Vampire Hunter Series

By Dragon and Team Taco

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Terrain: Dark and mysterious wooded trails

Difficulty: Clues - Easy / Staying alive - Difficult

Time
: Approx. 2.5 hours

Original Hive Founded:
June 11, 2004

New Hive Founded
:  August 2, 2008

Nearest town: Out in the middle of nowhere, WI (map)

Hitchhiker: "Going Batty" is out there somewhere...it MUST stay within the hive with a vampire - do not take it with you if you live to hunt another day.

** Please be sure to re-hide the boxes and re-pack their contents extremely well.  There have been reports of boxes and clues being switched up, and boxes and bags not being sealed as they should be. Thank you! **

Please read the comment provided with the link to this clue on AQ before attempting this series!

 


Something eerie has befallen the northern Kettle Moraine forest. When night falls one can hear the woosh of wings stalking the night. These are not the ordinary flappings of an owl. No, in fact, the forest has been quite still otherwise. Except, maybe, for the distant screams. But, donít worry about those. The person they belonged to has been found. Of course, this person had two puncture wounds in their neck and now has a tendency to sleep during the day....

But, we digress. We will say, if you hunt by day, be careful of those places that the shadows cling to. They donít need nightfall to lure their prey, just the small pools of darkness that the woods afford. If, brave soul, you search by night, our luck to you. Letís hope youíve brought more talismans and weapons than those hunters that preceded you.  Finding the weapons of your fallen comrades may very well assist you on your journey. May we not hear your cries in the distance....or have the need to hunt YOU down...
 

Boxes 1 & 2
 

Start at the remains of the trail map at the end of the parking lot.  It is a shame that such a nice trail through the woods would succumb to such a dreary end.  Do not hope to seek true shelter at the shelter on the map.  Look around you at the last sights you'll have of safety.  Do not rely on getting Holy Water out of the fountain in the picnic area.  Besides, you should know to be adequately prepared for this journey before you even came here.

If you are ready, ascend the stairs into the vampire's domain.  Count the steps as you go...10, 20, 30, what was that?...40, 50, 60...something is near...65, 66.  STOP!  Was that a hand on your shoulder?  No, just a dead leaf falling to the ground.

But there is a feeling of evil in the woods to the right...old evil...ancient evil...powerful evil.  What is that that glistens only 26 steps away at 95 degrees under a fallen stump?  As you scrape away the dead leaves and remove a stone, you find that there is Holy Water to be found here.

 

But why would one have had to drop a perfectly good unused vial of Holy Water here...?  Why was the stump knocked over...?  Is that dried blood...?

 

 

Boxes 3 & 4

If you survived your first encounter, and are bold enough to continue on, continue up the stairs, then down a series of stairs, and then up some more.  Notice how the stairs are in good shape considering the decay around you.  At the top you arrive at a tower.  The tower is also in good shape. Why?  Then it occurs to you - vampires would not touch wood lest it stick them.  Also, good wood is harder to make into a make-shift stake on short notice.  There is no weapon for you here.  Climbing the tower is also ill-advised - you do not want to be trapped at the top with vampires blocking your only escape...

Continue on the path marked with a purple topped stake.  Ah, royal purple...the preferred color of vampires other than black.  This must truly be their trail.  Do not take this stake with you for it was used by another hunter to impale a vampire.  Removing it would allow the vampire to rise again.  Better to leave it be...

As you count your steps down the path from the purple topped stake, notice the many "V" trees around you.  The vampires know how to mark their territory.  To the uninformed eye, they look like regular trees, but as a hunter, you know each one marks the domain of a vampire.  You are surrounded.  Hopefully, the one who came before you has staked them for you.  But what became of this hunter? 

At 100 steps you find your answer.  Their stake and mallet lie just 20 steps at 168 degrees from the three-trunked tree on the left of the path.  The hunter was cut down at the knees, with their legs still standing and the rest of their body lying before them - their weapon of choice lying on their feet - untouched by human or vampire (for obvious reasons) hands.

But what vampire would do this to a hunter?  What vampire would be strong enough to overcome such a powerful hunter? 

You may want to say your prayers, that is, if youíre able to breathe.  What is that breathing down the back of your neck...?

 

Boxes 5 & 6
 

Continue deeper into the forest on the path if you dare.  Note the hastily built shelter at the end of a short path to the left.  There is no sign of life here.  Why would anyone think that would protect them against a vampire?

There are even more "V" trees here as you go deeper into their domain.  The path turns left and heads downhill.  Then it takes a right.  Watch your footing.  There are many rocks on the trail.  There are also trees growing in the middle of the path.  At the first one you meet, you cannot help notice the large "V" that has a large stake through its heart on the right.  One less vampire to worry about...

All these stakes leads you to think that it might not be such a bad idea for vampire hunters to carry a cane around with them.  Then again, there is a vampire who walks with a cane...what's that sound?

Crack...crack...thump...crack..crack...thump...

It sounds like someone walking through the forest with a cane.  You head 15 more steps down the path from the tree in the middle of the path.  To your left there is a mossy rock just off the path.  No, rocks do not work as weapons against vampires.  There is the sound again behind you...

Crack...crack...thump...crack..crack...thump...

Instinctively, you run away from the sound to gain more time.  You run into the woods behind the rock, following a long fallen tree back to its base where you stumble over a branch between the fallen tree's end and a tall broken stump with a split down its side.  Looking up from the ground you see a shadowy creature towering above you in the dark preparing to attack!  Then off the corner of your eye you see an object sparkle in your torchlight.  Out of desperation you grab it and as you pull it out into the open you hear a bone-curdling screech from your assailant.  Dumbfounded you watch the shadowy figure race away to the other side of the path.  Having collected your sanity, you look to find yourself holding an ornate silver crucifix left here by a fellow hunter.  They had left it in the tall stump propped up by sticks so it would not fall all the way down to the bottom - perfectly reachable by those in need, yet hidden to the vampires all around.

With renewed confidence you determine to seek out and dispatch the vampire that recently sought your blood.  But where did it hide off to...?

 

 

Boxes 7 & 8

Further down the path, things get more harrowing.  Someone or something has placed a large stone in the middle of the path to trip anyone running through here.  Then another large tree bisects the path around it.  Yet just another 66 steps past this tree, on your left looms the largest "V" you have seen in these accursed woods so far.  What evil flies in this part of the woods that its symbol rises so high in the sky?

Cautiously you take another 17 steps down the trail.  Just then something whips by you passing just to the back of your neck from the left towards the woods to your right.

Ah, to the right.  To the east.  Ok, to the northeast, or more precisely at 43 degrees.  Either way, in the direction the sun does rise.  Are you longing for whatever sunlight may trickle down into this dense forest?  There!  There - looking through the smaller "V" on that bearing - wasn't there a shimmer of light just behind the second tall tree in view?  Desperate, you run the 20 steps past the smaller "V" tree to the tree you spotted.  Sure enough, there is a ray of hope hidden in the hole in its back about chest high.  As you pull it out, you feel the evil around you fade into the shadows - some near, some far.  Some, too close for comfort...
 


Boxes 9 & 10

Deeper and deeper into the woods you must go to find more of your quarry.  Along your journey you pass by --and through at one point-a long rock wall.  Is this the remains of Dracula's castle?  Or is it the remains of the village that used to be in these woods - before the peasants were turned into vampires?  Don't linger here - continue on...

You come upon a path to the left.  You take a brief moment to travel a few feet down the path only to find it leads to a deep valley.  Are those bones on the valley floor or just branches.  The limited light and the wavering shadows do not allow you to tell the difference from here.  You don't want to be another victim tossed into the pit, so head back to the royal purple path and continue on your hunt.

The trail continues alongside the deep valley below.  Slowly you feel yourself descending into it - or is it catching up to you?  After a few minutes of walking you come to a subtle left turn in the path where someone with a vary sharp axe has cleanly cut away a portion of a thick birch tree that had fallen across the path so the path is clear for you to move through.  Such a sharp axe would be helpful in beheading vampires...

As you pass between the birch halves, the path turns slightly left as it heads down and then turns to the right as the path levels and turns a bit sandy.  A few steps more, and you spot a square of royal purple marking a tree to the left of the trail - only 40 steps from the fallen birch.  As you inspect the mark, wondering what it could possibly mean, you note that there are actually two such marks - one on either side of the tree.  Who is the master of this area that he marks his domain so?

Then you hear the muted low tones of chanting around you, occasionally broken by a hiss or a cackle.  Bewildered by the sudden sound you fall off the path down the hill about 20 steps at 289 degrees and land hitting your head at the base of a tree with a gapping hole in its bottom.  Lucky for you, your head hit the softer wood, rather than the rock inside the hole, or, even better, the sharp axe under the stone and leaves...

 

As you grab up the axe, you wonder what vampire was able to survive a blow from this axe - or did its previous owner never even get the chance to wield it against his foe...?

 


Boxes 11 & 12

Walking even deeper into the forest on the trail, you continue to parallel the valley to your left.  Eventually you come to a point where the path turns sharply to the left and you quickly descend into the valley.  At the bottom you wonder whether there may be any water running through here.  Knowing where there is running water is important as you know that vampires cannot cross over it.  Unfortunately, it seems that whatever water may have run through here in the past is no more.  Did the vampires dam up or alter the course of the river through here so they could have free access to both sides of the forest?  A quick scan of the area reveals no dammed river - just damned souls...

At the low point of the valley you notice a 6 foot tall broken stump just off the path to the right.  Walking over to it you notice another area where a river may have run once.  The remains of the tree that broke off of this stump lie westward into this second possible river bed.  Walking alongside the fallen remains you come to a part where it has broken in two.  What do you know?  Within the end of the second half of this fallen tree at this point the river still runs...

Dare you cross this river yourself to hunt the vampire it holds back?

 


Boxes 13 & 14

Do you have the stamina to continue?  Although it may seem like you have turned the corner on the half-way point through the woods, you are not even close to getting out.  If you travel on, you will find that as you climb out of the valley you still head north to the deeper reaches of the forest.  As you journey through, the path becomes narrower as the trees reach out to pull you in.

On and on you travel with no sign of it letting up. Then suddenly there is a sign - an arrow pointing you left.  What is this way?  That remains to be seen...

 

More rocks are thrown in your path and yet another fallen tree blocks your way, but you fight through.  There is a light up ahead...and a signpost...a map telling you where you are.  You have survived this far - can you handle completing the circuit and your quest?

You now seem to be in the lighter side of the forest.  There are fewer places for vampires to hide - at least during the daytime - so vampires will be few and far between, unless there are vampires on the lighter side of life out there to be found...

Approximately, two minutes past the map you will find a tall tree on the right side of the path leaning over the trail.  This distinctive sight is shortly followed only 45 steps later by another eye-catching sight: a fifty foot tall barkless stump on the right side of the path.  Another unique feature of this tree is the many rocks entwined in its roots - hmm, maybe rocks DO grow in trees after all...

From the large grey rock in its roots on the path side of the tree however, comes a very distinct odor - a smell that vampires dread, but can be a delicacy for humans.  Dig thorough the debris and look under the rock in the cavity formed between the tree and the large grey stone to root out this natural herb used so much in cooking.

You would never catch a vampire that would cook with this ingredient - then again, maybe you will...

 

 


Boxes 15 & 16

As you continue on, notice there are fewer "V" trees here.  Not many vampires are to be counted here.  Yet, just three and a half minutes further down the trail another vampire has marked their territory in a unique way: on the left side of the path they have chopped the top part of a tree so that it has fallen to create a type of canopy over the path.  If you look around you can see similar attempts with other trees in the area.  What a strange way to mark your territory.

Counting 40 more steps down the trail you stop atop a mossy rock in the path with a root parallel to it and a tree on the right side of the path that forms a "W" (not a "V") about ten feet up from its base.  If you were counting on finding a vampire here, you may be right.  But by the signs around you, you can tell this is no ordinary vampire. You will therefore need a weapon that is not ordinary, yet one you can count on.  Lucky for you, a previous hunter left you one in the tree 13 steps off the left of the path.  Find the fallen branch and the hole in the tree about waist high that its end is sticking into.  Count your lucky stars this weapon was left here for you...

 


Boxes 17 & 18

On and on you travel...so many twists and turns...ups and downs...then things get very chilly - it seems a new ice age has occurred - or is it all the vampires around?

Again, do not seek shelter in the shelter - it is a trap.  It will sooner be your coffin than a place of rest, so hurry along the trail.  After more ups and downs, the icy chill seems to go away and the end of the trail is left before you.  Although you have not seen many vampires lately, there are still some around to subdue.

When you know you are only .6 miles from completing your mission, do not breath a sigh of relief.  You still have some of these undead serial killers to take care of. Although you may be hungry after your long journey so far, you are even hungrier for the kill.  Count your steps carefully - after 37 steps you come to a broken tree on your right forming a right triangle (those triangles are everywhere you know...).  After 73 steps there is a "V" tree on your left!  Ah!  There is a vampire around nearby!  At 94 steps, half-way along a fallen trunk lying parallel to the path, you are stopped dead in your tracks by something gleaming off to your left. Did you catch sight of it?  There - where two fallen trees lie bottom to bottom 10 steps off the trail.  In the bottom of the one on the right just under bark and a rock...what a strange weapon for a hunter to leave...what vampire can be subdued by this weapon?

We can only hope youíre hungrier than he is!

 

 


Boxes 19 & 20

Think you are out of the woods yet?  Think again.  There is yet one more vampire to vanquish - the one most feared of all!

 

Continue on the path towards your journey's end.  As you continue on you will find that this last vampire has placed trees in the middle of your path once again to thwart your progress through their domain.  These trees slow your progress so that his minions can slowly suck all the blood out of you if you are not properly protected.  After climbing your way through his traps you will eventually come to a bench.  The bench is also a trap - his minions will attack you while you rest, so don't listen to the relaxing call of the bench.  Instead continue on the path to the right heading down 166 steps.

Had enough of his minions sapping your strength?  Want to claim final victory over all vampires and place yourself in the vampire hunter hall of fame?  Then seek out your final weapon in the merger of the three trunks to your right under a rock, loose bark, and leaves.  You probably brought this weapon of choice with you, but probably used it up fighting off all his minions.  So here is some more to help you claim the final victory!

Now go and squash your last vampire...then go home and get a blood transfusion to replace all the blood you lost!