New Year, New Dangers

1-image_2Happy New Year. I’m glad you came back, but if I were you, I would just walk away and pretend that monsters aren’t real. That they aren’t secretly walking the streets, waiting for a chance to eat you. Because if you read on, the monsters will come for you.

But if you’re going to stay, then I should at least arm you with some information about our enemy.

The Creach is divided into five distinct groups: vampires, zombies, werewolves, demons and the Lesser Creach which is made up of all the weird little creatures that don’t fit into the other groups. You know, trolls, goblins, harpies, sirens, mugwumps, blood-howlers, etc.

A Lord rules over each group with an iron fist. These guys are the worse. Under constant leadership challenge from their own kind, they are forced to keep order with vicious efficiency or die. The Creach hoard respects strength and violence above all else, so life as a Creach tends to be short and brutal. This just makes the ones who survive more dangerous as adversaries.

Over all the Lords, rules the vampire Ren Lucre, the Lord of the Creach, Eater of Souls and all-around bad guy. In fact, I found out things about Ren Lucre at the Monster Hunter Academy that blew my mind. I don’t have time to go into them here, but I’m writing down what’s been happening at the Academy so I hope to have something out to you guys soon.

While the Creach are nasty and ruthless and worthy of your fear, there’s something very important to keep in mind. Not all of them are bad. Many (most) of my hunter brethren disagree with me on this, but I know it to be a fact. Since some of you may not have read my book yet and intend to, I’ll not spoil the surprise. And if you’ve read the book, you know what I’m talking about.

There’s a danger in thinking of the individual Creach only by the group to which it belongs. In fact, this way of thinking forms the very basis for bigotry and hatred and makes the coming Creach War almost inevitable. Once we stop thinking of them as individuals and just lump them together and make assumptions about them, we are destined for ignorance and miscalculation.

Come to think of it, this is a good reminder for how we look at our fellow humans as much as how we look at the Creach. Something to think about the next time you assume you know what someone thinks or believes simply because they look a certain way, pray a certain way, belong to a certain group, or just happen to be a demon with glowing eyes and fangs. I’m just saying.

OK, that should give you a basic overview of the types of monsters you’ll face. I’ve put up a website with information about tracking and surveillance techniques, fighting skills, etc. I’ll respond to comments on this blog or you can reach me at the website with questions. I promise I’ll get back to you…if I’m still alive.

Hopefully, you will join the fight. If you do, remember…

Do your duty, come what may.