This is a list of all notes in The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters, their locations and texts. 90% of notes could be found by roaming through maps and following the storyline. I’ve added tips how to find specific notes, which require additional actions from your side.
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School. Part 1
1/10: Life in Gwangju, Sumi
It was the Autumn of 1938 that I was born to a family of humble means. For seven years, we lived in our small family house in Gwangju. My father worked as a farmer harvesting rice and barley. Mother worked at the cotton mills. My older brother Suho and I tended to the chores our parents couldn’t see to. In those years, everyone carried their weight. That’s what was expected — and we did so with great diligence. Those were difficult years, but we were happy because we had the great comfort of each other’s company and laughter.
2/10: A Fateful Day, Sumi
Location: Restroom, 2nd Floor
August 15th, 1945 was the day of my 7th birthday. The nation celebrated its independence for the first time after 35 years. My father believed it to be a good omen that his daughter’s birthday should fall on such a day. My mother scolded him for being too superstitious. At the end of that month, he suddenly announced we were selling our land and moving to Seoul to seek better opportunities and be closer to his brother. As a young girl, I still remember our journey to the big city felt like ages. To while away the hours, my brother taught me how to play his recorder. He would continue to tutor long after. Those sessions are now precious memories.
3/10: The Sehwa Institute, Sumi
Location: In front of Staffroom
The months after our arrival in Seoul were turbulent. To my father’s dismay, it was a dangerous time of political upheaval. My family settled in an undeveloped city district called Songreung. It was most notable for two things then; the distinct presence of Catholic missionaries, and the preeminence of the Sehwa Institute, owned by a mysterious American family. Our community knew the organization well for its various outreach efforts. Despite the benefits their development projects did for our district, a suspicious fog of secrecy shrouded the Sehwa Institute.
4/10: Learning English, Sumi
Location: School Lobby
The Sehwa Institute bolstered its presence in Songreung between 1945 and 1949. They inaugurated Sehwa Hospital, and expanded the Sehwa Academy, which had been open since 1932. Westerners largely staffed both facilities. Suho attended the academy and became fluent in English. He had a natural command of it and his intelligence was a source of great pride for my parents. He even taught me how to read and write the language. My admiration for him grew with each passing day. I wanted to be just like him. I still practiced using the recorder he had given me so many years ago. It was my personal way of following in his footsteps.
5/10: The Summer of 1950, Sumi
Location: Underground Storage, Generator Room
Nothing could have prepared us for the horror to come in the summer of 1950. Our entire district fell into turmoil when word arrived that North Korean forces had crossed the 38th parallel. My family listened to a radio announcement from President Rhee, who urged citizens to stay in Seoul and trust the government in spite of the impending danger. My family knew what was coming, so we quickly packed what we could carry and fled the burning city on foot. We made it across the Han Bridge moments before our own forces destroyed it. It was the most difficult journey in our lives. Through much suffering and heartache, we finally found our way to Busan, the last city standing. It was there that Suho, then a 16-year-old boy, announced he would join other students as volunteer soldiers. I protested in anger to no avail.
School. Part 2
All notes In this section are accessible further through story, after returning to school for T-Money card.
6/10: Days of Dread, Sumi
Location: Study Room I
The enemy surrounded Busan, and my family was trapped. A sick feeling of impending doom loomed over us. Through the coming weeks, our family would often huddle in somber silence around the radio. We were desperate for any news of the struggle raging around the city. I learned Suho was stationed at the Busan perimeter with other ROK forces under American command and sent a photo of myself through a local contact to lift his spirits. One day, word of General Douglas MacArthur’s Incheon landing reached us. The feeling of hopelessness, concerning our dire circumstances, soon yielded to cautious optimism.
7/10: My Exodus, Sumi
Location: Biology Lab
In September, the news that UN forces retook Seoul vindicated our feelings. Despite these positive outcomes, we had received no correspondence from Suho. We assumed he was in Seoul with those same forces. Months turned to years as the fighting continued. My parents were grief-stricken, but life went on – hollow as it was. Hope was all we had left. In the early spring of 1953, I got into a serious argument with my mother. Looking back, I can’t even remember what our fight was about. The sharp sting of her slap is still fresh in my memory. I waited until my parents fell asleep and, with emotions running high, hurriedly packed some belongings and fled into the night.
8/10: Journey to Seoul, Sumi
Location: Headmaster’s Office
I set upon a precarious journey to Seoul with almost nothing to my name, but the clothes on my back and a handful of belongings I had hastily packed. I felt a spiteful pride knowing my actions compounded my mother’s grief. This was how I’d punish her for slapping me. My sense of liberation heightened with each passing step. I was reliant on the goodwill of strangers to usher me closer to my destination. The art of deception somehow came naturally to me, and I honed my craft of it on adults every day. Light fingers ensured I never went hungry. There was no true end goal, only a vague notion of reuniting with Suho and finding happiness. After many setbacks, I had finally arrived in Seoul.
9/10: City of Rubble, Sumi
Location: Computer Lab
Years of artillery bombardment had leveled Seoul to the ground. I wandered the city streets aimlessly and in a state of disbelief. Dilapidated buildings remained and had fallen into disrepair due to years of neglect. Residents had erected shanty towns in the remnants of neighborhoods once bustling with life. It was unrecognizable. Exhausted from my long journey, I eventually found a quiet alley and fell asleep on the street. I awoke with a start after experiencing a vivid dream. I felt naturally drawn to Songreung, the district we had settled in eight long years ago. I did not know my life was about to change forever.
10/10: Reunited, Sumi
Location: Medical Center
I arrived in Songreung to find much of our neighborhood had suffered the same fate as the rest of the city. My search continued, and then I saw it; amidst the rubble and ruin, our home. Dust and ash dulled its appearance, but there it stood, alone and defiant. The front door was ajar, and I walked through, cautiously reacquainting myself with the interior. I moved inside the old bedroom my brother and I once shared. Suho was there, still in his military uniform, collapsed in the room’s corner. I looked into his eyes, but the light within had gone. An open amulet was resting in his hand, with the photo I had sent him inside. Sorrow overtook me and I fell there. My tears did not subside until I had fallen asleep.
1/10: Cleaning Duty, Seho Gil
Location: In front of Security Room
My strange journey started in the most mundane way possible. As usual, Myung-gil had been causing problems for Taehoon and I. One day we tired of shuttling bread for him and his goon squad. When things came to a head, it got our teacher Mad Dog’s attention. I thought he’d side with us against the bullies, but the old fart put us on storage room cleaning duty. We started that evening after school. The room looked like it hadn’t been dusted in half a century. While Taehoon went about cleaning with the diligence of a bee, I used the extra time to look through some boxes.
2/10: The Rosewood Recorder, Seho Gil
Location: Officer Lodging
I found a leather case with brass latches while rummaging through one box. I remember feeling instantly drawn to it. It was like the rush you get while gaming in a PC room when you discover some kinda unique item during your dungeon run. Imagine my disappointment when I found out it was just some crappy rosewood recorder. I’m not musically inclined, so I asked Taehoon if he knew how to play it. He said it looked old and useless and he wouldn’t dream of putting it near his mouth. I guess the contrarian in me didn’t appreciate his dismissive attitude, so I took it home.
3/10: A White Lie, Seho Gil
Location: Evidence Storage
Dad’s always been a pain in the ♥♥♥. It didn’t help that he was super disappointed with my marks that semester. When I came home with the recorder, he asked me where I got it. I told him I was enrolling in music lessons to get him off my back. Can you believe he smiled? I’ve honestly never seen the old man so happy. He even offered to pay for after school lessons. Well, how was this for a plan? I took him up on the offer and used that extra pocket change at the PC bang instead. If he tested me, I could belt out a few old tunes I learned in grade school…
4/10: Music Lessons, Seho Gil
Location: Prison Cell D
I ran into Myung-gil one day and he threatened to take my money. Mrs. Noh, the music teacher, was nearby, and I called out to her. I gave her Dad’s cash and said I wanted to join her after school music class to practice the recorder. That got rid of Myung-gil, but I was still on the hook for music lessons in the evening. I was absolutely fuming about the whole situation. Just my luck! I remember wondering whether the recorder was even a legit instrument. Everyone else was studying violin or piano. I was definitely gonna look like an idiot!
5/10: Old Sheet Music, Seho Gil
Location: End of Underground Parking Lot
I got to Mrs. Noh’s room early. She asked if I had ever played the recorder before and I told her that was my first class since grade school. I opened the case and discovered some old sheet music tucked beneath the velvet compartment holding the recorder parts. She reviewed it and said the first few pages were perfect for beginners, although the other pieces looked a little more advanced. I was stuck there, so I gave it a shot. Never, in my wildest dreams, could I have imagined the new possibilities this would open for me.
6/10: Challenge Accepted, Seho Gil
Location: Interrogation Room, right door
Can you believe it? The music lessons grew on me. After a few months, I even became proficient with the recorder. I’d practice at home and that sped up my progress. Mrs. Noh told me she’d never seen such quick progress. Who’d have known that yours truly had such a musical gift? We worked through the sheet music from the easiest to most difficult pieces. There was one piece, in particular, I couldn’t nail. Noh set it as a milestone challenge for me and I happily accepted. I started staying in the school even later to continue practicing. Sometimes I was even the last one out, but I was getting closer to my goal.
7/10: Strange Company, Seho Gil
Location: Restroom, Second Floor (To get this note you need to take crowbar in Janitor Room in Underground Station level)
I stayed late at the school one night to finish some overdue homework. I had taken the recorder out and left it on the desk while doing my work. At some point, I must have dozed off. When I woke up, the school was dark and everyone had left the building. To make matters worse, my phone was dead and someone locked the doors. I looked out one window, but all I could see was a creepy, black void. That’s when I started to panic. Then she arrived. I’d never seen this girl before, but she was a total 10/10. She was wearing an old Sehwa uniform, which was a little weird. She seemed to expect me too. Hey, I wasn’t about to complain…
8/10: Black Magic Girl, Seho Gil
Location: Corner of Hallway, Third Floor
She told me to call her Noona. I don’t know why she insisted on being called “big sister” – she looked my age, if not even younger. She took my hand and led me through the school’s dark halls. She looked so familiar, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. I couldn’t believe this hottie even wanted to spend time with me. I was so caught up in the moment I almost forgot how weird the whole situation was. She was super curious about “my world” and we talked for what felt like hours. She seemed stuck in the past. At one point, she asked if I’d like to see something neat. Who was I to refuse? She walked to the center of the room and began levitating.
9/10: The Codex Illuminus, Seho Gil
Location: Interrogation Room, Left Door (To get this note you need to take crowbar in Janitor Room in Underground Station level)
She told me all these powers could be mine…and more. She would happily teach me her secrets for a price – she asked only that I give her the rosewood recorder, which she claimed was a personal family heirloom. Something didn’t feel right though. I told her I needed more time to consider it. Then I woke up for real, but I knew what I saw wasn’t just a dream. I couldn’t stop daydreaming about what I’d do with those killer abilities; maybe I’d teach Myung-gil a lesson he’d never forget. I knew I had to go back, but I needed to prepare. I searched the old storage room for more clues. That’s when I found an old tome called the Codex Illuminus. It confirmed all my suspicions…
10/10: My Pet Succubus, Seho Gil
Location: Deputy Director Office (To get this note you need to take crowbar in Janitor Room in Underground Station level)
I had entered a shadow realm called The Coma. That girl was the local “Shade” of Sehwa High. My rosewood recorder is a Relic – my key to returning. If I was to believe the Codex Illuminus, these Relics could even control the Shades that had imprinted on them. I had the key, the book, and the moxie — why not have my cake and eat it too? I went back and this time I played the recorder in front of her. She appeared restrained by invisible chains as she tried to attack. She nearly took my arm, but I finally had her under control. I had total domination over my very own dark kingdom with a pet succubus to do my bidding!
Dokkaebi Market. Part 1
1/7: The Shadow Realm, Sehwa Institute Dossier
Location: Clothing Market
The Coma is a shadowy manifestation of elements from the Waking World. Vivid daydreams, feelings of déjà vu, fantastic occurrences, and strange rumors; everyone has experienced The Coma, yet few know its true nature. We perceive its minor aspects because it connects with us. Most people will brush off these encounters with the supernatural as fleeting lapses in lucidity. They are, however, so much more. These are fragments of another world – in fact, small clues of its existence. Those, who explore beyond the veil of its borders, may attain eldritch powers and commune with dark spirits.
2/7: Shamans, Sehwa Institute Dossier
Location: Woohyeok Bakery
The Shamans have known of The Coma since the dawn of humanity. Legend holds that all shaman can trace their matrilineal descent back to a common ancestor. This proto-shamanic entity has gone by many names through the centuries. She is now commonly referred to as Baba Yaga. The shamans’ tribal ancestors lived on the fringes of civilization, practicing black magick and animism. They learned that human emotions and the actions that spur them, feed the shadow realm’s very existence. Their rituals allow them to commune with entities beyond our world. This eldritch knowledge made them at once feared, respected, and reviled. Through the centuries, their sustained contact with the dark transmuted their very blood. They are a potent force to reckon with. They have given counsel to heroes and kings of renown and continue to steer the course of human history in profound ways.
3/7: Shadows, Sehwa Institute Dossier
We cast shadows under sunlight, as we do in The Coma. Shadows are sentient manifestations of our subconscious thoughts. The more powerful someone’s spirit is, the more lucid his or her Shadow will be. We call these entities, “Sober Shadows”. They exhibit the suppressed feelings of their Waking World counterpart. Conversely, weak spirited people will manifest “Mad Shadows” – tortured creatures that will attack anything on sight. They act upon their basest desires. Some Shadows do not spring from humans at all; they come from rumor collectives so powerful, they are literally memed into existence.
4/7: Flesh Thralls, Sehwa Institute Dossier
Location: Market Service Office
Flesh Thralls are macabre entities constructed, through the use of eldritch blood magick, to serve the whims of their masters. They may be mindless or possess cunning intelligence. Their powers wax and wane with the influence their masters exert over the domains in which they roam. It is a powerful agent of force and will carry out its master’s bidding with a single-minded focus. These creatures also have the limited ability to phase into new locations, allowing them to traverse vast distances in seconds. Should a Flesh Thrall’s creator die, however, it too will suffer the same fate.
5/7: Shades, Sehwa Institute Dossier
Location: In front of Butcher Shop
Shades are powerful, local spirits that inhabit The Coma. They are sentient manifestations of the collective emotions, historical trauma, and human routines associated with a specific area. Shades are highly territorial and will go through great lengths to exert control over the domains that bind them. Shadows naturally gravitate toward the willpower of their Shade. While these entities may be benign or dangerous, they are often deceitful and willing to manipulate gullible humans to achieve their ends. Their surroundings influence their forms, and it is unknown to what degree they may control their appearances. In rare occurrences, a Shade may manifest from the powerful emotions of a single individual from the Waking World.
6/7: The Notemen, Sehwa Institute Dossier
Location: Underground Hallway
The Notemen are Shades bound to a local domain and cursed with an unending compulsion to record the thoughts and utterings of folks from the Waking World. Unlike their brethren, they are naturally attuned to receive this information, no matter how discreet it may be. It also seems they show no discrepancy between what they record, aside from a tendency to focus on darker thoughts. They do this in the form of loose-leaf notes, sticky memos, or scrawls left on the walls. Despite their highly compulsive nature, they can still be unpredictable and contact with them should be conducted cautiously.
7/7: Dokkaebi, Sehwa Institute Dossier
Location: Dokkaebi Shop (After signing the bill for Dokkaebi)
The Dokkaebi are semi-legendary creatures well-known in Korean folklore. These “Goblins,” while technically classed as Shades, have distinct attributes that separate them from their more common brethren. They possess an innate ability to use powerful magick, unmatched in the Shadow Realm, that may manifest in the form of blue Goblin Fire. They are also alchemists skilled in transmuting metals and concocting various elixirs. Dokkaebi are mischievous tricksters with a penchant for pranks. One only strikes bargains with them at their own peril. Koreans named Dokkaebi Markets after the elusive nature of these entities and their ability to vanish.
Dokkaebi Market. Part 2
1/4: Ancient Pedigree, Jang-mi
Location: Traders Market, second floor
My childhood was anything but ordinary. In fact, my earliest memory was from a crib. I remember my mother’s smiling face looking down at me. I even remember her soothing voice as she sang a lullaby. The warmth, her touch, and the atmosphere of the room embedded in my mind – more of a feeling, yet still so vivid. Years later, I learned that most people considered this peculiar. This did not surprise my parents. When I was four years old, they told me I was a special child. Unlike other children, I had the blood of Shamans, and this endowed me with abilities that required cultivation. My homeschooling began on that day. It was a curriculum especially designed to hone my latent powers for the fight to come.
2/4: Clarity in Purpose, Jang-mi
Location: Vegetable Store
My family can trace its ancestry in the Yeongnam region back for many centuries. Some trainees undergo a rigorous initiation ceremony to become shamans. Others have a symbiotic relationship with a possessive spirit. I inherited the exclusive right to perform rituals in our home district through my family’s distinct lineage. From the age of four I began the observation, study, and practice of basic ceremonial rites at a remote shrine. I would perform these, under the strict tutelage of the shamanka, so often over the coming years that they became second nature to me. These rites increased in complexity and ranged from dance, song, instruments, and more. I had an elite general education, but it was always clear, however, that becoming a shamanka would be my highest priority. I never truly had a choice in the matter, but the clarity of my purpose came as a great relief to me.
3/4: Born in the Fold, Jang-mi
Location: Karaoke bar (where the Shade Engineer is)
When I was twelve, my teacher shared the true nature of my studies. She revealed that our people had protected Korea from the forces of darkness since a time immemorial. There were others like us, around the world, who shared a similar burden as well; from the Inuit of Alaska to the Bobohizan of North Borneo, those of us, who were born into the fold, were to wage an unending war against the hostile entities seeking to spill into our realm. Historically, our people have faced much opposition and violence from those who did not understand our ways. It behooves us to continue our fight from the shadows to avoid the scrutiny of the unenlightened. On that day, I finally understood the full weight of my responsibilities; it would be my duty to prevent a Blood Ritual and stop Vicious Sister’s attempt to enter the Waking World.
4/4: My Struggle Begins, Jang-mi
Location: Blocked Passage (To get this note you need to take crowbar in Janitor Room and use White Burrow at Staff Lodging of Underground Station level)
The rise and fall of powerful Shades is as predictable as the ebb and flow of the tide. Every region of the world has its own monsters to contend with. They spend decades growing in influence, fear and rumor from the Waking World quietly fueling their power. These local spirits soon move beyond their locality, spreading their dark tentacles into new domains. When their desire for expansion in The Coma no longer sates them, they inevitably turn their dark gaze toward the Waking World. It is common for lesser spirits to find their way into our realm. We can often undo their mischievous presence through simple rituals. Combating a true Shade, in our world, is another matter entirely and cause for great alarm. One need only look at such historical crises as the Bubonic Plague to understand what’s at stake. And so it is that the Vicious Sister has now begun her ascent here. But I will put a swift end to her ambitions with the Moon Incense.
Underground Station. Part 1
1/6: The Order, Yaesol Han
Location: First Exit
Mystery shrouds the true history of the Order of Ghost Vigilantes (or The Order). It is an international group composed of many powerful chapters around the world. The Shadow Ministry, a central leadership headquartered in Rome, binds them. These chapters operate independently and outside the conventional rules of law. Their primary purpose is to protect the Waking World from the ever-present threat of onslaught from hostile entities within the Shadow Realm. Scholars, priests, shamans, mercenaries, and individuals of interest make up its ranks. These people possess unique skill sets and wield great political influence. The Shadow Ministry provides directives to its Ministers (or Bishops), who oversee local chapters.
2/6: The Book of Memories, Yaesol Han
Location: Convenience Store
We lack a thorough understanding of the side effects that may occur from traveling within The Coma. However, we have seen the most basic and disastrous symptoms that may befall individuals unprepared for the Shadow Realm’s adverse psychological influence. From the moment normal people arrive in The Coma, their general sense of identity erodes. Should an individual forget his or her name, it may already be too late to save them from insanity. Those who possess shamanic blood reduce the severity of these symptoms. Alternatively, frequent journeys into The Coma may result in the spiritual conditioning required to withstand the Shadow Realm’s adverse effects. Regardless, it is advisable to record one’s name in The Book of Memories as a safeguard to possibly losing one’s identity.
3/6: Shadow Telecom, Yaesol Han
Location: Second Exit
The Ghost Vigilantes established a mobile network within The Coma called Shadow Telecom. Traditional forms of long-distance communication do not function in the Shadow Realm. The necessity of maintaining close contact with other agents while conducting high-stakes missions prompted prioritization of the network’s establishment. Before a mission begins, modified Base Transceiver Stations are erected in select locations to provide optimal coverage. Return expedition reuse these resilient BTS relays. The network is constantly expanding and is a reliable means of communicating. These phones are fully functional in the Waking World and their securely encrypted lines safeguard against government interference.
4/6: Relics, Yaesol Han
Location: Under escalator near Ticketing Booth
We use Relics (or Totems) to traverse the boundary separating the Waking and Shadow Realms. A Relic’s pull into the Shadow Realm will be stronger if it connects with a location’s tragic history. The Coma naturally draws and anchors those who possess Relics within it. Without full possession of a Relic, leaving the Shadow Realm is impossible since it acts as a totemic vessel to phase between realities. Every Relic has both Waking and Shadow Realm forms. Relics brought into The Coma will usually manifest in their normal physical forms, but this isn’t always the case. Some powerful Relics can even bestow their owners with abilities that many consider unnatural.
5/6: Hellion, Yaesol Han
Location: Janitor Room
Hellion, or “Hell Money”, is currency that holds great value in the Shadow Realm. The practice of traditionally burning hell money as an offering to the deceased began in China. These currencies have regional variants in The Coma and the entities there trade their otherworldly goods for it. In Korea, these spirits prefer traditional coins bearing a resemblance to Joseon era money. True Hellion is difficult to come by in the Waking World; in most cases, a shaman ritualistically blesses these coins in the final stage of their minting process. Similar paper currencies also exist outside of Korea.
6/6: Shadow Incense, Yaesol Han
This unusual item appears to be ordinary sticks of incense, although the materials that composes them remain a mystery. Sober Shadows or merchants in Shadow Realm will trade it for Hellion. When burned, these sticks release an aromatic smoke that instantly calms any Mad Shadows within their immediate vicinity. This makes Shadow Incense an especially indispensable commodity for adventurers exploring The Coma, since the realm is often fraught with hostile entities.
Underground Station. Part 2
1/4: The Walhyang, Shamanic Lore
The Walhyang (Moon Incense) is an ancient relic and a traditional blade that was used to conduct shamanic rituals by Korean mudangs. Its continued use in these rituals over many centuries has instilled it with special powers. The complete blade can ferry its bearer between the Waking World and The Coma. When blessed with the Holy Waters of Separation, it can even destroy Shades and other entities of the Shadow World. Only a ruby, charged with light from a Super Blood Moon, can reveal its true powers. One must re-sheathe the blade after it has fulfilled its purpose to protect its unique properties.
2/4: Taejo’s Mirror, Shamanic Lore
Location: Control Center
Shamanic tradition holds that Taejo’s Mirror is an ancient relic that was used to communicate across space-time. In the glow of a Super Blood Moon, those of shamanic ancestry may use the mirror to communicate with individuals from the previous phase of the Super Blood Moon. It is said that even physical objects can pass through the mirror. Leaders have often relied on shamans to consult with oracles from the future using the mirror. The knowledge gained from these dialogues has been used to satisfy simple curiosity or guide successful revolutions. Korea’s unbroken line of shamanic heirs traditionally passed down the mirror from generation to generation for centuries. This changed in the early 20th century, when the Sehwa Institute discovered and confiscated the mirror.
3/4: Blood Rituals, Shamanic Lore
Location: Staff Lounge (After taking crowbar in Janitor Room)
Blood Rituals are an esoteric shadow art most commonly used by powerful Shades to possess the bodies of the living. This allows Shades the ability to traverse the boundary that separates the Waking and Shadow Realms. While the payoff is highly beneficial, the ritual requires many unlikely conditions to align. This makes it difficult to perform. The first requirement is that the Shade must conduct the ritual on the night of a Super Blood Moon. This is when the boundary between realms is at its weakest. Second, the Shade must possess the Relic associated with his or her creation. Third, the Shade must have a Vessel to transfer its spiritual essence into – the body of a mortal human. Finally, the Shade must have the original Relic which brought the human into The Coma. The result is complete possession of the human subject’s body in the Waking World.
4/4: Blood of the Ancients, Shamanic Lore
Location: Staff Lounge
Oral tradition holds that the latent powers of Shamanic blood awoke in certain individuals during the dawn of humanity, thus blessing them with Sight Beyond. They used their powers to travel beyond the boundaries of the known Waking World. They returned from these dangerous expeditions into the unknown with the boon of knowledge for their fellow man. Society both feared and respected the mysterious arts they practiced. They refined their knowledge over many millennia, passing on their traditions and rituals. Today, their descendants wage an unending war against hostile entities from the Shadow Realm. The Miko of Japan, the Bobohizan of North Borneo, the Mudang of Korea – their legacy spans the globe and connects them in this crusade of light.
Hospital. Part 1
1/10: My Rite of Ordination, Minsu
Location: Food Court
Having completed my service as deacon, the time for my Rite of Ordination was finally upon me. I remember the day vividly, but not because of the special milestone it represented in my journey to enter the Catholic Priesthood. The Church was to ordain two of my fellow brothers and I. We prostrated ourselves before the altar while the religious faithful sang the Litany of the Saints. Following this, I watched as each brother knelt before the bishop to receive his prayer. When it was my turn, I too knelt before him and closed my eyes. He placed his hands upon my head to confer his silent blessing.
2/10: White Light, Minsu
What I expected to be a symbolic gesture invoking the Holy Spirit, turned out to be much more. A brilliant white light instantly blinded me. A peculiar calm overtook me, and I heard a voice that penetrated my very being. It spoke to me with a dignified tranquility: “Behold, she cometh with the shadows; and every eye shall see her, and all kindreds of the earth shall weep before her.” The voice’s message would continue to haunt me through the years. I began my work at the archdiocese of Seoul overseeing certain administrative functions before they assigned me to a small parish on the outskirts of the city.
3/10: The Strange Case of Joanna Lee, Minsu
I grew intimately familiar with our vibrant community. One day a young woman entered the confessional to speak with me. I knew her as a newer member of our congregation. She began by recounting her sins before her confession took a turn for the peculiar. She thought God was punishing her family for some unknown indiscretion. When I inquired why she believed this, she told me that her daughter had recently taken ill and, after overcoming that sickness, began to display aberrant behaviors. Her symptoms progressed more dramatically with each passing day and now sharing the same house frightened her. If her story was true, she would have me believe a malicious spirit possessed her daughter.
4/10: A Fateful Visit, Minsu
Location: Doctor’s Office II
I paid a visit to the family’s remote home one evening. The parents had confined the girl to her room. The father told me they had recently moved into the house. They initially believed their daughter had suffered a psychological break because of an illness she picked up after the move. As the days progressed, her symptoms worsened. He explained a new entity had overwhelmed his daughter’s personality and had taken her place. I asked to see her, and he wordlessly led me to the door of her room. Before entering, he cautioned me by saying, “It’s dangerous. It knows things. Be careful.”
5/10: Encounter with a Demon (I), Minsu
Location: File Room
I asked to enter Joanna’s room alone. Inside, I found the girl listlessly gazing out her window. She did not acknowledge my presence when I first spoke her name. The second time I called her, she turned her head slowly in my direction. Her countenance was dark, and she spoke in an unearthly, ominous tone, “You keep calling me that name, priest. Did your God not bless you with eyes to see?” Wounds of self-inflicted bruises and open sores riddled her body. Joanna, or the creature that had possessed her, slowly approached me. She studied my face, her own expression betraying a mild amusement. “You are here because you believe your faith can help these people. How deliciously naïve you are, priest!”
Hospital. Part 2
6/10: Encounter with a Demon II, Minsu
Location: First Room of Basement 1 in Funeral Hall
“Your prayers have no power here,” the creature laughed. I asked whom I was addressing and an insidious smile flashed across her face, “My name is Umbra, for we are Shadows.” The demon revealed various facts of my life in a vulgar tirade, meant to belittle me. When I raised my hand against the creature, it gripped my arm and threw me across the room with an unearthly strength. It was then I knew the power of this spirit was beyond my abilities, and I left in haste to seek help. Though unusual, I knew my concerns were best brought directly to the bishop.
7/10: Trained Professionals, Minsu
Location: Restroom, Second Floor
The bishop seemed unwavered by my story. He nodded in silent understanding and revealed that Joanna was beyond the remedy of a traditional exorcism. Umbra would require the aid of trained professionals. He seemed familiar with the demon’s name. When I inquired about this, he told me of spirits unrelated to fallen angels. These were maligned beings from a shadow realm of our own creation. He gave me an old rosary and said, “This will be your Relic. You must use it to journey into the shadow realm and free this girl from Umbra’s grasp.” Fortunately, I would not be alone; our allies, the Ghost Vigilantes, soon arrived.
8/10: Calm Before the Storm, Minsu
Location: Operation Room (To get there, use ladder in Men Restroom near Daycare Center)
The Ghost Vigilantes immediately went to work. Their inquiries revealed a deep understanding of the situation at hand. When they asked about my encounter with Umbra, I recounted my experience and told them the family had recently moved into a new home. The agents asked me to take them there. The next day, before departing, the bishop brought a vial of water to me, “These are the Holy Waters of Separation. We can only use them within the shadow realm. Remember your teachings and perform the rite of exorcism. The Ghost Vigilantes will guide you… they know our ways.”
9/10: Into the Dark, Minsu
Location: Ward 403
We arrived at Joanna’s home around midnight. With her parents’ permission we entered the room. It took great effort, but the three of us restrained and bound the girl securely to her bed frame. The Ghost Vigilantes began a meticulous search of the room. A hidden space beneath a floorboard yielded what they were searching for — a small box containing an old signet ring. One of them spoke up, “This is the Relic she had. She couldn’t have known. There may still be time to help her though.” With that, one agent asked me to close my eyes, and he said an invocation. I clutched the bishop’s rosary tightly and opened my eyes when he finished.
10/10: The Coma Revealed, Minsu
Location: Ward 503
I found myself in a strange place. The room had eroded into a dilapidated, grotesque version of itself. “Welcome to The Coma,” one agent said after noting my surprised expression. We turned to see Joanna, bound to the bed and screaming for help, the shadowy figure of Umbra crouched over her. I began the rites of exorcism and concluded with a prayer to Saint Michael. I dashed the Water of Separation on Umbra and it fled, screaming into the night. We unbound the girl and the Ghost Vigilantes gave her the signet ring. We made the journey back to the Waking World with their invocation, and she rejoined her family. I now realize the voice I heard during my Rite of Ordination was a calling to a greater purpose in service to the Lord.
Gymnasium. Part 1
1/10: A Search for Help, Sumi
Location: Hallway to School
I awoke at night with Suho’s amulet in my hand. An ominous feeling overtook my senses as I sat up and studied my surroundings. I was still in our family home, but it was quiet… too quiet. I decided to find an adult who could help me with my brother’s body. I put the amulet around my neck and set off. I remember feeling unnerved as I wandered the streets, searching for another soul, but finding Songreung to be empty. My path eventually led me to the gates of Sehwa Academy, which had also somehow survived the artillery fire that destroyed much around it. The distinct shadow of a person, looking out to the city, was cast against a lit window. Perhaps I’d find some help here.
2/10: Entering Sehwa Academy, Sumi
Location: Old School, entrance
I passed the creaky gates and knocked on the front door. There was no answer, but a simple twist of the knob let me in. A well-maintained interior greeted me. I nervously made my way through the academy’s halls to the upper floors of the building, looking for the lit room. I eventually found it deserted. An old, leather-bound tome sat open upon a candle-lit desk. Various people had scrawled their names throughout its pages. The ink had barely dried on the page where these signatures ended. I made out the inscription which bore the initials of one, “YSH”.
3/10: A Soulful Melody, Sumi
Location: End of Hallway in Old School
I continued searching the school and calling out for help to no avail. Had my eyes been playing tricks on me? I soon found a quiet corner in what appeared to be a library and lit a candle to rummage through my belongings for any food I had. My hand found the box of the old recorder my brother had gifted me. Touching it brought back a flood of memories and tears began pouring from my eyes. After calming myself, I lifted the rosewood recorder from its case and placed it to my lips. As I played, I felt my anguish empower every note of the melody drawn from my breath. As I brought it to a close, the sound of clapping hands reverberated through the room.
4/10: Figure From the Dark, Sumi
Location: Stafroom Ruins
I shot to my feet, startled by the clapping. A female figure slowly emerged from the shadows cast by the bookshelves. Had she been listening to me the entire time? A trembling voice broke the silence between us, “That melody, so sorrowful… my sister.” My eyes widened in fear and confusion when the light caught her face. It was as if I staring at a reflection of myself. The girl that had walked into the light… was me. She was wearing the same clothes, and her face was still wet with tears. I stumbled back and tried to gain my composure, but the best response I could muster was to ask, “W-who are you?”
5/10: Long-Lost Sister, Sumi
Location: Clasroom 2
“I’m your sister. Can’t you see that?” she asked with genuine confusion. I was surely experiencing some strange fever dream. I regained my composure and said, “That’s not true! I don’t have a sister!” Her face winced in pain. My words had stung her. She took a few cautious steps closer, and I could feel her determined gaze scrutinizing me. “You’re hurt and confused. I’m your big sister and we just lost our dear brother, Suho.” She knew Suho, and her pain seemed real. Did I have a twin? My mind was reeling as she placed a hand on my cheek, “We need each other now more than ever.”
Gymnasium. Part 2
6/10: Mysterious Woman (I), Sumi
Location: Classroom 1
Before I could respond, another young woman burst into the room, startling both of us. She came forward, snatched my hand, and forcefully led me from the room and into the hallway. In the confusion, I dropped the rosewood recorder on the library floor. I struck and shouted at her to no avail; she had an iron grip on my wrist as she wordlessly pulled me along. Her serious expression betrayed a beautiful face. She had flowing black hair and bandages wrapped around her wrists. I finally gave in and followed her lead. As we turned the corner, I took one last glance over my shoulder and saw my sister’s silent silhouette in the library.
7/10: Mysterious Woman (II), Sumi
Location: Morque (To get there you should solve “Door puzzle”. Proper number from left to right: 5, 3, 7, because Shades do not see blood-framed doors).
She led me outside the academy. I shouted at her to let go, and she reluctantly released her grip on me. I stumbled back, massaging my sore wrist. She was deceptively strong. It didn’t seem like she intended to do me any harm though. Still, I was no less confused by what had just transpired. “Who are you?!” I screamed. She was unperturbed by my outburst as she silently examined me. Instead of answering, she followed up with her own question: “How did you get here?” I told her the front door was open, and I was looking for help, but this didn’t seem to satisfy her curiosity. The moonlight must have glinted off Suho’s amulet, because it suddenly caught her eye.
8/10: Suho’s Amulet, Sumi
Location: Door Puzzle (Note is in the level with Shade Engineer)
She asked where I found the amulet and the specificity of her question took me aback. I told her it belonged to my brother, Suho. She then asked if I could take her to him. When I told her he was dead, she looked saddened by the revelation. “I’m sorry… he was a good man,” she said. When I asked how she knew him, she told me he had done an invaluable service for our country and was a hero. She once again asked to see him and I could feel her concern was genuine. As I led her back to my home, silence filled the air between us. I had so many questions, but they could wait. I knew I would soon have my answers.
9/10: The Dagger Revealed, Sumi
Location: End of second floor Hallway
She walked into my home and found my brother. She knelt beside him and gently put her hand on his face. “A sister… I didn’t know we had a sister,” I said. She stood up and took me by the shoulders. She spoke with fierce eyes, “That thing is NOT your sister. Do not believe a word it says.” Her attention returned to my brother and a knapsack by his side. She started to open it and I protested in anger. She raised a hand to silence me and continue looking through his belongings. A moment later, her hands found the object of her search and she raised it into the light – a traditional dagger, still concealed by its silver sheath.
10/10: A Fleeting Dream, Sumi
Location: Hallway to School
She said my brother had gone through great lengths to find the dagger which she called Moon Incense and that he had destroyed a mighty “Shade” named Umbra. She told me I was lucky she found me when she did and that my lookalike was another dangerous Shade she had never seen before. She took my hands and told me it was time to go back to my world. She asked me to close my eyes and imagine my family home, in happier times. Her request confused me, but she reassured me that all would be explained in time. Before I complied, I asked who she was. She replied, “Yaesol Han”. When I awoke, the sun was up. I was alone, unsure of whether my experience was a fleeting dream.
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