Down Cthulhu, The Occult Wars
Cpt. Tom Spalding, when asked about Lord Percy and Rick Rathbone by Thomas Wilberforce:
“I knew you would ask about those 2 fellows. Let me tell you something: When one of those 2 are at a function for the Adventurer’s Club, each person there knows a larger sense of grandeur than they is present. When they are both in attendance, it is something different altogether. It is as Titans amongst giants. When they shake hands, an almost tangible reverberation pulses through the room (I experienced this myself first hand) and everyone instictively knows that something epic just occured.”
Major Mortimer Feather and Professor Thadeus Tarr, responding to the subject of their going to warn Rathbone and Goldstein of the Gorge of Osiris’ dangers. Interview by Thomas Wilberforce.
Tarr “Some little time after they, I heard from a mutual friend of Rathbone’s within the Iluminati concerning why he and Fritz had really gone to Africa; not just to help Prof. Somerfield at Amarna. After some research on the subject I felt they were in great danger, and the need to rush and warn them of what they may have been getting into, as if we were going to save them.”
Feather “And we went to save them, we did. Thought they were in over their heads! Ha, haha, hahahahaha! Mr. Wilberforce, I don’t think there is a danger from this world or any other which would put Richard and Fritz in over their heads. Now, I have no doubt that we provided some assistance, of course, but we were of no necessity to them.”
WIlberforce on Percy’s and Rathbone’s groups: “Those aether travelers of Lord Percy, its like the universe is on their side. They are brazen, foolhardy, some of them often going into deadly combat brandishing only their bare fists. By choice! Yet somehow, someway, they stumble into victory via sheer bravado and the charisma of their leader. If the universe ever decides its not on their side though, they could be done for. Rathbone’s explorers, on the other hand, are victorious through sheer skill, like they are unstoppable against any obstacle. If the universe is ever against them, one has the feeling they will defeat the universe.”
It is a bio-engineered wood infused with an organic-metal, previously unknown type of iron. It is hyper-sensitive to planetary magnetism so that one can build a ship out of the wood and fly on the electromagnetism. It degrades like metals, especially in moist environments. So, while it lasts 10 or so years on Mars after being cut down, it lasts about half that on earth. On Venus, it degrades even faster than calculations show for an unknown reason.
The alignment of the hull sections on the ship work with the magnetic field to easily supply more or less lift as you change the alignment of manipulating planks.
The Faceless Man
Supposedly better referenced in an unfound Necronomicon.
One school of thought: Prepares way for something else. Believed more by Christianity (opened way for Satan, like an evil John the Baptist).