Really? I'm surprised. I'd have thought that sort of school was right up your alley, what with your interests and everything!MetaMur wrote:Actually, I've always been a bit afraid of them, which is weird because I've never had any dealings with the teachers or their apprentices, whatsoever.
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Here's his business card that he included with his letter:
205 Re: The Mystery starts here! on Sat Oct 29, 2016 2:08 am
Yep, I sent it by signed-for package, so now I'll know exactly when they get it. Thanks for the advice, Frank.MetaMur wrote:But be sure to send your research via registered post
I've uploaded the final chapter of my book to Scribd (you can read it here: https://www.scribd.com/document/329283466/Chapter-Six-draft). It's final, in at least as far as I'm willing to waffle without going completely off topic. Again, I'd appreciate any feedback or suggestions for improvement you might have after reading it.
206 Re: The Mystery starts here! on Mon Nov 07, 2016 1:05 pm
So, I met with the magic school Principal after Halloween. He's quite old you know; has snow white hair, pale blue eyes, and the beginnings of liver spots on his hands. I'm surprised he isn't retired. We arranged to meet in Lizzy's Place (or, “Elizabeth's Place” if you're not a local of Blackross) on Quay Road at 5pm, November 2nd. We ate good Thai food there and had some damn fine coffee and cherry pie afterwards. I was disappointed I wasn't invited to see the inside the Gothic school building, but apparently the place was shut up for the winter holidays. The Principal gave me back my research documents and I took out a dictaphone I'd brought to record our conversation (a transcription of which I give below):
Principal: I've read all your notes and documentation, John, and I must commend you on your research abilities. I reckon it's not an easy subject to write about?
Me: You got that right, what with all that's happened to me since starting down this road. So, um, Master Thomas, you told me in your letter that this XUAL Community is not unknown to you. Can you tell me something about them that I haven't already uncovered?
Principal: About the XUAL Community?
Principal: They were a research group set up to conduct fringe experiments into awareness and consciousness in order to create some sort of, uh, utopian society. Kilmatogh was their test bed. If
their experiments worked they'd expand to the rest of the world.
Me: Are they, I mean, were they bad or good?
Principal: You mean morally?
Principal: Oh, I'm sure it started out that way, but they eventually came into conflict with the
law... and it ended badly for them.
Me: (I smiled) Yes, indeed. I have that in my notes. And what about the site of their experiments;
Kilmatogh bog? What about my nightmares and visions; what do you think they are? What about my friend's visions and experiences and about what happened to the archaeologists who excavated the site back in the mid-1950s?
(He gathered his thoughts. I sensed that a lot of my future research depended on how he was going to answer this.)
Principal: I think all those occurance are not unconnected, I'm afraid to say.
Me: Go on.
Principal: I don't think they're just occurances of different things, but some of them may be. I don't believe they're all just random incidents either. A propos, an Eminence Grise must be behind it.
Me: You think somebody is pulling the strings? Is that your paranoia showing or do you
believe in conspiracy theories?
Principal: It seems to me that encountering whatever is residing at the bog is akin to paranormal
phenomena...eh, hauntings, if you will.
Principal: Yes, though not like encountering some poltergeist or wimpy chain rattling ghost. Whatever is out there, causes a life-altering experience. Comparable, in some ways, to how people used to describe a "religious conversion". Cross that threshold, it's hard going back.
Me: Do you honestly believe my investigations have gotten me anywhere near the truth of the matter?
Me: Then why is it here? Does it just want to scare people?
Principal: Probably doesn't know what it wants.
Me: So, based on that evidence, do you think there's any real or effective way to contain this
Principal: The only tried and true way is to work out why it's here...and erm, resolve it.
Me: Fabulous! Resolve it how?
Principal: Banish it with an exorcism.
Me: Are you crazy? I saw that movie. Even the priest died!
(The Principal takes out a photocopy of the XUAL Community map of Kilmatogh bog and places it on the table in front of me.)
Principal: Here's the deal: See this spot? (Points to an area on the map highlighted in red marker.) That's where the Bull idol was until recently. It's the entrance to the underground temple the archaeologists discovered in 1956, the hot spot where all the bad mojo is coming from. (He looks around the diner and lowers his voice conspiratorily) We need to create a Mangus tripod.
Me: A what?
(He puts his finger on a place marked on the map.)
Principal: One person chants here on the hot spot, and another three individuals chant in other
places around the spot, forming a triangle.
Me: Will this exorcise it?
Principal: It's suppose to bind the bad mojo and keep it from doing any more harm. I'll take the hot
spot. If there's trouble that's where it'll be.
Me: What do I do?
Principal: Get two other friends to help you form the triangle.
(Tom and Frank, jump to mind.)
Me: When do you want to do this ritual?
Principal: At the winter solstice. When day equals night and the forces of light and dark are perfectly aligned.
Me: Um, that's December 21st, right?
(He folded up the map again and put it in his pocket.)
Principal: Yep. Plenty of time to prepare. Any questions?
Me: Yeah. What if this mangy triangle doesn't work?
Principal: Then school's out for good.
(I look over at the waitress and call out.)
Me: Cheque, please!
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I am better thank you, Mary. I think psychosis is largely misunderstood in our society, although most know it when they see it. My experience has made me think about reality and whether we really have a good handle on it. What I underwent wasn't an abrupt "break with reality", as it's commonly described, more like a slide than a break. I mean, who knew transient drug-induced psychoses can make a person slide in-and-out of reality, and back-and-forth?Marychristmas wrote:Hope you're feeling better Kidrotten?
Psychoses is not at all like a Humpty-Dumpty situation; people do get put back together again. I'm a testament to that. But losing contact with the "real", such as hearing, seeing, tasting, smelling, or feeling something that has no external correlate (i.e., hallucinations) or believing something to be true that is false, fixed, and fantastic (i.e. delusions) or being unable to sequence one’s thoughts or control ideas that become increasingly tangential (ie. disordered), or emotions wildly inconsistent with external reality (such as a manic episode, or a complete absence of any feeling) is an experience that has changed me forever. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it was a good thing, rather, it was hellish experience.
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Through me you go into the pain that is eternal:
Through me you go among people lost.
Justice moved by exaulted creator:
The divine power made me,
The Supreme wisdom, and the primal love.
Before me all created things were eternal,
And eternal I will last.
Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”
Although these words seem ridiculous, they are part of something sinister and real, something which you do not yet understand; involving the County Council, the Church, the magic school, the Gardai, and the forced disappearance of numberous people over the years at Kilmatogh bog.
211 Re: The Mystery starts here! on Mon Nov 14, 2016 7:45 pm
Eh? What the heck does that mean?Anonymouse wrote:Although these words seem ridiculous, they are part of something sinister and real, something which you do not understand. Involving the County Council, the Church, the magic school, the Gardai, and the forced disappearance of numberous people over the years at Kilmatogh bog.
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County Manager: What'll you tell him; swamp gas?
Principal Thomas: Never sell.
County Manager: The bog is haunted.
Principal Thomas: I can probably make that one fly. However, this is getting out of hand...
County Manager: Then take care of it.
Principal Thomas: I'll do what I can, but you have to realise...Sooner or later...people will figure it out.... there's a hell gate under Kilmatogh.
County Manager: The Council has faith you can handle this job. But if you feel that you can't, then perhaps you might find your precious magic school closed not just for the winter months.
Principal Thomas: I'll handle it. I'll get them to come out to the bog and your guards can arrest them for tresspassing on private Council property.
County Manager: Fine, just make it happen.
Principal Thomas: I will.
So, there you see it; he's doing the Council's bidding and laying a trap for you. Also, don't go to the local Press, their office is always being monitored.
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You're referring to the 'secretexperiments.txt' file? Wow; that was you? Well, Zippy, colour me pink and call me George! Hello Mr, Ms or Mrs 'Bannion', I cracked your ROT code!Anonymouse wrote:I see Kidrotten has found the XUAL logo picture (with the link in the metadata to the encrypted .txt file) I posted online a few months ago.
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