverted. How do six-feet-tall, blind, absolutely white penguins sound? (Hint: ''Tekili-li! Tekili-li! Tekili-li! …'')

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* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: Subverted. How do six-feet-tall, blind, absolutely white penguins sound? (Hint: ''Tekili-li! Tekili-li! Tekili-li! …'')sound?
20th Oct '15 8:09:32 PM ManEFaces
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* ApocalypticLog: The story, and there is one implied written by the alien Elder Things (which no-one in the expedition can read.)

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* ApocalypticLog: The story, and there is one implied written by the alien Elder Things (which which no-one in the expedition can read.)read, but is accompanied by various wall carvings depicting images which convey the history of the race and its decline.
20th Oct '15 8:07:04 PM ManEFaces
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* AlienGeometries: As expected for Lovecraft, the expedition gets hopelessly lost thanks to the nature of what they have discovered.

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* AlienGeometries: As expected for Lovecraft, the expedition nearly gets hopelessly lost thanks to the nature of what they have discovered.
20th Oct '15 8:05:52 PM ManEFaces
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* AIIsACrapshoot: The example provided by the Shoggoth almost fits this trope to a T, though the Elder Things didn't intend for them to be intelligent.

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* AIIsACrapshoot: The example provided by the Shoggoth almost fits this trope to a T, though the Elder Things didn't intend for them to be intelligent.intelligent ''or'' adapt to live on land where they would be almost impossible to control.
19th Oct '15 8:18:34 AM kraas
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* OffWithTheirHeads: The Shoggoths main method of disposing of their hated masters is by crudely tearing off their heads through sheer force of suction.

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* OffWithTheirHeads: OffWithHisHead: The Shoggoths main method of disposing of their hated masters is by crudely tearing off their heads through sheer force of suction.
16th Oct '15 7:16:44 AM DarkStarling
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* BizarreAlienLocomotion: Flying through space with wings is apparently fine and dandy if you're an Elder Thing.

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* BizarreAlienLocomotion: Flying through space with wings is apparently fine and dandy if you're an Elder Thing. They were supposedly flapping the luminiferous Ether, but science has marched on.
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