╨╧рб▒с>■  !"■                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ▄еhcр eА8J?5>j>jj>j>j>j>j>~>~>~>~>~>~> И> ~>Ф>1Т>Т>Т>Т>Т>Т>Т>Т>Т>Ф>Ф>Ф>Ф>Ф>Ф>┼>X?-Ф>j>Т>Т>Т>Т>Т>Ф>Т>j>j>Т>Т>Т>Т>Т>Т>j>Т>j>Т>Т>░ d"░┴╞~>~>j>j>j>j>Т>Т>Т>Т>Volume IV Appendix Notes on THE DONATION OF ISKANDER There was a certain type of ring that figures very largely in the chronicles. It was a signet, a "Ring of State," by which official documents were stamped and authenticated by rulers many centuries before the modern era. In Earth IIТs experience, after the Re-location and the birth of a Sun, events again developed in a linear fashion. Mizraim and the Bronze Age passed into the Iron Age of Hellenistic or Greek and Persian civilizations. Their ancient names revived along with the chief cities; names in one place became so famed and well-known in other regions, that even place names like Rome, Sparta, Argos, and such, travelled and became common in other part of the world long after the originals fell back into ruins and sometimes vanished completely. Iskander of Macedonia, a chief leader of the new age, was deservedly acclaimed "the Great." He won the epithet by his supreme military prowess and cunning by which he conquering the known world of his time. Surpassing all men, he was nevertheless quite like them in one respect: he wore a signet. Every man of business and every ruler before and after his time employed a signet ring for conducting public affairs. It was a ring and gemstone supposedly belonging in earlier times to the so-called "Great Dreamer of Mizraim,Ф the one who saved the world from famine. Actually, the stone was not the same as the УDreamerТs.Ф Though it qualified as a true "Ring of Power," its character was quite different from its predecessorТs, originating not from extra-terrestrial regions but from Earth itself--or from Under-Earth, to be precise. Jetstone, black as the night settling once the Earth, it energized the wearers to great exploits and folly as they sought self-fulfillment and personal glory at the expense, if need be, of everyone else. Since no wearer had yet succeeded in gaining the world without losing something vital, it was also compounded with tremendous longing and restlessness verging on dementia. Iskander later became known to the Post-Re-location Islamic peoples as a great personage, Al Dhulnaim, or the Two-Horned. He wore a diadem, which was had the curious feature of two golden ramТs horns, between which was set an unusually large and brilliant gemstone of what appeared to be transparent gold. Iskander was wearing the signet and diadem when he began to conquer the world. Only thirteen years later, when he succumbed to a mysterious contagion in his second world capital, Babylon, in 323 B.C., he was wearing it still. Some authorities believe his illness was caused by a malarial mosquito, while others say the waters of Babylon were so unhealthy for him he contacted typhoid, for which there was then no cure. The most likely cause of his early death is a collapse from sheer exhaustion brought on by all his empire-building and conquests. Those who do not mind speculating wonder if certain "friends" and "allies" listed in the document did not prove the World Conquerors' undoing. These people point to the fact this was a vigorous, young man when he died, and also that he had already exposed himself to every contagion in the world, every hardship, every danger from man or beast, and survived. Yet he fell ill in the world's most civilized city, where some of the world's most accomplished physicians, Babylonian and Greek, could diagnose treat him. They find all this "very strange" and deplore the fact there was no such thing as an autopsy in Alexander's time. But such views stand on speculation. We see clearly the scene at the deathbed in the palace in Babylon in which IskanderТs confidant and friend, Lord Perdiccas, maneuvered himself to a prime position by engineering his Regency, a regency that was founded on a son to Iskander that was still in the womb of IskanderТs favorite wife! IskanderТs mighty, veteran marshals--Kraterus, Ptolemy, and Seleukas, Antiochus--have finally burst the cordon set up by the designing Perdiccas and gained a royal audience. Naturally, it was then to be expected that the world ruler would turn his world state over to those who could best be trusted with so great a great responsibility--namely, his chief generals--since a Regency without a living son as yet was a very slim and specious foundation. The generals, after all, had ridden in combat by his side in every major battle and shared in the glory of every victory celebration. Historians, chiefly Arrian, faithfully record that he fulfilled this expectation by bequeathing his empire to them, "the most worthy." At least that is the historians' interpretation, which the generals whole-heartedly shared.. The fact was he passed over every one of his generals, not just Perdiccas, so the historians were mistaken. In a secret last testament he had drawn up (not the official one that Perdiccas witnessed, in which his Regency was set up), he awarded his vast domains and incalculable wealth to his coming heir, with an alien party as regent, thereby excluding Perdiccas, whom Iskander knew very well was too weak and refined to hold a world-state together against his generals. Though represented by an ambassador, the alien party was not physically apparent at the deathbed scene. At this point, everyone applauds, since a great sovereign such as this should naturally defer to his own heir's rights and prerogatives to rule in his deceased scion's stead, even though we would think his battle-scarred generals would have proved a wiser choice in holding so vast a domain together. The generals, probably on both planets, were passed over without their knowing it. Perdiccas, too, was passed over without his knowing it. The secret DONATION document reveals much beyond Iskander's circumvention of his generals. If that was all, we would have nothing to fear today.* But what is so terrible about turning to an ally, even if unknown and unseen, in a time of definite need? Iskander knew well that he would not live to see his pregnant wife deliver and that the mother and heir, male or female, would be put to death. His own generals would see to it that his royal line was stamped out as soon as he was laid in his crypt in Iskanderia his chief city. He was, then, perfectly justified in duping his generals. So he did exactly what the secret DONATION says he did--he turned over his world to Overlords, or Protectors, introduced to him by their emissary, a certain Lord Polydeuces. It is unfortunate he chose so desperate an expedient, calling in a Power that no human agency on earth would be able to break once it had taken dominion. It was a totally alien power, hostile to human life. But there were grounds for his terrible action. He did not know the true nature of the transaction. After all, he stood on the pinnacle of world dominion. He had subjected every known power in the world to his command. So who, then, could he turn to for help? That alien "friendly" power was Algol, the refugee species from the destroyed Perseus Constellation, but the other parties were terribly mistaken; it was far from friendly. It would be interesting to know the true identity of Lord Polydeuces, and where he placed the Algol geographically in secret conversation with Iskander. Iskander was always keen on geography and had taken geographers wherever he took an army. He couldnТt have lost interest now, even if he was terribly ill. Greek geography and astronomy were nearly as good as Mizraim's, which were the best in the world at that time, but the Greek mind had its limits. The eastern shore of the Atlantic, for example, was thought to be the World's End, though Iskander had fought and defeated powerful kings from across the straits as he made his way down to the Southern Ocean. More significantly in IskanderТs thinking, as represented no doubt by Lord Polydeuces, the Algol were powerful enough to stop even Iskander's generals. Just when he needed an ally most, one had sent an emissary to his court. Naturally, the dying man thought he might use the Algol for his purposes, and the Algol apparently did not mind being so used. Indicated by the secret DONATION, the Algol, in return for the Regency, promised the sinking Iskander full support, promising to aid his succession by protecting his yet unborn male heir. Iskander, relieved to think his own flesh and blood would sit securely on his world throne, died peacefully enough, once his alliance with the Algol was signed and sealed. His golden scepter reposing in his hands, he no doubt looked as good in death as he had in life, thanks to the efforts of Persian cosmetics. Just as Alexander the Great appeared on far-off Earth I, banked by exotic Babylonian flowers, the dead twin world-ruler of Earth II in his solid-gold funeral armor must have been an impressive sight. Meanwhile, the foolish, disinherited УRegentФ Perdiccas and passed-over generals looked on, composing their features as best they could in suitable attitudes of grief while thinking themselves well worthy of Alexander's empire. How often has similar scenes played out in the palaces of imperial courts in times past! Yet never again were the stakes so high and the disaster so great--if things went wrong, as they certainly did. It is characteristic of the Algol that both the secret DONATION and the Signet disappeared shortly after his death, while the official Last Will was held for a bit longer by the so-called Regent Perdiccas. It is logical to assume the Algol hid the secret DONATION, never intending to fulfill their obligations to the world-ruler. Iskander had been a fool to believe the Algol. After all, it may have been in their interest to let the generals assassinate his world-state heir, so that the empire would quickly fall apart into warring fragments as each general tried to get the empire for himself. A divided world could be more easily manipulated. As events played out after the death of Iskander, PerdiccasТs regime held together for only a few months. A palace coup masterminded by the generals threw him out, and from then on it was a free-for-all fight for the empire by the four generals. The official Last Will. It was not worth the parchment it was written on, and the first general to seize the royal apartments in which УLord Regent PerdiccasФ was reigning like a god in inconceivable splendor and pomp consigned the document to flames, along with that entire wing of the palace in which Perdiccas fled into hiding. "We, Iskander III son of Philip II, most noble king of Macedonia, being ourselves Great King over the Persians and the satrapies, being also Son of Pher chief god of the Mizraimites and king over all the land of the Red and Black to the first cataract, also Governor Protector and Citizen of Athens and the Hellenic League, as well as divine offspring of the chief god Taraph and the city and kingdom of his dominion. УWe declare that we are also Reconciler of all kingdoms, making them one forever, and in our own words make it known to Posterity that our heir who might arise after us will rule with all royal right and privilege upon our death, enjoying all our might and wealth and glory, as long as our Royal Heir lives, and to this our firm Ally, whose name and eternal friendship are firmly attested by Lord Polydeuces, now Witnesses as bound to us in an Eternal Pact. "A thousand everlasting curses of the Persians and Mizraimites fall upon the head of the miscreant who dares contravene the conditions of Our Royal Will! Let the waters of his fountain dry up--Ф "We give orders that no Ally of ours escape our wrath if he should fall back on his word to us. Let our Successor see to it, that the traducer suffer the full penalty for disloyalty in the Persian fashion, his body driven through end to end by a sharpened stake and his extremities slowly consumed by heat and fire. Then let his ashes be strewn on a dungheap, on which every passer-by must spit and curse an entire day on pain of death. "Now by our royal decree let these our words be given to noble stone, and to a selfsame oracle of stone, twice inscribed that nothing be lost to my royal Posterity, and then stand them properly in solitude, in the chief seats of our dominion, the great and ancient City of Taraph and also our royal foundation by the Great Sea, Iskandaria. "And to those entrusted with our Royal Body, with suitable ceremonies and prayers for our westward journeying, let all provision of corn and oil and fine cloth and gold thread for making robes and mortuary vestments, with myrrh and balm and other fine incense, be given day and month and year forever, to those who are our priests in perpetuity, appointed guardians of our royal cenotaph. "To these the words of our testament we give our royal seal, in the year of Taraph 146,789 fixed by the Court Chaldeans, and 789 by the common Greek Reckoning known to all immortal Hellas, land most blest of the high gods, and in the three and tenth year of the reign of Iskander son of Pher the most high Mizraimite god, as calculated by learned Mizraimite astronomers our royal subjects." бд╨/ер=жзиайак898■u rs]Мj о фk{П╝8╨{"и$д'z(h-i-v-w-)/1╨1Т3Ї4З688■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■"K@ё Normala "A@Є б"Default Paragraph Font58    988 @1РTimes New Roman РSymbol "РArial"А╨h1Еиf1Еиf╡═9╞п═+Г]- Volume IV Ron GintherOwner ■   ¤   $■   ,■                               ■                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Root Entry         └F░ d"░┴╞#WordDocument    J?CompObj            jSummaryInformation(        └■   ■    ■                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ■       └FMicrosoft Word Document MSWordDocWord.Document.8Ї9▓q■ рЕЯЄ∙OhлС+'│┘0РШа┤└╘рь№  @ L X dpxАИф Volume IV! 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