Arcana

The Return to Eureka
Loneliness, and a Gathering

Characters present:
James Carson, Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Karl)
Matthew Stevens, Professor of Symbology (Scott)
Gunther Carson, Travelworn Occultist (Josh)
Oliver Alexandre, Phlogiston Entrepreneur (Dave)
Ethan Tibor, Stoic Butler (Morgan)

Nine years have passed since the events at Bloody Island. Eureka has boomed into a thriving industrial megalopolis. The Carson children and their associates, scattered around the globe, receive a summons back to Eureka, to the other Carson estate…

Through a series of flashbacks, we see the events of the last nine years. In chronological order (not the order in which they were played), we see:

- James traveling to Vienna to meet Gunther, who has just finished his studies. James is in trade in Chicago, watching over Violet and Corva as the two girls finish their boarding school education. Gunther has used the last of his “inheritance” from the state of Jefferson to book passage to the Middle East, there to continue his studies. The two half-brothers travel to a bar, but while James is in the mood to celebrate, Gunther already seems haunted by a spectre of weltschmerz (world-weariness). After a few rounds of absinthe, James puts on a display, levitating a glass and swirling the beer inside with arcane force before drinking it. Gunther can see, through a second sight, the energy that James draws from a pair of his father’s cufflinks. In the crowd, some onlookers whisper, “strega!” (Card: Rest)

- Oliver arriving at the Carson estate in Myrtletown. He is met by the Carson’s butler, Tibor, who asks him for his card. Oliver requests to see Violet, believing that she is in town. Tibor lets Oliver cool his heels for a bit before letting him in to the family’s parlor. Upon realizing that their unexpected visitor is in fact Oliver Alexadre, Mary, one of the kitchen maids, recommends that Tibor go and tell William Carson, head of the Carson phlogiston empire, that Oliver is in the parlor. With his extensive knowledge of family gossip, Tibor knows that Oliver is paid by the Carsons to maintain a small phlogiston supply enterprise. Tibor presents Oliver’s card to Mr. Carson, who barely glances at it before handing Tibor a thick parcel to give to Oliver. Opening the parcel, Tibor sees that it is stuffed with cash. He hands the package to Oliver, who looks inside, then makes a shamefaced exit. (Card: Refinement)

- Matthew, now a respected young professor, returning to Eureka to give a lecture on symbology at Arcata University. After the lecture, James comes up to talk to Matthew, saying he is in town to see Oliver. He remarks on how well Matthew seems to be doing. Matthew asks after James and the other Carsons, and the two make stilted small talk until a young woman who was in the audience asks Matthew to autograph her copy of his popular book on symbols. Matthew and James make feeble plans to see each other again, before two of the professors at Arcata call Matthew over to resolve a debate they are having about Babylonian cuneiform symbols. Matthew tries to tell the faculty members to wait, but James tells him to go and join them. When Matthew enters the professorial discussion, he glances over his shoulder to look for James, but the other man is already gone. (Card: Poverty)

- Oliver and Matthew meeting at one of the Eureka Boardwalk cafes. It is shortly after Matthew’s lecture, and James has told Oliver that Matthew is in town. Oliver insists that Matthew tell him how he is using phlogiston in his lectures. He appears to think that Matthew is some sort of stage magician. Matthew tries to set the record straight, but Oliver is having none of it. Oliver orders them two cocktails swirled with glittering black phlogiston (which Matthew politely refuses to drink). Matthew notices that Oliver appears high or in an altered state as the younger man quaffs his drink. A bright-eyed young inventor comes up to show his schematic to Oliver, who waves him off. Matthew takes the schematic but can’t make sense of it and hands it back. The inventor leaves. Matthew berates Oliver for his callousness, but Oliver says something about litigation and presses Matthew again to admit that he uses phlogiston.

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Darkness and Fire: The truth about the Carson estate

The cabinet has just fallen down with a crash. Against one wall there are ship parts, pulley, lumber, ship repair tools, hamers, saws. Mismatched cabinets , as though from many different homes. There are 5 cabinets (one is a bookcase), one we broke. There are things stacked on the bookcase, like tools and crap. The flikcring light makes it hard to see.
We stop to listen, and can’t hear the dogs or the storm. I can hear a clock ticking, I think. Gunter blames everyone else, then starts looking around. After James tells me to be careful, I go over to look at stuff. Oliver grabs the lamp, and looks at what has spilled out of the cabinet, like twists of black rope, tied into nautical knots, with tags on each one. Gunther realizes that these are made from human hair!!!! He drops them, and asks for James. James comes up with a broom, and after Gutnther tells himssomething, James gasps.
Oliver is looking at ropes and pulleys with the lantern, looking for valuble things, like silver spoons. Underneath a sail, he finds an old nautical pistol! Whoa! Violet is trying to talk Gunther into taking the gun.He goes into the shadows to play with his new toy. Violet goes and opens a cabinet, and finds a large collection of knives! Many of the knives are made of stone; there is a coil of rope in the back. James continues to boss everyone around. Violet hears the creeking of floorboards, somewhere up above. Then goes to look at the table. Oliver goes and shows James his gun, then James goes to see what is behind the door. Gunther finds a mounted fish, and a spear. He takes it to the light, and sees that it intricately carved with pictograhs and strange letters. Violet has gone to the corner cabinet, and it is filled with jars, apothecary jars. Some of them have mechanical bits. One is filled with black grains. Some mechanical parts are weirdly put together.

Soothing is like pumice. Violet gets a jar filled with liquid, nd sees that there is a severed head , pickld in the jar. “Guys, look!!!”

Suddenly, the door at the top of the stairs opens, and a shaft of light lances down. Oliver goes up the stairs, after ditching his pistol, trying to take the blame. I try to hide in the dark corner, Violet crawls into the cabinet, which as a acid, earthy smell.
It turns out that Uncle Anthony Maxwell, kindly?, is at the top of the stairs. (He is Bianca’s Brother. James makes up a story about being chased by the dogs. Clearly, Max does not belive James. James protests, but Max wants to come down the stairs and see. Then Oliver comes out of hiding, and exclaims that he has been hit on the head! Anthony takes the two boys, puts his arms around them, and tells them that he understands, and he wants to know what is going on. James sasy, “I nknnow this is a family matter, so I hade to understand so that I can help my mother and my sipbling.s. James knows that of all the people on bloody island, Anthony is always been the one who has tried to make things go well. James says, “blah blah, perhaps then the other children can come out.”
Mathew has been knocked out all this time, and comes to.
I sneak under something musty, and hide.
The cellar is very dark, and Mathew is… hiding.
Gunther is hiding. Anthony clears his throat, and says, “If there are other children hiding down here, you should come out.” “You should tell me if there are other children, because you don’t want to be down here after dark! Lets go, but you have to be very quiet.”
Anthony looks around, then they leave (Anthony, Mathew, Gunther) The west wing clearly has not been used much, but it is still grand. Anthony tells ames that mother has been sick for a year or so.
The door is closed, so then it is completely dark. Violet creeps out of the cabinet. I get the sense that it is indeed dangerous to be down here. I try to got the rest of us to leave. Violet goes and starts up the stairs.

Meanwhile, the others are walking on thick carpet with Uncle Anthony Maxwell. They can hear the ticking clocks. Anthony is looking from side to side, then pushes open a door to a pitch black room, and ushers the kids in- James remembers that this is Father’s drinking room. It smells of whiskey and cigars. It may be connected to Father’s office. Mathew tries to slide into one of the side rooms, and does. Anthony comes into the room, and closes the door with James and Oliver, then leaves. Mathew is in a study of some kind. He hides under a desk. Anthony pokes his head and and calls for Stevens, then leaves, unaware.

Meanwhile, Violet is listening for people, and hears nothing. She decides that the coast is clear. Violet continues up the stairs. She is very curious. Violet opens the door, and hears a door close. She steals a lantern, and runs into a room. It is the same room that Mathew is hiding in. The room has been trashed, and robbed, certainly books are missing. Violet goes to the desk.

Meanwhile, Gunther and I are sitting in the dark, waiting. Gunther starts to make his way to the stairs, I follow on all fours.

Meanwhile, Oliver lights a lamp, and they can see the big liquor cabinot, plush leather couches, big portrait of Gunther and Bianca between two big winders, then the headlamps from a hansom throw light into the room as it drives up and around. A man gets out of the cab, and comes up to the door, it is Dr. Hadley, who has been treating Mother.

Meanwhile, Gunther goes be the door outside in the hallway and and Anthony comes in and says, “I found the kids in here, so I put them in a room. I hope they stay in the room. Gunther sees that Anthony is with the Dr.

Meanwhile, Violet and Matt hears them go by, talking about preparing something.

Oliver can see something moving outside in the trees, something bigger than the dogs, the rain is bending around something. It moves branches too. James wants to go see Mother, since the Dr. is here, this may mean something is wronk with Mother.

Mathew and Violet: Violet goes to the desk, Mathew tries to trip her thinking she is Anthony, they get tangled up, then Violet crawls under the desk with him. They look around-

We hear a high pitched hoarse female scream!

End of the hall there are double doors; into a rarely used ballroom.

Oliver takes me to a window, and in a crash of lightning I see a broad flat face with black hair in the woods, then it is gone.

James is in the ballroom, and by the crash of lightning, he can see tubes coming out of the organ, onto a table in the middle of the ballroom, upon which Bianca is laying, with the tubes going into her. She is ghostly white, with cracks upon her skin creeping towards her face. Tubes and cords are going into her chest, all from the organ. There is no way she could be alive; she is not breathing. Gunther strolls in. The machine is humming. The ticking clock that we heard was the ticking of this machine.

James tells us not to come close, and Bianca grabs his neck! Bianca is gagging around a tube, making sputtering choaking noises. Gunther can see that Bianca is dead! Bianco tries to communicate! The machine is perfusing something into her, replacing her fluids with a black oil! Looking at the tube feeding into her, there is a black residue like the stuff that Violet found in the cupboard. Bianca gasps, “Children! You have to get out of here!” “You have to get Gunther’s Journal! It is the only way you can understand! Jimmy, get the journal, then get George Wilson, he is the only one you can trust!” James is sobbing inconsolably. “I have always loved you children!” Gunther manages to stop the machine, and Biancas eyes flutter closed.
We hear Father’s voice, “CHILDREN!”
James says, “Oliver! Give me the pistol!”
Gunther picks up the tub of the stuff they pumped out of Mother.
Oliver gives James the pistol.
Mathew runs back to the study, with Violet.
I stand, terrified!
Father enters onto the balcony, and his face is a mask of rage!
Oliver and Gunther carry the tub out of the room.
Coming down from the balcony, is Father, Dr., Anthony, and Johanes Gupter, with some sort of device/backpack/rifle, and he levels it at James.
James, “This is my Mother!”
Father says, “You don’t know what love is! It’s coming for you too!”
James Shoots his father in the shoulder!
Johanes starts to crank up his gun, it is revving up!
I try to trick Johannes, but a bolt of energy comes towards James, and the crackling bolt misses him by inches!
The other kids are searching the study, and find a rat in a drawer. They then see that there are more rats in the room! The rat in the drawer has tumors on it’s muzzle. Violet and Mathew smash the rat with a candlestick. The broken drawer reveals a hidden compartment! It contains a rat-eaten book! Matt grabs it.
I manage to throw some black goo into Father’s face. Johannes shoots James , but he catches the lightning and throws it back at him! He shoots randomly into the ceiling, sparks are raining down onto Mother’s dead body. James and I push Mother out of the way of a falling chandelier.
The other kids run into Mrs. Stevens. “Get back to the nursery!” She starts running after Gunther.
The chandelier shatters, fire spreads, one of the tubes explodes, James grabs the gouting tube and points it at Father. It is hot, James drops it.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Stevens is chasing Oliver and Gunther. Dr. Hadley pulls a revolver, and points it at them. “Don’t Kill Them!” “But they have ruined everything!”
The revelovel goes off, and it shatters the banister next to them. The kids get the tub of fluid to the top of the stairs.
Matthew runs towards the ballroom. Violet and Matt get into an argument about who should have the journal.
Father comes up to Mother, and I tell him to get away, there are terrible things in the forest. I the next lightning flash a flat faced man is seen in the window. Johannes is a blackened lump, and James runs down and grabs me.
In the hallway, we find Violet and Mathew.
Suddenly from outside the house, we hear a strange uluation! Indian drums!
James runs upstairs to find Gunther.
Hadley is trying to shoot at Gunther. James smashes a lamp on the floor, starting a fire! The fire hits a gas lamp on the wall, and it flares, catching Hadleys coat on fire! Gunther and Oliver run into a room and close the door. Lock the door, and barricade it.
As Violet, Mathew, and I see figures coming out from the trees, running towards the house, silently, pouring into the house through the wall! One runs right through me!
A black hansom cab pulls up. Geoarge Wilson shouts, “Get in!!”
A figure runs at Hadley, and knocks him back, then vanishes!
James runs up to the bedroom, runs past Mrs. Stevens, and pounds on the beadroom door, “We have to get out of here! The house is on fire!!” Oliver opns the door, Gonther hides the thing, then they run out to leave the house.
Anthony and Hadley run out of the house.
Gunther runs back into the house, lowers the tub, then gets out himself.
I understand that these figures come from the earth. And they are clearly dead.
We, and the tub, all get into the cab. As we drive away, the mansion burns. George takes us to the docks.
A man from Pinkerton Detective Agency tells us that they are looking into it.
Afterwards, no one is allowed back onto Bloody Island again, there is a posted guard by the State of Jefferson.

James Carson, the illegitimate eldest son and rule-follower (16) Karl
Gunther “Alexander” Carson, Jr., the legitimate eldest son and instigator (15) Josh
Violet Carson, the middle child and political savant (12) Sierra
Corva Carson, the adopted youngest child and noble savage (9)
Matthew Stevens, the housekeeper’s son and “shoulder to cry on” (16)Scott
Oliver Alexandre, the ship captain’s son and tinkerer (12) David

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Hidden by the Storm
Something afoot at the Gunther Mansion

Eureka, Jefferson.

Corvus Corax, was found in the woods when she was 8, by the Carsons, who were handsome, back in the day. She has the plain, calm look, like a beloved heirloom.

We are gathered this Christmas by Gunther, Decemeber 22, it is raining, cold, quite cold, 40 degrees, the wind is hitting the shingle. Bianca Carson is quite ill, taken to bed or ays at a time. Mir. Gunther has set for doctors, but they say she is just wastenig away. She is spooning her soup, making weak conversation. The kides are sitting at a separate table, three dock workers are at the adult table with Mr. Gunther. Mr. Maxwell is also sitting next to Bianca, he has come to help us out . Mrs. Stevens tells [scott] to take the POToes to the kides table. Suddenly, Bianca starts to choke, and collapses. {Karl] goes to her, and she is incredibly pale and drawn. Her skin is pale, dry,
cracking. Bianca looks up to [karl].
Mr. Gunther, originally fram South Africa, wraps his massive sailors arm around Bianca, hoisters her out of the chari urto her shoulder , and bears her away.
“I will not be disturbed, do not bother me, I will be in the West wing.”
“Mrs, Stevens, take the children to their rooms, I will tell youw when they can com see their mother.”
[Scott} brings back the pototaes, and brings them around. [Dave] grabs food. [karl] leaves to go to his room. Mrs, stevens instead tells us to gon the the nursery.
Mrs stevens hussels us to the nursery. [Scott] is levft behind to clean up.
We ale bustled into the nursery.

TNhe nursey is dusty, rocking hors. It has become the storage room, bassinette, piano, filled with white dusty shadows. Massive dormer window, rain streaming down. Horrible weather. Rain.
“Take these ‘scones’ to the children”. Mr. McDougal head into the west wing.
Mrs Stevenson locks us into the room. Oliver pulls a nail out of the wainstoccing, and pics the lock. It is a big keyhole. Ollie pics the lock with incredible ease. Ollie sees Stevenson turning out the lamps- it seems unusual; we have not been in the nursurey in years.
I feel that the air in the house is exceptionally weird. Heavy, breathless, anticipation.
Stevenson is moving in haste. [Scott} trys to understand with a 19. Stevenson is VERY focused. [karl] tells us to relax, it is probably just.

I say, “This is different”.

Matheyw sneaks out. Violet is watching, waiting for somethi to happen.
[Karl tries to get us to, “behave, for Mother and Father.
[josh says, “They do not always know what is best.
Oliver is trying to sneax out and see what is going on. [drew the fool]
Down below, Ollie can see Mrs Stevens, who is charging up. “Back into the rrom!!”

Ollie is hauled into the rom by his ear.

Matt is given the eye by Stevenson, he is in trouble.

Stevenson puts a chair under the knob, locking us into the room.

We are on the side of the house, Matt knows of ivy growing along the house. Jimmy wants us to stay put. Alex is trying to maintain order

Ollie goes to the window, tries to open it, as scream, it is Bianca!!!
It goes on and on, then is cut off. We are in theEast wing, they are in the Wst wing. Matt takes off, trying ot get to the West wing. ‘Even the servants have not been in the westwing folr 6 month.s

Ollie forces a window open, and it opens enough for us to get through.

There is a big drive that drives around from the … to these houses. [Josh is moving debris away. Josh goes to Violet’s room, then goes to the ledgqu.

Somebody is halpway out thet wind,w.

[Sierra is dangling from [Daves hand. She manages to wall walk up, nd lay on top of ollie.

[Josh

I poke my head out the window, and hear the baying of degs, they are coutside the manor. They are quite loud.
They have seemes, the last yeal, much more feral. They were always shipyard dogs, bet they are muc more fierce. Now.

[Josh tries to forte the door, Ollie opens

I wil climb around the hous, following the kids as they go down the staircaes. The architecture seems to differeth than they they remember..

I can see the ligt coming up .

Mr. Jenkens.

[Karl begs that Jenkins help. He says that he has not ben in there fro the last 6 months. Jenkins reminds that there is the servants entrance, so perhaps that is the way that they get in ther. He as agigantic ring of keys, he works it off, nad gives it to Jimmy. “Don’t get caught, James, your father is in strange mood.”.
“something is trange with the dofs, do not go close to the dogs.”

The key is given to James.

We ar following after James. Just th eligt of the kithren. James wants to find out what is going with Mother. He tucks an unlit lamp, just in case. “James tell us to be care ful.

[josh goes to the kitchen. Stevenson is doing some work, as [josh is wathring. It is clearry not salt or peeper. The peer flakes aer solid black, and the salt is bigger and grayer.

This is a new spiee. It was in the salt shaker. Weird burlap sack.

Josh graps salami for the dogs. Jenkins is repeacing is warning.

The rain is driving down, we are drenched.

Karl tries to unlock the door, which is rusted frcom the rain. He trys to strength the door, but between karl and ollie, they force the door. It is a cellar door, which goes down. The door is very rusty. If realeased, it will salm shut. Avery steep stair goes down, and there is a door down there.
Matt is left hold the door- once he let’s go, ti will slam. As Matt goes down, a massive dog’s head – many of them?- are poking out. Tumars or baracles or cysts are all over it’s face. E

The cabinets spill as we breax down the door…

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