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|“||And Ion held six fingers aloft and upon their spears did the soldiers impale themselves. "For you!" they cried before the blood drowned their tongues. And Ion said, "Now do you see?" And Nadox wept, as more did skewer themselves in Ion's name, for he had seen and now knew the truth of his words.||„|
Grand Karcist Ion, also known as the Sorcerer-King of Adytum, is a recurring figure in the SCP Foundation universe. He is considered one of the most powerful beings in the setting, being able to vanquish an elder god.
Ion's beginnings were humble, starting out as a lowly slave under the rule of the oppressive Daeva civilization in circa 1800 BCE. Blessed by the primordial being Yaldabaoth, Ion was given power over flesh and disease, which he used to garner a rapidly growing following and eventually overthrow the Daeva that had enslaved his people for so long. He and his followers created their own kingdom, with the city of Adytum as its capital.
As Ion and his new empire continued to rapidly expand their territory, they were halted by a coalition of ancient civilization including the Egyptians, the Assyrians, the Minoans and the fictional Mekhanites. Fearful of the terrible powers Ion and his followers utilized, the alliance fought a brutal and destructive war against Ion which eventually ended after millions of casualties when Mekhane/Robert Bumaro banished Adytum and Ion from this mortal plane. His broken followers fled to avoid persecution.
In 1952, the Adytum's Wake sect lead by Cornelius P. Bodfel III attempted to summon Ion, but the ritual was interrupted by the Global Occult Coalition. Exactly what happened next is unknown, but what is known is that all present died, many from self-inflicted gunshot wounds, and the surrounding area was destroyed, forming the anomaly known as SCP-2480, a gateway for eldritch abominations to enter. Over the next few years, a Sarkite army began to form around SCP-2480, until a joint operation by the Foundation and the GOC successfully neutralised the threat.
Powers and Abilities
Having been granted an immense power by Yaldabaoth, Ion had complete control over flesh in all its forms. His powers were akin to that of a demi-god and he was functionally immortal. Among the things he was capable of doing were
- Physical transfiguration. For example, he was able to transform his arm into a massive wolf's maw to tear through steel.
- Organic manipulation. He was able to force others to move against their will or simply cause their bodies to burst. Similarly. he was able to grossly alter the physical layout of humans to grant them enhanced powers, like immense muscle size or organic growths that could be moulded into specialized weapons.
- Share powers. Ion was able to give a modicum of his powers to his followers, granting them the ability to similarly manipulate flesh.
Drawn to his immense powers and charismatic orations, Ion garnered a massive following which continues to exist to this day. These followers adhere to a religion known as Sarkicism, which is derived from the Greek word for "flesh". Sarkicism follows the tenets of Ion, and its adherents practice, among other things, ritual cannibalism, human sacrifice, thaumaturgy and organic augmentation. Some of the more powerful Sarkites have moved passed what can be considered human and are functionally immortal. The structure of Sarkicism is highly hierarchic. The three most powerful and influential positions are:
- Ozirmok: The Grand Karcist. A position reserved solely for Ion.
- Klavigar: The four most powerful followers of Ion during his age of ascendancy, they are considered saints to current day Sarkites. They are named Nadox, Lovataar, Orok & Saarn.
- Karcists: The spiritual and secular leaders of Sarkicism. They are biologically immortal and have widely varying forms.
Among the followers of Sarkicism are many highly powerful and influential figures. In SCP-1730, Elijah seems to be a reincarnation of this deity and is an Eldritch Abomination who took on multiple task forces, SCPs, Tau-5 "Samsara" (Cyborg Demigods), an Elder God/Titan (Saturn/Cronus/Kronos), and a Cheribum (Uriel/GateGuardian/Clef'sSCP-001). He seems to be in control of the dark Sun in the 001 proposal "When Day breaks". He seems to have a relationship with SCP-093 though he is not the one behind it as that is speculated to be Yaldabaoth.
- According to the story's author, Ion is the creator of SCP-610 and used it to create slaves who served him and his followers. This was what prompted the Mekhanites to side with other civilizations against him.
- SCP-2191-3, a massive organism living underneath the Balkan Peninsula, was Ion's favored concubine. According to Sarkic cultist Draga Negrescu, she was once the princess of the "Blood Empress", and was claimed by Karcist Ion, as "was his right". It is implied that at the beginning she resisted him, but over time she came to worship Ion and wanted to bear his children and was impregnated by him.
- According to Simon Oswalt, a Sarkite traitor to the Foundation, Ion is one of Yaldabaoth's Archons; beings of pure chaos designed to uphold his will.
- During an interview with Dr. Clef, Ion showed dislike in referring to his religion as Sarkisism, since at the time of the interview he considered it outdated, opting to instead use the word Nälkä (in Finnish means "hunger"). He was also somewhat irritated by Clef's unusual behaviour.
- In SCP-5555, it is revealed that the Administrator of the Foundation, and other leaders of the other GOIs, such as "Ion" himself, are actually powerful immortal beings who use the SCP universe and its inhabitants as just a playboard game with roleplaying for their own entertainment, with the identity of Grand Karcist Ion being nothing more than just a role which one of these entities takes, and after one of them wins, the game starts over and the universe resets, with the roles changing.
- In the tale "Day of the Dragon" a reversed version of Ion exists in which he is the leader of the Church of the Broken God.
- It appears that Ion was somewhat based on Moses from the bible, a man born from slaves to the Egyptians, was then blessed by God and freed his fellow slaves from the Egyptian tyranny.
- Grand Karcist Ion also resembles Osmund Saddler from Resident Evil 4.