(2/2) … Dee had long feared this moment coming and had some plans already drafted to set into motion. He retreated back to his library with his main goal of the indefinite preservation of his collection long after his death. During his tenure as a reader at Oxford, he and his students created a service for students and professors to submit for information or fact checking on their research at Dee’s library. Its location in London was an obvious sticking point in its logistics but its proximity to communication and trade channels of the globe, provided a constant stream of information, talent and new manuscripts. In its peak, it was rumoured that the library’s collection contained either the original or an immaculate and indiscernible copy of nearly every important work in the known world. Dee’s own knowledge, alongside his researchers, students and his considerable resources attracted the attention of other natural philosophers and occultic academics worldwide, which developed Dee’s own theories and provided much-needed wealth in exchange for the library’s specific services.
The money he received paid for a commission of a secret area built into the very foundations of the Library. It was designed by Dee to store for the most important manuscripts and research papers on the occult alongside facilities to carry out research and further studies away from the public eye. When Queen Elizabeth cut all ties with Dee, his plans were set into motion. His researchers, assistants and students moved Dee’s library, his personal effects and their research into the secret storehouse before the university could clear the library and his offices itself. The service the library had offered to the university was renamed the Department of Statistical Anomalies by the Dean in hopes to distance itself from its association with Dee. The Dean’s reaction was expected by Dee and before dissociating himself with Oxford University made sure that funding for the library and the university’s new department was also partially funnelled into his legacy.
By the late stages of his life, Dee was over seventy-five years old. Queen Elizabeth I had died and King James VI had no intention of allowing Dee to step foot in his court. To protect the hidden knowledge and research for future generations, he staged a very public decline into poverty. He started in 1605 by selling his property so that his daughter and wife could look after him in his old age. Either in late 1608 or early 1609, his death reached all of London within hours. Some say he staged his own death, others say he committed suicide to protect what he loved the most. Others say that his death was unexpected even to him, either by murder due to his associations, or catching fatal illness while with the poor. There is, however, no clear report on when or how he died, and to where his body was eventually buried.
The Department of Statistical Anomalies became two-fold. The public image is known to academics and the secret world that Dee had preserved. In the shadow of the new department, The Society of Natural Philosophy was formed and existed in various guises of the years as a way for those who were interested in the occult could express their thoughts and come together without fear. It remained in its majority function as its counterpart, a fact-checking service for specifically occultic research. They co-opted the public acronym DoSA, replacing the ‘O’ of ‘of’ for ‘occult’ and capitalising the O to differentiate between what was for the main department and what was for the occult researchers. There were even at times enough senior members to create a faculty of teaching staff. In most instances when this occurred, their numbers were cut short by unexplained deaths and disappearances. The latest swell and inevitable cull in numbers occurred in the early nineteenth century following a ‘momentous’ discovery in Arabia.
Although their numbers are now small, the department continues their occultic research far beyond the initial ideals set out by Dee. Although not publically known anymore, the department still operates within certain academic, trade and adventuring circles. With recent events across the globe, and the discovery of lost tribes, beliefs and civilisations, the department has shifted from the library and laboratory to focus more on field studies, archaeology and private investigations. Even in those small social spheres, DOSA and its associated research fields are still considered heretical to science and religion, dangerous to those associated, and even more so to mankind.
The latest rumours put D.O.S.A at the forefront of the protection of England, Great Britain and all her domestic affairs against threats beyond everyday comprehension.