The Worms that Walk
Tome of the Church of Quiet Contemplation
This enormous volume, written in the 17th century, is bound in human flesh and handwritten in Latin, but so rotten and worm-eaten that intensive research and translation will be necessary to decipher the full text.
The initial pages indicate that this volume is a bible for the worship of Yog-Sothoth.
A few pages slipped into the volume indicate that Patrick Carruthers was buried in his own basement, per his request and “in accordance with the wishes of that one who waits in the dark.”
Most of this text is lost to time, rot, censorship, and fire. The surviving portions detail many of the minutiae of church law. For example,
Nothing, however, which anyone brings to the cabal without initiation, whether a human being, animal or ancestral spirit, may be redeemed. He who breaks this commandment must be put to death.
One surviving passage details some of the cosmology of the church.
Iog Sothothus is a Mighty Prince, being of the same nature as Shub-Niggurathus and Azathothus. This Spirit is of a Good Nature, and his office is to declare things Past and to Come, and to discover all things Hid or Lost. And he governeth the vermes, and this is his Seal.
A large portion of the text seems to describe arcane rituals. Most are largely incomplete, though one surviving passage details a ritual known as “Body Shaping of the Crawling Ones.” It allows the caster to change their physical form into any one creature or object they wish.