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The Archivist


The Archivist

Name: “Hera”
Location: A Cave in the Woods
First Appearance: June 13th, 2022

Background

The Archivist is the narrator of the Leviathan's Children reveals on the 187 X account.

There are a few things that have been revealed about the Archivist:

  • They are currently stationed in a cave in the woods with a dot matrix printer, that has ties to E.R.I.S. or the Agent of Eris group.
  • On February 27th, 2024 the Archivist finds that the cave is a smaller part of a much bigger space (which includes a library of popular “illuminati” conspiracy theory books).
  • They are a scientist / researcher by trade
  • Their proper name is referred to as “Hera” by the printer on March 23rd, 2023, the same day that Kollyrion the Shrike is revealed.
  • They are referred to as “Miss” by a man who arrived at the cave on March 7th, 2024.

Timeline

July 6th, 2022

The first Archivist message was released alongside the reveal of The Steel Prince. This was the first reveal publicly done outside of the Truth Arts Discord.

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I've been in and out of this cave for weeks, but it wasn't until today that I made the strangest discovery - a small, heavy metal door, tucked away behind a cluster of stalagmites. Beyond it, a small, metal room, empty except for a desk and a chair, lit by a single, dim lightbulb. On the desk is what appears to be an ancient but functional computer terminal, but what's powering it, and what's it connected to? I have no idea. Also, beside the terminal is an old dot-matrix printer, several sheets of information have been printed, but I can't quite figure it out.

As I stood there pondering this, the machine came to life, printing out the attached sheet. I've since discovered that I can use this terminal as well, though aside from recording and printing out my recent findings. I have not yet discovered to access any other information on this machine or what its true function is.

July 14th, 2022

The second Archivist message was released alongside the reveal of Æthrean The Vine-Scribe.

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I find myself spending more and more time down here. Something about the cold, crisp air makes time move differently. I don't even notice the hours move by.

I've been sifting through the sheets that were already printed when I found this place, trying to make sense of it all. I'm starting to recognize a few connections. They all seem to mention Leviathan scales, or shards, or shells. Isn't that some kind of sea monster? Also, certain planets and certain names are appearing and reappearing. They seem to be dossiers of…people? Beings? …all from places I've never heard of.

Also, who is writing these things.

July 18th, 2022

The Archivist message gave details on Cendrathiel and the relationships between the Charmweavers and the Ælfethlynns.

There were also notes possibly linking Æthrean The Vine-Scribe and Ethelia The Windwitch.

PLANET 8: CENDRATHIEL
SPECIES 12: THE CHARMWEAVERS

Once the inhabitants of the mighty mountain kingdom of Heredrelleth, the Charmweavers are now very nearly an extinct race, having been almost wiped out in the sixty year long Blackland Wars, which ravaged much of the inhabited population of the world of Cendrathiel. Tiny settlements still remain, hidden with charm magic in mountain fastnesses and in unknown valleys in the Mountains of Ash. They create charms with powerful magical effects from precious metals. It is commonly believed that some distant point in the past, the Charmweavers and the Ælfethlynn were a single race, but that some powerful magic divided them.

There are only two Charmweavers in the 187, and they are both separated from others of their kind, orphans in unfamiliar lands.

July 21st, 2022

The fourth Archivist message was released along side the reveal of Old Shinyguts The Barbican

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This old goliath of a machine keeps spitting out these illegible green and black renderings, it's impossible to understand what they look like. I've spent enough years doing field drawings to know how to interpret something, so I've just started drawing them meyself. It helps me better understand who they are when they can see them. I'm starting to get a sense of who they are and their place in the world now.

July 28th, 2022

The fifth Archivist message was released along side the reveal of Muadakan Er Sarrha

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I've been trying to organize the information that this old terminal keeps spitting out in a way that makes some kind of sense. But I have so many questions. How many planets are there? How many species are there? What is a Leviathan? What is a Leviathan shard/shell/scale, and how does it alter those who come into contact with it? Why do it's effects seem to change from being to being? WHAT ARE THE 187?

I'm going to need to grab my sketchbook next time I come down here. I feel like drawing diagrams will help me understand some of this better. I might just grab my field cot, too. I like it down here.

August 4th, 2022

The sixth Archivist message was released with field drawings of Parika of Mirachinest and Li of the Children, alongside some notes asking questions about the Elements and their importance.

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I didn't realize I had stayed the night in the cave, until I work up next to my sketchbook. Time seems to feel different down here, without any natural light I don't even know what time of day it is.

I've been spending more and more time here. I packed a bag with food and water so I didn't need to keep leaving when I get hungry. Some days I feel like I'm starting to make some progress o these characters, others I have no idea what I've stumbled into. Just when I think I know the scale, I learn of a new planet.

August 10th, 2022

The seventh Archivist message was released along side the reveal of Clyde The Noobleduck.

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Last time I remember being this immersed in research was when I found porphyroblast in Fiji… It's not often we get this kind of new discovery in our lifetimes, or in a dozen lifetimes even.

I know what this means, and I know how special it is. Whether I found this cave… or maybe it found me, I can't let this feeling escape. As long as it takes, I'll figure out what this all means.

August 18th, 2022

The eighth Archivist message was released along side the reveal of Imlorrix 343 Monk of the Deep, and also included some of the Archivist draws describing Ulshar's atmosphere.

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Seven earth-like planets orbit the red dwarf star called Qaphat. Of these seven, four have given rise to intelligent life, each species very different from every other. The fourth of these planets - Ulshar - is a frozen world, covered wit a mile-thick crust of ice. Beneath the ice, warmed up by the planet's radioactive core, is a silent ocean world, lit only by a multitude of strange, bioluminescent life. It is also the home of the glittering Ulsharri, who live out their lives in small, roaming cities that they construct on the back of enormous turtle-like beasts.

Very few of them have ever been to the frozen surface of their world or seen the dim light of their sun, preferring the warmth of the deeps. They are an ancient race, with records dating back millions of years. They have secretly and curiously watched the other races of the worlds of Qaphat evolve and develop, and have attempted to guide these species in peaceful directions - with varying results. .

September 2nd, 2022

The ninth Archivist message was released along side the reveal of Jara-Jara Jandamara. The image provided was the Archivist's field notes, asking questions about the overall Universe, and diagrams of Qaphat and Ulshar. There was also a drawing of an Ælfethlynn who looks similar to Æthrean The Vine-Scribe, and an unknown little girl.

September 20th, 2022

The tenth Archivist message was released along side the reveal of Polly The Nooblebug. The Archivist message asks again about the little girl that appears in it's dreams.

On the same day, the Archivist later revealed all 3 Chimeras:
The Chimera of Pain
The Chimera of Fear
The Chimera of Hatred

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I've come to find the smell of this place comforting. It's a little dank and old, with a hint of ozone from the circuits in the old machine, but my mind identifies it as the smell of home now. Even the weird, almost inaudible hiss of the ancient monitor seems somehow right to me now. The only unsettling thing is the dreams. I think these are more than just characters that this computer keeps spitting out stories of. When I read their descriptions, brief as they are, I feel like I an see them. No, that's not the right word. I can feel them. Sometimes I dream about them. And it's not just the ones the computer has already revealed. I've seen beautiful, horrible things through the eyes of… people… that I haven't read about yet. We're connected somehow. Was it some kind of weird fate that led me to this place? Or was it something more intentional? Something more distinct that brought me here to find this machine? It's all so familiar, and yet so very alien.

Who is the little girl?

March 8th, 2023

The eleventh Archivist message was released along side the reveal of Bridge the Waldragon. There are hints in the message to the Isle of Dragons, which is later revealed in Nia Er Fulad's biography on March 13th, as well as possibly referencing the Wagablob's on Llanwyth. This was also the end of a 6 month gap between messages.

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It's been months since the computer spit out the three Chimeras. Then, nothing. MONTHS of nothing. I began to think I was crazy. Each day, nothing but the hum of machinery deep in the mountain. I can only hear it late at night when the animals outside the cave are quiet.

Worse, the visions stopped coming. At first, they terrified me. They still do. But the silence in my head when they stopped coming was worse. I felt so alone - abandoned.

Then, Yesterday, suddenly the monitor came to life again. I sat, staring at the blinking green cursor for hours. I must have fallen asleep right there in that horrible metal chair.

But I dreamt. I saw places that couldn't possibly exist. I stood on a mountain above an ancient island of dragons. I fell, screaming, into a giant coffee cup and landed in a beautiful forest, surrounded by curious little lizards that spoke.

I saw the face of an alien being who hates and envies earth. And I think it looked back.

This morning, I was awakened when the printer started up. And there he was - the first addition since the fall equinox. Bridge. Funny name.

March 11th, 2023

The twelfth Archivist message was released along side the reveal of Nia Er Fulad. This is also the date where the “Archivist” name was revealed for the character.

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There was a little bird at the mouth of the cave yesterday afternoon. I could hear it chirping and went out for some air. A little black and grey sparrow-looking thing that looked like it was wearing a zoro mask. It was somehow intense. Menacing, even. Even though it could have sat comfortably in my hand, it seemed powerful. It had a dead mouse that i had skewered on a thorn in a bramble bush, and it was ripping little pieces of the mouse off and eating them.

When it noticed me, it just stared at me for what seemed like a long time, then flew off, leaving the rest of the mouse hanging in the bush. I had a strange sensation - I felt that I was being protected, which should have felt good. But I had to wonder - protected from what?

I walked through the woods for about an hour, and kept finding tiny corpses left by this little bird. Mice, voles, bugs, lizards, even a small garden snake. The whole cave entrance is surrounded by this bird's morbid pantry.

I had a dream about it lat(sic) night. It was the size of a planet, flying through space. It looked at me and said one word - ARCHIVIST.

I woke up sweating.

March 17th, 2023

The thirteenth Archivist message was released along side the reveal of Maurice Butterfield.

March 23rd, 2023

The fourteenth Archivist message was released along side the reveal of Kollyrion The Shrike, and included a diagram of the bird Shrike. It was also the first time the Archivist had been called by the formal name Hare.

March 31st, 2023

The fifteenth Archivist message was released along side the reveal of Anthema 512 Abbess of the Chasm.

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Last night, just before the printer started spewing out the Anthema 512 file, I think I dreamed that I was her. I was staring into total darkness, but I could see… things in it. It reminded me of my foray into psychedelics in college, but somehow the opposite of that. Instead of experiencing things that weren't there as if they were real, I saw that things that are supposedly real are all somehow empty. It was incredibly unsettling. Then I heard her speak:

Shroud your soul, mighty Ulshar!
Only the darkness of the void
Can defend your nakedness
From the burning chariot
Of the oblivion which approaches.

Flee the spaces between, Ulshar!
Only the endless velvet of
That which cannot be touched
Can defend your nakedness
From the oblivion which approaches.

I was glad to wake up.

March 31st, 2023

The fifteenth Archivist message was released along side the reveal of O.G. Spring Coill.

April 20th, 2023

The sixteenth Archivist message was released along side the reveal of Tofoo the Dragon.

April 26th, 2023

The seventeenth Archivist message was released along side the reveal of Avan the Brightling.

April 27th, 2023

The eighteenth Archivist message was released along side the reveal of Fig Bonner.

May 10th, 2023

The nineteenth Archivist message was released along side the reveal of Joy Turner. The Archivist' dream also details a scene of Edie and her father aboard the Calliope space station, viewing the aftermath of the destruction of Threst.

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Another dream. I was young, maybe five or six. My father was carrying me in his arms down a long, white hallway. Over his shoulder, I could see that the hallway sloped up behind us in a gentle curve, but the floor felt flat. I was sleepy, and tried to bury my head in his shoulder, but he said, “Not yet sweetheart. First we need to look and remember.”

In the dream I knew what he meant, and it made me sad. I squirmed, trying to wriggle out of his arms, but he held me firmly. After some time, we came to a large room. I didn't like this room but it was important somehow. Almost sacred. My father set me down and took my hand. I squeezed my eyes shut.

“Look,” he said softly. “And remember.” I didn't want to, but I knew that it was important. He waited while I opened my eyes and turned around. The room had the same curved floor as the hallway we walked down, it was narrow, but very long end-to-end, with windows that ran the length of the long walls.

Beyond the window was an angry, burning sphere. An entire planet in its agonized death throes. “That is our home,” my father whispered. “That is where we come from. That is Threst.”

May 19th, 2023

The twentieth Archivist message was released along side the reveal of The Coop.

May 20th, 2023

The twentieth Archivist message was released along side the reveal of Buster The Nooblecat.

June 2nd, 2023

The twentieth Archivist message was released along side the reveal of Lord Buttbat.

February 27th, 2024

The twenty-first Archivist message was released along side the reveal of Or of the Children. This was the first message released after an 8 month hiatus and first after the Truth Labs and Upstream merger to form Truth Arts Inc.

The Archivist's message gives more details about her location as well as references to strange books telling Illuminati like secrets of history. She also gives details from what seems to be strange activities that she doesn't remember.

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Good news and bad news. The good news is that I found a hatch behind one of the old metal cabinets in here. Turns out I've been living in only a tiny section of this place. There's a kitchen, of sorts, a toilet, a whole room of bunk-beds (I don't really go in there - that room creeps me out), and better yet, this place has what basically amounts to a library - it's just… I've never heard of any of these books. “The Five False Truths of Malaclypse the Elder?” A Complete and Accurate History of the Continent of Atlantis?“ “Who was George Washington REALLY?” The books are strange, but reading has kept me occupied during the long silence from the machine.

The mad news is that I've been losing time, and doing some pretty weird stuff, apparently. I woke up one (morning?) last week with no shoes, dirt on my hands, and grass in my teeth.

What is happening to me?

March 7th, 2024

The twenty-second Archivist message was released along side the reveal of Tina the Dwarf.

The Archivist message gives new details

  • The introduction of Mr. Nuku, with a description of his appearance.
  • The Endlessly Recognizant Interactive Systems, which can be abbreviated to E.R.I.S.

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An incredibly strange thing happened today - a man arrived at the cave. He was tall and pale and thin, with a big, bald head. He wore a grey workman's outfit with a patch on the sleeve that said Endlessly Recognizant Interactive Systems, Inc. He said he was here to “update the system to version five,” and didn't seem at all surprised to find me here. He introduced himself as Mr. Nuku, and didn't give a first name. When I told him mine, he just said, “Yes, of course. Lovely to meet you.”

It wasn't until he went to the computer and began typing - so fast I couldn't figure out what he was even doing - that I realized how long his finders were. Everything about him seemed off somehow. He seemed to be constantly sweating - clammy and like he'd somehow be slick to the touch. There was something very strange about his eyes, too. I couldn't pin it down. He was only here for a couple of minutes, and ignored my questions about himself, the cave, the computer…

Then, he was done. He nodded and said “Good luck, miss.” Then he left. THIS IS A CAVE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WOODS! HOW DID HE GET HERE? WHO WAS HE? And what did he do to the computer?

March 15th, 2024

The twenty- Archivist message was released along side the reveal of Bob the Scribe.

The Archivist's notes include:

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Today I found a copy of a book I actually knew. It was shoved under one leg of a chair in the… mess hall nook? I replaced it with a copy of “Ordered Chaos Magic for Beginners and Reptilians.”

The book is The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. But here's the scary thing - I'm pretty sure this is actually MY copy from when I was in high school, the one my grandfather gave me. I didn't realize this until I turned to the chapter on Pain.

Right there on the page was that familiar stain, from when I read it again the day of Pop-Pop's funeral.

“Your paint is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understating.” It wasn't until I'd actually known pain that I understood. But of course, that's exactly what he's talking about.

How did this end up in here? And how long has it been here?

How long have I been here?

March 26th, 2024

The twenty-fourth Archivist message was released along side the reveal of Ka of the Children.

The Archivist's message details what some of the characters are currently up to.

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Anthema spoke to me again last night. Or, maybe she spoke and I just happened to be the receiver. I think she wants something from me - or maybe through me. Some critical piece of information. I don't know what the question is, though, and I don't know if giving her the answer would be good even if I understood what she wanted. There's a darkness there - a deep, ancient thing that I can feel but can't describe.

I no longer had any doubts that they exist - not just Ulshar, but all of them. Somewhere, Edie is crying herself to sleep thinking of what her world once was, and Muadakan is preparing to waylay a raider band out in the dunes. Clyde is working on a new invention - something that will let him send messages to other worlds. Maurice is… becoming something else. Nia is watching the horizon for smoke.

I think if I knew Anthema's question, I'd know more about what all of this means. But something is coming - trying to get in from OUTSIDE.

It terrifies me.

April 11th, 2024

The twenty-fifth Archivist message was released along side the reveal of The Silent King.

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Today I went for a walk in the wood. It felt good to stretch my legs out in the sun and the breeze. I thought maybe I heard that little bird singing in the trees, but I never actually caught sight of it.

I've definitely been wandering min my sleep. I wake up in the morning with dirt on my hands and feed and leaves in my hair. I'm getting calluses on my toes and there's always scratches on my arms and legs or my face.

What am I doing out there? Am I digging? And where am I going? If I knew anything about tracking, I might be able to follow my own footsteps and figure out where I go at night, but so far no luck. I've seen lots of other kinds of prints - there are definitely deer and rabbits and squirrels and maybe a badger or something like that with wide paws living nearby, but I can't even find any of my footprints after one of those nights.

I'm considering trying to find a way to lock myself in at night - I'm afraid I'm going to wander out in a road or fall in the river or something in my sleep. I'll look for something to tie my ankle to the cot or something maybe.

April 24th, 2024

The twenty-six Archivist message was released along side the reveal of Hive Lord of the Faiwees.

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There's a living world out there. A planet inhabited by a single species with many different forms, like the life stages of an insect but far more complex.

I saw it in a dream through the eyes of the one creature on the entire planet that's somehow separate - an individual. It's so incredibly alone, and it just wants to become part of the collective again, but it can't. What a terrible existence.

I tried to reach out in my dream, but it retreated in terror. It was terrified of me. I don't think anything has ever been terrified of me before. I with I could do something for it.

Maybe Anthema will know.

May 9th, 2024

The twenty-seventh Archivist message was released along side the reveal of Pepin the Wisp. The Archivist also received a strangely written message that she did not write, and hints at it being from a child.

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June 10th, 2024

The twenty-seventh Archivist message was released along side the reveal of Princess Gallabrien.

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I've been wondering about these elements. On earth we use that word to describe basic parts of something but I wonder if the elements described when I get these…files…aren't something else entirely. I wonder if we've been thinking about them all wrong, or if maybe our word for that thing is just wrong - “element.”

We use the word to describe things - whether that's the classical four elements of earth, water, fire, and air, or the periodic table. But it seems like maybe neither “element” nor the names that appear on the computer are accurate. For instance, ”Darkness“ isn't a thing - not really. Not a thing you can touch. and ”Wood?“ That's pretty specific. Seems like there should be a lot of planets that don't really have “wood.” But if there elements really are everywhere, there must be something more…primal? Something more all-encompassing to describe the idea of wood.

And Technology? That could mean any number of things. Technology is almost more like a goal - a process - a continuum.

Not sure what all these means. But I feel like it must mean something. Right?

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