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William Carter's story so far(PUZZLE findings and lore compilation)

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TeoSS69    2,204

Intro: So, you are new on the forums or haven't really been keeping track of all the puzzles so far that have given us lore for William Carter, or maybe you just want to look through all the discovered lore, then this is the place to be! I will be covering all the puzzles and their sollutions that are related to this mysterious magician, which looks a lot like... Maxwell (dun dun duuun). When a new trailer and puzzle emerge from the Kleilands, this thread will be updated accordingly. At the end of William's story so far there will be links to the resp. puzzle threads so you can have a gander at those aswell. Now let us begin with the story! Some bits are interpreted/added by me to make it a more fluent story. Hope this will help people who want to know William Carter's story and want to look back at the lore discovered from the puzzles

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All aboard!

William Carter, a very dapper Englishman(last residence in London) and stage performer, aboards a ship called Quest and travels from Liverpool to the United States. The ship departs at the 26th of July in the year 1901. His inspection card shows some interesting things. A photo of William accompanies the document, however someone has made scratches through his face. And it is quite worrysome if someone carves your face on a photo with you in it! Someone or something doesn't seem to like William. Also worth noting is that William Carter looks rather similar to that other dapper fellow, Maxwell..

Abracadabra!

Time passes and not all is known about what William is doing in America. That is untill he performs as a magician in the Bowery Hall, New York, and according to the poster is "performing feats of the mysterious for your entertainment and edification". Looking at the poster, William looks a bit uneasy when he pulls a rabbit out of his hat, maybe indicating he isn't entirely sure what he is doing? If you wanna look good on your poster you can better look all dashing and confident, no? And his face has been scratched upon again. The person or being that doesn't like him is apparently following William wherever he goes.. Maybe he knows something that he shouldn't know. The success of his magic show is unknown, but the poster looks kinda worn out and there's other advertisements aswell.

Hard times...

Later on, William is having a hard time in America. It seems he is in financial trouble or just doesn't feel like paying for the magic items he has purchased/he forgot about it entirely. He has gotten two enveloppes by mail, the first one containing a threat letter and a payment ticket. William bought some marked cards, a gimmicked tophat and two docile rabbits from George T. Witherstone, a seller of dramatic props and magical apparel. The payment of $7.10 is overdue, and someone is not happy about that. An ultimatum is set: If William doesn't pay the money this week, he will be in trouble. This is written in the letter:

"William!

You are late again!

Where is the muny? Do

you think Mr. Witherstone

is runnin a charatee?

You better pay up this week or there will be

trouble!

I will find you!"

Judging from the writing skills of the one that send the threat letter, it could be a very muscular yet dim-witted individual. Wolfgang doesn't seem to have poor grammar skills, he just talks relatively simple which is probably due to his non-English origin. It is unlikely he wrote the letter. Then there's also a letter from Jack, who is William's brother. Jack Carter seems to live in California, judging by the postcard that is included with the letter. This is what he writes to William:

"William,

you've finally come to America!

How exciting! Has your show taken

New York by storm yet? I fear we may

have just missed each other - the city was too

much for me, so I've gone west. It really is

amazing out here - maybe you could visit

sometime?

Have you corresponded with mother lately?

The post is dreadfully inconsistent out here.

I can't believe she hasn't met the the

twins yet!

Warmest regards, - Jack"

Apparently William has a brother named Jack, more info about him is not known. Jack has gone west since the city was too much for him, and is suggesting William should pay a visit. Jack mentions their mother and how she hasn't met the twins yet. The twins he speaks about are likely to be Wendy and Abigail, the time period further confirms that theory. William is gonna decide to go west to visit Jack, by train....

Dark Enlightenment

William then took the train to San Fransisco on the 15th of August 1904, at which point he has been 3 years or so in America ever since the ship departed from Britain at the 26th of July 1901. However the train is never going to make it...Some paperwork is all there is left in the sand. One of which is a poster for the Abernethy & Parker CIRCUS, which will come to various towns. There is also a strongman performing in the circus, he can be seen balancing with one hand on an elephant that in turn is balancing on a ball. There are also flamingos on the elephant's back and some monkeys wearing a fez can be seen aswell. The strongman should be none other than Wolfgang. The person on the poster bears a resemblance to Wolfgang, only he doesn't have his moustache and looks more like the wimpier stages of him.

There's also a page that has been torn out of a book. It shows the sanity obelisk with strange symbols and writing next to it, which will have to be decoded first. It is worth noting that, despite not being the same symbols, the wooden thing has very similar symbols on it, which could indicate the sanity obelisk and wooden thing are made with the same knowledge... William is discovering things he probably shouldn't have discovered. To the right of the poster is a letter from William to Jack Carter, who seems to live in Corona, California. This is what he wrote to his brother:

"Jack,

the strangest thing has happened!

Please discount all reports of my

demise, should they reach you. I am

very much alive, despite my recent mis-

adventures. I have discovered something,

a book of sorts. I have yet to decode

it fully, but what little I have de-

ciphered has opened my mind to terrifying new possibilities. I shan't

say more through post - I fear it may attract unwanted att-

ention. All will be explained when

we meet. I shall continue west forthwith! - William"

William has discovered a book which contains knowledge of something mysterious, yet terrifying. It must be big since he doesn't even want to talk about it through post, fearing it may attract unwanted attention. William is going to continue west, even though the train he was has crashed and he is presumed dead, as written in the newspaper called the Daily Speaker on the left. The article itself:

"A passenger train struck a circus wagon that had broken down along the tracks at the Old Will crossing. Dozens of passengers were injured, and at least one man is missing. The missing man has yet to be identified, but fellow passengers described him as a tall, nervous fellow with an English accent. A search party was convened but quickly abandoned when it became apparent that a cage full of potentially dangerous trained monkeys had been vacated in the collision. Given the remoteness of the crash site, the scorching desert sun, and the escaped animals, the missing man has been presumed dead.

This is the third time such incident at the crossing since the railway's construction in 1873, but the first to involve a circus wagon. Local businessman and railway investor Harold J. Hutherford assured this publication that all pertinent safety precautions had been taken, but no one could have foreseen the appearance of such a dangerous blockage on the tracks ---"

The papers are being watched by an unknown shadow and a familar looking shadow to those who suffer from insanity. It is indeed the shadow watcher, and if you look at the source code of the page you can see it's silhouette...The faith of William and his means of going to his brother Jack are unknown at this time. He seems rather positive in his letter despite what has happened to him thus far. Will he make it to his brother or will he get stopped in his tracks of sharing and decoding his discoveries? Only time will tell.

And here you can find links to all the puzzle threads!

The Underground puzzle

It's Not a Rock! puzzle

Strange New Powers puzzle

Hungry for Your Hunger puzzle

I was gonna post this on reddit but i decided to wait for the next puzzle. Do i get permission to still do it when the time comes?

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Spazmatic    1,033

I was gonna post this on reddit but i decided to wait for the next puzzle. Do i get permission to still do it when the time comes?

Go ahead, I personally do not use Reddit but if you want to post this then you have my permission! A reference to the thread/me would be nice :) And a little edit: Posting all puzzle threads aswell would be nice [MENTION=51586]TeoSS69[/MENTION] , that way they're all set to see all the lore and threads involving William Carter Edited by Spazmatic

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TeoSS69    2,204

A reference to the thread/me would be nice :)

Not only this, but all the other puzzle threads too :)

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GhostyGhost    17

That is quite an ineresting compilation of all the information found on William so far. And very in depth too!Will this be updated when any new info comes along? It would be quite awesome if we could eventually get the entire history of William Carter gathered up in one spot...

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brummbar7    513

Great summary! My only comment would be I don't think the person on the elephant is Wolfgang at all, it's much more likely Wes or just some guy. I don't understand how anyone ever thought it was Wolfgang when it has no mustache. And strongmen don't balance on elephants, that's not their thing. Mimes might.

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Octyabr    222

Bravo!It's great to find all this information very well compiled, especially for new ones like me. :3I would like to add that the last name of that railway investor is Rutherford, at least it looks more like an R:post-56098-13764597440116_thumb.png

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SamLogan    656

Did you mentionned that the william's postcard was posted in North York (Canada?). So it's pretty strange because why Maxwell have with him this postcard if it has posted before?

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Stefanos    15

I love the Lovecraftian style of the lore.Also really useful thread, not having to search the old ones everytime I forget something about the lore is great.

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GreySlime    15

Abracadabra!

so i was thinking... maybe william is the inventor of the prehestithator(or what it's named) and he use it for his magical show?

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Starbladek    16

Some notable quotes the characters say:"I feel a strange kinship with him." --Wendy when examining Maxwell"Reminds me of my magic act." --Maxwell when examining a bunnyman

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Great summary! My only comment would be I don't think the person on the elephant is Wolfgang at all, it's much more likely Wes or just some guy. I don't understand how anyone ever thought it was Wolfgang when it has no mustache. And strongmen don't balance on elephants, that's not their thing. Mimes might.

Maybe it is Wes, but even then, there's also confirmation of Wolfgang. It says at the bottom: "Don't Miss The Incredible Strongman!" It's worth noting that the Circus Wagon Collided with a Train, the same one William was on, and the monkeys went missing... *cough*Barrel O' Monkeys*cough* What's odd is there was nothing about Wolfgang going missing though. Though nothing about him dead. Interesting considering he's the main attraction of the Show.-SpiritEDIT:You know all of the towns on the poster? I've recently discovered, they're all in Arizona. Harshaw, Klondyke, Fairbank, Charleston...-Spirit Edited by spiritcrusher77

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Also, Good Springs is in NV. So it's safe to say the Circus operated in the Nevada/Arizona area. I hope my Observations have helped. Did I mention Good Springs is a Ghost Town? So is Klondyke, named after Klondike, Canada, except they couldn't spell well. Fairbank too. Yeah...

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Drybones08    11

I thought William was headed to California to see Jack. And therefore he brought his show that way and then BAM hit by a train. Finds a book somehow, which could be connected to Wickerbottom, and starts learning the secrets of Don't Starve. So, that explains the locations, no?Really nice summary. All my hours of research and putting stuff together and I could have just read this.However, I must agree with the person I'm too lazy to go back and look at the name of, the guy on the elephant is most certainly Wes, whereas the words at the bottom of the poster reference to Wolfgang.

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Spazmatic    1,033

I sincerely apreciate the compliments and reactions, and hope that this thread will be one for the archives :D Now to reply to some messages.

That is quite an ineresting compilation of all the information found on William so far. And very in depth too!Will this be updated when any new info comes along? It would be quite awesome if we could eventually get the entire history of William Carter gathered up in one spot...

That is the plan, to update it whenever new information comes along, so in the end everyone can use this thread to look back upon William Carter's story! Added lore, the image and a link to the trending puzzle thread will all be provided when the time is there

Great summary! My only comment would be I don't think the person on the elephant is Wolfgang at all, it's much more likely Wes or just some guy. I don't understand how anyone ever thought it was Wolfgang when it has no mustache. And strongmen don't balance on elephants, that's not their thing. Mimes might.

Good point, I am gonna edit the lore to keep it in the middle wether or not it is Wolfgang balancing on the elephant..

Maybe it is Wes, but even then, there's also confirmation of Wolfgang. It says at the bottom: "Don't Miss The Incredible Strongman!" It's worth noting that the Circus Wagon Collided with a Train, the same one William was on, and the monkeys went missing... *cough*Barrel O' Monkeys*cough* What's odd is there was nothing about Wolfgang going missing though. Though nothing about him dead. Interesting considering he's the main attraction of the Show.-SpiritEDIT:You know all of the towns on the poster? I've recently discovered, they're all in Arizona. Harshaw, Klondyke, Fairbank, Charleston...-Spirit

Kinda weird indeed, if Wolfgang was on the circus train there would be at least a reference in the newspaper. Gonna add a bit more lore there. And yeah, seems that is the origin of the Splumonkeys, highly trained stuffnickers.. Also aren't the towns nowadays ghost towns?

I thought William was headed to California to see Jack. And therefore he brought his show that way and then BAM hit by a train. Finds a book somehow, which could be connected to Wickerbottom, and starts learning the secrets of Don't Starve. So, that explains the locations, no?Really nice summary. All my hours of research and putting stuff together and I could have just read this.However, I must agree with the person I'm too lazy to go back and look at the name of, the guy on the elephant is most certainly Wes, whereas the words at the bottom of the poster reference to Wolfgang.

Whilst plausible, it would still be weird Wickerbottom would have all this knowledge. Sure, she is highly intelligent, but have this kinda knowledge? I doubt it. But the option is always open untill there's confirmation about the origin of the book :)Sneaky edit another reply:

I think some details are misunderstood here. William was, for sure, traveling on this *passenger* train, that hit broken circus wagon (he never traveled with that circus, as some suggest). Also, at the top of elephant, we're seeing Wes, Wolfgang is just mentioned at the bottom of the poster./Estel

Correct, William was traveling on the passenger train, not the circus one. He is not involved into the circus at all. Gonna edit the lore a bit to make it more clear for when people read it Edited by Spazmatic

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Estel    30

I think some details are misunderstood here. William was, for sure, traveling on this *passenger* train, that hit broken circus wagon (he never traveled with that circus, as some suggest). Also, at the top of elephant, we're seeing Wes, Wolfgang is just mentioned at the bottom of the poster./Estel

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