The Elder Gods

Kadath stands atop a great mountain, a beautiful palace carven of every kind of stone, and decorated to delight the senses, the air filled with the sweet smell of perfume, constantly serenaded by an endless, delightful symphony. Deep within it stands a great hall, its ceiling held a hundred feet in the air by twelve elaborately carven pillars, each symbolizing one of the signs of the Zodiac. The walls are covered with mosaics of the mighty deeds of the Great Ones, and the huge bronze doors are sealed with the Elder Sign. The floor is tiled like an arching rainbow, and at the far end from the doors, there are twelve chairs, each carven from a single huge and perfect gemstone, sitting atop a dias of pure jade.

Six men and six women sat in those chairs, gazing down upon Touji and Asuka, who both felt like they were going to melt. Bast had garbed them in simple white robes, belted at the waist, but they both felt naked before the gaze of these beings, and they'd both kneeled instinctively.

They knew some of them. Bast sat among them, as did a god and goddess who resembled the huge statues from King Kuranes' museums, except for being alive and smaller. Another woman reminded Touji of Kuan Yin, or at least how she looked at the shrine he'd gone to a few times. And the one who was on fire looked like a statue King Kuranes had kept near the fireplace. Asuka recognized Nath-Hortath, a blonde man with jet-black skin and pupiless silver eyes, the patron of Celephais.

--Children of an Elder God, Chapter 14

Twelve in number, the Elder Gods are survivors of the War of the Gods which destroyed the Pre-Logrus civilization. As such, they are much weaker than they once were, but their lore still seems potent against their especial enemies, the Outsiders.

The Elder Gods dwell in Kadath in the Cold Waste, a beautiful palace high atop a lonely mountain. For a time, they were locked away by the Gaunt Man, but Princess Kanna and her companions successfully broke the barrier and liberated them. Lian is known to have studied their lore with them.

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