Demi-Osteron

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Introduction to Demi-Osteron

The startling point of this piece was a section in The Book of Signs by Rudolph Koch. Koch, writing in the late 19th century, documented some old world symbols and their possible meanings. Grieve Perspective wrote into these symbols our own reading of what they could mean: a wide ranging and catastrophic science fiction fantasy. The slides for this pice were not written in Powertpoint or Keynote, but in LaTex. This is a text layout programming language normally used by programmers to present their complex code in journals. The code for these slides is here. It was presented in Studio Square, Yangon, for which a Burmese translation was prepared.

These various and diverse languages are presented on this page.

Demi-Osteron

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Description Demi-Osteron: full text from performance.
Date 2014

Burmese translation

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Description Burmese translation of Demi-Osteron, courtesy of Lin Htet, read by Suu Mon Aung
Date 2014

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Description Burmese translation of Demi-Osteron, courtesy of Lin Htet, read by Suu Mon Aung.
Date 2014


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Description Burmese translation of Demi-Osteron, courtesy of Lin Htet, read by Suu Mon Aung.
Date 2014

Final page of translation

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Description On the last slide the words 'It Ends' were spoken by the English reader in Burmese (phonetic bee par bee), and in English by the Burmese speaker (Suu Mon Aung).
Date 2014

Original text from Rudolph Koch

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Description The original material from Rudolph Koch's (1876 - 1934) 'The Book of Signs'.
Date 2014

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Description The original material from Rudolph Koch's (1876 - 1934) 'The Book of Signs'.
Date 2014

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Description The original material from Rudolph Koch's (1876 - 1934) 'The Book of Signs'.
Date 2014

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Description The original material from Rudolph Koch's (1876 - 1934) 'The Book of Signs'.
Date 2014

LaTex script for the slides

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Man

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Woman

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Man and Woman united for procreation

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The woman, being impure of soul, becomes infected with a dreaded Zygot.

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The Zygot breaks free of the confines of the woman's body, and having gorged on the remains of its host, gazes upon the world with a dark hunger. By sundown the woman's entire clan is lying dead in a pool of blood.

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It then enters the second stage of its cycle. From the shattered remains of its victims it constructs a mighty battle-bot by whose agency its legacy may be fulfilled. Once its work is done the Zygot withers and dies, satisfied in the knowledge that its duties have been discharged.

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The Zygot had gifted this battle-bot with a powerful will, a boundless energy, great strength and an endless appetite for evil. He called himself R'as OmulOn, but by common folk he was known as `Hope Slayer' or `The Dark One' or simply `Raze'.

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With his giant spidery arms he would pluck out the hearts of men, suck them dry of hope and cast them to the ground as used fruit.

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All that had been good become not good and all that was light became dark. Men were laid low by the shame of their defeat and by their thousands they threw themselves onto their own swords.

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Women, ashamed of the evil that they had brought upon the world, forsook procreation.

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\ \Yet a young maid of the Jurong clan had, guided by a dream, allowed herself to be seeded with life. 

Her name was Little Wee and she was fair of skin, and generous of bosom. Into the world she brought her child...

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...Demi-Osteron! The light within light!

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...Demi-Osteron! The glory of our name!

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...Demi-Osteron! Demi-Osteron! Demi-Osteron!

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And every degree of dark that R'as OmulOn had brought into the world, Demi-Osteron equaled with the same degree of light.

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He took all his mother's love, which she gave willingly.

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And at her passing she became a vessel from which Demi-Osteron drank. With the taste of his mother still on his lips, he bellowed R'as OmulOn's name and challenged the dark one to manly union.

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And so dark-within-dark...

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...did battle with light-within-light.

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For a while it seemed as if R'as OmulOn's animal will would prevail.

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But then the winds turned and the black crows that had circled the sky fell dead to the ground.

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Summoning the love of his mother and the strength of his mighty ancestors, Demi-Osteron dealt R'as OmulOn a mortal blow.

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With a howl that could be heard through time itself, R'as OmulOn's body imploded in a visceral celebration of its own death.

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And ever was, my friends! \ \ \pause And ever was! \ \ \pause And ever was!

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\textbf {IT ENDS}
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