The execution of the previous Congress of the House has resulted in a great deal more activity in the area.
In this case I suspect that 'Activity' translates as Explosions, Assassinations, Kidnappings, Terror, Revenge and Extortion. If I'm wrong ... well, I'm so confident that I'm not that I won't even make a bet concerning some incredible forefeit if I am!
The new Congress is almost uniformly JWIII's cronies but they're also less intelligent than Jack Washington II's picks.
Doubtless JW III hand-picked them to make QUITE sure of this (given that even if they try stabbing him in the back they're far less likely to succeed than he is to survive). You might as well call this the 'Iron Khan' approach to Mastermind/Hechman relations.
Hehehe, a very good one.
Well Anglesey has always struck me as the perfect Our World vacation spot for all those Celtic Eternals who grumble about how touristy Stonehenge has become these days!
Amusingly, my original write-up had Belial driven off by Saint Patrick but I was worried people would wonder why I was confusing the Welsh and Irish.
It WOULD be terribly amusing if Padraig kicked him out of first Wales and then Ireland, wouldn't it.
Incidentally circa the life of St Patrick, the distinction between Welsh and Irish was being energetically blurred by Irish pirates, raiders and migrants (rather like proto-Vikings with a bit of a brogue).
Freehold is one of the cases where not much persecution of the local Native Americans occurred.
Doubtless the age-old realisation that "The Enemy of my Enemy is my Friend" and the arrival of an ENEMY more than big enough to band together all Humankind against it if they but knew played a part in bringing about this happy state of affairs.
Freehold is noteworthy as something of a safe-harbor for people and one of the places where racism has never quite been the same as in the rest of the country.
I'd guess that the long history of intermarriage induced by the notorious examples of inbreeding produced in Lowtown played it's part in this longstanding tradition of tolerance - one imagines some ancienct local by-law to the effect of "Residents may marry whomsoever they please, if they be not Macneers" being exploited to the fullest.
The Confederacy actually intended to burn the place down like Atlanta according to some sources.
According to at least one Conspiracy Theory some of the extraordinary individuals serving with the forces of the CSA tried to do just that in retaliation for Sherman's March to the Sea, being only just prevented from co-operating with certain locals disgruntled with the toll taken by the War Effort to do just that.
The Macneers, ironically, eventually faded from prominence occult-wise due to its inbred nature.
Doubtless all those Blood Rites stopped working when the Entities being summoned realised that when you'd tasted one MacNeer you'd tasted them all!
Unsurprisingly, many of these went on to become the servants of the Mass family when they arrived from Germany with Count Reich II.
Doubtless Count Reich II insisted on making bad fish puns when dealing with his local lackies.
Saint Alyssa, of course, was a WIDOW and not nearly as sheltered as Michael thought.
Doubtless helped that fine lady see through yon fellow's charismatic charm to his absolute lack of scruple - I believe that a later historian described him best when they observed that "He presented to the public scrutiny that rare combination of anti-hero and gentleman-villain best summed up by his job description: Pirate. The reader will be pleased to note that the O'Hara family has changed but little since their second most notorious forebear."
Although to be fair the O'Hara clan has produced both Anti-Heroes, Anti-Villains and those who combined in their persons elements of both over the generations. That's what keeps Freehold society so interesting!
Amusingly, Saul King originally came to the haunted town because he was interested in taking a vacation from all of the craziness in Scotland.
Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales, old Saul King had been across the length and breadth of the British Isles during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms (of which sequence of conflicts The English Civil War wasn't even the first, although it remains the best-known), with a few diversions to more obscure destinations.
After all, how haunted could the New World be with its settlement only several decades? Surely, the natives were too pure from their association with God's natural world to summon demons as the Ancient Romans did.
Saul ended up getting approximately two brews together before all hell broke loose.
Small beer, to be precise, the period's equivelent of non-alcoholic beer (although amusingly Saul King actually campaigned against the drinking of water with the same conviction and energy later generations of puritan brought to the Temperance Leagues).
The actual two Founding fathers who WERE crazy Illumainti-types were mostly notable for raising money for the Continental Army and being weirdos the other Founding Fathers enjoyed.
Mostly because they kept handing them money and some VERY interesting ideas.
The third member from Freehold, Seamus O'Hara, rivaled Sam Addams for the ability to pack it down and inflicted fairly devastating casualties on the British navy.
He was also eventually hung as a pirate since he never got around to getting US approval as a privateer after the war. Freeholders take a perverse sort of pride in his being the only Founding Father to be hung as a criminal.
Well, hanged because he'd never got that approval AND because he was crazy enough to try his luck in battle against a commander who'd actually been paying attention to stories of his exploits, then worked out from them a strategy to beat O'Hara that actually worked - it involved Q-Ships and a NASTY surprise for Mr. O'Hara.
Suffice to say the British were actually fairly cordial towards the colonists and the kinds of atrocities depicted in Mel Gibson's "The Patriot" didn't often occur save at the hands of Hessian mercenaries and the rare local colonial nutter.
Ironically this didn't actually help them all that much in the Freehold area, given that it had been solidly Patriot even before the balloon went up on the Revolutionary War.
Captain Crown, however, committed numerous atrocities that would have gotten him hung if not for the fact he was good at greasing palms and blaming Indians.
Captain Crown, being one of that breed of 'rare colonial nutter' and a true obsessive - the historical record shows that his atrocities were more impressive in quality than quantity, but that need not improve your opinion of the fellow. Karl Mueller could tell you some stories about this particular fanatic, if they didn't turn even his cast-iron stomach a little.
Ironically the only surviving portrait of the man shows that he looked more like Adam Baldwin than Jason Isaacs.
Karl was a hell-raiser indeed during his mortal life and guilty of quite a number of hell-worthy offenses. Oddly, he was still better than many of his mortal fellows. Probably because Karl would kill you if you annoyed him and burn down your house but didn't really make a business of it.
Or to put it another way, it was always personal with him, rather than business (even if he DID accept payment for the privilege of killing those who got in his way, mostly to keep him in beer and wenches).
Really, you can't blame Karl for the above, which isn't true. Karl was more of a man who pushed the envelope by dating sisters or women who worked in the same tavern, not seducing every young woman in Freehold like hes' depicted as.
It's not that he didn't find the idea appealing, but all that campaigning and boozing didn't leave him nearly as much time for wenching as he would have liked (hence all those time-saving two-in-one incidents).
In fact, the forty were children dedicated to Belial by the Illuminati hoping to form a new nation to rival Europe. They were "touched" by hellish magic and went on to form many families involved in the Order of the 9th Circle and Entropic Master cults but didn't hold Belial's own blood.
Not forgetting the more mundane majority who went on to become merely powerful (and frequently corrupt) local traders and politicians: amusingly even this specially-branded band of Hellbound Brothers (and Sisters) didn't produce more than one REAL monster for every ten members.
On the other hand the six members who became REAL monsters were more than enough to persuade the local White Witches to look for somewhere to settle ANYWHERE else. Rumour has it that it took a team-up between an aging Saul King and a newly-arrived Azrael to do something about 'The Devil's Hand.'
Of course, unlike HBO's current series about Atlantic City, Ronnie was a descendant of pirates and knew how to slit throats on occasion.
Doubtless he also possessed the much rarer quality of knowing when NOT to cut throats, even in the face of intense provocation.
Needless to say, organized crime is still a big force in the city. Likewise, the city is pretty divided along ethnic and location lines.
One conceives the amusing mental image that the 'Location' line is more solid than the 'Ethnic' line - because for all the enthusiastic embrace of Old World Traditions in their free time current amongst a certain sort of citizen, inter-marriage tends to be the rule, rather than the exception for Freehold (which only makes the part-time brigade even MORE vociferous about their unique heritage - as an old local saying goes "There's no Irish more Irish than the Freehold Irish, especially when they're half-english!").
Literally hundreds of superheroes have actually existed in Freehold's 250+ year history, the vast majority of them magic users. Roughly around the 1930s onward, however, the city has produced a steady number of science-based heroes.
Then there are the likes of the most unique local franchise, who are just white-collar scientists trying to make money blue-collar style (and getting paid to kick the supernatural in the nuts in the process!). You know their theme, even if they did kinda 'borrow' it from the film which gave them the idea in the first place:
The fae that DO arrive, interestingly, are much more traditional than the wide variety you'll find in Los Dios.
Los Dios being the place one visits if one wants to MAKE a myth, while Freehold is the place one goes to when one wants to LIVE out your own: Traditionalist Fae tend to visit Freehold because those with an inkling of the True World there tend to react in the approved, traditional courtesy/raw terror/trickery on their lips, rather than "You're doing it wrong!".
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