Shadows Over Boston: Innocence Lost

Danvers State Hospital

Doctor Ambrose's Story

Doctor Ambrose was a man before his time, a brilliant psychologist, one of the first he worked with Sigmund Freud in the early days of modern neuroscience. In the 1870s he helped lay the ground work for what would become Danvers State Hospital, working with fellow arcanist Nathaniel Jeremiah Bradlee to make a psychic tuning fork. The original structure was supposed to last for more than 100 years without any modifications, and the Doctor was very happy with the results, the system amplified and absorbed psychic energy allowing him to literally explore the deepest reaches of his patients minds. In the early 1960s Doctor Ambrose meet Mary Mayfield, and was astonished at what he found in her head, she presented with schizophrenia, having insisted that a man named Simon had told her to commit horrible acts against her will, but Doctor Ambrose was astonished to discover when he looked deeper that not only was Simon a seemingly real person but he was alert, aware, and even charming in his dealing in the space created by his psychic network. In order to explore this abnormality Doctor Ambrose had Mary committed indefinitely and began preparing her for transition into one of the Kindred, when during a discussion with his then apprentice Director Amelia Raven, she suggested that Simon might be something more than just a ghost in Mary’s head, he might be something more ancient, she suggested they take more drastic measures with the experiment, ones that Doctor Ambrose knew would be non-sustainable within the structure he had created at the Asylum. Several months later and the young Amelia was already frustrated by the lack of results that Doctor Ambrose’s ‘take it slow’ approach was yielding, despite turning the girl without her knowledge, they were no closer to understanding Simon, nor, and Amelia considered this a much more important point, any closer to understanding how to get rid of him. In an act of betrayal Amelia Raven killed and diablerized her sire, taking over the experiment for herself and locking a topored Mary in the bell of the tower. But as her sire had known the building couldn’t take the stress and started to fall apart causing the state to remove funding and Amelia to take more drastic measures to keep the facility functioning, but by this time she had completely lost herself to Simon, who whispered in her ear that the key to defeating him was just beyond the next ridge.

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