Post by studentloandebt on Dec 9, 2019 18:55:54 GMT
A 15-20 Minute Read
This story talks about the slicing of skin and blood coming out. If this is not your cup of tea, I would advise not reading this
Dr. Francesca: "From Debtian Public Radio, welcome to Noir Leens, an investigative radio broadcast that looks into the strange, the ancient, and the esoteric in our world. My name Dr. Francesca Mariana Consuela Gonzalez Damasco Garcia Ramón Lucia Gwenburg Gomez. I specialize in anthropology and lingustics.
Fanta: "My name is Fanta. I specialize in esoteric studies, occultism, and enchantments. Today we bring to you our investigation of a prominent figure in Debtian folklore; Anya Monohein, or more commonly known as the Eye of Monohein
Anya Monohein was born in modern day Talsara in 1783 to what was originally called the Heirregun tribe. The Heirregun were one of the first peoples to live in the Debtian Isles, going back to ancient times. She was born to a cleric family that served as physicians to her tribe. In her childhood, she was said to have been quite advanced for her age as well as for her sex at rituals since girls usually did not advance this far at her age. By the age of 14, she was already conducting her own rituals. At 19, she married a man named Gavrill Dowde, with whom she had 4 children, 2 of them living to adulthood. In her adult years, she grew in influence in her tribe. She became well educated, a skilled herbologist and physician, and became the first female spiritual leader in her tribe's history. What she is most revered for, however, is her ability of precognition, also known to some as fortune-telling.
Around the age of 22, she is said to have had her first vision, predicting the death of a fellow tribesman. Her vision was detailed and it would be that every detail became true, including their death. Alongside being a spiritual leader, she was consulted by many in her lifetime for her ability to see into the future."
Dr. Francesca: "In 1812, she was a leading figure for the Talsaran tribes in the Aestival Gloom. For those of you who are not Debtian History geeks like us, the Aestival Gloom took place in the late spring, summer, and early autumn of 1817 after a volcanic eruption in the Sinclarian Mountains in Romaxia lowered the temperatures of the planet, causing a colder summer, gloomier skies and prevalent fog, and crop failures around the world, but especially in the Debtian Isles. Tribes began going to war with each other over access to food, with some sectarian fights of blaming the other tribes for causing the gloomy weather phenomenon and angering nature.
In this time, her precognition served as an asset to the Heirregun tribe and were able to predict enemy movements and secure their land. Her service made her a legend and a folk hero to the Heirregun tribe. Her influence and admiration in the community resulted in a gradual equivalency between calling the tribe Heirregun and calling it Monohein. However, this is slightly controversial among those both inside and outside the tribe, so we will refer to the tribe by the legal name of Heirregun. The story is mainly called the Eye of Monohein. though, and as such we will continually call it that."
Fanta: "Now, if she were just some person in the past, she might not be of as much interest for an investigation on our show. However, she is not just some person from the past. She is still alive, right now, 236 years old and still young. Let us explain.
In 1857, she was 74 years old and it was known that she was going to pass soon. However, she was determined to stay alive and spent years researching a cure to aging. In 1857, she supposedly discovered how to do that. A lot of her rituals as well as her precognition rely on blood and it was through blood that she determined that her youth could be regained. It is said that she had a bathtub in her house that she would fill with blood, special herbs, and mixture of different fluids and liquids she had crafted. No one was ever told what kind of blood, what herbs, and what fluids she had in the tub and it remains a mystery even to her own tribe. In a private ritual, she would enter the room, bath in the blood, submerge, then rise again young, fully undoing her age. It is said that she has bathed in the blood mixture 3 times now, her last bathing being in 2010.
So, we gaze into the void to seek; Did Anya Monohein discovered immortality? Is she still alive? Does she truly have the ability to see into the future as well?"
Dr. Francesca: The void gazed back at us and had us travel to Doburty Valley where Anya Monohein and most of the Monohein tribe live today. The tribe currently consists of 10,556 people globally, with 7,752 of them living on tribal land. Spread though out the valley in smaller villages, hamlets, and settlements, the center of the tribe is located in the town of Monohein, where Anya Monohein also lives. The town, quite obviously, was named after her. Despite how much praise she receives and how much of a leadership role she has, the town functions under a democratic commission, surprisingly.
When we arrived in town, it was not hard to find Anya Monohein's home where she operates. What was hard, though, was getting access to her. With her reputation of accurate fortune telling and being a spiritual leader, her home commonly has a line out the door. Fanta and I waiting in line for about 3 hours before we even got into the building (fortunes can take a while). We arrived at 12:37 PM and it took us until 4:52 to finally get to her. Once it was our turn, a curtain opened and we were beckoned in by an assistant.
The first thing you notice is the smell. The room was layered with fine amount of smoke and smelled of it too. However, the smell was not bad, but actually quite awakening. The room was lit by candles, flickering around us and illuminating the surrounding ornaments and objects that were contained in this room. The light would bounce off glittering objects hanging from the ceiling, making the place feel magical. In the middle of the room was a table with chairs. The assistant sat us down at the table and told us to wait for "Mother Monohein". After some time, she came in.
She was in a long dress of green and blue and purple that dragged behind her on the ground. The material was almost quilt like, etched with designs and illustrations that we did not have the context to understand. Her dark brown hair was wrapped in fabric into a ponytail that slid down to her lower back, ending with a small bell. Her face, to our surprised looked exactly like the painting that the Anya Monohein from the Aestival Gloom era had, from bone structure to hair to even moles. This was more than just a costume. Could it really be her?
Fanta: She sat at the table with us and welcomed us to her home. She had a small pipe in between her fingers that she smoke from and blew into the air, explaining why the room was so smokey. She could see that we were not from her tribe and were from the outside. She spoke a blessing in otter-tongue to me. This stemmed from the connections that my people have to the mystical world where people believe that one should bless otters in our language.
Something she likes to do is talk with her clients, get to know them and establish a connection. She would asked us what it was that we were seeking. Francesca told her that we wanted our fortune read. That is when Monohein had a look on her face that said "I know that's not why you are here". Perhaps she really knew, but she went ahead with the fortune telling anyhow.
She began by asking what about our future we wanted to know. Francesca wanted to know about love. I wanted to know about my career. I felt like I knew about it and wanted to see what she would say about it. She got up and walked to a nearby table to grab two pure white porcelain plates. In the plates were small etching going off in random directions that looked like a massively complex maze of small indents. She then told us what would happen to have our fortune read. "To glimpse into what your life will be, one must examine how your life force interacts with the world. These plates show many different pathways, many different choices, different decisions, impulses, and desires that not only you will make, but others will make as well. It is through this that we can tell how one is destined to be."
Then she pulls out a giant knife. "To glimpse into what your life will be, you must be willing to give up some of your life to know. Slide the palm of your hand across this dagger over top of the plate and let your blood drop onto the plate."
Dr. Francesca: Fanta and I both look at each other hesitantly about this. However, we needed to know more about her so we did it. I went first and grabbed the dagger. As I pulled back, I could feel my skin open and blood start coming out. I winced, but continued. Then blood started dripping onto the plate. Monohein looked at the blood as it raced down corridors on the plates, reaching dead ends and splitting at divergent points. She then told me to pull my hand back and did a clap. The assistant from earlier came up with a towel, disinfectant, and bandages to help heal my hand.
Monohein then pulled out another dagger and told Fanta to do the same, which he did, dripping his blood onto his paint. After a few minutes of letting the blood move along the plates and her assistant healing our hands, she began to read our fortune. For this, I will play the recording that I took.
"Francesca, I can see that you are a smart and strong one, someone who can take care of themself. This will play a major part in your love life. Your intelligence allows you to be introspective and you take pride in your ability to look into your mind and breakdown why you act how you act. Alongside that, your physical size and strength is something else you take pride in with how you've always been naturally bigger than others and so you embrace something you believe you won't change. However, these two traits will make you chose to not be very active in relationships, but reactive. You are not the one who approaches, but who is approached with relationships.
Your intelligence will have you believe that your strength and body are unchanging deterrents in the realm of dating and so you'll choose to focus on yourself rather than relationships, which will further solidify your fear of pursuing a partner and being rejected. As such, throughout your life you prefer for a partner to find and take interest in you and you react to that interest to lessen your chances of rejection. You will try to grow your personality to increase your chances of someone pursuing you beyond your body, but will continually deny the idea that they will look past you physically and you will continually see your physical qualities as a barrier to love, even when you have achieved mutual love.
I do see you achieving love in your life beyond just an occasional partner. It will take time for you to accept it, but you will eventually realize that they do love you and you will be able to pursue them in return."
Fanta: What did you think of your fortune after hearing it, Francesca?
Dr. Francesca: I wasn't really sure what to think. Even though I had strong suspicion of her not actually having precognition, I felt like she read deep into me and that I wanted to believe it. I wanted to feel like she was gave me the answer to my problems.
Fanta: Then it was my turn.
"Fanta, you have chosen a line of work that fits well with your personality. Your personality is one of being helpful to others, whether through education, entertainment, or any other means of assistance. Your current career goals are one you are happy with and goals I see you not regretting in the future. However, there is another major aspect to how careers are affected by your personality. I see that you do not take criticism too well. Your ability to be criticized is developed enough, but this continues through your life of criticism being strong in your work choices. When you are criticized, it does not make you angry, but saddens you. You feel lesser and are not motivated by it. I see this really forming in your youth.
Relationships with family, where most of your criticism comes from, become difficult. You will have family that you will seek to avoid in order to not be criticized. Some familial relationships will be defined by this dynamic and the mere presence of certain family will sadden your view of yourself. I can see that you enjoy the happiness of others and aim to please others. In your attempt to please your family, you are hired in a variety of jobs not because you need the money or you feel a need to work, but mainly to cease the criticisms. You acquire jobs, but you don't pursue them. They serve almost as a means to an end, that end being attempting to change the family dynamic however you can. Your family and your career choices are strongly linked together.
I do see you having a career, however, that is not in the same. You will find a career that you enjoy as well as your family. Your career will be very fortunate not just in monetary means, but also mental means that sooth you and allow you grow closer to family, family which will be very important to the future of your career.
Dr. Francesca: And Fanta, how did you feel after.
Fanta: I was and am still spooked by this because I knew exactly what she was talking about and this is not something I've talked about with others.
Dr. Francesca: So, after getting our fortune read, we remembered that we were on a mission to learn her secrets. She had her assistant escort us out of the room. However, the assistant did not escort us out of the building. This meant that we were still on the property and technically not trespassing. This is when our plan went through.
Fanta: Since I am so small, I hid inside the building until the building was closed. After, I waited some more time to make sure no one was nearby. When I was sure I was alone, I snuck back out and went into the room to find whatever I could. There wasn't anything in particular in the room but there was a back room that Anya Monohein came out of during our session so I checked there next. As I opened the curtains, I saw a person in there and froze; it was Anya Monohein. It would seem that this was her bedroom and I had just walked into it. In front of me was a bed that she was asleep on, making this a lot harder. Slowly moving around the room, I found some jars of herbs that looked like some dank kush. She was smoking that in our session but she didn't seem to get high so I took some to see if they were laced with anything.
I checked the rest of the room but there wasn't much. But there was a door that I decided to open and behind it I found a small courtyard garden. There were no flowers, no crops, just herbs, a lot of which I didn't recognize. I took a sample of each one, hoping that perhaps one of them could be of use. Continuing to explore the house there was not much else. I couldn't even find the famous bathtub that she fills with blood and bathes in. Although a lot of the doors were locked so that could explain it. What I had seemed good for now so I got out of there, met up with Francesca, and we headed out.
Dr. Francesca: So, we did some research on what these plants were. To do this, we consulted Dr. Rep Studwall, a herbologist and biochemist teaching biochemistry at La Sagezza University. Thank you for being on the show.
Dr. Rep Studwall: Thank you
Dr. Francesca Now, Mr. Studwall-
Dr. Rep Studwall: Dr. Rep Studwall
Dr. Francesca: What did you find in your research of the herbs?
Dr. Rep Studwall: In my research, I found two major components of the herbs that may explain Anya Monohein's popular existence; enhanced pattern recognition and fetal gene alteration.
First, the enhanced pattern recognition. Located in Doburty Valley is a special herb known as Ginkgo ratio which has cognitive assisting properties. When the contents of the herb enter the body, it has direct effects on the cortex and specifically memories. Used for a while to help fight against diseases like Alzheimer and dementia, this herb is also popular in use of the drug Nostal that gives the user strong and vibrant flashback memories. However, when properly prepared, it can enhance cortex functions in memories, specifically semantic memories, aka the memories you have of the world.
The cortex's ability to access memories and use them in pattern recognition are greatly enhanced and can be like if you have 10 people combining their pattern recognition skills into one person. I believe that this may be what Monohein's "future vision" is; not actually seeing into the future but just being really good at recognizing patterns and predicting how those patterns will play out. Remember at the beginning of your session when she was asking about you and wanting to establish a connection? She was gaining knowledge to use in her pattern recognition.
Now we need to address the other special herb; Gestum novultis. Although the Gestum family is fairly widespread, the species of novultis is quite rare to find due to its unique abilities. While not very understood by the medical community, it is believed that this herb has a unique chemical makeup that directly targets and incorporates the DNA of other organisms. The herb is tremendously efficient at this and allows it to adapt and evolve to its environment. The reason it is widespread is because of how efficient it is at incorporating the DNA of nearby organisms and can adapt to many environments, making it an invasive species in many parts of the world.
Anya Monohein used the herbs in a particular way. When prepared properly, one can extract the chemicals used in Gestum novultis and use it for the opposite role of altering the DNA of other species instead of incorporating. If a person has the chemicals, mixes it with their DNA, and injects it into another organism, one can find the organism's DNA slowly being altered to more reflect the DNA of the person. The most efficient way to do this is not with a fully formed organism, but a undeveloped organism; a fetus. I believe that this is what Anya Monohein did back in the 1800s and this is what I believe occurred:
While pregnant with her child, she mixed her blood with the chemical to create something like a Anya-potion and injected the potion into her blood vessels. Since her body already has her DNA, the potion wouldn't do anything. However, when it reaches the placenta, it is able to bypass it and traverse to the child. In this stage, the Anya-potion directly alters the DNA of the fetus to have DNA more like hers, from bodily function to physical appearance to brain structure.
Fanta: Are you saying she essentially created a clone and gave birth to herself?
Dr. Rep Studwall: Not necessarily. If anything, the child is more like an identical twin than a clone. They share the same DNA but they're not as much of a copy as a clone is. Obviously altering the DNA of a fetus won't give you an exact replica of you and there will be some faults in it. However, it is close enough.
Dr. Francesca: So we didn't actually meet Anya Monohein from the 1800s, but rather an identical descendant?
Dr. Rep Studwall: That is my guess to it, yes. Most likely this is the 3rd person to share the original Anya Monohein's DNA. I would see it that the original Anya raised her child in secret and trained her in how to be like her.
Dr. Francesca: What about the whole bathing in a tub of blood thing?
Dr. Rep Studwall: I would guess that that is a made up story used by the Monohein family to throw people off and make it seem more mystical.
Fanta: Wait a second. So I didn't need to slice my hand open on a dagger? That was just a show?
Dr. Rep Studwall: Most likely.
Fanta: Well that sucks. Mr. Studwall-
Dr. Rep Studwall: Dr. Rep Studwall
Fanta: Dr. Rep Studwall, thank you for being here and helping us
Dr. Rep Studwall: My pleasure.
Dr. Francesca: We gazed into the void for answers and the void gazed back at us and revealed them to us. Most likely, Anya Monohein is not an oracle who found the blood fountain of youth. Instead, it is likely that she smokes some good kush that increases her ability to recognize patterns and that she found a way to make her kid look just like her and they have been acting in a role this whole time. It's pretty disappointing, though, that she isn't really magical like we wanted her to be.
Fanta: I would have loved if she actually looked into my future, but no she just guessed based on how I am now. But hey, close enough.
Once again, we want to thank Dr. Rep Studwall for helping us in our investigation. This is Noir Leens. I am Fanta.
Dr. Francesca: And I am Dr. Francesca Mariana Consuela Gonzalez Damasco Garcia Ramón Lucia Gwenburg Gomez.
Fanta: Thank you for listening.