In fact, so strong was this sworn silence, that under the pain of death, the custodians of this ancient wisdom would rather give a placebo.
(And this is how "new age" material was born)
It looked real enough on the surface… and somewhat convincing.
But it was a mere shadow of "the real thing" which was kept in the highest secrecy.
Soon enough however, this shadow caused a problem.
You see, as these secrets traveled across generations, so did the shadow.