The Cult of the Bloody Tongue

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Mark of the Bloody Tongue

The Cult of the Bloody Tongue is a fictional cult which first appeared in the Masks of Nyarlathotep campaign.


The Cult of the Bloody Tongue is an ancient African cult which reveres The Bloody Tongue avatar of Nyarlathotep. The central cult is based in Kenya though offshoot branches may exist in other African countries. The cult has always had a sizeable following among the Nandi people of Western Kenya. Membership is usually confined to African natives though foreign members of other Nyarlathotep cults may participate.The cult is particularly detested by with the Masai and Kikuyu people.


The worshippers of the Bloody Tongue hold there most important rituals at the Mountain of the Black Wind, situated in the Aberdare Range. Every five years a great ceremony is held at the Mountain during which the Bloody Tongue appears and sends out great storms which ravage the nearby lands. After the coming of the Outer God the worshippers celebrate with frantic orgistic rituals.

Cult assassins and warriors wear a stripe of red cloth on their headdress to represent the single tendril of their god. Murders and ceremonial sacrifices are preformed using a Pranga or bush knife. The high priestess of the cult is chosen at the age of fourteen and taken to the Mountain of the Black Wind where she is taught the ways of magic by the inhuman servants of Nyarlathotep. As of 1928 the cult was lead by the high Priestess M'Weru.


Most of the British Colonists deny the cult's existence all though some Kenyans in Nairobi have heard tell of it. The Cult of the Bloody Tongue is talked about in depths in Nigel Blackwell's Africa's Dark Sects. The late African explorer gives an acount of a cult ritual he witnessed while hiding in a tree.