The Six Sacred Stones, also known as the Six Ramesean Stones or the Six Guidestones of Ra's Twin, are ancient artefacts which are mysteriously connected to the Machine.
The Six Stones are each in some way connected with the Machine, be it the Vertices, the Pillars or providing knowledge relating to the Machine or the Dark Star. For most of the Stones to reveal their true nature, they must be connected with the Firestone (not one of the Sacred Stones), and only one does not require the Firestone to function (the Twin Tablets).
The Stones and their FunctionsEdit
The Philosopher's Stone Edit
The Philosopher's Stone is intended to cleanse each of the Pillars so that they are ready for placing inside each of the corresponding Vertices. There is a recess inside the Stone, into which the Pillar is placed before being closed by a lid, and the Firestone must then be placed in another, smaller recess in the lid. Following a bright flash of light, the Pillar is changed from a cloudy colour to a shiny translucent glass-like state. How the cleansing process works is unclear, but as Tank noted, the Philosopher's Stones has always been asociated with change, or transformation. The Philosopher's Stones was kept by the Chinese Scholar Laozi, and guarded by a series of traps in a tomb in the Wu Gorge.
It is currently kept in an abandoned mine at Jack's's farm.
The Altar Stone at Stonehenge Edit
The Altar Stone of the Stonehenge temple reveals the location of each of the Vertices. In order for this to work, the Firestone must be placed in a recess in the Altar Stone during a Titanic Rsing, which is when the Dark Star's bent invisble light shines upon Stonehenge. While the Altar Stone itself does not do anything, from its plaching upon it, the Firestone shines purple light upon the standing stones, illuminating a strange moss. On each of the ten standing stones, there is the revelation of the seven continents and the three main ocean. The order of the Vertices is shown by a pinpoint of light at its location. Zoe, Lily, Alby, Julius and Lachlan performed the necessary ceremony to learn the locations of each Vertex.
The Killing Stone of the Maya Edit
The Killing Stone of the Maya reveals the dates and times that each Pillar must be placed at its corresponding Vertex. The Firestone fits into a recess at the top, and subsequently Mayan symbols start glowing, giving the dates and times. As the Mayan Calender is similar to the modern calender, it is easy to calculate the data. It was found by the Americans in Mexico many years ago, and was brought by Robertson to the meeting on Mortimer Island, giving all those gathered the information.
It was likely returned to the U.S. after it was used.
The Seeing Stone of Delphi Edit
The Delphic Orb is used to see the Dark Star. This is intended to be done at the location which would later become the Neetha Village. Using an inclometre at the base of the extinct volcano, the Delphic Orb is then placed at the summit with the Firestone placed inside a triangular recess in the bottom of the Orb. When one looks through the inclometre and the Orb, it acts as a tubeless telescope, and one can see the Dark Star. The Neetha Warlock did this.
What happened to it after Wizard's team's escape from the Neetha village is unclear, but it is likely it is being kept with some of the other Sacred Stones in an abandoned mine at Jack's farm.
The Twin Tablets of Thuthmosis Edit
The Twin Tablets of Thuthmosis contain an incantation that is to be performed at the last Vertex during the Pillar's placing. Both of the incantations (which is repeated on both Tablets) are written in Thoth. They were stolen by Thothmosis (who later became Moses) during the ruling of Rameses II, and when he began preaching the idea of a single God he claimed that the writing on the Twin Tablets were God's ten rules, and thus become the Ten Commandments. They were stolen by the Templar Knights in the thirteenth century and burried beneath their churches in Ethiopia. This is the only one of the Sacred Stones that does not require the Firestone to work, only someone who can read the word of Thoth.
They are currently kept in an abandoned mine at Jack's farm.
The Basin of Rameses II Edit
The Basin of Rameses II performs a second cleansing of the latter three Pillars, due to the much harsher light of the Dark Star at the Pillar-placing times. The Basin must be filled with water from the Spring of the Black Poplar, and the Basin has a triangular gap in the stem for the Firestone to fit into. When used with the Firestone, the Pillar inside is cleansed once again, gaining a slightly more lusterious sheen.
It is currently kept in an abandoned mine at Jack's farm.
- Despite it's relationship to the Six Sacred Stones, the Firestone is not actually one of them, though it could be considered an honourary Sacred Stone.