Martin Rank

Martin Rank

The Fan Club – Marty Rank

Hey Mounties. I just got an interesting email from my Low 2.0 source. It’s a snippet from your fanclub’s forum. They, and I, thought you’d want to see what they’ve been up to…

> I hate to burst all the bubbles but the Secret Society thing is a game. Just like “The Monarch Papers” and the book of Briars. They’re just selling merch and saying it’s magic. I wouldn’t get my hopes up about ghosts and lost memories… I mean, come on… has anybody but “The Mountaineers” been able to open a door to Neithernor? I rest my case. It’s all pretend.

> You think there’s one person pretending to be hundreds of people? I love you @KellarTheGreat but come on…

> I don’t think they’re all fake, I mean a bunch of them definitely are, but I think the rest of them are either suckered into the whole “magiq” thing or they’re pretending for the hell of it.

> You’re such a Thornmouth. Hahahahahaha

> Oh God, she’s been drinking the Kool-Aid.

> Please. Who here hasn’t taken the assessment? I think it’s the one confirmed thing they found. But I know the rules about interaction… I helped draft the new ones for sobbing out loud. But I mean, we know magic/q is real. Or was. Or could be, whatever…

> I’m with @SpiritSeer. This “calling fake” stuff keeps coming up because no one here has actually seen or done anything The Mountaineers have. If I’m wrong, speak up. When’s the last time anybody saw or did magic? We’re supposed to be the big mystical dark web and we’re all disconnected and cordoned off. Which is how the whole thing was built, by MM. I believe that. They wanted to separate us. Use us. We got played. Hell, The Mountaineers might be more real than any of this.

> The Athenaeum is gone. The Magic Contraption. Ricker’s 17 Spirits. Meanwhile The Mounties are thriving. It’s a kick in the tenders.

> Well, while we’re on the topic…

> Oh God, what has she been up to…

> I think they were onto something with the Vashon Island Bike Tree. Why do I think that? Well, whether it’s a game or not, ( I mean, a mystery is a kind of game, with a problem and a solution, right?) it plays into the whole “Two Worlds Rebound” theme… How you say? Well… There are two stories about how that bike got caught in the tree. In one, a kid left his bike in the woods in 1954. It had been donated after his family home burned down. He didn’t really like it, the bike was meant for a younger kid, so he forget about it. That guy still lives on Vashon Island. BUT… there’s a (rightfully disputed) local legend that the bike was left by a young man heading off to World War II (some sites even say WWI), but he never came home to retrieve it. The record of the dual legend on Lunar’s Alt Histories (yes, I was granted access, relax) says the young man might’ve been a part of the final push that liberated Dachau. Just food for thought, huh? Nothing more? Well… the clue that led The Mounties to the bike in the first place has changed. On the blog not the forum. Two sets of clues, two sets of histories… Is this weirdo timeline “Book of the Wild” stuff?

> Now who’s the Thornmouth?

> Wait, which guild is made of up crackpot conspiracy theorists?

> I think that’s the one thing they all have in common. :CJtea:

> I don’t think you’re using that right.