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The Emblem of The Seventh Sanctum

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A Sanctum Pegasus. Note the eye colour and lack of a cutie mark

 

The Seventh Sanctum are an insane group of ponies hailing from outside Equestria. Once an Equestria religion based on the magic relating to the number 7, the real reason for the cult was lost over time under the leaders' sadism and blood thirst.

They are led en mass as one organism by the leaders of the Sanctum, truly warped ponies, centuries old who are deluded into the idea of an elitist pony race, and belive themself to be immortal because they were born on the Seventh day of the Seventh month of the Seventh millenium. Their belief in anything good faded over time, and the religion became a cult, deranged and blood thirsty.

The Sanctum are one of the the few self contained oranisations in Equestria, not relating to any other criminal organisations.

Recruitment

The original members of the Sanctum were truly insane, and belived thoroughly in their own cause, however as time went on, their numbers dwindled, as most ponies were appauled by the Seventh Sanctums actions and beliefs. This led them to the most sick and twisted part of the Sanctum, their conversion machines. Anypony the sanctum caputure alive is attached to the machine by a cranial cap and hoof straps. The machine requires the subject to forget all their previous
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A Sanctum Earth Pony. Note the eye colour and lack of a cutie mark

memories, and to make a subject lose focus on their se
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A Sanctum Unicorn. Note the eye colour and lack of a cutie mark

lf, it stimulates the brains pain sensors at random intervels. Because all bar a few cultists are pure black, one device is responsible for tattooing the entire body black, this removes the cutie mark, further blurring the ponies identity, and another for any other body modifications, such as cutting away excess fat, removing higher brain functions and correcting any muscle defects. The whole process is done without anasthetic, to help the patient forget their previous life, and usually takes two days of solid work to complete. Once done, the victim is filled with adrenaline to keep them awake, and indoctrinated with The Seventh Sanctum's propaganda. The battle cries enemies hear on the field are often legitamate screams of pain from newly converted members.

Occasionaly, the process can fail, and produces mutated creatures, or kills outright. On rare occasions, it works too well and produces ridiculously strong ponies with sole loyalty to the Sanctum's leadership, these are useless on the battle field, but provide excelent guards for the Leaders themselves. These pitiful creatures often sport huge wings, red body patches and bizzare pupils in their eyes. As a side effect of this process, the members are made infertile and cannot produce offspring.

Pre-Nightmare Moon

The Sanctum were in their fist incarnation, a pony religious order, beliving in supremecy of certain pony groups above others. Over time, the leaders of the religion became corrupted by greed and hatred, untill eventualy the religion was outlawed in Equestria. Those still loyal journeyed to the dragon lands far above Equestria, where they became bitter and vengeful. The sanctum dropped their religious views and became hell bend on the destruction of anypony they deemed 'weak' to create an ideal world of elite ponies. Leading members raided Equestria Laboratories, and stole gene manipulation
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Dr Sine, as he was prior to the Sanctum's kidnapping

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Dr Sine, after having been tortured to the point of madness.

equipment that was being tested, as well as kidnapping one of the leading scientists, Dr Sine. In captivity, they tortured Dr Sine and forced him to reveal the secrets of the technology they had stolen. Eventualy, he told them everything, and the Sanctum began to test said technology on foals. They warped the doctor's mind so badly that he was driven to madness. Before all the nobility in him was gone, he attempted suicide by throwing himself into heavy machinary, to destroy the evil the sanctum had infected him with, but he only managed to cripple his body, and caused it permanate blindness. After he was treated by the cultists crude medics, he joined them as their lead scientist. Under his guidence they performed many crude and experimental modifications to foals they kidnapped, resulting in deformed but incredibly addapted and loyal creatures, to the point of fanatical devotion to the leaders. Using mind warping technology, and many large tattooing machines, the Sanctum began to build their numbers outside Equestria.

Post-Nightmare Moon

The Sanctum's city

Upon finding the Sanctum's city

After Nightmare Moon's banishment, the sancum launced a mass attack of 5000 troops on Canterlot, they were defeated by the royal guards and Equestrian Army, but both sides took heavy casualties. The Sanctum went back into hiding, to create a larger force than ever before. It was arround this point that Dr Sine found the artifact, a damaged relic from an ancient race, long before ponydom existed. It created a It led to a huge floating city, but not like Cloudsdale. It was made from metal, and it was full of bones. Many ponies had died in the city, more like a floating tomb than anything else, though to have been corrupted and warped by chaos . This was exactly what the deranged wanna-be-god emporers of the sanctum needed. They refitted the city as their stronghold, and raided and reinforced from there.


The Return of Balance

After Luna returned and was re-instated to power, the Sanctum's cultists realised that then was the time to strike. Celestia and Luna could no longer command The Elements of Harmony, the only magic that they feared, and the new bearers were in ponyville, to far to pose a threat anytime soon. The Sanctum attacked the city under the cover of darkness with pegusi storm troops, striking down any chance of resistance.
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The Canterlot Archives in flames after the Sanctum's assault

Within a few hours, their deadly accurate plan was put into practice an Cantelot was pinned down.
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Another picture of the archive in flames

Unicorn and earth pony troops marched into Canterlot, aiding their air support from the ground. This is the point at which the story of Aperture begins. The Sanctum's floating fortress joined the battle, using it's powerful main cannon to demolish part of the castle, subduing the resistance who had not already fled. The cultists then began to capture the survivors, stalions mares or foals, and ship them up to be converted onboard their headquaters. The first major resistance came from the rebelion a few hours after takeover. The Sanctum were assaulting the train station, many tourists were just coming in, and residents trying to flee. To make sure that the occupation of Canterlot was not common knowlage, the Sanctum wrecked the trains, forcing the ponies to seek shelter in groups. One such group, including Twilight Sparkle, was rescued by the resistance and escorted into the caves, where they made a successful getaway, but Twilight was wounded, and sent to the medical bay.
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Aperture's Nightmare

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