On an out-of-the-way street in Echo Park
All of the characters are somehow connected to a creepy old house in or near their neighborhood. Some ideas: you are squatting there; you just inherited it from a mysterious grandma or aunt; you are obsessed with its odd architecture; you are a ghost-hunter who had an experience there you need to understand; on a dare you slept a night there as a kid and woke up as an adult; etc.
The house is a strange place. Its architecture is indeterminate, but vaguely historical. There are times when the rooms and layout do not seem to be quite consistent. People don’t always notice that it’s there, even though it doesn’t fit with the other nearby homes, but when its mentioned, a lot of people have a story that involves the house.
It’s a big house, with at least five bedrooms and a few other rooms like an actual, honest-to-God library. There is a basement and attic, visible because you can see the old style storm doors that lead down and the circular upper windows.
It has been a long time since someone took care of the place. The yard is overgrown and spotty and the trees are huge and sweeping with moss and branches overhanging the roof. It is set a bit back from the street with a circular, gravel driveway and an old garage.
Discovered so far:
At least 3 chalk outlines – porch, vestibule, basement
Now-silvered arcane circle where a Node resides in the basement
Rotted hole from vestibule directly down to basement, with one of the chalk outlines nearby
Bullet-holes patched over but never repainted
Huge, hairline crack running throughout the house, as if it was bisected by a very thin plane
Electric line run out to plugs by the street
An elderly man named Frank believes he went to sleep in the house on a double-dog dare in 1958, woke up in 1991 as an inexplicably old man. No one believes him.
There was a murder investigation, possibly a multiple homicide, opened in 1983 but then never mentioned again