An old abandoned workshop that bears a remarkable resemblance to the Hunter's Dream, and is most likely the real-life counterpart to the Workshop.
The entrance can be found by dropping down from the first floor of the Healing Church Workshop and entering a dark room full of planks and ropes. To the left of the entrance is a group of three ropes stretching down to a small platform below. The player must drop to this platform, being careful not to go too far and fall to the bottom of the pit, which will result in death. From this platform, drop off to the right and open the large doors ahead to reach the workshop.
The Abandoned Old Workshop was the first workshop, founded by Gehrman, the first of the hunters to fight the beasts. When the Healing Church decided to create the Healing Church Workshop and began sanctioning hunters of their own, lead by Ludwig, Gehrman's workshop fell out of use.
Overcome by despair and loneliness, he used a Third Umbilical Cord, likely to be the one found at the abandoned workshop, to contact a Great One, the Moon Presence, in order to create the Hunter's Dream. The dream was designed to be a way of helping hunters with the beast hunt by bonding them to both Yharnam and the dream, so if they died in one realm they could awake alive in the other. Another goal of Gehrman was to find a loyal companion and this was granted by creating a living version, in the dream, of the Doll he made and which can be found in the abandoned workshop.
What Gehrman likely did not know was that, from the moment the dream was conceived, he was forever bound to it. He is trapped within the dream, and is tasked with guiding and helping all the hunters that pass through during the countless hunts. When a hunter fulfills their contract, he is also the one to release them from the dream. He hates his fate and longs to be freed. This can be heard in a rare monologue while he is resting in the gardens.
The following items can be found in the Abandoned Old Workshop:
- Small Hair Ornament
- One Third of Umbilical Cord
- Doll Hat
- Doll Clothes
- Doll Gloves
- Doll Skirt
- Old Hunter Bone
- Entering the Abandoned Old Workshop grants +2 Insight and awards "The Source of the Dream" Silver Trophy.
- If you were to lower the background music, you can occasionally hear the voice of a woman talking in a seductive tone while wandering the area.