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"In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming..." - English translation of Aklo verse

This article is written on a topic within the Greater Cthulhu Mythos based on information from works in the Mythos. By default, all information is to be assumed to derive from the Lovecraft Myth Cycle unless otherwise marked.

*This article or section contains information based on sources in the Expanded Cthulhu Mythos, and not based on H.P. Lovecraft's works directly.

Aphoom-Zhah (The Cold Flame) is a Great Old One that appears similar to Cthugha but cold and grey.


Aphoom-Zhah was spawned by Cthugha during his visit to Hyperborea. There, Aphoom-Zhah was worshipped as a god. This put him in direct competition with other polar gods (Rhan-Tegoth and Rlim Shaikorth) which began to dispute with him for devotees.

This situation remained stable for some time, until the Elder Gods arrived to destroy them. Rhan-Tegoth was sunk in a comatose state and Rlim Shaikorth was thrown to the sea aboard an iceberg. However, when they were about to apprehend Aphoom-Zhah, it reacted with such violence that it froze the regions of Hyperborea Lomar and Zobna, giving rise to the North Pole.

This history is collected in the Pnakotic Manuscripts Manuscripts .

Aphoom-Zhah likely spawned the Gnoph-Keh, Rhan-Tegoth, and Voorm. Though no human cult worships this being, Aphoom-Zhah is revered by the Gnoph-keh, the Voormi and his own race of minions; the spectral Ylidheem.

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