Dear Ms. Alighieri, I've just read and re-read your harrowing account a dozen times. A curious case, undoubtedly. The nature of certain creatures, what draws them to one another, has always vexed me. The reptilian, avian gargoyle and the vicious, aquatic mermaid. What would draw these environmentally-disparate creatures so close together? The biology alone befuddles... Continue Reading →
"Dr. Caulfield: As much as I wish I could send better news, things did not go well yesterday. Iz is alive, but barely. I've been sitting in the Hôtel-Dieu all night, waiting for him to come out of surgery. No one else from the Wailin' Camilla made it out of the nest alive."
I'm afraid something's happened to Iz and his crew, so I'm going to Notre Dame. There's a priest there who might be able to help me figure out if the nest really is under Île de la Cité. Dr. Caulfield, if you haven't heard from us by tonight, send help.
"Like many seafaring mammals, mermaids tend to swim in pods, but it is not unusual to see them alone for extended periods of time. Although they always return to the nest when injured, after feeding, and to raise their young, mermaids tend to be very insular creatures, and enjoy time apart from their sisters."
Dr. Caulfield: Thank you for forwarding your friend's letter to me. Considering it was handwritten, I'm assuming that by now both Iz and the mermaid--or possibly siren--have reached Paris; however, I have to say, it's unlikely that there would be a nest here. The Seine empties into Le Havre, but its source is inland--between Montbard... Continue Reading →
Ms. Alighieri, I recently received correspondence from a colleague who is currently abroad. His missive depicts a horrific scene, but one that falls outside of my typical purview. I am providing you with a transcription of his letter, rather than subjugating you to his original, scrawling handwriting. No need to thank me. Dr. Matthew T.... Continue Reading →
"Wendigos are strong, fast, and intelligent; able to lure unsuspecting victims into the forest by mimicking human voices. Their gaunt, emaciated appearance can be misleading, but they are adept hunters and can be extremely difficult to escape--let alone kill."
"Though resistant to many elements, most werewolves have a weakness for silver, and in some cases ash (from the tree, not the fireplace). Generally speaking a kill-shot with a silver bullet, stake, or other weapon is enough to put down a werewolf; however, it should be noted that there is a human inside the creature. Therefore, disabling the beast (consider silver chains or a silver cage) is more beneficial--from a rehabilitation standpoint--than executing the individual."
"Hey Marka, Not sure if you remember me, but I've got a quick story about a Wendigo that I ran into up in Canada. From what I saw, the thing you got the other night was definitely one of the old bastards. Not sure how the hell it got to France, though."