Diary for Part 1 Edit
Dear Diary: I'm fairly certain that Anna is becoming a bad influence on me. While we were testing each other on info for the upcoming history examination, she made an offhanded comment about Raeks Karahkwa, the legendary underground city beneath New York. Of course, I pointed out that it was all nonsense - my parents had tried multiple times to find it with no luck - but she seemed to think she'd found something that might prove it really existed. She told me to meet her at an old bookstore on 5th Avenue... and what else am I going to do, study?
Anna was still adamant about the whole Raeks Karahkwa thing, so she took me to an old bookstore in 5th Avenue and showed me an old edition of 'The King Beneath,' the play about the fall of Raeks. I used to love this play when I was a kid, but as I grew up, I just figured it was pure fiction. This edition is a little different, though... someone has scribbled in code in all the margins, and they wrote something about seeing the Umbral City for themselves. I'm sure it's all poppycock, but I do enjoy a good puzzle, so maybe I'll take a look at this...
I met up with Anna again to discuss the whole Raeks Karahkwa goose chase again, only to find out she'd caught something I'd missed... the man who wrote in that copy of 'The King Beneath' was Alfred Beach. I knew that name! I took Anna to the library to confirm it.
Unfortunately, I couldn't find the book with the information on Beach that I needed, so I suggested we take a break and come back to the library later.I was still eager to uncover that information about Alfred Beach - in spite of Anna going on and on about Raeks Karahkwa - so we headed back to the library to find that book I needed.
We found the book, and while it didn't confirm Anna's hopes of finding the legendary lost city, it did confirm something I'd suspected. Alfred Beach built the first underground rail tunnels in New York, under Broadway, but they were abandoned after only three years. If Beach's notes about Raeks are accurate, then he may have been using his rail system as an excuse to excavate, and the tunnels might be much larger than we imagined! I forgot all about Raeks... it was time to check out these tunnels!
Once we actually got into Beach's tunnel system, we found a switch that was activated by, of all things, that amulet that got left outside my doorstep. And then things... started getting weirder, not to mention more exciting AND scary. We came across a dark tunnel lined with glowing ghostnettle - which was only ever mentioned in 'The King Beneath' - then got mobbed by albino bats, then found an old mural depicting the fall of Raeks to the mythical Devourers. And then the next thing we know, THAT mural suddenly fell down, and Anna and I are left staring at the real, honest-to-god Raeks Karahkwa.
The city was incredible, but the amulet cast a strange light that pointed us in one direction: The Temple of the Devourers, where the people of Raeks offered mass human sacrifice to the creatures of the dark in their final days. I was so excited to rustle around the temple and learn more about their culture that, without thinking, I gave Anna the amulet to hold. What happened next... chilled me to the bone. She started speaking in this strange voice about how the Devourers slumbered but would awaken when the cattle from the surface came... that they would rise up and conquer the world. Only when I got the amulet away from her did she return to normal. But in the meantime, all that construction going on up at Broadway station ended up destabilizing the cavern and brought the whole thing crashing down. I know I should be devastated that that city is lost forever without any chance to study it, but... then I think of the strange tone in Anna's voice, and I can't help but feel there are some things we weren't meant to know. Besides... Anna was able to get a small souvenir. Perhaps it will answer some, if not all, of the questions.
Diary for Part 2 Edit
The museum has finally gotten around to displaying some of the artifacts I've donated... including one particularly creepy one from a certain city not so far from here. It's strange... Raeks Karahkwa seems almost like a dream, yet I can't help feeling a strange sense of foreboding about the whole thing. And it wasn't made any better today when a rather strange gentleman who's clearly a Raeks devotee dropped by the exhibit, made some almost creepy compliments about me and my father's work with Raeks, and left a flyer for a performance of 'The King Beneath.' I know I should probably just leave it be, but I can't help but be curious... perhaps I'll take Anna over to the theatre on the NY streets and take a look.
I was still curious about the whole Raeks Karahkwa thing, particularly who might have left me that necklace on my doorstep, so I dragged Anna out to the performance of 'The King Beneath'. And wouldn't you know, I ran smack dab into a bunch of the Sons of the Devourers. Those fanatical thugs almost give the rest of the Raeks obsessives a bad name; they harassed my father all the time, and they can be very dangerous when they put their mind to it. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if they were the ones who caused that fire in the theatre midway through the performance.
Oh yes, and one other thing: that bookseller that had Alfred Beach's copy of 'The King Beneath' showed up. Anna still thinks he's the one who gave me the necklace, and I'm inclined to agree, but he mostly just spoke of the Sons of the Devourers and mentioned something about them wanting to make an 'impression' after my so-called blasphemy. I'm too tired to deal with this sort of strangeness. I'm hitting the streets and going home to bed.
After going to the performance of 'The King Beneath', I had the strangest dream. I dreamt that I was back in the Umbral City, in Raeks Karahkwa. Anna was there on a unicycle, and she wanted to join the circus instead of being an archaeologist. Felix was there too, and there was a maze or something... I remember trying to figure it out.
But no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't find my way, and I just started going endlessly around, again and again, until I woke up. Maybe I'll have the same dream in the same place?I had that dream again, the one about the Umbral City with Anna on a unicycle and Felix and all those twisted paths. Very weird. Once again, I tried to make sense of the dream and the maze as best I could.
But no matter how hard I tried, the paths seemed to twist and distort until my mind couldn't take it any more and I woke up. I don't know what the dream means, but maybe I'll have it again later...I had that dream again, the one about the Umbral City with Anna on a unicycle and Felix and all those twisted paths. Very weird. Once again, I tried to make sense of the dream and the maze as best I could.
At last, the paths opened before me in the dream, and I could continue. I saw Alfred Beach, except he was Professor Hemsworth for some reason, and he was driving a train, and then that bookseller was there saying that he was protecting 'her', and then there were giant snakes and... you know, it really wasn't the most coherent of dreams. But I woke up with one thing absolutely certain: the Sons of the Devourers were going to target the museum next. I need to head to the streets to make sure that doesn't happen.
After having that dream, I had a feeling the Sons of the Devourers would be at the museum, so I went to check it out. Sure enough, they were in the middle of setting up bombs to blow the entire place sky high! I managed to disable one bomb and crush the cultists under an Egyptian statue (which has now probably cursed me for life). I decided to remove the Raeks statue from the exhibit for safety, but that damned bookseller showed up and offered to trade the medallion for the statue. I told him where he could put both of them (so to speak) and threatened to call the police, and he just... vanished. Ugh, I think I've had about enough of this creepy city and its creepy people...