Three small pieces of cloth were removed from the wall, each uncovering a silver Indalo, and under each read one of three names: Gordon Brown, Darren Richardson, John Post. No dates, nor locations, nor any other information was added. There were just names and the symbols above them, three more among many on a long wall in a large inner courtyard in the Virginia mansion. The early 20th Century colonial-style home was set well off any main road and surrounded by trees, hills, and brush. This titular headquarters for SAVE in the United States was, if not the command and control center it would have been decades ago, at least a place where memories were preserved – and among them the most painful.
The envoys were late in reporting back to the Cleveland office, and another few days passed before anyone could be dispatched to see what was amiss. It was another week before two local envoys confirmed the presence of a powerful entity of the Unknown, a Mean Old Neighbor Lady. These rare creatures, able to wipe the memories of whole towns, warp children into servitors, forever turning them into minions of evil. The Lady had taken one child, Marie Lasante, in 1974, and added the unfortunate Reuben Hall just now, completing her ritual of transformation in conjunction with the Summer Solstice.
Occult research and connections made with unexplained events in the area, along with the mystery of why no one had heard of the child, the envoys, or the events that a local police detective and friend of SAVE had initially reported, led this second team to identify the creature. Additional case research provided them with the information they needed to confront and destroy it, along with her powerful hound protector and both servitor Gamins.
The remains of Brown, Richardson, and Post were found in the earthen-floor basement, partially devoured. Darren Richardson’s truck was not found.
Once the creature was destroyed, with a combination of thrown eggs and by being doused with buckets of water, the suppressed memories of those involved in the 1974 and most recent kidnappings returned, leaving only loss and unanswerable questions.