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SCP-4000: The Byzantine Empire Was Secretly Aliens

Item #: SCP-4000

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: All archaeological excavations of sites in the former Byzantine Empire are to be monitored by Research Task Force Digamma-7 ("Classical Cosmonauts") for instances of SCP-4000-A and -B. SCP-4000-A instances are to be documented and then defaced in ways consistent with decay, vandalism, or iconoclasm1 and returned; SCP-4000-B instances are to be confiscated and contained in an anomalous object storage vault at Site-77. Civilians who have come into contact with SCP-4000-A or -B instances are to be treated with Class-A amnestics.

Proposals for the study or reverse-engineering of SCP-4000-B instances should be submitted to the SCP-4000 containment lead, Dr. Kristin Maur, and require the approval of Site Director Gillespie.

Description: SCP-4000 is the collective designation for the dynasties of Byzantine emperors that were founded by, supported by, or composed of extraterrestrial or extradimensional entities. Between the ascension of Constantine I as sole Roman Emperor in 312 and the sack of Constantinople by the Ottoman Empire in 1453, almost every ruling family in the Byzantine Empire was in some way associated with extraterrestrial activity; during this period, there was very little confirmed extraterrestrial activity elsewhere on Earth. As of yet, no explanation for this trend has been found.

Art and literature from the Byzantine Empire that describes or depicts extraterrestrial entities and activities is designated SCP-4000-A; extraterrestrial technological artifacts from this period are designated SCP-4000-B.

Addendum: Emperors and Dynasties with Extraterrestrial Influences

This addendum contains short descriptions and summaries of the Byzantine dynasties with known extraterrestrial/extradimensional affiliations, alongside supplementary documents and data that serve to identify the nature and scope of those affiliations. These dynasties are designated SCP-4000-α through SCP-4000-π. For full dossiers on the individual dynasties, contact the containment lead, currently Dr. Kristin Maur.

Constantinian Dynasty - SCP-4000-α (312-363)

The emperor Constantine was the first Roman emperor to convert to Christianity. Mainstream historical sources claim that this conversion was the result of a vision Constantine experienced before the Battle of the Milvian Bridge in 312, in which he was instructed to adopt the sign of the Chi-Rho, a Christian symbol, to ensure his army's victory. Constantine's private journals, preserved in the library of the Great Lavra Monastery on Mount Athos, reveal that he received visions from the same entity throughout his reign; Constantine identifies this entity as either Sol Invictus or the Christian God, and says that the visions always came from "the morning sun himself". These visions gave Constantine advice on military, political, and economic matters, and encouraged him to support both the pagan cults of Mithras and Sol Invictus and the Christian church.

Constantine's dynastic successors continued to receive these visions and for the most part followed them, with the exception of his nephew, Julian the Apostate, who rejected the visions as the "messages of a false god" who was "preparing [the empire] for a war that is not ours". Julian believed that these visions had been misinterpreted by his predecessors, and that rather than advocating for Christianity, the visions wished him to found a new religion, which he described as "antithetical to the ancient customs of Rome and the new laws of the Christians". Julian argued against the messages he had received in a series of philosophical dialogues titled Against Himself; a section of the third dialogue is reproduced below.

Document 4000-α-17: Against Himself Chapter 3, p. 4-6
Circa 362 CE. Sixth-generation vellum copy, Venice, Italy. Greek. Translated by Gavin van Hofwegen, 1937.

The text continues for another seven pages; it ends with Julian concluding that Phantasm is some sort of minor spirit who has latched on to the imperial family, seeking worship and sacrifices. Investigation into the similarities between the philosophy articulated by the character of Phantasm and the Ortothan mythos of the Church of the Second Hytoth is ongoing.

Valentinian Dynasty - SCP-4000-β (364-379)

The Valentinian dynasty were members of a species of sapient humanoid extraterrestrials of unknown origin. SCP-4000-A instances depict Valentinian emperors and other members of their family with instectoid facial features, including compound eyes, chewing mouthparts similar to grasshoppers, and long antennae; these individuals had four arms, two on each side branching from a single shoulder joint, and two legs. Depictions of the Valentinian emperors exhibit a mild antimemetic effect, causing observers to perceive them as depictions of human beings; as a result, the anomalous nature of SCP-4000-β was not discovered until the first use of mnestic drugs by the Foundation in the 1980s.

Theodosian Dynasty - SCP-4000-γ (379-457)

Theodosius I, founder of the Theodosian dynasty, had close trading relationships with a number of extradimensional and extraterrestrial nation-states, including the Dominion of Cephus, the city-state of Alagadda, the Central L'Kir Co-Prosperity Tesseract, and New Carthage. These trade deals were brokered by two close advisors of the Emperor, Demetrios Makellos and Kourios Skotos, and resulted in an influx of extraterrestrial consumer goods, thaumaturgic and alchemical artifacts, and non-human slaves.

Leonid Dynasty - SCP-4000-δ (457-518)

The entire Leonid dynasty appears to have been fabricated at some point in the mid-8th century, replacing two Theodosian Emperors, Theodosius III and Arcadius II, and a non-dynastic emperor, Philip Chrysonomos2. Historical records and material evidence were significantly altered, although the memories of most individuals were not; nevertheless, only a few contemporary individuals seemed to notice the change, all of them monastic scholars, and none of them released that information publicly.

Examination of the Church of Saint Mary of the Spring, a sanctuary in modern Istanbul founded by the first Leonid Emperor, Leo I, revealed an inscription on the ancient cornerstone concealed by a series of antimemetic sigils; the inscription, originally written in both Latin and Lisk'Kvar3 has been reproduced below.

Document SCP-4000-δ-17: Cornerstone Inscription, Church of Saint Mary of the Spring
Date unclear. Inscription on marble, Istanbul, Turkey. Latin/Lisk'Kvar. Translated by Anne Benoit and Ezekiel N'krumah, 2012.

The inscription is signed by the same "Cartwheel" mentioned in the text. The Foundation has as of yet been unable to ask any Lisk'Lirthan individuals about the Leonid dynasty, the inscription, or the individual mentioned within.

Justinian Dynasty - SCP-4000-ε (518-602)

Documents recovered from excavations within Nx-34 have revealed that all important members of the Justinian dynasty, including all Justinian emperors, were controlled by the psionic extraterrestrial species known to the inhabitants of Nx-34 as the "Soul-Thieves". A colony of Soul-Thieves was established in an artificial cavern in the harbor of Constantinople; when a member of the dynasty that was under the control of these entities left the city, they would be followed by a Soul-Thief either in the sea or in a levitating tank cloaked in a light-refraction field. The eventual deposition of Emperor Maurice by Phocas (see below) was possibly aided by some natural psionic resistance granted by Phocas' divergence from baseline humanity.

Phocas - SCP-4000-ζ (602-610)

SCP-4000-A instances depicting the usurper Emperor Phocas show the sloping forehead, pronounced brow ridge, and protruding jaw typical of Homo neanderthalensis; contemporary sources claim that he and his family spoke a dialect of Greek not like any spoken in the empire, and that he made occasional veiled references to a birthplace to which he could never return. Extraterrestrial/extradimensional origin unconfirmed, but likely.

Heraclian Dynasty - SCP-4000-η (610-695)

While no documentary evidence has been found linking the Heraclian Dynasty to extraterrestrial activity, archaeological excavations of sites from this period contain numerous instances of SCP-4000-B, mostly military armaments. A representative list is presented below.

Table 4000-η-1: Significant SCP-4000-η-B Instances

Site Date (approximate) Object(s)
Ephesus (Selçuk, Turkey) 614 Two artillery railguns, probably originally rendered inoperable by earthquake damage. Instances were found in what was once the bay outside the ancient harbor (now several kilometers inland due to silt deposition by the Küçükmenderes River). Instances appear to have been connected to some external power supply, which has not been recovered.
Nineveh (Mosul, Iraq) 627 Remains of four powered-armor exoskeletons, heavily battle-damaged and with the internal power sources removed. Instances are engraved with passages from Christian scriptures, and each has a panel on its chest depicting one of the four winged creatures named in the book of Revelation and associated with the four Christian evangelists: a lion, an ox, an angel and an eagle.
Jerusalem 637-8 Skeleton of a large six-legged mammalian creature, killed by a spear wound to the neck; genetic testing indicates extraterrestrial origin. Skeleton found inside heavily rusted scale armor with built-in saddle; design is similar to contemporary Byzantine horse armor.
Phoenicus (Finike, Turkey) 654 Wreck of a seagoing hovercraft, 15m in length. Hovercraft appears to have been solar-powered, and was equipped with a bronze ram at the prow and two ballistae amidships.
Dvin, Armenia 686-8 47 lithium-ion batteries, enclosed in a ceramic vessel. Batteries appear to have been used at time of deposition; a number of SCP-4000-B instances which could accept this shape of battery have been recovered.

These SCP-4000-B instances cannot be traced to a single extraterrestrial civilization; the Heraclian dynasty had probably established a relationship with some group of extraterrestrial arms dealers, although what they could have provided such a group in return for these weapons is unknown. It is possible that the formula for the incendiary compound known as "Greek fire", invented near the end of the Heraclian Dynasty, was also given by or purchased from extraterrestrial entities; research is ongoing.

Tiberius III Apsimar - SCP-4000-θ (698-705)

Tiberius III Apsimar was a Scientologist. Further information is restricted to personnel assigned to Project FROZEN SOUL and the Temporal Anomalies Department.

Anastasios II - SCP-4000-ι (713-715)

Recovery of the remains of Anastasios II revealed that this Emperor was a humanoid robot, controlled from a small cockpit within the chest cavity. The cockpit is sized for an entity between 15 and 20 cm in height, with at least six manipulating appendages. Anastasios II was powered by a small fusion reactor, which was damaged during its execution by Leo III; the identity and fate of its pilot are unknown.

Irene of Athens - SCP-4000-κ (797-802)

Irene of Athens, regent for her son Constantine VI and then sole ruler in her own right, was the host for an extraterrestrial parasite, which was invisible to the naked eye but could be seen by individuals with anomalously enhanced sight. Descriptions of the parasite's appearance vary; one of Irene's advisors, a eunuch named Aetios, compiled a number of these descriptions in Τὸν Βίον Τᾶς Βασσιλίσσας (The Life of the Empress), his biography of Irene.

Document 4000-κ-5: Τὸν Βίον Τᾶς Βασσιλίσσας, Book 4, Chapter 6
Circa 800. Fourth-generation parchment copy, Rome, Italy. Greek. Translated by Ioannes Pappapetrou, 1927.

Aetios claims that the parasite's advice was cryptic and often seemingly unhelpful, but that Irene "derived great comfort from its messages" and followed its commands whenever possible. He complied some of the parasite's messages, and Irene's interpretations, in a companion piece to Τὸν Βίον Τᾶς Βασσιλίσσας titled Ἀγαθαδαιμωνολόγοι (The Teachings of the Virtuous Daimon), some excerpts of which is reproduced below.

Document 4000-κ-7: Excerpts from the Ἀγαθαδαιμωνολόγοι
Circa 801. Fourth-generation parchment copy, Rome, Italy. Greek. Translated by Ioannes Pappapetrou, 1929.

When Irene died in exile on the island of Lesbos in 803, the parasite died with her; an imperial agent sent to retrieve her body claimed that it was buried in a mass of stone, metal, broken glass and rotting flesh, filling the entirety of her small house.

Leo V - SCP-4000-λ (813-820)

The personal journals of Leo V, dictated to a court scribe and preserved by the Monastery of Stoudios and then the Bab-i Mukhfi10, describe an abduction experience the emperor experienced around age 20. An excerpt has been reproduced below.

Document SCP-4000-λ-3: Personal Journal of Leo V
Circa 814. Fifth-generation paper copy, Istanbul, Turkey. Greek. Translated by Anne Benoit, 1977.

The artifact in question, SCP-4000-λ-B-1, was captured by the Ottoman Empire during the fall of Constantinople; it came into the possession of the Foundation when the Bab-i Mukhfi was disbanded in the aftermath of the First World War.

Macedonian Dynasty - SCP-4000-μ (867-1056)

The Macedonian Emperors belonged to a variety of alien species, equipped with memetic and holographic concealment devices that allowed them to pass as human. This dynasty was put into power by an extraterrestrial entertainment corporation, "HarrShaNget Pseudo-Authentic Productions"; the power struggles between the various emperors and their fake family members were recorded and broadcast on a number of interplanetary entertainment services as a reality television show, "Primitive Leadership Overtaken and Contested". The show was canceled after the 19th season, and all remaining contestants either faked their deaths or were replaced with androids.

Doukid Dynasty - SCP-4000-ν (1059-1081)

Members of the Doukid dynasty had access to consciousness-transfer technology similar to that found in SCP-1980. Arcadius the Ephesian, a court eunuch who wrote biographies of the Doukid emperors, reported that each member of the family "wore close to their skin a dark metal amulet, covered with gemstones"; when one member of the family, Ioannes Doukas, had his amulet taken from him briefly by a childhood playmate, "his soul fled from his eyes, and only when the amulet was returned was he himself once more". All Doukid emperors reportedly searched for body doubles, claiming to be afraid of assassination plots; on at least two recorded occasions, one of these emperors was reportedly killed in battle, only to appear alive later and claim that it was a body double who had died instead. Whether this technology came from another site like SCP-1980 or was introduced independently is unknown.

Komnenid Dynasty - SCP-4000-ξ (1081-1185)

Study of the preserved remains of Komnenid emperors has indicated that numerous members of the family were heavily cybernetically modified by an unknown entity or group. An abridged table of known augmented dynasty members and their modifications is presented below.

Table SCP-4000-ξ-1: Augmented Komnenoi

Dynasty Member Augmentations Other Notes
Alexios I Komnenos Artificial right arm and leg; subdermal ballistic fiber across torso and neck; artificial organ of unknown purpose in upper pelvic cavity. Decay of organic parts of corpse made the purpose of the extra organ unclear, but it seems to have been connected to the reproductive system.
Anna Komnene None found; see notes. Body showed signs of post-mortem mutilation: eyes, lungs, heart, and left leg were missing. It is possible that augmentations were removed for reuse after death.
John II Komnenos Entire digestive tract, from esophagus to colon, replaced with artificial organs capable of filtering out poisons and pathogens and digesting an number of substances normally indigestible by humans. Left arm artificial from elbow down. Replacement of left arm appears to have happened shortly before death.
Manuel I Komnenos Full-body cybernetic replacement from the neck down. Several parts of body were missing, including right arm, both feet, several internal components, and pieces of the artificial skin and armor. (See Alexios II, below.)
Maria of Antioch Artificial eyes, left leg. Left leg seems to be slightly shorter than right leg. Possible scarring around sites of implants indicates moderate to severe rejection syndrome.
Alexios II Komnenos Right arm, both feet, heart, liver, and parts of skin replaced with artificial components. Implants match missing components from body of Manuel I, and are not proportioned properly for Alexios II's body. Possible scarring from surgery procedure around implant sites
Andronikos I Komnenos Artificial left arm. Arm is made of bronze and silver, using contemporary metallurgy techniques. Contains no electronic components. Possibly made in imitation of advanced prostheses worn by earlier dynasts.

Save for Andronikos I's primitive prosthetic arm, all of the prostheses worn by Komnenid emperors and family members were similar in aesthetic and composition, presumably deriving from the same source.

Angelid Dynasty - SCP-4000-ο (1185-1204)

The Angelid dynasty was heavily funded by a single instance of SCP-3201, which produced gold, silver, and bronze in exchange for icons of obscure saints. The Angelids believed that the SCP-3201 instance was an angel, who had been sent by God to give boons to their family; the founder of the family, Constantine Angelos, chose his surname to reflect this relationship. It is believed that this dynasty fell from power when the SCP-3201 instance was satisfied with its collection of icons and no longer provided them with precious metals.

Palaiologan Dynasty - SCP-4000-π (1261-1453)

The Palaiologan Dynasty was not controlled, supported, or composed of extraterrestrial entities; however, they were aware of the SCP-4000 phenomenon, and took steps to counteract the influence of extraterrestrial entities on Byzantine politics. Michael VIII Palaiologos, after reclaiming Constantinople from the Latin Empire, founded the Military Order of Saint Constantine the Great, an organization modeled on contemporary Catholic military orders like the Knights Templar and Knights Hospitaller; its founding document, the Creed of Saint Constantine, established the duties and responsibilities of the organization, and is reproduced below.

Document SCP-4000-π-1: Creed of Saint Constantine
Circa 1265. Marble inscription, Istanbul, Turkey. Greek. Translated by William Wentworth FitzWilliam, Viscount Milton, 1864.

Membership in the Order was restricted to Byzantine nobility from families that had never had "the taint of the unearthly," and several prominent noble families, including the remaining branches of the Angeloi and Komnenoi, were thus banned from the Order entirely. While the Order of Constantine was not the first esoteric containment organization, it was the first to be more than moderately successful; they repelled a number of attempts by extraterrestrial and extradimensional forces to depose, control, bribe, or replace various Palaiologan Emperors, and on two separate occasions led the armies of the Empire to victory against full-fledged extraterrestrial invasions. These victories were recorded in the Συγγραφαὶ Ἱππῶν Κονσταντίνου (Histories of the Knights of Constantine), a compendium written by a number of Byzantine scholars and court scribes; an excerpt is reproduced below, describing the Battle of Nicomedia, fought in 1312 against an invasion force apparently comprised of both terrestrial and extraterrestrial mercenaries, employed by an individual known as "Alexander Star-Born".

**Document 4000-π-12: Συγγραφαὶ Ἱππῶν Κονσταντίνου Book 5, Chapter 23
Circa 1315. Second-generation vellum copy, Saint Petersburg, Russia. Greek. Translated by Ioannes Pappapetrou, 1933.//

After the Fall of Constantinople in 1453, the Order of Constantine was split; one branch of the knights, believing that the Ottoman Empire had, by right of conquest, taken up the mantle of the Roman Empire, swore their fealty to the Ottoman Sultan, becoming an integral part of the Bab-i Mukhfi, while another branch fled for Russia, continuing their work in support of the Orthodox Church. The Russian branch of the Order was folded into the Tsar's Seers16 by Tsar Peter the Great in 1699, a Foundation precursor organization that specialized in the preemptive destruction of esoteric threats via precognition and thaumatological advanced-warning systems.


AUTHOR COMMENTARY:

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genetic memories remembered via the application of the Tears of Nadox; neo-sarkists using this to try to bring back Ion, because they believe themselves to be descended from him.

Abraxas Group Product Record PP-NEU-0127

But after a thousand years of bondage to the Daeva, the people of Adi-üm had forgotten who they were. The Old Tongue was not spoken in the herding-camps. The shamans' bloodlines knew the sacred rites of blood and bone no longer. Even ION had forgotten his own destiny, his true soul concealing itself even from him behind the mask of servitude. And so was Adi-üm forgotten for a time, as ION grew from boy to man, chained and alone.
Sone Suraas, Chapter 217

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Internal Name: Ancestral Memory Recollection Serum
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Product ID Number: PP-NEU-0127

Record Opened: 02.07.2017
Opened By: Alexander Croÿ (ten.saxarba.aa|elaorc#ten.saxarba.aa|elaorc)

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When Nadox was an infant, he saw another infant starve at his mother's empty breast so a Daeva girl could eat. When Nadox was a boy, he saw another boy beaten to death so that a Daeva maiden could hear his screams. When Nadox was a youth, he saw another youth bleed to death so that a Daeva matron could look young again. And when Nadox was a man, he saw another man starve a baby, and beat a boy, and bleed a youth, so that a Daeva sorceress would give him her favor. And Nadox swore then that no more would die unless their death helped the many, not the few.
Sone Suraas, Chapter 418

Short Description: PP-NEU-0127 is a drug cocktail that leads to partial or total recollection of ancestral memories.

Active Ingredients:

  • Cannabidiol (neurogenesis stimulation) 30 mg/dose
  • Huperzine A (acetylcholinesterase inhibition) 200 μg/dose
  • Component PP-NEU-0127-ST, "Tears of Nadox" (esoteric catalyst) 75 μg/dose

Dosage:

  • As nasal spray: one spray in each nostril, once per day.
  • As eye drops: one drop in each eye, once per day.

Synthesis Summary:

  • Cannabidiol extracted from Cannabis sativa supsp. indica as detailed in Product Record SB-BOT-1044, "High-CBD Cannabis Strain".
  • Huperzine A extracted from Huperzia serrata var. samael as detailed in Product Record SB-BOT-0729, "Nootropic Firmoss".
  • Synthesis of Component PP-NEU-0127-ST detailed below.

Side Effects:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Lachrymation
  • High blood pressure
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizure
  • Overdose may cause:
    • Partial or total amnesia
    • Partial or total personality replacement
    • Moderate to severe brain damage
    • Liver failure

Component PP-NEU-0127-ST

They tore out his tongue, so he could not speak; but he still gave sermons with his eyes, and with his hands, and with his beating heart. They sewed shut his lips, so he could not eat or drink; but he subsisted on truth, and on beauty, and on hope for ION. They cut off his testicles, so he could not breed; but his legacy lives on in his thoughts, and in his deeds, and in his living blood.
Sone Suraas, Chapter 719

Component Name: Tears of Nadox

Short Description: Component PP-NEU-0127-ST is an esoteric chemical produced from the processing of human pineal and lacrimal glands in a specially-prepared biological construct.

Synthesis: Component PP-NEU-0127-ST is produced by Product SB-KIR-0041, "Kiraak of the Weeping Rite", via Ritual Process SOL-12, "Rite of Blessed Weeping" (detailed below). It is isolated and purified by means of Ritual Process ADW-32, "Sulkisk's Sieve".

Production History: Component PP-NEU-0127-ST is an important reagent in several Solomonari Ritual Processes not currently used by the Group; before the creation of SB-KIR-0041, it was produced at a much less efficient rate using Product SB-KIR-0002, "Next-Generation Flesh-Cauldron", or by the Akuloth of a descendant of the Old Blood who has undergone Ritual Process SOL-03, "The Suffering of Nadox".


Ritual Process SOL-12

Nadox wept. He wept for the children born into slavery. He wept for the men and women who would die before they could be freed. He wept for the warriors who would die for the freedom of others. He wept for ION most of all: ION who he had not met, ION who he would free, ION who would free him. But he did not weep for himself.
The Litany of Weeping, from Sone Suraas, Chapter 920

Name: "Blessed Weeping" (Old Tongue: "Kyenillë Syunatti")

Origin: The Carpathian Solomonari (via House Vörös and the Order of the White Worm)

Material Requirements:

  • Several human pineal and lacrimal glands, preferably fresh21 (the Offerings).
  • A Völutaar of the Old Blood who has undergone Ritual Process SOL-03, "The Suffering of Nadox"22 (the Sufferer).
  • Either a Kiraak shaped for this ritual or SB-KIR-0002, "Next-Generation Flesh-Cauldron"23 (the Vessel).
  • One bone needle.

Products:

  • The Sacred Tears of Nadox the Wise (dilute in solution).

Byroducts:

  • Human cerebrospinal fluid
  • Assorted neurotransmitters
  • Psychotropic compounds24

Procedure:

  1. The Offerings are placed into the digestion basin(s) of the Vessel.
  2. The Sufferer's Akuloth releases a small amount of the Sacred Tears into their bloodstream, to act as a catalyst for the reaction.
  3. The Sufferer inserts the bone needle into each of their tear ducts so that blood will mix with their tears.
  4. Over the basin(s), the Sufferer weeps for every ancestor whom they have forgotten. The tears should all fall within the basin(s).
  5. The Sufferer speaks the Litany of Weeping, seals the Vessel, and waits for the reaction to complete.
  6. The solution of the Product and the Byproducts is harvested from the Vessel's excretion basin.

Ritual Process ADW-32

When Nadox, at the end of his journey, saw ION, he wept as he never wept before. The tears formed a pool; and ION went down into the pool and bathed, and took a deep drink of the salty liquor, and remembered himself; and this was the end of the first Ordeal. When the weeping stopped and Nadox beheld the man before him, he did what he had never done before: he smiled.
Sone Valosh, Chapter 17 (apocryphal)25

Name: "Sulkist's Sieve"

Origin: Adytum's Wake (adapted by Karcist Sulkist from the similar but less-efficient Ritual Process SOL-14, "Szabo's Sieve")

Material Requirements:

  • A bearer of the White Worm with functioning tear-ducts (the Celebrant)
  • One liter of the solution produced by Ritual Process SOL-12 (the Solution)
  • A vessel made of a non-reactive metal (the Chalice)
  • One canister of Product AA-CHE-0271, "Tac-Lac", or other military-grade lachrymator agent
  • A disciple of the Old Blood with training in dictation, fluent in all languages spoken by the Celebrant (the Assistant)

Products:

  • The Sacred Tears of Nadox the Wise

Byproducts:

  • A possibly prophetic trance in the Celebrant

Procedure:

  1. The Assistant pours the Solution into the Chalice and places it before the Celebrant.
  2. The Celebrant drinks the solution, rinsing the Chalice with water to ensure every drop is imbibed.
  3. The Assistant records everything said by the Celebrant during their trance, and collects all Tears shed by the Celebrant in the Vessel.
  4. When the Celebrant has not spoken for over one minute, the Assistant sprays them with the lachrymator agent, and again collects all Tears shed by the Celebrant in the Vessel.
  5. After the trance has passed, the Celebrant is treated for the effects of the lachrymator agent.

Additional Documentation

Product Request, 2.7.2017

Treat the sickness, not the host, and the host will become sick once more; treat the host, and not the sickness, and the sickness will move to another host. Treat the sickness and the host together, and they will become one flesh, one life, one truth. God is the sickness, life is the host; I am the physician.
Epigrams of ION, Book 4, No. 1226

From: Janós Vörös (krad.liamuaht|sorov.j#krad.liamuaht|sorov.j)

To: Alexander Croÿ (ten.saxarba.aa|elaorc#ten.saxarba.aa|elaorc)

Subject: New Kin and Old

Cousin,

I hope this new year finds you well. We welcomed a new grandchild into our family this week—Aurélia and Filip's daughter. She was named Zsuzsana, after our grandmother. Her blood is strong and pure, like her namesake. I daresay that if she shows a talent for the art of Lihakut'ak, she may be Karcist some day, if Great-Uncle Szandor ever retires.

In less fortunate news, the search for the wisdom of our honored ancestor, Karcist Kezsdet, has hit dead end after dead end. I fear that the secret knowledge of the last of the Solomonari was burned with him by the accursed Turks. I believe your


Internal Memo, 16.9.2018

Nadox came to us, then; lost memories were returned; the mind-rot is no more in Adi-üm.
Adi-üm is no more; the mind-rot returns; memory is lost; then to us, comes Nadox.
Prophecies of Karcist Veitsikes, Verse 1727

From: Vivian Durant-Croÿ (ten.saxarba.bd|vivrud#ten.saxarba.bd|vivrud)
To: Alexander Croÿ (ten.saxarba.aa|elaorc#ten.saxarba.aa|elaorc)
Subject: Prophecies of Veitsikes
Alexander,
We stand on the precipice of a new era. The mind-rot has returned, as Veitsikes predicted so long ago. That this is the mind-rot, not some other contagion, seems to be confirmed by the efficacy of the Tears of Nadox; like in ancient times, his weeping is our salvation.
We must now ask ourselves: where is Nadox? When will Veitsikes' predictions be fulfilled? And to these questions, I believe I have the answer.
Nadox, unlike Orok, survived the fall of the Deathless Empire; he made records of his life and his knowledge in his living blood. He constantly adapted his teachings to fit his surroundings, eventually preaching Christianity outwardly while imparting his true message to his inner circle. He was captured by the Roman Empire, and his latest physical form was executed near Naples; he is remembered by Christians as Saint Janarius, or San Gennaro.
Every year, "San Gennaro's" blood, the last record of Nadox's knowledge, possibly even the imprint of his mind and soul, is paraded through the streets of Naples before a crowd of thousands. I mean to steal it. I will be taking a company jet to Rome tomorrow; meet me there with the Halkost from Castle Croÿ.
With love and hope,
Vataarin

TAGS: goi-format sarkic marshall-carter-and-dark

NOTES:

While the Abraxas Group uses their Sarkic magic to make money, they are still very pious; any Product Record that includes any Sarkic stuff will have a quote from a holy text at the start of every section. (If it's a non-anomalous product, like the real life Alzheimer's drugs that are part of the Serum, it won't have those quotes.) The ideology I'm going for is the Sarkic version of American right-wing Christianity: take a message of peace, love, and charity and just ram it head-on into Randian objectivism, reinterpreting whatever needs to be reinterpreted. That's where the commentary comes in.

The header section (brand name to retail price) and the Abraxas logo should be part of any Abraxas Group file; there's probably going to be a Product Details section too, but what's in that depends on what the item is. Some kind of fucked-up Abraxas Arms flesh-gun probably isn't going to have a "Dosage" section (but maybe a "Side-Effects"?)

The Product Identifier number is a two-letter code identifying the subsidiary company, a three-letter code identifying the division of that subsidiary company, and a four-digit number. The subsidiary codes can also be seen in the email addresses.

PP-NEU = Pronoia Pharmaceuticals, Neurology Division
SB-BOT = Samael Biotechnology, Botany Division
SB-KIR = Samael Biotechnology, Kiraak Division (they make people into Sarkic temples and then use those temples to make other stuff)
AA-CHE = Abraxas Arms, Chemical Weapons Division
DB = Durant-Bodfel Financial

The employee ID codes are the first three letters of the person's surname, the first three letters of their given name, the two-digit subsidiary code, and a four-digit number.

The Ritual Process code is three letters identifying the source of the ritual, followed by a two-digit number.

SOL = the Solomonari
ADW = Adytum's Wake

Codes for Sarkic cults that the Abraxas Group might be in contact with which I didn't use here:

WWO = Order of the White Worm
HBL = Hunter's Black Lodge

Karcist Sulkist is Cornelius P. Bodfel III; Karcist Karvas is Site Director Simon Oswalt. Both are from SCP-2480. Karcist Vataarin is Vivian Durant-Croÿ, the current leader of Adytum's Wake, and CEO of Durant-Bodfel Financial, one of the most lucrative subsidiaries of the Abraxas Group; she's married to Alexander Croÿ, CEO of Abraxas Arms.