Wizarding in the Wild West
Table of Contents
Alchemy and the Reunification of the Three Peoples
The Gardens of Master Benjamin
Language: The Master Spell
Relics the Brothers Encounter in their Adventures
The Trail of Alchemy
Everything is hinted, said, and then discovered. Three times each thing comes up in the narrative.
Magic comes into their lives for the first time. They learn of their special abilities and look forward to going to school in an old castle.
We establish early on that magic is real, that its includes a whole host of species under one umbrella, and that there's a name for them: the Shee. We also learn incidentally but giving no attention to it that there is something more powerful than the shee (the jinn). We also learn that there are mediocre species that have no magic.
The brothers are told by their aunt of the myth of their people, and where they came from.
In their youth, they are told the legend of Atlantis and of the three magical peoples, and how one fled, one was taken away, and one was lost, and one fled. (foreshadowing the identity of the three peoples, the place and what will happen with bringing them together)
They also learn the story of the Great Alchemist who forges a ring in great heat and wields it in gaining great knowledge and part of that knowledge is how to bring back the dead. These are foreshadows for the audience and examples for the brothers to remember as they reencounter the ideas at the root of these myths of their culture.
The Legend of Atlantis and the Three Magical Peoples.
In their youth, they are told the story of Atlantis and of the three lost magical peoples.
In order to raise Atlantis from the depths, the three magical peoples need to unite together and dispossess the djinn of their dominion and bind them. The lost peoples must be found and unite; only will the gifts of each people be fully manifest through the reliance on each other.
Story of the Great Alchemist.
The one who learned to change himself; symbolized in the Phoenix or Lion. He transformed himself into gold, and in so doing, showed the way for others. He was the embodiment of all three peoples. They must be united once more at the end, restored to, just like in the beginning.
Mortimer also hears from his aunt the story of a Great Lion slain on a stone table by a wicked witch.
The Blackburn family clurichaun shows up in their cellar.
Their father bequeathed a brass ring to one of his sons with the pentacle family crest. They don't know where it comes from, but that it is an old family heirloom.
The existence and recent origins family centered, non-magical origins of the ring.
At school, the brothers learn in an obscure book the history of the Shee confirming the story told to the brothers in a fable as youth, now at school how the shee had fled and first hidden in the hills, and then spread throughout Europe and Asia. They assume that they are of the shee, and that the identity of the other two peoples is not known. They do not realize who they are or the significance. Reiterating to them consciously what needs to be done, that these people will some day reunite and help one another, and defeat their enemies and tie them up for a thousand years.
Mortimer first deduces for the first time the idea of going back to their roots and how they could learn who they are and the special knowledge of their peoples.
Mortimer and his father get kidnapped by pirates in the Barbary Wars. Mortimer gets taken and saved by an Alchemist.
Mortimer is first exposed to alchemy at age 16 in Africa. Alchemy is where he learns of the idea of transformation as taught through alchemical practice. We automatically assume this means its a magical process for wizards, not necessarily something for everyone.
The brother's father inducts them as masons into the lodge. This reawakens a part of the brothers that connects them to their unmagical heritage, and reminds them of the coincidence of the pentacle connection. It brings to the audience's attention to question the origins of the ring; draw attention to the ring and remind us of its non-magical connection.
After returning home from Africa, his dad decides its time to induct Mortimer and Benjamin into Masonry. In Masonry, they see the symbols that represent transformation, but he doesn't recognize them for what they are exactly. He sees the symbols and forms without the profound meaning, and recognizes the elements that he'd learned in regards to Alchemy. We assume it means Masonry is a lost art from wizards that is now promoted by non-magicals. Allusion to a time when these things were known beyond the world of magic.
This also provides a later cultural connection with Joseph Smith when we are told that Masonry has come to Nauvoo.
In Egypt they find glimpses of the lost knowledge in pictures and fragments, but with no context, they can't piece it together.
Another time where we see that the ideas in alchemy could be outside magic; or we think it could mean that magic was in Egypt. We find out that it wasn't though.
Mortimer recognizes in Joseph Smith the power of the jann. Something beyond his own magic is reflected in Joseph Smith
The Gods of Greece have corrupted ideas of it, but no credibility is given to them because they are so irresponsible and gross.
Mortimer returns with regularity to West Africa to learn from the alchemist
The dedication of the Kirtland Temple and the sacrifice the saints put into building it.
Joseph explains to Mortimer the purpose that temples serve. This provides them with the background and knowledge that comes into play with the elves in ireland; their temples. To teach and prepare recipients with higher knowledge.
Teaching of those truths in plainness; worship of them without recognizing exactly what they mean or knowing how to apply them.
The idea of preparation and fulfillment demonstrated through the visual aid of the Kirtland Temple and its dedication
The Kirtland Temple is preparation. This follows a pattern that exists through out; preparation and fulfillment.
Music is discovered as a secret magical language; the history and function of language, it being blessed and using irish as a magical language allows the brothers to use their unique culture to channel spells that others wouldn't understand.
The brothers get acquainted with the Kabbalah through Alexander Neibaur and Joseph Smith in the late 1830's. This reintroduces the idea of transformation ; a more explained understanding of what the transformation is and how it works and what it means in connection with the religious understanding and belief. The idea that these ideas are cross-peoples is rooted.
Joseph Smith tells them of the history of the ring and of the spiritual meaning of the pentacle: that it represents the intrinsic power of God, and embodies the principles at the root of the power that God wields.
The Brothers access to the knowledge of the Masonic lodge provides a background to recognize the ideas connecting the disparate truths to each other and providing a consistent narrative spine to the ideas that come together with the temple of the Shee in Ireland (the fractal), the Egyptian Pyramid, the fire of the Zoroastrians, the djinn of Arabia, the prophetic arch of Merlin the prophet or alchemist, the fractals of Mandelbrot, the unifying theory of Einstein, the preparation and fulfillment duality of Joseph Smith.
Mortimer learns of ring making and the use of alchemy. He trains in metallurgy and amalgamations; instilling his intent into the metals.
Mortimer returns with regularity to West Africa to learn from the alchemist. We see more ideas that he teaches him that provide us further understanding. It is still esoteric and cloaked, but he keeps learning and trying. Only when the alchemist dies does he disclose that there is more out there, and to seek for the reuniting of these peoples, and the protecting against the growing darkness that soon will descend. He knows who Mortimer is, and admonishes him to finish his role. To find his role and to embrace it.
The process of alchemy gets Mortimer interested in mining; he establishes connections in the north and serendipitously makes friends of a dwarf. He consults him and brings him north with him.
Nauvoo temple is built; the Kirkland temple was a preparatory temple, now there is a fulfilling purpose the new one will provide. Mortimer guesses what will be taught there because of his previous experience with the Elves in Ireland.
We recognize by this time that the djinn are a formidable host, and we assume the wizards are here to save the day of everyone else. But they fail. It is here in Zoroastrianism in Arabic ness that we learn of just who the djinn are; we learn from an old arab and of the history that is passed down. The story of the ring of Solomon leads them to believe that is how they control the jinn. Mortimer initiates into ring making.
Confrontations with Jinn happen that make them begin to doubt the ring hypothesis. Reliance on friends and collaboration allow them to save to day.
It is through Merlin the human Sage that they learn to go to the place of their inheritance to find their purpose. He has a power that is not magic, but is a different, deeper knowledge from experience. He has no authority, but he has imagination and knowledge, and offers them his insights as a gift without undermining or telling them what they must do, only sage advice.
Brothers go to India and there encounter the Zoroastrians and learn of the djinn and see the connection of this ancient myth to the stories of the other systems. They receive a clear understanding of who the djinn are.
On an exploration for a concoction from a minor witch, they go exploring/wandering to the historic origins of wizards to Ireland: the faerie mounds. Their cross-specialty knowledge give them unique insights to discover the remnant sidhe Elves. They don't know what they might find; they are only there incidentally, but decide to wander and explore for fun, for the kicks of it.
Sidhe elves and the Knowledge of How to Find Joy
From the elves we learn how various species of shee had kept the old ways and passed them down, and were only open to those with pure intent to wish to understand.
It is among the Sidhe in the faerie mounds of Ireland that Mortimer and Benjamin discover the lost knowledge of the Sidhe, and connecting this knowledge to the purpose of their existence, that they can be reincarnated, and that they live a life before... and that those stories that resonate are likely telling them that it was part of the life they lived previously. And that in order to be able to die and move on, that they must fulfill the purpose for which they were sent. He learns about the possibility of reincarnation of the sidhe and that they had had other lives. What is the key to moving on? By fulfilling ones purpose. How do you know you've fulfilled your purpose? Who knows.
Mortimer and Benjamin and the Elven Temple in Ireland
Elves teach them the higher knowledge. The connection with Joseph in that they have temples too. That knowledge is provided anew from the keepers of the lore in the Shee of Ireland, who show them it afresh. There are familiar symbols he's seen in Masonry and Alchemy. Suggesting there is a universal constant that they are encountering.
Memories of the earlier ring of power and its collapse; pictures and memories of the old saga. Hint of the futility of using force to build the ring of power that is the key to building atlantis.
Recognition that they need to integrate the school and not be racist; that the three types of people could benefit from this union?
Mortimer gets introduced unexpectedly to the gods of norse mythology and become acquainted with them in the midst of a drunken party.
Norse gods are akin to the Greek gods- they are flawed sidhe who have interacted with men
understanding the djinn the djinn have influenced the sidhe and convinced many to worship them through the placeholder sidhe
coercion is what separates djinn and djann
the fruits of their teaching are the evidence of their real power and who they serve
The Ring of Solomon fails at keeping the djinn from overcoming them. He struggles to learn the necessary lessons, but he's the fastest student to learn fire.
Realization that mankind is the lost people; need to teach them alchemy.
Mortimer begins to formulate the idea of the Alchemical Arts School.
Alchemy becomes the ultimate expression of the deepest truths. The idea of transformation, of preparation and fulfillment, of the idea of the four stages of the individual that must align to bring health. Of the ultimate ability to become creators from the Kaballah.
They see these ideas and principles in other places that align the ideas of the three peoples, and that indicate the truths, providing additional insight and nuance as each people and manifestation maintains or holds on to certain strong truths which they have gleaned from exposure or participation. They initiate a school to perpetuate these ideas.
Mortimer finally applies and experiments with teaching his adopted niece Mercury who is non magical.
They gather the three peoples in the towns in the mountains and protect them from the Djinn, who attempt to infiltrate and destroy them. They do not succeed.
Alchemy and the Reunification of the Three Peoples
The principles of truth that Mortimer and Benjamin discover by accident through practical and theoretical learning. Chancing upon through the discovery of fractals, the arts, quantum physics, the historical patterns of history, and the golden ratio. Imply their birth connection to King Solomon by the inheritance of the ring, as well as the fact that their daughter, Mercury is non magic, meaning the three types of magic live within them already, they just need to recognize the principles, and live them; they have the shadow of the Great Alchemist with them. Solomon was a representative of the Jann. Joseph Smith demonstrates that he is one of the Jann as well. Moses is a Jann. Elijah was a Jann. He was human, he was also a jann. Christ was all three, jann, sidhe, and human.
The racism of their culture. The biases of keeping back non magicals and the principles that unite them; these are "magical" principles that are just as important to non magicals as to magicals.
The otherness of not only other magical creatures, but of entire races of magic only recognized upon a second glance. Discovery of the lost people by recognizing that these principles apply to non magicals even more so than to magicals; Mercury becomes the bridge of thought.
The story of the separation of the ancient magical races and the fall or dissolution of Avalon/Atlantis.
The brothers begin to recognize that they might be playing a key role in bringing together of the ancient races in one as they build a place of safety built incidentally on the foundation of these principles giving all a chance to learn; them working together to provide a place of freedom, safety, and joy and creation.
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Well after the dissolution of Avalon and Atlantis, many sidhe have attempted to reunite the three magical peoples and again bring about Avalon, but in their conceit had looked down at muggles and considered them lesser; they discounted them and did not discern their true identity. The incomplete knowledge and their own lack of character kept them from this lofty ambition.
But being well outside the culture, conventions, and traditions of the wizarding community, the brothers were able to see past the biases and false ideas of their culture. They were open minded enough to see the other magical peoples for what they were, and to value them and recognized the part they might play in the bringing back of Avalon and Atlantis from the old days.
And so alchemy was almost an accidental discovery for them. They had already found the mechanics that undergirded magic and helped non magical students to tap their potential. They just didn't know what it was.
Even alchemy as it stood when they found it was flawed from what they'd found worked. They could tell there were a few things that had become warped over the years. Once they changed them, they adopted the name of Alchemy, seeing this as the closest approximation to what they were doing. But they called it New Alchemy, or alchemy as it was taught once upon a time. They believed that what they taught was the most ancient and fundamental foundation of magic
The Franchises of the Magical Mercantile
Over the years, Mortimer Blackburn established many separate franchises of his mercantile. Not all of them were in tents, either. In fact a few of them eventually were brick and mortar storefronts.
As a new American immigrant, was chasing success and fortune. Once he found success in his first establishment, he wanted to open another. As those thrived, he opened stores anywhere and everywhere he could. And once the known wizarding community was filled up, he went looking for other peoples and places to set up new shoppes.
So he hustled, and worked, and established a presence wherever he could find an audience. He had plenty of money, and in a world of someone who was pretty creative and resourceful, plus had magic, money didn't really have a lasting hold on him.
It was the challenge to build, and to grow. It was the adventure and the passion of making something, and building something bigger than himself. In time, it grew to much more than even this. He eventually used it as a front for some very meaningful movements, projects, and endeavors that saved or preserved individuals, traditions, and ideas that were at risk of being destroyed.
Mercantile were opened in Narnia, in Wonderland, and in Steamville. They were in China, Japan, in Germany, and France, and in the South Pacific. And he had a pretty nifty network to keep track of these. In each store there would be a variety of portals or doorways that allowed hasty travel from the Blackburn Boarding House to each of these franchises. He'd even devised an adaptation to a very old tradition of using wardrobes for travel. One wardrobe could be used as a reliable means of transport with just a flick of the hanger, and the right shirt, on the left, that is. A few mistakes were made in the beginning that left him stranded before they'd established the franchises themselves, and had a reliable means of return.
He conveniently access each franchise through a system he established through the magic of the wardrobe. He started by collecting in one location the various portals that would allow him to travel to and from. Eventually he realized that he needed a more regular mean, and eventually more diverse means of accessing his stores. This was the means by which the Great Magical Migration was facilitated. It allowed migrations to happen unseen, and beyond the reach of the authorities. He could transport entire races who wished to find freedom. Eventually the news got out and he had to use more discretionary means to assure that those who were coming would not tell, but at first he had to deal with the consequences of leaky ships.
He would come across these places, not because of luck, but more because wizards had never stopped and considered that there might be worlds beyond the corners of the world that they had chosen to inhabit. If they could have trap streets and undetectable extension charms, what would prevent entire worlds from springing up in other unaccounted corners of the world? And it was his for the taking! New lands meant new customers, and new customers means new franchises!
And there was the constant search for new products; new places opened up new traditions, new creators, and new vendors who might want to sell in his shops. And with a smattering of shops throughout so many distant lands, he could never have enough product to from his many, many suppliers.
Eventually he began noticing that some of his friends could benefit from his market. He decided to experiment by inviting vendors to join him. He continued to expand his mercantile outside of the medieval tent.
The Spring of the Brothers' Long Life
Wizards live for a considerably longer lifetime than humans. But to last without showing signs of aging is a trick even wizards need an extra measure of magic for.
While one could reasonably turn to the dark arts to achieve such a notable end, sucking the life out of children, or zapping them into the past and letting them live to death, the Brothers never would have turned to the dark in order to achieve such an end. In fact, they wouldn't and didn't even seek it. It was an unlikely and perfect storm that had everything to do with a perfect storm of circumstances.
As a merchant, and merchandizer, Mortimer Blackburn travelled the world. He was always on the lookout for new products to sell. Not only did he find it fascinating and entertaining to sell new and novel items, but he had many many franchises to keep stocked! There was never enough product, even when the difficulty of travel and freight was minimized by the magical. In fact the freight was the easiest part. The main problem was connecting to competent and talented creators who were interested in stocking his shelves. And Mortimer went high and low throughout lands distant and far to find what he was looking for. Sometimes he would find suppliers in the most unlikely of places. And sometimes he'd find them close to home. Mainly he had to keep an open mind, and not mind taking the time to be curious; to wander and play, and take the long way round. And it was this curiosity and willingness to take the long way that ended up providing him and his brother Benjamin all the time in the world.
It was on one of these long ways round that found them in the jungles of South America. They had been searching many times for the lost city of Gold. They'd gotten a clue from an old witch doctor where they'd sold the feathers of a gigantic predatory bird that had swooped down on top of Mortimer. They weren't too keen on letting such beautiful plumage go to waste; they weren't really hunters to begin with, and hadn't have killed the bird had it not attacked them so swiftly. They'd left the body hanging in the jungle with the expectation of sending the tribe after it so that it wouldn't go to waste, but figured the feathers might fetch a pretty penny for the right buyer.
This medicine man had looked at them like he'd seen a ghost. He wouldn't buy a single feather, but kept bowing to them and muttering, afraid to look up at them. But he insisted they follow him.
Metallurgy: Building the Ring of Power
The red-coated charletan
Nikra the woman infected by spider venom; weaving her webs, injecting poison and fear
Josh shows up and he shows his water bending skills. They work together. He fights with Benjamin.
They learn to lean on each other, love and collaborate with each other, creating the real ring of power. This is the beginning and foundation of the Building of New Avalon
So many people possessed by one djinn or another, always hanging up on fear, or self hate. Sometimes I wonder if anyone will come and stay. But for the record, there's Barry, and Rob
The First Halloween
They had celebrated Samhain for a long time as a time of remembering their ancestors and culture.
Headless horseman, banshee, silkies. Jack-o-lantern
The Brothers' First Christmas
Christmas really took on an identity with the work of Kris Kringle. They had already regularly been celebrating Yule, but it was the English Aristocracy that introduced the tradition of trees in the house, which they picked up. Electric lights came later.
Krampus had already had a presence in their lives by then.
Weaving in the tradition of Ghost stories at Christmas
Connection to Charles Dickens; Poe.
From Mortimer's travels
The Capture of Benjamin Blackburn
In his travels, Mortimer gets discovered and mistaken for his brother, and he has to navigate the situation; his friends come to his aid, and he doesn't have to use a single spell to escape from captivity.
They switch places; Mortimer shows his darker side, and Benjamin feigns a smile.
Resolution of the bounty hunter.
It has been inquired as to who might be the closest friend or associate of Master Mortimer. Many guess appropriately that his brother might be his closest ally, and they would not be completely wrong. But they would not be entirely correct. But long before his brother came to his side on the road to his destiny, Mortimer had another.
Among his many compatriots and companions, Master Mortimer always had one who was with him from the beginning of his adventures. That was of his magical mercantile, or to be specific, the medieval tent. It was this lady that was his first and most constant friend through the earliest years of his adult adventures. Through thick and thin, pain and perspective, as well as and danger and deprivation that he became indistinguishable from the profile she cut against the dimming sunset and rising sun. He was Mortimer, and she his mercantile.
Initially this connection was no more than maker and means, but only after a run-in with the djinn did his tent take on a personality of her own.
The Gardens of Master Benjamin
Of all the many rare vines and bushes in the gardens of the Blackburn Manor, there are few not brought there intentionally by Benjamin Blackburn. Of all the interests and preoccupations that take up bandwidth of the dark and brooding wizard, this one is the dominant and recurring theme of his story. And strangely, if you were to take a gander at the nature of these wild and woolly green things, you would think they'd be made up of some dank and dark things. But not so. Not to say that there were the odd poison plant or thorny thistle, but among these were an overabundance of many flowers and fruits meant to simply delight and to fulfill delicious purposes. If you were to truly see into the heart of this brooding wizard, you would recognize a hurt little boy longing for healing and to provide help.
Though gardening wasn't always an art practiced to perfection by Master Benjamin. He had had a long and tumultuous relationship with pets in the past. In his youth, there was a strange pattern of zombie rats that seemed to follow him wherever he went. And then there was the baby salt water croc he insisted on keeping and lost.
Once he discovered plants, he laid off the pets as a general rule, or just kept one cat at a time. Sometimes he'd keep the odd reptile, and the attendant colony of rats to feed them, but that was it.
Language: The Master Spell
One of the unusual byproducts to come of the revelations had by the brothers regarding alchemy and all its implications was the realization that magic had no single manifestation via a solitary linguistic root. In other words, latin and english were hardly the beginning nor the end of all the magical potential had within the world of words. In fact, as established in the realm of African magic, words weren't even necessary when conjuring a spell, though they had an impressive influence when done correctly.
But they weren't the only, nor the most effective means at the disposal of wizards or sidhe. As long as the methods were prepared and practiced, any concerted form of communication could be channelled as a medium of magic. And so it was that music became a rather subtle and secret means of magic for the Blackburn Brothers.
Over the years, Mortimer becomes the supplier of the best irish whiskey on this side of the Atlantic. He shows up in all sorts of places and establishments, always being careful to make friends. One of the more famous places he supplied was the bar in Tombstone, Arizona.
These channels or avenues become pivotal in the future, as they become the means whereby he secretly imports the fleeing Hsidhe under the nose of the magical authorities. He becomes an outlaw on par with his brother once they realize what he's been doing, but they can never catch him because he's so crafty: he looked outside the magical world in order to accomplish his objectives.
We see Professor River Song taking lessons from Doc Holladay. She seeks them out to learn all she knows about guns and fighting.
and Dodge City, KS.
Mortimer makes a point to have friends and then they protect him without him having to use magic.
We see the Tardis in the distance.
Relics the Brothers Encounter on Their Adventures
A sarcophagus with a mummy that lives in their basement.
Pandora's box has the curse most feared by the djinn and their enemies:
Used to put on the annual program in the wizarding jail... against their will.
Aztec gold. Retrieved from a cave down by Tortuga that nobody wants to touch. Sell as snake oil medicine for weight loss to zombies. It suppresses appetite.