Fanfic: Children Of An Elder God

Do NOT gaze too long into it. It is dangerous...
Sometimes, children go into their parent's closet and dress up, pretending to be their parents, acting as if they were in charge, as if they ruled the house, as if they were the kings and queens of the Earth. But then their parents come home, and the game is revealed as a lie.
For millennia, humanity has played at being kings and queens, at ruling the world they call home. Now, the car is pulling into the drive...

Children Of An Elder God is a Neon Genesis Evangelion/HP Lovecraft Fusion Fic by John Biles and Rod M, replacing the Angels with Cthulhu and all the rest of the Great Old Ones, giving an already mind-screwy stew an entirely new flavor.

It's the year 2014. Humanity feels safe in their homes, seeing themselves like kings of the planet. Little do they know, the live in an island isolated in the middle of an universe plagued with horrors... and those horrors are coming back home.

Only a few Children can stop the Old Gods from reclaiming their world. However, each battle makes their bodies evolve and gain new powers...and maybe to save humanity, Shinji, Asuka and Rei must stop being human.

The fic's main site is here, although it is missing the final chapter. It is also located here in text-only format, and includes the complete fic, annotated versions of the first three chapters, and a history of the Cthulhu Mythos. The original draft of the final chapter is here.

Compare with Thousand Shinji, another Evangelion crossover with similar themes (the Children becoming more than human due to the action of Eldritch Abominations and picking up powers as they killed things). In fact, Children Of An Elder God gets credited as one of the two biggest influences.

If you are interested in learning about other classic Evangelion fics of that era go to The One I Love Is, Neon Genesis Evangelion R or Higher Learning.


Tropes:

  • Affably Evil: Nyarlathotep, as always.
  • Berserk Button: Just try and hurt Shinji when Rei's around. Even if she's not around, she will know anyway. Shown best in chapter 12, where Orifel almost convinces Rei to switch sides, until she sees Shinji being overwhelmed by Orifel's children, at which point she promises to eat his heart.
  • Bittersweet Ending: At the end, Shinji and Asuka have lost almost everyone that they care for, and due to their mutations they don't fit into human society any longer, so they abandon civilization forever. Still they are still together, the narration states that their remaining friends will meet them again, and thanks to them humanity has been saved and will endure for several centuries more.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Great Old Ones take the place of the Angels...and then there's the Outer Gods.
  • False Utopia: Yui and Gendo's plan is to take the power of the Great Old Ones after the Children kill them all and use it to create paradise. Unfortunately, that power corrupts the world they created and the Children eventually rebel to restore the original world.
  • Giant Spider: They're some of the first enemies Shinji battles.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: The premise of the story is the Children fighting Cthulhu Myths' Eldritch Abominations and gaining their powers after slaying them. They did not stop being heroes, but they gradually stopped being human. Gendo stated that "they gazed into the abyss, and the abyss became them."
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Although Shinji is attracted to Rei he also likes Asuka and they get together eventually.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: During the Final Battle Rei sacrificed herself to ensure that the EldritchAbominations disappear forever.
  • Holding Hands: Shinji and Asuka held hands several times, including the night they left humanity. Shinji grabbed Asuka's hand and they walked onto a boat before sailing out.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Rei, in this fic, is far more than just a mere clone.
  • Metamorphosis: Chapter 16 reveals that Ritsuko is in the process of turning into a Deep One. By the end of the fic, the transformation is complete.
  • Rape as Drama: Rei rapes Asuka in one of the later chapters.
  • The Scottish Trope: One of the Angels (actually a Lovecraft-canon creature) can possess anyone who knows her name (even by simply seeing it written down), and will be almost guaranteed to do so if the possessee-to-be speaks it out loud. After Rei defeats her, she gains this power and applies it to her own name. Did you read that spoiler?
  • Shout-Out:
  • The Stations of the Canon: Thrown completely out of the window as soon as the first chapter, when Shinji fights Matarael instead of Sachiel.

Fuyutsuki:"They gazed into the Abyss and now it lives inside them."