by Jess Nevins extracted from
“The Jewel in the Crown”
The Wold Newton Universe and India, Tibet, and Nepal
Yue-Laou, as Chambers
wrote, had ruled the Plateau of Leng for a long, long time.
Chambers did not write that Yue-Laou had ruled it since before the
dawn of humanity, for the truth that a powerful and inimical being
who was in turn the agent of ageless and horrible beings from the stars
existed and was sponsoring attacks on human civilization would have
sparked panics in America. But such, unfortunately, was the truth.
Yue-Laou, and the Plateau of Leng, are millions of years old,
and their masters untold billions of years old.
Nor is Yue-Laou the only agent of the Old Ones who “lives” on the
Plateau of Leng. The Old Ones who empowered Yue-Laou and
the inhabitants of the Plateau of Leng have many worshipers and agents
on Earth. One of the most powerful of these agents has been the group
known as the “Nine Unknown.” Under that name they came to the
attention of modern readers courtesy of the work of the journalist
Talbot Mundy, but the truth is that they existed before their
battles with James Schuyler Grim and survived his passing.
The Nine Unknown is an organization of evil lamas given
unnatural powers and greatly advanced science by the Old Ones.
The Nine Unknown use these powers to further the worship of the
Old Ones and to spread misery and chaos across the world. Some
information about them is already known, but much has only recently been
revealed. The truth is that their influence was much more widespread
than previously suspected, and that the Nine Unknown, directly
and through their agents, have been responsible for many of the woes
that have beset mankind. The roster of the Nine changes over time, with
each new lama being given powers by the Old Ones to replace the
fallen or dead member(s) of the Nine. Unlike Yue-Laou, they have
not hid in the Plateau of Leng and had little contact with the
outside world; the Nine Unknown have been active on the part of
the forces they represent, and have bases and agents around the world.
The Nine suffer many defeats, but they always survive, only their agents
and lesser forces being destroyed. The Nine seem to believe that
the Old Ones they worship will eventually return to rule the
Earth, and that patience and endurance will see them through.
Luckily for mankind the universe is not wholly hateful or uncaring.
There are incredibly powerful beings in the cosmos and on Earth who are
capable of wiping out humanity with barely a thought, but there are also
Higher Beings who look out for mankind and protect them.
One of those beings has, like Yue-Laou and the Plateau of Leng,
existed for millions of years, before humanity began. Across the
millennia he has fought for good, using his strange powers to help
mortal men and women. He has always been frustrating ambiguous and coy
about his origins, but he has dropped hints that he is a direct
representative of a Higher Power–perhaps even the Higher
Power. In 14,000 BCE he went by the name of “John Gribardsun.”
In 1908 he was called “Sunday.” In the 1930s he was known as “Mr.
Am,” and was a friend to the noted industrialist Oliver “Daddy”
Warbucks and his ward Annie. In the 25th century he
will call himself “Kevin Uxbridge.” His real name may never be
known, but there is evidence of his presence across time.
I believe–and I hope this article will prove–that Mr. Am (as I
will continue to call him, as I believe that is his true name) is the
leader of an organization of good men and women who are set against
the Nine Unknown, their alien masters, and all they stand for. These
men and women had and have and will have exceptional powers and greatly
advanced technology, possibly courtesy of Mr. Am and possibly
derived from other sources. They make use of these abilities and science
in the war against the Nine Unknown. They have had many guises
over the centuries, but usually they are seen as lamas in various East
This duel, between Mr.
Am’s lamas and the Nine Unknown, has spanned centuries, and
much of what humanity holds dear exists only because of Mr. Am’s
forces. These forces, like those of Yue-Laou and the Nine
Unknown, are spread around the world, but they are concentrated in
India, Tibet, and Nepal. Their headquarters may be
the legendary kingdom of Agartha, described by the French
traveler Saint-Yves d’Alveydre.