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He is the main antagonist of the SCP mythos, and he appears in countless articles and tales across the site, often tied to the end of the existence itself.
Scarlet King was born with the planting of the Tree of Knowledge, called Khahrahk at the time. He was the smallest of his siblings, but the only one aware, and it brought him great pain. He decided that existence itself is painful and that he'd have no part in it, as well as destroying existence itself. He started by consuming his siblings and growing stronger on their essence.
He vowed to destroy the Tree, the Creator and Creation, and consumed or subjugated all the other gods, naming himself "King of the Darkness Below". He declared war on creation itself, one which will not end until the very end of everything. He took Sanaa, one of the gods he subjugated, forcibly as his wife and sired seven daughters on her. Sanaa died after birthing them, and the King took his seven daughters as his new brides, sealing them so they would not die as their mother had. From his seven bride-daughters he had seven children called Leviathans.
Other gods and older beings agreed to follow him as well, among them were Jeser, Goran, Moloch and Hastur.
It is also speculated that he is the nephew of Yaldabaoth.
The SCP Foundation was able to neutralize or destroy the first six brides, but the seventh—the strongest—had yet to be born. It resides in SCP-231-7 and is prevented from existing by using Procedure 110-Montuak, developed by Robert Montauk, a scientist.
What the procedure actually involves is unknown, but it is heavily implied that it involves brutal acts of violence, such as rape and torture, in order to keep the Leviathan away. Another source claims that the Scarlet King and Leviathan could not see reality the same way than humans could, meaning that concept of brutal acts of violence against SCP-231-7 could keep them away.
The seventh daughter gave birth to SCP-999 after O5 ordered to stop Procedure 110-Montuak.
SCP-999 is now believed to be the only thing to be able to defeat his father/grandfather.
The Scarlet King's daughters are as follows: A'tivik, A'ghor, A'distat, A'zieb, A'nuht, A'tellif, and A'habbat.
Iteration 5 of SCP-2317 claims that the Scarlet King is the untold horror imprisoned inside SCP-2317, a salt desert-dimension locked behind a 19th-century wooden door. In Iteration 6 it is revealed that the entity is actually ████, Devourer of Worlds or Dread Devourer, an Apollyon-level Devourer entity that will enter the Foundation's reality within 30 years.
The O5 counsel are surprisingly apathetic to the Devourer's inevitable attack, as several other SCP entities are projected to destroy the world in the meantime, and consider maintaining staff morale to be more important than fruitless attempts to re-imprison the Devourer. Thus, the myth of the Scarlet King was created, alongside a fake ritual, Procedure 220-Calabasas, which can supposedly "appease" the entity.
Whether the Scarlet King truly exists and whether SCP-2317 is worthy of that title is left as an exercise for the reader, as the universe of the SCP-Foundation has no true canon. Some writers treat them as one in the same, while others claim the Dread Devourer is even more powerful than the Scarlet King.
Due to the lack of canon, the Scarlet King has no true form. Artists often draw him as a classical Devil-like figure with antlers, sometimes having also tendrils/tentacels coming from his body, likely a reference of his Lovecraftian inspiration. He is laos often depicted with eyes on his chest. In the tale Three Short Scenes About Death the Scarlet King is given a little description. His fist are described as massive and gnarled, holding the chains of his consorts and concubines. The same fists could effortlessly smash a man's throat. The King's voice is described as similar to "the chittering of a billion infinitesimal insects", and swirling and constantly moving. His voice also was neither "high nor low nor cacophonous nor methodical", simply just being.
According to Tufto's SCP-001 proposal, the King is more akin to a living meme than an individual entity; in effect, he is the idea of nihilism and a force of chaos, and can assimilate an entity thought to be him into an aspect of himself.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
The Scarlet King's true power is unknown, though he can conquer and destroy entire worlds and civilizations, and threaten other low elder gods. For regular humans his true power is presumably beyond comprehension.
The Scarlet King has gathered many followers, among them other gods, among them were The Factory, Jeser, Goran, Moloch and Hastur.
Humans also follow the King, most notably the savage Daevites and the Children of the Scarlet King, a "Satanic" cult which poses as an American right-wing Millenialist fire-and-brimstone Christian church. The group consist of 8000 actual cultists, and about 60 000 Christians, who unknowingly serve the interests of the inner circle. The cult has also wealthy benefactors.
- The Poem hints that instead of working against the Scarlet King, they may be unwittingly or even knowingly playing right into his hands. If this is true, that is presumably why in one canon, "New Job", the O5-Council decided to stop the Protocol, which resulted in the birth of SCP-999. SCP-999 is described as a being that can cure depression and PTSD. As the Scarlet King's background is tragic due to being born aware and possibly suffering from some sort of existential crisis, the O5-Council plans to defeat him "with light and love and laughter that can brighten the blackest of hearts".
- The Scarlet King is often theorized to possibly be the true or final stage of SCP-2317, an untold horror that even the SCP Foundation has difficulty containing and documenting. Since the fundation has no real canon, it is ultimately up to reader to believe if SCP-2317 and the Scarlet King are one and the same. However, 2317's creator personately believes that it and the Scarlet King are completely separate entities.
- He is the creator of SCP-682 and SCP-999.
- SCP-3806-A claims that Yaldabaoth and the Scarlet King are known to snatch human souls in the astral plane.
- His followers, The Children of the Scarlett King, could possibly have a tie with Sarkicism, as their rituals have some things in common such as human sacrifice, mutilation, "sex magic", thaumaturgy and the overall worship of an higher being. The Foundation though never has discovered a proper connection.
- The Scarlet King has been influenced by countless entities across mythology and fiction, with some being:
- The seven brides and their Leviathan-spawn are referred as following:
- A’tivik (vaduk/dominion)
- A’ghor (kifenn/longing)
- A’distat (hezhum/desolation)
- A’zieb (ba/wrath)
- A’nuht (ner/lack)
- A’tellif (usheq/hidden)
- A’habbat (xokib/hope)
- The Global Occult Coalition refers to the Scarlet King as "PTE-616-Mendes-Ex-Machina".
- He was a low elder God but a lesser Great Old one named the Koitern arrived and granted him powers. The Scarlet King then began to absorb powers and even turned on the Koitern. But his son 682 possibly worships the Koitern and betrayed his father like his father betrayed the All-Mighty.