Arrived at the Apple to find Crazy Eye Tom at his desk. Was told that both he and Captain Tharul Martin were receiving pressure to close the Apple Project because of the incident with Patricia. Itried to convince him to keep the Apple running but he claimed it wasn’t his decision. Asked what I could do and he just stated we don’t have enough people. Tom stated they would be executed if a war broke out. I asked if he had any leads based off her desk. He said he found 5 address but all of them were cleaned out. When I asked about her desk I was informed it was being used as a bed because the gurneys had what was described as a “Like somebody opened up a roast-beef factory in some mutant pigs fat face and chest.” Crazy-Eye thinks it walked in. Was told I couldn’t go in there till the doctor cleared it. Went to go get the doctor.
Everything from here on out is possibly a delusion:
I arrived at the doctor’s office and knocked on the door. I observed movement inside and saw that the door was open so I went in. Doctor Fieldsworth was lying on the floor bleeding from bludgeoning wounds. His body is blue and clearly has some broken bones in places. I drew my sword and entered the establishment. Inside I saw the Crazy Surgeon. I shouted “YOU!” and in response his face “contorts, pull back, and open to an inhuman degree. It snaps at you and attempts to run past you on all legs… like Georgeguy did. Knees backwards.” I try to swing but end up fumbling backwards from the suddenness of the event and the surgeon flees into the street.
I chase after him and finally catch up to him in an alleyway. His appearance is now that of Fieldsworth. He is panting and says “Nooo, you fool! Don’t do this! What is the meaning of this? You break into my office, scream, chase me down the street? You almost killed me if you hadn’t fumbled with that sword!” My nose starts to bleed and I respond “I-I look. If you don’t run I won’t attack. Just go back to your office” The doctor starts walking, now with a limp, towards his office. “Swear to it, you people… I don’t want to see you in my office again.”
“You are unstable. You need help.” The doctor points to his head. “Maybe drinking all those potions your lot is so fond of has had some longterm effects?” Now completely confused I responded “What are you even talking about?” The doctor continues his rant “Don’t you tell me you don’t get it. You are not seeing reality right now. You are sick in the head. Have you been seeing things, Pearce? I went by your house – I saw you on the floor with a bottle of Hollowberry Tonic. That behavior does things to you… don’t you understand?” So many things were wrong with that accusation so I started with “Who told you where I live?” He pauses and then seemed to vanish from reality. Suspecting invisibility I attempted to punch the area he was previously and missed.
I tell the doctor to show himself and he appears right in front of me asking ""Why do you hunt me still? What can’t you find?" I demanded he answer my questions first but he claimed that he was the doctor not the patient. At this point I’m angry. I claim that he is the surgeon and that he cut out our fucking souls and demanded answers. He asked if I planned to kill my doctor and I asked why my doctor would hide when I’ve not harmed him. He started asking what I meant by a soul and proposed that maybe the loss of a loved one made me insane. I state that we can have this conversation at his office. He states he has no desire to be our doctor anymore. Says I and my friends have been disruptive. I state that if I was/am delusional then there is a good chance the image I saw in the office is gone and that objecting makes him seem suspicious. He claims that I’m not allowed onto the property and that my employers will know if I do. He tries to close the door before I can look so I shove my foot in the door. We argue more about if I can go in and I finally state that if he doesn’t trust me I’ll find a 3rd party and we can check. He relents and I see no body in there, no voices respond when I call out. As I leave the doctor says that he doesn’t work for the Apple anymore.
After I leave I go try to find Brodie or Richard to see if they’ll help me figure out the situation. Neither are reachable. I end up at the Apple and I’m informed Tharul quit. I explain the doctor situation and he doesn’t seem to buy my story. He let’s Bell follow me as a second set of eyes. We go to the doctors and see him writing a sign with some Weather Society people. I eventually talk my way in and convince the doctor to come look at the corpse. When we leave I ask Bell if something seemed weird. She nodded at everything involved and pulled a live rat off my back. It suddenly dies. I make sure it’s dead and we continue on.
I go home, discover that my bottom neighbor is Jacketman who goes by “Max”. We write a letter and deliver it to Brodie telling him to meet us at the Apple. Afterwards we go to Tharul’s house and find him inside working on a boat. After searching him for a rat I asked him why he quit. He said the “Captains” decided to focus elsewhere and had decided to drop the Apple a week ago. After more questioning he admitted he felt useless, unable to help. I stated that we needed someone to lead just as much as someone to act. He agreed and we carried him to the Apple.