A graduate student in the university's history department, Marketta was last seen entering Jermyn Hall's expansive basement by permission of Monster Studies Professor Dr. Anton Jessup. Based on her own notes, Vorel apparently sought a nearly forgotten antique in the university's permanent collection: the 300-year-old Bartholomew Glass.
While the origins of the mirror remain unknown, it earned its name in the writings of 18th century Benedictine mystic Antonie Mabillon. He wrote of an antique mirror in which the flayed visage of Saint Bartholomew was said to manifest under certain conditions. Brother Mabillon devoted his final years to its study but the glass fell into ill repute following his disappearance. Subsequently, his writings on optics and the Transfiguration were censured by the Church.
Afterwards, the glass remained in storage at Maupassant Abbey, occasionally attracting the unwanted attention of Mabillionian mystics and over-curious clergy members. For the most part, however, the Bartholomew Glass was forgotten until the German invasion of 1940 when it fell into the possession of the Third Reich.
Kunstschutz documents describe the mirror's wood as having decayed but the glass itself was unscathed, impeccably crafted to produce "uncanny perceptions" and "the faint reflection of an aged monk."
Following the war, the glass was presumed lost until resurfacing in a 1971 Argentinean estate sale. It was housed in a new Bavarian -style wood frame, but the glass itself was unmistakable. It is widely thought that Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges viewed the mirror in 1960, inspiring his poem "Mirrors."
"The crystal spies on us. If within the four Walls of a bedroom a mirror stares, I am no longer alone. There is someone there. In the dawn reflections mutely stage a show."
The glass was bought and sold several times before entering the private collection of American industrialist Henry Fielding.
"Sometimes I catch a glimpse of him in the reflected shadows of the room," Fielding wrote. "He tries to lock eyes with me but I never return his gaze. They are red with blood. They are deep as the ocean."
Fielding donated the mirror to the university shortly before his suicide in 1983.
Since that time, the mirror has largely remained in deep storage. It was shown briefly in the University Museum in 1984, but was removed following repeated disruptions of the museum security system. Marketta's research reportedly dealt with the possible radioactive properties of the glass, based on its propensity to disrupt video recordings with unexplained distortions.
While local law enforcement officials were satisfied with Dr. Jessup's alibi, the University itself continues to investigate the situation and has placed him on forced sabbatical.
While Jessup is not suspected of foul play, it remains to be seen how much he truly knows about Marketta's disappearance. After all, his knowledge of the university's massive storage holds surpasses everyone else's and he is by all accounts the last to see Marketta Vorel alive. Video footage shows him unlocking the basement door, granting her entrance and then returning to his office.