August 31, 2013




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Field Guide

August 31, 2013


Sixteen-year-old Agnes Quill has inherited an ancient family curse, brought about by the loss of her parents. Several of our key scholars have accounted for and confirmed that she has the ability to see and communicate with spirits trapped between worlds. In several confidential journal entries, Agnes describes the events of her parents’ funeral, where the ghost of her Grandfather, Ages Quill, visited her. It was then that he explained the nature of specters and how he used his connections with them to great advantage throughout his career. He comforted Agnes by relaying that her parents died quietly, and had therefore moved on to a place where spirits can rest in peace. Agnes has come to realize that in contacting her, Ages Quill had not died in the same manner, for only specters that are still at great unrest can communicate with the living.

Avoiding life in a boarding home, Agnes ran away to Legerdemain to find the dilapidated castle her Grandfather had once called home. When she arrived, she discovered that at the base of the castle was is an old store called The New Curiosity Shop, which her Grandfather used to run his detective agency . It was the caretaker, who confirmed that as the last living member of the Quill family, the castle and everything in it now belonged to her.



Agnes is fully cognizant and acquainted with the spirits that are trapped within our physical world. She can communicate with most of those who wander our streets and homes aimlessly, although occasionally there are spirits too far lost for her to reach. Agnes’ own grandfather is, in fact, trapped between worlds, and has been known to help her out when she is in a desperate situation. Agnes wrote the following in one of journals:

The ghosts and spirits stuck in our world reflect all walks of life and even the souls of animals. Not all the ghosts are the haunting type; in fact, some are quite friendly and willing to cooperate with anyone who pays attention to them. This is especially helpful when I’m searching for clues or trying to get information from places most living people cannot access.



A teenage detective following in her famous grandfather’s footsteps, Agnes takes her work very seriously. She is extremely driven, throwing herself completely into her cases, almost out of necessity. Experiencing the sites and sounds of the spirit world on a regular basis can drive her crazy; only when she is engulfed by her work does she feel perfectly comfortable. Agnes gets excited easily, and often has a hard time staying still or keeping her mind on one subject. She is somewhat disorganized, which results in her becoming frantic when she cannot find what she is looking for.

Trying to connect to people in the living world is a constant challenge for Agnes. However, she has a natural gift for talking to spirits, which often gives her the upper hand while working on a hard-to-crack case. When she isn’t caught up in a mystery, she is usually less confident, often distancing herself from the world around her.

Agnes attends school, but does not feel that she truly fits in. Although Agnes would like to make flesh-and-blood friends, she he is out of her element in social situations, unsure of what to do. Agnes worries about how the world perceives her and goes to great lengths to keep from attracting too much attention to herself.

Agnes is constantly learning to overcome her own self-doubt and make the best of the talents she has, while coming to grips with the responsibilities of growing up. Running her own business forces her to continuously reevaluate what she wants from life.


Central Park Cemetery


Agnes often regards the city itself as a living being, with its own unique personality traits.

She wrote the following description in a letter to Ms. Dorothy Brosgol at the St.Vera orphanage:

“…A chaotic melting pot of new and old, its buildings are stacked atop pre-existing structures and castles that have fallen to ruin. There is an eclectic mix of influences from different time periods, all built on top of a Victorian-era foundation. Cobblestone streets and immense steel pipes twist throughout the city, which is usually thick with dense fog. There are countless alleyways that seem to lead to nowhere, and plenty of shady creatures that lurk in them. In the center of the city there is a large cemetery, equivalent to the location and vastness of a valley. Central Park Graveyard takes up a good part of the city. Of course, it’s haunted—there are endless accounts of people who walk in and never make it to the other side. Many historical archives claim that the City of Legerdemain started as a graveyard that everything else was gradually built around.”

Agnes lives in a deserted castle in the middle of the city. The foundation level of the castle is small store called The New Curiosity Shop, run by a man named Mr. Lorik (an old friend of her grandfather’s). The store sells items imported from other regions including sculpture, books, artwork and tools.

Agnes often speaks of protecting her home and her family heritage. She uses her unique talents not only to help the people and spirits who hire her, but also to preserve the things she holds dear. Before Agnes arrived in Legerdemain, The New Curiosity Shop was in danger of going out of business—Mr. Lorik, growing old and weak, found it hard to maintain on a daily basis, and even more difficult to resist the offers from outside developers who wished to buy the old building. By following in her Grandfather’s footsteps and continuing to operate the business, Agnes has managed to keep the building in her family’s name.

Agnes attends class at Marley’s Schoolhouse, a small building with only a single room and teacher. Her classmates are of varying ages and grade levels, usually consisting of about 15 kids per year. Few people in Legerdemain can actually afford education (and the rich send their kids away for a better life outside Legerdemain). Agnes has a hard time connecting with most of the kids in her class, whom she fears won’t accept her because of her unusual abilities and lifestyle. Regardless of Agnes’ less than perfect attendance record she manages to do well on the tests she has taken.



QUILL, Ages – Paternal grandfather

Ages Quill

File note: Since he is the subject of his own file and continuing investigation, we have included only information as it pertains to his granddaughter.

Mr. Ages Quill was a famous detective who helped many people during his lifetime. By all accounts and interviews, he was a good man that many people still feel they owe a great debt to. He has been the subject of extensive research by the Data Analysis Keep, but since he was not willing to cooperate directly with any of our scholars, our knowledge of his exploits are far from complete. Throughout his life many rumors circulated about his “talents,” and it wasn’t long into his career that he attracted the attention of our organization. Over the years many scholars have claimed to witness his use of phantoms and unclassified entities as allies in his work, but few have been able to obtain what would classify as documented proof.

According to his Last Will and Testament (which The Keep has taken the effort to copy for our own records), Ages Quill has left all his property and possessions to his granddaughter Agnes. It is not known why, but it seems Agnes’ parents kept the fact of her inheritance a secret. Whether they were waiting for to her to come of age or were intending to hide the truth about her grandfather is not documented. Agnes did not learn about Ages Quill or his profession until his ghost came to visit, informing Agnes that there was a place that rightly belonged to her.

Ages Quill’s death is still shrouded in mystery, and constantly seems to resurface in the work that Agnes has carried on. The one thing that is clear: Ages is still trapped between realms, and has yet to move on completely. Agnes is obsessed with uncovering the truth behind her grandfather’s mysterious end, which seems connected to several powerful people who wish to remain in the shadows of the city.


Quill Family at Calico Creek

QUILL, Katrina and Oliver – Mother and father

Agnes’ parents, Katrina and Oliver Quill, were killed when she was only seven. They were hardworking farmers who lived in the rural town of Calico Creek. Town records state that they passed away from a form of influenza that had spread through much of the area. According to Agnes’ accounts, no ghosts or remnants of her parents have ever turned up in any of her adventures. It was upon her parents’ death that Agnes first became aware of her unique abilities and her grandfather’s legacy.



LORIK, “Mr.” – First name unknown, aka The Lorik

Mr. Lorik

Mr. Lorik is the current caretaker of The New Curiosity Shop. Mr. Lorik appears as a dark skinned man in his mid-fifties, but is in fact a multi-dimensional being known as The Lorik. J. Epoch, an expert on inter-dimensional studies who has acted as a freelance agent for the Data Analysis Keep, wrote a brief description on her findings regarding this unique entity:

“The Lorik exists in several realms of existence simultaneously through separate bodies. I don’t know how or why but I’ve seen enough of them to know it’s true. I first met a man who called himself Thomas Lorik, and then watched him die in front of me. Not too long after, I discovered that he was very much alive. But he was not the same man . . . and he did not originate from the same place. When I confused him for my friend, he explained that he was ‘connected,’ but separate at the same time. He claimed to be conscious of many other pieces of himself spread out through different worlds. It creeped me out so I stopped asking him questions.”

The Mr. Lorik that resides with Agnes at The New Curiosity Shop acts as Agnes’ guardian and living connection to the history of her grandfather. He is always there to offer advice, although usually in a cryptic manner that leaves Agnes asking even more questions. Mr. Lorik always maintains a calm and reserved appearance, especially when Agnes is at her most frantic. Those who have spent time with them can attest that Agnes is extremely protective of Mr. Lorik and the Curiosity Shop they both call home. Many locals have speculated Mr. Lorik’s attachment to the store runs deeper than loyalty.

“That old man has been working in that store forever. No one even remembers when the place was built. And no one can remember a time that he wasn’t employed there. When the store fell on hard times, the old man got sick. When the shop was prospering, so too the man. He is made from the walls of its foundation. If you burn the store down only then will the man die.”

Traver Marts, owner of the Marts family-owned bakery

Regarding Mr. Lorik’s Skills and Abilities:
Mr. Lorik is fairly experienced in several forms of magic and voodoo—often useful for Agnes, who is still learning to handle the supernatural. It is not documented where Mr. Lorik acquired his knowledge of the mystic arts, but he seems to have various connections to local shaman as well as tribesmen clerics, who pass through Ledgerdemain.

Additional note: There is no birth record on file for Mr. Lorik in any of the Legerdemain Municipal buildings, and there seems to be no documentation of a first name ever used.



August 31, 2013

Agnes Quill is the story of a teenage detective, the haunted city she lives in, the strange cases she solves and the ghosts who help, hinder or just plain annoy her. Set in Legerdemain – a congested, fog-filled, cobblestone-paved Victorian city built around a cemetery the size of Central Park – Agnes’ adventures include confrontations with trapped spirits, cursed souls, possessed relatives, disappearing pets, decapitated scientists, ambitious zombies and a mess of other supernatural oddities.

The Contributors

Profile of field agents and artisans who have contributed to the archiving of these tales. Some were subject to hours of research spent socializing with dead people, getting trapped in crypts, and in one case being buried alive on and off for several days.

Dave Roman

Originating from a long island off the coast of the mainland, Dave is known for writing a series of pamphlets called Jax Epoch and the Quicken Forbidden, which focus on the exploits of a destructive teenage sorceress. He works in an editorial capacity for the Nickelodeon monthly periodical and has been known to independently draw things people have referred to as “cute.” These would include Astronaut Academy and contributions to the Flight anthologies. Dave first began writing about Agnes Quill while he was studying at the School of Visual Arts, where he began assembling artists with the hopes of turning her stories into illustrated archives. Dave’s website. Dave on Tumblr.

Jason Ho

A graduate of the SVA, Jason was the first artist to adapt Agnes Quill into illustrated form. A former laborer in the photography trade, he has spent many hours working in dark rooms being exposed to harsh chemicals. He has done artwork that was used in advertisements for fashionable textile manufacturers such as Babyphat. Jason on DeviantArt. Jason on Tumblr.

Jeff Zornow

Originating from a self-proclaimed motor city, Jeff’s linework has appeared in several places, including comics based on George Romero’s cinematic feature, Day of the Dead. He’s written and illustrated tales of horror for Cryptic Magazine, IDW’s Godzilla comic book, Image Comic’s Jungle Jim and used his art as a means of promotion and packaging for musicians. Jeff on DeviantArt

Raina Telgemeier

Born in a bay area, Raina has built a reputation for archiving events in her own life into a memoir known as Smile. Her work has also appeared in assorted anthologies, such as Explorer: The Mystery Boxes as well as the occasional computer feed. She has garnered much acclaim for her works resulting in a highly coveted Eisner Award. Raina also worked on a series of graphic novels depicting a gang of adolescent entrepreneurs called The Baby-sitters Club, all four of which are currently available in legitimate bookshops. Raina’s website. Raina on Tumblr.

Matt Bayne

Matt made waves in the world of action narratives with his seminal work, Knights of the Shroud, an intense medieval fantasy following the adventures of five vigilante women determined to end and avenge slavery. His knowledge of plant life, velocipedes, and rudimentary time travel has saved his skin on several occasions. Matt’s website. Matt on DeviantArt.

Jordyn F. Bochon

Jordyn grew up in a neighborhood of peach-colored duplexes in Edmonton, Alberta and currently lives in the mysterious Halifax region. Author of such sequentials as The Day after V-Day, she has acquired quite the reputation for documenting the Terrible Death of Finnegan Strappe and contributing to the legendary tome of Spera published by Archaia. She has the ability to telepathic ability to communicate with cats and particularly well-educated rodents. Jordyn’s website. Jordyn on Tumblr.