After the defeat of the symbiote-dragon Grendel at the hands of Thor, pieces of its living abyss fell to earth and bonded to human hosts; forming a cult dedicated to the worship of the primordial god of the abyss, Knull.
Sealed away at the core of Klyntar by his own creations, Knull was awakened centuries later when pieces of the Grendel symbiote were bonded to a taskforce of human soldiers, causing them to rampage. Knull chose the newborn Cletus Kasady as an agent of the Void, a destiny also foretold in the Darkhold and fulfilled when Kasady became the host of the Carnage symbiote.
At some point, the Scorn symbiote fell under Knull's influence and corrupted its host, Tanis Nieves, who became a high-ranking member of the cult; which by this point had enough members to form paramilitary units. When Knull's resurgence was foiled by Venom, Tanis decided to resurrect Carnage and turn him into Knull's avatar. To enact this plan, she led a squad of soldiers to retrieve Cletus Kasady's corpse after it fell to Earth, and sent a squad to retrieve a sample of the Grendel symbiote from Project Oversight. Tanis bonded the sample of the Grendel symbiote to Cletus, reviving him and connecting him to Knull. Rather than submit to Knull, Cletus ripped out Scorn's spine and consumed the Carnage symbiote's codex - trace remnants of the symbiote left over from her time as its host, enabling it to assimilate the Grendel symbiote and preventing Knull from taking over Cletus. However, Carnage decided to free Knull and assumed command of the cult, setting out to hunt down former and current symbiote hosts to devour their codexes and symbiotes.
Carnage's first move was to attack the Underground City in San Francisco - once defended by Venom - and enslave its citizens, sending them to hunt down former symbiote hosts; though this alerted the Venom symbiote to his return. Carnage then recruited his old allies Shriek and the Doppelganger to his cause. Shriek resumed her alias of "Sandra Deel" and began acting as the cult's public face, going to great lengths to pass it off as a legitimate religious order; including acquiring the Last Chance Church in Doverton, Colorado - which Carnage had once conquered years earlier - building a head office in the shape of Knull's dragon emblem, and commissioning wall-art and furnishings shaped like Knull's spiral sigil. Shriek and Carnage subsequently converted the populace of Doverton to the cult and harvested their symbiote codexes, leaving the city in ruins and alerting the Aberrant Crimes Division to their activities.
Equipment: * While under Scorn's command, the cult was able to field paramilitary units equipped with combat armor.
- The Church of the New Darkness is inspired by the Cthulhu Mythos' Church of Starry Wisdom and other religious organizations serving as fronts for the worship of the Great Old Ones.
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