Baphomet

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Baphomet, avatar of Shub-Niggurath, His Dark Majesty

Origin: Scenario "13 Black Candles", by Jeff Woodall, probably from Robert M. Price's attempt to trace Lovecraft's inspiration for Shub-Niggurath?


In the Mythos

An avatar of Shub-Niggurath which appears as a bipedal creature with a goat-like head, human-like torso, arms with claws for hands, goat legs, fishes tail and the reproductive organs of both male and female. It has an awful stench and speaks with a deep voice.
— Scenario "13 Black Candles", by Jeff Woodall

Heresies and Controversies

  • Baphomet may have been an invention of the Inquisition. The origin of the Baphomet myth seems to begin with the charges of the Inquisition against the Knights Templar: the name "Baphomet" seems to be a corruption of the name "Mohammed", and appeared alongside references to the Knights Templar calling upon Allah. It seems the Inquisition was charging that the Knights Templar had converted to some fantastic form of Islam at some point during or after the crusades, with the knights being forced to worship idols of the prophet Mohammed under the name Baphomet, with the idols being described in confessions induced by torture as severed heads, two-faced gods, cats, carvings of hermaphroditic beings, and other diverse creatures, and tortured knights confessing to being initiated into the cult by being forced to spit or urinate upon the cross, submit to acts of sodomy, and other extravagant and outlandish claims. The notion that members of secret societies were being inducted into the worship of strange pagan gods captured the collective imagination of the public, and similar charges were routinely made against Freemasons, unpopular clergy, and others in the following years. A later association of the Baphomet with pagan cults that worshipped goats as fertility or virility symbols led to the most well-known depictions of the Baphomet as an enthroned, goat-headed hermaphrodite with a candle between its horns, a symbol which was adopted by Satanic groups by the early 20th century. (Wikipedia)

Cult

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Associated Mythos Elements

References

  • Shub-Niggurath Cycle, introduction by Robert M. Price: "we may believe that here Lovecraft was inspired by the traditional Christian depiction of the Baphomet Goat, an image of Satan harking back to the pre-Christian woodland deity Pan, he of the goatish horns and shanks."
  • Call of Cthulhu Scenario: "13 Black Candles", by Jeff Woodall

Stats

  • Str 28 Con 20 Siz 28 Int 21 Pow 40 Dex 18 HP 28
  • Damage Bonus +1d8
  • Weapons claw 60%, Bite 55%, gouge with horn 45%, kick 20%
  • San loss 2/2d8