Pre-Statement Events Edit
Jonathan Sims is given the Skin book by Julia Montauk and Trevor Herbert in which he is instructed to read the last page. The pair leaves the room and Jon starts to read the last entry, an account of the death of Gerard Keay.
Once finished Gerard appears, summoned by Jon. At first, Gerard is uninterested in talking to Jon. He has been used repeatedly by Julia and Trevor as a 'bloody monster manual'. Jon introduces himself and Gerard asks when Gertrude died. He was pleased for Gertrude, that her ending hadn't been peaceful as she supposedly wouldn't have wanted to go quietly. Jon then asks Gerard to help him stop The Unknowing but Gerard initially refuses. He has become increasingly frustrated and depressed with his new existence as a book, as undeath is existentially painful, and has no interest in helping Jon.
Jon asks him what it is he wants. Gerard bargains with Jon, saying that if he takes his page from the book and destroys it, thus permanently ending his 'life', then he will give Jon everything he knows about what Gertrude had been planning and about The Unknowing. Jon agrees and tears out the page.
Gerard begins to recount everything he knows about The Unknowing. Apparently, whilst the ritual could be delayed, there was no way to completely stop it as everything could be replaced. But he and Gertrude believed that, once the ritual started, it might be vulnerable — it could be disrupted and thus stopped. Whilst Gerard didn't know what it could be vulnerable to, he was able to tell Jon about a storage unit where Gertrude had hidden something that she thought could do it.
The pair discusses Gertrude and the abilities both she and Jon display from being Archivists, though Gerard notes Gertrude seemed reluctant to use hers. She would also occasionally read statements aloud when she was "getting shaky", though she didn't record them.
The conversation moves onto Gerard's mother, Mary Keay, and Gerard talks about how she was driven, wanting to start a mystic dynasty, a family to worship the occult. He mentions how the Lukas Family is an example of one such dynasty, a family which worships The Lonely, but not the Fairchilds who just share a pseudonym but aren't blood related.
As the conversation focuses more on Gerard and his relationship with his mother, Jon asks if he would be willing to give a statement.
Mary Keay believed she'd been cheated out of some grand mystical legacy from her Von Closen relatives, and she aspired to use the power of the Entities without being consumed by any of them. She greatly admired Jurgen Leitner, and put a lot of effort into tracking down books from his collection.
Gerard's father had worked as an archivist at the Magnus Institute, but Mary killed him in his sleep shortly after Gerard was born and presumably bookbound him, although when Gerard eventually checked the book his page was not in it. All through his childhood, Gerard was tutored in occult secrets that even adults would have struggled with, and they traveled extensively, meeting "things" that terrified Gerard but greeted Mary with affection.
As a youth, Gerard tried to run away, but he found mundane life terribly ignorant. Instead he resigned himself to being part of his mother's obsession. However, as he got older, he came to realize how misguided her attempts to control the Entities were, and their relationship deteriorated badly. He could not, however, bring himself to cut her off entirely.
Gerard came up to the bookshop one day to find Mary had partially skinned herself as part of a ritual to take full control of the skin book. She begged him to finish it, as she was about to faint from blood loss, but Gerard panicked and ran out of the shop. Due to the blood on his clothes and the extent of Mary's wounds, Gerard was charged with Mary's murder. However, even the incomplete ritual allowed Mary to manifest herself physically again, and she somehow tampered with the evidence before Gerard could be brought to trial, and there was not enough evidence for a second trial as several eyewitnesses had withdrawn their testimony.
For the next five years, Gerard was haunted by his mother, whom he describes as "damaged" by the botched ritual, powerful but erratic. She sometimes faded out of existence, during which time he occupied himself destroying Leitners and trying to evade her power. Eventually, Gertrude Robinson offered to destroy the book and thus set Gerard free. He didn't realize that she'd learned how to make pages out of people before she did so.
Statement Ends Edit
Gerard explains that Gertrude was trying to stop not just the Unknowing, but all the various rituals that would allow one of the Entities to manifest in the world. He and Jon discuss the Entities, including Robert Smirke's list of fourteen, and why anyone would help such beings transform the world. Gerard mentions tracking Jurgen Leitner and meeting "a pathetic old man" who couldn't possibly have been him, and Jon doesn't correct him.
In the end, Gerard asks Jon to call him "Gerry," and Jon dismisses him. He thanks Trevor and Julia for their help, telling them his next step is returning to London, and they thank him in return for "bringing them Max Musterman's head", which they think they'll have fun with.