On the Subject of The Necronomicon

Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.

  • The module consists of a book, containing a portion of Abdul Alhazred’s “The Necronomicon” (original title: Kitab al-Azif), a cryptic manuscript containing many secrets of the cosmos. Its presence has caused a disturbance in the time-space continuum, resulting in the opening of a gate to The Dreamlands. In order to disarm the module, perform the correct incantation to close the portal and save all of Humanity!
  • To perform an incantation, open the book in a specific chapter for a period of 5 seconds. Performing an incorrect incantation will cause a strike and forcefully close the book.
  • Press the book’s cover to open it. The top of each page will display its chapter number. To turn a page, press its bottom right corner. If you find a page containing only 8 large symbols, you’re at the edge of madness. This is as far as you are able to study the book. Staying in this page for more than 5 seconds will always cause a strike and trying to turn it will forcefully close the book.
  • In order to determine the correct incantation, you must first determine the origin of this copy of The Necronomicon. Refer to “Guide to The Dreamlands” in order to do this. Then, determine which chapters are eligible to contain the correct incantation using “Chapters of The Necronomicon”. Finally, consult “Closing a Gate” to determine chapter priority.
  • Unfortunately, this excerpt of The Necronomicon is not written in its original Arabic or in any other human language. It is written in R’lyehian, an ancient cosmic language of which we know very little. Refer to “R’lyehian Glyphs and Vocabulary” to help translating any text.

Guide to The Dreamlands

Determining Book’s Place of Origin

Use the color of the book’s cover and the following table to determine the book’s place of origin.

Cover’s Color Red Yellow Blue Purple Green
Place of Origin Plateau of Leng Sarnath Dylath-Leen Yuggoth R’lyeh

Determining Book’s Transcriber

This excerpt of The Necronomicon has been transcribed by an high priest of a cult worshiping one of the Great Old Ones.

In honor of their deity, they have inscribed one of its names in the book cover. Translate the R’lyehian expression and refer to the following family tree to determine which Great Old One it refers to.


Azathoth
The Daemon Sultan
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The Nameless Mist
The Nameless Mist
Nyarlathotep
The Crawling Chaos
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Cxaxukluth
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Ycnàgnnisssz
Abhoth
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Zstylzhemghi
Matriarch of the Swarm
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Ghizguth
Sound in the Waters
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Tsathoggua
Sleeper of N'kai
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Yhoundeh
The Elk-Goddess
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Ugga-Naach
Ugga-Naach
Yog-Sothoth
The Key and the Gate
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Shub-Niggurath
The Black Goat
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Rokon
Rokon<br>
Yig
Father of Serpents
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Yidhra
The Dream Witch
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Ayi’ig
The Serpent Goddess
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Nug
The Twin Blasphemies
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Yeb
The Twin Blasphemies
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Kthanid
Kthanid<br>
Cthulhu
The Sleeper of R’lyeh
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Hastur
The King in Yellow
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Ithaqua
The Wind-Walker
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Sk’tai
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Idh-Yaa
The Mighty Mother
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T’ith
T'ith<br>
Cthylla
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Ythogtha
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Ghatanothoa
Ghatanothoa<br>
Zoth-Ommog
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Shathak
Shathak<br>
Zvilpogghua
Feaster from the Stars
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Male
Male<br>
Female
Female<br>
Agender/
Unknown
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Darkness
Darkness

Chapters of The Necronomicon

For each chapter present, use the following table to decide if the chapter may contain the correct incantation.

Contents May contain the correct incantation if...
1 Description of creatures beyond the threshold of space such as the Tomb Herd. The worshipped god is Tsathoggua or Shub-Niggurath.
2 Description of the powers the Other Name of Azathoth gives the wielder. The worshipped god is Azathoth.
3 Information on the Gulf of S’glhuo. The book’s place of origin is Sarnath or Yuggoth.
4 A chapter on a complicated process capable of resurrecting the dead. The worshipped god is Shub-Niggurath or Hastur.
5 An incantation of Vach-Viraj, used against Nyogtha. The book’s place of origin is Sarnath or R’lyeh.
6 A formula for temporarily banishing manifestations of Ahtu. The worshipped god is any but Nyaralathotep.
7 A ritual accelerating the transformation from Human into Deep One. The worshipped god is Tsathoggua.
8 A passage in the Naacal, no translation is given. The book’s place of origin is Plateau of Leng.
9 Depiction of the Voorish sign. The book’s place of origin is Plateau of Leng or R’lyeh.
10 Description of the Mao ceremony. The book’s place of origin is Dylath-Leen.
11 The story of Kish and Sarnath. The book’s place of origin is Sarnath.
12 An exorcism [not reproduced inside the Latin Wormius version]. The book’s place of origin is Dylath-Leen or Yuggoth.
13 The Zoan Chant - a spell for reflected harmful powers sent against the caster. The book’s place of origin is Sarnath or Dylath-Leen.
Contents May contain the correct incantation if...
14 Mathematical formulas calculation the exact location of R’lyeh. The book’s place of origin is R’lyeh or the worshipped god is Cthulhu.
15 Stories about a Ghoul [torn off the Harvard volume]. The book’s place of origin is Dylath-Leen or R’lyeh.
16 A line of asterisks censored on the Arabian original. The worshipped god is Azathoth or Nyaralathotep.
17 A formula for Mind Transference. The worshipped god is a male ancestor of Kthanid.
18 Instructions on how to make the Powder of Ibn Ghazi. The book’s place of origin is Plateau of Leng or Dylath-Leen.
19 How to create a portal to Nyaralathotep. The worshipped god is Nyaralathotep.
20 A formula capable of opening a gateway to Cthugha. The worshipped god is Cthulhu or Hastur.
21 A passage about the Crawling Ones and the Green Flame Tulzscha. The worshipped god is Azathoth, Nyaralathotep, Yog-Sothoth or Shub-Niggurath.
22 A long chant capable of summoning Yog-Sothoth. The worshipped god is Yog-Sothoth.
23 Information on the Black Pharaoh Nephren-Ka. The worshipped god is Nyaralathotep.
24 A large amount of information on the Antarctic Elder Things. The book’s place of origin is Plateau of Leng or Yuggoth.
25 Information on an ancient aquatic race - the Dwellers in the Depths. The worshipped god is Tsathoggua or Nug and Yeb.
26 An encrypted astrological chart. The worshipped god was referred to by his true name.
27 The Hoy-Dhin Chant. The book’s place of origin is Plateau of Leng or Sarnath.
Contents May contain the correct incantation if...
28 Instructions on how to destroy an egg of Yig using musical notes. The worshipped god is a descendant of Darkness.
29 A description of the Furnace of Nug. The worshipped god is Nug and Yeb.
30 A prophecy foretelling the rebirth of the high priest Nophru-Ka. The worshipped god is Nyaralathotep.
31 A chapter on ’Umr At-Tawil and the ultimate gate. The worshipped god is Yog-Sothoth.
32 A spell to send back Bugg-Shash to its dimension. The book’s place of origin is Yuggoth or R’lyeh.
33 Information on Yomagn’tho. The worshipped god is Tsathoggua or Hastur.
34 Possibly the solution for telepathy. The worshipped god is Azathoth or Cthulhu.
35 Description of multiple species found in The Dreamlands. The book’s place of origin is in The Dreamlands [Plateau of Leng, Sarnath or Dylath-Leen].
36 Formulation of non-Euclidean geometric rules. The book’s place of origin is Yuggoth or R’lyeh.
37 An incomplete list of the descendants of Azathoth. The worshipped god was refered to by a family relationship.
38 Etymological dictionary of the names of the Great Old Ones. The worshipped god was refered to by an alias.
39 An autopsy report of a Mi-Go specimen. The book’s place of origin is Yuggoth.
40 An extensive chronology of the Universe. Always.

Closing a Gate

Use the wheel chart below to determine the chapter priority for having the correct incantation. The priority sequence starts in the cell in the outermost circle corresponding to the worshipped Great Old One, proceed inwards until you reach the circle corresponding to the book’s place of origin. Then, follow that circle clockwise.

The correct incantation is in the first chapter that appears in this sequence and that is both in the book and that meets its condition for having the correct incantation. If no chapters in this sequence meet the requirements, the correct incantation is the chapter that comes first in ascending numerical order and that meets its condition for having the correct incantation.

The circles, from outer to inner, correspond to: Plateau of Leng, Sarnath, Dylath-Leen, Yuggoth and R’lyeh.


9
9
34
34
4
4
8
8
20
20
27
27
14
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10
10
18
18
40
40
36
36
29
29
25
25
17
17
15
15
5
5
1
1
39
39
28
28
37
37
22
22
31
31
13
13
38
38
32
32
7
7
33
33
12
12
35
35
19
19
30
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3
3
24
24
2
2
11
11
16
16
21
21
26
26
Azathoth
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Nyaralathotep
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Tsathoggua
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Yog-Sothoth
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Shub-Niggurath
Shub-Niggurath
Nug and Yeb
Nug and Yeb
Cthulhu
Cthulhu
Hastur
Hastur
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6
6

R’lyehian Glyphs and Vocabulary

Glyphs

R’lyehian is read from left to right, with the glyphs of each word hanging down from a single horizontal line. The following basic glyphs can be converted into latin alphabet letters as follows:

abcdefghijklm

ABCDEFGHIJKLM

nopqrstuvwxyz

NOPQRSTUVWXYZ

1234567890

1234567890

Punctation and Other Rules

Hyphens are represented by three small dots below the letter preceding the hyphen. Apostrophes are represented by a tilted vertical line between two letters. If a word needs to be broken down between two lines, the first line will end with a descending diagonal line and the second line will start with an ascending diagonal line. The following glyphs represent, respectively, “ra”, “r-a”, “r’a”, “ra” (word continues next line) and “ra” (word started last line).


ra r-a r'a ra)(ra

Vocabulary

The following is a list of known words in R’lyehian:

Prefixes
Word Meaning
c- we / our
f’- they / their
h’- it / its
nafl- not
ng- and / then
nnn- watch / protect
ph’- over / beyond
y- I / my
Suffixes
Word Meaning
-agl place
-nyth servant of
-og (emphatic)
-or aspect of
-oth native of
-yar time of
Words
’ai speak / call
’bthnk body / essence
’fhalma mother
ah generic action
ah’ha copy / twin
athg sign / agree to
bug go
ch’ cross / travel
chtenff society
ebumna pit
ee answers
ehye integrity
ep later / then
fhtagn wait / sleep
Words
fm’latgh burn
ftaghu skin/ boundary
geb here
gnaiih father
gof’nn children
goka grant
gotha wish
grah’n lost one / larva
haast’r gold / yellow
hafh’drn priest / summoner
hai now
hanguur cosmos
hlirgh heretic / blasphemous
hrii followers
hupadgh born of
ilyaa expect / await
k’yarnak share / exchange
kadishtu understand
kn’a question
krnug crawl / slither
li’hee on pain of
llll at / beside
lloig mind / psyche
lw’nafh dream / transmit
mg yet
mnahn’ worthless
mnahn’ul sacrifice / goat
n’gha death
n’ghft darkness / black
nglui threshold
nilgh’ri anything / everything
nog come
Words
nw head / place
ooboshu visit
orr’e soul / spirit
phlegeth realm of information
phltagn silver / grey
r’luh secret / hidden
ron religion / cult
ruugnah chaos
s’uhn pact
sathoth ruler / authority
sgn’wahl share space
shagg realm of dreams
shogg realm of darkness
shogg’toth demon / demonic
shtunggli notify / contact
shugg realm of Earth
sll’ha invite
stell’bsna ask / pray for
syha’h eternity
tharanak promise / bring
throd tremble
uaaah (finish spell)
uh’e people / crowd
ulch’ gate / portal
uln call /summon
vulgtlagln pray to
vulgtm prayer
wgah’n reside in / control
y’hah amen
ya I
yog’tah solution / key
zhro (lift spell)