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Prende's Chronometric Lantern

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Prende's Chronometric Lantern, Prende's Lantern, or the Muse's Lantern is known as a "magical lantern" created by Van Rijn that could manipulate time. How exactly the Muse Prende got her name attached to the device is as yet unrevealed. To quote Violetta: "Tarvek was really into anything related to the Storm King, you know? All kinds of things, even fairy stories… There's this one where Van Rijn creates a magical lantern to free the Storm King from a castle where the sun never set." [1]

However, Agatha finds a passage[2] in the Van Rijn notebook that seems to show the lantern may be more than just a fairy tale and she begins to suspect that the Lantern is what Margarella Selnikov was looking for in the Corbettite crypts of the Depot Fortress of St. Szpac.

Hoping he will be able to provide more information about the Lantern or where it might be found, Agatha becomes even more determined to find time-expert Dio Zardilev, since she thinks the Lantern's powers might be used to free Mechanicsburg, now frozen in time.

She eventually discovers Zardilev and rogue Smoke Knight Madwa Korel attempting to break into an abandoned Corbettite vault underneath Paris. It is revealed the vault indeed contains a blue-glowing lantern connected to a glowing orb via power(?) cables and guarded by Prende herself. When the lamp is knocked free from the cables, it is revealed that it was being used to hold Andronicus Valois himself in some form of temporal stasis. In the general chaos invoked by the breaking of that stasis, both Zardilev and the damaged lamp are stolen away by Korel, although when last seen the glowing orb is in the possession of Violetta.

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  1. This story may be related to a tale known as "The Queen of the Mines and the Lamp that Summoned the Night".
  2. ""After the fall of the King, Prende's Chronometric Lantern was thought to have been entrusted to the care of the Corbettites—" On the page for Monday, September 21, 2015, panel 3.

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