The Librarian (Hypatia of Alexandria)
The Librarian (Hypatia of Alexandria)
"Sometimes, sadness, anger, and guilt can turn the nicest soul into the darkest demon."
In Phantom: Revenge, The Librarian meets with Dagan Erebus before his execution to retrieve the tome Dagan had found. He refuses to give it up.
The Anax: Call of the Cursed One
In The Anax: Call of the Cursed One, The Librarian meets Evelyn Addams in The Library and gives her the Book of Shadows. There was animosity from Brittany Addams, who thought the Librarian chose wrong.
Cult of Corruption: The Summoning
In Cult of Corruption: The Summoning, The Librarian meets Bo Wyatt. Giving him the Codex Gigas, she helps start the events of the summoning; she also sets forth Bo's discovery of being a wizard.
The Librarian is a mysterious woman, who wears woman's clothing from the Victorian era in all black. She is extremely pale, has white hair, and has piercing, orange eyes.
- Unimaginably Powerful Magic Attacks
- Extensive Knowledge of Everything
Notes and Trivia
The mathematician and philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria was the only daughter of the mathematician Theon of Alexandria. She was educated in Athens, and eventually became head of the Neoplatonist School in Alexandria, where she imparted the knowledge of Plato and Aristotle to students, including pagans, Christians, and foreigners. Hypatia made such attainments in literature and science, as to far surpass all the philosophers of her own time. Having succeeded to the school of Plato and Plotinus, she explained the principles of philosophy to her auditors, many of whom came from a distance to receive her instructions. Because of her natural ease, which she could retain knowledge, and her vast imagination able to create new concepts in math and science, she often appeared in public in the presence of the magistrates. This caused some upset, as women were often considered inferior. In fact, she would boldly go into assemblies of men in order to converse and philosophize! As rare as it was, among the philosophers and other intelligent men of the time, they treated her with dignity and admired her more for her mind and bravery.
Around 415 A.D. a feud began over Jewish dancing exhibitions in Alexandria, which attracted large crowds and were commonly prone to civil disorder of varying degrees. Orestes, the Roman governor of Alexandria, and Cyril, the Bishop of Alexandria, engaged in a bitter feud in which Hypatia eventually became a main point of contention. Though she was admired by most for her dignity and virtue, Hypatia ultimately fell victim to the political jealousy, which at the time prevailed. Orestes was known to seek her wise counsel, and a rumor spread among the Christian community of Alexandria blaming her for Orestes's unwillingness to reconcile with Cyril, the Christian, though it was much more likely due to the fact that Christians had attacked Orestes and hit him with rocks until he bled. A mob of Christians gathered, and they kidnapped Hypatia on her way home and took her to the church called Caesareum- Cyril’s own church. Then, as she screamed in confusion and embarrassment, the Christians completely stripped her, and then murdered her! While she still lived and screamed, Hypatia's flesh was torn off with oyster shells and roof tiles. Afterward, the Christians proceeded to mutilate her and, finally, burn her limbs. News of Hypatia's murder provoked great public denouncement, not only against Cyril but also against the whole Alexandrian Christian community. Socrates of Constantinople said it best, "Surely nothing can be farther from the spirit of Christianity than the allowance of massacres, fights, and transactions of that sort." Yet, the Christians had done that very thing!
Having died such a gruesome and painful death for something she had no part in, caused her Pagan spirit to rage and burn! She had always been a thinker in life, and as many know, the Library at Alexandria held a wealth of historic and priceless information, until Christians burned it to the ground. Hypatia’s soul stumbled upon the dimension of knowledge- which she found to house the books that were lost in the flames! Everything that had ever been in any book could come or go from this dimension. Finally, she felt peace return to her existence, and she remained there, to watch over The Library, and over hundreds of years, she became simply known as ‘The Librarian’. She found forgiveness for the crime the Christians committed upon her. She even managed to forgive the terrible crime they later committed upon the Great Library, but she disliked Christianity henceforth, often finding that those who supposedly believed and adhered to the religion, were nothing more than hypocrites, who would pick and choose what they desired to adopt and who were ignorant to their own Bible.
The Librarian looks after the Dimension of Knowledge- a place that stores all the knowledge of humanity. Anything ever written in any form becomes a book inside The Library. There, she guards the place, and when its door becomes visible to a mortal, she greets them. She has read every book in that place, possibly making her stronger than gods, for no god has such knowledge of good and evil- and more. Yet, she can also tell fate with but a glance. Thus, she always ensures the right book goes to the right mortal. It had been speculated that she could not leave that dimension and walk the Earth, but her pursuit of Dagan proved that she holds the knowledge and power to do so. Yet, she will not or cannot directly intervene in the affairs of mortal nor take away their free will. Therefore, for example, the Librarian approached Dagan about the Great Grimoire, but did not take it from him. Presumably, she has the power to do so, yet always waits until a book no longer has an owner before, somehow, whisking the book to her dimension.
Throughout the ages, people would randomly happen into The Library, and Hypatia, who had become attuned to the entire reality thereof, could sense Fate. She could feel what tomes went to which person, and followed that. Because of her and the seemingly random happenstance of people finding The Library, the world shaped over decades. Many heroes and villains of time existed because of their interaction with the Dimension of Knowledge and Hypatia’s words. She read every tome that passed through, and her vast intellect could rival the gods themselves. Occasionally, extra dimensional beings, demons, or other inhuman spirits would happen upon The Library, and Hypatia would insist upon their departure. She is the only entity in the known universe to have obliterated a Dark God. After which, no other creature of such power has dared to face her. Remember- knowledge is power.