Order of the Solar Temple | STAR
The Order of the Solar Temple has been on our radar steadily since it had been established in 1984. However, some of their activities warranted a bit more of our attention when the cult decided to brutally kill an infant in 1994 because they believed it to be the anti-Christ. Afterwards, there were a series of alleged suicides and murders among the members, the total body count of which settles somewhere just north of 100.
As I believe I’ve said before, here at HauntedCuriosities, we don’t quite believe too much in coincidence. I dare say we are unrivaled at being able to tell the difference between genuine coincidence and any alternatives so, like always, we dug a little deeper. No names will be mentioned to preserve our insider’s identity. The Order of the Solar Temple is extraordinarily secretive and so it has taken us quite some time to gather all of our information. Additionally, I’ll tell you right now that we have found more than we bargained for with this one.
It took us an entire four years just to find someone willing to help us get our foot in the door. While dealing with a cult renowned in its secrecy, we honestly didn’t expect for the first person willing to betray their faith to know too much but sometimes it’s necessary to start small and work your way up. Through this person we managed to get someone on the inside in exchange for helping them to safely remove themselves from the cult. It took close to six years after that for our guy to climb his way up through the ranks and reach a position of trust.
We know that the cult itself doesn’t react positively to betrayal so we had not been in contact with him whatsoever during that six-year period. Not only that, just before sending him in, the cult itself had killed a bunch of people.
What we found out is that the infant that had been killed was not the anti-Christ that the cult had been led to believe. In other words, the blood that had been shed had been entirely innocent. The brutality of the murder, however, had summoned a demon. After the infant had been killed, the demon had begun possessing people, often multiple at once. With lesser cultists, it would force them to kill themselves by shooting themselves, poisoning, drowning, or burning themselves alive. It got more creative with higher-ups by possessing others to turn on and kill each other morbidly.
With his own eyes, our insider had seen people become possessed by this demon and they would carry out its errands. This item is the result of one of these so-called “errands”.
This piece was created sometime within the six-year period our guy had been steadily working his way up in the ranks. There had originally been exactly five of these with only four given out among four chosen cultist—one for each of the pillars that make up the symbol of the Knights Templar. No one knew of the fifth piece’s whereabouts, which was completely different in appearance and function.
The four pieces among the four chosen cultists would slowly drain the individuals of any form of will until eventually the owner of the fifth item—which was always the demon—had complete control over them. Through these four chosen cultists, the demon would have them sin with the purpose of raising demons born specifically of extreme sin.
However, the theft of freewill itself is a since and it is occasionally enough to even draw an angel’s attention. Seldom do they actually do anything about it, though. The theft of freewill in attempts to inspire hell on Earth, however… Now, that’s sure to motivate. Once angels had gotten involved, the deaths had stopped and the demon had completely vanished. There has been no sign of it for over ten years.
The only thing that remains is this item, which is the only piece of the five to remain in existence. It is not one of the four used on the demon’s minions-to-be but rather the fifth that he had held himself and used to control them to do his bidding.
The angels had taken it and had abolished the evil within it, which has manipulated its appearance from what it had once been. Even now, it sometimes shifts in appearance. When in possession of this item, you will become aware of immense power and psychic ability. Anything to do with the mind, you will be able to control or perform. Telekinesis, telepathy, and perhaps even manipulation of time is within your reach.
As I said, this is the only one of its kind. There will never be a duplicate.