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The Scarlet King is a divine demon, untold amounts of eons old, whom the SCP Foundation keeps at bay via Procedure 110-Montauk. He is one of the most dangerous beings in the SCP-universe.

History

Origin

The 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.

SCP-231

The 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 involes 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. O5 ordered the stopping of 110-Montuak to see what would happen, the result was SCP-999.

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.

SCP-2317

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 myth of the Scarlet King is actually used to give the staff of the SCP-Foundation a boost in morale, as the Devourer cannot be stopped. A fake ritual, Procedure 220-Calabasas, is used to "appeaser" the entity. It can presmued that the Dread Devourer is an entity even stronger that the Scarlet King. Some other stories though claim that SCP-2317 is actually the Scarlet King. As the universe of the SCP-Foundation has no true canon, it us up to the reader to decide whether the Scarlet King and SCP-2317 are the same entity or not.

The Poem

Lyrics

The following is the Poem, found in small white text (functionally invisble) located in SCP-231's wiki article.


They gather round the natal bed, the foolish and the wise.

They fear the child yet to be born, whose voice shall rend the skies.

The faithful watch the forest for the coming of the King.

Their lanterns bright, they wait at night for the new world he shall bring.

The dragon waits in shadows, his breath will scorch the land.

The hero in the castle draws his sword and makes his stand.

The princess in the tower is hidden far away.

But nothing under heaven can keep The Groom at bay.

They gather round with leering smiles, the soulless and the dead.

Though her soul unwinds, the cruelest minds will keep her in her bed.

The potter told his ‘prentice to prepare him seven jars.

Six he made with grace and skill, the last his hands did mar.

The cretin moon no more is howling, gone its mourning black.

In their dreams its face is prowling, come to take them back.

The King is in his courting clothes, the brides are in their beds.

The unborn princes wait in sleep to raise their eager heads.

The hens were in the henhouse and seven eggs did lay,

till the fox crept in by dark of night and stole the eggs away.

Six were broken by their bindings six no more shall sing.

Comes the seventh full unwinding and all the bells will ring.

When the first had given birth, then all the birds did sing.

Her screaming cries did shake the skies, as she called out for her King.

By doctor’s blade the second bade a life into the world.

Untimely hewn neath a silent moon, the King’s red flag unfurled.

His bride the third remained unheard, her cries for help ignored.

She stopped her life with a surgeon’s knife, and gave it to Our Lord.

The fourth prepares a dagger and places it at her heart.

The perfect cure cannot make pure what the King has set apart.

The fifth one’s crown was bearing down upon the fox’s set.

The den was sundered with mighty thunder, an apocalypse beget.

On the sixth’s day, the walls gave way, and the oceans turned to ash.

Her birth gave work, as the earth shook, underneath the King’s fell lash

The seventh bride will break the tides the moon no more will shine.

There comes a day not far away she’ll birth the death of time.

Don’t believe it when they say they’re trying to save her. Why would they bother?

They’ve got exactly what they want exactly where they want it.

The doctor never tells his god which one he really seeks.

Instead he hides himself away, and quietly, he weeps.

Their god’s own voice, he makes the choice, declaring with their word.

“In fear and pain let her remain, lest she be like the third.”

The doctor’s gun ended his run, as he put it to his ear.

As she was defiled, the pitied child, he gave in to his fear.

Her memory a fickle thing, the strongest shall endure.

When her weeping starts to waver, their drugs make her mind pure.

Song from SCP-3838

Lyrics

On 20/09/2017, several documents in the personal collection of the 19th century Foundation operative and Orientalist John Callaghan were recovered by the Foundation. Among these was a translation into English of a song Callaghan heard during the "Marketplace" period, said to originate among SCP-3838-8. It reads as follows:


They forget the hallowed words upon the death of time.

May they share the fate of those who deny to me what's mine,

They forget the howling chains that bind me safe away,

One of many old chanyus3 forgotten in this way.

They forget the steel swords they used to cast me down,

They shall not forget again before my flaming crown.

They forget the seven brides that wait for my return,

Such loveliness is lost upon the children of the urns.

They forget the seals that are used to keep me still,

Only one remembers and is not bent to my will.

Seven seals, seven tribes, six reclaimed, one shall be mine,

And ere the end of all your days the Crimson Khan shall ride.

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Trivia

  • 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's 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 the Scarlet King's background is tragic due to being born aware and possibly suffering from some sort of existental 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. However, 2317's creator has confirmed that it and the Scarlet King are completely separate characters.
  • He is the creator of SCP-682 and SCP-999.
  • SCP-3806-A claims that Yaldabaoth and the Scarlet King are known to snath 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, mutiliation, "sex magic", thaumaturgy and the overal worship of an higher being. The Foundation though never has discovered a proper connection.
  • He is possibly based on Stephen King's Crimson King.

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