DEVON, WEST VIRGINIA
What used to be a prosperous town for miners, railroads, and loggers, has now disappeared without a trace. The only visible sign that it was once occupied is a large, looming Motel that has been boarded up for years and a large cemetery that dates back to the 1800s. Rarely anyone stops to take in the emptiness of the land that falls just off of Route 52 South. The legend goes that if you stay too long, then the town is bound to keep you forever. Of course, most of the neighboring towns enjoy the laugh they have when visitors stop into their shops and stores and ask about the desolate area, but not one of them would dare give a try at proving the stories wrong.
What caused the townsfolk to flee? No one is really sure. All that was gathered from the records were the names, births, and deaths leading up to the year 1926. No one has come to lay claims on the articles, and the state has done it's best to cover up the mysterious disappearance of the residents of Devon, West Virginia for almost a century.
In 1980, a young lawyer named Syler Barrett petitioned the governor of West Virginia for a license to develop "the ghost town" into a livable and sizeable area in order to bring in more revenue for the state. Although some of the neighboring towns were against the renovation due to both the draw of business from the haunted roots, but also because it would now bring competition. The governor, however, saw an opportunity to hide the history of the town with the stir of activity that would progress with the development. Approving the license, Syler Barret got to work on what would be his companies hardest task to date, and possibly the most fatal.
The workers who had been employed to help Mr. Barrett with the job had not heard the local speculation about the town, but soon realized that something was not right. Workers quickly became ill, or worse they were severely injured. Soon, there were murmurs amongst the crew that there was something there that didn't want them. After several delays and large turnovers in employment, Syler Barrett finally put the finishing touches on the town in 1986, a couple of weeks before Halloween. Already families and businesses had started to move in, ignoring the warning that has plagued the state's borders for years. Syler Barrett was ironically appointed the town's mayor for his hard work in helping the project bloom, and for unknowingly helping the governor with his own problem.
The town drew in a large array of people: from the old to the young, from the families to the singles, from the curious to the ignorant, and from the normal to the supernatural. Now 2007, after a large span of quiet living, something has awakened and it is not very happy at the new developments. Determined to rectify a wrong that had occurred nearly twenty-years ago, the whole town is in danger unless someone can stop it.
ROLEPLAY DATE: October 31, 2007
ROLEPLAY TIME: after 7pm, the night is beginning
WEATHER: mid 40's, clear sky with plenty of stars.
- 2 psychics