Prologue: (Somewhere in the Italian Alps)
There is a gunshot!
As the report echoes around the mountains, a body falls off the edge of the plateau, leaving Lord Henry Jagman standing there with a smoking gun in his hand. His associate, Benjamin Greaves, packs down the camp as Jagman reflects on the current state of affairs. Finally, he has everything he requires to reach his goal. It is simply a case of studying the clues.
All he needs now… is time!
Scene 1: (A cell in Newgate Prison – moonlight shines through the bars)
Months have passed since the incident in the Alps.
Amelia Darvas is languishing in debtors’ prison. Her mother died in childbirth, and her father struggled with ill fortune and bad business decisions until the family fortune was lost. Her father had died in a duel, but not before entrusting a rather strange family secret to Amelia – the location of an underground labyrinth. Apart from that, Amelia was left with nothing but debts. This has led to her current predicament in Newgate Prison - imprisoned for owing money.
She is alone now. Not a friend in the world.
That evening, Jagman visits her cell, and offers to clear Amelia’s debts and secure her immediate freedom in exchange for the location of the Labyrinth. Desperate to clear her family name, Amelia agrees to the deal and reveals that it can be found in the Black Forest within the German Confederation, in a place called ‘Die Halbmond-Lichtung’ (The Half-Moon Clearing).
With that vital information revealed, Amelia has no further value to Jagman and he slaps her to the floor, taunting her gullible nature. He gloats about how easy it is to manipulate people and then he decides to ‘tidy up’ loose ends by engineering Amelia’s execution for ‘treason’.
Scene 2: (The gallows outside Newgate Prison – a crowd has gathered)
A few days later Amelia is taken outside the walls of Newgate Prison to the cries of the baying crowd, and dragged towards the scaffold. She is proud and defiant – she curses Jagman for his actions, and even in this desperate situation Amelia swears revenge, in this life or the next.
Suddenly there are some small explosions and the crowd is swamped by plumes of thick green smoke pervading the air. People are confused and blinded by the dense fog. Through the haze Amelia sees two hooded figures threading their way towards her. Further away, there is another man, again masked, leaning on a stick, observing the situation. A scuffle ensues, and within seconds Amelia has been freed. With the help of the three mystery figures, she is ushered away into the gloomy side streets, and lost in the confusion.
Scene 3: (On Southwark Bridge)
After eluding the guards and covering their tracks through the streets of London, Amelia and her saviours eventually reach Southwark Bridge. Masks are removed and Amelia is introduced to Professor Samuel King, William Gardelle and Eva Bonaduce.
After William receives a rather cold reception, the professor tries to explain the urgency of the situation, and discovers that Jagman now knows the whereabouts of the Labyrinth. Amelia, still shocked by her recent experiences, is filled with resentment and a desire for revenge against Jagman. She reacts aggressively, but is warned off by Eva, who seems devoted to the protection of Samuel King.
In a confrontation between Eva and Amelia, Eva explains how she found King, badly injured in the Italian Alps. She nursed him back from the brink of death, and has vowed to assist him in bringing down Jagman.
Eventually they leave the bridge, with Gardelle hanging back, as he ponders his feelings for Amelia.
Scene 4: (Inside ‘The St. Lazarus Refuge’ for the homeless and destitute)
The refuge is busy, but no one is interested in the quartet as they sit in a corner talking. King has rooms above the refuge and his financial contributions enable him to remain anonymous here.
King explains to Amelia what has been happening to lead them to this moment…
King had been a keen student of the great alchemists, particularly Thomas Anzeray (1535 -1607). After finding several letters written by Anzeray to his disciples, he realised that he might have the key to discovering Anzeray’s greatest legacy… the path between life and death, known in legend as the ‘Anzeray Resurrection’. Towards the end of his life, Anzeray was aware that enemies were threatening to steal his work. He went on a journey, splitting his discovery into three parts and hiding them across Europe. After that journey Anzeray was never seen again.
King deciphered clues in the letter, revealing that there were three artifacts: a Journal, a Skull and a Casket of Seven Sacred Stones. Thanks to these letters and years of study King was finally ready to search for the artifacts and reconstruct the legendary ‘Anzeray Resurrection’. Such a quest, however, would be expensive and complex. It was clear that he would need a benefactor. Support was offered to him by the wealthy Lord Henry Jagman, a notorious member of the Hellfire Club, but also a well known explorer and adventurer. Despite the darker rumours surrounding Jagman, King elected to accept him as a partner in the search to rediscover the ‘Anzeray Resurrection’.
They traveled into the Italian Alps where they managed to unearth Anzeray’s Journal. As King browsed through the book, he read a stark warning from the Alchemist, that mankind may not be ready for this discovery. It could cause cataclysmic disaster to the world, if it should fall into the wrong hands. King told Jagman that these artifacts should remain undiscovered, but was betrayed. Jagman shot him and left him for dead. Thanks to the ministrations of Eva, King survived, but he hopes that Jagman is unaware of his survival.
Just as Amelia is trying to take in all this information, Gardelle catches a girl trying to pick his pockets. Her name is Jessamine, and despite the indignation of Gardelle and Eva, Amelia intercedes suggesting that kindness would be better than punishment. King brings calm to the argument, reminding Gardelle that he is in fact a thief also, and that is how he first met the Professor. King then organises food and clothing for the girl. Jessamine remains somewhat defiant as to her activities, but is appreciative of King’s generosity.
The four then return to the matter at hand. Thanks to Amelia, they now know that the Casket of Sacred Stones is hidden in The Labyrinth in the German Confederation. However, as with Henry Jagman, they are in the dark as to how to negotiate the web of paths down there, and failure to know the way would lead to certain death. In the meantime, King suggests to Gardelle and Eva that they break into Jagman’s town house in an attempt to find out where the skull is hidden. Amelia offers to go too, but is prevented on the basis that her wish for revenge would be too powerful a force, and could jeopardize the whole mission. The Professor then takes the opportunity to teach Amelia the need for patience and planning.
Scene 5: (The study in Jagman’s town house)
Gardelle and Eva break into the house, and creep around Jagman’s study. They search for, and find, some key information. Suddenly they hear a noise, and are forced to hide.
Ben Greaves has been drinking, and stumbles into the study, closely followed by the housekeeper, Mrs. Muncey. She is not happy about this visitor. He has been sent by Jagman to collect some items for him. Greaves and Muncey argue, whilst giving away vital information about the Skull. It is now hidden somewhere in Highgate Cemetery. The exact location is still a mystery, but when the light of the full moon shines through the ‘angel’s harp’, they will know where to look.
The full moon takes place on the following night and Jagman plans to gather the Hellfire Club at Highgate for some revelry, during which he intends to procure the Skull. After that he will set sail for the German Confederation in search of the third artifact, the Casket of Stones.
Greaves departs the study, followed by the scolding Mrs. Muncey, and William and Eva are left to enjoy their newfound information.
Scene 6: (The Professor’s rooms above the Tavern)
King is seen giving some money to the pickpocket Jessamine who then leaves. Amelia enters, impatiently wondering if there is news from Gardelle or Eva. There is none. Absently, she sings to herself. King asks her the origin of this song, and Amelia explains that it was the only other thing her father left her… a lullaby that he would sing to her as a child.
Suddenly Gardelle and Eva arrive back. They are excited and eager to tell King the news. Eva presents the Professor with some papers, from which he soon realises that the Skull they seek, belongs to Anzeray himself! He is then told of the conversation between Ben Greaves and Mrs. Muncey, revealing that the Skull lies in Highgate Cemetery. They decide to disguise themselves as gypsies and infiltrate the Hellfire Club festivities; Amelia slips out onto the roof of the building…
Scene 7: (On the roof of the ‘The St. Lazarus Refuge’, overlooking London)
Gardelle finds Amelia sitting pensively on the roof, staring over the London skyline. He tries to reassure her that things have a habit of working out. Despite her initial cold reaction towards William, Amelia values his efforts but warns him that she is running from a dark shadow that has ruined her life and all that she has known and loved. The shadow’s name is Lord Henry Jagman, and she will not rest until justice has been served. For her, revenge is paramount!
Scene 8: (Highgate Cemetery)
The next night is the full moon, and the gathering of the Hellfire Club in Highgate Cemetery. Jagman opens proceedings by wishing everyone a good time, and promising that soon he will share with them all what is possibly the greatest discovery in history. They must be patient just a little longer and then he will amaze the world.
As the party begins, Jagman is lost in the crowd. The clock strikes midnight and a small band of gypsies appear. Amelia and her friends have arrived. She soon has the revelers attention and offers to read palms for them, promising to reveal their futures. All the time she and her ‘musicians’ (Gardelle, King and Eva) are searching for the statue of the angel and the harp. Amelia, however, is more interested in finding Jagman, but Gardelle is trying to keep her under control. He has already taken responsibility for Amelia, his feelings being clear to King and Eva.
As the party continues, they find the statue of the angel, and sure enough the light of the moon shines through and marks a grave… but the earth has already been disturbed! In the hole there is a box, but it is now empty… the Skull is gone!
King concludes that their last chance is to get to the German Confederation and beat Jagman to the final artifact at all costs. Amelia refuses to leave, because she still wishes to find Jagman. Eventually, William manages to coax her away from the party.
This is now a deadly race for the third and final artifact!