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Church of St. Pancras' Altar Cross
Reliquary

Origin

The Great Thunderstorm, 1638

Type

Altar Cross

Effects

Attracts ball lightning

Downsides

Can cause burns

Activation

Placing in the presence of holy articles

Collected by

Warehouse 11

Section

D1545-T3R

Aisle

872190-4807

Shelf

957286-1824-995

Date of Collection

October 1738

[Source]


OriginEdit

The Great Thunderstorm of Widecombe-in-the-Moor in Dartmoor, Kingdom of England, took place on Sunday, 21 October 1638, when the church of St Pancras was apparently struck by ball lightning during a severe thunderstorm. An afternoon service was taking place at the time, and the building was packed with approximately 300 worshippers. Four of them were killed, around 60 injured, and the building severely damaged. Worshippers recorded a strange darkness, followed by a ball of fire shooting through the roof and around the church. Local legend stated the lightning was really the devil arriving to capture a sleeping card player.

EffectsEdit

Proximity to religious objects will release ball lightning. Errant strikes have been known to cause severe burns to the victim.

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