The Old Gods, or elder demons, were the first four demons to become corrupted into Mud Beasts.
History & Involvement
Upon the development of the first civilizations, a Lux demon (later known to be Atar) realized the potential in dealing with humans and grew immensely in power, along with three others: Asag, Uzuk, and Lama. This contact with humans transformed the demons from benign Lux into Mud Beasts. These four initial Mud Beasts are known as Old Gods by the modern Bahutha, and Elder Demons by Lux witches.
The four Old Gods grew with so much evil as to warp reality around them, causing mass delirium in humans and animals alike. Atar became so focused on the achievement of power and worship as to consume the three other Old Gods, sparing their eyes so that they could be turned into relics. Eventually, Atar's power became too much to contain in the corporeal dimension and the Bahutha encased him in a massive dome-like temple called the Abscess.
The eyes of Asag, Uzuk, and Lama were passed on to Atar's closest apostles in the hopes that, if the dormant Atar or the Bahutha was ever under siege, the power from the relics could be used as a last resort of defense. He even offered one of his own eyes, which was crafted into a phylactery that contains instructions to channel the eyes' power, legible only by his kin. However, all but the eye of Lama eventually slipped out of the Bahutha's possession.
When Walker Madison decides that Atar must die, the eyes of the Old Gods are ironically his weapon of choice. The betrayal of Atar unto his brothers only festered within their remains over the millenia, with Fate remarking that the eyes are imbued with "potentially apocalyptic levels of power."