Phaedra has gone to ground. I don’t know if she’ll be back. Underby is still sight unseen. His daughter Lo says he’s in America somewhere. Heh, good luck. It’s rather big. He’s quite needle-shaped, and they have a lot of haystacks there.
Dr. Obolensky has isolated himself into his observatory, and he only sends out his niece or whatever she is to do his “negotiating”, i.e. his dirty work, no doubt.
He’s taken himself out of consideration.
Tenk has gone into some sort of hibernation. Perhaps it’s a test, perhaps not. But it provides the people of Babbage with endless concern for themselves and their city, and me with endless fuel to stoke their disturbing nightmare fires.
This city shall be mine! Mine! Whinnnny! Ah, hrmm, ahem, where was I? Ah, yes…
Some other force has begun to muscle in on my territory! The Melnicks have been plagued by… well, let’s just say that I’ve been observing the whole affair from a distance, and it’s been rather enlightening. I could help if they asked me.
Those idiots at the Church have locked themselves away. Cloistered, sequestered, whatever they’re doing in there. I heard one of them muttering about a “box”, so perhaps they’re making fudge for the tourists.
I saw Malus in the cafe’ the other day. He was crowing about some new technique that Lapis is teaching them all, some meditation claptrap. Apparently they’re all still afraid to go to sleep, even though I haven’t been near them since before Christmas. Now that’s how to sow fear! I don’t even have to lift a dream finger and they all run scared.
I also met a reptilian Russian soldier who has recently come to town. She should mix things up a bit. I wonder if lizards work together and if she’ll join Doctor Dinosaur Runner in his anti-mammal campaign. Nightmare fuel indeed! Those “doom clocks” seed people’s fitful sleep quite well with virtually no suggestion from me.
Though it is hard to madden people who are already being driven mad. Perhaps I should go strategically smash a few of those clocks…
(dictated to and transcribed by Dictaclank Model 52 Deluxe)