Recurring Dream - Is Someone There?

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Recurring Dream - Is Someone There?

This is one of the recurring dreams you can have from opportunity cards in Echo Bazaar. If you don't want it spoiled, don't read any further! Otherwise, this documents the progress of the dream and effects you may receive/suffer.

This set of dreams has a themes of mirrors, being watched, doors, mysterious reflections, and your own reflection. The description of the quality is "Dreams about being watched".

Red-bordered cards

These cards will be automatically played if you have the action points spare. They require no choices and as far as I can tell, have no chance of "failure", so what you see is what you get. The number in brackets is the level of dream which unlocks the opportunity.

A dream about a window at night (-)

You are looking out through a window at night. Candlelight near you allows you to see your reflection. You watch as your teeth begin to elongate: slowly, rather comfortably, like the growth of a tree-branch in spring.

  • having Recurring Dreams: Is Someone There? +
  • Nightmares +
  • Persuasive +

An inquisitive spider.

A sorrow-spider the size of a large kitten scuttles across the floor of your lodgings. For reasons best known to itself, it's carrying a human eyeball. It stops and stares at you. In fact, the eyeball appears to be staring at you. With a horrid start, you realise the eyeball looks very like your own! You reach up to your face to confirm that you still have a full complement of eyeballs...and wake up. Your room is empty. There is no sign of spiders, eyeballs or gruesomeness of any other kind.

  • having Recurring Dreams: Is Someone There? +

A dream about a corridor lined with brass mirrors. (2)

In the dream, the mirrors on the left-hand side reflect you walking through a desert of ash, spiked here and there with the blackened stumps of trees. In the right-hand mirrors, your reflection stands in the desert and watches you pass. From the far end of the corridor, a hot wind blows.

  • 1 Fate
  • having Recurring Dreams: Is Someone There? +
  • Nightmares +

A dream about your reflection (4)

You are standing between two mirrors. Your reflection smiles, so you smile. Your reflection moves its hand, so you move yours. It takes a very long while for you to realise that this is the wrong way round.

  • 1 Fate
  • having Recurring Dreams: Is Someone There? +
  • Nightmares +

A dream about a corridor lined with brass mirrors (4, Nightmares 6)

In the dream, the mirrors on the left-hand side reflect you walking through a desert of ash, spiked here and there with the blackened stumps of trees. When you turn to your right, you fall out of bed. You open your eyes. Moonish light filters into the room: for a moment the floor beneath you seems to ripple, reflecting it like a pool of mercury. No, hang on, you're awake. This definitely just happened.

  • Nightmares +

A dream about standing between brass mirrors (5)

You are standing between two mirrors. This has happened before. Again, your reflections curve away from you, to points further than you can see. This time, you manage to turn away. But there is nothing to turn towards. You notice that the floor feels gritty and sour. When you wake, the sourness lingers.

  • having Recurring Dreams: Is Someone There? +
  • Nightmares +

A dream about standing between dark mirrors (5)

You are standing between two mirrors again. The reflection you see in front of you is not the one in the mirror behind you. The background is not the same. You feel, rather than see, the reflection behind you move. The one in front of you remains still.

  • 1 Fate
  • having Recurring Dreams: Is Someone There? +
  • Nightmares +

A dream about a mirrored hall (7)

You are standing in a mirrored hall. Chandeliers bounce shards of light in a thousand directions. Some mirrors are doors; others are windows. You know there are places on the other sides of them. There is too much light in the room. It hurts your eyes.

  • having Recurring Dreams: Is Someone There? +
  • Nightmares +
  • Watchful -
  • Persuasive +
  • Wounds +
  • chance of gaining 1 x Memory of Light

A dream about looking in through a window (10)

You are outside somewhere, looking in. You and the moon above you are reflected in the window. You look avid; your eyes are gleaming. The scent of jasmine lies heavy on the air. Why is there a moon here?

  • having Recurring Dreams: Is Someone There? +
  • Nightmares +

A dream about a clouded place (11)

You are in a tank of water. No, a tank of quicksilver. You can breathe, but the air is opaque. You can see, but there is no perspective, only bright fog. You can hear voices murmuring, indistinctly; they could be next to you or a thousand miles away.

  • having Recurring Dreams: Is Someone There? +
  • Nightmares +

A dream about an opaque mirror (11)

The mirror is clouded, like thick ice. Shapes move within it, but you don't know what they are. You try gesturing with your hands, in the hope that that's what your reflection is doing in there. If only you were in harmony with it again.

  • 1 Fate
  • having Recurring Dreams: Is Someone There? +
  • Nightmares +

A dream about a dark tunnel (12)

A savage, invisible force drags you along through a tunnel of night shadows. Windows into rooms open briefly. You catch glimpses of lights, furniture, people. Occasionally there's a circle of sky: sun, stars moon.

Somehow, you understand that it's your reflection is pulling you. Sometimes, it waits a while at one of these portholes into other places, and you can look out for a spell.

You know you ought to be vexed at this turn of events, but you're too insubstantial to care.

  • having Recurring Dreams: Is Someone There? +
  • Nightmares +
  • Persuasive +
  • You've gained 1 x Memory of Light

White-bordered cards

These cards give you a choice when you play them, and you may opt out at no penalty. Once again, the number in brackets is the level in dream required to unlock the opportunity.

A dream about the end of a corridor (2)

You are walking slowly along a corridor lined with brass mirrors. The endless sombre array of your reflections is very soothing. You are quite comfortable here. Then you reach a door.

  • having Recurring Dreams: Is Someone There? +
  • Nightmares +

Stay in the corridor

Why would you leave? You are enjoying a peaceful stroll.

There is no end in sight.

You pass the door and continue walking. No more doors appear. The corridor stretches on ahead of you, unchanging.

  • having Recurring Dreams: Is Someone There? +
  • Nightmares +

Go through the door

Because it's there. That must be for a reason.

The door opens silently by itself.

It leads into an unremarkable room. You catch a glimpse of your reflection in the mirrors. It is crossing the threshold, so you know it's safe to enter.

  • having Recurring Dreams: Is Someone There? +
  • Nightmares +
  • Watchful +

A dream about the surface of a mirror (5)

You touch the surface of a mirror. Gentle ripples spread, as if a small stone had dropped into a pond. The surface feels pleasantly cool to your finger, in this atmosphere.

Take your hand away (5)

You find this an unpleasant sensation. So you stop.

Now what?

The mirror calms, like a pool clearing after the last raindrop has fallen. You do not want to touch it again, but there is nothing else to do, here. You and your reflection look at each other.

  • Having Recurring Dreams: Is Someone There? +
  • Nightmares +

Push a little harder (5)

You want to see what happens if you do.

It is unyielding

Your finger cannot push through the surface. The ripples continue to spread, concentric circles breaking upon the mirror's blackened frame. The effect is pleasing, because it hides your reflection's eyes.

  • Having Recurring Dreams: Is Someone There? +
  • Nightmares +

A dream about standing between bright mirrors (6)

You are standing between two mirrors. The mirror in front of you is empty. Gradually, your reflection swims into focus. There is something abominable about its smile. You can feel it in your spine and in the tips of your fingers.

Copy what your reflection is doing (6)

This seems to be what's expected of you.

You smile back at the mirror

But you know, for certain, that your smile is only a poor attempt to imitate your reflection's terrifying grin.

  • having Recurring Dreams: Is Someone There? +
  • Nightmares +

Ignore it as best you can (7)

What is the point of trying to copy it? It does not seem to need you.

You were right.

Your reflection does not seem to need to you return its smile. And its smile is so very unpleasant. It hints at sharp incisors and a reptilian tongue.

  • having Recurring Dreams: Is Someone There? +
  • Nightmares +

A dream about a different place (8)

You are standing in murky shadows looking down at a silted pond. Your reflection in the muddy surface is somehow bright and vivid; it has an aura. Memories stir in you.

Look below the surface (8, a Finder of Heiresses 1)

Do you remember something to do with clay?

Mud and clay

Your reflection's eyes hold all the memories of what you did in the affair of the Comtessa and her clay lover. It wants you to know it knows.

  • having Recurring Dreams: Is Someone There? +
  • Nightmares +
  • Melancholy +

A dream about being followed (9)

You are walking along a mirrored hall. You are walking quite quickly, now.

Keep walking (9)

Keep hurrying.

A maddening feeling

Out of the corner of your eye, you can just catch glimpses of your reflection. It is doubled and doubled and doubled again in the prisms of the chandeliers above you. The effect is as if someone were following you, from all sides, but you are alone.

  • having Recurring Dreams: Is Someone There? +
  • Nightmares +

No other options were available, but that doesn't mean they're not there - hidden. I've noticed that in other dreams, "secret" options I KNOW are there aren't visible if you don't have them unlocked.

A dream about a knowing mirror (10)

You are standing in front of a brass mirror. You lean your forehead on the surface, touching your reflection. Try to imagine what it's thinking.

What if it's feeling cruel? (10, Heartless 1)

You yourself have been rather heartless, lately.

You would like to hurt someone now.

A rush of malicious feelings engulfs you. You need to take them out on someone as soon as you can.

  • having Recurring Dreams: Is Someone There? +
  • Heartless +
  • Nightmares +

What if it's feeling kind? (10, Magnanimous 1)

You are prone to acts of generosity yourself, after all.

Overflowing with the milk of human kindness!

Benevolence radiates from your reflection like sunlight. You are filled with a joyful desire to help those less fortunate than yourself.

  • having Recurring Dreams: Is Someone There? +
  • Magnanimous +

What if it's heartbroken? (10, Melancholy 1)

You have been feeling melancholy lately.

This is the saddest experience of your life.

The feelings flood into you, as soon as you begin to consider them. You could drown in the misery of it.

  • having Recurring Dreams: Is Someone There? +
  • Melancholy +
  • Nightmares +

What if it's feeling hungry? (10, Unaccountably Peckish 1)

After all, you have found it increasingly difficult to think of anything other than food recently.

You could eat a horse.

And a sheep, and a sack of rats, and a small child, and a flock of bats, and a whole swampful of fungus.

  • having Recurring Dreams: Is Someone There? +
  • Unaccountably Peckish +
  • Nightmares +
  • Watchful +

A dream about a return to the mirrored hall (11, Watchful 10)

You are back in the mirrored hall. You are alone, this time. There is nothing in the mirror in front of you.

Be patient. (11, Watchful 10)

It's all you can do.

Time passes.

You have to wait a very long time before your reflection enters the room. You remain still while you wait. It occurs to you that once your reflection had to wait for you.

  • Nightmares +
  • Watchful +
  • having Recurring Dreams: Is Someone There? +

A dream about standing between avid mirrors (12, Dangerous 15)

You are standing between two mirrors. This time, though, there are no curving ranks of reflections stretching before and behind you. A third, and quite impossible, direction has somehow come into play.

Stay where you are (12, Watchful 15)

You know that what is happening between the mirrors is wrong - but what if it's worse outside? Exercise patience.

The air grows cold.

But you reach out to the empty mirror in front of you, and feel a glowing warmth. Your reflection will be here eventually. It is reliable, in its own way.

  • Nightmares +
  • Watchful +
  • having Recurring Dreams: Is Someone There? +

Take the third way (13, Dangerous 15)

Be courageous. Step into the unknown.

A difficult dance-step

Somehow - how exactly? - you turn to the third direction, and step out. You find yourself standing in a room appointed in teak and red lacquer, looking into another quite identical room. Your reflection steps into the frame, smirks at you, and leaves.

  • Nightmares +
  • Dangerous +
  • having Recurring Dreams: Is Someone There? +