was but the breath of a whisper overheard. It was the hour when night
visions breed disquiet, as men lie chained in sleep; fear took hold
of me, a fit of trembling that filled my whole frame, and made every
hair bristle. All at once, a spirit came beside me and stopped; there
it stood, no face I knew, yet could see the form of it, and catch
its voice, light as a rustling breeze." -
Anonymous member of The Legacy, written circe 6th Century B.C.
the tradition of film and television's most successful science fiction
and horror franchises, POLTERGEIST: THE LEGACY reveals the existence
of a secret society whose members delve into the mysteries of human
experience and often find themselves protecting humanity from the
true evils of this world.
the bastion of the CDC (Center for Disease Control) is to the hard
science of biology and epidemiology, so The Legacy is to the identification,
study and containment of paranormal incidents and the supernatural.
poltergeists (both good and bad) to demons and even vampires, werewolves
and witches, The Legacy must rise to the fore when all other means
of conventional understanding and protection have failed. They have
become humanity's last line of defense.
secret society whose origins are so old as to unrecorded, older even
than the Freemasons, The Legacy is rumored to have begun in Greece
in the 5th century BC as a radical off-shoot of Socratic empiricism
of modern man's first attempts at quantifying and categorizing our
world in scientific rather than religious terms. What began as a simple
study of the unknown eventually led the early members of The Legacy
to the study of all things in nature which science could not define.
It found itself often focused on supernatural and paranormal behavior
of poltergeists, believed to be ghosts which manifest themselves by
noises, rappings and the creating of overwhelming disorder.
members have included Bram Stoker, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert Louis Stevenson
- whose reporting of their actual Legacy experiences have been taken
as works of fiction. Members have been present at the Salem witch
trials, as defenders of the innocent accused women, and have investigated
many phenomena though the years, including: disappearances in the
Bermuda Triangle, the unexplained murders attributed to Jack the Ripper,
werewolves in Central Park, whole villages being possessed in China,
vengeful demons in the Amazon.
the guise of the Luna Foundation, a broad-based philanthropic organization
devoted to "The betterment of the human condition" and raising
money for the Arts and Sciences, The Legacy has spread its influence
into every layer of society, both financial and political. Though
the "outside" world may know of the Luna Foundation only
as a charitable organization, their
true function as paranormal investigators in The Legacy is kept secret
and known by only a handful.
ancient and elite society has become extremely powerful and wealthy
through a closely held network of "houses." The efforts
and activities of the member Houses are coordinated by the main Ruling
House. Located in San Francisco, this Ruling House is the home base
of our series, though we shall be able to bring in members from other
Houses when needed. [The ruling house was not set in San Francisco, it was changed to London.] This network of Houses provides The Legacy
with an extraordinarily comprehensive view of supernatural phenomena
throughout the world. More conventional sources of information - mass
media, police reports, and the recommendations of police and the FBI
- also brings new cases to the group's attention. Though not directly
affiliated with the University, as a private organization,ªand
benefactor of the school, The Legacy, under the guise of the Luna
Foundation, also has ready access to the University's resources (both
physical and intellectual.)
is no hierarchy among the members, save for the elected leader of
the group, the Precept. Though many of the group's decisions are made
by democratic vote, the Precept can, and does, overrule themªshould
he find the need.
with any diverse investigative/informational organization, the day
at The Legacy usually begins with a run-down of relevant events occurring
around the world. Using their map and information screens, the Precept
and the members review all supernatural activity being reported and
determine which events require their personal and immediate attention.
Similarly, as leader of the Ruling House, the Precept will delegate
many of the less urgent reports to local member Houses around the
in The Legacy is determined not by social standing, but by a more
spiritual, mystical means. Members come from all walks of life, but
share one thing in common - a belief and a recognition of a world
by our normal senses, and a pressing desire to explore that world.
addition to common goals and interests, a handful of the members also
share a power, similar to a sixth sense or ESP, which they call "The
Sight." Though unpredictable and hard to control, The Sight,
allows those possessing it to sense supernatural events, and even
at times communicated with ghosts and other beings.
members have an overriding family lineage in The Legacy which stretches
countless generations, others are newcomers who have been recognized
as either possessing The Sight or having a legitimate ability to help
The Legacy. All share a desire to explore the supernatural boundaries
of our physical world - uncovering both the exquisite and wondrous,
as well as the dangerous and evil. It is these darker elements of
their work that sometime lead members astray. In fact, though not
often discussed by our group, there have been whole "Houses"
who have been turned to the powerful and evil elements of the supernatural.
Their vengeful havoc will become the occasional focus of episodes.
at the top of Angel Island in San Francisco Bay, The Legacy and its
"cover" organization, the Luna Foundation, is housed in
a massive castle-like building. Accenting its grand exterior, the
interior of the mansion combines old Craftsman-style woodwork with
dark rich mahogany walls and ornate sitting rooms. With panoramic
views of the San Francisco skyline and nearby Alcatraz Island, the
rooms have an old-world grandeur which belies the organization's true
large, two-story library containing a massive oak table (rumored to
be as old as The Legacy itself) provides The Legacy members with a
forum for discussion and reflection. The library contains something
even more vital. A painting in the library wall is actually a hidden
doorway, a hologram. Walking through it, one enters the more vital
and secret tactical rooms of The Legacy. High-tech monitors and equipment
populate a control room from which our group operates. Prominent in
the room is a map of the world with red flares of light, each representing
supernatural activity (as earthquake and volcanic activity from the
"ring of fire" is often represented on seismic maps of the
world.) Powerful Cray computers hum with the compilation and correlation
of the countless pieces of information constantly flowing into the
center by day and night. [The Legacy must have one HELL of an IT staff,
Adjacent to the control room is a medical/scientific lab, outfitted
with everything from an electron microscope to bottles of strange
occult potions and specimens. Also adjacent to the control room is
Derek Rayne's office. Used as both a place of reflection and of decision-making,
the room is richly appointed with dark mahogany walls, a large Biedermeyer
desk, and a sweeping view of the Golden Gate bridge.
addition to a common library and secret tactical rooms, the Legacy
mansion has a large open foyer with a double staircase which leads
into a paneled living room. Charity functions (dinners, parties, dances)
are held occasionally, both to sustain the group's public persona
as a philanthropic organization, and to actually support the causes
they believe in. The building also contains a number of simple but
comfortable bedrooms. A few of our members currently live in the building,ªwith
residence at The Legacy being a voluntary matter.
full complement of support staff, both technical and housekeeping,
also work and/or reside in the mansion. As with any sub-secret organization,
these workers are hired carefully and under a strict code of silence.
In many cases, employment with The Legacy is something handed down
through generations. Since the workers are well-paid and respected
by their employer, breaches in security from The Legacy's support
staff is unheard of.
The Legacy's Beliefs and Battles
was formed asªan
attempt to explain the unknown. "Gods" were given powers
for that which man could not understand. It was a simple way of explaining
and justifying, but as time went on we lost those crutches, and we
realized other forces were at play. The Legacy found footing at the
time when those crutches were taken away. There were and are still
those things about evil and the human experience that science still
cannot explain. The Legacy battles those forces.
religion goes awry is the treatment of disbelievers. If youªdon't
follow these rules the darkside is going to find you. This is part
of the church rules vs. alternative ways to justify evil.
What is the underlying scientific/spiritual belief of The Legacy?
Bicameral mind - Two hemispheres in the brain. It was said that one
side listened to God and communicated with the unseen, unspoken, but
as time went on humans lost touch with this ability.ªLike
the earlier societies, The Legacy connects with and cultivates this
side of the mind. They tap into the part of the brain that has been
ignored. Their conflict is with the perversion of these forces. The
mysteries they solve, and the conflicts that arise are perversions
of those forces which bring people into the light.
has need of the whole truth," the motto of The Legacy, is that
information is critical, that the truth is as much information as
you can gather, and it allows us to be stronger. Blind faith is harmful.
The Bicameral mind is part of that truth. Understanding these forces,
the Bicameral mind, the shining, the truth, gives us aªsense
of peace and allows us to grow as a higher life force.
Why secrecy of the group?
Legacy is a secret society for several reasons:
1. In order
to protect themselves from a unified force of evil. Evil is trying
to find them and they must protect themselves.
2. Like any
small group that has experienced persecution in the past, our group
has probably experienced, at one time or another, slaughter and
3. Like the
Priesthood has to keep it's secrets, things that can't be broadcast
to the masses, our group also needs secrecy for inner sanctum.