The Grim Reapers

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The first rumors and tales about this mysterious and feared
cult started appearing during the 80’s P.A., at such Juicer havens
as Ishpeming, Los Alamo and Kingsdale. The rumors spoke of a
cult of Juicers who worshipped Death itself. Some of the wilder
tales claimed that some Juicers had attained immortality by undergoing
a dark magical ritual. Although these stories were
never as widely believed as the Prometheus Treatment (for one,
they didn’t have the Coalition States’ propaganda machine supporting
them), they have remained a persistent story for over two
decades. Dozens, perhaps hundreds of Juicers try every year to
make contact with the Grim Reapers and find out if the rumors
of professed immortality are true. Most of these Juicers are in
their fifth or sixth year of service and feel death approaching.
These desperate men and women are ready to do anything to
forestall their impending doom.
Juicers who desire to join the cult must venture into the worst
slums of Juicer frequented cities and try to find somebody who
knows something about the Grim Reapers. Most of them (the
lucky ones) find nothing, or are deceived by con-men, slavers, or
fanatical cultists who have no direct connection with the real
Grim Reapers. The unlucky few who succeed are met one night
by a group of cloaked men, hiding their faces beneath skull
masks. What happens afterward is a mystery.
A Juicer mercenary called Ramon Doodles tried to infiltrate
the organization. He was found in an alley in Ishpeming, horribly
mutilated, but miraculously still alive. Mortally wounded,
his last whispered words to the soldiers who found him is the
only information people have about the Grim Reapers. According
to the soldiers’s account, Ramon said the cultists practiced
human sacrifices and worse in hidden catacombs outside several
cities. He insisted that their numbers were in the hundreds and
that they were evil incarnate. They worshipped Death itself, and
from the descriptions he gave of statues and drawings, some occult
scholars believe their “deity” is none other than the fearsome
leader of the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse! Ramon
warned that Juicers who died in the service of the Grim Reapers
were raised as undead warriors (see the Murder-Wraith Juicers).
Monstrous mockeries of once human Juicers answering to insane
cult leaders. He died without telling the soldiers the location of
the catacombs.
The Ishpeming authorities took Ramon’s last words seriously.
Yet try as they might, they could not locate the cult or any
subterranean lair. After several frustrating weeks without discovering
a clue, the investigators finally decided to close the case
and officially declared the Grim Reapers to be a minor cult of
evil sorcerers with little or no presence in their territory. Nothing
to be worried about. Whether this official declaration is true or
not remains unknown. Rumors of undead Juicers continue to
surface, especially near the Federation of Magic, Kingsdale and
other non-aligned cities.

The Grim Reapers

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