We are now moving from Shoggoths, the slave species created withTerran biomatter, to their creators the Elder Ones. First things first – please note I am using Robert M. Price’s recommended classification system of Lovecraftian entities and calling the “star-headed aliens” the Elder Ones and not the Elder Things. In addition, the key point, from a purely biological point of view, is that we are moving from Terran life to a truly alien species.
The first item of discussion is the origin of the Elder Ones. We know nothing about the home world of the Elder Ones (if they even have a home world). However, they are obviously alien and not a product of any form of Terran evolution. Thus, as Lovecraft states in At the Mountains of Madness, “They were the great “Old Ones” [Elder Ones] that had filtered down from the stars when earth was young – beings whose substance an alien evolution had shaped, and whose powers were such as this planet had never bred.”
While the Elder Ones are truly alien, they are made of the same matter that composes everything in our known Universe. The two quotes by Lovecraft cited below from At the Mountains of Madness provide evidence for this:
“It was curious to note from the pictured battles that both the Cthulhu spawn and the Mi-Go seem to have been composed of matter more widely different from that which we know than was the substance of the Old Ones [Elder Ones].”
“The Old Ones [Elder Ones], but for their abnormal toughness and peculiar vital properties, were strictly material, and must have had their absolute origin within the known space-time continuum – whereas the first sources of the other beings can only be guessed at with bated breath.”
Thus, the Elder Ones are not part of the same Terran Tree (or Shrub) of Life as the Shoggoths are; the Elder Ones come from an entirely different Tree (or Shrub). But a Tree in the same Forest.
To conclude this entry, I want to briefly discuss the hypothesized evolutionary history of the Elder Ones. Based on their radial symmetry the ancestor of the Elder Ones more than likely was similar to a starfish in appearance.
While this looks like a far stretch from a starfish lying in a shallow tidal pool to a complex interstellar traveler, look at our ancestor below. This is Pikaia gracilens and it is the most primitive member of the chordate family, which is the group of animals that gave rise to all vertebrates (fish, amphibians, reptiles, bird and mammals). This fossil is 505 million years old.
Pikaia gracilens, the most primitive vertebrate (www.news.utoronto.ca)
As mentioned above, this worm-like creature is the ancient ancestor of all vertebrates, including humans. Starting with this humble, 2 inch organism, over 500 million years of evolution gave rise to complex vertebrates such as the one shown below:
Given how over half a billion years of evolution can give rise to humans from worm-like creatures, it certainly seems plausible for an alien evolution to give rise to Elder Ones from starfish-like creatures.
Next time, Elder One society and history on Earth will be discussed. Thank you – Fred