“To be fair, anything can be perceived as a Cult in the same way that anything can become a Cult.”
– Ryan Dirge, Scholar.
Weird Urban “Cults”
1) “Mommy Runners”- Easily identified by their spandex body suits, multiple water bottles, and gargantuan baby strollers barreling ahead of them like some kind of steamroller. While small groups are harmless several dozen can pose a threat to entire city districts. Rumor has it, they intend on eradicating the use of inorganics and the dangers of chemicals.
2) Bridal Cults- While not a single unified Cult it is more a collection of short week long small group stints. Certain behaviors are common such as the leader wearing a crown and a “Party Goblet”. Oftentimes a particularly exuberant group can be highly disruptive/destructive to a small area. It is suspected that it is an almost trance-like episode as none of the members have any recollection of the last week.
3) Cafe Alleycats- According to a survey in 2013 around 83% of Americans drink coffee at least once a week. In that demographic are Cafe Alleycats. They hang out around cafes for hours at a time doing a variety of tasks; art, business culture, recruiting, etc. They tend to be very picky about what they enjoy and can be opinionated over trivial subjects.
4) Mall Goths- A reclusive yet aggressive group. It’s theorized they are possessed by fragmented spirits of “Old Ones” that wander the Aether between our world and others. If one of those possessed encounters another person who is not imbued they can be met with hostile reactions. It is usually best to avoid them if at all possible.
5) Chimeras- Similar to the Trans-Human movement except they intend to make themselves have animal-like traits over technological traits. Most cases can be minor such as personality quirks, but extreme cases tend to exhibit self mutilation such as interspecies fusing. A common one is Human-Canine Hybrids, where in extreme cases the person attaches fur to their skin and replace limbs with those of actual canines. An influx of missing animal cases in a city tends to denote when a Chimera Cult is in high activity in a given area.
6) Pied Pipers- Some musicians attract other like-minded musicians creating groups or “bands” of cultists. They tend to use music to attract followers but have to periodically expose victims to the music to keep the effects fresh. Pied Pipers do eventually lose their charms so they act quickly to feed off their thralls of whatever resource they need.
7) Pontificators- The loudest, least hidden group in this list. While usually solitary sometimes groups of around a dozen can gather and chant (not in unison though). While this is speculation, some researchers believe that extra-planar beings are drawn to Ley Lines in particular areas and the act of chanting is an attempt to communicate to their home planes.
8) Blood-Familials- Periodically in parks you can find Blood-Familial and Blood-Pact members reuniting and discussing past bondings. Usually this is in addition to displays of physical prowess. While it is uncertain what the purpose of these meetings are they are generally viewed upon as negative.