Severe depression is a good example as to the apparent operant dualism of the labyrinth. Whereas the old world was either monastic, or at least so close to it as to be indiscernible from the alternative, the labyrinth has many features which point towards dualism.
Severe depression can place a person into a catatonic state, their body no longer responding to stimulus. This state is unique in that the person may continue to live for many months. Credible reports from Ares and Past state that the stilled person can live for over a year without food or water. This seems counterintuitive because other feats of long term survival without sustenance have been accomplished only by people who were extremely motivated. In fact, lower motivation consistently increases the need for caloric intake up until the first symptoms of the stilling.
Rumors of the cause of catatonia, and of where catatonic subjects’ souls are reside, are as numerous as turns in the labyrinth. However, one of the most incredible claims is supported by evidence. It has been believed by many peoples in many places that the souls of catatonic bodies actually reside on the second level of Hell.
Past confirms for us that an Infidel friend did recover from catatonia in the 14th century. His reports of his experience were initially believed to be dreams, but the Infidel himself confirms that the man’s report was consistent with the 2nd level of Hell as we know it.
Furthermore, Ares claims that catatonic persons can be used as a sort of ladder by the souls below. He reports slaying an enemy that returned to fight him by possessing a catatonic body. In his account the recovered catatonic individual slowly began to take on the physical characteristics of the possessing soul.
In almost every case, individuals struck by catatonia will die.