Nyarlathotep (the Crawling Chaos)

Nyarlathotep differs from the other beings in a number of ways. Most of them are exiled to stars, like Yog-Sothoth and Hastur, or sleeping and dreaming like Cthulhu; Nyarlathotep, however, is active and frequently walks the Earth in the guise of a human being, usually a tall, slim, joyous man. Most of them have their own cults serving them, while Nyarlathotep seems to serve them and take care of their affairs in their absence. Most of them use strange alien languages, while Nyarlathotep uses human languages and can be mistaken for a human being. Finally, most of them are all powerful yet purposeless, yet Nyarlathotep seems to be deliberately deceptive and manipulative, and even uses propaganda to achieve his goals. In this regard, he is probably the most human-like among them.

Nyarlathotep enacts the will of the Outer Gods, and is their messenger, heart and soul; he is also a servant of Azathoth, whose wishes he immediately fulfills. Unlike the other Outer Gods, causing madness is more important and enjoyable than death and destruction to Nyarlathotep. In this sense, he strongly resembles the traditional role of the devil.

Nyarlathotep has many forms (some literature refers to these forms as Masks and claims that he has a thousand of them) and is thus known by different avatars.
And it was then that Nyarlathotep came out of Egypt. Who he was, none could tell, but he was of the old native blood and looked like a Pharaoh. The fellahin knelt when they saw him, yet could not say why. He said he had risen up out of the blackness of twenty-seven centuries, and that he had heard messages from places not on this planet. Into the lands of civilisation came Nyarlathotep, swarthy, slender, and sinister, always buying strange instruments of glass and metal and combining them into instruments yet stranger. He spoke much of the sciences - of electricity and psychology - and gave exhibitions of power which sent his spectators away speechless, yet which swelled his fame to exceeding magnitude. Men advised one another to see Nyarlathotep, and shuddered. And where Nyarlathotep went, rest vanished; for the small hours were rent with the screams of a nightmare.
—H.P. Lovecraft, "Nyarlathotep"
by Cynnie April 25, 2007
One of the various extra-dimensional horrors of the universe, within the Cthulhu Mythos. Has many forms.
Nyarlathotep is the Messenger of the Outer Gods.
by Nicodemus August 19, 2004
Nyarlathotep is the soul and messenger of the Outer Gods, an utter paradox. It is utterly mad, because all Outer Gods are mad, but operates and carries out the will of the Outer Gods with perfect logic and calculations. It can take any form it has met, and it has met over a thousand species all over the universe. It is destined to one day destroy the earth, and is credited with handing humanity the knowledge to make nuclear weapons. He used to dwell within The Shining Trapezodehron; an Egyptian artifact, but was freed accidentally by a physicist when he threw it in a bay.
Wait a minute, if Nyarlathotep's the one who introduced nukes, then science really is evil, isn't it?

No dipshit, only mankind is.
by Kerik July 11, 2006
stupid motherfucker that wants to be nyar, but plays everquest all day and has no fucking life.
nyarlathotep, go suck dick u fucking looser.
by yanar April 14, 2004

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