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Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Shroud

The Shroud

Creator: Sean Danowski
King Raven (Ravenshroud)
Annie Julep

Set in the 1880s, he had been a famous actor once. His stage name was King Raven, as he felt his true name, Ravenshroud was too morbid. His costar had loved him, but bargained her soul for eternal youth and life on the stage. He had saved her soul, but lost his in the process. He made another bargain of sorts, one for the return of his soul, but it too was for a price.
Ravenshroud is a gentleman in flowing black mantle from beneath which peaked the last word in fashionable wear. He has jade eyes, an aristocratic face with an aquiline nose and thin lips. His lithe, long-legged frame unfolded, an opera hat set rakishly upon his slicked hair, and a golden serpent-head walking stick complimented the attire. A razor-sharp blade was concealed within that walking stick!
The Shroad’s face was a stark chalk white, the lipless mouth a permanent grin exposing a skull’s visage. The eyes were deep sockets from which peered white orbs that glared without blinking. Not quite human, his calling card is a miniature silver skull, tiny emeralds imbedded in its eye sockets.
The Carriage is fully a town coach of the most expensive model, with its midnight black exterior and its sable curtains, drawn by twin ebon stallions whose coats shown in the gaslight with a dull luster; only touches of gold trim broke the color scheme. Four oil lamps hung from the four corners of the carriage, their dullish orange glow flickering like funeral lights. The sumptuous but dim interior contained matching deep crimson leather seats and curtains. But perhaps most notable – and most amazing – was that the coach was driverless!
Foster is Ravenshroud’s elderly servant.
Adele is a statuesque lady on the brink of middle age, her aristocratic features serene, her blazing red hair heightening her elegantly mature features. She believes Ravenshroad dead, sacrificed for the return of her soul.
Annie Julep is an elderly woman who runs a boarding house where Ravenshroud sends those he is helping to safety.
            There have been two stories in this exciting series:
“The House of Somnus” WEIRD STORIES #1
“The Headless Horrors” DOUBLE DANGER TALES #2

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