Jack Manganese

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Shelf North 01A, dedicated to Pangur

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Concerning Pangur

In the days of the First Reconstruction, the Library was beset by all manner of foul creatures that attempted to compromise the integrity of its collection and its patrons. Too small for the Docents to effectively track, the Tribe of the Rat, the Silverfish1, and the Marmoset wreaked havoc upon the less-traversed areas of the stacks. It became impossible for patrons to safely access the outer reaches of the upper and middle floors, and even Librarians hesitated to tread in the more infested areas. At several points, it was feared that these disparate enemies of the Library might seek to invade the inner sanctum of the Library itself.

However, the mischief wrought by these beings was checked the very day that Pangur, along with her valiant companion, Bruno, made their way through a Way in search of grass to consume and regurgitate. With no natural predators and a large population of potential prey, Pangur and her descedants decimated the pest population of the Library within a generation2. Today, any patron may see between three and six dozen felines throughout their time in the Library3. In recent centuries, the population of cats in the Library has grown to the point that it has grown necessary to cull their numbers, primarily by means of herding large numbers of the creatures into various worlds.

Although followed by others of her kind, such as ibn-Garbe, Theodorous, and Mr. Mittens, Pangur was the first to walk the halls of the Library and ensure their safety.

For your ferocity and that of your children, Pangur, you are remembered.

1: Compatriot of the Hanged One.
2: Although waste disposal was initially a concern, the incorporation of the Roving Sands of al-Cho'lin into the Library's collection resolved the issue.
3: The question of the status of Pangur's descendants has been a matter of some debate. Although some maintain that the creatures are employees of the Library, and are afforded the same rights as Pages and Docents, they are wrong. More recently, the Egyptian goddess Bast claimed sovereignty over the roughly sixteen million cats of the Library, a claim that was roundly rebuffed.


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Concerning the False Swedenborg

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In 558, tomes authored an individual or collective, writing voluminously under the pseudonym Emanuel Swedenborg, began to enter into the collections of the Library. The collected eight hundred forty-three thousand volumes focused on the outcome of War of Spanish Succession and its role in defining a new branch of metaphysics based on rhombuses. For many years, the Swedenborg volumes were treated as a reliable, if esoteric, authority on metaphysics and unwritten history2. As is the case with temporal beings, the lack of correlation between the predictions of the False Swedenborg and baseline reality did not appear to cause any concerns regarding his veracity. It was not until nearly twelve hundred years later, with the birth and eventual death of the actual Emanuel Swedenborg that the earlier writings were definitively attributed to “the False Swedenborg3." Attempts to discern the nature of this False Swedenborg or Swedensborg have proven unsuccessful4.

Despite the demonstrably incorrect and thoroughly useless nature of the False Swedenborg’s writings, their sheer volume and diversity of size has given them a new, practical dimension. Now, when a table wobbles perilously, Appendix C of De Coniuratione Caules is there to bridge the chasm between leg and floor. When a patron requires a stepladder, but there are none to be found, they may climb atop the lofty peaks of Malitia Tonstrina to retrieve the desired items. Although other thinkers may discern the movement of the stars or correctly spell the word "restaurant," it is the work of the person or persons masquerading as Emmanuel Swedenborg that truly allows the Library to function.

For this, False Swedenborg, we remember you.

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1: This bust is the only known likeness of the False Swedenborg, based upon the exceedingly precise skull measurements the author provides for himself throughout the fifteenth and nineteenth volumes of De Augustus Usus Lapilli. The utter lack of resemblance to Emmanuel Swedenborg is startling.
2: It is rumored that, upon reading the works of the False Swedenborg, the Library patron known only as "Hashim al-Muqanna" began his ill-advised attempt to unseat Muhammad as the Seal of the Prophets. For more information, please refer to Ibbik, 283 and Crane, 992.
3: In addition to wrongly predicting the continued Hapsburg reign over Spain well into the 23rd century, the False Swedenborg also incorrectly addressed several aspects of the true Swedenborg’s life, including date of birth, number of children, and country of origin.
4: A small number of Wanderers have chosen to devote their lives to discovering the identity of the False Swedenborg. Due to mutual infighting and recrimination, the various factions of Swedensborg Wanderers refuse to share information. However, let it be known for all those who would seek to uncover such information that the Library has definitively ascertained that the False Swedenborg is not the True Swedenborg of another, dying dimension, nor magician William E. Robinson. Requests from Archivists regarding these lines of inquiry will be ignored.



Concerning the False Swedenborg

swedenborg
EX STULTITIIS, USIS1

In 558, tomes authored an individual or collective, writing voluminously under the pseudonym Emanuel Swedenborg, began to enter into the collections of the Library. The collected eight hundred forty-three thousand volumes focused on the outcome of War of Spanish Succession and its role in defining a new branch of metaphysics based on rhombuses. For many years, the Swedenborg volumes were treated as a reliable, if esoteric, authority on metaphysics and unwritten history2. As is the case with temporal beings, the lack of correlation between the predictions of the False Swedenborg and baseline reality did not appear to cause any concerns regarding his veracity. It was not until nearly twelve hundred years later, with the birth and eventual death of the actual Emanuel Swedenborg that the earlier writings were definitively attributed to “the False Swedenborg3." Attempts to discern the nature of this False Swedenborg or Swedensborg have proven unsuccessful4.

Despite the demonstrably incorrect and thoroughly useless nature of the False Swedenborg’s writings, their sheer volume and diversity of size has given them a new, practical dimension. Now, when a table wobbles perilously, Appendix C of De Coniuratione Caules is there to bridge the chasm between leg and floor. When a patron requires a stepladder, but there are none to be found, they may climb atop the lofty peaks of Malitia Tonstrina to retrieve the desired items. Although other thinkers may discern the movement of the stars or correctly spell the word "restaurant," it is the work of the person or persons masquerading as Emmanuel Swedenborg that truly allows the Library to function.

For this, False Swedenborg, we remember you.


  • 20 Mar 2017 00:24 AB, the work known as Members was added. It has been cited in 0 journals, but only read 0 times.
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1: This bust is the only known likeness of the False Swedenborg, based upon the exceedingly precise skull measurements the author provides for himself throughout the fifteenth and nineteenth volumes of De Augustus Usus Lapilli. The utter lack of resemblance to Emmanuel Swedenborg is startling.
2: It is rumored that, upon reading the works of the False Swedenborg, the Library patron known only as "Hashim al-Muqanna" began his ill-advised attempt to unseat Muhammad as the Seal of the Prophets. For more information, please refer to Ibbik, 283 and Crane, 992.
3: In addition to wrongly predicting the continued Hapsburg reign over Spain well into the 23rd century, the False Swedenborg also incorrectly addressed several aspects of the true Swedenborg’s life, including date of birth, number of children, and country of origin.
4: A small number of Wanderers have chosen to devote their lives to discovering the identity of the False Swedenborg. Due to mutual infighting and recrimination, the various factions of Swedensborg Wanderers refuse to share information. However, let it be known for all those who would seek to uncover such information that the Library has definitively ascertained that the False Swedenborg is not the True Swedenborg of another, dying dimension, nor magician William E. Robinson. Requests from Archivists regarding these lines of inquiry will be ignored.

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