Burckle Crater
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Nature: Underwater archaeological excavation
Location: Bottom of the Indian Ocean
First mentioned: 4.7 "All the King's Mages and All the King's Men…"
Notable mentions: 6.6 "The Night's Plutonian Shores"

During the Frostating Convocation's "Day of Scrolls", the Mysterium Caucus of Bangalore reported that after 4 long years of underwater work their archaeomantic excavation of the Burckle Crater of the Indian Ocean had borne its first fruits: Not only had their analysis confirmed the notable presence of mineral composites and trace alloys which are both clearly artificial and require a fairly advanced level of technological advancement to produce, but they'd also found enough remaining shards of larger items that they could reconstruct some of them.

The researching mages, whether from Bangalore, other India-Conciliums or international assistants, had previously posited the theory that this prehistoric impact was the Fall of Atlantis, or at least "collateral damage" caused by that event. This was significantly supported by the fact that their findings have placed this event historically at the same time as several ancient flood-myths associated with the Fall.

They also postulated that the Burckle-catastrophe was the original inspiration of the myth today remembered as "The Churning of the Ocean", which is recorded separately in three different books of Hindu scripture. The story tells of how the "Gods"/Devas had offended a wise and holy sage/miracle worker, who therefore cursed them so they lost the gift of immortality (and/or all their "strength, energy and fortune). Therefore the Devas were defeated in the subsequent battles by the "Demons"/Asuras, led by king Bali, who then gained control of the universe.

To fix this the Devas then tricked the "Demons"/Asuras into working together in order to win the Nectar of Immortality. First they plunged Mount Meru, the Mountain of Heaven, into the primordial ocean. Then they took the monstrously large Vasuki, King of Serpents and looped his mid-section around the mountain, and with each group holding opposite ends of his body the Devas and Asuras began to "churn" the ocean. This caused world-shaking chaos, and since the "demons" had ended up holding the snake's head they were horribly poisoned by the fumes it emitted, as the Devas knew would happen.

This caused all sorts of things to be "produced" or "uncovered" or "retrieved" or otherwise gained as a consequence of the process, among them many incredibly powerful and valuable treasures, important enough to get their own legends later as the gods took them for their own. For example there was Kaustubha, the most valuable jewel in the world, a divine 7-headed horse (given to the demons), and a divine flowering tree with blossoms that never fade or wilt (taken away by the devas).

But it also destroyed much, and worst of all it released/produced the dreadful poison "Halahala", which terrified both the gods and the demons because it was so powerful that it could destroy all of creation. This was only prevented when Shiva absorbed the toxin into himself, nearly dying from the procedure. In some versions of the story the world-destroying, god-killing poison was produced by the mountain-sized snake-god which they had used as a rope when "churning" the ocean.

In the end the 'divine physician' finally emerged from the violently spasming and roiling ocean waters, holding the cup or pot which contained the immortality-granting "Amrita" (meaning "Nectar of the Goddess"). Immediately the Devas enacted their plan to betray the Asuras and keep the Amrita for themselves. As a result much battle and chaos ensued, but in the end the Devas succeeded, and became invulnerable and powerful enough to retake their dominance over the cosmos, defeating the already-exhausted & poisoned "Demons".

Chapter 6.6 "The Night's Plutonian Shores"

While going back over this research later on, after Skadi had already helped out with it in her spare time ever since the Convocation, she and Nobel realized that a small adamantine plaque or badge had the name "Amṛtatva" written on it in Hyperborean runes, and the geological, chemical, historical and magical evidence indicated that it had most likely been part of the physical mass which formed the crater when it impacted the earth some 5000 years ago.

The recreated architectural tendencies & cultural motifs & indications of magical principles among the shrapnel made Nobel deduce that the event had most likely been a large "spaceship" or hover-city or part-segment of a larger orbital station crashing down to earth (not unlike what had apparently happened in the desert outside Las Vegas only months before they made this realization), and that this structure had most definitely been of Hyperborean origin.

Skadi suspects this is/was "The floating island Matsodyari, which fell from the Moon", the 9th and final Atlantis spoken of in the Book, on Page 2041

The working theory is that for some reason this thing fell into the ocean, whether because of the Fall, or because of some joint project/ritual performed by the "Devas" and "Asuras", or some other reason, and that this is what brought the Graal to earth, and that it's why so many sources, from the very earliest, through the ancient, up to and including the medieval, have all associated the Grail with India and/or placed it there. It would also seem that it connects Ameretat, one of the Grigori / Danavas, to the Graal.

Given that the little we know of her, mostly from Book , is that she is the person "after whom was named the Amrita, for hers was that blessing", and that one of the known functions of the Grail is to grant immortality, this would seem to fit somehow.

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