Brood of Ubbo-Sathla

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The Brood of Ubbo-Sathla

Origin: "Ubbo-Sathla" by Clark Ashton Smith.

Headless, without organs or members, it sloughed from its oozy sides, in a slow, ceaseless wave, the amebic forms that were the archetypes of earthly life... And there, to the goal of a forgotten search, was drawn the thing that had been -- or would sometimes be -- Paul Tregardis and Zon Mezzamalech. Becoming a shapeless eft of the prime, it crawled sluggishly and obliviously across the fallen tablets of the gods, and fought and ravened blindly with the other spawn of Ubbo-Sathla.
— Clark Ashton Smith, "Ubbo-Sathla"

The Brood of Ubbo-Sathla are mindless, shapeless, amoebic masses of protoplasm that inhabited the early Earth, before the emergence of the first continent from the primal mire. They are continually spawned by the idiot demiurge Ubbo-Sathla by a process of sloughing.

Incautious use of the Crystal of Zon Mezzamalech may result in the user being drawn back through time to become one of the Brood of Ubbo-Sathla, losing all consciousness and memory in the process.

Heresies and Controversies

It has been suggested by students of eldritch lore that Ubbo-Sathla may be, or may be related to, the shapeless being Abhoth who dwells in a cavern deep beneath Mount Voormithadreth, and similarly produces protoplasmic spawn.

Associated Mythos Elements

References

  • Clark Ashton Smith, "Ubbo-Sathla" (1933)