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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 EVE 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 ancient and mysterious deity in the universe of the SCP Foundation, who is the central figure in the religion of "Mekhanism", worshipped mainly by the Church of the Broken God.

Biography

Possible Origins

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 headcanon.

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.

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.

In another tale, Mekhane was seen as an inhabitant of the "First Hytoth", the first universe preceding the current one. One day, when the being known as the Apakht began destroying the entire universe Mekhane was one the many beings killed by the abomination. However, after the universe was recreated into the "Second Hytoth" Mekhane tasked the seven survivors from the previous universe to keep the monster from consuming the new current universe. These seven alien would later become the "Koru-teusa" and form the Ortothan religion.

According to other Myths, Mekhane shared dominion over humanity with her lover Yaldabaoth, the Broken God representing intellect and progress, while the Demiurge represented instinct and the more animalistic side of the humans.

The followers of Mekhane were known as the Mekhanites, and overtime many civilizations started to become more civilized and progressive, which greatly angered Yaldabaoth, who wanted to bring humanity back to a more animalistic state.

This led to the occult war between the Mekhanites and the early Sarkites, which caused the Bronze-age collapse.

Mekhane confronted Yaldabaoth during this war, and defeated the Demiurge by shattering herself into a "brass cage", trapping the other god in it. Her shattered pieces spread across the Earth, alongside her followers who would form the Church of the Broken God.

Many of these pieces would later be classified as different SCP objects by the Foundation.

Attempted Resurrection

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

SCP-4882 is an anomalous effect wherein a certain amount of electronic timekeeping devices being brought together results in phenomenon involving the gradual build-up of EVE radiation and the appearance of mechanical monsters. It is projected that if the phenomenon continues unchecked the end result will 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 has 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.

Possible Endings

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.

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.

Years following the anomalies becoming public, Mekhane was successfully rebuilt and finally manifested herself on Earth which filled all of her worshipers with faith. Despite loving all of humanity she eventually decided to leave Earth and go to other planets in the universe, but promised to one day return.

Appearance

Mekhane is mostly depicted as a giant humanoid machinery, 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 thrown the internet and the human collective, having no true appearance.

Personality

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, 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 "living data" in the human collective and that connecting every 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.

Followers

Six Angels

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.
  • The Children of Mekhane, a race of mechanical cephalopodic aliens who were after a rare metal known as Mekhanium.

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Trivia

  • 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 and Nahash.
  • 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 also based on the Greek word for machine.
  • Her name WAN is an acronym for "Wide Area Network" and a homophone for "one".
  • 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, a 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, a  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.
  • 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.

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