Helforth University stands a few miles north of Lake Oneida.
I visited the university once, in 1844, and had to cut my way out of the office I was in. Three men had decided that the Blood family was worthy of study, and they intended to keep me there for exactly that purpose. I was well over a hundred at the time, but I looked to be no older than fourteen or so. I suppose it was my appearance and what I did to one of the men that made a lasting impression.
I’d dragged one of the men, Professor Clyde Young, out in front of the building. There were students and faculty watching, and those who couldn’t see sure as hell heard what happened next.
I told them all how I’d been invited by Young to visit. Told them what he wanted to do. Then I put a hole in his belly and skinned him alive.
While Helforth University never invited me back, I gave the place a wide berth. Over the years, the school has grown, and I’ve heard more than a few rumors about the place. But, seeing as how it’s a fair distance from Cross, I didn’t worry myself. I’ve enough of a time caring for one small town. I can’t add an entire state to my burden.
I caught a train to Syracuse, a ride to Lake Oneida, and then a ferry across the lake. From the northern shore, I walked until I came upon the university. Students wandered the grounds in groups of two and three, and I could see they were armed. Each one had a side arm, and there were guards at each building.
From my haversack, I retrieved my Colts, strapped them on and tied them down. I slipped my pruning knife into a sheath in the small of my back and took out something new; a pair of brass knuckles. I eased them on, flexed my fingers, and then made my way toward the main entrance of the school.
The university had grown exponentially since my last visit. The grounds and the buildings spoke of wealth and power, darkness and exploitation.
Helforth University was made of sterner stuff than the faculty and staff of Miskatonic. And they’d put up a better fight.
And that suited me fine.
There was a child to rescue, and I planned on killing anyone who tried to stop me.