|Nathan Prescott, Victoria Chase|
The Vortex Club is one of the oldest and most durable social groups at Blackwell Academy. It originally started in the 1980's as a new wave of rebellion against yuppie forces of Reagan's era and acted as a safe haven from peer pressure, but now it has become an elitist and almost cult-like group for the popular party people of Blackwell. It is unknown who is their official leader, though Nathan Prescott and Victoria Chase are considered the two most prominent members of the Vortex Club. They are funded by Nathan's father, Sean Prescott.
The Vortex Club was established during the 1980s. It was originally designed to be a safe haven for marginalized and bullied individuals who were harassed by the larger and more popular cliques within the private school's structure.
From those who dyed their hair blue, boys who wore earrings or were targets for being dumped into garbage cans by football jockeys, the Vortex Club offered them a place to go outside the alienating environment of peer pressure.
At some point, however, the mission statement of the Vortex Club changed. What was originally a group intended for those bereft of a welcoming atmosphere became a gathering place for the social elite and popular cliques of Blackwell, now represented by the likes of students like Victoria Chase and Nathan Prescott, both of whom are notorious for bullying and harassing students outside their cliques.
The Vortex Club is advertised all over Blackwell Academy, inviting other students to join. The reputation of the Vortex Club is such as that it is likened to a cult by students outside of their circle. Yet, it is also considered a positive addition to one's résumé. Despite its questionable attitudes, unpopular students still consider joining in order to become more accepted in the Blackwell social society.
Posters for the club can be found everywhere around the Blackwell campus; stickers, posters on noticeboards and walls etc.
Hayden gives some insight into the workings of the club if Max chooses to speak to him. He mostly mentions how they just enjoy hanging out and chilling at parties. He heavily insinuates that most of the club's members partake in recreational drug use.
Episode Two - "Out of Time"Edit
Episode Three - "Chaos Theory"Edit
When Max and Chloe want to go swimming inside Blackwell's Swimming Pool at night, Max can find the Vortex Club VIP guest list on some boxes, which allows her to add herself to the list and also remove someone that is unknown.
While at the Two Whales Diner, Max may comment on the Vortex Club flyers scattered on the floor: "The party is over. This vortex... is much bigger."
The name "Vortex" has a few different associations. The first is the link to weather patterns, specifically a tornado; extremely appropriate given the oncoming storm Max foresees from the beginning of the game. Tornados pull people in - as a result of being pulled in, you are 'spat back out' worse for wear, which refers to the toxic character of the club.
The use of the Vortex Club parties as a method for drugging potential victims as part of the Dark Room Conspiracy was predicted and alluded to in the first few episodes of the game. This has been proven true with the release of episode five.
- The Vortex Club symbol is the same as the rewind meter that is displayed at the top left corner whenever Max rewinds.