- Known Anomalies
- Culture & Structure
Sarkicism (derived from the Greek σάρξ, or “flesh”) is a religious/philosophical system that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs, and spiritual practices largely based on teachings attributed to “Grand Karcist Ion”, its deified founder. Adherents practice ritual cannibalism, human sacrifice, corporeal augmentation, thaumaturgy, dimensional manipulation, and the formation of pacts with otherworldly entities. Organic manipulation has allowed certain Sarkicites to achieve anomalous states of being, transcending the physical limitations of baseline humans.
Highly secretive, the general public appears to have no direct knowledge of their existence; the one exception being the Church of the Broken God, which views them in apocalyptic terms1. Disease is viewed with reverence and Sarkic shrines have been discovered with offerings of swollen lymph nodes and tumorous growths. Sarkic cults treat contagions as consecration, a means to "cull the weak" and purify the masses, and thus actively seek to ensure their spread.
The Foundation divides known Sarkic cults into two distinct strands: Proto-Sarkic and Neo-Sarkic.2 Proto-Sarkic cults can be found in insular communities throughout Eurasia's most isolated regions, its followers generally poor (if self-reliant), humble, and hostile towards outsiders. Such groups eschew modernity, display acute technophobia, and are bound by superstition and taboo. In contrast, Neo-Sarkic cults are cosmopolitan, publicly embracing modernity and showing no apparent qualms with technology; their public lives differing little from others of their culture and social status. Adherents are primarily affluent families, rich in history and scandal. Both generally follow a single creed whose core beliefs include the following concepts:
- The belief that an individual can ascend to godhood. It appears that Sarkicism regards Grand Karcist Ion (and to a lesser extent, his Klavigar) as a being who has undergone apotheosis. For the Proto-Sarkite, apotheosis will be achieved in time and only through Ion. For the Neo-Sarkite, it almost appears that if one had the ability to usurp Ion - it is their right (if not duty) to do so. The path to apotheosis is equal to the will to power.
- The will to power is the primary driving force of man. The individual seeks to master all things within its domain, exerting the direction of power (efficacy) while other individuals do the same, often in opposition. Will is to power as form is to matter; in turn, "desire is the measure of all things"3.
- The sacramental consumption of a god. Sarkicism holds that there are many gods in the universe (none of which they worship) and that these entities can be "devoured" in some fashion. Adherents ultimately believe that this parasitic relationship (whether literal or allegorical) is the primary source of their thaumaturgical abilities.
- Among Proto-Sarkic cults, this appears to manifest as the sacrifice of the self for the benefit of the many; Neo-Sarkic cults, in stark contrast, believe in the sacrifice of the many for the benefit of the individual. Muscle suffers damage, only to heal and become stronger than before; the same can be said for the mind, through developing toleration against conventionally inconceivable things - cycles of destruction and regeneration. Strife, according to Sarkicism, is the greatest of tutors.
- "To Shepherd the Flesh"
- It is believed that all living things descend from a single progenitor (further explored in the Mythology section). Adherents hold that this shared ancestry5 is the key to corporeal augmentation (or "Lihakut'ak"); further suggesting a singular understanding of genetics, cloaked beneath layers of mysticism. It is the right of the Sarkite to guide and cultivate organic matter.
Proto-Sarkites appear to believe that Ion is in the process of achieving apotheosis and, upon the completion of his metamorphosis, will destroy this "flawed, stillborn" universe and remake it into a paradise known as the “Ikunaan”, where the many will at long last know salvation and joy "beneath rose-colored skies". Neo-Sarkic cults notably diverge from this interpretation, holding that Ion has already achieved apotheosis and that one should strive to be as Ion and become like the gods through the acquisition of power, the development of skill, and the severing of ethical tethers that limit the potential of the individual.
Sarkites speak and write in a unique language that appears to be a syncretism of Proto-Uralic, Indo-European, and γλῶσσαχάος6 but primarily Proto-Uralic. Practitioners of Sarkicism (or Sarkites) do not actually refer to themselves as "Sarkic" - the term a pejorative employed by the ancient Mekhanites7 for their enemies. Thought to be their true name, it was adopted by the Global Occult Coalition and later by the Foundation as part of Project: Sitra Achra. In truth, Sarkic cultists refer to their belief system as Nälkä8 and under no circumstances are Foundation agents to use "sarkic" or its derivatives when infiltrating related cults.
Through adopting Mekhanite terminology, the Foundation and GOC have unwittingly perpetuated the "FLESH/MEKHANE" cosmic narrative of the CotBG9 which is an inaccurate and gross simplification of what Sarkicism entails. While this document aims to recognize and correct previous errors, "Sarkic" (and its derivatives) remain a normative part of the Foundation lexicon.
Ultimately, it is feared that the Foundation and GOC know only a fraction of what Sarkicism entails and what its followers intend. Based on available information, the speculated goals of Sarkic cults nevertheless represent an SK-class dominance shift, including the possibility of an XK-class end-of-the-world scenario.
"SCP-2075 is currently a sixty-three-year-old Caucasian male formerly known as Aleksei Kravchuk - a security guard employed by GRU Division "P"…"
"SCP-2095 is a primarily subterranean temple complex located at Gyaros, an arid and uninhabited Greek island in the Aegean Sea…"
"SCP-2133 is an unnamed village in the Northern Urals…"
"SCP-2191 is a temple complex located within the dense Hoia Forest of Romania…"
"SCP-2309 is an approximately 20 m tall and 5 m thick wall, constructed from blocks of iron covered in a thin layer of brass…"
"SCP-2406 is a mechanical automaton, 93 meters in height and weighing approximately 210 tonnes…"
"SCP-2408 designates several anomalies associated with GoI-0432 ("The Hunter's Black Lodge"), an anomalous criminal organization and Sarkic cult primarily active in the post-Soviet states…"
"SCP-2430 is a humanoid entity with a physical appearance identical to the late Adolf Hitler…"
"SCP-2478 refers to an alternative phenotype of Homo sapiens sapiens…"
"SCP-2480 is speculated to be a dimensional anomaly located in ███████, Massachusetts…"
"SCP-2481 refers to a spherical space, roughly 50 meters in diameter, located at a depth of about 20 meters underneath a Shang Dynasty (1600 BCE ~ 1046 BCE) archaeological site in ████████, Henan Province, China…"
"SCP-2510 is a machine, primarily submerged within deep water, geographically known as the Kerguelen Plateau…"
"SCP-2688 is a small farming village located on Bubiyan Island, Kuwait…"
"SCP-2714 is a copy of the 1968 graphic novel The Adventures of Tintin: Flight 714 by Belgian artist Georges Remi…"
"SCP-2815 designates an anomalous, endogamous community comprising the majority of the inhabitants of the village of ███, Heves county, Hungary…"
"SCP-2833 refers to a group of genetically identical male humans…"
Documents of Interest:
It is important to understand that Sarkicism is not only a system of beliefs but an ancient culture that has, in secret, preserved its own language, traditions, and societal norms (while outwardly adopting the dominant culture of the lands they inhabit). To comprehend the Sarkic psychology, one must remember how their minds are shaped by their distinct social environment. Thus, behavior that would be considered beyond the pale to most (murder, torture, rape, etc.) might be perfectly acceptable among Sarkites.10
Letters between Neo-Sarkic cult members have been deciphered, revealing a fairly intricate caste system outside the religious hierarchy. A form of pedigree, it appears that Neo-Sarkites11 place heavy emphasis on bloodline - a hidden aristocracy whose marriages form pacts and the foundation of powerful Sarkic families (referred to by followers as "highbloods", sometimes "black-bloods"12). One is generally born into Sarkicism, with new blood introduced through careful selection.
It is difficult to draw a line between cult and family in Sarkicism. The recruitment of outsiders is usually unnecessary as Sarkites have little trouble maintaining their numbers - their virility and health apparently unaffected by generations of inbreeding. Even non-Karcist (Karcists and above being biologically immortal) Sarkites have significantly lower rates of mortality when compared to that of an average human13, rarely dying before reaching 100 (unless by violence or accident).14
Data suggests that hierarchical structures are generally consistent between Sarkic cults, having remained relatively unchanged for at least over the last 3,000 years. The two highest tiers, Ozi̮rmok (Grand Karcist) and Klavigar (High Karcist), have not been verified outside of scripture and ancient documents, rendering it difficult to discern whether these ranks are truly part of the modern Sarkic hierarchy or serve as a mostly mythical foundation. With that said, the standard hierarchy (from highest to lowest) consists of:
- Also known as the Grand Karcist. The highest tier reserved for the prophet Ion and no other. Ion is further discussed throughout the document.
- Also known as "High Karcist". Roughly analogous to a saint. The names of four Klavigar are presently known. It is common for Neo-Sarkites to claim ancestry from a Klavigar. See the Hagiography subsection of History for information about individual Klavigar.
- The spiritual and secular leaders among Sarkic organizations. Karcists are considered biologically immortal and vary in form15 and anomalous ability. It is theorized that they are able to control their Halkost16 via the release of complex pheromones; it is assumed that Klavigar and the Ozi̮rmok wield similar influence.
- Advisers to a Karcist. Predominately female among Proto-Sarkic cults for reasons unknown.
- A middling rank of the Sarkic Hierarchy. Have a degree of power and protection unlike the Orin.
- The lowest rank of the Sarkic hierarchy. Adherents who do not descend from a Sarkic bloodline begin at this level.
The observable universe is one among a finite or infinite number of possible universes (contained within the meta-universe); each universe can in turn be divided into a finite or infinite number of iterations. The structure of the meta-universe, the natural laws which allow for the manifestation of universes, is eternal - without beginning or end; universes, on the other hand, are created and eventually destroyed.
Beyond this, Sarkic cosmology is fairly simple by virtue of the indifference of its adherents. Existence is regarded as an entirely brute fact - corruptible, discordant, and devoid of purpose.
The Old God:
Yaldabaoth17 (also known as Važjuma"18, "God-Eater", "Devourer", "His Undulating Vastness","The Great Winnower" and various other epithets) is regarded in Sarkicism as the principle power in the universe. Despite being treated with reverence, Yaldabaoth is not worshiped and appears to be regarded as subservient to Ion in some manner. Translated fragments of the Valkzaron suggests that Ion had somehow usurped control of this cosmic entity, wearing the flesh of the "God-Eater" as a sort of armor and crafting from its body a kingdom. As with all things related to Sarkicism, it is difficult to discern reality from myth. The relationship between Sarkicism and this entity may be akin to that of a parasite and its host (or perhaps even symbiotic).
The Wound, cut from the flesh of totality - deep, it severed the line of future and past. Drawn to its ancient fester, gods swarmed as flies to a corpse. We waited within bloodless veins, faithful to that which we could not know - unable to imagine that we might become their greater.
Here, we slept - until our souls became flesh.
Yaldabaoth is portrayed as both destroyer and incidental creator, "feeding" upon gods and stars and "exhaling life". Life is thus a natural byproduct of the God-Eater's existence; unguided by intelligence and spreading through a process not entirely dissimilar from panspermia19.
"Blind" and driven solely by instinct, Yaldabaoth is depicted as being accompanied by six otherworldly entities known as "Archons" (or "Vultaas" among certain Proto-Sarkic cults). These beings are described by Sarkic texts as faceless manifestations of primordial chaos, their true forms inconceivable to the human mind. Gnostic and Mekhanite scripture would mention the Archons as well, describing them as "terrible and rapacious angels".
The swineherd prostrated himself before the Sorcerer-King and asked, "Great Sorcerer-King and Ozi̮rmok, Heart of Man and Light of Lights. I speak for the folk of the cold-marsh. We fear the red lanterns that dance without harmony; our spirit-guides warn of ill omens."
And Ion did assure the man, "I have gazed upon the Faceless Ones, servitors of His Undulating Vastness. Their chief is blind - castrated by our words and will. He sings songs of anarchy but they will not come again. These terrible spirits do not deserve our love; render unto them no sacrifice until the stars have aligned."
"The Six Ordeals of Ion" refers to six challenges issued to Ion by the Archons. Through enduring their trials, Ion is said to have mastered the rituals and practices ubiquitous to Sarkicism - breaking free from the "bondage" of mortal limitations. Further information about Ion's relationship with Yaldabaoth and his Archons (as well as the nature of the "Ordeals") remains unknown.20
And to his flock, Ion thus spoke: "I have stepped beyond the Floe of Dreams; stood before the Old Ones within their own desolate domain.
I have endured their intolerable force, across countless eons.
I have seen the infinite dead worlds, murdered death herself.
I have read the entrails of our Creator, beheld eternity unfurled.
Know that our paradise draws near.
And with our own flesh shall we birth it.
Most information regarding Sarkic history and mythology is sourced to the Bodfel Codex. Recovered from SCP-2480, the codex includes a partial translation of the Valkzaron and related marginalia. Along with archaeological evidence, the Foundation has been able to establish the historicity of Sarkicism.
As essential as the codex has been, large gaps remain in the timeline and much of the following is entirely speculative and subject to change.
Sarkic weapons, armor, and trinkets have been discovered among Minoan ruins on the island of Santorini (formerly Thera), possibly placing their origins to at least before the eruption event which triggered the complete collapse of Minoan civilization around 1500 BCE21. Daevite tablets, dated to approximately 1800 BCE, refer to a slave rebellion in the northernmost province, led by a charismatic heresiarch and "half-blood". Scrolls discovered within contain phrases and terms archetypal to Sarkic cults, including references to a "Grand Karcist Ion". These findings suggest that Sarkicism has existed for nearly 4,000 years. All evidence, linguistically and archaeologically, points to western Siberia as Sarkicism's place of origin.
Ion, if still alive (if having ever existed at all), likely represents a high level reality bender. Little is known about the Grand Karcist, "Sorcerer-King of Adytum22", with all information being in the form of deification or demonization and lacking in factual reliability. The Valkzaron refers to Ion as having been born to a Daevite mother and sired by a concubinus father - implying that males born of such unions were destined for slavery. The exact nature of Ion's bondage is unknown but his supposed intellect suggests that he was not used for combat or manual labor, perhaps serving under an alchemist or priestess.
It remains unknown which came first: Ion's doctrine or his revolution. If these events are grounded in reality, it is possible that the religion developed in coincidence with his slave revolt and as a way to codify their methods of anomalous warfare. In his mission, Ion was aided by four individuals known as the Klavigar. Figures of reverence and supposed disciples of Ion, they are the saints of Sarkicism.
Associated with intelligence, wisdom, perception, and mysteries. Epithets include: the Tongueless Speaker, Lord of Mysteries, the All-Seeing, and the Anticipation of Ion. Once a sage in the southernmost region of Daevite influence, he preached a philosophy of peace and equality, building a following among the impoverished.
Agitating the Daeva, he was captured and publicly tortured - the poor he had tried to help now hurling stones upon him. Before the crowd of hundreds, "drunk and atrocious in their stupidity", a Daeva priestess cut off his tongue, sewed shut his mouth, and had him emasculated23. Rather than having Nadox executed, they instead had him "marked" - a symbol placed upon the forehead. Impossible to remove, it designated him as a "Sufferer" - one who the people were required, by the Daeva's decree, to forever torment but never kill.
Nadox wandered the land as a pariah; denied refuge and safe passage; struck with rocks and slashed with knives - all by the people he had hoped to save. It is written that he beheld, while suffering a fever dream, a messianic entity; one that could rescue him, and humanity, from an existence of "suffering and tears". Nadox would travel north in search of this savior, to guide Ion toward his destiny.
And Ion held six fingers aloft and upon their spears did the soldiers impale themselves. "For you!" they cried before the blood drowned their tongues. And Ion said, "Now do you see?" And Nadox wept, as more did skewer themselves in Ion's name, for he had seen and now knew the truth of his words.
Associated with sex, love, eroticism, pleasure, motherhood, disease, and unrestrained reproduction (breeding, cancers, growth, etc.). Epithets include: the One Whom Ion Most Desired, the Highblood Redeemer, and the Mother (on rare occasion "Brood" or "Hive" Mother). A priestess, as well as the daughter of a Daeva Matriarch, she was initially in opposition to Ion - whose revolution threatened her way of life. It is written that her hatred for Ion eventually became a sort of infatuation. Unable to remove him from her mind, she sought to capture and bind him as her consort.
In her quest to make him hers, Lovataar sent wave after wave of slave-hunters but none returned. In time, it would be Ion who came to her by his own accord. It is written that Ion visited her in the night, bypassing her guards and appearing within her bedchamber. Instead of attacking, he sat upon the edge of the bed and quietly spoke to her. What was said is unknown24 but resulted in Lovataar and Ion forming a "union" over a period of twelve days. On the twelve day, the two left her palace behind - never to return.
Beneath the Black Moon, Her Devotion took the form of a stone knife, like those of the reindeer folk of Adí-üm. Penetrated, amber blood, colored by ancient sins, poured from the wound - her tears like the warm rain of distant summers.
Beneath the Poison Moon, the amber flowed no more - and the snow, she painted red. [indecipherable] for Ion, who drank deep the fermented honey of Lovataar's kiss. Ion surrendered upon her pale breasts - a shared respite in ecstasy.
Still Ion hungered, and from Lovataar's dark lips flowed words, "There is pleasure in serving." Smiling, he [bowed/lowered] his head - knowing the drunk joy, of milk and sweet fermented honey.
A figure of reverence and supposed disciple of Ion. Associated with strength, war, violence, wilderness, hunting and, seemingly in contradiction, loyalty and revolt. Epithets include: the Horned Beast, the Brute Lord, and the Pale Hunter. Described as being of unnatural physical strength, Orok was the product of alchemical and thaumaturgical experimentation on slaves. Enthralled to Matriarch Aśvighoṣa, the ruling Daeva in the city of Jel, Orok served as a bodyguard and pit-fighter25.
It is written that Ion, when taking the city of Jel, entered the palace of Matriarch Aśvighoṣa (presumably, the highest authority in the city). He requested that the matriarch should leave and take with her a message to the "Daeva of Daevas", lest she suffer retribution. Refusing his ultimatum, the matriarch ordered Orok to destroy him. It is written that Orok hesitated, his "runes of bondage [setting] his starved soul aflame so that his body became spirit"; turning to his matriarch, he struck Aśvighoṣa, his fist imbued with the very power she had forced upon him, and reduced her body to "cinder and ash and heavenly starlight".
As Orok said to the Kytherans26 : "Power is made from the pain of the fragile. Here weakness dies. Here strength is born. I exert myself, a pale reflection of Ion's sacrifice of flesh to the intolerable force, and shed frailty's husk. I commune with my akuloth27 core - my sacred metamorphosis complete."
A figure of reverence and supposed disciple of Ion. Associated with darkness, secrecy, deception, poison, assassination, and justice (or jaka28). Epithets include: the Whisperer, the Coiled Shadow, the Faceless One, and the Judgment of Ion. A young house servant, she quietly endured Daevite abuse throughout her life. Having suffered long enough, she calmly murdered the entire household with poison, garrote, and dagger. Captured, she would be imprisoned within the fortress city of Kurst29.
Saarn was awaiting execution when first approached by Ion, who moved through the dungeon walls like "the mist of Summer's snow-melt". There he said: "The winds whispered of your actions. There is no evil in the Judgment. You did not choose to be the vessel of our will. Many will die this day but you are needed alive". The prophet's hand is described as having transformed into "a wolfish maw", tearing apart the cell door with its teeth and liberating Saarn.
Honing her skills, Saarn would eventually control a network of spies and assassins. A Daevite tablet describes their efficacy in graphic detail, including men and women disemboweled in the streets and Daevite infants strangled in their own cradles by "traitorous servants".
The heart is made [silent/still].
Before her dagger seen.
A moment immortalized in a single [strike/stab].
The Judgment - unavoidable, inescapable.
Dismay; a death inconceivable,
To the arrogance of Daeva.
Triumph; a dagger in the darkness.
With the blood of tyrants,
Our children sleep well.
There is little available information about Sarkicism between c. 1600 and c. 1200 BCE, despite the period being considered the "Golden Age" of Sarkic civilization. It is during this period that Daevite culture recedes30, existing only as a small city state in what is now Mongolia. It is theorized that the Adí-üm empire left little archaeological evidence for its existence due to Sarkic structures being composed of living organic material.
War and the Fall of the Adí-üm Empire:
Sarkic civilization, having reached its zenith, began to spread into the Caucasus, Anatolia, Balkans, and parts of the Levant and Mesopotamia. Impressed by (or fearful of) their anomalous capabilities, several tribal groups began to fight under the banner of Adí-üm; these include Kaskians, Proto-Thracians, Lycians, Illyrians, and many others. The Hittite king Suppiluliuma II tried in vain to defeat the invaders, contributing to the fall of the Hittite empire.31
The Adí-üm empire established a foothold in the Mediterranean, invading/colonizing the islands of Cyprus, Crete, and Gyaros. It is uncertain as to who struck first but a coalition of kingdoms was formed in response to the Sarkic threat, resulting in a war around 1200 BCE. Archaeological findings such as mass graves, weapons, terrain damage, and primary source documents (such as scrolls recovered from Gyaros and the Aral Sea) reveal the extreme (and anomalous) nature of the war. Foundation historians estimate a death toll ranging from 20 to 30 million, making it the fourth most devastating war in recorded history. According to recovered documents, the coalition formed in response to the Adí-üm empire included Egyptians, Mycenaean Greeks, Minoans32, Canaanites, Assyrians, and the Mekhanites33.
Most details of the war are unknown to the Foundation. It is suspected that the deployment of Colossi (such as SCP-2406), as well as the heavy use of a substance resembling "Greek fire"34, that turned the tide of war against the Sarkites. When the war was over, the Adí-üm empire was assumed destroyed along with Sarkic civilization. In reality, Sarkicism would continue in secret - at both its homeland in the Urals and among the tribes that had fought under the banner of Adí-üm (such as among the Thracians and Dacians). The damage to the region was great and many civilizations did not recover, resulting in the collapse of various kingdoms, a crisis of refugees, the decline of art, literature, science, and technology, and the lingering disease and famine from Sarkic biological weapons; an event later known to historians as the Late Bronze Age collapse.
The fall of the Adí-üm empire also resulted in a Sarkic diaspora, leading to the development of culturally distinct Sarkic cults in places such as the Arabian Peninsula and the Indian subcontinent. Due to a lack of reliable information, the Foundation can only speculate about Sarkic activities between c. 1100 BCE and 1300 CE.
The Rise of Neo-Sarkicism:
The majority of known Neo-Sarkic cults35 appear to descend from certain Carpathian noble families influenced by the Proto-Sarkic Solomonari. It is unknown whether the Solomonari intentionally infiltrated Carpathian courts or if they were instead sought out by the nobles themselves, ignoring or dismissing (possibly embracing) the rumors of devil worship and witchcraft surrounding the cult. Documents and artifacts retrieved from SCP-████ suggest that some Solomonari served as "court magicians", advising their lords and ladies on matters of alchemy, medicine, astrology, and the occult.
In time this would result in the development of Sarkic "Great Houses"; affluent families practicing their own interpretation of Sarkicism, placing the individual above the collective and applying it to their own self-serving needs. This new strain of Sarkicism would spread throughout Europe via marriage; once these footholds were established, the Great Houses grew incestuous.
Individual orders vary by region but can be divided into two primary types: Proto-Sarkic and Neo-Sarkic. These do not appear to represent divergent beliefs so much as environmental adaptations.
Practitioners of Proto-Sarkicism do not operate in the open unless a location is significantly isolated. Such sects display acute technophobia and eschew modernity, willing to go so far as destroy or disable advanced electronics when encountered36. Proto-Sarkic cults generally value humility and self-sacrifice.
The ancestors of the Solomonari37 likely settled in the Carpathian Basin between 1200 to 600 BCE. It is presently hypothesized that the Sarkites assimilated the local proto-Thracian people, eventually becoming the Dacians - a people recorded by Ancient Greek and Roman sources.
A Sarkic stronghold38, since classified as SCP-████, was discovered in the Southern Carpathians and is believed to have once been the heart of the Solomonari cult. It has been hypothesized that the Solomonari are related to (or one and the same as) the Dacian Cult of Zalmoxis, having culturally melded with the ancient proto-Thracian people.
Documents discovered at SCP-████ and SCP-2191 suggest that the Solomonari remained highly influential, albeit secretive, until the 15th century - possibly destroyed by John Hunyadi, a leading Hungarian military and political figure. Several boyars of Wallachia and Moldavia, most notably the Gutkeled clan of Hungarian nobles, are now believed to have been under the control of the Solomonari; an influence that would lead to the development of Neo-Sarkicism and it's western expansion.
It remains debatable whether modern practitioners should be considered true Solomonari, in event of what has been learned at SCP-████. Most are located in isolated pockets throughout the Carpathians, with little to no connection with one another. The religion, in its current state, is an amalgam of local folk traditions and Solomonari blood rituals.
The Church of the Red Harvest were discovered at SCP-2133 in 1936 by GRU Division "P". The Foundation became aware of the sect shortly after gaining control of SCP-2133 following the dissolution of the USSR.
SCP-2133 is an unnamed village located in the northern Ural Mountains whose denizens are the only known members of the Church of the Red Harvest. The church practices a regeneration ritual, their recent dead harvested as newborns from the turnip fields found throughout SCP-2133. Members refer to the regenerative process as a part of an "old covenant", one that cannot be broken and is to last until the return of "paradise" (Adytum).
It is currently believed that the Church of the Red Harvest is directly controlled by a Karcist ("Karcist Alka") located in a subterranean dwelling beneath the nearby mountains, connected to the village by a series of tunnels accessible via the village church.
The Vātula (Sanskrit: वातुल) were initially mistaken for Aghori39 due to several, superficially similar rituals. Known to the Foundation since 1969, a Sarkic connection was only established in 2010 through extensive research.
The Vātula command fear and respect among the rural poor in the Indian states of Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Punjab, and Gujarat. They trace their origins to Karcist Vaski, who they claim arrived from the northwest - granting them his blessing and spreading a virulent plague to their enemies.
Neo-Sarkicism displays only a superficial resemblance to historical and current Proto-Sarkic sects. Whereas Proto-Sarkicism is isolated and archaic, bound by superstition and taboo, Neo-Sarkicism embraces modernity. Whereas Proto-Sarkicism is fragmented (each group existing within a vacuum), Neo-Sarkicism is cosmopolitan and unified.
It remains unknown whether Neo-Sarkic cults represent a relatively recent development or a willing evolution of Proto-Sarkic sects. Neo-Sarkites display no qualms with technology and may be found in heavily populated locations, their daily lives differing little from others of their culture and social status. For Neo-Sarkic cults, the proper moral purpose of one's life is the pursuit of one's own desires and the attainment of power.
Active throughout the Northeastern United States, Adytum's Wake is thought to be the oldest Sarkic organization in North America with evidence of their existence dating as far back as 1650. The organization was presumably destroyed on November 28, 1952 but not before the creation of SCP-2480 - considered by the founders of Project: Sitra Achra to represent the "first shots" of what would become a complex and invisible conflict.
Cornelius P. Bodfel III (Karcist Sulkisk), a millionaire industrialist with an acute interest in the occult, was the acting leader of Adytum's Wake until his death in 1952. Dismissed by the Foundation in 1932 as merely another "decadent social club", their anomalous capabilities were not recognized until the November 28, 1952 incident.
The Foundation fears that Adytum's Wake survived its initial defeat. It is theorized that the renewed cult is presently under the control of Vivian Durant-Croÿ (president and CEO of the Durant Bodfel Financial Group), wife of Hungarian national Alexander Croÿ (CEO of Abraxas Arms and a suspected Sarkite).
GoI-0432 is an anomalous criminal cult primarily active in the post-Soviet states. Known as "The Hunter's Black Lodge" (or simply the "Black Lodge"), GoI-0432 has been linked to extortion, murder, robbery, gambling, prostitution, human trafficking, drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, and underground fighting rings. While these activities are not inherently anomalous, the anomalous capabilities of GoI-0432 has had an aberrant effect on their practice.
The Foundation first became aware of the Black Lodge in the early 1990s after receiving a tip from informants in INTERPOL. Further investigation uncovered GoI-0432 related documents from the recently dissolved GRU Division "P", later corroborated by former members. It appears that GRU Division "P" was unable to fully contain or neutralize the threat presented by the Black Lodge, with one source describing them as a "hydra" - the organization thought neutralized on several occasions only for it to reappear months later, "stronger than before".
Victims of the Black Lodge have been discovered impaled, penetrated by large organic spines40 - the decedents commonly showing evidence of ritual cannibalism.
Active primarily throughout Europe, the Esoteric Order of the White Worm (Fehér Féreg Ezoterikus Rend) is a Sarkic cult disguised as an occult themed fraternal organization41. Similar to other "secret societies", the existence of the cult is an open secret while its true nature is unknown to the general population42.
Based on documents recovered from the SCP-████ archives, the Esoteric Order may be one of the earliest Neo-Sarkic sects. Founded by Hungarian nobles heavily influenced by their Solomonari "court magicians", the religion transformed from a hidden pagan faith to a secret tool of the landed gentry.
Descendants of House Vörös (a Hungarian noble family) are thought to dominate the leadership positions of the Esoteric Order.
The creation and manipulation of living organisms through anomalous43 means represents the most immediate threat posed by Sarkicism. Enough patterns have been discovered among these organisms that they can be divided into different "species". These organisms display no signs of fear or pain and regenerate injuries at an anomalous rate. Below is a partial list of such entities:
- SK-BIO Type A
- Colloquially referred to as "behemoths" by personnel. These entities are commonly over 4 meters tall, weighing approximately 7,000 kg, with pale, flabby skin. Lacking visible eyes, ears, and noses - their faces dominated by a large toothy mouth. The first recorded instance of an SK-BIO Type A was SCP-2480-2. They appear to be of limited intelligence.
- SK-BIO Type B
- Generally 1.5 to 2 meters tall and weigh approximately 250 kg. Mouths are vertical, running the length of what approximates a face; spindly fingers end in 50 to 60 cm talons. Bodies are partially protected by white, chitinous carapace - the flesh beneath dark red and visible at movable joints.
- SK-BIO Type Γ
- Also classified as SCP-2191-1. SK-BIO Type Γ are considered genetically human but have undergone several significant, seemingly fatal mutations. SK-BIO Type Γ lack all major internal organs with the exception of the lungs, heart, and brain stem. The outer epidermis lacks pigmentation and displays a condition resembling cracked porcelain, possibly related to Harlequin syndrome. Entities appear androgynous, lacking or having somehow removed secondary sex characteristics. Their regressed eyes are covered by a layer of skin, rendering them mostly blind but still able to react to light (universally displaying aversion to wavelengths > 100 nm). Further deviations from baseline homo sapiens include especially flat, upturned noses, and funnel-shaped ears; both considered related to their dependency on olfactory and auditory perception. They do not appear to communicate via language, the only sound produced being a persistent clicking of the tongue – speculated to be a form of echolocation.
- SK-BIO Type Δ
- Colloquially referred to as "snatchers" by personnel. Prehensile organic structures, dark red in color and with a tentaculoid shape. SK-BIO Type Δ are sedentary and are generally used by Sarkites to guard specific locations.
- SK-BIO Type Ε
- Known to Sarkites as a "Kiraak", instances of SK-BIO Type E are organic, biologically living structures used as temples. The Foundation presently has a deceased instance (SCP-2095) in containment but other, possibly living instances are theorized to exist across the world. Update: Living instances have been recently encountered by field agents; further information is pending.
"The creation of a Kiraak is more terrible than initially hypothesized. A living human is 'anointed' then repeatedly fed and shaped, its brain slowly atrophying as it becomes a living temple. The Sarkites cultivate flesh and bone as one might tend a bonsai tree." - Dr. Tsukino
- SK-BIO Type Ζ
- Known to Sarkites as an "Akuloth" and "His Sacred White Worm", instances of SK-BIO Type Z are symbiotic organisms found in the bodies of both Sarkites and Sarkic organisms. It is believed that they act as a secondary immune system, protecting the host against disease as well as greatly increasing their regenerative abilities. SK-BIO Type Z is also believed to be connected to the physical transformations some Sarkites undergo.
- SK-BIO Type H
- SK-BIO Type H may exist as or be composed of multiple 'species' and generally refers to any SK-BIO Type that lacks a stable physical form (although this can occur in many, if not all Sarkic organisms if critically injured). Existing as a gelatinous mass, such organisms are able to increase their size (with no known limit) by absorbing the biomass of those it encounters. An individual can be converted into a SK-BIO Type H by ritual, as encountered when SCP-2075 caused the transfiguration and subsequent death of Dr. Albert Cronenberg.