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Historia Insulae - chapter 2

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Read chapter 1.

“That’s not new,” Hurley said. “This Island…is like something out of science fiction,” he added, turning around and looking at the insular hills past the crumbling statue.

“But when you time-traveled, it was by accident,” Ben noted. “I turned the wheel, yes – but I didn’t mean to send everyone on this rock randomly back and forth. They” – Ben raised the book – “controlled it. I always thought this was a failure. They never seemed to know what they were doing here.”

“Well, they seem to have managed it,” Hurley said.

“Yes,” Ben replied, weakly. Searching in his pocket for his reading glasses, he turned the first page of Historia Insulae. He read aloud the first, carefully-worded, handwritten entry.

***

Heimdall, Orchid station, 22 October 1979 (temporal movement negligible)

This first entry will describe the nature and purpose of the project. Currently, it is October 22, 1979, and my location is the newly-completed Orchid station. Whatever follows in this book is an account of our findings during the project known as Historia Insulae. Assisting in carrying out the project are Dr. Simon Danielson, our Egyptologist, specializing in New Kingdom expansionism, Dr. Jonah Eames, our particle phycisist, specializing in temporal theory, and myself, Dr. Luke Heimdall, a geographer specializing in historical human geography.

The purpose of this work is to provide a detailed account of the history of this Island. The unique properties of this Island have been carefully researched by the Orchid, our sixth station. The presence of large quantities of ‘exotic matter,’ as Dr. Chang and Dr. Eames label it, theoretically allows for a certain type of temporal movement which, while currently under research, we may be able to control. Under the circumstance that controlled temporal movement is likely, the research team consisting of Dr. Danielson, Dr. Eames, and myself will observe and chronicle this Island’s history in an attempt to better understand the origin and nature of its unusual singularities.

Provided that conditions are met for controlled temporal movement, the importance of Dr. Danielson and myself will undoubtedly come into question. During our work on this Island, the Intiative has catalogued around twenty-two (22) distinct archaeological sites. Of these, seventeen (17) are Rammeside Egyptian, one (1) has Roman characteristics, but is still undefined, and four (4) are undefined, but show similarities to early Greek architecture. Because of the obvious prevalence of Egyptian sites, Dr. Danielson has been recruited to join the team and aid in the analysis of our certain observations of Egyptian culture. Similarly, because of the phenomenon we have dubbed ‘spontaneous spatial movement,’ as the exclusive quantity of exotic matter on this Island often causes it to extemporaneously ‘jump’ spatially to other maritime locations, I have joined the team to employ a diverse range of methods and tools in actuating and determining our exact location on the globe in addition to our temporal motion. For obvious reasons, Dr. Eames will be assisting in any temporal or physical problems we encounter on our voyage.

These are our goals and expectations for this project. The next entry will either find us in gratification of our ability to set out on this temporal expedition or dismay as we learn we will be unable to complete this project. But for now, namaste.

***

“Whoa,” Hurley remarked. “You think this is real?”

“I don’t have any reason not to,” Ben replied. Looking back down at the page, he saw the familiar time-travel DHARMA logo stamped below the ending line. He took the rest of the pages and quickly flipped through them with his fingers, noting odd drawings and photographs of Greek-esque columns and Egyptian hieroglyphs.

“We might finally get to know why this place is the way it is,” Hurley said.

***

Eames, Orchid station, 2 November 1979 (temporal movement negligible)

Further experiments at the Orchid have rendered controlled temporal movement extremely probable (>90%). Final runs to be executed in the next week. Results will be announced soon. Excited about the news.

***

Heimdall, Orchid station, 7 November 1979 (temporal movement negligible)

I am writing this entry with the knowledge that Dr. Eames, Dr. Danielson, and myself will be the world’s first time travelers. We have finally been able to control the rather unpredcitable ‘exotic matter’ and harness its four-dimensional capability. Preparations will be made shortly for our first voyage into the past. Archaeological dating places the oldest site here, one of the 4 unidentified but vaguely Hellenic sites, at around 1600 BC, so we will adjust our temporal motion accordingly.

The Initiative has begun construction of a specialized station on the western coastline for further experimentation on temporal motion, dubbed ‘The Corridor.’ However, due to a lack of funding, it is not likely the station will be finished before our first scheduled departure. Consequently, the Orchid will be used for our first temporal jump.

***

Hurley squinted a little in obvious confusion. “Do you know what they mean by ‘unidentified but vaguely Hellenic’? I mean, I get the Egyptian thing,” he said, pointing in Taweret’s general direction.

“I’m not sure,” Ben replied. “I can’t really say I thought about the history of this place.”

Hurley adjusted his position, shaking his hands to discharge sand. “I guess I thought about it a few times,” he said.

“I just accepted that Jacob had been here a lot longer than me…” Ben confessed. “Beyond that, the Island was more like an enigma.”

“How about ‘the Corridor’? Have you seen any other stations around here?” Hurley asked.

“I think I know what they’re talking about…” Ben responded slowly. “Have you ever been to what used to be our ‘decoy village’?”

“I think so,” Hurley affirmed. “When Michael was here…I think you – your people – took Michael there.”

“Well, we built the village around what we assumed was a DHARMA Station – the logo had a giant door on it – and it led nowhere. Behind it was just rocks.”

“I guess they never finished it, like the book says,” Hurley supposed.

***

Heimdall, Orchid station, 15 November 1979 (temporal movement negligible)

In just a few minutes, Dr. Danielson, Dr. Eames, and myself will be the world’s first time-travelers…

Namaste.

***

Eames, pre-Orchid western coast, 09:10:07 22 August 1609 BC

First tm successful. Exotic matter reacted weaker than expected, placed us about 10 years before our target, which is much better than anticipated… within 98% accuracy.

***

Danielson, pre-Orchid western coast, 22 August 1609 BC

The Island (or whatever this is) seems to have formed sometime in the past, for the basic terrain seems exactly the same.

I have located the nearest archaeological site (a Rammeside Egyptian monument to their euschian god Taweret) and there is no trace of the foot. In fact, there is no trace of any pseudo-Hellenic site either… This leads me to the conclusion that (while there is a possibility mankind found this place earlier) the three types of sites Dr. Heimdall mentioned earlier (Egyptian, “vaguely Hellenic,” and Roman) have not been constructed yet, which, deductively, means they haven’t been here yet.

We’ve decided as a group to spend the night here and fast-forward a few years tomorrow. Hopefully we’ll catch the first group sometime around 1600 BC which is the estimated date of the first site (relative to 1979).

That’s about it, looking forward to our next jump. –Danielson

***

Heimdall, western coast, 22 August 1609 BC

After a few astral calculations, I’ve determined our position to be somewhere in the eastern Mediterranean, possibly near Greece, though not certain. However, ancient Greece did not rise until approximately the 800s BC, which is several hundred years ahead of us. Like everyone else, I’m excited about our first temporal jump, and to see what’s next, namaste.

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