Labyrinth of Dreams

Samuel solo session
Friends and foes.

Samuel is stopped on way to breakfast and told brother is on way to see him and he is booked into hydrotherapy so skip breakfast and head to West Wing. On way overhears a conversation between a small, wiry looking orderly with angular features and slicked back hair telling his workmate that “they are mad letting the loonies out before theyve found out how it got it”. He sees Samuel listening and shuts the door on him.
Samuel heads outside and bumps into Alex who wonders why Samuel isn’t looking for the hole. Samuel decides not to look for it and heads for computer room, but is spotted by the wiry orderly, Liam Bishop, who makes him go for his treatment.
Samuel meets Dr Heinrich Hart who assures him that the therapy is safe and will be relaxing. He is given an injection contains a cocktail of psychoactive compounds and put in a glass tank. He has breathing apparatus attatched to his face and the tank is filled with water. The chemicals make Samuel feel blissed out until he notices the doctor and his assistant seem to be talking about him and smiling. Samuel has time to give him the finger before the doctor turns a dial cutting off his oxygen supply.
Samuel manages to escape the tank by kicking the glass out and runs as more orderlies appear – attacking him with barbed batons.
Outside on a monitor he briefly sees an image of a man with wild hair and a 7 pointed tattoo covering his blind left eye. He appears to be trying to say something buy the image flickers and fades into static.
Samuel runs, avoiding the receptionist who attacks him with a large knife. He hides in the hedge maze but is soon found by two orderlies and flees again – following a ghost like image of the man with the tattoo who be considered from the north as hordes of orderlies pour from the buildings, all armed with cruel looking weaponry.
Samuel manages to dig a small hole under the razor fence and escapes before the baying hordes of orderlies arrive who are now behaving very animalistic. Outside he runs north as more orderlies start to arrive from the south east and west sides of the hospital.
He sees a crypt but decides to avoid it and runs north following a butterfly through the moors, eventually arriving at a house.
Inside is a teenage girl and her uncle who seem to be expecting him. The introduce themselves as Bes and Andreas Guigon. “Don’t worry, this is a safe place” Andreas tells him and shows him the back door, which resembles a door from his childhood home. He tells him to remember the door and when he sees the sign of the butterfly in his dreams concentrate on the door and together they will create a door back to this place. Andreas warns that inside the asylum they are constantly being watched, even in their dreams, so Samuel must not talk about this to his friends. Andreas tells Samuel that inside the labyrinth all things are possible and if he goes deep enough it may be possible to find a place where his wife is still alive, but Samuel dismisses the notion. Samuel has many questions to ask but Andreas says they must continue the conversation later as he is about to wake up.
Samuel wakes up back in the hydrotherapy tank, safe for now.
He sees his brother Jack and has some success convincing him all is not right. Jack gives Samuel his phone and says he will get legal help if Samuel can find a way of paying for it.
After this Samuel heads again for the computer room but again is intercepted by Bishop who teaches Samuel a lesson for being rude to him earlier. A sedation team is summoned, Bishop telling them Samuel is being threatening. Samuel is sedated and put in seclusion. Before he goes Bishop warns him that he knows about the rumours of room 606. If Samuel pisses him off again he will put him there.
Several hours later Samuel is put to bed with a sore head and has a dreamless sleep.

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2nd Session
Dissimulation.

Over breakfast Christine and Gabriel talk to Alex, who advises them not to take their medication as he makes elaborate mandalas out of his food. “They make you blind on the inside” he cautions, and shows them how to fool the porters with tic tacs.
Kevin sits on his own to eat, and doesn’t react as someone with long, lank dark hair and bad breath leans into his ear and tells him “I can see your soul. Lucky for you there’s not much meat on yours so I’ll not bother eating it. Stay away from the mirrors little soul. The monsters live in the mirrors. They’re watching you…”

McKenzie enters (Alex calls her King Arthur) and announces that the Bull has been removed from the grounds and it is safe to go outside. She also tells the inmates that nurse Shields, who was killed in a RTA a couple of days ago, will be buried in the asylum’s graveyard in 2 days time.
After eating, Gabriel successfully follows Alex’s advice to avoid taking his meds, and Christine thinks she catches a glimpse of someone in the mirror, watching them from outside, but they are gone when she looks.

The group heads off to the computer room. A look at Google Maps reveals something 2-3 miles north of the asylum. It appears to be a building (perhaps a warehouse or a barn) surrounded by a dozen or so vehicles parked in a spiral around the building. They also get details about their medication and manage to get print outs of the hedge maze. Kevin sees a crow sitting on the window sill. It seems to be watching him.

In group therapy Alison Harper apologises to Gabriel for yesterday’s incident. Gabriel accepts the apology and Sarah Cassidy commends him for his attitude. Several people bring up that they have been having bad nightmare’s recently about being chased through a maze, but the players keep quiet about there experience. Louise Johnson sketches a picture that everyone recognises from their dreams. Image.jpg
The players notice that Sarah looks uncomfortable but says nothing. She explores dream symbolism, suggesting that being lost could be a symbol of anxiety and being chased could be symbolic of avoiding confronting an issue.

After the therapy, Daniel Brook follows the party, eager to help. Kevin suggests he meets them at the hedge maze in an hour, which he agrees to do. They head to the tv room to test a theory, but it is occupied by people watching Groundhog day, so they instead go to one of their rooms and turn on the TV, tuning into static. Gabriel thinks he may have seen a face but he’s not sure.

They head off and meet Dan at the maze. They follow Dan who gets lost, but Christine manages to navigate them to the centre, where they find a tree stump with “All is lost” carved on it, and a book lying on a bench. The book seems to be a copy of Alice Through The Looking Glass belonging to Crazy Jane, with a highlighted passage.
“He’s dreaming now,’ said Tweedledee: ‘and what do you think he’s dreaming about?’
Alice said ‘Nobody can guess that.’
‘Why, about YOU!’ Tweedledee exclaimed, clapping his hands triumphantly. ‘And if he left off dreaming about you, where do you suppose you’d be?’
‘Where I am now, of course,’ said Alice.
‘Not you!’ Tweedledee retorted contemptuously. ’You’d be nowhere. Why, you’re only a sort of thing in his dream!’
‘If that there King was to wake,’ added Tweedledum, ’you’d go out—bang!—just like a candle!”
Alex Freeman appears and offers Kevin a jaffa cake, telling them this is not the real maze, the maze is everywhere. There is no escape except to go deeper.
On the way out Kevin again thinks he spots a crow watching him. He points it out, Christine throws a rock at it, knocking it off it’s branch. This upsets Daniel and Alex disappears again whilst they are arguing.

Over dinner Christine and Gabriel (who is now hallucinating spiders in his dinner) talk to Crazy Jane, who says she will help them, but only if they bring her “lots of dolls”. Kevin sits alone.
A cake is brought in to celebrate Kathy Purchase’s birthday. Everyone has a slice. When Gabriel goes for a second slice, Kathy grabs his hand and whispers “Get Out!” before projectile vomiting at him. Gabriel manages to evade the vomit and resolves to be more careful approaching inmates in future.

The party sleeps and again begins to dream. This time Daniel is there. Kevin tells him to go back to his room to sleep, which he does. They follow the footprints and spot Roman Carlyle who turns and flees, running through a door.
They follow him into what appears to be a Ordo Praetorius ritual – many robed worshippers prostate themselves to Roman who is in the centre of a pentagram enclosed in a large, complex, labyrinthine design, taking up most of the floor space. A marble room with ionic columns, and large ornate mirrors reflecting the 100s of candles that light the room. Large incense braziers with faces like demons spew out pungent black smoke. The worshippers don’t pay any attention to the characters, they just bow and chant. Roman seems to solidify and become more vivid and real. He laughs as 3 hooded figures are led into the room and dragged into circular depressions formed with the labyrinth pattern.
Roman turns and runs, jumping through a mirror. Kevin gives chase, whilst the others try to disrupt the ritual, but can’t seem to interact, and can only watch as the the victims (who please, and cry “why me, please?”) are all disembowelled and their entrails laid out in labyrinth patterns that intersect with that already there.

Kevin chases Roman who materialises a door in front of him. He turns and tells Kevin “I was always far deeper than you Kevin” before stepping through it. Kevin gathers himself and steps through, finding himself in an empty room, lit only by 2 candles surrounded by salt. He crosses the room and exits by the door.

Christine and Gabriel are in persuit – seeing Kevin step through the door they follow and find themselves in a family home, where they see a man shoot his wife and then turns the gun on himself. Christine seems shaken but moves on with Gabriel finding another door.

Everyone finds themselves in darkness. They appear to be tied up – they are man handled through a door, beyond which they hear a familiar chanting. They realise that they are now the sacrificial victims and are helpless to act as they are disembowelled and fed to the maze. Everyone wakes.

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First Session
Disorientation.

Started off with Encounter sessions – introductions and Samuel notices he is being stared at by goth looking woman sat to one side. Told about Nurse Shields being killed in RTA. Introduced to Alison Harper, Daniel Brook, Elizabeth Benson, Louise Johnson and Sarah Cassidy.

Dinner and meds – Samuel unsuccessful in trying to pretend to take meds. Kevin turns down dinner, goes to room and spends evening reading and centering self.
Samuel goes to gym – has Encounter with Louise Johnson.
Gabriel and Christine meet Alison Harper who stabs Gabriel before being subdued by sedation team.

Gabriel goes to medical ward and is patched up.

Christine talks to Elizabeth Benson who has lost a valuable locket. Tells her she believes her brother deliberately had her admitted to inherit the family fortune. Been her so long she is loosing her mind.

Gabriel gets out and meets up with Christine and they explore.
Samuel finds a hedge maze and gets lost in it.
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Gabriel and Christine bump into Alex Freeman who offers to show them around. Tells them to avoid the TVs as they are draining people’s souls. See Kathy Purchase – tells how she was admitted in the 60s and was lobotomized for smashing furniture in protest. Tells of room 606, the cursed room, a seclusion cell on the top floor. According to Alex everyone put in there came out screaming and committed suicide shortly afterwards.
Points out Westwing, the Black Block, the maximum security ward, holding the famous occultist serial killer Roman Carlyle and the The Toxteth Cannibal (who ate his victims alive using metal teeth). Also has ‘experimental therapy’ rooms.

Points out medical wing – basic surgical facilities, hospice and morgue (which he says to avoid).

Samuel hears laughing and animal grunting. Finds centre of maze. Makes an improvised weapon out of a bench plank. Finds a tree stump with “We’re all lost” written on it. Attacked by an injured bull – manages to escape by hiding.

Christine, Gabriel and Alex hear the noise and go to investigate – get there in time to find Samuel emerge from maze. They leave area, Samuel burying the weapon near a rose bush. Before he leaves Alex warns them to be careful how the dream, “They get you in your dreams”.

All go to bed (Samuel watches a little TV). Wake up with door ajar. Strange sigil on wall of corridor.
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Hear laughing – follow glowing hand prints. Kevin takes his book as a weapon. Stairs have an Ouroborous painted on.
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Go down to main entrance foyer. Dismantle coffee table for weapons – lift is painted like a serpent. Inside only 2 buttons – go down a long way and emerge into T shaped corridor. 10 doors on either side. See a man banging head against wall. A man with grinning sharp metal teeth. Kevin meets Roman Carlyle who offers him a way out in return for being in debt which Kevin turns down. Roman slams the observation port shut, without moving.

They continue – follow handprints to far right corner cell – inside is a strange carving on centre of right hand wall.
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A large mouth with a tunnel going down, rough steps and animal pictures. At bottom big room, which Christine recognises from her dreams, rippling dark pool in centre, various cave style animals paintings including a horned man (which Kevin identified as being similar to the famous Sorcerer of Trois Freres). Noises come from shadows in dark corners. The horned man animates and points at them, all the painted animals also animate and flow into pool.

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Tortured patients, all looking like they have painful surgical procedures performed on them, advance towards them in a zombie like manner. They attempt to fight but are swiftly overpowered – all dying and awakening back in their rooms.

They meet in the corridor (Kevin notices the book is wrapped up in his night shirt like in his dream) and discus the strange events. Told to go to common room by a nurse. They make plans to use computers to find information and to investigate the hedge maze again. Attempt to leave but main doors are shut at night. Samuel phones up brother in law and demands he helps him – he refuses but promises to visit tomorrow.
They decide to go to sleep – in morning everyone is talking about a bull that was apparently found wandering the hospital grounds yesterday. Nobody knows how it got in…

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Christine Dupont Character Creation
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