The Book of Changing Years
On 1st May 1895 a young gentleman — a recently admitted solicitor from the West Country — called upon the offices of Pelgrane Press bearing a manuscript loosely bound in waxed paper and string, together with a small steamer trunk packed with an assortment of curios. Acting under instructions from his anonymous client, he passed these items to me together with a banker’s draft drawn on the Bank of England for a substantial sum.
The book itself is a work of scientific romance, a gallimaufry of fables in the manner of The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. To what end it was written, and for whom, I may never know, but I hope you, Gentle Reader, find it of use, whoever you are, wherever you may travel and whenever you read it.
The Book of Changing Years is a collection of time travellers’ tales and curios put together on the quiet by agents of TimeWatch and secreted in an innocuous drawer in the Citadel — TimeWatch HQ. It’s an in-world book of clues and mysteries for players of the TimeWatch RPG in the style of The Book of the Smoke and The Armitage Files.
- Why are there too many cats in London in 1840 and no dogs at all, and how does that relate to the pyramids of Kush?
- Why is Edward V scouring the timelines for Caravaggios?
- Who time-pranked Alexander Graham Bell into thinking he’d heard spirit voices on his new invention?
Fire up your autochron, unhook your tethers and dive into the gaps between the chimes.