Crystal of Zon Mezzamalech
The Crystal of Zon Mezzamalech
Origin: "Ubbo-Sathla" by Clark Ashton Smith (1933)
The thing was about the size of a small orange and was slightly flattened at the ends, like a planet at its poles. It puzzled Tregardis, for it was not like an ordinary crystal, being cloudy and changeable, with an intermittent glowing at its heart, as if it were alternately illumed and darkened from within.
— Clark Ashton Smith, "Ubbo-Sathla"
The Crystal of Zon Mezzamalech is a sphere of crystal with flattened ends. Looking into it, it appears cloudy and changeable, with an intermittent glow at its center that seems to alternate between light and shadow.
It was owned in prehistoric times by the sorcerer Zon Mezzamalech, who lived in the region of Mhu Thulan in Hyperborea, and is discussed briefly in The Book of Eibon. The details of its fate after Zon Mezzamalech's disappearance is unknown, but it was recovered in Greenland in the early 20th century and brought to London, where it played a role in the disappearance of an occult student named Paul Tregardis. Its current whereabouts are unknown.
The Crystal shows glimpses of the prehistoric past, which appear to be (and may well be) previous incarnations of the person looking into it. Incautious use of the Crystal may cause the user to be drawn all the way back through time to the beginning of life on Earth, to become one of the Brood of Ubbo-Sathla, with consequent loss of all memory and consciousness.
Heresies and Controversies
The substance of the Crystal is described in terms very similar to those used for the Glass from Leng, and it shares with that artifact the property of granting visions of distant places and times, and the dangers involved in opening a door between the user and the things seen. It is possible, therefore, that the Crystal may also have been brought from the Hyades, as the Glass apparently was.
Looking into the Crystal of Zon Mezzamalech long enough to behold visions of the past produces a psychological condition in which the person's surroundings and identity become increasingly tenuous and confused. Those who look into the crystal for a prolonged period suffer sanity loss of 1D4/2D4 per session, and each session of looking into the crystal also increases the risk of being drawn back through time to become one of the Brood of Ubbo-Sathla.
Associated Mythos Elements
- Clark Ashton Smith, "Ubbo-Sathla" (1933)