Barnum Institute of Science and Horror

A bear walked in with a bandage on his hand

I reckon... someone here shot my pa.

April 13, 4:15 pm

The gang made their way into the first grand saloon. Douglas and Everest paused to look into the shadowboxes, while the others continued up the stairs.

At the top of the stairs, Elmer found a small creepy doll he thinks is Navajo.


As he peered from box to box, Everest glimpsed Iranistan and was captured by a scene of an urn and photograph. The photo lay against the urn, and showed Barnum standing proudly next to a decrepit black woman seated in a chair. Someone began dusting and moved the photo, lying it down on the table. After a few moments, from the urn rose a smoke that solidified into the figure of a woman kneeling on the floor. There was a sudden spark, and Iranistan caught on fire. As he turned to leave, a creepy ugly face screamed at him. Though disturbed, Everest took a dark picture of the Iranistan shadowbox and flash photos of the stairway and hallway.

As Annie ascended the stairs, she rolled her ankle. Checking her foot, she found that her boot had been untied and partially unlaced. Angus confirmed that she didn’t break her ankle, but he lost her boot while he checked. Annie and Angus went to the cobblery to get her boot back. She found it there, the laces completely removed, and commanded the spirits of the cobblery to fix the boot! And she left the hammer there.

The lot of them continued forth to the second grand saloon. Angus, Elmer, and Everest wandered and found the “African Vulture Fly” aka Shaggai-Shan! It was on display under a glass dome next to a second dome with several small ovoids purported to be eggs. When Angus came close to the bug-monster, it came to life! The thing bashed against the glass dome! Angus drew his gun, called for help, and stepped away, and saw that the critter once again became inert.

Douglas came over and tried to draw a containment symbol on the bug’s dome, but when he did, the horror came once again to life! It burst its dome, as Douglas had nearly finished his symbol.

Angus fired three rounds in rapid succession, landing two, but wasn’t able to fell the creature. It leaped from the display at Douglas. He parried it to the side and slashed at it with his sword; Annie, too, struck at the thing, knocking it to the ground, where Angus blasted it again. Some lilting music began to fill the air….



Everyone noticed a busted globe of glass, and Angus had his weapon out. How odd. He holstered his weapon, and everyone once again dispersed to investigate the saloon. Douglas shared that he had found a painting of Joice Heth, and that she was wearing a strange necklace with occult symbols.

The group went to investigate and found the collection of Barnum’s “representatives of the wonderful”: life-sized wax figures, many photos, and two paintings – one of Joice Heth, and the other of Jenny Lind Swedish Nightingale.

Everest also recognized the occult symbols on the necklace Joice wore: symbols of Binding and Control.

Elmer noted that the painting were clearly painted by separate artists. In fact, the painting of Joice Heth was unmistakably painted with a black ink that was commonly used in the 1830’s (clearly recognizable by a slight greenish hue). The signature and distinctive brush strokes clearly indicated that this was a work by Sir Arnold Curther, a famous and well-renowned painter who’s works ranged from 1832 to 1839. The pigments, artist, and composition style highly suggests that the work was done while Joice was still alive – placing its creation around 1835-1836.

Elmer was unable to discern much information regarding the painting of Jenny Lind Swedish Nightingale, except that it was much newer.

Barnum’s Representatives of the Wonderful



  • Joice Heth – she is wearing a beaded necklace with a large circular amulet. The amulet itself has strange occult symbols of Binding and Control.
  • Jenny Lind – Swedish Nightingale – born Johanna Maria Lind (6 October 1820 – 2 November 1887), better known as Jenny Lind.

Wax Figures



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