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Inside an old heirloom copy of the Colonel Sassacre's text, John Egbert finds a note left by his Nanna. In it, she predicts her own death and details the adventures that are yet to befall John. She seems to know a good deal about the Incipisphere and Sburb as a whole.
In actuality, the book was not an heirloom, but John's copy of the text flung into the past by Nannasprite. During the end of Act 3, while John fights through hordes of imps and ogres to reach the first gate, Nannaquin can be seen etching the note into John's (then new) copy of the text and throwing it into the Land of Wind and Shade below. From there it was retrieved by Jade's grandfather, who brought it to the Ectobiology Lab, where it was later sent back to Earth via meteoric delivery along with baby John. This meteor ended up striking Nanna's joke shop, obliterating it and killing her. Dad then hid it in a safe, which 13 years later was torn apart by John, after which he finally read the note.
This exact same copy, note included, survived the scratch, due to Skaia resetting the paradox clones' portals to send them into the post-scratch universe, to be read again by Jane. Calliope suggests to Jane that she was the one to write the note, hiding her information about the scratch, Jane is however skeptical about it.
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- You are no doubt reading this as a handsome and strapping young man! Why, the mangrit needed to lift the book is itself a sign of your maturity, not even to speak of the wisdom needed to grasp the nuance of Sassacre's time-tested mischief. I am so proud of you, grandson!
How I wish I could have delivered this heirloom to you in the flesh. But I am afraid it wasn't in the cards! For you see, John, like you, this book must yet take a journey! Its journey will end on the Final Day of my life, and even then will continue some. Though I suppose that will be up to your Father. Perhaps he will discuss it with you one day, when he and you are ready.
But it is your journey I am writing about to wish you luck! There will come a day when you will be thrust into another world. And once you arrive, that is only the beginning! You will soon delve even deeper into a realm of Warring Royalty in a Timeless Expanse. A realm of Agents and Exiles and Consorts and Kernelsprites. Of toiling Underlings and slumbering Denizens. A realm where four will gather, the Heir of Breath and Seer of Light, the Knight of Time and Witch of Space, and together they will Ascend.
John, if only you knew how important you were! I regret my passing came so early in your life. And yet I feel in my heart we have already met. But what I know for sure is that we will meet again!
Until then, John, I do hope your Father keeps you well fed!
With Love, Nanna ♥
P.S. Hoo Hoo Hoo!
- From p. 2659