[Translator’s note: Sadly no completed chapter for this lamina was found amongst the author’s papers, only a short page of notes written after an apparent mishap, which we present here in its stead, in as equivalent form to the original notes as possible. Due to extensive shorthand and hurried penmanship these notes have been particularly difficult to decipher.]
crystal lattice · cataloguing nested/overlapping ontologies, universally each [illegible]
balanced on verges vs present on lamina, verge > severed and remaining here, “lost” on cardinal
lost objects in Hive
SKEINS · delightful petitioners, bizarre questions, intently learning not sure what? asked Rowen about his [unknown glyph] and color perception, me about Bloom/Islet tea, Soblei bead map, Tristo’s riddle, doppelganger experiment, took copy of notes &c
“essentialists” · material cause, formal cause, efficient cause, final cause · answering “why?” for each
unlocking/understanding & grouping by surface [illegible] filament: [unknown glyphs]
visual distortion effect · imagine folding paper · this is the topology [illegible] & so maps differently here
STORAGE · only what they lack, perfect handling, they will study it
things they won’t store
defense against treasure hunters · obscurity & size
perfectly unambiguous language · all statements inflected w emotional attitude, confidence, source, level of agreement, &c
transportation network · all laminae?
TODO(maybe use scribal shorthand here!! but would translator translate it?)
Collecting everything in a crystalline library hive, for cataloging and categorization according to infinitely varied sets of overlapping ontologies, none of which can be argued to be a universally useful or applicable paradigm. Also, free storage of stuff they don’t have? Lost and found?
Everything is collected (in some unusual architectural shape, maybe captured in some preserving gel that floats and is connected to some crystalline structures).
could be collected via verges, but some way of ensuring the object’s safety - objects verged into the collection tend to be miraculously resilient - the church that is the only building left standing after a volcanic eruption wipes out a town, the delicate string instrument that has against all odds survived centuries, the artifact of glass or ceramic in perfect condition, etc. other times, when this can no longer be sustained, the verge is severed such that the object remains here, such as a treasure lost at sea that is inexplicably missing when the ruins are later dredged and searched
They’re “essentialists”: trying to define the essences of any given object, but not into elements like fire or wind or even emotions or tendencies like excitement or neuroticism, but into very specific categories like “tending to ______” OR WAIT could be like counter words in japanese.
People come here to discover and define themselves like meyers briggs or astrology haha.
Is there some currency/market element to this?
the Mathematicians of Mechanus “hold that everything that you can imagine can be found on Mechanus in some form, and by cataloguing this and applying logic, symbolism and math to this one can unlock the secrets of the plane. They don’t do this for riches or power: they are a group of serious minds who want to discover the secrets of the plane for scholastic reasons”. be different from this
some connection to [Timaresh](http://www.rilmani.org/timaresh/Timaresh) where every written work in the multiverse is reflected, reproduced, and stored.
include storing like styles/motifs, e.g. “Hamonshu - A Japanese Book of Wave and Ripple Designs” and the tibetan book
All or part of this plane is based around temporary and free, but regulated and often indefinite, storage.
people come from all over the multiverse to store stuff there, and they are REALLY GOOD at storage. they can store anything of any size, with any magical qualities or dangers or challenges. some fastidious dragons clear their treasure pits and store them for safekeeping, some store vanquished foes, cursed magical heirlooms, exotic pets, botched experiments, anything.
there are conditions to storage. maybe it has to be something they don’t currently have? and if that’s the case, they will store it for free, in flawless condition, taking care of it if necessary. part of the condition though maybe is that they have to be allowed to study it? can they touch it? they’ve never been known to mess anything up though. is there anything they won’t store?