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Is there a type of "Blood God" in the Lovecraft "Universe"?
Something like a creature that is heavily connected with blood in any kind of form.

I need it for a backstory of a character who is a Cultist and I want to have him worship a "God" who he constantly sacrifices blood to.

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  • If you're looking for anything then this is too broad and should be closed as such, limiting it to the Lovecraftian universe is perfectly fine though so I have edited that part out.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Mar 4, 2019 at 9:00
  • I don't think "any kind of Blood God" is too broad. But i do know what you mean i just don't want people to hold back when they know something, because i asked for a Lovecraft thing.
    – Reitô
    Mar 4, 2019 at 9:03
  • It wouldn't be unheard of for writers who can't find an "old one" that precisely matches their requirements to instead create their own, or simply use an existing one to serve another purpose. The option is there if none can be found.
    – user107907
    Mar 4, 2019 at 9:36
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    Would your cultist also be required to collect skulls for some sort of furniture?
    – Josh
    Mar 4, 2019 at 9:51
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    Hello sir, would you have a moment to talk about Khorne, our Lord and saviour? Also, would Star Vampire - straight from the Mythos - count?
    – Yasskier
    Mar 4, 2019 at 19:31

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There are lots of Cthulhu Mythos deities that could be related to blood, although neither of them is indeed called "the blood god", but let me try describing a few that would come close:

Yibb-Tstll - the Patient One

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Yibb-Tstll (The Patient One) is an obscure god, said to watch at the center of all time as the universe revolves. Because of this insight, only Yog-Sothoth is said to be wiser. Its blood, the Black, is a weapon which takes the form of black snowflakes that stick to and smother a victim. The god's touch causes an instant change in the person affected—this change is usually fatal but occasionally brings some benefit.

It is also said, that he is constantly feeding some vampire-like creatures.

Nyarlathotep - the messenger of the Gods

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Nyarly is a bit of a do-it-all god, since he is an acting will of all other Outer Gods and many of the Great Old Ones. Contrary to them, he actively walks among humans since in one of his thousand forms looks like an ordinary, although very black (yeah... HPL was a bit of a xenophobe) human, often associated with Christian Devil. It is not hard to imagine, that he would be quite happily posing as some sort of a blood good

Y'golonac - The Defiler

While Nyarlathotep is a bit of a trickster kind of a devil, Y'golonac is evil with capital "E", to the point that even other Mythos creatures shun him:

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Similar to demonic possession, in that the entity wants to wallow in an orgy of extreme sensory input: savage violence carried out for the wild thrill of it. Torture to create suffering – pain, subjugation and absolute domination – for no other reason than to glut on the energy released in the quiver of nerve endings and pulsing emotions. Bestial acts based on exploring perversion. Yet Y’golonac takes these things to a whole new order of magnitude.


Now, since the OP asked also about Warhammer/WH40k gods lets mention them too. But first of all - for (the most of) them it is not as much the blood itself, but the intention behind the blood offering - if you kill for pleasure - Slaanesh is your guy, if for desire of power - check up with Tzeentch.

But let's focus on the main guy here:

Khorne

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Khorne IS the blood good - he is the god of slaughter, war and murder. His domain covers the most basic and brutal of sentient emotions and actions, such as hate, anger, rage, war and killing. Every act of killing or murder in the material universe gives Khorne power; the more senseless and destructive, the better. However, though Khorne is the god of bloody slaughter, he is also the god of martial pride and honour, of those who set themselves against the most dangerous foes and earn victory against the odds.

His code is simple: blood and more blood. His only temple is the battlefield, his sole sacrament the spilled blood of nations.

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  • Wow this is more than i hoped for, really nicely done. I really think Y'golonac and Khorne are pretty much what i wanted to know. Thank you.
    – Reitô
    Mar 5, 2019 at 11:26

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