ER:Porpington Bree

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A minor non-player character in the Errant Road on-line free-form role-playing game, now passed into the ranks of the living impaired. Needless to say, he isn't, and wasn't, known in the Poe-verse.

This rather flamboyant (that's the polite word...) fellow is encountered on the road as PCs Argus, Drusia, etc., journey to the small town of Gervasiel in southern Veracia. He introduces himself as the "Poet Laureate of the noble city of Smackton Hills, well-known creative talent and internationally lauded writer of the finest prose this side of the Waldhaxen Channel," causing the travelers a certain amount of bemusement, since none of them have ever heard of Smackton Hills, let alone the possibility that it might have a Poet Laureate. A brief sampling of his poetry (which he's planning to recite to the "Stone Men" at the pass of the same name) suggests that his talents might be, well, overrated. He continues on up the road to the pass, leaving the group shaking their heads in a combination of disbelief and amusement, and that's the last anyone expects to see of him.

However, Mr. Bree is seen again, under circumstances that lead to him becoming known as the late Mr. Bree. When the group arrives at an inn in Gervasiel, they are surreptitiously observed by a man that Sister Rose suspects may be Bree -- and she is right. He retires to the inn's formal garden and has a furtive conversation with an unseen figure via crystal ball, reporting that he has seen the travelers, and in particular, Argus. To say the person on the other end of the call doesn't take kindly to this news would be a rather severe understatement. Indeed, he somehow causes the crystal ball to explode with the force of a fairly large bomb, doing all sorts of damage to the garden and even the inn, and reducing Bree to a red mist and a chain of blasted vertebrae that are discovered by a horrified Sister Rose and Suriah Chase, a new PC who has just joined the group in time for this grisly find. Rose gives the poor man last rites, and that, as of now, is that.

Not to be confused with Sister Bree, a nun of the Veracian Church who's the kind of personality for whom the term "battleaxe" was invented.

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