The Aztec Bloodstone
|Effects||Puts victim in a daze, causes them to seek and sacrifice a virgin.|
|Source||15th Century, South America|
|Current Storage||the Dark Vault|
|Deactivation||Unidentified 'headdress' key-stone|
|“||An Aztec Bloodstone, the boss of virgin sacrifices. Handsome devil.||”|
The Aztec Bloodstone is a 15th century (CE) artifact that exhibits the ability to control individuals whose blood comes in contact with the stone. The bloodstone appears to be a grayish-black rock in the shape of rounded head. It has white stone eyes that are red at the inside and outside corners. Immediately between the eyes is a jade-like gemstone. Stylized carvings form the rest of the face.
This item was on display at the Capitol Museum of Natural history in Washington DC where the United States President and honored dignitaries would be visiting. When on display in the museum, the tag on the plinth on which the stone rested read:
Blood Stone, Aztec, 15th Century
Memorial Donation of the Smythe-Lewiston Estate
and the Thrumble Family Archaeological Foundation
Warehouse Agent Arthur Nielson successfully retrieved this stone by inserting what resembled a large, flat key into the top of the head that had been doused in neutraliser. Once inserted, the key gave the entire head the appearance of a Meso-American headdress and the mouth appeared to be closed, with no teeth visible. As the key was inserted, a strong yellow light emanated from the head and mouth of the bloodstone, which coincided with the screaming of Professor Letanik who was, at the time, being apprehended by Agent Myka Bering for his apparent attack on the president.
Once retrieved, the bloodstone was brought back to the Warehouse and although originally stored in the main storage area, it was eventually moved to the Dark Vault.
This stone was most likely used in ancient Aztec ceremonial rituals. Based on Gordon Letanik's actions, the bloodstone appears to be activated when someone cuts themselves on the teeth inside the mouth. After their blood "feeds" the stone, the head itself drips blood of unknown origin. The person who is cut continues to bleed from their cut despite any bandaging. They are also taken over by feverish chills and a type of controlled frenzy that encourages murderous behavior. Their eyes appear bloodshot and glassy, as if they are not in control of their own actions. Given Professor Letanik's attack on the Mexican Ambassador's daughter, the stone encourages people under its influence to seek out virgin blood for further sacrifice. If the stone is de-activated all the blood that had dripped off the stone disappears and the stone's victim is free of its influence, but slips into a coma for some reason.
The bloodstone may be a bifurcated object based on the flat key "headdress" Artie inserted in the stone head to halt the effects of the blood frenzy. Even when the stone is placated by its headdress (which closes the mouth) victims under the stone's effects will be rendered comatose, though how long this effect lasts on the victims is never stated.
Real World ConnectionsEdit
Bloodletting in Meso-America was often used to legitimize a prominent social, political, or ideological position. At its peak, Aztec culture had rich and complex mythological and religious traditions, as well as reaching remarkable architectural and artistic accomplishments. A particularly gruesome element of Aztec culture to many was the practice of human sacrifice.