Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Eldritch: Moon 010
I have been long fascinated by the alchemical circles of John Dee, modern chemistry’s roots in ancient alchemy, and the Philosopher’s Stone itself. However, I will readily admit that Alchemy is not my forte, more of one of many interests. E.J. Holmyard’s Alchemy and Charles Jon Samuel Thompson’s Alchemy and Alchemists are lovely reads, of course, but, well, you all know that my heart lies with modern science and monstrous folklore.
Hm. I imagine some of you may be wondering what is causing that rainbow glow. It’s my take on the cauda pavonis or the ‘peacock’s tail’ which is a series of differently-colored sparks that are said to occur while creating a Philosopher’s Stone. These colors are supposed to occur one at a time, but, since I didn’t have time to show the whole process (Faith just wouldn’t hang around the lab like that) I decided to address it in a much more abbreviated way.
And man, if books like The Sophic Hydrolith, which is referenced in more modern works like Frater Albertus’ Alchemist’s Handbook or Joseph P. Farell’s </I>The Philosopher’s Stone: Alchemy and the Secret research for Exotic Matter</I> are to be believed… the stone itself is plain weird. I mean, first off, if you don’t heat it to the third and final degree, you get a white stone that’s good for medicine and making silver… but if you make a full Philosopher’s Stone, the type you see in media with its translucent, red form, it’s apparently easily ground up into powder, is heavier than gold, and yet, can be melted easily like wax. In addition, it does not burn, and it can be completely dissolved in water (which is how the Panacea is made.)
However… well, I couldn’t just let poor Seamus make a Time Machine so easily. It’d kind of suck if not just this world, but this dimension collapsed. Poor Seamus. I’m always so mean to him.