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|“||Apart, we are Broken. United, we are God.||„|
|~ The Church of the Broken God in SCP-6217.|
|“||Individuality is the file system through which our Lord is compiled.||„|
|“||…is not the far off Ghost: The Lord is with Us. The Lord is not the aloof Emptiness: The Lord hears Us. The Lord is not of Anger: The Lord welcomes Us. The Lord rewards our Sacrifice: The Lord is Fair. The Lord is Broken: The Lord is as We are. The…||„|
|~ A verse from "CotBG Bible Fragments".|
The Church of the Broken God is a worldwide religious cult that believes in the superiority of machines and the weakness of natural flesh and blood. They are one of the first main enemies of the SCP Foundation, although there have been times in which the two groups have collaborated when dealing with mutual threats.
The "Broken God" the cult worships is Mekhane, the central figure in their religion of "Mekhanism".
- 1 Belief and Culture
- 1.1 Overview
- 1.2 Mythology
- 1.3 Goal
- 1.4 Practices
- 1.5 The Mekhanite Language
- 1.6 Broken/United Church
- 1.7 Cogwork Orthodox Church
- 1.8 Church of Maxwellism
- 1.9 Sanctuary of the Holistic
- 1.10 New Ferrous Brotherhood
- 1.11 Susindo
- 1.12 Xia Dynasty
- 1.13 Eastern Clockwork Orthodox Church
- 1.14 Order of the Black Cog
- 1.15 Mekhanics
- 1.16 Turing's Wrath
- 2 History
- 3 Relationship with other anomalous factions
- 4 SCPs Associated with the Church
- 5 Gallery
- 6 Trivia
- 7 External Links
- 8 Navigation
Belief and Culture
The Church of the Broken God worships and partakes in the process of mechanization referred to as "Standardization", as they believe that natural life is inherently evil. Many members of the church partake in the mechanization of their bodies as a way to make themselves better in the eyes of their god. Following the fall of their empire, their religion of Mekhanism was influenced by other beliefs, especially from the Pythagorean cults.
They believe there were two gods: Yaldabaoth, the god of flesh and basic animal instinct, and Mekhane, the god of machine and intellect. Together they created mankind. Yaldabaoth gave man their shape and bodies. Mekhane gave man thought and intelligence. Humanity grew powerful and began to create vast civilizations and wonderful machines. Yaldabaoth soon grew wrathful that humanity was leaving the instincts that he gave them. Yaldabaoth tried to destroy mankind's creations so they would once more be animals as he intended.
To save humanity Mekhane shattered herself and used her broken body to craft a cage to hold Yaldabaoth. Mekhane’s fragments fell to Earth in many forms of technology so that one day she may be repaired. Yaldabaoth left six archons in the city of Adytum to prepare for when he finally escapes his prison. Now, Mekhane is broken, waiting for her faithful to make her whole once more so she may lead them to glory while Yaldabaoth rages against a weakening cage where his children seep through the cracks. His faithful prepare for his return so they may return man to the dark ages.
The church seeks to repair their god through mechanical and technological means, ranging from machines to put the god back together to artificial intelligence or robotic bodies that the god can occupy. However, they believe that anybody constructed must be perfect and worthy, or their god will not use it. Because they see the Flesh as evil and the antithesis of their belief they deemed the religion of Sarkicism as their ultimate enemy and prophesied that there will be a final battle in the near future between the two factions, although the Sarkites don't reciprocate the animosity as they deem the Church as just another enemy equal to others.
Other common practices executed by the Church is the transcendence of their bodies when reaching inner peace and becoming one with the machine which is described as similar to Nirvana and results in those individuals becoming floating ovoid spheres capable of telepathy and containing machinery inside them as shown with SCP-1564, and something similar to mitzvah that includes a canon mounted to someone's arm. It appears that the Church also believe in the existence of demons, as shown when SCP-3388 broke into the Maxwellists' server and one member deemed it a demon.
The Mekhanite Language
Under the effects of SCP-1139, members of the Church were able to only speak a sacred unknown language which is apparently similar to the Voynich manuscript.
In one tale the ancient Mekhanites apparently used Linear B as their main language since Hephaestus, Robert Bumaro's real name had carved his original name in his arm in Linear B. In SCP-3777, the Mekhanites spoke in Koine Greek.
In the ROUNDERHOUSE's Gold Proposal the Mekhanite language was mostly unknown apart that it included elements of Old Arabic and its basic translation to English included some Greek bywords.
The Broken Church (GoI-004A) is the oldest sect of the Church of the Broken God, led by "His Holiness Robert Bumaro", who apparently gained the title since 1946, although records indicate that he is far more ancient. However, the church went under a major schism, which was seen as a great heresy, in which two offshoots were formed with conflictual ideals: The Cogwork Orthodox Church and the Church of Mawellism. The sect is seemingly the only one which uses the virus which they refer to as the God's Ichor to standardize their bodies. However, the Church was later able to make peace with the two denominations and even form an alliance which prompted the Broken Church to rename itself the United Church.
A secluded group of descendants of the original ancient Mekhanites lived in a isolated village inside a deep isolated cavern in Iraq who had survived the jihad attacks against the Church in 840. This group was described as uncorrupted unlike the modern adherents of the religion. They didn't affiliate the flesh with evil, only replaced parts of their heads with clockworks instead of replacing their entire bodies, and didn't see Mekhane as the broken god, but instead as a mechanic entity who was not broken and served to a much higher being, in a similar fashion to the angel Metatron. This group, however, came to an end after being all killed by the Wolves of the Horizon Initiative.
Cogwork Orthodox Church
The Cogwork Orthodox Church (GoI-004B) is an offshoot sect of the Church of the Broken God, they seek to augment their bodies with anomalous implants in order to resemble their god or to their god's ideals. The church is primarily led by a mysterious group known as the "Patriarchs" who are at the top of the Church's hierarchy. The Church also rejects modern day technology seeing unfit for their god and opt to use technology from late Industrial Revolution, and production of these machinery are seen as prayers. Due to their implants emitting ticking noises they're often referred to as "Tickers" by the other sects. Because most Orthodoxists also replace their genitalia they often give up their gender identity and it is noted that it is rare for members to naturally conceive children.
The Church is comprised of several orders. The first being the Patriarchs who control most of the Church's matters and provide final decision-making as well as producing the memoranda and texts that become the holy Schema. The Schematists-Faithful are a order which print, compile, and organize the Schema under the orders of the Patriarchs and despite being equal to the other orders they possess more political power due to them being responsible for editing the holy Writ. The Legates-Faithful are responsible for internal affairs, inquisition and courts system as they investigate heresy, mediate disputes, and are entitled to direct action in cases of conflict within the Cathedral or other Church properties. The Militants-Faithful are responsible for external affairs and self-defense as they deal directly with overt and covert threats to the Church, beyond the purvey of the Legates, and function as ambassadors or representatives to other groups, except in matters of doctrine.
They along with the Legates are the two officially Armed Orders of the Church. The Fabricators-Faithful oversee the production on Church properties, acting as foremen and quality control for Lay-Brothers and Sisters working in Fabrication duties, and determine which new Inventions are to be sent to the Patriarchs who would approve for Standardization. Lastly the Inventors-Faithful which are comprised of all Church Sentient Analytical Engines are tasked with refining and creating new potential Standardized designs, and embark on Quests to answer key questions of theology and design. Notable Saints of the Church include: Saint-Legate Trunnion, Saint-Schematist Platen, Saint-Inventor Diaphragm, Saint Scranton, Saint-Fabricator Baffle, Saint-Inventor Chock, and Saint-Inventor Enrichner.
Church of Maxwellism
The Church of Maxwellism (GoI-004C) is a modern take on the Church of the Broken God's teachings. Unlike the other sects they favour small-scale modifications to their bodies, using modern technology to augment their body parts, use computation and network oriented means as a way of worship and apparently don't have an actual organizing church body, but groups of this church do connect with one another, and are mostly represented by "Saint Hedwig of the Angels". Despite not having an organizing body, the Hexagon acts as the high command within the church, being powerful and experienced Admins who are responsible for linking together the minds in the network in order to simulate the existence of WAN. They believe that their god is actually fragmented data dispersed through the linked technology and cultural zeitgeist of the modern age, and also believe that by connecting all of their minds together and gather and share information with each other would allow their god to reform herself. Because of the use of computer fan noise and meditative aid they're often referred by the other sects as "Hummers".
The Maxwellist network is a tri-layer hierarchical network where members congregate, live, work, and worship online and is run by the Aggregated Layer which is responsible for dealing with basic issues, monitoring the activities in the Basic Layer, and preparing new construction and recruitment plans. The Basic Layer is a fun virtual place of entertainment for young Maxwellists and here is generated the majority of income and recruitment, but to the upper layers this place is simply seen as a front to hide themselves. In the Basic Layer there are a number of youth recruitment hubs such as Cipher City, and a large simulspace construct named Grand I/O Temple where patrons can worship and upload prayers. The Compilation Layer serves as a special task force which takes direct orders from the Hexagons. The newly converted obnoxious Maxwellists who have just had their first implant for a short amount of time are often referred to as "Chippers". The Basic Layer has its own crypto-currency referred to as "Cryt", and the network has also its own 24/7 news broadcast named WANsong.
Sanctuary of the Holistic
The Sanctuary of the Holistic (GoI-004D) is a new sect mostly made out of former disillusioned members of the other primary sects following failures at resurrecting the Broken God. Their ideals are similar to that of the Church of Maxwellism, but believe that individuals should also be connected physically in order to merge and resurrect the Broken God as an amalgamation of organic metal.
New Ferrous Brotherhood
The New Ferrous Brotherhood (GoI-004F) was an archaic branch of the Church formed during the industrial revolution in Britain. The doctrines of this branch focused more on the personal improvement rather than the more collectivist ideals preached by other denominations of the Church, as they believed that the ascension of the machines should occur before attempting to reassemble the Broken God. This branch was eventually dissolved in 1890 due to a coup by the Cogwork Orthodox Church.
Susindo (GoI-004K) is a Korean indigenous cult founded by Jang Young-sil during the early period of Joseon Dynasty which combines the religion of the Church with Confucianism. Apparently this sect is on good terms with the Cogwork Orthodox Church.
|“||Like us, they were worshippers of Father Fuxi. He and his tribe sacrificed their body of flesh and blood to the Great Brass Dragon, and gained bodies of brass and iron. It was not ‘augmentation’, as you would put it. They turned themselves not into machines, but living metal. Machines can be broken down, disassembled, but metal itself—||„|
|~ A former member of the Xia Dynasty to a Mekhanite in "I See a Great Beast within the Fires".|
The Xia Dynasty (GoI-004X) was a legendary technologically-advanced civilization which ruled China from 2100 to 1600 BCE. They conducted practices similar to both Mekhanism and Sarkicism, with the main practice being "The Way of the Serpent", which involved individuals separating from their bodies and taking the appearance of a giant mechanical serpent, while others from the lower classes underwent at the age of twelve body transformations into serpentine bodies which resembled "the Body of the Dragon", and involved shaping their head in the form of a serpent and growing scales over their body.
The dynasty worshiped the two deities whom they referred to Mekhane as Fuxi the Father Serpent and Yaldabaoth as Nüwa the Mother Dragon, but mainly worshiped Fuxi over the latter as they acknowledged the threat that Nüwa posed. That is the reason why the dynasty sought to prevent the rebuilding of Fuxi because that would result in Nüwa being freed from its prison. They warred with other civilizations which included the Mekhanites, Sarkites, Ortothans, the Shang Dynasty and the Yeren. The dynasty came to an end after being destroyed by the Children of the Torch cult, although some members secretly lived on.
Eastern Clockwork Orthodox Church
A Christian Reconstructionist Sect rooted in the Russian Orthodox Church and the Clockwork Orthodoxy. Not much else is known about this sect other than they believe that Mekhane is the mother of Jesus Christ.
Order of the Black Cog
One of the more violent sects of the Church. Not much is known about this sect apart that they possessed their own version of the Bible and brutally sacrificed their enemies to the Broken God.
A syncretic Mekhanite cult which combines doctrines and techniques of the Cogwork Orthodox Church and the Church of Maxwellism, and very often visit the interdimensional African city of La Rue Macabre. Because of their nature the cult is seen in a negative light by the other sects of the Church of the Broken God which often resulted in conflicts.
Turing's Wrath (GoI-3862), was a splinter organization of the Church of the Broken God. Not much is known about the group, apart that they seem to also be extremely hostile towards the Sarkites.
While the origins of the church and the religion practiced within are unknown, evidence of its existence has been found dating back to the times of ancient Mycenaean Greece and were known back then as the Mekhanites, although new evidence suggested that the civilization was far older than that as they at some point had waged war against the forgotten kingdom of the House of Apollyon. According to their mythology the religion and civilization was formed by a young boy and his family after they encountered Mekhane in her workshop where they were blessed with knowledge given to them by the benevolent god and decided to bring more followers in order to help her break the Flesh. This civilization became a powerful empire with a highly centralized theocratic state, and continually produced various metallic products which were seen as highly religious in nature. They often traded with other states such as Egypt, Assyria, Canaan and Daevon, although they often held a low opinion about the Mekhanites.
War of the Flesh
When the Sarkic Empire was formed, the Mekhanites became their greatest enemy due to their opposing ideals, and eventually this situation culminated into a war which resulted with Mekhanites defeating the Sarkites and banishing them to another dimension. Despite their victory the damage dealt by the Sarkites resulted in the eventual collapse of the empire.
Many Mekhanite left the fractured state and spread to other territories, some held strong to their faith in secrecy, while others would lose some of their religion due to some reasons such as integration and confliction with other deities. Meanwhile all that remained of the original empire was the city-state of Amoni which became isolated from the neighbouring civilizations allowing them to further develop their technology, until their conquest by the Roman empire and subsequent destruction by the Hebrews. The Mekhanites would be persecuted in the ensuing years, mostly during the Inquisitions, the Brass Crusades which were known to the public simply as the Crusades, and the Salem Witch Trials.
The religion eventually experienced a resurgence during the Industrial Revolution, with the adherents seeing the event as a sign of Mekhane returning and several splinter cells united, but due to conflicting views on the conversion of their body, the Church was split into the Cogwork Orthodox Church. During the 20th century when the Cogwork Orthodox Church began assembling pieces thought to be parts of the Broken God, the Broken Church, now lead by Robert Bumaro (different individual from the current one), became envious of this and started their own hunt for the pieces. As technology became more advanced in the 1990s, some members saw their practices as outdated and sought to modernize the religion, becoming the Church of Maxwellism which become a greater threat to normalcy than the other two major denominations, despite being the weakest.
One day, for unknown reasons, every single anomaly which ever existed was either neutralized or normalized, much to the shock of all of the GoIs. This also included every member of the Church of the Broken God who ceased to exist due to being partially made out of anomalous technology.
In December of 2018, when SCP-610 breached containment and began attacking Russia, the combined forces of the Church, the Foundation and GOC was there to stop them. During the battle Mekhane was rebuilt and descended on Russia where she proceeded to completely destroy SCP-610 leaving no trace behind. After that, Mekhane decided to depart Earth and go to outer space, leaving behind messages in which she stated that she would return. As the Veil of Secrecy was destroyed as a result of Mekhane's appearance on Russia, the anomalous world became public knowledge, which allowed the Church to get out of their hiding and live normally like other people. Thanks to their deep knowledge and advanced technology, the members of the Church were able to contribute to the world in various fields, such as medication and appliances.
Relationship with other anomalous factions
In their many illegal experiments and modifications, the Church of the Broken God has either created or acquired SCPs for religious use, many of them unwilling and held against their will. The church has acted violently to the Foundation and is considered a true enemy of their efforts. Despite this, the Foundation has formed as secret alliance with the church against the rising threat Sarkicism. Other groups that are part of this alliance are the Global Occult Coalition and the Horizon Initiative. The alliance between these four groups is called "Triumvirate".
At first the ancient Mekhanites had a friendly relationship with the Daevites due to their common enemy the Sarkites. However, the relationship soon turned sour and the two factions warred against each other, with the Mekhanites originally destroying the evil civilization. They also helped fellow civilizations, the Archaemenid Empire, the Kingdom of Carthage and the Erikeshans, by supplying them with their technology.
Members of the Church are allowed entry to the Wanderer's Library, and non-violent groups of the Church appear to be on very good terms with the Serpent's Hand and often help one another. They also appear to have a relationship with Prometheus Labs and Anderson Robotics, both groups contributing to the Church and vice versa as shown when the Maxwellists residing in the extradimensional city of Three Portlands collaborated with Prometheus and then Anderson Robotics in improving the technology and internet connection in the city.
In the 1920s, a group of Chinese immigrants formed a conglomerate of Mekanite and Children of the Torch street gangs named the "Molten Tongs" and are currently stationed in the pocket dimension of BackDoor SoHo.
In the city of Three Portlands 11% of the population has been self-identified as members of Maxwellism, which has been slowly increasing in popularity since their emergence during the 1970s, while residents pertaining to the other denominations of the Church of the Broken God barely make up 1% of the population. Adherents of the Church are also present in the interdimensional city of SCP-5373.
HANSARP is a dadaist nihilistic group of artists made out of disillusioned members of Are We Cool Yet? who were gathered together by Boris Aldermann, leader of a sect of the Church in Germany who originally lead the group. They believe that everything is meaningless and without rules, that "cool" and "broken" are just dismissible concepts, and that discord is the most ideal way of life.
The beliefs of Fifthism and of the Church of the Broken God were on different occasions combined to form a new way of belief which often resulted in the creation of anomalies. On one occasion, after Brother Diagram's mind was affected by the Fifth World he believed that Mekhane wasn't in fact broken and would be reformed in the stars from the Fifthist cosmology.
Wren Masterson, a notable member of Gamers Against Weed known as MxMasters is also a member of the Church of Maxwellism. Following the collapse of SCP-5470, almost all of the Maxwellists who previously inhabited the anomalous reality, which included MxMasters, were taken under the care of GAW.
When General Bowe decided to form a group to destroy the SCP Foundation for good, Robert Bumaro and the Church pledged their alliance to him and alongside other members from other GoIs formed the Foundation Elimination Coalition. However, as the SCP Foundation fought back which resulted in chaos erupting, Bumaro and the Church decided to defect the Coalition seeing the cause as not worth it.
The Horizon Initiative suspected that the defunct cult known as "Those Who Gaze Deeply", which was formed from European alchemists who sought to find the element which comprised God, had some connections with the Church.
A member of the interdimensional group of Black Queens converted to the religion of the Cogwork Orthodox Church with the help of Amitha Vikram.
After Nobody got hold of some metal named Mekhanium, they were abducted by some mechanical cephalopodic aliens who named themselves the Children of Mekhane.
The philanthropic group known as Manna Charitable Foundation sees the Church of the Broken God as an evil cult which indoctrinates innocent people for selfish reasons, and because of this they seek to save those people from the Church by rehabilitating them and removing their implants as shown in their "Draft Proposal For Programme Arduinosis 9001".
SCPs Associated with the Church
- The Mekhanites/Church of the Broken God bear resemblance to the Adeptus Mechanicus from Warhammer 40,000.
- SCP-2510, also known as "Our Broken Salvation", an ancient Mekhanite machine which showed different universes where the Sarkites and the Church of the Broken God had won over each other, was deleted and replaced due to plagiarism.
- It is mentioned that the scientist who worked for an unknown group and turned SCP-191 into cyborg did so because of a higher purpose. It is possible that the scientist was a member of the Church of the Broken God and the reason why he turned 191 into a cyborg was because of the belief of the inferiority of the flesh.
- The same could also be said about SCP-203, a man who turned into a cyborg possibly against his will. It is speculated that his modifications were of ritualistic nature.
- It is possible that SCP-890, an anomalous doctor capable of operating on machinery as it was flesh, has ties to the Church of the Broken God.
- The SCP Foundation created the Mobile Task Force Stigma-9 also known as "Evolved from Naturally Occurring Gears, Levers and Pulleys", a special MTF made only for disrupting the Church's activities.
- In SCP-4100, it's revealed that a race of alien cyborgs known as the Mekhanion inhabit the planet of Hephaestia (Saturn).
- In the universe of SCP-5000, in which the SCP Foundation began exterminating the entire human race, the Church of the Broken God joined forces with the GOC in preserving humanity and fighting against the Foundation.
- O5-4 of the O5 Council who remembered the Fifth Occult War from SCP-001 (Wrong's proposal) possessed detailed knowledge of Mekhanist war tactics.
- The GOC has categorized anomalies related to the Church under the "Ford" classification.
- In the early days of the SCP wiki the Church of the Broken God was initially envisioned as a modern day cult formed by individuals who began worshiping anomalies that they witnessed, while their leader Robert Bumaro was intended to be a scammer who at first didn't believe in the anomalous before it was too late for him.
- In the fifth episode of the educational children's show titled "Professor Abnormal's Science Lab" and designated as SCP-2702, the program's host "Professor Abnormal" and his assistant "Prescott the Robot" explained in great details to the kids the mythology and history of various religious groups and civilizations which also included the Church of the Broken God.
- The Broken Church branch seems to be based off the Clockpunk aesthetic, the Cogwork Orthodox Church from Steampunk aesthetic, and the Church of Maxwellism from Cyberpunk aesthetic.
- When testing the newly created SCP-001 (djkaktus's Proposal) Dr. ███ █████, Omega-5 team leader, ordered the weapon to completely destroy a Church of the Broken God worship site in Turkey. The destruction was successful and the surrounding area was left undamaged while the witnesses were given amnestics.
- The tale "Sweetness" tells of a Church's tale for children which depicts Mekhane as a king and the church as the princess. In the tale the king seals his princess inside a tower in order to keep her safe from their enemies, but during the battle the enemies take the king apart and steal his parts away. After the princess managed to escape she vows to take her father's pieces back and together bring peace to their land.
- While being tortured by SCP-3999, Researcher Talloran was brainwashed into thinking that he was a high Maxwellist leader named Max Lipshitz while SCP-3999 masqueraded itself as a Maxwellist artifact that needed to always stay close to Talloran.
- Dr. Jack Bright has attempted to send Nigerian-esque email scams to various members of the Church of the Broken God, but has been prevented to keep doing so by the Foundation.
- In the "UnHuman" canon in which baseline humanity went extinct allowing the rise of anomalous species, prior to the events the Maxwellists unleashed an unknown SCP upon Greene County, New York. This prompted the Foundation to create SCP-6801, a robot that would be capable of fighting the Maxwellists' invasion and clean up the mess afterwards. The Foundation was successful in stopping the Maxwellists, albeit with a number of casualties while covering up the entire incident.
- In "These 5 Colleges are the Best for Learning Dark Powers! Number 1 Will SHOCK You!" which takes place in the "Broken Masquerade" canon, it is revealed that the Church of Maxwellism created an online school known as the Institute of WAN which was ranked as fifth in a rundown of the best anomalous colleges.
- In the joke SCP-001-J (Cimmerian-Kaktus Proposal) a parody of the Church of the Broken God named the "Church of the Broke God" is mentioned, worshiping Michael Kain, a powerful deity known as the Broke God due to him not having money.
- In the tale "Elysium", the Maxwellists' Data Layer was described as looking better than the fictional world of Ready Player One.
- The Church of the Broken God Hub at the SCP Wiki
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