The O's

Observations on the Several Parts of Africa
OlathoŽ
Old Ones, The

O'Malley, Father
Orne Jewelry

Orne, Benjamin
Orne, Eliza 
Orne's Gangway
Outer Ones, The


Observation on the Several Parts of Africa. Book written and published by Sir Wade Jermyn which discussed his bizarre conjectures on a prehistoric white Congolese civilization. The book earned him much ridicule and lent to his being committed to a madhouse in Huntingdon, England in 1765.

Arthur Jermyn, H.P. Lovecraft

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OlathoŽ. Great fabled megalopolis of earth's prehistory.

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Old Ones, The. A race of beings that colonized the Earth over two billion years ago. The Old Ones are described as being over eight feet long, with six foot long barrel shaped bodies about three feet in diameter at the center and one foot in diameter at the ends. The grayish, tough skin hides seven-foot wings in ridges, membranous and ridged on the ends with strange orifices at the tips. Around the center of the body were five stalks that branched into smaller tentacles, giving each talk a total of twenty-five tentacles. Each of these stalk/tentacle combinations extend to a length of almost three feet. The Old Ones' necks are gilled and covered with light gray skin. The head is yellowish and starfish shaped, covered with wiry cilia of several colors. On each of the points is a small flexible yellow tube, at the end of which is a glassy, red-irised eyes. Five longer tubes extend at an angle from the head, ending in a sack filled with sharp white teeth. A single slit in the exact center of the two foot, thick, puffy head is evidently the breathing apparatus. At the bottom of the body is another grayish neck, though this one is without gills. Another starfish shaped growth is at the bottom, this one being green in color. At each tip of this star, tough, muscular arms four feet long and tapering are attached. At the end of each arm is a triangular pad, probably a paddle or fin or psuedofoot.
    Professor Lake of the ill-fated Miskatonic University Expedition discovered the first Old One in a cave unearthed at the base of the Mountains of Madness. Upon close inspection, he related the specimens with creatures discussed in the pages of the cursed Necronomicon. He immediately noted the dogs in his expedition and their obvious hatred for the specimens. Unfortunately for Lake and his group, the specimens were very much alive, even after over fifty-sixty million years of frozen hibernation in the Antarctic. When the creatures awoke from their slumber, they attacked and killed everyone.
    The Old Ones came to Earth before life took shape, traversing the ether on their vast wings. Originally, the Old Ones inhabited the sea, rearing great cities on its floor and fighting epic battles with unnamed denizens. It was here, first as food and then for other purposes, that the Old Ones created life. Among the creatures spawned by the Old Ones were the horrific Shoggoths which are whispered of by Alhazred in the Necronomicon.
    The Old Ones were very artistic in nature, recording their histories in carved murals on the walls of their dwellings. Their long, slender tentacles allowed for undreamed of precision.
    Death seemed almost non-existent to the population, those dying only because of a catastrophically violent act. Their composition of extremely tough hide allowed them to survive under extreme pressures under the ocean as well as in the vacuum of out space. The Old Ones reproduced by means of spores.
    The Old Ones utilized a colonistic, almost socialistic political system. Commerce and trade between the vast sprawling cities of the Old Ones were common, the monetary system seemingly based on the star-shaped soapstones found by Professor Lake.
    About the same time period when the land mass which became the moon was ripped from the South Pacific, the Old Ones faced their first major war with another race from the stars. A race of land dwellers shaped like octopus drifted down from space and waged a monstrous war against the Old Ones, driving them back wholly into the sea for a time. The race was determined to be the prehuman spawn of Great Cthulhu. Finally peace was made between the two races, in which the newer lands which rose from the sea were given to Cthulhu's Spawn, while the sea and the older lands were retained by the Old Ones. On these newer lands Cthulhu's Spawn built R'lyeh, the cursed city whispered in darkness in the pages of the Necronomicon. When R'lyeh sank beneath the Pacific, the Old Ones were once again the supreme rulers of the earth. They feared nothing save a shadow they would not speak of.
    As time went by, the transition from water to land continued within the race. During this period, the Shoggoths presented a problem in control, which soon erupted into the War of Resubjugation between the Old Ones and the Shoggoths. This war occurred around one hundred and fifty million years ago. Finally the Old Ones reigned supreme, taming the Shoggoths for a time.
    During the Jurassic period another threat appeared from space, this time in the form of the Mi-Go. Another bloody war was waged, and in the end the Mi-Go managed to drive the Old Ones out of the northern hemisphere.
    The Old Ones feared nothing more than an area near the Plateau of Leng, a range of mountains taller than any known on the face of the planet. The range is assumed to be the dreaded Kadath in the Cold Wastes spoken of in whispers in the Pnakotic Manuscripts.
    For reasons hard to explain and others more natural, the Old Ones were driven to their beloved city on the Plateau of Leng. Even there, though, they found themselves at threat upon the cooling of the Antarctic and the freezing which threatened their very existence. The Old Ones burrowed deep within the crust of the earth, founding a new city deep beneath the planet's crust in an underground lake shrouded in utter darkness. Whether the city exists now is unknown, though the only humans to try to access the site were driven off in terror by a Shoggoth.
    The Old Ones have been attributed with bringing the Shining Trapezohedron to Earth from dark Yuggoth.
    During his last days of life, Walter Gilman traveled through the angles and curves of Keziah Mason to a place where he saw three of the Old Ones in the witches' company. The location was described as "a boundless jungle of outlandish, incredible peaks, balanced planes, domes, minarets, horizontal disks poised on pinnacles, and numberless forms of still greater wildness-some of stone and some of metal-which glittered gorgeously in a mixed, almost blistering glare from a polychromatic sky." This world had three suns, each of different hue. The city, itself, had pavement of polished stone tiled in bizarre-angled shapes. A balustrade of intricate design stood chest high to him, made of some shiny metal he could not identify. From this balustrade he acquired a small statuette of an Old One which is now on display at the Miskatonic University Museum. After a quick moment he heard someone approaching and turned to see who it was. There he saw five figures, two of which were Keziah Mason and Brown Jenkin. The other three were about eight feet high, shaped like "some ridged barrel object with thin horizontal arms radiating spokelike from a central ring and with vertical knobs or bulbs projecting from the head and base of the barrel. Each of these knobs was the hub of a system of five long, flat, triangularly tapering arms arranged around it like the arms of a starfish." These entities were propelling themselves by a spider-like wriggling of their lower set of star-fish arms.
    Assuming that though Gilman traveled through dimensions, he stayed at present time as indicated, this proves that though the Old Ones are considered extinct within the realm of Earth, they do exist elsewhere in the universe.

At the Mountains of Madness, H.P. Lovecraft

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The Dreams In The Witch-House, H.P. Lovecraft.

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O'Malley, Father. A Catholic priest who resided in Providence, Rhode Island in the mid and late 1800s. Father O’Malley had direct dealings with the battle against the Starry Wisdom sect of the Free-Will Church. He participated in an exorcism of the church to drive the Haunter of the Dark back into the inky abyss from whence it came; though it is reported that the mere presence of a strong and continuous light would have had the same effect. Most citizens who lived in and around the area of the Free-Will Church considered Father O’Malley the expert in all matters related to the Starry Wisdom sect and their fight against it.

The Haunter of the Dark, H.P. Lovecraft.

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Orne Jewelry. A set of strange, unidentifiable jewelry passed down from generation to generation from Eliza (Orne) Williamson’s mother. As of 1930, the set was kept in a safe deposit box by Walter Williamson in Cleveland, Ohio. Though specific descriptions are vague, all agree to describe the jewelry as grotesque and repulsive. Vague legends of bad luck surround the pieces. Eliza’s mother’s French governess had stated that while the pieces ought not to be worn in New England, wearing them in Europe was okay. Artists and archeologists who’ve seen the pieces pronounce their workmanship superlatively and exotically exquisite, though just as unidentifiable. The set includes two armlets, a tiara, and a kind of pectoral; the pectoral adorned with certain figures of unbearable extravagance set in high relief.

The Shadow Over Innsmouth, H.P. Lovecraft

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Orne, Benjamin. Man from Arkham, Massachusetts who was tricked into marrying the half-breed daughter of Captain Obed Marsh. Orne had one daughter from the marriage, Eliza, who was born in 1867 and married James Williamson of Ohio at the age of seventeen.

The Shadow Over Innsmouth, H.P. Lovecraft

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Orne, Eliza. Granddaughter of Captain Obed Marsh and daughter of Benjamin Orne. Eliza was born in 1867 and married James Williamson of Ohio at the age of seventeen.

The Shadow Over Innsmouth, H.P. Lovecraft

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Orne's Gangway. A low-rent district in Arkham, Massachusetts that was mainly peopled by Polish immigrants. It was from Orne's Gangway that the child Ladislas Wolejko was kidnapped by Keziah Mason, Nyarlathotep, and Walter Gilman on the night of 28 April, 1928.

The Dreams In The Witch-House, H.P. Lovecraft.

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Outer Ones, The. Name penned by Henry Akeley describing the Mi-Go. See Mi-Go.

The Whisperer In Darkness, H.P. Lovecraft

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