The Golden People of Hyperborea were the first race of man.
After the great war between the Watchers and the Ogdru Hem had ended many of the lesser spirits were allowed to assume shape. They became the Golden People of Hyperborea and they ruled the world for the next 100,000 years. Their empire was expansive and they had cities all over the world such as Thadrethes, Leto, Hypos, Urrasan, and Atlantis. The capital city of Hyperborea was called Gorinium and the most sacred object of the Hyperboreans was kept in the city. This object was the Right Hand of Anum, the Watcher who created the Ogdru Jahad and with that same hand imprisoned them. The hand was dipped in amber in order to be preserved and was kept in a golden bowl. The hand remained here until the last ten thousand years of the empire. This was time of Thoth, the greatest King of Hyperborea. Thoth had a statue built and placed the Hand within the statue.
Thoth had a secret garden where he kept three Watchers. From these spirits he was able to learn all the workings of the universe and all the words, signs, and devices of power. He had this knowledge written down in 42 books, but he only shared two of these books with his people. The rest he kept for himself.
The downfall of Hyperborea began when Hecate came to Gorinium and seduced Thoth. While he slept she stole into his garden and killed the three watchers. She drank their blood and gained their knowledge. She then went into Thoth's temple and vomited up all of the blood, using it to write all of their knowledge onto the walls of the temple. She then gathered all of Thoth's people and shared this knowledge with them, telling them to do with it what they will. When Thoth learned this he cast Hecate out and cursed her but it was too late.
The people who came to learn in Thoth's temple eventually became the king and priests of the Hyperborean empire. They were corrupt and committed atrocities such as burning children alive inside idols to Neb-ogeroth, the Black Goddess. They poisoned the land and the air, and brought earthquakes, famine, and plague. The statue that stood in Gorinium that contained Anum's Right Hand saw the atrocities of these people. It wept to see what Thoth's people had done. The statue became filled with a terrible rage and killed the people of Gorinium, the blood of the people dying the statue red. Aftering killing everyone in Gorinium, it threw itself from the walls of the city and was destroyed. The only piece that remained was the Right Hand, which would later come to Hellboy.
The Dying EmpireEdit
Although Gorinium was destroyed many of the other cities remained. Thadrethes, Leto, Hypos, Urrasan, and Atlantis were still populated allowing the empire to linger on. The Hyperboreans split into two groups: The People of the Right Hand still kept to the teaching of Thoth and worshipped the Right Hand and the People of the Left Hand worshipped the Black Goddess.
By this time, the spirits of the Ogdru Hem were beginning to drift back into the world and despite their previous power the Hyperboreans could not stop them forever. Some Hyperborean priests took it upon themselves to ensure the second race of man, humanity, would have a chance against the Ogdru spirits. They taught a very select few how to summon and utilize the power of Vril. Shonchin is one of the few humans to learn from a Hyperborean priest. Soon after this the People of the Right Hand used their power to leave the world.
The People of the Left Hand chose to descend into the inner world. They created a race of slaves, the Servants of the Left Hand, to build and maintain great war machines. They hoped to one day return to the surface world and reclaim their old power. However their slaves rebelled from the People of the Left Hand and slaughtered all of them.