The Cult of Xoth is an order of renegade scientists, scholars, occultists and artists who have heard the call of other gods and left mundane society far behind. Xoths practice a nameless, abysmal cosmic religion, which they believe to be of extraterrestrial origin. They consider H.P. Lovecraft to be their prophet, as the man who first revealed the true horror of humanity’s cosmic predicament, prophesied the return of the Outer Gods and heralded the dawn of the new dark age.
Xoths have developed an elaborate mythos tracing the influence of their cult throughout recorded and pre-recorded history. They believe Xoths had a hidden hand in the world religions via the Black Pharoahs and Black Sufis of ancient Egypt, the Black Yogis of India, the druids of archaic Britain, the astronomer-priests of Mesoamerica, and primeval shamans throughout the world.
The Star Temple
Xoth cultists have purchased an abandoned observatory in New Mexico and converted it into a temple. Stone stairs and an observation platform have been built around the structure, giving it an aspect reminiscent of an ancient Mayan or Indian pyramid. Inside, Xoth astronomer-monks watch the stars religiously through the three meter telescope, paying particular attention to the dark rift housing the galaxy’s supermassive black hole, and an obscure galaxy in the Boötes void where they believe green Xoth, homeworld of their gods, is located.
The cultists also conduct bizarre nighttime rituals on the temple grounds, marking various celestially significant events by burning great eldritch sigils in the earth around the perimiter of the observatory, and chanting in unison while gazing skyward toward the stars, black holes and galaxies which interest them.
There are rumors of even more sinister doings at the Star Temple; the most noxious of these concerns the alleged practice of ritual sacrifice of human beings on the observatory platform by Xoth priests during particularly propitious celestial alignments.
The Xoth cult seeks to prepare mankind for the return of the Outer Gods to earth. Xoth astronomers have complex theories and make detailed observations to predict the star alignments which will mark the onset of the Age of Return. Xoths are strong proponents of space exploration, and may have played a role in the development of space programs via occult influence on key personalities such as Jack Parsons and Wernher von Braun. However, they believe the revelations of science are too shocking for mundane minds, and should be restricted to an endarkened elite. They are also keenly interested in pychedelic drugs and the UFO phenomenon, and play an active role in attempting to open portals into our world for alien intelligences via their psychonautic research and sorcerous workings.
Philosophically, Xoths are cosmicists, who regularly meditate upon the insignificance of humanity in an entropic, dying cosmos. Politically, the cult seeks to infiltrate all power-possessing organizations worldwide, and to subvert and convert their leadership to the abysmal Xothic religion. Fundamentally, Xoths believe that humanity is deceived by the false gods of conventional religion, blinded by progress, endangered by science, and deluded by their own rational minds. They wish to lift these veils of false enlightenment to reveal the stark, dark horror of a vast cosmos ruled by alien and indifferent gods. This is the Way of Xoth.