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The Rauoskinna [1] (translated to Red Skin) is an ancient book of immense power said to contain spells capable of controlling The Devil. [2]

HistoryEdit

In the 1500s, the Icelandic bishop, Gottskalk Nikulausson wrote the Rauoskinna. He didn't want the book to be misused and placed a spell of protection on the book. Spirits were bound to the Rauoskinna. [3] After Gottskalk's death, the book was buried with him and the tomb's location was kept a secret. [4] However, a secret society associated with the Church of Holar wanted to find and use the book to control the Devil during the Armageddon. They left and hid clues of the tomb's location all around the world. [5] The key and map to the secret tomb was separated, hidden, and even moved over the centuries as a safeguard. A short list of possible locations was written on a piece of cloth later known as the Poveglian Artifact and it ended up hidden in a wall of an asylum on Poveglia. [6] Nearly 200 years later, the sorcerer Loftur Þorsteinsson supposedly deciphered the clues, found the grave, and the Rauoskinna but was attacked by the Spirits of the Ocean when he tried to leave Iceland with it in the 1700s. [7] Loftur was presumed lost at sea and the book eventually washed ashore. It was returned to Gottskalk's hidden tomb. [8] Loftur cheated death and became immortal but he was never able to obtain the Rauoskinna.

While studying Draugar abroad in Sweden, Egon Spengler became interested in the Rauoskinna. He invented the P.K.E. Meter to aid him in his search for the book. He managed to collect some related readings in northern Europe but ultimately decided it would be better to leave well enough alone and suspended his search. [9] [10] Loftur became aware of Egon during his initial search for the book and kept tabs on him since. Loftur believed the Ghostbusters' Proton Packs would be a sufficient countermeasure against the psychokinetic safeguards placed on the Rauoskinna and related objects. More than twenty years later, Egon collected similar readings at the end of a bust at the United Nations Building and soon after, the others did on Poveglia as well. Kaia May believed Vinter only wanted to the book in order to add it to his collection. Vinter's attempted buy out and rental of services to clear out real estate holdings was a distraction. The real plan was to manipulate the Ghostbusters in order to acquire the Rauoskinna for his master, Loftur. [11] The Poveglian Artifact would have helped shorten the list of possible locations of the key and map needed, but it was destroyed in Paris. Not satisfied with how Vinter's plan was turning out, Loftur finally approached Egon and asked him to help find the Rauoskinna once and for all. Egon refused and Loftur atomized him. Kylie Griffin and Special Agent Melanie Ortiz searched Egon's Apartment after a video of the attack was automatically sent to the Firehouse. Melanie located a recording left behind by Egon that pointed them to Logbook 2714, where Egon's research on the Rauoskinna was kept. Unable to understand Egon's notes, the Ghostbusters went to a parallel dimension to recruit another version of Egon they met previously. The parallel version of Egon read the logbook and concurred that the Rauoskinna was the true goal. Kaia verified his conclusion and gave the Ghostbusters the list of possible locations for the key and map then told them in exchange for the book, Egon would be restored to normal. Kaia fulfilled her orders but advised them to destroy the book once they found it because she didn't think Vinter nor Loftur would keep their word. The boys and girls speculated on trusting Kaia or not and going after the book or not. Kylie proposed thinking of a way to get Egon back and blowing the book up. Peter tasked Ray, Kylie, and parallel Egon with sorting out where they had to go, Melanie and Winston on logistics, Janine to call on the Chicago Ghostbusters for help, and Jenny to inform PCOC of what was going on.

Based on MythologyEdit

The book was allegedly bound in red and written in gold lettered runes. Bishop Gottskalk gathered all the black magic spells, none of which were used since heathen times. The subject of the book was to learn to master magic to such a degree to control the Devil. It was allegedly buried with Gottskalk when he died in December 1520.

PowersEdit

The book has cataloged the most powerful of black magic spells.

AppearancesEdit

IDW Comics

ReferencesEdit

  1. Egon Spengler (2016). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters International #5" (2016) (Comic p.5). Egon Spengler says: "I believe someone has found... The Rauoskinna."
  2. Egon Spengler (2016). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters International #5" (2016) (Comic p.5). Egon Spengler says: "The Rauoskinna is a grimoire of immense power... the spells contains have been said to be capable of controlling the Devil."
  3. Egon Spengler (2016). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters International #5" (2016) (Comic p.5). Egon Spengler says: "Naturally, its author, the Icelandic bishop, Gottskalk Nikulausson, sometimes called Nikulausson the Cruel, didn't want this kind of power to fall into the wrong hands. He placed a spell of protection on the book, binding spirits to discourage anyone who might be looking for it."
  4. Egon Spengler (2016). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters International #5" (2016) (Comic p.5). Egon Spengler says: "The book was later buried with him, and the location was kept secret... or it was meant to be."
  5. Egon Spengler (2016). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters International #5" (2016) (Comic p.5). Egon Spengler says: "Clues were left and hidden around the world by a secret society associated with the church which hoped to find and use the book to control the Devil during Armageddon."
  6. Kaia May (2016). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters International #8" (2016) (Comic p.18). Kaia May says: "They have been separated, hidden, and even moved over the centuries. This is a list of possible locations. The Legend - the scrap of cloth found in Italy - could narrow it down, but as we know, it was destroyed."
  7. Egon Spengler (2016). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters International #5" (2016) (Comic p.5). Egon Spengler says: "The clues were deciphered nearly 200 years after Nikulausson's death by the sorcerer Loftur Þorsteinsson, who found the grave, and the book... but it was attacked by the Spirits of Ocean itself when he tried to leave Iceland with it."
  8. Egon Spengler (2016). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters International #5" (2016) (Comic p.6). Egon Spengler says: "Loftur's body was never recovered-hardly unusual considering it was lost at sea during the 1700s. The book was said to have washed up on shore later, before being returned to Nikulausson's hidden tomb."
  9. Egon Spengler (2016). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters International #5" (2016) (Comic p.5). Egon Spengler says: "The data collected on Poveglia aligned with a startling consistency to those I personally recorded more than twenty years ago in northern Europe, as well as those from the United Nations."
  10. Egon Spengler (2016). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters International #5" (2016) (Comic p.6). Egon Spengler says: "I admit, I was fascinated by the Rauoskinna - this was what I invented the PKE Meter to help me find - but during the course of my search, I came to the belief that maybe, just this once, it would be better to leave well enough alone."
  11. Kaia May (2016). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters International #8" (2016) (Comic p.18). Kaia May says: "Mr. Vinter's charade - his attempt to first buy out your company outright, and then his insistence that you were only clearing out real estate holdings he hoped to invest in -- this was put in place to obscure his master's goal."
  12. Egon Spengler (2016). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters International #4" (2016) (Comic p.12). Egon Spengler says: "I have a lot on my plate right now. Vital research on a Scandinavian spell book..."
  13. Loftur Þorsteinsson (2016). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters International #7" (2016) (Comic p.18). Loftur says: "Ever since your initial research into the Rauoskinna."
  14. Narrator (2016). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters International #8" (2016) (Comic What Came Before! page). Narrator says: "Anyway, Loftur was after an incredibly powerful grimoire (that means spellbook, kids!) and the Ghostbusters would be very helpful in the acquisition."
  15. Peter Venkman (2016). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters International #8" (2016) (Comic p.3). Peter Venkman says: "The rest of us will see what else we can dig up on that "Rauoskinna" thing in the meantime."
  16. Egon Spengler (2016). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters International #8" (2016) (Comic p.5). Egon Spengler says: "--ference, all relevant information on the Rauoskinna now collected in logbook 2714."
  17. Egon Spengler/Animated (2016). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters International #8" (2016) (Comic p.17). Egon Spengler/Animated says: "Taking into account all of the data my counterpart collected, as well as the specifics of your own encounters abroad, I can only concur that the Rauoskinna is precisely what's been sought here."
  18. Kaia May (2016). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters International #8" (2016) (Comic p.18). Kaia May says: "To find and access the tomb that holds the Rauoskinna, you need both a key and a map."


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