Hey, CoDz. Perry here.
I haven't posted very much in the 2+ years I've been a member here, but I posted this to the Zombies subreddit earlier tonight and a fellow member suggested I drop it here as well. I have no doubt many of you participate on the subreddit as well, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to drop it over here as well.
There was a post earlier today titled "Shadows of Evil 'Sinking Morg City' Easter Egg" on Reddit which brought some conversation to the idea that Morg City == Atlantis.
Some in the comments deemed this concept outlandish and foolish and could see no link between the two. A member of the comment brigade, /u/Deathbringerzen  brought up the idea that I've seen tossed around in this sub before and is evident to anyone who has read Lovecraft/been exposed to Cthulic imagery: that this map (SoE) was inspired by H.P. Lovecraft - this is an idea that many in the Zombie community as well as others have cited as a large influence for Zombies Lore and for Modern Horror, on the whole - and as a fan of Lovecraft's and familiar with his short stories in particular, I began to rack my brain for stories I remember with links to Atlantis.
What I found resonated more soundly than I expected it to. I realize I'm way drunk on the kool-aid here; I'm off the edge; My chain has been cut; I'm in the deep end. I'm drowning in this.
The first story of his that dealt with an underwater city lost in the depths of time (read: Atlantis) that I remembered was "The Temple" .
So this gives us the first instance of Atlantis in Lovecraftian Lore, to my knowledge. It involves an object (the ivory trinket) that, after acquiring it, leads to the ship malfunctioning, men hearing voices ("He's Calling!"), and the dead swimming (zombie-zombies, eh?)
Here's a blurb from the lovecraft.wiki/atlantis on a character that exists in Lovecraftian mythos. This is just something to chew on and get your mind ready to associate the real meat of my post:
Klarkash-Ton was an Atlantean priest of the Great Old One Tsathoggua.
Seems obvious that the naming for WW and the upgrades therein are ripped from this naming convention.
Author's Note: Ok, so what follows from here is where I started to lose myself, make sure those tinfoily gold helmets are super tight.
So in researching this I just stumbled upon a Lovecraft short-story that I hadn't read, that made mention of Atlantis. The story is called "The Haunter of the Dark" and in reading it I came across a couple interesting things that, in my mind, are an uncannily synchronous with what we know of the "Original 5" Zombie Lore and, more directly, Shadows of Evil.
You guys should read it. It rules. Think of all the Zombies lore you know while you read it, you'll be all like: "Oh, woah, Perry, what just happened to my brain, dude? That can't just be random..." And I'll be all like: "I know man, I know."
When I first got the the story, I did a quick search for "Atlantis" and found it once in the story. In reading the paragraph (to follow presently) there were a few key things that basically shouted at me to be looked into more:
Hmm.. Reading this made me curious to learn more of "the Shining Trapezohedron" . The Shining Trapezohedron is mentioned 7 times in this short story. Here's are the first 2 instances:
So, there's this thing called the Shining Trapezohedron. Alright. Stories of Blood Sacrifices begin after... Check. Devil Worship revolving around a box and Egyptian ruins.. Double check. The Shining Trapezohedron shows them heaven & other worlds and the Haunter of the Dark tells them secrets, in some way. Cool. Is any of this sounding familiar? Hm. Oh and if Lovecraft's glorious description doesn't get you going, check out what it looks like, according to Google Image: Shining Tr4p3z0h3dr0n
This brings us to the next instance of the Shining Trapezohedron in the Haunter of the Dark:
Shining Trapezohedron is a crazily angled stone with a subtle phosphorescence of radioactivity about it. Check. The note, quoted previously, says that it shows heavens and other worlds, and that shortly after surfacing, blood sacrifices were reported. Ok, got it.
Now, mind you, I'm not making a point, simply showcasing that in jumping into this rabbit hole, we're now dealing with boxes, shadows, and aliens. Ringing any bells? Let's move on. Next instance of the Trapezohedron in the work:
Alright, now things are getting weird. 1st thing: Aklo language. Have we tried deciphering any of the words being said in these EE videos about the swords and WW upgrades with translations in Aklo? I'm out of the loop there. Pls report, anyone.
2nd thing: What Blake deciphered: The Haunter of the Dark is awaked by gazing into the Shining Trapezohedron. Check. Insane talk about black gulfs of chaos from which the Haunter is called. Check. Being is demanding monstrous sacrifices. Check. Summoning. Check. Streetlights forming a bulwark not to be crossed? Idk about this one.
Anyway, moving along: If you looked at the Aklo language link I included above, check this shit out:
MHHG’GTHAA - Dimension of the Elder Gods
UGTHAA = Dimension of our Realm
What sounds like those........ oh yeah! AGARTHA. Sick, right?
That was an aside. Back to the next Shining Trapezohedron mention in the Haunter of the Dark, which was the quote that I grabbed your attention with first:
Shining Trapezohedron = Window between time and space. Check. Treasured and placed in a box. Check. Sank with the city of Atlantis. Check. Pharoah built temple around in, no windows, did something horribly evil to be erased from history. Check.... Hidden and forgotten until the delver's spade once more brought it forth in to curse man kind (someone dug this shit up and now we're all screwed 'cuz here's the curse again! what was going on in Origins, again? oh yeah... we were digging at the excavation site and shit and getting ourselves Cursed - You Bear the Mark... huh.) Check.
Next mention in the Haunter of the Dark:
Everything depends on Lightning? Electricity... Keeping on the power.... Spinning through time and space.........
Oh, two more things:
1. Someone in the comments earlier pointed out the name for the Upgraded 48 Dreg is the Trapezohedron Shard. That's awesome.
2. The final paragraph to the Haunter of the Dark Lovecraft Wiki Entry is super interesting. As we see at the end of Lovecraft's story,
You're probably saying: But, Perry, you've told us this already in your super long-winded exposition just a second ago.. We know this. Well, it gets so much better for Zombie Lore with the second half of the entry:
I'll leave you guys with that.
Cool. Hope you or anyone else finds this and the implicit links to things we've seen all throughout Zombies, in particular the stuff about digging up the stone and the link to Summoner's Stone, Excavations, Blood Sacrifices, interacting with Other-Worldly beings telling us secrets, and traveling through time and space, power, monsters and general insanity, interesting at all.
Looking forward to hearing what y'all think.
If you made it to the end, thanks very much for reading and taking the time to check out my first real post.