The Blood of Holi
A cult dedicated to worshiping the condition of holi. None are themselves Coulqepluex, and they will kidnap or take advantage of those overcome by the condition so that they may worship them.
In Crystalline Figures
Do you feel it, crystallizing in your very bones? The pain is natural, brother— embrace it as you become connected to that which created us. It will not pass, but I assure you— you will get used to it.
ConflictThe Blood of Holi operates within Rektouzk, their headquarters lying beneath the capital of Coulchlek, and have had a handful of altercations with authorities. Once they were first discovered, they were immediately branded as high-priority criminals, with a reward placed on the capture or killing of any of its number that only grows by the day, with both the body count and members growing. At current, the cult boasts around 125 faithful members. Their first three "churches" were rooted out and destroyed, though for the past fifty years none but their own have been able to find their headquarters. Any of those spotted with crystals growing upon their bodies are immediately killed by city guards on watch, and bodies are more carefully guarded throughout the city by both paid mercenaries and by family members.
RecruitmentNew initiates are found by the cult's leader, Holilouch, who claims to see those ready to hear their truths— and sends experienced members to find and initiate them into the faith. Only on rare occasions do these potential initiates refuse— and are killed swiftly to avoid discovery of the cult's whereabouts.
HierarchyThe crystalline growths upon cult members denotes their position in the organization's hierarchy, as the longer one has been practicing their faith, the more growths they should have on their body. Once a member's entire body has been covered— they may become a priest, and are allowed the honor of submerging their scalps to become crystallized as well. Many will stop here, and their faces will remain unscathed as they continue to preach and guide younger members. However— for the most respected members of the cult, especially those nearing the ends of their lives, there is a special ritual that allows their faces to become crystallized, too. At the head of the cult is a mysterious figure known simply as Holilouch— literally Mouth of holi— who is the sole survivor of this final submersion ritual. Holilouch cannot move— but they can speak, and their word is law. They are able to "see" potential holi victims that the cult may feasibly obtain, and frequently send newer members to do so, given that priests cannot hide their crystals easily. Holilouch also decides when one is worthy enough to face their final submersion, claiming to "see" their righteousness through the crystal growths that sprout from their eye sockets.
I can see your soul, sister, and the crystals have yet to take hold within it. You must wait longer.