The final chapter in our ongoing Black Night story.
The penultimate chapter! Pietro is waking up to disaster.
It’s day 11, and it’s time to peek behind another Carnevale door…
We’re coming to the close of the Black Night, but the Morgraur is still running rampant!
The Morgraur bit another man in two before picking up a woman in its jaws, whipping her body around and hurling the bloody corpse into the canal. The remaining attackers were crushed under the Morgraur’s body as it slithered its way past, leaving a trail of death and destruction in its wake. Not a single person to have seen the Morgraur had survived, the monster’s ferocity devastating everything close to it.
So far the great beast had made its way up a small portion of the Grand Canal, leaving several entire blocks of houses in pieces. It crashed through another building, killing a family of four in their sleep as the building collapsed into the lagoon. It swam south, down a street barely large enough for its bulk, breaking walls from buildings as it moved.
As it rounded out from the street, it came back to the Giudecca canal. A gondolier had noticed the giant serpent amongst the chaos and began to scream. The Morgraur turned to face the boatman and plunged down onto the gondolier, its jaws open ready. It crashed into the water, devouring both man and boat in a single bite.
Having returned to the canal, the Morgraur turned and moved back out through the lagoon into the sea. Causing a huge current to hit the bottom side of Dorsuduro, flooding much of the southern side of the island and overturning many moored gondolas. In an act of spite, the World Serpent ploughed through a merchant vessel, sinking the brig and ruining all of its precious cargo. Finally content with the destruction it had wrought, the Morgraur left the lagoon and returned to the Adriatic, leaving behind a desolated district; several destroyed or sunk ships and many bodies strewn around the streets. Some had been bitten in half, others had crumpled beside smashed walls whilst an unlucky few had been crushed in the debris of various buildings in their sleep.
Back to the Ospedale to uncover Carlo’s findings, and meet a renowned figure in today’s chapter of the Black Night.
Carlo moved excitedly through the building complex of the Opsedale on San Servolo, he couldn’t wait to let Kaine know of his findings. The Rent was the key to everything! Without it then their experiments could falter and perhaps fail entirely. Reaching Kaine’s office he didn’t slow his pace, putting his arm forwards and bursting into the room.
“Sir, look what I discovered, the Rent in the Sky! It’s the key to everything.”
Kaine was looking out of the window, facing away from the door with his arms crossed behind his back. He was a tall man, dressed smartly with sharp features and clever eyes. He was the most prominent man in all the Opsedale and oversaw the running of the building complex, including the more nefarious tasks the Doctors undertook.
“You didn’t knock.” Kaine replied evenly, his gaze still outside the window.
Carlo was taken by surprise for a moment before composing himself, and continuing on with detailing his findings. He mentioned every last detail; how he had experimented on the boy whilst the Rent had filled the sky and comparing them to his most recent results. Turning away from the window, Kaine sat at his desk and rested his head on his hand, concentrating on what Carlo had found and looking disappointed.
“Interesting,” Kaine began, “so you say that any magical ability which we might source originates from the Rent? When it was prevalent it scattered eldritch energy throughout Venice, yet now that it has seemingly disappeared all of that magical energy has been lost?”
“Yes sir that is exactly what I am saying. The experiments on the boy prove it. I believe that if we are able to better harness the magic of the Rent, we will be able to make advances in medicine incredibly quickly and efficiently.” Carlo replied, his eyes wide with excitement.
Taking a moment to respond, Kaine stood up and walked over to Carlo and grasped his shoulder, “Then we had better hope that the Rent returns! The rest of Venice may feel like this is a blessing but we depend on it for our research.”
Returning to the window again, Kaine looked up to the Rent which was still barely visible in the night sky, “Perhaps we should look into how we might create another tear if this one should not return. Yes, that should be a priority.”
The Morgraur continues its rampage in part 8 of our ongoing advent story in the world of Carnevale.
For the first work in progress Wednesday we are looking at something a little monstrous.
Meanwhile, on San Servolo, the Black Night continues…
It’s day 7 of the Advent Calendar. We’ve had a lot of Carnevale miniatures released recently, and even more shown on the Kickstarter, so how about something brand new?
The Morgraur is unleashed in today’s chapter of The Black Night.