box design, art & written research by Eric Gross
been known throughout its time as The Tears of the Bishop, The Sinners
Sacrament, and The
Dangerous Religion. Contradicting documentations of the box record
its circulation along the Mediterranean coast. From Spain, where it was referred to as The Holy Enigma, to
Greece, where it was called The Mad Saint’s Riddle. A slightly more baroque expression, it is comprised of gold, silver and copper. The configuration routinely surfaced in some obscure church or monastery as a
reliquary containing holy knowledge. Scholars continue to this day to
argue over it in secret, and waste lifetimes trying to solve
There have been many
writings on the subject of what can be discovered when solving The
Prayers of Gehenna, none more profound then the discoveries made by a
Benedictine monk named Brother Damian.
It was eventually discovered
that Brother Damian had taken the box secretly. He spent his nights
locked in his dormitory, deciphering its riddle and recording his
findings in a journal.
Upon solving the box,
Damian described in detail meeting a guide
named Grimvise, a member of an unknown holy order. The guide
chaperoned him and secured his safe passage to the realm beyond.
writes of not one but four distinct types of the order he encountered:
the Cenobites, the Anchorites, the Sarabites and Seriphites.
Brother Damian cataloged their function, and all dialogues he had with
them. It is apparent from his writings that he made more then one
visit, and was given access for a period of time. He later wrote about a
tithing to pay for his continued survey and research, and how he
knew that all would be forgiven for his noble cause.
It was not until after a
half dozen disappearances of the members of the Benedictine order
that Brother Damian came under suspicion at last. When the Abbot and
several others went to question him, they found his cell locked from
within. Once inside, only his journal and the puzzle were found in the
windowless room. Brother Damian was never to be found, nor were any of
his missing brethren.
was suspected that Brother Damian had traded
the lives of several members of his order for safe passage into hell.
His writings, though outwardly condemned, are still argued over
fact or fiction, genius or fanatic. Some claim him to be
to the church, and still petition his sainthood.
Plagued now are my nightly dreams Filled with hell's most twisted schemes
Whose knowledge entered me of late And sealed my unrepentant fate
I ventured forth the realms unknown Safe conduct from my native home
My pride as guide and admitted sin Those dwelling there bade me safely in
With silky words my comfort bought And I their pupil as they taught
The politics of hell so fluent And I their most unwitting Student
My eyes were opened so I may see Designs most grand in infamy