Thursday, 4 February 2016

Some Details In The Old Phoenix

I described the interior of the Old Phoenix here but there are always more details:

of the two globes on the desk, one is celestial, the other terrestrial showing places like Atlantis and Huy Braseal;

the bookshelves have Sokolnikoff's Introduction to Paratemporal Mathematics and the Handbook of Alchemy and Metaphysics;

Valeria, who has her own copy of the Handbook, knows theorems that enable her to travel to a particular continuum or one like it;

she even found the Old Phoenix by deducing that there had to be an interuniversal nexus;

by contrast, Holger travels randomly, using a medieval grimoire;

Valeria can teach Holger some of what she knows but he will be unable to use the knowledge unless he can prove and understand the theorems;

meanwhile, one of their fellow guests is a regular called Clodia Pulcher.

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