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The Curse: The Dark Tale Of The Towers
Narrator: Tom Baker (In a deep well spoken voice, however still has a harsh tone)
(Ambient Sound Effect and Music Piece)
Many people believe that legend of Hex ™ and the chained oak is the only chronicle, which plays a part in the history of Alton Towers. This dark, un-explained story, shrouded in mystery is only a chapter in the shadowy folklore, which surrounds the local estate of Alton Towers. There is the myth, and then there is the legend. Hex is a mere fairy tale compared to that of Alton’s own headless horseman.
(Storm Sound Effect)
Twas on a cold autumn night in 1821 when the thunder of hooves signalled the return of the wealthy 15th Earl of Shrewsbury to his home, Alton Towers. As the journey neared its end a mysterious figure suddenly appeared in the middle of the path. The earl impatiently demanded of the driver why his carriage had stopped. With palm outstretched an old woman, barely able to straighten her fingers, pleaded with earl for the charity of a coin
(High pitched, raspy voice of and old woman)
‘Spare a farthing for an old beggar?’
Narrator: The earl coldly and cruelly dismissed her and instructed his driver to head back the towers. Scorned and hurt the old woman screamed a curse,
(Old woman and cackle sound effect)
‘For every branch of the old oak tree that falls, a member of your family will fall with it.’
Narrator: Later that very same night a ferocious storm raged and with one mighty bolt of lightning,(Thunder/Storm Sound Effect) it severed a single branch from the old oak tree. True to the old woman’s prophesy the Earl’s favourite aunt abruptly fell ill. In tears at the foot of her bed the Earl watched his favourite aunt decline into demise. She then suddenly and mysteriously died. (Organ Sound Effect)
Shaken by this tragedy the arrogant earl ordered his servants that every remaining branch on the old oak tree would be chained up (Hammering Sound Effect) in an attempt to prevent further mis fortune. But the story did not end there. Legend states that the earl became so obsessed with the fallen branch that he dragged it from the woods to a secret vault. There he became locked in a battle with science versus the supernatural, conducting bizarre experiments in an attempt to banish the evil power of the curse, forever.
For nearly two hundred years the entrance or even existence of the Earl’s vault has remained a complete mystery until last year when restoration work revealed a mysterious passageway hidden behind an ancient bookcase. By now workmen often felt cold draughts, moisture and condensation on their hands. Equipment began to malfunction; something strange was taking place in this part of the towers. It was this passageway that unearthed the secret, stranger than anyone could have imagined, it was a vault sealed for two centuries and within the legendary fallen branch itself, twisted and had rotted black with age.
(You now pass a large black branch in the outer part of the queue line. This has chains spread over it. The speakers are hidden in rocks among the foliage, causing the voice to appear to be inside the header of the rider. The queue line then enters the to ancient castle, past an old bookcase and into a themed vault )
It was inside this sealed vault that the second part to this ancient legend was revealed. It is a well-known fact that the earl was a very religious man, which explains why he took the curse so seriously. The tree is proof that something went drastically wrong in the village of Alton. There are powers related to the tree beyond the imagination of any man alive. When the vault with the branch was opened the meddling with electrical equipment and workmen complained of suffering from dizzy spells. Recently during restoration work during recent restoration work at the towers a building team were required to remove a set of slabs from The Drawing room in the towers. Underneath some of these slabs were what appeared to them as broken round biscuit tins which were placed to one side. Perhaps with the intention of opening them during their lunch break.
The team of archaeologists on site recognised the tins and took them away to a laboratory to be opened. Inside it was discovered that they contained un-developed Victorian film, which they treated and developed. It showed the oak tree becoming wrapped in chains.
Once venturing down this tunnel the vault was made apparent. It contained the fallen branch, which had caused so much pain to the family of the earl and the people of Alton. (Bubbles Sound Effect) Large experiments were set up in the vault, Along with many strange and unknown mixtures of chemicals. A book lay on the large, pine, medical bench. It was entitled ‘The Autumn Equinox and Enchantment of Others.’
Mystic and supernatural papers lay over the bench. Designs for experiments were pinned to the walls. Along with all these items was found a large journal written by the earl. Inside we see that this curse plagued the earl for much longer than he expected.
The Earl –(Has a well spoken, arrogant voice)
‘I now fear for the life of my family. Those close to me are at risk, including my wife and children. This hex has beleaguered the village of Alton and its entire people. I have done all I can to banish this curse. I dread that I will lose another beloved member of my family, and that I must battle with this gypsy woman to abolish this enchantment. My chains cannot last forever, and when they break they shall take a part of me with them.’
Narrator – Tom Baker
These suspicions of the earl were not to be dismissed as pure fantasy. Several months after the first victim to the Hex another was to soon emerge from the eerie mist. It was a crisp winter night when a storm began to frenzy again. The clouds merged in the sky. The wind began to whip and claw at the surrounding countryside. The old beggar woman appeared to be manipulating the skies. Thunder roared throughout the land causing the earth to tremor in its wake. Strings of lightning shattered the black canvas of the night. Then with one strike another branch fell from the old oak tree. It plummeted towards the ground accompanied by heavy, severed chains, resting beneath the tree on which it once stood, still in flames, smouldering, soon to be extinguished by the storm.
The next day on one of many regular passes of he tree the earl discovered this fallen branch. This sight caused his heart to shatter. He broke down, screaming at his driver to go at haste to the towers. As soon as he arrived back he ordered his young wife to leave the estate by horse. Fearing for her life she left without question. Immediately the earl entered his hidden vault, feverishly, madly and frantically conducting more strange and mysterious experiments casting his own spells onto the branch and shouting extracts from the bible. He called the curse,
The Earl: (Also blood whispers sound effect)
‘The eternal damnation of all that is wrong. This is the work of Satan himself.’
Nothing would appear to remove the power of this great oak and as the earl became petrified by what may happen to his wife. The attractive, valiant, countess filled with fear found her strong white horse in the Towers’ stables. Weeping, whispering prayers for her two young children, she galloped through the forests surrounding the estate. This tough and capable rider punctured the earth with the hooves of her white horse.
She ducked and weaved throughout the vegetation, under and around the branches. Her heart raced, as she feared for her life. It felt like it was attempting to escape from her chest. The horse travelled faster and faster even though the forest became denser and denser. The courageous, young woman placed her trust in the faithful horse.
Her heartbeat got faster. The chanting of the lords prayer became louder and louder, her breathing booming throughout her body. Then out of no where a branch creaked towards her, pushed by the wind and with one clean swipe her head was completely separated from her body. Another person had been lost to the curse. Her head rolled along the forest floor among the crisp, winter leaves. Her eyes still showing her fear and agony glared up into the sky. The horse continued to run, with her body. Her white hands still clutching the black leather reins. Failing to ever be discovered again. Back at the castle the earl thought he had beaten the curse after chanting the lords prayer above it and commanding his priest to perform ancient rituals and even an exorcism. Unknowing what had happened to his wife.
The wife was missing for several days whilst an army of servants were sent to look for the Countess. Upon scouring the village of Alton the head, without the body was discovered and brought back to the earl. Immersed in grief and fear, in a final attempt appease the curse the earl buried the head of his wife at the foot of the tree, where the first cursed branch once fell. To this very day the horse can be heard travelling throughout the streets of Alton. Its hooves are heard echoing though the valleys but no horse appears to be there. However late at night the white horse of the countess can be seen bearing the decapitated body of the earls wife still searching for her lost head along the path in front of the old oak tree.
The tree can still be visited to this day but make sure you do not travel there alone and if you hear the sound of hooves behind you make sure you run for your life (Scream Sound Effect) The headless woman may finish her quest for her lost head by taking yours!
Upon hearing of his wife’s death the earl mourned for months until he decided to cover the final trail of his lost wife with wood as to disguise it amongst the trees and hoped that know one would reawaken the Hex ™. Now you have learnt of the horrific death of the earl’s wife. You can now follow this path deep in the heart of Abbey Forest. But beware many overgrown branches cover your path. You should survive. As long as you manage to keep your head…(Sound effect of a old woman cackling laughter. Then a loud thunder strike)
What do you think? Now thats what i call a back story! :D The ride would be and very old and weathered buidling, There would be thunderous sound effects, broken lights etc. As well as some water effects! And a animatronic horse, lots of head choppers and dense trees.
Please tell me what you think!?
Over and out, Titler