While playing through Batman: Arkham Asylum, I realized that there are a lot of random characters that have little to do with the storyline aside from being passive observers whirled about in Joker’s chaotic maelstrom. In an effort to lend some voice to these ancillary characters, I will be writing small letters, journal entries, etc. from the perspective of various guards and inmates of Arkham Asylum. I will try to keep these as spoiler free as possible, and so far I think I’ve accomplished that. So, without further ado, the first installment of Letters from Arkham.
Henry Smith – Some crazy bitch dressed like one of them Frenchy circus types nearly dropped a damn service elevator on my head. Wouldn’t have gotten out of the way in time if the Batman hadn’t pulled me aside. I guess it IS good that Batman spook was around when Joker sprung his buddies. Guy still freaks my stuff out, though…
Louie Green – Hell of a day to be on guard duty. I come in to work and they send me outside to guard the mansion. They keep playin’ this damn tune on the radio all day, it’s really buggin’ me. Found out some asshole guard helped spring the Joker. Jerk got what was coming to him, sounds like. Batman tells me Joker’s running the show around here now, turns out he’s the one that ordered me outside.
Dr. Penny Young – 5 of the Joker’s goons decided to corner me in the X-Ray room. They thought that I would make a good candidate to help them out with whatever this whole operation of theirs is on Arkham Island. Before I even had the chance to answer their persuasions, two of the damn walls get blown in, knocking out my would-be captors. Who swoops in to save me but the Batman. I always thought that guy was just a myth to spook children into being good. Seems the big black bat is trapped on this island with the rest of us, I guess there is a bright side to all of this.
That is all for the first installment of Letters from Arkham. If any of you readers are so literarily inclined and also happen to be playing through Arkham Asylum, feel free to send in your own letters to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’d be happy to include them in the next digest.