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M15B12: "Site 5 hath been set aside for Brother Cavador and his private staff. No other presence shall be tolerated here.
The cog seeks not the furnace, nor the kindling the gear. Let the design of the Builder guide thee to thy place."
M15B13: " ATTENTION

Those seeking Brother Cavador must not disturb other workers.

'Tis inefficient and causes the loss of much work.

Request instead a schedule from the Camp Steward, and check the green lights, for they are lit when the Brother is present or was recently so.


Use the tools that the Builder hath given thee, and pester not the worker, for his toil is pleasant to the Builder's eyes!"
M15B14: " ATTENTION

Those seeking Brother Cavador must not disturb other workers.

'Tis inefficient and causes the loss of much work.

Request instead a schedule from the Camp Steward, and check the green lights, for they are lit when the Brother is present or was recently so.


Shouldst thou find that all the lights are lit, then 'tis too late in the day, and Brother Cavador hath retired to his rooms.
Use the tools that the Builder hath given thee, and pester not the worker, for his toil is pleasant to the Builder's eyes!"
M15B15: " ATTENTION

That the new schedule not slip, all work at Site 9 is delayed indefinitely. Receive thy new orders from the Camp Steward.


Remember, the gear asketh not why it turns, but keeps its faith and turns day and night, never failing. Be thou the Gear in the Builder's Plan."
M15B16: "The person who returns the diamond drill bit, last seen near Site 6, shall be rewarded with an extra sleep cycle.
Let the Builder's faithful turn their eyes to a task, and lo, it shall be done.
Brother Cavador"
M15B18: "The New Scripture of the Master Builder (draft, page 31)
Master Builder, Your time is nigh upon us! My protective chamber

is nearly complete, and therein shall Karras retreat. Soon the

Servants will be given away. Karras shall create a Guiding Beacon,

and with it Karras, in His wisdom, shall call the Servants back to

Soulforge Cathedral to be modified with improvements, should any be

necessary. Then at last shall all doubt be erased from My mind and

all chance of failure overcome. Then shall Karras take the steps to

bring Your Paradise to the world!"


"'When we looked at the relics of the Precursors,

we saw the height civilization can attain.

When we looked at their ruins,

we marked the danger of that height.'

-- Keeper annals"
MISCB03: "Maddy -

Tell no one tell no one but read this and be feared.

My master the Lord Gervaisius you know is close with

Karras the lord of the Mechanists. We have been sent a

servant of theirs, not a servant like you or I, a "Servant"

with a mask, who stands silent and is nearly a machine.

But I crept near to examine, to see if there was a man under

the mask or but a device, and I heard it *crying*, Maddy,

crying like a lost soul. I do not know what these things

are, but I wish I had never laid eyes on it."


MISCB04: "So High And Mighty Mister Priest -

Remember how you locked me up last year?

For calling you out on the street? Remember

you broke my fingers for "heresy" you called it?

Well, I seen you now, I seen how the gear-heads are

taking all the gold and the land that used to be all yours.

So I say to you hah, and hah again, and I spit on your

hammers and your builder and may the gear-heads murder

you all in your beds!"
M12B01: "My Darling Lorna,

I do not understand how your husband, my insufferable assistant, can treat you as he does. I swear I won't let him hit you again! I'll take you away from all this some day. Just have patience; there are few who can afford to keep such a library as milord Gervaisius. It will take me time to find another patron such as he. Our nights together will be heavenly.

--Your Giles"
M12B02: "My Darling Giles,

Oh my love, I swear I will leave Ashton just as soon as

you give me the word! But, if we are to be together, then

you know we cannot stay here. It will be impossible for

you to work with Ashton after we marry, and more importantly,

I don't trust him. He would never give us any peace. I don't

want to start our new life together with such troubles. Oh

darling, promise me we won't!

Your fragrant daisy,

--Lorna"
M12B03: "My Sweet Lorna,

I have the best news! I've discovered that Lord Holanthrus, advisor to the Baron, has need of a new Librarian. His library is selective, but is said to be one of the best in the City.

I will speak of this to Lord Gervaisius. He is a reasonable man and will give me my leave. Ashton is a capable librarian and will make a suitable replacement for me, which will appease Gervaisius.

Ashton will be happy with the promotion and that will have to be his consolation when he finds out he is losing you.

--Your Giles"


M12B04: "Dearest Giles,

Your news is indeed wonderful! I treasure your letter as I do all that you send me.

I must tell you, I had a close call last night. I was preparing to read your letter when Ashton came into our rooms. I hopped into bed and hid the letter under my pillow.

Thankfully, when I awoke in the morning the letter was still there undisturbed. Soon we will be done with Ashton and the awful memories of this place.

I will divorce him and then we will tell Gervaisius of your new situation. I am so glad I believed in you.

Your sweet pea,

--Lorna"
M12B05: "Milord Gervaisius

It comes as a great shock to me to have to tell you that Head Librarian Giles and my wife, my dear Lorna, have run away together. I am beside myself with this loss. I cannot stay here. This place holds too many painful memories. I don't understand how my dear friend and my wonderful wife could do this to me. I have decided to take a position as a Librarian with Lord Holanthrus. I want you to know that I have only the utmost esteem for milord but I cannot stay here with these memories haunting me so.

Your lowly servant,

--Assistant Librarian Ashton"


M12B06: "Lord Gervaisius,

I hope thou hast enjoyed the luxury and security which the Builder's children have brought thee. In such a cruel and uncaring world as this, true friends must aid each other.

'Tis my hope that I might consider thee such a friend and colleague. I look forward to attending thy reception for thy exhibition. Tis said thou hast one of the finest manors in the city and I eagerly anticipate a chance to visit it.

I am told thou hast most wondrous terrariums. It would please me greatly to see these and thy private exhibition rooms when I arrive.

I know of what import thy collections are to thee, but it my hope that thou wouldst honor me with a gift, namely certain ancient masks and the Cultivator artifact.

'Twould of course be after the exhibition ends. These items are priceless and 'twould be a great favor to me if "

"thou wouldst part with them willingly. I assure thee that I will make it worth thy while, both through further Mechanist gifts and through the gift of a certain painting by Durant, which

I'm told thou hast been trying to acquire.

--Master Karras"
M12B07: "Permit #1609324

Lord Gervaisius is hereby permitted to begin and maintain construction on these premises, the Manor of Clan Gervaisius. Construction is understood to be occurring in the ballroom and on the third floor.

--Nicholas P. Cantarelli, Registrar

Hall of Records and Licenses"


M12B08: "House Sergeant's Logbook, Sergeant Kelvin Porter recording:

Investigation into the disappearance of the head librarian: After a fairly thorough investigation, there is no inference of foul play. I believe that the fool ran away. It is unfortunate that first the head librarian and now the assistant librarian have left we will need to hire replacements quickly. Most all else is quiet. The one strangeness is the rash of supposed hauntings of the library. Never liked the drafty place. I'll look into it later. In the meantime, I must start doing spot checks on the servants and guards for drunkenness."


M12B09: "Contents of this Shipment: 1 Child of the Builder. Some assembly required."
M12B10: "Contents of this Shipment: 1 Masked Servant. Please do not attempt to remove mask. Place in the care of Mechanist caretakers."
M12B11: "Duma, here are the things to pack for my visit:

--pack enough general clothing luggage for a three-week stay

--don't forget the red suit with the yellow frills and brown ruffles (need for the Summer Solstice Soiree)

--arrange shipment of wine to summerhouse

--pack 1 crate of that new Illyrian tea I like and enough scones too!

--pack a blank collector's journal and several quills to record all the new items to be acquired

--pack my favorite jeweled hairbrush and mirror set so I may look my best

Thanks


--Bram Gervaisius"
M12B12: "Milord,

Make sure to bring the casks of Throvian summer wine back from your summerhouse. We'll need them for the reception. Congratulations on meeting the young lady. I'm sure she will agree that she is most lucky to be acquainted with so charming and urbane a lord as yourself. Hurry back soon, there is much to be done.

--Steward Duma"
M12B13: "Duma,

Everything is going exceedingly well. I just met the most lovely, young filly at the Summer Solstice Soiree. Bafford introduced me to her and I'm quite impressed. Her father will take some getting around but the girl is ravishing and has a voice like a nightingale. Lady Veloden, though she says I may call her by her given name of Carina, was warbling wonderfully. I haven't even thought much of my art collection the last week I've been out here. More later, but make sure to clean up my rooms; it looks like I will be entertaining both publicly and privately during the reception.

--Lord Gervaisius"
M12B14: "Foreman Hobart,

As we prepare for the upcoming exhibition and the gala reception that will kick it off, I want to make sure that the manor is ready. I understand that the Children of the Builder have been constructed and placed for additional security. Solid work! There will be an influx of noble guests expecting care of the highest quality while they are being hosted by our Lord Gervaisius. I want to be sure that we display the highest standard of excellence in the decor of the manor.

Be certain to have all the construction debris cleaned in the next few days. I am aware that all Watchful Eyes have been serviced recently. Turn your attention to the clocks right away. We have any number of clocks sitting broken throughout the mansion.

Also, tune the harp when you get a chance. Lady Weatherington fancies herself an accomplished pianist and is an unrepentant showboat. She will take it as an insult if she is not shown to the harp during the reception so that she may display her meager skills.

--Steward Duma"
M12B15: "Milord,

I'll be straight with you. I been the gardener at milord's manor for the last 40 years, for you and your father before you. It's been a good life up until recently. In the last few months, things've been changing round here and not in good ways. The gardens been shrunk again and again. Now most of my work has shifted over to caring for these fancy indoor gardens, these ‘terrariums'. It don't seem natural just having plants inside. I like watering them outside, under the hot sun, not in the glass and wooden cages of the rooms of this house.

Just for the record, I think these mechanists is loony. They don't know nothing about plants or people. They just know how to tinker with their crazy contraptions. Telling Father Norrell he was being replaced by a Mechanist priest, was the last straw. I consider myself an honest woman and a practitioner of the Hammer faith. I want no part of these new faiths. I'm going to where they still hold to the old values. I leave the new ones to you young folks. Good luck.

No longer your servant,

--Phyleas Crowell"
M12B16: "Record of payment for services rendered

Item - ancient masks acquired by agent from places unknown

Paid - in full upon delivery - 2,000

Received by Lord Bram Gervaisius"


M12B17: "I, Philemon Abernathy, having considered the terms of employment and the generous financial compensation, do accept the appointment as Head Librarian for Lord Gervaisius."
M12B18: "Hunting of the Frumious Bandersnatch

By Captain Rufus T. Spaulding

And there I was in the darkest wilds, preparing to search for that most dangerous and elusive of adversaries, the frumious bandersnatch. This, of course, is not to be confused with the striped fromane bandersnatch, an exceedingly docile relative. No, the frumious bandersnatch, filthy beast, is a creature I have spent my whole life preparing to hunt.

But where was I? Ah yes, it was an early morning on the veldt. We were on the trail of a particular bandersnatch and this one was even more frumious than most. I sat by my tent sipping tea and munching on buttered scones. A few scouts had gone out the previous night to see where the creature lurked. Such creatures always lurk … unless they were skulking from one lurking spot to another."

"As I finished my tea and prepared for a second cup, two scouts trotted in. Funny thing, I swore I sent out five the night before. The leader walked up to me and announced that they had found the spot where the bandersnatch was lurking. Unfortunately, it found the spot from which they observed. Now there are only two. Poor buggers. I must remind them not to interrupt me during my morning cup of tea.

Well, we had a starting point for the hunt. Now on to the chase …"


M12B19: "Note to self, retune harp prior to exhibition."
M12B20: "The Book of the Nail: Chapter 7, Verse 12

As the hammer drives nail into wood,

taming rough hewn wood,

making of nail a useful thing,

so shall the Builder use the faithful,

molding them into forms desirable,

using them to tame wild wood,

causing them to join together the foundations of our world

in joyous, regimented harmony.

Thus spake the prophet Jeremyn"


M12B21: "Bawdy Bedtime Limericks for Discerning Adults by Andelwine Meuse

There once was a man from …"


M12B22: "Bram's Personal Collector's Journal vol. 19

--Bought a new painting by the Throvian artist Lizotte. There was the most glorious auction at Ramirez's mansion.

Still can't believe the price I got for it.

--Acquired unusual statue of a sea nymph from merchant returning from Lesser Hrabota

--Still trying to find that damn painting by Durant, can't believe that Bafford tried to swindle me with a fake!"
M12B23: "Bram's Personal Collector's Journal vol. 17

Just came back from a nice long trip in the northern territories. Ah, what wonderful hunting they have up north! Bafford always organizes the most delightful hunting excursions. We tromped around in the rain on horseback for a good three days and Julian caught a nasty cold. Still, it was tremendous fun.

It was a pity I didn't catch anything. Baffy assured me it would be good hunting, but it was nothing like the time we went off west. No trophy heads to show this time. I'll add more to my collection soon though. I hope to do some hunting while I'm off in the western countryside."
"'There are those to whom knowledge is a shield, and those to whom it is a weapon.

Neither view is balanced, but one is less unwise.'

-- Keeper annals"
M13B01: "My Darling Lorna,

Ah my sweet, how like a petal your lips are. How I wish I could kiss them as I did just last night. Ah, I wish I could make everything better with the kisses I will plant on your rosy lips this very eve.

I do not understand how your husband, my insufferable assistant, can treat you as he does. Either he lets you languish all alone as he stays in the library or he inflicts on you his cold, cruel presence. I swear I won't let him hit you again! I'll take you away from all this some day. Just have patience; there are few who can afford to keep such a library as milord Gervaisius. It will take me time to find another patron such as he. In the meantime I'll keep Ashton busy with plenty of work. Our nights together will be heavenly.

--Your Giles"
M13B02: "My Darling Giles,

Oh my love, I swear I will leave Ashton just as soon as you give me the word! He has changed so much over the years, I tell you he is no longer the man I married. I only want to be with you, my dove, my shining knight! But, if we are to be together, then you know we cannot stay here. It will be impossible for you to work with Ashton after we marry, and more importantly, I don't trust him. Though he detests me now, he is still as jealous as any husband. He would never give us any peace. I don't want to start our new life together with such troubles. Oh darling, promise me we won't!

Your fragrant daisy,

--Lorna"
M13B03: "My Sweet Lorna,

I have the best news! I told you everything would work out. I've discovered that Lord Holanthrus, advisor to the Baron, has need of a new Librarian. While he is not as wealthy a man as Gervaisius, he is older and more learned. He collects not for fashion but for taste. His library is selective, but is said to be one of the best in the City.

Let us be away a fortnight hence. I will speak of this to Lord Gervaisius. He is a reasonable man and will give me my leave. Ashton is a capable librarian and will make a suitable replacement for me, which will appease Gervaisius. Ashton will be happy with the promotion and that will have to be his consolation when he finds out he is losing you. I will be the luckiest man alive for I will be starting a new life in a new place with the one I love.

--Your Giles"


M13B04: "Dearest Giles,

Your news is indeed wonderful! Bluebirds sang by my window this morning as I read your letter. The thrushes trilled as they heralded a bright new day for the both of us. I treasure your letter as I do all that you send me. I savor the words your hands whisper to me with each line of ink. I cherish the ardor that comes through in every stroke of your quill. I was surprised, though, that you did not remember to seal the letter, but that did not mar its romance and perfection.

I must tell you, I had a close call last night. I was preparing to read your letter when Ashton came into our rooms. I hopped into bed and hid the letter under my pillow. The sullen brute came to bed and bothered me not. Thankfully, when I awoke in the morning the letter was still there undisturbed. I waited for Ashton to leave and finally was able to listen to your letter sing its glorious song of love to me. Soon we will be done with Ashton and the awful memories of this place. I will divorce him and then we will tell Gervaisius of your new situation. Before long we will be happily away from here and in each other's arms. I am so glad I believed in you.

Your sweet pea,

--Lorna"
M13B08: "House Sergeant's Logbook, Sergeant Kelvin Porter recording:

We prepare for the coming exhibition with a certain amount

of trepidation. We are close to completion, but we are not

ready yet. Most of the Watchful Eyes and Metal Beasts are in

place. Foreman Hobart is still putting the finishing touches

on a variety of mechanical creations throughout the mansion.

I'm just glad that someone reassembled the cuckoo clock before

Duma burst. Steward Duma as usual is being too demanding. I

expect Hobart to shortly pull out what little hair she has left.

Guards have been doubled on most patrols. And all of this

together should give us the security we need to ensure that the

exhibition comes off as smoothly as possible."


M13B09: "Welcome to Lord Gervaisius' Public Exhibition of Art and Curios both Ancient and Modern"
M13B10: "Welcome to Lord Gervaisius' Private Exhibition of Art and Curios both Ancient and Modern"
M13B11: "From the Desk of Steward Duma

To Do List for the Exhibition Grand Opening:

--Check all of Sgt. Porter's security plans

--Remind him to add security to basement, there seem to have been intruders down there recently

--Send Wilhelm the Cellarer off food shopping in Stone Market.

--Make sure he brings me the right change (I swear he's a thief in training)

--Order 15 dozen flower arrangements from that cute brunette at Rosie's Flower Shoppe (do personally)

--Get a new powdered wig for milord (remember one ponytail not two pigtails)

--And finally, take a relaxing mudbath to relieve the stress milord has caused me"
M13B12: "Milord,

All the preparations proceed smoothly. Take your time returning. It sounds like your hands are quite full with matters in the countryside. I wish you all the best with the young Lady Veloden. I'm sure that Lord Veloden will be ecstatic should a match arise out of this courtship.

I can assure you that everything will be in readiness upon your arrival. You will hardly recognize this manor from the state it was in only a few months back. Foreman Hobart has fixed everything in sight and then some. I consider myself to be a meticulous man but these Mechanists put even me to shame. New clocks, new lights, new guards, new servants, ah yes, much has changed.”

“Lord Karras has sent word that he will be attending the gala reception. He looks forward to finally meeting you. He has matters that he wishes to discuss concerning the exhibit items and a possible trade for a rare Durant. Unfortunately, the original correspondence has gone missing in the library. But don't worry, it will be found soon. Ah, that is the problem with new staff. It always takes so long to get everyone up to speed. How I wait for the day that these commoners are as loyal and obedient as Karras promises.

One final word, remember that there is a Regency Council meeting 4 days after the reception. Make sure to put that in your schedule as the new import tax will be discussed.

--Steward Duma"


M13B13: "Duma,

Good job thus far. I shall be back shortly. Glad to hear the Mechanists are working out so well. I look forward to seeing what sort of contrivances they've brought to our humble mansion. If they are as good as you say, I shall speak most highly of Karras to other nobles. The gala reception shall be a testament to the progress our wonderful civilization has achieved.

I must be away. I hear Carina calling and we have a hunt planned for this fair morn.

--Lord Gervaisius"


M13B14: "Foreman Hobart,

Congratulations foreman! The grand opening of the exhibition

is almost upon us. The preparations have gone extremely smoothly,

and I must admit that I did not expect so thorough a job. Through

the influence of you Mechanists this household has become both more

efficient and more secure.

I consider myself to be a practical man and a man of the world.

I appreciate the transition this manor has undergone through its

association with your master Karras. The devices he has sent are

indeed wondrous. The Hammerites were always tramping about moaning

of doom and gloom. They kept our servants docile with their dogma,

but did little else. Why Father Norrell could be downright embarrassing

when we had guests! However, your kind, with"

"the first Masked

Servants you've sent, has shown us how to make our servants obedient.

And the new priest is as civilized and reasonable as one could hope

for.

I hope we can continue this relationship, and I will help persuade



Lord Gervaisius to speak highly of your order when next they come

before the Regent Council.

--Steward Duma"

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