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Fragmentary delusional recollections from within
the confines of Grimm's Hold Sanitarium:

When Blackthorne returns from his expedition to
Tiahuanaco and the Peruvian jungle I shall duly
tell him of the catalyst which compelled me to
those cursed black vaults in ancient Ur, should
Hildebrandt allow me another visit. Yes... Giza,
Karnak, Thebes... I see them now once more! In the
grip of a waking dream, I walk those restless
sands again. Egypt... here my journey began, and
here I took the first steps towards destiny and
damnation. The events recounted here took place
before "The Dreamer in the Catacombs of

From the expeditionary journal of Doctor Ignatius
X. Stone:

Giza, Egypt (March 17, 1890) The heat here is
damnably oppressive, and all day the omnipresent
sand has been whipped up by an impudent wind,
making progress all the more difficult. At dawn, I
pinpointed the location of the Great Pyramid's
secret chamber which my old friend Professor Caleb
Blackthorne and his benefactor Lord Blackiston had
discovered several months previously, but ingress
to its concealed depths was denied me by a partial
collapse of the age old edifice's stone ceiling.
Excavation is evidently impossible, lest more of
the mighty tomb come crashing down about us. At
any rate, Blackthorne has studied the incredible
inscriptions within that hidden alcove
exhaustively, and in truth my own interests lie
elsewhere in this desolate sand-flayed landscape.
The traditionalists believe that, in keeping with
Egyptian tenets, only mundane things such as new
air shafts and ever more ornate sarcophagi are yet
to be discovered deep within the tunnel networks
of these cyclopean monuments. Feh! If only they
knew the true extent of this great cosmic puzzle!
They are as fools who view a tapestry in a
darkened room by the light of only one candle,
seeing only small sections illuminated one by one,
and refusing to recognize or connect the darkened
and unseen areas to the entirety. Working from the
geometric calculations which I prepared before our
arrival here, I have studied the alignment of
Cheops, Chefren and Mykerinos. It is as I
suspected. Tomorrow, I leave the imperious and
hoary mausoleum of Khufu and seek answers within
the Great Temple of Karnak...

Karnak, Egypt (March 18, 1890) What oblations to
the grim chthonic deities of the ancient world
were once offered solemnly beneath the stygian
skies of this sweltering place, I wonder? What
sublime power awaits the aspirant, the querent who
dares seek answers in those shadowed places where
men of lesser fortitude fear to gaze? Blackthorne
often berates me for what he calls my
preoccupation with the arcane, the occult, the
sinistrous lore of the chthonic... he insists no
good will come of such delving into nighted
realms. Ha! The path to elucidation is seldom
devoid of thorns, the road to knowledge rarely
free of perils! I seek enlightenment and by the
erudite tongue of Herodotus, I may have found it!
Ancient tradition of this land has long spoken of
strange flashes of light emanating from the depths
of pyramid passages and temple catacombs. Over a
thousand years ago the Arabs wrote of the
transient walls and hidden chambers of these
monuments; of secret doors moved by an unseen
force and of implacable sentries who guarded the
secrets of the temples with dour tenacity. What I
found this evening gives credence to all that and
more. Is the lore which I discovered carved into
the ancient stone of Karnak's temple the next
fragment of the cryptic conundrum which I have
dedicated my life to solving? The Coptic papyrus
states that, upon the walls of the pyramids and
the temple were inscribed the mysteries of
science, astronomy, geometry and physics;
inscriptions of unknown peoples and lost
civilizations whose lore was carved into the stone
to preserve it from the ravages of the great
deluge. The surviving knowledge of long forgotten
antediluvian races! Aye, prudent Surid, heeding
the warnings of his priests, erected certain
repositories of long forgotten knowledge to
withstand the first great flood, and then an
all-consuming fire which was prophesied would come
from the sky. Masoudi, in the tenth century,
described automata; titanic guardians of stone and
metal which were placed to guard the treasures and
the entombed lore, and which were tasked to
Find more similar lyrics on all those deemed unworthy, all those who
dared enter the chambers unbidden. I see them! The
hoary sentinels of Karnak are unfettered! Rising
from their sandy tombs to smite the intruder, the
raider and the interloper with righteous fury! And
what is this... was there once a glimmer of life
within the sightless stone eyes of the Theban
guardian? Does the silent watcher of Giza even now
descend from its granite dais to once more stalk
the shifting sands on carven claws? Hu!
Horem-askhet! The alignment of Cheops, Chefren and
Mykerinos revealed, Chthonic lore concealed in
Khufu's imperious mausoleum, By the erudite tongue
of Herodotus, I have found the answers, Arcane
secrets inscribed in the ancient Coptic papyrus,
The Pyramid's legacy compels me to these dark
discoveries, The Theban guardian rises from its
sandy tomb to meet us, The Silent Watcher stalks,
behold the Sentinels of Karnak!

Thebes, Egypt (March 19, 1890) Niut-Ammon!
Lucidity has reasserted its blessed hold upon me.
I understand now the true nature of that knowledge
which was revealed to me deep within the shadowed
confines of Karnak's timeless temple. Telluric
energy, harnessed by the ancients... triggered by
lunar rays and solar radiation, channeled to
impart static charges to rock strata and lines of
natural power running through the earth.
Neuro-electric energy generated, developed,
creating light, separating inertia from gravity!
And what more? The fourth state of matter, forged
countless millennia ago in the hearts of burning
stars... fettered, channeled, for creation and
destruction! The secret of the great monuments of
the ancients! Yes, secrets... answers. A rogue
celestial body passes inside the orbit of the
moon, becoming a captive of the earth's
gravitational field. The world tilts upon its
axis, its revolution slows, the planet shifts
farther from its parent star... one of many such
cataclysms. Asteroid strikes, floods, firestorms,
the sky swathed in a veil of darkness through
which the sun's light cannot pass, great ice-ages
enshrouding the globe. And what is this? The
forces of evil, of chaos... servitors of the
sinister gods of the universe... manifesting upon
the tellurian sphere? What dire agents of
malignity were unleashed upon mankind? Bringers of
carnage and destruction, pestilence and decay! The
Z'xulth! Secrets once known by the forgotten
peoples... ancient Atlantis... time-lost
Lemuria... Hyperborea. Ultima-Thule, utopian
Atland and its enduring legacy. Fragments,
memories... descendants... the Incas, the Aztecs,
the Maya, the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Britons,
the Frisians, the ancient Sumerians. Yes, it is
clear to me, like a diamond worked to perfection
in the skilled hands of a master craftsman. The
sigils and glyphs I beheld carved into the ancient
stone of Karnak (which I somehow understood
implicitly), the visions I experienced within the
temple, it is all quite clearly compelling me to
the next stage in my grand voyage of
enlightenment. According to the inscriptions, the
truth, the key, awaits me within the ziggurats of
ancient Sumeria. I hear the call of the ancients,
beckoning me to that aeon-veiled place across the
unforgiving sands. We shall depart at once. I feel
sure I shall find that which I seek between the
two rivers, at the place of the seven cities. Yes,
I shall surely meet my destiny within the
mystery-haunted catacombs of ancient Ur...

The Keeper of the Ancient Lore of Ur:
Hearken to the warnings of the Ancients... tread
softly those sacred and unforgiving sands. Do not
break the seal of the seventh city!

The Chief Cultist of Ur:
The Gate must not be opened. You dare not awaken
the Dreamer! Cuneiform tablets bear a grim, darkly
portentous warning, Sumerian catacombs astir with
vile Chthonic horrors. The lore of Babylon
inscribed in stone as old as Atlantis, Glyphs and
sigils now compel me to the ziggurats... In a
waking dream, I hear the call of the Ancients. I
shall find that which I seek between the two
rivers, at the place of the seven cities... in the
Catacombs of Ur!

For the outcome of Doctor Ignatius Stone's
expedition to Ur, see "The Dreamer In The
Catacombs Of Ur" on the fifth Bal-Sagoth
album, "Atlantis Ascendant".

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