Voyage to the deeper galleries

This document contains an unusual text. It is not signed, not dated, and you cannot recognize the paper nor the writing.  
To whoever is reading this:
  I have a hunch you’ll find this text in an unusual place. Maybe it’ll be part of some odd folder archive, ready to be used. It may have been cut, and pasted along with other documents. If that is the case, well, you’d better hurry reading before whatever is making this collection comes back. Or maybe you are the one collecting documents. In which case, I wonder, why me?   Anyway.   As you may know from probably being stuck here, the Library is a fairly large structure, inhabited by a wide array of people. Most are gathered in Librarial Tribes, groups of scholars who specialize themselves in one or another field. These tribes try to interact peacefully, and are supervised by an elected government: the Common Services.   Such a description is all well and fun. Plus, it allows the Library to act as if it knew what is going on in its own depths, and to impress the surface. Truth is, though, as a political entity, the Library holds no control on itself. And, well, it knows that!   You see, as soon as you get away from the main galleries, and the roads that connect the biggest surface Tribes and the Common places, you quickly find yourself in what is called The Deep. Or the Deep Library, or whatever. And, things are quite different there.   As you may already know, the Consciousness flux is anormally intense in the Library. We don’t quite understand why it is like that, but it just is. This means Ghostpowder is pretty active on its own, that shapeless spirits or mental parasites can survive much better than they do in a typical dense environment, and that one’s subconscious thoughts can alter reality rather efficiently.   All of these consequences are troublesome on their own, as you can imagine. The natural activity of Ghostpowder means it remains live for a while should it break out of containment. It also means it can fix its own enchantments easily. As a result, numerous galleries or places are polluted with naturally mutated ghostpowder, which is often physically or psychologically damaging.   Similarly, as mentioned, much more consciousness forms can maintain themselves without a permanent physical structure in the Library. This may be the reason why so many books seem to develop sentience, or the reason why some superstitions and biases tend to travel across Library tribes even though the tribes are meant to be as scholarly as they possibly can.   Finally, one can unwittingly influence its surroundings. Imagine walking in a dense fog, except that fog constantly listens to your brain. Then, that fog reacts to your emotions and thoughts by directly changing its aspect in response to what makes you strongly react. Well, this is approximately what is going on in the Deep Library. As one can imagine, it becomes easy to be overcome with strong emotions, fear in particular. Besides, without training, one can accidentally order the galleries to change, or the surrounding matter to take a specific shape or obstacle. Pretty nice place to live in, isn’t it? And yet, this isn’t the worst. You see, the more you go down, the more you  
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  Which is why some tribes still live deep down there. Both prisoner in a constant emotional nightmare, and swimming in a knowledge bliss that dissipates as soon as they leave… Easy to understand the deep tribes do not partake as often as the others in the political life of the Library, right? And yet sometimes, they do. They try and take notes, force themselves to memorize what they can, and do their best to reach the upper ground.   It is not clear, even for me, whether the deep tribes only have a limited interest in the surface, or if they do try to take part in the political life as often as they can but simply don't feel time pass as quickly as others do. In any case, even the most active of the deep tribes are rarely present more than once or twice a year in political meetings.

Cover image: by Pouaseuille


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