The Stranger, or 'I Do Not Know You' is an otherworldly power that tends to emulate things that are almost human, but not quite. It is the manifestation of the fear of the unknown and the creeping sense that something isn’t right. It manifests as objects pretending to be humans, like mannequins and taxidermied people.

It is the power that encompasses many aspects such as the NotThem, the Circus of the Other, and Breekon & Hope. In addition, an "Angler Fish" in Edinburgh harvests victims in order to supply skin to use as a disguise.

It is an enemy of The Eye and The Spiral, and is allied with The Desolation.

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This article contains information from later episodes of The Magnus Archives, and may contain major spoilers for the setting and plot.

Ritual Information Edit

The Stranger's ritual is called "The Unknowing."  Two attempts at this ritual are known: one in 1787 (stopped by The Slaughter, MAG 116) and one in 2017 (stopped by The Eye + a Hunter with C4, MAG 119).

Associated Characters Edit

The NotThem Edit

The NotThem is a creature or several creatures. A NotThem will kill a person and then take over the life of the victim. They will not look like the victim they have killed, but photos and memories of the victim will change to match the appearenace of the NotThem. Some photos and some people's memories are immune to this change.

The NotThem appears in MAG 3, MAG 39, MAG 77, MAG 78 and MAG 79. In addition Not-Sasha is a recurring character is season 2.

Breekon & Hope Edit

Breekon & Hope is a delivery company. It seems to consist of two deliverymen that drive around in a van, delivering strange items. It was originally founded by Alfred Breekon, but the mimics which took the form of deliverymen usurped the company from him and caused his other employees to vanish. The deliverymen are affiliated with the Circus of the Other.

In MAG 2 they deliver a strange coffin. In MAG 61 the van is stopped by the police and they are transporting the same coffin. In MAG 20 they deliver a stole. In MAG 78 they pick up a table. In MAG 36 they deliver the table to the institute as well as a lighter. They are probably the men that own the van in MAG 83. They are probably the delivery men visiting the taxidermy shop in MAG 54. They might be the men who took the red calliope in MAG 24.

Gregor OrsinovEdit

Gregor Orsinov was the ringmaster of the Circus of the Other.

Nikola OrsinovEdit

Nikola Orsinov is a living mannequin who wears human skin. She was created by Gregor Orsinov, in part from the clown Joseph Grimaldi, to serve as the principal dancer for The Unknowing. She then killed him and took over his role as the ringmaster of the circus.

Nikolai DenikinEdit

Nikolai Denikin played the calliophone for the Circus of the Other. He first appears in MAG 24, and is mentioned briefly in MAG 44 and MAG 128. His calliophone recurs throughout season 3.

Tom Edit

Tom appears in MAG 61 driving with Breekon & Hope.

He is probably the same Tom that is the boyfriend of Not-Sasha mentioned in MAG 52, MAG 56 and MAG 69. Jonathan thinks the photographs of Tom and NotSasha don’t look right, that they look like stock photos. Not-Sasha says Tom works for the wax museum she visits.  

The Anatomy Students Edit

The Anatomy Students appear in MAG 34, seeking to understand how to make "the insides." One of them, Erika Mustermann, seems to show up as the now-male "Officer Max Mustermann" in MAG 107 and MAG 109.

The Angler Fish Edit

The Angler Fish is a creature that imitates a man in order to lure victims closer. Appears in MAG 1 and is probably the creature in the taxidermy shop in MAG 54.

Daniel Rawlings Edit

Daniel Rawlings was a victim of the Angler Fish. (MAG 1)  A Daniel Rawlings is the owner of the Trophy Room, a taxidermy shop. This Daniel does not look like the missing Daniel except for having identical hair. His eyes are empty and glassy like the taxidermined animals in his shop. (MAG 54)

Sarah Baldwin Edit

Sarah Baldwin was a victim of the Angler Fish. (MAG 1). She appears in MAG 28 where she accompanies Melanie King to the Cambridge Military Hospital, and MAG 96 when she is briefly captured by Alice "Daisy" Tonner and Jonathan Sims.

Megan Shaw Edit

Megan Shaw was a victim of the Angler Fish. (MAG 1) She may be the same Megan that appears in MAG 87, or this may be Nikola Orsinov under a pseudonym. 
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