The Engelmann Prophecies
A handwritten book, in a plain and unexciting cover...
In whichever form this book appears, it is always handwritten and any copy encountered may be in any language; it is normally untitled on the flyleaf or cover, and only within is its title mentioned, and most often abbreviated to T.E.P…
The most heretical and dangerous written work in all of Accitaine, this series of speeches and writings have been translated from the original Heitzen, and supposedly come from the so called “deranged madman” Luukasz Engelmann, a former Priest of Korvaio burned at the stake some time in the first 50-100 years after the Cataclysm. It has a number of prophecies, proclamations and “revelations” about the God, the most terrible and heretical being that Korvaio had died from his efforts in the years following the Cataclysm and that as his power diminished over the centuries, Korvaio’s Priests would lose their power, both socially and more importantly magically. Needless to say, this kind of heretical talk led to his being tried in a Star Chamber Trial, found guilty and then executed.
The book is commonly divided into 8 chapters of varying length and legibility, and they are generally summarised as follows;
Chapter 1: MarteDei (“The Death of the God” in Heitzen)
This chapter explains that Korvaio has died, his Divine will ended by his exertions in saving Humanity by an act that even Gods once thought impossible. There are many hymns and lamentations to this effect (some actually quite moving, though some are gibberish).
Chapter 2: KuurzedtzeitZaadt (“Our Accursed State”)
This chapter continues and is a comparatively lucid series of estimates and treatises upon what actually has happened to Accitaine as a result of the Cataclysm, featuring some very bizarre and alarming diagrams and mysterious discussions on “The Planes”, and how Accitaine is now in a “DemiPlane”. The big reveal in this chapter is that since Korvaios death, this DemiPlane is cut off from ALL other Planes, including Korvaios Heaven in Nirvana; this leads onto the next chapter.
Chapter 3: DaakBleidarnMarden (“The Darkness beyond Death”)
This chapter features many horrid beliefs and visions about what happens to the souls of the Dead with no afterlife to go to, and goes into a great deal of frightful discussion on the Undead. The mention of a “Darkness beyond Death” is first mentioned here, and is by turns seemingly allegorical or literal. Again, more unpleasant imagery is drawn as well as illustrated here, as are some baffling formula and tables.
Chapter 4: FeerVasDavarenzeit (“Our Fear will consume us”)
A shockingly blunt and insightful treatise on what happens to people when they are ruled by fear, and is if anything a good account of the early beginnings of the Society and its fledgling actions, including the first accounts of Wizards and other Arcanists being persecuted, and one horrific testimony of the “Scourging of Zaalweit”, an event where a small colony of Elves living in what is probably now the Midland Duchies are massacred by a rabid populace whipped into a mob by zealous clergy; the account seems to have been witnessed first hand, and indicates mass murder, rape, robbery and other horrific atrocities. It is also stated that this was one of many situations that occurred across the continent. The tone of the chapter becomes grim and the sanity of the writer has not been helped by what has been seen.
Chapter 5: Dammenzeitachten (“The Earning of our Damnation”)
This chapter muses over what Humanity is, and if, after the events of the previous chapter, is it actually worth saving? The tone indicates the author believes most Humans deserve death and the damnation undoubtedly awaiting them after death is well earned, and is a grim, negative and frank deconstruction of Humanitys worse traits. It details the purging, suppression and indeed slaughter of the Non Korvaio gods followers, with priests of the Empyreal Lords being slain despite being human. This also indicates the start of the Amarkachan hatred for the south and the Society, as Druids, Empyreal Priests and others are martyred and hunted by ravening mobs of fear stricken people, whipped on again by the Society.
Chapter 6: Abaachtzaalhechten (“Hope walks amongst us”)
This baffling series of corrupted hymns and apocryphal accounts of charity and decency seems to indicate a crazed lightening of the authors mood and spirits, sparked in part by a chance encounter with a travelling clergyman (possibly a Paladin) who after a series of talks has restored some if not all the faith in Humanity the author lost in previous chapters.
Chapter 7: EinennDaak, zeit zolt. (“One Darkness, our end”)
Back to apocalyptic horror, this chapter is of the visions of the Darkness Beyond Death and that it shall consume and destroy everything and everyone. A long and toe curling description of the Dead rising, slaying all and turning all to be just like them, and all at the whim of this “Darkness Beyond Death”. The last words of the chapter are “The First Denied Soul is the end of all souls, my heart is too scared to beat and my tears freeze in their tracks; we are forever beyond light and there is nothing to be done, when the eternity of what it offers are but fleeting years away”.
Chapter 8: Das lecht lichten abs Haumantzen (“The Last Light of Humanity”)
This chapter is in 2 parts, the first is clearly written by the author, and talks obliquely of some hope that even the author is unsure about; the mention of “The time of the Six winged Angels”, for example is unclear as is the reference to 5 pillars, and the first part ends abruptly before it properly gets going. The reason would seem to be that the second part of the chapter and the conclusion of the book is written by another hand, and details the account of Luukasz’ Star Chamber Trial and subsequent execution by the Society. The account of the execution by burning at the stake is harrowing, but also oddly uplifting, for Luukasz seems to have been free of fear before and during his execution, and though the flames charred him and killed him, he did not sound unduly pained and afraid. He continued to talk as the flames consumed him, albeit in metaphor, and again sang and shouted aloud about the Time of the 6 winged Angels, the God is Dead but that Humanity’s hope lies in the Seed of Korvaio, and when Humanity’s darkest time is upon them, the Bloom of the Seed may yet save all.
A shrewd reader can deduce that from the first words on chapter 1 to the last words of chapter 8, the book was written over a 30 or so year period.
The book is useful for it allows a reader to be able to learn 1 rank in Knowledge (Planes), Knowledge (History) and Knowledge (Religion) for free. Reading the book requires 1-3 days of dedicated study to gain the benefits, though one must be careful of who one tells of the book, for its ownership and reading are capital offences by the laws of the Society.