The DM rolls a successful Save vs. Player. The "There is no language..." lines are directly quoted from "The Call of Cthulhu" by H. P. Lovecraft, describing the Great Cthulhu itself. This is also the infamous quote where he writes, "The Thing which cannot be described," then promptly goes about describing it.

When I first heard about the Cthulhu Mythos section of early printings of Deities & Demigods, I was sceptical. However, a quick search shows that it's true. There's a Wikipedia article on the subject, and The Acaeum has details on the printing history.

I was talking with a co-worker on this before I did the search, and he assured to me that it does indeed exist. The next day, he brought his copy in to show me. This was before I spent 5 minutes searching the Internet. Who knew The Great Cthulhu has an Armor Class of 2?

Comments? Throw your words at the forum thread and see if it sticks.

Transcript:

Scene: Valeria, Conan, and Subotai face each other in the Serpent Cult Tower Courtyard
Valeria (DM):You're not guards.
Subotai:We've come to climb the tower.
Valeria (DM):You don't even have a rope.
Subotai:Why shouldn't we just kill you now?
Valeria (DM):{ Stands stunned, then } Do you know what horrors lie beyond that wall?
Conan:No.
Valeria (DM):Unspeakable terrors and things which cannot be described. There is no language for such abysms of shrieking and immemorial lunacy, such eldritch contradition of all matter, force, and cosmic order.
Conan:When did we switch to "Call of Cthulhu"?
Scene: Picture from the first print of Deities & Demigods, the Cthulhu Mythos section
Subotai:Look! An original printing of "Deities & Demigods." I thought the Cthulhu Mythos was an urban myth.

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