Crack in the Wall
Valtozas (Hungarian for “change”) is the name attached to a mode of belief founded by the enigmatic Victor Grislau. Depending on where one encounters it, Valtozas may appear as a harmless self-help cult or as a ruthless totalitarian movement.
Grislau created the tenets which would eventually be called Valtozas while he was working in genetic research for Cuttlefish Biotech. He had been a devotee of pseudoscientific theories since the early days of his schooling, particularly the orgone theory pioneered by Wilhelm Reich. After being dismissed from his position for misuse of company resources, Grislau went into the full-time business of running centers where his orgone therapy was used to treat everything from mental trauma to congenital defects.
Once the private practice was a self-sustaining success, Grislau aimed his operation at the penitentiary and paramilitary systems. With Valtozas therapists installed into prisons and Mercenary conflict firms, they were able to prove objectively that post-traumatic stress and many underlying mental problems leading to crime and recidivism were curable; mercenaries who may otherwise have been crippled by mental distress were able to return to the field, and criminals were able to return to gainful employment after serving their sentences (often in the same mercenary firms where Valtozas therapy was being honed).
Just when Valtozas was reaching the peak of its influence, however, its fortunes changed. Reports issued by top mercenary brass indicated the therapy was at best a placebo and at worst brainwashing, putting off the worst symptoms of PTSD until its victims were out of sight, where they would come back full-force. Valtozas lost its contracts in the Americas almost to the one.
Seeing the writing on the wall, Grislau and the leadership of Valtozas retreated to one of the areas on the globe where their movement was still strong, in southeastern Europe. There, they returned their focus to building large groups of followers on the lower strata of society, while still providing therapy to local administrations looking to curb the rampant drug and crime problems found in the region. When local church leaders in the Sandžak region objected to some of Valtozas’ tenets which conflicted with religious dogma, the organization began exposing many of the clergy’s darker secrets, leveraging things they had learned across the meditation and confession sessions of countless followers. What followed was a campaign of character assassination and at times violence, which forced may of the region’s oldest churches to shutter their doors. Soon, this campaign, almost of its own accord, had deposed local government officials as well, making the organization into a de facto governing regime with Valtozas serving as its ersatz state religion and several companies of mercenaries who had benefited from its therapy as its standing military.
Today, Valtozas has regained some of the ground it had lost, but it has a long way to go in most of the world. However, it has been in control of the Sandžak for just over a decade with Grislau as the unelected, but no less authoritative, leader.
Identifying core tenets of Valtozas is difficult, as the organization is fairly secretive and the available texts written by Grislau can at times seem contradictory or incoherent. However, there are two somewhat distinct periods in its development, with the turning point being the loss of the organization’s American contracts and retreat to Europe.
Grislau was a longtime believer of Wilhelm Reich’s theory of orgone, a universal force prevalent in all living beings, particularly in humans. According to orgone theory, this force is continually generated, but may ebb and flow based on a variety of factors and activities; high emotional states, a vegetarian, organic and raw diet, sexual activity and regular meditation are all thought to increase the amount of orgone generated by an organism, while many forms of substance abuse and various other “degenerate” behaviors reduce it.
Valtozas claims that while all organisms have subconscious control over their orgone fields, practitioners can focus theirs consciously, even directing it to interact with the fields of others. Stories about of a variety of ways this might manifest, though the organization mostly publicizes its therapeutic use.
The second theme most often featured in Grislau’s writing is the behavior of subatomic particles. In particular, he was most concerned with the boundary between the nondeterministic quantum scale of events and that of everyday matter, where Newtonian physics indicated a universe which (according to Grislau) ruled out the possibility of free will. He reconciled these two separate worlds by claiming that brains are able to subconsciously react to quantum phenomena, which he claimed was the source of humans’ ability to dream and to have an imagination capable of holding a multitude of plausible scenarios in mind at the same time.
Grislau fused these two concepts together into his own pseudoscientific worldview. He eventually published his “discovery” that living beings, in addition to being able to perceive the quantum scale, could, by subconsciously directing their own orgone fields, cause the borderline between the deterministic super atomic world and the probabilistic subatomic to shift. This, he said, was the source of the observer effect in quantum experiments: a shifting down f the deterministic scale. His writings even went to far as to suggest that the process of fertilization was nondeterministic, representing an expression not of the genes contained in one pair of reproductive cells but all present at the time it happens, with the org one fields of bth parents acting as a means to create the probabilistic environment in which this was possible, and guiding the genetic sequence of the offspring subconsciously. He named his philosophy Valtozas eventually after the claim that this process was also the power driving mutation and evolution.
The central theory behind Valtozas therapy, therefore, was the tightly focused application of the therapist’s own or gone field with that of the subject, with the intent of opening quantum states in which the problem to be cured does not exist, and the eventual collapse of the quantum state into one of those. It is widely believed that this and the corollary scientific dead-ends Grislau encouraged with it (Valtozas is possibly the last known organization to teach a form of Lamarckian evolution as truth) was the final straw between himself and the corporation which employed him as a genetic engineer.
When Valtozas was run out of the Americas and had to retreat to Europe, its teachings rather suddenly focused on a subject that had not received much attention up to that point: supernatural creatures, for lack of a better term, “vampires,” who are (according to the new dogma) individual humans whose orgone fields have become “inverted” or the disembodied creatures comprised of this inverted orgone, both of which prey on humans’ energy. Since that time, the organization’s stance on these creatures has become more pronounced, but also slightly less coherent, with all kinds of phenomena, natural and otherwise, being attributed to the influence of some type of vampire or other. Most recently, Valtozas has put its full weight behind goals almost entirely relating to strengthening the orgone fields of humanity as a whole in order to protect it from the existential threat posed by vampires in their midst.