Randolph Carter
When Randolph Carter was thirty he lost the key of the gate of dreams.
— The Silver Key


Randolph Carter is a recurring fictional character in H. P. Lovecraft's fiction and is, presumably, an alter ego of Lovecraft himself. The character first appears in "The Statement of Randolph Carter", a short story Lovecraft wrote in 1919 based on one of his dreams. An American magazine called The Vagrant published the story in May 1920.

Carter shares many of Lovecraft's personal traits: He is an uncelebrated author, whose writings are seldom noticed. A melancholy figure, Carter is a quiet contemplative dreamer with a sensitive disposition, prone to fainting during times of emotional stress. But he can also be courageous, with enough strength of mind and character to face and foil the horrific creatures of the Dreamlands.

Powers and Stats

Tier: 10-B | 10-B | 1-A

Name: Randolph Carter

Origin: Cthulhu Mythos

Gender: Male

Age: 56 | 56 | Transcends time

Classification: Human | Dreamer | God

Powers and Abilities: None notable | Dream Manipulation (Not even Nyarlathotep could prevent him from waking up when he wished to), Can talk to animals | Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Regeneration (High-Godly), Immortality (Types 5 and 10), Higher Dimensional Manipulation, Space-Time Manipulation, Reality Warping, Acausality, Non-Corporeal

Attack Potency: Average Human level | Average Human level | Outerverse level (Exists in the space outside dimensions, All descended lines of beings of the finite dimensions are merely manifestations of this one archetypal and eternal being)

Speed: Normal Human | Massively FTL+ (Crossed countless universes in an instant while trying to escape the Hunting Horrors, while being guided by Nodens) | Irrelevant (Exists in the space outside dimensions)

Lifting Strength: Regular Human | Regular Human | Irrelevant

Striking Strength: Class H | Class H | Outerversal

Durability: Average Human level | Average Human level, Multiverse level while being protected by Nodens (Survived the birth and destruction of countless universes while trying to escape from the Hunting Horrors) | Outerverse level (Exists in the space outside dimensions, All descended lines of beings of the finite dimensions are merely manifestations of this one archetypal and eternal being)

Stamina: Average | Superhuman | Irrelevant

Range: Melee | Melee | Outerversal

Standard Equipment: None notable

Intelligence: High (Carter was capable of understanding complex mystical concepts at a young age) | Same | Nigh-Omniscient (All descended lines of beings of the finite dimensions are merely manifestations of this one archetypal and eternal being)

Weaknesses: Human weaknesses | Unable to fully control and manifest his latent powers | None notable

Key: Human Carter | Dreamer Carter | Ultimate Eternal Carter


  • Carter crosses the birth and death of countless universes:
Off that vast hippocephalic abomination leaped the doomed and desperate dreamer, and down through endless voids of sentient blackness he fell. Aeons reeled, universes died and were born again, stars became nebulae and nebulae became stars, and still Randolph Carter fell through those endless voids of sentient blackness.

Then in the slow creeping course of eternity the utmost cycle of the cosmos churned itself into another futile completion, and all things became again as they were unreckoned kalpas before. Matter and light were born anew as space once had known them; and comets, suns, and worlds sprang flaming into life, though nothing survived to tell that they had been and gone, been and gone, always and always, back to no first beginning.

And there was a firmament again, and a wind, and a glare of purple light in the eyes of the falling dreamer. There were gods and presences and wills; beauty and evil, and the shrieking of noxious night robbed of its prey. For through the unknown ultimate cycle had lived a thought and a vision of a dreamer’s boyhood, and now there were re-made a waking world and an old cherished city to body and to justify these things. Out of the void S’ngac the violet gas had pointed the way, and archaic Nodens was bellowing his guidance from unhinted deeps.

Stars swelled to dawns, and dawns burst into fountains of gold, carmine, and purple, and still the dreamer fell. Cries rent the aether as ribbons of light beat back the fiends from outside. And hoary Nodens raised a howl of triumph when Nyarlathotep, close on his quarry, stopped baffled by a glare that seared his formless hunting-horrors to grey dust.
— The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
  • Ultimate Eternal Carter:
All descended lines of beings of the finite dimensions, continued the waves, and all stages of growth in each one of these beings, are merely manifestations of one archetypal and eternal being in the space outside dimensions. Each local being—son, father, grandfather, and so on—and each stage of individual being—infant, child, boy, young man, old man—is merely one of the infinite phases of that same archetypal and eternal being, caused by a variation in the angle of the consciousness-plane which cuts it. Randolph Carter at all ages; Randolph Carter and all his ancestors both human and pre-human, terrestrial and pre-terrestrial; all these were only phases of one ultimate, eternal “Carter” outside space and time—phantom projections differentiated only by the angle at which the plane of consciousness happened to cut the eternal archetype in each case.
— Through the Gates of the Silver Key


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