|You Poor Unfortunate Soul, this "Atticus Thorn,"|
has been found to need Ursula’s Touch.
IT MUST BE REWRITTEN OR ADDED, TOO!!
So says Ursula:
the true queen of Atlantica.
|Who is the Fairest One of All? Certainly not Atticus Thorn!, this "Atticus Thorn,"|
needs more pictures.
So says the Sprite of the Magic Mirror:
the smartest one of all.
Atticus Thorn is the main villain of The Haunted Mansion video game. Don't let his appearance fool you. He's much older than he looks. And powerful than he looks, too. Thorn is the leader of an evil cult called the Order of Shadows, an evil cult dedicated to taking over the world using a sacred artifact that resembles a lantern called the Beacon of Souls. Should this happen, they will allow the gates of Hell to open and rule the dead, the living and Heaven. However, the Brotherhood of Souls, the Order's enemy, was cunning. They hid and moved the Beacon in so many locations, the Order couldn't find it. Not even Thorn, despite his powers, could not locate it. Finally, after centuries of locating, all the other members of the Order died, except for Thorn. After years of impatience, he decided that if he couldn't find the Beacon, he will have someone else deliver it to him. Whether they were willing or not. During this time, the Order found the Beacon's location and even came across a medium named Madame Leota located in a haunted mansion in New Orleans. A mansion filled with nine hundred and ninety-nine ghosts and friendly spirits. The Order attempted to use Leota for their own evil deeds, but the Brotherhood of Souls, who were using the mansion as their headquarters at the time, rescued her. However, Thorn had other plans. After killing the Brotherhood members, he snuffed out Leota's life and imprisoned her spirit in her own crystal ball, rendering her as nothing more than a head in a glass ball. She was still magical, but not strong enough to stop Thorn from corrupting the ghostly residents of the mansion, turning them into various evil spirits and minions. However, the remaining Brotherhood members foresaw this happening and, with the help of the Beacon's power, formed a barrier around the mansion to keep Thorn's evil from spreading. It wouldn't last for long, though, so in one last attempt to stop Thorn from gaining power, hid they hid the Beacon in the mansion and separated its source of power, the six Soul Gems. Five ghosts kept the gems, while the sixth was placed in the Beacon, allowing it to function, but it was still weak. Thorn was still in the mansion, though, and the souls needed help. Madame Leota manipulated a newspaper printer to place an ad for an assistant caretaker job, something that one Zeke Holloway was seeking for. In October 1879, Zeke was brought to the mansion (and after an unwanted scare by some of the friendly ghosts), was introduced to Madame Leota and she explained the trouble Thorn was causing. With Leota at his side (quite literally since she was stuffed into his satchel), Zeke went about the mansion to defeat and collect the corrupted spirits with the Beacon, which will restore them to their former selves. Thorn, however, did everything in his power to stop their progress by placing barriers throughout the mansion and twisting the rooms into complicated puzzles. But with the right amount of souls and bravery, Zeke broke the barriers as he continued on. Thorn himself often got in the way, forcing Zeke to fight him. He had an arsenal of carnivorous grubs and fire balls to attack the poor man, but was defeated at every turn. Thorn was losing his patience as time went on, until he realized that Zeke was the one who will deliver the Beacon to him. So, he waited in a secret room until Zeke had all 999 souls and confronted him. There, Thorn stole the Beacon and robbed it of its Soul Gems, and its crystal bulb containing the souls and announced how he would use their energy to bring Hell on earth and Heaven. "From the mightiest king," he recited. "to the tiniest spell, all will become nothing but ashes, dust and food for worms! Ah, yes! In the end, the worm conquers all." As he said these words, he changed into a giant worm-like monster, promising to be the one to eat the world first. Zeke tried to fight back, but Thorn explained that without it's crystal bulb, the Beacon was powerless, so Zeke turned to the only other crystal bulb he had: Madame Leota herself. She was not happy at the prospect of being used as a weapon, but upon seeing that she had no other choice, used her energy to fight Thorn. But Thorn wasn't done yet. Thorn pulled Zeke through the floors all the way to Hell. There, the two continued to fight, and in the in Thorn was defeated and was dragged down to the deeper pits of Hell. Zeke climbed out of the pit and fell on his back, exhausted. When he got back up, Zeke was greeted by the cheering of the ghosts of the mansion who thought he was dead when he collapsed. Thorn's magic was lifted from the mansion, the barrier the Brotherhood of Souls put up was gone, and the souls corrupted by his magic were free too. As for Zeke, his answer for being assistant caretaker of the mansion was fulfilled. He even wrote a book about his experience in his elder years.