Iain Tibet Gladstone

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Iain Tibet Gladstone
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Location
Region: [[:Category: Characters|]]
Zone: London
Location: The Temple Club
Background Information
Species: Human
NPC Information
NPC Type: [[Category:{{{type}}} Characters]][[:Category:{{{type}}} Characters|{{{type}}}]]
Voiced by: [[Jonathan Dow]]

Iain Tibet Gladstone is the Templar Chief librarian. Although in his younger years he traveled all over the world, currently he is restricted to the Templar Library and The Temple Club in London.


Missions

Initiated

  • None

Involved in

width Sign of the Times

Dialogue

Yourself

  • Yourself #1
Iain Tibet Gladstone: It's quite ironic that I, an historian, have been imprisoned in the library for, heh, a decade now,
Iain Tibet Gladstone: seeing how I've always argued that historians need to experience history, not read about it. I've beomce...
Iain Tibet Gladstone: what I've fought my whole life: an academic.
  • Yourself #2
Iain Tibet Gladstone: Some things you can't study in books and expect to even begin to understand.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: The oral traditions of star-forms over Uluru. Latin graffiti bombed on Trastevere stone.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: Tree-ring calendars from Tunguska, beehive databases writ in wax,
Iain Tibet Gladstone: chamber music played in reverse to create arcane tone poems -
Iain Tibet Gladstone: there is much in history you need to confront and tackle head on, preferably wearing some kind of protection.
  • Yourself #3
Iain Tibet Gladstone: Before the put me under house arrest, I-I-I travelled constantly,
Iain Tibet Gladstone: I observed and recorded. Secrets. Truths. Legends.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: Angels battling over Stonehenge -
Iain Tibet Gladstone: you need these special goggles, they sell them at the ticket office, you need to know what to ask for -
Iain Tibet Gladstone: the setting sun reflecting off Shambala's walls as the stars aligned to breathe life into its spectral populace;
Iain Tibet Gladstone: the halls of King Solomon's Temple as it was carved by demons out of the bedrock;
Iain Tibet Gladstone: oh, nymphs showering in the waterfalls of the Garden of Eden...
  • Yourself #4
Iain Tibet Gladstone: They... Templars found me at the bottom of a particularly foul soulwell off the coast of Indonesia,
Iain Tibet Gladstone: eh, coming down from a spectacular and spectacularly chemical search for the Third Circle of Hell.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: They put me in shackles and brought me here.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: Lanark told me himself:
Iain Tibet Gladstone: "When everything is true, there is nothing more dangerous than an educated man unchecked."
Iain Tibet Gladstone: I'm inclined to agree.


The Morninglight

  • The Morninglight #1
Iain Tibet Gladstone: Oh, the Morninglight? Bah!
Iain Tibet Gladstone: Do you have any idea how many cults have risen and fallen in the last thousand years?
Iain Tibet Gladstone: The last hundred? The last five?
  • The Morninglight #2
Iain Tibet Gladstone: If there's two things London has enough of, it's Indian restaurants and bloody cults.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: The Morninglight is no different from a hundred other end-of-daysers,
Iain Tibet Gladstone: it only happens to be the biggest,
Iain Tibet Gladstone: but anyone can get to a million disciples; it's
Iain Tibet Gladstone: simply a question of making people believe you have the answer to all their questions.
  • The Morninglight #3
Iain Tibet Gladstone: The Morninglight is only the last in an endless chain of sun worshipping cults,
Iain Tibet Gladstone: though I sense in them a desire for more than blind worship. Their rhetoric is zealous,
Iain Tibet Gladstone: like they want to devour their god, not kneel before it. It's a bit...
Iain Tibet Gladstone: off-putting, to be honest.
  • The Morninglight #4
Iain Tibet Gladstone: I myself started a sun cult back in...oh 1979, to test an hypothesis. But
Iain Tibet Gladstone: by 1980 I had a hundred thousand people ready to leap off the Masada at my command.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: It was just an experiment, of course, but I was forced into exile for two years
Iain Tibet Gladstone: after breaking the good news.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: You'd think they'd be only happy to avoid mass suicide.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: I don't think most people really appreciate the importance of practical science.


Sun Cults

  • Sun Cults #1
Iain Tibet Gladstone: The sun! On no there's a topic close to my heart,
Iain Tibet Gladstone: and there's a hundred books on this topic right up here,
Iain Tibet Gladstone: no need to descend into the vaults where feral tomes stalk ancient shelves in hunt of stray sentences, though
Iain Tibet Gladstone: if you're serious aobut it I'd recommend arming yourself and tempting fate.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: Tuesday mornings would be your best bet, that's when most of them sleep.
  • Sun Cults #2
Iain Tibet Gladstone: It's only natural, of course, that the sun has fascinated and frightened humanity from the day
Iain Tibet Gladstone: we crawled out of the black oceans, and sun cults have been around since the first full eclipse.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: To stare in awe as the source of life and light is devoured by oily darkness
Iain Tibet Gladstone: has a way of putting the fear of god into the hearts of savages.
  • Sun Cults #3
Iain Tibet Gladstone: There's often been a contrasting duality to these sun cults.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: Light and darkness: life and death.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: From Atenism in Akhenaten's Khem, the Mihtraic mysteries of Persia and Rome,
Iain Tibet Gladstone: to the Fifth Sun of the Aztecs - the further you dig into the texts, the more you wonder
Iain Tibet Gladstone: which side of the coin these cults truly worshiped.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: The giver of light...or the eater of light.
  • Sun Cults #4
Iain Tibet Gladstone: I myself spent seven formative years
Iain Tibet Gladstone: tracing the ascendance of sun worshipers across five continents.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: Tibet! Equatorial Guinea! The Amazon Basin! Greenland! Whoa.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: Those seven years flew by in a haze of history and hallucinogenics.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: Mmmm... That's also when I grew this rather epic beard.
  • Sun Cults #5
Iain Tibet Gladstone: The hair was during my time studying the tone-deaf
Iain Tibet Gladstone: chanters of the sunken islands of the Seventh Atoll.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: Some of the chants, I later realised, were composed to arouse hair follicles in a rather spectacular fashion.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: Haven't put a brush to it since I lost my last one in there.


Your Library

  • Your Library #1
Iain Tibet Gladstone: Were you to peruse the shelves of my library - as few do, unfortunately, preferring to
Iain Tibet Gladstone: peruse periodicals or their electronic reading devices rather than these musty books -
Iain Tibet Gladstone: you'd find embedded in-between the pages of many tomes my own personal additions.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: Secret chapters, prologues and epilogues, written over the course of fifty years.
  • Your Library #2
Iain Tibet Gladstone: Tens of thousands of pages, in multiple languages - some dead, some forbidden,
Iain Tibet Gladstone: most in the Queen's English; record of my travels and experiments, accounts of the people I've encountered,
Iain Tibet Gladstone: living and dead; rituals I've unearthed and performed,
Iain Tibet Gladstone: to varying degrees of success.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: I've left them here for posterity, but they were never meant for publication.
  • Your Library #3
Iain Tibet Gladstone: As a young man, I revered historical records and treated them as fact.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: I followed in the footsteps of Herodotus, and I sought to experience history first-hand,
Iain Tibet Gladstone: even when it meant taking dangerous leaps through time and space,
Iain Tibet Gladstone: aided by chemical agents that are, at best, prohibited.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: I came to realise at last something fundamental:
Iain Tibet Gladstone: history is interpretation.
  • Your Library #4
Iain Tibet Gladstone: There's no singular truth. There are no facts.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: History isn't only written by the victor; it's rewritten by subsequent victors,
Iain Tibet Gladstone: or losers who come into possession of the victors' texts,
Iain Tibet Gladstone: or, or, or, the mistresses of victors who figured they'd write themselves into history to ensure immortality.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: History is-is mutable, history morphs, in form and shape, context and content.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: history lives and breathes and never dies.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: It moves on, a vast beast, lumbering across millennia, leaving chaos and destruction in its path.
  • Your Library #5
Iain Tibet Gladstone: All us historians can do - arcane or not - is pick through the wreckage and attempt to
Iain Tibet Gladstone: piece together the broken bits in the hope that it'll teach us something.


The Templars

  • The Templars #1
Iain Tibet Gladstone: I discovered the Templars long before they discovered me.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: It was deep below the sand-blown ruins of the Tower of Babel.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: I was attempting to decipher, through the use of a rather massive water-pipe,
Iain Tibet Gladstone: the intricacies of a forgotten smoke-code language -
Iain Tibet Gladstone: in the pleasant dialect of a potent local leaf -
Iain Tibet Gladstone: when I came across a beautiful mural.
  • The Templars #2
Iain Tibet Gladstone: At first I thought it was merely the lingering effects of the mind-bowing hallucinogenics,
Iain Tibet Gladstone: but when I came to, days later, I realised I'd found proof of a long-held theory of mine.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: That the Templars - or what we now know as the Templars -
Iain Tibet Gladstone: arose in the city states of ancient Mesopotamia.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: Crusaders even then, they were merciless in their war on evil.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: And also on anyone who didn't, uh, adhere to their rather stringent moral code.
  • The Templars #3
Iain Tibet Gladstone: There is evidence of their activities already in cuneiform script which takes them back, oh,
Iain Tibet Gladstone: at the very least, to Sumerian times,
Iain Tibet Gladstone: and their presence and influence reached ever new heights -
Iain Tibet Gladstone: in Ur, Babylon, Nineveh and Persepolis.
  • The Templars #4
Iain Tibet Gladstone: 'Course they are no less powerful today, but you don't hear Templars speak of their origins.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: Partly because they are blind to it,
Iain Tibet Gladstone: and partly because there are secrets they would not wish to share with the world.


The Illuminati

  • The Illuminati #1
Iain Tibet Gladstone: Digging through the sands of the Egyptian deserts can be a riveting experience.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: Living on rainwater and rations alone, not so much.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: But it was among the nomadic peoples of the Eastern Sahara that I came across
Iain Tibet Gladstone: the first clues to the origins of the Illuminati.
  • The Illuminati #2
Iain Tibet Gladstone: The cabal appears to have originated somewhere
Iain Tibet Gladstone: in Central Africa, before moving towards the Nile Valley during the height of the first dynasties.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: This seems particularly plausible considering their affinity for the pyramid in all of their imagery.
  • The Illuminati #3
Iain Tibet Gladstone: The Illuminati never advertised their successes to the same extent as the Templars,
Iain Tibet Gladstone: but everything points to a prosperous time for them during the Golden Age of the Two Kingdoms,
Iain Tibet Gladstone: when they had the regions largely to themselves. But nothing lasts forever.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: The might of the Egyptian Empire waned, and so did the influence of the Illuminati.
  • The Illuminati #4
Iain Tibet Gladstone: At least for awhile. They are, admittedly, very good at reinventing themselves -
Iain Tibet Gladstone: a sight better than, um, than our own rigid organisation.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: Although...yes, yes, we are trying, and Mr Sonnac is our best bet in generations, I must say.

The Dragon

  • The Dragon #1
Iain Tibet Gladstone: The mystical corners of East Asia are...well, somewhat chaotic.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: There is none of the rigid structure of Europe, or the fierce ambition of the Americas.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: The Templars and the Illuminati are well established. The Dragon...
Iain Tibet Gladstone: is in perpetual motion.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: They claim ownership of nothing, control of nothing, but...
Iain Tibet Gladstone: everything points to their involvement across the entirety of the Far East.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: And yet our understanding of them is limited at best.
  • The Dragon #2
Iain Tibet Gladstone: References to them as...
Iain Tibet Gladstone: as a coherent entity pop up here and there,
Iain Tibet Gladstone: throughout time, in various documents and historical records, but then
Iain Tibet Gladstone: eh, the-they vanish, ithout trace...uh, just like my guide through the underbelly of Ulaanbataar.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: Left me stranded for weeks, but I did lean to navigate by sound and smell alone.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: Eyes, as it turns out, are rather superfluous.
  • The Dragon #3
Iain Tibet Gladstone: Finding good sources and identifying historically important members of the Dragon
Iain Tibet Gladstone: eh, he-he, is, quite impossible.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: It's almost like their organisation is a
Iain Tibet Gladstone: unified entity that moves instinctively, like an ascension of skylarks. Or, indeed...
Iain Tibet Gladstone: Or indeed, one dragon.
  • The Dragon #4
Iain Tibet Gladstone: They do have a head, known as, naturally, the Dragon,
Iain Tibet Gladstone: but it is not quite clear, not quite clear, what, if anything, this head does. Whether it's a...
Iain Tibet Gladstone: a ruse, like most of the Dragon's operations,
Iain Tibet Gladstone: or if he, or she, has some actual power to control the body.
  • The Dragon #5
Iain Tibet Gladstone: Incidentally, the Dragon is always a child,
Iain Tibet Gladstone: and when the child is grown, the Dragon dies and is reborn, in a new place.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: It is fascinating. Ineffective, one would assume,
Iain Tibet Gladstone: but fascinating, and a complete mystery to us,
Iain Tibet Gladstone: which is, one suspects, entirely intentional.


The Phoenicians

  • The Phoenicians #1
Iain Tibet Gladstone: In my youth I was fascinated with Dido.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: The queen of Carthage, not the, uh, the songstress.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: I walked from Tyre to Tunis searching for the source of her conviction.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: It was a lot further than it looked on the map.
  • The Phoenicians #2
Iain Tibet Gladstone: But there were secrets hidden in her footsteps.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: No "Deification for Dummies," unfortunately,
Iain Tibet Gladstone: but I found some fascinating facts about the Brotherhood of Phoenician Sailors,
Iain Tibet Gladstone: AKA the Purple People.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: Yeah, a real find, considering how secretive they are.
  • The Phoenicians #3
Iain Tibet Gladstone: Despite popular belief, these people didn't start out as petty thieves or mercenaries.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: They were once, in fact, part of our organisation, of the Templars.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: Given the current climate between the factions,
Iain Tibet Gladstone: you can just imagine why this has been a closely guarded secret.
  • The Phoenicians #4
Iain Tibet Gladstone: There was a tragic love triangle involving two brothers
Iain Tibet Gladstone: and a sultry Salome of a woman which set everything in mortion.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: Hearts were broken, a blood bond was severed, and control over the Middle East was divided in two.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: I have been apprehensive of the gentler gender since that
Iain Tibet Gladstone: run-in with the Four Whores of the Apocalypse in Timbuktu.
Iain Tibet Gladstone: Eh, no, it's not a topic fit for discussion, believe me, heh. I'd rather forget all about it.