The Lost Monks of Avalon
Andrew David Doyle
What happens in the first instance, is that we are subject to humour, fiction, fact & conjecture when a young 5th century Scottish Cistercian Monk is tasked by the Great Grand Architect of the cosmos to retrieve what are simply the Keys Of Nergal.
These keys are the activators of three time gates, one gate can be found on the planet Earth and another on the planet Avalon, a single star within Orion’s astral belt 'Alnilam' observed as the middle planet and essentially our Mirror Earth.
A Red Brotherhood known as the Hardrachan have obtained a single key of Nergal and are en route to capture and seduce Brother Kyle Wishart a young novice Cistercian who has the ability to handle the three keys simultaneously without being incinerated, Kyle is also unique in his make up in that he is a more than talented scribe with an uncanny ability to see hidden secrets in both pictures and gospel texts.
The young monk is guided by the not so earthly church oriented clergy members known as Cornelius and Arch Deacon Brodie, but, who are in fact intergalactic sleepers living on the planet Earth as Cistercians. After a series of unplanned events and a visitation from the Red Order, the High Council of Avalon have acted to block all attempts to disrupt the order of things, however the Order have managed to open a gateway from Hades to Earth bringing with them three of satans sirens or Banshees.
Kyle Wishart in his desperate attempt to escape from his captors activates one of the altars of the Fates and finds himself propelled through the stars finding himself on bord a space cruiser in the 29th century traversing the sister colonies of the Avalonian group of planets, where he encounters the Lord of the Astral Highway Admiral Skunkernell the 3rd a self styled dictator who assists Kyle on his quest but for his own greedy ends.
The storyline is littered with fact, supposition and interesting detail encapsulating a varied disclosure of detail from sword making to book binding. Such subject matter such as love, death anger and fright have been added to this unique blend of fact and fiction comprising mainly of mythology, templar oversight, satanic magik, religious influence and a touch of Scottish history adding fuel to the firey art of this fantasy work.
The hero encounters a few other characters in the work who collectively become a team all of which work to a different agenda as to why they must stick together whilst fighting the Hardrachan the Red Order of the underworld.
We are introduced to imp knights who dwell in the land of Frey whilst making our young hero very welcome and lucky enough to be accompanied by a beautiful maiden who has the attributes of a very voluptuous samurai warrior based on one of the first known female ninja,s called Tomoe Gozen.
The reader is introduced to lesser known groups of mythological characters, such as The Three FATES Lachesis, Clotho & Atropos and the demi God Nergal and Charon with Japanese diety Pan Ku who is responsible for the origins of ying and yang.
The reader is then provided with an insight into the world of codex and codices, apocrypha and doctrine and the secrets of 5th century religion and further exposed to the department of death with a more humourous approach to kicking the bucket.
The Lost Monks of Avalon
The Avalonian Traveller’s Guide
Andrew David Doyle
AUTHOR’S PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION
This first edition has not been exposed to the pending audience and will, undoubtedly, become an object of desire for any serious science fiction reader; an object that will inspire other writers to embark on a crusade to acquire the second edition. This is deemed inevitable. There are many fields that have presented themselves through independent field work and during the long, arduous, information research periods. The toil for information has been informative and, which, when further presented to enable this work, required both conjecture and the ‘inner thoughts’ from the author to be incorporated. Any misunderstanding or misinterpretation are purely intentional and a luxury that is afforded to the author as a fantasy fictional writer.
I have, in certain accounts from the varying sources, condensed such detail and information so as not to cloud the work by overwhelming, analytical detail that often lurks behind simplicity and study; especially in such subjects as mythology and subject matter relating to the church, both of which are complicated in their own right. The lapse of nearly quarter of a century since writing the original scripts for the ‘first edition’ has called for many alterations to the accounts of the later condition of information availability. Therefore, I have not departed from the original scope of the work. The list of hidden contributors from web search and other sources consulted and used as applications, coupled with the personal visits to most places that I have been required to make, will show that the labour bestowed in bringing out this ‘first edition’ has not been slight and is cited as such for this work.
God’s Work and the Scottish
Located on the periphery of a small, rural village in Scotland, just twenty miles west of a township known as ‘Dei Donum’, the new world order was waking up to the advent of Christendom and it was a very rude awakening indeed. This advent of global change was thundering headlong through the year AD 555, in a concerted effort to take over humanity, not just on Alba, a small, insignificant island located somewhere in European waters, but across the planet as a whole.
That was not a good thing, thought Odmiin the Grand Master Architect, gazing into the ISIS electronic information systems’ terminal. ‘What do they think they are doing?’ he asked, turning away from the console and taking a mouthful of his warm, chocolate drink. ‘Who is behind this madcap campaign, and why have they started now, just when things are coming together nicely?’ He picked up the small crystal orb which sat in the bowl of the blue cradle and his chocolate beverage and walked out of sight, quietly contemplating the consequences that would ensue if the implantation project were to be disrupted without prior consultation or careful planning.
Disruptions would not be acceptable in any shape or form and could have the potential to undo all the good work that the Grand Architect and his Council had completed so far. The assembled Council members were in a gathering and were currently being addressed by the Master Architect, communicating through the use of his personal remote ISIS information system; a unique interface where each member could log in and interact from each of their respective electronic scriptoriums scattered across the Universe.
The assembled conclave of electronic clerics were being updated with explanations and information regarding huge, stone structures known as monasteries which were being constructed across the land but, more importantly, the development of a new doctrine was being communicated to the masses. Obviously, Odmiin was not too amused and decided to wait and see how far the planet’s inhabitants would push the boundaries of logic towards this new fangled control theory that was gripping their world.
The model society for the year AD 555 had just started to take a recognisable and more tangible shape if historical records are to be believed. The thinking men and women were starting to take responsibility for their own endeavours as the cultured society of post medieval Britain and had identified another framework known as Christianity which supported a certain structure that could almost be adhered to.
The real question that troubled the Council of Avalon was; who, or what, had triggered such a belief system in the first place and how would the Council manage to keep it under control? The assembly discussed the subject intensely whilst attempting to rationalise the reasoning as to what was suddenly wrong with worshipping the moon and the stars, as generations of humans had done for thousands of years.
The Council could collectively see no reason for changes to this new global thinking which was contrary to an established, older philosophy; one which had maintained certain stability for many thousands of years. Of course, the next questions on their collective minds were; why is Earth’s society suddenly aware of this new belief concept in the first place and why has the population embraced it with such devotion?
The High Council had received no indicators nor could find any reason that would trigger suspicion as to why the inhabitants of the planet were evolving so rapidly. The archive from the electronic scriptorium records indicated that Planet Earth had been monitored for almost 4,000 years or more, especially since the last Earthly God had died suddenly and was despatched across the Styx in the name of Egyptian Godhood; a tried and tested method that always kept the inhabitants of the planet at bay during uncertain times. The Grand Master Architect coughed and leaned forward towards the ISIS terminal and read his speech preparation notes which were carefully laid out on the screen display.
The notes read as follows:
‘History does indeed repeat itself. We have recently been made aware of a single human being who has not quite passed over as intended. Death reports that his powers had been removed at the critical passing over point, 31.3 seconds before casting his scythe across the head of this departing soul; an action which normally despatches the intended to meet the Charon or the Ferryman.
However, bearing witness to this cycle of events were a few human beings who were either close family or friends and who claim to have witnessed an order known as the ‘Red Order’ and had intervened and performed the ‘kiss of life’. By resuscitating this person, having first removed him from his cruciform, this so called ‘single act of humanity’ will have consequences, more far reaching than we can imagine.
Permitting this individual to step back into the fabric of his society has had a far more serious impact on their history. The local Roman and Jewish clerics of that era could not possibly explain the event and therefore, deemed this an act of “returning from the dead”. ’
Odmiin walked past the arched window and flicked the power setting to ‘low’. The room darkened into a blue haze. ‘Furthermore, the outside world has gathered in their masses to witness this return from the dead ‘phenomenon’. All the surrounding villages have begun to over fill with pilgrims who have come to bear witness to history in the making…’ The Grand Master pressed a few keys on the ISIS and it closed down.
This new church thing posed a huge dilemma for the Avalonian High Council for two reasons, one of which was that they themselves were human and maintained a belief system based on hypothesis and ancient folklore. They had been momentarily reminded of where their beginnings, as collective genotypes, may have originated.
Secondly, this model belief would bring the masses of people together to form a common group which would be almost impossible to manipulate or manage to meet their project objectives. To compound things further, there was the question of this ‘doctrine’; a doctrine that would have significant impact as to how society in 6th century middle Scotland was to be controlled in the centuries to follow.