World of Darkness - Alpha Network
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The Wyrm is the third and last force in the Triat. It was once the restorer of balance, bringing harmony where there was none and ensuring that neither the order of the Weaver nor the chaos of the Wyld prevailed throughout reality. Suspended between Chaos below and the Pattern Web above, the Wyrm removed all that was not harmonious.
Then the Wyrm became ensnared in the Pattern Web. By looking into the madness of the Weaver’s Web, it gained sentience and became trapped in the Weaver’s deadly apocalyptic game. The Wyrm fractured into three personalities, and it is not always able to coordinate its actions as a result.
Where the Wyrm was once the bringer of harmony, it is now the harbinger of the Apocalypse, spawning entropy, decay anil corruption. Unable to destroy overtly and honorably, it destroys from within. Scholars say that it wears three heads – Beast-of-War, the Wyrm of Destruction; Eater-of-Souls, the Wyrm of Consumption; and the Defiler Wyrm, the Wyrm of Violation. It destroys all those weak enough in spirit to succumb to the temptations of hatred and envy. Even its base desires are powerful enough to take on forms of their own, becoming the powerful Urge Wyrms of Hate, Lust, Fear and other dread sentiments. With so many heads, the Wyrm is more hydra than serpent—and each head is all but impossible to sever.
Some say that the Wyrm began the great imbalance by seeking to use the Weaver to calcify the Wyld into nothing, thereby freeing the Wyrm to destroy all of creation. Now the Wyrm is caught in its own trap—a tribute to the perils of greed.
The Wyrm’s Urges and spawn have found many beings weak enough to surrender to corruption, so it now has many servants. Because its decay is in all things, its servitors may whisper to the dark places inside all intelligent creatures. Its disease spreads thus in the physical and spirit worlds, where it has won many battles and conquered many Realms.
Werewolves have traveled to the Realms of the Wyrm, places that blind destruction has left utterly devoid of Gaia. Those who dwell there are enslaved or destroyed by the most wicked of Banes and Incarnae. If the Wyrm has its way, the entire world will be remade thus until all is destroyed.
The Wyrm, also called Cahlash by the Bastet and Qyrl by the Rokea, is one of the three incalculably powerful spirits comprising the Triat.
In the theology of the Garou the Wyrm is one of the higher Celestines. The Wyrm’s purpose is the cleansing and rectification of Creation, furthering its descent into Entropy. He achieves this by eliminating that which the Wyld creates and the Weaver structures.
According to the general consensus among the Garou theologians, the Wyrm was the second member of the Triat to go insane. Once the Weaver went mad and began encasing everything in Webs, the Wyrm was progressively constrained until he was driven insane, hellbent on destroying everything. Consequently, the Wyrm is now a spirit of destruction, chaos, darkness and corruption, the essence of everything the Garou oppose.
As part of a resultant multiple-personality disorder on a universal scale, there are three main “heads” of the Wyrm, each representing a different part of its personality. As mentioned in the Book of the Wyrm the three heads also represent the Triat and the original balance Wyrm trying to figure out what went wrong, and as such the main three heads are called the Triatic Wyrm.
Beast-of-War, the Wyrm of Calamity, a monster of senseless rage, ready to destroy all in its path. It is said by some that frenzy and Rage are this Wyrm’s blessings. This Triatic Wyrm is analogous to the Wyld’s love of chaos, but here it is a chaos achieved via destructive terror.
Eater-of-Souls, the Wyrm of Consumption, Paragon of the gnawing hunger of greed, lust, and gluttony. Vampires are said to be under the sway of Eater-of-Souls. Eater nearly manifested in North America, but was banished by the sacrifice of an entire tribe of Garou. This Triatic Wyrm is analogous to the Weaver’s desire to unify, but the method here is unification via consumption and digestion.
Defiler Wyrm, the Wyrm of Corruption, a scheming entity of corruption and decay. Most Pentex operations are likely under the sway of the Defiler Wyrm. This Triatic Wyrm is analogous to the original Wyrm’s purgative function, but here it is being restricted to only being able to eat away at the intangible from the inside.
Even its base desires are powerful enough to take on forms of their own, becoming the powerful Urge Wyrms of Hate, Lust, Fear and other dread sentiments, as well as the Elemental Wyrms who represent perversions of the classical elements. With so many heads, the Wyrm is more Hydra than serpent – and each head is all but impossible to sever.
The Wyrm counts many different creatures in its employ. Some serve knowingly, some unknowingly. But their actions all serve to bring the Apocalypse ever closer and drive the Garou ever closer to extinction. As such, all creatures who cause misery, depravity and destruction, either willingly or unwillingly, knowingly or unknowingly, are servants of the Wyrm and are considered deserving of death and damnation by the Garou.
Banes: These foul spirits of the Wyrm are, thankfully, usually confined to the spirit world. Unfortunately, some of the strongest can possess mortal hosts and use them to affect the real world. Even strong men can be overwhelmed and made the puppet of a Bane. No man or beast is safe from these spirits of pure evil and corruption. When confronted, however, Banes will frequently give up their mortal shells and burst forth in their full horrifying glory, displaying razor-sharp fangs, tentacles, hundreds of faceted eyes, or a thousand other horrors, each worse than the last.
Black Spiral Dancers: The Wyrm’s greatest triumph, the Dancers are foul twisted reflections of the Garou. Just like the Garou, they consort with spirits and can gain gifts from them, except they gain their gifts from Banes. Everything the Garou do, they do in service to the Wyrm. They are fond of capturing normal Garou and torturing them until they too become Black Spiral Dancers.
Fomori: Binding a bane into a mortal host, either human or animal, creates a Fomor. However, the Banes used, less powerful than most, are more firmly bound to the flesh if their hosts, resulting in many more obvious deformities. Fomori are usually created by Pentex.
Pentex is a shadow corporation with its fingers in every pie it can think of. It taints everything it touches, all beneath a veneer of ‘business as usual’. Oil spills are just a ‘part of business’, not part of a master plan to corrupt the world. Violent video games and movies are there just to satisfy the demands of customers, not to corrupt the hearts and minds of the young. Pharmaceuticals with soul-crushing side-effects are hailed as miracle cures. Pentex has one true purpose: to bring on the Apocalypse and then step in as the savior; to be church and corporation all in one.
Cults of mortals dedicated to the Wyrm. Their influences range from those isolated to a singular town to global conspiracies. One of the most prominent and vile cults was the Seventh Generation, a cult of child abusers who defiled children in order to fuel cycles of abuse, but others like the Enlightened Society of the Weeping Moon, the Pretanic Order, the Mouth of Vorax, the Free Earth Armed Resistance and several others have risen and fallen throughout history.
Vampires: The descendants of Caine are creatures of the Wyrm in that they are creatures of darkness cursed by God to feed on the blood of humans. Regardless of a vampire’s Path of Enlightenment, the Garou will sense the taint of the Wyrm within any vampire they encounter, save for the most humane (Humanity 7+). Of course, a lack of Wyrm taint isn’t going to give the Garou reasons to be friendly toward a leech.
Demons: The Fallen are creatures of the Wyrm in that they are creatures, condemned by God, who now hail from the Abyss.
Mummies: The Reborn are creatures of the Wyrm, in that while not undead, they’re creatures who return from the dead after a time. While most don’t carry the taint of the Wyrm, their existence is still a corruption of Gaia’s will that the dead should remain dead.