Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Menace in France

      The Menace has been around for at least the past thousand years, though American historians working in the field are fighting an entirely uphill battle. Most of the historical documentation on the Menace comes in the form of dusty volumes from rural libraries in Europe. To date, everything we know has been culled from those volumes brought to the States by emigrating families. The Sheriffs Bureau Intelligence Service in Topeka has recently started pushing European scouts to retrieve documents from both human and Menace sides of the fighting line in hopes that some miracle weapon will be rediscovered. So far, the scouts have not answered the call.

      We do know, however, that the sinking of the Powhattan, the Lachine massacre, and the Great New Orleans Fire (all three are now known to have involved the Menace in some form) were all centered around French-descended settlers, trappers, traders, and logmen. In addition, many of the ancient tales featuring ravenous wolves and men who turned themselves into beasts originated in France, especially the Alsace region near Germany. This suggests that the Menace themselves may have originated in the forests of eastern France and the Black Forest region of Germany. At the very least, that has been their domain for a very long time and they have ingrained themselves into all aspects of life in several European countries.

      I’ll clarify what I mean by that. In France, every political party and social class had been infiltrated by the Menace who worked together to put themselves into strategic positions to inflict maximal casualties and terror during the Great Attack. The Menace attempted the same sort of coup in Britain, though their hedonistic nature prevented them from doing so.

      Until relatively recently, France was a kingdom. This didn’t impact the Menace when they were sparse in number, living in the wilderness and content to seize the odd lone traveler. As the population of both small, rural burgs and the Menace grew, attacks became more frequent and less hidden. This is the period in which most fictional and factual accounts of werewolves began. Interestingly, this is also the time that tales of vampires began circulating heavily in eastern Europe (though the beings described in those stories were more voracious and beastly than the chivalrous, well-dressed yellow bellies portrayed in modern penny blood novels). Some historians believe that the vampire is derived from accounts of the Menace as they migrated to the Balkans.

In France, villagers would form posses to hunt down and exterminate the Menace. Though more humans and regular canine wolves were killed than any werewolves, the Menace recognized that they were becoming much too visible. In the late 12th century, those of their number with greater foresight led a campaign to move into large cities. The rising population in small towns was detrimental to the Menace because of increased visibility and a high degree of interconnectedness between human inhabitants; in a city, the visibility is further increased, but the human inhabitants are socially removed from one another. The Menace would be able to prey on the lowest classes without anyone noticing. Those who would not move into the cities were assassinated for fear that they might endanger the safety of the entire species.

The Menace gradually moved into cities and often posed as homeless drifters. In that capacity they were free to feed on a steady diet of prostitutes, urchins, and beggars without needing to conform to human social system around them. The poor treatment of the bottom caste – especially in France – began to take its toll on the Menace’s psyche. They soon entered the workforce and, over generations, climbed as far up the social ladder as they could. The Menace Renaissance occurred in dark alleys, in forests near major cities, and in cellars right alongside the European Renaissance. In the early 15th century, a wolf who called himself Hroovitnir, a pseudonym of the Norse wolf god Fenrir, began preaching of the Menace’s superiority to humanity. If it’s not obvious from his name, Hroovitnir drew heavily from – and perverted – Norse mythology to suit his needs. In a collection of letters he named Fenrisheim (world of the wolf), he states that it is the duty of the Menace to bring about Ragnarok and interprets the event not as the end of the world (as it is commonly known), but as the end of only the human species. With humans out of the way, the Menace would be free to assert their dominance over the world.

Hroovitnir and his disciples devised a long-term plan to overtake France, a feat that could not be accomplished while the crown held supreme power. At this time, most wolves were still part of the proletariat. They became active in social rights, antimonarchical, and radical political groups to help coax the flame of unrest that had been building among the French lower class for centuries. The few wolves who had attained noble status or were part of the bourgeoisie also worked to this end by overreacting to any show of force by the proletariat and arguing to their peers that the lower classes were dangerous and needed more constraint. As the constant pressure of hatred the Menace exerted on both sides of class divide mounted, small groups of wolves were sent abroad to form sanctuaries for the French wolves if the coming uprising took an unfavorable turn. These wolves became entrenched in southeastern Canada, Louisiana (and surrounding parts of the South), western Africa, and various parts of the Ottoman Empire.

The French economy collapsed in the late 18th century (shortly after the Revolutionary War). This was exactly the sort of social stressor that Hroovitnir’s plan required; the political groups controlled by the Menace called for royal blood and a complete restructuring of France’s leadership. They pulled support from the bulk of the proletariat by advocating a republican government – no doubt seeing that election by the populace was the only way the Menace could seize power. Other political groups also called for restructuring to republicanism, but without the radical bloodlust of the Menace-led groups. Peasants who wanted to avoid an all-out war began to flock to these peaceful groups. This posed a problem for the Menace; the likely leaders of the new republic would be the figureheads of the group that overthrew the monarchy. The more peaceful groups were led by humans, but the radical group was led by Maximilien de Robespierre, who had been named by the Menace as Hroovitnir’s successor.

To further polarize humans on both sides of the conflict, the royalist wolves began to call for open warfare and wholesale slaughter of revolutionaries in areas of France where the enmity was less palpable (though they claimed it was to stop the rebellion before it could gain momentum). The deaths of revolutionaries at the hand of royalist armies did the trick and, with the human masses behind them, the Menace-led republicans eventually imprisoned royalty and rival revolutionary groups alike. The well-known prisoners (like the King and Queen of France) were publicly beheaded as an end to the revolution. Historically, this is known as the Reign of Terror, but the fate of the prisoners who were not publicly executed is far more terrible. Large groups of prisoners were set free from their cells inside the Bastille, but all exits to the prison were blocked. The Menace would then hunt them down and feed on them in full view of prisoners who had not yet been released.

Still riding on the high from their successful overthrow of the French monarchy, Menace leadership urged Robespierre to install himself as a lifelong leader of the French Republic. To sway the human attitudes to accept this, the Menace pushed the leadership of the Cult of the Supreme Being to deliver sermons speaking of a new great leader emerging from the tumult. Wolves among the people began to whisper that the Cult sermons were talking about Robespierre and, just as they had managed to stoke the fire of rebellion, public opinion began to accept the idea of life under Robespierre. The more intelligent human members of the Republic sensed what the Menace were doing (though they had no idea that Robespierre and his most vocal backers were anything other than human) and began to call for his arrest. Robespierre was guillotined for his treachery against the Republic.

Though they had failed to take complete control of France, the Republic leadership was still heavily populated with the Menace. To the Menace, the French Revolution was bittersweet. On one hand, they had infiltrated levels of society that were completely closed off to them under noble rule. On the other, France was not a haven for the Menace where they could act with impunity. The Revolution did show them, however, that Hroovitnir’s plan had worked. The shrewdest minds among the Menace began working in the shadows again, this time altering the France plan to suit the regions they had sent wolves to in case they needed to flee France.

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The Powhattan Incident

I’ve been meeting regularly with Thom Yekes, the Sheriff from Wickenburg, since taking down the grey that attacked the ore shipment from Vulture City. We’ve been studying maps and searching possible den sites for the larger pack that the Vulture City grey was a part of. During our investigations, Yekes has asked me several questions that I assumed were common knowledge; apparently they teach us vastly more Menace-based history in Topeka than in civilian circles.

I should clarify: Thom Yekes is the sheriff of Wickenburg, but he’s not a Topeka graduate or a member of the Sheriffs Bureau. He’s the kind of sheriff we used to have before the Menace. Yekes is a lawman and his first priority is the safety of Wickenburg and its residents. Sheriffs of the Topeka variety are trained for war; our first priority is complete annihilation of the Menace. Sure, we take a class on justice and the federal laws, but upholding them is not emphasized. Lincoln signed the Sheriffs Bureau into existence on a temporary basis. The Topeka facility is to train individuals to combat the Menace and place them, as needed, in cities and townships throughout the country until our populated centers are no longer in danger. At that time, the Sheriffs Bureau will be incorporated into the Union Army and continue fighting the remaining Menace in open country and travel to assist our European allies. If they still exist by then.

While Yekes didn’t have the same training I did, I expected him to know how the Menace hunted and travelled. No such luck. He knew they attacked during the Battle of Vicksburg and effectively ended the War Between the States and that Europe had been all but overrun, but that was all. If someone concerned with public safety knew so little, I can only assume that the general population (who have things like family and trades to worry about) are even more in the dark. I don’t often criticize our federal, state, and territorial leadership, but they should have made information on the Menace readily available. They are responsible for any deaths born out ignorance. In good conscience, I cannot operate this outlet and not provide the history and habits of our enemies.

Most of the following information wasn’t either discovered or understood until after the Vicksburg Attack. The first recorded incident in North America was both misunderstood and covered up by the federal government until recently. Some of you may remember hearing about the sinking of the ship Powhattan. I do. I was a bit young at the time, but my family lived just a few states over and it was big news. The official report was that the ship, carrying German immigrants from a port in France, was blown off course by a storm and ran aground in New Jersey in 1854. Not a single person on board survived. At least half of that information is incorrect, but to accurately explain it and all the reasons why the true nature of the incident was covered up, I have to explain some history.

Conflict between North and South had been brewing for a long time (my father liked to say the roots of the conflict went all the way back to the American Revolution almost a century ago when true patriots were centered in the North and turncoats and loyalists congregated in the southern states). In terms of economic and lifestyle differences, he was probably right. As city infrastructure and technology continued to progress advance more quickly in the North, those differences were exacerbated. The abolitionist movement was akin to throwing dried cedar onto hot embers. By 1853, the Free-State governments knew what was coming and sent a few secret operatives abroad to form wartime alliances. The operatives travelled as peasants on the cheapest ships in hopes that any movements would be overlooked by insightful Slave-State governments and their own operatives.

After an unsuccessful meeting, an operative who had travelled to France booked passage on the Powhattan, posing as a German immigrant. Before embarking, the operative notified his Free-State handlers of the meeting outcome, transportation, and date and location of his arrival for pickup. Contrary to the historical explanation of the disaster, the Powhattan weathered the storm just fine and was only set on a course to run aground after the worst of the storm had passed. The Free-State handlers immediately struck out to the Powhattan, hoping to find evidence of Slave-State sabotage. Instead, they located their operative clinging to a piece of flotsam and bleeding profusely from puncture wounds in his torso. He told his handlers of French treachery and demons with insatiable hunger. He died before he could further explain himself, but the eviscerated remains of several German immigrants floating nearby convinced his handlers to investigate further. Luckily, the crash happened in New Jersey where members of the Free-State coalition who was preparing for war could exercise control over emergency responders. Official rescue parties were held back due to concerns of sea swell and vortices created by the sinking passenger ship. Unofficially, the few survivors of the wreck were liquidated and some of the bodies were retrieved for scientific study.

An investigation of the shipping manifest showed that, in addition to German immigrants (and the under-cover northern operative), a group of eight French Canadian fur trappers had booked passage back to North America after taking a vacation to their ancestral homeland. The shredded bodies of the immigrants matched odd stories of murder that filtered into the United States from the Canadian wilderness and the entire disaster was chalked up to a mass murder on the part of crazed French Canadian fur trappers who all had some form of hair growth defect. To be fair, both North and South governments were preoccupied with one another and found it easier to explain events like the Powhattan disaster away as the work of a freakish-looking homicidal maniac than to accept the fact that life was not all that different from the most gruesome of German fairy tales. Other, larger events that were playing out on the world stage between the Powhattan incident and the Vicksburg attack weren’t seen for what they were until European refugees started arriving in the States.

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