The Story: HBA wakes in Eugenia Burton's room two weeks after appearing there at the end of The Lost Journal - he has lost his memory and in fact believes he is Jeremiah Mason. He sets off into Steelhead to discover more about what he believes to be his past and what led up to his memory loss. Once back at the lab he is faced with a series of unpalatable truths – from the demonic pentagram on the floor of the lab, to the meeting with Frau Lowey where he discovered Jeremiah was a potential killer – until his delicate emotional state snaps and pushes him over into a violent rage. He smashes the laboratory up searching for clues to his identity and lost memories but is confronted by the cross-dimensional gestalt Amarantis Belfire (Jeremiah Mason’s grandaughter) and in a blind panic accidentally ignites a cocktail of spilt chemicals causing the lab to explode. Ama escapes unhurt but Jeremiah is terribly burnt and as he lies on the very edge of death he whispers his name, HeadBurro Antfarm, to Tensai as she struggles to keep him alive.
Players: HeadBurro Antfarm, Jeremiah Mason, Eugenia Burton, Amarantis Belfire, Annechen Lowey, Darien Mason, Dr Malegatto Alter, Dr Ryne Beck, Eladrienne Laval, Elegia Underwood, Fuzzball Ortega, Hotspur O’Toole, JB Hancroft, Jeremiah Sawyer, Maev Ceawlin, Mason Labs, Maxim Krutschek, Mother Superior, Steelhead Nuns, Tanarian Davies, Tensai Hilra, TotalLunar Eclipse, Velvel Danielovich, Warren Daines. Frank the horse. Phew.
Notes: This was my first tale set in Steelhead and in it I tried to blend my style with Darien’s to make it seem as though HBA was inhabiting Jeremiah Mason. The idea to become Jeremiah came from Darien when I discussed using the end of The Lost Journal as my entry point into Steelhead. From there I took over Mason Labs and decided that it would be fun to destroy it once and for all in an event that would see HBA remember he was HBA and not Jeremiah. The orginal idea was for him to burn it down whilst trying to fill a new doll with his spark – in this case a doll made of starw and a spark of fire – but the explosion seemed to fit some future plans I had begun to develop for HBA in Steelhead. The explosion itself was a real team effort that I nearly messed up by holding three days too early, but in the end it worked out well – thanks to all involved in the story and the event itself!
Dates: July 2009 to September 2009.