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Elder Gods Tarot Project

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Elder Gods Tarot


For quite some time, I drew (or at least I tried to) monstrous deities from the Cthulhu Mythos. Then one of my victims players from my Call of Cthulhu RPG campaigns brought to my attention the following suggestion:

- "Why not making a card game with all theses horroowagagAAAAAAAAAH ?" he said before running and screaming while waiving his arms in the air.

So after putting him out of his misery, I decided to do it. This is my plan and how I see the distribution :


Major Arcans



Minor Arcans


CUPS/EYES (Aqua) - Those that are below



COINS/PENTACLES (Terra) - Those that are above



SWORDS (Aera) - Those that are beyond



BATONS/MASKS (Pyro) - The one that is Masked



The back of the cards would be Yog-Sothoth, for it is one and many, contiguous to all while still outside to all. "As" stands for Aces(1), "V" for Valet (Jack), "C" for Cavalier (Knight/Horseman), "D" for Dame (Queen) and "R" for Roi (King). The attributions and choices of entities are guided partly by what I wanted to draw and partly by a rough "classification" of the extended Mythos entities from Lovecraft, Chambers, Ramsey, Clark Ashton Smith, Lumney, Dusanny and such. I choose to put Mister N's avatars in the Batons set and they will be drawn last. This is due to my ongoing RPG campaign (The masks of you-know-who).


So people, what do you think of it ?

Is it silly? Is it madness? Is it just a geek/fanboy/stupid thing to do? Is is a blasphemy? Is it doable? Do you disagree about the affectations I planned?


Please share your input on this silly project of mine.

Elder Gods Tarot Project
Elder Gods Tarot
For quite some time, I drew (or at least I tried to) monstrous deities from the Cthulhu Mythos. Then one of my victims players from my Call of Cthulhu RPG campaigns brought to my attention the following suggestion:
- "Why not making a card game with all theses horroowagagAAAAAAAAAH ?" he said before running and screaming while waiving his arms in the air.
So after putting him out of his misery, I decided to do it. This is my plan and how I see the distribution :
Major Arcans
I.Tsathoggua, The Magician (or The Magus)
II.Chaugnar Faugn, The High Priestess
III.Shub-Niggurath, The Emperess
IIII.Ubbo-Sathla, The Emperor
V.
 

For now the following have been drawn. I will update the list while continuing:

Major Arcans :

The Great Cthulhu
Chaugnar Faugn
Shub-Niggurath
Hastur
Atlach-Nacha
Cthugha, the Living Flame
Ithaqua the Wendigo
Yibb-Tstll
Yog-Sothoth
Y-golonac
Tsathoggua
Mordiggian
Gla'aki
Daoloth, Render of the Veils
Abhoth, Source of Uncleanliness 
Gatanothoa
Azazoth, Daemon Sultan
Ubbo-Sathla
Nug and Yeb, the Twin Blasphemies
Nodens - Lord of the Great Abyss
Ghroth the Harbringer
Hypnos, Lord of Sleep
Green God, the Horror Under Warrendown

Swords :

The colour out of space
Shans, the Insects of Shaggai
Desh, creatures from beyond
Stellar Vampire
Shantak
Byakhee
Dimensional Shambler
Fire Vampires 
Tindalos Hound

Servitor God - Flutist 
The music of Erich Zann - Tru'nembra
Zhar and Lloigor 
Tulzscha the Green flame
Umr Al Tawil - Avatar of Yog-Sothoth

Pentacles :

Rat-thing 
Zoogs
Serpent-Men 
Tcho-tchos
Elder Things
Mi-Go, the Fungis of Yuggoth
Hunting Horrors
Leng Spiders
Nightgaunts
Dark Young
Hagarg Ryonis, the Lier-in-Wait
Yig, the Father of Serpents
Bast, Goddess of all Cats
Quachil Uttaus

Eyes :

Dhole
Cthonians
Great Race of Yith
Ghouls
Animiculi
Gugs
Deep Ones
Chakota
Flying Polyps
Shoggoth 
Eihort - God of the Labyrinth
Shudde M'ell
Mother Hydra
Father Dagon

Masks

The Black Man
The Bringer of Pests
The Dark One
The Floating Horror
The Green Man
Shugoran
Xipe Totec
The Tick-Tock Man
The Dweller in Darkness
The Haunter of the dark (v1)
The Haunter of the dark (v2)
The Bloody Tongue  
The Faceless God 
The Bloated Woman
The Black Pharaoh
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Kenegan's avatar
Fantastic! Love it. Has the deck been completed / released?
Astanael's avatar

Halas ! I've made a copy for a friend and got a lot of tiny details to work on : mostly colors schemes, some typos and so. But the biggest hassle is copyright. You see, Lovecraft and Cthulhu are indeed in the public domain. But lot of the entities I drew are not, coming from various artists work. Brian Lumey, Clarck Ashton smith, Bloch, etc. All in all, Most of this game inspiration comes from the Call of Cthulhu RPG of Chaosium, and it is with them I have to ask if I want to sell something. So far, I didn't took the time to send a demo deck through mail, but I will. Somehow. So thanks for your support, and keep tuned ! Maybe I'll be lucky luck and get approved by Chaosium ^^

DarkSideDuck's avatar
This is madness. In the good way.
Astanael's avatar
I'll take that as a go-to then ^^
DarkSideDuck's avatar
What would you expect from the elder gods?
Astanael's avatar
The gentle embrace of a swift death ?
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