The Dresden Files: Twin Cities

ZERO HOUR: Bat People of the Great North!

by Citizen Zero

Welcome back, fellow Nulls, to another edition of the TRUTH! No time for fun, though, because we gotta spread the word about a growing danger in our little corner of the world.

Bat. People.

Pictured: Rad Artist's Interpretation

Hailing from darkness unknown, these Bat People, or Beople (not to be confused with Beeple, the peaceful agrarian explorers from the distant Honeycomb Galaxy) are a race of vicious nocturnal hemophages who feast on any prey slow enough to fall into their claws or foolish enough to fall sway to their hypnotic ultrasonic echolocation siren song. 

I can already read the haters posting in the comments section. "Really, Zero? Vampires? Have you finally cracked your dome?"

Pictured: NOT a Berson

Rest assured, fellow Nulls, my dome remains un-cracked. Longtime readers know I've already documented the truth about Succo Domesticis, or in layman's terms, the modern vampire.

CZ ARCHIVE: VAMPIRES: DANGEROUS, BUT SEXY (WORTH IT?)

No, the Beople are something much darker and deadlier, and moderately less alluring. Though capable of speech, Beople have no regard for society and no need for the Masquerade. They only hunger for our delicious and high-caloric Midwestern blood. They strike from darkness with inhuman speed and inhumane brutality. And they are among us.

Let's break down the stats: Beople run faster than an Olympic track star, and have reflexes ten times faster than the average human; each one can bench press a fully-loaded sedan, and its grip can bend cold steel; they are completely invisible in shadows and darkness, and have perfect night vision. Perhaps most dangerous, though, is their power over the weak-willed. Some Beople have honed their echolocation cry to hypnotize their prey. Thankfully, they usually need line of sight to use it effectively, or we might all be lining up at the chute.

So far, the attacks have been scattered in heavily urbanized areas, and always between the hours of 10pm and 3am. Police response has been slow, and in typical fashion, the Media is reporting the attacks as "mysterious disappearances." Disappearances they may be, but they wouldn't be a mystery if the Media dealt in the TRUTH!

But take heart, my Nulls, because we can keep safe if we keep smart. Beople seem to be less inclined to attack larger groups of humans, preferring classical predator tactics of picking off singular targets and smaller, weaker groups. Traveling in groups of five or more is a must. They also don't seem to like large bodies of water, as no confirmed Beople sightings have happened near lakes or rivers. They also don't seem to like churches and graveyards, a fact that makes the already-suspicious Big Religion even suspicious-ier. 

Pictured: Colluder/Secret Berson?

Beoples' ingrained nocturnal nature also forces them to rest during the day. I'm not sure yet what their capabilities are in the sunlight because none of my sources have encountered one during the day yet, but as soon as it happens, or once we find their nest, we'll be sure to update you all.

But until we know more, keep yourselves and your blood safe, fellow Nulls!

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