Labyrinth of Dreams

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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