The Stone Prequel
As man discovered the wonders of the world in which he lived, he was also discovering secrets too - secrets of nature and magic, the earliest of sciences. Rituals were perfected and ceremonies were performed and man developed his sense of self.
As man progressed and evolved, he learned how to interact with nature and how to harness and interact with the power which swathes the world.
Man has always looked to the stars but it is only in the last century that the stars have come within reach – or is that not quite true?
There is a place where the stars have been within reach for centuries; a place which draws men of science and nature to it and then repels them or envelops them. It is a place of utter revulsion, of deep and dark fascination.
It has been used as a place of worship for aeons and because it has been kept secret, passed on through tales and stories told but never written, it has been lost and rediscovered many times over.
The ancient Druids knew of this place and it is because of their knowledge that they migrated far away from where their religion began. Over the centuries, the Druids moved and settled in other magical and influential places around the country but they never returned to the most powerful and most magical location. They never returned to the Midlands.
It is told of in their most dark and dreadful story. The tale of the evil which man is capable of and which has been captured in an object not of this world. If the story is to be believed, then there is a stone buried in the exact centre of our country and it holds more misery, evil and devastation than can be imagined even in these blasé times.
In one religion there is a promise of a second coming, a return of one that delivers salvation for mankind but nature is a thing of balance and if there is something which will deliver salvation, then there is also one that will deliver damnation.
The Druids have been the protectors of nature and of man from their earliest times, protecting one from the other and making peace afterwards. What happens, then, when both nature and man need protection from something otherworldly?
A meteorite fell to earth, destroying all in its path as it came. Over centuries it lay undiscovered but it waited patiently for the catalyst which would awaken it.
Druids were not the only performers of ceremonies and there were those who preferred the influence of power rather than nature in their rituals. Some performed ritualistic sacrifices and many were drawn to the place where their power seemed magnified for a time.
The killings were residual and the evil seeped into the ground and was drawn into the meteorite. The power that had lain dormant since the Druids had vacated was awakened and what it sensed excited it.
No one remembers how the meteorite was discovered - no one remembers or no one survived to tell the tale. There was a Blade manufactured from the alien metal and it was used in further sacrificial ceremonies. The ceremonies were performed on the exact place that the meteorite had been found and with each evil deed committed the power grew. The Blade had the capacity to steal the released soul and to increase its energy. Each drop of blood that was shed in the name of evil dripped onto the earth and sank below the surface to the place where the meteorite had lain. The droplets fused together over time and they became solid as stone and as black as the hearts of those that killed in the name of self worship.
The entity that was captured in those droplets of fused blood began fighting with the Blade for the souls of the sacrificed and as the stone grew in size, so grew its influence. It began drawing more evil to it and the Blade was busier than it had ever been. Droplets of blood were adding to the Stone and it was soon the size of a goose egg.
By the time the Romans had left the shores of this country, the sacrifices had become so frequent that the Blade was renowned throughout the realm as a thing that could make a King of any mere man and a God of any King.
The Blade was hunted, found and eventually stolen and the Stone became dormant. If it had any thoughts then they had been that it was locked in a battle with the Blade and one or the other should have been ruler. If it had any thoughts such as that, then they were wrong for without the Blade, the Stone was nothing and without the Stone, the Blade was useless.
The man who would be King found out to great cost and the King who would be God paid his cost with his life and his soul.
The Druids knew of the Stone’s power and they also knew that if they were ever to prevent the Stone from regaining its power, the Blade and the Stone should never be reunited and so the Blade was lost forever. A group of Druid Elders returned to the Midlands to lay the Stone to its eternal rest where it could no longer influence the thoughts and deeds of man. They performed their ancient ceremonies and recited their earliest rituals and they sealed the Stone with Nature’s magic.
Still the Stone exerted certain influences over mankind and a great house was built, with a new place of worship. The house prospered for a long time, though whichever family owned it seemed to be forever wealthy, they were never graced with good fortune. Death, misfortune and tragedy threw a pall over the household and the people that lived there. Not only family members, but visitors, servants and locals died in tragic accidents, by the violent deed of another or by their own hand.
The house was abandoned and allowed to fall into disrepair until a small group of Supernatural Explorers visited the house. They set up their camp inside the main hall and set their equipment to record the eerie happenings that had been reported since before the history of the great house.
That first night, the curse of the Stone struck again. A great fire tore through the house, killing the three investigators in the conflagration. The fire and how it started was a mystery but on the same night, there were reports of an Unidentified Flying Object and others of destructive ball lightning.
Has the Stone been reunited with its energising power source?
Over the past decade and more, sightings of ghosts, spirits and eerie occurrences have been reported more and more frequently and it is only a matter of time before another group of Psychic Investigators, Ghost Hunters or Followers of some cult or another find themselves drawn to the Stone’s resting place and what will happen when it is disturbed once more?