The Beginning - Version 2.1 - 5 Years later

Part One – 5 years later

Five years seemed to pass like water under the bridge. The world kept turning and old pop bands were replaced with new pop bands. Some went the way of the Dodo while others burnt so brightly their afterglow continued long after they stopped making music.
I.Q=∞’s fan base seemed to grow as the years passed, record sales were still healthy and the memorabilia market showed no signs of slowing down thanks to the ever resourceful Mr Sincerity and his Shidot label.


One of the many re-issues from Shidot Records


A statue commerating the bands popularity in a London park

One of the keys to the band’s beatlesque fame was due to their identities never being revealed, the bands unique style of music and the mystique surrounding their eventual break up and reclusive lifestyle.

Because of the nature of James’ disappearance and the reoccurring sightings reported in the tabloid press there was an ever present hope of one day the band reforming if he ever made his presence known.

One of the tabloid reports

Back at the Abbey , the two remaining brothers were leading two very different lives.

Part Two – David

David had grown to love big business.
Not the money or the power just the machinations.
The brothers of the Abbey had taught him that those things were immaterial in the world, having a happy and busy mind was far rewarding.
David with the aid of the royalties from the short stint as a mega pop star had managed to grow St Benedict’s Brewery into the largest privately owned brewery in the world with exports to all corners of the world.

David had proven the quality did not have to suffer due to popularity and demand neither did the price. When greed was taken out of the equation David managed to explode many a deep seated view held by multinational companies that almost anything could be sacrificed for profit.
All signs of Edward Blanc had been systematically been purged from David since his transformation by the Epiphany stone. He was well aware of his second chance and the responsibilities he was given.
David loved his new life

Part Three – Marcel

Marcel had relished living in the Abbey, after his brief fling with fame he was happy to be back to do what he loved to most – sing and help others.

Many thought the departure of James would have torn young Marcel’s heart out with grief, but they weren’t aware Marcel had the secret revealed to him by the Epiphany stone.
Marcel probably was the only human who actually knew the secret of James disappearance and the role he played in history’s path through the power of the stone and he wasn’t in a hurry to tell anyone.
The money that the band and the brewery brought to the Abbey meant that it could provide assistance and funds to many needy causes and this is what kept Marcel busy these days.
His other great love was spending time with the Epiphany stone and singing .The brothers of the Abbey loved Marcel dearly and turned a blind eye – but never an ear – to Marcel singing sweetly to himself in his room. What they couldn’t hear was James accompanying him inside his head in a glorious chorus.

Part Four – The Epiphany Stone an explanation

The Epiphany Stone had done its task and was happy that the natural course of events where heading in the line they were supposed to.

After all that ‘s what it’s job was – to correct anomalies in the path.
Hugh Jenning was one of these.

An individual with the power and influence to steer the course of history in a way that upset the guiding light, it had happened many times in the history of the world.
Napoleon was one, Alexander another. These last 200 years had thrown up far too many.
These Europeans were not as civilized as the made themselves out to be.
Sometimes it was the lesser of two evils – Hitler over Mussolini for instance.

The world would never know the alternative, and for this they should be grateful.
There were many hints in the past and also written records that the Epiphany stone existed, to many it was a myth or a conspiracy theory, but to those in power it was a cold hard fact that it was the ultimate weapon and to control it was to control the destiny of Mankind.
This time the conspiracies theorists were right, the governments of the world did suppress it’s existence but no one really did know much about it.
The Epiphany stone was a force upon itself.
Part 4.1 – More information on the E Stone’s History
Examples of ancient art depicting the Epiphany stone with great leaders and great battles.
Many of these have been hidden from historians and suppressed by the Governments, Kings and Tyrants through the ages.



Part Five – Mr. Blanc

Mr Blanc wasn’t quite sure when he started to feel less dull and listless, it was a gradual dawning.
With every day he asked himself with more conviction.

“Why am I here? Why have I done this to myself?”

He was aware of his situation and knew he needed the protection that his solitary confinement gave him. There were many a criminal in here who would give anything for five minutes alone with the world’s greatest supergrass.

He knew he had to wait, think clearly, gather strength and most of all plan.

Interesting developments had started to dribble in via his cell television and with it the fierce anger of recovering 5 years stolen from him by one bad decision.
As the thick cloud cleared that seemed to hide his emotions and memory, he thought of his brother Edward , he knew he had disappeared but he was sure they were reunited briefly, he also had nagging thoughts about red stones but most of all he thought about putting a bullet in Hugh Jenning’s head.

Why? He kept asking himself. Sure he was a nut case but there was a lot of money to be made with that guy. If he had wanted to get rid of him there were a dozen people at his beck and call that he only had to snap his fingers to accomplish that.

As every day passed Mr. Blanc’s mind grew clearer and he became angrier and started to formulate his revenge.

Part Six – Introducing Prime Minister Hollowman

The new Prime Minister had romped in the election not on policy or popularity but on the basis that the former government was hated for its unpopular policies and arrogant attitude.
A toy puppet could have been elected and in some cases this was true of the new Prime Minister.
Having started his political career in the more militant unions he was always going to be exposed to some criminal element. Mr Blanc had helped the Prime Minister in his early years sometimes to cover up some minor indiscretions that could hurt his ambitions, of course these all came at a price.

The Prime Minister was had gone on to fulfill his goals but in reality he was an empty soul who stood for nothing, he loved the attention and the perks the powerful position was not what he craved it was the fact he could do it.

Mr Blanc was a man of vision and very patient but he also remembered who owed what and he knew exactly when he was ready to call in a favour.

The Prime Minister had no idea his debt was soon to be called in.


A suppressed photo of Prime Minister Hollwman and Mr. Blanc prior to their rise and fall

Part Seven – Marcel’s observation

Marcel had been noticing for some time now that the Epiphany Stone didn’t shine as brightly and its voice was never as clear or as loud as it had been when he first held it.
It was like it was going out.

Part Eight – The Epiphany stones decision.

The E Stone had always been able to manipulate mankind from its cradle in Africa. The climate and the vastness seemed to make it more aware of its surroundings.

The Epiphany stone knew it wasn’t as strong as it had been in the past, losing the human form of James had helped , so to had the company of Marcel and the Abbey but it knew it was only getting weaker.

The climate was one factor, the moderate climate of the North of France was always going to be a drain ; this and the constant good luck of David and the incarceration of
Mr Blanc had brought it down to new lows. It could feel things giving way, it wasn’t sure if it had control anymore?
Drastic action had to be taken to correct the balance and it meant letting go and formulating a new plan.

Part Nine – Mr. Blanc’s release

It happened like magic. Mr Blanc woke up and knew how to fix his plight. The veil that covered his thought had been lifted.
Mr Blanc set the wheels in motion almost immediately. First a letter to a journalist who wouldn’t dare let him down and then contact with Prime Minister Hollowman.
That should get some speedy results.
And he was right………….
Mr. Blanc was released later that month.
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Part Ten – Troubles at work

David really didn’t pay much attention to the popular press mainly the business section when he had time, and since the news of MR Blanc early release was more local London news the release of his brother went unnoticed.
What David had noticed was the down turn in brewery business caused by a few investments turned sour and the spate of bureaucratic hurdles the company was encountering in foreign countries.

Part Eleven – A surprise visit and announcement

Marcel called David up to his room for a meeting, he had lots of concerns.
Marcel was worried the E Stone had grown dull and it didn’t sing anymore, he was also worried about David. David was cranky due to problems with the Brewery and Marcel was sure he knew his brother had been released by now and that must be affecting his mood as well.
They needed to get together alone and talk about it.
David still wore his cassock to the office and never let the duties of the company take precedent over Abbey duties but when he walked into the room Marcel could tell he was carrying a heavy burden.
They made small talk and Marcel tried to get David to open up when there was a knock on the door.
“Who could that be “ said David “ I left instructions that there be no interruptions”
“I’ll check anyway” said Marcel.
Marcel opened the door to the happy smiling face of James
With arms outstretched James said “Time to get the band back together Brothers”

The Beginning - Version 2.1 - 5 Years later

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