>Some texts claim that there are means by which a person can seal themselves, or be sealed, beneath the earth and live for centuries, unable to move, see, hear, touch or taste. These texts claim that when all consciousness of their own existence has been worn away, the sealed one’s “other eyes” will open, and they will be able to perceive and effect reality by non-physical means. The texts further say that the sorcerer or victim will be driven almost mad by the thought that their perceptions could be simple dreams or delusions, and this hysteria gives them great power. Thus if they can be truly convinced that they are perceiving the world, then they will instantly lose their power to do so, and will die. The other method of banishing such a creature is by finding and destroying their body.
>Mu, or Lemuria, refers to a continent which is hypothesised to have once existed in the Pacific Ocean. It is said to have been the origin of the civilisations of ancient India and Tibet, and of the Incas and Mayans, all of whom are said to have been colonies of Mu (indirectly in the case of Tibet, which is said to have been settled via India).
The moai, the carved stone heads of Easter Island, are said to be relics of this culture, just as the Pacific islands are the remains of the continent. Mu is said to have been destroyed by volcanic eruption and earthquake, followed by flooding. Rather implausibly, Mu is said to have been “completely obliterated in almost a single night.” Some have suggested that Mu was more advanced than the modern world, and that the destruction was the result of some weapon or technological disaster, such as a nuclear war.
I would suggest that a more realistic theory is that Mu lay in the same land as Teleleli. Perhaps the city itself lay within the boundaries of Mu, perhaps not. It seems likely that Mu itself was not destroyed, but merely the ‘bridge’ between it and our world. Given my speculations about the link between Teleleli and the Biblical land of Sheba, it may be that this loss occured in pre-Biblical times, and the legend of the expulsion from the Garden of Eden arises from the experience of a distant colony suddenly finding itself cut off from home, trapped in a dismal frontier. Similarly, we might find it profitable to study the ancient Egyptian concept of the afterlife as a distant land, and the ancient Indian Uttarakuru, a fabled continent which is sometimes described as existing in our world, and sometimes in another.
>In contrast to other sentient weapons, magic swords tend to have grand ambitions: most commonly to kill all of a particular species, or to enable a particular cause to conquer the world.
This may be why magic swords are associated with aristocrats, while magic spears are associated with commoners; because the swords seek out socially powerful people who can better achieve their ends.
>This secret society of wizards believes that all things in the material world are imperfect reflections of ideal forms, which exist in a place called the Heaven of Perfect Forms.
They possess spells which create visions, which they claim show the Heaven of Perfect Forms. Thus, they say, their illusions are more real than the reality they obscure. This may account for the rumoured ability of these illusions to do actual harm to those who believe in them.
>These bags, filled with a lighter-than-air gas, are attached to sick cows. Since cows lie down with they are sick, forcing them to stay standing up cures their sickness.