The Blake Chronicles: San Francisco - 1850

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San Francisco, 1850

1

The mention of my Grandfather in my father’s journal about Chicago lead me to track down my grandfather’s journal. A particular entry about San Francisco during the gold rush peaked my interest, but what was most interesting was that he chose to begin telling this story before he even arrived in the city.

Apparently he would eventually come tracking an item of power, A magic mirror of all things, but that wouldn’t be until it gained a certain amount of notoriety in supernatural circles.

The story begins with a strange group of friends: A boogeyman, which I didn’t actually believe existed; another kitsune, which seem to plague my families past; a mining heiress with the ability to shape-shift into a wolfhound; and three people cursed to share the same body by a magic mirror.

It would seem that the boogeyman, a former pirate, had been bound to the land by a native American holy man. His one charge, in order to be set free, was to scare everyone out of San Francisco. A tall order even for the likes of the Dread Pirate Edgar. He tried to stand up to the Shaman, but the man proved himself a worthy adversary and shamed him into accepting his fate…for now.

Krystal Neil, the shape-shifter, was the next person to have a visitor. She recognized him as a man who had been skulking around her mine in the previous few weeks. He was wearing very fine clothing this time, something he hadn’t done while investigating the mine. He tried to intimidate her into selling her land to him. Josh, the kitsune, didn’t like that too much, so he robbed the man blind. Did I mention that he was a runaway farm-boy thief in addition to his spirit fox ways? He thought himself a bit of a Robin Hood actually.

The unknown man left very much the way he’d come. When he was gone, the young kitsune checked his ill-gotten gains and noticed, along with four twenty dollar gold coins, a strange note. While this would be a fortune at that time anywhere else (about two thousand dollars in the early twenty-first century) it would barely buy a few necessities in the boom era of San Francisco.

The note suggested that someone, a Lady of all things, wanted to by Krystal’s mine. Something about the note lead a couple of the members of this little party to conclude that the Summer court wanted to take control of it.

They went to check the mine out, to see if they could determine what it was that Summer wanted. The kitsune immediately wanted to leave. He felt an otherworldly greed to maim and destroy emanating from the ground all around the mine. Something ancient and implacable lived here.

Wanting to get to the root of this all, and not liking how the representative of Summer had treated them, they decided to seek out the Shaman and determine what he might know about the being in the earth.

Their first night out of town they were set upon by two werewolves. The pair seemed more hungry than anything. They attacked the navy seal, one of those bound to the mirror, who had a couple of tricks up his sleeves, namely two enchanted Japanese short swords, swords he himself had enchanted. His sleeves saved him from the attack that took him while he slept, another of his enchanted items.

Upon waking, and seeing the wolves, the kitsune made an illusion with the fire, making it seem to fly into the eyes of both of the shape-shifters. While blinded, the navy seal slashed at one of them with his sword and then Krystal, in dog form, raked at the now bloodied wolf with her claws. The other wolf escaped into the night. The badly injured wolf shifted back into the form of a young man.

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The party, lead by Josh, try to do a soft interrogation of the young man. Edgar, who is hungry, walks into the night to ‘hunt rabbits.’

Toby misses the real intention of this and so requests that Marty replace him and go hunting. He actually succeeds in getting two rabbits.

That is more than can be said about Kristal, still in dog form, and Josh. The boy said little more than that he was hungry, and when a rabbit was offered to him after Marty returns he took it and bolted. The group did not follow him quickly enough.

The rest of the night passed uneventfully and in the morning the group packed up and began travelling again. The land passed slowly for them, without much to prevent the monotony. Around midday they noticed a plume of dust off to the side behind a row of hills.

Edgar attempted to use a telescope to scan the hills for movement, but he ended up looking through the large end. As he stated “It is supposed to make small things big, right? So you point the small end at what you are looking at…”

Marty ended up noticing an Indian pony and sent Kristal, still in dog form, to investigate. The Native Americans began shooting arrows at Kristal, and our group lept into action to try to protect her life. Edgar told her to run, Josh made her invisible, Marty waited, and Kristal ran.

She changed back into her human form and dragged her dress under the wagon where she hurriedly covered her nakedness.

The group was escorted to the camp and into the Medicine Man’s Tee Pee. They proved imminently agreeable in all things and have promised to help the Shaman perform his ritual to put the creature, which seems to be an outsider of some sort, back to sleep.

Kristal even agreed to close the Mine for three weeks while it is done.

Now all that remains is to begin preparations and to protect the ritual.

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Last of Edgar
I got away

I got away. finaly. I feel bad for the urchin but I got to do wats good for me. hell understand somday.

wen we got to the shaman, he told us to help him with the richul. we askd wat we needd to do, and he told us to go to fary land. I dont know nuthin about farys. J sayd he dos. so we went thru this hol in the air. all of a suddn we wer standin on watr! standin, not swimmin. I wasnt scard, I was exitd. for to long I havnt been abl to go on watr, but her I was.

J likd the water, cuz he was thirsty, he sayd. poof, he was insid the watr, but culdnt get out, like it was glass. the sherif used his sord to get to J, and then the sherif was in the watr. I got rop and shovd it into the watr. the sherif and J got out, cuz of me. im not just strong.

we got to a forest, and som wolfs atakd us. we killd them easy. then we got to this desert place. that proud guy was ther. we askd him about the livin fir, and he ran. I almost got him but he got away. we followd him thru the hol in the air that he usd. and ther it was, the livin fir.

we finaly got the livin fir to the shaman, aftr it burnt down the city. then I sayd ‘release me now, shaman.’ and he sayd that we wernt don yet. WAT? we almost drown, get etin by wolfs, burnt to deth, and he wants mor? DAMN INJUN!

well we went and stol the erth hart. it was a big ruby. J wantd to keep it, but I mad him giv it. we kept the gold, tho.

then we had to tak watr from the bay to him in a cup. and we culdnt spill a drop. me and the sherif did it, tho. not a drop! wer awsom.

then we had to fit forevr. we fott for lik a week strat! after a few days, the proud guy showd up. he was the summr nit! we wer tird but we still fott him. we almost had him, wen he took me out. my rit arm and rit leg ar gone. aftr we killd him, the shaman relesd me. finaly. I hopd away as fast as I culd. just befor I got away I herd that marshals vois say to the sherif, ‘My contacts tel me Edgr Yurga was her. Hav you seen him?’

I cant wait til I get bak to my Esmeralda.

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wat ar you
really wat ar you

so we wake up to warwolvs attaking us. they ar takin out and we capturd one of them. I am so hungry that I want to eat him but they dont let me. they say they want to talk to him. so the docter told me to feed off him. it was funny. I told him I needed to make him scard first and he said ‘I dont get scard.’ but I saw the fear in his eyes when I grabbd his arm. everyone is scard of me. I inspir fear in the strongest hartd. so he let me feed and I noticd that the warwolf was scard of me too. poor littl boy almost peed himself just caus I was ther. so I left to catch something. animals ar mor fun than humans. easier to scar to deth. the docter got back with two rabits and the boy ran off with one.

we got goin again and then I saw clouds of dust, so I told toby the docter. he sayd that ther ar Indians on the hill, and K ran off for them as a dog. she was shot with arrows and J mad her invisibel. notis that they ar from the trib of the shamen. call to them and they com down to us. one of them mad fun of me in indian, and I scard his hors and sayd ‘Now that’s funny’ when the hors ran off. and the other Indians laffd. they like me, even thoh I scar them. they escorted me and the gang to the shamen.

we got ther and met the shamen. I alredy knew the shamen, caus he is the one that bound me to the land. I hat him. I wish he would die. I mite kill him. not today thoh. so the others askd him about the thing in the mine. the shaman tom told us that it is a god in the mine. a evil god of earth and greed. the ‘devourer’ or somthin. so we try to figur somthin out to fix the issue, caus the docter dosnt want to kill all the humans in SF. I wouldnt mind but its caus the shamen makes me do it that I dont want to. the docter lookd at me wierd lik he was shockd or somthin. humans ar my food so I askd him if he liks to eat, and he sayd no! so I had to ask him ‘wat ar you’ caus that dosnt mak sens. somone that dosnt lik to eat dosnt lik to live I think. I wont eat him today thoh.

After a hour or two I thott of somthin. if the shamen needs the mine clear for the ritual, why not ask K to clear it out for a week or two? it wont solve the prollem forever, but it will work for a wile. hopfully this clears the dett with the shamen. I wanna be out on the sea again!

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damn injun
he found me

this is the shamengrrr. it happend. that damn injun found me. he calld me to clear the ‘white man’ from the land. like its his land to clear anyway. we ruled it long before his monkey face crawld out of his mother. but he caught me with his magic, and bound me to this body. grawl hate him.
he came up to me in frunt of tallias inn. he told me ‘its time’ and ran away befor tallia came out to tell him off. then her and the urchin and me went inside. not too minuts later and some big rich guy comes in and is bullying K. we dont stand for stuff like that. we got up and got in his face. I was so mad. too peeple embarissin me in one day. he ran off befor we could hurt him, but he was scard. could see it in his eyes. J got a couple of dollurs from his pockets first, though.

we overheard him say somethin weerd, and ther waz a paper in his pocket that talkd about a ‘lady.’ tallia said somethin about fairys and stuff, so we all went to Ks mine to see what was goin on. we got there and J felt somethin scary and greedy in the mine. somethin old. it was so bad he ran out of there. we decided to talk to a injun shamen to find out what we could do to fight it, and see whats goin on with all uh the fairys.

thats meso we went back to the inn, and got a waggun. sints i cant go over water, we hav to go around, and it will take a wile. J said that he saw sumthin weerd with tallia, but I didnt listen. we needed to go. but then I found out that tallia toby and the sherrif are the same people! like me, but they look diffrent. we were weerded out. but its ok. we left, and talked about each other on are way around the water. toby still doesnt know what I am but I dont want to scare him. he tried to feel my hartbeet, but didn’t, and she/he was scared, but not as much as he would be.

we camped out and MAN AM I HUNGRY. didnt get a good MEAL before we left, so I am starvin. warwolvs attackd us, but we beat them off. was surprisd at how strong the sharrif is. K and J to.

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