Decades ago, Lily Mortis shoved her sister Rosa down a well in a dark and forgotten corner of the family estate, where only the caretaker, Silas, usually dared to explore. When her father, James, and his nefarious partner known only as “The Doctor” dragged Rosa from the well, she was a corpse, or practically so. The Doctor was able to revive her with his unorthodox methods — those he employed to “improve” the patients at Hillside Sanatorium. But Rosa reanimated was not the same. She now roams Mortis Manor, where peals of maniacal laughter are sometimes heard by those hurrying by. She sometimes conjures twisted fairy tale children from the very same well from which she was resurrected, trying to assuage her deranged loneliness.
The Mortis family has a deep, sinister connection to The Doctor and Hillside Sanatorium. Hillside is where Rosa and Lily’s mother, Alice, was taken when she refused to turn a blind eye to what her husband and The Doctor were doing to her baby girls, Rosa and Lily. Like all the patients of Hillside, Alice was tortured with hundreds of the doctor’s experiments — grotesque surgeries in which he played out his obsession with making humans “better,” leaving the subjects part human, part beast, and entirely insane. The Doctor’s agonized monsters lurk throughout the Sanatorium, sometimes escaping the grounds.
With Rosa’s warped children and the Doctor’s mad and tortured creatures prowling their environs, sometimes drifting between the two, both the Manor and the Sanitorium are frightful places to find yourself stranded.