The Karotechia was a secret organization in Nazi Germany dedicated to the research and use of Mythos forces for the Third Reich. The name as used in Delta Green is an unintentional corruption of Hexenkartothek, a real-world SS project to investigate and catalog witch hunts by order of Heinrich Himmler.
Growing out of the Ahnenerbe-SS, the Thule Gesellschaft and the general Nazi interest in the occult, the Karotechia were active throughout World War II, and were often opposed by Delta Green, PISCES and GRU SV-8 in a secret war that decided the fate of Europe.
After the war, 37 members of the Karotechia escaped to the Middle East and South America with other Nazi fugitives. For decades they remained on the run, hiding and growing old in foreign lands. At least 17 were killed by Delta Green and Mossad, or other Nazi-hunters.
That changed in 1975, when "Dr." Olaf Bitterich recruited two other Karotechia survivors, Reinhard Galt and Gunter Frank, to become the core of the new Fourth Reich, which was headquartered at La Estancia. Bitterich was inspired by Nyarlathotep, who appeared before him in the form of Hitler, claiming to have ascended to Godhood. Bitterich chronicled the revelations of Hitler in a book entitled Mein Triumph. The Karotechia is particularly interested in re-obtaining a copy of the Gothic Necronomicon, which they believe will let them duplicate Hitler's Ascension.
Since that time, the Karotechia network has been spreading its dark tentacles through the hate-filled corners of the world, preaching an Undying Reich. They have support and contact with a spectrum of right-wing groups, especially those with fascist sympathies. They refer to these groups as Bauern (Pawns).
The general DGML consensus is that the core of the Karotechia has been uncovered and destroyed by Delta Green at some point, possibly following the Amalgamated Bio-Carb disaster (a.k.a. "Zombies ate my bio-tech startup") or the Fate's campaign of manipulation known as Emerald Hammer. Survivors may have retreated to Guinea Bissau.
The 164 known Karotechia members and their fates
- Note that many Karotechia in "Denied to the Enemy" have lowly NCO ranks; this is almost certainly an erroneous substitution of "schar" for "sturm" by the author.
|Group||Known Individuals||Specific details||Reference|
|19 were killed by Allied agents, including:||notably in: Operation SUMMER BREEZE; raid on BLACK WATER; raid on Hauh Fteah||p100-101, Delta Green; Eyes Only|
|1||SS Hauptscharfuhrer* Karl Bruning||Historian & Cryptanalyst; Killed by Germans while trying to defect to the allies during raid on BLACK WATER, 12/8/1942 (unless he comes under "executed for disloyalty")||Denied to the Enemy|
|1||SS Oberscharfuhrer* Herman Weber||archaeologist/anthropologist; translated Cthaat Aquadingen;In charge of BLACK WATER; Killed during raid on BLACK WATER, 12/8/1942||Denied to the Enemy|
|1||SS Scharfuhrer* Egon Schwelm||Sonderkommando-H; Disinterred and reanimated Jurgen Tess; Killed during raid on BLACK WATER, 12/8/1942||Denied to the Enemy|
|1||SS Scharfuhrer* Otho Lutzen||Sonderkommando-H; Disinterred and reanimated Jurgen Tess; Killed during raid on BLACK WATER, 12/8/1942||Denied to the Enemy|
|1||SS Dr Max Soldin||Polynesian ethnology specialist; Killed during raid on BLACK WATER, 12/8/1942||Denied to the Enemy|
|6 died of natural causes||p100-101, Delta Green|
|3 were killed during Allied Bombing campaigns||p100-101, Delta Green|
|4 were executed for disloyalty||possibly including 3 PISCES agents||p100-101, Delta Green; Countdown|
|15 were killed during flubbed ritual summonings||7 of these during the Naudabaum incident||p100-101, Delta Green|
|1 was captured by the Soviet NKVD||Dr Edwin Peis||Karo-techno-necro-mancer; subsequently killed by Delta Green Operation SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS in 1953||p100-101, Delta Green; Countdown|
|9 committed suicide, including:||p100-101, Delta Green|
|1||Erich Strohm||After reading Unausprechlichen Kulten||Denied to the Enemy|
|1||SS Dr Franz Mors||mathematician; suicide at BLACK WATER, 4/19/1941||Denied to the Enemy|
|11 went irretrievably insane (and then what?)||3 of whom were pre-germanic Language specialists translating the Gothic Necronomicon||p100-101, Delta Green|
|22 were assigned to Aktion Eisschloss, of which:||p100-101, Delta Green|
|1||SS Standartenfuhrer Karl Ohlendorf||mountaineer, engineer, amateur archaeologist; died in plane crash, 6/15/1945||An Item of Mutual Interest|
|1||Lt Schaeffer (possibly not Karotechia)||died in plane crash, 6/15/1945||An Item of Mutual Interest|
|1||Dr Walter Kluge||project leader; executed by Ohlendorf, late 1942||An Item of Mutual Interest|
|1||"Hoss"||translator; possessed copy of G'Harne Fragments; executed by Ohlendorf, 5/14/1945||An Item of Mutual Interest|
|1||"Stahlecker"||physicist?; killed by prisoner revolt, 6/15/1945||An Item of Mutual Interest|
|17 or 18 were eaten by an enraged shoggoth||6/15/1945||An Item of Mutual Interest|
|2 vanished without trace, including(?):||p100-101, Delta Green|
|1||Dieter Scheel||Project Ewig; became [[Robert Hubert]]||Eyes Only|
|35 were killed by Operation LUNACY, including:||p100-101, Delta Green|
|1||SS Sturmscharfuhrer* Schanburg||in charge of Tillinghast Resonator; executed by DG Colonel Stillman, early 1945||Night and Water|
|1||Eisenbein||fate uncertain, possibly Paperclipped||Night and Water|
|37 joined ODESSA, of which:||p100-101, Delta Green|
|2 were killed in 1948 by SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY||1 in Montevideo, Uraguay; 1 in Chaco, Paraguay||p100-101, Delta Green|
|7 were killed in 1949 by SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY||p100-101, Delta Green|
|3 were killed in 1952 by SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY||while attempting to find the Tablets of Destiny in Antarctica with Argentine assistance||p100-101, Delta Green|
|5 were killed by Mossad between 1949 and 1956||p100-101, Delta Green|
|3 survived at least until 1994||'Dr' Olaf Bitterich; Dr Gunter Frank; [[Reinhard Galt]]||Modern Karotechia||p100-101, Delta Green|
|17 unaccounted for, presumed dead from mishaps, old age and disease||p100-101, Delta Green|
|Not enough information to assign to a group:|
|1 fate unknown||name unknown||"the courier from Offenburg"||Denied to the Enemy|
|1 fate unknown||Standartenfuhrer Eduard Kitt||probably killed in Naudabaum Incident||Denied to the Enemy|
|1 fate unknown||Standartenfuhrer Stephan Andries (S.A.?!)||head of Thule investigation; "the man who located the Von Juntz"||Denied to the Enemy|
|1 fate unknown||SS Hauptsturmfuhrer Dr August Hirt||specialised in concentration camp gassing technology||Denied to the Enemy|