Several things strike me as important facts about the nights preceding the breakout. The first occurred as soon as Sougad, the last of the six to be committed, appeared at the Asylum. Curiously, most of the patients did not realize for many months, who their newest inmate was. In fact, the Bleak Cabal tried to keep it a secret that he was even at the Asylum, allowing most of the populace (and most Bleakers) to believe that Sougad had been taken to the Prison. Truth be told, most people would not even recognize Sougad if they saw him. But, I am fairly certain that Eliath, the doddering old man, knew who he was. From the moment Sougad was brought into the Asylum, Eliath grew extremely paranoid and violent, something completely out of character for him. He made a desperate uncalculated escape attempt, which failed and landed him in the "dangerous and criminally insane" wing of the building. Ironically, he was placed directly across from Sougad's cell. This only increased his already intense hysteria. "He [Eliath] screamed, pleaded, or cried constantly...we were forced to move him away," was all that "His Bleakness" Factol Lhar could muster for comment. He was moved, interestingly enough, next to Trolan and the Oldest Barmy, where he calmed down considerably. A few weeks later, the escape occurred.
The Oldest Barmy is of course known as the longest committed resident of the Gatehouse Asylum. Like many Bleaker favorites, the Oldest Barmy was able to collect many personal effects that he stored within his chamber allowing him to live in "relative" style. Among some of his personal effects were crumpled sketches of strange machines that Eliath had drawn and later discarded, arcane seeming, unrecognizable symbols, very accurate, ancient blueprints of the Gatehouse, and a large wooden chest filled with worthless, but treasured knickknacks. The amazing fact was that the large, oak chest concealed a well designed system of tunnels, that estimating from the tools he had available, would have taken hundreds of years to complete. Interestingly enough, the tunnels stretched not just to the catacombs under the Asylum (and thus provide and escape route), but all over the complex. Even stranger is the fact that the expert I had brought in to examine the tunnel assured me several times over that the escape route tunnel was "at the very least completed 10 years ago."
thing that all of the Bleaker patients and staff completely agreed upon
was that none of the escapees seemed to have any kind of relationship
with each other, whatsoever. That fact, of course, complicates
matters considerably. There were two people, however, that did
have "strange" relations with inmates (and thus are primary
suspects of a conspiracy).