October marches on and so does our Spooky-Silly Poetry Contest! I still may not be able to enter myself, playing the role of a poet-gamer has just been too enjoyable to stop just yet! With that in mind I’m psyched to present another work penned in honor of our little contest: That Fell Tome of Unending Shadow. Inspired by another game I’m looking forward to one day finishing: Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem!
Roivas Manor once a comforting dwelling, now drowned within a shadow most telling
A sane space turned on its head, a safe place now filled with dread
A fell tome of shadow is to blame, plaguing my family, calling my name
Its purpose unclear but its effect not, all that’ve met it were left to rot
A tool of evil or a boon for good, can it even be defined as we think it should?
Its visage sinister with a binding most ghastly, a grasp of its origins escaped me quite vastly
But opened it was and with knowledge came madness
The horrors it roused dulled any earlier sadness
A record of lost history and supreme magick arts
An account of an Ancient, swaying men’s hearts
The fell volume spun tale of a vile wight seeking darkness eternal
His changing of history through actions infernal
This book was not his though, it belonged to another
They too swayed the past, but with thralls independent
This book was enough, it achieved what was needed
Yet more work it needs, the book is not quite complete
Not until Pious finally tastes his defeat!
What I’ve played so far has left me intrigued, I don’t think I’ve played another game that centered around unknowable horror like Eternal Darkness does. Others are more personal, or they explain where the monsters/evil comes from and what it wants, which is scary but in a very different way to this: something completely alien – impossible to know, impossible to confront head on. It’s a thought that just inspires dread, no?
To those have played the game: how would you compare it to other horror games? What did you take away from it?