by Thane Carios
(Solrain Core) On 116.9.30, DSS decryption expert Hammer-BS published a decryption from a DSS1 found in The Split with an image of what appears to be a handwritten log or journal that seems related to the story of Atticus Lucanus, who later became Emperor Atticus Primus of Martius.
The sisters told me to feed the boy Atticus to an Ekel, but I cannot bring myself to kill a(n) heir to the Empire. A local witch says that he can be rendered [catatonic] using a tea made from the root of the Desert Pine. She says if he is kept in the state for several months, he will forget his very name once he is allowed to withdraw and [awaken]. So that is what I must do. I fear the judgement of my ancestors and expect an early and honorless death. But I prefer this consequence rather than bowing to the will of Drusa and Priscilla.
We asked Professor D. Karr of the University of Soria at Sol Core (USSC) to give his analysis of this find.
“There’s actually quite a lot of information packed in here,” said Karr. “The story appears to provide previously-unknown details about the abduction of Atticus Lucanus in 2725.4 (old Imperial Calendar) which is 35.4 BT. I cannot find any data on Horat Bario.
“From the document, we also learn that the plot was to kill, rather than abduct the young heir – and that Desert Pine root, a well-known hallucinogen, was used to drug him instead. We also have clear implication of Drusa and Priscilla, the aunts of Atticus Lucanus, in the plot to remove him from the accession line.
“But what I absolutely cannot tell you is the most important thing – whether this document is, in fact, authentic. There is no way to accurately date it or to authenticate it as an actual log. Frankly, it could just as easily be someone’s attempt to write historical fiction.”
But along with the apparent “answers” offered by Professor Karr, there are also other nagging questions. Why was this specific log page imaged and saved? And why was it found near Amananth, in The Split, rather than from somewhere near Martius? Perhaps the questions surrounding authenticity are the reason for the complete lack of reaction from Octavius.