The Xothic Legend Cycle
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The Xothic legend cycle is a series of short stories by Lin Carter that are based on the Cthulhu Mythos of H. P. Lovecraft, primarily on Lovecraft's stories "The Call of Cthulhu" and "Out of the Aeons".

The Demon Trinity

Carter's "Demon Trinity" (Ghatanothoa, Ythogtha, and Zoth-Ommog) were spawned on a planet near the binary star Xoth. They are the progeny of a mating between Cthulhu and the quasi-female entity Idh-yaa.

Sanbourne Institute of Pacific Antiquities

The Sanbourne Institute of Pacific Antiquities is featured in "The Dweller in the Tomb" (where it debuted), "Out of the Ages", and "The Horror in the Gallery". The institute is an anthropological research facility dedicated to the study of the cultures of the Pacific. It is based in Santiago, California and was founded by the son of the late Calton Sanborne II, whose father was a magnate in the tuna-packing industry.


Each story is set in the early 20th century and is told from the point of view of a scholarly narrator. Each narrator in turn becomes the protagonist of the next story in the series.

The entire Xothic Legend cycle (including a prologue) was collected in The Xothic Legend Cycle from Chaosium. A full synopsis of all these stories (readable as one whole story) is available on this site: [1] (GeoCities is gone, so found on web archive)