Arkr’s Cairn | IC | OOC | You awaken. It is dark and cold and musty. The floor is hard and the sounds you make are muted. You are inside. You cannot remember where you were. All you know is that you are here, wherever here chooses to be. ‘Here’ appears as a cellar, and beyond that, a town. Blanketed in a thick, obscuring fog, you don’t know which part of the country you’re in, or even how you got here – but you know that the town seems intent on keeping you, and that you must defy its designs and escape. There are secrets in this town. There are secrets in you, too, and there are secrets in those you will find during your exploration. Whether those secrets will be uncovered is entirely up to you. Good luck. A sharp intake of breath is the only sound offered to your waking mind, and it is quickly absorbed into silence that seems as oppressive as the dark of whatever room you're in. Your memories are faded, vague recollections of the days and weeks before now swimming in your mind, but with nothing concrete to anchor yourself to, and nothing the few hours prior to dropping into unconsciousness. You recall little, then nothing, then now. Now. Now, you are alone and in a dark room with a stone floor and brick walls. Your eyes adjust and you see support beams across the ceiling and down the corners of the walls. There is a set of stairs up one of the walls leading to an old wooden door with a rusted handle. You discern that you must reside beneath a house of some description, in the empty cellar build below. You have no tools, no water, no food, nothing but the clothes on your back and the few personal items you had in your pockets when the blackness hit you. From upstairs, there is only more silence, an eerie absence of sound. There is no creaking of movement on floorboards, no gentle hum of electrics, no soft melody floating from a radio or stereo. Just silence - and then, for a single moment, you think you hear a snatch of a growl, or a groan, until it's gone as quickly as it came and the silence hits you again and you're not sure there was even a sound made to begin with - perhaps it was just an auditory hallucination, your brain searching in vain for any aural input and creating its own in its efforts. There is no other option open to you. You cannot remain in this dark, dank room any longer. You must ascend the stairs and investigate where you are.