What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men.   Posted by The Darkness.Group: 0
The Darkness
 GM, 551 posts
Wed 14 Feb 2018
at 04:13
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
Before you runs a small, unlit hallway with six open doorways, three on each side.  At the end of the hallway, you can see the wall turns to the right.  The only illumination you find comes from each of the doorways, most probably pollution from the various floodlights throughout the camp.  The floor is littered with debris and abandoned office furniture; the dust hangs thickly and clearly has not been disturbed in some time.
Sam Damon
 player, 216 posts
Wed 14 Feb 2018
at 09:59
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
Hmm. Looks like this area is unused. Sam prowls down to the end of the hallway, just glancing through each doorway as he passes it.
The Darkness
 GM, 553 posts
Wed 14 Feb 2018
at 14:37
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
Each of the doorways promptly open into what were once small offices.  Desks, chairs, and file cabinets lay strewn about, many broken, rusted and heaped in time's dust.  As you reach the end of the hallway, another doorway sits closed.
Sam Damon
 player, 218 posts
Wed 14 Feb 2018
at 18:00
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
Is this round the corner? (You said it turned right at the end.)

Best try the handle, then.
The Darkness
 GM, 555 posts
Thu 15 Feb 2018
at 16:34
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
Yes, it was around the corner at the end of the hall, sorry for not mentioning that detail.

Sam grabs the handle and slowly moves it.  Much to his surprise, it gives way freely and the door begins to swing inward.  No lighting appears to exist beyond but from what illumination floods in from the hallway he can clearly see a stairwell running both up and down.
Sam Damon
 player, 219 posts
Thu 15 Feb 2018
at 16:55
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
Sam smiles, and starts to go down... stealthily.
The Darkness
 GM, 557 posts
Thu 15 Feb 2018
at 17:49
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
While some light trickles through from the doorway, once you release the door it begins to swing closed, enveloping the stairwell in black.  You do notice, though, that the dust is much less thick, as if it had been used.  Not immediately, mind you, but certainly more recent than the hallway you were just in.
Sam Damon
 player, 220 posts
Fri 16 Feb 2018
at 08:59
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
Continue descending more by feel, then, step by step, fingers running along the wall (or handrail if there is one).
The Darkness
 GM, 558 posts
Sat 17 Feb 2018
at 14:39
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
As expected, the stairwell remains a square shaped structure and movement is rather easy; steps and handrails all feel to be in there proper place.  As you reach the next platform down, before you find the next set of steps, you come across another door.  This one, however, has no give whatsoever.  The lock must have been secured as the handle turns freely but the door gives not an inch.
Sam Damon
 player, 221 posts
Sat 17 Feb 2018
at 14:43
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
Continue descending, then.

Remind me, which floor of the building is the hospital ward/gaol on?
The Darkness
 GM, 560 posts
Sat 17 Feb 2018
at 14:54
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
You're pretty certain you started on what would have been the third floor.

Feeling your way down to the next floor, you find the door is much the same as the previous.
Sam Damon
 player, 222 posts
Sat 17 Feb 2018
at 15:04
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
That's what I thought, but I wasn't sure. Grope around a bit, do the stairs stop here or do they go further down?

Oh, and do you use ground floor, first floor... or first floor, second floor...? Can get confusing :)
The Darkness
 GM, 561 posts
Sat 17 Feb 2018
at 17:23
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
Ah yes, understandable.  I usually refer to the 1st floor as the ground level so by now you should have reach the bottom or ground floor (1st) yet your continued groping in the dark has revealed that this staircase continues to descend.
Sam Damon
 player, 223 posts
Sat 17 Feb 2018
at 17:36
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
OK, just as long as we are on the same page. West Lancashire College uses 1, 2, 3... but Aston University uses Ground, 1, 2... :)

Might as well grope a bit further whilst I'm here. Any light switches?
The Darkness
 GM, 562 posts
Sat 17 Feb 2018
at 17:46
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
Descending further you reach yet another landing but this one possesses no door as with the previous levels.  While you are still unable to find any sort of light switches you do find that yet another level of stairs continues downward.  You can almost swear, as well, that you see some sort of faint light coming from further below.
Sam Damon
 player, 224 posts
Sat 17 Feb 2018
at 18:06
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
Onwards and... downwards, then. Rub eyes. They're probably playing tricks on me.
The Darkness
 GM, 563 posts
Sun 18 Feb 2018
at 13:36
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
Moving downward along the wall, you're almost convinced that you are indeed seeing a light.  As you reach the landing, you find the source of the illumination.  Yet another door sits against the wall but this one was never shut properly.  The light is filtering through from a tiny slit where the door rests against the frame.  Testing the handle you find the door was actually locked, but never shut properly.  With the diminished lighting you can clearly see you have reached the last floor as no further steps remain downward.