“The note is heavy in your hands, heavier than a piece of paper should be. You stare down at the words, wondering just who might be waiting for you in this unfamiliar place. You turn it over, hoping for any other hints, any other help. In small writing you find scrawled on the back,
Near a place reserved for woe,
in a place that’s high but low,
Watch which way the raven doth go.
You ponder the mysterious passage’s meaning. Reserved for woe…wasn’t there a mausoleum nearby? On the other hand…in a place that’s high, this house is so high, could she mean the attic?”
That is how it all begins. A small note in the fireplace, a mysterious hint and off you go, following its trail, making decisions as you go along and dying horribly in several imaginative ways! Although if you’re thorough enough there is still hope… I’m speaking of the mini-hunt ^Re.Birth^ has in addition to their regular Twisted Hunt prize. It’s like those books where you choose your own path and fate. Once you’ve met your fate in one dreadful fashion, go back and try another option! The prizes are skins, eyes, tattoo layers of twistedness and poses, not to mention random props like a map of Innsmouth and Necronomicon…
“After what seems like ages in the winding, dark and sometimes suffocatingly tight tunnels, you come to a chamber. All along the arching stone walls, are faint scratches, you run your fingertips across the slick cavern wall. Unable to make anything out, you turn your attention to the large, sickly green colored statue. It almost looks as if it was carved from the back wall of the stone chamber, as it seems to be almost…growing out of it. However the near luminescent quality of the statue makes that impossible, the stone looks unlike anything you’ve ever seen. At it’s base lies a peculiar book, you kneel down and pick it up. The moment you crack it open, a loud roaring fills the cave, the walls flaring to life, revealing thick, glowing red lettering. The language is foreign though, you shake, clutching the open book to your chest as you turn round and round, trying to take in all the writing at once.
Oh god, they’re real. It’s real…all the horrors that the book in the library described, the unfathomable Elder Gods. A sharp warmth floods your chest and you gasp in pain, dropping the book to the ground. Tearing open your shirt, you see the same glowing, foreign letters that adorn the chamber walls being torn into your flesh. The warm pain sweeps out to your fingers, to your toes and you collapse as it ascends into your face. Laughing hysterically, you reach a now rune riddled hand towards the book, clutching it to your chest once again as you rock back and forth on the cavern floor. As that foreign, now wonderful pain washes over your mind, you smile maniacally. The voices, the beautiful, horrible whispering voices telling you all you need to know, need to do. Yes, yes…there will be blood, and horror, and endless screaming. This world will once again be theirs.”
Here’s one of the endings! Fun, hmm? All the quotes are of course from the game and I took the pictures within it, so for once there’s no skybox-furniture-prop set-ups, but actual in-world photos. A hunter wandered in while I was taking this one, thought I was a prop and clicked me. I was most amused and of course apologized and explained what I was doing there. The dress, glasses and hat are all from the Twisted prize of Dare Designs and just said ‘Victorian Detective of Supernatural Phenomena’ to me. The pose is by Niqotine Poses.
“Out of the corner of your eye, you spy a sliver of white peeking out from the underbrush. You lean down amidst the graves, brushing leaves and dirt away from a discarded book. Only too late do you notice the blood spattered pages, you stand up, a cold chill running down your spine as an unholy chorus of groans rises to your ears. A hand rips forth from the earth, gripping your ankle, you start to run…jerking your body free only to stumble into a cold body. The smell of earth and rotten flesh fills your nostrils, searing pain radiating from your shoulder as the zombie tears into you…it’s too late. You sob, looking up into the sky…hoping just maybe they’ll eat enough of you so you return as they have…return as an abomination.”
Of course you have to have death by zombies! This particular zombie girl has overgrown nail-claws, the Twisted Hunt prize from U&R Dogs. The knife in her chest is by Virtual Insanity, also a Twisted prize. The outfit is a mix of older things, body suit by Ilaya and kilt by DV8. Pose is by No Strings Attached.
“Rowena: Thank you, your kind heart has released me from my torment at their hands. I have no way to repay you, but please take comfort in the knowledge that I am moving on to a better place. You must take great care on your way out, for SHE still awaits in the depths of the house.“
It’s not all hopeless, though! If you’re persistent enough you’ll be able to free the tormented soul of a young innocent girl. And who is SHE, you ask? The one who awaits. Go ahead and play to find out! *grins* I dressed Rowena in the cuteness that is Wretched Dollies, modeling in a fairy pose by Creative Insanity.
All the skins, eyes and the red runes tattoo layer in the first picture are by ^Re.Birth^. All the hairs are by Sky Everett. And as said, all the pictures are taken while doing this mini hunt, quotes are straight from it. There are six dreadful deaths and the redemption of Rowena waiting for you, if you just dare to try…