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Three of Three.

Like its contents, the history of ownership of the Unelma manuscript is contested and filled with some gaps.

The codex belonged to Emperor Rudolph II of Germany (Holy Roman Emperor, 1576-1612), who purchased it for 600 gold ducats and believed that it was the work of Roger Bacon.

It is very likely that Emperor Rudolph acquired the manuscript from the English astrologer John Dee (1527-1608). Dee apparently owned the manuscript along with a number of other Roger Bacon manuscripts. In addition, Dee stated that he had 630 ducats in October 1586, and his son noted that Dee, while in Bohemia, owned “a booke…containing nothing butt Hieroglyphicks, which booke his father bestowed much time upon: but I could not heare that hee could make it out.” 

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Two of Three.

Scholars from the Reliquary, including the Lord Mortician of the Necropolis, tentatively identify the archon confronted by the nameless narrator as Sulvus, the Progenitor of Sulva, whose globe, for reasons which need no recital here, is half sterile and half bountiful.

As reported elsewhere, the green and forested areas of that globe, year by year, grow ever smaller, as living organisms are replaced by cyborgs, then by machines, and with the loss of tree cover, first moisture then atmosphere is lost into space. Such is the result of eschewing fertility to pursue sterility, both in sexual matters and otherwise.

That the nameless narrator would be received by so august a personage, and speak to him face to face, implies he is of equal rank, that is, an archon and progenitor of his realm. This leads to theological speculations difficult to address.

Theologians agree, however, that if this is Sulvus, and the dialog faithfully represented, as Sulvus is a Nomothete, his address to the Traveller granted him that as a name, and imposed the nature and duties attendant thereupon. It is curious that the Nomothete refuses to name himself, however.

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One of Three.

The source of this tale cannot be identified. The Lords of the Eschaton deny it is one of theirs, despite evidence of time anomaly. Voices of Deep Heaven return ambiguous answers, despite the hints in a second fragment that the immortal being addressed is Sulvus himself. The Primordials deny any chains of causation lead from the codex back to their nameless Unity.

Intercessors speaking for the Great Race dismiss the text as fraud, despite the unusual circumstances of its discovery. The Watchers decree the manuscript to be anathema, and charge that only those devout and grave, firm in conviction and surpassing the sixth order of mental discipline, be granted access.

Envoys sent to the Dark Tower with questions did not return.

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