Instead of taking the teens to Greece after London, Chris brings the nine remaining contestants of TDWT to an abandoned asylum on a island near Nova Scotia. But as they do another challenge, they and their host start to discover a darker and deadly side to the seemingly abandoned asylum. Rated M later for gruesome character deaths.
The story is on hold.
This story has examples of:
- Abandoned Hospital: The Cromwell Heights Hospital.
- Alternate Universe Fic: As the summary says, this story branches off from the official continuity of Total Drama World Tour after the episode I See London Everything that happened in that episode and before in the season still occurred, but there are subtle differences between this story and the official canon in certain areas moving beyond it. Courtney isnt instantly suspicious of Gwen attempting to take Duncan from her. Gwen attempts to (weakly) defend her actions in her confessional where she expresses guilt over betraying Courtneys trust. And the Goth attempts to end the budding relationship with Duncan until the season is over and he officially breaks up with Courtney.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Cody feels he owes Heather because she helped him escape Sierra, being the only character to do so the entire season.
- Cosmic Horror Story: Chapter four has several sequences that hint at the return of something more powerful and terrifying than humans can logically comprehend. Its not just the dead coming back to life or the animals fleeing, its some unknown Thing breaking its way into a reality it is foreign too, and appears to have absolute power. The closest thing to a interaction between a force like this and a human, between #409 and Gwen, shows just how hopelessly helpless humanity is to these forces. Many of the descriptions and themes feel akin to those of cosmic horror pioneer H.P. Lovecraft. Not shocking, when you consider that the author acknowledges Lovecraft as a major influence, to the point where he said in the opening notes, no Lovecraft, no this story. That's how much influence his works have on this story.
- Darker and Edgier: Even before the story starts having bodies hit the floor, this story is noticeably darker than Total Drama, though not in the usual way this is achieved. The characters are more or less in character, though maybe slightly edgier than normal, but not much. Its more the context they are in which changes the storys overall tone. The second chapter contains many references to the gruesome, but real, horrors endured by mental patents in asylums in the 1940s. At least until charters 3 and 4 by then, this story enters the full dark edge of despair!
- Dark Fic: If you have any doubts about that, just wait until you reach chapter 3. Thats where the story starts to reveal its true colors, and they are horrifying!
- Eldritch Abomination: The hints of the darkness that have been given titles (the Voice, Something beyond humanity, #409) show a complete disregard for humanity, even if their actions and presence harm them. The Voice either creates or allows vividly real visions of truly horrifying images of teenagers gruesome deaths, complete with feeling the pain of a violent death. Even when saving her life, #409 does so by forcing Gwen to endure a painful ordeal while not showing even a minuscule amount of guilt. They dont seem to hate humanity, but they dont care about it either. Thats in some ways more horrifying, seeing how they alter reality.
- Enemy Mine: Discussed Heather reveals to Cody she plans to eliminate Courtney first despite her greater conflict with Gwen. She justifies this by pointing out that she was able to work with Gwen in the past while she think that would be unlikely to work with Courtney.
- Enemy to All Living Things: As the dark power in the abandoned asylum gains power, the various animals inhibiting the asylum flee, sensing the horror to come shortly. The depths of how dark and fundamentally wrong this unknown power is are revealed by the fact that the hundreds of rats living on the island would rather jump into the violent ocean and die drowning than continue to remain living among it.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Alejandro, Duncan, and Heather, all villains who display varying degrees of ruthless ambition, were all shocked to hear the history of the Cornwall Heights Hospital.
- Everyone Has Standards: Gwen, despite being a horror-loving Goth, was just as horrified as everyone else when she heard about Cornwall Heights Hospital. She even compares the idea of having a challenge there akin to having one at Auschwitz.
- Expy: The character of #409 appears to have been inspired by the G-Man from the Half-Life series. Though his look differs from the sinister interdimensional bureaucrat, his overall demeanor and manner of speaking is quite similar. To the point where much of his word choice comes from dialogue lifted from the games.
- Foreshadowing: Chapter 3 is this in both a general and specific way. Generally, it sets the stage of the tone of the story moving forward. Specifically, the end of chapter 3 shows the end of chapter 4, giving one of the last bizarre images so much horrifying meaning when you reach it the second time around. This suggests that other things seen, or rather hinted at, in chapter 3 might end up becoming true later in the story. Lets hope for the characters sakes this isnt the case. Also, to a lessor extant, chapters 1 and 2 do this as well.
- Friendship Moment: Cody and Gwen in chapter 2. This moment is particularly noteworthy for being one of the few low-key and tender moments before the blood-soaked insanity thats only a few chapters away.
- The Glomp: Cody hugs Heather rather tightly after she saves him from Sierra.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Heather has a point about Cody needing her alliance because he could not have gotten as far as he did this season without Sierra. And he knows that.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Gwen when she realizes how badly she messed up by kissing Duncan, just like in canon.
- Shown Their Work: Chris McLean reveals the various cruel, inhumane treatments done to the mentally ill at the Cromwell Heights Hospital during his typical introduction spiel about the new challenges location to the teenage contestants. While horrifying in their right, what makes this info truly unsettling is how most of it was standard practice in asylum of the 1940s. The breathe of detail speaks to the author researching asylums of the time. Particular acknowledgement must be given to the coverage of The New Jersey State Lunatic Asylum (now Trenton Psychiatric Hospital) under the rule of Dr. Henry Cotton during the 1910s and 1920s.
- Wham Episode: This story as TWO possible examples of this, which are back-to-back. Chapter 3 sets the tone that will play out from that point onward, but chapter 4 actually makes that foreshadowing a reality.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Cody tells this to Gwen on why he still wants to be friends with her despite the Goth, in her own words, waved him away at every turn.