The Hundred Candle Vault

The Hundred Candle Vault

The first fear that most experience is nyctophobia: fear of the dark. So many children, so many years, one day the fear awoke, and it was hungry. Nearly a century ago a formless horror preyed through the depths of the Underworld slaying all in its path. A band of heroes formed a desperate plan to seal the nameless thing in a prison of light. All but two of them fell trapping it: Lord Steam, the artificer who conceived of the Vault and the junkman, The Analog Kid. As long as light shines in the Hundred Candle Vault the Dark Fear can’t escape.

The Vault is a massive cavern filled with lights of every shape and description. Kerosene lanterns sit side by side with real candles and florescent lamps. Myriad, the owner of the Glass Convection, a tavern that lies within the Vault, makes certain that the real candles are continually replaced with fresh ones when they burn out.

It is no accident that Myriad chose the Vault as a location for her tavern, she also was one of the heroes that fought the Dark, though she has long concealed this fact. Lord Steam’s lights weren’t enough to hold the thing, there is also an enchantment, keyed to one hundred and one tallows candles, that binds the Fear.

The Hundred Candle Vault

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