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Come, mortals. Come and bow down to your new king, the Lord of the Gallows.
Hanged King's priest.

The Hanged King is the monarch of the distant realm of Alagadda in the SCP mythos.

Overview

The Hanged King was originally just an ordinary human who ruled over the city-state that was Alagadda. When he was mortal, the king used his power incredibly irresponsibly, causing his subjects to form a successful coup and execute him via hanging, his body was hung on a hill outside of his kingdom. The people of Alagadda were then made mad several days after his death, causing them to either kill themselves or each other. Rising from once was his grave, the King returned to his palace, but once he sat down on his throne, he accidentally impaled himself on blades located in the palace's basement.

Alagadda was then placed in its own separate realm, separate from the Human Realm only accessible via Janus Gates. All of his previous subjects were brought to this realm as lovecraftian monsters donning masquerade masks. The kingdom became a land of desire, and the king lingered upon hi throne, ruling his realm by the way of a being known as the Ambassador of Alagadda.

Appearance

The Kings body is completely engulfed head to toe in grey tattered robes, its pale threadlike appendages slithering in and out of the clothing, similar to tentacles. His necked is concealed by a red scarf-like cloth, and his face is covered with a grey veil. No matter mortal nor immortal, the same white crown persists upon his head, denoting to his subjects who is truly the king.

Personality

The Hanged Kings one goal is to escape his current torment and truely rule his kingdom the way it was meant to be ruled. The king is cruel and malevolent in his intentions, only wanting to gain vengeance on those who have wronged him while maintaining his empire.

Powers and Abilities

It's unknown how powerful the Hanged King is. It's been stated that he is as powerful as the flesh god Važjuma, one of the most powerful beings in the Multiverse. This is incredibly unlikely as Važjuma is similarly powerful to the Scarlet King, an entity who is vastly more powerful than the Hanged King.

The Hanged King is still unable to relocate from his palace in Alagadda, as he is impaled upon his throne.

History

Dust and Blood

While the Hanged King hasn't existed yet, due to the later creation of the SCP Foundation history was changed as the Scarlet King solidified into existence. The Hanged King fell into service, alongside Jeser and Amoloch. He came to be known was the The King on the Gallows, He Who Was Hung, who tore down the Tree of Knowledge.

Past, Betrayal, and Death

The Hanged King was originally a human of high royalty in his kingdom of Alagadda, a kingdom he ruled with a heavy iron fist. He exploited his subjects at any chance he could get, just so he could indulge in his base desires further. The only citizen he had any amount of affection for was his court jester, Nigredo, who he would constantly spoil.

Eventually, the people of Alagadda grew tired of this abuse, and decided to rebel against the king. They set his buildings aflame and killed any who were still loyal to the king, including the previously mentioned jester. They grabbed the king and replaced his robes and crown with rags and chains, they broke his bones and forced him squirm through the city, where his previous subjects would mock and throw objects at him. The king could only mutter mere unholy words, and this angered and frightened the townsfolk, who grew tired of him even speaking.

The kings barely conscience body was taken to a hill outside of the city to be hung, but even whilst suffocating he continued to mutter unholy words. Once he finally died, his body was consumed by maggots and crows, but when they finally became satiated, the people buried him in a shallow grave.

Resurrection

The day after his death, the crows (who were the Brothers Death in disguise) gathered around his grave and strange noises started to come from the Earth. On the second day, the river that went through the kingdom became crimson red and started to smell of blood. The citizens of the city started to fall ill, many started to even bleed. The subjects who stole from the castle suffered the most under this illness, dying faster than the others.

On the third day, they were magically cured of their illness, but the sanity of the people started breaking. They had become suicidal, causing grievous wounds to their bodies. Most of the animals, sans the crows, ran away from the city-state at this point.

That very day, the Hanged King finally grew tired of being deceased and, through a deal he made with the Brothers Death, finally returned to life and made his way back to the palace. He sat upon his throne once more, only to find it covered in rusted spikes, piercing his flesh and permanently bounding him in the palace. While he was no longer dead, he would have preferred it if he stayed deceased, as the numbing cold hand of death is a better feeling than the continuous agony of the throne. Despite this, the King remained silent, if but for only a moment, that is until the palace started to shake and the red river boil. The crows that were there ever since the Kings execution started circling the city, pecking any subject they find to death. Nigredo, his beloved court jester back from the dead, handed him a silver cup of blood; but since the King was trembling in pain, the chalice dropped to the floor, spilling the blood everywhere.

The dead then rose from their graves, but with inhuman and lovecraftian forms, faces covered in masquerade masks. They then started to throw a carnival in the streets of Alagadda, pretending as if the events of the past few days were just a fictional play. Orgies and other such acts became routine in the streets of the city, making the Hanged King scream, but as he was once dead he was unable to make any noise, leading him to silently weep.

The crows flew away laughing, though they would continue to watch over the realm in which Alagadda had been situated in. There were a number of scholars and artists who had managed to escape the city, however they still suffered horrible nightmares involving the city. The artists would make artwork about the Hanged King and the city he ruled, spreading the influence of the King further.

The Hanged King's Tragedy

A transdimensional rift was opened by Northumberland Lord Henry Percy in the Martin Tower of the Tower of London during the 17th century. A friend of Percy's, Christopher Marlowe, traveled through the rift and found himself at the gate of Alagadda. Christopher, who was a famous playwright, was influenced by the Ambassador of Alagadda to write The Hanged King's Tragedy, a tragedy made for the purpose of spreading the Hanged Kings influence even further.

Henry Percy attempted to convince Christopher to not publish the play, however this attempt was futile in the end.

The Foundation's travel to Alagadda

At some point, the SCP Foundation managed to find the rift in the Tower of London, and made several missions exploring the realm. One of these missions was helmed by one Dr. Calixto Narváez, who was able to translate the language of Alagadda. During his second mission, he came across another traveler of the city, Wandsman of Kul-Manas, who warned the doctor of the Ambassador and other dangers of the city, encouraging Calixto to leave.

Despite the warnings, the Foundation sent in an MTF to scour the city in search of any potential threats to normalcy. After making their way to the city's center, they came across the Ambassador that the Wandsman warned about. The Ambassador used psychic attacks to destroy the agents both mentally and physically while laughing in the process. Eleven of the agents died, leaving only one of, Alexander Papadopoulos, to be dragged away by the Ambassador. Alexander was dragged into the palace, meeting the Hanged King himself and being able to see what was underneath the Kings veil. Alexander described it as:

A god shaped hole. The barren desolation of a fallen and failed creation. You see the light of long dead stars. Your existence is nothing but an echo of a dying god's screams. The unseen converges. Surrounds you. And it tightens like a noose.
Alexander Papadopoulos.

The agent was then allowed to leave back to his own realm as a warning to the Foundation, the Foundation then conducted an interview over the situation. During the interview, Alexander visibly appeared distressed and was requesting to be killed. The agent was amputated to terminate any suicide attempts and any further missions to Alagadda was permanently put on hold.

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Trivia

  • He is incredibly similar to the Lovecraftian deity Hastur.
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