Emerald Tablets are small green items found typically near Orbs of True Knowledge, primarily significant for the game lore they contain. When examined, tablets will at first show their text in glowing green glyphs, which slowly morphs into readable text. Every tablet is different, and most are accompanied by an Orb of True Knowledge, with the exception of the Secretorum Hermetis and Tabula Smaragdina.
Kick and throw
Emerald Tablets can be used as weapons by throwing them at enemies, similar to rocks created by the Summon Rock spell. This can be highly effective against most enemies, as they do considerable damage and are counted as accidental ('trick') kills, rewarding twice as much gold dropped. Physics damage is highly effective even against powerful enemies such as Stevari, so having a tablet on hand can provide a powerful if sometimes unwieldy weapon.
Kicking the thrown tablet can extend the range and velocity of the tablet. Click your [kick] key/button about 1/4 second before your throw, to get roughly the optimal timing for a downwards/diagonal kick. Different angles require other timing, with upward angles being hard to do. See tutorial video for details:
They can also be converted into gold when placed on the altar on top of the floating island above the Mountain, although converting too many (>2) can trigger Hell Gazers (2/9 chance) to spawn. See the Forest page for details.
The tablet may disappear if it goes too far off screen.
List of Emerald Tablets
|Emerald Tablet of Thoth||
The necessity of concealing the Art is one of the chief anxieties
|On top of the Pyramid in the Desert|
The sacrifice of oneself to the pursuit of knowledge
|Located in the Forest to the left in the giant tree above the Collapsed Mines.|
If all the mountains were of silver and gold,
|The right side of the Mines near the Lava Lake.|
|Emerald Tablet - Volume I||
Tis true without lying, certain and most true.
|Located high in the air directly above the starting Mountain inside the floating island, beneath the altar.|
|Emerald Tablet - Volume II||
Thence is born a spirit white as snow,
|At the bottom of the Frozen Vault.|
|Emerald Tablet - Volume III||Heed my warning, or death and decay will follow.||Located beneath the Lava Lake east of the Mines.|
|Emerald Tablet - Volume IV||
The definition of death is the disjunction of the composite,
|At the bottom of the Sandcave.|
|Emerald Tablet - Volume V||
And the Lord spake, saying,
|The left side of the Magical Temple.|
|Emerald Tablet - Volume VI||
Some Alchemists fancy that the work from beginning to end is a mere idle entertainment;
|Towards the bottom of the Lukki Lair.|
|Emerald Tablet - Volume VII||
Among those who devote themselves to the transmutation of metals,
|Past the lava pool that Tabula Smaragdina can be found near, over a chasm, in The Orb Room.|
|Emerald Tablet - Volume VIII||
Woe unto all ye fools!
|In the middle of The Work (Hell)|
|Emerald Tablet - Volume IX||
In this way, then, Nature generates by means of this sulphur
|In The Orb Room, located deep within the Snow Chasm.|
|Emerald Tablet - Volume X||
Take, he tells us, the stone of gold, combine with humour
|At the bottom of the Desert Chasm in a temple similar to The Orb Room.|
The name of the tablet remains the same, but the text content changes. Most numbered tablets can be converted in this manner, and the resulting stone tablet will contain a hint at which materials are required to reveal hidden glyphs in the Orb Room the tablet came from. Adding the material(s) to one of the basins in the orb room (after removing the water they usually contain) will reveal glyphs which can be translated into Finnish, revealing some of the story of the game.
|Emerald Tablet of Thoth||Cannot|
|Emerald Tablet - Volume I||Cannot|
|Emerald Tablet - Volume II||Yes||The essence of life and death.|
|Emerald Tablet - Volume III||Cannot|
|Emerald Tablet - Volume IV||Yes||Prove thine knowledge, from what is the west created of.|
|Emerald Tablet - Volume V||Yes||Prove thine knowledge, from what the east is created of.|
|Emerald Tablet - Volume VI||Yes||To have true knowledge is to see the darkness of ignorance.|
|Emerald Tablet - Volume VII||Yes||To gain true knowledge, one must slow down and not hurry.|
|Emerald Tablet - Volume VIII||Yes||Awaken, the flock of the shepherd and think for thyself!|
|Emerald Tablet - Volume IX||Yes||To walk a mile in someone else's boots.|
|Emerald Tablet - Volume X||Yes||True knowledge is a slippery thing. The unfortunate side effects of our divine stone.|
- The Emerald Tablets and many of the quotes on them are references to the real Emerald Tablet, which is occasionally referenced in Occult, Alchemical and esoteric contexts.
- Emerald Tablet Volume V contains a quote from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, fitting the Holy Bomb spell next to it.
- It is possible to use a tablet and the "unstuck" game feature (which deletes a small area around your feet if you mash A+W+D keys without moving) to destroy parts of the world. This makes it possible to 'dig' out of the Holy Mountain as demonstrated in this clip by Letaali.
- The art for all 3 volumes of the official soundtrack contains ciphered text from the first Emerald Tablet: "FROM ONE BY THE MEDIATION OF ONE"