The Brunholt Head

Sometime in the 13th century in Germany an unknown artisan created a brazen head and trapped within it a Servitor of the Outer Gods. This head was owned by various people until it was finally put up for auction by the House of Ausberg in the 1920s. The head was stolen by ghouls at the direction of a man named Hunderprest (see “The Auction” in Chaosium’s The Asylum & Other Tales, 1983). The head was recovered by investigators but its exact fate has been lost to history. Throughout history, many were interested in the head. One man, a recent American immigrant named Hans Brunholt, had researched the head extensively and had even corresponded with Hunderprest about the artifact. Brunholt had also corresponded extensively with an Englishman named Harold Greshem. Greshem new little of the head but fascinated Brunholt with his theories about the life energy of living creatures. Greshem sent Brunholt numerous diagrams of devices he had designed that were intended to capture and store said life energy in the way a battery stores electrical energy. Greshem decided to conduct his experiments in a big way-he constructed several apartment houses in London in 1910 and equipped them with various versions of his “batteries.” He then arranged for people to die in the houses and examined the results. Unfortunately for Greshem, the authorities were somehow able to connect him with some of the deaths and him and his fellows were arrested in London. His houses were troubled places for years, at least until the Nazi bombings in WWII destroyed all but one of the them. Brunholt, who was not involved directly in Greshem’s schemes, continued his research into both the secret of the head and Greshem’s batteries. To facilitate the “special” nature of his research, he purchased a patch of land in Aroostook County, Maine and had a small house built there in 1917.  

 

Brunholt conducted his researches with fervor and dedication and even created several devices he patented and then sold. He used the money to purchase more equipment. In 1921 he had a graveyard set up on his property using the cover story that he was bringing the remains of his ancestors to his new home. This was thought odd, but his generous cash flow deterred serious inquiries. In 1927 Brunholt created a refined version of one of Greshem’s batteries and used it to trap the life energy of three people he had murdered by sealing them into the “crypt” in his “graveyard.” Much to his delight, although it almost resulted in his own death, the specially prepared dead bodies were able to still move. After his risky observation, he resealed the tomb and set out to create the head. Brunholt met with numerous failures in his attempt to create the head, some of which almost cost him his own life. Finally in 1931 he managed to create a functional head-one that would trap the life energy of a victim within it and preserve the victim’s intelligence and memory. Unfortunately for Brunholt, he accidentally activated the head while admiring his work-his life energy was drained into it and his lifeless body fell to the floor. With the location of the house unknown, Brunholt’s body remains undiscovered until 1951 when a young hunter, Donald Trask, stumbled upon the house. Seeing the head resting on the table, Trask enters and touches it. The touch gives Trask a severe burn and he decides to leave the head alone.  

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~ by Michael LaBossiere on March 9, 2008.

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