Nothing is True. Everything is Connected.
Author: <span>Nicolaus Meridius</span>

Sylum Inspiration: Isaac Evans

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Isaac Evans was the youngest son of Arthur and Ruby Evans. He grew up in Miami, always dreaming to own and operate a hotel. Arthur worried about his youngest, as he seemed to fancy. After his mother died, Isaac’s older brother, Edward, left and joined the Army, much to their dad’s relief. Isaac stayed by his father side, while he fought and worked for his dream.

Ike worked his way up from hotel cabana boy to building and owning the Miramar Playa Hotel, the most glamorous spot in America’s favorite playground in the 1950’s. He was twice-married. His second wife was Vera Evans. He had two grown sons, Stevie Evans and Danny Evans, and a daughter, Lauren Evans, from his first marriage. His first wife Molly, died of cancer. It was her family land that he was able to build the Miramar Playa Hotel on, after signing away the any claim to inheritances for himself or his kids from Molly’s family.

Though he had the land to build the hotel, he had a lack of cash. Going against his own rules he made a deal with organized crime figure Ben Diamond, who demanded a massive monthly payment of $65,000 from the hotel. When the law began to breath down Ike’s neck about Ben Diamond, and bodies that were starting to pop up, Ike kept his cool and handle each problem with ease.

Even when he was arrested for murder, he refused to let everything get to him and worked his way out of the situation.

He kept the Hotel alive, his family safe despite the stupidity of both his sons, the youngest Danny turning against the family and working for the District Attorney. While his oldest lived life on the edge by having a fling with Diamond’s wife.

As the 1960’s closed he felt every inch of his age. Sending his wife to bed, and his daughter up to her room despite her being in her early twenties and attending University, he settled into his office chair. He grabbed a bottle of Scotch out of the drawer and two glasses, not surprised to see his brother. Edward Morgan Blake concerned for his brother’s health, told him a tale about Vampires. Isaac had chuckled then slowly frowned as he realized it wasn’t one of Blake’s jokes.

That night Isaac was Turned.

Solitaire Day!


Who plays?  Old school with a deck of cards?

Or on the computer?  Or do you have an app?

If an app which is the best one?

I actually have one on my phone Solitaire Grand Harvest – I enjoy it a lot!


Re: Hosting Server


So after some research and deliberation we have decided to go with a Paypal Fundraiser type event.

Basically two times a year we’ll hold a Hosting Server Fundraiser.   The money will go directly to Paypal and I can transfer that money from Paypal to the Hosting Server!

We’ll be conducting our first Fundraiser during the month of June – it will open June 1st and will last until June 30th.

I’ll put a reminder up before the 1st of June and a couple during the month.

Thank you for your continued support for Sylum.


Sylum Inspiration: Benjamin Gates

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Benjamin is the only son of Patrick Gates and Emily Appleton. He grew up on legends and tales from the his father, grandfather, great grandfather, about the Mystery of the Templar Treasure. His mother who couldn’t take any more of the ‘Treasure Hunting’ divorced Patrick and returned to England, leaving Ben to be raised by his father.

Patrick wanting his son to have a normal life, tried to curtail the Treasure Hunting but the Gates family trait was already entrenched.

Ben attends Georgetown University where he earns his degrees in History. It was at Georgetown he metRiley Poole, a student in Computer Science. Ben found him late one night in the computer labs, doing other students homework. To this day Ben states that he rescued Riley, Riley on the other hand states that he was kidnapped. The two became fast friends with Riley soon finding out about the famed Templar Treasure.

It’s Riley who puts together two of the clue Ben had already possessed. Leading them the discovery of name of the ship that had transported the Treasure to the United States, the Charlotte. It was Ben’s historical paper on the Charlotte that got Ian Howe interested in their Treasure Hunt.

Ian financed their Hunt, only to betray them in the end.

Ben and Riley with the help of Ben’s dad Patrick were able to follow the clues to the Trinity Church in New York, the location of the Templar Treasure. They were ambushed by Ian, where his true identity came out.

Patrick to save their lives, convinced Ian that the Treasure was at the Old North Church in Boston.

Ian Turned Benjamin and left him laying on the floor ‘dead’ locking him in with Patrick and Riley. Stating he would be back to see which one he killed in his hunger, and then he’ll see about finishing the job.

Sylum Charity: Gary Sinise Foundation


At the Gary Sinise Foundation, we serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.

We do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.

Freedom and security are precious gifts that we, as Americans, should never take for granted. We must do all we can to extend our hand in times of need to those who willingly sacrifice each day to provide that freedom and security. While we can never do enough to show gratitude to our nation’s defenders, we can always do a little more.

– Gary Sinise

For More Information: Gary Sinise Foundation

Sylum Inspiration: Clarissa Barton

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Clara was the youngest child of Stephen Barton, veteran of the Indian Wars in Ohio and Michigan and a selectman in Oxford, Massachusetts; and his wife, Sarah. Her siblings were Dorothy, Sally, Stephen and David.

Barton always had a passion for being a nurse. She took care of her dog when he hurt his leg. But the best example was her brother, David Barton. When Clara was 11, David was fixing the barn roof and fell off. The doctor said that he would die in time. But young Clara was determined to save him, and nursed him back to health.

Clara Barton became a school teacher in 1838 teaching in the area for a dozen years in schools at Oxford, N. Oxford, Charlton, and West Millbury. In 1850, Barton decided to further her education by pursuing writing and languages at the Clinton Liberal Institute in New York. Following these studies, Barton opened a free school in New Jersey. The attendance under her leadership grew to 603, but instead of hiring Barton to head the school, the board hired a man. Frustrated, in 1855 she moved to Washington D.C. and began work as a clerk in the US Patent Office; this was the first time a woman had received a substantial clerkship in the federal government and at a salary equal to a man’s salary. Subsequently, under political opposition to women working in government offices, her position was reduced to that of copyist, and in 1856, under the administration of James Buchanan, eliminated entirely. After the election of Abraham Lincoln, having lived with relatives and friends in Massachusetts for three years, she returned to work at the patent office in the autumn of 1861, now as temporary copyist, in the hope she could pioneer to make way for more women in government service. She was probably the first woman to hold a government job.

In 1864 she was appointed by Union General Benjamin Butler as the “lady in charge” of the hospitals at the front of the Army of the James. Among her more harrowing experiences was an incident in which a bullet tore through the sleeve of her dress without striking her and killed a man to whom she was tending. She is known as the “Angel of the Battlefield.”

After the war, she ran the Office of Missing Soldiers, at 437 Seventh Street, Northwest, Washington, D.C. in the Gallery Place neighborhood.

Barton then achieved widespread recognition by delivering lectures around the country about her war experiences. She met Susan B. Anthony and began a long association with the woman’s suffrage movement. She also became acquainted with Frederick Douglass and became an activist for black civil rights. In 1869, during her trip to Geneva, Switzerland, Barton was introduced to the Red Cross and Henry Dunant’s book A Memory of Solferino, which called for the formation of national societies to provide relief voluntarily on a neutral basis.

At the beginning of the Franco-Prussian War, in 1870, she assisted the grand duchess of Baden in the preparation of military hospitals, and gave the Red Cross society much aid during the war. At the joint request of the German authorities and the Strasbourg Comité de Secours, she superintended the supplying of work to the poor of Strasbourg in 1871, after the Siege of Paris, and in 1871 had charge of the public distribution of supplies to the destitute people of Paris. At the close of the war she was decorated with the golden cross of Baden and the iron cross of Germany.

When she returned back to the US, she sought out her friend that she had met during the aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg Rupert Giles and asked to be Turned. So she could continue her work in medicine and the Red Cross.

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