There exists today a rather large corpus of material produced by a growing niche of researchers that can colloquially be called “The Ultimate Conspiracy Theory of Everything”. This theory attempts to explain by various means: what we are, how we came to be, who is responsible, what they’re trying to do, and how close they are to their ultimate goal. These researchers often agree with each other, and just as often, they don’t. The myriad permutations of the various contributions to this “Ultimate Theory” comprise quite a smörgåsbord of ‘far-out’, bizarre, postulates that includes space gods, time travel, space travel, lizard-people, lost civilizations, unknown planets, UFOs, hidden treasures, mind control,vampires, secret bloodlines, and dozens more topics ripe for late-night talk radio shows.
I’ve been aware of this research for years, initially through the book Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln. This book, though it would later be exposed as based upon a hoax, nonetheless excited my mind when I first read it in the early ’90s. The book suggested the existence of a thousand year-old secret society called the Prieuré de Sion (Priory of Sion) which believed that there existed a bloodline descended from Jesus Christ which persisted down through the centuries to the French Merovingian dynasty and is still in existence today. This secret society seemed to be as powerful as it was secret and was willing to use any means necessary to protect this bloodline so that it could survive in perpetuity for the ultimate purpose of being restored as a monarchy in the modern world.
Although the source material for Holy Blood, Holy Grail was exposed as a wildly ambitious hoax perpetrated by Pierre Plantard, a con artist who had intended to present himself as the current heir to the Merovingian bloodline and assume the throne of a restored French monarchy, much of the material covered in the book was echoed by other researchers and used to support a wide range of conspiracy theories that covered such topics as Camelot, the Holy Grail, the Cathars, the Knights Templar, the Rosicrucians, the Masons, and the Vatican. (And before we move on, just to be completely fair, Pierre Plantard never claimed that the Merovingian dynasty was descended from Jesus and apparently never anticipated that Baigent, Leigh, and Lincoln would do so, either. Reportedly, he was shocked and appalled at the suggestion that he was claiming such a pedigree. But in the end, he was still nothing more than a scheming con artist. Or… was he? *grin* )
But Holy Blood, Holy Grail was not the first work to explore this territory; it was simply the first one I was to become aware of. There were previous books, the 1972 book The Jesus Scroll by Donovan Joyce among them. This book was one of the first published works to put forward the theory that Jesus has married Mary Magdalen and produced a bloodline, but there would be others. Though it wasn’t anticipated by Plantard, the research undertaken by the three authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail led them to encounter the ‘bloodline’ material, as well. They simply grafted Plantard’s complex hoax onto the ‘Jesus/Mary Bloodline’ material that already existed and Holy Blood, Holy Grail became an instant hit among conspiracy theory enthusiasts.
Just after I finished reading Holy Blood, Holy Grail, I thought it would be amazing to read a novel based upon the material. I even fantasized about writing it myself. I was very excited when Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code hit the shelves and I couldn’t wait to read it. (Actually, I was a bit disappointed with it, but that’s not relevant.) Later, as I encountered more of this material I eventually discovered more contemporary researchers such as Zechariah Sitchen, David Icke, and Laurence Gardner. A common theme is that our Earth was originally settled by a race of beings from another planet, far superior to us, who created us as a force of slave labor by combining their genetics with that of existing early hominids to create a “human” hybrid. Since the dawn of our civilization, they have ruled over us; either overtly as gods in prehistoric times, or from the shadows as the powers behind temporal thrones from the ancient world to the Rennaissance, to the current day where they comprise a shadowy “ruling elite” that controls us via their universal control of the world’s central banks and America’s Federal Reserve. (I told you this was far-out stuff.)
Often in contemporary conspiracy theory research, a researcher’s work will touch on (or feature) the “Messianic bloodline” material. A frequent metaphor for the “Messianic bloodline” is Alpheus, the legendary underground stream of Greek mythology. Another is Camelot, and the Holy Grail. Yet another is viticulture and the art/science of wine-making. The claims made by various researchers are sometimes pretty wild, but that’s what I find so compelling. That, and like all good conspiracy theories, none of it can be disproved any more than it can be proved. This thin veneer of plausibility led me to wonder if, like Dan Brown and his fictional story woven through the Messianic bloodline material, I could find a cohesive narrative within the larger conspiracy theory material as a whole and weave a fictional story through it, asking such questions as: if such beings exist, what are they like, and what are their lives like?
Mortality, Interrupted is slated to be the first in a series of books to explore those questions. Focusing upon the medieval Kingdom of Hungary in the early 1500s, one of these beings forgets what she is when she is injured and subsequently rescued by ‘mere’ humans. The novel explores her personal journey to understand who and what she is and in the end she must decide which world she will walk in, whether she will live among humanity or whether she will return to her own kind.
* I should add, for sake of clarity, that I am not promoting these theories as my personal belief. I find them compelling and very entertaining, but I would need something of earth-shattering consequence to regard them as much more than that. But it’s because I do find them so compelling and entertaining that I’ve decided to use them as inspiration for my writing.