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Unlike a great many of the groups the Initiative fought, the Children of the Scarlet King had an actual god at its core, and that was not a title given out to every anomaly that attracted worshippers. The Scarlet King was very much real, and very much to be feared, from what had been pieced together of its nature and the Children’s beliefs. The King gloried in violence and depravity, calling to it the psychopath and the deviant, who then attempted to summon it and bind it to the world, as the King could not make avatars of its own. Rituals spanned from the proper preparation of a person for consumption, to methods of violation, to the summoning of the King’s servants, and all pointed towards the singular purpose of reshaping the world of man in its own image.
~ Salah Zairi's inner monologue about the Children in "Second Watch".
It's not like you can stop God's march. The church is a conduit, Efrain, not a heart. God lives in the heart of every real American, and doing what you're gonna do will only embolden God.
~ Elder Rockwell to Agent Rodríguez from SCP-3178.
It grows and shrinks depending on the situation. Different actions have different meanings, and thus different effects. It all depends on context. The other Children never got that, but- well, they never got anything, really. They thought we were all devil worshippers, heading for violation. Only I understood the point.
~ Dipesh Spivak in Tufto's Proposal.

The Children of the Scarlet King are a recurring antagonist in the universe of the SCP Foundation wiki. They are a thaumaturgical cult that worships the Scarlet King and seek to summon him into the universe in order to destroy the current state of the modern world so they may rule over of what is left of humanity as in the premodern ancient times.

History

Possible Origins

SCP-6140

The Children of the Scarlet King started out as an imperial cult in the Daevite Empire which served and worshipped the Scarlet King in the ancient times, and was able to survive in the modern age as the Children of the Scarlet King following the destruction of the empire.

Abridged Retirement Proposals

When Thomas Bruce the 6th Earl of Elgin, wrote a religious philosophical book titled "The Three Laws of The Scarlet King" in 1787, which centered around violent anti-modernist methods to revert humanity back to a survival-based life, he had an occultist perform an extensive ritual on his books on the summer solstice on June 20th, 1788, which resulted in Bruce's book about the Scarlet King to brainwash its readers into regarding its content as important religious facts. This later led to the creation of the cult known as the Children of the Scarlet King, and after the King became an actual real entity as a result of SCP-001 (McDoctorate's Proposal) amplifying the anomaly surrounding the book, the cult became servants of the King.

The Children's Activities

As part of their plan to bring their god to their reality they kidnapped seven young girls (or six depending on canon) and impregnated them via some occult ritual. When the cult was raided by the police, one of the girls gave birth to something that prompted both the SCP Foundation and the Global Occult Coalition to step in. The six other girls were detained by the Foundation, but five more births, and with that five more disasters, occurred. Currently only the last girl, SCP-231-7, remained, and it was believed if she gave birth, a XK-class "End Of The World Scenario" might occur.

During the raid, while the Foundation got hold of the girls, the GOC got from the Children six of seven ancient spears in which the demonic servants of the Scarlet King were trapped, and because of their ability to summon other servants into Earth and inflict grave damage to people both physically and mentally, the GOC shared the custody of the spears with the Foundation, designating them KTE-2013-Kapala-Mendes. The Children also had in their possession SCP-2121 which they used it to hang "heretics" within their communities, taking joy from the victims' anger and suffering as their life and bodily fluids drained away. The Horizon Initiative, one of the organizations that opposed the Children, discovered the remote village in which SCP-2121 was located and took it under their custody.

In the late 90s, the Children began collaborating with The Coca-Cola Company, with the cult helping the company in their war against PepsiCo by using their magic to improve the production of their products. This however, would lead to the company's machinery bleeding, a howling sound being heard in their plant and seven employees going missing. Because of this ritual conducted by Children to aid The Coca-Cola Company, several PepsiCo bottling plants completely disappeared, costing the lives of around 30,000 individuals. This event contributed to the creation of SCP-570.

The Children of the Scarlet King was thought dissolved in 2018 after a joint operation carried by the Foundation and the GOC, during which both the Seventh Bride and the group's leader Dipesh Spivak were taken into custody. However, the cult secretly lived on, with preacher Elder Rockwell unknowingly spreading the Scarlet King worship throughout America, while being aided by Orvo under the guise of "Mr. Green".

The Fourth Reich of the Obskurakorps had recruited several individuals from the far-rightist groups, which included some members of the Children of the Scarlet King. Later the cult joined General Bowe's Foundation Elimination Coalition, a group dedicated to bring down the SCP Foundation for good and break the veil of secrecy, and successfully took over Site-19 along with other sites. However, the Foundation was able to defeat the Coalition which disbanded after the Foundation sites were retrieved.

Possible Endings

SCP-6140

Around 2022, a sect of the Children broke inside the home of Marshall, Carter and Dark, Ltd. associate Richard Bruce and stole his copy of SCP-140 since they planned to use it as part of their ritual to bring back the Daevite Empire. They took the book to a house in Elgin, Moray, Scotland and in the winter solstice they performed a thaumaturgic ritual which involved the ignition of the book. MTF Mu-3 were able to track the sect down and tried to intervene but were too late as the ritual was successfully completed and the Daevites were expected to remanifest on the vernal equinox. However, on March 20, because SCP-140 was a false history created by Thomas Bruce who used occult magic to turn it into reality and rewriting the real Daevites, its destruction resulted with the Daevites reverting to a normal civilization with all of the related anomalies ceasing to exist. Since the Scarlet King was completely made up by 140-A as part of 140, the Children of the Scarlet King also seemingly ceased to exist as they had never actually formed.

SCP-6659

After the Foundation constructed SCP-6659, an eigenweapon developed for the neutralization of hostile deific entities from within the noosphere, they tested it on the deity worshipped by the Children in order to have them dissolved. Upon using SCP-6659 on the Scarlet King, they successfully trapped him within a sacrificial dagger which acted as his totem. However, various groups of the cult continued existing and still operated post-activation 007, since the magic used by the leaders of the cult had actually no real relation to the Scarlet King, but instead it was possibly related to SCP-2747, with the King being only a manifestion of the being.

Nature

In the GOC case file KTE-2013-Kapala-Mendes, the GOC refers to the cult as GROUP MENDES, and knows about at least six cells of the organization: three in North America, two in Eastern Europe and one in North Africa. Most of the members of the cult are from the lower classes of society, with the group having several wealthy backers as well. The group is also linked to other radical anomalous groups.

The main cell, located in Alabama, USA, presents itself as a standard right-wing Millennialist fire-and-brimstone Christian church, while its inner circle reveals the true dogma: the worship of the ancient low-level elder god known as the Scarlet King, who is also possibly the Devil. The cult apparently believes that the King can win the battle of Armageddon, where it would destroy the planet, and allow the members of the cult to rule over the post-apocalyptic landscape.

The group's dogma also includes a philosophy of "enlightenment through violation", which is speculated to resemble the rituals of Sarkicism, meaning vile acts rape, pedophilia, human sacrifice and cannibalism could be part of the dogma, as is thaumaturgy. The GOC also describes them as "psychopathic demon-worshipers", who also have knowledge and access to at least one or more anomalous artifact/entity. The cult also became enemy with the Serpent's Hand, since the Children had raided the Wanderer's Library despite having matching ideologies about breaking the Veil of normalcy.

The current number of this group is speculated to be around 8,000 actual cultists, and at least 60,000 "Second Amendment Activist" Christians, who have a paranoid mistrust of secular governments, and who are ready to defend themselves (and the actual cultists) through violent means. The group has gathered massive amounts of wealth, weapons and anomalous objects over the years, to the point in which the GOC cannot destroy them in secret.

Others believe that the group simply want to serve the King in his conquest to wipe out all reality, similar to the cult of Cthulhu, wanting to both help and witness the cosmic destruction that he causes. In Tufto's Proposal, the Children revere a set of laws referred to as the Three Laws of the Scarlet King made up of the Law of Blood, Concrete and Howling: The Law of Blood represents the premodern world in which sovereigns ruled over the people with cruelty, hate, fear and blood in order to survive; The Law of Concrete represents the modern world in which people nowadays try to understand and analyze everything and live without struggle inside concrete houses; The Law of Howling represents the tension between the two worlds causing the entity of the Scarlet King who was an advocate of the Law of Blood to howl at the Law of Concrete. These laws embody the very idea that comprises the Scarlet King.

According to Dipesh Spivak, the true faithful members of the Children who understand the real nature of the Scarlet King as a living idea representing premodernity's "revenge" against modernity don't actually want to worship the evil god, but are instead haunted by him in their minds and forced to worship him. They seek to summon him in order to have him destroyed, so they could be free of his influence after destroying the modern lifeless way of life and return human civilization to its savage, hard, wild roots. The Children also accused the Foundation of being partially responsible for the creation of the Scarlet King due to the organization trying to set up an order, studying and trying to understand the anomalous world, shaping the Scarlet King in his current form which cannot be destroyed as long as the Foundation exists.

In both SCP-6747 and SCP-6659, it is implied that the Children, unbeknownst to them, actually worshipped SCP-2747, since most incarnations of the Scarlet King across the multiverse were manifestations of the anafabula used to help it destroy realities.

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Trivia

  • Prior to the confirmation on the connection between the cult and the Daevites in SCP-6140, there have been several hints which alluded to their connection. The tale "New Job" described an ancient Daevite tablet was a theogony for the Scarlet King and his brides, which could explain the seven kidnapped girls. The brides themselves gave birth to monsters that serve the King, similar to the seven girls. This could also explain their resemblance to Sarkicism, as its followers also originated from the Daevite civilization.
    • When the Foundation used SCP-475, a soap that produces a liquid that is seen as holy by the person who came in contact with the object, on a member of the Children, it produced the blood of a Sperm Whale and said member was transformed into an advanced variant of the DV-BIO Type, Daevite biological transformations, resembling a Colossal Squid.
    • SCP-5952, a member of the Imit population which nearly went extinct following a war against the Daevites, tried to save the students from the WWSCSTT school, a religious rehabilitation school for delinquent girls overseen by Elder Rockwell which in actuality forced its students to worship the Scarlet King. This further enforced the connection between the Children and the Daevas.
    • In "The B&B Decommission" the frogman-priests of the Children used the old Daevite language to form their codenames.
  • In "Ambrose Makiling" a member of the cult expressed great satisfaction from the demon food and service of the Ambrose Restaurant.
  • The cult possesses several components of SCP-5008, a Mekhanite machine which had been used by the ancient Erikeshans to keep the worship of the Scarlet King from spreading.
  • It was stated by author Djoric that in the tales "When We Came Home" and "The Real Adventures in Capitalism" the reason why the a Foundation researcher helped summon the Scarlet King was because the Foundation was possibly compromised by the Children.
  • Dipesh Spivak's name is derived from the names of real life people Dipesh Chakrabarty and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak who are both postcolonial scholars, tying the origin of the Scarlet King with the feud caused during the English colonization of India.
  • Robert Montauk shares his name with a cultist serial killer from The Magnus Archives series.
  • It is possible that the cult was also behind the impregnation of the little girl who previously lived within SCP-5832, an apartment previously owned by the Department of Abnormalities.
  • Tufto, the writer of SCP-001 (Tufto's Proposal), regretted some of the decisions he took while writing the Proposal, one of which was making the Children appear to sympathetic.
  • The cult have a counterpart named the Reypay 'Eveng (Blood Children) on SCP-4547, the planet of Mo'ara, previously inhabited by the alien race known as the taronyu, as one of the catastrophes which affected the planet were SCP-4547-B4, spawns of the Scarlet King which were seemingly born from some of the taronyu after the cult performed some rituals. However, due to their world having ended and the King's spawn died on their thrones this cult saw their mission as completed and as a result became less violent and hostile than their human counterpart, and didn't share the same beliefs as them.

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Organizations
Accelerate the FutureAhnenerbe ObskurakorpsAmbrose RestaurantAnderson RoboticsArcadiaAre We Cool Yet?Brazen HeartBlack QueenChaos InsurgencyChicago SpiritChildren of the TorchChildren of the Scarlet KingChosen of GodChurch of the Broken GodCrystal Elms ProductionsDaevitesThe FactoryFoundation Elimination CoalitionFifth ChurchGamers Against WeedGiftschreiberGlobal Occult CoalitionGRU Division "P"HANSARPHerman Fuller's Circus of the DisquietingHouse of ApollyonHouse of StarsImperial Japanese Anomalous Matters Examination AgencyJust Girly ThingsJapan Organisms Improvement and Creation LaboratoryLight Courier EnterprisesMarshall, Carter, and Dark Ltd.Meat CircusMyrmidon InternationalOffice for the Reclamation of Islamic ArtifactsOneiroi CollectiveP.O.R.A.SAPPHIRESarkicism (Adytum's Wake, Church of the Eternal Mother, Church of the Red Harvest, The Hunter's Black Lodge)SCP Foundation (O5 Council)Second Haptic AssemblySerpent's HandSugarcomb ConfectionsSyncope SymphonyTotleighSoftTwelve StarsVikander-Kneed Technical MediaY.W.T.G.T.H.F.T.

Safe SCPs
Bobble the ClownSCP-245SCP-343SCP-432-1SCP-553SCP-875-1SCP-875-3SCP-1049SCP-1312-1SCP-1312-2SCP-1500SCP-1646-1SCP-1982 EntitySCP-2069SCP-4812-SSCP-4950SCP-5000-█SCP-(5.782×10⁵⁴)-567Suburb SlasherSCP-6549-ASCP-6789SCP-6977

Euclid SCPs
SCP-023SCP-024SCP-031SCP-046-1SCP-049SCP-075SCP-079SCP-080SCP-082SCP-087-1SCP-096SCP-136-2SCP-137SCP-153SCP-157SCP-173SCP-178-1SCP-230SCP-277-R█SCP-286-1SCP-286-2SCP-303SCP-312SCP-333-CSCP-372SCP-401SCP-428SCP-439SCP-457SCP-511SCP-513-1SCP-542SCP-548SCP-567-9SCP-617SCP-625SCP-631SCP-666-1SCP-681SCP-693SCP-701-1SCP-735SCP-745SCP-747SCP-797SCP-811SCP-844SCP-847SCP-899SCP-924SCP-930 EntitySCP-932SCP-956SCP-966SCP-973-2SCP-1051SCP-1111-1SCP-1145SCP-1299-1SCP-1316SCP-1337SCP-1451SCP-1471-ASCP-1499-1SCP-1913SCP-1919-1SCP-1972-BSCP-2014SCP-2254SCP-2396-BSCP-2401-AlphaSCP-2419-ASCP-2427-3SCP-2611-1SCP-2940-BSCP-2999SCP-3008-2SCP-3019-ASCP-3114SCP-3166SCP-3280SCP-3388SCP-3631-1SCP-3786SCP-3785-1SCP-3838-8SCP-3860SCP-4166-2SCP-4187SCP-4231-ASCP-4310SCP-4434SCP-4670SCP-4680SCP-4812-ESCP-4924-ASCP-4959 (SCP-4959-A)SCP-4975SCP-5045-1SCP-5935-1SCP-6076SCP-6198SCP-6618-ASCP-6979

Keter SCPs
SCP-017SCP-129SCP-029SCP-035SCP-047SCP-058SCP-060-AlphaSCP-076-2SCP-106SCP-122-1SCP-140-ASCP-165SCP-169SCP-204-1SCP-231-1SCP-280SCP-307SCP-352SCP-354 EntitiesSCP-363SCP-339SCP-427-1SCP-435-2SCP-469SCP-575SCP-571SCP-582SCP-589SCP-610SCP-682SCP-752-1SCP-783SCP-823SCP-939SCP-940SCP-953SCP-968SCP-990SCP-1000SCP-1048 (SCP-1048 Duplicates)SCP-1128SCP-1155SCP-1322-ASCP-1368-1SCP-1736SCP-1739SCP-1765SCP-5598SCP-1788-1SCP-1790SCP-1984-01SCP-2030-1SCP-2075SCP-2191-1SCP-2191-2SCP-2191-3SCP-2200-2SCP-2317-KSCP-2399SCP-2385SCP-2408-4SCP-2439SCP-2440SCP-2490SCP-2521SCP-2747SCP-2774-ASCP-2807SCP-2846-ASCP-2852SCP-2863SCP-2877-2SCP-2935 EntitySCP-2950SCP-3002SCP-3003-2SCP-3004-1SCP-3007 EntitySCP-3033SCP-3125SCP-3167SCP-3199SCP-3288 (Emperor Maximilian)SCP-3333-1SCP-3340SCP-3456SCP-3503SCP-3643SCP-3799SCP-3760SCP-3997SCP-4105-BSCP-4205SCP-4290SCP-4293SCP-4315-2SCP-4335SCP-4666SCP-4715SCP-4812-KSCP-4833SCP-4840-BSCP-4856SCP-4885SCP-4886SCP-4910SCP-4947SCP-5049-ASCP-5167SCP-5172SCP-5267-ASCP-5284SCP-5423SCP-5659SCP-5683SCP-5761-1SCP-6004SCP-6013SCP-6096SCP-6427SCP-6840

Apollyon SCPs
SCP-3999SCP-6450SCP-6820-A

Thaumiel SCPs
SCP-3000SCP-3703SCP-4884SCP-5001-ASCP-5004-ASCP-6666

Esoteric SCPs
SCP-2085-1SCP-2845SCP-3396SCP-3700-2SCP-3895SCP-4444SCP-4971-▽SCP-5034SCP-5346 EntitySCP-INTEGERSCP-6061-1SCP-6747-CSCP-6810SCP-6882-1SCP-6987

Explained SCPs
SCP-1548-EXSCP-1933-EXSCP-5025-1

Neutralized/Decommissioned SCPs
SCP-083-DSCP-531-DSCP-1682SCP-2480-1SCP-4290SCP-5281-DSCP-5739SCP-6373SCP-6624-1SCP-6624-2SCP-6624-3

Joke SCPs
SCP-049-JSCP-729-JSCP-777-JSCP-900-JSCP-1344-J

International SCPs
Spanish Branch
SCP-ES-045SCP-ES-081SCP-ES-150SCP-ES-266

French Branch
SCP-006-FRSCP-025-FRSCP-054-FRSCP-060-FRSCP-075-FRSCP-089-FRSCP-096-FRSCP-109-FRSCP-174-FRSCP-181-FRSCP-218-FR

German Branch
SCP-069-DESCP-077-DESCP-149-DE-A

Italian Branch
SCP-015-ITSCP-055-IT

Japanese Branch
SakuranushiSCP-███-JPSCP-030-JPSCP-036-JPSCP-070-JPSCP-173-JPSCP-192-JP-1SCP-268-JPSCP-272-JP-2SCP-444-JPSCP-489-JPSCP-835-JPSCP-910-JPSCP-1326-JP-K

Korean Branch
SCP-444-KO-5SCP-750-KO

Russian Branch
SCP-1026-RUSCP-1030-RU EntitiesSCP-1109-RU

Chinese Branch
SCP-CN-801SCP-CN-1101

Traditional Chinese Branch
SCP-ZH-111SCP-ZH-282SCP-ZH-613

Portuguese Branch
SCP-050-PTSCP-101-PT-6

Ukrainian Branch
SCP-086-UASCP-089-UA

SCP-001 Proposals
SCP-001 (The Council)SCP-001 (The Database)SCP-001 (Atonement)SCP-001 (The Broken God)SCP-001 (Past and Future)SCP-001 (The Prototype)SCP-001 (The Factory)SCP-001 (The Scarlet King)SCP-001 (The Way It Ends)SCP-001 (The Black Moon)SCP-001-A1 (The Preserver)SCP-001 (The Insurgency)

Canon SCP Beings
AbsenceAlagaddansApakhtBlinkersBrothers DeathChildren of the NightConstants (SCP-682, SCP-2747, SCP-3125)FaeriesHe-Who-Made-DarkHe-Who-Made-LightMalidramagiuanNeverwereO5 CouncilPattern ScreamersPhobic EntitiesSCP-5000-█StridersStudio GuardiansUnclean

Old Gods
Black MoonThe FactoryHanged KingHe Who Walks Beneath DreamsHr'sthnpolJeserLord GoranKing WormMa'tolMekhaneMolochNahashSaturn DeerScarlet KingSCP-682SCP-2845SCP-3000SCP-3004-1SCP-3125SCP-3388SCP-4315-2SCP-4950SCP-4971-▽TeranThothTokage-takoViolet MageVoruteutUnseelie QueenYaldabaothXiolt-laZsar Magoth

Old Gods' Servants
Adytum's Wake (Cornelius P. Bodfel III)Ambassador of AlagaddaArchonsBLACKSTARBobble the ClownChosen of GodChildren of the Scarlet King (Elder Rockwell, John Yttoric)Church of the Broken God (Robert Bumaro, Trunnion, Hedwig)Daevites (Orvo, Lror, Ydax)Fifth Church (Celebration 'Big Cheese' Horace)Grand Karcist IonJames AndersonMr. ReddSCP-035SCP-076-2SCP-096SCP-2852SCP-3456SCP-3700-2SCP-3785-1SCP-4231-A

Personages
Adam El AsemBlack QueenCornelius P. Bodfel IIICalvin LucienD-3826D-7294dadoDaniel DeVornDr. DämmerDr. Elliott EmersonDr. Madison CraggsDr. Jack BrightDr. WDraga NegrescuElijahElizabeth CrockerENTITY-NaClOEzekiel ClarkGeneral BoweGrand Karcist IonGrigori RasputinHerman FullerIris DarkJames AndersonJames FranklinKeeLeeKonrad WeissLeopold ILeonid ChernoffLovataarMadeleine von SchaefferMavra IsimeriaMikkel BorovMr. ReddMr. NightNadoxO5-0OrokOtari IosavaRasmin YelkovRichard ChappellRobert BumaroRuprecht CartetRuiz DuchampRyoto HishakakuPico WilsonPit SlothSmiling ManSaarnSCP-2089-1's CaptorSkitter MarshallSimon OswaltTravelerThomas GrahamUIU 1933-001Vincent Anderson

SCPs In Video Games
SCP-035SCP-049SCP-079SCP-087-1SCP-087-B EntitiesSCP-096SCP-106SCP-173SCP-372SCP-513-1SCP-553SCP-682SCP-860-2SCP-939SCP-966SCP-990SCP-1048SCP-1048 DuplicatesSCP-1499-1SCP-3008-2SCP-XXXX

Disambiguation Pages
SCPSCP-001

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