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A strange package arrived today

So far, I have only glimpsed at the contents. I can hardly comprehend how these things have been made, nor do I understand their significance. Suffice to say that I have many hours of reading ahead of me. I don't expect to be the same person as I started by the time I finish.

Here is an artifact that came with the books. It appears to be made of some kind of tropical wood, mahogany perhaps and is in the form of a rough and truncated five pointed star. It is covered in small holes and some kind of symbol that I have yet to decipher.

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gylfinir
Oct. 18th, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
Can you tell me a little bit more about this, because I'm intrigued - what's in the package, where did it come from, who's responsible for it?
heliograph
Oct. 18th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
I believe I've seen something similar in an exhibit of Pacific artifacts, specifically from Ponape, or Pon'pei as it is now known, at the Harvard Natural History Museum... though those were made from an oddly magnetic and as yet unidentified basalt-like stone. If you contacted the curators there, they might be able to aid in your studies.

I believe that picture in the background may be of former American Vice President Al Gore, or perhaps some of the more long-time residents of Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

I hope this helps, and I am eager to hear of any progress you make in your research.
gbsteve
Oct. 18th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you for that information. I visited the Harvard Natural History Museum twice and on both occasion was denied access to their more interesting collections. The only thing that seemed connected with my present line of enquiry was a metorite that seemed to bear similar glyphs to the ones in one of my newly acquired volumes. I have a sketch of it somewhere.

I seem to recall a totem pole in the Peabody that was connected to Ponape but I didn't get a chance to have a good look. Returning in the evening I got as far as the vault but the nightwatchman found me before I discovered anything of interest and I fear I am now persona non grata with that establishment.

To return to the previous question, there are three books. Two are written in a strange language which I cannot yet decipher but the third is mostly in English.

The gentleman from whom I obtained them told me that they are entitled The Initiate Tract (or First Codicil), the Terminate Tract (or Second Codicil). The third book is the Mythoplasm ex Somnus by Quelron Bathis. There is also some family history concerning these volumes.

I will post more as my studies advance.
undyingking
Oct. 20th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
Intriguing indeed! A word of caution -- please don't allow your study of the package's contents to dominate your time exclusively. Such writings have been known to prey unhealthily on the reader's mind -- think of our poor friend Ballantyne, and how... different... he became, towards the end. But you have too much good sense for that, surely.
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