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|“||Life was suddenly complicated, so he asked his six advisors, his archons. They informed him that the spheres were important to her, and that she was angry at what he would have wrought. He didn't fully understand, and had less of a clue of what happened to her. Finally, he decided that like her machines, she was merely broken. And machines, unlike the things of flesh, can be built again. He would wait here, until she was no longer angry with him, and decided let to him go.||„|
|~ From "A Life that Was Simple".|
|“||"I have heard chanting and seen his servants, Reborn from mere men to serpents and beasts. Sacrifices were made in exchange for power, But the great dragon never needs to feed.
"It fed on the bodies of gods not the flesh of men, And it fell into slumber for ages and ages. But its glory reduces not and his crown ever flaming, Only a fool would claim mastery to such a thing.
"Pity the Great Sorcerer King of Adytum, Who regards himself a god but an insect merely. Pity his Klavigar and proud Karcists, Who seek to rule the land but will all perish.
"Pity the followers of the great brass machine, Their master scattered still in pieces. Pity the mortals who know not about the dragons, Descendants of the same blood but will die in ashes."
|~ From the "I Have Seen the Dragon in the Great Brass Cage" section in the "CotBG Archive ██/██/20██-███: Of Dragons and Serpents".|
Yaldabaoth is a low-level elder god and a major antagonist in the SCP mythos. The practitioners of Sarkicism believe that he is the principal power in the universe and the incidental creator of all life.
Yaldabaoth is often described as a blind creature driven by pure instinct. He is usually accompanied by six beings called Archons, which are faceless manifestations of primordial chaos.
Life is an unintentional byproduct that is exhaled by the old god after devouring other gods and stars.
Relation with Sarkicism
Most of knowledge of Yaldabaoth originates from Sarkic scripture and religious texts.
While the most Sarkites revere Yaldabaoth, they do not worship him or any other god (with the exception of some Neo-Sarkic cults such as the Adytum's Wake). Instead, they see him as subservient and an enemy to the founder of their religion, Grand Karcist Ion, who would "wear the old god's flesh as armor and craft a kingdom out of it's body".
Battle with Mekhane
At some point Mekhane, the deity worshiped by the Church of the Broken God, engaged with Yaldabaoth in a biblical battle over the fate of humanity. The battle ended with Mekhane sealing Yaldabaoth away, but breaking into pieces in the process.
SCP-3806-A is an elder woman who claims to able to arrange deaths and afterlives. One possibility is that souls wander on the astral plain, until they are snatched up by either Yaldabaoth or the Scarlet King.
The same woman also believes that the Nordic god Odin is collecting souls as soldiers to fight some cosmic horror at "the end of days", and implies that this horror could be Yaldabaoth or the Scarlet King.
Yaldabaoth's brass cage was discovered by the Global Occult Coalition, GRU Division "P" and the SCP Foundation, the latter designating it SCP-5001. The Foundation gained full control of it after the collapse of GRU P, classifying Yaldabaoth as SCP-5001-A.
On December 30th, 2019, Yaldabaoth breached containment after a explosion accidentally caused by a spy of the Church of the Broken God damaged the cage. Yaldabaoth took control of several Foundation personnel at Site-59 reverting to an ape-like appearance and had them kill and cannibalize other staff members. He also released "pressure waves" which adversely affected all those caught in them, who began to attack each other.
The Foundation were eventually able to defeat Yaldabaoth by firing a superweapon named HECOR at him, blasting the Devourer back into the cage, which later re-assembled itself and sealed Yaldabaoth away once more.
Yaldabaoth is often depicted as a serpent-like entity with the head of a lion which corresponds to the Gnostic portrayals. The Xia Dynasty referred to Yaldabaoth as a dragon and the lower classes of the dynasty would mold themselves after Yaldabaoth's appearance. Private Morton Baker, the first individual to be infected with SCP-3503 described Yaldabaoth as resembling a Satyr with the combined appearance of individuals infected by SCP-610.
- Inspired by the concept of the Demiurge from Gnosticism.
- Bears a resemblance to Azathoth from the Cthulhu-mythos. This backed by being often described as a "blind creature driven by purse instinct".
- Such as in the tale "The Maker and the Beast", Yaldabaoth has been called a male and a female, so his real gender is unknown.
- Given that Yaldabaoth had been in a relationship with Mekhane who is of female origin, Yaldabaoth is probably male.
- It is speculated that the malevolent infohazardous entity who killed the humanoid race from SCP-3007 and made art with their corpses by twisting and playing with them is a representation or a being connected to Yaldabaoth, while the intelligent and benevolent deity who created the race is a representation of Mekhane.
- Yaldabaoth is the uncle/aunt of the Scarlet King.
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