History of Metallon

Erython

The first metallon adept came into existence around seven hundred years ago, when an especially curious Venus adept discovered an equally curious Mars Djinn, hidden away in a mine for countless years. The two befriended eachother and became such good companions that their fellow miners called them the “Hotrock Combo”. Now, although a match between a Mars Djinn and a Venus adept is rare, our story doesn’t end here.

One day, something both deadly and remarkable occurred. An accidental breech in the mine caused an outflow of vanadium pentoxide – a poisonous gas – emitted from an incredibly ancient fungus as it was exposed to the air for the first time in millennia. A feeling of icy cold dread enveloped the miners as they felt their throats constrict, their vision growing fuzzy and their knees beginning to give out. With hardly seconds to think, certain they were all dead, the miners prepared for the worst… but then, something extraordinary happened. The Mars Djinn shot over to the Venus adept’s hand, pulsed once with a fiery red glow, and fused with him. Immediately, the gas was sublimed out of the air, becoming a metallic orange compound the size of a small boulder in the passageway. The thrill of this psynergetic communion between the Venus adept and the Mars Djinn was so powerful, it manifested as an audible hum in the air. Using their now combined strength, the Venus adept lifted the fallen earth back to its original position, and the Mars Djinn followed by sealing the cracks with a blast of heat.

After this incident, their actions were labeled by the multitudes as heroic, despite some brief extremist talk about the heresy of a Mars-Venus alliance. Working together, the Hotrock combo went on to do amazing things. The orange rock they had created in the mine was soon forged into a blade; Rauthaz, which would burst into resonant flame when their intentions were joined. They even defeated the dread pirate Gölsyr, a powerful Mercury adept who had plagued the southern seas for a score and a half years. And, eventually, their skills grew to the point where they themselves merged, and they took up their now famous name and title – Erython, patron saint of Kíramyn.

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A New Name

I think… not sure, but I think I may have found the perfect name for the Myth of Laerad!

Honestly, this is actually the “perfectest” name there could ever be. A syzygia, in astronomical terms, is a conjunction of three or more celestial bodies. Sound familiar?

Huh. I think this is all part of some theme that I’m slowly discovering. It’s even a part of gnostic terminology as well, except it has to do with pairs rather than triads.

Well, what do you think? Good name? Should it be more subtle?

Let me know!

EDIT: I’m thinking of just using this name as a replacement for “Congruence” in the Incarnadi piece.

Gloom – Updated (Parts 1 to 3)

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A lone psynergy lamp dimly illuminates an otherwise empty street, a silent sentinel in the abandoned North Sector of industrial Dregvant. Imbued with strange phosphorescence, soft tendrils of dust motes swirl leisurely through the air, eventually collected by the lamp at the end of the street. As the dust meets the lamp’s surface, a coronal discharge of atmospheric energy transfers the minute amount of energy to the lamp’s interior, creating a faint beacon in addition to forming a psynergy cache.

This city is an old one. As a established front-runner of steam and allotropic technologies, it has had to reinvent itself numerous times as technology advances have dictated. Consequently, certain areas of Dregvant, such as North Sector, have become abandoned as the technology that empowered them grew obsolete. Smugglers and rebel adepts are attracted to such forsaken areas, perhaps because the nature of such places is similar to theirs… but darker, more mysterious purposes have been known to fester in such places as well.

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Golden Sun Origins [Updated]

In the research for my Golden Sun III project, the Myth of Laerad, I occasionally stumbled across the hermetism/hermeticism page on Wikipedia. Hermeticism is basically a esoteric discipline (religion) with gnostic concepts throughout. It’s set apart from other disciplines because of its amazing Mysteries, and the powerful mythology and magick that drives them. Perhaps go to its Wiki page if you want more info.

Recently, I discovered a very apparent truth as I examined the page in detail for the first time: Golden Sun and Hermeticism have incredible similarities. Not only that, but the work I’ve been doing the past three years on the Myth of Laerad is actually spiritually successive to what could be the larger, hidden plot of the Golden Sun series, which I believe I may have uncovered. Let me show you my findings.

  • First, the founder of Hermeticism: Hermes Trismegistus (meaning “Thrice Great”), named so because, as he claims in The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus, he knows the three parts of the wisdom of the whole universe. One of those three things is Alchemy.
  • Next, take a look at the Hermetic creation myth! The Maker of the world created “seven powers”: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, the Sun and the Moon. Not only this, but the classical elements of Fire, Air, Earth and Water are essential to Hermetic practice.
  • Who was the Wise One? Here are some possibilities:
    • “The Latin Ops: Terra, genius of the earth.” Ops, or Opis, was the same mythical figure represented as Gaia, or Mother Earth, and thus was female. The Wise One of Golden Sun, to me at least, feels decidedly patriarchal. But compare the symbol of Ops (the Monad) to the Wise One itself:
    • The Stone of Pessinus: “There was an oddly shaped stone that was procured from Pessinus that represented Ops. It was put in the famous temple in Rome and worshiped by the Romans, particularly the Cult of Cybele (Earth), for a long time in numerous ceremonies.”
    • 2010 UPDATE: The mysterious stone artifacts known as Baetylia: “a Semitic word denoting a sacred stone, which was supposedly endowed with life. These objects of worship were meteorites, which were dedicated to the gods or revered as symbols of the gods themselves
    • Lastly, take a look at this alchemical woodcut (dated around the 17th century) of the Eye of Providence; the infamous symbol of all things occult:

  • Next, the Hermetic description of Adepts.

“Adeptship is the state of complete spiritual maturity so far as this is possible to a member of the human family. Deficient in nothing necessary to a life of wisdom, the adept is sufficient to his own needs and capable of determining that course of personal action most likely to lead to enlightenment. The adepts foreshadow the state of mankind when it will have attained the full release of its faculties and powers. The adept is, therefore, the truly evolved of our species.”

  • One of the most famous occult writers ever (along with Aleister Crowley, Dion Fortune, etc); Madame Blavatsky “asserts the capabilities of the adept as being able to take active control of elemental spirits.
  • Lastly, and definitely the most interesting:

1. “In the initiatory system of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn(!), an adept is one who has been granted the title Adeptus Minor. Symbolically this degree represents a spiritual aspirant who, having mastered the union of the four elements under an upright and balanced spirit, is allowed passage from the Portal of the Vault of the Adepti to… Abiegnus; the center of the universe.

2. “In the lore of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, Mons Abiegnus (Latin, ‘fir covered mountain’) was a mythical mountain that symbolized the spiritual journey of the initiate. Borrowed from Rosicrucian symbolism, Abiegnus is visualized as the kabbalistic tree of life in the form of a subterranean mountain.”

3. The Aleph Ritual. A Ma’aseh Merkabah ritual constructed from traditional sources and from the angelic pantheon adopted by the Order of the Golden Dawn. This ritual is to be performed in conjunction with a study of the Tree of Life.

Mons Abiegnus… Mount Aleph

There you have it. Not only does Golden Sun partly originate from a secret religious discipline (it also takes a lot from Norse mythology and others), but nearly all my ideas for Golden Sun III are aligned with it.

Pretty awesome.

Notice of Progress

DAYUM. It’s been a little over four months since I started posting here, and I now have over 1,500 hits! As I warned you, most of my posts have been relating to Golden Sun and my Myth of Laerad project. But that’s truthfully why I started this blog in the first place.

I feel that my progress on this work is at the point where it could be realized; made physical in the world. I started this project as a serious endeavor, and so it remains today. Although I don’t know how yet, I intend to get in touch with the developers of Golden Sun (Camelot®) and ask if this could work. I already know it could, and would work. But I need to hear criticism from the actual creators, for they know the true base of the games.

The best work I have done so far is “The Incarnadi” piece. It summarizes and expresses the immensity I feel when working on this project. But much remains to be shown… so I’ll tell you some of my hopes and dreams, as well as my next few steps:

  • I may soon be working with a few accomplices to create artwork of some of the locations in Mu.
  • I hope to work on an intro video of the game, using this as a script. Besides the artwork I want to be shown, I also want to find a narrator to read the script.
  • In the final game, there will be some amazing CG, for the intro, descent and ascent to Mu and Ji, and other story-based cut scenes. This could be done on DS, but better pulled off on Wii. I know a lot of you want the game to be on DS… I wouldn’t mind either way.
  • The game, as extant within my mind, is becoming quite allegorically mystical. Don’t be worried about this, because as Origins reveals, Golden Sun is already quite symbolic of such ancient mystic teachings.

The latest story piece is Gloom, which is the next part after Inception, except this takes place in Mu, not Ji. Inception drops a few more little hints about the cosmology and deities of the Myth of Laerad, while Mu tells a little of a certain character’s history and journey… oh, and yes; he will be important in the final plot.

That’s an update on my current progress. Any questions, head over to Contact.

– The Daft Monk

Tom the Pickler

I’m writing a story on my spare time about a fellow called Tom. He’s a pickler out in the country. Here’s what I have so far:

Once upon a time, there was a pickler, called Tom. He was quite a famous pickler, known for the variety and endurance of his produce. He pickled everything; cucumbers, garlic, onions, beets, carrots; heck, even rutabagas! He was a kind man, late 30’s, ruggedly handsome. He lived on the edge of a meadow in the foothills of Mt. Orüvar, a majestic peak that divided a sizable body of water, Lake Élios, from the semi-forested region in which Tom lived.

If anyone observed or even asked Tom how happy he was, he would affirm that he was all kinds of it. But, deep down, Tom was lonelier than a pickle without vinegar. He gazed about the vibrant world around him from his front porch, and felt apart from it. He wanted the opposite of this; to be connected and alive, united with this beautiful meadow and forest… and especially with the majestic  mountain which watched over him, Orüvar.

Suddenly Tom knew what to do. He would climb the mountain, hike up its steep trails and upon reaching the top, he would know what to do. It immediately sounded silly to his logical mind, but he knew his problem wasn’t mental… it was his heart that needed healing.

The Way of the Fire Serpent

I’d like you to examine some world myths. Yggdrasil, the Garden of Eden (or Hesperides), or even Buddha’s Bodhi tree, for example. Upon examination, you’ll notice they all contain serpents. Nidhogg or Jörmungander, coiled around the roots of Yggdrasil; the tempting serpent of the Garden of Eden, coiled around the Tree of Knowledge; (the guardian serpent Ladon of the Hesperides could also be referenced) and the great snake Mucalinda that protected Buddha so he could reach enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. For some great info on these myths, go here.

There is an amazing link connecting these myths with human ascension, and you know what it is?

The spinal column.

Let me tell you now of a type of energy, called Kundalini, for it will tie all my ramblings together. The term Kundalini literally means “coiled snake”. It is a type of energy said to be coiled at the base of the spine. Sound anything like a serpent coiled around a Tree of Knowledge?

^ Garden of Eden and the snake

^ Garden of Hesperides and Ladon

^ Yggdrasil and Nidhogg

These and the other myths with rods or wands instead of trees, such as the Sumerian legend of Ningishzeda and of course the Wand of Hermes (Caduceus), have obvious links with this “serpentine power” lying dormant at the base of the spine… tempting us to know ourselves.

The wings symbolize the awakening, the staff the spinal cord, and the serpents the forces of active equilibrium (duality).

The other symbol representative of this concept is the epitome of all occult magick – Baphomet.

From what I can interpret, the words on his arms are the Alchemical motto; Solve et Coagula, and the object portrayed in his lap is the Caduceus – appropriately positioned at the base of the spine.

Of course, part of my research (beyond just the philo-sophic interests) does influence my work on the Myth of Laerad. If you are discerning, you probably know that this study is already embedded in the story’s mechanics, for what is Laerad but the Tree of Life? What is the quest but the acquiring of the forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge?

Also, according to many scholars, the “one commonality present among numerous serpent symbols is the representation of psychic energy.” (psynergy). The Way of the Fire Serpent is a recondite practice forgotten to the majority of the world… it holds the true secret to transcendent alchemy.

I will continue my research. This is part of my own quest, I know this now. I’m glad I can share this part of it with you, and I hope you enjoy the product as much as I enjoy the writing of it.

Inception

The Wise One and his entire race were originally a mysterious group of initiates known for their mastery over all four elements: Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, and Mars. Their research delved into the deepest aspects of Alchemy, and their practices became known as revolutionary in the realms of philosophy and psynergy.

It had occurred during the earliest study of Alchemy. A young monk and Jupiter adept by the name of Varoq was examining the relationship between pure, or non-elemental psynergy and the second stage of alchemy — albedo — when he dropped a nearby sample of lodestone into his solution by mistake.

Disappointed that he’d have to start over again, he aborted the flow of pure psynergy and attempted to use Jupiter psynergy to hover the stone away—but something happened.

Immediately the vessel holding the solution had shone a brilliant green, and a pale light began to emanate from both monk and lodestone. The room started to vibrate. Varoq’s eyes grew wide, and as he collapsed under the room’s now ineffable resonance, a vision appeared to him out of blackness.

“… Ah… thou hast achieved it,” muttered an old voice in the dark. “First step to transcendent alchemy… the genesis of coronium. Comprehend thou the immensity of such inception?”.

Varoq shook his head vigorously. Another voice spoke, with a softer tone. “The allotropic essence of corporeal Aether, young monk. This is beginning of Sangreal‘s materialization… the creation of Lapis Exilis.”

“This process hath been achieved not in the last twelve hundred years, Varoq,” spoke a feminine voice. Out of the darkness then came three figures, two men and a woman.

“We are wardens of the Tree of Life, young monk,” said the first voice. “I am known as Osiris.”
“I am called Vitruvius.”
“And I am Gaia, dear Varoq,” said the lady. “We call our arboreal home, Laerad.”

“I… am confused,” stuttered Varoq. “What reasons have Gods and Goddesses to visit me? Why come you here?”

“The process here conceived is a mark of evolution. You have been invited by our grandmother, Wyrd, to merge with the soul of the world. Henceforth, you and your fellows shall be known as Incarnadi; Avatars of Alchemy.”

As the room began to come back into focus, he heard the fading voices of the holy trio.

“Goodbye, young monk… we shall meet again.”

~ To Be Continued… ~

Over 1000 hits!

Wow, that’s a lot! In my mind anyway. 😉 Thanks to everyone who visited, to those who enjoyed what they saw, and to the few that commented too! 😛 You guys are the greatest!

So, another quick update: I’m finishing some online classes, so when I’m done I’ll resume work on The Myth of Laerad. This should only take a few more days (for the courses), so look forward to some insights! Take care!

~ The Daft Monk

My Favourite Mac Apps

Free Apps:

Quicksilver

If you are a Mac junkie, you have no doubt heard about this jack-of-all-trades application launcher. It allows me to effortlessly navigate my Mac, accessing folders and applications in the blink of an eye (literally!). I highly recommend it.

Skitch

The most used application on my Mac, without a doubt, is Skitch. This amazing little app lets you take pictures of your screen, whether window, frame, screen, or selection; then annotate with text, doodles, and more, then upload to their webservers (appropriately called “mySkitch”) where it can be seen online by anyone you wish. A must-have!

Transmission

Transmission is a perfectly simple, yet surprisingly featured BitTorrent client. It has a great, clean UI, and does all you’d want it to. Definitely recommended!

VLC

Another well-known application, this mandatory piece of software plays all your video and audio files, whatever the format.

NewsFire

Likely the best news reader for OS X, NewsFire lets you handle your RSS feeds with ease and clarity.

Adium

Do you IM often? This great app lets you connect with your friends from AIM, MSN, Yahoo, and much more. You may never use Messenger again!

Proprietary Apps:

Pixelmator

If you think Photoshop’s too expensive, Gimp’s too difficult, and the others are just knock-offs… wait ’till you try Pixelmator. It’ll get nearly all your image editing needs met, and do a beautiful job of doing so. Yes, this may be the most beautiful Mac app there is! Download the trial, and see if you can’t resist buying it 🙂

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