Could have as easily been talking turkey in the sense of ‘To speak frankly about the basic facts of a matter’.
Plus, it is apple-approaching Zmas Day hereabouts, or would be if the Weirdom of Cabalarkon is still around; if indeed the Hidden Continent of Sedon’s Head still is … In which case the title could read “Tethys Talks Turkey all sorts of centuries ago”.
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In this excerpt, taken from “Contagion Collectors”, the Legendarian‘s talking to APM All-Eyes, a Byronic Master Deva, about Morgan Abyss, the Melusine Master of Weir, who was occupied by Pyrame Silverstar circa 4824/5 Years of the Dome.
It kind of belies his claim to be 1000-Daze’s hero since he doesn’t make it beyond his fatal encounter with Pyrame-Morgan’s other visitor in the first chapter of “The Death’s Head Hellion”.
No matter, he’d obviously been around long enough prior to said encounter to have painted her:
(BTW, the worms APM is referring to are tee-tee tails.)
“I can see I opened a can of worms. And I don’t mean the ones sticking out from under your cap. What do you think she’s up to?”
“Morgan Abyss? Funnily enough I saw a picture of her the last time I was on the Outer Earth. I’ve heard it called ‘An Allegory of Spring’ but I spoke to the artist, an Italian fellow by the name of Cosimo Tura, and he said it was of Calliope, the Muse of Epic Poetry. He’d been commissioned to do a bunch of paintings of the Nine Muses and said Calliope’s quill was standard for images of her.”
“As well as images of you.”
“Too true. Anyhow, what wasn’t standard was Master Morgan’s throne, all those toothy dolphins, or whatever they are. Morg had a throne just like that; one she’d had handmade by her own fish-folks, Melusine craftsmen the lot.” She gave him one of those looks of hers – a very unsettling look given how many eyes she could manifest. “Or craftswomen of course.” This seemed to satisfy her so he felt free to carry on.
“Even weirder, it looks to me like he copied his Calliope from one of my own paintings, one that still hangs in Cabalarkon. Don’t ask me how he learned of it. He claimed it came to him in a dream, which might be the weirdest thing yet. And you don’t have to take my word for it either. Unless he bit the big one in the last few months, he’s still alive. Maybe you could get more out of him. I’m no devil.”
“So you keep insisting. But what’re the chances of any of us even bothering? We don’t visit Italy when we’re out there; isn’t in our bailiwick. Besides, that isn’t what I asked.”
“No, you asked me to what I think Morg’s up to in that painting. Except it isn’t a matter of thinking, is it? It’s a matter of historical record …
Well, it is and isn’t.
Certainly would be if you’d read “The Death Head Hellion”, which of course you still can; purchase it, too. And “Contagion Contagion”, the second mini-novel extracted from “The 1000 Days of Disbelief”, Book Two of the epic “Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories” fantasy trilogy.
But what’s with Tura’s toothy throne fish? Decided to have a closer look when visiting London’s National Gallery in August 2017. Now that the Nat allows pictures I decided move on up to the front of the queue and zoom right in on some of them.
What did I spot behind bottom most throne fish by Calliope’s left foot but a cave or entrance way of some sort (to the Hidden Headworld?) and a man scribbling on a tablet or pad of paper.
The placard says it’s a blacksmith in a cave but surely to PHANTACEA it’s got to be Jordan Tethys scribbling away on his getaway slate.
While we’re here. Rather, while I was there, I took a few more Turas. Might as well leave them here until I figure out what else to do with them.
Finally, for now, am forced to say ‘thumb up’ for London’s National Gallery for allowing pictures inside and having a solitary thumb up statue on a massive plinth outside it in Trafalgar Square.
Should mention that Tura’s throne fishes seem to be contagious.
Have a couple of more shots: the first of a light stand down from Trafalgar Square near the Thames embankment and the second of a flower container in Hyde Park across the street from Lancaster Gate.
They don’t have Tura’s toothiness, true, but it’s hard not to argue that they were inspired by Calliope in the National Gallery a few blocks away one way or the other.
As for what else was outside the National Gallery that day in late August 2017, how about a Golden Golem and, yes, the Grim Reaper?
(Perhaps not the best fellow to be visiting given what had happened to the famous fellow represented atop the big tower in the centre of Trafalgar Square in 1805.
(Or what happened not all that far away thanks to an intentionally wayward lorry driven up onto a sidewalk on London Bridge a couple of months earlier in June.)
In theory if you can’t get them to move then you have to toss them a coin, minimum of a pound Sterling. Wasn’t a game I played.
Besides there were plenty of worthies outside the Nat and I wasn’t about to toss all of them a pound.
Had already donated a fiver to the gallery in order to keep it otherwise free.