Infernal Illustrations: The Curse of Christoph Haizmann

n August of 1677, the Bavarian constabulary encountered anguished artisan Christoph Haizmann, illustrator of the infernal. The purportedly possessed painter pleaded with the police for protection from forces not yet known and phantoms unseen.

According to the testimony, the curse of the craftsman began nine years prior to the night of August 29th, when Haizmann was strick with a sickness of the soul.

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Henry Boguet: The Burner of Burgandy

Boguet was allegedly personally opposed to extreme acts of torture, though his distaste for the diabolical deeds of Witchcraft outweighed his shaky stomach. Having amassed over 1,500 victims in his career as Grand Judge, Henry Boguet offered upwards of forty witches the right of Retentum, none of which were honored at the stake. A promise broken. A peace unknown.

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Predator and Priest: The Fault of Father Thomas Boullé

Father Thomas Boullè was no hunter of hags. The Abbot of Louvier was an accused Warlock and burned at the stake in the year 1647. According to the testimony of “demoniac” Sister Madeline Bavent, eighteen nuns, including herself, were bewitched by Father Boullè and Mathurin Picard, the director of the nunnery who was deceased and long-buried during the diabolic deeds. Sister Bavent testified that the vicar and the voice-from-the-grave ushered the unsuspecting women to a witches sabbath in the night, where the Sisters were forced to commit acts of blasphemy upon a black altar.

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Michael Sendivogius: The Light of Alchemy

An alchemist imprisoned. The cell does not only contain the man, for with the alchemist travels the work. Hidden within his tattered rags is the key to eternal life. The Magnum Opus. The Philosopher’s Stone. Well, at least, the ingredients. Ingredients not contained within a holding of the church. Luckily for our unfortunate friend, a fellow advocate of the alchemical arts is wandering about this seemingly fictional fortress. The man who would inherit the cryptic formula from the doomed alchemist is Michael Sendivogius, the Light of Alchemy.

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