As with all my posts, this will recieve ongoing edits as I flesh it out. Enjoy.
I am under the belief that Kurak is a time traveller. In this thread I will detail why I think this, how he’s done it, where/when he came from, and most importantly - his plans.
To start this thread off, I’m going to start at the beginning of the Age, and chronicle forwards. Given the complexity of today’s topic; there will still be jumping around in time, but I will try to minimize that as much as I can. This will also act as a sort of “recap” for everyone.
The age begins with chaos; tendrils in the sky bridging our world with Yuggoth. Sorcerers summoning demons from the Dreamlands. The serpent-men attempting to rebuild their cult.
Through the chaos and at the heart of it all, an invitation; a whisper. Kurak. The one who subverted the bracelets, and found a way to wield powers long thought to be suppressed.
So the groundwork of the mystery is laid; who is Kurak and how has he done this? What is the source of his power?
My original theory which is now proven to be true is Nyarlathotep. He is the only god who is affiliated with sorcerers, Mi-Go, and serpent-men. In fact, we know with absolute certainty the visuals used in Portal to Yuggoth were borrowed assets from Nyarlathotep himself during the early days of Isle of Siptah. The cut and later re-added then re-cut Blowback event as well mirrors this, acting as a sort of reverse controlled wild Surge, invoking a being from the Dreamlands once again at the end.
But the question still lingered; why, and what was Kurak’s part in all this?
Sharing in our line of thinking comes an old friend, Mek-Kamoses. For years, an exile like us; trapped and searching for an escape. Once a powerful sorcerer as well, his powers were sapped and stolen by the bracelet.
He has made contact with a group of exiles, the Khitan, to ally with and gain their freedom by taking power from Kurak.
How does Kurak have power to wield, while Mek-Kamoses has none? The question lingers, and we are rewarded for bringing the remains of Kurak’s acolytes alive or dead to him for study.
Overall, this chapter doesn’t really explain anything from the first one, but it acts as a solid progression of the narrative. The conflict rises, and sets up the next chapter perfectly.
This is the best chapter from a narrative standpoint. Mek-Kamoses has cracked the secrets of obtaining Kurak’s sorceries; and utilizes them to his own gain.
The secret lies within the blood stones, remnants of the Giant-Kings’ power wielded and shaped into new forms. This allows the lesser races to harness a fraction of their power.
But Kurak is above that.
In the battlepass artwork, we see Kurak walking with the Black Pharaoh, one of the most powerful avatars of Nyarlathotep. We’ve seen this avatar before, the orb outside the Tower on the Isle of Siptah reveals him and his involvement in the story for that map.
This avatar also is the one who inducts people into signing the Book of Azathoth, an immensely powerful and otherworldly tome.
When we finally battle Kurak, he tells us he’s removed his name from the Book of Life and added it to the Book of Azathoth. Killing him is exactly what he needed to complete the transformation; and in his death he is reborn immortal, a servant in the court of Azathoth.
The Book of Azathoh is a mysterious tome, presumably older than time itself. Signing the book pledges the signer to Nyarlathotep, and they take on a new name and identity. To complete the pact, death is needed, such as the witch Keziah Mason burning at the stake so that Nahab could live eternal.
Even before death, the book and Nyarlathotep grant immeasurable power. One who has signed can traverse time and space within their dreams, moving their bodies alongside their consciousness in this traversal.
This is the means of how Kurak is a time traveller, but how do I know he is in fact from the past? Do I know specifically when he is from?
Yes. Kurak is a true Serpent-Man, from before the degeneration and devolution of his kind. He appears as a man, and only in death does his true form show. This ability to masquerade as a man is an ancient magic the serpent-men of the Thurian Age held, lost with their destruction at the hands of King Kull of Atlantis.
In the closing years of the Thurian Age, the serpent-men of Valusia were exposed, having been hidden among Valusian society for thousands of years in secret, scheming in disguise and replacing prominent individuals with disguised members of their own kind.
Driven out and purged as the united fury of mankind sparked the second uprising against them, the serpent-men fled into hiding.
One of these hidden away remnants dwelled in the Well of Skelos, refugees seeking shelter in the land of the Giant-Kings. Kurak was among this group, as he wears the bracelet. The bracelet was initially made to allow communication easier, and traversal using the map room system.
When the Giant-Kings allowed mankind to shelter in their lands after the sinking of Lemuria, Kurak was sent to live among them as a spy. For a time, humanity did not know their age old enemy lived in the volcano, but this discovery sparked the war, the activation of the death weave, and the inevitable destruction of the Giant-Kings.
With the death weave in place, Kurak’s bracelet became a shackle as it did for all mankind. Trapped, he made a pact with Nyarlathotep, who would become not only his jailer but also his new master.
His powers limited, Nyarlathotep imparted to him a new magic, wisdom from the Book of Azathoth. This allowed him to regain sorcerous powers while still held by the bracelet. Seeking a way out, Kurak attempted to escape via the dream travel, but as his power and his cage are both Nyarlathotep, he was unable to escape. His only option was to go forward, to a time when the stars and the moon are right.
Preparations were made, Kurak awoke months before the ritual was to take place. Still in the disguise of a man, he wrote the Tome of Kurak and imparted some of his knowledge on to others, building a following that he could manipulate into serving him for the promise of freedom.
With the counsel of his master, Kurak knew of his own impending death and knew it was necessary to escape, his immortal ghost would be able to escape the prison.
Our arrival was foreseen, his tome an invitation and a gift to us for our hand in all this. Under the eclipse, the servant of the Moonbeam Messenger sheds his mortal body destroying what is left within, freeing his soul without.
The Age of Sorcery may be drawing to a close, but this is far from the end of the story. Kurak will return, and most certainly his master is only beginning to lay greater events into motion. The death of Kurak is not the end, but rather the beginning; the beginning of a new Age.