The Third Mystery

I previously talked about two of Lucerna’s three great mysteries, the lost history and the nightmares.  Today I’m going to talk about the last, the disappearances.
In this case, the name really says it all.  In rare instances people of Lucerna have been known to vanish, seemingly into thin air.  There’s never any sign of a struggle and, in many cases, they leave behind meals half eaten, books partially read, and other signs which imply that their departure was both sudden and unplanned.
Despite decades of research, Lucerna’s scientists have been unable to find any explanation for these disappearances.  In most instances, the person or people who have vanished are never seen again.  There have been rare cases of victims returning days or even weeks later (often in a completely different place), but the experience always leaves them broken in mind and spirit, unable to even comprehend their surroundings, much less talk of the experience.  For the Angellus, the disappearances are something to be feared as much as, or perhaps even more than, the nightmares.