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Quote1.png Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Ctulhu R'lyeh wgah-ngal fhtaga![2] Quote2.png
Disciple of Dagon during the Hyborian Age[src]

R'lyeh (also written R'Lyeh) was a city created by the Great Old Ones, extradimensional near-gods.[3]

History

Origin

R'lyeh was one of the ancient underwater cities founded by the Great Old Ones long before the establishment of Atlantis. The Great Old Ones also spawned terrible creatures, such as the Aqueos.[3]

Hyborian Age

Quote1.png Tublat R'lyeh! Tublat Yuggoth! Tublat Set! Quote2.png
--Priest of Set[src]

During the Hyborian Age, circa 10,000 BC, the Great Old One Cthulhu allegedly slumbered there, according to the eldritch language chant of the men of the sea worshiping Dagon: "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Ctulhu R'lyeh wgah-ngal fhtaga!"[2]

To avenge himself from Captain Dalvalte who tortured him, left him for dead and stole his daughters, Reimos allegedly entered in contact with many Old Ones, the Black Gods of R'Lyeh, who offered him his spider-infested castle.[4]

R'lyeh's name was also invoked in incantations by the likes of priests of Set along with those of Set and Yuggoth,[5] or Thulandra Thuu, along Tsathoggua's and Nyarlethotep's names.[6]

War with Atlantis

When the Atlanteans came to the seas, they fought the Great Old Ones for millenia, eventually killing or imprisoning them, though their spawns persisted into the Modern Age.[3]

200 A.D.

Quote1.png By the black secrets of R'lyeh, who are you that Hell itself quails before you? Quote2.png
--Atla, the witch-woman of Dagon-Moor[src]

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Circa 200 A.D., the names of R'lyeh[7] and its Black Gods were still invoked.[8]

Modern Age

When Doctor Strange weakened the barriers containing the Old Ones, a "thing from R'lyeh" was let loose and harassed Jacob Roark in his cabin where he had retired himself to meditate for five years, and whose greater magical potential had been awakened by the same event, and whose energies was the only thing holding the thing's shape. Roark eventually relinquished his magical potential on Strange's counsel, and the thing departed.[9]

Erich Zann reciting a spell from the Book of R'lyeh

Alternate realities

Earth-TRN566

The Book of R'lyeh (or R'lyeh Texts) were ancient and dreaded writings foretelling the awakening of the Dweller in Darkness (who laid sleeping beneath the ground of Salem Center for centuries).[10]

Earth-TRN672

During the Hyborian Age, Cthulu allegedly slumbered there, according to the eldritch language chant of the men of the sea worshiping Dagon: "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Ctulhu R'lyeh wgah-ngal fhtaga!"[2]

Residents

The Great Old Ones (including possibly the Thing from R'lyeh, the Black Gods of R'Lyeh, and Cthulhu), and their servants, seemingly including the Aqueos.[3]

Notes

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