Horrors in the Mist
An old and worm-ridden book
An old and worm ridden book covered by rat droppings. It contains the recordings of Moore’s experiments and researches, some vague description of his meetings at the Chapel of Contemplation and his dodgy dealings with a band of gypsies.
The diary is in a very bad shape. It has been partially destroyed by time and carelessness. Most pages have been eaten by worms and maggots or fused together by humidity in shapeless chunks of paper. Moore’s writing is, by itself, horribly shaky and difficult to comprehend: sentences are vague and keep referring to other, older volumes and manuscripts that were probably in Moore’s possession. Some books seem to be mentioned more often than others: Liber de compositione alchimiae by Robertus Castrensis, the Latin translation by Germanicus (15 BC-19 AD) of the Greek Phaenomena by Aratus of Soli (c. 315-c. 240 BC) and the De Rerum Arcanorum by Lucius of Alexandria.
More than half of it seems to be concerned about the movements of stars and constellations. In these passages, the wizards uses weird algebraic formulas to describe observations taken during cold and sleepless nights. The names of Beathelguess, Reegaelle, Messier and others are cited next to interminable lists of numbers. The last page of this mathematical gibberish ends with a list of dates that look to have some remarkable importance for the wizard:
- BC 1289?-1061?
- AD 61
- AD 390
- AD 782
- AD 1002
- AD 1182
- AD 1209
- AD 1487
Inserted randomly in the book there’s a fragment of an older manuscript describing an ancient ritual: the “Evocatio Creaturae” that will call forth the “Servitor from the Stars”. It seems that Moore has called and used the creature many times as a servitor/familiar.
The rest of the book deals with Moore’s connection with the Chapel of Contemplation and a gypsy gang.
The Chapel of Contemplation seemed to consider Moore as a sort of high priest of their cult and his tasks were to teach and perform the rituals of his creed. The deity that they worshipped is never referred directly with its name but it is called by epithets like the Keeper of Secrets or the Bearer of Knowledge.
The gypsy gang was payed by Moore to perform all kinds of dodgy business that would otherwise attract too much attention on the “almost” respectable merchant. The chief of the gypsy, Boldo, was supposed to be an expert magician as well. The gang was also responsible for carrying part of Moore’s fortune and old trinkets in a very old and battered black caravan where the wizard used to live during his extended trips and where, in case of emergency, he could hide from the law or the angry mob.