The image above features an octopod hovering in front of the gates of evolution, watched over by a malevolent shoggoth.
A scientific paper claims that octopods are actually aliens brought to Earth by frozen meteors. Why the octopus in particular? “Its large brain and sophisticated nervous system, camera-like eyes, flexible bodies, instantaneous camouflage via the ability to switch color and shape are just a few of the striking features that appear suddenly on the evolutionary scene.” This terrestrial evolution occurred thanks to “cryopreserved squid and/or octopus eggs” crashing into the ocean on comets “several hundred million years ago.”
Above the gate floats a shoggoth. Everyone who´s familiar with the Lovecraft universe, knows that the shoggoths were a creation of the elder ones to serve them as slaves. In such a society the Elder Ones were free to pursue their interests in art, science and architecture. However, the obvious dark side to such a society is where one is free to purse one’s interests, there has to be a group of entities present to perform the necessary tasks and labor to keep society going; this work was conducted by the Shoggoths.
While the enslavement of the Shoggoths allowed the Elder One’s civilization to flourish, it was also their downfall. It appears that when the Shoggoths acquired the ability to reproduce through fission, it came along with a “dangerous degree of accidental intelligence”, which caused problems for the Elder Ones. A shoggoth is capable of shaping itself into whatever organs or shapes it finds necessary at the moment; however, in its usual state it tends to sport a roiling profusion of eyes, mouths, and pseudopodia. It could be considered as the summum of evolutionary progress by our actual standards.
As such it remains unclear if the octopod stage marks the beginning or the end of the planet´s evolutionary tract. Or both.