Disciples of Anu
- 1 Speech given by Anu acolyte at a nearby haven
- 2 Preliminary analysis
- 3 In-game cinematics
- 4 FAQ
- 5 Info from Research
- 6 Critisicm
- 7 Characters
- 8 Documents
Speech given by Anu acolyte at a nearby haven
Hear me, good people of this haven! You know the world is an evil place; and you know it has been made evil by the corruption inside us. No, I do not speak of the mists and the changes in our bodies. We all know the corruption is much older than that; it is as old as the very beginning of Man.
Many of you will remember the world that was. In The Gospel of the Exalted, it says: "Man rose up from the apes, yearning for the divine presence in the skies; but he did not cast from him the vestments of the ape; and so his spirit remained impure, by reason of his impure body." And is this not true? Was the old world not riddled with injustice and sin? Were all good things not drowned in the mire of human nature? Did we not put our faith in science and systems, and were rewarded with suffering? Did we not turn for help to the spiritual men of the age, and were rewarded with despair?
For none would speak the one truth: there is no hope for the human race! For humans are incomplete; insufficiently evolved! We are still apes, yearning for the sky, but wallowing in filth! We cannot save ourselves - but we can be saved! For The Exalted has brought us hope, and faith that the devastation of the old is the birth of the new. Through the miracle of Communion, we can rid ourselves of the corruption in our flesh! All those who are worthy can be transformed, their bodies purified by the divine Spirit from beyond this world that speaks through The Exalted!
But beware! All those who cling to their corrupted flesh, to the imperfection of unevolved humanity, are damned! For even if they could turn back the tide and reclaim the world, their sins would follow them; and all that they built would be imperfect, and unjust, and their empires would crumble once again!
Join us, and together we will follow those who have left behind Man's corruption into a brighter tomorrow! Join us, and discover how to free yourself from sin! Join us, and you may learn the great secrets all others would keep from you!
Join us, for we will show you the path to the divine!
Preliminary analysis suggests that the Anu cult is a syncretic religion that arose in response to the global catastrophe, synthesizing elements of major Abrahamic religions with the beliefs of several pre-existing doomsday cults, some of which may have been previously investigated by the Phoenix Project. (It should be noted here that we have an index file that references an extended investigation into groups with apocalyptic beliefs matching certain patterns, but most of the actual files appear to have been lost at some point in the 2020s. If backups or hard copies exist, it would be tremendously useful to locate them.)
The worldview of the Anu cult is deeply misanthropic, seeing human nature as inherently (biologically) corrupt and technological civilization as incapable of saving itself. They view the mist as both punishment for human hubris and as an opportunity for salvation. Although details are scarce so far, particularly due to the group's secretive, extremely hierarchical nature and obscurantist language, it would appear that they are attempting to deliberately mutate human beings using the effects of the mist, while somehow making sure human intelligence is maintained in the resulting creatures.
The process appears to be far from fail-safe, but failure can easily be explained within the group's theology as insufficient belief in the teachings of The Exalted. The latter appears to be their spiritual leader and representative of a higher spiritual entity that may be referred to as "the Dead God" - but further research is necessary before we can even begin to guess at the potential significance of any of this.
Our encounters with the Disciples of Anu have been peaceful; so far the frenzy to which the priests will frequently drive their followers seems to be mainly directed inward, as an expression of self-negation and dedication to the cause of physical transcendence.
Their relationship with Synedrion is neutral; reports suggest that Synedrion is dedicated to respecting religious freedom, but philosophically hostile to hierarchies and obscurantism, and thus conflicted in its response to the Anu cultists.
Hostilities seem more likely to break out with the genetic purists of New Jericho, but so far the two groups seem to be keeping their distance.
The Disciples of Anu were a mystery.
Where others saw the devastation, they saw hope. Where others saw the end of the world, they saw a new beginning.
Their leader called herself the Exalted, and she claimed to believe in humanity. She preached that the human soul was perfect, that the root of our problems was our insufficient evolution.
The Pandoravirus was a threat, but it was also an opportunity to change ourselves. To become better humans. To mutate.
We knew that humanity needed to adapt. There was no other way to survive. The Disciples offered a solution... but what was their endgame? There was something beyond their hierarchies and their rituals.
The Exalted had a secret.
Who are they?
A cult formed from elements of many older religions, worshipping Anu, the Dead God.
Who is their leader?
What do they think caused the downfall?
Humanity's insufficiently evolved nature; flaws in our very biology. Original Sin not in a spiritual, but in a biological sense.
What is their official goal?
Using the mist to help humanity ascend to a higher level of physical evolution. Eventually resurrecting Anu, the Dead God.
The Disciples are mysterious and weird, but not evil. They are very inclusive and they have a positive vision for humanity. They’re not lying when they say we can evolve. Think of the Disciples as Druids of the new ecology. Not evil monster-priests, not crazy cultists, but people who think we can learn from the mist and become better.
Info from Research
Said to have been a series of cultist sects before the Third World War, the Disciples of Anu have grown to become one of the greatest powers in what is left of our world. Not much is known about their religion other that they embrace the mutations brought by the Pandoravirus, and are ruled by a leader referred to only as 'The Exalted'.
The Disciples of Anu are a syncretic religion formed out of several previous cults (the Children of the Black Tide, the Holy Disciples of the Xenoglossic Doctrine, and the Order of ANU) by the messianic figure known only as The Exalted. She forged the disparate elements of the cults into a unified belief system built around her visions of ANU, the Dead God.
The Disciples of Anu leadership follows a strict hierarchy, and access to The Exalted is reserved only for the most faithful. Should we seek out an alliance with her, we would first have to gain the approval of her servants: the Apostle to the Once-Born, the Keeper of the to The Exalted is reserved only for the most faithful. Should we seek out an alliance with her, we would first have to gain the approval of her servants: the Apostle to the Once-Born, the Keeper of the out an alliance with her, we would first have to gain the approval of her servants:
the Apostle to the Once-Born, the Keeper of her servants: the Apostle to the Once-Born, the Keeper of the Threshold, the Voiceless Hierophant, the Blind Legate, the Shadowed Hierarch and finally the Synod of Yearning.
The latter said to be a 'compound being' of some kind, effectively runs the day-to-day operations of the Disciples.
The ultimate expression of dogma. Humans have made gods out of the things they cannot explain since records began.
The Disciples are merely a continuation of that process, worshipping our enemy in a strange twisted way that also lets them oppose it.
The doctrine of the Disciples is a strange, twisted version of all religions, mixed up with a love/hate for the Pandoravirus.
The delusion they cling to is that there is ultimate truth or answer, buried deep in their religion.
But there is not.
The Exalted is the leader of the Disciples of Anu.
She appears to be a mutated human with exceptional powers, but our evidence suggests that she appeared before the Pandoravirus started to spread. She founded her religion by uniting three pre-existing cults: the Children of the Black Tide, the Holy Disciples of the Xenoglossic Doctrine and the Order of Anu.
The Exalted preaches that the human soul is perfect, but human biology is flawed.
She claims to be a representative of the Dead God, who sent the Pandoravirus as a punishment for humankind's sins, but also as an opportunity for growth and change. While the Exalted is the undisputed leader of the Disciples and worshipped as a prophet, she only rarely appears in public, and only the most faithful are ever allowed to speak to her in person.
Keeper of the Threshold
The Keeper of the Threshold, while relatively low in the Disciples of Anu church hierarchy, serves an important function.
He will engage with any organization that has aroused the interest of the Synod of Yearning or the Exalted, to evaluate whether the said organization is worth building a relationship with.
It is unclear whether this is just one individual, or whether there are multiple Keepers of the Threshold.
The Blind Legate is a high-ranking ambassador of the Disciples of Anu, with the authority to make many decisions on his own.
Gaining diplomatic access to the higher ranks of the Disciples is impossible without the Legate's approval.
The Legate also plays a significant part in the military hierarchy of the Disciples, but the exact nature of his relationship to the individual Taxiarchs is unclear, as the holy texts that describe these matters are kept secret.
According to Anu's beliefs, the Legate is blind to the light of the sun so that he may better perceive the light inside each human being, and how close they are to expressing the truth of that light.
The Exalted teaches that all human souls are perfect, but individual humans with their flawed biologies often fall far from perfection."
Synod of Yearning
The Synod of Yearning is a compound being brought into existence by the Exalted.
Its creation, accomplished by the "melding together" of the high priests of the Children of the Black Tide, the Holy Disciples of the Xenoglossic Doctrine, and the Order of Anu marks the beginning of the Disciples of Anu as we know them today.
According to the teachings of the Exalted, the Synod represents the human yearning for transcendence and has authority in all matters except spiritual doctrine.
Our analysis suggests that the Synod of Yearning is the actual political leader of the Disciples in day-to-day matters, with the Exalted remaining a remote figure dedicated to her own pursuits.
Before joining the Disciples, Taxiarch Nergal was a military officer who participated in several of Earth's major wars, eventually becoming disillusioned by the horrors he caused and losing all hope.
The Exalted saved him from his despair and transformed him into the being he is today, giving him a renewed sense of purpose and faith.
Now he is her most loyal servant, fighting the Pandorans in her name and winning many major victories.
That, at least, is the story told in a popular pamphlet entitled The Acts of Taxiarch Nergal.
Nergal is something of a folk hero to the Disciples, and he appears to be allowed to act outside the usual constraints of the hierarchy.
The Disciples of Anu Faction Trailer
the founding holy text of the Disciples of Anu movement
Transcript of a pamphlet found in a Disciples of Anu haven.