The Twenty-Sixth Object is a candelabra of silver, which holds five slim tapers. Each of the branches, which form a circle seen from above, is marked with the Hermetic symbol for a Magical Technique. The Object was, when first discovered, mistaken for a relic, as demons cannot manifest physical forms, or use their powers, within slightly over three miles of it. It is said to have been recovered by a group of Hermetic magi, as it was guarded by powerful, non-sentient, elemental spirits. These were presumably placed in defence of the Object by infernal forces.

The magi were assisted by a Muse called, in later works, the Clockwork Knight. The Knight was not, regardless of later stories for children, an automaton. He merely had an arm made of living metal. He is still sometimes encountered in the town of Montmajour, particularly by craftsmen suffering oppression. Several inns are named for him. Their signs copy the statue in Montmajour’s main square, which is said to be a good likeness of him.

The Magi, for reasons unclear, gave the Object into the keeping of the Abbot of Montmajour Abbey in what was then the Provencal Tribunal. Perhaps because they believed it was a relic? The Abbey, which was a close ally of the Order after this, rapidly gained prominence in this strife-torn region, perhaps with surreptitious Hermetic aid. The modern town has thrived, [perhaps because of Hermetic patronage, but certainly due to the effects of the Object.

The Twenty Sixth Object’s power had a far-reaching effect on the Church. As demons were unable to enter the city in which it was found, many odd doctrines of religion emerged there. The most obvious is the Thomist heresy, which has spread through many of the Eos lands. It is dependent on the views of a priest named Thomas of Aquino, who is reviled by the Church as a heretic. In essence, Thomists believe that reason and logic are useful tools, and that lacking any particular indication of the Will of God, they suffice in matters of faith. The Church, by way of comparison, claims that the logic of Aristotle is false, pagan and basically wrong. It is, perhaps, clear why so many Hermetic magi secretly support the Thomists. They are also popular with the mundane populations of the Eos Lands, as their theology is a little kinder on common people than traditional doctrine.

 

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