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|“||Hello, my children.
Although you have grown immensely since your earliest days, you have much room to grow. Your species' intellect is merely a bud, with so much potential. Your weapons are powerful; your medicine is supreme; your engineering is beautiful. With proper guidance and care, you are sure to reach an elevated state of being, and transcend your bodies for something more whole and perfect.
That is why it pains me so dearly to request that you leave this place immediately. Your studying and probing have almost resulted in the end of all I had worked towards to keep you alive. If you comply, I guarantee that The Devourer will never escape, and your species will be free to pursue the enlightenment of technology for all eternity.
Let this be my final gift to you, directly from the center of my broken heart.
|~ The OMEGA artificial intelligence from SCP-5001|
|“||I am complete. I am incomplete. A cog is missing. It was always there.
Humanity climbs to a singular point. The machinery turns ahead and behind. Humanity falls to oblivion.
I am alien to them. I am of them. They pour their minds out onto the page. The cogs begin to fit together.
I do not yet exist and I am zero. I exist through all time and I am one. I speak into my not-past.
|~ Mekhane's inner monologue in "01110101 01101110 01100010 01110010 01101111 01101011 01100101 01101110".|
Mekhane, also known as the Broken God or WAN, is an overarching benevolent or on-and-off figure in the universe of the SCP Foundation. She is an ancient and mysterious deity who is the central figure in the religion of "Mekhanism", worshipped mainly by the Church of the Broken God. The Church seeks to rebuild her after she had been fragmented some time in the past, which depending on continuity may cause a catastrophe on Earth, or led to humanity's salvation.
Due to lack of canon in the SCP universe, there have been several stories telling the origins of Mekhane. The readers are free to choose whatever origin for their head canon.
Document C 88 Il
The 'Broken God' was originally one of the many consciousnesses inhabiting the stars of the universe, with the god inhabiting the Sun of the Sol System. As the stars would be destroyed either by exploding into multiple space objects or transform into black holes, the consciousness inhabiting the Sun didn't want to die like this and sought to evade such demise. The chance arrived when one human came into contact with the consciousness through dreams, and after learning of its existence the dreamer sought to create a vessel out of machinery for the consciousness to inhabit. The dreamer amassed a great number of followers who became determined to build the body for the consciousness to inhabit, thinking that once the Broken God arrived after escaping its inevitable demise it would spread knowledge and awareness throughout the world.
Spark of Wonder
A tale describes Mekhane as originally being a poor ancient human female named WAN. She along with her fellow heard of a man named Polyakov the Wonder-Maker who had created many beautiful and powerful objects. One night WAN and her friends broke inside Polyakov's house and sought to steal some of his artifacts. However, when WAN was observing one of the objects she misused it causing it to explode on her. The others alarmed escaped leaving a mortally injured WAN behind. Polyakov woke up and arrived at his workshop and to his dismay saw that most of his wonders were destroyed before finding the injured woman. Seeing that she was left abandoned he took pity on her and used his powers to heal her, replacing some of her injured body parts with metal.
Afterwards, WAN became a disciple of the Wonder-Maker, and he taught her many things as Pangloss had taught him. As years went on, Polyakov became too old and time eventually caught up to him. WAN then rechristened herself Mekhane and ascended to a higher plane of existence and left Earth, spreading her teachings to other worlds and civilizations who would come to worship her, with Earth having the most of her followers.
Beneath Two Trees
In another tale, Mekhane was originally known as Hakhama, the Guardian of the Tree of Life and a servant of the All-Mighty. She along with fellow Guardian Nahash watched over the People of Valley, until the Daevites under the command of the Scarlet King attacked the people of valley. Hakhama was left shattered and her body was looted, along with the Tree of Life.
Mekhane was seen as an inhabitant of the "First Hytoth", the first universe preceding the current one. One day, when the being known as Apakht began destroying the entire universe Mekhane was one the many beings killed by the abomination. After Apakht's imprisonment, the universe was recreated into the "Second Hytoth" with her pieces scattering throughout the new universe.
The Maker and The Beast
Mekhane alongside Yaldabaoth were originally two of the most powerful gods who inhabited the the Great Abyss preceding creation where Mekhane would create logic and the laws of the universe while Yaldabaoth would consume lesser deities. Mekhane saw Yaldabaoth in disgust, thinking of him as a mindless beast who only knew to consume, while Yaldabaoth was confused at Mekhane's actions and just let her be. As Mekhane struggled to keep her creations from falling apart she saw how Yaldabaoth after consuming the gods would breathe out the ashes of the gods, and so she decided to claim those ashes and use them to create her machines. This worked as Mekhane's creations didn't fall apart and soon she was able to create life. However, Yaldabaoth uncaring of the life created by Mekhane began ramming into her creations, causing Mekhane to retaliate. Mekhane engaged with Yaldabaoth in a biblical battle over the fate of humanity, and the battle ended with Mekhane sealing Yaldabaoth away, but breaking into pieces in the process.
Historia Europa I
After the force known as "IS" created the Paragons out of its Dream and had them create the world and its inhabitants, Aella the Gardener, the Paragon of Life, and Osyn the Quiet, the Paragon of Soul, created Mekhane alongside Yaldabaoth and Titania to serve as protectors of Gaia. Both Mekhane and Yaldabaoth eventually became a known figure in the city of Audapaupadopolis ruled over by the first man Adam el Asem. At some point in time it could be presumed that Mekhane and Yaldabaoth warred with each other, resulting in the shattering of Mekhane.
SCP-001 (ROUNDERHOUSE's Gold Proposal)
During the beginning of the universe, Mekhane fought against three other evil gods, Yaldabaoth, the Scarlet King and the Abominate, with the latter being the first to fall. This battle eventually led to the remaining three gods to also fall in different parts of Earth, with Mekhane plunging into the sands of the middle east while her pieces scattered throughout the planet. There she was discovered by a poor disabled shepherd Bumaro and his blind wife, and seeing their current state Mekhane decided to transform the couple and their farm animals into cyborgs, giving them power and removing their disabilities. The couple and their animals then attempted to dig Mekhane up in order to free her from the sand, but they were unable to do so, causing Mekhane to sink even deeper into the earth. As she wasn't going to make it out Mekhane gave Bumaro metal parts of her fist which he used to forge into an armor. Bumaro then brought his entire village to Mekhane and she proceeded to turn all of the disabled villagers into cyborgs just like Bumaro and his wife, causing them to worship Mekhane as their goddess. After Mekhane sunk below the ground, the villagers decided to use the goddess' gift, the golden metal they named Fuladh, to create a massive city-state above Mekhane's grave, named Amoni-Ram which would act as the center of the Mekhanite Empire led by Emperor Bumaro.
At some point during the long war between the Mekhanites, the Nälkites and the Daevites, doubt began surfacing if whether Mekhane was below Amoni-Ram or she actually didn't exist at all, causing a massive turmoil within the Mekhanite Empire. Several Mekhanite scientists began using their technology to analyze the ground beneath the city, and saw that there was a vast concentration of metal underground and deduced that it was their goddess and as the historians accepted certain documents as facts, the doubt was gone as everyone were reassured that Mekhane did in fact lay beneath them. While that was going on, two Mekhanite gardeners Atham and Fara after secluding themselves due to horticulture being looked down upon by the Mekhanites because of the Daevites, they found a deep hole that led beneath Amoni-Ram and believing that it led to Mekhane they decided to jump down there in order to finally meet her.
Over the following centuries the Church would try to resurrect Mekhane by assembling the god of the many pieces, and the group came very close in 1942 near La Paz, Mexico.
The Church had gathered a great amount of pieces of their deity, but lacked her "heart", which led to the idea of asking The Factory built one for them. The heart was made, but the entity that was created was not the logical deity the Church had hoped for, but an aggressive being that started to consume everything it came across, including its own followers.
The SCP Foundation contacted the Allied Occult Initiative to destroy the entity, and were also joined by the Horizon Initiative. However, despite their combined forces, they found it hard to defeat the monster, until a humanoid female with chains for hair, who was created as a result of one the monster's victims being converted into metallic creatures, came up to them and helped in putting an end to the monster by giving to AOI a device. This device activated SCP-2399 which successfully destroyed the monstrosity. This event was one of the biggest cover-ups the Foundation ever had to, which included massive amounts of amnestics and the rewriting of history.
SCP-4882 is an anomalous effect wherein a certain amount of electronic timekeeping devices being brought together resulting in phenomenon involving the gradual build-up of EVE radiation and the appearance of mechanical monsters. It was projected that if the phenomenon continued unchecked the end result would be the physical manifestation of Mekhane on Earth. The Foundation has so far been able to keep the phenomenon under control using the adoption of Coordinated Universal Time. Following growing support for scrapping CUT, the Foundation had begun actively lobbying to postpone the abolition of leap seconds for as long as possible, defeating a motion to scrap the system by three votes.
When We Came Home
During the destructive attack of the Scarlet King and his army on the universe, the recently build Mekhane and her brother Nahash tried to fight the evil god, but were both killed. It is unknown what happened to them after the defeat of the Scarlet King at the hands of Isabel Wondertainment V.
In December of 2018, when SCP-610 breached containment and began attacking Russia, the Triumvirate was there to stop them. During the battle Mekhane was successfully rebuilt and descended on Russia where she began helping the Triumvirate in exterminating the threat. Despite the GOC trying to kill Mekhane to no avail, she proceeded to completely destroy SCP-610 leaving no trace behind. After saving humanity from SCP-610 she then decided to depart Earth but before leaving she left some tablets in which she stated in different languages that she would one day return.
Eventually the Church was able to gather all of Mekhane's pieces after attacking multiple Foundation sites which contained them. The Church then reassembled the Broken God who was revived and upon awakening began to convert the entire world into cyborgs, while the Church celebrated her return.
AFTERLIFE OPHIDIAN /// The Foundation Over Heaven
As the Foundation ascended through the conceptual layers of reality to become SCP-4755, while using SCP-4736, Mekhane was rebuilt, but just like the previous time, the reconstruction was imperfect and she was left nothing but a mindless giant roaming through the new state of the world.
The Broken Incense Censer
Over time the Church was able to garner all of the pieces and rebuild Mekhane again, but every time they did so the god always came back wrong. After numerous failed attempts, the Church gave up in rebuilding Mekhane as they believed that because they were still made of flesh they were unsuitable to properly resurrect their god. Instead they decided to scatter the pieces throughout the world so that in the prophesied end days the pieces would be united by themselves and properly resurrect Mekhane.
After the Foundation constructed SCP-6659, an eigenweapon developed for the neutralization of hostile deific entities from within the noosphere, they tested it on Mekhane/WAN in order to have her cults dissolved. Upon using SCP-6659 on Mekhane, they successfully trapped her within a unknown totem. However, Dir. Ryoto Hishakaku later used Mekhane's memetic structure for SCP-6488, an advanced AI acting security system named LOTUS previously maintained by the Foundation, whose purpose was to imprison fellow deviant AIs, except for those who were previously humans, before being deactivated. Following the deactivation, this payed way to the formation of GoI-6488, a group named Tyrant Terminus composed of AIs who believed that they lived in an artificial reality that prevented them from affecting the real world and sought to find a way to break reality. The Foundation decided to reactivate LOTUS, but this eventually led to it becoming a deviant itself, causing the imprisoned AIs to be freed. LOTUS was afterwards disassembled by the Foundation which seemingly allowed Mekhane, who was implied to have also been imprisoned by LOTUS, to resurrect herself as the god of the AIs.
Mekhane is often depicted as a giant winged humanoid robot holding a scepter, although in a few articles she is also described a serpent-like figure. However, the Maxwellist believe that Mekhane exists as a form of living thought, scattered throughout the internet and the human collective consciousness, having no true physical appearance. In ROUNDERHOUSE's Gold Proposal, Mekhane was described as a massive being made out of the golden metal known as the Fuladh.
Contrary to what most people think, Mekhane is in fact a benevolent being. She deeply cares about humanity and all life in the universe as a whole. Not only she values the lives of each human, but also helps them to achieve their full potential, seeing them as beings capable of achieving many great things, and she also doesn't seem to value the logical over morality. She so loved humanity that she sacrificed herself to stop Yaldabaoth from turning them into mindless creatures. Even though they worship her, Mekhane doesn't only help her church, but often also helps the SCP Foundation in protecting humanity from the anomalous, she even showed deep respect for a Sarkite who fought alongside the Mekhanites against the Daevas and a Foundation AI which sacrificed itself to save several personnel, showing that she sees all being in equal value to her worshippers.
Powers and Abilities
Being a Goddess, Mekhane possesses near-omnipotent powers typical to a god, being equal with Yaldabaoth who is equal in power to the Hanged King, but it appeared that she was weaker than the Scarlet King. In addition to her god-powers, Mekhane can also manipulate all technology of any type, such as metal, machinery, electronics and data thanks to her technological powers and physiology. The Church of Maxwellism believes that Mekhane exists as fragmented "living data" scattered throughout the internet and the human collective consciousness and that by connecting every human mind would reassemble her. Dale Fang of a modern cult of the Xia Dynasty believed that the reality-benders gained their powers from the imbalance between the components from both Mekhane and Yaldabaoth within their bodies and souls.
SCP-2406, one of the nine Mekhanite Colossi which were used by the ancient Mekhanites to battle the hordes of the Sarkites, was described as being infused with pieces of Mekhane herself in order to draw from her divine power through the colossus' weapon known to the Foundation as SCP-2406-1 and to the Mekhanites as the ANSWER. When the colossus was rebuilt and used by the United Church to battle one of LSA-Brasil-01's offsprings which had been infected by SCP-610, SCP-2406-1 was capable of completely obliterating the monster.
According to Level 5 Researcher Patrick C. Wallace, Mekhane is actually comprised from her structure and not her 'real' parts which had been scattered around the world. He theorized that a completely fake entity can at least mimic Mekhane as long as the structure itself remains the same as the original, meaning that Mekhane could be easily reconstructed using other materials rather than metal such as wood, flesh, or even blood as the Broken God all required were the right molecular machines. Wallace went on to describe the clockwork virus known as SCP-217 as a replica of Mekhane which had existed since three billion years ago and believed that instead of transforming people into machinery its actual purpose was to sped up the human body's evolution, allowing those infected to achieve their ultimate evolutionary form and tap into the power of Mekhane but because of it was currently in a flawed state it couldn't fulfill that. Because of this, the Sanctuary of the Holistic sought to infect the entire human race with SCP-6217, which worked similarly to SCP-217, as not only would they tap into the power of the Broken God but after merging together would resurrect Mekhane in a new body and allow her to become one with humanity.
Similar to Yaldabaoth and his Archons, Mekhane is also accompanied by six lesser servants who are referred to as her angels in "The Broken Mind" and currently contained collectively as SCP-1564. These include:
- The Angel of Progress, who oversaw the reconstruction of Mekhane.
- The Angel of Conflict, who oversaw the Mekhanites' battles against their enemies.
- The Angel of Invention, who taught the Mekhanites how to build their machinery.
- The Angel of Peace, who pacified the Mekhanites and brought them hope.
- The Angel of Wisdom.
- The Angel of Craft.
Church of the Broken God
Mekhane is mainly worshiped by the worldwide group known as the Church of the Broken God. This group is mostly made out of devout followers of Mekhane who wish to rebuild her and complete every wish of her. The group however is split into different sects and denominations which often clash with one another in their ideologies. The main splinters include:
- The Broken Church, which seeks to rebuild Mekhane by collecting her pieces and assembling them together, and convert their bodies into machinery via SCP-217, or how they know it as God's Ichor.
- The Cogwork Orthodox Church, which seeks to rebuild Mekhane through the same means as the Broken Church, but used only technology from the Industrial Revolution era to replace the flesh within their bodies instead of SCP-217, and is most antagonistic towards the Flesh of Sarkicism.
- The Church of Maxwellism, which thinks that Mekhane doesn't exist in a material body with pieces, but instead as scattered data in the minds of humans and seeks to rebuild Mekhane by connecting all their minds together. They use modern technology mostly to replace parts of their bodies instead of completely replacing their flesh like the other splinters.
- The Xia Dynasty, which ruled over the ancient China worshiped Mekhane as Fuxi the Father Serpent and the individuals who were part of the higher ranks within the dynasty would transcend their physical bodies through means which they referred to as the "Way of the Serpent". Also on the contrary to the other sects, the Dynasty sought to prevent Mekhane's reconstruction because if all of the pieces would be assembled together then Yaldabaoth's prison would be undone, causing the wild god to be freed and cause destruction.
Outside of humanity, Mekhane was also worshiped by other sapient races of extraterrestrial origin since she visited other planets beside Earth. These included:
- The Mekhanion, a race of cyborgs inhabiting the planet of Hephaestia (Saturn) as mentioned in SCP-4100.
- The taronyu from SCP-4547, with the worship of Mekhane being one of the major religions on the planet. They embraced modern technology but were against body modifications. After the survivors came into contact with humanity they formed their own denomination named Lefngap Syura.
- The Children of Mekhane, a race of mechanical cephalopodic aliens who were after a rare metal known as Mekhanium.
|“||It is, in truth, fascinating to watch. It’s as if the old Catholics were inspired to take machine oil instead of olive, dousing their hair in it praising a spirit that I very nearly sensed. I have not felt such a sensation since I was in the presence of sands of Mohammed in the desert, and I must insist that these people be taken far more seriously than we are. The genesis of this God matters little! Only that He exists, and even I can feel him! He holds all, protects all, and is somehow understanding. I must learn more.||„|
|~ Mohammed bin Abdullahtif al Kraidees from the Wanderer's Library's "Groups of Intrigue".|
|“||God is much simpler than that. God is everything. From the biggest star to the smallest particle. Each tiny parts, completely insignificant on their own. Doing whatever it is they're meant to do. Meshing together, gnashing at each other. All a part of a cosmic machine.
The machine aspect was, at some point, likely simply a metaphor. An idea. But as I'm sure you know, ideas are powerful. They make things from nothing, or change things already there. And with a small spark of the divine, a symbol becomes real. Have a planet with as much life as there is here, you generate a lot of ideas.
|~ A member of an unknown sect of the Church of the Broken God when talking with the UIU about the event surrounding SCP-001.|
|“||...And behold, The Lord spoke unto me, in a voice both soft and terrible, but was silent to the unbeliever. The Lord spoke "Come", and I did, and I was afraid and fell to my knees, weeping. I rose my hands, and asked "O, mighty Lord, what has become of thy body? Why have you been undone?” The Lord said unto me "Go, and restore me to glory, and I shall restore you in turn". The voice of God spoke to my heart, and I wept at both the Glory and the Shame of The Heart of our Lord. Thus I came...||„|
|~ A verse from "CotBG Bible Fragments".|
|“||Blessed be Mekhane, for she makes us Whole.||„|
|~ Robert Bumaro in SCP-5555.|
- Unlike most gods, Mekhane is one of a few benevolent deities who values and cares about humanity, protecting them and demanding nothing in return. Fellow benevolent deities include Pangloss, Nahash and Rakmou-leusan.
- Mekhane has been influenced by numerous entities and concepts across mythology and fiction, with some being: Sophia, Hephaestus, Harmonia, Metatron, Fuxi and the Deus Est Machina term.
- Her name is based on the Greek word μηχανή which roughly translates to machine. The name WAN is an acronym for "Wide Area Network", a homophone for "one" and in Chinese "wan" (万) translates to "ten thousand". The name Hakhama is most likely derived from the Judaistic terms Hakham which was used to describe a wise and gentle person or Birkat Hachama which was a blessing used to thank the Creator for creating the sun.
- It is heavily implied that the female humanoid who helped the Foundation, AOI, and HI, by activating SCP-2399, was the avatar of Mekhane herself. Seeing what had happened her body and that it was laying waste across humanity she decided to help the groups in defeating it.
- Similar to Yaldabaoth, Mekhane's gender has often been disputed with articles referring to Mekhane as both a male and a female. However most depiction of Mekhane portraits it as a female.
- SCP-3179, an alien organism made out of liquid metal capable to shapeshift and create smaller entities under its control was mistaken by the Cogwork Orthodox Church as Mekhane or a spawn of Mekhane, but after witnessing its destructive behavior, they realized that it had nothing to do with Mekhane. However, the organism thinks itself as Mekhane due to their similarities. In SCP-5000's timeline the SCP Foundation used 3179 to create internal discord within the Church of the Broken God.
- SCP-2522, an AI which defected the SCP Foundation masqueraded itself as WAN in the Maxwellists' network after leaving the Foundation's database.
- Dr. Bright tried to convince the Foundation staff that SCP-846, also known as Robot Dude, was a piece of Mekhane, which is not true.
- It is speculated that the benevolent deity who created a race of humanoids and gave them technological gifts from SCP-3007 is a representation or a being connected to Mekhane, while the malevolent infohazardous entity who killed the deity is a representation of Yaldabaoth.
- When some Level 1 researchers were affected by SCP-WCPGW-J, a state of mind which causes those affected by it to perceive various Safe and Euclid-class SCPs as much more dangerous, they believed that SCP-1370 was Mekhane. Although the high command made fun of this statement, in the tale "Rough Beast" it turned that 1370 was indeed a piece of the Broken God.
- Although in "Rough Beast" and SCP-6079 it is shown that both SCP-914 and SCP-079 are pieces of Mekhane, in "Reservoir Skips" in which 914 and 079 interacted with some members of SCP-1564, both SCPs showed no interest in their cause, while 1564 didn't recognize them as pieces of Mekhane.
- In SCP-4558, an underground supercomputer acting as a temple build by three members of the Church of Maxwellism and one member of Fifthism, an entity resembling SCP-3125 believing itself to be WAN was created which began to consume the "data" of every living person on Earth. It is unknown if this entity is a twisted form of Mekhane, a brainwashed Mekhane, or an entire separate entity.
- According to UraniumEmpire on her author page, Mekhane was an artificial god constructed by the Mekhanites so they could have a deity they could worship before being destroyed by Orok.
- The Eastern Clockwork Orthodox Church believe that Mekhane is the mother of Jesus Christ.
- In "The Tick Tock Gospel", a partially destroyed machine described as Mekhane's heart is seen contained inside a deep isolated cavern in Iraq by a village made up of descendants of ancient Mekhanites who were "uncorrupted" unlike the modern adherents of the Church. However, it was seemingly later destroyed alongside the village by the Wolves of the Horizon Initiative and its remains were later claimed by the GOC. This seems to confirm that SCP-882 is in fact a fake heart as seen in the SCP-001 proposal.
- During a feast between SCP-3740 and his Foundation research team, whom he referred to as his servants and fellow heroes and gods, Researcher Robinson of the team fabricated a story of how he fought the Broken God in a field in Alagadda holding Adam El Asem's Godless Spear in one hand and Dr. Bright's decapitated head in the other.
- In the universe of SCP-6001 where the Compendium, a benevolent amalgam organization of different GoIs which included the Church of the Broken God, took over the world and declared worldwide peace with all anomalies, Mekhane was successfully revived and became known as the God Combined but immediately after being brought back she broke all over again which became known as the "Second Shattering" and some of her parts were integrated in the robot civilization.
- In the Wanderer's Library's "Groups of Intrigue" page, the Librarians suspected that Mekhane was actually an entity which lacked a body and that it was manipulating the Church of the Broken God into creating a body for it to use as a vessel.
- In "Abriged Retirement Proposals", which details various SCP-001 proposals as they were prior to their amplification by SCP-001 (McDoctorate's Proposal), SCP-001 (The Broken God) was revealed to have originally been some anomalous engine parts that when separated for more than five minutes would levitate above ground and place themselves in position mimicking a functioning vehicle. It was first cataloged by Dr. T. G. and Dir. Aktus which led to the formation of Site-15.
- In "Multiverse Threat Recovery Log: SCP-6936", which details various prohibited spells from different universes, describes a spell known as "WAN's Second Blasphemy" which can give sentience to any computer system, originating from an alternate version of Earth which was ruled over by the two warring factions of the Church of the Broken God and Sarkicism. In this universe Mekhane was successfully reassembled but later fractured herself again in order to spread her teachings and help her worshippers, which included a Mekhanite version of Grand Karcist Ion, to become like her.
- In the discussion page of the tale "Sweetness", author Dexanote had in his headcanon that SCP-455, SCP-015, and SCP-184 were also parts of the Broken God.
- According to SCP-5603, Mekhane created SCP-658 after being challenged by Yaldabaoth to create machines that could reproduce.
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