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Shining Trapezohedron





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The Shining Trapezohedron is a fictional artifact appearing in H.P. Lovecraft's short story "The Haunter of the Dark" and Robert Bloch's sequel, "The Shadow from the Steeple." The Trapezohedron serves as a window on all of space and time. By gazing into it, its wielder would summon Nyarlathotep in his avatar as the eponymous Haunter of the Dark. In exchange for horrible sacrifices, the Haunter of the Dark would reveal other worlds and arcane knowledge.

The Shining Trapezohedron was a "crazy angled stone" created on the planet Yuggoth and brought to Earth by the Old Ones before the emergence of the human race. Throughout its history it was associated with Atlantis and thePharoahs of ancient Egypt. Occultist and archaeologist Enoch Bowen discovered it within a box of alien construction while exploring the ruins of the tomb of Nephren-Ka in 1843. Bowen returned to his home inProvidence, Rhode Island with the Trapezohedron and its box the following year, where he founded the Church of Starry Wisdom.

The Shining Trapezohedron was researched by Robert Blake, who deciphered a number of ancient texts concerning the stone. Following Blake's death, the stone was removed from the Starry Wisdom cult's sanctuary and thrown intoNarragansett Bay by Dr. Ambrose Dexter. Unknown to Dexter, however, the constant darkness at the bottom of the bay ensured the Haunter of the Dark's perpetual freedom. For his trouble, Dexter was possessed by the Haunter, and eventually became one of the foremost nuclear scientists in the world, in charge of investigation of atomic energy for wartime purposes.



A multifaceted crystal prism that emulates the Shining Trapezohedron, where with certain light effects can cast eerie effects.



A painstaking multliple tries at a boiled glass gemstone with red and black swirls of darkness within. This crystal prism was constructed by hand and is a OOAK.  It cannot be machine reproduced.


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"They say foul beings of Old Times still lurk in dark forgotten corners of the world, And Gates stll gape to loose, on certain nights, Shapes pent in Hell."

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