- "Non Omnis Moriar"
- ―Ravenswood Credo
In 1849, a man named Henry Ravenswood found gold in Big Thunder Mountain, an Arizona mountain that was worshiped as sacred grounds by the Native Americans due to them believing it the be the home of the spirit of the Thunderbird. After forcing the natives off of the land, Henry established the mining town of Thunder Mesa along with the Big Thunder Mining Company which he used to mine for gold in the mountain. With his newfound wealth from the company, Henry commissioned a large French-Gothic manor to be built for him on the hillside overlooking the town and the mountain which he his wife Martha and their daughter Mélanie Ravenswood would all live in. Being an overprotective father, Henry refused to let Melanie leave the estate for her entire childhood causing her only friends to be the siblings Anna and Jasper Jones, Jasper having been Henry's faithful manservant, and Anna having been the mansion's chambermaid who was secretly being pressured into an affair with Henry. As a young woman, Melanie was allowed to journey outside of the house's grounds where she met a line-foreman working for the Big Thunder Mining Co. named Jake. Melanie and Jake fell in love and planned on getting married however Henry was strongly against the union due to Jake's social class, and how Jake wanted to take Melanie away from Thunder Mesa, so Henry refused to allow the two to wed.
The 1860 Earthquake
In the year 1860, a great and terrible earthquake hit the town of Thunder Mesa while Henry and his wife were out in the town. The earthquake sunk a large portion of the town into a canyon in the town, effectively killing everyone in that portion of Thunder Mesa, including Henry Ravenswood and his wife Martha. The great tragedy's origins were unknown with it being rumoured to have been the work of the Thunderbird enraged by the mining town, or the result of a large explosion from a mining accident located deep underneath Big Thunder Mountain. Either way the town was left in ruin and shock, the sunken portion of Thunder Mesa became known as Phantom Canyon and became rumoured to be haunted by the victims of the earthquake, and dear Melanie was left the orphaned heiress to the Ravenswood fortune and household, leaving her nearly completely alone with no-one but the Jones siblings and her beloved Jake. In order to properly mourn those lost in the disaster, Melanie had a small cemetery called Boot Hill built on the Ravenswood estate for her parents to be buried in.
The Doomed Wedding
With her parents dead, Melanie decided that she wanted to marry her beloved Jake and they planned to wed in the Great Hall of Ravenswood Manor with a large assortment of guests. While still in the process of getting ready for the ceremony, Jake found himself lured into a secret chamber in the Manor where he was attacked by an undead spirit known as the Phantom who tied a noose around Jake's head and hanged him to death in the Manor's cupola. Melanie refused to believe that her beloved would ever abandon her and as such she chose to stay in the Mansion in her wedding gown even after the guests left the reception. Melanie wasn't seen outside of the Manor's grounds since that day and she eventually died on the estate of unknown causes however her ghost remained on the mansion's grounds, forever being tormented by the malevolent Phantom while still waiting for her groom to return to her.
1880s Missing Persons Investigation
Over the decades following the fate of the Ravenswood family, Ravenswood Manor became unofficially known as "Phantom Manor" and became notorious as being a Haunted Mansion where supernatural occurrences would be seen and people would disappear. One notable disappearance was that of a criminal named Milo "One Eye" Jones who robbed the Big Thunder Mining Co. in 1882 and was suspected to have hid out in the abandoned manor only to never be seen again. Around the year 1884, admittance to the mansion was indefinitely cut off under the orders of the Thunder Mesa Town Council in order to investigate a large number of mysterious disappearances of people who journeyed into Phantom Manor or merely the Boot Hill cemetery.
- The Ravenswood's family Credo is ,"Non Omnis Moriar" which is a latin expression meaning ,"I will never die Completely"
- When examined the Thunder Mesa Town Council poster denying admittance to Ravenswood Manor has the Ravenswood Credo hidden on it, on the poster several letters are written in faded grey ink rather than blue, when put in chronological order these letters read ,"Non Omnis Moriar"