Derceto Night
Location Louisiana

Derceto Manor is the location of the first Alone in the Dark game.


Derceto Manor was built around 1818 by a man named Elijah Pickford, who was known as "an adventurer of the worst kind, nouveau riche and bloated with a grotesque sense of self-importance". The house was built in secrecy, as Pickford was constructing beneath the house an intricate system of tunnels.

Pickford was in reality the pirate Ezechiel Pregzt, who had been captain of the ship "Astarte" nearly one century before. Pregzt retired from his life of crime with a massive treasure of riches 'greater than purest gold'. Also acquainted with the occult, Pregzt used the power of the Necronomicon to achieve immortality.

In 1862, Derceto Manor burned to the ground when Union troops travelled there to restock. Pregzt, as a southerner, accepted them into his home but tricked them into a false sense of security. In the night, he attempted to poison the Commanding Officer and ambushed the troops with his otherworldly powers. J.W. Norton, the captain, overcame Pregzt and shot him. The union troops rallied and lit the mansion. They escaped as Pregzt burned to death. Norton's account makes note of the slaves of the estate leaping into the fire to rescue their master. Whether they did so of their own free will or under the influence of Pregzt's magic are unknown. At this point, Pregzt's soul transferred into the tree and he became immobilized; a fact he detested.

The land was abandoned when rumors that the area was haunted with dark powers and spirits spread. In 1875, Howard Hartwood bought the remains of Derceto and rebuilt the Manor according to its original plans. His intention was to find the treasure Pregzt collected in his pirate days, believing it was hidden in the huge cave connected to Pickford's tunnels. It is implied from H. Hartwood's notes that he knew that Pickford was Pregzt's alias.

With the mansion restored, Pregzt retook power and haunted the house, trapping people within, in hopes of being able to possess a body. Jeremy Hartwood, Howard's son and Emily's uncle, took his own life to avoid such a horrible fate. Afterwards, Pregzt set about trying to entrap and possess either of the protagonists of the first game. When Pregzt was finally destroyed in 1923, the house ceased to be haunted.


Basement Edit

1st Floor Edit

2nd Floor Edit

3rd Floor Edit

Attic Edit

List of known InhabitantsEdit

  • Ezechiel Pregzt (aka Eliah Pickford)
  • Howard Hartwood
  • Jeremy Hartwood
  • Waites


  • Derceto, in mythology, was a Syrian fertility goddess who took the form of a mermaid. Another name for Derceto was Astarte, which was the name of Ezechiel Pregzt's ship.
    • The mythological Derceto is pronounced with a hard "c" sound; despite this the voice actors and actresses in-game pronounce it with a soft one.
  • The Loft, all 3 floors and Pregzt's Lair, along with player tasks he had to fulfill to progress, game logic, and quest items, were all laid out during a single 3-day meeting[1][2].



  1. GDC 2012: Inside the making of Alone in the Dark
  2. Classic Game Postmortem: Alone in the Dark
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