Asmodeus

“let your clarity define you”




AQ 7932 = THE PLÉIADE IS THE NAME GIVEN TO A GROUP OF 16TH-CENTURY FRENCH RENAISSANCE POETS WHOSE PRINCIPAL MEMBERS WERE PIERRE DE RONSARD, JOACHIM DU BELLAY AND JEAN-ANTOINE DE BAÏF. THE NAME WAS A REFERENCE TO ANOTHER LITERARY GROUP, THE ORIGINAL ALEXANDRIAN PLEIAD OF SEVEN ALEXANDRIAN POETS AND TRAGEDIANS (3RD CENTURY B.C.), CORRESPONDING TO THE SEVEN STARS OF THE PLEIADES STAR CLUSTER. THE NAME "PLÉIADE" WAS ALSO ADOPTED IN 1323 BY A GROUP OF FOURTEEN POETS (SEVEN MEN AND SEVEN WOMEN) IN TOULOUSE (La Pléiade) = COMPLEXITY FOR THE GREEK NOT ONLY REVEALED ITSELF IN SURPLUS OF DETAIL, BUT ANY HYPER-COMPLEX MANIFESTION ALSO WAS READ AS ITS COMPLIMENTARY, A KIND OF FOG, AN OBSCURING HAZE OUT OF WHICH THE UNPREDICTABLY OCCURS. IN A CERTAIN SENSE THE GREEK MIND DID SEE THE WORLD ITSELF AS DANGEROUSLY MANIFEST OF VARIEGATED COMPLEXITY, OBSCURELY VERGING ON THE THREAT OF A CACOPHONY, MUCH AS HOW A COMING STORM IS BOTH RICHLY FOLDED IN CLOUD-EFFECTS, BUT ALSO FOGGING TO HUMAN VISION (The Whiteness of Metaphysics • AQ-1118, 5209, 9581 14790).

AQ 6724 = BRILLIANCE · SOFT BLUE · CRIMSON · DEEP VIOLET · ORANGE · CLEAR PINK ROSE · AMBER · VIOLET-PURPLE · INDIGO · YELLOW · BRIGHT-PALE YELLOW · YELLOW · BLUE · EMERALD GREEN · SCARLET · RED ORANGE · ORANGE · AMBER · GREENISH-YELLOW · YELLOWISH-GREEN · VIOLET · EMERALD-GREEN · DEEP BLUE · GREEN-BLUE · BLUE · INDIGO · SCARLET · VIOLET · ULTRA VIOLET CRIMSON · ORANGE · GLOWING SCARLET-ORANGE · INDIGO · CITRINE, OLIVE, RUSSET, BLACK · WHITE, MERGING GREY · LAVENDER (King Scale of Color) = LONG AGO MERLIN CREATED A GREAT WAND TO PROTECT THE WORLD FROM EVIL. THEN, AFTER A TERRIBLE BATTLE WITH THE DARK SORCERERS WHO SOUGHT TO STEAL IT, THE WAND DISAPPEARED, LOST FOR MILLENNIA. NOW ONLY ONE TRULY WISE PERSON WILL DISCOVER THE SPELL-- AND SET IT FREE. HIDDEN IN THE TEXT AND ILLUSTRATIONS IS THE MOST ABSORBING PUZZLE EVER DEVISED. ALL THE CLUES NEEDED TO SOLVE THE PUZZLE ARE IN THE BOOK (The Merlin Mystery, Jonathan Gunson, 1998; AQ-4376) = OF COURSE, WE DIDN'T JUST DESIGN AND DEVELOP A MECHANIC. WE ALSO CREATED CARDS TO PUT IT ON, AND WE TRIED TO USE SOME OF THOSE CARDS TO TRULY SHOW IT OFF. IN SOME WAYS, THE BEST PART OF CASCADE IS THE FUN OF DISCOVERING WHAT UNKNOWN CARD YOU GET FOR FREE. BECAUSE OF THIS, THE ALARA REBORN DESIGN TEAM DECIDED TO MAKE A CREATURE WITH CASCADE THAT COULD BE CAST MULTIPLE TIMES. HERE'S WHAT THEY CAME UP WITH. «ENIGMA SPHINX» (Information Cascade, Tom LaPille, 2009 • AQ-1537) = ON SOME DAY BEFORE MARCH 23RD, OUARDA IDENTIFIED THE PARTICULAR GOD WITH WHOM SHE WAS IN COMMUNICATION FROM A STELE IN THE BOULAK MUSEUM, WHICH WE HAD NEVER VISITED. IT IS NOT THE ORDINARY FORM OF HORUS BUT RA-HOOR-KHUIT. I WAS NO DOUBT VERY MUCH STRUCK BY THE COINCIDENCE THAT THE EXHIBIT, A QUITE OBSCURE AND UNDISTINGUISHED STELE, BORE THE CATALOGUE NUMBER 666. BUT I DISMISSED IT AS AN OBVIOUS COINCIDENCE (The Advent of the Aeon of Horus).

AQ 4376 = NOW DEE USED THE WAYS HE HAD LEARNED CUNNINGLY IN LATER YEARS, KEEPING THE QUEEN'S MEN WELL-APPOINTED TO THEIR PLACES, COMBINING HIS KNOWLEDGE OF THE NEEDED SKILLS OF GOVERNMENT WITH HIS KNOWLEDGE OF MEN'S SOULS, TO ADVISE ON WHO SHOULD BE WHAT WITHIN HER COURT (Touring the Earth Tablet).