Dr. Strach, a once-respected neurosurgeon found himself shunned by the medical community after the gruesome revelation of his unethical human experimentations had come to light.
He had become consumed by his obsession with decoding fear in relation to the human mind. His thirst for knowledge in this realm gradually began to overshadow his life, rendering him unable to focus on anything else. Dr. Strach’s experiments reflected that thirst clearly when discovered.
He was dismissed immediately from his position at the nation’s leading neuroscience research facility. During the criminal investigation, the Doctor disappeared entirely from the radar of the authorities and escaped arrest…he was very busy. Refusing to be deterred, and fully determined to continue his work, Dr. Strach had no time for legal proceedings.
The Doctor did a bit of searching and happened upon a long abandoned hospital—an eerie, decrepit structure that exuded a sinister aura. The perfect place to start anew.
Dr. Strach would establish his own facility within the abandoned hospital. Armed with the expertise he’d gained from his prestigious past, and motivated by an unhinged desire to understand fear in its entirety, Dr. Strach embarked upon a perilous path building the lab that would become host to his life’s work. In order to truly fulfill his twisted ambitions, Strach set out to fill his machine with genuine stimuli.
Each fear required an expert, or at the very least a simulation of one. He assembled a motley crew of individuals, chosen to infuse the machine with different types of terror. Each specialist possessed a unique and unsettling expertise correlated with the phobias he found most basal to the human psyche.
When the doctor could coax them to join his efforts- he would. When he could not, he would remove the choice entirely and claim them anyway.
Among these experts were many skilled producers of panic. Including but not limited to Peepo, a deranged clown who manipulates phobias with malevolent glee, a rival scientist with a spectacular talent for merging science and nature, and several others who could be of incredible use to his cause.
Dr. Strach, restless as he was, recognized that his companions could only aid him to a limited extent. In order to understand fear, simply studying the causation was not enough. This machine would require human trials.
Strach’s goal had been to cultivate a waking nightmare, a terrifying trial that would test the limits of human endurance and psychology. One that gives insight into the depths of the mind, examining the fragility of sanity when confronted with the most visceral aspects of fear.
The machine and its growing assembly of atrocities lured test subjects from various walks of life—individuals who had innocently, unwittingly stumbled into his web of madness. The test phase is never-ending, as the machine is ever-growing and constantly hungry.
The machine is fed by the energy it elicits from those seeking thrills, including adrenaline junkies, explorers of the occult, and others who are drawn to the mysteries of fear. Within the chilling depths of his makeshift laboratory, Dr. Strach subjects them to a series of diabolical experiments, pushing their minds and bodies to the brink of sanity with his opus.
However, the more Dr. Strach uncovers, the more his own sanity crumbles beneath the weight of this obsession.