“Guys, I think we may have a problem.” gh0st says.
“Yeah, our mage might be dead and he’s bleeding all over my car!” Zak replies.
“Tell me about it. I can’t tell if my share increased or not.” Roy says over the secure commlink channel.
“No, I mean that name we got, Hermann Meyer, I did a search on him. He’s in the news, he just got murdered. I’m sending you the article now.”
Dark Mage Buried
The life of Hermann Meyer, former leader of Frankfurt’s Dr. Faustus Society, will play out its final chapter today as he is interred in Hauptfriedhof Frankfurt. While his friends and family will be seeking closure, the investigation into his murder remains very much open, with police officials privately expressing their frustration at the lack of compelling leads.
“Everything we have seen tells us this was an intricately planned crime, and that plan extended right through the cover up. We really don’t have any solid leads to pursue,” said one official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Meyer’s body was found on the front lawn of his vast manor five days ago. The official cause of death is listed as massive blood loss, a technical phrase that hardly describes the horror visited upon Meyer. When his body was found, his chest and abdomen were nothing more than gaping wounds, and his entrails were found spread around his body. Some organs, including his heart, have yet to be found. Though hard evidence seems difficult to come by, one element of the case that has drawn considerable attention is the role that magic played in Meyer’s death. As Frankfurt’s leading Faustian mage, Meyer was no stranger to the dark side of magic, and there has been speculation that the same dark forces he tapped into in life may have been involved in his death. Mages working with the police report that a strong spell was cast in the area just before Meyer died, and many observers have commented that the grisly crime had the trappings of ritual magic.
These trappings have made many think of techniques employed across the ocean in Aztlan. In an effort to nip any negative speculation in the bud, Aztechnology has been quick to offer its support in finding the culprits.
“Aztechnology naturally abhors what happened to Mr. Meyer,” said spokesman Bernhard Goldschmidt. “We are fully confident that there is absolutely no connection between our corporation, our methods, and this crime, and we are very interested in seeing the guilty party or parties brought to justice.”
While the investigation continues, Meyer’s peers in the Dr. Faustus Society are committed to carrying on in their late leader’s name. In statements of tribute to Meyer, Faustians have cited his rigorous intellect and his tireless commitment to digging into and uncovering arcane secrets.
“The best tribute we can offer Hermann Meyer is to continue his work, which we will do. We will miss his presence, but his name will continue to be an inspiration,” said Hans Winokur, who has succeeded Meyer as the local leader of the Faustians. Winokur and other members of Meyer’s organizations are expected to be present at the internment of his remains.
The funeral is also likely to include unwelcome guests, such as protestors who believe that using police resources to investigate Meyer’s death is a waste, since he only reaped what he sowed. Councilman Eberhard Keller, who is believed to be connected to the ultraconservative group National Action, has been especially vociferous in his criticism of the official handling of the case.
“Meyer messed with bad things, so bad things happened to him. The amount of time and money the police are spending on this is ridiculous. When someone jumps off a building, they write it up as a suicide and leave it at that. Well, Meyer spent most of his life messing around with sources that were likely to kill him, and they finally killed him. So let’s leave the case alone. I think there are plenty of other problems, like the gangs running around, that they could be worrying about instead of looking into this,” Keller said recently in a public statement on the case.
Meyer’s friends and family did not offer a response to Keller’s statements.