Thursday, March 26, 2015

Athanasius Kircher Patron Saint of Atlantandria Port City Of Accursed Atlantis My Old School Campaign.

If there's one influence on my Accursed Atlantis campaign its got to be Athanasius Kircher a genius Jesuit madman and philosopher whose works touched on everything from alchemy to volcanoes. He's been my go to source for more then thirty - five years. 

Who was Kircher?
According to Wiki :
Athanasius KircherS.J. (sometimes erroneously spelled Kirchner; 1602–1680) was a 17th-century German Jesuitscholar and polymath who published around 40 major works, most notably in the fields of Oriental studiesgeology, and medicine. Kircher has been compared to fellow Jesuit Roger Boscovich and to Leonardo da Vinci for his enormous range of interests, and has been honored with the title "Master of a Hundred Arts".[2] A resurgence of interest in Kircher has occurred within the scholarly community in recent decades.
You can read more about him right over HERE

His map on Atlantis and its environments provided my wastelands of science  fantasy and high weirdness for  years since I first encountered him back in middle school back in the 80's. 

The Atlantian wastelands are rife with cults and strange religions, mutants, and much more. 
Athanasius Kircher-Sphinx Mystagoga.jpg
So for years now Kircher has been my go to inner world Jesuit madman guru, his ideas on the inner Earth, and Egypt were pretty ground breaking and sensational at the time. But completely and utterly wrong. 

Athanasius Kircher Interior of the earth.jpg

So for the past couple of years I've been pulling from his works ideas, artwork, and some incredibly wonderfully weird stuff. Weird Lovecraftian cults, high alchemy formulas, and all kinds of occult stuff and more has trickled in from Kircher.
His interests and underworlds are vast,his vision imposing, and his ideas are very far reaching.

Kircher proved illustrations for more megadungeons in high school and college then I can shake a stick at. His recent appearance have been in some of my At The Earth's Core campaign work with Crypts and Things and now Fantastic Heroes and Witchery. 

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