Fitzgerald Wanderlust/Historical Rumor Registry
The name Fitzgerald Wanderlust and variations on it appears a curious number of times in the historical record, and some scholars surmise these, or most of these, refer to the same person moving through time in a non-linear fashion. However, none have been conclusively proved to be the same Fitzgerald Wanderlust who wrote during the Harlem Renaissance. Many speculate that during the length of time unaccounted for between her disappearance in 1929 and the beginning of her blaseball career, Wanderlust traveled to various points throughout time and space. When asked to confirm or deny this theory, Wanderlust merely laughed and said "I have to keep some secrets, don't you think?"
Fitzgerald Wanderlust has 4 Historical Rumors written about so far.
In 1883 CE the office of Pierre-Jules Hetzel received a number of curious letters inquiring about the appearance of a heretofore unmentioned character in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. The character, named Fitzgerald Wanderlust, first appeared on page 23 and recurred throughout the novel, often accompanying significant alterations to the plot. Still others wrote in claiming these changes had begun appearing in earlier editions of the work as well, without any seeming explanation for the modification. When the phenomenon was formally investigated some months later, no trace of these alleged changes could be found in any edition of the novel, and the event was written off as a (quite well-coordinated) hoax.
In 1704 CE a set of detailed architectural sketches were discovered in the drawer of an antique writing desk at an estate sale in Vienna. Sketched on washi kozo silk paper, they appear to show a remarkably detailed diagram of the Petra site in Jordan, with notes on its construction written in both French and Arabic. The papers were purchased by a private collector and later acquired by the British Museum, though their provenance has never been identified and they have not been publicly displayed in over a century.
Exhibit: An illuminated and annotated copy of the Corpus Hermeticum, discovered in the archives of the Pannonhalma Archabbey in Hungary in the early 1800s. The annotations are primarily in latin, greek, and magyar, but also include several fragments of poetry (presumably the annotators own work) in English. Curiously, the poetry is written in rhyming couplets, a style uncommon in English poetry of the era and, even more strangely, the rhymes seem to indicate a pronunciation from after the Great Vowel Shift of the Early Modern period, despite being definitively dated no later than the 1300s CE.
Marginalia in a lesser known illuminated text from the priory at Lindisfarne, dated to the early 800s CE, reference a "Fitz Gerald Wanderer", apparently a figure in Irish folklore who is said to have had a unique ability to communicate with the aos sí. The illuminator in question appears to have been expressing frustration with the Abbot of Lindisfarne's disapproval at their attempts to Christianize the figure as someone who preached to various traditional mythological creatures in Ireland.
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