The Dresden Files - Los Angeles
Tablet of Thoth
This artifact is a wedge of stone with a length of about 1.5 feet and a rounded edge about 1.3 feet. It appears to have been an ornamental decoration, perhaps the keystone of an arch or a centerpiece on a sarcophagus. The surface of the stone is painted with a scene of a man with a birds head handing down a thick scroll to a man seated below him in deference. Hieroglyphs in the background of the scene can be translated as saying “Knowledge must be preserved, judge harshly those that destroy it.” Curious markings along the slanting sides seem to be parts of some type of symbols, writing perhaps, but unlike the rest of the piece.
This stone tablet went missing from the The Los Angeles County Museum of Art during a break-in that resulted in two brutal murders. The investigation is ongoing and the police have no motive for the murders as most of the exhibits were just vandalized, but an inventory is ongoing.