Exotic Matter tracker Hank Johnson from The Alignment Ingress is investigating the discovery of “Shaper Glyphs,” ancient symbols that the Vatican’s Serena Serghetti caution could be a form of alien self-destruct codes to the unwary.
Yesterday, Johnson relased the first of his “Nomad Dispatches” detailing what happened since the end of The Alignment Ingress, when he and astro-archaeologist Conrad Yeats parted company in the Congo, and what he really saw inside the Luizi Crater.
After Congo, Rotterdam, Carrie Campbell, the Glyphs and Lovecraft
Sorry I’ve been out of touch. Been busy. I’m sure you’ve seen some of it on P.A. Chapeau’s board and elsewhere. Sorry to P.A. about the thing that happened with Klue, but I’ll get to that. By the time I do, I hope you’ll understand why I was forced to do what I did. One way or another, I’ll make it right.
There are some things I can talk about and some I can’t. I’ve been keeping +Thomas Greanias in sync with most of what’s been going on, and in due course, he’ll write it up like The Alignment: Ingress , but for now these are Nomad Dispatches and I’ll trust him to do some light editing before I post.
In short strokes, Conrad and I split up after the Congo. I’m sure we’ll run into each other again. We always do. I was shaking off the Dark XM effects on an island off the grid when I got an urgent invite to Rotterdam. It was from Devra. I don’t know a lot of guys who would pass up that invite, and I’m no exception. Frankly, I also wanted to see Visur’s operation and maybe meet Ilya, but not everything works the way you want it to.
Anyway, I don’t know how +Felicia Hajra-Lee got her info, but she got it right. Her description in The Niantic Project: Ingress pretty much got how the meeting went down. Looking back, I’m glad I didn’t get any closer to +Hubert Farlowe. Might have been a bad reaction; Dark XM and regular XM add up to a quantum Cthulhu.
There was one thing I didn’t think to tell Thomas about at the time. That was a set of strange symbols I saw inside the Congo Anomaly. Symbols that looked a lot like things I saw +Carrie Campbell working on at Niantic. But they stuck in my head. Worse than that, they kept showing up behind my eyelids in the dark.
When I heard that Carrie had been released by HAZDATA, I hunted her and Enoch down. I’m not going to go into how I found her or how we met. Suffice to say that she wasn’t making herself very visible and Enoch wasn’t there. Apparently still finishing a piece of music he’s writing called Epiphany Night.
He’s a perfectionist. Carrie says he won’t release it until its final and he’s retreated to his ‘Sonic Sanctum’ to concentrate. In any case, when I sketched the symbols for Carrie, she lit up. She penciled them into a book. I’m not sure whether it was the same notebook as the now famous Epiphany Journal or another.
When I said I was going back to the US to take care of some unfinished business, she said to give my sketches to Misty. She didn’t say why, but I suspected that it was because Misty studied Alchemy or something along those lines. Had a fascinating conversation with her at Niantic on that subject and I’ll throw it into an episode of Nomad, but I digress.
Then she said something that set me off on my next major quest. She said that there was a lost set of letters between H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard that she wanted to study. She said that Lovecraft’s fictional Necronomicon had roots in a real book written in a Lost Ancient language. It was her belief that the letters would increase her understanding of the mysterious Glyphic Language. Once again, she told me to be very careful, Lovecraft was right: The ancient language has many powers. Among them is that, to the uninitiated, the runes may lead to madness and self-destruction – as well as profound knowledge. After seeing what I’d seen in Congo, I believed her.
She left me with a cryptic quote from ‘The Nameless City’ by Lovecraft. It was penned by Abdul Alhazred, and scholars refer to it as the “unexplainable couplet:”
That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons even death may die.
(“The Nameless City”, 99)
Nothing was going to keep me away from Cross Plains, Texas.
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Thomas Greanias is the New York Times bestselling author of the Raising Atlantis, Dominium Dei and The Alignment series of epic mystery-conspiracy-adventures. He is also the founder of @lantis Media Corp., which is partnering with Google’s Niantic Labs to publish a groundbreaking line of fiction associated with the worldwide augmented reality game Ingress. His daily fiction program, AtlantisGO, launches this Fall 2013 in more than 150 countries around the globe.