SECOND ASSEMBLY

 

MEMBERSHIP: none named. There was a guard and five others.

PURPOSE: creation of their own god to worship and the ending of the Dry Academy's Worldspell

AFFILIATIONS: their god; Dry Academy (formerly; parent group)

ENEMIES: Druid (Anthony Ludgate, aka Dr. Druid), Dry Academy

BASE of OPERATIONS: an old Salvation Army building in the Bowery of New York City

FIRST APPEARANCE: Druid#2 (June, 1995)

TRAITS: According to Nekra, who claimed to be informed by a woman in San Diego who'd given birth to five phocomelic oracles: The Second Assembly is a cannibalistic priesthood who believe that knowledge can be transferred by foodstuffs. They addictively devour the flesh of magicians, artists, and of psychopaths and lunatics.
They possess undefined magical abilities which allowed them to create a living being out of decaying corpses.

 

Their guard was possibly magically enhanced, and carried two multi-bladed weapons.

HISTORY:
(Druid#3(fb)-BTS) - The Second Assembly split off from the Dry Academy, because they had no one to worship and because they believed the Worldspell was a mistake, and that the truth behind it, 'bleeding through in car crashes, dead rock star and rape and cannibalism,' was beautiful and should be freed. Seeking to create their own god, they stole the corpses of several psychopaths and criminals from the Cult of KÔli (according to Nekra Sinclair, who said they stole the corpses from her. Since she'd been only recently resurrected, and since she was manipulating Druid at the behest of Hellstorm, this may not be accurate). From these corpses, as well as others, they fashioned a living being, whom they intended to break the Wordspell, so that "true reality" could shine through.
(Druid#2) - The Second Assembly's god began as a pile of meat on a table surrounded by candles. Later, electronic devices were plugged into it to 'educate' it in the things the Assembly considered important: Car crashes, the Jonestown massacre, rape, castration, and death.

(Druid#3) - Across the world people dreampt of the Assembly's god, "their personal messiah oozing from the butchered corpses of geniuses and criminals."

(Druid#2, 3) - Nekra, a priestess of the Cult of KÔli as well as an agent of Hellstorm (and possibly the Dry Academy), recruited Druid to investigate the Second Assembly, both as a test of his power and his potential threat to the Academy (or just in general). Druid's follower located the Second Assembly, slaughtered its guard and its members, and then confronted their god. Their god attempted to convince Druid of the true nature of the Dry Academy, but Druid, seeing it as blasphemy against the Celtic Gods, blew it apart.

 

COMMENTS: Created by Warren Ellis and Leonardo Manco.

The god of the Second Assembly is unnamed, but I'd choose the name Carnus, from the word for meat/flesh.
Myself, I'd name it
FRANKENGOD!!!!!!!!!! -- Flank, doing his best to inject some levity into this dour profile

Druid was a twisted series, levels above the work Ellis and Manco did on Hellstorm. You can debate whether the history, nature, and influence of the Dry Academy is true in the MU, but it's sort of a moot point., since probably about 10 people read it, and even less remember it. Don't let your children read these stories.
I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Phocomelic - possessing a developmental anomaly characterized by absence of the proximal portion of a limbor limbs, the hands or feet being attached to the trunk of the body by a single small, irregularly shaped bone.

Profile by Snood, edited by Flank McLargehuge. Flank's comments in italics.

CLARIFICATIONS:
None.


The Assembly's 'God'

The false god of the Second Assembly was magically born out of a pile of innards taken from the corpses of murderers and geniuses, some of which may have been stolen from the Cult of KÔli in California. It considered itself a rather clever creation -- a personafication of the truth hidden by the Worldspell, intended to damage the spell through its being worshipped by humans. However, it rightly realized that human minds couldn't handle the true unspeakable horror of the world, and believed that the Dry Academy are the ones who should be worshipped for their actions. The god was disappointed that it never got to see the outside world, even through the disconnected television in its chamber.

(Druid#2) - The Second Assembly's god began as a pile of meat on a table surrounded by candles. Later, electronic devices were plugged into it to 'educate' it in the things the Assembly considered important: Car crashes, Jonestown, rape, castration, and death.

(Druid#3) - Across the world people dreampt of the Assembly's god, "their personal messiah oozing from the butchered corpses of geniuses and criminals."

Druid broke into the Assembly's headquarters, slaughtered the cultists present, and broke into the birthing chamber that held the meat god. The god sought to share Its knowledge with Druid so Its creation wouldn't have been entirely pointless, but was killed by Druid out of righteous anger after only sharing part of its knowledge.

--Druid#2, 3 (death)


Appearances:
Druid#2 (June, 1995) - Warren Ellis (writer), Leonardo Manco (art), Marie Javins (editor)
Druid#3 (July, 1995) - Warren Ellis (writer), Leonardo Manco (art), Marie Javins (editor)


First Posted: 07/25/2002
Last updated: 12/17/2002

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