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THE CASTAIGNE COLLECTION, Item #4

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  • Jay Dugger
    Several large bundles of hand-written papers--sheet music, choreographic instructions, color diagrams, costume designs, architectural drawings, early-20th
    Message 1 of 28 , Mar 13, 2006
      Several large bundles of hand-written papers--sheet music,
      choreographic instructions, color diagrams, costume designs,
      architectural drawings, early-20th century maps of the Himalayas,
      mechanical drawings for unusual equipment, etc. Mostly in Russian,
      although some few in English. Together these comprise a nearly
      complete collection of instructions for Alexander Scriabin's "Mysterium."

      (For those of you who slept through music history, shame on you. See
      http://www.scriabinsociety.com/biography.html,
      http://home.uchicago.edu/~nat222/viktor/scriabin.html, and
      http://www.scriabinsociety.com/biography.html)

      (For those of you too lazy to click a link, Scriabin was an early
      20th-century Russian composer and Theosophist. His final, unfinished
      work, "Mysterium," would have been performed in India over seven days
      to destroy and recreate the world and the human race. Really. I don't
      know why Ken Hite never did a Supressed Transmission on A.S.)

      Any music historian worth his or her salt will want to get this set
      into general knowledge. From there, it's only a matter of time until
      some symphony tries to recreate it. Probably a Russian group, but
      merciful Keepers might recall AUM's orchestra and just let cultists
      try to play the whole thing.

      ObDG: Not quite ARCHINT, but close. Reconstructions of this piece
      exist
      (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00002R2SQ/sr=8-1/qid=1142307216/ref=pd_bbs_1/102-0936520-5420903?%5Fencoding=UTF8)
      , but generally dont' recreate the musical effects--much less the
      Mythos effects. With a big bundle of easily-divided material, one
      could have the classic EH-style paper chase, but with some unusual
      players: music historians and musicians plus the usual cultist/DG/SV8
      /Karotechia/Fate suspects.

      Wrinkle #1--DG must take more care than usual. You can silence a
      cultist, or even a Bronson without too much problem. Let's face it--if
      you've been too busy keeping secrets to talk to your parents, they're
      not going to miss you if some strung-out overstressed near-nutso Fed
      puts a bullet through your brain or too many Percodans in your food.
      Killing a famous musician will attract LOTS of attention, including
      from well-heeled patrons and parents.

      Wrinkle #2--Taking this from the opposite direction, perhaps you could
      have a campaign where the musicians or art historians start by finding
      hints of lost Scriabin manuscripts. He remains more popular in Russia
      than elsewhere, so you might have a foreign angle to play. How does
      Joe Average Cellist and Jane Q. Costume-Designer respond to the creepy
      Aryans asking where they found these papers? And when the elderly
      Russians show up? And when the creepy NYC rocker starts asking? And
      when the US Marshals ask you to help them find the art thieves, or
      when the FBI says you need to play along with nice man from South
      America, do you get any idea you're in over your head?

      Wrinkle #3--This easily divided and reconstructed artwork could serve
      as a steady type of clue for a Castaigne Collection campaign. Gotta
      Catch 'Em All! Interpol tracks down an art thief in Italy with some
      unusual Russian papers, which the embassy would very much like back
      (cultural treasure, let's not have a repeat of the Amber Room
      incident), but the FBI wants to talk to the same thief about his buyer
      in New York, and so on.

      Wrinkle #4--Scriabin's muse, Tatiana Schloezer, was an avatar of
      Nyarlathotep. These papers exist as a reality shard, evidence from a
      previous version of reality--where Scriabin succeeded in recreating
      the world. If you have the whole papers, could you repeat that act?
      Could you undo what had happened? Could you control the event for a
      particular end? Could you do it over and over? (See LeGuin's "The
      Lathe of Heaven" for well-intentioned changes gone bad, and Aetherco's
      Narcissist for more of the same.)

      Wrinkle #5--Scriabin's event, complete with light show and Himalayan
      venue, was designed to summon the Mi-Go. For what end? And wouldn't
      MAJESTIC like to know about contact protocols that don't involve
      radios and lasers?

      Wrinkle #6--Scriabin's event was designed to recreate humanity as
      something nobler. What did this mean? A signal to the Yithians for
      mass mind transfer? If not them, perhaps Lloiogor, or some other
      quasi-material thingie. Perhaps it was designed to kill off the base
      impulses of humanity and set free the higher, better selves. That
      might leave some nasty and vicious successes (see Colin Wilson's The
      Mind Parasites for amoral psis created just this way), or some nasty
      and vicious _replacements_ (Wyndham's The Midwich Cuckoos), or some
      nasty and vicious failures (Cronenberg's Scanners).

      Be seeing you...
    • Mark McFadden
      Wrinkle #7: I understand that every major Japanese corporation has their own inhouse orchestra, composed of employees. I suppose that is one spinoff of
      Message 2 of 28 , Mar 13, 2006
        Wrinkle #7:


        I understand that every major Japanese corporation has their own inhouse
        orchestra, composed of employees. I suppose that is one spinoff of
        supporting arts education in school.

        Consequently, every New Year is celebrated with a performance of
        Beethoven's Ninth Symphony by the local corporate orchestra.
        That is a lot of well-financed orchestras that are not beholden to public
        funding, and therefore have much more leeway in their choice of works to
        perform.

        Start your classical music-based scenario in the usual European classical
        music stomping grounds, and then have the action move to Japan.

        Mark McFadden
        Urban legend has it that the physical size of the audio CD was determined
        by the length of the Deutsche Grammaphon recording of the Ninth conducted by
        Herbert von Karajan. It seems that Sony engineers figured that a disk that
        could hold the entire Ninth was the perfect size.


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      • terb_remark
        ITEM #62592 The `PRESPOS COITION (About Copulation) This is a leather-bound book of slightly larger than folio size (about 20 x 25 ) consisting mostly of
        Message 3 of 28 , Mar 14, 2006
          ITEM #62592

          The `PRESPOS COITION' (About Copulation)

          This is a leather-bound book of slightly larger than folio size (about
          20" x 25") consisting mostly of etchings of a graphic sexual nature
          interspersed of descriptive text (in Italian). The cover is unmarked
          but a frontpiece bears a handwritten title. On the facing page is a
          bookplate stamped with the name Iacopo Castaigne (c1691-1728) and the
          Castaigne family crest.

          An exceedingly rare book, this work is one of the most infamous
          collections of pornographic illustrations ever printed. Though often
          dismissed as a myth (the Sacred Congregation of the Index Librorum
          Prohibitorum denied it existed, for example) a number of works
          purported to be the Prespos have come down into the modern age; most
          experts dismiss these as forgeries however, and they only exist in
          private collections. According to rumor, the Prespos was written and
          illustrated by an unknown author or authors (alleged to have been
          either a priest or nun or dissipated noble) sometime about 1695.

          This particular version seems to have been printed in Italy in the
          late 18th century, possibly at the Venetian press of Simone
          Brindisiano. The pages depict sexuality (human and otherwise) in a
          variety and in combinations that shock even the most jaded of readers.
          The text accompanying the numerous increasingly lewd engravings tells
          the story of Lady Giudira, a noble woman of unearthly sexual appetites
          and stamina, who engages in or observes the host of sexual relations
          depicted in the body of the work. By the conclusion of the book, the
          whole of the many depicted partners gather for an amorphous and
          unnerving orgy in which their bodies seem to almost form a singular
          entity. The sanity cost for reading the book is 1d3+1 / 2d4.

          The work frequently inspires uncontrollable lusts in readers; anyone
          examining the Prespos is in danger of falling under its malign
          influence. Those failing a POW test versus the book's POW of 14 finds
          themselves drawn to the obscenities depicted within and desire to
          continue to look upon them; anyone with a sexual phobia or repressed
          fetish should add the POW strength of their phobia to the book's POW.
          Each day spent in fevered study of the book adds to the POW of the
          work (for the afflicted reader) and costs the reader an additional 1d2
          points of Sanity and 1 point of CON. Each day's failure creates a
          mania to read the Prespos worth a cumulative 1 point of POW each day
          that must be resisted on a weekly basis even after the book is
          initially resisted. Lost CON regenerates one point per week free from
          the book. Additional phobias of a sexual nature are gained for every
          five points of sanity lost to the book each with a strength of 1d6 POW.

          [EX: Dr. Doe (POW 10) reviews the Prespos, and fails his roll against
          the book. He spends five days under the book's thrall, losing 11
          points of Sanity, until his companions rescue him. Thereafter he has
          a compulsion to examine the book again (with a POW of 5) that must be
          resisted weekly, a masochistic impulse with a POW of 8, and having
          lost 5 points of CON.]

          Beyond the book's ability to mesmerize readers, the Prespos also acts
          as a sacred text to the cult of Yidhra and if carefully studied the
          spells Contact Yidhra, Summon Child of Yidhra, and Rites of Yidhra.
          In addition to the above mentioned Sanity cost, the book takes 1 week
          to study (if able to resist the draw of the book) and give readers a
          bonus of +1 point to their Cthulhu Mythos skill.

          The Karotechia files suggest that the book was briefly in the
          possession of Hermann Göring before being restored to Karotechia
          possession for reasons unknown. A French cataloger reviewing the work
          disappeared in 1948, after the savage rape and murder of eight young
          people in and around Marseilles. Neither he nor the book have been
          seen since, though rumors suggest is in a private collection.

          [Author's note: Latin, Italian dictionaries packed in a box.
          Translations are from my faulty memory. Sorry if there are mistakes.]
        • David Farnell
          OK, the MiB has been pestering me on GTalk to submit something, and I finally had a little free time to think about it. Here goes: ITEM#(whatever seems
          Message 4 of 28 , Mar 14, 2006
            OK, the MiB has been pestering me on GTalk to submit something, and I
            finally had a little free time to think about it. Here goes:

            ITEM#(whatever seems appropriate)
            PRESERVED HAND IN JAR, from Mexico, early 20th century

            A normal human hand, except for what appears to be a bullet hole
            through the palm. The hand floats in alcohol which, upon testing,
            proves to be laudanum. The jar is a large screw-top mason jar of a
            type made by Hero Glass Works of Philadelphia, Penn., in the mid-late
            19th century, with the words "THE GEM" embossed on on the upper body.

            Notes found with the item claim that the hand assumes different
            positions when no one is looking. It is currently closed, fingertips
            resting against the palm, thumb alongside. The next time anyone looks,
            the thumb will have shifted to lie across the closed fingers.

            Someone who knows American Sign Language or thinks to look up an ASL
            alphabet chart <http://www.enchantedlearning.com/language/asl/abc/big.GIF>
            will realize the hand is communicating a message in ASL. Days of
            interrupted observation (the hand never moves when watched by anyone)
            will reveal the message, "As to me, I leave here tomorrow for an
            unknown destination."

            Opening the jar and smelling the contents will induce the sniffer to
            have a dream that night; the dream is described here:
            http://www.fortunecity.com/victorian/lion/157/ambrose.htm#
            (Clearly John Tynes has had access to the item at some point.)

            Actually drinking of the laudanum will cause the drinker to swoon. The
            moment the drinker's unconscious body is not watched--even if a
            watcher merely blinks--it will disappear, and the drinker will awake
            in Carcosa.

            No matter how much of the laudanum is drunk, its level never decreases.
          • David Farnell
            Thsi one is ripped off from m man Herman Melville. See http://www.revolutionsf.com/article.html?id=2407 Item# (whatever)a and (whatever)b LARGE BELL and
            Message 5 of 28 , Mar 15, 2006
              Thsi one is ripped off from m'man Herman Melville. See
              http://www.revolutionsf.com/article.html?id=2407

              Item# (whatever)a and (whatever)b
              LARGE BELL and CLOCKWORK STRIKER

              The Bell is easily the largest item in the Collection, nearly as large
              as the Great Mingun Bell of Myanmar, weighing 88 metric tons and
              standing over 20 feet high. At the top, the massive rings where it
              would attach to its mount have been torn half away from the body of
              the bell, and one of the rings is split, indicating that some flaw
              allowed the bell to tear away from its mount under its own weight. A
              crack runs down from the opening at the top and splits the face of
              "Una," the first maiden of the Twelve Hours which circle the bell in
              bas-relief. The maidens hold hands, and their faces are identical,
              except for Una's; even discounting the crack, her smile has a look of
              sadness and perhaps even horror that belies her dancing form.

              The Bell has numerous inscriptions in Latin and Italian. In both
              languages, around the lip of the Bell is "Bannadonna Made This,"
              linking the Bell to an inventor-engineer who was briefly famous in
              northern Italy during the late 15th century. The name of the city [any
              ideas on this, Davide?] is that of a city-state that was briefly
              celebrated and successful, but which failed and was abandoned after a
              series of disasters.

              Accompanying the Bell is its Striker, an anthropomorphic clockwork
              figure. It is 2.3 meters tall, made of brass and bronze, and holds a
              large mace with which to ring the hours. It is meant to advance along
              a track (now missing) to the bell every hour, sitting in a chair (also
              missing) between strikings. Its body is textured to resemble scale
              armor, with the name "Talus" across its chest. There is a hole from a
              musket in the "u"; damage to the internal workings seems to have been
              repaired at some point. The face is featureless, and the arms are
              manacled, with chains dangling from them to a belt around the waist.
              If it really was built by Bannadonna, its technology would have been
              well beyond its time.

              According to legend, the Bell was rung only once, and not by its
              Striker. It was installed in the highest bell tower of its time in
              Europe. Its builder was attempting to modify the face of the hour Una
              before its first ringing; he lost track of the time, and was killed
              when Talus crushed his skull. During his funeral, a citizen rang the
              bell; it tore free of its mountings and crashed through the tower to
              the ground, killing the ringer. The city repaired bell and tower, but
              the weakened tower fell during an earthquake soon after, which
              destroyed most of the city.

              Ringing the Bell today would require recasting and remounting it,
              though it need not be hung in a tower. Completing repairs on the
              Striker and providing it with a proper track and so on would be
              relatively simple. The Bell's mount is also meant to be clockwork,
              causing the Bell to turn slowly so that the Striker hits the clasped
              hands of the appropriate Hours each time.

              Ringing the Bell always results in disaster. If rung by a human, that
              human will certainly die, somehow, and the surrounding area will fall
              into misfortune. If rung by the Striker, Talus, the effects are much
              worse. The vibrations of the Bell are sympathetic with call of the
              whales of the Lake of Hali, and will bring the area into a state of
              near-merger with Carcosa. Entropy will increase, causing things to
              break and shift far more easily. Magic will work more easily as well,
              as reality becomes fluid. Dreamlands magic and creatures from the
              Dreamlands may find ways to exist in our world.

              If Talus rings the Bell, the area within the sound of the Bell will
              come into full conjunction with Carcosa, and be devoured by the
              Vampire City. It won't stop there: the Bell will be the epicenter of a
              progressive rot, a cancer in the world, which will grow daily as long
              as Talus keep striking the hours. After approximately one year, the
              entire Earth will have been swallowed by Carcosa.
            • The Man in Black
              This is turning out to be the thread of the year... ITEM 23-7-343-W ALDEBARAN RISING by Richard Upton Pickman. An oil portrait of an extremely old man in a
              Message 6 of 28 , Mar 15, 2006
                This is turning out to be the thread of the year...

                ITEM 23-7-343-W
                ALDEBARAN RISING by Richard Upton Pickman.

                An oil portrait of an extremely old man in a bare wooden candlelit
                room. He is sitting in a rocking chair before a window open to a
                starry night sky, centered upon the constellation Taurus. The old
                man's back is to the viewer. Spilled across the ground next to him is
                a deck of tarot cards. The Fool and the Destroyed Tower are prominent,
                and there is a bloody knife impaling the Sun to the rotting
                floorboards.

                Viewing the painting is perilous to those who have been touched by the
                cancerous unreality of Carcosa and Hastur. Prolonged contemplation of
                the painting will result in any would-be art appreciators being flung
                through the painting into the interstellar void between Earth and
                Aldebaran. The Old Man will erupt in raucous laughter if this
                unexpected star trek occurs.

                The Man in Black is : Kenneth Scroggins
                Novus Ordo Seclorum : Annuit Coeptus : E Pluribus Unum
                ______________________________________
                http://home.hawaii.rr.com/maninblack/dg.html
              • Marshall Gatten
                For some reason, my emailed posts aren t making it to the list, so I ll try putting this in at the group website and see if I have better luck. ... So the MiB
                Message 7 of 28 , Mar 16, 2006
                  For some reason, my emailed posts aren't making it to the list, so
                  I'll try putting this in at the group website and see if I have better
                  luck.

                  ------

                  So the MiB put the Katana of Justice to my neck and informed me that I
                  would be contributing to the Castaigne Collection. :)

                  So, without further adieu, I give yieu ....


                  Item 28382-C
                  The Clockwork Opera

                  This piece originated in France, the work of Jacques de Vaucanson. It
                  was unveiled in 1781, just one year before his death (and several
                  years after it was thought he stopped working on similar projects).
                  Composed of brass, wax, leather, glass, and hair, this ingenious piece
                  of automata depicts a scale model of a stage upon which a cast of
                  players stands in costume and before which sits a full orchestra. Like
                  many of Vaucanson's works, every player and every actor is amazingly
                  detailed. One can even imagine seeing tiny fingerprints on the pads of
                  the fingers of each figure. Even with all this detail, the entire
                  contraption is only about a meter square, and stands half a meter high.

                  The machine is powered by clockwork springs, as well as a foot-powered
                  bellows. When wound, the clockwork sends the actors about the stage
                  playing their parts. It also controls the members of the orchestra who
                  play their instruments. The bellows provides airflow to make the
                  instruments actually play, and an amazingly complex set of baffles
                  within the actors causes them to emit a sound very much like singing
                  voices.

                  The motion and sounds are controlled by a complex set of movement
                  spindles not unlike the simple movement spindle found in any music
                  box. In it's current configuration, there were once nine such spindles
                  installed, but three have been lost to time. Without them, half of the
                  orchestra remains silent and several of the actors are motionless.
                  Other than the missing spindles, the piece is in fine condition.

                  It has been determined from what remains of the music that the piece
                  being played and acted is from Act II of Benvento Chieti Bordighera's
                  1768 opera, "Massa di Requiem per Shuggay".

                  Another huge set of 198 spindles was uncovered recently that seem
                  designed to fit into this majestic music box, but nobody has yet
                  determined exactly which spindles go together - and the spindles work
                  closely enough together that mixing them causes the entire work to
                  freeze up. Attempts to find other working combinations have ceased for
                  now, for fear of damaging the mechanism.

                  (For more information on Jacques de Vaucanson and his amazing
                  automatons, take a look at
                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_de_Vaucanson )

                  m
                • EHuelshoff@t-online.de
                  ITEM: 27 Gs 512 Js 344/42 A Portrait of Charles II of Spain - unknown artist Charles II of Spain ( 1661 - 1700 ) was a King of Spain from the Habsburg dynasty.
                  Message 8 of 28 , Mar 16, 2006
                    ITEM: 27 Gs 512 Js 344/42

                    A Portrait of Charles II of Spain - unknown artist

                    Charles II of Spain ( 1661 - 1700 ) was a King of Spain from the Habsburg
                    dynasty. Even on official paintings the deformities from generations of incest
                    are visible. This painting by an unknown artist bears the date June 24th 1700.
                    It bears no signature except for the letter "N" next to the date. While the
                    official paintings we know obviously tried to make Charles II look more
                    appealing, the artist called "N" lacked this generosity: The painting seems
                    photo-realistic. And it not only shows all the known deformities in brutal photo
                    quality - it also shows the deformities that were not shown on the official
                    paintings or that had not been visible before "N" created his work.

                    We see Charles II sitting in a chair in an empty and dark chamber. There are
                    windows in this chamber and through those windows we see the skyline of an
                    unknown city. This awkward city does not seem to fit in Charles II era - it
                    looks more like victorian London. Charles wears a shiny breast plate armor. In
                    his left hand he is holding a sword in his right hand he's holding a huge
                    leather bound book. Where is feet should be is just a mass of tentacles.

                    The painting was found in 1942 in an orthodox Church in the town of Novi Sad. A
                    note stuck to the back of the painting reading: "Dear Farinelli, you seem to
                    like this ghoulish painting. I cannot stand this Habsburgian Monster. Felipe V.
                    - King of Spain."
                  • Jeff Ewing
                    Item #78624 French, 19th Century Charcoal drawing on gessoed cardboard in gilt-edged frame of unpolished pear wood. 9 cm x 14 cm This small, dark charcoal
                    Message 9 of 28 , Mar 16, 2006
                      Item #78624
                      French, 19th Century
                      Charcoal drawing on gessoed cardboard in gilt-edged frame of
                      unpolished pear wood.
                      9 cm x 14 cm

                      This small, dark charcoal drawing, in a slightly skewed high-angle
                      perspective shows a shadowy large ballroom, or perhaps a stage-set of
                      a ballroom (an impression reinforced by the odd, opera box-like
                      perspective). Dozens of masked dancers appear to have been
                      interrupted in mid-step. They turn, in a fashion that suggests both
                      longing and apprehension, toward a tall white figure, which has
                      apparently just entered from the right side of the picture.

                      On the back of the drawing, in lavender ink oxidized to a dark purple
                      is the inscription, "Mon cher Jean, Bonne annee 1884 --Odile"

                      A small seal on the lower right-hand corner of the rear of the frame
                      bears the coat of arms of the Des Essientes family.
                    • David Farnell
                      ... Ah, there s that evil Farinelli guy again! :-) Dave
                      Message 10 of 28 , Mar 16, 2006
                        On 3/17/06, EHuelshoff@... <EHuelshoff@...> wrote:
                        > "Dear Farinelli, you seem to
                        > like this ghoulish painting. I cannot stand this Habsburgian Monster. Felipe V.

                        Ah, there's that evil Farinelli guy again! :-)

                        Dave
                      • EHuelshoff@t-online.de
                        ... Ugh, I had not even thought of you - I was thinking of the castrate. EH
                        Message 11 of 28 , Mar 16, 2006
                          David Farnell schrieb:
                          > On 3/17/06, EHuelshoff@... <EHuelshoff@...> wrote:
                          > > "Dear Farinelli, you seem to
                          > > like this ghoulish painting. I cannot stand this Habsburgian Monster.
                          > Felipe V.
                          >
                          > Ah, there's that evil Farinelli guy again! :-)


                          Ugh, I had not even thought of you - I was thinking of the castrate.


                          EH
                        • David Farnell
                          ... Doh!
                          Message 12 of 28 , Mar 17, 2006
                            On 3/17/06, EHuelshoff@... <EHuelshoff@...> wrote:
                            > Ugh, I had not even thought of you - I was thinking of the castrate.

                            Doh!
                          • Charles Farru-Hill
                            The Mirror: Item 156-43-256E This item is listed as having been obtained from a trader based in Martinique along with an instruction to keep it covered, and
                            Message 13 of 28 , Mar 17, 2006
                              The Mirror: Item 156-43-256E

                              This item is listed as having been obtained from a trader based in Martinique along with an instruction to keep it covered, and apparently arrived in Europe in 1869. When discovered by Karotechia it was covered with an imperial German flag.

                              The mirror itself is formed from a single piece of obsidian and is about 5 feet tall and 2 and a half feet wide and nearly 2 inches thick. There is a border of about 4 inches deep which is a complicated filigree formed of Mayan pictogram's. The central 'pane' is surprisingly flat and gives a perfect reflection. Anyone gazing at a persons reflection in the mirror will feel a loyalty to that person. The person who image is reflected feels more self confident, this feeling is greater if someone also gazes on their reflection.

                              One thing only one person is ever reflected in the mirror at any one time.

                              Successfully translating the pictogram's will cause a San loss of 1d4/2d4

                              The mirror currently rests on a plain Jarrah wood frame.


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                            • Jonas Bolander
                              The Sclero Mosaic ... Packed up in seven large wooden boxes marked with the swastika are tens of thousands small tiles; coloured black, white and green. A
                              Message 14 of 28 , Mar 18, 2006
                                The Sclero Mosaic
                                --------------------

                                Packed up in seven large wooden boxes marked with the swastika
                                are tens of thousands small tiles; coloured black, white and green.
                                A closer look reveals that the black ones seems to be made out of
                                obsidian, the white ones out of bone (though it can be contested that
                                any bone this old should be unable to stay white) and the green ones
                                from some unknown, but slightly soapy to the touch, mineral.
                                Someone dragging his hand through the gathered tiles will experience
                                a strange feeling, like touching something wet and squriming, but
                                nothing beside tiles can be found in the boxes.

                                The stones are rumoured to have been removed from an ancient
                                Roman ruin outside Napoli where they were used in a floor
                                mosaic. No closer identification is done but the name Valperius
                                Sclero is somehow attached to the find. No records of the Sclero
                                household can be found ... anymore.

                                If the stones are laid out across the floor of a rectangular room
                                7 by 4 meters across, no matter in what pattern, they will over a
                                period of seven months "move" into an image of swirling lines and
                                spirals. Anyone who studies this image for more than a minute or
                                two will find himself following a line across the mosaic (which
                                suddenly appears much larger than before).

                                A strong-willed person can stop at this point and can even hear
                                strange whispers and chitterings that may reveal things that has
                                happened or that will happen. Someone of insufficient willpower
                                will continue to follow the line, and find himself in Carcosa if the
                                line were white or black), or down in the deep ocean near R'lyeh
                                (if the line was green).


                                /JoB
                              • Leif Hassell
                                I took it upon myself to start an archive of this material on the DGWiki. I tried to arrange the posts by the items they involved... of course,
                                Message 15 of 28 , Mar 20, 2006
                                  <delurk>

                                  I took it upon myself to start an archive of this material on the
                                  DGWiki. I tried to arrange the posts by the items they involved... of
                                  course, someone who knows more about wiki than I may find a better system.

                                  Here's the link:

                                  http://fairfieldproject.org/index.php?title=THE_CASTAIGNE_COLLECTION

                                  By the way... I had to change one word in the entry about the Charles
                                  II portrait. Apparently the wiki doesn't like the word incest.

                                  Later,

                                  Leif Hassell

                                  </delurk>
                                • EHuelshoff@t-online.de
                                  Message 16 of 28 , Mar 20, 2006
                                    Leif Hassell schrieb:
                                    > <delurk>
                                    >
                                    > I took it upon myself to start an archive of this material on the
                                    > DGWiki. I tried to arrange the posts by the items they involved... of
                                    > course, someone who knows more about wiki than I may find a better system.
                                    >
                                    > Here's the link:
                                    >
                                    > http://fairfieldproject.org/index.php?title=THE_CASTAIGNE_COLLECTION
                                    >
                                    > By the way... I had to change one word in the entry about the Charles
                                    > II portrait. Apparently the wiki doesn't like the word incest.
                                    >
                                    > Later,
                                    >
                                    > Leif Hassell
                                    >
                                    > </delurk>
                                    >
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                                    > The Delta Green Mailing List:
                                    > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dglist
                                    >
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                                    > Yahoo! Groups Links
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                                  • EHuelshoff@t-online.de
                                    Sorry about the other one - hit the send button too quickly. ... Oh my. Censorship. But why does Jonas Mosaic appear when trying the Charles II link?
                                    Message 17 of 28 , Mar 20, 2006
                                      Sorry about the other one - hit the send button too quickly.

                                      Leif Hassell schrieb:

                                      >
                                      > By the way... I had to change one word in the entry about the Charles
                                      > II portrait. Apparently the wiki doesn't like the word incest.

                                      Oh my. Censorship.

                                      But why does Jonas' Mosaic appear when trying the Charles II link?
                                    • Leif Hassell
                                      ... Sorry... fixed it (I think) Leif
                                      Message 18 of 28 , Mar 20, 2006
                                        --- In dglist@yahoogroups.com, EHuelshoff@... wrote:
                                        >
                                        > Sorry about the other one - hit the send button too quickly.
                                        >
                                        > Leif Hassell schrieb:
                                        >
                                        > >
                                        > > By the way... I had to change one word in the entry about the Charles
                                        > > II portrait. Apparently the wiki doesn't like the word incest.
                                        >
                                        > Oh my. Censorship.
                                        >
                                        > But why does Jonas' Mosaic appear when trying the Charles II link?
                                        >


                                        Sorry... fixed it (I think)

                                        Leif
                                      • Leif Hassell
                                        ... Charles ... OK... something weird is happening... every time I change an entry on the wiki, several other entries are also changed. I have no idea why.
                                        Message 19 of 28 , Mar 20, 2006
                                          --- In dglist@yahoogroups.com, "Leif Hassell" <wyldfire00101010@...>
                                          wrote:
                                          >
                                          > --- In dglist@yahoogroups.com, EHuelshoff@ wrote:
                                          > >
                                          > > Sorry about the other one - hit the send button too quickly.
                                          > >
                                          > > Leif Hassell schrieb:
                                          > >
                                          > > >
                                          > > > By the way... I had to change one word in the entry about the
                                          Charles
                                          > > > II portrait. Apparently the wiki doesn't like the word incest.
                                          > >
                                          > > Oh my. Censorship.
                                          > >
                                          > > But why does Jonas' Mosaic appear when trying the Charles II link?
                                          > >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          > Sorry... fixed it (I think)
                                          >
                                          > Leif
                                          >


                                          OK... something weird is happening... every time I change an entry on
                                          the wiki, several other entries are also changed. I have no idea why.
                                          Has anyone had this problem? Is there a workaround?

                                          Leif
                                        • matt
                                          Spotted this recently. French Black metal band yyrkoon have released new album Unhealthy opera (I ve not listened to it - but I understand the names of
                                          Message 20 of 28 , Mar 20, 2006
                                            Spotted this recently. French Black metal band 'yyrkoon' have released
                                            new album 'Unhealthy opera' (I've not listened to it - but I understand
                                            the names of the songs are suggestive as well). Nothing too strange
                                            about that - until you see the front cover of the album..

                                            http://www.osmoseproductions.com/Images4/YYRKOONunhealthy.jpg

                                            OBDG. It starts with completely isolated deaths. Are they murders or
                                            suicides? Delving deeper finds that all of them victims have recently
                                            purchased a new album that proves impossible to find in the stores.
                                            Where did it come from? The trail leads back through seedy clubs,
                                            corrupt underground labels and subversive lyrical clues..

                                            Whose killing these listeners and why? Have they discovered something in
                                            the music? Perhaps they agents find someone who is following their own
                                            hunt to track down the meaning behind the music. Perhaps one of the
                                            agents friendlies or family starts listening.

                                            Perhaps the trail leads the agents to a certain NYC club where the band
                                            are going to play live..

                                            And what would knowledgeable agents do if they saw someone sporting this
                                            hoodie? http://www.yyrkoon.net/newdesign.jpg

                                            Food for thought..

                                            Matt
                                          • Leif Hassell
                                            Ok... fixed it... the collection is live on the Wiki. Enjoy. Leif
                                            Message 21 of 28 , Mar 21, 2006
                                              Ok... fixed it... the collection is live on the Wiki.

                                              Enjoy.

                                              Leif
                                            • tomcusworth@aol.com
                                              In a message dated 20/03/2006 23:51:00 GMT Standard Time, wyldfire00101010@yahoo.com writes: OK... something weird is happening... every time I change an
                                              Message 22 of 28 , Mar 21, 2006
                                                In a message dated 20/03/2006 23:51:00 GMT Standard Time,
                                                wyldfire00101010@... writes:

                                                OK... something weird is happening... every time I change an entry on
                                                the wiki, several other entries are also changed. I have no idea why.
                                                Has anyone had this problem? Is there a workaround?

                                                Leif




                                                Maybe it's a Bischof at work, directing some Ritter. After all, there are
                                                some things man was not meant to know.

                                                -Tom


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                                              • Peter Devlin
                                                ... Martinique along with an instruction to keep it covered, and apparently arrived in Europe in 1869. When discovered by Karotechia it was covered with an
                                                Message 23 of 28 , Mar 23, 2006
                                                  > The Mirror: Item 156-43-256E
                                                  >
                                                  > This item is listed as having been obtained from a trader based in
                                                  Martinique along with an instruction to keep it covered, and
                                                  apparently arrived in Europe in 1869. When discovered by Karotechia it
                                                  was covered with an imperial German flag.
                                                  >
                                                  > The mirror itself is formed from a single piece of obsidian and is
                                                  about 5 feet tall and 2 and a half feet wide and nearly 2 inches
                                                  thick. There is a border of about 4 inches deep which is a complicated
                                                  filigree formed of Mayan pictogram's. The central 'pane' is
                                                  surprisingly flat and gives a perfect reflection. Anyone gazing at a
                                                  persons reflection in the mirror will feel a loyalty to that person.
                                                  The person who image is reflected feels more self confident, this
                                                  feeling is greater if someone also gazes on their reflection.
                                                  >
                                                  > One thing only one person is ever reflected in the mirror at any
                                                  one time.
                                                  >
                                                  > Successfully translating the pictogram's will cause a San loss of
                                                  1d4/2d4
                                                  >
                                                  > The mirror currently rests on a plain Jarrah wood frame.

                                                  Didn't the Magna of Illusion have other abilities too? :P

                                                  Cheers.

                                                  Peter.
                                                • Charles Farru-Hill
                                                  ... Martinique along with an instruction to keep it covered, and apparently arrived in Europe in 1869. When discovered by Karotechia it was covered with an
                                                  Message 24 of 28 , Mar 24, 2006
                                                    Peter Devlin <stygiandarkness@...> wrote:
                                                    > The Mirror: Item 156-43-256E
                                                    >
                                                    > This item is listed as having been obtained from a trader based in
                                                    Martinique along with an instruction to keep it covered, and
                                                    apparently arrived in Europe in 1869. When discovered by Karotechia it
                                                    was covered with an imperial German flag.
                                                    >
                                                    > The mirror itself is formed from a single piece of obsidian and is
                                                    about 5 feet tall and 2 and a half feet wide and nearly 2 inches
                                                    thick. There is a border of about 4 inches deep which is a complicated
                                                    filigree formed of Mayan pictogram's. The central 'pane' is
                                                    surprisingly flat and gives a perfect reflection. Anyone gazing at a
                                                    persons reflection in the mirror will feel a loyalty to that person.
                                                    The person who image is reflected feels more self confident, this
                                                    feeling is greater if someone also gazes on their reflection.
                                                    >
                                                    > One thing only one person is ever reflected in the mirror at any
                                                    one time.
                                                    >
                                                    > Successfully translating the pictogram's will cause a San loss of
                                                    1d4/2d4
                                                    >
                                                    > The mirror currently rests on a plain Jarrah wood frame.

                                                    >Didn't the Magna of Illusion have other abilities >too? :P

                                                    What you mean about starting wars in the areas where it is? :)) Thats why it is covered! But if you read the instructions you'd know that! Oh but then you might go a little ga-ga!!

                                                    But yes 'Imaginos' had a few good ideas in it. :))


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