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This page is (currently) about all generic species of "fishmen" / "fish-men",
related or not to the Cthulhu Mythos.

Overview

The fishmen are near-humanoid but aquatic and fish-like creatures, related to the ancient gods Dagon and Uluath, and inhabiting sunken lost cities.

History

Origins

The aquatic monster (and possibly part of the Old Ones) Dagon was served and worshiped by a race of fish-men,[5][7][8][8][1] to whom there are two known (and non-exclusive) origins:

Uluath, an "Undergod" slumbering in his City Below the Seas in the Pacific Ocean, was served by fishmen as well,[3] though their origin remains unknown.

Pre-Cataclysmic Age

Circa 18,500 BC, a group of fishmen, followers of Dagon, inhabited a city in the Western Sea, on the ocean's floor,[7] and that was ancient before man walked the Earth.

At the time Brule was a child, his father, while fishing, caught such a creature in his nets, and released it, thinking it to be a sea-god.[6]

City of the Fishmen from Savage Sword of Conan Vol 1 132 0001

The city on the ocean's floor

After the evil sorcerer Ohris Dehjmal's living head was thrown into the deepest part of the sea by King Kull of Valusia,[9] he was found by the fishmen inhabiting the ancient city, who took him as their god. Sensing Kull close, on the coastline, Dehjmal had them to infiltrate the fort maned by Zardis, in order to assassinate Kull. Kull fend off the attack and, joined by Brule and Alecto, slaughtered the assassins. As the fishmen directly attacked the fort, chanting his name, Kull deducted that they were in service of one of his many enemies. Regrouping and leading his forces, Kull pushed back the assailants into the sea. Returning to the city, the beaten fishmen grabbed Ohris' head, stopping to obey and worship him, and threw it in the lair of a giant squid.[6] The head was somehow returned back into the box and in the city later.[7]

Fishmen from Savage Sword of Conan Vol 1 186 0001

As described in books

Great Cataclysm

The city would eventually found himself out of the water, in the Hyborian Age nation of Ophir.[7] It is unknown if it was still inhabited at the time of the Great Cataclysm, and was their fate.

Hyborian Age

The following mention describes material mentioned only in a vision in an alternate reality of the Hyborian Age:
The disciples of Dagon, once men, "[became] one with the sea". They were known in tales of "men of the sea", "mermaids", and "sirens" in Argos and Baacha.[5]

Modern Age

Fishmen from Haunt of Horror Lovecraft Vol 1 1 0002

Dagon's worshipers dancing

20th Century

At the time of World War I, a group of fishmen living on an island in the South Pacific worshiped Dagon, and offered him sacrifices in the form of fish and drowned men. One man witnessed their unholy ceremony and the coming of the gigantic Dagon. Rendered insane by the experience, the man managed to flee the island and found himself in San Francisco, where he tried to learn more about what he had seen, and wrote down his story, until he was found back by the fishmen.
That story was later published by H.P. Lovecraft, who wrote it with the man as narrator, under the title "Dagon".[8]

21st Century

McTavish founded Headscroll.com and gathered the faithful of Happyology to end the slumber of Uluath, using an ultrasonic transmitter specifically calibrated to communicate with him in his city. Despite the intervention of Elsa Bloodstone, the device was activated and the city rose from the seas, along with hordes of fishmen. Bloodstone was captured by the fishmen and cultists, until the arrival of Kid Kaiju and his partner Aegis, who accidentally completed the awakening of Uluath. Advised by Kid Kaiju, Aegis was able knock out Uluath. McTavish, under arrest, stated the Dread Lord would rise again.[3]

...[3]

Alternate realities

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Dagon's fishmen were men who "[became] one with the sea". They were known in tales of "men of the sea", "mermaids", and "sirens" in Argos and Baacha.

They raided villages to capture new members, who were controlled and transformed by Dagon. They seemingly caused a change in the sea and the people around a port in Shem or Argos, as the fish left the waters, then the fishermen, then the traders, as fear established into the place. Eventually, they attacked that port, and Conan, who tried to foil the transformation of the townspeople and charged the fish-men, was one of many to be turned by Dagon into one of his mindless slaves. Those fishmen worshiped Dagon, as well as Cthulhu, seemingly.[5]

Notes

See Also

Links and References

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update #3; Annunaki's entry, Dagon's second paragraph
  2. 2.0 2.1 Marvel Zombies Handbook #1; Demons' entry
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Monsters Unleashed Vol 3 #10
  4. Savage Sword of Conan #104; Men of the Shadows Part III
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Savage Sword of Conan #176; The Three Deaths of Conan
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Savage Sword of Conan #132; Kull the Conqueror! The Sea King
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Savage Sword of Conan #186; Horror Out Of Time
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Haunt of Horror: Lovecraft #1; Dagon
  9. Savage Sword of Conan #121; Pieces of Horror
  10. Deep Ones on Wikipedia
  11. Marvel Comics in the 1970s: An Issue-by-Issue Field Guide to a Pop Culture Phenomenon, 2011, Pierre Comtois, quoted in "Lovecraft, Lee and the Elder Gods: Who will win?" by Gredogtales, march 16, 2017
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