The Arcana series is in part designed to tackle some of the issues that science, history, and archaeology fail to adequately address. The record of human development that academia has created tells us that approximately 120,000 years ago the brains of Homo Sapien sapien were essentially wired in the same manner as they are today. This record (if one reads into it) states that there was roughly a 70,000-year gap between the formation of the “modern” brain and the explosion of human consciousness that resulted in the famous cave paintings of Europe, beginning roughly 50,000 years ago. We are then told that essentially nothing of major consequence happened for the next 40,000 years, when humans in certain parts of the world began to practice agriculture. Then (miraculously, it seems), civilization was “born” is places such as Mesopotamia, India, China, and Mesoamerica.
This traditional paradigm has so many holes in it that resembles a gigantic slice of swiss cheese. Many “fringe” historians, scientists, and archaeologists, have challenged the accepted course of human history for decades, putting forth piece after piece after piece of evidence that refutes the story told above – or at the very least demands a larger debate. But the Ivory Tower is difficult to penetrate, and flat-out refuses to ask the question that is blinking like an enormous neon light – Did something else happen that we are not aware of?
Arcana attempts to address this question by creating a drama series that follows the character Stairs as he embarks on a reluctant journey of self-discovery. Stairs quickly learns that if the “reality knob” of humankind’s collective experience is turned ever so slightly, it reveals forces and individuals on different planes of existence that actively influence our lives in ways we could never imagine. As Stairs is drawn into this unseen – but very real – world he is forced to stretch his sanity to the edge of an unfathomable abyss.