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"Buncha old boys doing their damndest to protect their own and their neighbors."
— Cult member describing themselves
The Cult is a mysterious, anonymous group that worships the god-like creature, the Black Goat.
The cult has a belief system based on the worship of the chotonic Black Goat. It was apparently started when people began to abandon the city. The older people of the town were saddened at this. They tried turning to the Church for answers, but they felt unfulfilled. Eventually, one of these people "heard the song" of this god, and was compelled to bring others to follow it. It appears to have a theology similar to the godhead of the old country from which Mae's grandfather tells stories from.
The Cult serves as the unknown antagonist of the game up till when Mae and the band go to the abandoned mine. There, they witness the gruesome scene of the Cult members gathered around one of their members, Lurv, who is laying on the ground, pleading for mercy because of his mistakes, such as leaving the arm in front of the Clik-Clak. All of the members are wearing the same cloaked outfit. Strangely, only Eide wears a miner's helmet despite the entire group sharing a connection to the coal mine.
The Cult proceeds to tear Lurv away from a rock he was trapped under, which resulted in a damaged leg. Mae accidentally makes a noise, which alerts the Cult of their presence. The supposed "leader" of the Cult calls out Mae's name, and she and her friends flee from the scene. Several Cult members give chase and barely manage to shoot Mae in the arm, making her fall and causing head trauma.
Later on, Mae and her friends head back to the abandoned mine and explore. There they find the Cult members on the other side of a deep hole, "the hole at the end of everything". They apologize to Mae for accidentally harming her, as it was not their intention. However, Eide was angry after Gregg shot him in the shoulder, stating that they should be killed. One of the members calls out against Eide, stating "He will do no such thing." The Cult members explain that the Black Goat resides within the hole and that it is the reason for Mae's odd dreams. They tell Mae and her friends that the Black Goat doesn't speak, but instead sings and that Mae was one of the few to hear it.
The Cult leader explains that they wished to make everything better for the economy and that they needed the Black Goat to do so. They state that sacrifices had to be made to appease the god-like creature, and they only took people who wouldn't be missed. They admit to Casey Hartley being one of those sacrificed. Gregg becomes furious and threatens to shoot with his crossbow, yet is forced to drop it when several of the Cult members raise their guns at him.
Eventually, Mae and her friends are allowed to leave unharmed. As they step off the lift, however, Eide grabs Mae by the legs and attempts to pull her back down with them. Gregg, Bea, and Angus pull on Mae as Mae kicks the miners cap off of Eide. The lift begins to break down and soon plummets back down into the mine, resulting in the death of Eide. It is suspected that the Cult is trapped down in the mine. In the Gregg ending of the game Mae and Gregg question whether or not the Cult might escape. Gregg states that they would find out soon enough.
- Ed Shudder, founder of the Cult.
- Lurv (guy being sacrificed)
- Dave (Lurv scene)
- Rick (Lurv Scene)
- Benny (Lurv scene)
- Eide (the one Gregg shot)
Eide also seems to be the one that is following Mae during the game and also the person who kidnapped a kid after the play at Harfest, since he is the only one with a helmet.
They also have a base/church with what appears to be pews down in the mine.
- It is possible that the Cult was formed from the group of miners who banded together long ago after tearing out their boss's teeth. The newspapers in the Library explain how each miner would hold onto a tooth from the boss until they died, and the tooth would be passed on to a new generation. But the dialogue of the Cult leader implying that the Cult started sometime during or after the 1990s makes this theory dubious.
- The options for Mae's grandfather's chosen quote at the beginning of the game hints at his knowledge of the cult, suggesting possible involvement with the ritual.
- Eide is the only member of the cult to stand out, as he wears a mining helmet. He can apparently travel through walls as a reward for his services, hence how he got through the fence at Harfest. And in-game, his coat can be seen waving through the wind.
- As stated by the only member of the cult that keeps count, they have thrown 39 individuals into the hole.
Night in the Woods Characters
|Mae · Bea · Gregg · Angus|
|Possum Springs Residents|
|Germ · Casey Hartley · Candy Borowski · Stan Borowski · Lori Meyers · Selmers · Danny · Mr. Chazokov · Pastor Kate · Bruce · Steve Scriggins · The Harleys · Aunt Molly · Thryy Wyrd Tyyns · Mr. Penderson · Mr. Twigmeyer · Mrs. Miranda · Fisherman Jones · Miss Quelcy · The Janitor · City Council · Smelters Fans · Tunnel Teens · The Cult (Eide) · Sadie · Saleem · CJ . Dr. Hank|
|Bombshell · Crusties · Cole · Deep Hollow Hollerers · Jackie . Little Joe · Mae's Grandfather · Minor Characters · Sharkle . The Sky Cat . Rabies|