During Session #2 of “The Terrible Tale of Mister Vanderstowe“, our heroes decided to get some investigating done regarding the Corbitt House. The following is the outcome of those investigations.
THE KNIGHTS OF SILVER TWILIGHT
The Knights of Silver Twilight manual is a book that introduces the reader to the Hermetic Order of Silver Twilight. The Order is a fraternal organization in Boston, Massachusetts founded in 1997. Helena’s resources were able to dig up some information on the Order, and provided some information and a symbol.
Nelson Blakeley, Artist
Nelson Blakeley was an artist who belonged to the Boston Art Club. He became the understudy of the a Bostonian painter named Richard Upton Pickman who creates horrifying images. Pickman’s works were brilliantly executed, but so graphic that they resulted in his membership in the Boston Art Club being revoked and himself shunned by his fellow artists. Both Pickman and Blakeley attempted to go into buisness together making their own gallery, however the structure burned to the ground after a tragic turn of events. Neither man recovered from their social rejection, and both eventually faded into obscurity.
Walter Corbitt was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1787. He served in the Navy during the First Barbary War and suffered a career ending wound during the conflict. Little is known of the man’s activities until he entered the New England Methodist Conference in 1822 as an itinerant preacher. After contracting tuberculosis in 1825, he was unable to preach and moved to Baltimore, where he worked in a bookstore and edited a weekly newspaper. He married Ellen Grubb, but within two years both she and their young daughter died in a cholera epidemic. Resigning his final pastorate in 1831 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, again because of his illness, he volunteered the next year as a missionary to South America. He was appointed instead to Liberia. Arriving in Liberia in March 1833, he quickly organized the first Methodist Episcopal church among the immigrants (freed slaves from the United States), some of whom were already Christians. He established a mission at Grand Bassa and another along the Niger with a school of agriculture and art and a vigorous Sunday school. A month later, ill with malaria, he was forced to return to America. Corbitt eventually purchased a house in the town of DuBois, Pennslyvania in 1836. Despite his poor health, he was able to join a small church within the community and remained active within it until his death in 1866. He was buried in the basement of his house in DuBois, PA on 1866 at precisely midnight.
Walter Corbitt’s Journal
As The Hobo With A Shotgun reads through Corbitt’s journal, he discovers that references to “The War” is talking about his service in the America Navy during the Barbary Wars where he apparently suffered an injury to his eye which ended his promising career. Although Corbitt apparently became a religious man within the Methodist Episcopal church, this appears to be an elaborate cover for his secret, dark interests in a force of “The Otherworld” who he only names as “The Dark Man.” In following his morbid and degenerate interests, Corbitt describes how he discovered a tome while living in Baltimore. He explains that the tome promised to allow a “studious practitioner to converse with the Dark Man, a most powerful and wise being.” Later in the journal, Corbitt describes devoting most of his free time to arduous study of “The Black Book.” After arriving in DuBois, the journal records explain how Corbitt met Pastor Michael Thomas, and became a member of the Chapel of Contemplation. Corbitt’s membership in the Chapel caused some well respected members of DuBois’s Elite to eventually shun Corbitt socially despite his charity work within the community. Over time, Corbitt becomes a recluse who only leaves his house to attend services at the Chapel during odd and late hours. At the end of his life, Corbitt remained within the confines of his home, but often had visitors who would care for his needs. One of the last entries into the journal Corbitt brags that his role within the Chapel allowed him to influence influential men – like judges, law enforcement, and businessmen within DuBois, as well as, several drifters, homeless, and criminals – all willing to do his bidding. His last entry explains that Michael Thomas will be responsible to carry out the Final Rite which will seal Corbitt’s pact with The Dark Man, and provide him with immortality through the science of Magick.
THE BLACK BOOK
This is a grimoire written in the early 1800’s containing information about a powerful entity from The Otherworld called the Dark Man. The book is written in Old English but is also in code. Deciphering the text will take long hours of study and strenuous effort. The book also contains a series of rites, rituals, and dark witchcraft pertaining to Mind Control, Psychic Domination, and Summoning Demons. There is also a very lengthy section dedicated to using Magick to prolong life, enhance the body, and achieve immortality.
Read more about the Black Book here.