Dresden Files - Never After
Theme: The Irish Monster Mash
The Face: Donald Macleod (no, he isn’t the Highlander, stop asking) Druid/Park Manager
In 1835, it was decided by the well to do of NYC that in order to compete with the likes of Paris and London, they had to mimic their public grounds. A clear show of their culture and sophistication, a huge public park would be seen as hallmark that NYC is a place not only of business but refined enough to have a beautiful landscape for the upper crust to relax in. It was perfectly reasonable since the only area to be landscaped was full of unsightly vistas, such as swampland and the Irish.
According to the History books, around 1600 Irish were “displaced” in order to begin work on Central Park. What the history books don’t mention is that those 1600 were the survivors. There were roughly 4000 or so Irish immigrants who had created a small settlement within the area that we now know as central park. They refused to move and no amount of threat would push them, which wouldn’t do for the White court vampires who had numerous contracts that depended on the establishment of Central Park.
House Skavis, one of the major powers at the time, decided that instead of just hiring some muscle to take care of the problem for them, they decided to make a holiday of it. During one terrible night, they feasted on the waves of despair of thousands of Irish citizens, causing a dearth of suicides that would scar the survivors for years to come. Parents sliced their throats in front of children. Adults watched as children as young as three threw themselves into swamps, drowning themselves while screaming about how misbehaved they’ve been.
In the end, a little more than 2000 Irish died and the survivors told stories to anyone who would listen, but no one did. The Irish were considered, at best, second class citizens and at worst, lazy pests. House Skavis watched as the Irish were ignored, as they knew they would be, and were sated by one of the rare occasions where they could finally let loose. A fact they would later come to regret.
After Central park was finally completed, stories started coming about of strange sightings across the park. Seen as the ridiculous talk of superstitious human livestock, several members of House Skavis went to a nice secluded area of central park, set up blankets and foodstuffs, and enjoyed a wonderful picnic in the midmorning sun. In the end, there were only two survivors.
A number of creatures from Irish folklore seemed to materialize out of nowhere and attack the vampires with abandon. Two were killed by a pũca who transformed into a Boar and ripped them apart with massive tusks. One tried to run but found itself in a sudden fog and impaled himself on a spike in his panic. The two survivors ran for their lives, escaping from the park but not from its curse. Each night, they were kept awake by the wailings of a banshee screaming into their ears and no amount of spells or mystical artifacts would stop it. Eventually, they couldn’t take it anymore and, Ironically, committed suicide.
Any White Vampire of House Skavis that enters central park is immediately cursed by a powerful hex and it is avoided like a plague by the entire clan. It is seen as a lesson on the price of excess and many young Skavis are told to “remember the park”.
Central park, although technically safe, is still home to numerous creatures of Irish folklore. How they came to be there is a mystery. Whether there was a powerful Irish wizard in the original settlement or the collective cry of thousands called them, they are there to stay.
Irish creatures: http://www.irishcultureandcustoms.com/acalend/creepycreatures.html