Mr. William Marshall, House Guernicus
Denver Court of Hermetic Justice
Sarah Greencreek, Quaesitor of House Bjornaer
Pure Snows Covenant
We have had a posse of hoplites enter Boulder and start making enquiries. Our custodes made note of them, and I took the opportunity to make their acquaintance. I am penning this letter to you by way of making a report so that any actions they may take in our vicinity will come as no surprise. Although I have appended a copy of the report that hoplite Elisavet Brooklyn Whalen of House Guernicus entrusted to me to send on to Mr. Reginald McCurry, I felt it wise to summarize the contents in my own words in case you haven’t the time to engage with Ms. Whalen’s far more detailed and meticulous reporting.
Ms. Whalen was accompanied by three associates. The first was Colonel James Trombley, a Jerbiton of some fame and import, particularly among the east-coast Hermetic elite. By way of contrast, Mr. John Westphal moved around the town of Boulder wearing little more than a burlap sack with holes cut in it for his arms and head. He, too, has a reputation, although one of a starkly different character than the Colonel’s. Lastly, Mr. Douglas Turner of House Flambeau rounded out the group.
They were tracking the Marched criminal James “The Taxidermist” Waldorf. You’ll recall the two hoplites that came through here nearly two years ago looking for the same gentleman. They lost the trail, but as you may remember, they were dispirited and wounded. We assumed that the criminal had continued west, but it would appear, from the evidence gathered by this fresh batch of hunters, that we were mistaken.
These hunters had a bit more information on what Mr. Waldorf is capable of, and were able to make pointed inquiries with our local deputy marshall, and the sheriff’s office on the subject of streaks of bad fortune and other evidence of non-Hermetic curse magic or active infernal influence. They discovered that the family of the deputy mayor of Boulder, Phillip Cottrell, has suffered unusually persistent misfortune for nearly a year and a half, beginning with the disappearance of his daughter Marguerite.
It would appear that Marguerite was Gifted, but that the religious proclivities of her family prompted significant efforts to conceal that fact from friends, family, and the Order. The hoplites’ current theory is that Waldorf took her as an apprentice, and cursed her family as a means of ingratiating himself to her.
It is true that, beneath the lintel stone of the burnt-down Cottrell family home there was discovered a deer’s scapula writ with strange runes, clearly delivered through supernatural agency. It was also discovered that a bear scapula with similar runes lay beneath the lintel stone of Mr. Cottrell’s sister’s home, where his remaining children were staying, and a squirrel scapula, similarly marked, was concealed near his room at the hotel. The hoplites utilized their arts and determined that all of these beasts were slain by Waldorf or Marguerite herself, making her at the very least an unknowing accessory to the curse upon her family. The bones themselves had been delivered by animal and human agents that, at least in the eyes of spells to peer back through time, appeared marked by infernal powers.
The hoplites removed these bones, of course, and alerted the family. But they went one step further and summoned through means unknown Mr. Samuel Sorensen of House Bonisagus. I am not privy to what Mr. Sorensen did, exactly, at the Cottrell family holdings but all hint of non-Hermetic magic and other infernal taint has been expunged and there’s the strong aura of an active Rego Vim ritual spell surrounding both the sister’s house and the hotel. My closest estimate is that both spells are of the tenth magnitude. I can’t imagine why Mr. Sorensen would expend those sorts of resources on a mundane family, but his business is his own.
As for the hoplites, they have left Boulder to pursue some leads to the south-east. It would appear that Waldorf had ensorcelled two local mine owners and operators and won, through gambling, deeds to some of their holdings. I imagine we’ll be hearing more of the fruits of their investigation when (or if) they return.
On an unrelated note, Ms. Whalen and I had a lengthy conversation on the events of the annual Caucus in Washington DC. It would appear that Mr. Maximilian Foster of House Tytalus, and member of the Setting Son covenant, has engineered his selection to represent his House as a quaesitor. It would appear that certain efforts made to limit Setting Son’s influence over the quaesitores have been summarily undone. I intend to come to visit you in Denver within the next fortnight to discuss these matters in person, provided you are available.
I look forward to our next meeting,