Warlock Asylum notified his readers that there seems to have been a falling out in the Cult of Cthulhu, the organization headed by everyone’s favorite Darrick Dishaw, a.k.a. Venger Satanis. I went looking for the details, and here’s what I found.
Darrick, it turns out, was planning to ascend the concerns of the mortal world to become an Ipsissimus. What does that entail, you might ask? Let’s go to Wikipedia to find out:
Beyond the comprehension of the lower degrees. An Ipsissimus is free from limitations and necessity and lives in perfect balance with the manifest universe. Essentially, the highest mode of attainment… The Ipsissimus should keep the achievement of this final grade secret even from the rest of the Order and continue with the work of the Magus, while expressing the nature of an Ipsissimus in word and deed.
Anyway, I can’t say why Darrick would believe he was ready for Ipsissimus. Maybe he realized that the actual work of running a religious organization was a lot of, well, work, and he wanted more time to pontificate. Maybe he realized that dating is hard when women can find pictures of you brandishing a gun or covered in slime through their iPhones. I do understand why he chose the date of January 1 – if you’re becoming a spiritually enlightened being beyond the limitations of the mortal frame, you might as well do it when you’re off work.
To facilitate this spiritual ascension, Darrick turned to his highest ranking members. The Cult of Cthulhu is a rigidly hierarchical system, with the Priests of R’lyeh just below the High Priest. Darrick apparently talked it over with two Priests, who were good friends, and said they could take over as joint High Priests after his ascension. They talked about it, and then they lost touch with each other for a while.
This is already weird, and it gets weirder.
A few days ago, one of those Priests posted a notice that he wanted to start a new group within the cult, the Heretics of Cthulhu. This group would be egalitarian in structure, eschewing titles and claims of great spirituality. Now, someone who had attained great spiritual knowledge, or read the Cult website for ten minutes, would probably realize this really didn’t fit into the Cult’s structure, but they announced it anyway.
Darrick, when he saw this, quickly defrocked and banned one of the Priests involved – but not the one who posted the notice, mind you – cried treachery and betrayal, and told everyone that he had uncovered a plan for these individuals to take over the Cult of Cthulhu. To be fair, he was right – but it was his plan. In short, Darrick was concerned that there was a vast and subtle c0nspiracy for his highest-ranking members to wrest away from him what he was giving them in a month and a half. It would perhaps be the dumbest conspiracy ever.
So in the end, a good number of the Cult’s hierarchy walked away on Darrick. Darrick’s likely going to soldier on, despite the fact that he’s lost his
webmaster person in charge of his blog software. And the editor of his newsletter. And the co-authors to his expanded Cthulhu Cult Bible. And a few moderators on his forum. He’s certainly got his work cut out for him.
I might have more to say about this later, but I think I’ll see how this develops. Everyone seems to be polite and is saying respectful things about the other parties involved. I doubt it will last long.