Nodens(Lovecraft) Respect Thread

Respect the Elder God

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Power

Nodens is an Elder God, Ruler of Earth and Lord of the Abyss:

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The Elder Gods, Nodens included, gave Cymbaline the power divine, essentially making her an Elder God herself. However, despite her now being in their tier, the Elder Gods can still take away her powers:

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Nodens is so powerful that the Nightgaunts, who are his servants and hold less than a fraction of his power, scare the Great Old Ones such as Cthulhu and Hastur:

And with his hideous escort he had half hoped to defy even the Other Gods if need were, knowing as he did that ghouls have no masters, and that night-gaunts own not Nyarlathotep but only archaick Nodens for their lord.

The Dream-Quest of the Unknown Kaddath

He had met those silent, flitting, and clutching creatures before; those mindless guardians of the Great Abyss whom even the Great Ones fear, and who own not Nyarlathotep but hoary Nodens as their lord. For they were the dreaded night-gaunts, who never laugh or smile because they have no faces, and who flop unendingly in the dark betwixt the Vale of Pnath and the passes to the outer world.

The Dream-Quest of the Unknown Kaddath

He desired to fly to the onyx castle atop unknown Kadath in the cold waste to plead with the Great Ones for the sunset city they denied him, and felt sure that the night-gaunts could take him thither without trouble; high above the perils of the plain, and over the hideous double heads of those carven sentinel mountains that squat eternally in the grey dusk. For the horned and faceless creatures there could be no danger from aught of earth, since the Great Ones themselves dread them. And even were unexpected things to come from the Other Gods, who are prone to oversee the affairs of earth’s milder gods, the night-gaunts need not fear; for the outer hells are indifferent matters to such silent and slippery flyers as own not Nyarlathotep for their master, but bow only to potent and archaic Nodens.

The Dream-Quest of the Unknown Kaddath

The Elder Gods are confirmed as imprisoning the Great Old Ones, such as Cthulhu and Hastur:

In Yuggoth and din Aldebaran the great Old Ones were spawned

Imprisoned by the Elder Gods to wait for long eons!

Enticing humans to release them,

Chanting dreadful songs!

Awake Ye Scary Great Old Ones

Most impressively, Nodens is confirmed as being the one who entombed Cthulhu, indicating superior power:

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The Harlot considers Nodens as capable of destroying her, however not without effort on his part:

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Nodens is so powerful that he reduces Nyarlathotep's hunting horrors to grey dust. Keep in mind that these hunting horrors were tanking, and supposedly causing, the deaths/births of universes around them:

Off that vast hippocephalic abomination leaped the doomed and desperate dreamer, and down through endless voids of sentient blackness he fell. Aeons reeled, universes died and were born again, stars became nebulae and nebulae became stars, and still Randolph Carter fell through those endless voids of sentient blackness.

Then in the slow creeping course of eternity the utmost cycle of the cosmos churned itself into another futile completion, and all things became again as they were unreckoned kalpas before. Matter and light were born anew as space once had known them; and comets, suns, and worlds sprang flaming into life, though nothing survived to tell that they had been and gone, been and gone, always and always, back to no first beginning. And there was a firmament again, and a wind, and a glare of purple light in the eyes of the falling dreamer. There were gods and presences and wills; beauty and evil, and the shrieking of noxious night robbed of its prey. For through the unknown ultimate cycle had lived a thought and a vision of a dreamer’s boyhood, and now there were re-made a waking world and an old cherished city to body and to justify these things. Out of the void S’ngac the violet gas had pointed the way, and archaic Nodens was bellowing his guidance from unhinted deeps. Stars swelled to dawns, and dawns burst into fountains of gold, carmine, and purple, and still the dreamer fell. Cries rent the aether as ribbons of light beat back the fiends from outside. And hoary Nodens raised a howl of triumph when Nyarlathotep, close on his quarry, stopped baffled by a glare that seared his formless hunting-horrors to grey dust. Randolph Carter had indeed descended at last the wide marmoreal flights to his marvellous city, for he was come again to the fair New England world that had wrought him.

The Dream-Quest of the Unknown Kaddath

Physical capabilities

Nodens easily knocks over a boat just by getting out of the water:

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Nodens punches the Harlot:

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Nodens endures getting his attack reflected back on him by Nyarlathotep's avatar:

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Nodens survives getting thrown a vast distance by Nyarlathotep's avatar:

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Energy/Storm Manipulation

Nodens summons a storm of energy and uses it to engulf Nyarlathotep's avatar, though the latter does easily break out of it:

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When Nodens attacked Nyarlathotep's hunting horrors, it was likened to stars bursting into dawns which then became "fountains of gold". It also reduced the hunting horrors to grey dust:

Stars swelled to dawns, and dawns burst into fountains of gold, carmine, and purple, and still the dreamer fell. Cries rent the aether as ribbons of light beat back the fiends from outside. And hoary Nodens raised a howl of triumph when Nyarlathotep, close on his quarry, stopped baffled by a glare that seared his formless hunting-horrors to grey dust.

The Dream-Quest of the Unknown Kaddath

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