“You remember our venerable house… opulent and imperial. It is a festering abomination!”
The great mages and powers of the world sit aloof, exalted and unvexed by the tawdry affairs of plebian mankind. They spare no thought for the teeming, infected multitudes of Mellanford Key. Unless some hideous and unnameable power should attract their gaze….
A great eye is fixed upon Tumbledown Hill. Its vision will not break, or waver. The chittering terrors and gibbering homunculi that whisper in the ears of the great magi tell of a new specter, one that has made its home in the seat of House Stumblebum. An otherwordly apparition of such fabulous and unfathomable power that it must be stopped. Or harnessed. The cabal of the learned now send all the spies and servants that can be mustered against this ancient and venerable house.
A house that has become black with tales of horror. The common folk of the city fear to approach it. The windows teem with the phantoms of the departed dead, the vaulted halls groan with the weight of centuried spirits. It is rumoured that deep in the salted cellars and cursed earth a damned portal of antediluvian evil is awakening. The walls between worlds become weak. Who will stand the gate, when the last seal fails?
For certain it will be not the Dark Lord Stumblebum himself. The clutching ravening shadows have claimed his heart. To reign from such a house of death and madness he can only be a devil made flesh. The locals tell tales of his voice, laughing and wailing through the blackened arcades of his estate, as monstrous shadows dance and cackle in an unearthly light. For such unholy times to fall upon his house, he must not only be complicit, but the genesis of this demoniacal horror.
Meanwhile, by night, safe in a circle of salt, lit by the flickering gloom of all the candles he can find, Lord Eddan Blackheath praises the Incarnate and passes the ammunition. For a man who has made it a life rule never to tangle in the affairs of anyone more powerful than he is, he is beginning to think he has made a huge mistake.