Terranova Investigative Services
#25 Merryman Way
New Babbage, New Babbage
Location: Warehouse, SE corner of Jefferson & Perdido, Babbage Square
Synopsis: Complainant Br. Dominic Lapis stated that there was ongoing criminal activity at the above location, which is currently housing an unlicensed opium parlor. During the course of checking the premises a large number of human and animal remains were discovered in the attic.
All remains were secured pending examination by the City Coroner.
The contents of the scene were processed, photographed and cataloged.
The investigation is ongoing.
Case Status: Open
Ms. J. Dagger, Senior Investigator
Mr. J.S. Cratchitt, Runner
Mr. R. Tibbs, Runner
Miss J. Smythe, Associate
Property & Evidence List
Location: Abandoned warehouse, SE corner of Jefferson & Perdido, Babbage Square
Item 1) Crate containing mixed animal remains. Not recent.
Item 2) Crate containing mixed animal remains. More recent.
Item 3) Crate containing mixed animal remains. Contents display a high level of insect activity and decomposition.
Item 4,5,6) Dessicated corpse, details unknown. Wrapped in sheet. Cause of death unknown at time of report.
Item 7) Crate containing dismembered body. Possible predation.
Item 8) Box containing severed head. Appears to be female. Black hair neatly arranged, held in place by ornate jade haircomb.
Item 9) Large crate containing various bones and unidentified body parts.
Item 10) Bound journal book
Remains are to be examined by City Coroner Miggins.
Miss J Smyth, Associate
Personal Journal NByr9, 1 August
It’s been a long day. Once we came down from the roof everyone managed to relate something close to the same story. The thing ran out, Cratchitt alerted Lapis, it ran towards the Chapel, the Brothers lost it in the dark. I asked about Lucius and all either of them would say was he had turned in for the night. Lapis sent Sevas back before I could talk to him, and Lapis was exceptionally obtuse once the chase was over.
We started clearing the attic once everyone had a chance to let the excitement wear off. It was more of a mess than I had originally thought. For starters, the original ‘manager’ of the opium den was an older female named Li Fen Woe, and she apparently had a habit of stashing clients who died chasing the dragon in the attic. We found several tightly wrapped desiccated bodies stacked in the one corner of the room. If it had been under some other circumstance, I’m sure someone would have figured out to sell a genuine ‘New Babbage Mummy’ to Mr. Dark’s little freakhouse.
The next part gets more interesting. Mr Lee, the current proprietor, went on and on about how he had prayed for assistance with Madame Woe, as apparently she was a real harridan as an employer. So he said one day the ghost shows up and begins to sing about how things are about to change. Mr Lee said that he came in to work and found that Madame Woe was not in her usual spot by the door awaiting customers. Lee claimed the ghost was in the shadows telling him that freedom was at hand, and that the den now belonged to him. The ghost remained present and would appear on occasion if one of the customers became angry or displeased.
Mr Lee said that the arrangement remained a mutually beneficial one for a number of weeks, until the ghost became much more aggressive towards him and began making ever increasingly bizarre demands. Lee finally approached one of the Brothers with the idea of the exorcism as a last resort.
Inside one of the boxes we found a severed head that just by part of the description was most likely our missing lady. I took the box down to Lee and made him look at it, and he confirmed that this indeed was the now late Madame Woe. He said that the comb in her hair was hers and was a prized possession.
By proximity, we found another crate with a neatly dismembered and obviously female body inside. It was presumably the rest of Madame Woe, given the size, mass, and skintone. Apparently the ghost sampled the goods but didn’t come back for seconds.
There was also a large quantity of animal parts in various stages of decomposition in a few other boxes. I decided that Jordan needed to make the property list, and to her credit she only threw up twice. Poor Tibbs had to step out before he got the sympathy heaves.
We found a set of bound journals, two account ledgers (or so I assume), and another containing some curious writing. Jordan had taken a peek and she said it made no sense to her. Before I had a chance to examine it fully, Brother Lapis decided it was of the utmost importance that he take it with him. It turned out that I opted for saving my strenuous argument for another day, and let him have the book.
Lucky for us we didn’t have far to go to deliver the remains to the morgue. I left Miggins a note and locked everything up in the storage room.
I will come back tomorrow and look around in the daylight, once I’ve had a bath and a nap. I have a feeling this isn’t over yet.
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