On the Meaning of the Character Name “Gyges” in SpeciMen Trilogy
By Matthew Mossotti
In SpeciMen Trilogy, the Resilience is the force of good on Earth which has been preparing for millennia to rise up against the dark forces of Zophos when they attempt to make their prison break from Pandemonium. The soldiers of the Resilience have sustained their material bodies across the expanse of time by ingesting a substance they call “the Honey,” which is derived from the three components of gold, pure water and Nicola Tesla’s radiant energy. The gold-rich blood of the Resilience soldiers is able to conduct the energy of the fabric of space-time to keep them from growing old, however, after hundreds of years of drinking the Honey, they realize that they can also train their minds to channel an increasing flow of the space-time fabric energy through their bodies to project into powerful energy fields that give them super human strength, speed, and agility. Even greater yet, Resilience soldiers can encase themselves within their energy fields to shield against bullets and explosions. With gold as the primary element of the Honey, given the historical costliness of the precious conductive metal, the Resilience thusly required a person from antiquity who could siphon substantial quantities of gold from the storehouses of tyrants across the scope of human civilization.
In Book II of his Republic, Plato writes of Glaucon recounting a story to Socrates of a shepherd named Gyges (Γύγης), who, upon locating a golden ring in a chasm formed from an earthquake, discovered that the ring had the mysterious power to turn him invisible. With this capacity for invisibility, he promptly killed the king and took his queen and assumed his seat to rule over Lydia. Several historical accounts given by Nicolaus of Damscus, Plutarch, and Herodotus affirm that Gyges did indeed make a violent ascent to the throne of Lydia and that none other than Midas, the king with the fabled “golden touch” that turned everything he touched into gold, would become a later successor of the same Lydian throne. Plato used the tale of Gyges Ring to illustrate the moral principle that absolute power corrupts absolutely, leaving little doubt that his account was the inspiration of Tolkien’s ring which bore the same capacity to make its wearer invisible and which created the maddening obsession in Gollum that dominated over his reasoning faculties.
With respect to the presence of the element of gold throughout these narratives, and given that the ability to turn invisible quite suffices for a person to steal from heavily fortified vaults, Gyges was the perfect fit to serve the global orders of the Resilience as “master thief.” Able to project the space-time fabric energy through his body with such force that he can cloak himself inside of his own energy field, Gyges has slipped in and out of some of the most-secure buildings in the world for thousands of years, carrying off bouillon for the Resilience to alchemically transform into the Honey, that mythical water of life. His unmatched mastery of channeling the fluid energy of the universe through his material body has turned him into the finest human soldier in the Resilience and the prime candidate to be the first-ever son of mankind to rise to the rank of General in the secretive order of Light.
Redemption, a theme which drives through the many stories of the many characters of the SpeciMen Trilogy, is likewise implicit to the person of Gyges, who is cited as the negative in Platonic ethics with regard to power corrupting the justice in the human soul and who is cited as the violent opportunist leader of a successful coup d’é•tat within the historical accounts. This man with a strange connection to gold and the powers of invisibility was primed to turn from his wicked ways as a power-hungry warlord king into the master thief and military leader of the ancient priesthood of the Melchizedek Order. In the most befitting retroactive grace, as C.S. Lewis so aptly coined the concept, Gyges’ skills as a tactical military leader were converted to serve the Forces of Good. With his tough guy spirit in tact, Gyges learned to be guided by the Way of Light.
From the standpoint of the SpeciMen Trilogy historical narrative, although Gyges’ capacity to cloak invisible inside of his own energy field would not come for several hundred years after he has ascended the Lydian throne, Plato fused the invisibility component with the known historical narrative to explain Gyges’ takeover in manner that lucidly conveyed the moral concept he wished to assert in Book II of Republic. Thus, the rumors that surrounded Gyges’ powers of invisibility trickled down to Plato through his curious connection to the mysterious priest named Solon (the exclusive source Plato cites of his knowledge of of Atlantis), who must have heard rumors of this great master thief within the elite circles he traveled then conveyed them to the soon-to-be giant of philosophy.
Check Out these crazy illustrations of Gyges by Joe Dodd and vibrant color by Josh Rowan from Episode One: “Out of This World Alive”
May the Way of Light guide you always!