Edmund Crane was an early investigator into the Cultic Problem.
Empire of Swedish Russia: In a side note, the new Swedish masters of Lubeck were annoyed to have a number of Imperial agents crawling around the harbour after the odd death of one Edmund Crane, F.R.S. in his rooms at the "Besotted Mouse" by the waterfront. The military and civil authorities had already ruled that he had committed suicide. These Imperials did not take this too well and dismantled most of the Inn before leaving. Questions directed to the innkeeper, one Stefan Asher, by the local newspapers led to the following item in the "Lubeck Harbor Buoy":
Edmund Crane, F.R.S., passed away in Lubeck while en route to visit a colleague at Stockholm University. The noted philosopher's body was discovered in an inn near the harbor, where apparently was poisoned, strangled, bludgeoned, stabbed, shot several times, and then decapitated. The wall's of Crane's room were covered with odd symbols, including a purple figure, a fishhook cross, a black dagger, a insect head, a death's head, an eye in a pyramid, several pentacles, a tree, a black ideogram, and a peculiar yellow mark. According to the innkeeper, several strange men visited Crane on the night of his death. Some of these men wore dark purple, red, white, grey, black, green, or yellow robes, one wore a turban, and one reportedly hummed or 'buzzed' to himself. It appears the men were acquainted, for they seemed surprised to see each other, and they shared a round of drinks, engaged in an animated discussion, then all shook hands before they went upstairs.
- The 'buzzing' man was perhaps a Mi-Go.
- The insect head would be Kror.
- The death's head Bone Mother. The man wearing white?
- The eye in the pyramid the Iluminati (Order of the Golden Dawn?).
- The black ideogram might represent Nyarlathotep. The man wearing black?
- The yellow mark is the mask of Hastur. The man wearing yellow?
- The purple figure might be Cthulhu (the Purple Pirates). The man wearing purple?
- The black dagger might be the Assassins of Alamut. The man wearing the turban?
- The tree the sign of the Tuatha de Danaan? The man wearing green?
- The fishhook cross may be the Yellow Sign. Said to be an old and defunct SE in Western Europe.
This looks like a veritable convention of SEs.
St. Michael's Basilica during the Summer of 1668 concerning the Cultic Problem: "In these things I have become acquainted with the adherents of the Goddess of the Pale Bone, a cult - or edro as the late Doctor Crane would say - and have seen that her followers believe that she has powers equal to or exceeding that of our god. These denizens of the wastelands, known in the popular press as 'flesh-eaters' are the survivors of the destruction wrought by the Freikorps, or Free Companies. In the fierce winters that occurred during the destruction of the Netherlands Republic, many thousands of survivors, unable to till the soil or seek assistance elsewhere, fell to the abominable practice of consuming human flesh to live. We believe that this practice was actually begun by the Freikorps commanders themselves, for many of the aspects of the worship of the Goddess seem to have sprung from the refugees aping the custom of the conquerors."
Swedish Empire of Russia: Colette Grimsby, a visiting scholar from the parish of Avalon, announced her discovery of a partial copy of the Crane family bible in the rectory of a neighborhood church in Lubeck. Aqccording to grimsby, this document dates back to the 13th century and should cast important light on the development of cultic religious activities of the time. In accordance with the conditions imposed by her patrons, copies have been forwarded to the Tower of London and to the Vatican.
Swedish Empire of Russia: Tragedy struck Oslo in the form of an outbreak of Pernicious Anemia. The outbreak, though localized, was fatal to everyone concerned. The last victims, members of a large household in a poor quarter of the city, all passed away on the same night. Their final agony must have be attended by the spiritual and dietary dementia sometimes associated with this terrible disease for their bodies were found surrounded by religious artifacts, holy water, and stale cloves of garlic. Indeed, several of the victims seem, in the extremity of death, to have impaled themselves upon shafts of wood intended for the construction of crucifixes.
In accordance with the procedure established by Veskel and Crane of the University of Berlin, local medical authorities conducted cephalectomies to extinguish any lingering traces of contagion.