It's really nice to meet you. I'm Sarah MacAllister. I'm in my mid-twenties, like Chinese food and action movies, especially ones with good looking guys that can kick really high. I love chocolate, cats and the smell of honeysuckle. Oh, and I hate rude people. Life was pretty normal and boring up until recently. I went to Uni for a bit and afterwards I got a crappy office job. Then the weirdness started. I became blind overnight. Um… Sorry, I don't really want to talk about it. I miss my parents more than ever now and going out shopping with my old friends. I miss TV and the internet. And everything's weird. I don't think I could explain it all. I have new friends and there's a whole new world now. If you're going to explore it, be careful!
Yeah, Sarah said you wanted to ask me some questions for research. I'm Gary Nelson, a junior doctor at the local hospital. I've known Sarah since we were kids. Sarah's folks died in a car crash when she was about sixteen so she stayed at our place. She didn't have any nearby relations. Sorry, I shouldn't be talking about that. She's part of the family and we're all gutted about her blindness. We do what we can to help but Sarah's the independent sort. We've had some good times. She's bossy, grumpy, funny and generous… Typical woman! What do you mean? This city's just like any other. More stuff about me? I'm fairly laid back. I work a lot, go out with my mates sometimes, and like football. I work out now and then. Got a car and a little flat. I sometimes wish…
Yeah, I'm Iain Mach. Hi! You know, things in this city have really changed while I was away. Not much point asking me, I've got no idea where my mind goes after I lose it, and I don't want to know where my body was. I'm glad Sarah found me though, I'd probably be dead by now. No, I don't understand why things are different. The people you're meeting aren't exactly like other people. And you should be careful if you're going round the city by yourself. I could get Anders to give you a lift over there if you want? I suppose that when it gets down to it, you have to know what's important in life, and then take care of those things. Me? Family, friends, my laptop, and my motorbike BL. Now I'm back I'll get things sorted again. Do you think you're ready? Well, there's only one way to find out.
Pleased to meet you, I'm Daniel G. Forrest. Have a seat and I'll try to answer your questions. For quite a few years now I've been running the Maze. I also used to do specialist work around the country until the celestial entities broke their agreement in the city. Since then, we've all been trying to keep things under control here. There's not a human in this world who could tell you why they do anything they do or why higher beings are involved in petty fighting. Yes, I can pass you onto Anders, my assistant. And the Myth people? Anyone in particular? No, I don't know any angels personally, and I would never take you to meet a demon. You do realise you're in the middle of a war? We're already involved. We don't have a choice. If you stick around we'll teach you how to fight.
Daniel said you'd be by. I'm Anders Cartwright and I've been working in the Maze for a few years now. Everything was great until recently, then all hell broke loose. Yeah, the city has a lot of strange creatures in it and its getting stranger by the minute. I'll see if I can get a few to meet you. What else do you want to know? I've got a wife and a couple of dogs, I live on the edge of the city. One of my jobs is to monitor influx. And I work with computers, books and mystical objects. I also do research for people occasionally and lately the more hands on stuff. I'm glad Iain's back. I thought the worst when I found his motorbike, then we were told he was dead. We still searched but it felt pretty hopeless. But everything's worked out for the best. Where are you going next?
Additional Notes - Psychic Phenomena: Not only am I interviewing for my research, I have been reading from a variety of sources. The picture accompanying these notes is a psychic photograph of a young lady. It is attributed to the talents of D.D. Home, although I cannot verify that fact. What is particularly disturbing is that I have seen this picture before. It was in the same visions that caused me to start this series of interviews to begin with. Visions of the future that cause me nightmares still. This photograph is dated 1884 but her style of clothing seems to be contemporary. Perhaps someone might recognise her. Every time I look at her picture I shudder. Something terrible is going to happen. Perhaps she is in danger. I must find more people to interview. I must continue my research.
People round here know me as Dave the Busker. I'm sort of staying at Iain's. What's your research for exactly? Well, I'll tell you what I've found out over the years. Eons ago there was a bet, the local head angel outwitted the local head demon. No evil was to be done here. So word got round and everyone moved in. There are myths of all shapes and sizes, mystics, witches, angels and even demons. You heard right, demons. They stay here, they teach and try to get on with things. Me and the guys know some of them. Yeah, even Daniel. They aren't happy about what's going on either. They're the middle management types, the little ones are just a nuisance, it's the big ones you have to watch out for. Hmm, I don't know why, something must have changed. Okay, my full name's David Milton!
Additional Notes - Rogue Psychics: This photograph was taken by a man who has now passed on from this life. Before his death he swore there was someone in the picture. And that they had managed to erase their image from the photo somehow, or cloak themselves. There has been a long search for rogue mystics in the past. Those individuals, who use their gifts for personal gain, involve themselves with the darkest of demons and practice black magic. Many innocent people have been killed or maimed because of their nefarious activities. And I have a feeling that several may be involved in this nightmare. I am starting to fear for my own safety and feel I am being watched. But there is something that drives me to continue my research. The peace of my heart is gone but I cannot sit by and do nothing.
Yes, I understand your mission. Daniel came by earlier and he happened to mention it. I'm really sure I can't be of much use. Well if I must! My name is Richard Cavendish and I am looking for signs of celestial activity. There are beings lost in this world that I must rescue. This plane isn't safe for them. Indeed this city isn't really safe for us anymore. I'm sure that in a month or two we'll have to take serious precautions when travelling and that everything will take a while to calm down. I've talked at length with Daniel, Father MacIntyre and the Muse about what we should do when the time comes. We have preparations in hand. I wouldn't worry if I were you. It might be a little stormy but we'll get through. All right, take care on your travels and I'm sure I'll see you soon.
It's so nice to finally meet you. I'm Melita Adani, the owner of 'Café Adani', an Internet Café on the West Side. How have you been? Oh, I'm fine. I got a bit of a shock when Sarah and Iain came round but it's okay. Sarah was such a sweet little girl. She'd be round with her mum and later with her friends, always lively and merry. It's been awful to see what life has thrown at her. But she's been so brave. When her mum and dad died I decided to stop dying my hair. So there'd be someone else around with a white streak. They run in her family you know. She said in a funny way that helped. I remember her granddad, Robert MacAllister, before he passed away. He was so pleased she had it. Yes, the city is in turmoil just now. It's been a bit of a nightmare, everyone's worried. You know, I think the story of my nickname, 'The Muse', can be told another time.
(Note: I received a message from a colleague of Daniel's who was kind enough to answer my questions.) 'Bonjour, my name is Suzette Lavoisier and I study computing at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Several years ago I discovered that I had an affinity with electronics and have decided to study them in depth. That also led me to finding the network of psychics around the world. I spent time with Daniel and the others when I was completing a placement last year. I had only talked to them over the Internet. Everything seemed to be going so well for everyone. It was a shock to find out Iain had died and then another shock to find him alive again. Recently I have been worried about everyone in that city. It's nothing specific just the feeling that a dark cloud has settled over them. Take care everyone, Suzette. x'
Additional Notes - Otherworldly Creatures: Ever since the city was invaded by demons we have had an added influx of strange beings, a sprinkling of otherworldly creatures that cause problems. Recently the darker myth people have arrived. There have been reports of pixies, elves and gnomes plaguing people. There is also the case of this drawing that was given to me by a close friend. It is supposed to be of an ancient being called the Nephilim, the last of his race. Obviously we cannot be sure if this information is true. But we have heard reports that he is in this city. Some of us believe he exists and others do not. If he is real, what is he here for? I doubt it is for anything good. And what other creatures might be drawn here? I feel that we are on the cusp of some destructive event. The nightmare is about to begin.
It's lovely to meet you again. Melita told me you'd be popping by. Of course, anything to help your research. My name's Father Scott MacIntyre and my ministry is based here in the city. We've been doing all we can to help everyone survive this disaster. It's rapidly getting out of hand, more quickly than any of us thought. And I think it's getting worse every day. I'm glad you're here though. I wanted to thank you for your expertise in healing. Young Dave's out of the woods now and will be moved out of the city soon. I know you think this is the tip of the iceberg. If this is based on some kind of vision, you have to realise that you don't know where these things come from. If that's the case you could ask Iain if you want. No? Well, it's something to think about. And I wanted you to know that you're in my prayers, you all are.
It's always nice to talk with a friend of Melita my Muse. I am known as Queen Brighid the Bright of the Fae, pleased to meet you. My Seelie Court has been held in these parts for many centuries. I was one of the first myth people to move here. No, I don't mind the term, although I know some despise it. Frankly I've never seen the point. There's too much to do and see in this world to waste time on such trivialities. Has Melita told you the news? We will help mankind as long as is needed. Yes, this is the first time we've had to fight. I agree with you. It's that serious. I see that you have been touched with more insight than most regarding this. It's a hard burden to bear, you've been very brave. I've enjoyed following your research. Well, we see many things that are hidden from others. Sorry, I've tried but I can't see past this upcoming cusp event. I don't think anyone can.