In 1538 there was a secret summit held between the ruling elite of mankind and visitors from another world. Here a deal was struck - in exchange for technology and the secrets of the universe, the Illuminati would give up a number of humans for testing. The exact number is unknown, but it has certainly grown over the centuries.
Why would such an advanced species even care what primitives such as man would want? Even now they could destroy us at a whim. Hans Holbien suspected that there were higher powers yet, some force above even the Visitors, and our immortal souls were sold out from under us.
Ever since I finished this carving, my nightly visitations ceased. Perhaps They think I'm one of Them?