Exploring the SCP Foundation: The Church of the Broken God


The Church of the Broken God. The SCP universe is filled with countless anomalous objects creatures and phenomena, and it’s only logical that there would also exist religions based around these strange and inexplicable concepts. While most religions are focused on the idea of one or more deities and their role in the life and afterlife of humanity, the Church of the Broken God believes in a very different perspective. This video will provide a brief summary of the currently known information related to the church, but due to the lack of canon within the SCP universe, much of this is subject to interpretation or change. To put it simply, the Church of the Broken God believes that their deity an entity known as Mekhane has been disassembled, shattered, or otherwise broken. Their goal and the focus of their centuries of effort is to reassemble Mekhane using a number of anomalous technological objects. To explain what happened to Mekhane and why they wish to rebuild him, they have to look back to their beliefs on the origin of life. In the beginning, there were two gods: Mekhane, the god of metal, machines, and intelligence; and Yaldabaoth, both the goddess of flesh and animal instinct. It is said that Yaldabaoth is responsible for creating mankind giving them their form and their instincts, But Mekhane is responsible for giving us our intellect. In time, humanity progressed creating continually greater technological marvels and becoming more and more civilized. This pleased Mekhane but greatly upset Yaldabaoth as humanity was discarding their basic animal instincts. Yaldabaoth turned on humanity wishing to turn them back into the wild animal she had first created, but Mekhane stepped in to stop her. Knowing that a continual battle between two gods would have dire consequences, Mekhane instead sacrificed himself shattering his own body in order to use it as a great cage. Mekhane’s body encased Yaldabaoth, silencing both deities. Pieces of Mekhane’s body scattered across earth, and fragments of Yaldabaoth began to trickle out of the cage. The followers of Mekhane began spreading their religion and set out to gather what pieces of Mekhane that they could find. They had two primary goals: one was to reform Mekhane, the broken God, and two was to oppose the followers of Yaldabaoth known as Sarkics. Sarkics deserve their own video to cover their history, which is even more muddled than the Church of the Broken God, but notably, they believe in the alteration of their human forms to achieve godhood, and they practice human sacrifice, ritual cannibalism, and the worshipping of disease. The distinctions between the two cults are obvious with the Mekhanites believing they need to cast off their human nature with technology to achieve perfection, and Sarkics believe in the opposite, that humanity and the earth need to embrace their basic human nature, eschewing objective morality. It’s believed that Sarkics wish to prepare the planet for the inevitable return of Yaldabaoth, and they primarily hope to achieve this using SCP-610 known as the Red Death or the Flesh That Hates. SCP-610 is a highly contagious disease that rapidly transforms and takes over its host, forcing the host to spread the disease as much as possible. 610 will infect any living organism nearby and also will continue to spread fleshy growths in order to create an area hospitable for continued infection. Left unchecked, 610 would easily spread across the planet, but the SCP Foundation, the Church of the Broken God, and other organizations have managed to keep it contained so far. Before the foundation, however, it was left to just the followers of Mekhane to oppose the Sarkics, and this opposition most notably culminated in the War of the Flesh in the late bronze age and centered around the regions of Greece The Sarkics fought by transforming themselves into abominable monsters and with tremendous flesh beasts, As well as spreading disease and infection across the land, primarily the Red Death. The Mekhanites fought by augmenting their bodies of metal and technology and crafted weapons capable of widespread destruction. They also made great walking titans, piloted by six individuals and with weapons capable of launching fire or even warping reality nearby. One of these colossi is currently contained by the foundation and disrepair designated SCP-2406 and shows signs of damage from some kind of anomalous organism. The war between the two groups raged on for some time; although, most details have been lost, but both sides suffered massive losses throughout the war. Finally, the Mekhanites managed to storm the final Sarkic stronghold in the Aegean. A massive organism that they used as a temple. Knowing their defeat was imminent, the priests residing there summoned the Red Death and also performed a rite that would preserve the large organism so that it could be resurrected later. This organism is also contained by the foundation designated SCP-2095. With the Mekhanites allied with the various Greek city-states, the war continued but both sides soon became unable to sustain their efforts, and eventually, both the Sarkics and Mekhanites faded out of public view, and the world moved on. The continued history of the Sarkics past this point is largely meant for another video, but the followers of Mekhane would eventually fade away with the remnants forming into the organization we now know as the Church of the Broken God. The current Church of the broken God is splintered into three main factions, which supposedly share strong animosity for one another The principal faction known officially as the Broken Church is led by an individual known as Robert Bumaro and largely follow the same tenets of their forefathers. The Cogwork Orthodox Church adhere to a technological style in line with the Industrial Revolution, transforming their bodies using cogs, gears, and steam-powered machines. They believe in remaking themselves in the image of Mekhane and utilize mechanical mass production as a form of prayer. The Church of Maxwellism is, on the other end of the spectrum, focused on modern computers, digital networks, and advanced cybernetics. They believe that humanity must be completely connected via a massive digital network, forming something akin to a hive mind so that the combined will of mankind can restore their deity. There are currently a number of anomalous objects contained by the SCP foundation that are believed to be parts of the Broken God and likely a number that are not yet known to the foundation. SCP-1139 known as the Broken Tongue or the Broken Voice is a metallic block that causes people in a radius around it to forget their known languages and instead comprehend a new shared language. SCP-813 known as the Broken Eye is a glass sphere that causes small slivers of glass to enter people’s eyes, and it’s believed that the sphere uses these shards to see through people’s eyes in order to find the other missing sphere. SCP-217 said to be the Broken God’s blood or eye core is a virus that can affect all animal life including humans and converts their bodies into a form of organic metal. This converted material resembles metal, leather, rubber, glass, wood, etc but is still organic material carrying the subjects DNA. It is said that Robert Bumaro, head of the Broken Church, willingly infected himself with the virus and has been fully converted. Other scps are related to the Church of the Broken God whether supposed parts of Mekhane or otherwise, but one of the most notable is SCP-882 882 is a massive assembly of random machine parts such as gears, pulleys, screws, and so on that are ordinarily in continual motion through unknown means and also seem to telepathically urge nearby individuals to bring metal to it so that it can grow larger. 882 is said to be the Heart of the Broken God. Well, one of the proposals for SCP-001 describe an event that shine a new light onto this concept. The event described occurred in Mexico in 1942 in which a number of members of the Church of the Broken God managed to bring together multiple anomalous objects causing them to form into a massive mechanical entity. This entity ravaged across the country consuming everything in sight in order to grow larger and seem to be actively seeking out other anomalous objects. Another SCP numbered 2399 appeared to destroy the mechanical entity carving out the Gulf of California in the process. The foundation cleaned up the mess leaving the inactive core at the bottom of the ocean. The supposed Heart of the Broken God, SCP-882, was taken into containment, but later interviews revealed that this heart was in fact manufactured by another organization, the Factory, and was not a part of Mekhane. It seems that certain high-ranking individuals in the church, primarily Robert Bumaro, who was not yet the leader, could not locate the heart of Mekhane, and instead had one made so that they could forcefully rebuild their God. This corrupted heart, 882, caused the entity to go mad, and the whereabouts of Meccans actual heart are unknown at least according to these documents. Finally, there is SCP-2217, which is a beach on an island in Greece and to function as a form of workshop for the Broken God that will assist his followers in fighting the Sarkics and SCP-610, the Red Death. This is revered as a holy site by the Church of the broken God known as the Anvil, and it’s likely the place where Mekhane would finally be properly reassembled to fight the second war of the flesh. It’s believed that a massive apocalyptic outbreak of SCP-610 will occur on December 31st, 2019, and the Foundation are currently working with the Church as well as the Horizon Initiative and the Global Occult Coalition in order to prevent or prepare for this event. So that’s largely the current story as we know it; although, there are documents that contradict certain elements of this video, and as the SCP Universe has no canon, you’re free to think what you want about the Church. If you do follow this Canon, however, then you can see how the Church of the Broken God, originally presented as a mysterious enemy of the foundation that wished to recreate a powerful entity for unknown purposes, is now working with the foundation. well, it’s completely up in the air exactly what will occur in the future in regards to this supposed war for the sake of the earth The mythology and conflicts between the Sarkics and the Church of the Broken God have certainly been one of the most interesting facets of the SCP Universe.

100 thoughts on “Exploring the SCP Foundation: The Church of the Broken God”

  1. HELL YEAH WHOS READY FOR A GIANT MECHANICAL AND CYBERLOGICAL ARMY TO FIGHT AGAIN PRIMAL BEASTS OF NATURE AND A GIANT PILE OF CARNAL FLESH ON DECEMBER 31 2019

  2. wait… thats like 4 months from now…
    welp we gon get turned into mutants from rick n morty season 1 damn

  3. I’ve watched scp-610, please find the rest of the broken god.
    EDIT:months left ladies and gentlemen. I’m 1 1/2 hours away from NYC. I’m investing in a flamethrower.

  4. So every 'fleshy' and sentient scp was created by Mekhane and every robotic and machine-like scp was created by Yaldabaoth

  5. I love how people weave these stories to low key or sometimes straight up explain past points in history

  6. Mekhane sacrificed himself to protect humanity he didn’t want the church of the broken god to turn humans into fucking cyborgs.

  7. This is part 2 of the oroboro cycle that has been told to us but we have just never noticed til now, ha well I relilased that he told us the same story but only a glimpse of the cycle

  8. The two gods, metal and life sound like they're from Xenoblade Chronicles, not to mention one of them is named Yaldabaoth, like from Persona 5…strange.

  9. Every time I see the black and white illustrations in the video I can only think of the opening theme of Windwaker

  10. What I'm interested in is if The House of the Worm fits into the church. In the journal associated with the SCP, an "Iron Worm" that "had no teeth, but masses of grinding gears that tore flesh and stone to pulp" is described. My initial thought was that the worm might have been the false Mecha that tore up Mexico, but the vision showed the worm destroying Europe. After considering it a bit more, I think I realized something. What if, the mechanism that the man was building under his house was actually Mecha or some part of Mecha and that the soul of Mecha was what gave him the visions of the schematics. However, during the process was interrupted by the soul Yaldaboth (is that how you spell it?) which changed the schematics to create the body parts in the vials, and affected Eudora to create the counter cult in the limbo world. This is all speculation, and probably far from the intent, but given how one of the final floors is what appears to be a church made entirely out of gears and pipes makes it hard not to believe there is some kind of connection the the Church of the Broken God.

  11. sarkics= plague marines and other
    mekhanites= proto adeptus mechanicus
    SCP foundation= proto imperium of man ( without the god-emperor )

    me: just a random guy with too much free time and lots of college debts.

  12. “It’s believed that a massive outbreak of SCP-610 will occur on December 31st, 2019”
    Looks at calendar. Welp. I guess we’ll soon find out if the SCPs are real.

  13. Would you rather get infected with:

    A totally sick [;)] virus that turns parts of your body into cogs and metal, basically making you a cyborg.

    Or

    A crappy virus that just causes you to sprout some weird flesh thingies making you look gross.

  14. It's gonna happen in a few months, get the fuck ready, people!!! The best New Year's ever!!! We're gonna hit the reset button!!!

  15. The Church was never really interesting for me, compared to the Factory and Dr. Wondertainment… until this video. The story behind it was really interesting. Thank you for making that video and casting more light on this subject.

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