In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?
Anybody here read any William Blake? I particularly mean the hard stuff, the wild prophetic stuff. He's got a weird cosmology all of his own. Of particular interest is the depiction of Urizen, the "Ancient of Days", a creator and judge.
What particularly gets me is that Urizen is basically how an Elder God should be portrayed. Rather than a white-hat heroic deus ex machina, the Blake's Elder God is terrifying in his own right, an unfeeling imposer of law and conformity on a world that doesn't particularly need order, a stifler of creativity and a destroyer of love.
Oh, look, he says, another Mythos deity. Gosh, like we need another one. But hey, I was reading poetry and I was feeling Lovecraftian. What can I say?
Urizen (Elder God)
Lo, a shadow of horror is risen
In Eternity! Unknown, unprolific!
Self-closd, all-repelling: what Demon
Hath form'd this abominable void
This soul-shudd'ring vacuum?--Some said
"It is Urizen", But unknown, abstracted
Brooding secret, the dark power hid.
Times on times he divided, & measur'd
Space by space in his ninefold darkness
Unseen, unknown! changes appeard
In his desolate mountains rifted furious
By the black winds of perturbation
For he strove in battles dire
In unseen conflictions with shapes
Bred from his forsaken wilderness,
Of beast, bird, fish, serpent & element
Combustion, blast, vapour and cloud.
William Blake, The Book of Urizen
Urizen is the father of the Elder Gods. In some mythologies, he dragged the original man scremaing from the earth. He is the arbiter and the judge, the imposer of order; he is the implacable enemy of the Outer Gods, the one who sentenced Azathoth to an eternity of mindlessness. But he is also the harsh destroyer of creativity and life. To serve Urizen means to suffer at the hands of one who would leach the life from a man’s heart. Cthulhu eats souls; Urizen crushes them.
Those who call Urizen should beware. He may well drive away the menance at hand, but can very probably become a worse menace.
If called (a very rare occurrence), he appears as an ancient, giant member of of the race of the being who called him, wreathed in darkness and rolling clouds.
Urizen can harness the lightning and the wind as his weapons; once per turn he can also tame the soul of any non-divine being with a touch. A victim who, when touched by the god’s hand and who fails in a POW vs. POW struggle becomes the mechanistic, emotionless servant of the Elder God’s will for ever more.
Urizen, the Self-Contemplating Shadow
Armour: No armour. If reduced to 0HP, Urizen returns to the unearthly palace whence he came.Code:STR 32 CON 50 SIZ 38 INT 44 POW 60 DEX 20 Move 10 DB +3D6 HP 44
Spells: Any, as appropriate, particularly spells to dismiss Outer Gods, Great Old Ones and their Servitor Races.
SAN:0/1D4 SAN to see Urizen.
Code:Attacks Attack % Damage Lightning Bolt 100% 6D6 Touch/Fist 95% 1D3+DB or POW vs. POW struggle to avoid soul destruction