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[We should all Listen to] The Magnus Archives

Sabermane

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I can see your points, but I always feel like the GM watching my party give the bad guy the evil artifact on this one. He's not the WORST investigator, and yes Proteus Proteus I feel like he makes bad decisions but I understand WHY he makes those bad decisions. It's just this one is so flagrant. I really feel this was the worst mistake he makes so far.

but hey, let's finish up Season 2!
EPISODE 79: HIDE AND SEEK
Case: 0170216
Live recordings of the Jonathan Simms and others on the aftereffects of breaking the table
Date of Event/Recording: February 16 2017
Recording by: Jonathan Simms, Martin Blackwood, Tim Stoker, NotSasha James

We open with...Streets. By Martin Blackwood. Then a ka-chunk and we’re back to Martin and Tim. Tim, certain that something is up, has decided to ignore Simm’s request for an extra weekend. Whatever Simms is doing, Tim knows it’s going to be proper bad, and he grabbed this tape recorder off Martin’s desk for evidence--Tim is certain that they’re going to need evidence for the inevitable courtroom visit this is probably heading towards.

They go back into Simm’s office, finding him gone. Martin is still worried about Simm’s job, but Tim is adamant he understand this is tied to supernatural evil, that it’s stopping him from quitting, and it’s watching their every move! It’s not huanted. It’s worse than that--

They open the door to something screaming at them! They scream in reply! Sasha in her true NotForm! They run, find a spot, and both agree that was not Sasha even if it did kinda look like her. Martin realizes it went into the tunnels, and determined to help Simms, goes in. Tim, reiterating that this is stupid and he’s not going into the tunnels with a monster, follows Martin into the Tunnels with the monster.

A new tape: Simms, lost, angry, in the Tunnels. He went through Michael’s door. Now he’s lost in the Tunnels which is...well, better than being trapped with a NotThem, but not exactly great. At least it didn’t trap him in an infinite maze. He guesses he’ll just wait. He can’t run, he doesn’t know where he is, and he can’t risk getting the NotThem’s attention. Simms finally realizes he made a stupid decision on attacking the table--spiders and the NotThem are different from each other. The things are fighting each other.

He realizes he’s running low on tape. Need to conserve it--oh christ, NotSasha is calling for him…

*kaChunk*

Tim and Martin are wandering the Tunnels. Tim’s thinking about leaving the Tunnels, getting help from Elias. Martin finally snaps--Tim’s been wanting to run this whole time, and everybody is trying to get through this, and would it be so bad if everybody was just happy!?

Then Michael shows up, surprising them both. What is he doing down here? “Watching the Archivist die, most likely”. Michael says this is fun either way, that this is a sport, and that he might just kill the two of them because they’re trying to get in way of it. None of them have protection down here, and Michael wants to see what the Archivist does on his own. Tim says there’s only one of him and two of them, until Tim points out that Michael’s hands are impossibly long claws. They both panic and run, going through a door and ending up...um.

"Where the hell are we?"

*kaChunk*

Simms is now very, very lost. He kept going down. He found a pipe, so...yay? He keeps feeling like he gets away, but he thinks NotSasha can sense him. He’s recording his voice just so he knows his voice is still real after the NotThing kills him. He can’t even remember what old Sasha looks like.

Then NotSasha starts calling again. “It’s ok, John, it’s reliable old Sasha…” As she keeps taunting him, her voice distorts more and more. “I’m going to wear you, John. Like you never exissted. And it will hurrrt.

Simms, never having watched Return of the Jedi, yells at the thing. It grins. “There you are”. Simms remembers he has a pipe, not a lightsaber, and that he should have been hiding. He runs.

*kaChunk*

Tim and Martin are in Michael’s hallway stomach. They are properly lost, and the tape recorder keeps making weird noises. This is bad.

*kaChunk*

Simms is panting, and NotSasha is happy that he ran--chasing prey is so fun. NotSasha gives a “statement”: Once there was a monster that no one realized was there. One day a nasty man tied that monster into a table. The monster got his friends to carry the table around, until it was sent to the house of its enemy who had ‘the biggest eyes you ever did see’, and that a stupid man (hi Simms) cut the web and freed the monster, and now it can hunt and kill as many people as it wants! notSasha wonders what will happen when it becomes NotJohn. Will she become the Archivist? Rob the eye of its pupil? No, too risky--better just to kill John.

It finds Simms. It draws back. Simms closes his eyes.

Then, there is a scuttle of brick and mortar. NotSasha screams.

Simms opens his eye. NotSasha is gone. In her place is...a man coming out of a secret passage. . “Mr. Simms. It is time I think for you and I to have a talk…’

*kaChunk*

PERSONAL NOTES

I think they got a lot better at the "live action tape chase" this season. Things make a lot more sense, and it's not as confusing as I found last season. I think giving a villain that has something to do other than "squirm and worm-strike" helps in that fashion. While the sudden appearance of Man to help is a bit genre-reliant to work, it still pulls it off ok.

I also really like the reinforcement that Michael isn't on our side--he's just not on NotThem's side. It's not a nice guy, and has not problem murdering people just because he can. He's a hand tied to something that traps people in a hallway stomach. He's not our friend.
 

Sabermane

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EPISODE 80: THE LIBRARIAN
Case: 0170216-B
Statement: of Jurgen Leitner
Date of Recording: February 16 2017 (continued)
Date of Event: various, primarily 1994?
Recording by: Jonathan Simms,

Our friend is begging Simms to hurry--our friendly old man who can banish monsters doesn’t know how much time they have. Simms is demanding he talk though. They’re back in Simm's office. Our vistor agrees that NotSasha was banished, and yes Sasha is dead. But really, our man would like to get back to the tunnels, but if he wants Simm’s help, he’s going to have to answer Simm’s questions. He’s going to need to make a statement.

Simms clears his throat. “Statement of Jurgen Leitner…’

Oh. Well this should be interesting.

First, how did he banish NotSasha? Simple--an unexpurgated copy of “The Seven Lamps of Architecture”. You know, the REAL version. If you read this version “carelessly”, though,you might end up entombing yourself. But if you know what your doing, then it can be used to navigate Smirke’s architecture, like the tunnels. It’s an imprecise process, so he moved some passages around to keep Simms safe.

The arrows on the walls was written by NotSasha, exploring and hunting. As for the pamphlet ‘A Disappearance”, well--it’s a simple thing. Reading cover to cover will make you disappear from the world (sorry, previous assistant Jacob Feng). However, if you only read a few pages, it’s enough to make Jurge unnoticed by Simm’s master, and it allowed him to talk to Gertrude.

Wait--Master? Simms decides to ask him about that later, but needs to know how long he’s been down there. 20 years he’s been hiding, since his library was destroyed. He used the tunnels which stretch a LONG way to hide--he’s always being hunted, either by creatures or people who blame him for the deaths of their loved ones. One evening he spent a night out of hiding and apparently was almost beaten to death by Gerard Keays.

So is Leitner the source of this terror? No, his library was his way to try to contain them. He was foolish, thinkign that the books were terrifying but had rules that could be exploited. He sacrificed dozens of “assistants” to find these rules, but leitner thought he was a guardian, lockign the evils away. In his pride, he didn’t see how the books got their powers, or that the source of those powers would have minions to hunt…

Simms demands he starts from the beginning. Leitner came from wealthy industrialists. He didn’t need to really learn or do anything--he could have just been a fop, but he wanted to matter. Politics was boring, academics was unsatisfying, business was boring. No, Leitner’s skill was shopping--he could always find items of worth and getting them from their owners. He built a contact base of curio dealers and antique brokers. Desmond Lorrell was the one who first whispered to him of the Tragic Books. When Desmond found “the Stalwart Hunter’s Almanac”, well--his death was a good thing for Leitner. Desmond’s mutilated body matched the described lines in the book so well that Leitner knew something was going on. He took ‘exceptionary’ precautions, which worked great--his first assistant Albert Stross lasted almost a fortnight!

Soon enough Leitner found he had a knack and a purpose. He didn’t think about thier origins, only that he could find and study these books. He was surprised that no one else had tried to do this, and found out at least one reason why--if you keep some books next to other books, they responded...badly. He found out about Smirke’s architecture, and commissoned a house and a Library. A vast, lopsided structure built for ‘the needs of the inmates’.

He had 978 books at the heigt of his library. But only a few years later, the attack came.

Leitner admits he was unprepared--his dealings with the supernatural had only been books, not minions, so all his defenses were set to keep things from getting out, not in. First came daily calls from strange visitors. Which was odd since Leitner wasn’t advertising, also that the people weren’t...normal. They kept forgetting to blink. He turned them away.

Then, one day, one moment, everything was normal. He was working on a journal entry, when everything started screaming. His staff, his books, himself. Thomas was stabbed by something with knife-limbs and too many teeth. Mary Johnson was pulled into a cavern. Gregory todd went into a door that shouldn’t have been there. Another was grabbed by a massive hand. Another was devoured by a massive pile of meat. Leitner was able to escape, although he’s not entirely sure how--nothing was interested in him, just the books. No, the hunting came later. People hunting Leitner down for revenge for what his books did.

Simms agrees--Leitner was a fool. He should have destroyed the books. Leitner agrees, but knows lighting them aflame wouldn’t do as much good as you’d think--some wouldn’t burn, some would like burning, and some would spread if you burned them…

Simms still isn’t convinced. If he ran without any books, where did he get the two he had with him? Leitner found a friend--Gertrude. Six year ago, after she lost her old assistants, the two joined into an alliance, Gertrude using Leitner’s knowledge of the books, and Leitner using Gertrude to get some “useful” tomes. We find out Gertrude had three assistants earlier, each who died of an unfortunate ending.

*looks over at Tim, Martin, and the corpse of Sasha* Well, good thing Basira quit doing this and went to live a completely normal life…

The Key of Solomon was a mistake--the book was too strong, even in the tunnels. Leitner should have known--the book contains elements of several different Powers after all…

Yes Simms, the Powers! Ask about the Powers! Leitner is disappointed that Simms doesn’t know himself yet. The Powers are...Entities of vast darkness. Next to world. They can’t function in the universe as it is now, but they can affect things. People. These effectively eternal beings aren’t “evil gods”, but they do get worshippers. No, Leitner believes thinking of them as a pantheon isn’t really helpful--no, imagine you’re an ant. One day a huge fingernail scrapes your colony. You run to another hole--but see a massive eye. It runs to a different hole, and sees an impossible shadow. Could the ant describe a human now, or would it think it was under invasion by three different things?

The books are these Power’s essence in a more pure form. The minions are in service to them, but no directly controlled by whatever these Entities have in way of a mind. The minions are a muscle spasm, like Michael--who Leitner says is part of the Distortion, or as his old assistant called it, ‘Les Maderas”--It is Lies, or It is Lying. Leitner prefers The Spiral, the madness of mazes, distortion, fractals, and doubting your own sanity.

Simms goes off on bones, and Leitner corrects him--it’s not the literal aspect but the metaphysical. It's symbolic, not physical. Is it bones as hunger, as death? But Simms isn't paying attention--he has other questions. Did Leitner kill Gertrude? Of course not. Simms demands to know who--and Leitner says he assumes it was Eilas. Probably after he found out that Gertrude and he were planning to destroy the Archives. Which is why he thinks they should be moving, and not asking questions--he needs those files. Elias must have taken the files and hid them in his office!

But what about the cameras? Leitner laughs--simple eyes in this place? You think he couldn’t control those? It hit Simms--the Institute belongs to one of those Entities, doesn’t it?
Leitner: “You know the answer to that”
Simms: “The Eye…”

Simms is hit with the realization he’s working for a mythos god, and that he belongs it as well.

Simms needs a cigarette.

He leaves the room, the tape still on. Leitner talks to Gertrude, says she probably wouldn’t have liked simms--he’s paranoid enough, but he doesn’t have the stomach.

The door opens. It’s Elias. “Reach for a book and I will kill you”.

What has Leitner told Simms? Enough.

Did he tell him about Gertrude? Not yet. He didn’t have time.

How did Elias know Leitner was down here? He didn’t--Leitner is well hidden, but John is not. Elias knew he was talking to someone…

What did Leitner want from him? The files he took from Gertrude. Those files had everything she found on the Unknowing. Leitner begs with him--you of all people should want to stop them!

Eilas grins. “We will...but i don’t think we’ll need your help to do it.’

But wait--what about Simms when he comes back, Leiter pleads. “Well, he always needed to leave the nest sometime…”

Then there’s some bloody wet sounds and gurgles.

Simms returns--finding Leitner dead and dripping.

*kaChunk*

We get back. Tim and Martin are back from...well, the tape works now. How long was it? Tim doesn’t know and doesn’t care--he’s going to deal with this. Worms. Monsters. It’s the new normal. They did see a poor woman in there, but they couldn’t help her.

It’s been days since they’ve seen Simms. Maybe he’s in his office.

Martin opens the door and finds--a dead dripping body.

“Oh John”, Martin cries. “...what have you done?”

PERSONAL STATEMENT
First, let’s deal with Leitner. He says he was raised in England hence the accent---I’m fairly confident this was more “we don’t have anybody who can do a good Norwegian accent”. His appearance is a bit sudden, and probably would have worked better if we had either heard his voice or (in a TV show, a way to see his face before hand).

But the idea of the Books is just delicious. I love the idea that just reading them casts their power--would make research a lot more dangerous in most fantasy realms, you know? As an aside, I always liked this idea for Cthulhu and sanity loss. That the Necronomicon is just an old book of Arabic poetry, until you start to learn about other things, and suddenly it all connects just how horrible this could be...the idea of the connections making things horrible and sanity-draining, not just the words.

Like that poor woman Martin and Tim found in there--Helen Richardson is still in there. That happened in October of 2016. It’s February. She’s been trapped in there for at least for nine months of real time, and who can say how long it’s been for her?

This episode is better than I remember it. It spells out the “What”--this is what’s going on, this is the monster’s we’re seeing or at least the source of them, and yes the Magnus Institute is being controlled by one of them, and Simms is trapped there. So that’s why they can’t quit or be fired--because Cthulhu has use of them. We’ve answered the big question of who murdered Gertrude--Elias, Simm’s boss and acolyte of the Eye. We’ve learned there’s another big event for the Unknowing, and Elias is going to stop it. We don’t know what happened to Simms, but having a body in your office after nearly being accused of murder won’t look good on anybody.

Simms is missing. Gertrude is dead. Leitner is dead.

Elias is a murderer and a threat to all, with his own plans.

Sasha is long dead, and NotSasha is gone--but for how long?

Tim has crossed the box and is now nihilistically adapting to his new life.

Martin just wishes we could all freaking be happy!

What happens next? Well, we’ll just need to wait for next season…
 

Sabermane

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BONUS: SEASON 2 ROUNDUP
So this is just a notebook of things that we know as of right now. At this point, I’m no longer going to really be using spoilers for most of this, since now we can verify the following and while some things will be worse later, we have the basic shape of things.

Tomorrow we'll start with Season 3. There is a pretty good chance I forgot some things, but this is a good place to review and renew our forbidden knowledge.

WHAT WE KNOW
  1. There are Powers, or Entities: alien beings that exist in a state that cannot work in our reality as it is now. Note the as it is nw, bit. This hints that the stars can be right.
  2. These Entities have minions. Depending on the minion, they may or may not have self-control. The Books (I’m counting those as minions) are a ‘purer’ form of them.
  3. These Entities seem to hate one another, or at least are in conflict with each other.
  4. These powers are eternal, or at least ageless.
  5. The Magnus institute is under the control of one (the Eye), as is the Archivist Simms, and apparently Gertrude previously.
  6. Gertrude was trying to destroy the Institute. This is why she (and Leitner) were murdered. By Elias. The head of the Institute.
KNOWN ENTITIES
The Eye: owner of the Magnus Institute. Can control cameras. Most likely has had Archivists for a very long time, at least up to the Crusades. Has evil mirrors that make you feel like you’re being watched, evil libraries, and people without eyes following you.

The Unknowing: A creature based on not knowing or feeling like something’s wrong. Preparing a ritual Gertrude was trying to stop. Not very creative per Elias. Most likely the source of the NotThem. Likes mannequins, clowns, circuses and taxidermists, so you know it’s evil. Apparently hates Spiders and the Eye.

The Spiral: aka the ‘It is Lies’. Only one known minion, Michael. Focused on you not trusting your senses. Taking all of this like a game. Appears to not like the Unknowing, even though they seem pretty related to me.

The Darkness: Followers belong to the Church of the Divine Host. Maxwell Rayner is a very-long lived blind man who was trying to push darkness into a kid, so may have been VERY long lived if he could body swap. Has ties to Outer Bay shipping, enough money to invest in a space station, and interest in Ny-Alesund. Appears to really like Darkness and cold and wet and Silent hill scenes.

The Lightless Flame: They like fire, and burning, and most of their cultists end up doing that. Do not kiss or make contact with, and do not chat up in coffee shops.

Spiders: Definitely spiders. Hates the Spiral and the Unknowing (probably hates clowns).

Meat: Definitely something is tied to meat and cannibalism.

Bugs: Hey, remember Jane Prentiss? Remember John Amherst and the retirement home? Bugs and bugs and taking ill.

Death: There’s enough here to hint that death is somehow involved.
 

Proteus

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Do you really think that the Unknowing appeared to be the Stranger's name until we found out about rituals? That never occurred to me, I didn't know what the Unknowing was but I didn't assume it was a name for the Stranger.
 

Sabermane

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Proteus Proteus I admit this is probably me doing 60% "this sounds right" 30% remembering stuff from ahead, and 10% being lazy.

EPISODE 81: A GUEST FOR MR. SPIDER
Case: 0171802
Statement of: Johnathan Simms, regarding a childhood encounter with a book formerly possessed by Jurgen Leitner
Date of Statement: February 18, 2017
Date of Event: 1995
Recorded by Jonathan Simms, former head archivist

So Simms has found himself in a bit of a sticky wicket. He’s wanted for murder, he’s being controlled/observed by a Lovecraftian entity. His friend was eaten by another Lovecraft monster. He is suffering, and he knows there are darker things hunting him.

He has been thinking about how all this started. It was before he started working for the Institute. He knew the supernatural was real but RARE. The only thing he knew for sure was Jurgen Leitner was evil. Because, after all, his name was on all those evil books. Including the one that Simms had seen as a boy.

He knows that the Eye has him (which might explain his paranoia), and the worst part is he knows that it was not the first he encountered.That he might have been claimed by something else, back when he was only 8 years old.

It was back in ‘95 (yes, really! Simms isn’t that old even though he looks it--this canonically means he was born in ‘87, and he’s only in his 30’s). His parents died early (dad a fall, mom a surgical problem) so he lives with his grandmother. She wasn’t exactly thrilled at having to raise a child again, but she tried her best. The problem is Simms was a precocious and smart-mouthed child. The cops had returned him at least 3 times.

The one way to keep young Simms tied down was a book. He read anything and everything, so she found a solution. Of course, Simms was a picky reader--he only liked things that felt...new. Which obviously was a problem. Her solution was to go to charity and second-hand books and pick up a pile of everything 50p or less. Simms would find books that would interest him.

The problem with this approach is that she didn’t care if it was age-appropriate. Not bad when the book was a bit gorey or sexy for an 8 year old, but when she handed over a cardboard book for little kids. So Simms almost didn’t notice it when he grabbed that book.

A black-and-white cardboard book, the cover scratched in spiderweb patterns, and the title “A Guest for Mr. Spider”. Inisde was the book plaque of poor departed Mr. Leitner, and a picture of Mr. Spider, standing on two of his legs, the rest dancing around him. His oversized abdomen covered in eyes, and a red tophat on his head. It was...well, a bit weird for a kid’s book.

Simms felt it was different. There was a violence coming from it’s cardboard pages, and Simms knew he hated that book. And that he was still going to be opening it and reading it.

The book showed a simple house, two doors on either end and a vase of sickly flowers. In the center Mr. Spider stands, his back to the reader. He is staring at the other door. Then he heads to the door. The next page is
“Knock, Knock”.
“Who is it, Mr. Spider?”

The door opens, a scrawny fly in an ill-fitting suit looking anxious. “It’s Mr. Bluebottle, and he’s brought you a cake”.

The next page is a slice of cake, and then Mr. Bluebottle’s worried face.
The next page is blank, except for “Mr. Spider doesn’t like it.”

The next page is the same as the first, but now there’s a splash of ink in the corner of the house. Mr. Spider is still waiting and dancing, then “Knock Knock.”

“Who is it Mr. Spider?” We see Mr. Spider’s belly is even larger

A pale yellow fly. “It’s Mrs. Fruit, and she’s brought you some flowers”

The flowers are pink and sickly. Mrs. Fruit looks nervous and sickly.

“Mr. Spider doesn’t eat flowers”.

Mr. Spider’s abdomen is now bulbous, his arms twitchy, his hands now weaving and pulling on threads to travel out both doors.

“Knock Knock”

“Who is it Mr. Spider?”


Two flies, one large dressed in overalls, the other small and dressed the same, both weeping. “Mr. Horse, and he’s brought you his son.”

The image of that fly face still comes to Simms when he has trouble sleeping.
“Mr. Spider wants more.”

The room is now smeared in blacks and reds, his abdomen huge and bulging, and he is facing the reader now, his arms filled with thread and weaving, weaving…

There’s a cutaway panel on the last page. You could open it up if you wanted. “MR. SPIDER WANTS ANOTHER GUEST FOR DINNER. IT IS POLITE TO KNOCK.”

Simms feels himself ready to knock on the door--before suddenly another hand grabs and book and shoves Simms to the ground. He was in the park, streets away from his house, and his school-age bully (Simms can’t remember his name…) is, well, bullying him. A teenager who had never liked Simms.

The bully picked up the book, mocking Simms for reading a kiddy book. But as he glanced at the page, the bully’s arms began to shake, and the boy started walking. Now Simms was desperate to get the book back, but all he could do was follow the boy. They both end up going through back alleys, going to quiet streets, and Simms realizes he didn’t notice night falling. The bully walks up to a quiet house, still reading the book. Then he put the book on the front door and knocked on the door in the kid’s book.

“KNOCK KNOCK”

The door in the book opened up, and inside was dark. Gray strads suddenly wrapped around the bully, then two impossibly long, haired limbs reached out. The bully was about the scream, and then he was drug in and the door slammed shut. The boy and the book were gone.

POST STATEMENT
So this is where Simms got his desire to find the supernatural and his original hatred of Leitner. Simms admits he wouldn’t have taken this statement seriously if anybody else had done it. He also realizes that he needs to stop keeping everyone at arm’s length. Whatever the Unknowing is, Leitner, Elias--Simm’s needs help. He just wishes that he didn’t realize

Then the door opens up--he’s at someone’s flat. Georgie Barker, the creator of “What the Ghost”. She’s wondering if Simms found a new job, and why losing a job might leave you without, you know, a change of clothes, and why you are recording things, but whatever. She’s quite understanding and giving Simms some space--and she’s also happy that he’s there, cleaning the kitchen and giving her cat Admiral company.

PERSONAL STATEMENT
So apparently we’ve heard of Georgie once before--she knows Melanie King, and Melanie talked to her back in Season 1 on “Skintight”. But she really comes out of nowhere, and while it does make sense for Simms to be somewhere else, in a TV series or whatever I would have liked to see a bit more “hey, remember this character?” She didn’t even get a recording, which makes sense but isn’t the best for story telling purposes in my opinion. It took me a while to get used to this, since the only character I had tied with “Ghost Hunt” was Melanie, who I recalled going to find hospital ghosts in India. It was...confusing. One of the limitations of audio-only storytelling.

As for the actual story, it’s a creepy little idea. There’s something about “evil toddler’s books” that adds to the terror of all of this--don’t make evil Cat in the Hat books. It really does make me wonder where all these books are coming from. Is there some diabolical printing house? Or do these books just appear? I really did like how Mr. Spider keeps getting weirder and weirder and bigger as the story keeps going, getting full and fat and proper Lovecraftian by the end of the story. I kind of want to make a version of it.

...did I answer my own question where the books come from?

It’s also interesting that both of Simm’s parents died due to accidents--again, a fall and a surgery incident. Which is...statistically odd. I wonder if something has been following him and hunting him, or if this is just bad luck?
 

Sabermane

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EPISODE 82: THE EYEWITNESSES
Case: 0171802-B
Statement of: Alice “Daisy”Tonner, regarding the crimes and death of Calvin Benchly (via Elias Buchard)
Date of Statement: February 18, 2017 “Never Given”.
Date of Event: Unknown
Recording by: Elias Buchard, Daisy Tonner, Martin Blackwood, Tim Stoker

MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE MAGNUS ARCHIVES! [/ANNOUNCER]
But what’s going on with the rest of our crew? Well, they’re getting grilled by Daisy Tonner, who is not happy at all.

Daisy is talking to Martin, who feels more comfortable with the tape recorder on. Daisy wants to know if Martin knows where Simms is (and also notes Basira has quit the force). The tapes they had are crummy evidence, being distorted and full of knife-hands and eternal corridors. If he can’t help, then Daisy threatens Martin with blaming him for the murder. Martin doesn’t know anything, doesn’t think he had any friends. Martin is then dismissed, and sends in Tim.

Tim says they can shut off the tape recorder. But then it turns itself back on. Daisy is surprised, Tim is resigned to his new World of Darkness. Tim hasn’t seen anything.

Then we get Elias Buchard stepping in. Daisy asks him if HE can get the tape recorder to shut off, which he says “ignore it. I’m sure John will want to review it when he gets back”. Elias is positive John didn’t kill anybody (probably because, you know, he’s the murderer). Elias would love if Simms had the ability to murder, but...oh well. Make due with what you can. Daisy asks if he knows where SimmS is, and he says he does--he knows where he is, and who he’s with, but he won’t tell her about it. Because now Daisy isn’t taking notes or evidence, no records. No following up with Sasha. She’s decided Simms is guilty now, and she’s become a sloppy cop indeed.

Daisy asks Elias what’s to stop her from breaking that tape recorder and kicking his teeth in? Elias smiles. “You could, but you won’t. Because of Calvin Benchly.”

That hit a nerve.
somehow Elias has evidence of what happened with Calvin. So Elias is going to make a statement so Simms can hear it someday, and to prove to Daisy what he knows, and then she can either make up some cover up or he can bring the whole weight of the world crashing down on the London PD and make sure her superiors know it was her fault.

With his opening statement, Elias takes over and begins giving Daisy’s statement for her. She likes being called Daisy because it sounds gentle and no one knows why she’s called that. Her scar makes her feel strong and in control.

When she was 11, she had a fined, Calvin Benchly. The two would go to a small park every day and play--jumping over that park’s fence and playing in the cemetery or the nearby building site. The two weren’t allowed to play there, so...well, they’re kids. They dared each other to go in from time to time.

Well one day, they heard some crashing and voices from the construction site. Daisy dared Calvin to go check it out, “which is why it’s my fault” Elias tells Daisy in her voice. Calvin went in, but didn’t come out. She went in, and she saw her first two dead bodies--the chaps had killed each other with broken glass shards (Daisy notes it’s impossible for Elias to have known this). Calvin stood above them, and behind Calvin was a hunched, naked thing. Every inch of the thing’s skin has cuts, and was whispering things into Calvin’s ear, it’s black tongue flicking the boy’s ear. Calvin charged Daisy, attacking her and throwing her into a fence. Daisy blacked out.

When she woke up, she was in the hospital, and Calvin said she tripped and hit her head. Everyone believed that story because, well, dead bodies and naked demons? After that day, Calvin was...different. Moody. Getting into fights. Six kids ended up being hurt or killed (“accidents”) by the time Calvin left for university. Somehow he was never really grabbed by the police--evidence always disappeared or victims changed their stories.

Six years ago, Calvin Benchly was the first person Daisy murdered. She jumped him as he was coming out of a bar, clubbing him in the head and driving him out to her usual spot. She shot him five times in the chest with a gun from the evidence locker. No one asked questions about him.

Elias ends it with “he was the first human I dealt with that way, but he certainly wasn’t the last…”

With that, Elias ends the statement. If she tries to harm this Institute, her secrets will be leaked in a way impossible to ignore. He suggests tying up all the loose ends quickly, but if he she can’t then she should kill Simms quickly as there’s no telling what he might be able to do. And then...he leaves.

Daisy rises. “One day, someone is going to kill you...and I really hope it’s me.”

“Good day, detective”

Later, Martin and Tim are talking about how Daisy left looking like she saw a ghost or something. Martin is still hoping that everything is ok, but Tim is nihilistically focused on the truth of the matter--Sasha is dead, she was a monster, this place is terrible and will kill you eventually. Tim needs a nap. Martin notes the tape recorder is still on--*ca-klunk*


PERSONAL NOTES
It must be nice for a villain to finally be villainous, you know? Elias, now that we know he is a murderer and tied to the Eye, can finally flex a bit. It really shows the terror of the Eye--being able to grab all your embarrassing damaging secrets, and splay them out for you. Even the things theres no way for anybody to know--but you know. Which means it can take them. Watch them. It's interesting that he tells Daisy to kill Simms if she has to--but he also notes that he wishes Simms had the character to murder. He wants to drive Simms to something dark. I also like how everyone's like "huh...tape recorder won't turn off. I guess we'll just ignore that."

Daisy is a bad cop--we knew it before, but now we know. Being Sectioned has made her hard and mean, and she really does feel like she has no problem ruining or taking a life to keep things running. Another sign of how being near theses Things will ruin lives and souls.

I love the dichotomy between Martin, whose always hoping for the best, and Tim, who knows he's living in a fucking horror podcast and expects everything to be horrible all the time.
 

Dionysos

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I have a question. It’s about something a little ways ahead but I don’t think it constitutes a spoiler. The answer might.

Do the fan submitted stories end up being relevant to the plot? I’m thinking of the ones right after episode 100. I’m not too interested in fan stories so I’d like to skip them, but I don’t want to miss anything if they are referred to later.
 

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I have a question. It’s about something a little ways ahead but I don’t think it constitutes a spoiler. The answer might.

Do the fan submitted stories end up being relevant to the plot? I’m thinking of the ones right after episode 100. I’m not too interested in fan stories so I’d like to skip them, but I don’t want to miss anything if they are referred to later.
The fan stories are explicitly stated to be non-canon at the beginning of those episodes.
 

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I have a question. It’s about something a little ways ahead but I don’t think it constitutes a spoiler. The answer might.

Do the fan submitted stories end up being relevant to the plot? I’m thinking of the ones right after episode 100. I’m not too interested in fan stories so I’d like to skip them, but I don’t want to miss anything if they are referred to later.
They do not. But they are actually pretty good.
 

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Apologies for the break, but I needed a week off.

EPISODE 82: THE EYEWITNESSES
Case: 0171802-B
Statement of: Alice “Daisy”Tonner, regarding the crimes and death of Calvin Benchly (via Elias Buchard)
Date of Statement: February 18, 2017 “Never Given”.
Date of Event: Unknown
Recording by: Elias Buchard, Daisy Tonner, Martin Blackwood, Tim Stoker

But what’s going on with the rest of our crew? Well, they’re getting grilled by Daisy Tonner, who is not happy at all.

Daisy is talking to Martin, who feels more comfortable with the tape recorder on. Daisy wants to know if Martin knows where Simms is (and also notes Basira has quit the force). The tapes they had are crummy evidence, being distorted and full of knife-hands and eternal corridors. If he can’t help, then Daisy threatens Martin with blaming him for the murder. Martin doesn’t know anything, doesn’t think he had any friends. Martin is then dismissed, and sends in Tim.

Tim says they can shut off the tape recorder. But then it turns itself back on. Daisy is surprised, Tim is resigned to his new World of Darkness. Tim hasn’t seen anything.

Then we get Elias Buchard stepping in. Daisy asks him if HE can get the tape recorder to shut off, which he says “ignore it. I’m sure John will want to review it when he gets back”. Elias is positive John didn’t kill anybody (probably because, you know, he’s the murderer). Elias would love if Simms had the ability to murder, but...oh well. Make due with what you can. Daisy asks if he knows where Simm is, and he says he does--he knows where he is, and who he’s with, but he won’t tell her about it. Because now Daisy isn’t taking notes or evidence, no records. No following up with Sasha. She’s decided Simms is guilty now, and she’s become a sloppy cop indeed.

Daisy asks Elias what’s to stop her from breaking that tape recorder and kicking his teeth in? Elias smiles. “You could, but you won’t. Because of Calvin Benchly.”

That hit a nerve. He’s tied to that scar that Alice “Daisy” has. And somehow Elias has evidence of what happened with Calvin. So Elias is going to make a statement so Simms can hear it someday, and to prove to Daisy what he knows, and then she can either make up some coverup or he can bring the whole weight of the world crashing down on the London PD and make sure her superiors know it was her fault.

With his opening statement, Elias takes over and begins giving Daisy’s statement for her. She likes being called Daisy because it sounds gentle and no one knows why she’s called that. Her scar makes her feel strong and in control.

When she was 11, she had a friend, Calvin Benchly. The two would go to a small park every day and play--jumping over that park’s fence and playing in the cemetery or the nearby building site. The two weren’t allowed to play there, so...well, they’re kids. They dared each other to go in from time to time.

Well one day, they heard some crashing and voices from the construction site. Daisy dared Calvin to go check it out, “which is why it’s my fault” Elias tells Daisy in her voice. Calvin went in, but didn’t come out. She went in, and she saw her first two dead bodies--the chaps had killed each other with broken glass shards (Daisy notes it’s impossible for Elias to have known this). Calvin stood above them, and behind Calvin was a hunched, naked thing. Every inch of the thing’s skin has cuts, and was whispering things into Calvin’s ear, it’s black tongue flicking the boy’s ear. Calvin charged Daisy, attacking her and throwing her into a fence. Daisy blacked out.

When she woke up, she was in the hospital, and Calvin said she tripped and hit her head. Everyone believed that story because, well, dead bodies and naked demons? After that day, Calvin was...different. Moody. Getting into fights. Six kids ended up being hurt or killed (“accidents”) by the time Calvin left for university. Somehow he was never really grabbed by the police--evidence always disappeared or victims changed their stories.

Six years ago, Calvin Benchley was the first person Daisy murdered. She jumped him as he was coming out of a bar, clubbing him in the head and driving him out to her usual spot. She shot him five times in the chest with a gun from the evidence locker. No one asked questions about him.

Elias ends it with “he was the first human I dealt with that way, but he certainly wasn’t the last…”

With that, Elias ends the statement. If she tries to harm this Institute, her secrets will be leaked in a way impossible to ignore. He suggests tying up all the loose ends quickly, but if he she can’t then she should kill Simms quickly as there’s no telling what he might be able to do. And then...he leaves.

Daisy rises. “One day, someone is going to kill you...and I really hope it’s me.”

“Good day, detective”

Later, Martin and Tim are talking about how Daisy left looking like she saw a ghost or something. Martin is still hoping that everything is ok, but Tim is nihilistically focused on the truth of the matter--Sasha is dead, she was a monster, this place is terrible and will kill you eventually. Tim needs a nap. Martin notes the tape recorder is still on--*ca-klunk*

PERSONAL NOTES
It must be nice for a villain to finally be villainous, you know? Elias, now that we know he is a murderer and tied to the Eye, can finally flex a bit. It really shows the terror of the Eye--being able to grab all your embarrassing damaging secrets, and splay them out for you. Even the things theres no way for anybody to know--but you know. Which means it can take them. Watch them.

Daisy is a bad cop--we knew it before, but now we know. Being Sectioned has made her hard and mean, and she really does feel like she has no problem ruining or taking a life to keep things running. Another sign of how being near theses Things will ruin lives and souls.
 
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