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The Spectral Sea is a book written by Jeremiah Lynch in late 1959 and privately published by him. Similarly to his previous book, The Atlantean Bequest, Being a Meditation on the Megaliths of Eyre, it explores his feigned theories about the existence of the mythical city of Atlantis. This book was likely an attempt by Lynch to profit upon the gullibility of his readers.

There's Something in the SeaEdit

During Orrin Oscar Lutwidge's journey to the Frozen Triangle in 1959, he stopped in Ireland and visited Jeremiah Lynch. While he was there he read a manuscript of The Spectral Sea which he used to create a riddle for the fourth level of the Vault Puzzle:

"All the Red Pawn's ancient lore should be studiously ignored. The stones are mute. They tell you not. Yet in his pack of lies, he's caught an accidental truth. The tales they tell in Reykjavik of sailors lost and broken ships all end in tragedy, save one. Tell the name, and you'll be done, save five more steps, forsooth."

During Phase Three of "There's Something in the Sea" Mark Meltzer discovered that the Red Pawn's "pack of lies" referred to Lynch's book, The Spectral Sea, and its accidental truth was a mention of the "Phantom Lighthouse;" the Lighthouse that housed the bathysphere which brought Jack to Rapture at the beginning of BioShock.

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The Spectral Sea

The Spectral Sea                                381


There is no question why the icy waters beneath Greenland and
Iceland remain, even today, haunted by dark rumours of
ghostly ships, of grotesque leviathans and of strange disappear-
ances. For these waters are the home of a network of vortices
- dark portals of negative spirit energy. The forces tapped by
Atlantis are, even now, only barely understood by mortal men.
Superstitions can but hint at how we must navigate these
spectral forces. It is said by some that the ancient mariners
possessed secret charts which told how to navigate the angles
around Atlantis. If the cautious sailor travelled from one
vortex to the next in a set and specific pattern, he could avoid
triggering the dark forces that consumed the unwary.
These dark waters, no doubt, present dire dangers for the
novice; the entrance to Atlantis may still be accessible to the
adept - but how, pray tell, would the sailor recognize his desti-
nation?
The marker was the most awful dolmen of them all!
As we have witnessed in our researches, the megaliths and
dolmens of old are remnants of a long-forgotten culture. The
stones at Carrowmore are but one example, a nexus of
numerous points of ley lines. The energy at this portal is self-
evident to anyone who has ever stood in its presence: the
hackles fairly rise. Yet its power is but a hint of the awe-inspir-
ing dolmen that towers in those icy waters!
It is described a looming black oblelisque topped by a
shining light. It has fallen into fisher-men's lore as "the
Phantom Lighthouse." It is no specter, though, but the final
risen marker of the sunken city.
hopefully THIS isn't the "secret"
that Lutwidge found - mystical bullshit!

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