Helston is a town and civil parish in Cornwall, in the south-west of England, and the prime location in which Realms of the Haunting takes place, harbouring settings such as the Mansion, the Church of St. Michael and the Vicarage of Charles Randall.
Places of InterestEdit
The in-game representation of Helston harbours several places of interest, some of which were inspired by the actual architecture and landscape of the real-world town, namely the Church of Saint Michael, the Vicarage of Charles Randall, and the enigmatic Mansion that we become trapped inside at the very start of the game.
The Church of St. Michael, the way it appears to us in the game, is actually a relatively close reproduction of the real St. Michael's in Helston, which was erected in 1763 by Francis, second and last Earl of Godolphin, as a replacement of an earlier construction which had been struck by lightning in 1727 and had burnt down in the process. The actual church is a large rectangular building of Elvan stone, with granite dressings and a prominent belfry, quite similar to its in-game pendant.
While the in-game St. Michael's is characterized by stained glass windows depicting St. Michael himself as well as various angels with instruments, the stained glass window in the actual church shows two angels dancing the Furry Dance. The Furry Dance or Flora Dance, respectively is one of the oldest British customs of both Pagan and Christian background and takes place every year on May 8 in celebration of the advent of spring. On the same day is held the Feast of the Apparition of St. Michael the Archangel, the patron Saint of Helston who is said to have appeared on this day in the year 495 on what is known today as St. Michael's Mount."
Adam: My father was a pastor in a Cornish village.
The Legend of Hell's StoneEdit
One of the unsourced, hand-written Parchments that we find in Florentine's Library speculates about the etymology of the name Helston, apparently resulting from a legend about the Devil and the Archangel Michael. During their battle, the boulder carried by the Devil that was supposed to block the entrance to Hell fell upon the Earth and landed on the spot now known as Helston.
The Legend of Hell's Stone
Article on Crop CirclesEdit
The blue Scrapbook that Adam finds on the cabinet in the Typewriter room contains a Newspaper Cutting, relating the appearance of seven Crop Circles in Helston. Apparently, there have been numerous occurrences of this phenomenon in the town's history, but only recently did the council decide to seek professional investigators and set up a "crop watch". According to the article, the people of Helston must have rather familiarized themselves with crop circles throughout the centuries; in fact, the phenomenon is historically documented in the real world equivalents of Helston and Cornwall.
Current Spate of Crop Circles Baffles Experts
Paranormal experts called into uncover the source of recent crop circle formations in rural Cornwall.
Twenty Four Hour Mystery ProbeEdit
One of the News Cuttings that we find on the notice board of Adam's cell inside Belial's Prison, relates a strange event, during which all the inhabitants of the Parish of St. Michael's (located near Helston) apparently slept between the evening of the 5th straight through to the morning of the 7th of December (no year given).
Whatever happened to the day of the 6th of December?