The Dickens Dossier
You open the box to find the following message stacked on top of a dossier full of documents:
Whether you know it or not, you are currently embroiled in the fight of the century, the fight for the very soul of European culture. There is a crisis of the European sciences at hand, one that involves a struggle for the hearts and minds of every thinking individual who walks the streets of any European city. And many of Europe's finest hearts and minds have taken a side, including you, whether you know it or not. Those that do know what side they're on keep their allegiances in the shadows, so be careful not to trust anyone too readily (including me). There's a particular writer of interest to all of us involved because his allegiances are not tied to either the "Friends of Fancy" or the "Philosophes of Fact." But do not be mistaken: he's fully invested in this struggle. In fact, he's called for a "Congress of Conspirators" to be held in Coketown (in secret, of course). There's something there he wants all of us to see. While traveling on the train from Dover, take some time to research the background of this Charles Dickens fellow. You will find the relevant materials in the dossier. Don't forget that fellow passengers may have knowledge about Dickens as well...
A "friend" of the cause.
The letter's signature confused you. "Friend"? Cause?? What cause? And what side were you on? The only thing you could think to do next was examine the contents of the Dossier where you found the following:
Watch the video on Charles Dickens's life. The video is short, however, so you're going to want to do a little more research. Luckily, word is out that fellow "Conspirators" will probably be traveling on the same train from Dover on the South Eastern Railway line, so make sure you find at least 2 fellow travelers (specifically, 2 travelers who arrived in Dover from Dunkerque) on the train who can tell you more about Charles Dickens and his life. Make sure you gather at least 3-4 things you've learned from each of those interviews. Once you've completed your research, compose a well-written paragraph about Charles Dickens's life: you will earn a total of 10XP points. (If you interview 2 more travelers, making it a total of 4 interviewees, and write at least 2 paragraphs, you will earn an additional 5XP, thereby making it a total of 15 points).