She was known as the Goat with a Thousand Young, God of a thousand young, the Goat God, the Great Goat God, or gods, the Black Goat gods, Sahb Delanzar, Delanzar, and possibly the Devil.
It allegedly ruled all the Earth at some point.
The "thousand young" represent the babies sacrificed in her name, and are collectively known as the "One Thousand". It is said that these young, as warriors, would "someday lead Sahb Delanzar's avenging army when he comes to consumes the Earth" and that he shall inherit all the kingdoms of the World, ruling all the Earth once again.
During the Hyborian Age, Shub-Niggurath was often invoked under various names, and even materialized herself on occasions.
In the city of Zemizar in Zamora, the Goat God was worshiped as Sahb Delanzar. Their worship included that the faithful were taken up to Alabuzar, the seventh level of Heaven. The goat was the most sacred of all creatures for Delanzar's believers. Delanzar's cult was administered by the Brotherhood of Sahb Delanzar, who tried to complete the One Thousand.
When Slogg-Nhumazdar came to the city, he pretended fealty to Sahb Delanzar and partnered with the Brotherhood in order to take over the slaughter houses. The city prospered thanks to the meat trade controlled by the Brotherhood and administered by Slogg, while the Brotherhood gained gold from Slogg's operation.
As the Zamoran kings conspired against Zemizar and imposed them military and economic sanctions, Slogg began selling goat meat at the slaughter houses to maintain his lifestyle, to the displease to the Brotherhood. Conflict erupted with great damages and casualties, until Slogg offered a truce, stated that he would not sell goat meat anymore, was to marry the high priest's daughter Lissandra, and to be supervised in his own house by the high priest. Lissandra in fact conspired to use the son she had with Slogg as sacrifice to Delanzar.
Still to afford his lifestyle, Slogg started selling goat meat once again, causing tensions with the Brotherhood. He consequently hired the help of Conan to protect him.
The Brotherhood (who tried to slay Slogg and take his son as the final sacrifice) soon opposed Conan whom they view as a threat to the ritual. Eventually, the high priest was slain by Slogg and the son was taken by Lissandra into the underground altar of the Goat God. Slogg and Conan pursued them there, and decimated the Brotherhood. Lissandra shed her own blood to invoke Sahb Delanzar, drawing the symbol of power on a stone talisman. His apparition caused the panic among the worshipers. Delanzar grasped Conan to devour him, but Conan managed to shatter the stone talisman, causing pain and strength loss to the Goat God, and letting Conan tumbled free. The Goat turned his attention towards Slogg and Lissandra whom he devoured, before vanishing as the catacombs were collapsing.
To avenge himself from Captain Dalvalte who tortured him, left him for dead and stole his daughters, Reimos allegedly entered in contact with the Old Ones, the Black Gods of R'Lyeh, the Goat with a Thousand Young and the children of Great Cthulhu, who offered him his spider-infested castle.
During an unidentified medieval-like era, a soldier was given orders by his king to wipe out an area from alleged rebels, who were in fact harmless nomads and included a witch-woman, worshiper of Shub Niggurath. After slaughtering the nomads (who resisted with savagery), the soldiers brought to their leader the witch-woman, who cursed him and his descendants on her mistress Shub Niggurath's name, as he stole her medallion and killed her. After he had his men to burn the corpses to erase evidence of the error, the soldier spontaneously burned up.
For generations, the soldier's descendants came back to the plateau, where they disappeared, generating a mystery that haunted his family, and prompting the sons to return and search for clues of their father's fate. Jack at his turn came to the plateau with a guide, Yagar. There, he found the medallion at his turn, experienced the vision of his ancestor's crimes, and finally encountered an apparition of the witch-woman who repeated her curse. Jack's body immediately exploded and turned to dust.
The invocation of the "hand of Sahb Delanzar", by drawing blood and using it to form the "Eldritch symbol of power" could raise the dead as fighters. The vision of the same symbol, wielded as an amulet by their targets, made the dead stop their attack.
A curse said while invoking her name was able to torment its victim and his descendants across the generation, inducing them with visions of their ancestor's crime, and killing them by various ways: The initial cursed man spontaneously burst in flames, while his descendant Jack exploded and turned to dust.
The Goat God was seen to suffer and lose strength as a talisman withe eldritch symbol of power used to invoke him was shattered.
Creation and first appearance
- Shub-Niggurath, The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young, was created by H. P. Lovecraft, and first mentioned in "The Last Test" (1928). She was not described by Lovecraft, but was developed by other authors, including August Derleth, Robert Bloch and Ramsey Campbell.
- The Demons' entry in Marvel Zombies Handbook #1 state that Shub-Niggurath first appeared in Savage Sword of Conan #36, where a demon described as "a shapeless mass of cloudy something" was invoked and appeared, unnamed. The entry also lists the Demon of Smoke (a name fitting the description of the monster) as appearing in that issue.
- The entry also mentions that Zeriti summoned a "smoke demon" of "unknown origin".
- A website reprising the listing moved Shub-Niggurath's first appearance or mention to Savage Sword of Conan #64, where the "Great Goat Gods" are invoked.
- The first named appearance occurred in Savage Sword of Conan #125, where the Great Goat God, the God of a Thousand Young, is named "Sahb Delanzar". It is unclear if that being is indeed the same, despite resemblance in the titles.
- Niggurab, mentioned in Avengers #353 (September, 1992), was considered by the Appendix to be a Marvel reference to Shub-Niggurath. The Demons' entry in Marvel Zombies Handbook #1 confirms that both Old Ones exist alongside.
- As "Shub-Niggurath", the Goat is female, but as "Sahb Delanzar", it is male.
- In Lovecraft's work, Shub-Niggurath is female.
- Shub-Niggurath is alternatively described as an individual entity ("Goat with a Thousand Young", "Goat God"), or as a group (the "Black Goat gods", the "Great Goat gods").
- Some of her aliases mentions thousand of young ("Goat with a Thousand Young", "God of a thousand young"). In the case of Sahb Delanzar, the thousand young represent the babies sacrificed to him, and are collectively known as the "One Thousand").
- In Savage Sword of Conan #125, the Great Goat God was named "Sahb Delanzar" or simply "Delanzar". Despite not being called "Shub-Niggurath" and being depicted as a male entity, that entity was seemingly her, as her aliases ("Goat God", "Great Goat God", "God of a thousand young") fit with Shub-Niggurath's aliases.
- The Goat God often wondered why babies were sacrificed to him, when there's more meat on adults.
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Savage Sword of Conan #200
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Marvel Zombies Handbook #1; Demons' entry
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Haunt of Horror: Lovecraft #1; A Memory
- ↑ 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 Savage Sword of Conan #125
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Conan the Barbarian #141
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Savage Sword of Conan #64
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Shub-Niggurath on Wikipedia
- ↑ Comics Wire, "Doctor Strange ou comment j’ai appris la sorcellerie et à aimer Lovecraft"
- ↑ Demons et Principats on Marvel-World.com
- ↑ Lloigoroth's section on the Legion of the Unliving "IV" page, on Marvunapp/The Appendix
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