Krampusnacht 2017

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TRANSMIT - initiate the Saturnalia signal - RECEIVE - initiate the Lord of Misrule cadence - YOU BETTER WATCH OUT - initiate the Feast of Fools - YOU BETTER NOT POUT - initiate the Childermass prerogative - LULLAY , THOUGH LITTLE TINY CHILD, BY-BY, LULLOO LULLAY - initiate the hel-blár complexion - WITNESS - Krampusnacht.


Who's that yonder, all yuletide banes -- dragging behind him a sack of chains?

Mistletoe to kiss by. Mistletoe to gouge out the eye. Packages and parcels and red-red wrapping and little hands dismembering it all in joyful sporagmos. We smell him under the rot of the Black Friday dead. Nephew of a snake and a wolf. Go to momma!


Who's that dancing on the icy roof -- stamping on the ramping with a cloven hoof?

"Hra-hra-hra! To all a good night!" Cheeks painted red. His belly writhes like a bowl full of wormy jelly -- children's faces press from within distended skin like nervous actors against the theatre curtain. He reeks of sugarplums. When will the Krampus Gate open? When will the Holiday Devil come for the little ones? "When mother freezes over," he cackles. "Hra-hra-hra!"


Time for all good sweetlings to go to bed. Shall we tell you a bedtime story? This is the story and the story goes… It is a silent night. All black, all white. A man dangles from a roof on a noose of Christmas lights. The jolliest of gallows. He sways. So quiet. So peaceful. Just the crunching of snow. The twinkling glow paints his corpse red and green.

His plastic name tag says: BEN. He has a black eye, a gift from a customer eager to get a steal-of-a-deal on a nifty-keen TV. One side of his face is healthy, the other a ghastly blue. Holiday retail slowly ate his heart, like a sluggish worm in a frozen apple. But a stranger gave Ben a kindness, bought him an eggnog that warmed half his body. The stranger gave no name, just called himself "Granddaddy" and gave Ben a present. A book. The pages contained old names and rites. Ben followed them to the letter, then strung himself up as an ornament.

And so this year, the Krampus Gate is open wider than it should be. Will you close it, sweetling? Will you give the Yuletide Devil chase? We sing, "Father, Son and Holy Ghost, Nail the Devil to the post, Thrice I strike with holy crook, One for God, one for Wod, And one for Lok!"

Once upon a time, Beowulf cradled the hairy monster arm in his hands. Who was he to know that momma was much, much worse? But that was just a retro-echo. Go now, to the nine frozen rivers. Go now, to Niflheim. Go to the mother with horns in her frozen tomb-womb.

Each object sings a syllable of Her true name. The lump of coal is a prelude to fire, reminds Her of father's displeasure. A bottle of an alcoholic's frozen piss is haunted by icy regrets and spirits. A pouch of soil, for all of Her subjects who swim in the dirt. The yew branch reminds Her of cemetery trees, roots tickling Her face. The wolf fang reminds Her of brother. Snake skin reminds Her of brother. Corpse maggots remind Her of life living impossibly in the grave, and of dwarfs wriggling in great-great-great grandfather's guts. A cadaver's finger nails remind Her of death and of ships built on their brittle spite. The horns of the Holiday Devil remind Her of son.

There is a knife named Famine. There is a bowl named Hunger. Knives scribble fear, but beware the bowl. It yawns wider than perdition. It can never have enough. You must cut yourself with Famine, and you must feed Hunger.

And now it is well past bedtime, sweetling. A story then? This is the story and the story goes… A girl is punished by her father. In the beginning of winter, he carries her to a nearby lake and hangs her between two trees. Half of her body is submerged in the freezing water of the lake and half is left in the open air.

Slowly her submerged skin shrivels and blackens. The pain wounds her, tears her soul in two and with the eye that rots on her submerged face, she begins to see the shadows of the world beyond ours. Every touch of death, every ravage of time. On every living thing.

Her father returns and cuts her free. He gives her a drink of something wonderful that warms half of her body.

"Father, why was I punished?" she asks him, quietly.

"Punished? Why you have been blessed!" Loki said.

Krampusnacht 2017 #1 Details 510,685 Kingsmouth Town

Kingsmouth Town 510,685

In a small cave between Edgar's Scrapyard and the skatepark near the Wardstones.

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Krampusnacht 2017 #2 Details 50,230 The Savage Coast

The Savage Coast 50,230

South of Norseman's Landing past the Wardstones.

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Krampusnacht 2017 #3 Details 545,755 The Blue Mountain

The Blue Mountain 545,755

Behind a house on the southern side of Solomon Road just west of the Wardstones.

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Krampusnacht 2017 #4 Details 860,585 The Scorched Desert

The Scorched Desert 860,585

In a small room within Hotel Wahid International.

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Krampusnacht 2017 #5 Details 665,585 City of the Sun God

City of the Sun God 665,585

In a crevice against a cliff along the northwestern edge of Shi-Netjer.

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Krampusnacht 2017 #6 Details 845,1195 The Besieged Farmlands

The Besieged Farmlands 845,1195

Against a tree at thee entrance to St. Haralambie Church.

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Krampusnacht 2017 #7 Details 890,760 The Shadowy Forest

The Shadowy Forest 890,760

Atop a small rock against the shore of Siren's Lake just to the East of the Power Plant.

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Krampusnacht 2017 #8 Details Instanced Niflheim

Niflheim Instanced

Appears atop a decorated tree after using the Wrapped Present beneath said tree within Niflheim.

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Krampusnacht 2017 #9 Details Instanced Niflheim

Niflheim Instanced

Appears on the womb sigil within Niflheim after summoning and defeating Hel there.

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Krampusnacht 2017 #10 Details 475,1090 The Carpathian Fangs

The Carpathian Fangs 475,1090

On the tip of an outcrop at the top of Dragon's Ascent above the werewolves. It is very high up.

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