The Black Order

In the late 19th and early 20th Century, there had been many flourishing esoteric orders in Germany and Austria that sought to establish a reborn Germanic identity and to reconnect the people with their repressed archetypes. One of the most significant of these Orders was founded in Germany in 1912 – the German Order, and from this sprang the Thule Society, the Thulegesellschaft. The Thule Society took its name from the fabled land of Ultima Thule, which the Ukrainian witch Madame Helena Blavatsky learned of after having been contacted by the Great Race that had survived its destruction.

These ancient, highly intelligent beings worked in concert with certain human adepts – individuals with highly developed occult powers. The truly initiated could, by means of magic-mystical rituals, establish contact with these beings and learn secret arts unknown to the rest of humanity. The Nazis believed that with the help of this Great Race they could create a race of Aryan supermen with supernatural strength and energy.

These Ancient Masters told Blavatsky that she had been selected to play a part in the revival and public promotion of their secret occult tradition, which had lain hidden for centuries in secret monasteries and libraries in the remotest reaches of the Himalayas. Accordingly, Blavatsky spent a number of years in Tibet, learning the ways of the occult and the keys to unlocking the mysteries of the secret doctrine. Among the magical runes and symbols was the swastika, which became a common good luck charm in Germany and the symbol of the Thule Society. But the traditional ‘righthanded’ swastika was to be reversed, forming an evocation of evil, spiritual devolution and black magic.

In 1917 one woman and three men met in a cafe in Vienna under a veil of mystery and secrecy. The woman, called Anna Sprengel, was a spiritual medium and she too had made contact with the Great Race. The four Austrians formed the Vril Society, and their emblem was the ‘Black Sun’ symbol which could be found in many Babylonian and Assyrian places of worship. They depicted the Black Sun’s inner light in the form of a cross almost identical to the German Iron Cross.

With the victory of  National Socialist German Workers Party, the NSDAP, the SS (Schutzstaffel) carried on the occult tradition in the Third Reich. Its Reichsführer, Heinrich Himmler, was a member of the Vril Society and shared Hitler’s obsession with the occult. He believed that the persecution of witches in the 17th century represented a kind of Holocaust of the German race carried out by the Roman Catholic Church. "The witch-hunting cost the German people hundreds of thousands of mothers and women, cruelly
tortured and executed,"
Himmler said.

In 1935, Reinhard Heydrich, head of the Security and Intelligence Service (Sicherheitdienst – SD) reported to Himmler that he had discovered the case of a witch called Margareth Himbler, burnt in Germany in 1629. The similarity of names encouraged Himmler’s interest in German witchcraft, and in 1935 he set up Special Unit H (Sonderkommando H) in Archive Department 7 of the Reich Security Main Office (Reichssicherheitshauptarmt – RSHA), the umbrella organization of the SS, Gestapo and criminal police. The "H" stood for the German word hexen (witches). Himmler deployed Special Unit H to discover any traces of old Germanic magic that survived the witch-hunts, while Archive Department 7 administered book stocks, archived the confiscated materials, and then assessed their value.

Special Unit H would eventually loot more than 140,000 books on the subject of the occult from libraries across Nazi occupied Europe, and among the manuscripts they found was a copy of Von Juntzt´s Unaussprechlichen Kulten and a version of the Necronomicon written in ancient Gothic. These cursed books told of a race much older than mankind: the nightmarish Ancient Ones.

The top-secret Occult Corps (Geheimnisvolle Korps) was soon established as the Paranormal Division of SSHauptsturmführer Wolfram Sievers’ Ancestral Inheritence Office (Ahnernerbe), which was responsible for investigating all aspects of ancient German tradition. The Occult Corps incorporated into one organization the Thule Society, the Vril Society and the German branch of Crowley’s OTO. Despite her Slavic blood, Madame Helena Blavatsky’s granddaughter Marianna Blavatsky was then recruited as its High Priestess.

From Archive Department 7′s stolen texts Marianna learned that violence begot a form of orgone energy which, if properly seized, could be forged into magical effects. Thousands died to help Marianna and her Meta-Psychic Operatives in the Bio-Energy/Psi-Enhancement Division better understand and control the new "blood magic" they had discovered.

Now under the direction of the SS Paranormal Division, Special Unit H continued to comb German-occupied territories in search of more arcane knowledge and magical artifacts. Archaeological expeditions were sent to the bottom of the Baltic Sea hoping to find some lost artifacts or magical items of Ultima Thule. The Spear of Destiny, the weapon that was used to pierce the side of the Messiah while he was nailed to the cross, was found in Versailles in 1940. Early attempts to recover the Lost Ark of the Covenant in 1936 and the Holy Grail in 1938, however, were less successful. Likewise, during this same time Japan’s own paranormal division, the Kuromaku (The Black Curtain), was attempting to recover ancient magical items in Asia, including Genghis Khan’s sword, the magical Books of Shan, and a stone tablet left behind by Buddha.

The original base of operations for the Occult Corps was Castle Wewelsburg in Westphalia, which Himmler bought as a ruin and rebuilt over the next 11 years at a cost of 13 million marks. The central banqueting hall contained a vast round table with throne-like seats to accommodate Himmler and 12 of his favorite officers, making his modern-day "Order of the Black Knights" a dark covenant of 13. The Black Guard, the toughest, smartest and most dangerous officers from the SS, occupied the upper echelon of Himmler’s personal guard. Beneath Castle Wewelsburg was the "Hall of the Dead" where plinths stood around a stone table and the covenant could practice their witchcraft in secret.

After a crashed spacecraft was discovered in the Black Forest in 1936, the Occult Corps built the Institute for Science and Mysticism (Die Institut für Wissenschaft und Mystizismus), also known as "Walhalla", to examine the wreck and its dead crew. Walhalla soon became the headquarters for the Occult Corps’ operations, while Castle Wewelsburg functioned more as more of a private retreat for Himmler and his fellow conspirators.

Over the following years, alien technology was taken and combined with the information the Vril Society had received through channeling and was made into a further project called the Haunebu I: the first large flying saucer, the Flügelrad, developed in Germany -approximately seventy-five feet in diameter. In fact, the Institute’s "X-Labs" acquired so much science and technology far beyond mankind’s current knowledge base that soon various X-Labs were constructed in several other locations throughout Germany as well, including Castle Erlangen, Castle Heidenheim, Castle Höllenhammer, Castle Naudabaum, Castle Nuremburg, Castle Wolfenstein and the National Redoubt (the Alpenfestung).

Dr. Wilhelm "Deathshead" Strasse was the genetic engineer who had performed the alien autopsies at the Institute, and the head of Operation Eisenfaust ("Iron Fist"). With the help of his assistant Dr. Schabbs, Dr. Strasse’s twisted experiments with orgonomy produced many mutant X-Creatures (X-Geschöpfe).

During this same time, Himmler became convinced that he was the reincarnation of Henry the Fowler, and that he could raise Heinrich I from the dead. In doing so, the Third Reich would then possess the power to command an army of the undead against the Allies. With Hitler’s encouragement, Himmler began methodically researching how to approach the dark ritual, throwing scores of scientists, great cashes of wealth, and the full power of the Nazi war machine behind the efforts of "Operation Resurrection", while Dr. Hermann Schreck’s Project Totengraeber had considerable success in the XLabs with Die Untoten or the living dead…

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