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Card Overview

Name: Old Journal
Card Type: Unique Asset
Tags: Item - Tome
Effect No
Action Yes
Reckoning No
Variants: 4

Card Front

Effect: N/A
Action: Test Observation. If you pass, you discover information that may prove useful to your cause; flip this card.
Reckoning: N/A

Card Back

Flip Title Set Flavor Text Effects
1 03
Mountains of Madness
You decipher a passage of the journal that predicts the coming of the Outer God Nyarlathotep.

When have foreseen this. The messenger dwells in the distant past and waits for us in our future. It lives within our dreams and watches us from alien stars. It hides in our houses of law and defiles our temples. The crawling chaos approaches wearing many masks, and soon we will all bow before Nyarlathotep.''

Gain 3 Clues and discard this card.
2 03
Mountains of Madness
As you read a particular arcane passage, you enter a trance in which your spirit leaves your body and travels to a cave with glowing crystals embedded in the walls and ceiling.

In the cave, you meet a large creature with a mass of octopus-like tentacles for a face and shining, golden eyes. The Elder God speaks to you through your thoughts, tasking you with an important mission.

Gain 2 Task Unique Assets; then discard 1 of them and this card.
3 03
Mountains of Madness
While reading the author's biography, you notice faint markings in the page's margins. You hold the pages close to the light, and the heat of the candle causes the writing to become clearly visible.

This is the map and the compass. Evil above, the Void below. Madness to the right, Nightmare to the left. A King before, a Prince behind. If I escape from one side, I re-enter on the other.''

Gain 1 Spell and improve Lore. Then discard this card.
4 03
Mountains of Madness
You find a coded message scrawled in the margins.

(Alien Text)

As you decipher the code, you learn of a prophesied future.

Advance the active Mystery by 1. Then discard this card. 


  • Daisy Walker Daisy Walker starts with one of these.
  • An Investigator may gain 1 Old Journal Unique Asset when resolving a Location Encounter on Arkham (#20).
  • Info about coded texts (from here: [1]):
    • The text on #1 is the translation of the alien text written in the Core rulebook, page 11.
    • The alien text on #4 reads:
#4 Alien Text

Turn without words lest your orbit decay

His unspeakable name is the silence by which the dancers mark time rotating through eternity

And when the king returns the masquerade shall end

All shall behold the yellow sign and all shall be unmasked in terror and ecstasy