Gilbert Lord was an actor at the Blackberry Theatre, where he met his wife, until it was closed down. Throughout the years, Gilbert stopped the council from knocking it down.
While rehearsing a speech, Gilbert was interrupted by the seats mysteriously moving and lights flickering. After going backstage to investigate, Gilbert ended up coming face to face with Old Bethesta, a Neverside Witch, who had come through a tear in the Line of Twilight to free her daughters, Lemshar and Roschad. This experience left him in hospital, badly shocked by what he had seen. This prompted Katie Lord, with the help of Tom Clarke, to investigate what he could have seen.