Theories on the Mysterium Xarxes
A paper by Drekkus of Argonia


I offer for you, my esteemed colleagues, my attempt at dissecting and understanding, The Mysterium Xarxes. For a while now, many of us have been intrigued by this enigmatic text, and have been driven to discover any hidden meaning behind it. I am not writing this as a lexicon to "unlock the mysteries of the Mysterium Xarxes", but rather, I am writing this to bring forth ideas that might allow us to further unravel this fascinating book. Also, it should be noted that it is possible that much of what I am writing now on this parchment might have already been discovered, and some of you reading this might scoff and say that "This is nothing new". I am humble Argonian, who lives within the dense region which most Imperials refer to as "Black Marsh". Although I dwell in one of the more settled cities, news does travel at a lazy pace, and I am often one of the last to learn of new discoveries.

But, enough of that. Let us start with the obvious. If you take the first letter of each sentence within the lexicon, you get the phrase "Green Emporer". Green is a word which may have many meanings attached to it, in many senses as well. Clearly, it's not literal, as all of our emperors have been of Imperial descent, at least that I know of, and men, or mer for that matter, have not been recorded as having green skin. However, green can also mean "Inexperienced", like the fresh recruits of the Imperial Legion who are a bit green around the edges. Seeing as our emperor, Uriel Septim VII, has been around for a while now, he hardly seems inexperienced. But, many wonder if his sons bear the same wisdom as their father, and a few claim them to be dopplegangers, placed by Jager Tharn during his coup.

Many have suggested that this book contains a set of hidden instructions. Perhaps, even this simple phrase is an instruction in, and of itself. Take for instance the following phrase, contained within the second paragraph of the text: "Lord Dagon would only have those clever enough to pause; all else the Aurbis claims in their fool running. Walk first. Heed. The impatience you feel is your first slave to behead.".

When I read that, I see that as a message not to rush, but to wait for the opportune moment to strike. Indeed, if this is an instruction, I dare say that those who are being instructed do not have very benevolent intentions in mind. An experienced emperor would know how to deal with an uprising quite well, but one without the experience of many years of rule would not be able to handle such a thing with as much efficiency as his forbearer.

Let us now examine the first paragraph. It appears, to my Argonian eyes at least, to be filled with a sort of symbolism, as shown in this phrase: "We mortals leave the dreaming-sleeve of birth the same, unmantled save for the symbiosis with our mothers". Perhaps here it is referring to the one thing most mortals have in common, and that is our birth. (Ah, but many ask the question about us Argonians, and how we are born. I know the answer of course, but that is for another time.) The word unmantle means "To divest of a mantle; to uncover.". The word "Symbiosis" is a biological term, meaning "A close, prolonged association between two or more different organisms of different species that may, but does not necessarily, benefit each member."

The dreaming-sleeve might be a reference to the womb, from which most of us were born. But, we were all born from different mothers. However, reading down the paragraph, we discover a more startling truth. The above phrase continues: "thus to practice and thus to rapprochement, until finally we might through new eyes leave our hearths without need or fear that she remains behind. In this moment we destroy her forever and enter the demesne of Lord Dagon."

Demesne is an archaic term, meaning "A realm; a domain.". But, who is this mother, and why does that paragraph state that we must destroy her forever? There is a very disturbing possibility. Perhaps this paragraph refers to the mother of us all, Nirn. The world which we live upon, and the world from which all of us are born from. If that is the case, then it is clear that whomever this book was written for, believes that by destroying the world, they can enter the realm of Oblivion itself, or a part of Oblivion. Indeed, is not the sphere of Mehrunes Dagon destruction? Or perhaps something else.

We see, in the third paragraph of the tome, we see this line of text: "Know that then you are royalty, a new breed of destroyer, whose garden shall flood with flowers known and unknown, as it was in the mythic dawn. Thus shall you return your first primal wail and yet come out different. It shall this time be neonymbiosis, master akin to Master, whose Mother is miasma."

It is interesting that they make reference to the Mythic Dawn, an era when the gods themselves supposedly walked the face of Nirn. Also interesting is the statement about returning to our first primal wail, and yet coming out different. Is it not tradition that, in order to make a newborn babe take his or her first breaths, we lightly pat it to make it cry? Is that not our first primal wail? We see a strange word, neonymbiosis, which I have not heard of before. But, a similar word might be nimbuses, a splendid atmosphere or aura, as of glamour, that surrounds a person or thing, usually depicted in some art as a "halo" around the head of a traditional diety, such as seen in the stained glass windows of some Cyrodillic curches. However, another interesting word used here is miasma, which is a thick vaporous atmosphere or emanation. it also can be a reference to a poisonous atmosphere sometimes thought to rise from swamps and putrid matter and cause disease. Perhaps a reference to Peryite?

The fifth paragraph contains more clues as to this sect, or cults beliefs. "Night follows day, and so know that this primary insight shall fall alike unto the turbulent evening sea where all faiths are tested. Again, a reassurance: even the Usurper went under the Iliac before he rose up to claim his fleet. Fear only for a second. Shaken belief is like water for a purpose: in the garden of the Dawn we shall breathe whole realities."

Within this paragraph, I believe, is the true reason why those who this book is written for want to destroy Nirn. Rebirth. One a mer dies in the swamp, does his decaying body not become food and nourishment for new plants and mosses? I think that this cult feels that, from the death of Nirn a new world shall be reborn. The paragraph seems to be full of references to this concept, "Night follows day". And the line "even the Usurper went under the Iliac before he rose up to claim his fleet. ".

These things a very disturbing ideas, if they are indeed what this mysterious book refers to. We know not if this is merely a work of pure fiction, or the ramblings of a mad man. How could it be possible for an entire world to be destroyed? Yet, we must realize that, when dealing with Daedra, nothing is really impossible. Mehrunes Dagon nearly destroyed the city of Mournhold, or so the story goes. Stories from Morrowind usually are hard to find down here, for obvious reasons. I believe that this book may be more than just the ramblings of a lunatic, and instead is something far more sinister in nature that we may be lead to believe. It is my hope that this might help us to better understand this text, and will shed light on who, or what, it was written to address.


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