Obscure Passages



The town of Oxford

The town of Oxford

Localization: Oxford - England.

Destination: Galatograd.

Discovered by: Frédéric Dorée.

Ferryman: No.

Status: Possible opening.

Means: The Music.


   Within sight of the last elements in our possession, it would seem that the town of Oxford, in England, is connected to the Obscure City of Galatograd, in Sodrovno-Voldachie. Several discoveries support this theory. Firstly, there is a relative similarity of climate between the two cities: although Oxford is more moderate, it shares with Galatograd the weather conditions where reign cold, rain and fog. This astonishing relation was the craze of regreted Professor Holden Caulfield, from the Christ Church College, and made of it the target of innumerable mockeries on behalf of his colleagues, then of a certain ostracism in front of its perseverance to continue his search which ends up making sink the Professor in a major depression. Secondly, it is necessary to note a certain architectural resemblance between some Oxfordian monuments and the cupolas for which Galatograd is famous through all the Obscure Continent. It is not of course considering about a perfect equivalence, but rather, as for the climate, of a kind of echo, an influence adapted to the conditions of an English city.

   Amongst other elements, there is the fact that Oxford is a university town, a city with many libraries. Some put forth the assumption that such a concentration of books and knowing cannot remain stable andinoffensive. Accumulated knowledge always overflows from its framework, perhaps through the famous space-L which connects between them all the libraries where which they are. It is significant to see on this subject many allusions to space-L in the series of Discworld, by Terry Pratchett, of which all work seems to be only one long allegory dissimulating very precise knowledge that has the author of the Obscure Continent. One suggests that this concentration of knowledge and science would have overflowed to the other side of a passage, towards Sodrovno-Voldachie, and would be has the origin of the extraordinary nap of knowledge had young Bronislaw Kunkely. It would be with an aim of finding such an assembly of books that this one decided to guide a group of children towards the City of the Book, close to Brüsel. Perhaps did it hope to find a passage there towards our world through this famous space-L?

   Finally, it is a disconcerting fact that some musicians of Oxford seem to use their art to try to access to Galatograd. One of most famous is of course Syd Barrett, founder of the group Pink Floyd, born and inhabitant in Oxford until his disappearance. It is interesting to note that Barrett entitle the first album of Floyd, and the only to which he takes an active part before to sink in the insanity, "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn", where the word 'gates', suggest obviously the concept of passage, but where is also present the name of 'piper', or 'flute player', recalling the episode of the Player of Flute of Hamelin, which appears and disappears in unexplainable way, by the intermediaire of a melody that he plays on his pipeau. We can also speak about the group Radiohead, them also resident in Oxford, and which recently evolved from a basic rock'n'roll group to a more experimental and electronic one, making music drones, buzzes, joinings, and complex rhythmic signatures - with pieces with the evocative title, like " In Limbo" or especially "How To Disappear Completely (And Never Be Found Again)". Would it be possible that Radiohead, through their musical experiments, like Barrett using his psychedelic songs made up under the influence of drug, and like others less known, are to the search of the melody of the Player of Flute of Hamelin, to the music which would enable them to cross the Passage towards the Obscure Continent?