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    Jack The Ripper ~ Unholy

    "I was born with the devil in me. I could not help the fact that I was a murderer, no more than the poet can help the inspiration to sing — I was born with the 'Evil One' standing as my sponsor beside the bed where I was ushered into the world, and he has been with me since."
    Herman Webster Mudgett was born on May 16, 1861 in Gilmanton, New Hampshire. His father, Levi Horton Mudgett, was a farmer by trade and a postmaster who made a comfortable living for his family but was known to be a violent alcoholic. His mother, Theodate Page Price Mudgett, displayed little love for any of her four children. In fact, she let them know that she thought they were a punishment upon her for her adulterous affairs and fathered by the devil through the resulting drunkenness of their father. As a farmer, Hermans father was also a butcher who made his son help him especially when he was too drunk to hold a steady hand. He would later recall how he first butchered a pig held up by it's hind quarters only to have the struggling animals internal organs spill out upon him to his fathers delight. These experiences desensitized the young Mudgett to the suffering of others turning his focus inwards until he cared only for his own needs. He excelled in school which made him a target for bullies and one dark night, these bullies trapped him in a doctors office where they forced him to endure being caressed by the hands of a skeleton. What the bullies did not know was that the skeleton belonged to a woman who had been a black widow and that her remains had been stolen by grave robbers to make an anatomical specimen for the doctor. Seemingly paralyzed with fear, the bullies laughed not understanding that he was actually mesmerized by visions flooding into his mind from the evil surviving within those bones. He could see many deaths by many hands all connected to a mysterious amber stone.

    Through the killers eyes, he could almost see deep within the stone where what appeared to be a silver blade made itself known to him. He could also see the woman whose bones he had embraced as she preyed on others to enrich herself and butchered women trying to learn why they could bear children and she herself was barren. His fears became lost to him at this moment and a sense of fascination with death became formed which controlled him for the rest of his days. As he sought out the stone which now called to him, Mudgett began dissecting dead animals to try understanding death as a hobby of sorts to satisfy his inquisitive mind. He then began torturing and killing live animals to learn what made them living so that he might better understand what made them dead. When he found the stone that had called to him, a female spirit emerged from the stone taunting and teasing him. This spirit led him to drown a young female cousin to see if he was capable of killing a human. Not only was he capable, he proved crafty enough to get away with it without suspicion. Several more disappearances would be because of him before he got married and used his wifes inheritance to put himself through college in Vermont before transferring to a medical college in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was here that he perfected his skills and used the bodies of stolen cadavers for insurance scams where he claimed them as extended family members. After returning to his wife and disfiguring their son in an experiment, he began a life journeying across the country pulling off scams to enrich himself while perfecting his ability as a murderer.

    These eyes will deceive you, they will destroy you. They will take from you, your innocence, your pride, and eventually your soul. These eyes do not see what you and I see. Behind these eyes one finds only blackness, the absence of light, these are of a psychopath.
    In Chicago, he adopted the identity of Dr. Henry Howard Holmes where he continued his scams before killing a woman he was buying a drugstore from so that he could claim ownership. Other victims were soon to follow might be defleshed as part of his grave robbing enterprise to create, then sell, anatomical skeletons to the medical profession. He was also involved in an occult group calling themselves the T'phiron who worshiped a goat headed ancient one they called T'phiroth. Using the stone, Holmes became the cults leader and encouraged them in their bloody obsessions as it was changing the stone through their belief. The stone seemed to glow from within and develop blood vessels making it appear like a beating heart which he convinced his followers was the Heart of T'phiroth. When the stone finally fractured and fell away, the blade within it became revealed and Holmes would use it to sacrifice members of the cult finding them to be willing victims. It was only now that he became aware of the other blades as the spirit which had been leading him; now became merged with him. It would also reveal to Holmes that he was a lesser being, a member of the Forsaken making him an immortal so long as he's not slain by one of his own. He would also be drawn to cross the Atlantic because he was beginning to feel uneasy knowing that one of the investigators aware of his crimes was an Eternal and a sworn enemy just because Holmes existed. While in London, England; a series of murders had begun in 1888 where the media went wild proclaiming a mass murderer was on the loose and giving him the name Jack the Ripper! Holmes would become drawn to the Ripper and on November 9, 1888; he confronted him to take what he viewed as rightfully his.

    Jack the Ripper was a name given to a murderer who became known to the general public after the killing of a woman named Mary Ann Nichols. The truth was that the Ripper had been at work for quite some time and had many victims to his credit. He was a phantom, a wraith who had manifested from one of the stones and gained a life of it's own. In a sense, he was the core of the entity trapped within the blades and he possessed people through which he committed his murders. The only names he had ever known were the names of those he possessed and this had always troubled him not knowing who he himself was or where he had come from. He came to London in 1874 following a family of Irish immigrants who settled in the community of Whitechapel. Here, he began following the emerging influence of yellow journalism that sensationalized the news and even contributed to many of the events they covered. He wanted that type of notoriety for himself and began a a new series of murders trying to establish a signature for his crimes where people would know it was him. The murder of Nichols was his attempt to gain attention and he had not anticipated how much attention he would get. Fame became intoxicating and when the media named him Jack the Ripper, he finally had an identity of his own. He would see the media as his creator, as his mother, and if the media wanted more... Jack would gladly oblige his growing fanbase. Nevertheless, when the wraith faced Holmes, Jack the Ripper would die but be reborn as part of H.H. Holmes.

    Inside every one us, there exists a dark side. Most people rise above it, but some are consumed by it. Until there is nothing left, but pure evil.
    The process of absorbing this new spirit, and it's blade, would leave Holmes disfigured and force him to wear a cloth bag over his head. This bag had two holes for his eyes and a slash across the mouth revealing the vicious teeth hidden by darkness. He would also have difficulty retaining control over his own mind as Jack took over for a time and the number of victims grew. By this time, the media was no longer reporting the story of Jack the Ripper as the government and law enforcement cracked down holding the media accountable for encouraging the Ripper murders. Holmes would eventually regain control and his features returned to normal so that he felt compelled to return home. But, the Ripper wasn't gone as the wraith was now a permanent part of H.H. Holmes and he couldn't stop himself from taking more lives that would be reported lost at sea. When he returned home to Chicago, H.H. Holmes would create an idea worthy of a man of his stature. The World's Columbian Exposition was coming to Chicago and Holmes envisioned death on a massive scale because he knew that many would be foreigners and most wouldn't be missed if they disappeared. Across the street from where he lived, he would begin building his Murder Castle, a hotel where many of the rooms were designed to asphyxiate his victims, to burn them alive, a "secret hanging chamber" where he lynched his victims, suffocate them in a large bank vault, a special "brick room" where his victims slowly starved to death and a room set up like a butcher shop to carve his victims up like meat while they were still alive.

    The basement of the Murder Castle was especially important as it was designed like a medieval torture chamber built around a central rack used to stretch his victims until they died from their massive injuries. There was a special metal chute for sending bodies to the basement from the upper floors where two enormous furnaces, acid vats and lime pits to dispose of the bodies. His blades would not remain silent during this time as Jack had to be satisfied to maintain control. Holmes would travel across the country where Jack the Ripper would emerge leaving dead bodies everywhere Holmes stopped to rest from his traveling. Holmes was also using the Murder Castle to make himself even wealthier as he paid for insurance on his employees and even guests which insurance companies paid out on. The bodies would not be entirely destroyed in most cases as Holmes was still in the business of selling skeletons to academic and medical circles. He would try this again in Toronto and Indianapolis where financial difficulties prevented him from creating more Murder Castles, but it wouldn't stop him from killing. It would be his greed which ultimately brought Holmes down as he might never have been stopped had he not killed one of his crew named Benjamin Pitezel to collect the insurance. With law enforcement on his trail, Holmes would be arrested in Philadelphia for, of all things, horse theft (in Texas) on November 17, 1894. He would be tried, convicted and hanged on May 7, 1896 where he strangled to death because his neck wouldn't break.

    “One day men will look back and say i gave birth to the twentieth century.”
    His name was Sethlans, a master artisan able to create wonders with metal and the forge which few would ever equal. He was so named for the god of the forge and of metal working known to the ancient Etruscans from which his own blood derived. Sethlans would find himself the victim of a demon who killed his wife to steal from her the very fertility which was given unto women as the bringers of life. He himself had been injured trying to save his wife and did protect his daughters who fled screaming into the night. That face, that horrible face would be seared into his memory for the rest of his remaining days and lead him into obsessing with the demons destruction. To this end, he would craft thirteen ornate silver blades blessed by the gods and devils alike as this demon was not of the Hellborne... but Hell desired to make his acquaintance! With twelve children either sired by him, or found abandoned to fate along the roadside, Sethlans would put his plan into motion. They would track the demon across many lands losing many lives before successfully bringing the demon down. Thirteen blades would cut into the demon on this dark and stormy night. Thirteen blades which divided his soul among them so that he would be forever damned within them. Sethlans would spend the rest of his days traveling the world to hide the blades where he hoped none would ever find them. Yet, the blades would not remain lost in a world filled with evil and, one by one, they would be rediscovered to infect the world with their wickedness.

    Sethlans had encased each blade within volcanic stone so as to disguise them and he died content in knowing that he had achieved what even he had believed impossible. Given time, the stone became changed by the evil within the blades. They morphed and changed to become what they sensed a living creature needed to see in order to remove them to a location where they might be more easily discovered. When they finally fell into the hands of humans, the stones seemed to speak to those who possessed them. They could share the thoughts of those around them and even determine more accurately the outcome of fate often mistaken for an ability to see the future. The purpose they would serve wasn't to be the wielder of the blade as only the blackest of hearts would be worthy and only the blackest of hates might even awaken the evil within each blade! The stones would slowly gain possession of their owners leading them to acts of violence which most did not remember but became haunted by. If they survived long enough to become fully possessed by the power of the blades, they could break the blades free and unleash true evil upon the world. Over the passage of time, each blade became unique to it's master and each would have many masters carving their way through fields of flesh. Those who wielded them viewed themselves as avatars of death, servants of the gods who created rivers of blood carrying souls to whatever rewards awaited them in the afterlife. But, if these beings were predators, there was a cannibal in their midst as only one among them possessed a waking knowledge of what they really were.

    The darkest souls are not those which choose to exist within the hell of the abyss, but those which choose to move silently among us.
    The serial killer who became known as Jack the Ripper had a sense of what it was even though it knew little more than what it sensed. Unlike Holmes, the Ripper never knew an original "self" but he did know that Holmes had to physically die if the two separate souls were to again be merged as one. Thus, the Ripper waited patiently for his power to grow strong enough to prevent Holmes from summoning his blades to make his escape. While Holmes may not have known who or what he truly was, he knew enough that he did not want grave robbers to do to him what he had done to so many others. For that reason, he would be buried in a grave filled with cement and there would be no grave marker as Holmes wished his final resting place to go undisturbed. But, where H.H. Holmes had sought to be forgotten, the Ripper had far greater aspirations to be remembered as something haunting the human mind for many generations to come. Where Holmes thought to imprison his body within a thick layer of concrete, the Ripper knew that such was not enough to prevent him from resurrection and what emerged from the grave of H.H. Holmes was a creature obsessed with making itself whole once again. Over the following century, the Ripper would find five more of the blades and slay those which possessed them in order that he might absorb what they had become. Each blade transferred part of it's soul element to the wielder of the blades because only within the souls of living beings might they be restored and made whole once again.

    The Ripper would retain his proper name as Jack because it served him well and it was a name which would continue to create fear in the hearts of men long after the story itself was done. He would also continue to possess others where it served him so that the mystery of Jack the Ripper would continue even if his signature means of killing was always changing. Those he possessed were doomed as while his power became their power, his mind became their mind and they had no control over what they did even if they might be aware of what they were doing. They became stronger, faster and; while their injuries would not heal, neither would they die as long as Jack was within them. When Jack decided to break this symbiotic relationship and depart, however, the human he had possessed might die from these injuries or be left to explain their evil deeds with none believing them. Retaining the name Jack, the Ripper possesses a morbid sense of humor and when he chooses to speak; it is often a matter of respect for those he's speaking to or he's possessing someone. It's not that Jack is silent in his true form, it's that his true form is that of a killer and he chooses to let his blades do the talking for him. The unique thing about his blades, in this respect, is that they seem to sing as they actually slice through the air and make a spine chilling sound like metal on metal when they emerge from beneath his sleeves. Over the following century, Jack would accumulate five more of the blades and absorb five more pieces of an incomplete soul.

    "Whilst we conventional Social Democrats were wasting our time on education, agitation and organization, some independent genius has taken the matter in hand, and by simply murdering and disemboweling ... women, converted the proprietary press to an inept sort of communism."
    He would begin to remember things about his former self. He would be especially intrigued to learn that he was of the Unholy, a race of beings secretly dwelling among humanity who could never die. The Eternal & Forsaken were only the whelp offspring of the Unholy and they could be slain by their own kind meaning they could be slain by the Unholy but they themselves possessed no such power to kill the Unholy! It was for this reason that his soul had been split asunder as while he could not be slain, that didn't mean there weren't ways through which they could be defeated or imprisoned. This was never meant to be a curse upon the creature as Sethlans meant for none of the thirteen stones to ever be found. What he could not foresee was the ability of the soul to change the stones and to manipulate those who might possess them. The end result would be the Ripper and his struggle to put the pieces of his soul back together again and to seek them out among the mass murderers of the world. The stones would become scattered even further across the globe as they became traded and sold with the Ripper unable to sense them until a dark soul like himself came into possession of one. Until such time, the Ripper must seek out his prey viewing himself as a wolf among the sheep and seeing how his actions had set in motion events which did, in fact, change the course of world history. Queen Victoria was finally made aware of the plight among Britains poor because of the scandal and because so many with access to her were becoming suspects in the murders. This gave audience to the growing support for Liberalism within the Empire and attention be given to the poor living in the British homeland that ultimately resulted in the dissolution of the British Empire.

    Jack the Ripper is a shapeshifter able to take on the forms of those he has slain and the personalities of the other blade holders when they are needed. He possesses abilities similar to a phantom or wraith such as the ability to materialize and dematerialize at will. If allowed to slip into the shadows, Jack can disappear completely and reappear somewhere else close by where he might escape in the form of another or by physically merging with someone. He possesses certain powers to create illusions so that he might appear where he is not or to multiply himself where only one actually exists. By touching them, he can inflict harm upon their minds by summoning their darkest memories and imaginings to torture them with. Another power he possesses, which is somewhat related to this, is the ability to transform his surroundings into a colorless environment with illusions of people wearing 19th century attire. Jack can be harmed by cold iron and anything that can harm him can cause him pain. By absorbing other dark souls like himself, he also absorbed certain their strengths and weaknesses with one such weakness being a strong distaste of enduring pain. Thus, cold iron can cause the Ripper to retreat and can weaken him if his injuries are caused by this metal. His own belief about this is that he possesses the blood of Fae within his veins and it is this blood which causes him harm as well as granting him certain strengths. He wears a suit like that of a wealthy gentleman from the 19th century complete with top hat and a wolf-headed cane. The cane is a manifestation of three blades transformed by Jack to conceal within it a sword should such be necessary.

    Glorious, is it not? The creatures who walk its surface, always looking to the light, never seeing the untold oceans of darkness beyond. There are more humans alive today than in all of its pitiful history. The Garden of Eden. A garden of flesh.
    Yet, for all his regal attire, Jack wears a hood over his face made from real living flesh with two rips across the eyes to see through. If damaged, it will bleed for this reason and it has the ability to heal itself much like the rest of Jacks body. The mask has this appearance because one of the dark souls he absorbed was a seamstress who killed a number of people to deflesh them and make for herself a second skin after being horribly burned in a fire. His true appearance "under the hood" is a grotesque mockery of humanity causing even the Ripper to slip into a state of momentary madness if he looks upon it. Because of his abilities to transform his appearance into that of anyone he has possessed or slain, the Jack is able to assume a female form. This creates a contradiction in his normal behavior because Jack normally loathes beauty, and yet, he reveals a streak of vanity in female form where he strives to be beautiful. In fact, anyone harming his beauty while in female form will bring out his persona as "Jill" the Ripper, an even more violent aspect of the Ripper known for overkill.

    "Dear Boss,
    I keep on hearing the police have caught me but they wont fix me just yet. I have laughed when they look so clever and talk about being on the right track. That joke about Leather Apron gave me real fits. I am down on whores and I shant quit ripping them till I do get buckled. Grand work the last job was. I gave the lady no time to squeal. How can they catch me now. I love my work and want to start again. You will soon hear of me with my funny little games. I saved some of the proper red stuff in a ginger beer bottle over the last job to write with but it went thick like glue and I cant use it. Red ink is fit enough I hope ha. ha. The next job I do I shall clip the ladys ears off and send to the police officers just for jolly wouldn't you. Keep this letter back till I do a bit more work, then give it out straight. My knife's so nice and sharp I want to get to work right away if I get a chance. Good Luck.

    Yours truly
    Jack the Ripper"

    Last edited by Armorbeast; October 26th, 2015 at 06:04 AM.


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