The Twenty Eighth Object is a book with pages made of linen paper, bound in a saffron-coloured fabric over cerulean boards. On the front cover is the image of an angel, presumably stamped in place with a xylographic matrix. This Object does not, insofar as we are aware, have any powers beyond those found in all Objects. It nonetheless is of great interest to researchers.

The Twenty-Eighth Object is a grimoire of spells which cannot possibly work, because the universe’s fundamental laws do not agree with its assumptions. For example, the Moon does not fall from the sky because it is imbedded in the innermost Crystal Sphere. One of the spells allows magi to place objects so high in the sky that they would violate the Sphere. Similarly these objects are placed so high that, although they fall, the Earth has moved out of their way by the time they arrive where it once was. This continued process of falling and being avoided makes the objects trace circles about he Earth. The book contains many other impossibilities, and was, for some time, kept by House Bonisagus as a sort of amusing jest: a book of sly humor created by people unknown, to while away the winter hours. This particular view was first challenged when a magus discovered he could not use The Unseen Porter to lift the book.

It is vain to record one’s own glories, but it is I presume known to the reader that my role in this Inquiry is, in part, due to my success in researching the Objects. This Object is one with which I, working on from the discoveries of others, particularly my master, have found most useful. As reported in the most recent Journal I have been able to successfully cast one of the spells. The process of integrating it into Hermetic magic will, of course, take many years. At its fundament, the spell, which only works in the Eos Lands, suggest that the elements are divisible into many more categories of things. The spell confusing also calls these things “elements”.

 On the inside cover is an inscription in Latin. It says “Good luck, but don’t touch the honeycomb.”

Following the tragedy surrounding the investigation of the Twenty-Ninth Object, this inscription became very significant to the students of the Objects. My own master, and those who followed him, assumed that the message had been placed by a Muse. It indicated that some of the Muses had hostile intentions, others beneficent, and so he refused to be anywhere near the Twenty-Ninth Object, after it was discovered. That he took the opportunity to visit colleagues in Stonehenge Tribunal saved his, and my, life, for which I cannot help but be thankful.

 

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