"The Outsiders are evil beings of immense power who, ages ago, loaned their lawnmower to the unicorn and the serpent, who never got around to returning it. They've been trying to get it back ever since, tricking people into offering black and decker accessories to the unicorn in exchange."

--- Dworkin of Gumi-Amber explains the Outsiders to Corrine, A Fistful of Finndos

Motoko folds her hands over the Red Book and stares at them in silence for a while. "Moriya, I've talked to Grandmother before about how the Outsiders work, and to Anthy-san... they were the ones who corrupted her brother, you know. What makes them so potent, so dangerous, is that they work with what's in people's hearts."

Moriya closes his eyes and leans back in his chair. "Yes. Exactly."

Motoko says, "They take the little evils that are in everyone's heart--resentment, bitterness, jealousy--and they turn them into great evils. And they can even take the good things--they can take love--and make it so all-consuming that people will burn worlds in the name of someone they love."

-- Motoko and Moriya discuss the Outsiders

"Nor is it to be thought that man is either the oldest or the last of earth's masters, or that the common bulk of life and substance walks alone. The Old Ones were, the Old Ones are, and the Old Ones shall be. Not in the spaces we know, but between them, they walk serene and primal, undimensioned and to us unseen. Yog-Sothoth knows the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the key and guardian of the gate. Past, present, future, all are one in Yog-Sothoth. He knows where the Old Ones broke through of old, and where They shall break through again. He knows where They have trod Earth's fields, and where They still tread them, and why no one can behold Them as they tread...As a foulness, shall ye know Them. Their hand is at your throats, yet ye see Them not; and their habitation is even one with your guarded threshold. Yog-Sothoth is the key to the gate, whereby the spheres meet. Man rules now where They ruled once; They shall soon rule where man rules now. After summer is winter, after winter summer. They wait patient and potent, for here shall they reign again."

--Translated directly from Olaus Wormius' Latin translation of the Necronomicon.

--Quoted from "The Dunwich Horror" by H. P. Lovecraft.

The Outsiders. Their names whispered in dark corners, promising power and glory to those in the Real universe, seeking ways In from Outside, to regain what they had lost eons ago when the Logrus and Pattern came to be and brought structure to Shadow?. To study them is to risk falling under their sway, for the more you learn about their ways, the more you risk your sanity... as evidenced by Annadil of Chaos, who exchanged his sanity for Power from the Outsiders in order to attempt to open the Gate of Revolution, to try and remake the known universe to his vision. He was defeated, the Font of Power was sealed, and their power was believed to be broken -- or at least curtailed for the time being.

But during the Herald Crisis, the Outsiders tried to force their way In once more, sponsoring a great competition among their greatest servants to become their Herald.

So far, the following beings of dire power or their servants have been encountered in one fasion or another in Unicorn no Seishi and TaMD?. Read more about them, at your peril:

With the fall of Tharkold in 1332, the last of the Herald Candidates was defeated. It is hoped it will be a very long time before they try for another competition to select one...

A list of the major Outsider appearances in the campaigns can be found here.

Chloe of Rebma, a student of Outsider Lore, offers a written caution here.

With Ghroth's capture and eventual destruction, a number of the Outsiders have been severely handicapped due to their reliance on the Stars Being Right (Ghroth's major responsibility) to be able to manifest or gain power.