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    Just an observation...In chapter 2 it says that the Darklings want to be as powerful as the "Hest," which is similar to the word "Alkahest" (or alcahest) which is (from Wikipedia)--"a hypothetical universal solvent, having the power to dissolve every other substance, including gold. It was much sought after by alchemists for what they thought would be its invaluable medicinal qualities."

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    The Malic Hest spilled chemicals and potions, studied to be alchemists, experimented with acids and chemicals, tried in vain to transmute lead into gold, tried to change the ordinary into the extraordinary. Evidence of their "clumsiness" can be seen in the various spills in the BoS.

    They stole the BoS, ripped it apart for its secrets and changed the book. They never succeeded in understanding the ancient Hest language and many of the mysteries hidden in the book by the Hest. That would indicated that they did understand some of the mysteries hidden in the book. They understood what to say for the Chant and Eclipse spells work. They understood the special conditions for Eclipse spells. They (or maybe just Dar) understood how to calculate when the three eclipses would occur. Does that mean there is information in the BoS for calculating the time of an eclipse?

    The Malic Hest never succeeded in understanding the ancient Hest language. That language must be somewhere in the BoS. If it means just the words that look like Latin and other language, then there may be extra meanings hidden in those words. A language would be written using some kind off symbolic notation. Zac concentrated on symbols before he was able to recite the spell for creating a ring. The most likely place for symbols and the ancient Hest language is in the Book of spells.

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    Just to add to knocka's thoughts--

    The note left at the bottom of BOS 1 indicates that 'kiem rethdast' knew the book was going to be taken and maybe found later by someone other than the malic hest- and so did he leave a clue in the note he left, to help 'whomever'(us) with the ancient hest language?



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    Quote Originally Posted by sixer13 View Post
    Just to add to knocka's thoughts--

    The note left at the bottom of BOS 1 indicates that 'kiem rethdast' knew the book was going to be taken and maybe found later by someone other than the malic hest- and so did he leave a clue in the note he left, to help 'whomever'(us) with the ancient hest language?



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    oh wow. good thinking sixer13. time to take a closer look at his note. since malic hest = alchemist & the malic hest did not know how to crack the code is MS telling us that alchemists things have NOTHING to do with the answers? or that we SHOULD be looking into alchemists for answers?

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    He may be telling us that the techniques used by alchemists would not be enought to work out all the mysteries in the BoS. The Malic Hest did work out some things such how to change Eclipse spells. They were not able to work out everything. That suggests, as sixer13 pointed out, that there is a clue in the note left by Kiem which the Malic Hest couldn't work out, but which "whomever" finds the book may solve.

    However, Ana and Zac didn't need to find out anything from that note before they were able to solve some of the mysteries and cast spells.

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