The Revelations of Glaaki [Sic]

The Revelations of Glaaki [Sic]

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Miskatonic Debating Club & Literary Society Friday, 11 January 2013 The Revelations of Glaaki

“You probably won’t know the Revelations of Glaaki; it’s a sort of Bible written under supernatural guidance. There were only eleven volumes – but this is the twelfth, written by a man at the top of Mercy Hill guided through his dreams.” Ramsey Campbell, “Cold Print” The undead servants of Glaaki are intimately connected to the deity, knowing its thoughts and needs. Whilst Glaaki is dormant, these servants (and some inspired, living, adherents) are able to tap into the monstrosity’s memories and dreams and, often, they feel compelled to write these impressions down. This collected manuscript material has become known as the Revelations of Glaaki. Traditionally, the material has been published in a series of discrete books and, prior to the 1900s, there were normally nine in a full set; since the cult began to reform after 1942, this number has increased to the point where discussions of a possible twelfth volume are not unheard-of. The work bears comparison with the Yidhrani which forms as a written nexus in the vicinity of the deity Yidhra, wherever that being manifests. The Revelations, regardless of how many volumes comprise it, is broken into three rough sections – the first, and longest, is called The Book of Servants while the

remainder is entitled The Book of Masters. Each of these sections quotes heavily from outside sources such as the Book of Eibon, De Vermis Mysteriis and the Necronomicon, never claiming ownership for such quoted material but rather “recording [it] for the greater glory of Glaaki”. Of the two Books, The Book of Servants has been the most re-worked in the modern, post-1942 era, of the cult. The book ends with a third component, The Benediction of Glaaki, a prayer which some perceive as a deliberate perversion of the Christian faith; some earlier versions included this prayer as part of The Book of the Masters, but recent thinking has tended to separate it out as a stand-alone conclusion to the entire text. The Book of Servants is a hodge-podge work, stitched together from many sources and bound with the repetitive phrase “for the glory of Glaaki”. One of its strengths is that it quotes from many works long since vanished from the face of the planet and generally cites these sources pedantically. Its weakness is that, when discovered, copies of the Revelations have usually been re-written and expurgated by a keen and usually mad editor, whose warped perception adds odd and incomprehensible twists to the logic of the piece. The Book of the Masters on the other hand, being the part of the book which contains the majority of the magical and other ritual instructions, is usually left alone by the whims of the errant transcriber. Herein are found legends and accounts of some of the great wizards of aeons passed, under the chapter heading “Writings of the Disciples of Glaaki in the Ancient World”; such wizards include Eibon, Klarkash-ton and Ech-Pi-El, amongst others. There is another chapter entitled “The Legacy of the Ancients”, a rambling section which outlines many magical experiments; this is followed by a chapter dealing solely with the Wizard Eibon and his incantations. Another section outlines the nature, legends and incantations surrounding Nyarlathotep. Finally, there is a symbol called “The Sigil of the Green Decay” with an accompanying chapter which, while hinting at various malevolent effects, fails to adequately outline what this image can do.

(Although the Book of Eibon contains a spell entitled “The Green Decay”, an horrible curse that produces an effect not unlike the disintegration that takes place when Glaaki’s older undead servants are exposed to sunlight. See the earlier post on that Book for further details.) “Though the universe may feign the semblance of fickleness, its soul has always known its masters. The sleep of its masters is but the largest cycle of all life, for as the defiance and forgetfulness of winter is rendered vain by summer, so is