Background[edit | edit source]

This artifact is used (along with the right equipment) to preserve people in the form of a bronze statue.

The artifact was stolen by Paraceleus and used on Claudia Donovan.

Usage[edit | edit source]

The stele artifact was used presumably since 1250 B.C. because the process was mentioned early in the series but it was time consuming and heavy. If not used properly, the bronzed person will start to crumble away.

Through an unknown chemical compound, an ingester can become immune to the Stele's effects. Paracelsus managed to concoct and drink this compound in "The Truth Hurts", and it was later purged from his body via Hua Tuo's Scalpel in "Endless Terror".

Real World Connections[edit | edit source]

A stele, also stela is a stone or wooden slab, generally taller than it is wide, erected for funerals or commemorative purposes, most usually decorated with the names and titles of the deceased or living.

Shalmaneser I (1274 BC – 1245 BC or 1265 BC – 1235 BC) was a king of Assyria during the Middle Assyrian Empire (1365 - 1050 BC). He conquered eight countries, brought the dust of the destroyed fortress of Arinnu to the capitol of the Old Assyrian Empire, claimed to have blinded 14,400 enemy prisoners in one eye, and was one of the first Assyrian kings known to deport defeated enemies to various lands rather than execute them all. It is possible that his choice of punishment, rather than using lethal force, could have been responsible for its imprisoning properties.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Although this artifact is attributed to have been constructed from the sarcophagus of Shalmaneser I, from the 13th century BC, this artifact is visually based on the Stele of Ashiburnipal,[1] an Assyrian king in the 7th century BC who was ironically known for his cruelty against those who took arms against the Assyrian monarchy (and never committed violent acts towards the civilian population).
    • The Middle Assyrian Empire lasted from the 14th century BC to the 11th, and Shalmaneser I ruled between those dates. However, it was after Ashiburnipal's death in 627 BC that the Old Assyrian Empire began to experience internal civil wars that ultimately led to its downfall. It is possible, but unknown why, that the show's writers may have switched or gotten these two rulers confused.
      • Alternatively, they may have simply chosen that stele simply because it was accessible, and/or because the figure's pose resembled that of those who are put into the Bronzer, as they are cuffed.

References[edit | edit source]

Reproduction of display card as seen in the episode

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