Object 368

The Holder of Paradise

In any city, in any country, go to any mental institution or halfway house you can get yourself to. When you reach the front desk, ask to visit someone who calls herself "The Holder of Paradise". The man there will become angered by this and demand that you leave. Under no circumstance should you do what he says, for if you do, then all hope will be lost. Instead, continue asking about the Holder of Paradise and, eventually, the man will open a previously unseen trapdoor, revealing a set of stairs.

Once you start your descent, you can never stop. If you do, then your death will not be swift. After what seems like an eternity, you will see a door at the bottom of the stairs.

Through the doorway will be a beautiful land. Do not stare at one spot for long, however, or it will become increasingly ugly until what is seen would drive any man insane. There will be a single pathway leading into a forest. Go down this path and you will eventually reach a clearing.

In the center of this clearing is a beautiful woman. At this moment, you are completely safe. You may even choose to exit by following the path that continues behind the woman. If you do this, then you will never receive the Object.

If you do not choose to leave, then ask this woman one question: "How did they come to be where they are?" The woman will answer with a wonderful and epic story. As she is telling the story, she will slowly transform into a hideous beast. Once it is finished with the story, the monster will beckon for you to continue toward the exit. Run for it as quickly as you can, for the creature will pursue you and if it catches you, then unspeakable things will happen to you.

If you manage to make it through the exit, you will find yourself outside the building. On the ground in front of you will be a beautifully crafted box. Do not open it, for doing so will unleash a great evil unto the world.

The Object inside the box is 368 of 2538. It will surely destroy us all.