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This text has been taken from the former official Realms Of The Haunting website from Interplay, which is no longer available.

 How it all began...

The tale begins in deepest Cornwall, where the main character, Adam Randall, arrives for his father's funeral. His father's death, happening under the most suspicious circumstances, sparks a series of nightmarish visions, all revolving around a house that Adam has little recollection of. Haunted by these images, he eventually tracks down the house, discovering it to be the erstwhile home of a powerful French sorcerer whose experiments unleashed a hoard of demons. The evil controlling them has taken Adam's father --body and soul-- and is now residing in the building, waiting for future victims. Within this house is located the soulstone.

What we believe to be Angels and Demons are really projections of the minds of mortals, the Soulstone providing the catalyst to give them form within the world. Yes, God and Satan do exist but only as 'powers' of the Universe; God the ultimate Power of all that is good and alternately Satan as the ultimate Antonym. The Soulstone is an integral part of the make up of the Cosmos. It is the balance that keeps all things equal though some speculate as to whether it was created or simply came into being. Are then God, Satan and the Soulstone are part of a greater galactic and spiritual whole. Maybe, but for game conventions no one knows the truth of it.

There is a grand Skein woven about the fabric of time and space which is centred around the Soulstone. As mentioned, the Soulstone is the great Universal fail-safe; too much evil for Man's own good and the override steps in with the intervention of the Watchers.

It is prophesied in many of Man's religions that one will come in Man's greatest hour of need and save the Righteous from the fate of Evil; Satan in our case. As we start the game we find that the two Watchers - the antonyms and extremes of all of Man's thoughts given form through the Soulstone - are abroad in the land. But they are come too soon due to Florentine removing the Shrive from the Soulstone and so the fail-safe is kicked into gear. The 'Shrive', is the key to the Soulstone and the device that can lock up the evils of the world into a lesser form for another thousand years. Remember, due to the laws of the Cosmos, evil cannot exist without the other; a fine balance must be employed so here we come full circle back to Florentine. He is the reason why events have come to a head; he and the others of the world who are messing with things that they know very little about.

© 2002-2024 by Sascha Kimmel
The above artwork is © Interplay Productions. All rights reserved.