The Attic Window
by Stefan Jonsson
On the top floor of that long-abandoned house with the shady history is a coffin-shaped window. The house has an ill reputation; its last owner supposedly practised black magic and was murdered in the room behind that curious window 30 years ago. The murder was never solved.
The window itself is supposed to be haunted. It is whispered that the dead owner is sometimes seen in it, and strange lights shine from it by night.
An urban legend says that if you look through the window from the inside, the world outside would look strange and wrong.
Breaking into the house and looking through the window has now become a teenage rite-of-passage. But be careful, for you can go mad if you are unlucky...
1 The windows glass has a strange, but unmagical, ability to store images (and to a degree, sound). The images are replayed from time to time, sometimes long after they were imprinted. Some images are repeated time after time, others appear only once. (This is how the long-dead owner is seen.) If you look through the window from the inside, you can might see the street as seen long ago.
And at some point, if you are looking in from the outside, you will eventually see the murder.
2 The window is not made of glass, but from an unknown material made by a prehuman civilisation. It stores images over a nearly infinite time. Under normal circumstances, it looks like a normal window - but things can look wrong (as latent images beneath the surface merge with the normal view).
Looked through in certain angles and light it shows aeon-old images of the laboratory that created it.
The former owner found the glass and learned much forbidden knowledge by looking through it. Unfortunately, he attracted the attention of one of the hounds of Tindalos...
3 The former owner dabbled in black magic and as a side effect trapped a weak astral entity in the glass. The entity is bored, and hates humans. It has learnt how to alter and corrupt the view through its glass prison and uses this ability to confuse and scare humans.
Copyright (c) 2010 Stefan Jonsson
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