Yue-Laou, as Chambers wrote, had ruled the Plateau of Leng for a long, long time.
Chambers did not write that Yue-Laou had ruled it since before the dawn of humanity, for the truth that a powerful and inimical being who was in turn the agent of ageless and horrible beings from the stars existed and was sponsoring attacks on human civilization would have sparked panics in America.
But such, unfortunately, was the truth.
Yue-Laou, and the Plateau of Leng, are millions of years old,
and their masters untold billions of years old.
One of the most powerful of these agents has been the group
known as the "Nine Unknown." Under that name they came to the
attention of modern readers courtesy of the work of the journalist Talbot Mundy, but the truth is that they existed before their
battles with James Schuyler Grim and survived his passing.
Some information about them is already known, but much has only recently been revealed. The truth is that their influence was much more widespread than previously suspected, and that the Nine Unknown, directly and through their agents, have been responsible for many of the woes that have beset mankind.
The roster of the Nine changes over time, with each new lama being given powers by the Old Ones to replace the fallen or dead member(s) of the Nine. Unlike Yue-Laou, they have not hid in the Plateau of Leng and had little contact with the outside world; the Nine Unknown have been active on the part of the forces they represent, and have bases and agents around the world.
The Nine suffer many defeats, but they always survive, only their agents
and lesser forces being destroyed. The Nine seem to believe that
the Old Ones they worship will eventually return to rule the
Earth, and that patience and endurance will see them through.
In 14,000 BCE he went by the name of "John Gribardsun." In 1908 he was called "Sunday."
In the 1930s he was known as
Am," and was a friend to the noted industrialist Oliver "Daddy"
Warbucks and his ward Annie. In the 25th century he
will call himself "Kevin Uxbridge." His real name may never be
known, but there is evidence of his presence across time.
These men and women had and have and will have exceptional powers and greatly advanced technology, possibly courtesy of Mr. Am and possibly derived from other sources.
They make use of these abilities and science in the war against the Nine Unknown. They have had many guises over the centuries, but usually they are seen as lamas in various East Asian lamaseries.
This duel, between Mr. Am’s lamas and the Nine Unknown, has spanned centuries, and much of what humanity holds dear exists only because of Mr. Am’s forces.
These forces, like those of Yue-Laou and the Nine Unknown, are spread around the world, but they are concentrated in India, Tibet, and Nepal.
Their headquarters may be the legendary kingdom of Agartha, described by the French traveler Saint-Yves d’Alveydre.