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Dr. Walter Rivers, Master of Occult sciences

Professor at Marshall College, Connecticut

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a character in “Seeking the Blood Flag”, as played by WadeJackel

Description

The B A S I C S

FULL NAME: Dr. Walter Miller Rivers
NICKNAMES: Dr. Walter Rivers, Dr Walter Miller, Professor Walter Miller
DATE OF BIRTH: October 30th 1906
AGE: 39
GENDER: Male
CANON/ORIGINAL: Original (partly based on film and documentary maker Richard Stanley 'Dust Devil')
RACE: South African, Native American ancestry

HEIGHT: 6'0"
EYE COLOR: Brown
HAIR: Brown, slightly auburn. Longish for the 1940s
SKIN TONE: Medium complexion
TATTOOS/IDENTIFYING MARKS: Bullet wound, left shoulder
FACE USED:
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P E R S O N A L I T Y

TRAITS: Smokes too much, Irresponsible when it comes to his personal life, overly carefree, never checks his mail, trusting to fault, not particularly interested in the opinions that people have about his lifestyle.
LIKES: The Occult, Secret Societies (member of several), Archeology, adventure
DISLIKES: Nazi's, Prejudice, violence, ignorance, religious intolerance.
GENERAL: Intelligent and charismatic. Rye sense of humor.



Extra F A C T S

- Most always dressed in a Black trench coat, black cowboy styled hat.
- Wears a necklace made from the bullet which pierced his left shoulder. Shot by Niclas Elberich of Hitler's SS.
- An adventurer, who has little fear of the unknown, expresses a deep belief in arcane matters.
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H I S T O R Y

PLACE OF BIRTH: South Africa
HOMETOWN: Bethany
NOW LIVES IN: Connecticut, USA
PARENTS: Sir. Morton Rivers (father, deceased), Angela Stanley 'maiden name' (mother, deceased)
SIBLINGS: None
PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT: Marshall College
FIELD: Archeology, Occult Sciences.

GENERAL: Born in South African Walter Rivers came to the United States when he was in his early 30s, due to his notoriety as a rather unusual kind of anthropologist, he quickly became head of the Occult sciences division at Marshall College.

Walter had first met Abigail McHugh in 1941 after one of his morning classes on Occult Sciences. First mistaken the young woman for a student, she was in fact a teacher of European, Medieval history, specializing in Grail Mythology. It was at this time that Walter had come into contact with a striking young woman by the name of Andrea Lexington, she a former student at Marshall college shared Walter's interest in the Ouija. Receiving a letter from a world reknowned scholar in New York state the three scholars flew off on their first adventure together, one which Andrea would never return alive from. After sharing this adventure Abigail and Walter drifted apart a bit, a separation, mostly due to overflowing case loads and other such teacherly obligations. Two years later in 1943 Walter traveled to Germany and France with his colleague and friend Abagail McHugh, the two of them sought the whereabouts of Indiana Jones (though they never found him), who had apparently disappeared near the Austrian-German boarder. Indiana, and subsequently Walter and Abagail, were looking a mythical item known as the 'Blackstone of Lucifer' in France. The Throne of Lucifer of which the Blackstone was part had been buried (with the use of Dynamite wielded by Walter) within the mountain beneath the Monsegur stronghold in southern France. This is where Walter was shot by Niclas Elberich. Niclas though dead (thought to have fallen off the mountain) survived.

Once back in the United States Walter took time off the recuperate, returning to his work at Marshall college a few months later. Then in 1944 Walter traveled to Ireland at the request of Abigail to join Indiana (rumored to be somewhere in Ireland) Abigail, and a young archaeologist named Bridget O'Maley, on a journey to retrieve three magical items which dated back to the very founding of the country, even though Walter didn't put much stock in myths concerning Fairies, he went along initially due to a sense of dedication and obligation to his friend Abigail, though in the end he became a believer. The fourth item had already been retrieved by the SS, under the command of Niclas Elberich. The four scholars were successful in stealing the last item (Sword of Fraegarthach) away from the Nazi's, though in the end the item was destroyed. Bridget had been shot and killed by Niclas, who was then chased by Walter. Indiana and Abigail drove away from the site, but Walter who was in pursuit of Niclas, vanished from the scene, not to be seen again for several years.

..........And the adventure continues.

So begins...

Dr. Walter Rivers, Master of Occult sciences's Story

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Abigail had no way of knowing about what was transpiring in Germany at this time, no way of knowing that another individual was also using the name of Hans Koopmann as an alias.

Such knowledge would have made the choice as to which letter to accept as an authentic correspondence from Walter Miller that much harder. Was it the man who had written from Kansas? Or was it the man residing in Germany?

As for the man from Hermann Kansas, he was now only a few hours from Marshall college.

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At first he thought it would be a funny idea, but then he felt a little guilty for frightening Abigail, placing his hands upon her shoulders. "I'm sorry Abby I shouldn't have done that." Abigail turned to discover Walter standing behind her.

"Don't worry Abbs I'm sure Niclas isn't even in the United States. The last I heard he was in west Germany, hiding with a bunch of rebels in an underground bunker somewhere."

Walter then took a single step forward and embraced his friend, turning his head he whispered into her ear. "I had to make sure that no one was following you."

Releasing Abigail and stepping back Walter continued. "Don't look behind you." The lightness of Walter's conversation now changed as he noticed something. "It seems Ive failed in that respect."

Reaching into the pocket of his black trench coat Walter took a hold of his pistol. "I have had to do some unpleasant things this past year. Things I'm still not comfortable with."


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Adalwolf paid no attention to the inferior female creature before him, it was much too soon to reveal anything about himself or his intentions.

"That will be fine Miss."

The heavy set man slowed his pace as he witnessed the young boy and his failed attempt to avert his gaze. This was perhaps not the best move on the young mans part, as it only served to peak Adalwolf's curriosity. Gottberg was finally escorted into his room, but as the young woman was about to turn and leave Adalwolf stopped her.

"Fraulein!" He said while reaching into the front pocket of his coat, pulling out some money. "Here." Was all Gottberg said as he handed the girl a Shilling. "Leave the bags by the bed on your way out."

Gottberg then walked into the bathroom and closed the door behind him.

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Her face, hard as she turned, softened when she saw Walter. Surprise lit her eyes. "Yer a right arse but I'm happy ta see ye." Abegail hugged him back, tears threatening to drop from her eyes. She had so many fears about what had happened to him over the last year. To see him now in front of her, alive and in one piece was a welcome relief.

"Do ye have any idea how much..." Abegail stopped chastising him as Walter stepped away and his face hardened. She stood straight as Walter reached for his pistol. She had a great deal to ask him, about the last year, about the letters and about what he was doing now but she let those slip away. There would be time for that later or at least she hoped there would be.

Abegail gave Walter a slight nod of understanding, held her briefcase in her hand, reached to pick up her suitcase in the other hand and waited for his cue to move. She was still in the phone booth with little room to go far and Walter blocked her only exit. She'd have to rely on him to lead her.

She watched him, glancing in her perpheral for some idea of who it was that she should be concerned about. She couldn't see anyone in particular and she wasn't willing to look behind her, he had asked her not to and she wouldn't jeopardize things but going against his wishes.

Abegail let the words stream through a slightly smiling mouth, keeping up the appearance of friends happy to see each other. "Who is there? Are we running?" She was hit by a bit of deja vu. Years ago, she and Walter running through a train station with Niclas on their heels. That time she had been trapped in a bathroom not a phone booth but the situations had the same feel, sparked the same urge to fight her way out.

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Slipping the gun from his pocket Walter held the pistol at his side as he peered over Abigail's shoulder at the strangers behind the phone booth. Walter's memory also flashed back to the similar experience that he had shared with Abagail several years before.

Luckily, Walter had made arrangements for a chauffeured vehicle to be parked at airport's main door, just in case the two of them were forced to exit the building in haste. The main doors were relatively close to where Walter and Abigail were standing and so Walter decided that they should make a break for it.

The unknown assailants standing behind the booth had sensed that the two scholars might choose to run, and so with each step that she and Walter made the strangers stepped also. Walter was slowly walking backward with Abigail facing him as she also traveled toward the doors.

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Abegail watched Walter carefully. He stepped backwards and Abegail stepped forward, moving with him. She moved closer to him. She put both of her bags in one hand and reached for his. She held his hand, giving the pretense of a reunited couple but doing so meant they could not be seperated. Abegail stayed on the opposite side of Walter from the gun, giving him full movement with it. Her hand gripped his.

She had no idea who it was that they were avoiding but it didn't matter. If Walter felt there was a threat and she was here to help him then she would simply stick close.

Abegail was grateful yet again that she prefered sensible flats to the heeled shoes of many of her gender. If they were going to have to run at least she wouldn't have to worry about slowing them down or twisting something.

"Do we have a plan?" Her voice was calm as she kept her sweet smile, not wishing to bring attention to them. Her eyes turned towards the door calculating how much further they had to go and how many people were in their way should they have to make a run for it. The airport was considerably less crowded than the train station had been the last time the pair ran away from a pursuing entity, however they had more distance to cover.

"Walter, there is not much in the way of crowd but there is a good deal of time for us to be caught before we get to the door." Abegail spotted a garbage can. "I will knock the garbage into the way when we get past it and worse case I will toss my suitcase at them."

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"He has a gun!!" came an arrant scream from a female attendant, who had seen the glimmer of Walter's weapon from her position behind the counter, unaware that it was Abigail and Walter who were in danger, the two frightening looking mugs in front of them going unnoticed.

Walter's head snapped toward the direction of the sound, turning his head to find three more goons quickly approaching them -with guns at the ready.

"I've decided that I hate plane and train stations." Walter said dryly.

His offhanded remark caused Abigail to turn her head and look. Walter stopped dead.

The black clad Nazi between the two larger gentleman had lowered the weapon which slightly obscured his face. "Herr Miller....." He paused slightly before continuing in far more taunting tone. "....Oh and Fraulein McHugh. So pleased to see you once again."

Walter and Abigail were utterly shocked and dumbfounded. "I guess the rumors of your violent and no doubt deserving death were greatly exaggerated." Walter retorted.

He simply could not believe his eyes -Niclas Elberich.

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Abegail rolled her eyes as the woman yelled about Walter's gun. Typical, react before looking at the whole situation. Abegail looked over at the woman but in the process spotted the people that Walter was trying to avoid. It wasn't hard to pick them out.

Three more appeared. Abegail looked at Walter, "I canna agree with ye more." She made a small promise to avoid major transporation hubs from this point on, they only seemed to bring trouble.

Abegail's blood ran cold as a voice called out to Walter and then to her. "Tell me that was ye Walter..." He wouldn't get the chance to respond and she knew in her heart it wasn't. There, standing in the middle of recent arrivals was Niclas. "No bunker and not dead." Her eyes narrowed as she stared at the officer. Instinctually, Abegail stepped closer to Walter, as if being next to him more would somehow protect them. Her hand removed itself from his, grabbing hold of his coat instead. Abegail didn't know if her hands were shaking in fear or anger.

"What do you want?" Her voice was very calm and cold as she addressed the man. There was hate burning in her eyes and it took a great deal of effort not to throw her suitcase at him. Abegail didn't know what they would do now, they were pinned down in the middle. One side had two advancing men and the other Niclas and his two soldiers. Guns were drawn and around there were innocent bystanders. This would not go well for anyone.

There were shouts around them, more yells about the guns as it dawned on people that more than just Walter were armed. She wondered if the authorities were being called and what Niclas would do if they arrived. Abegail was beginning to regret coming to Kansas. At least she had found Walter and he was alive, the bad side she found Niclas and he was also still alive.

"Is this how it will end? Being shot in an airport? There has to be something we can do."

This couldn't be it, not after so many years of running from Niclas, stopping him and his missions. No, Abegail wouldn't just lay down and let him beat them. She looked up at Walter, praying to the saints that he didn't feel defeated.

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It was not the first time when faced with Niclas that Abegail had wanted to punch the man. It also would not be the first time she had ever acted on that urge and had the situation been different, if there wasn't guns pointed at her, she would have punched him in his smug face.

She inhaled deeply and glared at him as he faced Walter. She had no idea what flag the men were discussing. Walter stay tight lipped and Niclas turned back to look at her. He demanded her letters. Abegail frowned. Her letters? What in the world did he want those for? She bit back a comment and simply sneered at the man. If he thought she was just going to hand them over he was sadly mistaken. Abegail had kept him from a great many things, a stone, a sword being just a couple of them there was no way she was handing over a few pieces of paper now.

Abegail looked over his shoulder. There were far too many people, far too many guns. She placed her suitcase down and began to open her briefcase. Taking her time and trying to come up with another solution to this when the sirens drew everyone's attention to the doors.

Abegail, while everyone else's attention was on the police decided to act. A smirk appeared, Abegail really enjoyed getting to do this part. Her briefcase, always weighted with books swung out and smacked Niclas across the face. She watched the man spin slightly, turning away from her. She grabbed her suitcase and Walter and pulled him with her. She pulled him into crowd of people closest to the door.

"Blend in, we are just professors trying to get to Austria. Let them get caught with the guns." She could see the police out front. The doors opened and the random patrons of the airport poured out towards the police. Shouts and screams filled the air. Abegail pulled Walter with her as she followed the crowd out.

A glance behind her and she could see Niclas and his men at the back of the crowd.

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The police officers were screaming for the airport patrons to make room and to calm down so that they might do their jobs in nabbing the armed intruders. The crowd far too concerned for their safety wanted out of the airport immediately, scared and panicked they rushed the front door. The police officer who had called out the command to disarm tried to scan the frantic mob for Walter and Abigail.

Both of whom passed by him within only a few inches as they made their way out of the airport and escaped into the automobile that Walter had arranged. Once safely outside Walter and Abigail could move freely, while Niclas and his henchmen escaped out the employee only exit in the back of the airport.

By the time Niclas and his soldiers could make their way around to the front of the building Walter and Abigail had already driven off in the car which had been parked a block away.

"Abby, those letters, do you still have them?" Walter inquired.

Abigail had nodded that she still possessed the letters and then she pulled them out and showed them to Walter. "Great, look at the one which references Austria. That is what Niclas was curious about."

Abigail scanned the letter, reading the name of the city mentioned in the opening remarks. "That is where we need to go."

As they drove the car to a small private airport 10 miles away Walter told Abigail about the Blood Flag.

"I know that this is perhaps a bit far fetched, but if there is the slightest chance that the legend could be true....."

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Abegail was holding her breath as she and Walter moved through the crowd. She was glad they were so pushy and aggressive, it allowed the pair to get to the vehicle Walter had waiting. Abegail was also very grateful that Walter had a car waiting for them. She climbed in beside him and breathed a sigh of relief.

She frowned as Walter asked about the letters. Abegail nodded and pulled them out of her briefcase. She had planned to go to Austria after the brief stop in Kansas. Now it seemed she would be going and thankfully not alone.

Abegail listened intently as Walter ran down the information about the blood flag. She nodded and wished she was at the library. Books were her go to resource and she felt a little unprepared now. At least she was packed to travel, the rest would come.

They arrived at the private plane and once they had taken off, Abegail turned to Walter.

"Where were you? I have been trying to find you, keeping track of people who saw you or Niclas." She choked back a sob. Abegail was more than a little relieved to see him. All formality fell away, "Walter, I am so happy to see ye. Ye canna imagine what I did tryin' ta find ye after ye lef us." She reached out and hugged him tightly.

Pulling back, blushing a little Abegail looked down at her hands. "I am glad yer alright. Truly I worried about ye Walter."

Abegail sat silent for a time, regaining her composure and going over the things she had learned about the flag in her head. "I have seen an awful lot over the years, I do not doubt for a second that it could possibly be true. When we land we will do some reading, some tracking down of information. It is what needs to get done. It is becoming our normal, you and I." She smiled at him.

Abegail spent the rest of the flight calming her fears about what had become of Walter, calming her nerves about the encounter with Niclas in the airport and thinking over the issue of the blood flag. Eventually she dozed off. She lulled to one side, eventually her head rested on Walter's shoulder. It had been a while since Abegail's dreams were not marred by worries. She slept deeply and soundly for the first time in over a year.

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Once safely inside the plane Abigail turned to Walter as she listed her concerns, she told him how she worried about his well being and safety in the last year. Walter was truly touched by her concerns and when she leaned into him and took his hand he felt closer to her then ever before. The mutual admiration which the two scholars shared with one another would serve them well in the uncertain days which lay before them.

"I am really sorry that I worried you, but I had little choice. The war forced me to go into hiding, I was right in the middle of the action and spent most of my time either huddlled in fear or tracking him down. All I could think about was finding that bloody bastard Niclas. If you'll pardon my vulgarity. Its just that after Andrea and then Bridget.....I."

Walter couldn't bring himself to talk about the specifics of their deaths, stopping in mid-sentence he switched back to the facts concerning his whereabouts. "Through my contact with the Russian scholar and mystic Dr. Dmitri Danechka, I was able to tag along on the final Russian invasion into Berlin."

Abigail lifted her head from Walter's shoulder, as Walter continued.

"I was there Abby. In the bunker. Unfortunately I did not see Hitler's remains, which would have been a fond memory that I would have cherished for the rest of my days. But by that time Niclas was well hidden, having lost all of my contacts to the war, I found myself without the means of tracking him any further. After many misadventures I was finally able to make it back to England and then finally to America. I spent several months watching over the campus, I had to make sure you were safe."

Walter had finished his description of his actions over the last year, placing his head upon Abigail's shoulder (with her head resting on his) the two of them got some much needed rest. Before dozing off Walter whispered to his partner.

"Yes, research." And then finally.

"Another adventure, you and me......"

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Abegail's sleep was deep. Finally finding Walter, expressing her concern and him filling her in on what he had been doing caused the worries to fade and finally let her mind rest. She barely heard his whisper, thinking it part of a dream.

Abegail woke slowly, her neck hurting slightly as she sat up. There was a weight on her and she quickly realized it was Walter. Like her he must have been extremely tired. She smiled. Looking outside the window she realized they were coming in to land soon.

“Walter, we are landing in Austria.” She stretched her back a little. His story of what he had done, where he had been played again through her head. He had followed Niclas to the ends of the earth and back, he was there when Berlin was invaded and he was in the bunker. Abegail shook her head, so much had gone on in the time they had been apart and he could have been killed many, many times.

“Yer an arse for puttin' yerself in such situations.” She whispered to the still sleeping man.

The plane descended more. “Walter, we are about to land.” A hand went into her hair, trying to make it presentable. She figured given the letter that there were arrangements made for their transportation and accomedations. “I hope we don't have to take a train at all.” The thought was not a comforting one as Abegail was aware that train travel was far more common overseas than in the states.

The plane touched down, the landing slightly bumpy, bouncing its passengers. It came to a halt and the doors opened. Abegail slid off the seat and made her way out of the plane. Her legs were stiff and slow from the long flight and she shivered as the air hit her.

Standing on the tarmac, briefcase and suitcase in hand, she waited for Walter.

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Walter had awoken from many hours of sleep to discover that the plane was about to touch down upon the runway. The jolt of the impact shook the sleep from his weary eyes, now fully awake he prepared to exit the small craft.

Abigail had already climbed out of the plane and after grabbing the letters from the backseat he also disembarked. Having joined Abigail upon the tarmac she and Walter made their way to the shack which served as the terminal of this small private airport.

A half hour later a taxi cab pulled up to the terminal to whisk Walter and Abgial away to the hotel which Walter had mentioned within the 'Linz letter'. Walter escorted Abigail out of the terminal and into the waiting taxi, Walter opened the backdoor for Abigail who upon entering the vehicle scooted over to let him inside.

"Driver! Please take us to The Grand Royale in Linz."

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Adalwolf was very aware of the intrusion into his appointed room, sneaking up to the door Adalwolf pressed his ear to the door and listened. From within the room he could hear the commotion and knew that the invaders were searching through his 'special case.' Being on the opposite side of the door Adalwolf did not see the arrant object fly from the case and tumble its way under the bed.

The object had also gone unnoticed by the two people inside the room, this object would not be found by Gunter and his associate. After a few moments the two of them exit the room, realizing this Adalwolf went back to his hiding place. The room was now empty and Adalwolf was allowed to reenter the room to see what the strangers had stolen, but after checking the room thoroughly he couldn't find anything amiss, though the case exhibited clear signs of being tampered with.

When Adalwolf bent down to set the case right he noticed the object which lay beneath the queen-sized bed. Adalwolf was quite relieved that they had not found this particular item. The telegram still needed to be sent and so after hiding the item Adalwolf left to accomplish this task.

Adalwolf was confidant that the small object was now in a safe place away from prying inquisitive eyes.

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Abegail waited as patiently as she could for the taxi to arrive. She kept feeling like somehow Niclas had followed them, that he was here and lurking around a corner. This made her a little afraid but also very angry. She hated feeling like she was helpless, like a victim.

The taxi pulled up and Walter told the driver where they were going. Abegail sat quietly as they drove. After a few minutes into the ride, when she was sure no car was following them and that the driver was more concerned with the road than his passengers, Abegail slid closer to Walter.

She turned her head so that should he look in the mirror the driver would only see her profile. Abegail leaned in close to Walter. Her voice was hushed. "Can we trust that Niclas has no idea where we are staying? He found us in Kansas when you thought he wasn't even in the states."

Abegail pulled away from him, smiling coyly so the driver would assume she was whispering suggestive things to the man and not discussing a SS officer and murderer. For emphasis she slid her gloved hand over Walter's. Abegail kept her eyes on his face. She was concerned that Niclas would catch up to them before they had a chance to do any research, follow any leads and this time, he might succeed in killing them.

Part of her felt bad, she knew Walter had made arrangements already but somehow he had followed Walter, or followed her. Abegail felt ill at the fact that someone working for Niclas might have been watching her all this time, maybe even for the past year. There was no telling who Niclas had working for him or in what shadows they lurked in.

Abegail squeezed Walter's hand. The gesture was meant to be reassuring, she would go along with whatever he wished to do but she wanted them to be cautious. They would need a plan and perhaps more protection.

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The taxi was quickly approaching the hotel when Walter noticed a grand building labeled Library. Walter called for the driver to pull over and let them out. Stepping onto the street the scholars made their way into the fabulously structured multi-storied library.

Passing a plaque which stood beyond the threshold Walter glimpsed at it and learned that during the early days of the war the building had served as the Nazi high command in that region. Walter made comment to this as they entered the second set of doors.

Once inside they quickly made their wavy to a private reading room, there they would decided what books and research materials they would need. The room was a large space with exquisite decor, right down to the large table of medieval design which stood in the center of the room.

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Abegail watched out the window as the taxi pulled up to the building. It was impressive but most libraries made Abegail feel that way. Something about so much knowledge collected in one building that appealed to her.

She stepped out and followed Walter in side. The familiar scent, old books and dust, wafted in the air. Abegail sighed. It was like being surrounded by old friends. In all violence was contained on the pages of the books and those bullets and weapons couldn't kill you the way they could in real life.

Abegail frowned and shook her head sadly when Walter told her that the nazi's had used the building during the war. It was a shame and she had the sinking feeling that they rid the building of books that they found unsuitable.

Once in the private reading room, Abegail dropped her suitcase and briefcase. She closed the door behind Walter. “Now is when I would pull out the history books but this is too recent, too new.”

She undid her coat, dropping the garment over the back of her chair as she sat. “Walter, I will admit I am currently out of my element.” She wished she had a glass and a bottle of scotch. After the excitement of the airport the quiet of the library was a welcome change but a drink would have helped immensely.

“Walter, what if we were followed? What if Niclas has had us tailed?” Abegail gave voice to her concerns. She rested her arms on the table and looked at her companion. She hung her head a little. "Walter I have no clue how to start this search. The occult is your department. So tell me what I should be looking for and I will help you find it."

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"As you pointed out Abby, this is a recent event, so there are no documents from which we might gleam some useful information." Walter said. Looking around the private room in which he and Abigail sat, he continued. "The reason we are here is because I was told that there is a secret passageway in one of the private rooms within this library, this room."

Placing his hands on the edge of the desk to push himself into a standing position Walter started the search. "Its here somewhere, help me find it." Walter proceeded with the search, first checking the obvious. "Maybe, if we're lucky there will be a hidden lever disguised as a book on one of these shelves."

Walter joked as he pulled back on each and every book. "Unfortunately I have no idea what kind of clue is hidden within the secret passageway, perhaps a document. Any number of things." Walter's voice became strained as he stretched to reach the top shelf, pulling on the last book -finding nothing, clearly this was not the way.

Walter let out a sigh of frustration. "We're not going to find it, we'd have to run our fingers over every inch of this room."

Walter took a step toward the medieval style table, he had only applied the tiniest bit of pressure upon the right corner when he noticed a slight imballance. Looking down at the floor where the right leg was positioned he noticed that the tile beneath the foot of the table on the right side was set lower within the concrete.

"Found it." Walter said with great joy. Crouching down Walter pressed down on the single tile with his fingers, the tile forced even lower by the pressure of his touch -it was a release mechanism. Directly beneath the table a solid slab of tiled floor slid back, revealing the secret passageway that Walter had mentioned only minutes before.

Walter now on all fours shimmied his way beneath the medieval table to look down into the darkness below. It was pitch black inside, all Walter could see were the first few rungs of a wooden ladder which were illuminated by the ambient light within the private room.


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Several hours later as the three Inn keepers stood within the reception area Gottberg Von Adalwolf returned, but this time he had brought along some support in the form of five heavily armed American soldiers. Using the telegram he had sent as an excuse to travel to the regional headquarters of the occupying forces -in the case of Austria at this point in time, it was the Americans.

The soldiers were fully aware that Gottberg was a war criminal -a Nazi, but they were under orders, and they were obligated to do whatever Adalwolf might demand of them. The fat sweaty man was still wearing his thick leather coat when he entered the Inn.

"Achtung!"

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Abegail blinked at Walter. If they hadn't already been through so many odd and unbelievable things together she might have thought him out of his mind for suggesting a secret passage in the library. Abegail knew that often things were never what they appear and while this was a library now, there was no telling what other purpose it served when it was first built.

She helped Walter search the shelves of the room, pulling on books and moving items in a hope of displacing something that would open the passage or at least hint at where it might be. Abegail felt along the walls, at the edges of the bookcases for a draft or some sign that there was an opening there. She didn't find anything. They had combed every surface in the room, pulled overy book and stirred up a great deal of dust. Walter's frustrated sigh made Abegail turn to look at him.

She was about to suggest that maybe they had the wrong room or had missed something obvious when Walter leaned on the table. She tilted her head, watching intently as he inspected the floor. Abegail moved to the other end of the table and crouched. She watched Walter press the tile and the floor open up. Walter slid under the table and Abegail stood. She pulled on her coat, picked up her briefcase and cast a small glance at her suitcase. It was small but there was no way a ladder could be climbed while holding it and her briefcase. She opened it and pulled out a few envelopes. These she slid into her briefcase. Abegail had ensured she would have money with her as she travelled and while leaving the few clothing items behind wasn't an issue, a large sum of cash was.

Abegail laid out on the floor next to Walter, "I wish I had packed a torch. After you...." She smiled at him, a twinkle of excitement in her eyes.

She waited for him to begin his descent and then followed after. Her briefcase handle was between her teeth as she made her way down the wooden structure.

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Walter told Abigail to climb through the trap door first as he attempted to bar the door to the reading room. Failing to think of a way to prevent anyone from entering the room Walter settled for the old stand-by of jamming a chair under the door handle, it wasn't particularly inventive, but it was sufficent.

Pushing himself along the tiled floor on his stomach Walter made his way into the darkness below. Abigail was already standing at the bottom of the pit, she had been looking up at Walter as he too descended the sturdy ladder, the light from above illuminate Walter's body briefly before being swallowed by the darkness just as she had.

Walter was about to let go of the ladder when his elbow bumped into something that was handing on the wall -it felt like some kind of fixture, perhaps it was a lantern. His suspicions were shown correct when he took the object in hand.

"Look at this." Walter said to Abigail before smirking at the absurdity of his exclamation. "Oh, silly me, you cant even see your hand in front of your face down here."

Taking his lighter from his trouser pocket and lighting it.

"Its a lantern! I hope it still has some fuel left inside." Flicking on his lighter Walter pushed the flame close to the mantle and opened the valve slightly.

"Its nice to see you again Madame." Walter said jokingly as the light from the old rusted lantern illuminated every inch of the small pit. Walter's attempt to lighten the situation, both figuratively and iterally proved a tremendous failure as he cocked his head to the left.

"There are bodies over there." Walter whispered. Sure enough, Abigail turned her head to find the corpses of a man and a woman laying side by side, gasping aloud she inquired as to who they could be.

From his current position Walter could only disern the relative height of the corpses. With lantern in hand Walter crept over to the bodies, and even though they were badly decayed there was little doubt as to the identity of the male corpse, which to Walter's estimation was roughly 6 foot in extremis.

It was the leader of the bloody Nazi nation -Adolf Hitler.

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Abegail frowned but did as Walter requested and began climbing down the ladder. She could hear him moving around, furniture scrapping on the floor and his shoes echoing. Abegail climbed slowly, her briefcase clenched precariously between her teeth.

Descending slowly her eyes adjusted to the slowly fading light. By the time she reached the middle of the ladder Abegail couldn't see anything. Stepping slowly down, her foot gently finding each rung as she moved lower into the darkness.

Eventually, her foot touch solid ground. Abegail let out a small breath. A shiver went through her body as the cool underground air began to penetrate her coat. Her briefcase now in her hand, Abegail wrapped her arms around herself. It was pointless to try and look around, nothing could be seen in the inky blackness.

Walter's own descent made little noise until a small clang rang out. Abegail raised her eyebrows at him, not that he could see it, and bit back a retort. She most certainly could not see a single thing.

The sound of a lighter and then a burst of light. Abegail covered her eyes from the sudden and harsh illumination. Blinking, allowing her eyes to adjust Abegail watched Walter complete his trip down the ladder.

Walter whispered about bodies and her eyes turned to look where the two corpses lay. “Who is buried beneath a library and why?” Abegail was puzzled. She was familiar with many burial sites. She and Walter had traversed through a few cairns while they were in Ireland. The topic of death, bodies and burial did not bother her. She encountered many in her research. Abegail had never encountered bodies beneath a library though.

She looked them over. “Who do you think they are?” Abegail took a few tentative steps forward. She was no archeologist but she could see that one was female and one male. The facial bone structure gave it away.

Abegail turned to look at Walter. “Did you know there would be bodies down here?" She wondered if he had been looking for them or for something else and their presence was as surprising to him as it was to her. She placed her briefcase between her feet and rubbed her hands together, staving off the chill. Her eyes scanned the corpses again.

Decay had set it. She wondered what their story was. Lovers? Husband and wife? Brother and sister? So many possibilities and then there was the question of what or who killed them and how they ended up down here.

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Gottberg was infuriated by the suggestion of sarcasm in Albert's words, stepping forward in a most forceful manner Adalwolf responded to the young man's accusations.

"I need not explain my actions to you Herr Jurgenstern . You will do as I say."

Suddenly, as if on cue the soldiers raised their weapons and pointed them at the three Inn keepers. Taking a single step back Gottberg continued his admonishment. "These soldiers have been given specific orders to follow my every whim. They will have no compulsions about shooting you down on this very spot."

Gottberg lifted his right arm-extended two fingers and flicked them together in a signaling motion-the American soldiers responded obediently. The soldiers then forced Albert and the girl up the stairs to the second floor, as the other soldier went after Gunter.


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"Its him, the fuhrer." Walter let loose with his astonishing revelation.-the surprise in the whites of Abigail's widened eyes could have illuminated the dark cellar with their glare-slowly the realization of what she had just heard sank into her conscious mind.

Walter was now on his knees staring down at the two corpses. "Perhaps not!" He suddenly exclaimed.

"Abigail, did you know that the famous shot of Hitler's dead body taken by the allies in the rubble of Berlin was in fact a doctored photograph? It was faked courteously of the Russians. There are even more of these fakes in circulation in various countries for varying political reasons. Still others proclaim that they are the pictures of look alikes."

Not waiting for his stunned colleague to utter a response Walter continued with his revelations.

"I think that this may be one of the fake bodies."

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Abegail, lost in her own theories on who the pair were and how they got there stared at Walter for moment as he exclaimed that the male corpse was Hilter. The proclamation hit her and Abegail gasped.

"How can you know..." She stopped her question as Walter began to theorize that perhaps it might not not in fact be him but a fake. Abegail nodded. She had seen the pictures, the whole world had. Faked, doctored. Not all that surprising. For ages those in charge have controlled the information that the world received. Documents, paintings, all of it easily altered and destroyed. Bodies would be no different.

Abegail stepped closer to the two bodies. Her gaze passed over them. Frowning she turned to her colleague.

"Fake or not, how and why are they down here?"

Abegail remembered the plaque stating that the building had been used as a high command buidling. She looked the bodies over again. It was possible they had been down here since early on in the war, stashed for the occassion of Hitler's death and how it would be portrayed to the media. Or perhaps they were moved here as the war shifted momentum.

"So what do we do now Walter?"

Abegail crossed her arms, the chill of the place getting to her. The bodies did not bother her, by now she was giving them very little thought. She was still curious about them but she also did not wish to stay in this pit longer than was necessary.

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Abigail's questions caused Walter to consider a possible reason for why someone would fabricate and then stash a corpse under a library-particularly one with such a dubious history. As he knelt before the bodies the answered flooded his brain, turning his head toward Abigail's position Walter posited a theory.

"You remember what I told you about the flag-well I think that perhaps these bodies are test subjects-to see if the flag will live up to the legend."

No sooner had Walter revealed a possible explanation for the illogical placement of the two corpses the far wall was blasted out, the heavy stone fragments covered Walter and Abigail-Walter being closer to the exploding wall was knocked unconscious-Abigail remained conscious but foggy.

Abigail's last memory of that horrible dank hole was a black clad Nazi standing over her-it was Niclas Elbrich.

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Gunter had fallen to the floor of the kicthen, as the American soldier caught up to him-aiming his weapon at the young man with his finger on the sensitive trigger-he spoke to him in German.

"That is why you need to die....traitor." The look on Gunter's face was a mixture of confusion and fear.

"American! No my friend. We are a new breed. The new Nazi regime" Motioning with his weapon the Neo-Nazi forced Gunter into the front room and then up the stairs to join the other prisoners.

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Abegail nodded. She remembered what Walter had told her about the flag but she did not immediately put the pieces together. Walter kept talking and as he stated his theory that they used these bodies to test the flag Abegail almost rolled her eyes.

It was obvious. Everyone knew that the Nazi's were fond of experiments and tests. They did all sorts of things to test weapons, theories, genetics, etc. It only made sense that they would want to test out the flag's supposed properties. Abegail was slightly lost in this train of thought when the blast sounded.

Rocks, bricks and dust flew at the pair of scholars. Abegail couldn't see Walter. The blast and debris had caused her to fall backwards. She didn't have time to catch herself or slow her fall. She hit the wall behind her hard and bounced off of it and to the floor. Something was wet and dripping into her eye. Abegail pushed herself to a half reclined position. The action made her stomach turn. Blinking, she looked to the newly blasted hole in the opposite wall.

Blackness began to seep across her eyes but she got a look at the black clad man who stepped through. Her nausea increased. Niclas. He had followed them, he had found them and now there was nothing either of them could do to stop him. She couldn't hear anything from Walter and could barely make out his body on the ground. Abegail realized her ears were ringing.

Surely the blast had shaken the library, surely someone would be trying to break into the room above them....perhaps the authorities were being called.

"No...Walter...stop..." She made an attempt to reach out to stop Niclas from advancing at her or Walter. It was futile, her arms gave out and Abegail fell unconcious. Her body lay on the dirt ground, blood making a small pool at her temple.

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As the night approached the invading force of American soldiers dwindled down to only two officers-Thinking that Gunter and the others were too frightened to do anything brave or drastic. By the next morning the two new prisoners had arrived at the Inn and were immediately taken up stairs to the small room where the others were being retained.

Immediately upon opening the door the soldiers were rushed by Albert and Gunter-pushing Abigail and Walter aside as they broke through the two soldiers. Their actions allowed Abigail and Walter to make their own move to escape from the torture that they would eventually suffer at the hands of Adalwolf.

This was precisely the reason why Gunter and the others felt it necessary to take action at that point, their apprehensions were soon confirmed in a most terrifying manner. Making their way down the back stairs Gunter and Albert discovered the badly brutalized body of their friend Uwe-Dead.

Gottberg and Niclas were standing out in front of the building and did not hear the commotion, but then several gunshots were fired, the mortar, glass and wood framing of the dwelling had muffled much of the sound.

Luckily Niclas was standing closest to the house and was able to hear the faint sonic traces of gunfire. Adalwolf stood in his place as Niclas ran behind the building-Instinctively knowing that this would be the prisoners choice of egress.