Hello this is my entry for ROUND TWO 'Relictus Castle'.
August 11th, 2013
To whom it may concern.
I am Tober Thyst, writer for Similus Daily News. Recently I and my friend, photographer Ames Corrigan, set off to visit, photograph, and write about haunted castles in the area. At the time Ames and I were giddy with excitement and nerves, wondering what creepy haunts we might see and experience.
Unfortunately, things did not go according to plan. It all started when Ames and I visited Kendrick Bryon, owner and resident of Relictus Castle.
This castle, built in the early 1600's, was once the pride and joy of Lord Mykal Cotterill and his wife, Lady Lecelina. However, tragedy struck the happy couple when Lord Mykal found Lecelina in a compromising position with their neighbor, Sir Cumference. Enraged beyond rational behavior, Mykal tortured Sir Cumference and Lecelina in his dungeon torture room for days. Unfortunately, before Mykal was able to finish his act of torture, he died of a heart attack. Sir Cumference and Lecelina were unable to free themselves from their bounds, and died days later.
It is local lore that the castle is haunted by the ghost of Mykal and that anyone who is brave enough to enter the castle will be tortured and drained of their blood.
Now, hundreds of years later, the castle has fallen into shambles, neglected and dilapidated. The walls are crumbling and the moat is drying up and causing flooding in the basement. Relictus castle is largely believed to be uninhabited, due to the lack of upkeep and dying vegetation surrounding the castle; but this is the perfect hideaway for Kendrick Bryon.
The rundown castle has been in Bryon's family since the early 1900's. In the years since Byron has gained control of the property, he has redone and renovated the main two floors, but has yet to touch the rooftop or the basement. He loves living in solitude and reports that he has never seen any ghosts, but sometimes he will wake up in the middle of his sleep, with a terrifying pain in his heart and the urge to kill.
He shrugs it off, saying that the pain and urges arise from being temporarily possessed by Lord Mykal. However, I have reason to doubt that.
After interviewing Mr. Bryon, he offered us dinner and a place to stay for the night. Ames and I gladly accepted his offer. That night I took the guest room, and Ames took Bryon's room -- Bryon insisted he would sleep in the guest room in the basement. The next morning I went down to breakfast and, at first, I didn't notice anything wrong with Ames. But after a moment of observation, I noticed he looked paler than usual, and his hand was shaking slightly as he raised his coffee cup to his mouth.
A few hours after leaving Relictus Castle, Ames realized he had left some of his photography supplies there. He returned to the castle while I continued on to the next destination. When Ames didn't show up at our next stop by that evening, I began to worry. The next morning I went back to Relictus Castle. However, when I arrived I noticed that the bridge over the moat had been torn down. As I began to look for other ways to reach the castle, I stumbled upon a grave. Even more startling was seeing Ames' camera on the ground by the grave.
I believe that Bryon is playing up the lore in order to write off the strange incidences that occur at Relictus Castle as being caused by ghosts, when instead it is he himself who is killing and draining these victims of their blood. But what I can't figure out is why. Is Bryon actually possessed by Mykal's spirit, or . . . is he an entirely different kind of monster altogether?
CC: Gelydh(Torture furniture), Armiel's builder's world, porphyria259(plants), and naiyasfury(brambles)