Origins of Schloss Tegal

Berlin, Schloss Tegel, ParkseiteThe actual geographic location of Schloss Tegal is speculative at best as there are no known archeological records of the actual castle. what information that is available comes from regional folklore, historical records and surviving documents archived in the former Soviet Union records of World War 2 located in Moscow. Schloss Tegal stood on land that has a legacy of particularly strange and sanguine occurrences. Beginning with the arrival of the Tsalal, a nomadic tribe originating from the steppes of the Ukraine in 114 AD. This little known group erected a series of monoliths and mounds deep in this forested region, after conquering the inhabitants. It was here that the Tsalal practiced their religion, which involved human sacrifice of the subjugated locals. the Tsalal met their demise in 117 AD when Roman legion led by general Tiberius was dispatched from Rome to investigate the grizzly rumors and to take action if necessary. According to the records of the Roman historian Guaccius. He states in his book “Germanik Histories” written in 146 AD. What the Roman legion discovered wa sof such a vile and obscene nature that every member of the Tsalal was put to the sword, dismembered and then piled up and burnt like so much chord wood. The monoliths were pulled down, the mounds unearthed and the land and accompanying ashes was plowed under and sown with salt, in an act of purification. This ritual of purification was short lived.

At the end of the Third Crusade in 1192, a sect of Templars, the Order of the Double Star, upon returning from the Middle East, built a kind of fortress/church in this very same area which was then known as Jogothsheim. the Templars had been searching for this specific geographic location for many years and upon finding it, built a keep, utilizing the broken monoliths of the Tsalal for the foundation. This was the first incarnation of Schloss Tegal, Castle Tegal. The first actual written account of Schlosss Tegal can be found in the records of the inquisition during the great purges of the Middle Ages. Why the particular sect was branded as heretics and eventually burned at the stake is unknown. Certain books and idols originating from the Middle East were found in the chapel of the castle, along with a man-made pool in which skeletal remains were found. The relics in question were removed to the Vatican library and the castle was abandoned until approximately 1560, when the central abbey was rebuilt and inhabited by the alchemist Lycosthenes. The refurbished castle was the place the alchemist was accustomed to retire with his minions, the unmen, in order to carry his furtive works. It was here that he wrote his great treatise on The Great Work, also known as the Compendium Maleficarum. The Museum in Leipzig contains a superb picture by an unknown master of the Flemish school, dating from the middle of  the fifteenth century. It portrays, Lycosthenes creating the infamous homunculi, who stalked the region. in 1611, according to the Bamberg Staatsbibliothek; the fires of hell engulfed the Hexenhaus, as the locals called the castle known as Schloss Tegal.

In 1924, Schloss Tegal is again rebuilt. This time by Dr. Heinrich Brukl, who established a psychiatric clinic on the very same area of the castle proper, citing the natural beauty of the surrounding pine woods and mountains as an ideal environment for recovering patients. Dr. Burkl, a WWI veteran and protege of Jung and Huber created a hospital for the benefit of his fellow survivors of the Great War, utilizing art and industrial therapy as a means to treat “shell shocked” veterans. With the unexplained disappearances of Dr. Burkl in 1937, when a Dr. Rotshadel reopened the institution and had been personally selected higher ups to run the facility and to continue the “experiments”. In 1944, Soviet troops captured Schloss Tegal and what they found there can only be left to conjecture, the photos, medical records and documents pertaining to the liberation” of Schloss Tegal have yet to be declassified. The allies bombed the entire area that made up the Rylechsberg facility. What did the Soviets find there to warrant such an action? Why are there no records of this “top secret” bombing? This obliteration marked the end of the physical structure that made up Schloss Tegal and yet Schloss Tegal continues to exist albeit on an imaginative or hyper-dimensional level, outside this physical realm as a place of horror and nightmare. It is the anti-world and in the final analysis, there are experts on this subject far better qualified than I, but I am compelled to make the record before time dims these events from my memory or they are forcibly erased.

This excerpt is taken from the journal of Professor J.D. Krath, head curator of the Caelano Research Library.