In 1839, a group of English lords and nobles, members of the HYDRA society, assembled in a castle in England. They had a lottery where he who chose the white stone from a bag of stones would enter the chamber containing the Monolith. Lord Thornally chose a black stone; Lord Manzini selected the white one.
While preparing food, water, and a sword for Manzini's journey, a Younger Lord asked about the possibility of Manzini returning. As they heard Manzini scream, Thornally let the youth know that no one has ever returned after entering the chamber.