Nocturnal Whispers: Volume II

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PonderHouse, Aug 16, 2017 - Fiction - 80 pages
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 A series of shorts occurring between Volumes II and III of the Abaddon Trilogy.

T-Bone and the Angel:
What do you do when your favorite cousin gets killed out on the streets? What if it’s worse than that, and you keep hearing stories that an angel killed him? What if the stories turn out to be true? Well, you knuckle down and strangle the first warlock you meet for information. After that, the angel hunt is on!

the Widow of the Caul:
Dorothy Parker, the new Antichrist-elect, sets the stage for her third attempt to kill Laiel Brockade. She sent Cupideau first, and that didn’t turn out so well. After that, she tried to get her older brother to kill him. That went even worse. But she’s counting on the third time being the charm. Because if your sword breaks, you draw your dagger…

Rodrigo Borgia:
An immortal child of the Devil leads what might be the one good man in the Vatican on a short trip, the long way around. They face dangers together, and ride with Death himself for a short while. All so Rodrigo Borgia can check out a book from the Vatican Library. The problem being, he doesn’t have a library card. Good thing that Father Grayburne, the Grand Inquisitor of the Holy Roman Church, does.

the Coven:
What happens when the leader of a black magic coven dies, and a new one rises up? Sudden and inevitable betrayal, of course! A schoolteacher, a kidnapping, a violent demon, and the unadulterated master of black magic come together in an unpredictable meeting of the minds. Only the schoolteacher was expecting what happened.

Bonus, unrelated Chapter One:
Deathman:
He can’t die. No, seriously. They’ve certainly tried to kill him. Hell, even he’s tried, many ways. So, what’s an unkillable psychopath supposed to do to pass eternity? Crime, obviously. Supervillains have all the fun!

Genres: Occult & Supernatural, Horror, Action & Adventure, Sub/Urban Fantasy, Humor/Satire, Philosophy, Religion, War, Pre/Post-Apocalyptic, Supervillainy.

Prior Reading:
Provoker. Volume I
Nocturnal Whispers: Volume I
Seducer: Alliance. Volume II:I
Seducer: Escalation. Volume II:II
Seducer: Insurgence. Volume II:III

 

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Contents

Section 1
Section 2
Section 3
Section 4
Section 5
Section 6
Section 7
Section 8
Copyright

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About the author (2017)

Dan Champagne 

Born: 1974, Died: ???? 
Writer, Occultist, Dark Magician. 
A small, thin, but muscular bald man, with pale skin, and piercing hazel eyes, almost always dressed in black.

[Note: All stats, GURPS® 3rd edition] 
ST: 10    DX: 12    Speed: 5.75 
IQ: 14    HT: 11    Move: 5 
Dodge: 6

Advantages
Animal Empathy, Combat Reflexes, Eidetic Memory/1, Magical Aptitude/3 (Limitation: Black Magic only), Strong Will+1, Composed, Less Sleep/2, Versatile, Awareness, Racial Memory, Immunity (the negative effects of self-cast Black Magic).

Disadvantages
Personal Code of Honor, Split Personality, Unluckiness, Secrets, Insomniac, Undiscriminating, Voices, Xenophilia, Divinely Cursed.

Quirks
Loves foreign foods. Prefers his women heavy. Doesn’t care about nostalgia items like photographs. Talks to his cat like it’s a person.

Skills
Thaumatology-13, Writing-14, Acrobatics-10, Brawling-12, Broadsword-11, Guns (pistol/rifle)-13, Karate-10, Climbing-11, Survival (northern forests)-12, Computer Operation-13, Ecology-11, Geology-11, History-11, Literature-11, Occultism-14, Psychology-11, Theology-13, Acting-13, Stealth-11, Tactics-10.

Languages
English (native)-17.

Equipment
Dan will nearly always be found with a knife somewhere upon his person, although he is usually careful to ensure that the item is legal for him to carry. Depending on the time period of his life in which he’s encountered, he may also be carrying other weapons, including, but not limited to: a pistol, pepper spray, a pressure baton, and perhaps a taser.

Character Notes
This is Dan as he is most likely to be met in a contemporary setting. Note that this is a conservative, mostly realistic treatment of the author, which does not assume that the supernatural is either real or not. A cinematic treatment of Dan, especially one that includes the existence of supernatural elements, would have much higher skill levels, the addition of spells, and even other supernatural advantages and disadvantages, such as the ability to spontaneously cast spells, reputations among angels and demons both, plus allies and enemies among them as well. 
  Dan was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, in 1974. He showed aptitudes for art and language at an early age, but was always somewhat socially withdrawn. His earliest memories of interacting with other children were ones of alienation. By the age of twenty-one, he had been married and divorced, and events previous to that left him convinced that he was somehow fundamentally different from other people, and would never fit into contemporary society. 
  At age thirteen, he received a copy of The Satanic Bible by Anton Szandor LaVey. Upon first reading it, he became enamored with philosophy, but by adulthood he had abandoned the tenets of modern atheistic Satanism in favor of a more broad and personally-developed Left Hand Path philosophy. 
  When he was a teenager, he became a ward of the state due to difficulties involving his home life, mostly surrounding his mother’s divorce from his father, who, while not being Dan’s biological, was the man who had mostly raised him. During these years, his anti-social tendencies deepened, but these feelings were somewhat lessened during his early twenties. 
  Since childhood, Dan had been plagued by undiagnosed schizophrenia (reflected by the disadvantages of Split Personality, and Voices), which had served as the springboard for his interest in the occult and supernatural in his youth. 
  The author made an unsuccessful attempt at a college career. While being a stellar student, his college aspirations eventually failed due to a combination of his worsening schizophrenia and problems financing his education. 
  He managed a comic store for a decade, which coincided with his short college attendance. After this period of his life, and due to several hospitalizations from acute mental illness, Dan came to the conclusion that his best destiny was as a writer, and he increasingly concentrated his time and efforts to that end.

Encountered
Dan can be socially abrasive, but how much of that is truly self-generated, versus being an understandable response to others’ negative reactions to his strangeness, is debatable. Due to his focus on his writing, he increasingly evaluates situations on how much they might help, or harm, his writing career. At times he can seem cold and distant, or even hostile, but this is another reaction to, and often even an anticipation of, the poor treatment generally dealt to those who are socially divergent. 
  Despite the above, few people come away from an encounter with Dan without being left with an impression of the energy, intellect, will, and pride that form the core of his personality.

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