Friday, April 8, 2016

A to Z of Grave New World 2016: G is for the G'harne Fragments

Welcome to a Grave New World, where humans rub shoulder to shoulder with the monsters from folklore.

The G'harne Fragments are a set of very well preserved shards that recount the pre-human civilization of G'harne that was located somewhere in the southern Sahara Desert.

The were discovered by St. John Albert Carmichael in 1889 while exploring the Congo. Carmichael reported that his team encountered the Kazar tribe who worshiped a worm-god and who had reportedly taken the Fragments as a trophy from their sworn enemies, the M'Go. Carmichael claimed that the M'Go were "hideously deformed" and that he traded the fragments for several lanterns, oil and rifles. The Kazar warned Carmichael that the Fragments were cursed before going through with trade.

Upon St. John's death in 1909, the Fragments were bequeathed to Miskatonic University in New England, where they were intensely studied by Dr. Henry Powell and Professor Ryan O'Malley. The fragments were stolen from the university's Lumley Library in 1940.

One of Pope Francis' first acts was to reveal that the Vatican had stolen the Fragments and all of the research tied to them due to their perceived profane nature and to return them to Miskatonic University.

The Fragments have become the cornerstone of a new inhuman studies program at MU. They reveal startling theories about the origins of humanity, the origins of inhumanity, and the possibility of nonhumans who inhabited our world thousand or even millions of years ago. The information they contain has been heavily criticized by several noted inhumans and "immortals", including Di Yi, a chinese vampire who claims to be oldest in existence and Hebe, the self-proclaimed greek goddess of youth and a powerful psychic.

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