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|“||A name echoed through his mind, to the very depths of his soul, boiling up hatred a thousand times over, hate that burned, consumed, that left nothing but more of the same. Hatred against them. The invaders. The slaughterers. The slavemasters. The filth. The Daevas.||„|
|~ From "A Long Time Past"|
|“||We rise! Our age long sleep is now a memory of the distant past. We will strike down our jailers, and they will know that our revenge is complete! The Library shall burn! The books shall be consumed! And I will feast on the heart of the great keeper who watches over their books. An ending is coming. For we are written.||„|
|~ From the Wanderer's Library|
The Daevites, also known as the Daevas or the Daeva, are a culture in the SCP Foundation universe. They originated from SCP-140, a book that expands upon the history of the civilization if blood or ink is in its presence.
The Daevites were a matriarchal culture centered in modern Mongolia, which at various points through history had an empire that extended as far as Europe and the Middle East. All periods of the civilization had militarism, conquest, cities ruling over large slave populations, human sacrifice, ancestor worship, and functioning magic as core aspects, though they still otherwise changed over time. The Daevas were longer lived than humans, and were divergent from modern humans enough to be considered a separate subspecies. The culture created a variety of objects that would qualify for SCP classification if rediscovered today. In their present timeline, the Daevites were wiped out by Genghis Khan, although this could be changed by interference with SCP-140.
Although the Daevite Empire is currently defunct, some immortal daevites and their descendants still live on in the modern times.
The Daevite language was a isolated language independent from the Daevites' neighbors, which further evolved through time. As a result of this the Daevite language was divided into four languages: Old Daevite which remained until 1000 BCE; Middle Daevite which was used until 200 CE; Late Daevite which was used until 1300 CE; and Neo-Daevite which still used to this day by small Daevite groups.
Because Old Daevite is an extinct language, its exact right pronunciation is mostly unknown, but historians were mostly able to infer a theoretical realization into neighboring languages.
Old Daevite possessed a thorough grammatical gender (or noun-class) system. This system affected pluralization as well as verb conjugation. Old Daevite possessed three grammatical numbers - a singular, a plural, and a null or "zero" number not found in any other language of the region. The singular number is always unmarked. However, nouns in the plural and null numbers are marked with an affix that denotes their number and gender, as is any adjective referring to them. Possession is, in turn, managed by a completely separate set of suffixes which are marked on the possessee and change according to the gender and person of the possessor. If a plural noun is the possessee, these suffixes are added following the plural suffix. There exists a simple adjectivizer prefix, á-, which may be used to transform any noun into an adjective. In case of the noun being adjectivized having adjectives itself, those adjectives are also marked with the prefix.
Old Daevite included a unique system of stop mutation, based on the relative social standing of the speaker and the listener. This system was not considered to be simple allophony, but rather a core and grammatical part of the language, as is evidenced by these mutations being reflected in the Daevite writing system. Daevite stop mutation involved shifting all stops in speech to a differet set if the listener was of significantly higher or lower social rank. These two sets being referred to as the High Register and the Low Register respectively, and are contrasted by the neutral Base Register.
Relationship with other anomalous factions
The SCP Foundation considers the Daevite civilization to be an extreme threat to the modern world should SCP-140 reach past a certain point in the 2nd millennium AD.
Sarkicism began in the 3rd millennium by Grand Karcist Ion as a slave revolt against the Daevite empire, and they were able to reduce them to a single city state in Mongolia. This allowed the Mekhanites, former allies of the Daevites, to destroyed them before SCP-140 changed that.
The Daevites once committed mass genocide on the Ortothan population, precursors of the Church of the Second Hytoth.
During the Daevite expansion in the 8000s BCE, the Daevites went to war with the Imit population, or the Clay People (Homo postdescensus), and exterminated most the Imit to extinction, forcing the surviving members of the humanoid offshoot to retreat and remain hidden in the dark until the modern age. However, this war caused the influence of the Daevas' Old Gods on Earth to weaken.
It is speculated by a Foundation researcher that the Golden Horde, a group of time-travelling Mongols from 1227 who are trying to find a place to bury their leader Ghengis Khan, aren't actually trying to find a burial place and nor is Ghengis Khan dead, but are actually still fighting wars throughout different time eras, probably still fighting with the expanding Daevites.
The Daevites appear to have had a vendetta against the Serpent's Hand for unknown reasons, but it is possible that this involves Nahash, the creator of the Wanderer's Library and enemy of the Daevites.
PoI-4887, a female daeva who lives on to this day, betrayed her people and joined the mysterious group known only as "Nobody" in order to destroy what remains of the Daevites.
A lot of the power of the Daevites was granted by their patron god, the Scarlet King: the old god granted them with unholy power and knowledge as a reward for their brutal ways of life. They also worshipped other gods such as Moloch and the Hanged King, some of the Scarlet King's servants. The Children of the Scarlet King appear to be an offshoot of the Daevites.
SCPs Associated with the Daevites
- "Daeva" is an an Old Iranian term for demons.
- They bear a resemblance to the Drows from Dungeons & Dragons.
- SCP-140 bears resemblance to SCP-012, and SCP-4001, an underground library containing books of the lives of every human who had ever lived and manipulating the books would cause the life of the respective person to change.
- After SCP-2798 ceased functioning, SCP-001 (Kalinin's proposal) manipulated SCP-1981 as it did with other anomalies. In this new version Ronald Reagan raps during the tape and while rapping mentions the Daevites who are among the crowd looking at Reagan.
- When SCP-3959, an anti-meme which "redacted" information from written documents and people's memories, went rogue the Foundation tried to secure SCP-140 away from 3959's effect, since it would probably cause the Daevites to cease existing and be completely erased from history and reality. Although it would seem as a good thing, the sudden disappearance of the Daevites from history could cause a much greater disaster to reality as the Daevites have had a fundamental part in the universe despite their malevolence.
- When the Foundation used SCP-978, a camera that when takes a picture of someone the photo it produces shows the individual's biggest desire, to take a photo of SCP-140, the photo showed a number of ornately-dressed women look on with approval at an assortment of human corpses from different ethnicities and groups such as the Foundation, GOC and HI impaled on stakes. This means that SCP-140 not only is sapient and aware of the present, but is possibly possessed by the spirits of ancient Daevites.
- In SCP-001 (Roget's proposal), the Foundation cross-tested SCP-140 with SCP-505, a pen which constantly leaks an infinite amount of ink which could cover the world. This cross-test seemingly solved the problem regarding SCP-505, but expanded the Daevites' history so much that it went beyond the present and into the future and interrupting the combination would cause the added history to come true.
- SCP-1275 once tried to steal SCP-140, but this attempt led to the Foundation capturing it.
- SCP-140 was one of the many components used by the Foundation to create SCP-0001 (Meta Ike's proposal), a machine designed to manipulate reality based on the data inputted by the Foundation.
- When SCP-423, an entity referred as Fred who only exists within the narrative of a book and can go to other books near it, went to SCP-140 he described his experience as extremely painful like like being ripped apart. While 423 was with 140, his presence caused some expansion of the Daevites' history.
- When D-24899 combined SCP-3922 with 140, it caused the Daevites to get terminated for good by the soldiers of the Three Moons Initiative, and SCP-140 along with other copies were considered neutralized.
- For April Fools 2020, SCP-140's article was changed for that day in which the book was written about the Daevites' horticulture as part of the "Super Cool Plants" theme.
- O5-4 of the O5-Council who remembered the Fifth Occult War from Wrong's proposal possessed detailed knowledge of Daevite war tactics.
- In one instance of SCP-2503-A about an attempt at neutralizing SCP-2030, it detailed how the Foundation kept all technology away from the human race for 562 years, which caused humanity to become a monotheistic cult similar to the Daevite civilization and formed a move called "return to Eden".
- During a discussion about differences between the Daevites and the Sarkites, one author jokingly referred to the daevite specie as "Homo sapiens daevus".
- Dr. Clef was able to interview a member of the Daevites from an alternate dimension, but the interview went nowhere, since the Daevite was turned into a mindless beast.
- According to Ambrose Restaurant, death by forced overeating was a normal punishment by the Daevites.
- SCP-5140 is the only SCP with the number 140 that is not associated with the Daevites.
- Daevites in the Legends of the Multi Universe Wiki