New Atlantis

Nature: Attempted Magical City, long since destroyed & gone
First Mentioned: P1.1 "The Treasures of the Lost Stradivarius", where the Condiments hear the theory that 'Atlantis' was destroyed by a comet/meteor and realize that the Lost Stradivarius was made with starmetal-dust from that event, and later come across research performed on the surviving shrapnel from the impact, before finding the submerged remains of the lost island.

Notable Appearances: 3.7 "It was in the Bleak December", where the PC's rescue the Archaeomancers from the Temple of Sebek, where they find the chamber which once held the two Pillars of Enoch, which were supposedly Plato's information source about the Mediterranean Atlantis, as well as having provided the lore required to attempt the New Atlantis project in the first place (according to The Book)

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Information: Most of the Diamond Orders teach that ambitious mages have tried to recreate the Atlantean Civilization several times in the past, carrying out gigantic magical projects in order to build a haven where magicians could live in safety from a world that grew ever more hostile to magic. Yet each of these stories also tell of how it all went catastrophically wrong, from climate changes scouring the island clean, to unknown mystical events causing the construction site to vanish and all witnesses to go mad, and so on.

Not surprisingly, the Guardians of the Veil focus on this "moral fable" more than any of the other orders, as they think it illustrates their beliefs and 'validates' their teachings somewhat, and the story they tell is about one such island city which is usually referred to as "New Atlantis". However, over the years the PC's have come across many indications that this later attempt to create a magical island-nation might very well have been the inspiration behind the "Atlantis"-myth as it's known in the modern world.

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The Book, Page 110

The true Atlantis was taken by the waves long before the city Plato wrote of met its end. That was merely an outcropping, an archipelago left by the great continent before it vanished.

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The Book, Page 118

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Ancient was the world already the day Plato put pen to paper, for many years had indeed passed since the city he spoke of fell into ruin. Yet it was not the true city, the Atlantis of old. It was but an ill advised dream, and so could not help but fall, as will all copies of the first city echo that fateful doom.

No, the city of Plato was made by human hands seeking through cunning craft and carefully laid plans and spells the glory and majesty of the Dragon Isle. Such hubris was met in kind by a swift retribution from a harsh cosmos, for death and cleansing fire rained down on that place from the realm of the gods themselves, or possibly originating in hell.

In any case, that island fell when every arcanum used in its construction, which was all ten of them, turned against their would-be masters. Even Fate became a force of cataclysmic catastrophe, for a comet happened to strike.

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The Book, Page 90 & 91

Lemurian writing, as translated by Lemuria:

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According to the Aegean legends, a most learned and subtle man called medes told the world of the place to erect an ocean spire, a sanctuary where the learned and wise could seek refuge from the cruelties of the world. Word of the plan spread far and wide, until there was not a man in the area who didn't know of the project. The idea was attractive, one that resonated with many who, up until now, had been too focused on survival to contemplate the higher truths in many a moon. They called themselves visionaries, and so set about the work of building an utopia.

The work took decades, reaching far and wide, it enveloped others from lands remote and distant in the struggle for support. And support they needed, for it for it was an undertaking of truly mythic proportions, the likes of which had never been dreamed by minds of man. One would had thought that it was not possible to make so many prideful and strong-headed willworkers to cooperate, yet still the people who would later become known as the Silver Ladder managed to organize all their efforts towards one coherent and functioning plan.

Even a large faction of proto-guardians were involved in this, bringing their special brand of information and evaluating expertise to the table. In this fashion did they make sure that no Seers, Banishers, Scelesti, Tremere nor any sort of left hanged or unwholesome persons ever achieved any power or involvement in the great undertaking. Indeed, most of them did not even know of its existence or thought it was something else entirely, and some were even lead to believe that they had secretly succeeded in subverting the enterprise. In any case, a new home for magic was being made, safe and glorious both.

To make this happen they forged countless spells of great magnitude and unparalleled importance, utilizing as well imbued items and artifacts of the highest potency and renown. To tie it all to the fallen world completely, making it secure and stable and without risk, they incorporated as many of the traditional Atlantean tools as possible, preferably those which were already magical items in their own right. Among these were the crystalline athame, the Hyperborean medallion of undying preservation, the wand of calamita, and many, many more. Of course, it was all in vain, for naught but disaster did they reap for their efforts. The Fall echoed once more as the second Ocean Spire sank beneath the waves to join the first.

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Secrets of the Ruined Temple

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All researchers in dynastic Egypt, Awakened and otherwise, who sought knowledge of Atlantis (wherever they wished to place its ruins), petitioned for access to the Temple of Sebek in Saïs. Here stood two columns carved with hieroglyphics already hoary with age when the Sphinx was newly sculpted.

According to occult rumor then and since, those were the Pillars of Enoch, engraved with the knowledge of “all true arts and sciences” by the seventh patriarch after Adam. Enoch (or Enmeduranki, as the Sumerian records name him) learned magic from the Grigori, the Watchers in the Seventh Heaven. He returned and carved these insights into a pillar of brass and a pillar of stone, strong enough to withstand another cataclysm of flood or fire.

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The Book, Page 140

The Watchers, Grigori of Seventh Heaven, named Danavas, taught magic to Enmeduranki, seventh patriarch after Adam, who carved some of it onto 2 pillars at Sais.

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The Book, Page 107

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Four generations earlier one of the many scholars who sought them out was Emmeduranki, great grandfather of Utnapishtim and seventh patriarch after Adaman ha-Kadmoni, and what Emmeduranki took away from his visit he carved into a temple of his own. Though he could not recall the whole of the Watchers' lore he still managed to fill two pillars. In this fashion was the intent of the Devas denied, and before they could learn of its existence and remove the temple from Saïs several empires and civilizations had already sought it out and learned from its teachings, each making their own copies of what they remembered after departing.

So potent were those secrets held there that through them was made possible the great undertaking whereat the innumerable races of man in that region sought to construct a celestial dwelling of their own, at Babel. All of the treasures and wonders they ever had did they employ towards this end, whether of their own making or exotic imports, but it would have been all to no avail had they not the design of old found in those hallowed halls.

Yet that place was not to be, and like all cities before and after it came to an end. But the secrets locked withing those stones and edifices were dangerous indeed, and in their undoing was released powers so great that all towns and habitations bordering that wide ocean, yea, across that entire part of the world, were lain low and stood no more, no stone left on stone.

All except Zau, protected against this second Deluge as it had survived the first, and as civilizations once more grew forth it was well known as the sole place that remained intact from that previous era.

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Treasure of the Lost Stradivarius

Mordred: «What did he do? Sir James, that is, what sort of field did he work in?»

Pierre: «Astrology. Well, Astronomy too. He was believing in the theory that Atlantis was destroyed by comet, impacting le terre, the Earth itself. Well, that is how it began. In the end he was talking of the planet Atlantis which has been between Mars and Jupiter, which was crushed by comet sent by alien-minded beings from above the Supernal. As we saying, he went to the mad, and was abandoned by his followers. But before that, he sought rocks from space to study, with greed so big it scared many, to see if they were of that impact that crushed the Awakened city, to prove himself to be in the right.»

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Secrets of the Ruined Temple

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Edmond Halley had proposed that a comet’s passage caused the Biblical Flood, and in 1788 one Count Giovanni Rinaldo Carli first proposed that a comet had destroyed Atlantis. The thesis lay relatively dormant even on the Sleeper fringe until 1883, when Minnesota politician Ignatius Donnelly published the sequel to his bestseller ''Atlantis: The Antediluvian World'' as ''Ragnarok: The Age of Fire and Gravel''. Donnelly’s first book placed Atlantis in the mid-Atlantic (where Athanasius Kircher had, 200 years before), and Donnelley’s second argued that a comet destroyed Atlantis and left a layer of gravel in drift patterns across the Northern Hemisphere, wrongly ascribed to the glaciers of the Ice Ages.

Even in 1883, Donnelly’s science was considered ludicrous, but his book caught the attention of a cabal of mages headed by Sir James Owsley-Palmer, the Astronomer Royal for Capetown. Sir James recognized that a comet, in classical astrology, represented exactly what Donnelly had implied: a disruptive change completely outside the system of the world. Furthermore, a large number of anomalous astronomical and astrological readings could be explained by just such an immense perturbation. Sir James’ 1885 report to the Astrological Consilium at Edinburgh laid out a strong case for the cometary theory, and other cabals in America, Japan and Germany joined the search for further confirmation. But that mathematical work, and further astronomical observations of Mars and the Moon, led to a revised theory and a great deal of practical activity.

The core mages in Owsley-Palmer’s study group eventually grew in numbers until they formed their own extended cabal, the Bellerophon Society. The cabal’s announced purpose was to “improve the understanding of the Heavens”; the cabal recruited members among Awakened astronomers and navigators throughout the world. One open priority of Bellerophon Society investigators was the hunt for meteorite fragments. Bellerophontes trekked across the Siberian taiga, plunged deep into the Matto Grasso and climbed the Mountains of the Moon in central Africa following up historical (and sorcerous) records of fallen stars, anomalous craters and “thunder stones”.

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See also: ●The Ruins of New Atlantis, ●Cardenio
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