The Book of Thomas, Online Edition

The Words of Thomas the Georgian, compiled and published for the world to read and tremble with awe (or laughter, or scorn as the case may be).

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Table of Contents

To make it easier for you to read The Book of Thomas in its intended order, here is the table of contents.

Introduction

Chapter V: The Tale of the Man and the Woman
Chapters VI-VII: Concerning the Hovel of Peace
Chapter VIII: On the Demise of the Mail Prophet

Chapter IX: Being Part the First of the Chronicles of the Wars of Tuba
Chapter X: Being Part the Second of the Chronicles of the Wars of Tuba
Chapter XI: Being Part the Third of the Chronicles of the Wars of Tuba
Chapter XII: Being Part the Fourth of the Chronicles of the Wars of Tuba
Chapter XIII: Being Part the Last of the Chronicles of the Wars of Tuba

Chapter XIV: In Which Aronius First Appeareth
Chapter XV: In Which Aronius and Matthias Conspire
Chapter XVI: In Which Touscalez Telleth His Greatest Plan
Chapter XVII: In Which Matthias Heareth of Touscalez
Chapter XVIII: In Which Aronius and Matthias Meet Sylvanus
Chapter XIX: In Which Matthias Returneth from the Eastern Lands
Chapter XX: In Which Plans are Made, and Matthias Procureth Barrels
Chapter XXI: In Which Construction of the Table Beginneth
Chapter XXII: In Which Disaster Visiteth
Chapter XXIII: In Which the Mail Prophet Telleth of the Craigosaur

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Chapter XXIII

Now when the Mail Prophet had spake these words, Matthias spake also, saying, "Indeed, the Mail Prophet speaketh truly, for I know of naught else save the mighty and ferocious Craigosaur which could have wreaked this destruction."

And Sylvanus saith, "Nor I."

And when they heard this, the manservants and maidservants of the father of Sylvanus (for they had all gathered themselves about the scene of destruction, as manservants and maidservants are wont to do, for they are generally curious folk) did, as it were with one voice, break into a most lamentable cry, saying, "Wherefore hath the accursed Craigosaur come upon the lands of our master, and what now is to be our fate? For it is known that wherever the Craigosaur striketh, there will it strike again, until it hath devoured all who are in that place! Woe unto us, and unto our master, the lord of this house and all these lands, and unto his guests, who by receiving the generous gift of his hospitality have been doomed, however unwittingly, unto a horrible fate!"

And the manservants and maidservants wept, and their countenances were downcast, and they did go about their assigned tasks with weeping and much sorrow. Likewise did all members of that household.

Nevertheless did Aronius not lose heart, but did set his face like unto flint. And his companions did likewise. And after a time of mourning for the broken Table did he face his companions.

Then the Mail Prophet spake thus:

"Friends, this day hath wrought much grief, and unless the suspicions of mine own self, and also of Matthias and Sylvanus, are misbegotten, it hath also brought us all into the most mortal of mortal dangers. For as all men of these parts know (and also the womenfolk, and the children, who hear of it in bedtime stories, and quake beneath their sheets), the Craigosaur is a most fearsome beast. Mayhap thou knowest not of it, Aronius, since thou art a sojourner from a foreign land; therefore will I tell it thee.

The ancient legends of this land speak of a mighty sorcerer, the Nameless One, who in days of old did ravage the land by his dark power. And none dared stand before him, save the King alone. And the King did possess a shield of power, which did allow him to withstand the magicks of the Nameless One. And the King did press hard upon the Nameless One, to slay him with his sword; nevertheless the Nameless One, full of cunning and evil, did summon a boulder and by his magicks did hurl it at the King. And the boulder smiteth the shield of power, and smasheth it to bits.

Then did the Nameless One cast a most vile spell upon the King, which spell transformeth him from a mortal man into a terrible beast, like unto a giant lizard that walketh upon its hind legs, with a mighty tail whereby it smasheth buildings and teareth down trees, and with enormous jaws, wherewith it devoureth people and livestock, and from out of which (it is said) it breatheth flames of fire; this beast did men name the Craigosaur, and did flee from it in terror.

Yet in casting this spell did the Nameless One bring about his own doom, for no sooner had the spell been cast than did the Craigosaur let out a terrible roar by the sound of which the very stones were split, and did leap upon the Nameless One, and did burn him with flames, and did chomp upon him with the enormous jaws of which I spake before. And too late did the Nameless One realize his error; and thus knowing did the Nameless One perish.

And it is said that the King was able, after a time, and with the aid of another sorcerer within his circle of advisers, to transform back into his human form; yet being grieved by the destruction wrought by him as the Craigosaur, he did weeping fall upon his own sword, and thus did perish.

Yet it is said that even unto this day do all male descendants of that King bear the curse of the Nameless One, and from time to time, do find themselves transformed into the Craigosaur, at which time great sorrow and havoc is visited upon the land."


And the tale being thus concluded, the Mail Prophet did entreat that they all should ponder together how they might defeat the Craigosaur, and thus proceed again with the building of the Table and the acquiring of the kingship for Aronius.