Didymus Whateley

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Didymus Whateley

Origin: "The Tree-House" by Robert M. Price based on ideas by Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire


In the Mythos

In "The Tree-House", the Whateley "twins" from "The Dunwich Horror (fiction)" were actually triplets, Wilbur and his brother having a third sibling named Didymus, with Lavinia's disappearance actually caused by her being spirited away by Didymus, with Lavinia and Didymus living together in a treehouse (the "tree" itself being a Shoggoth or a Dark Young, depending on your interpretation). Didymus is essentially stuck looking somewhat childlike in appearance and proportion, but still human-looking, and has been continuing the work of his branch of the Whateley clan ever since.

Trivia

  • Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire seems to have destroyed the original version of "The Treehouse" many years ago, and believed the majority of the published story and its ideas/imagery are entirely Robert M. Price's, with only a character named John Whateley and the Treehouse being original to WHP; the published version of "The Tree-House" reportedly seems to be about 50-50 split between WHP and RMP: the start is mainly WHP with revisions and additions by RMP and the ending is almost entirely RMP with WHP's original ending being replaced with a completely different one. The character of Didymus Whateley was created by RMP and does not appear in WHP's original version; that story instead features familiar Sesquan character [Robert?] Nelson the child of Sesqua who appears in a number of WHP's early Sesqua Valley tales.
  • The name Didymus is Greek for "twin"; Arius Didymus of Alexandria was a 1st Century BC Stoic philosopher and teacher of Augustus. Fragments of his handbooks summarizing Stoic and Peripatetic doctrines are preserved by Stobaeus and Eusebius, attributed to "Arius"; that his full name is Arius Didymus we know from Eusebius, who quotes two long passages of his concerning Stoic views on God; the conflagration of the Universe; and the soul. Thomas the Apostle ("Doubting Thomas") was also known as Didymus, and a number of other scholars, theorists, philosophers, and writers have born the same name.

Keeper Notes, Heresies and Controversies

  • Didymus Whateley comes across as very intelligent and ambitious, at least on par with Wilbur and Wizard Whateley, so I've always thought that he'd make a great master villain for a campaign. (Dante7)

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