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Ever Their praises, and abundance to the Black Goat of the Woods. Iä! Shub-Niggurath!

Iä! Shub-Niggurath! The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young!

~ A chant used by mulitple human and nonhuman worshipers.

Shub-Niggurath is one of the Outer Gods from the works of H.P. Lovecraft and is described as "The Black Goat In The Woods With A Thousand Young" - although technically without gender this Outer God is often labelled as female and takes on a maternal role, giving birth to many offspring that resemble strange walking trees (or worse, depending on the breed).

She is the spouse of Yog-Sothoth who is the mother of Nug and Yeb and the grandmother of Cthulhu.

Like most of Lovecraft's deities, Shub-Niggurath is neither fully good nor evil but amoral, yet her presence inspires madness and degeneration in human beings and is completely alien to them; thus she and her kind are feared and maligned by most humans.