The Seventh Object is a portrait, of remarkable clarity, drawn magically on paper with colours as from life. It shows a young woman with dark hair and eyes. She has undergone skullbinding, and so her head is markedly elongated. The depicted woman has the Mark of the Inevitable on a visible wrist, and so many assume she is a Criamon magus.  On the upper left side of her head, near the temple, is a mystical mark in blue dye.  This mark is now used by the Followers of the Path of Dawn in their initiation rituals, although they themselves say that the picture motivated their research, not the other way around. 

The woman is accompanied by a man often refered to as her shield grog, since he stands before her, dominating the foreground of the  picture, and is wearing some sort of uniform, complete with gorget and sword. There is, however, nothing in particular to indicate that this is his role. Some suggest that this is an interpretation placed on the figure by Clement of Criamon in his first study. Critics note that the uniform seems to be made of a luxurious cloth, well-tailored and richly dyed, which does not seem suitable for a person who deals in violence for his living. Some Knights of the Ibis see the Shield Grog as a sort of luck charm, or kindred spirit, and refer to him as Adrian. The Knights of the Ibis have recently begun investing their Grand Master with a uniform similar to that of the depicted figure, although their armor is more complete and sumptuous.

The picture is framed in silver, and is wedged between a layer of thin pine, and a layer of particularly clear and even glass, presumably to protect it. These subordinate parts are sometimes refered to as 7b, 7c and 7d, respectively.

This object was the first to manifest an Eos Aura, due to the presence of other Objects. Scholars, particularly Clement, have noted that the picture seems to be a far more potent Object than the others. It seems to have an additional quantity of whatever metaphysical condition creates the objects. It is, he notes, only the picture itself that has this property: the backing board, glass and frame are immune to magic, but cannot create an Eos Aura except when together with the picture. 

The picture however, is many times more powerful than other objects for manifesting the Aura of Eos, and so it is unsuprising that Eos was first detected in 1227, shortly after the recovery of the portrait from the collected art of a bishop. The initial Aura was not larger than the surface of a desk. The ability to create spaces in which Hermetic magi were powerless was kept secret by House Bonisagus for many years, although House Criamon discovered it rapidly, as Spirit Travellers could detect an absence in the world, and see that shape of the vacancy.

The similarities to the Thirtieth Object are so obvious as not to require comment.

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5 replies on “The Seventh Object

    1. Ah, no, thanks for that. The word “photograph” is c19th, so it might give people the wrong idea about when the Adcademician is writing from.

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    1. Eos is also the name of the tintaness of the Dawn, who heralds her brother Helios with her rosy fingers and golden arms.

      Which is to say, it’s metaphorical, but will eventually make sense. 8)

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