Opening Statement: We are seeking communication with Buulde, Adjutant to the Staff Guild. Will you attend, Buulde?
(Note: The planchette leaped across the board in a robust manner).
ANSWER: I, BUULDE.
Question: Hello, Buulde! Are you okay, Buulde?
ANSWER: I, I, BUULDE.
Question: I’m getting a vibe, Buulde. Is all well with you?
ANSWER: SIR, IT IS THE MOLT.
Question: You’re molting?????
ANSWER: SIR, IT IS OF NO MATTER
(Note: Is Buulde some kind of bird creature??? With great effort and enormous restraint, I decided not to pursue this. Everything in the Dr. 58 Universe is so insane!)
Question: Well, we hope the molt is no great inconvenience for you. Tell us, Buulde. How goes my case with the Conclave of the Staff Guild?
ANSWER: SIR, THE CONCLAVE HAS REJECTED THE OAK. YOURS IS THE WILLOW.
Question: What!!?? Buulde, I have been sustaining myself on an almost pure acorn diet! I lost 9 pounds! Have I not increased my resonance with the oak?
ANSWER: YES, SIR. YOUR RESONANCE WITH THE OAK WAS OF GREAT BENEFIT TO THE CONCLAVE.
Question: Benefit to the Conclave? It was my understanding that if I subsisted on the fruit of the oak tree, it would increase my connection and resonance with the oak, and this would sway the Conclave’s decision in my favor to wield the oak staff. What do you say, Buulde?
ANSWER: I, I, I, BUULDE.
Question: Buuuulde!!! Focus! Can you answer my question?
ANSWER: FOCUS, SIR?
Question: This word represents my wish for you to concentrate on the line of discussion I am having with you. I’m worried about you Buulde. Please tell me if you would like to continue our discussion as a different time. Perhaps you need rest? Perhaps the molt is taxing for you?
ANSWER: SIR, I PERFORM MY DUTIES AS ADJUTANT TO THE GUILD.
Question: Okay, well, Buulde, I’ll try to be brief. You say that the Conclave has rejected my request to construct a staff of oak. I thought my subsistence on the acorn would bolster my case. Is this not so?
ANSWER: SIR, THE CONCLAVE REQUESTED THE FRUIT OF THE OAK FOR YOU FOR THEIR OWN PROCEEDINGS.
Question: What? Can you explain this?
ANSWER: SIR, THE CONCLAVE ATTUNED TO YOUR … CONNECTION …I, BUULDE … WITH THE OAK. THEY FOUND MUCH TO FRIGHTEN THEM.
Question: Jeepers! I never know what to expect! Can you explain this? What frightened them?
ANSWER: THERE IS AN UNNATURAL ENERGY. A POWERFUL METAL.
Question: Hmmmm. I assume you are talking about the iron embedded in the oak, and the iron-oak nexus I have perceived. I hardly know what to ask. What are the thoughts of the Conclave? There is something about the iron-oak nexus they are wary of, is that right, Buulde?
ANSWER: EFFLORESCENCE, SIR. I, BUULDE. I, I, BUULDE. SIR, WHAT IS EFFLORESCENCE?
Question: You are acting so weird, Buulde. Well, it refers to a substance that transpires or respires, so to speak upon exposure to air, I suppose. Or, it can suggest a substance coming to the surface from another substance – does this have any meaning to you, Buulde?
ANSWER: IT IS OF CONCERN, SIR. THE EFFLORESCENCE OF THE METAL. THE OAK AND THE METAL.
Question: Let me ask you this. What is it exactly about the efflorescence of the iron embedded with the oak that is troubling the Conclave, if that is even the case?
ANSWER: SIR, THERE IS GREAT POTENTIAL FOR DANGER … FOR DESTRUCTION. RIP. RIP. RIPPING. A GREAT RIPPING.
Question: Hmmm, well, Buulde, I have nothing to hide from you or the Staff Guild, or the Conclave, for that matter. I have made no bones about the fact that I intend mischief, but only toward a certain entity that holds one of your own in cruel captivity! It’s true that I have identified a great … what should I call it … curvature of gravity, perhaps, within the structure of the oak. It is the iron embedded within the oak. The energy of the iron is creating a … a kind of gravity well, within the energy structure of the oak. I know that the Man Thing Entity, that creature which constrains Gefraim, is greedy for iron. If I can lure him to the iron-oak nexus, I think it will … well … not be a good thing for the man Thing Entity. If I can incapacitate him, perhaps Gefraim can go free. Does the Conclave understand this?
ASNWER: SIR, IT IS NOT IRON. THE CONCLAVE CAN NOT IDENTIFY THE METAL. THE MAGNITUDE OF DANGER IS KNOWN, HOWEVER.
Question: Um, yes, well, the thing is, Buulde, in my world we have certain abilities that are most likely unknown in your world. I have come to learn that you are not technological in your realm. The metal in question is not iron, as you say, but something we call steel. This contains natural iron, but then we mix it with something we call carbon. Mixing iron with carbon creates what we call steel. It is a form of alchemy we have over here. Do you understand?
ANSWER: I, BUULDE. I, I, I, BUULDE.
Question: (Frustrated groans). Just relax and listen, Buulde. The metal has been rendered unnatural by our alchemy, to make it stronger. We mix iron with carbon and that transforms the metal into steel. Can you tell the Conclave about steel? We have supreme control over this substance. Does this help?
ANSWER: SIR, THERE ARE FEARS. THE SUBSTANCE IS … EFFLORESCENT. THE CONCLAVE DOES NOT UNDERSTAND THE NATURE OF THE METAL. IT HAS BEEN RATED, HOWEVER.
Question: Rated in what way?
ANSWER: ON MAGNITUDE. THE PARCHMENT OF FOLSATHE ACHIEVES 19.
Question: What does this mean? What is the Parchment of Folsathe?
ANSWER: I, BUULDE. HANDED DOWN FROM THE ANCIENTS. 19 IS UNKNOWN. IT HAS NEVER BEEN SEEN.
Question: What does this designation of 19 mean? Can you explain it?
ANSWER: SIR, A LEVEL OF POWER, A LEVEL OF ENERGY. 19 IS UNKNOWN.
Question: Hmmm. Let me speculate. The Parchment of Falsathe is some sort of document that measures the energy of certain … stuff, of things, for example. Am I on the right track, Buulde?
ANSWER: ESSENTIALLY, SIR.
Question: Wow. Can the power of a staff, say, achieve a rating on The Parchment of Falsathe?
ANSWER: YES, SIR.
Question: What is the average power of a staff, Buulde, as rated on the Parchment of Falsathe?
ANSWER: AVERAGE, SIR?
Question: Well, take the Guild Master Furstus, for example. I know he wields his own staff. Where would the power of his staff rate on the scale as provided by the Parchment of Falsathe?
ANSWER: SIR, I COULD NOT SPEAK IN THIS REGARD FOR MASTER FURSTUS.
Question: Just speaking in general terms, then, would the power of such a dignitary as Furstus rate a staff power of, say, a 3 or a 5?
ANSWER: UNKNOWN, SIR. NOT SO HIGH. SIR. I, BUULDE.
Question: Well, anyway, what you seem to saying is that, somehow, the fact that I have been eating acorns has enabled the Conclave to get a reading – through me or of me, I presume – of the iron-oak nexus, as I call it, and this structure has the tremendous energy signature which rates a 19 on the Parchment of Forsathe scale?
ANSWER: YES, SIR.
Question: And because this is such a high level of energy, the Conclave has become fearful that I am dabbling with a level of power that certainly does not seem safe, is that the case, Buulde?
ANSWER: SIR, INSTABILITY, SIR.
Question: What about it? Are you saying that the iron-oak nexus is powerful to the point of being unstable?
ANSWER: THE STATE OF THE CONCLAVE IS IGNORANCE AS TO THE QUALITY OF 19.
Question: So that’s why they have declined my request to create a staff of oak, rather than willow? They have perceived this whole connection with the iron-oak nexus, they have somehow measured a possibly unstable and enormous energy level of 19 as rated by the Parchment of Falsathe, and they don’t want anything to do with it, right?
ANSWER: YES, SIR, I, I, I …
Question: Chill, Buulde!!! Buulde, are the circumstances of your molt affecting your ability to think clearly and provide me with accurate information?
ANSWER: THE MOLT IS OF NO CONSEQUENCE, SIR.
Question: I apologize, Buulde. I was just checking. So the bottom line is, the Conclave is withholding its sanction of an oak staff. What if I build the oak staff anyway? Will this mean my staff is not sanctioned by the Staff Guild, or what?
ANSWER: SIR, YOU CANNOT KNOW THE CONFIGURATION OF THE OAK STAFF. GEFRAIM HAS INSTRUCTED YOU ON THE STAFF OF WILLOW.
Question: I think I understand. For example, my staff of willow must be coated with my own blood, and be configured to the Pole Star, and so on. The oak staff would have an all-together different set of particulars, is that it?
ANSWER: CERTAINLY, I, BUULDE, SIR.
Question: And to be clear, my own diet of acorns did nothing special to help me resonate with the energy properties of the oak?
ANSWER: OF THE OAK STAFF, SIR.
Question: All very interesting. Very, very interesting. Buulde, if I proceed with my plan to manipulate the iron-oak nexus to deal with the Man Thing Entity, I assume that the Staff Guild will not interfere, even thought they fear that I am dabbling with Level 19?
ANSWER: SIR, THEIR ONLY CONCERN IS THE STAFF, SIR.
Question: Even if I use the willow staff, which has been sanctioned by the Staff Guild?
ANSWER: SIR, THE STAFF GUILD WISHES YOU THE USE OF THE WILLOW STAFF.
Question: Even if I mess with Level 19?
ANSWER: SIR, THE STAFF GUILD DOES NOT INTERFERE.
Question: Thank you, Buulde. Tell me, is there anything I can do for you? Obviously I cannot make you a cup of tea, but whatever else I can do in my power to ease the rigors of your molt, I would gladly do to repay you for your skillful representation on my behalf as adjutant to the Conclave.
ANSWER: TEA, SIR?
Question: Forget that. You have my gratitude and thanks, Buulde. Wishing you Golden Energy, good-bye.
The planchette glided to GOOD-BYE.
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