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The spine of the book is worked with designs similar to the carvings on the spears of the fish men, and also resemble some of the carved stones and bits of wood they carried.

The book was a rebinding of three different paper sources. The handwriting is the same throughout.

It is a journal of some sort written in a number of Core Earth languages.

The first part is written in French.

It is written by a fellow who calles himself Gilles. Apparantly Gilles was sentanced to death for some unspeakable crimes (child murders), and he writes about how he used his knowledge of the dark arts to summon a demon who took his place at the gallows. He claims he was framed by the church.

The next part in German.

It is written by a fellow named Peter. Peter claimed that the Devil had given him a magical girdle, which enabled him to metamorphose into “the likeness of a greedy, devouring wolf, strong and mighty, with eyes great and large, which in the night sparkled like fire, a mouth great and wide, with most sharp and cruel teeth, a huge body, and mighty paws.” Removing his belt, he said, made him transform back to his human form.

Peter was accused of some murders, and cannibalism, and sex with succubi, the usual. Before the village authorities could bring him to trial he decided to frame the local priest. One of the hunters tracking the werewolf cut off his paw, so Peter chopped off the hand of the priest, thus proving the priest to be the werewolf in disguise. The narrative ends after a brutal acocunt of the torture and execution of the priest on the wheel.

The third part in English

Written by Silas. His journal recounts his recollections of a mutiny on board a whaling ship. He ended up on Mili Atoll in the Marshall Islands, Pacific, NE Astralia. He goes on to say historians that reported his death at the hands of islanders was incorrect, but that he used his magic to possess the shaman of that tribe and to take his place.

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