Salem Towers West
Soria, Ben, and Hammond discuss their next move. They debate the nature of the Elijah spirit. Finally a decision is made; they will follow the advice of the spirits and head back to the East Tower. The trek back to the other tower is suspiciously calm.
Salem Towers East
On the way up the East tower, there is a noticeable heaviness to the air. With every creak of the stairs and every shift of dirt, the posse feels it, him, watching them. They arrive at the 5th floor door. Hammond and Ben confer and determine their contract is null and void, so no worries about destroying anything anymore. However, they do decide that if they survive they may want to track down Jaeger so they can demand payment.
Hammy tries to open the door, but it barely moves. The others all chip in, but still the door only budges slightly. Incredibly the dust on the door begins clearing away, revealing hand prints of all of the spirits. With their ethereal assistance the door gives way and the posse members tumble into the 5th floor hallway.
Shortly down the hall they spy a body. The unmistakable white and red tabard draped over it like a veil. Hammond picks up his equipment (templar sword included). Looking up from the body, they see the halls are not what they expected.
The entire 5th floor has morphed. Linoleum and tile lines the floors, and a mixture of pale, almost whitewashed colors coat the walls. There are rows of lockers along one of the walls. Desks and chairs dot the hallway. Off in the distance, the vague memory of a bell rings.
Suddenly they hear a voice. “Come play with me.” A n inflatable rubber ball bounces in from one of the adjoining hallways. Hammy checks it out, noticing a bloody child’s hand print. He looks down the hall in the direction from which the ball came. Standing at the other end is a somewhat familiar man in black slightly Amish style clothing – Elijah. He is thin and scraggly but stands tall. Because Hammond is using vampire vision, splatters of blood are visible, even on the all-black clothing. “Come play,” Elijah beckons before stepping off down the hall and into obscurity.
Ben, Soria, and Hammy decide to go check the lockers for any kinds of clues. Creepy notes are found within, mentioning things such as “Crying for mommy” and “hearing your screams”. While rifling around a noise in a nearby room catches their attention.
The door is identifiable as a classroom door, due to the placement of the window. The view into the room is screened by a smearing of blood. Hammy opens the door and finds an empty classroom. The sounds of crying are heard coming from a closet in the back of the room. He opens the door to the closet and finds hundreds of dolls, each one staring at him with their empty black eyes.
Without warning the whole closet begins to shake, cascading the dolls to the ground. As they land the begin to mold together, quickly forming an amalgam ChildForm. The Childform sprouts claws from it’s fingers and gestures towards Hammy- “Come play!” Shocked by the sight Hammond gets queasy.
Ben fires in at the Childform, the shot peeling back “skin” and revealing a coat rack frame. It charges Ben and Soria, but they quickly dispatch it. Out in the hallway Crow cries out. She’s been surrounded by more of the Childforms, these made of chairs and other furniture.
Hammond charges towards the group. Soria and Hammy defends themselves from the flailing fiends. Unbeknownst to the rest of the group, Elijah has circled around and takes a hold on Crow. He licks the side of her face while muffling her scream with one hand. The other hand jabs a blade very precisely into her side. He drops her to the floor and takes off.
The rest of the posse takes out the Childforms, then takes notice of Crow. Hammond is able to stop the bleeding, but she is basically incapacitated. Soria once again offers to carry Crow. Ben realizes this is just a part of Elijah’s strategy. He wants to instill fear in them, and then take them out all at once.
They find a science classroom and some desks dripping with who-knows-what. Opening another classroom reveals a chalkboard with cute children’s drawings on it. The crew enters but as they approach the pictures change. Each one morphs, the faces all turning angry or sad- the chalk turning into crusted blood.
They head back into the hall, and try a new tactic. This time they choose to taunt Elijah, in the hopes of provoking him into showing himself. With no results, they push onward and stumble across a janitor’s closet. There they find a girl’s sun dress hanging over a mop bucket of slop. Ben notices there’s hair mixed in with the slop. Being unsure of what to do, Hammond takes the mop with them in the hopes it may have some purpose.
Next they come to what must have been the administrative offices of the school. They rummage around finding only a single note- “Tell me your fears”. Seeing this, they deliberate how to handle Elijah. Perhaps they need to show him their own fears, or maybe they need to show Elijah a fear of his own.
As they talk they move forward and find another classroom. Upon opening the door, they see a table with a folded sheet on top. As they unfold the sheet, they see all of the grotesque implements of torture laid out. They recall the wounds inflicted on the “mysterious man”, matching them to each tool.
Suddenly the devices rise from the table and begin circling in a whirlwind around the room. Hammy takes some damage from the flying tools but the group quickly escaped the chaos.
As they step into the hall, Ben sees Elijah standing in the room across from them. Without a word, Ben brain blasts at Elijah, hitting him in the torso. Elijah is hurt, but manages to slyly make a comment – “Oh, you’re a Syker. Interesting.” With a wave of his hand, several Childforms pop out of hiding and rush the posse. Elijah runs off.
While battling with the Childforms, Elijah flanks the crew from another hallway. He uses a force to hurl locker at them, but misses. Hammy splatters one of the Childforms. Ben uses telekinesis to throw the locker bat at Elijah. Unfortunately Elijah dodges out of the way of the incoming projectile.
Ben has lost all patience and decides to use Pyro on Elijah. The flames engulf him for a moment. As they flicker up towards Elijahs face, they spark off into his eyes. Instantly they ignite. Sitting where Elijah’s eyes should have been are 2 burning embers of ghost rock. The eyes explode as Elijah’s body drops to the ground. Simultaneously the material that made up the Childforms bursts out in all directions, harming the posse.
Everything around them shifts back into the broken apartments. Standing around the posse are the figures of the spirits. They show the crew another vision:
Jaeger is looking over his plans. He stabs a picture of Isaac Taylor. Then the vision transitions over to a group moving the ghost rock to Salem Towers. A quick shift reveals Jaeger wants it cleared out, for fear of having it discovered. In the next view, Jaeger tells his goons “if we move by nightfall, the city will be ours”. Moving on to the next, they see the mysterious Syker. They are back in the torture room again, and view the explosion sending his “soul” out, etching the glass and drifting into the East tower. The flying soul collides with a large pile of ghost rock and is absorbed. Suddenly the ghost rock begins to crackle with energy and forms into a massive brain. The scene flashes forward to a view of Sydney inside of the Towers, her eyes rolling back into her head. She heads for the basement and hides near a dumpster. Coincidentally Nigel passes by the dumpster- he turns and attempts to interact with Sydney. Possessed, she uses telekinetic powers to break his arm and toss him against a wall, knocking him out. She then heads down a nearby manhole. The vision breaks, revealing the “Unknown Man”. He provides the posse with a warning. “Sydney is dead. You must stop him before it happens again!” The vision continues. In the underground, Sydney walks intently down a long tunnel. The view rushes forward, revealing her destination. At the end lies the entire stock of ghost rock Jaeger had accrued. The Syker’s name is revealed to be Vrai.
It is agreed they need to catch up, NOW! On the positive side, they may be able to rescue Nigel on the way.