Saturday, June 12, 2010

Luciferian Confession #23

Yesterday I commented on Jason's post about the following statement:

“I actually have converted two Dr. Who Sonic Srew-driver replicas into psionic wands.” [Edited a bit. Neurotically.]

I noted that this was similar to a desire of mine, and asked if he had more information (which he's offered to post about tomorrow!) … But, I wasn't telling the whole truth about the matter. And so I have a confession to make. The “sonic screw-driver wand” is roughly analogous to what I plan to make. But my idea came from somewhere else entirely.

Not very long ago two local pagans loaned me Steven Brust's To Reign in Hell, a marvelous re-interpretation of the mythos of the revolt in Heaven. He makes some amendments of his own, however, such as making Lucifer and Satan two different characters. And honestly, I loved his characterization of Lucifer. It was absolutely fantastic; on par with a certain comic book character I know of, a certain set of game novelizations I know of (the wikipedia list is sadly incomplete and missing a pretty fun, if pulpy, trilogy), and a few brief appearances in Sandman.

He introduces Lucifer as follows:

The Youth with the Golden Locks looked to the west. He rested his left hand upon the golden hilt of the shaft of scarlet that hung from his waist and reached down to his knees. He was dressed in a tunic of light brown that called attention to his remote blue eyes...”
- P. 17

The rod? It's a sorcerer's wand, which he uses with deadly efficiency. And so, as I read the novel, I found the nerd-urge rising. I desired a golden hilted “DOOM ROD” that shed purple rays of power... Yes, I plan to have a purple (or Mauve...) tipped wand! What of it?! So I chatted with DeusExMachina about it, and we discussed the various ways one could be made. With one added little benefit: I'm going to see if I can add a little taser element to shock anyone that dares to say that's what she said in my presence.

We're going to work out the components tomorrow when I visit to work on the Black Mirror, and I'll be sure to post them here. But... I'm not making a Sonic Screw-driver... Oh, it may function a bit like one. But I intend to make something that will fit in well with my personality.

That said: ever notice how downright Promethean the Doctor's motives are in Dr. Who?

Also: Check out Fr. AIT's wand!

9 comments:

Jhonn Barghest said...

I'll be interested in hearing about what you come up with.

"That said: ever notice how downright Promethean the Doctor's motives are in Dr. Who?"

Actually, yeah!

For one of Austin's homeworks, I wrote on the Doctor as a Uranian/Promethean archetype.

Lady Scylla said...

Only you could find an application that would make Lithium Quartz BAD ASS.

(Lithium Quartz, a mauve-shaded quartz with inclusions of lithium known to be the most girly stone that's ever existed, short of heart-shaped Rose Quartz)

Mr VI said...

The Doctor is a Nomad. TARDIS is by definition a violation of normality - almost everyone is strangely initiated when they enter it, and mark this with the mystic phrase "But...it's bigger on the inside."

All who travel in the TARDIS are changed by the Doctor - any language makes sense to them, and in the same way, anyone understands them in their own tongue. He is titled "The Oncoming Storm" by the Daleks. Cf. Gandalf being referred to as "Stormcrow." In canon the Doctor has been established to be Merlin, albeit in a future incarnation.

The Wanderer, the Stranger, the Travelling Man - the one who looks like us, and is not like us - two hearts and many shapes and faces.

I'd not exactly call him Promethean, more like the monolith in 2001 - it has a Promethean function solely due to the interface,the contact between it and another.

In a sense, he evokes in others a sense of wonder - takes them and shows them things:

"We can go anywhere. Whole of Time and Space."

In this, he's literally a wander/wonder-worker:

work (v.)
a fusion of O.E. wyrcan (past tense worhte, pp. geworht), from P.Gmc. *wurkijanan; and O.E. wircan (Mercian) "to work, operate, function," formed relatively late from P.Gmc. noun *werkan (see work (n.)).

work (n.)
O.E. weorc, worc "something done, deed, action, proceeding, business, military fortification," from P.Gmc. *werkan (cf. O.S., O.Fris., Du. werk, O.N. verk, M.Du. warc, O.H.G. werah, Ger. Werk, Goth. gawaurki), from PIE base *werg- "to work" (see urge (v.)).

Mr VI said...

wonder (n.)
O.E. wundor "marvelous thing, marvel, the object of astonishment," from P.Gmc. *wundran (cf. O.S. wundar, M.Du., Du. wonder, O.H.G. wuntar, Ger. wunder, O.N. undr), of unknown origin. In M.E. it also came to mean the emotion associated with such a sight (late 13c.). The verb is from O.E. wundrian.

wander
O.E. wandrian "move about aimlessly, wander," from W.Gmc. *wandrojan (cf. O.Fris. wondria, M.L.G., M.Du. wanderen, Ger. wandern "to wander," a variant form of the root represented in O.H.G. wantalon "to walk, wander"), from base *wend- "to turn" (see wind (v.)). In ref. to the mind, affections, etc., attested from c.1400.

wind (v.)
"move by turning and twisting," O.E. windan "to turn, twist, wind" (class III strong verb; past tense wand, pp. wunden), from P.Gmc. *wendanan (cf. O.S. windan, O.N. vinda, O.Fris. winda, Du. winden, O.H.G. wintan, Ger. winden, Goth. windan "to wind"), from PIE *wendh- "to turn, wind, weave" (cf. L. viere "twist, plait, weave," vincire "bind," Lith. vyti "twist, wind").

He travels through the Time-Vortex, which you can see in the titles:

vortex
1652, "whirlpool, eddying mass," from L. vortex, variant of vertex "an eddy of water, wind, or flame; whirlpool; whirlwind," from stem of vertere "to turn" (see versus).

versus
mid-15c., in legal case names, denoting action of one party against another, from L. versus "turned toward or against," from pp. of vertere "to turn," from PIE *wert- "to turn, wind," from base *wer- "to turn, bend" (cf. O.E. -weard "toward," originally "turned toward," weorthan "to befall," wyrd "fate, destiny," lit. "what befalls one;" Skt. vartate "turns round, rolls;" Avestan varet- "to turn;" L. vertere (freq. versare) "to turn"

Mr VI said...

urge (v.)
1560, from L. urgere "to press hard, push, drive, compel," from PIE base *werg- "to work" (cf. Avestan vareza "work, activity;" Gk. ergon "work," orgia "religious performances," organon "tool;" Armenian gorc "work;" Lith. verziu "tie, fasten, squeeze," vargas "need, distress;" O.C.S. vragu "enemy;" Goth. waurkjan, O.E. wyrcan "work;" Goth. wrikan "persecute," O.E. wrecan "drive, hunt, pursue;" O.N. yrka "work, take effect")

wreak
O.E. wrecan "avenge," originally "to drive, drive out, punish" (class V strong verb; past tense wræc, pp. wrecen), from P.Gmc. *wrekanan (cf. O.S. wrekan, O.N. reka, O.Fris. wreka, M.Du. wreken "to drive, push, compel, pursue, throw," O.H.G. rehhan, Ger. rächen "to avenge," Goth. wrikan "to persecute"), from PIE base *werg- "to work, to do" (cf. Lith. vergas "distress," vergas "slave," O.C.S. vragu "enemy," L. urgere; see urge (v.)). Meaning "inflict or take vengeance," with on, is recorded from c.1489; that of "inflict or cause (damage or destruction)" is attested from 1817.

wretch
O.E. wrecca "wretch, stranger, exile," from P.Gmc. *wrakjan (cf. O.S. wrekkio, O.H.G. reckeo "a banished person, exile," Ger. recke "renowned warrior, hero"), related to O.E. wreccan "to drive out, punish" (see wreak). Sense of "vile, despicable person" developed in O.E., reflecting the sorry state of the outcast, as presented in much of Anglo-Saxon verse (e.g. "The Wanderer"). A Ger. word for "misery" is Elend, from O.H.G. elilenti "sojourn in a foreign land, exile."

wonder-worker
1590s, translates Gk. Thaumatourgos

thaumaturge
1621 (implied in thaumaturgical), from Mod.L., from Gk. thaumatourgos "wonder-working, conjurer," from thauma (gen. thaumatos) "wonder, wonderous thing," prop. "a thing to look at" (from root of theater, q.v.) + ergon "work" (see urge (v.))

Mr VI said...

With me yet, are we? ;P

Frater A.I.T. said...

Definitely looking forward to seeing this one! I'm fond of the good Dr. and his mythology...should be interesting. How long are you giving yourself to git' er done?

Jason Miller, said...

This sounds way cooler than what I did.

Keep me abreast of the project. Sign me up for one is you manage to make more than just one.

Jack Faust said...

@VI: Agreed, mang. But we discussed this earlier in private. *grin*

@Scylla: Actually, I'll be using a programmable LED, rather than the old-school quartz with a glow attachment. Here's why: I can custom program both the patterns that the tip's LED makes, and the color as needed. So if it turns out I need to drop some Red Death on a mofo, I can do that. Or soothing blue healing. What-have-you. But I think it'll normally be programmed for mauve.

@AIT: Given that I'm also scrubbing 40 years of mirror backed merging with my Black Mirror, working on the up-coming wordpress blog that'll eventually become a hub of other blogs and a website, and studiously avoiding the GD grade work I OUGHT to be doing (HEBREW?! LEARN HEBREW?! GODDAMN VICTORIANS!), I'd give it 'til the end of summer. Deus and I might also experiment with possibly designing other Black Mirrors that have cyberpunk-like... additions. Like, say, circuitry that glows up in the shape of sigils or veves or what-have-you. We'll see what happens. End of summer for the wand, though. If not sooner, since the idea won't leave me alone.

@Jason: Will do! And thanks!