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Chapter Twenty-nine

Concerning the discovery of the bottle and what lies inside of it

French Prison, 100km east of Dien Bien Phu, Son La Province

           The sky had clouded over and rain was immanent so helmets were preferable. Hellmantle started his motorcycle and tucked his hair away from his eyes under his helmet.

           "Fortune favors those who help themselves!" he yelled. With his eyes like pee holes in the snow, Hellmantle popped a wheelie and they rode off north towards Dien Bien Phu.

            But in Hellmantle's excitement he couldn't wait to make it to Dien Bien Phu, so at the first decent waterfall, Hellmantle parked.

            "Are you sure this is wise?" Hellmantle, looking very much like a boy who had been given a Christmas present by Santa Claus, bolted up the mountainside away from the road leaving D'Aqs standing there with his hands on his hips in the light drizzle. He threw up his hands and joined his manic cousin in a secluded spot where they sat down. The cork had been pushed in deeply so it was difficult to twist out. With his Swiss Army knife, Hellmantle edged around the cork and was able to loosen it. After a minute the cork dislodged from the bottle.

            "Easy!" said D'Aqs, now as giddy as Hellmantle. D'Aqs was in a state of suspended disbelief. Then with the tweezers from his knife, Hellmantle guided the rolled paper out of the bottle. There were two pieces rolled together.

            "This one isn't paper. I can tell from the weight that it's papyrus. I have seen the same material from Egypt. It's old! And maybe it's from the hand of Joshua the Nazarene Himself!"

            "No, no."

            "Do you see now, dear D'Aqs, that our destiny is such that we will find the missing documents and restore distorted truth with truth?" The edges were discolored on both but there were no tears in the material. Only some mildew on one of the corners of the papyrus marred its quality, and some of the ink had faded.

            Gently Hellmantle opened the rolled papyrus on a rock. There before them was a small map with mountains and valleys and markings that indicated a place close to a mountain with an ‘X'. There was writing along the top that iwas illegible to Hellmantle.

            "I'm not much good at anything other than motorcycling," he said. "But you are good with languages, are you not?" 

            "That, my dear sir, looks like Arabic," he replied. The map only showed geographical markings and was precise in its rendering but with little reference.

            "I can't tell what scale this map is in. If it's just these mountains and this valley then it could be anywhere."

            "There are four peaks on either side of the valley. That's distinctive," said D'Aqs.

            "We need to translate this Arabic so we know where we should look!"

            "What about the rolled up piece of paper?" Hellmantle unravelled the paper, which was moist and yellowed with age.

            "There is something written on it. It looks like it's French."

            "What does it say? There!" D'Aqs pointing to the handwriting. "It's French."

            "Don't tell me you don't read French!" Hellmantle said, alarmed and surprised. D'Aqs blushed.

            "My French isn't that good despite growing up in Canada. I've never had the chance to really learn French."

            "But it's your mother tongue, the language of the Desposyni! The most beautiful language in the world." He only shrugged and again pointed to the writing on the soggy piece of yellowed paper.

            "What does it say?" Hellmantle leaned over the paper and read:

            ‘Devant toutes choses quiquioques seit chevalier de Christ. Eslisant tant sainte conversation, toi entor la profession, covient ajouster pure diligence e ferme perseverance, qui est si digne et si sainte, et si haute est coneue a ester, que se ele est gardee purement et pardurablement, tu desserviras a tenir compaignie entre les martirs qui donernet por Jhesu Christ lor arms.'

            "Unbelievable!" he said. "It's a quote from the spiritual father of the First Crusade!" Connective tissue to real history!

            "Can you translate it from the French into English?" Hellmantle, proud of his heritage and protective of all that was French, could not resist giving D'Aqs a look of pity.

            "It is from our spiritual leader Saint Bernard de Clairvaux. It's the Prologue to the Latin Rule. In English it means:

Above all things whoever is a knight of Christ choosing only holy conversation, you who have taken the vow should add pure diligence and firm perseverance, which are worthy and holy and recognized as elevated virtues, so that if you observe it in all its purity and eternity you will be worthy of keeping company with the martyrs who give their souls for Jesus Christ.

             "My word!"

"I bet it's written by the Great Dane himself! It must be a message to whomever finds the map. Look!" Hellmantle pointed to something written at the bottom of the piece of paper that had faded from time. The words ‘Vale de Kashmir' were written in pencil that were faded.

            "What does it mean?"

            "Kashmir Valley in French! The map must be of Kashmir Valley! That's where Thomas is! And here, it says Heaven on Earth." There was an eerie silence at the sound of these words. Only the sound of splashing waterfall was heard as well as the mix of sounds from the jungle around them.

            "In India?"

            "Don't forget cousin that we are the Desposyni, and as such have a responsibility to maintain our identity and honor our bloodline. As Saint Bernard de Clairvaux once wrote:

             Such are they whom God chooses for himself and gathers from the furthest ends of the earth, servants from among the bravest in Israel to guard watchfully and faithfully his Sepulchre and the Temple of Solomon, sword in hand, ready for battle."

             Amazed and overcome, D'Aqs for the first time envied Hellmantle's zeal and dedication to the Desposyni cause. He saw that in his own life he didn't have beliefs so passionate and unyielding. His cousin's belief was so deep and his obsession with Grail lore so sincere that it had originally struck fear into gut, but now, with the discovery of the map, there was a newcomer to the mix of emotions stirring within him. It was a feeling of guilt that he had been too skeptical and disbelieving for too many years about this hidden history. Looking into Hellmantle's bloodshot eyes, he felt shame for not having faith in his father that this history had some historical basis to it all. There before him was an ancient map proving that this legend was real and not a fairy tale. The map, the lost scroll and the legend of the Holy Grail might be as real as the cut on his hand. D'Aqs then made a silent vow before God to now put faith in his eccentric cousin and to follow him to the end of his quest.

 

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1. Concerning the famous Hellmantle's position, character and way of life

2. Concerning the ingenious man's visit with his uncle Jack Grosseteste

3. Which relates to how Hellmantle is given his first adventure

4. About what happened to our adventurer when he goes to the Philippines

5. In which the story of our crusader's journey begins in earnest

6. About Hellmantle's time in the city of sin on Christmas Eve

7. About the brave Hellmantle's success on his adventure

8. In which the courageous Hellmantle of Normandy journeys north

9. About what happened to Hellmantle in the mission in the mountains and the crucifixion of Jesus

10. Concerning Hellmantle of Normandy in the land of headhunters

11. About the required riding techniques to reach the destination of Sagada, and the church organist

12. In which the German artist is tracked to the Shamrock Café

13. About the dangers in northeast Luzon and the eerie coincidence of a reoccurring dream

14. About Hellmantle reaching the rice terraces and finding a way to the northeast

15. About what happened to our intrepid philosopher in the middle of the Sierra Madre Mountains

16. In which a record is given about the brave Hellmantle through uncharted territory on his trusted dirt bike

17. Which relates to Hellmantle of Normandy reaching the northern coast and the rubble of Aparri

18. About the final day of the motorcycle journey across Luzon Island, and discussing the Ten Lost Tribes in Vigan City

19. About the sermon given in the Agoo Basilica and what they find at the church with the rouge bell tower

20. Concerning the Dutch Padre and what he knows about the hidden map

21. About the return to Manila and the coup that causes the Great Man from Normandy grief

22. Which brings Hellmantle of Normandy back to Hong Kong to re-evaluate his next step in his quest for truth

23. In which their journey is related to Jack Grosseteste and a new task is set before the Man from Normandy

24. Concerning the journey to northern Vietnam to track down the map at an old French prison

25. About how Hellmantle and D'Aqs compare notes on their strategy in Hanoi

26. In which an account is given of the beginning of the journey in Vietnam

27. About how Hellmantle and his brave squire ride north to the place where the four rivers meet

28. Concerning the French prison and what Hellmantle finds there, 100km east of Dien Bien Phu, Son La province

29. Concerning the discovery of the bottle and what lies inside of it

30. Concerning the journey to Dien Bien Phu in honor of their grandfather the Great Dane Hellmantle

31. About what the motorcyclists see on the fields of Dien Bien Phu

32. Concerning the motorcycling required to reach Hanoi via the other side of the Da River Valley

33. Which tells of the final stage of motorcycling back to Hanoi and the discussion that follows their most beautiful ride

34. Concerning the visit with the knowledgeable Jack Grosseteste and their sally to India

35. Concerning the arrival in New Delhi and journey to Kashmir Valley

36. In which the bus ride begins in earnest through military checkpoints to the foot of the Moghul Fort

37. In which Srinagar is reached and about how the houseboat is exactly how it was 100 years ago

38. In which Hellmantle and D'Aqs sit in their houseboat on the water across from the mosque

39. In which Hellmantle sets out for the Tomb of Thome and his brother Joshua beside him

40. Which relates to the agreeable history on the journey north to the monastery on horseback

41. In which Hellmantle and D'Aqs return to Srinagar and the first translations of the inscriptions of the black stones

42. Which concerns the initial deciphering of the discovery at St Claire's Monastery and the need to go to the Ganges River

43. About Hellmantle of Normandy's encounter with the Holy Man after taking a dip in the Ganges River

44. About Hellmantle of Normandy's meeting at Jack Grosseteste's place with D'Aqs and Catharine the artist from Sagada

Table of Contents

1. Concerning the famous Hellmantle's position, character and way of life

2. Concerning the ingenious man's visit with his uncle Jack Grosseteste

3. Which relates to how Hellmantle is given his first adventure

4. About what happened to our adventurer when he goes to the Philippines

5. In which the story of our crusader's journey begins in earnest

6. About Hellmantle's time in the city of sin on Christmas Eve

7. About the brave Hellmantle's success on his adventure

8. In which the courageous Hellmantle of Normandy journeys north

9. About what happened to Hellmantle in the mission in the mountains and the crucifixion of Jesus

10. Concerning Hellmantle of Normandy in the land of headhunters

11. About the required riding techniques to reach the destination of Sagada, and the church organist

12. In which the German artist is tracked to the Shamrock Café

13. About the dangers in northeast Luzon and the eerie coincidence of a reoccurring dream

14. About Hellmantle reaching the rice terraces and finding a way to the northeast

15. About what happened to our intrepid philosopher in the middle of the Sierra Madre Mountains

16. In which a record is given about the brave Hellmantle through uncharted territory on his trusted dirt bike

17. Which relates to Hellmantle of Normandy reaching the northern coast and the rubble of Aparri

18. About the final day of the motorcycle journey across Luzon Island, and discussing the Ten Lost Tribes in Vigan City

19. About the sermon given in the Agoo Basilica and what they find at the church with the rouge bell tower

20. Concerning the Dutch Padre and what he knows about the hidden map

21. About the return to Manila and the coup that causes the Great Man from Normandy grief

22. Which brings Hellmantle of Normandy back to Hong Kong to re-evaluate his next step in his quest for truth

23. In which their journey is related to Jack Grosseteste and a new task is set before the Man from Normandy

24. Concerning the journey to northern Vietnam to track down the map at an old French prison

25. About how Hellmantle and D'Aqs compare notes on their strategy in Hanoi

26. In which an account is given of the beginning of the journey in Vietnam

27. About how Hellmantle and his brave squire ride north to the place where the four rivers meet

28. Concerning the French prison and what Hellmantle finds there, 100km east of Dien Bien Phu, Son La province

29. Concerning the discovery of the bottle and what lies inside of it

30. Concerning the journey to Dien Bien Phu in honor of their grandfather the Great Dane Hellmantle

31. About what the motorcyclists see on the fields of Dien Bien Phu

32. Concerning the motorcycling required to reach Hanoi via the other side of the Da River Valley

33. Which tells of the final stage of motorcycling back to Hanoi and the discussion that follows their most beautiful ride

34. Concerning the visit with the knowledgeable Jack Grosseteste and their sally to India

35. Concerning the arrival in New Delhi and journey to Kashmir Valley

36. In which the bus ride begins in earnest through military checkpoints to the foot of the Moghul Fort

37. In which Srinagar is reached and about how the houseboat is exactly how it was 100 years ago

38. In which Hellmantle and D'Aqs sit in their houseboat on the water across from the mosque

39. In which Hellmantle sets out for the Tomb of Thome and his brother Joshua beside him

40. Which relates to the agreeable history on the journey north to the monastery on horseback

41. In which Hellmantle and D'Aqs return to Srinagar and the first translations of the inscriptions of the black stones

42. Which concerns the initial deciphering of the discovery at St Claire's Monastery and the need to go to the Ganges River

43. About Hellmantle of Normandy's encounter with the Holy Man after taking a dip in the Ganges River

44. About Hellmantle of Normandy's meeting at Jack Grosseteste's place with D'Aqs and Catharine the artist from Sagada

 

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