The Players Assemble

V J Enterprises, 1996-1997
( ... for the written part of the story ... )

Chapter 1

The Storyteller rJis

ACT III - And the Stars Are …

April 17th, 2037 - Continuation of the Data Crystal,

-- Book 1 only --

Note from rJis: In order to understand our story, let me first give to you some background about the key individuals who helped to shape the New Dawn. This description will include key aspects of each person up to the beginning of our story on February 17th, 1997 ….

(Professor) Harry Nielson: A famous and well recognized professor in the 20th century specializing in the area of Ancient History and Civilizations with more of an emphasis upon the Mayan Culture. The professor taught in Yale University on the East Coast of what was once called the United States of America. The Professor wrote several successful books about the Maya based on his intensive research and experiences at various Mayan excavations in which he participated in, key ruins and digs within the areas known as Mexico and parts of Central America. During his almost twenty five years of travels throughout the Mayan regions, the local natives would speak about a mysterious object, a human shaped skull made of quartz crystal or as we know of it today, a crystal skull. The first time he encountered the legend of the crystal skull was in 1959. For some unknown reason, Professor Nielson became totally fascinated with this subject, and began to spend many days during his expeditions in these regions, speaking to the natives to try to determine the history of this artifact, whether it really existed and where it might be hidden.

In 1994, as he was starting to get quite old (65 years of age) and was having numerous ailments and physical problems that people of this age experienced in the Pre-Dawn times, he decided that he would make one last trip into the mysterious land of the Maya to look for the crystal skull before he his health would not permit him to ever return again. Based on all the clues and information he had collected about the crystal skull over the years and from studying many Mayan glyphs, he determined that in Guatemala (part of the Central America region, where some of the most magnificent Mayan structures remain) would probably be the best place to find this sacred artifact. He was determined, if there was nothing else he would accomplish in his life, it would be to find this legendary object. He knew from various Mayan documents he had translated that were in his possession, that there existed a new codex (name of a set of Mayan documents that give the history of these people as well as discuss their laws as well as spiritual and religious practices) in this region that if he could find it, it could lead him to this ancient treasure.

Shortly after Professor Nielson arrived in Guatemala, neither his daughter Jamie, nor his wife, ever heard from him again. It appeared as if he had just disappeared from the face of the Earth. All Jamie and her mother had received from the Professor was a postcard saying he had arrived safely. After a few weeks had passed, Jamie contacted the local authorities in Guatemala who made an attempt to search for him, but they came up with no clues. Therefore, Jamie and her mother both feared that he may have been killed possibly by local bandits or perhaps met an unfortunate accident due to the hazards and rigors of this region of which a man his age was ill-prepared to deal with. His daughter was heartbroken as he had been very close to her and her friends could see that part of Jamie seemed to be distant and cold.

Jamie Nielson: Jamie is a free spirit who loves adventure and living on the edge. At the beginning of our tale, she is 32 years old, has been married once, but her husband could not deal with her fiery energy, love of life and desire to always want to be on the move.

Jamie was born in California and she came from a well-to-do academic family. As previously mentioned, her father Professor Harry Nielson was a renown expert on the Mayans based on his numerous expeditions into these mystical lands. Thus, we can see that Jamie received a rich education and fell in love with traveling primarily due to some of the expeditions she would accompany her father when she was younger. Jamie believes that anything she sets her mind to, she will be successful. Jamie is at present one of the most successful journalist for a local newspaper in New York City (part of the what was known as the state of New York) and is always eager to go after the hottest new stories, especially if they involve some danger.

Around the age of fourteen, she began to have a series of dreams and strange experiences which led her to study many of the worlds religions and cultures, trying to understand her place in the universe. As she began to open up to her spirituality, money and material possession became less important and understanding universal truth and helping to create a world of peace and harmony became more important. Jamie always loved animals and a quiet vacation for her was being in nature.

Her interest in quartz crystals began when her father gave her a birthday present of a mysteries crystal he found in one of the Mayan ruins. She still has the crystal and at times, wears it on a chain around her neck. Especially at the beginning of our story, this crystal represents an important link for her to the essence of her father, who she secretly hopes and prays is still alive somehow in Central America.

As our story begins, we find Jamie at a major crossroads in her life. Life is a bit boring for her at the moment. For many years now, Jamie has had a powerful inner feeling that she has something important to do or a contribution to make to the world. Even though many people admire her and wish they could live a life such as she, she feels as if she hasn't accomplished very much in her young life. Another aspect of her life she feels is missing is to really find that special person to love and share a dynamic relationship with. However, finding that right person, a man who is as strong willed and likes challenges as much as she does, has been very difficult.

Michael Richardson: Michael was born in Chicago and at the beginning of our story is 41 years of age. Michael is a born explorer but considers himself more of a researcher, lecturer and author. He started his professional career as a computer programmer, however at the age of 28, he began writing a series of articles based on various parts of the world he had traveled to on his vacations. Michael is totally fascinated by the diversity of cultures and people in our world and if he had the time, he would try to visit and experience every country on the face of the Earth.

From 1983-1986, he submitted various articles about his travels to different magazines and journals and periodically some of them would actually get printed. At the end of 1986, he sent a piece about his journey to Tibet, to a magazine in New York City, where he was living at the time. Michael had always had a strong pull to visit this country and became totally enchanted with the land and its people. He also had a strange experience during his journey, a Tibetan Monk he did not know, somehow seemed to recognize him and wanted to introduce him to various head Lamas in the area. Michael couldn't quiet understand what all the fuss was but he did feel as if Tibet was very familiar to him even though he had never traveled there before. This trip to Tibet was kind of a turning point in Michael's life.

In any case, the New York Magazine loved his article about Tibet very much and published it in February of 1987. The article received so many letters from the readers that the magazine decided to hire Michael as a staff writer, which was perfect timing for Michael as he was getting a bit bored just doing computer programming. This new job gave him the opportunity to continue to travel throughout the world, to many other exotic places such as Peru, Central America, Egypt, Israel, etc .... He started to become totally fascinated by all the incredible mysteries and ancient ruins he encountered along the way on these journeys (the pyramid and sphinx in Egypt, the Mayan Pyramids, etc ...), so much so that he developed a insatiable passion to find some answers to understand these wonders.

To quote Michael:

"How can I go on in my life when there are so many incredible mysterious in our world that must have an answer? I can hardly sit by and ignore this as I intuitively feel these mysteries have a message for mankind that could literally change our world for the better … I must find out what this message is ….."

Being a technically literate person, Michael utilized his computer to document and record information about each place he visited. In addition, he would access many of the Online Computer Databases commercially available at this time as well as such as the service known as the Internet (a global network of computers that were linked together at this time - similar to our global knowledge bank, the pre-cursor to our system) to pursue additional insights about these ancient cultures and sites. He developed friendships with many experts in many fields and received thousands of electronic mail from all over the world. Beginning in 1993, he received an invitation from a Book Publisher in New York City (who had fallen in love with Michael's articles about his adventures) to write a book about all the different World Mysteries he had encountered in his journeys as well as share any theories and conclusions he had developed to explain their existence and purpose. Because of the wealth of information he had collected so far, it was just a matter of organizing his various computer files including his personal experiences from his journals and in almost no time, he had a completed book. This Publisher knew from Michael's writing style and popularity that Michael could write a great book and made him an offer he couldn't refuse including a generous advance.

The Book was published in 1994 and was a smash hit, sitting on top of the New York Best Sellers list for 15 weeks. As a result of the success of Michael's first book, he was able to become a full time writer and speaker. This change in his financial position enabled him to travel a great deal more and to continue his research in uncovering some answer about these mysterious ancients civilizations. His lecture tours were offered to packed audiences who were totally fascinated with his adventures.

One of the factors that helped Michael immensely to prepare for his travels which at times found him in many isolated and un-populated regions, was the military training he received as a young man. He volunteered at 18 to join the army and received a chance to not only to earn his degree in Computer Science through this service but learned many survival skills that he used extensively (even getting him out of some tough and dangerous situations) on his journeys. Even though he was not happy about the four years he spent in the military, since he was a person who was very committed to non-aggression and peace, this military training helped him to improve his body strength and stamina and prepared him for living in the wilderness without many supplies.

In 1994, during an exploration of Guatemala, Michael heard about the legends of an ancient artifact that the natives called a head of crystal or a crystal skull. This crystal skull was described as being human sized and shaped and was made from a clear quartz crystal. It also was rumored to have some special symbols carved into the quartz itself. Although he found this legend interest, it really did not catch his fancy although he did include the legend in his second book, "Journeys of a Modern Explorer, Book II" (published in 1995). Michael was one lucky fellow as once again, as his second book was another best seller, outselling his first book handily. As a result of the success of his two books, Hollywood was considering to make a movie based on some of his exploits, portraying him as a modern Indiana Jones (Editor's Note: Indiana Jones was a popular explorer figure who was portrayed in a series of movies in the late twenty century .. he was a professor turned archaeologist - explorer).

Another aspect to Michael's personally was his desire to work cooperatively with scientists and archaeologists in a concrete way to help him unravel the many mysteries left by these ancient civilizations. His first and foremost goal was to determine by what means the ancients were able to build some of the most remarkable structures known to the world (purportedly without any modern machines). Next he felt it was vital to determine the meaning and purpose of various mysteries artifacts discovered in these incredible cities (the ruins) that had been left behind. Actually his best friend, Joshua Conde, a physicist who was also quite intrigued by Michael's adventures and curious about these mysteries, helped Michael on numerous occasions with some of the research for both of his books. Michael knew Joshua when they were growing up in Chicago and stayed close friends since that time. Thus, since Michael was a very logical and analytical person, he felt he would need the best conventional scientific and archaeological approaches using empirical data to discover some answers to these ancient puzzles. A big turning point comes into Michael's life as he becomes involved with the crystal skull in this story. (Note from rJis: I shall say no more and allow the viewer to discover this last point for themselves …. )

Konchog "Kewtsang" Rinchen (Tibetan Lama): Kewtsang was a Tibetan Lama, who from 1979 - 1998 was the head of a The Dharmachakra Center, a Tibetan Buddhist center in New York City. He had earned this right by hard work and devotion and was considered one of the best teachers of deep Meditation (called "Mahamudra").

Kewtsang was born in a very isolated region in Tibet in 1936 ... before the Chinese invaded his country. The village that his family lived in was quite small and his father was a farmer. At the age of six, his father feeling it was important for one member of their family to be involved with the religious part of Tibetan life, entered him into a local Buddhist Order which was part of what was known as the Nyingma Lineage. For you see, in Tibetan Buddhism at this time, there were various lineages (orders), dependant upon certain teachings and the reincarnation of various teachers. The Nyingmas tend to be toward the more mystical end of the Buddhist spectrum.

Long ago, the order had discovered some special caves in their area, which held some very unusual objects of great interest, which they believed to have come from an earlier time and incorporated these objects into their shrine materials. One object in particular, a mirror ... seem to have some special energy or vibration and was placed in the main temple area for decorative purposes and for good luck. One day (1949), when Kewtsang was in his teens, he had entered the temple to participate in a communal meditation. He felt a strange drawing to the mirror. To the Buddhist, a mirror is a symbol of the part of the mind which is reflective. Then all of a sudden he had an incredible experience, totally unexpected, that showed him many visions. In one of these visions, he saw an image of the Potola, a large palace (the seat of the Government in Tibet) in Lhasa and knew he must leave and go there at once. (Note from rJis: Please see Act V for further details …. ). These visions forever changed his life and so he traveled on to Lhasa.

In Lhasa, is where the young Dalai Lama was located and Kewtsang became a monk in the Gelugpa order. His final training and spiritual development seem to excelerate in Lhasa as he became more respected and took on many more responsibilities. In 1950, the Chinese invaded Tibet and by 1951 were in almost complete control of the country, exercising limitations on the Tibetans from practicing their religious ceremonies and beliefs. Finally the pressure placed on the people by the Chinese became so intense that many of the spiritual orders were forced to leave Tibet including the Dalai Lama, who feld one night in disquise so he would not be detained by the Chinese police. Kewtsang followed his religious leader to India in 1959. In 1979, it was decided that Kewtsang, or Lama Konchog Rinchen, would be assigned to head a small Buddhist center in New York City, to continue the spiritual teachings in the West. He was loved by his disciples and spread the Buddhist philosophies of Tibet into numerous regions of the United States. The center grew in size and by the early 1990's, took up almost half a city block. The center was honored by a visit of his old teacher, the Dalai Lama in 1993. While in the United States, Kewtsang felt a strong inner compulson to become more familiar with the ways of the West. Learning how to read and speak English in India, he read many books about history and philosophy. Little did he know what destiny awaited this quiet but very wise lama ....

Felippe Pumakawa Tupayachi (Peruvian Amyrian Shaman): Felippe is a Peruvian Amyrian Shaman and Teacher. He was born in the Andes Mountains in Peru, in a very poor village and became a student of the holy men who lived in these mountains. From the environment he grew up, he gained a reverence for the Earth (the Pacha Mama) which helped him to open to his natural spiritual gifts as a teacher and a healer. Through the ancient teachers of the Andes, he learned many of the sacred Inca teachings and mysteries. One day, his teacher, an elderly man in his late seventies, shared with him about the prophecy of the Inca. This prophecy basically states, that when the Condor of the South meets the Eagle of the North, a new time of peace and enlightenment will come. Felippe took this prophecy to heart and in 1987, begin to travel by foot, throughout various parts of Peru, to share with the people, especially many of the native Indian tribes who are quite isolated, about the spiritual traditions of the Inca. The priesthood, of which he was a member, took it as a sacred trust to continue to teach these traditions so that the people would never lose them.

Felippe felt that in order for him to be a pure messenger of spirit, he must dedicate himself towards the balancing of the ego. Thus in his teaching and approach to life he was a very gentle and soft-spoken person. Felippe trained himself to be able to go very deep in meditation and be able to communicate very clearly with the spirits. Felippe was known to have powerful visions about future events and spiritual insights, which could happen at any time. While traveling to educate the people in the north part of Peru, more of a mountainous jungle region, he begin to hear the legend of a sacred stone, which was described as a crystal oracle. Trusting his intuition implicitly, he knew that he must pay attention to this legend, as he felt this crystal oracle was a powerful tool that could help many.

In 1994, the elders in the Andes asked for Felippe to travel to the United States, to continue to share with the people of the North the Inca sacred traditions and to make contact with the people of the Eagle, the Native Americans. Eventually, during one of his visits to Lima, he was introduced to an individual from the United States, who was interested in organizing tours for Americans to Peru and was looking for a guide. Felippe accepted to work with this America and knew that through him, he would have an opportunity to fulfill his spiritual quest to travel to North America. The American was looking specifically for a tour guide who could teach the spiritual significance of the spiritual ruins in Peru as well as the Inca philosophy. This American was very impressed with the knowledge and insights that Felippe possessed and also felt it was important to bring Felippe to the United States so possible passengers could meet him and Felippe could present more of what Peru is about. So, Felippe thanked Pachamac ("The Creator") for his fortune, as this provided him the way to travel to the United States to do his spiritual work since he did not have the money to pay for an airline ticket. Felippe traveled throughout the U.S. during 1995-1996 and during a visit to the Arizona area, he had a very powerful connection with a family of Hopis where they discussed the Hopi & Inca Prophecies. This family of Hopi, recognized a long lost brother in the spirit of Felippe and he became a member of their extended family.

Jacob Schwartz: Jacob is an a Jewish American, 32 years of age when our story begins. At this time in his life, he is finding himself jumping from job to job as he tries very hard to figured out exactly what he wants to do. His family wanted him to become a Rabbi, as this has been a dream of the Schwartz family for over 100 years. In appearance, Jacob has the typical Jewish dark curly hair and a beard. His family were quite encouraged when Jacob was younger because he had a strong interest in the religious philosophies of Judaism that he was learning in Hebrew School. But as Jacob got older he drifted away from his upbringing and started exploring spiritual and New Age studies during his twenties. After graduating from college, to the horror of his parents, with very little money in his pocket, he took off for California ( 1988, almost on total "faith") because of a reading he had with a psychic, suggesting that his destiny lay in California. That in this area of the world, he would find himself and be able to meet with a number of kindred souls. His main reason for going to California was to learn more about the New Age Movement (the state of California was rumored to be the best place to learn about anything connected with this movement as well as a great place for some incredible spiritual experiences (Editors Note: - the geological fault-line in the state of California was known for setting up small energy vortexes that permitted access to etheric energy levels for creativity) as well as have more contact with UFOs. Jacob has always been a dreamer and the California energies kind of made him even more ungrounded than he was already.

Somehow during his travels to the western part of the U.S. he becomes attracted to going to Peru and works out a deal with a wealthy family to help him take a short journey there in 1989 … he has no idea why he must go but the compulsion is so strong, he almost went crazy by trying to talk himself out of it. While doing a meditation in an ancient Peruvian ruin known as Olyantitabo, situated between the city of Cusco and the famous Inca city of Machu Picchu, he has a vision of a crystal skull … one that he feels is somewhere in Peru. At this time his no idea what the visions means as he has no knowledge about crystal skulls and decides with all the other crazy experiences he has had over the past few years, this one is just another one to let it go. So he basically forgets about this experience.

After several years of continuing to roam in various parts of the U.S., doing odd jobs here and there, in 1995, he hears about a lecture being given about Peru in his new home in the state (of what was called) New Mexico. A Peruvian Shaman by the name of Felippe is going to be sharing information about the Inca Prophecy. Jacob decides to attend (Note from rJis: more revealed in a future section ... ) as the topic sounds fascinating plus it is a chance to ask a knowledgable person about some his experiences in Peru. This is a key moment in Jacob's life ...

Francisco Hernandez: In the beginning of our story, Francisco is an elderly gentlemen (72 years of age) of Hispanic descent born in Mexico who has become one of the world most famous art collectors. He loves buying, selling and collecting any type of ancient antiquies from all over the world.

Since he was small boy, he has always been fascinated by the native Mayan culture that existed in his country. It is through this business especially in dealing with Mayan artifacts that he meets Professor Nielson. It is quite unbelievable that these two men, who have such different personalities and values about life, would become such good friends. Somehow through their mutual interest and fascination with the Maya, a close friendship develops. This is due to the fact that both men have a burning passion to truly understand the Mystery of the Mayan Culture and by working together, they feel they can find such an answer.

In order for Francisco to become an effective dealer with these treasures, which of course to the society of the 20th Century are very highly priced, he has to work with people of questionable ethics. Whereas the Professor always stays out of other people's affairs, Senior Francisco must use his wit to survive some very dangerous situations. Francisco is not proud that he has to move within circle of people who are involved with crime, but he sees no other options and has sumpreme confidence in his ability to deal with any other person.

Since the moment that Francisco met young Jamie, he was in love with this little girl and felt like he was her second father. Sometimes, Francisco would invite Jamie to join him (especially when she was younger) on some of his travels to collect special artifacts. Francisco was not an easy person to like as he was quite ruthless in his business dealings. Jamie knows that underneath that tough exterior is a very sweet man who she affectionately calls "Uncle Francisco". Francisco only allows his closest friends to see the true part of himself, a man who is kind and comes from a great deal of integrity. Francisco never marries, as his life has just been too busy to settle down and have a family. He of course had his share of lady friends however. Unfortunately, one of the key characters who represents the adversary in this story ( a distant cousin of Francisco's Brother) has used a great deal of the information that Francisco has shared with him about Professor Nielson's work, and thus inadvertently tips his cousin off to the Professor's search for the Crystal Skull in Guatemala. Francisco has many business dealings with his cousin which is unavoidable due to the nature of their mutual interests.

So one of the conflicts that Francisco has faced throughout his life is trying to choose between the good of his family and events that have more importance for Humanity as a whole. Really his close ties with the Nielson family is an escape route for him to do some good in the world (and secretly he hopes that something he does in his life can help many others). Francisco also shares a strong interest in the crystal skulls as one of the most amazing artifacts ever connected with the Mayans and is quite familiar with the legends told by his ancestors …

The Adversary: As in most stories told connected with the 20th century, there is always some type of conflict that challenges the key people involved … that ultimately leads to answers about themselves. In our story we also find a diverse set of individuals who seek to possess these powerful and mystical crystal skulls for their own purposes.

"The Master" (The Black Magician)- The real name of this person is never revealed and even in the present time, when our story unfold it is still unknown. It is said if his real name is spoken he will lose all of his magical powers. People call him "The Master" but in truth he is an individual involved in the Dark Arts and Black Magic. This black magician always worked behind the scenes (he is able to manipulate people with his rituals, had the ability to perform mind control and could summon various types of evil demons and spirits). It is written in the ancient book of the Black Brotherhood, that to keep the world in darkness, the crystal skulls should never be brought together physically. Thus our arch villain, using all his psychic powers and spells pits himself against those people who work to bring the crystal skulls together. He is able on some telepathic level to know when a new crystal skull comes out and approximately when the crystal skull is moving or changes location. He has worked through many other unsuspecting people, without their conscious awareness, to attempt to prevent this occurrence from ever happening.

As mentioned before when introducing Francisco, his cousin, Carlos Mendoza, lives in Guatemala and is the head of a large crime syndicate in this country. He is a cruel business man involved with drugs, gun running, gambling and prostitution. Carlos is a very feared man in his country. He is a person you do not want to cross. His ultimate desire is to become the President of Guatemala as he is totally immersed into his mad passion for power and greed. He controls billions and billions of dollars and wants to continue to amass more wealth. Being familiar with the local legends about the crystal skull, it represented a great prize to him, a power object used by the Mayan High Priest to control the people. He saw the possession of such an artifact as a symbol that represents absolute power on Earth. Thus he will attempt to gain total control of this object no matter the cost. It represents a sign of his destiny as a world leader.

Mendoza has been aware of the Professor's search for the crystal skull for some time. His organization has been following him when arrived in Guatemala in 1994 and were involved with his disappearance. Carlos had secret agents constantly on the lookout for new clues about the crystal skull. His greed and desire for power made him an easy pawn to be manipulated by the power of "The Master", who visited him in his dreams and adds fuel to his desire to have this crystal skull, not realizing that he is doing the Master's bidding.

Secret Agency of the U.S. Government: In the late part of the 20th Century, the U.S. Government was very involved in maintaining a secrecy about the UFO situation … i.e. that our world was being visited by many races of extraterrestrials. With some of the information they had been able to gather from various contacts with the ETs (as they were called) … they knew about the crystal skulls and that these power tools of the ancients could change the course of destiny for the Human Race. Although they did not have the understanding of the crystal skulls as say Professor Nielson or the "Master", they do get involved in our story from time to time. Unfortunately in the late part of the 20th Century, life was very complicated as many small groups of individuals were vying for power and to stop the world from going through the "Time of Transformation".

Mar-u (A Guide in Guatemala): During several of Michael's expedition to Guatemala he had become acquainted with a Mayan youth (in his teens) who was steeped in the traditions of his ancestors. Mar-u was actually a very psychic individual with incredible gifts that he was able to develop by living naturally in the jungle but he hid this part of himself from others by being very mischievous and making jokes. Mar-u was known for his laughter which could be contageous for others. Since he lived a great deal of his life in the jungle areas of Guatemala, he is a perfect guide for others who not very familiar with the terrain and dangers of this region. His village has a legend about a sacred stone that states "When the Sacred Stone returns to the People, all of the People of Land will return to the traditional ways of Life."

The Crystal Skull(s): Mysterious artifacts originally primarily discovered in the ruins of various ancient civilizations in Mexico and Central America. From the legends of the people in these lands, these human size and shaped skulls made from various types of quartz crystals are a gift from the Gods to the people … they are an important key to the evolution of humanity and have been sought after over the millenniums ….

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