Mind control and destroying books. It is anathema to everything our library stands for! RvR On cover of Van Rijn notebook. Agatha's dingbots appear from a secret compartment in the Library, carrying the Van Rijn notebook. It is not clear how the dingbots or the notebook got there. Melissa Solera , Jon Solera , Agatha.
Agatha offers to donate the Van Rijn notebook to the Library in exchange to access to its collections and is told some interesting facts. The Library is the place Lady Selnikov intended to bring the notebook; despite this it is not involved with The Storm King conspiracy , although it has a good relationship with Tarvek, at least much better than with the rest of his family.
It was founded by Van Rijn. Melissa then inspects the notebook and finds secret writing Agatha missed, revealed by a certain frequency of light: the frequency of the King's Lightning.
Agatha: "It's a compilation of research notes…on Van Rijn's muses. I'd like to donate it to your library—in exchange for free access to all your collections.
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There are a lot of references to other works—I'm hoping you may have some of them here. This book is the reason Margarella Selnikov was being hunted across Europa. She was supposed to be bringing it here. Agatha , Jon , Melissa , Aldin. Agatha is surprised she missed the shine writing  and asks what else she missed. It turns out to be a lot! Melissa says the Librarians don't have time to help ferret out the rest of the secrets in the notebook, so Agatha decides to try herself.
She is assigned an assistant and asks him for coffee. Agatha: "Well, I did find some hidden information—but I completely missed this. What else is in there?
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It's hard to say—but we have rather made a study of such things. Let me see…aside from the shine writing, I see evidence of phasing ink, momentum writing, fourth dimensional cryptograms, and lemon juice— Terrible for the paper, that. Too acidic. And that's just Master van Rijn's pages. Everyone else no doubt used their own clever ways. I see you yourself favor a variant of Tarsus Beetle's Intarsia Script.
Among the many invented terms on this page  are the real-world terms "lemon juice" , a simple invisible ink; "cypher" a variant spelling of "cipher" , a means of encoding a message; and "steganography" , a means of hiding a message.
Hoffman thinks he hears music. Dimo and Jenka rush off. Larana, egged on by Zeetha, tries to tell Hoffman how she feels about him, but she is interrupted first by Hoffman telling her he is her arranged marriage partner and then by an explosion and she never gets the words out.
Hoffman to Larana : "I guess you've worked out by now that I'm the 'prince' you're stuck marrying…". Soon— Caption, panel 1. On Hoffmann's mug, panel 1.
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Although Hoffman doesn't know what the musical sound he is hearing is, the long-time Girl Genius reader recognizes it as Agatha heterodyning , which hasn't happened in the story for quite a while. Concern over what Agatha will do while in the madness place seems likely to explain why Dimo and Jenka prepare to rush off in panel 1. In a large open space in the Library, Agatha is standing behind a blast shield, the smoke from the explosion she just set off dissipating next to her. She is being scolded by Aldin. In front of her is a large, complex mechanism that contains a cluster of instruments focused on the Van Rijn notebook.
The device also has a hopper into which dingbots are dumping a great many books. The surrounding area is abuzz with activity. Aldin: " Um —we—we are expressly forbidden to detonate explosives in the main stacks! It's revealed a whole new page of hidden diagrams! K Right end of sign on filing cabinet. Two letters visible in magnifying glass held by Librarian examining a large book.
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A colored version of the cover for The City of Lightning is included below the page image scroll down. As Librarians rush to aid in Agatha's decoding efforts, Hoffmann encounters Aldin, who is not happy to see him; it turns out Agatha is using a research engine originally built by Hoffmann. The Librarians have gotten carried away, breaking out forbidden books to be fed into the engine, and Aldin says everyone will get into trouble and it's all Hoffmann's fault, as usual.
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They said it was too useful …" Hoffmann: "No kidding? They liked it?! Hee hee! Warped it! Made it even worse! Wow —look at it go! If the creature in the small glass tank in panel 1 is a guinea pig or hamster, in a cage lined with cedar shavings, then its comment about "the ancient cedar writings of my ancestors" takes on a whole new meaning. Hoffmann , Agatha. Hoffmann asks Agatha about her progress deciphering the notebook. She has learned how to build a cow, a lot about the Muses, and a lot of recipes, but nothing about the Muse's Lantern or time manipulation; so it is hard to understand why so many people want the notebook, let alone are willing to kill for it.
All that's left is the cover. Based on its appearance, Agatha tries electrifying it and something happens. Hoffamnn: "Hey, there! Has my engine been helpful? We've uncovered all kinds of hidden information! If you analyze these vellum pages really thoroughly —you get instructions on how to build a cow.
There's lots of stuff about the Muses, Tarvek will be thrilled , assuming we ever find a way to rescue him —but there's nothing about time manipulation that we haven't already found. RvR Monogram on book cover, panel 9. On this page, panel 1 depicts a blackboard and panels 4 and 5 depict notebook pages containing formulas and diagrams.
These do not seem to be intended for close analysis and no attempt will be made to reproduce them here. The notebook is surrounded by a glowing electrical discharge and some of the pages begin to split open, revealing additional pages with previously hidden information. Hoffman touches the book and gets zapped.
Agatha then safely points out that some of the new pages show designs for a complex lock and a sculpture. Aldin thinks this might be a clue to the location of Van Rijn's Hermitorium and he and Agatha go off to look for it. Agatha: "It's a design for some king of lock —a really complicated one! Oh—they look like studies for The Triumph of the Storm King! Wait…a lock? Maybe…Van Rijn's Hermitorium! Not that nonsense again!
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