After discovering that the Elder Gods of Earth could obtain more power by devouring each other at the cost of becoming demons, they warred with each other. One of the Elder Gods, Gaea, refused to participate and instead called upon the Demiurge to birth Atum. Atum became Demogorge the God-Eater and slayed most of the Elder God demons, but Chthon managed to avoid the cleansing by escaping to another dimension. Before he did, he wrote the Darkhold which would serve as his link to the Earth. Along with his "brother" Set's Serpent's Sea, the Flickering Realms were the first two Inner Planes, dimensions located in the close vicinity of Earth.
Trapped in his dimension, Chthon then went to slumber, intending to one day return. He granted powers to the Darkhold's users, who forfeited their souls. At one point, he nearly returned but he was driven back by a group of five warriors known as the Darkhold Defenders.
When the true Darkhold was unearthed in Abysmia and was read by Doctor Doom, it opened a path to the Other-Realm. Doom entered Chthon's domain with the intent of killing him but he failed and was cast out. Victorious and the Scarlet Witch gathered a modern iteration of the Darkhold Defenders -Iron Man, Blade, Wasp, Black Bolt, and Spider-Man- to defeat Chthon. Although those five were corrupted by the Darkhold, they were nevertheless sent to the Other-Realm and destroyed Chthon's army. Chthon appeared in his true form and attempted to leave the Other-Realm, but was confronted by Doom and his former vessel, Wanda. Wanda absorbed the true Darkhold, which gave her the power to absorb Chthon in his entirety. With Chthon no more, Wanda returned everyone home.
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There was no map of the Flickering Realms, due to the constant change of its landscape. This one could include sands, swamps, snow and stone, and even bleeding stone or burning snow, the only constant of the realm being danger.
- In Carnage Vol. 2, which depicted Chthon as a stand-in for Cthulhu, "K'lay" was mentioned in the sentence "Ph'nglui mglw'naft Chthon K'lay wgah'nagl fhtagn" from Carnage (Vol. 2) #15, revamping of the famous sentence "ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn".
- The Chthonic Island was another analogous location of R'lyeh, appearing in the same story arc.
- In Carnage (Vol. 2) #14, it is mentioned by Victoria Montesi that her family worked to prevent the return of the "Elder Gods of the Other-Realm", instead of a single Elder God, Chthon.
- Those Elder Gods of the Other-Realm might also be the N'Garai, who have been named "Elder Gods" on occasion. Furthermore, the dimensions of Chthon and of the N'Garai are sometimes mixed (see bellow).
- The Dimension of the N'Garai is known to exist within Chthon's dimension. but that latter has been named "Dimension of the N'Garai" as well, possibly by metonymy or error. It was changed to "Dimension of the Darkhold" in the continuation of Marvel Tarot in "Mystic Dimensions - From the Journals of Ian McNee", in Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z #12
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