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Spike Valance’s Cthulhu Mythos – Perse, The Bitch Goddess (Great Old One)

 

“[…]Her hood is down, and Melda sees she is not even close to human, she is something other, something beyond human understanding. In the moonlight her face is ghastly and full of knowing. […]. The breeze blows apart the snakes of her hair; Melda sees the third eye in Perse’s forehead; sees it seeing her, and all will to resist is snuffed out in an instant […]”

Stephen King, Duma Key.

 

First of all I have to thank :icondark-precipice: who’s pointed me out this terrific supernatural abomination born from the wicked typewriter (or keyboard) of Stephen King which has quite got all of the “necessary qualifications” to be included in Cthulhu Mythos (as well as a patent reference to Lovecraft in the story introducing her). She is introduced in Stephen King’s novel “Duma Key” (2008) and, believe it or not, I’ve took 3 days only to “devour” the book (>700 pages!) to know more about her: though nearly one third or less of book pages were enough for the plot in a nutshell, it was really worth reading. Parts in italic are personal considerations or original additions to character’s fact sheet (links to Great Old Ones too).

Perse (abbreviation for Persephone, Queen of the Underworld in Classical Mythology) is a maddening entity manifesting as a feminine figure wrapped in crimson robes aboard a ghost ship with a crew of damned souls. Her face is ghostly pale and shows three hollow eyes and twisted mouths making impossible to discern clear features. She uses to contact severely injured subjects with hidden artistic talents inducing them depicting highly realistic vistas at first, then alterations of reality and/or living premonitions of devastating horrors.

Perse shows several affinities with at least three Mythos entities, Hastur the UnspeakableNyarlathotep and Cthulhu of course, especially due to her link to seawater. May she be Hastur’s illegitimate bride? Cthulhu’s step-sister? Nyarlathotep’s girlfriend? We’ll never know (perhaps).

She is associated to red colour and marine depths of Gulf of Mexico and this leads me, as mad hagiographer of Cthulhu Mythos :fuzzydemon::lol:, to infer two things:

1) Perse’s got to have arrived on Earth between Triassic and Jurassic times, when Gulf of Mexico began to form and a severe mass extinction occurred (oh, the coincidence…).

2) Perse is likely bound to some dazzling red star, possibly a garnet orb located in not visible skies of Southern Celestial Pole. I choose Epsilon Octantis, a bright red giant star of Southern Celestial Pole similar to Aldebaran, which is Hastur’s alleged abode according to August Derleth. The reason I’ve chosen Octans constellation? It has to remain a mystery…hehehe…

*Oouuuu, you nasty man*

Perse belongs Stephen King. Artwork and original additions to me.

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:iconyu-gi-nos:
Yu-Gi-Nos Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2017  Student General Artist
She looks scary freaky! How was the story overall?
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:iconspikevalance:
SpikeValance Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Very interesting but the page count could well be reduced to half or one third for me.
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:iconyu-gi-nos:
Yu-Gi-Nos Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017  Student General Artist
Good to know :)
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:iconcapndeek373:
CapnDeek373 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Professional General Artist
Featured… Ladies Night :cthuluwoooo: 
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:iconspikevalance:
SpikeValance Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I see, thanks! :lol:
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:iconcapndeek373:
CapnDeek373 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2016  Professional General Artist
Cthulhu says you are welcome by CapnDeek373
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:iconsxgodzilla:
SXGodzilla Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
she definitely has some similarities with ol' Yellow Rags himself. 

Might have to check this story out.
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:iconspikevalance:
SpikeValance Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree, man. :)

Story is interesting though too much long.
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:iconzkfanart:
zkfanart Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016
Oh, I see Lovecraft is not your only  inspiration ^^ Woa, she is really quite a baddie gal.... not surprised she caused a massive extinction ^^ All those arms add an eerie touch ^^
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:iconspikevalance:
SpikeValance Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Everything dealing with Cthulhu Mythos intrigues me indeed ;)
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:iconzkfanart:
zkfanart Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016
yeah! ;)
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:icongorgonbreath:
gorgonbreath Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Hobbyist
Awesome work!!! :iconbunnyclapplz:
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:iconspikevalance:
SpikeValance Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, dearie. I'm so glad to hear you again. :hug:

A birthday present for you, though in awful delay, is soon to come... ;)
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:icongorgonbreath:
gorgonbreath Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Hobbyist
Thank you so much!! I'm so sorry i have nothing for you, i have been so insane and busy. But i can do a request for you if you like. :D :iconoctopusglomp:
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:iconspikevalance:
SpikeValance Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Never mind. Moreover I'm going to take some time to accomplish your drawing because it's a complex thing...
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:icongorgonbreath:
gorgonbreath Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Hobbyist
Oooh.....i am so intrigued. :plotting:
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:iconlegionaireb:
LegionaireB Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
She's cute!
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:iconspikevalance:
SpikeValance Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
...but wicked... :fuzzydemon:
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:iconlegionaireb:
LegionaireB Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
First rule of the Lovecraft universe: human measures of 'reality' and 'beauty' and 'mores' don't mean squat.
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:icondark-precipice:
dark-precipice Featured By Owner Edited Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
OH MY GOOOOOODS SHE IS TERRIFIC!!! :la: 

I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!!

OMG OMG I'm literally applauding you irl right now! :clap:
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:iconspikevalance:
SpikeValance Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:bow:
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:icondark-precipice:
dark-precipice Featured By Owner Edited Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconclappingplz:

ENCORE! ENCORE!
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:iconspikevalance:
SpikeValance Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Coming soon... ;)
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:icondark-precipice:
dark-precipice Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:woohoo:
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:iconspikevalance:
SpikeValance Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
As I recall, have you inferred some relationship or even a kinship between Perse and another entity of "Stephen King's Mythos"?

I'm alluding to the Crimson King from the "Dark Tower" series. Dark sorcerer Randall Flagg is regarded (or mentioned) as an avatar of Nyarlathotep but as for the Crimson King, one of the manifold embodiments of chaos, things are blurrier, though some connection with Hastur is not unlikely (as with Perse herself after all).

How about? :devilish: ;p
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:icondark-precipice:
dark-precipice Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
TBH I'm gonna headcanon nearly anything, as long as it's entertaining. :lol: Nyarla is definitely more likely, though who knows, Perse might be flying... er, sailing solo.
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:iconspikevalance:
SpikeValance Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
But Randall is already Nyarly. The Crimson King is the "Third Man"... ;p
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