Fragment Four: Siren's Lace
Overview EditThe story of the fourth fragment is the story of Brandon Lachmann. Brandon was a thoughtful, insightful ten year old growing up in 1980's New York. He spent his days reading and creating stories and worlds for him and his friends to play through. Wise and insightful beyond his years, Brandon never quite felt like he belonged here, like something was wrong or missing with the world. Inspired by a passage he found in an old book 'Imagination is nothing more than memory, transposed", he set forth to find the truth. The Mountaineers followed his journey, from the television shows and novels that fired his imagination, to the historical landmarks and statues that inspired him to build entire worlds. Over time, the connections he made between seemingly unconnected events and places brought magic into his world, and the recruits'. As they traced his steps, they were joined by a shadowy organization called The Devoted - a group that had been tracking Brandon since his seeming disappearance and death thirty years prior. At times, the recruits trailed behind The Devoted, but with the help of a member of their organization named Reader, they began to catch up and even surpass their discoveries.
On October 29th, 2016, the thirtieth anniversary of Brandon's disappearance, the recruits traced his journey to his final steps in our world through the New York City Public Library. From there, he boarded a train that you won't find on any timetable or schedule. A train that took him to the lands of imagination that he had remembered and believed so fervently were real.
This was not, however, the end of Brandon's story. As King Rabbit had told the recruits, Brandon had not died that day. Neither had he given up his compassion and concern for others. In his new world, Brandon learned many things and went on many adventures. In the end, however, he worked to warn those he had left behind of a dark storm on the horizon he saw coming. Tapping into whatever strength he could muster, he relayed messages to those who could hear him. He reached out to Cole Sumner and Deirdre Green through his adopted title as The Last Traveler, and he reached out to the recruits in the end, in the hopes they'd take up his warning and be prepared for what was to come.
Perhaps saddest of all this was the final revelation of the role The Devoted had played in all this. Their leader, Sacha, was a childhood friend of Brandon. She was the one person he trusted to tell of his journey, and the one person he invited to come with him. For whatever reason she did not go with him, but given the fact she spent the next thirty years trying to find him again, one can only assume it was a decision she had come to regret.
As for the fragment, Brandon left the recruits one final gift. The story of The Forest of Darkening Glass. By following it's tale of adventure, they came upon the final fragment of the first key. The plant known as Siren's Lace.
Video Recap Edit
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