Post by Mr. Welldone on Jul 11, 2018 10:12:37 GMT -6
How do, folks.
I just discovered this whole Bloodstained thing days ago and have been digging into it for a bit. At XombieMike's behest, I'm going to repost some observation/speculation I fired off over on Reddit.
Yes, I'm excited, and moreso as I dug into the lore of the game. My eyes widened a bit when I saw the incorporation of the 72 'demons' of the Ars Goetia from the Lemegeton Clavicula Salomonis. If my eyes widened at that, they practically fell out of my head when it was mentioned that Alfred was seeking the Liber Loagaeth.
I'm a lettered academic on the topic of Western Esotericism and I specialize in the Mediaeval and Renaissance grimoires being discussed here. Heck, I just posted my dissertation over on r/Enochian.
I am not so sure how deeply these folks are delving into what these texts were about, but the Liber Loagaeth was the result of rituals carried out by John Dee and Edward Kelley. Dee was a noted 'millenarianist', or rather taken with the apocalypse and rebirth of the world.
Dee was a master mathematician (among so many other things, truly the paragon of the 'Renaissance Man'), among the most revered of his time The Liber Loagaeth contained 48 pages of 49x49 functionally encoded letters that mask a 'seed' entered into the function, which were the 'names' of or 'keys' to the angels/gates attending each of the 49 'Gates of Wisdom'. Why all the 49's? 7 is a rather sacred number in that within Abrahamic religions, the 7 days of creation is echoed in the days of the week which also correspond to the 7 classical planets. A septenary of septenaries (49) is a celebrated event represented in the Jewish Shemittah and Yovel.
Anyways, the apocalyptic tone of Dee eventually lended an interpretation that 'opening' these 49 Gates (or 50, in Kabbalistic sources) would either provide one with all the knowledge possessed by God and/or bring about the End of Days.
Does Alfred seek to become the God of the New World? This is all reaching for a video game, but it sure is fun to think about.
I'd be happy to discuss this sort of stuff. Who knows? Maybe the dev team will read this and take an interest in adding some touches of depth to their game!
Crossing my fingers at discussion on this one. As one could imagine, not many folks are terribly interested in talking about the intricacies of THE DARK ARTS (cue flash of lightning and thunder). No. I wasn't referring to Politics.
Also, here's a link to my dissertation: www.academia.edu/921740/Enochian_Angel_Magic_From_John_Dee_to_the_Hermetic_Order_of_the_Golden_Dawn