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To whom it may concern:

This is a letter welcoming the living to peruse the psychological files of the dead; it is an introduction to the Knightshade Manor and the Mission Statement of the Manor.

The staff is more than happy to welcome you, rooms are always available, but once you have checked in, it is nearly impossible to check out.

For you see, Knightshade Manor houses, the dead, ones that would be considered a threat to others or themselves.  They find themselves at Knightshade Manor, on of several afterlife institutions for spirits.  They are expected to learn from their experience, and prove that they are no longer a threat to others or themselves.

Consider the situation they are in, they are dead!  Because of their negligence, their inability to keep alive is astounding, it is a basic instinct that every human is born with, so to die before biological aging does usually indicate negligence on the part of the individual at some point in their lives, they could made a different choice or action that would lead to a different series of events and perhaps avoided their premature deaths.

The mission statement of the Knightshade Manor is that each individual is allowed to live, in no matter what form, design, or function.  It is within their rights as souls to live, it is the actions and decisions that one makes at various junctures in their lives and deaths that determine their results.  It is the responsibility of the staff of the Manor to assess the endangerment of the soul and through various methods encourage individuality and responsibility on the individual’s part as to what effects they are forced to endure as a result of their decisions and actions.  Once they have learned how to change that action, they are then released back to their lives to either change things or move onto a different life or to Heaven or Hell.  It is entirely up to the individual.

The manor is set up as a chateau with the imagery of a grand hotel.  This is all part of the therapeutic process.  There are various levels, each pertaining to the various lessons that the guests (we don’t like to use the term patient, the term guest ensures that they will vacate, as soon as they determine they are ready, rather than the term patient which would indicate that they would need some else’s permission to leave the Manor.)

Simon Knightshade who currently oversees the Manor; has asked me to create this monthly compilation of files.  The forthcoming volume is one in which, I will present three tales involving the guests of the Manor.  I think it is in the hopes that it will be read by some of the living, and perhaps save us from the task of registering future guests.  For in the centuries that have passed since the Manor opened, the living world has become more populous.  As each of these monthly installments introduce new staff and guests, the first portion of each journal is dedicated to providing an outline of the location, and incidents that occurred that defines the current state of the institution as well as providing a character sketch of each of the current caretakers working with the guests whose tales are contained therein. I will also introduce the staff, as well as the Manor itself, for it has absorbed so much ectoplasm, that poltergeist activity is rampant.  Yes, the house itself is alive.  It is in writing this, one does hope that it will assist you in comprehending death, understanding life, and to learn from the mistakes that others have made.

Sincerely,

Raven Knightshade