Sigsand Manuscript

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Title: Sigsand Manuscript, AKA Sigsand MS

Origin: the Sigsand Manuscript originated with William Hope Hodgson's Carnacki: The Ghost-Finder series of supernatural detective short stories.

Description

A 14th-century occult manuscript consolidating the shared wisdom of "Ab-human Priests of Raaee", apparently a race of supernatural beings native to the Dreamlands or the Astral Plane; the manuscript apparently includes an incomplete version of the "Saaamaaa Ritual" (see below).

Incantation of Raaee

  • author: "Ab-human Priests of Raaee"
  • Language: ?
  • Number of known copies (if rare): unknown
  • Last known location of surviving copies (if rare): unknown

Physical Description: no information; probably exists in only an astral form, or as an oral tradition passed down to human occultists by "word-of-mouth" from alien entities.

General Content: The rumored source of the content of the Sigsand Manuscript, allegedly composed by alien "Ab-human Priests of Raaee"; the centerpiece of the Incantation is the "Saaamaaa Rituals" for contacting, summoning, binding, warding, and banishing the malevolent inhuman Aeiirii and Saiitii spirits and "Outer Monstrosities", though this mysterious work may contain quite a bit more occult content which would ultimately not be included in the Sigsand Manuscript.

Composed by alien minds and unfiltered by human occultism, and probably written at least partly in an alien language, this tome would likely resemble little more than bizarre scribblings and ravings at a cursory glance.

Some suggested contents of the Saaamaaa Ritual:

  1. self-purification and preparation
  2. the construction of a protective circle
  3. opening a "gate" to between the Seven Planes
  4. closing/sealing a "gate" between the Seven Planes
  5. banishing/exorcising "outsiders" (presumably harmful, "demonic" beings)
  6. summoning "outsiders" (presumably helpful, "angelic" beings)
  7. binding/controlling "outsiders" and forcing them to do the cultist's bidding
  8. the "Unknown Last Line", enabling direct intervention by the "Raaee"

Mythos Content

Spells: Contact/Summon/Bind/Banish Elemental (Aeiirii and/or Saiitii)

  • Sanity Loss: 1D6
  • Mythos Knowledge: 1/4


Sigsand Manuscript, original

  • author: ? Sigsand, as dictated by "Ab-human Priests of Raaee"
  • Language: English(?)
  • Number of known copies (if rare): unknown
  • Last known location of surviving copies (if rare): many surviving original copies have fallen into the hands of the Carnacki Institute

Physical Description: An occult tome originating in the 1300s.

General Content: The original, more or less complete manuscript would contain the consolidated information available in the 1300s about the malevolent inhuman Aeiirii and Saiitii spirits and "Outer Monstrosities", the apparently more friendly "Astarral Entities" or "Raaee", the "Saaamaaa Rituals" for contacting, summoning, binding, warding, and banishing these entities, techniques for astral projection into the Dreamlands and Astral Plane, and more.

Mythos Content

Spells ("Rituals"): Ritual Purification, Contact/Summon/Bind/Banish Elemental (Aeiirii and/or Saiitii); Contact Raaee (Elder God), Assist Dreamer, Astral Projection, Oneiro-Dismissal, Elder Sign (symbol), Warding

  • Sanity Loss: 1D6
  • Mythos Knowledge: 0
  • Occult Knowledge: 4/8


The Sigsand MS: A Field Agent's Handbook; a Carnacki Institute Publication

  • author: ? Sigsand, edited by the Carnacki Institute in multiple revisions
  • Language: English, and others
  • Last known location of surviving copies (if rare): a copy of the handbook is issued to field agents of the Carnacki Institute at some point in training.

Physical Description: a condensed pocket-paperback manual in a size ideal for carrying in a jacket pocket, backpack, messenger bag, purse, etc.

General Content: The original, more or less complete manuscript would contain the consolidated information available in the 1300s about the malevolent inhuman Aeiirii and Saiitii spirits and "Outer Monstrosities", the apparently more friendly "Astarral Entities" or "Raaee", the "Saaamaaa Rituals" for contacting, summoning, binding, warding, and banishing these entities, techniques for astral projection into the Dreamlands and Astral Plane, and more. However, the version distributed by the Carnacki Insitute has been carefully "edited and revised" (i.e., censored) over the decades "for the convenience of field agents", with many of the deeper occult secrets white-washed out of the text except for the minimal content absolutely necessary for the field agent's protection and survival. These revised editions will contain updated and sometimes shallow, cursory descriptions of occult entities and spells, and a slightly sanitized version of the "Saaamaaa Rituals". The Institute has added content to the original manuscript in the form of detailed information on the use of more modern technical equipment (such as the Electric Pentacle), as well as a number of the Institutes Standard Operating Procedures, etc.

Mythos Content

Spells: Contact/Summon/Bind/Banish Elemental (Aeiirii and/or Saiitii); Astral Projection, Elder Sign (Symbol), Warding

  • Sanity Loss: 1d2
  • Mythos Knowledge: 0
  • Occult Knowledge: 2/4


Saaamaaa Ritual

Physical Description: The "Saaamaaa Ritual" has appeared in a variety of formats over the centuries, with one of the earliest common published formats being found in the original Sigsand Manuscript; earlier and later versions of the ritual have appeared as handwritten or printed pamphlets distributed, traded, and shared among occultists, alchemists, sorcerers, wizards, magicians, cultists, witches, exorcists, and others for use in their experiments or rites. The most common publications of the ritual have been carefully edited or truncated versions in English and dozens of other modern languages, printed by the Carnacki Institute as part of their handbook for field agents, and in such formats as heavily edited pamphlets sometimes sent to selected members of the public for self-help use until field agents can arrive to provide assistance, and posters intended to be hung on the walls of the institute's agency offices.

General Content: In its complete form, the Ritual contains instructions for several different interactions with and defenses against different forms of intrusion by "Ab-normal" entities (i.e. contact, summon, bind, ward, and banish spells), concluding with a vague and circuitous description of an eighth, "Unknown Last Line", said to be revealed to the occultist only in times of the most dire need by the "Raaee" for the powerful but temporary channeling of power to banish or harm those entities. Censored versions of this document published by the Carnacki Institute for public consumption or for basic training of new recruits are limited only to the most basic and harmless of these rituals.

Mythos Content

Spells: Ritual Purification, Circle of Protection/Warding, Banish Elemental (Aeiirii and/or Saiitii), and perhaps other contact, summon, bind, and dismiss spells

  • Sanity Loss: 1
  • Mythos Knowledge: 0
  • Occult Knowledge: 1/2

Quotes

"...I made the first and the eighth signs of the Saaamaaa Ritual opposite each door-post, connecting them with triple lines crossed at every seventh inch. You've dipped deeper into the science of magic than I have, Arkright and you will know what that means..."
William Hope Hodgson, "The Haunted Jarvee"

"In blood there is the Voice which calleth through all space. Ye Monsters in ye Deep hear, and hearing, they lust. Likewise hath it a greater power to reclaim backward ye soul that doth wander foolish adrift from ye body in which it doth have natural abiding. But woe unto him that doth spill ye blood in ye deadly hour; for there will be surely Monsters that shall hear ye Blood Cry."
William Hope Hodgson, "The Hog"

"Ye Hogge which ye Almighty alone hath power upon. If in sleep or in ye hour of danger ye hear the voice of ye Hogge, cease ye to meddle. For ye Hogge doth be of ye outer Monstrous Ones, nor shall any human come nigh him nor continue meddling when ye hear his voice, for in ye earlier life upon the world did the Hogge have power and shall again in ye end. And in that ye Hogge had once a power upon ye earth, so doth he crave sore to come again. And dreadful shall be ye harm to ye soul if ye continue to meddle and to let ye beast come nigh. And I say unto all, if ye have brought this dire danger upon ye, have memory of ye cross, for of all sign hath ye Hogge a horror."
William Hope Hodgson, "The Hog"


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