So I intended to make a blog about saying I was back in the saddle, so to speak, with that being the keyboard. As I sip black chai tea and regain my strength, writing will happen.
But, splendiferous as this news is surely, it didn't feel enough to warrant a blog post on its own.
SO, to that effect- I had an idea. A proto-story idea, so to speak.
Relics Of The Crystal Empire - The ancient and enigmatic empire holds a wealth of artifacts, long thought lost, many forgotten from history entirely. But the reclamation of these is no quest for the meek, for the dark king Sombra also collected many powerful objects to himself in the black days of his rule.
Using Dig Site's (Ph.D) abbreviated cataloging system: 3rd Expedition - 72nd item of interest found - enchantment potency (of a maximum 20) - Danger Rating X (maximum).
The 'Do-Unto-You Mirror'
The mirror is a full length mirror, standing at a height and breadth easily accomdating any pony and then some. It has a heavy frame of what has been identified as bog oak, carved with thick runnels and stylised engravings in Old Griffon, preliminary translations suggest it is a poem. A large impact in the upper left corner in the glass has left a series of cracks, with one major breakage running from the heart of this all the way to the base. Observervers have been put in mind of these cracks forming what looks to be an eye with a tail, and indeed even without this trait the Do-Unto-You Mirror is forboding. With them, the relic is quite entirely ominous, even malicious. One finds themself looking back constantly at the 'eye,' all jagged edges broken pieces of their own image, feeling and half expecting it to be truly watching them, weighing them.
The mirror displays strong passive thaumatalogical potency, even some pseudo-awareness, but remains entirely passive until such instant as a pony's reflection is entirely caught in it. It is suspected the mirror activates for all sapient creatures, but following the unfortunate incident with Sepulchre we have refrained from subjecting anyone else to the mirror's properties, keeping one half of it covered in cloth at all times during our investigations into it. (Sepulchre, am I told, is quite impressed with the artifact and is eager to return to work just as soon as he is discharged from the hospital.)
Admirably, he reported on his experience:
I felt a sudden, terrible chill, and in that instant I knew I'd walked into something that I'd be happy to walk back out of. I looked, quite out of fright and instinct, to what we have taken to calling the Mirror's Eye. To my wonderment, I was otherwise quite rooted to the spot, with both fright and the magic of the mirror. Before my very eyes, the broken fragements and pieces of glass pulled away from the Eye, revealing the utterly dark and ancient wood of the bog oak construction, wonderfully preserved through the millenia. I had little time to appreciate the longevity of the material, however, as the enchanted fragments flew about me in a storm of broken pieces. I observed some fragments actively changing shape and size, a capacity I suspect necessary to the Do-Unto-You Mirror's function.
There was a sudden, terrible grip on my mind, and it is here in this recounting that I fear my training and objectivity somewhat fail me. The pieces, now becoming hammers and nails, scissors and chisels, laid into me, and with each bash and laceration I recalled, with unnatural force and clarity, some instance in my own life where I had inflicted an identical and equal injury upon another.
The entire experience could not have been more than thirty seconds, but such was the intensity, physical and mental that it seemed much longer. I do not recall having walked away, being subsequently found, or brought to the field hospital.
Of the Do-Unto-You Mirror I must say this: what it brings cannot be considered justice; only judgement. It is judgement without forbearance or mercy. It does not know forgiveness, it does not care if harm was done in malice or accidents, accepted, forgiven and forgotten by all involved long ago. The Mirror remembers, and measures out the balance with utter exactitude. I am so very grateful to have lead a relatively blameless life.
I suspect I will be extremely more careful with my tools to the end of my days, though. Not, I daresay, a bad thing. I am sure the team will appreciate a drastic reduction in my clumsiness.
Despite the regrettable circumstances from which they were gleaned, the uncontrolled demonstration has given us a wealth of information, and I personally applaud Sepulchre's steadfastness in recounting the experience for posterity.
In accordance with the dual-accord of Equestria and the Empire pertaining to all relics class 12 and above, and/or X classed, the mirror is to be spell-locked, chained over and secured for the next available guard contigent for transport to the Crystal Empire vaults.