It-Zam-Nad
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There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold
xxxAnd she's buying a stairway to Heaven
When she gets there, she knows
xxxif the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for


Ooh, it makes me wonder

Yes, there are two paths you can go by,
xxxbut in the long run
There's still time to change the road you're on


Ooh, it really makes me wonder

There's a feeling I get
xxxwhen I look to the west
And my spirit is crying for leaving
In my thoughts I have seen
xxxrings of smoke through the trees
And the voices of those who stand looking


And it makes me wonder

And as we wind on down the road
our shadow's taller than our soul.
There walks a lady we all know,
who shines white light and wants to show
how everything still turns to gold

xx

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Nature: Tuatha / Danava / Ïrïn / Grigori
Path: Obrimos
Order: Wing of the Dragon
Legacy: Stewards of the Celestial Orrery
Archetype: "Maiden"
Current reincarnation: Alfred Nobel
First Appearance: 6.9 "Amor Fati"
Soundtrack: Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

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A name mentioned on page 131 of the Book:

Among the ranks of the Asuras there walked those who called themselves Danava, who had once been îrîn before they came here to dwell. Amesha Spenta were their inner council called, "Those Who Cleave to Aša", and they it was who made that final refuge place.

Oldest among that generation there was Ameretat, after whom was named the Amrita, for hers was that blessing. Assisting her often was IT-ZAM-NAD, she who saw the changes in the heavens, youngest of the Spentas.

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Player Theories

● One of the reigning current theories isthat this person was one of the Children of Danu, suspected creators of the Kalakin Engine.

● Presuming this is true, various PC's and players have speculated about who among them would be/is the current reincarnation of It-Zam-Nad, and which of the figures shown in the Ananke's illustration this person corresponds to, which piece(s) of the Engine they fled with.

● Currently, Nobel is most likely candidate. The Salamander of the Anima Mundi not only claimed to have knowledge of It-Zam-Nad but also to have great respect for her, after which Hermes tried to convince it to concede to Nobel's request at the time by claiming that Nobel was the current reincarnation of It-Zam-Nad. Though it did accept his words it also threatened to "utterly burn everything you care about in your life down to slag" if it should turn out to have been a lie….and since it has resided within Nobel's mind and soul for some time now and not flambeed anything yet, it would seem that the Salamander, the "soul of fire" itself, has so far seen nothing that would make it think that Hermes wasn't being honest.

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Other Sources

Wikipedia

In Zoroastrian religion the ''Amesha Spenta'' (mentioned above) are the six ''great sparks/spirits'' / sub-godselves / archangels of the overdeity Ahura Mazda, and while Ameretat is listed among the six this isn't the case when it comes to It-Zam-Nad. In the hierarchy of the ''yazatas'', however, the ''divinities worthy of worship'', Zoroastrian writings state that Ameretat has three assistants or cooperators: Rashnu, Arshtat, and Zam. Rashnu and Arshtat both have roles in Zoroastrian eschatology, while Zam is the divinity of the earth's fertility and nourisher/lifegiver of plants. The divinity Zam however appears in the later language as Zamyad, which is a contraction of "Zam Yazad", i.e. the yazata Zam.

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"The Atlantis Encyclopedia"

by Frank Joseph, The Career Press Inc., 2005
Page 128-129:

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The Mayas of Middle America recounted two worldwide floods separated by many centuries. The first of these was the Greater Arrival of Itzamna and Ixchel. They survived the loss of their kingdom in the Atlantic Ocean, but arrived to present the Mayas’ ancestors with the gifts of civilization. These included hieroglyphs, mathematics, temple-building and astronomy-astrology from Itzamna, “the Lord of Heaven.” Weaving, medicine, and religion were gifts from his wife, Ixchel. Her name means “the White Lady,” while Itzamna was portrayed in sacred art with the distinctly un-Indian features of a bearded man with a long nose.

The Itzas were his followers, who named their most famous ceremonial site in Yucatan, Chichen Itza, after him. The Itzas were also known as the Ahaab, or “Foreigners to the Land,” a title that literally meant “White Men.” They are portrayed on the 27th stele at Yaxchilan, the 11th stele at Piedras Negras, and on the Temple of the Warriors at Chichen Itza as bearded, long-nosed figures with Europoid features.

They and their leader were said to have come from Tutulxiu, the “Land of Abundance,” or “the Bountiful,” far across the sea, “where the sun rises.” The worship of Ixchel survived the disappearance of the Mayas around the turn of the 10th century among the Aztecs as Coyolxauqui. Maya temple art depicts her struggling in the waters of the Great Flood, as her possessions lie strewn across the water.

The Greater Arrival is probably a seminal event that marked the opening of the Maya calendar on August 11, 3110 B.C. This date is remarkable, because it is virtually identical to Babylonian records of the Great Flood, and coincides with the founding of Egypt’s First Dynasty; the sudden construction of Ireland’s oldest prehistoric site at New Grange; the start of work at Stonehenge in England; Troy’s earliest archaeological date; the sudden flowering of megalithic construction at Malta; the beginning of Minoan civilization; the first Indus Valley cities; and on and on. Of the traditions that survive from these early cultures, all of them recall an oceanic catastrophe from which their civilizing ancestors escaped to restart civilization in new territories.

Page 147-148:

The Mayas’ earliest culture-bearer, the “White Man,” who preceded the arrival of the more famous Kukulcan, or “Feathered Serpent.” (…) Itzamna was the original founder of Mesoamerican civilization. He and his wife, Ixchel, the “White Lady,” were among immigrants fleeing westward during the late fourth millennium B.C., when their Atlantean homeland was beset with the first in a series of four geologic upheavals. In the Maya cosmology, the Chilam Balam, and Juan Darreygosa’s 16th-century Historia de Zodzil, Itzamna bears the title “Serpent from the East” and is described as “the first after the flood.” He arrived on the eastern shores of the island of Cozumel, where the ruins of several temples to him and Ixchel still stand, just off the Yucatan peninsula.

Moving to the mainland, he built the first version of Chichen Itza and 140 other ceremonial centers and cities. The Mayas believed Itzamna brought all the arts of civilization to Yucatan after the Great Flood. These included city-planning, astronomy-astrology, agriculture, writing, organized labor, sculpture, mathematics, book-illumination, government, and music.

Ixchel, the Mayas’ “White Lady,” who brought the civilized arts of weaving, medicine, and prophesy from her lost kingdom over the Atlantic Ocean after a great flood. Both she and her Aztec incarnation, Coyolxauqui, were symbolized by a crystal skull, signifying their special relationship to the moon (the heavenly crystal skull) and, hence, psychic powers.

In temple art and surviving codexes, Ixchel is depicted angrily wielding a sky-serpent, or comet, with which she threatens to bring about a deluge for the destruction of a sinful mankind. (…) In the Codex Mendoza, Ixchel appears with her husband, Itzamna, the “White Man,” riding the flood toward Yucatan, her baggage spilling out on the waves. Her myth unmistakably describes Ixchel as a culture-bearer from Atlantis.

(ST's notes: Seriously, I am not making this stuff up, this is copy-pasted directly from the pdf of a real-world book)

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