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The Deep Ones Arise by QuantumBranching The Deep Ones Arise by QuantumBranching
"I cannot think of the deep sea without
shuddering at the nameless things that may at this very moment be crawling and floundering on its slimy bed, worshipping their ancient stone idols and carving their own detestable likenesses on submarine obelisks of
water-soaked granite. I dream of a day when they may rise above the billows to drag down in their reeking talons the remnants of puny, war-exhausted mankind -- of a day when the land shall sink, and the dark ocean floor shall ascend amidst universal pandemonium."

- HP Lovecraft, Dagon


A pure fantasy map - Lovecraftian, that is.

No fear, though; humanity, as implied by the title, survives. [1]

I'm assuming

1. If Cthulhu awakes, we're boned. [2] But he's still sleeping.

2. The Deep Ones are made of meat, as are their monster servants. The bigger they are, the better military targets they make. And their weapons are mostly of the pointy metal thing variety. There are billions of them, which does give them a bit of an advantage initially in thinly-armed areas.

3. Sure, they have black magic. But Arkham University and various third-world witch-doctors are on that. (Remember in the 'Shadow over Innsmouth" the Deep Ones in the Pacific were baffled by a bunch of Polynesians with star-stones).

4. Shoggoths are, admittedly, a problem - which calls for high explosives followed by flamethrower mop-up. The shoggoths that serve the Deep Ones are neither as smart nor as huge as those under Antarctica. (If they were, it would soon be by bye Deep Ones).

5. The eventual outcome is MAD. We can't find all their cities, and irradiating the oceans would kill us too. Also, they can summon the Outer Gods - which will kill everyone save Cthulhu and any other Great Old Ones lying about. (hey, if a half-non human hillbilly with access to a good library could do it..)

(My assumption is that a modus vivendi will be arrived at before the world is stripped clean and yanked into a violet-lit infinite abyss).


[1] FOR NOW

[2] My personal no-prize theory? If the Big C just needs somebody to knock on his door for him to wake up, why all the elaborate cultist stuff? No, he slept through the rising and sinking of R'Yleh: he just grew close enough to wakefulness to kill the guys who messed up his ressurrection with a materalized dream of himself: just good ol' ectoplasm, not cosmic monster-flesh. The actual Cthulhu sneers at speeding steamboats.
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Lazarist Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks like everyone except Eastern Europe, Germany, Russia and America are fucked. Hell even the superpowers are economically boned.

Lovely map.
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ZaubererbruderASP Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In every case, humans are fucked. It's only a matter of time
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Yeah, if we're lucky some of us will be able to make it to other dimensions or other planets before the big C. finally wakes...
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ZaubererbruderASP Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh no, I'll stay here and watch them suffer
And maybe I'll meet good old Cthulhu before I'm dead
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socksthedeadhobo Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
Were all the WW2 vets still in Germany when the invasion began?
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Some of them...and of course lots of Soviet forces in the east.
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MagnumInominandum Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Good fun -I rather like your Cthulhu suggestion, which also explains his re-forming after being hit by the ship.
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MaxWriter Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
Sweet. Love this concept.
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guitarfan01 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Considering how New Orleans seems to be a place often afflicted with water-related suffering, the fact that the Hydrogen Bomb is first used there is both sad and darkly amusing.
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socksthedeadhobo Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
How does the naval power of humanity fare in this war?
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:iconquantumbranching:
QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
Poorly. :)
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godofwarlover Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
Did the Axis powers ask Cthulhu for help in this?
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:iconquantumbranching:
QuantumBranching Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
Naah. This is shortly post-war. The Deep ones had been planning to do something about increasingly pesky humanity for decades, and they thought after a long war humans would be exhausted and weakened.

"I dream of a day when they may rise above the billows to drag down in their reeking talons the remnants of puny, war-exhausted mankind", remember?

(The Nazis did try to gain the aid of Outer Powers when the war turned against them. But that is another story. :) )
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godofwarlover Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
Oh. Mi-Go involved?
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:iconquantumbranching:
QuantumBranching Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
The Mi-Go are the folks from Yuggoth, aren't they?
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godofwarlover Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
Yes
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Richard-Onasi Featured By Owner May 14, 2010
Are the Shoggoths at Antarctica a problem during this war, ask because I believe someone would be willingly to let them loose on the Deep Ones. Also are the Aliens from Yuggoth involved at at all?

This is a really awesome map, good work.
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
1. The Allied High Command for some reason decided that a sea full of huge, omnivorous, highly intelligent amphibious Shoggoths really wouldn't be much of an improvement on a sea full of Deep Ones.

2. The Antartic Shoggoths generally pursue a policy of "tear apart and/or devour first, ask questions later" when dealing with intruders in their underground realm. The first successful expedition (first one in which most of the party got back alive and mostly sane, and bearing with them a couple of Old Ones in hybernation mode) was not until after the end of the war with the Deep
Ones.

As for the Fungi From Yoggoth, although they occasionally collect intellectually interesting human brains, they really don't care much who runs the earth as long as their mining operations under New England and Tibet are undisturbed. (Not that the Fungi on earth are that important: they're a bunch of backwoods hicks running some minor mines from the point of view of the ruling class on Yuggoth, which in turn is a back-of-beyond hick town from the point of view of the ultimate parent civilization back home in the dimension of lightless suns). :)
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Condottiero Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
Oh! Nice!
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pytko3 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
Which side has Air-supremecy and does it affect the war?
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
They're fish-frog-people from the seabottom: they don't do planes, although their sorcerors can summon up a good plane-grounding fog, if they aren't too far from water...and yes, this is advantage humanity.
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PG-1987 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
It looks like the USA/USSR-duo saves humanity.
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:iconquantumbranching:
QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
Well, it's not like anyone else is in shape to do the job in the immediate aftermath of WWII...
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