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Cathedris Themesong

The Sacred Lab

A Cradle for a New God

We lucky few may count ourselves blessed to live within the incubator for a new tomorrow.
— Resident of the Sacred Lab
  Within the furthest reaches of the highlands of Hansun, in a barren expanse featuring nothing but rocky mountains breaking up the stretches of lifeless dirt, is the complex which houses all of the Legion's deepest and darkest secrets. The titanic structure of steel and concrete is surrounded on all sides by mountains, visible only from above; perfectly hiding the enormous monster of brutal architecture and horrific science. Here is the home of The Human Augmentation Program, where they may conduct their terrible experiments far from any prying eyes.    

Divine Monument

The Sacred Lab in any other setting would tower over all other neighbouring structures; it stands hundreds of meters tall, built of rough unfinished concrete bound by reinforcing steel. The form of the Lab takes on an almost cathedral-like aspect, with a grand central spire that widens out to a massive complex of conjoined structures below. The spire is the central point of the lab, and is an indicator of extreme importance for what may be found within; surrounding it are all of the auxillary systems and spaces required to keep such a monumental complex running.  
The spire in particular stands out from the rest of the Divine Lab as it is entirely devoid of windows; this tall cylindrical structure instead proudly erupts nearly a kilometer above the rest like a giant fluted column, strange protrusions jutting out from it at sharp angles into the cold mountain air. Additionally, it's the one place within the entire complex that appears to use a different type of concrete -- instead of the regular beige-gray of the rest of the Sacred Lab, the spire is a dark-charcoal colour, and seems to be far older than the surrounding structure.
I'm getting lost just looking at the place. For the life of me, I can't tell what leads where. Please don't ask me to try and sneak inside, guaranteed that you'd never hear from me again.
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Regiment for Humanity operative
  Though appearing complex in its layout and organization, the remainder of the spaces that make up the Sacred Lab are arrayed in a mostly radial fashion around the grand spire. There exists a few larger structures that form the main hall or body of the Lab, and from there a labyrinth of warehouses, silos, living quarters, machine shops, and more extend outward. Circular and rectangular windows punch through the expansive concrete network to allow air and light into hard to reach places, and steel catwalks or bridges span the gaps between the larger structures.
Gothic Brutalism
Military, Base

Divine Construction

A secret known only to the original builders and Dr. Evingston herself is what lay in this specific site before the Sacred Lab ever began construction; a strange and ruined tower that seems to have stood in solitude for centuries. Its purpose, what was housed within, and who built it are unknown -- likely forever lost to time.   Whatever the reason for its existence, however, it proved to be the perfect location for Dr. Evingston to stake a claim and have her secret complex built. The ruins themselves were integrated as part of the design, providing space and structural support for the massive structures that would soon populate the area.   Some effort was put into attempting to match the overall aesthetics and material of the existing ruins, but whatever the original tower was built out of seems to be impossible to replicate.

Altruistic Concilium of Sacred Architecture
Organization | Jul 15, 2023

The secret organization within the Legion, working in the shadows to bring about a new future to Cathedris; a future removed from the God-husks, with a new deity worthy of worship instead.

The Blessed

The vast majority of people that live within the Sacred Lab are responsible for keeping the place up and running; technicians, food service workers, and cleaners make up a sizeable chunk of the population. Each and every one of them is, of course, vetted before being allowed to live here -- it's best when they have no outside family, as for most who come to call this place home, once they're in, they can never leave.   This is rarely an issue however, as those who are chosen to live and work within the Sacred Lab are the most dedicated and fanatical believers of the plan laid out by the Altruistic Concilium of Sacred Architecture. Everyone, from the head researcher down to the one that washes bed sheets believes wholly in a future that will be brought about by the creation of a new deity. This strong belief comes in quite handy for The Human Augmentation Program's scientists who also reside within the Lab, as it means there's never a shortage of volunteers needed for each step of their terrible plan.  
We each have our own part to play. Our calling that comes for us. I will play mine for as long as it takes -- and when I'm asked to make the great sacrifice, I shall do so with a smile on my face, knowing in my heart that I'm doing the right thing.
— Sacred Lab Resident; Dishwasher

Hallowed Facilities

You'll know when you're allowed to see what's beyond that door.
H.A.P. researcher
  Every single part of the Sacred Lab works together like a well tuned machine to support exactly one thing; the central lab itself. It's here where The Human Augmentation Program does its most important work -- requiring all manner of Ichor, power generators, tool cribs, and more. Located in the largest volume directly under the grand spire, it's a massive void space so large that Qur could walk through without hitting his exposed skull on the ceiling above.    

The Central Lab

The walls of the lab feature massive tanks of Ichor every hundred meters, rigged up with countless lengths of tubing that runs the length of the space in incomprehensible patterns. Gigantic steel cabling meant to transfer more electricity than a small city uses in a year run parallel to this tubing, along side scaffolding that is 10's of storeys tall, all leading toward the Altruistic Concilium of Sacred Architecture's grand project -- The 15th.   The artificial god hangs on the wall, in the spot directly underneath the central spire of the Sacred Lab. It is in an unfinished state; a blank skull, uncovered ribs, and musculature exposed to the sterile air of the lab. A patchwork flesh has been started -- a dripping mass of a myriad of flesh tones crawls its way up the left side of the monster. The complex network of tubing and cables finally reaches its end point here, feeding Ichor and Power at ungodly rates into the horror pinned to the concrete with massive spikes of iron.        

The Endless Tunnels

The Sacred Lab has enough of a permanent population to remain almost self sufficient. Amongst the many massive spaces and buildings attached to it are quite a few hydroponic farms that supply the residents with enough food to survive; but due to the nature of the work done here, an impressive supply chain is still needed to keep things running smoothly, mostly through supplying enough Ichor to keep H.A.P. experiments going. In order to keep the location as secret as possible, this supply chain is run through an incredibly long network of tunnels that run underneath the entirety of northern Hansun.  
  These tunnels terminate in a secret cove on the northern coast of Hansun, not far from the Teneran Deep. The entrance to them is kept as nondescript as possible, and is made to look generally like a rocky cliff face -- any shipments made to or from the tunnel network is done during the cover of night, with utmost secrecy.
It takes 3 days to drive the length of the tunnels. Triple that to walk. Mind your manners, lest you lose driving privileges.
— Sacred Lab Acquisitions Officer


The single greatest failure of The Human Augmentation Program was when a defector from the original organization leaked a set of documents revealing all about Catalurgy, the horrible experiments, and the goals of those who ran the program. This seemed like a massive win for the people of Cathedris, and it was a boon for sure -- but it also prompted the H.A.P. to become even more secretive than ever, when it was reawakened.   The Regiment for Humanity, the current form of resistance to the Legion, operates under a much more careful and strict set of rules now, in order to prevent any more layers of secrecy and security from being added. They gather information carefully, and share it sparingly, doing the best they can to ensure the Legion has no idea what they're up to.  

The view of the Lab

The Regiment has managed to intercept communications that talk of the Sacred Lab on more than one occasion; but it's only been recently that they finally discovered the location of it. A small team was sent out to investigate -- not to infiltrate, as that would likely give away more than the Regiment is willing to lose, but rather just to gather intel regarding the size and form of the Sacred Lab itself.   Due to the incredibly defensive position of the lab, and the difficulty in reaching it undetected, the reconnaissance team returned with only one sketch of the structure. It shows the tall central spire, surrounded by a nearly incomprehensible network of buildings and living quarters.

Cover image: by Scott Webb


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Annie Stein
7 Jul, 2023 19:47

This is some exquisite work. 15/10 would continue funding

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7 Jul, 2023 22:10

Nih's generous donations are hard at work here, helping build this expansive place!

9 Jul, 2023 00:39

Absolutely fricking terrifying, I love it. The 15th gives me the FEAR.   Imagine the :XiuD: emoji right here.

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
10 Jul, 2023 16:12

I'm so glad to hear that

  I'm excited for one day when the 15th gets its own article >:D

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
9 Jul, 2023 08:31

What a wonderfully creepy building :p Important question here: have they planned for an opening to let the new god husk walk out when they will come alive? Or are they just supposed to break through everything? OR worse, do the legion intend to keep them prisoner and do their bidding at all time???

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10 Jul, 2023 16:42

Why thank you :D   That's a great question and one that I probably should have included in the description of the lab! xD To be honest, I haven't really decided :O I think a massive set of doors would be really cool, but also the 15th just BUSTING OUT through everything is a lovely visual xD

10 Jul, 2023 19:40

Addressing to the rumours about the sacred lab. No, it does not hold a "15th godhusk"; no, it does not hold a new H.A.P; it is simply a research facility where our researchers focus on experiments over rendlings. Its size it to make the facility self-sufficient. All we do in the secret lab is towards the protection of Cathedris.
— Catobella Song

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18 Jul, 2023 17:56

An extremely likely excuse!!! :O   #thelegionisuptosomething

13 Aug, 2023 02:07

With your more recent Cathedris articles, have you moved the timeline of your world up? In past years I got a Victorian-era fantasy feel from your worldbuilding. Now I'm getting a Cold War vibe from the setting. Interesting how the world is changing.

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14 Aug, 2023 16:08

That's a good question -- I've sort of played it fast and loose with what era the world is in! In my mind, it's always been somewhere around Industrial revolution and WW1, with bits of tech that'd fit into either or both. If you're familiar with Full Metal Alchemist, it's a similar level of technology to that, but with parts that aren't quite as advanced.   I so far have often shied away from writing tech articles so it's probably hard to get a firm grasp on how advanced the world is, but that's slowly becoming more clear now :D

14 Aug, 2023 16:35

I actually very much enjoy the "indeterminate" tech level that your world implies. It lets you drop in surprises because this is most definitely NOT our world, but the overlay of our own technological history leads to interesting incongruities.

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17 Aug, 2023 16:20

Oh well in that case, that's great! :D I'll probably never firmly nail down or explain the level of tech, but I definitely plan on adding more articles over time that give it a bit more clarity -- mostly because tech is fun to write :D

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