Of Smoke and Mirrors

The Guild Quarterly, 6. February 1855

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Preface
The editor wishes his readers a pleasant if belated new year and wishes it will be promising for both the guild and its associates. Indeed, the new year has already seen several interesting new developments within the field of Theumaturgical studies as well as both history and numerology. Notable is the recent contribution by Lord Burghley, Brownlow Cecil, in the field of archaeology and antediluvian studies where he has greatly enlarged our understanding of the ancient systems of graves and standing stones across Britain. In particular his sound arguments for the existence of a British antediluvian civilization has garnered praise and approval from the scientific community. This edition is for this reason especially dedicated to the ancient civilizations of the British Isles and topics related to them.

Telluric Lines of the Moors, Coincidence or Constructed?
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It is widely known that Telluric Lines, currents and pools of concentrated aetherical energy, is especially prevalent in the more remote parts of the British countryside. Indeed, it seems the spreading pollution called industrialisation by some is deluding and erasing those once found in more populous areas. Yet more so then anywhere else the great stretches of moorland across Great Britain seems to hum with the invisible power of the Tulleric. And finally we may be one step closer to understanding why.

It is my belief that we must look to the ancient remains of the moors, especially the standing stones or Menhirs as the French call them, for the solution to this problem. After careful studying several ancient sites across the Welsh moorland and on the Salsbury plains, further detailed below, it seems clear that most every Telluric current or node in the area flows past, split or changes course at these ancient monuments. Indeed, I have been able to prove that at the famous Stonehenge circle every stone is in fact linked to the others by at least three Telluric currents, though they are relatively weak after presumably millennia of heavy use by the Paynim magicians of the Celts and others.

But not only do these currents flow past or pool at these stones but I believe they are also in part controlled by them and indeed that the real purpose of these massive undertakings once were the direction and manipulation of Telluric energies. How this is done I have yet to discern, but based on a few experiments conducted by Francis Belhoven almost a century past such a mechanic seems plausible. And what an intriguing possibility it is! Yet the question does of course still remain, why would the ancient people of do this, and which of them were able to accomplish such feats? Was it indeed as is believed the Celtic people mentioned by Roman historians or was it rather remains of an even older time and the great Antediluvian civilizations?

Sir Richard Colt Hoare, Baronet and Historian

Observations on the Occupants of Celtic Burials
After an extended study of the many Celtic burials that has recently come to light across our country, and especially by looking at the funerary assemblage, I am now able to offer some observations upon those found interred within these sites. It should first be noted that there seems to be two types of burials, those of great kings or chiefs and those of great warriors. The first type is certainly the least controversial and the most common, usually characterized with a wide funerary assemblage of valuables and earthly goods likely imagined as the things needed by the great king in the afterlife. Often it is here we find the richest gold treasures of the type which has made these graves such a popular hunt for thieves and other miscreants.

However, there is a second type of graves which I have named the Warrior Graves. These are distinct in their lack of noted valuables as well as the share amount of weapons, armaments and protective magic left with the deceased. Without exception the interred were also physically large specimen of either Human, Beastman or in a few rare cases Ogre heritage, suggesting they were great warriors buried in readiness for battle. It further appears they were all buried at the prime of their age, having died without any overt injury to the body most likely resulting from choking or hunger.

The more intricate details of these practices are as of yet unclear to us and awaits further excavations but as a final note I wish to raise that point that not a single individual interred appears to have possessed any form of magical abilities nor, curiously, were any of the individuals Eldren.
John Yonge Akerman, Professor in British Paymin Cultures at the University of Cambridge

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