The Book of Natural Marvels: Meridian Islands
Prologue: A Brief History and a Word from the Author
Little is known of mankind in the recesses of antiquity, but the origins of the group which remain most elusive to contemporary scientists and anthropologists is that of the Physicians.
The Physicians, a haplogroup of people with abilities to perform what scientists are limited to describing as “majik,” are presumed to have once existed in a global diaspora with their majik being linked to a single, common ancestor.
Though little is known of the entity called majik or the agent behind its existence, scientists have procured enough relevant material to presume that it is a recessive anomaly which is inherited rather than acquired extraneously.
Throughout history, localized genocides of different populations of Physicians occurred due to fears, misunderstandings, and concerns over the power of the majik they wielded. Though the genocides became less common as the world advanced in its understanding of human rights, it was unanimously decided by the unified countries of the Council of Common Men in the year 1623 that the Physicians would be relegated into a global diaspora to prevent a centralization of their power.
Thereafter, it was mandated that all use of the power would be strictly criminalized. This resulted in the regular displacement of families and entire clans of Physicians into countries across the globe.
Due to this policy, intermating between the Physicians and the common men resulted in a dramatic decrease of the presence of the trait to the extent that there remain no known populations of Physicians outside of Isle Meridian today.
Despite this assumption, it has been documented by unverified sources that the recessive trait has appeared randomly in unsuspecting individuals as is consistent with the behavior of other recessive genes and traits.
For these reasons, the total number of Physicians today has been reduced dramatically with most having been isolated to Isle Meridian after a treaty between the Physicians and the Council of Common Men was signed in the year 1813. In this treaty, the Council of Common Men established a deal with the remaining Physicians in which the remaining Physicians would be given full protection and authority to govern and reside upon a territory of their choice in perpetuity.
In exchange, the Physicians would work in cooperation with the Council of Common Men to create a territory which could support many different biomes through the use of their majik.
Years before the treaty’s creation, a costly world war resulted in the disruption of the native habitats of many species of organisms and populations of humans. In response, governments across the world attempted to relocate native populations from militarized zones into safer regions only to find those populations ultimately suffering from a failure to thrive.
Frustrated, world leaders attempted to negotiate the possibility of unanimously-protected zones across the globe in which all populations of specific organisms might stand a reasonable chance to survive in the event that evacuation was mandated.
Due to the volatile relationships between opposing cultures, the impossible and expensive logistics of transportation, and the heated nature of disputed territories between nations, the Council of Common Men ultimately abandoned the idea and instead proposed a pact with the Physicians as a last attempt at resolution.
Exhausted from hiding, conscription into fighting the wars of others, and constant separation and migration as a result of the diaspora policy, the Physicians agreed to the treaty under the assurance that they would be granted permanent rights to the territory regardless of the status of the contract.
Though several territories across the globe were offered by different governments, the Physicians ultimately concluded that the task of creating a country which could support multiple biomes would be best attempted on an island called Isle Meridian which was and is the smallest in a larger archipelago of islands called the Meridian Trinity.
At the time of the treaty, Isle Meridian was an abandoned island once populated by the native Shehailans who referred to the three islands as Shehaila. Some time after the colonization and industrialization of Isle Meridian’s sister islands Meridian Bay and Meridian City, the island was soon vacated by the Shehailans where it remained as an untouched territory of the Meridian Trinity for years to come.
Much of what is known of the treaty remains protected by the Common Men military today, but recent declassifications and anonymous contributions have shed insight into the nature of the treaty and the events surrounding its subsequent breakdown in the year 1819.
According to certain reports, the initial demands made by the Council of Common Men included the complete transformation of Isle Meridian into a territory that could support a full spectrum of organisms and populations through the use of miniaturized but fully functional biomes on the island.
In addition, it was demanded by the Council of Common Men that military personnel be granted access to study the newly-renovated island during a temporary period of military occupation not to exceed ten years in which officials would also work with the Physicians to implement a sustainable governance structure.
Lastly, it was demanded by the Council of All Men that the Physicians protect and foster the health and happiness of all populations in residence on the island until they could be safely returned to their original countries.
In response, the Physicians demanded full authority to run a government which would not violate the original agreements set by the Council of Common Men.
In addition, it was mandated by the Physicians that any study of their majik be kept minimal and highly controlled through a process of selectivity to be determined by their own elected officials.
Lastly, it was demanded by the Physicians that in the event of a violation of the contract, all original agreements would be nullified, their membership into the Council of Common Men as a sovereign nation would be voided, and an indefinite isolationist policy would be implemented immediately with hostilities enacted against any person attempting to breach the island.
Though initially unsatisfied with the nature of some of these demands, the Council of Common Men agreed and the treaty was signed.
The circumstances surrounding the formation of the new island are largely unknown due to a request made by the Physicians to create the island in isolation for a period of several months. The Physicians, now protected under the Law of Common Men, cited an undue potential for danger as well as religious freedom protections as reasons behind their request for privacy.
The request was granted by the Council, and several months later the transportation of vulnerable plants, animals, and peoples to the island began.
Though the specific details of the island’s geography are unknown, the created biomes were rumored to have been called Obsidia, Greenwood, the Lakelands, Old Shehaila, the Lessernorth, and the Common Dominion.
It is reported that each territory functioned as a distinct biome offering characteristics of volcanic tropics, deciduous forestry, lake country, sprawling prairie lands, frigid taiga, and other unknown territories, though the close proximity of the biomes makes these conditions virtually impossible in the natural world.
For a brief period of six years, the contract was honored and the relationship between the Physicians and the Council of Common Men remained strong. Disaster struck in the year 1819, however, when unknown individuals associated with the Common Men military violated one of the contract’s original agreements. In response, the Physicians swiftly nullified the contract, eradicated all military presence on the island, and implemented a strict isolationist policy despite pleas from the international community to negotiate.
Though initial calls for war and invasion were made in order to retrieve the people still in residence on the island, the Council of Common Men was forced to honor their original agreement by granting the Physicians their rights to isolation in the event that the contract was violated.
After the disposal of the contract, all travel to the island was criminalized and strictly enforced by the Council of Common Men which stationed naval bases on Isle Meridian’s sister islands, Meridian Bay and Meridian City, to intercept passage to the island.
Although there were a few successful attempts by individuals to breach the island, not one has ever returned and all remain missing persons today. After several decades, the military bases in operation in Meridian Bay and Meridian City were dissolved to cut costs and were relocated to greater areas of need during a period of active wartime.
This decision spurred the Council of Common Men to issue a statement to the general public stating that any attempts to enter Isle Meridian would be done at an individual’s own peril and that there would be no rescue operations provided should an attempt be made.
As for the Physicians, no one has heard from them in over two hundred years.
The ultimate fates of the animals and people left on the island remain unknown today, though it is reported that no human brought to the island was ever documented as having returned to his or her country of origin.
According to scientists, the island may contain the potential to house thousands of plants, animals, and human populations thought to have been extinct or kept secret. Despite the pop culture stemming from this idea, anthropologists today are skeptical that the Physicians would have allowed the visiting populations to remain alive. They argue, instead, that the Physicians likely opted to destroy the remaining humans on the island in the event that rebellion over the isolation would break out.
Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the Physicians is the mystery surrounding their majik. A truly intimate understanding of the characteristics of majik remains impossible today, but attempts to convey the behavior of majik can be traced as far back as the time of crude cave paintings and written manuscripts of accidental eye-witness accounts.
In the contemporary age, accounts from the few scientists and anthropologists granted permission to study majik during the occupation of Isle Meridian describe phenomena which many of their peers asserted to be entirely fictitious due to the impossible nature of the events.
For these reasons, it has been proposed by a more modern scientific community that the acts of majik described by these scientists were not real events, but were merely the result of exposure to psychedelics and other hallucinogenic arts which were mastered by the Physicians in the ancient world. It is thought by some today that the Physicians do not possess any exceptional skills or abilities other than a masterful, exclusive practice of chemical hallucinogenic artistry passed down through the millennia which may also contain an unexplained biological apparatus.
Subsequently, it is hypothesized that Isle Meridian does not actually contain any real biomes, but rather relies upon a collective hallucination to convince its occupants that they are experiencing a specific set of conditions in real time. Despite this commonly-accepted hypothesis, the scientists who made the initial claims about the veracity of the events they saw remained unwavering in their positions even until their deaths.
In this special edition of The Book of Natural Marvels: Meridian Islands, my team and I have spent years consolidating all available information and materials concerning this mysterious place and its equally-mysterious occupants into one comprehensive book for all ages to enjoy. In this book, you will have exclusive access to unreleased pictures, maps, and diagrams of fantastical life on the island, but you will also find newly-declassified accounts, myths, and memoirs from individuals who claimed to have interacted with the elusive group of humans known as the Physicians.
It is my greatest hope that our efforts will intrigue those who wish to know, but will also respect the desires of those who wish to remain unknown. For these reasons, it is imperative that you do not seek the Physicians with the information detailed in this book. If you choose to try, you do so at your own risk.
Some say that the majik of Physicians is entirely fraudulent. Others argue that it is entirely genuine. My position remains that it is up to you, the reader, to decide for yourself. One thing, however, remains entirely certain: no possibility can truly be discounted.