This material is a translation of a part of the researches of ‘Professor von Archensbak’ related to certain cults, or quasi-religions, believed to be connected with the plans of the Great Old Ones to resume their domination of our planet.
The Professor had originally intended to withhold this information until he had completed his major work on Cthulhu-orientated cults.
After the recent death of the great Bulgarian scholar, ‘Dr. Philius Sadowsky,’ whilst he was preparing a definitive commentary on the Necronomicon, however, von Archensbak has asked me to prepare a synopsis of his findings for immediate publication.
THE VICTORY OF THE SANDS
Following the publication of my monograph on the Sigsand, or Sussex, Manuscript I have received a number of letters from self-styled fellow ‘researchers’.
In many cases these communicants were mere cranks of one persuasion or another. Yet in the midst of this nonsense certain information has been drawn to my attention, by one who wishes to remain anonymous, which has both confirmed certain data already in my possession and more importantly, has fleshed out certain portions of that data which were hitherto sketchy and unclear.
As I stated in my earlier work, there can be little doubt that the Sigsand Manuscript is either wholly derived from some Arabic source, or at least depends upon such work for its central thesis. What was unclear to me when I wrote those words, however, was the identity of that original material.
Let me state, quite categorically, that the document to which I refer is still unknown to me. Nevertheless I am at least able to indicate the probable source of the Sigsand material, together with a list of the main groups, or cults, through which that teaching has been disseminated down the ages, even unto the present day.
As the American writer, H.P. Lovecraft, has so often observed, the time of the Great Old Ones’ rule on Earth most surely preceded our own times by many millennia. Yet the knowledge of their being and of their power, together with the loathsome and blasphemous rites inspired by that knowledge, has persisted within isolated groups like some dreadful canker upon the soul and body of the human race.
Thus far had my researches led before new information was laid before me. A simple belief that such ‘lost’ peoples as the dreaded Tcho-Tcho of the Tsang plateau, the Abominable Snowmen of Mi-Go and the Deep Ones of Ponape (also spelled Pohnpei and earlier Bonabee), were the scattered remnants of the Old Ones’ worshippers on Earth.
How little I knew!
In tracing the history of that infamous and terrible cult of the Hashishim more commonly called the Assassins, we must look to the deviant groupings of the Muslim faith.
The first, and most important schism within Islam was based upon different attitudes regarding him whom they call The Prophet (i.e. Mohammed). On the one hand we have the Sunni’s, who accept the Koran (as presented by The Prophet) as the source of religious authority. The main opposition group is that of the Shi’ite persuasion, which holds that every
age has its own divinely inspired leader or Imam who has absolute, God-given authority over all men.
According to the Shi’ites each Imam has positively superhuman powers – handed down from age to age since Adam. To the Shi’ites, each Imam is, quite literally, the voice of God on earth.
As the Shi’ite sect begun to emerge, being in the minority, it protected itself by resorting to secrecy. And when Shi’ism itself began to fragment this led to the formation of a whole range of new secret societies – most notably the Ishmaelites.
The Ishmaelites are distinguished by their belief that Ishmael son of Ja’far was the seventh Imam and heir to the power and
authority of Adam – all other Sunni’s and Shi’ites believe Ishmael to have been an evil man legally deprived of the Imamate by his father. The Ishmaelite sect also gave rise to yet another sub-group, a secret society within a secret society.! I refer, of course, to the Assassins.
So far as modern scholars, including my own source, have been able to ascertain the facts in this matter, the cult of the Assassins was established by Hassan ibn Sabah – the Old Man of the Mountains – in about 1,090 AD.
Ibn Sabah’s nickname allegedly accorded him by the Crusaders, tells us much about both parties. The term ‘old man‘ could be derived from the idea of a wise man or sage, since Ibn Sabah himself was certainly not ‘old’ in years. It is quite possible, on the other hand, that ‘old’ was meant to refer to the alleged antiquity of Ibn Sabah’s authority, which implies that some of the Crusaders at least were prepared to recognize that authority.
The ‘mountains‘ referred to, are in northern Iraq, where Ibn Sabah had his personal stronghold at Alamut – The Eagle’s Nest – from which he and his successors directed a reign of terror which reached throughout the Arab world, and beyond.