"We tell stories you can touch" is how The Mysterious Package Company advertise their services to the uninitiated. Imagine my surprise when The Demon Jar, the one story I have had delivered to myself since I joined the Company in the summer of 2015, turned out to refer to events and places quite close to home - separated, as they may be, by years, decades, even centuries, but geographically no further away from home than a train ride.
Some of us have already floated the idea of meeting at the gathering place of old on Walpurgisnacht 2018, on the eve of May 1st, to observe the revelries firsthand; I am indeed looking forward to meet some of you by the fires next year.
However, I cannot resist the temptation to explore the site by the light of day, and to visit the place where the Demon Jar has been kept for so long. Not as long as I am in possession of a map where X marks the spot! I am fully aware that in all likelyhood, all traces of the events that have unfolded there have been wiped away by the ravages of time, but how could I not go? How could I forfeit the chance to stand in the place where this story began?
So I decided to travel to the place. This weekend, on September 16th, I will walk in Their footsteps. I will share my photographs and stray thoughts with you in this space as I go. If feasible, I may stay in contact via The Chat Room while exploring. I currently expect to arrive in the city between 11am and noon CEST.
A word of warning to those who have not - or not yet - been entrusted with The Demon Jar: What I am going to share here might well reveal truths you are not yet ready to know. Proceed at your own discretion.
As I am getting closer, cellphone reception gets spotty.
This is the (heavily secured) Heidenloch (Heathen's Hole), a well allegedly built by the celts who used the mountain as a cult location before the Romans built a temple to Mercury at the site of the later St. Michael's monastery.
The Thingstätte. A propaganda theatre of the Third Reich, thought up by Joseph Goebbels to promote the 'Blood and Soil' ideology they were so keen on. It did not take, and they used the theatre less and less as it turned out that it was less effective as a propaganda tool than virtually anything else.
I know that the 'Blood and Soil' is, right now, of particular concern to many Americans, who had never dreamt to hear those words in their own country. Perhaps you can find some measure of solace in this: This place does not feel like a national socialist installation, not at all. It is peaceful, people come here to enjoy a nice saturday afternoon, without the Spectre of the Reich hanging over it. It took a world to free us from this scourge, and it is now gone. Never forgotten - how else could we learn? - but gone for good.
And here are the remains of the hidden entrance, still visible in the ground. There is nothing here. They took the vessels and filled up the secret chamber. (This picture contains one of the documents from The Demon Jar)
Right under this spot the Demon Jars were kept for centuries, and right there Maltese met his fate. I cannot say for certain why I brought it here. I may have half expected it to resonate with this place, for the Beast to rattle its cage. (This image shows The Artifact from The Demon Jar)
This post is one of the reasons I hope there is still a mole here.
I believe thegenii recently mentioned that 'They' are following these forums closely. The standing assumption is of course that he was talking about himself.
All joking aside, I am impressed by how closely the Experience reflects reality.
Here is another oddity: The first Demon Jars were shipped shortly after Walpurgisnacht 2017. It stands to reason that the Company received the Jars not too long before that.
Even though people have gathered to celebrate at the Thingstätte since the eighties, in 2017 for the first time there were two forest fires on the mountain and one man took a tumble down a slope and injured himself.
Were some of the jars damaged while the Daughters moved them overseas? Did some of the essence of the Beast escape and return to Heidelberg to wreak havoc?
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