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Both a left-handed legacy of Scelesti, and an apocalyptic conspiracy, the Cult of the Doomsday Clock is devoted to the destruction of time itself, and uses both Time and Death Arcana to meet those ends. Also known as "Tick-tock men," the cultists of the Doomsday Clock have formulated a rigid hierarchy that categorizes its members by their attainments within the legacy. Their headquarters, the Clocktower, lies within the Abyss and is only accessible to high-ranking members of the Cult. Unknown to the lower rankings, reaching the pinnacle of power the normal way of Attainments (with a tutor) transforms the Tick-Tock Man into a gulmoth version of himself, a living temporal paradox that was never truly Awakened, as the mage kills his past Sleeper self in the final initiation. It is for this reason the leading Anacreons have a cohesion and persona loyalty to each other and the patron Horae that is beyond any human fanatic's ability.


Rumors persist that the original Cult was created through a powerful Paradox invoked during a battle between the Seers of the Throne and the Mysterium which involved heavy uses of the Time Arcanum.

Connection to Contagion

On December 31, 1999, at the stroke of midnight, a group of Tick Tock Men performed a ritual that they believed would successfully destroy time; the Mysterium later found their remains, supernaturally aged to bleached bones. It is unclear what exactly the ritual entailed and whether it had any effect, though some Sworn suspect it may be responsible for accelerating the spread of the Contagion in the 21st century.[1]

Trivia

The term "tick-tock men" may be in reference to Harlan Ellison's story "'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman" 

References

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