"The events of the game's story are linked to fall tragic of Arianna Felton, Richard's wife who has apparently been in a catatonic state since Celeste's disappearance, as well as Dr. Felton's own terrifying past, the anguishing loss of his adopted daughter who became the only thing in Felton's life that gave him a reason to live, but also became his nightmare and torment. Rosemary's investigation will bring her to believe that the girl's disappearance is a cover up for something terrible, some kind of massacre. She begins to discover that and a group of cloistered nuns in red and a long dead cult called Cristo Morente could hold the key to finding out what happened to Celeste and finding answers about Jennifer."
Prologue EditThe game opens with a flash forward sequence between an elderly Madame Svenska and journalist Mr Manni who is not shown throughout the scene. The man begins to talk about an illness that has the ability to accelerate the healing process of the body, such as thickening the bones and regenerating tissue due to the proliferation of moths making a nest inside the human body where they feed and multiply.
It is revealed that "Svenska" is not her real name. The name came from her time living in Sweden for the past 30 years. She talks without stories of her true identity; it is only from old age that she finally answers the questions of her childhood. Madame Svenska returns to Italy having forgotten the reason why, but promised to remember.
The Arrival Edit
Rosemary Reed, a mysterious 35 year old woman sits in a white van, smoking a cigarette in front of an abandoned playground near the Felton's residence, the same playground where the Feltons' daughter, Celeste, disappeared out of the blue in October of 1971. Since her disappearance, her story became a news topic for the following two years.
With Ms.Reed, are medical files from the Santa Margherita Institute about a patient named Richard Felton, who is affected by the disease that had gotten worse with age, to the point he retired from his Nortial career, but also a picture of a young girl stashed underneath, the Feltons' daughter with the name "Jennifer" written on the back.
Reaching the Felton manor, Ms. Reed rings the doorbell and is answered by a woman over the intercom, Reed introduces herself as a doctor from the Santa Margherita Institute, where Dr. Felton was treated for a mysterious and debilitating condition. The voice woman over the intercom briskly replies that Mr. Felton is no longer a patient and hangs up.
Sneaking through the half open gate, Rosemary enters the property and reaches to the main door of the villa, where she is greeted by a Gloria, Dr. Felton's quiet nurse. She shows no interest while Rosemary introduces herself as a representative of Santa Margherita and unveils her intention to look in to the man's illness with alternative remedies. Gloria invites her in and apologizes for the poor lighting, she reveals the reason Mr. Felton's illness caused him to be visually impaired and forced him to live in the darkness.
Gloria escorts Rosemary to Dr. Felton study, rather inclined to disclose unknown details about the man's private life and the quite cold he has with his wife Arianna Felton. Gloria, who looks after Dr. Felton from noon to 8pm, describes Arianna as a reserved, isolated person spending her time in her bedroom, always listening to the same music on the record player.
As she waits for Richard in his study, she begins to snoop around his office, and finds a newspaper article in his desk about the RossoGallo farm incident and it's involvent with Albert Elias Wyman. The article explains about a massive recall of Phenoxyl that occured due to it's dangerous side effects, after the contamination of the Ashmann's children and the 12 sisters of a nearby monastery, the wealthy Ashmanns alerted the public about the contamination, causing RossoGallo to go under intense scrutiny, resulting in the farm being closed on October 2nd, 1971 by authorities.
Mr. Felton publicly lied and accused Wyman, and in return, threatened Mr. Felton by exposing him that he personally funded Wyman like his father before and oversaw the project. Wyman was then sued by the Ashamann family for using the company to spread the parasitosis and was retired from his prestigious medicine award and removed from the Order of Physicians. Behind the newspaper, there was a threating message from an unknown source, possibly from Wyman, who also included his daughter in the threat.
After reading the article, Reed sees a painting of a young woman with demonic hands from above and becomes deeply invested in it. She is interrupted by Richard who walks and begins babbling about religion.
Returning to the subject at the matter, Richard begins talking to Dr. Reed about how he contracted the disease in '58 after a trip from Egypt, and how the institute left him to die which caused him to leave. She then mentions about his overdose of Phenoxyl which was recalled in the mid-1960s, moving on, she mentions that the beneficiary is his wife Arianna Gallo, who takes care of Richard when Gloria is off. The conversation begins to tense up when she mentions his daughter Celeste, asking about her adoption and her birth parents. She then brings about Albert Wyman, asking if he was a potential suspect in Celeste's disappearance but Felton denies the claim since they found no evidence to suggest a kidnapping and the never received a ransom. Both the police and Felton came to a conclusion that she intentionally left.
Dr. Reed brings up the name "Jennifer" which surprises Richard and takes out a picture of Celeste with ''My sweet Jennifer" inscribed on the back. Richard becomes angry and demands Reed who she really is and what is her intention in coming here, accused of threatening Richard. The woman retaliates that she should go speak to his wife instead, who is claimed to be not at home, but the music begins playing suggesting that she is, like Gloria mentioned.
Gloria barges in informing Mr. Felton that she talked to the director of the institute over the phone and the institute had never heard of a "Dr. Reed". Richard convinced, asks Rosemary to leave his property without answering her question about what happened to Celeste. Rosemary gathers her belongings and is escorted by Gloria. Before leaving, Rosemary turns back to Richard, who is looking at the picture of the little girl, one last time before Gloria shuts the door.
At the front door, Gloria scolds Ms. Reed that she used the Feltons' personal lives for her own gain. To Reed's response, she says that there was a motiviation behind Celeste's disappearance to which it threatened her life and and walks off the property. Rosemary believes that Richard and his wife Arianna, knows the truth about the disappearance of their daughter and her nickname, the terrifying dread now begins.
It was a little after 8 o' clock in the evening, Gloria has just finished her daily shift at Felton's house. She looks around and, unaware of Rosemary's presence not too far away, leaves the house keys by the small altar next to one of the gate pillars. Rosemary does not think twice, she grabs the keys and sneaks into the house. As she hears music playing on the background, she remembers Gloria telling her about Mrs. Felton's obsession with the record player. Rosemary quickly realizes if she wants to know the truth about Celeste's disappearence, she needs to face Mr. Felton's wife.
The music draws her to a particular room in search of Richard's wife, but instead discovers an unidentifiable mummified corpse. Rosemary's commotion over the discovery of the mummy draws the attention of Dr. Felton, forcing her to conceal herself. From her hiding spot she sees a deranged Richard Felton conversing with the corpse, and calling it Jennifer. The ex-notary now roams the halls armed with a sickle searching for the intruder, it is at this moment that Rosemary realises she has entered a deadly game of cat and mouse.Managing to avoid detection, Rosemary comes across a film depicting Richard during a hypnosis session under the influence of the drug Phenoxyl. It is in this session that Felton reveals that Celeste had in fact returned to the Villa after her disappearance, but that she had changed somehow, that she was now Jennifer. Before Rosemary gets to the end of the video, Richard aggresses her fron behind, tying a catchpole loop around her neck and hanging her against the wall. Richard burns the film and keeps pleading his innocence, Celeste simply ran away and never came back. Rosemary provokes him and does not bend, he never touched his daughter for she was the only bond between him and his wife. Their marriage was arranged by their parents, in fact, what Felton did was protecting Celeste from real threats. The he tells her about an afternoon when someone knocked at the door, the "she" was. "But it wasn't Celeste, it was Jennifer." So Felton, obeying and kneeling obsequiously be for a mysterious figure that promises to free him from his torment, goes into the girl's bedroom and kills her. Rosemary is shocked, she can not and does not want to believe what she hears, but Felton reminds her of the body in the bedroom, saying he has no choice. Then the old notary unveils a painting kept upright the desk, depicting a red-dressed nun, before which he devotly bows. Rosemary uses the opportunity and manages to free herself from the loop but, right before she gets to the studio doors, she is assaulted by the same nun portrayed in the painting, swarming with moths and speaking with a hoarse and broken voice, calling her "Sister".
Having run away from the Red Nun, Rosemary glimpses at a white-dressed, blonde young girl reaching the attic. Is that Celeste… or Jennifer? Rosemary starts having serious doubts about the true identity of the dead body in the bedroom, but there is no trace of the corpse any longer; just an old picture remains featuring the twelve nuns who died in the fire. As is written on the back of the picture, apparently one of the nuns survived, that one being the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ashmann, those in charge of running the farm. She started attending Felton’s house a short time after Celeste’s return, seeking vengeance for the Phenoxyl prototype 2 experiments. Rosemary comes to the conclusion that the person writing is Mrs. Felton, locked in the bedroom with her recently-returned daughter, both of them were forced to undergo heavy mesmerism sessions with the aim of progressively erasing their memory. She is looking to react, and is convinced that she can blind and even kill the nun using cortisone.
Rosemary reaches the attic, turned into a narrow and frightening workshop populated with dummies and dolls. She spots an old picture showing a door, with scribbles on it, as if someone had tried to remove it from the scene, next to a painting that Rosemary thinks she has seen before in the house. Shortly after, Rosemary is aggressed by the fearful figure of a “doll” with long blonde hair armed with a hammer, she falls from the attic entry and faints. Rosemary wakes up again and finds herself in front of a turned-on TV: the reporter is saying that the authorities are trailing a woman suspected of aggressing a phone line repairman, of stealing his folders searching for information, and of stealing his van. Rosemary knows she is the woman the reporter is talking about, and that the police are after her. The “doll” that aggressed her before is sitting on an armchair, watching the TV as well.
This time, she proves useful for the investigation, saying that the door in the picture is no longer there, suggesting that they look for a wall instead, “a wall behind the fireplace”, thus implying that what is beyond the door might have been walled off. Rosemary realizes she is right. Beyond a fireplace she discovers a passage leading to an unused corridor. There, she finds a plastered wall that she manages to break through by pushing an old statue against it. That is how she finds Celeste’s room, locked for years, bearing the marks of a ruthless crime, shortly after entering; a noise is heard resembling the electric vibration of an old record player going off and hidden somewhere. Rosemary was right, she finds the hidden recorder, still playing a recording of Celeste's voice. She says that she cannot remember her own name, that she ran away once and then came back because she was homesick. Once back, she would repeatedly be forced to sit for mesmerism sessions using Phenoxyl, in order for her to forget about “something”, and segregated in her bedroom with her mother. There, she would plan her escape by opening a breach in the wall cavity, leading to the attic, her only way out. She would still have to leave her mother behind, as her mother was unable to react.
When the recording is over, Rosemary is caught by a strong headache, fighting her deep fear of mirrors and the ghost of the deceased Mrs. Felton who died in the room. After she successfully conquered the battle, the moths leads her towards a wardrobe closet, where the escape path is hidden that Celeste must have used to leave the house. It is a slippery path, though, and she ends up falling down into the house foundations, deep down to the sewage drain.
After the fall, Rosemary manages to escape from the sewers safe and sound and she arrives in the cellar of the villa where the Feltons were involved in the distribution of RossoGallo farm products.
Rosemary was terrified and discovers the real cause of Felton’s obsession with his daughter and the reason why he used to call her Jennifer. Felton is actually a woman. She was born as Jennifer Richardine Felton and when her father came back from the war came in 1930, her father forced her to live as a man named Richard. This is the reason for hormonal imbalances and the refusal to undergo detailed examinations at the institute. The more Celeste was growing, the more Felton remembered the girl that he was: the same blond “doll” who had attacked Rosemary in the attic, sign of a split personality, the same young girl of the picture that Rosemary shows to Dr. Felton when he arrives at the villa set off the chaos.
When Felton killed his daughter, she was convinced he could destroy the Jennifer left in him, who kept tormenting him and that even the Phenoxyl wasn’t able to completely erase, but just tame.
Jennifer finds and chases Rosemary in the underground cellar, as Rosemary runs away and finds her way out into basement and shelters in the elevator in a desperate attempt to reach the penthouse to the escape route. Unfortunately, the old elevator blocks. Luckily, Gloria arrives at the villa and suggests to join her in the infirmary where both of them would be safe.
They both meet up as Rosemary runs into the room, panicking and worrying Gloria who prepares an infusion to calm Rosemary. Rosemary disgusted about the whole story and confesses that the Phenoxyl could have been the cause of everything. She informs Gloria that Felton killed his wife, sure that she was the daughter, and that Felton is actually Jennifer. Gloria tells Rosemary that there have been instances that Richard had called her Jennifer, which then is accused by Rosemary for being an accomplice for knowing about this but admits that she didn't expected the mesmerism session who turn him in to a killer, this confession scares Rosemary and tells Gloria they need to find a way out of the house, but it would be impossible since the house's doors and windows are barred.
Gloria gives Rosemary the medication to calm her down, after a few sips Rosemary starts to question, Gloria mentioned about the bars on windows and doors and asked how did she get she has Gloria's keys. She begins to understand Gloria consciously let Rosemary come to the villa and Gloria taunts her in a harsh, broken voice she starts to lose consciousness, she has been drugged and finds out Gloria is the Red Nun. Gloria played her and disappears, just like the other red nuns in the convent. Gloria, daughter of the Ashmanns, has been subjected of the prototype 2 of Phenoxyl. The consequences were: photosensitivity disturbances and Filamentary keratopathy with an extreme allergy to cortisone. Rosemary knows that she can blind Gloria and, as Arianna suggested before her death, or maybe even kill the moths, she obtains a syringe and some cortisone and is ready to fight, shortly after she walks out the infirmary she is hit in the head by Felton.
In a dreamlike sequence, she hears Felton’s voice who asks her why all this is so important for her. Inexplicably, a song comes to Rosemary’s mind. Gloria yells at him, stops him from talking, threatens to cut his tongue and does it. Felton is again heavily under the effect of Phenoxyl. Thanks to this he can hold off his alter ego Jennifer. Rosemary is tied to the chair trying to free herself. Gloria violently strikes her accusing her of the fire and her betrayal towards the covenant, because she was once one of them. Rosemary was sorry but it was too late for Gloria, she convinced Felton to sprinkle kerosene to burn himself, the house, and once in for all kill Rosemary in the same manner she did to 11 nuns. Rosemary manages to free herself with the broken chandelier, takes the lighter and throws it to Felton, who finally dies in the fire.
Now it’s time to escape, as she reaches the elevator Gloria attacks her and is stabbed by Rosemary with the cortisone filled syringe. The terrible immediate effect causes Gloria to writhes with pain and Rosemary reaches the attic among the screams of her sister on the floor below her. Rosemary realizes that cortisone by itself is not enough to stop Gloria. In a deadly game of cat and mouse in the attic, Rosemary finds the switch to open the windows of the attic, Gloria is blinded by the sunlight due to brain impulses caused by extreme photosensitivity. Because of the unbearable suffering, she stabs her eyes out with a glass shard, relying only on her hearing. Rosemary makes noise while unlocking the window. Gloria jumps on her in a fury falling out of the window and into the courtyard below.
Gloria agonizing in the yard, close to death, Rosemary reaches her sister and gets caught out of compassion. After so much hate and violence they forgive each other, they realize that, just as Felton, they’ve also been victims of Phenoxyl, a drug which was created for veterans of war but then used for disease, in the desperate attempt to achieve more memory alteration results. Soon, it became a disease for the nuns of the Dying Christ was also a divine sign, convinced of His presence, reason why Rosemary even if she was one of them, puts an end to their fanatical projects, making everything burn, Science in contrast with her faith. Rosemary realizes that Felton had said the truth that Celeste really fled. He makes her do it to protect her from the terrifying things he had discovered and from Jennifer who threatened him from within. Gloria is in pain and not just for her wounds but also for her memories.
She confides that she really believes that she will find Celeste and on that day they will meet on the "Top of the World", and hopes that God and Rosemary will forgive her. Rosemary cries that she already did, Gloria laughs as she as she gives her last breath that forgiveness was a bad habit of Rosemary, mirroring the joke about smoking. Rosemary is given old piano key in her hands and hugs Gloria's body, through the tears she realizes where it comes from: the piano in Celeste’s room.
Rosemary returns to Celeste’s room, she sadly approaches the piano where the key is missing. She strums a few keys on to find that something is blocking the cords of the instrument, she curiously lifts the cover where she finds an engraved heart on the wood saying “2 hearts never lonely”. Inside the piano there is an old bag with a tag saying “Flemmington Girls Institute”. Rosemary still hasn’t found the answers she was looking for, but she’s still convinced of the fact that she must not give up, in her heart she believes Celeste is still alive and with endless hope she knows where to find her.