Proud Fianna knight of hope and peace
Yeah, but that's a self change. This is the first time I think we see "radioactive evil", where the mere contact with evil makes you mutate.Run-ins with the Bone Turner tend to leave you pretty deformed as well.
EPISODE 70: BOOK OF THE DEAD
Statement of: Masato Murray, regarding an unusual inheritance and the causes thereof
Date of Statement: December 9 2003
Recording by: Jonathan Simms
In 2003, Masato was surprised when Philip Doer left him something in his will. They were never friends really--deep down they never really liked each other. Philip apparently has OPINIONS when he’s drinking. Well, had. Philip apparently fell under a train at 37 years old, and it kind of hit 24 year old Masato that death was a thing. So poor maudlin Masato, realizing his end will one day come (and that he is terrified of it) wasn’t helped when he Philip’s will gave him his journal.
Well...not his journal, really. It was an old black book, far too old for a middle aged man. Large and heavy like a family bible. These was no title, only a quote on the first page;
Life is a current that cannot be fought. It is a march with one destination. You cannot cease your step, nor move your course, to one that skirts the journey's termination." Below this a hand-written note says "You have already read too much."
Masato laughs a bit--Philip apparently was able to be an asshole even beyond the grave. The next pages were hand-written Latin. Twenty pages in, old English--some words about a Julian and “deathe” and “homicide”. The next pages in a different hand and a different name. By the time we hit “Christopher”, it’s a wall of printed type. The death of Christopher in 1592, dragged by a horse. In gruesome detail, you find that Christopher was dragged by a horse, skin flayed on the cold ground, an killed after the third time the horse tramples him. Real pager turner.
All the accounts are the same--a violent unpleasant death for a person. No natural deaths--all gruesome. On the last pages with type (Oh good--there’s blank pages left!), Masato reads about first, Philip doer being killed by a train, and the last page for Masato.
So...was this Philip’s suicide notes? Maybe...but then why did it have a page on Masato, dying in 2014 by being run down in Lancershire by a hit-and-run car? This was a sick joke involving a suicide note written in multiple hands and a well-aged forgery, right? Well, even if it wasn’t, Masato would just make sure to not go to Lanchershire! Espcially in 2014!
But still...it weighs on you, and Masato starts to research. He finds an Alexander who dies in 1983, murdered in his bed, that matches the book’s description. So...why didn’t phil try to NOT take a train on that day? An obvious question--so Masato re-reads his chapter, and finds that it’s changed--now, he was going to die in London in 2012 due to a gas explosion in a flat he rented. He would die from 3rd degree burns 19 hours later.
Masato freaks out, throws the book, goes for a walk, trying to deduce what it all meant and how it worked. He stayed with a John Kendrick for a few days, but to no avail--he was back at his house, staring at the book, wondering what the pages would say now…
He couldn’t destroy the book. Fire wouldn’t burn it, water wouldn’t damage it, pages wouldn’t tear. Masato read how he would die from a piece of masonry in 2011. Each time he read it, the time was getting closer, and the death was still miserable.
He didn’t bring the book, and he won’t leave a will. He doesn’t know if the book cares if you own it or just read it. Just that he needs to keep it as long as he can and that, like everybody else he will one day die.
Masato apparently vanished a few days after his statement. He resigned from his job, left his flat, and spooked. Tim was able to verify Philip did die via a train. If he was corret about the book, then Masato was already dead.
There was nothing about Leitner, though. Which was odd for Simms. So i guess this means the books don’t get their power from Leitner but rather somewhere else.
Oh, and Not-Sasha finally got her computer fixed by IT.
It always comes back to those books, doesn’t it? Why? Simms thought that Leitner had given the books what dark powers they had, but now--it means Leitner wasn’t a warlock but just a collector…
He’s been back in the tunnels, the upper levels at least. On the second floor, he found a room with three wood chairs. There had been more but they were smashed and scorched. There was a small scrap of paper--someone tore up a book and burned it. Specifically, a copy of the Key of Solomon. That book Gertrude bought.
I really want a brief "The Magnus I.T.", where one guy is madly figuring out how to bypass evil influences on your computer.
Otherwise--this one is good, but doesn't really hit any of my buttons really. I can't really explain why. The idea of a book that gives you worse deaths even faster should be terrible but...I dunno.