Labyrinth of Dreams

Session 9
Despair

Everyone goes back into the dream labyrinth which is now contained within Roman’s mind. They are all individually seperated, isolated and attacked by void creatures. Christine faces a void ghoul, and is pinned to the ground. Gabriel flees void tentacles and is caught by the ankle. Kevin runs from a horde of void zombies. Samuel faces the Beast, the canabalistic inmate of the high security ward, now wearing the head of a bull and welding a huge axe.

Kevin flees, creating a door, and finds himself on stage where he meets a deformed faerie creature before the horde find him. Gabriel manages to escape and creates a door which leads to a rotting forest. Christine is pinned to the ground. Samuel creates a door and finds himself in a dense jungle.

Kevin opens another door and finds himself underwater – he sees what appears to be the abandoned casing of a huge sea creature and goes to investigate. Christine opens a door to Gabriel and shouts for help. Gabriel opens the door and rescues Christine. Samuel finds a hide ancient statue of Roman, sitting like a Buddha, crumbling and covered I’m vines. He hears the Beast and tries to hide.

Kevin finds nothing in the shell casing but sees a huge school of piranha like void fish rapidly approaching. Christine and Gabriel open a door to the Avernal Gate entrance to the Underworld in the room they have previously encountered with the dark pool in the centre. They see Jane there in triple aspect who advises them to rescue their friends. . Samuel is attached by the beast and badly wounded.

Outside the Avernal Gate Gorley’s abominations start to rise from the operating trolleys. Kevin is attacked by the piranhas and they begin to consume him. Samuel flees the beast. Christine and Gabriel manage to open doors to them both in time and descend into the underworld, the huge black slab sliding shut behind them, sealing them in.

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Session 8
Disrupture

Samuel is taken to solitary by Bishop. Once inside Bishop tells Samuel he can see the hospital is turning bad and he’s getting out of there. He leaves Samuel the keys and in return for the favour he asks that Samuel “remember me”.

Every one meets up and head towards therapy again. Kevin and Gabriel are questioned by Morgan again, Kevin tries pickpocketing a police man but is unsuccessful.

In therapy the usual crowd is there, waiting for Sarah, who is uncharacteristically late. Louse sits at the window looking at the gathering outside the fence, still staring in silence. She points out unusual activity in the blackblock, many groups of guards and orderlies have been heading towards it. Elizabeth thanks Christine for returning the locket. She says she was starting to forget who she was, and the picture of her husband contained in the locket brought her memory back. Alice starts crying and people go to comfort her. The crying turns to laughter and before anyone can react she is holding an improvised shiv against Kevin’s throat. She speaks, her voice deeper than normal and tells the characters that they aren’t even trying to play the game as promised. They should at least try to hide and not be so predictable. The group manage to disarm Alice and Kevin escapes uninjured, Alice collapsing on the floor. Louise tells the group to take a look out of the window. Below in the hospital grounds, many inmates and guards are gathered. They all stare vacantly up at the window. And then as one they move towards the hospital.

They leave, nearly getting caught by a small group of the mindless ones as they wait for the lift. By the time they get to the foyer the horde is already nearly upon them. Samuel remembers they keys and they manage to get out of the back entrance.

The group decide to head for Daniel’s safe room. Christine pulls a strange gun and begins to clear a path through the horde. As they pass the blackblock sirens go off and metal shutters descend accross the windows. They see a guard throw himself against the reinforced glass, the shutters obscuring the groups view of what happens next as pools of blood run down the glass.

They make it to the blackblock and start making plans and the hospital PA system flickers to life, playing a tune from Bugsy Malone (You Give A Little Love). Afterwards Roman gives a speech saying he has liberated the hospital. He is now at the centre of the labyrinth and is thus unstoppable. He says he will be a beneficial God. He tells the players that there “Nothing is going to get them. Nothing is hiding in the cupboard, waiting to get them.” Everyone looks at the cupboard, from which hammering noises are heard. The cupboard splinters and one of the mishappen creations from their nightmares emerges, shrieking in pain and fury. It has surgically had extra limbs grafted and spikes drilled into it’s skull. After a struggle, Gabriel managed to subdue the creature with the help of a bedpan. As the group recover footsteps are heard outside and a knock on the door.

They cautiously open the door to reveal Alex, wearing headphones, dancing to an unheard tune. He hands them a cue card and as they examine it he slips away unseen (again). The card says “Remember the argonauts”. Soon after the PA clicks into life and sirens can be heard (the introduction to Sweet’s ‘Blockbuster’). Everyone except Gabriel and Samuel put their fingers in their ears. Roman starts to talk, but Samuel starts to look vacant and starts to drool so they stop listening. After the PA clicks off they make wax earplugs, summising that Roman can manipulate them through his words. Elizabeth spots something written on the back of the paper, “The answer is hidden in the words”. Kevin suggests they look in the library.

They head out. All is eirily quiet. They go to the hedgemaze but find it burning, cans of petrol sitting nearby. They head for the library on the top floor of the asylum. In there the librarian gives Kevin a book thar is reserved for him on Bibliomancy (divination using books). Kevin follow out the instructions and the words “Follow Roman Through The Dream” are spelt out.

The group decide to take the advice, they baracade and trap a hospital corridor and drag the mattresses into one room. Elizabeth, Alice and Louise agree to keep watch as they sleep. As the group retire the tannoy clicks into life once more, and Roman bids them “Sweet Dreams…”

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Session 7

As the group surveys the scene in shock they realise that a small girl with curly black hair is sat in the far corner. She slowly rocks back and forth, muttering under her breath. She seems to be touching her arms and limbs in a rhythmic pattern whilst doing so. More orderlies and staff arrive, doctor Hart advises the group that the police are on their way and they should expect to be interviewed as witnesses to the events. He invites them again to come speak with him in his office and they can discuss matters further with him.

They decide to take him up on the offer and accompany him to his office, where the Doctor seems a little unfazed by the events. At first Kevin is not happy – he kicks off and wants to leave but Gabriel persuades him to stay. He tells them that he is a specialist in ethnobotany, and is very interested in dream research, having been involved in developing therapeutic applications based around modified shamantic psychedelic drugs and rituals. Samuel has experienced this therapy and is sceptical as to how useful it was as the whole experience was very traumatic. Hart likens the therapy to being akin to lancing a boil – whilst the experience itself is unpleasant it can lead to a cleansing of the psyche, as life trauma is symbolically brought to the surface of the consciousness and resolved. Samuel agrees that the experience did lead to positive experiences (through the meeting of Andreas and discovering the safe house), though the group is still overtly suspicious of his intents.
Hart says he is interested in hearing of the groups potentially psychic experiences – the group is reluctant to talk but Kevin decides to confide and they begin to discuss their shared dreams.

The doctor shares with them some of his phenomenological philosophy – that science is not sufficient to describe reality, as it can only fully be realised through experience. Science, logic and linguistics define and shape reality. Through social boundaries and shared norms words shape what we are and as societies have  become more complicated, with the rise of modern day civilisations out of simpler tribal structures, so the socially constructed labyrinth has become some complex, leading to many people becoming lost with it’s walls. It is, Doctor Hart believes, traditionally the role of the shaman to guide us through this maze, a role that has evolved in modern society to encompass the priest, the doctor, the scientist, the artist and the scholar. He goes on to make parrellels between quantum mechanics and Buddhism – suggesting that the universe only exists as a probability matrix before we observe it; it appearing to be an integral aspect of the consciousness to collapse this probability field  and turn it to concrete reality. The doctor asks the group to think about in what form these infinite possibilitie realities exist without our conscious awareness, and about the infinite scope of our subconscious imagination. The doctor believes it is possible to step away from the safe anchor of our concrete objective concensus reality and explore these imaginary subjective realms of possibility, wherein anything is possible. However he cautions the group to be careful as sometimes we can find scary things in these places. Or sometimes, he warns, if we’re really unlucky, they find us.

He advises the group to explore the possibilities of having a psychic connection further, and offers more guided treatment of his experimental therapy sessions. Samuel is still reluctant but Kevin and Gabriel wish to try it, however doctor Hart is aware of Kevin’s addiction and cautions him that there is more to the experience than just taking psychoactive medication and that he will need time to obtain the necessary authorisation to treat anyone accept Samuel for the moment.

After leaving Hart’s office, the group are asked to give statements to the police. Every one is individually interviewed by balding, lank haired Inspector  Derek Morgan, accompanied by the taciturn PC Whitehead. All seem to give accounts of the day, mostly giving fairly honest accounts of the events on the children’s ward. When Gabriel returns he says that Inspector Morgan seemed to act strangely towards the end of the interview, during which Morgan seemed suspicious of Gabriel, questioning his decision to flee from the incident, and brining up his past history of violence. Most worrying of all, towards the end of the interview, Morgan turned the tape off and told Gabriel to run, or he will be crushed like a bug.

Outside, the group encounter Alex wearing shades, dancing in the rain underneath a tree. He seems a little manic and rambles at them about leaving – he says he stays because this is where he must be, and is meant to be, but if he could he would leave. He tells the group that they are all lost in the labyrinth and if they which to find a way out they must learn how to hear their own songs, step off the pavement and dance in the street. He tells them Roman’s offer is sound, but if they live now they will spend the rest of their safe, comfortable lives wondering about the labyrinth. He warns them that if they stay, things are going to really get scary. Fear is the minataur.

After they decide they have heard enough, the group move on, splitting up. Christine returns to her room briefly, on the way she finds a shiny silver locket and encounters a screaming inmate who impaled her eyes with pencils and head butts a wall. She then meets up with Kevin and Daniel and they go to Nurse Shield’s funeral. On the way Kevin spots Louise hanging around near the gate. She seems relieved to find out they are not abandoning the asylum as Kevin and Gabriel had previously spoke of doing, and she accompanies them to the funeral.

Outside, in the graveyard behind Broadmarsh, nurse Shields is laid to rest and Reverend Austin gives a strange service, blaming her death on the sin and corruption that is rife in the asylum. He singles Kevin and Christine out as being corrupt and urges everyone present to cleanse the sin from them. Everyone then returns somewhat nervously to the asylum.

Meanwhile Gabriel and Samuel go to the computer room, where it turns out Samuel is banned after his earlier attempts at hacking and framing Bishop seem to have been discovered. Samuel proceeds to make a scene, running around and turning computers on and off, until a sedation team is called for him again. This gives Gabriel plenty of time to research Lilitu, after which he heads back to his room (with Samuel’s phone), waiting to meet back with the others.

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Session 6

After witnessing Christine being wheeled off Samuel kicks off and a sedation team is called. Kevin freaks out and smashes up his room and requests sedation. Gabriel meditates and eventually all manage to get some sleep.

Kevin is woken by a cockroach crawling accross his cheek. He tries to remember the dream he was having, it seemed important but the fragments slip away. He lies staring at the stain on the ceiling which has grown overnight. It distinctly looks like a leering face.
 
Gabriel is woken by a noise in his room. Again he can’t move but can see blood smeared accross the walls and can hear a horrid slurping noise. He strains to move his head and with great effort sees bloody bodies and severed limbs off several child corpses spread accross the floor. Squatting over them with its back to him is a figure with long lank grey black hair and leathery skin, gnawing on an arm. As he looks it turns round and hisses at him. It’s face is Gabriel’s own.

Gabriel wakes from his dream and goes to Kevin’s room. They look for Daniel, checking the tv first where they find several drooling inmates staring at a screen of static. They move in and find Dan in his room who is obviously upset over the night’s events.

Together they go get breakfast where they talk to Louise and tells her Roman has given them a way out and they intend to take them. Louise looks disgusted and tells them they sould be ashamed about being in league with a mass murderer. As they eat Gabriel finds maggots in his porridge again. He thinks they are another hallucination, but Kevin sees them too, so they decide to skip breakfast.

The head outside and spot a group of people gathering outside the fence, just off the road at the south eastern edge of the grounds. They investigate and find a group of white robed people staring at them in silence. Both recognise star shaped symbols on their robes as belonging to the goddess Ishtar. None of the newcomers speak. Samuel arrives, having been released from isolation, but still woozy from the sedation he received.

They head back to the hospital and encounter Dr Hart, who tells them Sarah Cassidy has confided that there has been an upsetting incident and asked for his help because dreams are an area of expertise for the doctor. He knows they have trust issues but he assures them he only wishes to help and suspects he can be of use. He invites them to visit his office after group therapy this afternoon. An orderly cones and asks for his help concerning an incident on the children’s ward and Dr Hart excuses himself and leaves.

As they discuss what to do next Christine reappears – she says she woke up in the mortuary a little earlier. Gabriel attempts to find a pulse on her and fails. They decide to lay low for a while and go and check out the children’s ward. On the way they pass a man stood in a fountain staring vacantly into space. Kevin and Gabriel help him out. As they do so he leans into Gabriel and whispers into his ear. The words have a bad effect on Gabriel – draining away his will. They get away from the strange patient and hurry on to the children’s ward.

They spot the ward and pass the play area, noticing the labyrinth symbol drawn in chalk on the ground amongst the hopscotch grids and drawn on the wall of the building amongst the graffiti. They look through a window and see a classroom full of children – Dr Hart is there talking to a teacher. As he looks Gabriel feels a cold wind and a voice whispers in his ear. He runs away back to where Christine is. One by one the children all fall to violent epileptic fits, Samuel and Kevin run into the entrance and enter the classroom where they see the children savagely attack the teacher, biting and tearing at her. They leave with Dr Hart and hold the door shut. Gabriel and Christine arrive and they decide to enter the room which is now empty except for the bloody corpse of the teacher and the words “thankyou” scrawled in blood on the blackboard.

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The Death of Christine
One down...

Christine was left alone in the dream of being attacked by a whispering horde of zombies. By the time the group got to her room she was dead.

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Session 5
Dissolution

Everyone retires to bed and eventually get to sleep, despite the disturbing animalistic cries that seem to be coming from outside. The characters again find themselves waking up in the dream hospital. Everyone meets in the corridor, including Dan, who looks even worse now but wants to come with them. They agree to let him and set off down the corridor towards the stairs.

They come Roman seated at a large table. He invites them to sit with him and have a civilised discussion before tomorrow, when “the true game begins”. People arm themselves with cutlery from his table. Seeing this he laughs and offers them a gun which Christine accepts. He is asked about his murders and tells them that his victims were of no consequence. Kevin asks him what gives someone consequence, Roman replying he is the only one of any consequence, because he created himself. “In the beginning was the Word, and I was the Word, and the Word was with Me”. Roman advises them that they should leave the hospital tomorrow. He will arrange for the gates to be left open and unguarded during Nurse Shields funeral tomorrow. If they stay, he warns them things will get scary and he will kill them next time he sees them. He then leaves.

Everyone heads downstairs into the entrance foyer where they meet Cameron Mueller, the Toxteth Cannibal, who is busy eating an orderly. He sees them and they have a conversation where he advises them not to go outside, because “it hurts”. Samuel gets freaked out when Cameron starts eyeing him up as a potential meal, and eats part of the dead orderly that is offered to him. He throws up violently and Cameron looks disappointed before going back to his meal. He runs upstairs to rinse his mouth out with the remains of Roman’s banquet but finds everything he consumes turns to blood in his mouth. Still consumed with guilt he returns to the foyer where the group open a door to the outside. The outer surface of the door (carved with the depiction of a saint slaying a dragon) is glowing slightly. From the darkness outside a butterfly flies in, crosses the foyer and goes down the liftshaft. The group call the lift and follow.

The lift opens opens on the long T shaped corridor where they previously met Roman. The inspect his room, which is empty, but covered in occult symbols. As they move down the corridor a voice calls out to Samuel, seeming to recognise him and asking for help. He claims to be Steve Maxwell, an orderly Samuel made friends with on his initial incarceration, but he looks nothing like him, and the name on his door is ‘John Smith’. He claims to not know why he has been locked up and seems to be confused as to why they are freely wandering around. Samuel questions him, and he seems to have knowledge that only Steve and himself would know so he decides to free him. ‘Steve’ is very grateful and tells them that keys for the maximum security ward are kept in the governess’s office, if they can find a way into there.

They press on, accompanied by ‘Steve’, through the room with the large engraved face and down the stairs into the room below. Here they see a figure Christine recognises leaning over an operating table, performing surgery on something. Noises can be heard from the dark recesses of the room. In the centre of the pool sits the butterfly. As they approach the surgeon looks up and laughs at them – an overweight balding man, with folds of loose green skin intershot with thick black veins and yellow cats eyes. He unleashes his new creation on them – a creature with no face, but extra limbs and mouths surgically attached. As it lumbers towards them, more creature move out of the shadows all around. The butterfly is swallowed by a huge creature – far bigger than the pool would seem to hold. As the group begin to panic, ‘Steve’ falls to one knee, holding his head, and in Andreas’s voice calls out “Samuel, do what I told you for once and follow the damned butterfly!” As the abominations close in on them the group leap into the pool, plunging into the dark depths, where they are swallowed by a huge creature. In the belly of the beast they see the butterfly, partially digested but still alive. Samuel remembers Andreas’s instructions and visualises the door from his childhood, and it materialises before him.

Through the door they find themselves in Samuel’s kitchen from his childhood, Bes is seated at the dining table, leaning back on a chair, dressed in circus gear and face paint depicting a clown on one side, a devil on the other. She eyes the group suspiciously. Andreas, dresses as a circus ring master, welcomes them and invites them to sit. He asks Gabriel to keep an eye out of the window whilst he talks to the group. He tells them he comes from a line of wandering people who’s ancestors were assigned to guard the seed of the tree of life. He tells them the tree is under threat. He tells a story about a land he once saw who’s people were ruled by a fictional king. The best artists in the land were recruited to communicate with the king. He explains that imagination and reality are but different branches on the same tree. The tree is now under threat and the task of saving has fallen to the people here. Andreas doubts their ability to succeed as all show signs of corruption (which seems to rile Kevin) and Andreas must now flee as Samuel has betrayed his position to the enemy. At this point Gabriel spots figures starting to appear on the horizon, just a few at first, but very soon the hillside is blanketed with an incoming horde.

Andreas hurriedly continues to explain that the asylum is on a place of power, a nexus. Some say an ancient God slumbers under the hillside the asylum is constructed on. Four centuries ago a sorcerer came to this land and struck a dark barging to access this power. He has corrupted the power of the area, twisting it and turning it into the labyrinth – a place that not only traps souls, but joins them together, providing brave souls with perhaps the opportunity to penetrate the treasures within. Roman Carlisle now stands at the other end of this 400 year plan, working with the dark spirits that have been corrupted by the sorcerer. Soon they will begin to break open the seals and when the final seal is broken they will be unstoppable. Andreas warns them that Roman and the spirits are immensely powerful, and if they focus on trying to stop them this will just create more resistance and make them more powerful. They all walk a fine line between damnation and salvation and should choose their paths carefully.

With this the horde arrive – an army of dessicated walking dead, the air is filled with the noise of their whispering, a gentle sinister roar, which promises oblivion to those who listen too closely. Andreas and Bes realise they can’t wake up and realise they are all trapped in the dream. He shouts at everyone to defend the entrances as the zombies begin to break through the doors and windows and tells Samuel he must open a door.

Samuel eventually realises what he must do and visualises a door back to his room in the asylum and everyone flees. Here Andreas has time to apologise to Samuel, saying his soul has become a spiritual battle ground, before zombies start to appear outside. Samuel opens another door this time to his wedding day and everyone flees.

In the church Samuel sees his wife Alice waiting at the alter, she looks confused and asks him why he is here. As they speak the door open and a man enters that everyone recognises from their dreams, the man they saw standing in front of the asylum burning crosses, before they were committed. He walks down the isle as the church organ music plays, smiling at the group, emanating a dark aura of energy. He kisses Alice and melts into her, becoming a dark mark over her lungs (where Samuel knows her cancer originated), a pair of lips that mock Samuel and the group as more zombies appear and the congregation screams and panics. Christine and Andreas seem to see something that no one else spots, Andreas says Death is coming, but it may give them a chance to escape – if someone dies it will provide a window of opportunity for the group to wake up. He goes and talks to Bes and hands her something, telling her to look after it. She screams at him at he walks forwards into the oncoming horde and his torn apart into nothing. Bes screams curses at the group as she wakes up. Samuel and Gabriel manage to wake up, Dan, Kevin and Christine struggle to wake, Kevin and Christine both grappled by zombies. Daniel saves Kevin, pushing him free of the zombies and both manage to successfully awaken.

Back in the hospital everyone meets in the corridor. Christine is missing. They look in her room and she is still in bed. Gabriel checks and there is no pulse, they shout for help and look on helpless as a resuscitation crew arrive. They are ushered out of the room. Minutes pass and eventually a trolley is wheeled out, a blanket covering a still and lifeless body, which is wheeled away.

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Session 4
Disintegration

Everyone eventually meets back up in the afternoon’s group therapy session. Gabriel arrives slightly late, accompanied by the gothy lonewolf, Louise, who thanks him for walking back with her, before taking her usual place in the corner (giving Samuel a knowing look on the way). Everyone notices Gabriel’s scar and he tries to explain it away.
The therapist, Sarah Cassidy (who drinks from a seashell cup made for her by one of the children in Potomac House), invites everyone to check in with their feeling and is pleased that several of the group seem to be more positive than before. Samuel and Gabriel both report making progress and friendships that are helpful. Kevin sits on his own , as does Louise and make minimal contributions, Kevin saying he feels nothing, Louise telling Sarah to fuck off (Kevin questions the point of making her come, but Sarah defends by saying attendance is compulsory but parcipitation is voluntary). The young girl Alison Harper, who attacked Gabriel reports feeling empty and depressed about the death of nurse Shields still. Elizabeth says she is resigned to watching the world go by whilst they wait for her mind to fall apart, but she senses something is wrong in the asylum. Dan says he is happy to have made new friends, but feels they are hiding things from him and treating him like an idiot. Dan also starts talking about his nightmares – Christine tries to shut him up but Dan gets annoyed – he has been here for a long time – he says he trusts Sarah and needs to talk about this.

Sarah sympathises with Dan and says she gets the same feeling from the new clique. She feels like she is viewed as the enemy which makes her sad. She says the nightmare problem seems to be a common thread amongst the patients and suggests using hypnosis to explore the issues.
Kevin, Gabriel and Daniel all volunteer but insist that they are not alone when hypnosised. Sarah agrees, and suggests they start with Dan, as he seems most troubled at the moment. Dan is hypnosised and describes what he sees as he enters the trance. He watches a countdown on a cinema screen, and descends a staircase, at the bottom of which is a door. Opening the door, Dan describes a chapel, which he recognises as being in the asylum, with a distinctive old, carved ornate cross. Kneeling in front of the cross is a weeping man, dressed in archaic priests garb. The man is crying for his lost children. He introduces himself as Father Bodycombe, and tells Dan that the whole place is evil, desecrated by a corruption that is spreading. The corruption can be stopped. He advises to cleanse the hospital by fire, “burn it to the ground”.
Daniel sees a butterfly land on the cross – on a familiar symbol, a five pointed star with a maze pattern that they have seen in their dreams. Father Bodycombe offers to bless Daniel, and as the group tell him to run away and Sarah tries to bring him out of the trance, Daniel cries out as Bodycombe holds Daniel and begins to hurt him.

Daniel is wracked with pain. A dark mark appears on his forehead and black ectoplasm materialises around his mouth as his eyes grow dark and he begins to chant in Latin, the words hurting everyone in the room. Gabriel and Kevin begin spiritual combat, attempting abduration and exorcism rituals. Daniel/Father Bodycombe strikes at Samuel before being restrained and tied down by the group. Christine runs out looking for help. Gabriel’s ritual is effective but seems to be causing lacerations to appear on Dan so he stops. Kevin carries on and Daniel seems to return to normal, but very shaken by his ordeal.

Sarah is mortified and apologetic. She describes an incident 3 days ago when she saw a vision of a man with burning red eyes whilst conducting a guided meditation for the children’s ward in Potomac House. In her vision he branded he on the forehead with the maze-cross symbol. The children sensed she was freaked out so she asked them all to draw a picture whilst she went and pulled herself together. When she returned she asked to see what they had drawn. They all showed her identical pictures of the maze symbol. After finishing her story Sarah apologised again and promised to help find out what was happening. As they all leave, Christine spots a crow flying away from it’s windowsill perch.

Everyone then went in seperate ways, Kevin going to the computer room to do some research (where he noticed a rather large boil had developed on his face) and returned to his room to draw up horoscopes for everyone.

Gabriel and Christine went for a walk, Gabriel telling Christine of the reasons for his being committed, how he had been forced through necessity to learn exorcism as a sickly child, and how he had used his skills to help others, with this leading to an unfortunate incident involving a small child and a demon named Lilitu, which lead to his sectioning. He also confided that he believed Lilitu to be back, having visited him this morning, leaving the scar on his face. As they talk Christine sees a dark figure watching her in the graveyard beyond the fence. It points to her and she runs for it. Gabriel panics thinking she has recorded their conversation and peruses her, failing to catch her, but distracting her so she looses sight of the figure. Reaching the fence all there is is an old tree, casting shadows on the gravestones, possibly playing tricks with her mind.

Samuel goes to see the resident priest, seeking help for Daniel. The chapel is in the hospital ward, where he finds the Reverend, and the carved cross Daniel mentioned. Reverend Austin Jones seemed sympathetic and believed Samuel’s story. However alarm bells begin to ring for Samuel when he speaks of the hospital being corrupted and seems to be listening to a voice he can’t hear. Christine and Gabriel arrive as Jones talks about needing to purge Daniel of his evil and a disagreement ensues, the Reverend returning to the chapel and locking the door. Christine manages to pick the lock which angers the priest and he presses a panic button. The group decides to flee.

They see Kevin and ask him to look after their illicit goods and proceed back outside, encountering Bishop on the stairs who seems to suspect they are up to something and searches Samuel, reminding him that he runs this place.

As they head to the computer room they encounter a disturbed looking patient stumbling round a corner. “Help, they’re going to kill me!” he mutters before limping away. Shortly after two orderlies appear, walking calmly. The group asks what the man has done and the orderlies look blank. “Nothing.” one says, “Emptiness, nowhere” the other agrees and they walk on. Gabriel decides to follow whilst the other two head back to get Sam’s phone. He is distracted by Alex lounging about in the branches of a tree, “Where are you going Gabriel?” he asks. Gabriel is angry from this morning and drags him out of the tree, demanding answers. “Hey come on Gabriel, we’re all mad here aren’t we?” Gabriel demands a straight answer to what is going on, Alex tells him “You’re playing the game now Gabriel and your loosing because you don’t even know the rules. You have to start learning fast”. Gabriel tells him to stop being so cryptic and explain himself, Alex replies, “I’m not trying to do anything, I just am. Why does a bee be? Why does a dog dog? Is a dog mad? No. Sometimes I bark like a dog so can I be mad?” Gabriel walks off, angry that he can’t get a straight answer still. Alex shout after him “If you don’t know where you’re going, it doesn’t matter which way you walk Gabriel”. Gabriel turns round to confront him again but Alex is gone. Gabriel goes for a walk in the Hedge maze to clear his head before meeting up with the others in the computer room.

They meet to the computer room where Samuel successfully manages to bypass the Internet restrictions and accesses Facebook. He features finds Liam Bishop’s Facebook page but cannot successfully incriminate him with goats, so instead he creates a fake account in the Reverend Jones’ name and invites him to like RateMyGoat.com
Christine checks her emails and then they leave, however they notice the attendant going over and checking the terminal that Sam was at. Sam realises he didn’t wipe his history and may be in trouble.

Everyone goes to dinner, where Samuel is caught trying to palm his meds, and has to resort to making himself sick in the toilets. They discus plans during diner and afterwards head off to Kevin’s room to prepare for the inevitable nightmare to come. On the way the pass Jane who stops Christine and berates her for not following her advice. She tells her she can still help and asks to see her palm. Christine offers her palm, which Jane inspects scornfully before cutting a deep scratch in it with her thumbnail and spitting in the wound. The spit stings and seems to fizzle slightly. Samuel is angry and confronts Jane who offers him her palm and smiles. Samuel backs down and they retreat to Kevin’s room where Kevin uses his occult skills to make amulets of protection that they hope will help them through the night. He manages to make 3 which they decide will go to Kevin, Daniel and Samuel. Samuel also used his phone to look for spirits – seeing darkness around Kevin, and something watching through the mirror. The group splits up and everyone gets ready for the night ahead.

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Rumors and mysteries
But it's just some rumors right?

Every place has its rumors and this is what we heard and learned so far.

- The top floor of the Asylum contains a “cursed room”. Room 606 is an isolation room and every patient who ever entered it is supposed to have committed suicide in the following weeks. Samuel, Kevin. Christine and Daniel went to investigate and managed to persuade the male nurse supervising the 6th floor to enter room 606. They, however, didn’t go inside.

- There is a “black block” outside the main building which is supposed to be an “experimental” ward. The security there is reinforced and it is said they keep patients like Roman the Beast Therein and the Toxteth Cannibal inside.

- On Google Map Gabriel found a strange looking building outside the Asylum. Not too far away but enough to be out of the main road.

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Gabriel Solo Session
Snakes and Ladders

Gabriel wakes up in his room and can’t move. He hears the door open and someone enters. They move around his room, investigating his things and breathing heavily. He can just make out a dark shape out of corner of eye. The figure comes closer and leans into his, stroking his cheek and whispering into his ear. It’s breath smells like rancid meat, “not yet”, it whispers in a voice that Gabriel recognises from long ago, “your not ready yet. Soon…” The caresses turn to a long deep scratch and Gabriel wakes up screaming. He inspects himself in the mirror and finds he does have a scratch accross his face. A nurse knocks to check on him and sends him to the surgical ward to get it checked out.

In the surgical ward Gabriel meets Nathaniel Moorcroft (Doctor), a distinguished looking man with swept back black hair and piercing blue eyes. As he chats with him he straps him down to a restraining bed and begins to mutter to himself whilst inspecting a variety of painful looking surgical instruments. Gabriel screams for help and a nurse appears. Moorcroft looks disturbed and asks the nurse to finish the job and hurriedly exits.

Gabriel is given butterfly stitches and then spends a couple of hours on an observation wards, struggling to stay awake. Eventually he is released and heads out. Outside he sees a man stood on the edge of a tall building. Fearing the worst he begins to run, but the man steps forward and drops headfirst. Just before he hits the floor he sprouts wings and begins to fly, soaring past Gabriel. The man has long blonde hair, and beautiful angelic features. He flies up into the sky, spiralling upwards towards the sun, laughing manically eventually crying out “Father, no!” as the wings dissolve and he plummets towards the earth, seeming to hit the ground far outside the asylum’s perimeter.

Gabriel continues on and passes Alex Freeman sitting under a tree who invites him to join him. He congratulates him on weaning himself off the reality imposed on him by the asylum’s drugs and tv, but advises him that the next step is to stop eating the food as it is poisoned. He offers Gabriel an apple from the tree they are sitting under, which Gabriel eats, whilst they begin to play snakes and ladders.

As they play they discuss philosophy – Alex comparing the game to an analogy of life itself, wondering whether the greatest illusion is that of choice or randomness and suggesting that by giving in to the winds of change one will always find oneself exactly where one is meant to be. They question whether aspiring to go up truly means anything as once you get there there is nowhere left to go but back to the bottom. Alex also asks Gabriel why he thinks snakes have got such a bad press – he says in many old cultures they were revered as the guardians of secret knowledge – he blames the Christians for attempting to suppress things. He then apologises to Gabriel, saying it is seriously uncool to alter another consciousness without permission but he doesn’t think Gabriel would have gone along with it otherwise, and “You really need to see this” Alex advices.

As Alex explains that the apple was laced with mescalin, Gabriel finds the apple slipping through his fingers as if they were made of liquid. He melts into the ground and watches as the apple dissolves into the ground too, and a snake slithers away up the tree. His vision seems to focus, becoming microscopic as a miniature apple tree grows out of the remains of the old apple, sprouting more apples, growing and dying and spreading more apple trees that grow into orchards, then fields of crops and cities begin to grow in complex geometric designs, rising, growing and dying before his eyes. He watches as many civilizations rise and turn to dust and eventually finds himself wandering through the desert.

He spots a huge statue in the distance and heads towards it. It is a huge headless statue of a man, as he inspects it the wind uncovers an engraved plinth. The words on it read “I am no one. King of nothing”. The wind uncovers the head of the statue, which he has time to recognise as his own, before everything crumbles into dust.

Out of the dust another tree grows, a snake winding up through it’s branches as it grows, growing into the tree, becoming a microscopic serpent of dna. Gabriel’s consciousness expands into 5 dimensions and he sees the tree in multiple dimensions, realising the tree is connected to everything that has ever existed in an unbroken chain of existence. Something else is there too in the tree. An absence of being that laughs, writhing in the branches, consuming the tree. Gabriel realises he is both a part of the tree and is simultaneously looking at the tree. He finds himself looking at the partially consumed apple that Alex gave him, and sees there are maggots writhing in the core.

Alex is gone and his head feels tender so he curls up under the tree and falls asleep. He is woken up by Louise Johnson from group therapy who asks him if he is OK. She tells him group therapy is due to start and suggests they walk together.

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In the centre is the issue – here we the Heirophant, a man of great spiritual power. He sits in the middle, and he seeks The World, all his plans are coming to completion.
In the past is the Fool, a new beginning, a fresh start, and Judgement – a call to a higher purpose, even though you are not yet aware of it.
Inside helping you is The Magician. A man of great power, skill and talent, and his sign is The Star. He knows his place in the universe, and in the grand scheme of things. He brings hope.
Outside seeking to help you is the Queen of Cups. A kind woman of companion, who wants to connect on an emotional level. Water is her sign. She has a strong intuition and is a healer.
With her is the Hanged Man – you must surrender yourself. Sacrifice may be necessary.
Finally in your future the Devil waits. A thing of material attatchment. Earthly power. Something evil.
[The mirror cracks]
Death. The end is coming. You are going to die Christine. Soon…

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