The Glass House

Nature: A mysterious building of unknown location or power

AKA: The Glass Mansion, Hitchcock's Folly

Synopsis: A Victorian curiosity, built by a rich and eccentric man, and which disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Has been the focus of innumerable occult theories, alongside Elvis, Bigfoot, green men from mars, and the enlightened masters in Shamballa.

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Notable Appearances

1.6: "Ancestral voices prophesying war", when Skadi 'landed' there after returning from signing her watchtower.
2.3: "A Plague on Both Your Houses!", where the labyrinthine interior of the Winchester Manor somehow led to the Glass Mansion.
3.3: "…and Debts Forgotten Time Collects", where Dorian and Hermes traveled there in a desperate attempt to solve the ''criminal selves from the future'' affair.
4.3: "Growing Up, Moving Out", where Hermes motorcycles over/through the Mansion in order to pretend he had just returned from a post-apocalyptic future.
5.3: "Tick-tock goes the Calendar (I)", where they sailed the USS Eldridge there to escape a post-apocalyptic future.
5.6: "The Clocktower...of DOOM! (II)", where they highjack the Engine of Apocalypse & put it in reverse to 'rehabilitate' the Clocktower of Doom, then 'drive' the converted structure over & add it to the glass mansion
6.6: "And Eternity in an Hour", where they go to inner mongolia & there find the mark 2.0 Xanadu (potentially causing the apocalypse)

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Kinda lose your sense of time
'Cause the daysxxxxxxxxxxx
xxxxxdon't matter no more
All the feelings that you hide
Gonna tear you up inside
You hope she knows you tried


Follows you around all day
And you wake up soaking wet
'Cause betweenxxxxxxxxxxx
xxxxxthis world and eternity
There is a face you hope to see


You know where you've sent her
You sure know where you are
You're trying to ease off
But you know you won't get far
And now she's up there
Sings like an angel
But you can't hear those words
And now she's up there
Sings like an angel
Unforgivable Sinner


You've been walkingxxxxx
xxxxxxxxxxxaround in tears
No answers are there to get
You won't ever be the same
Someone cries and
you're to blame


Struggling with a fight inside
Sorrow you'll defeat
The picture you see
it won't disappear
Not unpleasant dreams
or her voice you hear


Maybe one time lost
But now you're found
Stand right up before
You hit the ground


You know where you've sent her
You sure know where you are
You're trying to ease off
But you know you won't get far
And now she's up there
Sings like an angel
But you can't hear those words
And now she's up there
Sings like an angel
Unforgivable Sinner

Log of Encounters

●A note in the luggage of Amelia Earhart read "the key leads to the glass house", though the writing was mirrored for some reason.

Andrea seems to have visited the place briefly immediately after her Awakening, where she met a strange person, who told her many important things (though she might not have taken note of all of them). Then he helped guide her efforts, so that she opened a series of gates through time and space and dimensions, sending her past self to the spirit world among other things, before finally retrieving her boyfriend from the past.

●In addition some of the people who reside there have been encountered outside of the Mansion, such as when Hermes was in the Astral to train his debate techniques and was approached by those the cabal has nicknamed "the Victorian time-travelling psychics".

●Various cabal-members have had a handful of encounters with the Glass House, such as when they explored the Winchester Manor or suffered from Isis' plot to have them executed.

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Known Inhabitants

While visiting the mansion, the PC's have met people who seem to be residents there. These are:
Emma Hardinge Britten
William Trenton-Holm (blind guy Skadi met post-awakening)
●Bill (Stainton Moses?)

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Researched Origins

In 1882, Major Raymond Hitchcock returned from India with an imperial fortune and no companion with whom to spend it. His wife had died in childbirth. With no family to speak of, he returned to his childhood home on the Isle of Wight. After three years spent as a recluse, Hitchcock re-entered society a changed man. Although he maintained his reputation for impeccable dress, accounts of the time tell of the missionary zeal with which he approached the Royal Institute of British Architects. The vast sums of money he gained from the liquidation of looted gold from india went to the demolition of the Hitchcock ancestral seat and the design of an enormous folly: a Glass Mansion that he had seen in a dream.

Hitchcock enlisted a young architect named Morris Windsor, who had a strong interest in the theosophical movement and who, as the project advanced, gained something of Hitchcock’s wild fervor. It took another two years for the project to be completed. Meanwhile, Hitchcock’s adventures in society revolved around the plethora of theosophists, mediums and visionaries who populated the late-Victorian world. By the time his remarkable edifice was built, he had hired an entire staff — his butler, his cook, his ancillary staff — composed of psychics and magicians. It was just as well. No one without an extreme tolerance for strangeness could work in the Glass Mansion for long.

Guests found the place difficult to stay in for more than a night. The layout of the building and the peculiarly refracted light made the place hugely unsettling. By day, the place could be blinding and blazing hot. Neither the light nor the heat ever seemed to worry Hitchcock and his staff. By night, the moonlight played tricks on the eye; on one notable occasion, a gentleman guest went mad after getting lost in the West Wing for some six hours while looking for the drawing room. Some guests swore that at night, the building sang, producing a strange, resonant sound like a hundred fingers running around the moistened rims of a hundred half-full wine glasses.

Prominent members of the European and American esoteric community visited Hitchcock with increasing frequency, and by 1890 it had become rare for Hitchcock to dine alone. On the night of August 23rd 1901, Hitchcock held an impromptu conference occasioned by the entirely coincidental visits of no less than seven prominent psychics. This was the night on which that the Glass Mansion disappeared.

The alarm was raised after villagers in nearby Ventnor were awoken by what sounded like an explosion. A few brave souls took the journey two miles west to the source. They found Hitchcock’s mansion gone, torn from its foundations, with only the four steel corner supports remaining behind. In one corner of the field, some of the villagers found Hitchcock’s chambermaid and suspected lover, Adeline Belleville, hunched in a ball, sobbing. She came to herself in the Sanitarium in Newport three days later.

She said that she had left the building in order to get some blackberries from the brambles at the edge of the ground (apparently, the cook’s blackberry jam tasted better if the berries were harvested at night). A sudden, ear-splitting sound bore her off her feet. On her knees, she turned around and saw, so she said, the Glass Mansion, bathed partly in moonlight, partly in another light whose source came from somewhere within the building. It was rising into the sky.

Mlle. Belleville never saw freedom again, ending up in an insane asylum in London. She died three years later of typhoid fever. Most of the locals said that the Mansion’s boiler must have exploded; some said that it never would have happened if Hitchcock had hired good, honest, local craftsmen. The authorities accepted the explosion explanation. Almost every conspiracy theorists since have pointed out that no one seemed to want to ask why there were (supposedly) no traces of glass anywhere, or why there was no sign of a fire.

No trace of Hitchcock, the rest of his staff, and his seven guests was ever found.

In the intervening century, the Glass Mansion has become a staple of trashy magazines and cable TV shows dealing with the inexplicable. It’s become a piece of modern folklore, a sort of Victorian fantasia that no one really believes in. There are variations in the stories told by magazines and cheaply published books with titles like The Uncanny World of the Unexplained. Tawdry magazine articles tell of the mansion appearing in out-of-the-way places, all over the world. An astrologer or psychic who wanted to make a quick buck on the occult scene could do worse than make a prediction as to where the Mansion would next appear. None of these predictions have turned out to be true — yet.

One widely-told version of the story says that Hitchcock and his guests and staff are still there in the Mansion, alive, mad and maybe even possessed by entities from outside time and space. Another version claims that the Glass Mansion is behind most twentieth-century UFO sightings. Yet another tells of how it reappeared somewhere under the Pacifi c Ocean, and how it can be sometimes seen fl oating incongruously beneath the waves, still glowing. And there’s one version of the story that says it appears whenever two people fall in love in impossible circumstances.

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See Also

Possibly Related Stuff:
Kalakin Engine
Xanadu
Winchester Manor
The Book, Page 38
The Astral Realm of the Temenos
Who wrote "Footprints in the Sand"?
The Temple of Zanack Khan
Kubla Khan (poem)
"Radio Free Xanadu"
The Book, Page 212 (timeline of Glass Mansion's creation)
Timeline (1660 and up)

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