Talisman Manifest

Angel statue

Angel statue


The statue is made of solid gold...a lump of shapeless gold...with two big hollow eyes gouged out and spindly arms stuck to its side. The feet were squishy flat pads, the nose was just a nub between the eyes. It’s an angel and Anthony can only imagine from whence it came [The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn].

 

bell

Bell


When Fergie first encounters the spellbinder he hears the sound of a loud, solemn bell. In New Hampshire, Professor Childermass and Johnny find the spellbinder’s house – complete with a tall bell tower. Later the spellbinder identifies himself as the master of the metal musical instrument [The Bell, the Book, and the Spellbinder].

 

Chessmen

Chessmen


Professor Childermass learns that these palid dwarf-size game pieces were stolen from the British Museum to be used in an ancient ceremony [The Chessmen of Doom].

 

Cloud of Unknowing

Cloud of Unknowing


There are clouds and then there’s Snodrog’s cloud – described as rubbery and black, sparkling with fake neon lightning, and even looking like an overdone hamburger. The Cloud of Unknowing comes across as an atmospheric familiar, ready and willing to strike down anything chaotic that rises in Snodrog’s path [The Pedant and the Shuffly].

 

True Cross

Cruxifix with Splinters of True Cross


Father Higgins shares with Johnny a crucifix...but not just any crucifix. Under a glass bubble are two splinters from the True Cross, the cross Jesus was crucified on. Whosoever wears the cross is protected against all evil, as Johnny does during his encounters with the spirit of Warren Windrow [The Spell of the Sorcerer's Skull; The Revenge of the Wzard's Ghost]. Johnny keeps the artifact close until it is lost in an underground room of a church on the island of Lundy [The Secret of the Underground Room].

 

Day of Doom

Day of Doom


Written by noted New Zebedee-based composer Immanuel Vanderhelm, The Day of Doom was a multi-part opera that was to be sung by the citizens of New Zebedee in 1919. Lost for decades, it was discovered by Lewis Barnavelt in the mid-1950s in the town’s abandoned theatre. Its re-emergence covered by the local newspaper and its aria – entitled The Summoning – played by the school’s music teacher, Immanuel’s grandson arrives and intends to finally give the score a proper performance [The Doom of the Haunted Opera].

 

Drum

Drum


Dr. Coote received this bébé drum from someone fleeing the horrors of St. Ives, a small Caribbean island. It’s decorated with emblems representing the Lord of the Dead – a grinning white skull, a black top hat, a green snake, and a red drop of blood – and held together with leather tongs and small white bones. Innocent in appearance, the voodoo drum is actually a powerful instrument of magic, able to call forth the spirit of Baron Samedi and have him do the wielder’s bidding [The Drum, the Doll, and the Zombie].

 

Erdspiegel

Erdspiegel


Mrs. Zimmermann has an old mahogany-framed mirror in her house – it never seemed magical until the night it gave off a light show and showed the spirit of Granny Wetherbee, the elderly woman who awoke Mrs. Zimmermann’s conjuring abilities oh-so many decades ago. With the mirror in tow, Mrs. Zimmermann and Rose Rita head to Pennsylvania and are magically transported to the past. In Pennsylvania Dutch country the out-of-towners discover their enchanted glass is an earth mirror, used to find treasures and hidden things. The bad news? Someone else has such a mirror, but he’s using it to wipe Mrs. Zimmermann’s memory [The Ghost in the Mirror].

 

eyes

Eyes


According to a legend discovered by Evaristus Sloane, a dead man’s eyes reflect the last thing he sees on earth. Why not take this a step further and have the last thing the victim sees be his own reflection? This then is the genesis of Sloane’s creation of a mechanical man and, whether he be near- or far-sighted, the automaton’s eyes will give it a spectacular, supernatural source of power [The Eyes of the Killer Robot].

 

grimoire

Grimoire


Johnny and his father want souvenirs of their vacation to Florida, sure, but this silly little scrapbook that surfaces wasn’t what they had in mind. It’s full of writings and sketches that don’t look quite right...don’t look quite normal. And just when you think the worst thing you could get from it is a paper cut does this gnasty-little grimoire reveal itself to be something able to cut much more...such as your life [The Wrath of the Grinning Ghost].

 

Hand

Wooden Hand


This curio – what looks like a form for a left-handed glove – is all that’s left of the sorcerer of Squampatanong, Esdrias Blackleach. It’s been handed down across the region for close to 300 years but now safely in the possession of Professor Childermass. What secrets does the hand contain that connects it to the witch trials of colonial America [The Hand of the Necromancer]?

 

Izard Clock

Izard Clock


There's something ticking in here, but where it is ain't exactly clear. There’s a house with a clock in its walls, prompting Jonathan to always be roaming the halls until he can locate it. Is there really a clock or is it just the foundation settling? Is there really ticking and tocking or are invading pests that synchronized? Does it really mean that if it stops that it’s the end of the world? Better find out before it strikes twelve [The House with a Clock in its Walls].

 

Oil Lamp

Oil Lamp


Myra Eells buys this innocent looking lamp from an antique dealer in Wisconsin and keeps it lit...until Anthony needs to use it as part of a science project. While fiddling around with it he notices that flame flickers, which was odd, because there wasn’t any draft, and when he touches the base its ice cold having been burning for hours. Just when he’s sure the lamp is no good does he discover where it’s been all these years [The Lamp from the Warlock’s Tomb].

 

Logo Cube


Without it out the Autarchs would be nothing – ‘cept some swirling mist or somethin’ – and so they must find and protect the Logos Cube at all costs. Logos is a philosophical term to describe the principle governing the cosmos. The Christian concept of the Logos is derived from the first chapter of the Gospel of John, where the Logos (often translated as “Word”) is described in these terms: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” And without the Logos Cube, it is the end of the world of the Autarchs [The Mansion in the Mist].

 

Paperweight

Paperweight


Take two wizards, place them in a remote location in the northern half of a county whose name doesn’t matter, stir in one master magician, and require that the apprentices live and work together. Have the students make something magical together, made from their accrued skills and binding them together forever. What do you get? A green glass paperweight. A seemingly pointless device, Prospero knows there’s a whole other world at work inside its emerald globes [The Face in the Frost].

 

Green Glass Plate

Green Glass Plate, Half of a


There’s half a green, stained glass plate in the church in Rocks Village and how it got there – much less why – is hard to say. It’s pretty strange, too: tiny, little globs of gold fish forever floating in its sea of green glass. Father Higgins came across it after an apparition of a young girl leads him around the sanctuary. Who is the girl? What is the glass? And where’s its other half? And now – when things couldn’t get any stranger – where has Higgins vanished to [The Secret of the Underground Room]?

 

Ring of Solomon

Ring of Solomon


Do you struggle to get through your humdrum day? Looking for excitement and the chance to travel and see interesting people and things? You need the Seal of Solomon, a signet ring from antiquity! Want transformation abilities? Easy! The power of invisibility? Poof! Teleporting anywhere anytime in seconds is a snap with this dandy-little trinket-looking ring. But wait, you’ll also get the awesome ability to summon demons that’ll get you...[The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring].

 

Rivet

Rivet


At the site of the old iron bridge, Lewis finds a loose iron rivet, glistening in the fading sunlight and untouched by rust. At night it glows in the dark in rainbow hues but also in colors that seemed to come from some place other than this world. Later Lewis learns it has an extraterrestrial history [The Beast under the Wizard's Bridge].

 

Runed Parchment

Runed Parchment


Poor Lewis: he’s not off on his vacation more than a few days when he gets the worst sort of souvenir. It’s a piece of parchment with what’s described as runes written across it and it’s wiggling and twisting as if it has a life of its own. That’s a bad thing. Another bad thing is its tendency to bring about the death of its owner. What a vacation [The Tower at the End of the World]!

 

Scroll

Scroll


It’s like a lengthy roll of paper that starts this creepy caper and it’s filling Lewis up with fear. There’s something written on the scroll found in the National Museum of Magic but it doesn’t make any sense to Rose Rita...until she steals it away, which, of course, winds up getting her in terrific troubles [The Specter from the Magician's Museum].

 

Statues of Weather Personified

Statues of Weather Personified


On the Weatherend estate are four half-finished sculptures with black, shapeless figures representing Wind, Snow, Hail, and Lightning. While the Borkmans were somewhat drawn to wicked weather, the four figures are still somewhat of a shock to Anthony and Miss Eells when they first stumble upon them [The Dark Secret of Weatherend].

 

Sword (model schooner ship)

Sword (model schooner ship)


At first it’s nothing but a ship in a bottle. The Sword was Captain Chadwick’s two-masted schooner ship, forever preserved in a bottle in his deserted home in Michigan. But when it’s time for the spirits of the captain and his wife to sail to their eternal reward, Jonathan magically enlarges the model to full size, allowing the couple to return to the islands where they first met [The House where Nobody Lived].

 

tabergan

Tabergan


Looking to get around in the ancient world? Try the tabergan, an odd-looking brass object that gives its user the ability to fly people into the air and bring them down on a location identified by the user. Johnny, Fergie, and the professor receive this talisman from the Knights Templar...such a device obviously does not truly exist (but let us know if you want to prove us wrong) [The Trolley to Yesterday].

 

Three Cent Piece

Three Cent Piece


Lewis finds a three-cent piece as part of his great-grandfather’s mementoes from his days as a soldier in the American Civil War. Uncle Jonathan identifies it as his grandfather’s lucky piece. What if it really was lucky, Lewis asks? No, it’s just a coin, says Jonathan. What if it was magic, Lewis wonders? It’s not, says Mrs. Zimmermann, it’s just proof that the country had strange denominations of currency in the past. Then why is it on the Bellairsia Talisman page, Lewis wonders...[The Figure in the Shadows].

 

Urim and Thummim

Urim and Thummim


The initials UT appear throughout the Windrow estate: Ulysses Theodore, Unfortunate Traveller, Ugly Twerp, and so on. It’s speculation but maybe the Urim and Thummim are out on the estate, too, the Biblical items supposedly used by the ancient Israelites. What do they look like? Eh...their few mentions in the Old Testament leave their precise nature and use up in the air, and there is no description in the passage describing the high priest's vestments (and the priest may not have entirely been aware of what they were either). Urim and Thummim has traditionally been translated as lights and perfections [The Revenge of the Wizard's Ghost].

 

Ushabti

Ushabti


The blue figurine found in the basement of St. Michael’s Church resembles an ancient Egypt funerary figure, or ushabti, though its origin sticker of Cairo, Illinois seems like someone’s having a joke with young Johnny Dixon. At the urging of Robert Beard, Johnny puts together a silly-sounding ceremony that utilizes the statue, now hidden away in the back of his closet [The Curse of the Blue Figurine].

 

Wand of Jonathan Barnavelt

Wand of Jonathan Barnavelt


In the front hall of the Barnavelt house is a Willoware vase that holds a long, black rod with a glass globe the size of a baseball at one end...inside the globe it appears to be snowing and there’s a miniature castle. This staff is Jonathan’s wand. Wands are attuned to their owner and should it ever be stolen then it would make the thief immune to the spells of the wands owner. And now Jonathan’s wand is missing...[The Sign of the Sinister Sorcerer].

 

whistle

Whistle


Hiss! Hiss! That little silver whistle was put up close to his head...and suddenly Lewis reconsiders. After all he found the old piece of metal out whilst hiking with his Boy Scout troop and one doesn’t necessarily put things you found on the ground in your mouth. But there’s something egging him on to sound the whistle once...twice...thrice... [The Whistle, the Grave, and the Ghost].

 

Witchcraft Box

Witchcraft Box


Hidden away from all eyes and hands is the mysterious witchcraft box of Bagwell Glomus. It’s a small chest with a a lot of strange bells and whistles: a small stage-like front, various colored and shaped glass bottles, an Eye of Providence, a pyramid with Hebrew letters above it...who knows what all else. How it works is unclear but it’s apparently able to do anything. With the right words it's liable to pull off a myriad of nefarious tasks for its owner...whoever he or she that may be...[The Mummy, the Will, and the Crypt].