March 7, 1846


How open are you to the strange and the curious?

Cross, by its very nature, is a town that is not afraid of those things which are out of the ordinary.

Perhaps the finest example of this in the town’s long and bizarre history is that of Alpheus K. Blood, the adopted brother of Duncan Blood.

Alpheus entered the history of Cross in 1763, helping the town to weather a particularly rough winter. He saved several families from starvation and hypothermia by traveling through bitter temperatures and near-blinding storms to bring food and firewood. Both he and Duncan worked tirelessly, and when all was said and done, the young Alpheus was adopted into the Blood family, taking their name as his own.

Alpheus was a quiet individual, one who kept to himself except for in times of great need. When those times came, he served without ever having to be asked.

During the French and Indian Wars, he helped to defend the town from the raiding enemy. He did the same again when the war with Britain broke out in both 1776 and 1812. Whenever the enemy attacked, regardless as to who they were, Alpheus would be in the thick of the fighting, encouraging and leading by example.

As a token of thanks, the town paid to have his portrait taken on March 7, 1846.

To this day, Alpheus K. Blood’s portrait hangs in the town hall, a bronze plaque commemorating his service and selflessness.

People believe that something has happened to the photograph, that somehow, the portrait has turned green with age. Few understand that the background was tinted to match Alpheus’ flesh, that he was a magnificent goblin, and what a benefit it was when he ate the enemy’s dead.

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