|“||We call it the Anomaly Stone.||”|
|— Gabriel Santiago [src]|
The Anomaly Stones, also known as The Device, or simply the Stones, are mysterious alien artifacts of an extraterrestrial origin. These objects were created by an unknown alien race that created the Stones.
The Anomaly Stone is thousands of years old and has 744 symbols on it. It was created by an unknown race before their Transcendence, presumably the one that the Judge belongs to. Gabriel thinks the stone is likely responsible for the radio signal disruption on the moon, due to the Anomaly. This artifact is able to control the Temporal Anomaly and is present on each of the worlds the Anomaly exists on. By entering a specific code, the Anomaly can be targeted for a specific destination.
Hope explains that each mind has its own unique code, a biometric signature. By entering Hope's code, Octavia was able to pull her to Sanctum while Hope could send Octavia back through using a tag. As later revealed, Levitt used a device left behind by the native Bardoans to get the code and tattoo it on Octavia's back. The Bardoans had used this method to pull back people who got stuck in the Anomaly when they used it.
Gabriel suggests that the species that created the Anomaly Stones did so while looking for a new home too. Using the Stones and the Anomaly, they could search for a new planet without the need for years of space travel or cryosleep.
The Anomaly Stone has what Becca Franko calls "the final code" leading to Judgment Day, the end of humanity. This code brings the being that uses it to another plane of existence where they represent their species before the Judge to determine if their species will Transcend or be annihilated. The beings on Etherea achieved Transcendence in this manner, but the Bardoans and many other species failed the test and were wiped out.
According to Bill Cadogan, the Anomaly Stones are indestructible.
The Anomaly Stones can be deactivated which causes them to stop floating and sag to the floor. However, the Anomaly still remains active allowing travel to the world in question. The Anomaly Stone can be reactivated using another code. Entering a planetary code also appears to reactivate the Anomaly Stone as seen when Raven Reyes input the code to Sanctum into the deactivated Earth Stone and it shot back into the air on its own and resumed hovering.
While an Anomaly Stone is deactivated, the world in question is listed as being off-line on the Disciples' star map, meaning that the star map can't be used to find the code to travel to that world. Reactivating the Anomaly Stone in question appears to make the world accessible again via the star map as both Raven and Clarke had no trouble in opening the Anomaly to Earth after the Earth Stone was reactivated while before only Cadogan knew the code.
This is a list of known planets/moons in the Milky Way Galaxy that have the Stones.
In the series
Gabriel studied the Anomaly and its symbols for over 150 years. He stored all that information in the outpost located above the Anomaly Stone.
Behind the series
During the Title Sequence, the anomaly symbols appear transitioning from original latin letters:
The Anomaly Stones were created by an unknown extraterrestrial race that achieved Transcendence. Many races would, over time, discover the Stones and ultimately activate what Becca Franko called "the final code" leading to a test before the Judge that would determine if the species would Transcend or be annihilated. One such species was a race of giants known as the Bardoans. The Bardoans used the Stones to travel to different planets, but failed the Judge's test and were wiped out. The Anomaly Stones are currently abandoned on six different worlds in the Milky Way Galaxy, after the Bardoans went extinct.
Bill Cadogan, the leader of the Second Dawn, had first discovered the Anomaly Stone on Earth, in the South American country of Peru, where he found it in a secret observatory beneath the Temple of the Sun in Machu Picchu. Cadogan spent ten years before the Nuclear Apocalypse and two years after it trying to get the Stone to work without success. However, Becca Franko was able to figure out the code for Bardo using the Flame and Cadogan eventually led the Disciples through the Anomaly to there. At some point, the Earth Stone was buried underneath its position in Cadogan's lab. An Azgeda symbol on the spot suggests that Azgeda had something to do with it.
On Bardo, the Disciples found logs left behind by the native Bardoans describing their history and use of the Anomaly Stone. After centuries of work, the Disciples were able to translate the Bardoan language and discovered a log discussing activating the Stone and it becoming a bright star leading leading to judgment and transcendence, the same effect that Becca experienced when she discovered what Becca called "the final code" using the Flame. The Disciples translation suggested that there would be a last war fought when this code was entered, something that they based their whole mythology and effort around. However, the Bardoans did not record what this code was forcing the Disciples to search for it on their own. The Disciples assigned a code-breaking team to figure out the secrets of the Anomaly Stone. One known code that they found was a 10-digit code that allowed the Disciples to harness the power of the Anomaly. However, after that they were unable to find any more codes for decades.
Throughout the Series
In The Blood of Sanctum, the Anomaly Stone makes its first appearance, as Gabriel shows Bellamy, Octavia, and Echo the artifact. Octavia activates a code tattooed on her back, causing the Anomaly to expand and release Hope Diyoza who injects Octavia with a locator tag. As the Anomaly returns to normal, Octavia vanishes as Hope collapses.
|Red Sun Rising||Absent|
|The Children of Gabriel||Absent|
|The Face Behind the Glass||Absent|
|The Gospel of Josephine||Absent|
|The Old Man and the Anomaly||Absent|
|What You Take With You||Absent|
|Ashes to Ashes||Absent|
|The Blood of Sanctum||Appears|
|From the Ashes||Absent|
|Welcome to Bardo||Appears|
|The Queen's Gambit||Appears|
|A Little Sacrifice||Appears|
|A Sort of Homecoming||Mentioned|
|The Dying of the Light||Appears|
|The Last War||Appears|
Notes and Trivia
- The Anomaly Stone has a mysterious symbol known as an Octonion taking the form of a simple letter O. Gabriel Santiago believes that it may be connected to Octavia Blake in some manner due to her time in the Anomaly and her having the Anomaly Stone combination on her back.
- One of Octavia's nicknames is "O". If the O symbol does indeed stand for Octavia, a B symbol could stand for either Bellamy or Bardo, as the people who kidnapped Bellamy were from Bardo, according to the HUD in their helmets, and they also had Anomaly markings similar to Hope and Octavia.
- Earth's Anomaly Stone is still located somewhere in the Second Dawn Bunker as confirmed in "A Sort of Homecoming." However, Wonkru never found it during their six years in the bunker.
- In "The Last War," Raven calls the Anomaly Stone a pulsar when its light turns bright red after the Judge decides that humanity is to be annihilated.