Sealed away in a demiplane? Check. Rovagug and Tharizdun are aspects of the same god worshiped on Golarion and Oerth, respectively. Myths about them have diverged wildly over the ages, leading to many differences in the details, but the core story is the same. Other possible aspects include Khyber from Eberron, the wraithlike Dark God (see 2E's Monster Mythology), the oozing Elder Elemental Eye (worshiped in Greyhawk), and the Drow god Ghaunadaur.
- The Elder Elemental Eye is explicitly a hidden avatar of Tharizdun, so very possibly.
Aroden knew his death was coming.Aroden had fostered two goddesses risen from mortal humanity, Aranzi and Iomedae, because he knew he would need a successor. Either something was coming for him, or some inevitable threat was on its way that would require a Heroic Sacrifice from Aroden, the last Azlanti on the planet, himself.
- Something tells me that Aroden's death was an effect of the strange occurences across Golarion, not the cause. To my knowledge, Aroden was only worshiped in Avistan and northern Garund, but the fallout was felt worldwide.
Asmodeus killed Aroden.Think about it. Aroden dies and Asmodeus conveniently takes over the nation he founded in the uncertain aftermath? Suspicious enough, and we know Asmodeus has killed a god before.
What Zon-Kuthon did to his father wasn't malicious.We know that ZK still feels in his way some of the attachments he had during his days as Dou-Bral (see: Shelyn), and that he has a severely warped sense of what is and is not desirable. Maybe he just wanted a little Nightmare Fetishist father/son bonding?
That unspecified otherworldly wrongness that turned Dou-Bral into Zon-Kuthon? The internet.To be specific, direct psychic contact with the more disturbed and disturbing corners of it. Encountering either some of the weirder manifestations of the Furry Fandom or absorbing the psychic energy of the Furry Hatedom is probably to blame for his attack on his dad. (Who, remember, was a wolf-spirit.)
- Considering that he traveled into the dark tapestry, it was likely one of the outer gods. There's a good chance he ran into Nyarlathotep (who operates around Golarion) or worse yet stumbled into Azathoth's court.
Lamashtu's influence has reached Earth, and Lady Gaga is her herald.Lamashtu is the three-eyed Mother of Monsters and associated with childbirth and fertility. "Born This Way" is "the manifesto of Mother Monster", features lots of weird birthing imagery, and shows Gaga with an extra eye in the opening monologue. Consider also that Lamashtu is the goddess of madness and nightmares, and Gaga's videos are known for their generous doses of creepiness and WTFery.
The SCP Foundation has at least one minor Spawn of Rovagug in custody.682, clearly some kin to the Tarrasque, is the obvious one.
Imrijka is actually a Jägermonster.She definitly would not look out of place if depicted in Girl Genius: She has green skin and fangs and wears clothes that fit perfectly, most importantly the hat. She probably was somehow teleported to Golarion- which could be both thanks to a Spark's experiment or due to conjuration, and has false memories according to which she is a half-orc.
Aroden fell into a black hole.That's why his death couldn't be foretold: because the "no information can escape" rule applies to metaphysical information being flung backwards in time (the raw material of prophecy) as well as mundane stuff. (Not to mention all the temporal weirdness inherent in black holes and such.)
Alchemists' Sunlight Bombs are tiny hydrogen bombs.I suppose it's more likely that they just include some kind of flash powder that gives off ultraviolet light as it burns, but - Rule of Cool.
Nethys is really Nyarlathotep.We've been told in many places that Narly had a great deal of influence over ancient Osirion, but in "Lost Kingdoms" it is revealed that Nethys manipulated the first Pharaoh and his successors to create and shape the kingdom. Perhaps the insane god of magic, creation, and destruction is really the Dark Pharaoh in a guise that lets him be worshiped alongside the more conventional deities without raising an alarm?
Aroden killed himselfWhy? Just before his scheduled return, he saw a prophecy. Something bad on the 'Rovagug gets out" scale. The only way to disrupt it required a major sacrifice. Something akin to the life of a God.
The 4th Bestiary will not stat CthulhuThe cover of Pathfinder Bestiary 4 appears to show the great old one Cthulhu. Let's think about this, Chtulhu is essentially a God and in Pathfinder Gods stas usally look something like this: CR: Ha Ha Ha No. So what's the creature shown on the cover? This tropers theory: Star-Spawn. They've been statted before, just not in one of the bestiaries and they've been depicted as being beatable (albeit very difficult to kill).
- However the page on Paizo's website claims that the 4th Bestiary will correspond with the release of Mythic Adventures so I suppose statting Gods might still be possible.
- It's been confirmed to be Cthulhu by Word of God, so Jossed.
- Specifically, Great Old Ones like Cthulhu and Hatsur are on the level of Demon Princes and Emperyal Lords, which also got stats in Bestiary 4. True Gods, including Outer Gods like Shub-Niggurath(sp), remain deliberately unstattable.
There will be an adventure path that visits EarthCthulhu is supposed to be slumbering on a distant world - obviously Earth. So there's an opportunity to use the Cthulhu Mythos as a bridge for Pathfinder characters to visit Earth. However, unless Paizo wants to get ambitious and use this as a launch for a Pathfinder Modern game, they probably won't visit modern Earth. The simplest solution would be to drop the characters somewhere in Earth's past. My personal hope would be for the Thirty Years' War - a little more advanced than Pathfinder (ubiquitous guns), full of religious intolerance, and generally not a fun place to be.
- Book Five of the Reign of Winter adventure path (Entitled "Rasputin Must Die!") does just that - the search for Baba Yaga brings you to the world of her birth, during World War One. The specific area is an out-of-the-way prison camp where Rasputin, his supernatural minions and the players can all throw down without messing things up too much. The human soldiers there are blithe to the magic thanks to a combination of their training and the Nosferatu chaplains keeping them all under Charm Person effects to make them oblivious to the supernatural things they're seeing.
Norgorber was a worshiper of Hastur when he was still a mortal.Norgorber's divine form is similar to that of Hastur's, an invisible body wrapped in a cloak; his title, the Reaper of Reputations, takes it's real world inspiration from one of the short stories from The King in Yellow, which is the inspiration for Hastur.
Norgorber is actually a halfling.Or maybe four halflings.
The Starstone Test is about your fearThe Starstone actually represents the greatest fear of mortal life - the unknown. Nothing frightens us more, so the Starstone presents each applicant with a different Test, designed against their greatest fear. If you think about it, the only 4 to ever have passed the test are an Immortal, a Drunk, a Paladin, and an Assassin, all of whom were suited to pushing beyond their fear.