The Age of the SCHOLAR

Writings that originated from the era during which the Scholar flourished.


SPECIAL NOTE: One observation often made about these three more or less contemporaneous Curators is that their stories don't quite fit together. It seems likely that the Unknown Curator was the Scholar's successor, or one of them; on the other hand, there is internal evidence suggesting that he may have preceded the Scholar (note the archaic spelling of "notae", for example, or the method he describes for "attaching" them to the copy of the documentum he is preparing in secret.) This does not disqualify him as a candidate for the Scholar's supplanter — such atavisma persist even to this day — but it does prevent establishing a definitive sequence of transmission.

Less difficult is the case of the Author known as the Voice from the Locust Grove — if we accept the near-universal identification of the Scholar as the "drunken man" in the striking Writing that gives this Author his name. Here there is no question that he succeeded the Scholar in his curacy, and without doubt we have him to thank for retrieving the Scholar's work on the archives from near obliteration. But some find this author's story (or stories) highly improbable, implying that they might be entirely "made up". These naysayers, however, have yet to produce a meaningful explanation of their own for the presence of these Writings in the archives (though numerous even more implausible propositions have been put forth to do so), and, for the moment, it is perhaps best to simply take this Author at his word.

As for the Scholar, whenever he lived and wrote, we can aver without the slightest hesitation that he is Founder of what we now call "the archives".