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Christine
post Jul 4 2017, 12:24 PM
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Not sure if its relevant, but Reason of Shaehan passed me some paperwork on something called the Shattered God which is related to Eruldine. The names of the Seven don't feature and I suspect its not the same as they are proper divinities from elsewhere, but its interesting stuff for those that like history.

I've quoted the paragraph below which confirms what I'd thought about the First and Second Words of Creation, I've sent a note to the Church of St Michael to see if they can tell me what the Third, Fourth etc are, although that may be more the beliefs of the Church of the Creator, I'm not quite sure of the point of religious difference between the two.

When the second word of creation was spoken and that which was destruction came into being, it was not just the force that came, but a manifestation also. That manifestation would become known as The Shattered God. Legend tells that the first word that the god spoke shattered its very being into a thousand pieces. Nothing that it could ever be, or ever bring to the world could create, only destroy, and thus in speaking, its very words destroyed itself.

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(OOC Obviously HuwPlot ™ but I was passed it IC and its interesting anyway, its on the Wiki at http://www.labywiki.co.uk/wiki/The_Shattered_God)
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post Jul 4 2017, 01:57 PM
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I've had a helpful reply from Tristan Te'Kale, whom I believe is the High Priest of the Church of the Creator, who were at one time part of the Church of St Michael.

According to Gaxx of St Michael that Church does not believe Destruction to be part of Creation, and there is some disagreement between the churches on this point; which I mention just so that there isn't any confusion and I don't express their beliefs wrong - its proper annoying when someone gets something wrong about your faith because they think its really obvious and actually its a bit more complicated but they're not meaning to be rude.

Anyway, Tristan says -

"The colloquial names of the first four Words of Creation are:
The Mother, the source of our own infinite creation, perfect in her imperfection
The Destroyer, the source of destruction
Beneficence, the expression of the Creator's goodwill to those within His work
Understanding, guidance for those who seek it.

There are hundreds of further Words, and others spoken by the Words themselves. The first two have a degree of primacy, between them establishing an existence with meaning, the Third belies the Creator's intent for his creation and the Fourth his goal for them."


I don't think this is relevant to our Echoes of the Word, but its always good to learn new things, at least we've explored the idea, and I've managed to spend the morning avoiding whatever I should have been doing.

Liara
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post Jul 4 2017, 02:41 PM
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So I noticed. I barely escaped getting an earful over it.

Luckily I too managed to find other duties and leave it for some other sucker; my colour-sergeant in fairness and he loves a good row with the seniors. I think he considers it some sort of game or competition. Dangerous one if you ask me, but each to their own. He's tough as nails though and is about the best person I know at keeping the regulars in line, so I suspect he gets more slack than most.

Back on track though, I think this is all good things to know and rule out. I'm still hopeful I'll be able to get hold of the book sooner rather than later and that it might shed some light.

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post Jul 4 2017, 03:43 PM
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Well, that'd be your prerogatives of rank there, with which I am refreshingly unencumbered.

On a more serious note, could you let me have the notes you made about the new settings for the map dials? I'm trying to come up with a plan and the map is involved, but I want to check what we can do. I've set out the three that were in one of my earlier notes so we can make a complete list. There's something to move a person out of Miere, with limits, which we've used to bring people out to safety, but I can't recall the others off the top of my head.

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“myron forces peace” – 811 – this will produce an effect similar to a Haven spell, but divine in nature, at the site of one of the anomalies. The number on the 4th dial corresponding to Myron would need to be used. We have not yet used this setting.

the feral plague” – 427 – this offers a degree of respite to the inhabitants of Port Miere from the encroaching madness caused by continued exposure to the ‘Nacht. The number 5 of the 4th dial, corresponding to Empire Central, would need to be used – in general when a historical event covered multiple locations, the main location is used. We have used this setting and hopefully this will assist those in the city.

“reuniting of the shattered isles” 1011 – this setting will manipulate the anomalies, reducing the severity of one (for our purposes, making it less dangerous to resolve), and increasing the threat of another. The number on the 4th dial corresponding to the Shattered Isles would need to be used. We are way of using this setting save when there is no other sensible option, because of the consequences to those near the anomaly made more severe.
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post Jul 4 2017, 05:00 PM
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My thanks for your comprehensive, intriguing, and disconcerting information.

The parallels between the Shattered World and the Shattered God had struck me also. Nothing that I have found suggests them to be related, though the tendrils of Eruldine are certainly pervasive. I would conjecture that they are similar in some way, named for that reflection, rather than because they are in some way linked together. How this is I do not know.

More importantly, I am greatly troubled by the notion that the Word did not destroy the Shattered World. If it did not, what did? It is no simple act to destroy a city, let alone an entire plane. The amount of power that would be required to do so is astronomical. Not to mention that if it all happened at once, how did it happen? I had been attempting to understand the prophecy as a chain of events - this is perhaps not the path to comprehension.

Since the sticking point in finding some sort of understanding appears to be the Word that was spoken, I have devoted my research to Words of Power and their nature. Most usefully I have come across the transcript of a speech by Josephine Oriana regarding linguistic archaeology. It is not a widely available text; my understanding is that the copy was stolen from a private club in Halgar - I am uncertain which.

To summarise, the speech covers her discovery of two ancient tablets - one from the Far North and another from Ishma. These two tablets, the former of which was in an old cuniform variant and the latter of which was in very early scratching tongue, were entirely identical in translation. They bore but a single word: cathexis. She even highlights commonalities in the scripts that would have otherwise gone unnoticed (those two languages being so widely separate as they are).

The script deviates from there, as it seems her work was not well received by her audience, who refused to believe that two so far removed locations could be thus linked.

Doubtless by this point you are thinking that this information is interesting but ultimately irrelevant to the Pantheon of Seven. If you will bear with me several moments longer, I will explain the link between the two - regrettably it requires a little exposition in order to make sense.

I am in possession of a large number of memories that are not my own. I do not have full access to them, nor do I wish to, given their nature and their origin. However they have a habit of making themselves known - and the night after I read Oriana's treatise, I found one particular memory returning strongly.

I remember speaking the word cathexis - or, I should say, the Word. I used it on someone who had displeased me and it caused them to die a slow, painful death. This was in the time before the discovery of Bronze or Onyx magics, but I would best describe it as a combination of the two. What struck me most about the memory was that it pulled something from me to say it. It was not just a case of having intent, or being exhausted thereafter. I was beyond drained. It weakened me considerably and I was forced to retreat to safety for some time.

I trust these memories about as much as I trust the Illusive Library - not in the slightest. But there is something in this that is vitally relevant; something in that draw of power. Perhaps you can make more sense of it than I.

C.A.


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