Mi-Go, also called the Migou, Migo, Yehti, Mi-Go Hominids, etc.
Origin: (earliest known story/scenario the creature appears in, indicate whether this is uncertain)
Their association with the Fungi from Yuggoth is obscure, but possibly due to the hominids being a genetic experiment conducted by the Fungi, or by their Martian cousins.
In the far-distant dawn of history, hairy, bipedal proto-human apes were taken from Earth by Horned Martians, dragged into strange chitinous nest-towers gently swaying in the thin air of icy Martian breezes, and then genetically, surgically, hypnotically, and magically altered by their Martian captors into biological vehicles suitable for accepting the transferred minds and personalities of the Horned Martian insect-demons.
Returned to Earth, the resulting "hobgoblins" or "hybrids" - brutish, dwarven, hairless, shambling things with unnaturally-enlarged brains, with a rough, instinctive talent for sorcery and technology and an aberrant psychology - would in time evolve out of their awkwardly-engineered forms into modern Earthly humans.
Others of their kind left on Mars would evolve in parallel, adapted for the dying Martian surface, similarly modified for use there as a labor force and biological "life boat" for use of the Horned Martians against the ravages of their dying world, where in time the pitiful savage slaves would successfully rose up and overthrow their Horned masters, to eventually evolve into the humanoid races of Mars such as Yorhis and Aihais.
Most of these Martian Hobgoblins have evolved from their original form long ago, but a few solitary populations of un-evolved, devolved, and differently-evolved stock may still exist in remote corners of Earth and Mars. For example, a hybrid race descended from a mix of Black Martians and a troglodytic, albino survival of primitive Hobgoblins are said to persist beneath the surface of the Earth today in the form of Deros, while depictions of Martian Hobgoblins in many ways bear a suspicious resemblance to modern Tcho-Tchos, perhaps mixed with unwilling traces of Yellow or White Martian stock; a colony of these creatures is said to lurk in the Himalayan mountains, where they are known as "Migos", and Barsoomian legends are full of stories about mischievous dwarves or goblins that lurk in caverns, vaults, and tombs beneath Martian ruins, and seep through the thin places into the Martian Dreamlands to torment the Barsoomian dream-folk and carry them back to their hellish faerie lands under the surface of Daylands Mars, never to be seen or heard from again....
Pockets of Hobgoblin colonists might also survive, sleeping and dreaming within the shells of the living spacecraft the Horned Martians used to transport the breed to elder Earth, ships which have crashed and lay buried in strange, haunted corners of the world. The ghosts or psychic traces of Martian Hobgoblins seem to haunt the wreckage of these ancient Martian ships, giving rise to modern legends of poltergeists, imps, dwarves, gnomes, familiars, tommyknockers, and other supernatural horrors.
It was of no use to demonstrate to such opponents that the Vermont myths differed but little in essence from those universal legends of natural personification which filled the ancient world with fauns and dryads and satyrs, suggested the kallikanzari of modern Greece, and gave to wild Wales and Ireland their dark hints of strange, small, and terrible hidden races of troglodytes and burrowers. No use, either, to point out the even more startlingly similar belief of the Nepalese hill tribes in the dreaded Mi-Go or "Abominable Snow-Men" who lurk hideously amidst the ice and rock pinnacles of the Himalayan summits. When I brought up this evidence, my opponents turned it against me by claiming that it must imply some actual historicity for the ancient tales; that it must argue the real existence of some queer elder earth-race, driven to hiding after the advent and dominance of mankind, which might very conceivably have survived in reduced numbers to relatively recent times — or even to the present.
— H.P. Lovecraft, Whisperer in the Darkness (fiction)
Heresies and Controversies
Associated Mythos Elements
- location: Mars
- location: Barsoom, the Martian Dreamlands
- race: compare/contrast the engineered Mi-Go Hominids with Frazetta Man, a naturally-evolved ape-creature
- races: Martians, including...