The Museum's vaults contain many objects which are still
under examination. It is critically important that we be able
to trace and authenticate haunted antiques before reactivating
them - which is why this part of the site is
constantly changing. We have been examining the khanne
for several years now; the recent exhumation of a box of
documents concerning the Surnateum's Sino-Mongolian campaign
in 1920-21 has allowed us to make significant progress in
our analysis. This progress justified a second - and may
yet justify a third - expedition to that part of the world.
Sino-Mongolian campaign (1920-21)
Mongolia (13th century), on the fringes of the old Mongolian
Empire. The exact location is a secret known only to the Surnateum.
An old 15th century Persian painting shows Genghis Khan at the
summit of the holy mountain of Bogdo Ul, an allusion to Tengri, the
Eternal Blue Sky. At his feet lies a magic wand - an interface between
the Khan and divinity. Some experts have interpret this
object as a sabre, an understandable mistake since they do not have
access to the full range of resources at the disposal of the Surnateum.
If he had the blessing of the supreme divinity, then all other forces
universe would be at his beck and call; Tengri would make Temudjin
the master of the world and his earthly incarnation.
Without Tengri's support, invoking a warrior divinity like the god of
war Mahagala, the dharmapala with six arms, would soon lead to
insanity and death for the person who invoked it.
When Genghis Khan died (ca 1227), his body was - according to some
accounts - encased in five
coffins and buried in an unknown location at the foot of the holy
mountain. All of the witnesses to the burial were
executed so that they could never reveal the identity of the secret
A mythical object became the uniting symbol for the Mongolian tribes
that revolved around Genghis Khan: a rod made of Chinese ebony (olokum)
encircled by silver rings representing the tribes faithful to the Khan (the
Mongolian name is derived from the Chinese word for 'silver', while
the Chinese name is derived from the Chinese word for 'gold'). The rod
is surmounted by a cube with rounded-off corners, a Taoist symbol on
which are engraved the words San-Yeun
(Genghis Khan) and Sien-Fong (the highest).
He who possessed this cane could command the Mongol tribes, invoke Tengri
and perhaps even change history.
The khanne was carefully preserved until the end of Kublai Khan's
reign, whereupon it disappeared mysteriously, not resurfacing until 1920.
The oracles were repeating the same prophecy tirelessly: a deeply hostile
power was awakening in eastern Europe. A forgotten demon from antiquity was greedy
to recover the worship it had once enjoyed, but which had now been abandoned
for many, many years. Mahagala - an ancient and perverted deity with a thirst for sacrifices
and links to the Orders of the Blood, the mystery of the King of the
World and the ancient Thule - would reunify infernal forces under the banner
of an ancient sign. Entire civilisations would be annihilated in a bloodbath
of inconceivable magnitude.
The Collector remembered coming across the symbol before, a kind of cross with
bent arms called a swastika. He had not paid enough attention back in 1888
during the Jack the Ripper killings in London. A few coins had been placed in
the shape of the symbol next to the mutilated corpse of a prostitute. Later, a fibula found
in a Pannonian tomb (allegedly the tomb of Pontius Pilate) revealed the same
design and should have got the Collector thinking. Later still, there was that
drawing on the walls of the dead Tsarina in Ekaterinburg. Moreover, the Tsarevich
suffered from a blood disease which the monk Rasputin endeavoured to
And now, it was showing up again in Mongolia, on the banner of a Russian
warlord by the name of Roman von Ungern-Sternberg, and on the banner of one of
his 'friends', Ataman Semenov. People assumed that it was a good-luck symbol
from Asia and it was faddishly applied to many items, boosting the evil power
of the entity to which it referred.
The reckless fools!
He who held the key to Mongolia could toy with the very future of mankind.
The Collector walked down to the basement library to consult the Surnateum's archives on
another Mongolian prophecy brought back by the Hutuktu,
the Incarnate Buddha of Narabanchi from one of the museum's honourable
The prophecies of Lehnin and of the great Devastation seemed to corroborate
what the Mongolian soothsayer had said.
"Around 1890, the King of the World introduced himself to the lamas at
the Temple of the Blessing and presented them with an apocalyptic prophecy
announcing the end of Empires, a bloody, widespread war, the destruction of the
'crescent' and the rise of three empires. A reign of total corruption would
infect the world until the emergence of the peoples of Agharta."
The Agharta again! That myth of a hollow earth led by the King of the World in Shamballah.
If only the people knew the truth hidden behind the legendů
The bichigdu tsagan shulun, the prophecy of the White Stone, heralding
the arrival of a white messiah during the year of the White Chicken (1921) was
another indicator pointing in the same direction.
And now a certain Von Ungern-Sternberg - a former White Russian officer,
nicknamed Beg-Tse by his men, and later the 'Bloody Baron' or 'Mad Baron',
and surrounded by shamans and magicians - felt duty-bound to reincarnate the soul
of Genghis Khan, the most famous Mongolian warlord of all time. But his path
would be strewn with obstacles. He would first have to liberate the Bogdo Geghen,
a blind Buddha who was still alive, but being held prisoner by the Chinese. The Bogdo Geghen -
the man who would lead Mongolia - would show him which path to take.
Invoking the war deity Mahagala would give him the strength and magical powers
he needed to be successful in this impossible mission, but the price would be
very high indeed. (To encourage the invocation, he would have to consume a
drug concocted from the terrifying venom of a quasi-mythical creature from the
Mongolian steppes, the alloghoi khorkhoi, the Mongolian death worm. A poison
more potent than that of a thousand scorpions.)
Possession of the khanne, the rod used to invoke Genghis Khan, would
give him the option of not paying the tribute demanded by the six-armed
dharmapala. But he didn't know that yet!
To overcome the first obstacle, he had to seize Urga, leaving him a little
time. Only the living Buddha could give him access to the relic, but the
oracles did not foresee his release before early 1921. However, the Collector still had
some solid contacts in China he had forged during a previous trip.
An expedition was organised to seize the relic before the Russian general did.
Two groups of explorers from the museum were
dispatched to Sin-Kiang, to Inner and Outer Mongolia and to the borders of
China in search of the khanne. Two different groups would help throw
off any surveillance, masking the secret passageways to Shamballah. The teams
engineers who would try to detect the secret entrances leading to the Agharta. Moreover,
digging work would be easy to justify under the pretext of engaging in 'mining' expeditions. A terton by the name of Kao
accompanied the group. Contact was made with a correspondent of the Surnateum
in Peking (Beijing), who established relationships with Chinese Hung (red) and
Chin (green) secret societies, as well as with certain mining companies in the
Fortunately, the Mad Baron was quickly found and seized since a small, well-trained team
moves faster than an army.
A recent expedition yielded ancient Mongolian grimoires (containing rituals)
and the kit used by a
shaman containing the poisons and drugs required for the reincarnation
trance - just in case.
- Under Genghis Khan, the capital of the Mongolian empire was Karakorum.
Later, under the reign of Kublai Khan, Peking was chosen. It made
sense for the Surnateum's team to begin its research in that city.
- Two groups of explorers from the museum, codenamed Khanne
and Vitriol (reminiscent of the alchemical precept of 'VITRIOL' (Visit Interior Terrae Rectificando
Invenies Occultum Lapidem, i.e. 'visit the interior of the earth, by making a
correction you will find the hidden stone'), a supply team and a highly
flexible mobile unit accompanied by a terton travelled around China for nearly
two years. In the China of the 1920s, one did not simply stroll around unless
one had solid relations with the Hung and Chin secret societies, and with local
companies. In this connection, an engineer from the Kailan Mining Administration
in Tongshou was one of the team's connections in China. Contacts with
the Red Spears secret society were rather fruitful. As the Collector held
shares in Chinese companies, certain doors were opened more easily to him.
- The monster-killing gun was taken along on the trip, but there is no
indication that it was used. An individual incarnating an entity like the Mahagala
is notoriously invulnerable to 'ordinary' bullets, as was the case with the
baron. Roman von Ungern Sternberg was tried by a Bolshevik court on 15
September 1921 and executed that same day. The teams returned to Peking before
going back to Europe. (Source of information on the execution: Baron Ungern,
by Leonid Youzefovitch, Edition des Syrtes, Paris)
- In the museum's reserves, we found the fossilised bones of woolly mammoth and
rhinoceros brought back from our teams' travels in China and the Gobi
desert. The year after the expedition,
Roy Chapman Andrews, an American, organised his first expedition to the Gobi
desert in search of dinosaur fossils.
- A Shang ('dragon tooth') oracle in the Chinese pharmacopoeia was purchased
in Peking at the same time. A legend about the mythical remains of a dragon
hidden in the Forbidden City also attracted our explorers' attention -
but yielded nothing concrete. They may have actually been the remains of a
dinosaur, but that has not been confirmed either.
- The explorers in the Vitriol group also brought back a fragment of the Chintamani
Stone, cut into the shape of an axe.
- Agharta or Agharti: an underground civilisation that is home to the King
of the World. Its capital is Shamballah. This prediction was reported later (in
by Ferdinand Ossendowski in his book Beasts, Men and Gods. Much has
been said and written about this world in the centre of a purportedly hollow earth.
- Bogdo Geghen, Bogd Khaan, Hutuktu: Various names given to the
eighth Living Reincarnated Buddha, the supreme authority of Mongolia
imprisoned by the Chinese in 1920-21. He died in 1924, having gone blind from
alcoholism and probably syphilis. The Chinese banned reincarnation.