Call of Cthulhu: Letters from Arkham
Dreams of the Circle
Medieval Arabic by Hassan Ibn Abbas, 1456
This unique manuscript, in medieval Arabic, is dated 1456 and authored by Hassan Ibn Abbas, who describes himself as a mathematician and student of al Kashi. Hassan tells of a journey along the east coast of the Arabian peninsula. Beset by bandits, he escaped by fleeing out into the desert. Short of supplies, Hassan became disoriented and delirious. Hassan beheld strange visions while desperately searching for water, lost in the middle of the Arabian peninsula. Hassan writes of inhuman voices whispering secrets to him on the wind, and of half-glimpsed figures peering at him over the dunes. Near death, Hassan underwent a fantastic nightmare involving an ancient, ruined city with towering pillars of basalt. In this nightmare, all the voices Hassan half-heard while searching for water join together, whispering dark secrets from the tallest tower in the black-pillared city. Hassan relates several of these secrets, and alludes to others too blasphemous to relate. Included is a discussion of space-time, other dimensions, and how, as Hassan puts it, “paths unseen to places unknown and times undreamt of exist, and can be found by those willing to sacrifice their soul for such knowledge.” Hassan lost consciousness but revived to inexplicably find himself at the feet of the Sphinx. The book concludes with a calculation of pi out to one thousand places. Hassan’s method of calculation involves casting the second spell listed and getting some hints.
“And faintly, far more subdued than the cacophony from the highest tower of ebon basalt, came a sibilant hiss from the dunes, like the voice of an adder expelled from Paradise by the Prophet (bless his holy name). Beware the approach of the Star with One Red Eye, it hissed, for its light shines most brightly, and can be seen by Hidden Things Most Foul. From beyond the dreadful veil shall they tread, their malevolence manifest. So too can the river of light flood its banks at such times, when no dam is there to shape it. And then I wondered, in my delirium, what that light might bring forth from the Circle’s hidden face, and where the river might flow if not bound. All circles have two faces, and some, the unseen adder hissed, have many more.”
Found in the house of John Dunne near the Hardy Carlson home near Charing Cross, N.H. Presently in the possession of attorney Josiah Black.