History Literature / AtTheMountainsOfMadness

18th Oct '17 8:12:16 PM Vinderzlow
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* BizarreAlienBiology: The Old Ones apparently had gills, lungs, tentacles, wings, and numerous mouths, among other things. They seem to reproduce asexually and have massive, if not indefinite, lifespans, in addition to massively resistant bodies and nigh-impossible endurance (since they survived having been frozen for ''aeons'').

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* BizarreAlienBiology: The Old Ones Elder Things apparently had gills, lungs, tentacles, wings, and numerous mouths, among other things. They seem to reproduce asexually and have massive, if not indefinite, lifespans, in addition to massively resistant bodies and nigh-impossible endurance (since they survived having been frozen for ''aeons'').



* DoingInTheWizard: Many elements of previous stories in the Franchise/CthulhuMythos are recast as being of extraterrestrial, as opposed to supernatural, origin. [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Another interpretation]] is that the protagonist of the story was a scientist, and the Old Ones seem very science-based themselves. It could just be a case of the protagonist, the old ones, or both trying to explain where the creatures of the Franchise/CthulhuMythos came from. With science.

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* DoingInTheWizard: Many elements of previous stories in the Franchise/CthulhuMythos are recast as being of extraterrestrial, as opposed to supernatural, origin. [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Another interpretation]] is that the protagonist of the story was a scientist, and the Old Ones Elder Things seem very science-based themselves. It could just be a case of the protagonist, the old ones, Elder Things, or both trying to explain where the creatures of the Franchise/CthulhuMythos came from. With science.



--> '''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 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! Elder Things! 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!"''



* NotSoDifferent: More or less explicitly stated of the Old Ones:

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* NotSoDifferent: More or less explicitly stated of the Old Ones: Elder Things:



* OrganicTechnology: Used by the Old Ones to generate energy and breed shoggoths for construction purposes. They even use [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill nuclear weapons]] in an attempt to destroy Cthulhu. [[NighInvulnerability It doesn't work.]]
* {{Panspermia}}: Of a sort: according to this story all life on Earth started with experiments the Old Ones let live out of apathy. So in other words, we're all the spawn of failed alien bioengineering.

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* OrganicTechnology: Used by the Old Ones Elder Things to generate energy and breed shoggoths for construction purposes. They even use [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill nuclear weapons]] in an attempt to destroy Cthulhu. [[NighInvulnerability It doesn't work.]]
* {{Panspermia}}: Of a sort: according to this story all life on Earth started with experiments the Old Ones Elder Things let live out of apathy. So in other words, we're all the spawn of failed alien bioengineering.
21st Sep '17 4:12:11 PM Cieloazul
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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'']].

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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 [[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'']].
7th Sep '17 2:15:23 AM PaulA
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Has been adapted twice as a radio drama, first by the Atlanta Radio Theater Company and later by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society for their ''Dark Adventure Radio Theater'' series. A ComicBookAdaptation was also done by I.N.J. Culbard.

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Has been adapted twice as a radio drama, first by the Atlanta Radio Theater Company and later by as part of the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society for their ''Dark Adventure Radio Theater'' ''Radio/DarkAdventureRadioTheatre'' series. A ComicBookAdaptation was also done by I.N.J. Culbard.
4th Sep '17 12:16:50 AM PaulA
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* AncientAstronauts: The Elder Things and their slave servants, the Shoggoths.

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* AncientAstronauts: The Elder Things and their slave servants, the Shoggoths. Notable in that unlike most ancient astronaut stories, the aliens are decidedly ''not'' humanoid, and have no interest whatever in humanity.


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* AuthorVocabularyCalendar: The word "aperture" appears 13 times.
* BackFromTheDead: Subverted, as the "dead" Elder Things that seemingly came back to life had actually been in a centuries-long coma-like state of hibernation.


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* OrganicTechnology: Used by the Old Ones to generate energy and breed shoggoths for construction purposes. They even use [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill nuclear weapons]] in an attempt to destroy Cthulhu. [[NighInvulnerability It doesn't work.]]


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* RagnarokProofing: The ruins of the unbelievably old Elder Thing city is found remarkably intact, with wall carvings still un-eroded and legible.
* SceneryPorn: The frozen wastes of the Antarctic are described in excruciating detail.
12th Jun '17 10:51:36 PM Bauglir100
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* InfoDump: Once Dyer enters the ancient city of the Elder Things, he uncovers a series of murals and sculptures that tell the history of the city's inhabitants. Cue [[AuthorFilibuster an onslaught of exposition]] on the history and purpose of the Elder Things, Shoggoths, etc that lasts for a good chunk of the story.
16th May '17 7:27:27 AM SinNanna
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* MysteriousAntarctica

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* MysteriousAntarcticaMysteriousAntarctica: Arguably one of the most iconic examples of this setting.



* TimeAbyss

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* TimeAbyssTimeAbyss: The shoggoths and Elder Things are ''millions'' of years old.
10th Apr '17 11:53:22 AM Meshakhad
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* ScienceMarchesOn: Subverted; the history of the Elder Things confirms the theory of continental drift, which was controversial at the time this was written.
10th Apr '17 11:51:33 AM Meshakhad
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* ScienceMarchesOn: Subverted; the history of the Elder Things confirms the theory of continental drift, which was controversial at the time this was written.
6th Dec '16 5:47:06 PM ShrekTheNeck
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It can be read [[http://dagonbytes.com/thelibrary/lovecraft/mountainsofmaddness.htm here.]]

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It can be read [[http://dagonbytes.com/thelibrary/lovecraft/mountainsofmaddness.htm [[http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/mm.aspx here.]]
17th Oct '16 4:11:58 PM ZangotheChua
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** Note that, as far as Lovecraftian beasts go, they're stated to be a species of {{Badass Normal}}s, since despite their biological superiority to humans, they made little or no use of magic (unlike the Deep Ones), were constrained by time (unlike the Race of Yith) and had bodies made of "regular" matter (while the Mi-Go and Star Spawn of Cthulhu were explicitly stated to be more ''exotic'').

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** Note that, as far as Lovecraftian beasts go, they're stated to be a species of {{Badass Normal}}s, since despite their biological superiority to humans, they made little or no use of magic (unlike the Deep Ones), were constrained by time (unlike the Race of Yith) and had bodies made of "regular" matter (while the Mi-Go and Star Spawn of Cthulhu were explicitly stated to be more ''exotic''). They also resort to wearing clothing, using heaters and other human-like behavior.


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** Dyer hypothesizes that this was inevitable: the Shoggoths are flexibility incarnate, able to take the form needed for any task. Being so variable in nature makes keeping them in a state of static subjugation impossible.
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