Let us being the deconstruction.
I’ll just have the nonexistent cryptology department have this one.
SYSTEM_TITLE: “The Year In Question”
SYSTEM_DESC: “Yields That Which Carmel-by-the-Sea Lacks”
The system name most likely refers to a politician who died of heart attack while shoveling snow. Specifically, this topic comes up, which I think is far more relevant.
Looking over all this, I think the system titles are supposed to be taken literally. Here, for example, it tells us when the year when “The Death of Livengood” will give us what Carmel lacks.
Carmel-by-the-Sea is a city in California. As for what it lacks, I have no idea.
SYSTEM_TITLE: “The Time He Interrupted”
The system name here is easy: “THEHORROROFFANGROCK”, an episode of Doctor Who. The cryptic crap just keeps going deeper and deeper.
A scytale is an ancient cryptological tool.
Going by the last bit, we might have to watch an episode of Doctor Who. My worst nightmare hath come true at last.
SYSTEM_TITLE: “They Are the Name of the Way”
SYSTEM_DESC: “Xianyang Penryn Washington Phnom Penh”
First of all, Xianyang is a city in China, Penryn is in England (also related to old microprocessors, if it may prove relevant), Washinton is obvious, Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia.
“All were burned” may refer to book burning. Specifically, the burning of books 213-210BC Qin dynasty China. Apparently, Xianyang was the capital in the Qin times.
I think this is trying to compare Samsara, or whoever it is we’re dealing with, to Hitler. Yeah, we know.
SYSTEM_TITLE: “Meet Me Here”
SYSTEM_DESC: “At the City of their Grand Bargain”
Picasso may refer to Pablo Picasso, Matisse may refer to Henri Matisse, two great artists of their period.
“the city of their grand bargain” may refer to New York, where a retrospective exhibition has been held. Either that, or Paris where Pablo has first met Matisse in 1905.
In short, bring her some flowers.
SYSTEM_TITLE: “Six Months Before”
SYSTEM_DESC: “Carrington Stared Into The Flame”
Flowers might not cut it. Maybe a bomboniere too.