About how Hellmantle and
D'Aqs compare notes
on their task at hand in
left the Continental in silence for a cluster of cafés near the Hoan Kiem Lake.
On the flight to Hanoi D'Aqs had been bothered by what had been revealed at his
father's apartment in Kowloon Tong. When he attended church in Hong Kong he
felt different when he heard the sermon, and even how he spoke to the abbot at
his mission he found himself ponder the words Hellmantle and his father had
said. It was easy for him to dismiss it all as the product of an unbalanced
mind, but to hear his father concur so matter-of-factly scared D'Aqs into doing
some of his own research. His resistance to this revisionism caused him
to spend time reading everything he could about this theory that the northern
European peoples were in fact part of the Israelite nation. He did concede that
it explained Britain's prolonged and tenacious efforts in Palestine during
World War One, vis-à-vis Lawrence of Arabia, General Allenby and the
Sykes-Picot Accord, and its behavior during World War Two doing everything in
their power to save their brethren of the House of Judah so they could
establish a Jewish homeland by implementing the Balfour Treaty. What he
couldn't understand was why the Catholic Church for centuries had been so
anti-Jewish. If the Jews were brothers of the northern European Israelites
through Jacob, then why had there been constant persecution? And he wondered
why this wasn't better known and promoted to the public to encourage tolerance
of all peoples?
From the menu D'Aqs read a
description of one of the German beers the pub offered: "Nothing like a
strong, young one. This generation's ale. Spiked. Bitter. Exciting. Simply the
hippest hops on tap." He placed the yellowed menu on the white tablecloth
and shook his head.
"It sounds like you," said
"Hey, who are you calling
"I thought I was calling you
hip." D'Aqs ordered a Hoegaarden, the same beer as Hellmantle.
I found something out about the Great Dane and the French Foreign Legion
that I think takes precedence."
been doing your homework, have you?"
"So have I."
"Good. Another week off work
from the magazine, man! I need to make the most of it so why not brush up on
those items affected, n'est-ce pas?" D'Aqs could see he was wound up
from his day in Hanoi. "How much do you know about the battle?"
"To be honest, not much."
This was what D'Aqs wanted to hear because of his lack of information about the
French-Vietnamese wars in Indochina so he let Hellmantle unload his gunnysack.
He pulled out his journal full of notes, placing his finger at a paragraph.
"As far as I can see it, the
French colon was in full force over here in its prime, so when all was
lost at the battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954, it made the French even
more determined to keep oil-rich Algeria in Africa during the civil war right
up to when de Gaulle held the second referendum in 1963, and handed Algeria its
independence. But that wasn't until the Legionnaires fractured and attempted a
coup to keep their North African property, which failed and took France to the
brink of civil war. That makes what happened over here ten years before all the
"The French refused to cede
Indochina and the Foreign Legion was behind that. As history would turn out,
the day after the surrender of the French forces at Dien Bien Phu in
September 1954, the Geneva Convention was established and in effect was the end
of French colonial rule in what are modern-day Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
There were twelve French battalions stationed at the Legion's stronghold in Dien
Bien Phu that was defending the centuries-old caravan trade route from Burma to
China through northern Vietnam. After a 57-day siege of the French garrison at Dien
Bien Phu, the Viet Mingh took over. And our man, the Great Dane
Hellmantle, was involved in that."
"Did you ever find out how
the Dane found the map?"
"That's what I wanted to
tell you. From what I've heard through our society, the Great Dane found
the map in an book that a fellow Legionnaire purchased from an old bookstore in
Canton, in Guangzhou Province, China."
"The story goes that the
Legionnaire folded the map back into the book and paid for the book without
declaring the map to the bookseller. It was due to the expertise of the Great
Dane in cartography that caused this Legionnaire to bring the map to Dane
to see if he knew what the map was about. He learned that the book and map had
been brought to Canton by an Englishman from British India."
"The coincidence that the
map had to do with Jesus and the fact that he was part of the Desposyni
made him think the map was destined to be his. Realizing the importance
of his find, he told a white lie and convinced his fellow Legionnaire that the
map was worthless and thus he secured it for himself. As we now know for sure,
in order to ensure its safety, the Great Dane didn't tell anyone about
it except for the Dutch priest van der Goodies. See the Great Dane
knew from the brotherhood of the Blonde Acquitaine there had been a
long-held prophecy suggesting a map existed that pointed to writings of
significant religious importance. It was believed the map and writings would be
found during the end of the second millennium. He was able to contact a monk at
the Saint Sulpice Monastery in France about the map and learned that these journals
of religious significance are said to be the secret wisdom of Jesus that will
be revealed ‘at the End of Days.' The prophecy says these buried
journals would ‘come clean from the mountaintops' on Jesus' birthday,
roughly 2000 years after his birth."
"Jesus would be 2009 years
old on March 1st, according to your dates."
that's what I calculated. And also Jesus was not His real name. It was Joshua."
in the old Hebrew. I was aware of that."
one. "Hellmantle lit a smoke. "It is said that one of the things the original
nine leaders of the First Crusade learned in Jerusalem was that there existed
original journals of Joshua that had never been found. These scrolls have been
subject of speculation for religious scholars and researchers for centuries but
because there was never any tangible evidence, it was never fully accepted as
historically valid, and certainly suppressed by Rome."
from what I've recently been reading about the Crusades and chivalry and the
code that these men followed," said D'Aqs, showing a new keenness, "as far as I
know about the Ten Commandments of Chivalry, the first two are:
shalt believe all that the Church teaches,
and shalt observe all its directions.
Thou shalt defend the Church.
So isn't this going againt the code?"
have been doing some reading," replied Hellmantle, smiling. "But don't
forget the commandment:
shalt be everywhere and always champion of the Right
and the Good against
Injustice and Evil."
could it not be argued that there has been a mistake - or a fudging - of
the real message from Joshua and in the recording of The New Testament by the
founders of the church, namely at the Council of Nicea. I would argue that this
is one of many points of fiction of the Catholic religion that was done
hundreds of years after the fact. I'm sure the Nine Worthies of the First
Crusade were aware of this and thus not breaking the first two commandments of
the knight's code."
"And of course it was reason
for the Protestant Reformation and the subsequent Thirty Year's War that
followed, where roughly one-third of the European population was killed. Is
this not enough to continue on our quest for the truth? Should our insights
into this possibility of another suppressed truth not be explored? Wouldn't
everyone be better off knowing the real story?"
my friend, is the big question. I'll mull it over as we ride, how's that?"
is good! So let's head to Dien Bien Phu and look for a colonial prison.
And as you know, let's remember from the Code of Chivalry:
By making the noble effort to determine if the map
is fiction or not is in itself an act of honor. We are on the path towards
fulfilling our destiny! Let nothing deter us in our task!" D'Aqs sat back in
his chair and regarded his cousin.
Live one's life so that it
is worthy of respect and honor
"If being self-possessed,"
he said in reply "is being in control of yourself and doing small precise
pieces towards a bigger whole, then you are indeed just that."
argument from me cousin. I have decided to do something and now I am going to
carry it through. My religion is truth."
nighttime brought darkness so they bypassed their discussion about the House of
Israel in order to get a good jump on the journey that began early the next