Having carefully removed the Palermo Ruby from its setting on the Mace, I really had no further use for the thing: too big for a paperweight, useless as a toasting fork and too oddly shaped for a differential axle. I’ve passed it on to the owner of the pawn shop in Clockhaven. He assures me he can dispose of it discretely.
In the meantime further research notes have arrived from my contacts in Britain. Copying notes from family histories is a time consuming process. Deciphering grammatical constructs of Elizabethan prose is arduous, but at least it’s better than trying to translate 9th century Latin. As my earlier research had noted the stone sent to Roger Bacon ended up in the possession of the John Dee. Upon Dee’s death the stone came to Henry Percy, the 9th Earl of Northumberland, a close friend of Dee’s.
In an interesting twist of fate, one of Percy’s last diary entries records that the stone has been sent “as payment in full” to the 4th Earl of Primbroke, who had recently inherited the title on the death of his older brother. His investiture portrait shows him wearing a rather ornate plaid broach on his shoulder, centred with what very much looks like the remaining Palermo ruby. [img_assist|nid=2452|title=4th Earl of Primbroke|desc=|link=popup|align=center|width=531|height=640]
The current holder of the title is the 12th Earl, New Babbage’s Edward Pearse, the Duke of Argylle.
I may have to pay a call on the Duke. Although, it might be better if I send an emissary.