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[Bob the hobo] A Celestial Wars Spin-Off Part 0011

PART ELEVEN
The early morning tranquillity of the residents of Belvedere Island was shattered when an Audi R8 Spyder in steel grey roared down Belvedere Avenue with precisely zero interest in keeping to the speed limit. After a few turns that were taken partially on two wheels, the sportscar tore towards a driveway that was framed in unpolished Italian granite slabs and a gate that gave all the appearance of a polished timber lattice, despite the high tensile steel frame beneath.
The gate slid effortlessly to one side as the car roared down the driveway and into the sconce-lit tunnel that led into the residence’s underground car park. A slender man with shoulder-length jet black hair and dark eyes killed the engine and leapt over the door, tossing the keys at a flustered chauffeur without saying a word.
Because he couldn’t be trusted to say anything civil at the moment. Everything in his vision held a hint of red that he was doing everything in his power to control and failing miserably.
Ignoring the elevator, he took the polished sandalwood stairs two at a time and stormed into the spacious living room, casting his eyes over the twelve-piece ocean blue sectional that dominated the area and the professional kitchen beyond. When he couldn’t find who he was looking for, he stilled and closed his eyes, stretching his senses to the very limit with no result.
Where are you, you coward?!” he shouted, loud enough to echo through every room of the multi-storey residence. Even the soundproof entertainment rooms.
A maid came to the balcony of the third floor that led to the bedrooms. One of the newer ones who would get a raise for venturing out of the bedrooms when the rest of the staff knew to hide from him when his mood was this vile. All fourteen of them. He knew, because they were whispering prayers amongst themselves, which gave away every one of their locations.
“M’lord…” she began, but he wasn’t in the mood for pandering.
“Where is he?!” he snarled out. There was so much death in his voice it was barely human. Or maybe it fell just the other side of that benchmark. He was certainly angry enough.
The woman’s eyes widened fearfully and she raised a trembling hand towards the back of the house. He bobbed his head once in gratitude and stormed through the glass back doors, barely registering the twelve-seater outdoor dining table that he stepped up and over rather than go around. Beyond the patio was a huge firepit with a fifteen seater, U-shaped banquette that surrounded it on three sides and a long stretch of lawn with paving slabs that linked this space to the observation deck overlooking the private jetty.
And there, dressed in his seventy-five thousand dollar Dormeuil Vanquish suit with his left Berluti shoe resting on the gold base frame of the tempered glass balcony and his forearms pressed into the matching gold guardrail, was the subject of his morning’s ire. “Don’t you fucking dare pretend you didn’t hear me coming, you pathetic sonova bitch!”
Llyr made no move to imply he heard him even this time. Hunched over the rail as he was, he kept his lit cigar close to his lips and drew in deep lungfuls of its million-dollar burning leaves with every single breath he took. Every exhalation went straight out over the water, which seemed to interest him more than his irate guest.
And that made Cuschler even madder. Stalking forward, Cuschler raised his hand to grab Llyr’s shoulder and either shake some sense into him or flat out deck him. But as he did, the solidly built man said along with an exhalation of smoke, “Touch me, cousin, and we will find out how long you can hold your breath.”
Cuschler dropped his hand and swung around so that he was facing away from the ocean Llyr loved so much. “I can become a fish, you asshole, so bring it on.”
“Won’t save you if the ocean actively hates you.” Llyr took another drag of his cigar and breathed it out again. “Which it will.”
“What the fuck are you doing here, Llyr? You were finally on the right track with Sam…”
Llyr took his foot off the rail and lowered his gaze to the jetty below. “I fucked it all up,” he said, hoarsely. “Ivy was right …”
“Fuck off she was!” Cuschler exploded.
“It’s true.” Llyr pushed back off the rail and stood upright. His head shook and his eyes were closed as if he couldn’t bear to look at anyone. “You saw. I made one active effort to get to know him before I was supposed to, and twenty-four hours later his roommates have him convinced he’s been completely drug-fucked! Ivy’s right! I should’ve stayed aw…”
Cuschler grabbed Llyr by the lapels, and in a single twist and roll of his hips, he had Llyr on his back while he sat on Llyr’s chest; a wicked black dagger pressed to the bigger man’s throat. “Say that one more time within my hearing,” he snarled, allowing darkness to leach from his eyes all the way to his eyebrows and cheekbones. Something he’d inherited from his mother. “Try me.
Llyr blinked once. Twice. “Ivy was right.”
Swearing in languages that very few people in the world knew, Cuschler rolled the blade until the handle was locked behind his knuckles and he punched Llyr hard enough in the face to break his nose and cheekbone. Another twist had the blade back at his throat. “No, she fucking wasn’t, you realm-damned idiot! But if you’re too ball-less to see that, then maybe you belong over this side of the country where you’ll be out of my way.”
For the first time in three days, life entered Llyr’s eyes as he must’ve realised how serious Cuschler was, for both hands shot out to take Cuschler’s by the wrists and his heels dug into the deck for traction.
And just like that, Cuschler lost his window of opportunity. He may have been the cold-blooded killer of the family, but in hand to hand, Llyr had over fifty pounds of muscle on him. That didn’t stop him from trying to recover as the two rolled across the deck, until surprisingly, Llyr relaxed and allowed Cuschler to get the upper hand.
That was, until Cuschler saw Llyr’s lips twist in victory and the fingers of his right hand open to reveal not one family ring, but two.
Cuschler’s eyes immediately went to his left hand, where his own ring ordinarily resided, only to find that finger bare. “You mother…”
“…fucker!”
Between one instant and the next, Cuschler felt his consciousness shift from the physical plane into the mental one. Everything around him appeared the same. He was still on top of Llyr on Llyr’s deck overlooking his private jetty, but Cuschler recognised the difference immediately. For starters, Llyr’s grinning face was perfect.
And then Llyr disappeared from under him, causing him to drop face-first into the deck. Lifting his head with a heavy curse on his lips, he found Llyr standing a few feet away and launched to his feet. “You took my fucking ring!”
“It was the easiest way to deal with you when you’re like this, cousin,” Llyr answered, folding his arms. The cigar was no longer in his mouth, but that was a matter of semantics. “Now, you're not the one calling the shots.”
Cuschler looked his cousin over. There was no nervousness or apprehension at the thought of losing the protection of his ring. He seemed quite comfortable with it.
And there was only one reason for that. “How often have you taken your ring off, Llyr?”
The confirmation came when Llyr broke eye contact with him; a fundamental faux pas when it came to the family. They never broke eye contact when it came to owning up to anything. Every action was retained with pride. “Oh, you dumb fucker!”
“I had to!” Llyr shouted back. “Sam was freaking out because I brought him over here.”
Cuschler turned away from Llyr and stalked back to the balustrade. “Stay away from me!” He threw a finger out at Llyr who he could sense was closing in on him from behind. “I need a minute to calm down.” Cuschler took that minute, and also the next one, before turning back. “You jeopardised all of us, just so you could clean up what you believe is a mistake with Sam.”
“It was a mistake, and it was just a second or two…”
“And how long do you think it takes for an elder to find us? For Fuck’s sake, cousin! When the others find out…”
“They’re not going to.”
Cuschler heard what wasn’t said in that sentence and icy fury coursed through his veins. “So, you’re planning on blocking my memory too?”
“Just a few seconds’ worth. Hopefully, you won’t even notice.”
“Fuck off! Of course, I’m going to notice! They’ll be my missing memories! And you can bet your ass the first thing I’m going to do is go to Raushan and get her to find out what the hell’s going on with me. One look at what you’ve done, and there’ll be a line around the block to kick your ass into the next realm.”
Llyr’s smile was unpleasant in the extreme. “Would you really go all the way to the other side of the planet to find my sister, when you have me right here to confirm the loss is nothing for you to worry about?”
Cuschler picked up what Llyr was laying down and it made him all the angrier. Without the knowledge of who had bent him, he probably would go to the most powerful bender in the US for help instead of heading over to Africa in search of the most powerful bender in the world.
“This will come to light, cousin, and I promise you, you will bleed when it does. You can’t hide this forever.”
“To keep Sam safe, I’ll take that chance.”
“This has nothing to do with Sam! It’s your insecurities since that woman got into your head and convinced you that what we are is wrong! Why would you let her do that?”
“Because Sam is her son too, and she had every right to want him to have a normal, human life. I should’ve waited. It’s just nine more years …”
“Sam’s tearing Soho apart looking for you, Llyr.”
Llyr’s eyes widened. “What?”
Well, at least that got the right reaction.
“You heard me. Sam’s gutted that his roommates chased you off, and he’s spent the last three days combing every back alley and mission in a desperate bid to find you. His roommates have gone with him to keep him safe, but the more desperate he’s getting, the more risks he’s willing to run.”
Cuschler threw his hands over his head in disgust. “For Mystal’s sake, he’s been going into some fucking risky areas hoping to put eyes on you. Yesterday was the worst. I had to intercept no less than six armed gang members and thirteen would-be muggers, and today, he’s not planning on going to college because he wants to keep looking for you. The boys can’t go with him because they have to go to work, which means he’s going to be on his own, and you’re over here hiding in your own fucking shadow!”
Llyr came to stand beside Cuschler. “I can’t let him do that.”
“No shit.”
Llyr stared long and hard at the water beyond the jetty below, becoming lost in his thoughts. Since the passage of physical time was irrelevant in here, Cuschler didn’t rush him.
Finally, Llyr broke the silence. “It was twice.”
Cuschler raised an eyebrow and looked across at him. “What?”
“I’ve only taken my ring off two other times since we came here. I didn’t even take it off when Ivy told me to stay away from her and our baby after I revealed who and what I was to her.”
“That’s the one time you should’ve,” Cuschler snapped. “Then none of this would’ve happened.”
Llyr turned side on to face him. “Do I really need to block your memories, cousin?”
It was Cuschler’s turn to look out at the water. “I won’t lie for you, cousin.”
“I’d never ask you to.”
Cuschler gave it some thought. “Do I have your word it was only those two times?”
“It was, and you do.”
Cuschler breathed out heavily. “You’ve done some dumb shit in your life, Llyr, but this takes the cake. You know that, right?”
Llyr smirked without denying it. “So how far out did Sam get in his search yesterday?”
“Foley Square.”
“He’s legging it.”
“He’s desperate. He thinks you’ve been driven out of your home because you were nice to him, and it’s doing his head in.”
“If you push him towards the bridge, I’ll find somewhere along there to blend in.”
“Sounds like a plan. Now…” In a blur of motion, Cuschler shot his arm around behind Llyr and shoved him head first over the rail. “Get the hell outta my head!” he shouted at the falling man.
Llyr rolled in mid-air and drew to a halt halfway between the deck and the jetty. He looked up at Cuschler, flipped his middle finger, and vanished.
Smirking himself, Cuschler also vacated his imagination and returned to the physical realm.

PART TWELVE

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Cult of the Eclipse - Chapter 7 of 65

Read from the Beginning
Chapter 6
The area Jaclyn was approaching had dense patches of trees on either side of the road. They were impossible to see through, more so in the dark. Even with the stranger’s headlights shining through her mirrors, they couldn’t be penetrated.
A yellow diamond-shaped sign up ahead warned them of the sharp curves they were approaching. She tried to slow down for safety’s sake, but it didn’t stop the driver behind her. He didn’t decelerate at all.
His raging headlights only gained on her, inches away from scraping her bumper. Another vicious honk.
“How do I get that bastard off my ass?” Jaclyn asked, gritting her teeth.
The Chevy swayed her body as she made the first sharp turn to the left. The stranger behind her executed the turn much smoother, as if having rehearsed.
A second sharper turn to the right. Jaclyn saw herself go onto the wrong side of the road but corrected herself. The noise behind her continued in a constant, furious stream.
A final swerve to the left and Jaclyn couldn’t believe her eyes. Through her rearview mirror, she saw the driver behind her drifting left. He sped up, the front of the car side by side with her trunk.
She asked, “Is that psycho finally going around?”
Ignoring the kicks from her engine, she watched him creep up beside her on the road. It wasn’t long until his passenger window met with hers.
Yet the other driver didn’t speed up after that. He maintained his velocity and stayed next to her. Jaclyn’s eyes went from the road to the other car and back again.
That crazy bastard better hope no one else is out. It’ll be a head-on collision if he doesn’t just pass already.
She glanced at the other car again, seeing that the driver rolled his passenger window down. Jaclyn didn’t see the person inside. Whoever it was, the other driver was concealed layers of shadow.
The horn continued. It was scraping against her ear drums like a record being forced to play backwards by hand.
For a second, she saw the glint of metal flash in the left corner of her eye. As the projectile made an echoing crack against the window, Jaclyn swore she saw the face of George Washington on it.
Jesus,” she yelled.
A splotch of white surrounded by a little web of cracks was left on her window. Her only question was whether the web would expand through the rest of her window once the strange car sped up.
His speed going up to seventy, he drove around Jaclyn and honked his horn one final time. The sound trailed with him until he was out of her sight.
She realized her heart was beating at a hundred miles an hour. Taking a longer drag than usual, she slowed the Chevy back down again. It was moving at ten below the speed limit again, and the road a straight shot.
Ashing through the window, she said, “Fucking psycho. I’m willing to bet there’s a body out here somewhere, and he put it there. God forbid Corey go anywhere near this place.”
Driving through this part of the highway made her glad she hadn’t found him in the area. If he were at the edge of those woods, there’d be one kind of predator or another following.
But what if he was already in there?
The thought was a real possibility. Jaclyn had to force it out of her mind. She wasn’t about to pull over and search through the woods, especially out of paranoia. Having gone down this highway didn’t mean he would’ve wandered through the woods. There wasn’t any motivation. He was far too smart for something like that, she decided.
Once the expansion of woodlands ended, so did the road. Jaclyn stopped at a three-way intersection. Both turns led to an area she hadn’t heard of.
The left was a road leading toward Quakerston, and the right went to Dourmsburg. From the intersection, she could tell that the left turn went into more empty, grassy hills and eventual woods. But peering to her right, Jaclyn saw bits of flickering white light in the distance. Even if she didn’t find a place to sleep right away, lights were a sign of people.
And worst-case scenario, there was the option of sleeping in the car. It wouldn’t have been the first time.
Turning right, she remembered the innocent little questions that would come from the back seat. It always happened during a trip that lasted late enough into the night.
“Are we going to a motel, mom?”
But if the car didn’t break down, that question would never be uncertain anymore. She wouldn’t consider the possibility of sleeping in the car. There was money now. These weren’t the days of surviving off a maid’s wages.
And they weren’t the days of reminding Corey not to tell her ex that they couldn’t find a place to sleep either. Once she found Corey, Jaclyn could even buy a modest house. Her parents would’ve wanted that anyway, wouldn’t they?
Further down the road, the cluster of light divided and formed into tiny streetlights. Once she reached those, a wave of relief washed over her. Not only were there lights, but single-storey houses showed up too.
“I can finally pull over soon,” she said. “And maybe find a place to sleep tonight.”
She thought back to the diner. What were the chances the old woman at the table behind her was wrong? The fact that she wore glasses meant her eyesight wasn’t perfect. And this was a stranger. How did Jaclyn know she wasn’t a liar?
What if she was wasting her time, gas and peace of mind?
Unless more people claim they’ve seen him, the chances of her being wrong were overwhelming. The deeper into Dourmsburg she drove, the more real that idea became.
“I’m gonna strangle that old bat if she was wrong.”
The old woman Jaclyn talked to said he’d just left the building and took the following exit west. According to her story, he was being driven off in a black Cadillac.
She couldn’t think of anyone she knew who drove a car like that and the description was vague, but even that was better nothing. Arriving at a sloping four-way intersection, she stopped and looked to the left.
Jaclyn saw a cluster of gas stations, local restaurants and a small two-star hotel.
Chapter 8
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[Cult of the Eclipse] - Chapter 7/65

Read from the Beginning
Chapter 6
The area Jaclyn was approaching had dense patches of trees on either side of the road. They were impossible to see through, more so in the dark. Even with the stranger’s headlights shining through her mirrors, they couldn’t be penetrated.
A yellow diamond-shaped sign up ahead warned them of the sharp curves they were approaching. She tried to slow down for safety’s sake, but it didn’t stop the driver behind her. He didn’t decelerate at all.
His raging headlights only gained on her, inches away from scraping her bumper. Another vicious honk.
“How do I get that bastard off my ass?” Jaclyn asked, gritting her teeth.
The Chevy swayed her body as she made the first sharp turn to the left. The stranger behind her executed the turn much smoother, as if having rehearsed.
A second sharper turn to the right. Jaclyn saw herself go onto the wrong side of the road but corrected herself. The noise behind her continued in a constant, furious stream.
A final swerve to the left and Jaclyn couldn’t believe her eyes. Through her rearview mirror, she saw the driver behind her drifting left. He sped up, the front of the car side by side with her trunk.
She asked, “Is that psycho finally going around?”
Ignoring the kicks from her engine, she watched him creep up beside her on the road. It wasn’t long until his passenger window met with hers.
Yet the other driver didn’t speed up after that. He maintained his velocity and stayed next to her. Jaclyn’s eyes went from the road to the other car and back again.
That crazy bastard better hope no one else is out. It’ll be a head-on collision if he doesn’t just pass already.
She glanced at the other car again, seeing that the driver rolled his passenger window down. Jaclyn didn’t see the person inside. Whoever it was, the other driver was concealed layers of shadow.
The horn continued. It was scraping against her ear drums like a record being forced to play backwards by hand.
For a second, she saw the glint of metal flash in the left corner of her eye. As the projectile made an echoing crack against the window, Jaclyn swore she saw the face of George Washington on it.
Jesus,” she yelled.
A splotch of white surrounded by a little web of cracks was left on her window. Her only question was whether the web would expand through the rest of her window once the strange car sped up.
His speed going up to seventy, he drove around Jaclyn and honked his horn one final time. The sound trailed with him until he was out of her sight.
She realized her heart was beating at a hundred miles an hour. Taking a longer drag than usual, she slowed the Chevy back down again. It was moving at ten below the speed limit again, and the road a straight shot.
Ashing through the window, she said, “Fucking psycho. I’m willing to bet there’s a body out here somewhere, and he put it there. God forbid Corey go anywhere near this place.”
Driving through this part of the highway made her glad she hadn’t found him in the area. If he were at the edge of those woods, there’d be one kind of predator or another following.
But what if he was already in there?
The thought was a real possibility. Jaclyn had to force it out of her mind. She wasn’t about to pull over and search through the woods, especially out of paranoia. Having gone down this highway didn’t mean he would’ve wandered through the woods. There wasn’t any motivation. He was far too smart for something like that, she decided.
Once the expansion of woodlands ended, so did the road. Jaclyn stopped at a three-way intersection. Both turns led to an area she hadn’t heard of.
The left was a road leading toward Quakerston, and the right went to Dourmsburg. From the intersection, she could tell that the left turn went into more empty, grassy hills and eventual woods. But peering to her right, Jaclyn saw bits of flickering white light in the distance. Even if she didn’t find a place to sleep right away, lights were a sign of people.
And worst-case scenario, there was the option of sleeping in the car. It wouldn’t have been the first time.
Turning right, she remembered the innocent little questions that would come from the back seat. It always happened during a trip that lasted late enough into the night.
“Are we going to a motel, mom?”
But if the car didn’t break down, that question would never be uncertain anymore. She wouldn’t consider the possibility of sleeping in the car. There was money now. These weren’t the days of surviving off a maid’s wages.
And they weren’t the days of reminding Corey not to tell her ex that they couldn’t find a place to sleep either. Once she found Corey, Jaclyn could even buy a modest house. Her parents would’ve wanted that anyway, wouldn’t they?
Further down the road, the cluster of light divided and formed into tiny streetlights. Once she reached those, a wave of relief washed over her. Not only were there lights, but single-storey houses showed up too.
“I can finally pull over soon,” she said. “And maybe find a place to sleep tonight.”
She thought back to the diner. What were the chances the old woman at the table behind her was wrong? The fact that she wore glasses meant her eyesight wasn’t perfect. And this was a stranger. How did Jaclyn know she wasn’t a liar?
What if she was wasting her time, gas and peace of mind?
Unless more people claim they’ve seen him, the chances of her being wrong were overwhelming. The deeper into Dourmsburg she drove, the more real that idea became.
“I’m gonna strangle that old bat if she was wrong.”
The old woman Jaclyn talked to said he’d just left the building and took the following exit west. According to her story, he was being driven off in a black Cadillac.
She couldn’t think of anyone she knew who drove a car like that and the description was vague, but even that was better nothing. Arriving at a sloping four-way intersection, she stopped and looked to the left.
Jaclyn saw a cluster of gas stations, local restaurants and a small two-star hotel.
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The history of 410

A history of 410 (formerly known as OC), from Brixton, south London.
The Guide to UK Drill has a short paragraph about 410, but for people new to UK Drill (or not from the area) I thought you might find their actual backstory interesting. It's also a demonstration of how deep the UK Drill scene actually goes.

Context

The gang originated in the Myatts Field Estate in Brixton (SW9). Their territory also includes the nearby Vassall Road and Cowley blocks. The area borders with Camberwell (SE5), Kennington (SE11) and Walworth (SE17) on one side, and with Angell Town Estate in Brixton on the other.
OC stood for 'Organised Crime' or 'One Chance'. The Myatts Field Estate was nicknamed 'Baghdad', and Myatts Field associated with the colour green.


Early 2000s

OC (Myatts Field Estate) were linked with PDC (Peel Dem Crew, from the neighbouring Angell Town Estate). They were also cool with a set called SMS (South Man Syndicate). Some of the earliest music from OC was collaborations with SMS and PDC artists:

2006

In this era, prominent OC members included Lox, Boost, Troopz, Syikes, Kearz, Komoshen, Mad Mikes, Rampz, Sleeks, Ratty and many others. At this time their main beef was with Peckham (Shoot Instant/PYG) and Black Prince (BYM) from Kennington.
Death of Tiny Alien
In 2006, a young OC member named Tiny Alien was murdered by BYM (now known as Kuku) at Black Prince, Kennington. He went to Kennington on a glide but ended up getting stabbed to death. His death made further media headlines after photos emerged of him posing with guns. He was only 15 when he died, and the younger generation's biggest loss.

2007

Younger members of OC (Tiny OC) became more active in music and in general. They included Young Troopz, Looch, Lil Dread, Killa Buzz, Madantz, Fire Armz and others.

The birth of GAS Gang - minor OC v GAS feud
In this era, the gangs PDC (Angell Town Estate) and MZ (Somerleyton Estate) disbanded. The youngers from Angell Town and Somerleyton, led by Ard Adz, formed GAS Gang. At first there was resistance from Myatts Field, and a feud started between the GAS (Angell Town/Somerleyton) members and OC (Myatts Field) members. In the following track, OC members take shots at GAS:
GAS members responded taking shots at OC, over the same beat:
After this, the Brixton olders squashed the beef between Myatts Field (OC) and Angell Town/Somerleyton (GAS), and they became united again. Kinda important because they were facing a united enemy: the Peckham Boys (SN1, SI and PYG).
Political Peak and Ard Adz made light of the 'Hard Bars' diss tracks by merging their verses into a new track called 'Beef Eww'. It had a music video but that got taken down.
GAS Gang became an alliance between the young members from Myatts Field, Angell Town, Loughborough and Somerleyton - four major estates of Brixton. The younger members from Myatts Field repped both OC and GAS. Older members from Myatts Field just repped OC.
GAS was represented by the colour green (for Myatts Field) and purple (for Angell Town):


2008

In early 2008, a prominent OC member Ratty was shot dead on the Myatts Field Estate, and the murder is unsolved to this day:

Peckham 'Gunshot Riddim' v Brixton 'Bullet Riddim'
The war between Brixton (OC/GAS) and Peckham (SI/PYG) was fully cracking at this point. In early 2008, SI/PYG released one of their first music videos, filmed at the Peckham multi-storey car park:
That summer there were back-and-forth shootings between OC and SI members. In one incident, OC rode out on Walworth Road and caught Snap Capone and Butch (SI members) slipping. Snap and Butch ran into the Costcutter store and OC shot at them from the outside, but ended up killing a civilian. That made big media headlines. One thing that has to be mentioned was that OC were ruthless, they didn't care if civilians got hit if they were in the way. "Civilians move" mentality.
Not long afterwards, OC/GAS released a response track to Gunshot Riddim in which OC members mocked Snap and Butch for running in the above incident: "remember what we flew in Wooly Road" ... "had you running in the shop like you're buying suttin" ... "my dargs only run when they see the riot van" (etc). The video was filmed on the Myatts Field Estate:
Gunshot Riddim v Bullet Riddim was the start of the back-and-forth diss music videos between Brixton (OC/GAS) and Peckham (SI/PYG). Cracking on the streets and over Youtube. In my opinion, this era was the origins of what we now call the UK Drill scene.

Lox and Kearz release solo mixtapes
In 2008, Lox released the mixtape 'I Du Diz 4 Fun', and Kearz released 'King of the Fields'. Both mixtapes were full of shots towards Peckham. Lox's mixtape was notable for his remix of 'Talking The Hardest'.
In December 2007, Giggs (Peckham) released the 'Talking The Hardest' freestyle. In 2008, Lox responded over the same beat, dissing the Peckham Boys and especially the Shoot Instant set (which Snap Capone was a member of). This is a legendary music video in the Peckham v Brixton beef:

Sidebar
OC members popularised certain terms and phrases, which were associated with them through their music. The most famous examples were "cruddy" and "la la la", common catchphrases and adlibs in OC/GAS songs.

Brixton (OC/GAS) links up with Old Kent Road (OBY)
GAS leader Ard Adz continued to build alliances against Peckham, and linked up OC/GAS with OBY from Old Kent Road (SE1). Old Kent Road was nicknamed 'Brooklyn' and they were also beefing Peckham at the time. The most prominent OBY member in music was John Wayne. The first track they made together was 'Brooklyn to Baghdad' (Old Kent Road to Myatts Field):
Ard Adz went to prison soon afterwards. Young Troopz continued the music collaborations between Brixton and Old Kent Road, releasing two music videos with John Wayne in November 2008:
A month later, December 2008, PYG members released 'Coming Up'. In the second verse, M1 (aka Young Gunna D) disses OC: "you little pricks make me laugh when you're talking 'cruddy'...". Just a few weeks after Young Troopz dropped 'Cruddy'.

2009

Brixton v Peckham continues
It would be way too long to list all the disses and responses between Brixton (OC/GAS) and Peckham (SI/PYG) at this point, but the beef was cracking. It was popularly followed by young Londoners across the city, in the same way that UK Drill beef is now. Many of the music videos were uploaded to a YouTube channel called Southbitz (since been deleted), and each topped a million views. I'll just mention a few tracks, but there were many more:
PYG responded to 'OC/GAS - Bullet Riddim', in which OC mocked Peckham members for running during a shooting on Walworth Road. 16-year old Young Size (PYG) starts the track by stating: "You had two turners but never turned nothing, when I roll up on your block I'ma turn something off. He thinks he can try come Wooly Road and bark it off, but when I ride up on your block, little dickheads sliding off":
In early 2009, Giggs (Peckham) released a music video for 'Freestyle 09'. At this time Giggs was the hottest rapper in the game, and had recently won the first ever 'Best International Act' at the BET Hip Hop Awards. In April, OC/GAS released 'Ard 3Style' over the same beat. The song includes various disses towards Giggs and Peckham, and the music video was filmed on the Myatts Field Estate:
In May 2009, PYG members Stigs and Shocks dropped a music video for 'Rec A G' - one of the most legendary tracks to be dropped by youngers in the UK scene. The song doesn't mention anyone specifically, but it's clearly directed at Brixton. A month later, OC/GAS dropped a block freestyle in which they diss Peckham back. They reference lyrics in 'Rec A G' and mock Shocks' adlib "ya liar":
In summer 2009, PYG members Shocks and Young Size released 'Police & Thief', dissing Brixton. In response, OC/GAS released their reply, dissing Peckham over the same beat. It became one of the biggest tracks in the scene that summer, and the music video was filmed on Myatts Field Estate:
That year, Young Troopz was the most active OC member in music. By this point he was considered one of the best youngers in the UK scene. He was also one of the more respected young members on road.

'The Truth' CCTV video
In 2009, the police were investigating certain Peckham (PYG) members due to their war with Brixton (OC/GAS). Police sent the Peckham members' lawyers CCTV footage of Brixton and Peckham sliding on each others' territories, as proof that they had evidence of their involvement. A PYG associate took the footage, annotated it and uploaded it to Youtube.
Part 1 of the footage shows PYG members sliding to Angell Town Estate in Brixton at night. Part 2 shows OC/GAS members sliding to the Peckham frontline in broad daylight. The annotations were written to to make OC/GAS look bad. The original upload was in better quality and gained over a million views, but this is the only clip left on YouTube:
After PYG uploaded the footage, OC/GAS and their allies YRS (Young Roadside G's) released the video 'Ur Liars', accusing PYG of lying in the annotations and cooperating with the police for the CCTV footage:
PYG member Young Size filmed himself on the Myatts Field Estate to further disrespect OC/GAS:

2010

The new year saw Political Peak return to music, dropping the mixtape 'More Than Peak Vol.1'. Two music videos from the project, featuring OC members Syikes, Madantz and Killa Buzz:
Political Peak and Sneakbo became frequent collaborators, dropping a number of OC/GAS music videos through the year. Two of those tracks stood out as classics. 'Touch Ah Button' was one of the biggest songs in the scene, from the playgrounds to the clubs. In an old interview, Drake said that 'Touch Ah Button was his first introduction to the UK gang/rap scene, an interest he's maintained to the present day:

The fall of Young Troopz
Young Troopz wasn't active in music in 2010 because he and several other OC members were on trial for the 2008 murder on Walworth Road. In the end, Young Troopz was jailed for 5 and a half years for possessing the gun used in the murder. It was believed that Young Troopz talked during the investigation, so he was kicked out of OC and banned from Brixton. From this point onwards there's no mention of him by Brixton members in music or on social media.

Peckham civil war
2010 was also the year of the Peckham civil war: a major split within the Peckham Boys which reshaped territories and alliances within the Peckham, Camberwell and Walworth area. This pretty much brought an end to the Peckham v Brixton war.


2011-2012

Murders puts media spotlight on OC and Myatts Field
OC were once cool with ABM (M Block), a gang from nearby Stockwell. However, ABM had sided with TN1/86 (Tulse Hill) in their increasing beef with Brixton. Plus Brixton were linked with 031 (Wandsworth Road) who were ABM's main opps. These ties caused OC and ABM to fall out.
In March 2011, OC members Killa Buzz, Madantz and Kaz cycled from Myatts Field to Stockwell to score on ABM. Two members of ABM ran into the Stockwell Food and Wine store to hide, and OC shot into the store from the outside. The bullets hit the shop owner and his 5-year old niece Thusha Kamaleswaran, paralysing her. CCTV of the incident was released by the police, which was a big media story at the time. Killa Buzz was sentenced to minimum 17 years, Madantz and Kaz both got a minimum 14. This was only a few years after the Costcutter shooting in 2008 under similar circumstances, so a lot of scrutiny was put on OC:
In May 2011, a 16-year old OC member Nathan murdered a 15-year old boy named Temidayo Ogunneye on the Myatts Field Estate. Temidayo had gone to Myatts Field to retrieve a Blackberry that had been stolen by young OC members earlier that day, but got stabbed to death once on OC territory. Following his trial, Nathan was sentenced to a minimum of 14 years:

OC leaders leave gang life
A female pastor named Mimi Asher was living on the Myatts Field Estate. She opened her house to OC members, and over time helped many turn away from gang life:
Two outstanding members of OC, Lox (Karl Lokko) and Boost (Terroll Lewis), found Christianity and left gang life behind. They have both been open about their former lives:

In this period, younger OC members like Tiny Syikes became more active in music:

2013

OC change name to 410
The name OC had been tarnished by relentless media scrutiny, its main leaders had left road, and its beef with Peckham had died. It was like an old era had ended, and a new era was beginning.
Also Myatts Field Estate had been undergoing regeneration by this time, with the old blocks getting replaced by modern apartments. These changes were the inspiration for the new name of their gang. The Myatts Field Estate was being renamed as Oval Quarter, so members took (Oval Quarter) and flipped it to become 4/10. From now onwards, OC began to be known as 410 (four-ten).
Younger 410 members continued releasing music:

GAS Gang splits
In late 2013, a leading GAS member from Somerleyton Estate (5 Star) accused a leading GAS member from Angell Town Estate (Sneakbo) of snitching, and dropped a statement in this tweet. GAS Gang split as a result: the Angell Town faction formed 150, and the Somerleyton faction left as Siru/Siraq. The two blocks beef each other to this day. Myatts Fields (410) remained close with Angell Town (150), as they were before the GAS era.

2014

In May, 410 had their first Westwood crib session featuring the some of the more senior members Political Peak, Fire Armz, Syikes, Kearz, Troopz, Looch and VI:

Early UK Drill era
Alongside 150 and 67, the younger 410 members were pioneers of the early UK Drill sound. In June 2014, Baby Troopz (aka BT, the younger brother of Young Troopz) released his first solo video:
In September 2014, members BT, Tiny Syikes and Rendo released '4 Door Coming'. The song is considered a classic UK Drill track, and has since been referenced numerous times by other UK Drill artists:
410 ended the year with a 'No Hook' by BT, YS and Rendo, the first 'No Hook' in UK Drill. Rendo's verse was considered one of the best in the early UK Drill scene:

2015

410 started the year with an anthem including senior and younger members:

UK - Chicago Drill history made
In May 2015, Chicago drill artist THF TP used the '410 - 4 Door Coming' beat for his track 'THF TP - Bus Stop'. That's the first time a Drill beat from a UK song and producer was used by a Chicago drill artist. Bus Stop is considered a classic in the Chicago scene.

The rise of the duos
BT and Rendo continued releasing music together consistently, and became many people's favourite duo in UK Drill. Some of the more prominent releases that year:
AM and Young Rendo (aka Skengdo), part of a younger generation of 410 members, started releasing music together. They would develop into many people's favourite UK Drill duo's in time:

F Block mixtape
In October 2015, 410 released the F Block mixtape, a classic squad tape in UK Drill.

2016

410 started the year by dropping anthems.
The duo of BT and Rendo dropped 'Ten Toes', one of the most gassed tracks of the era:
The younger members Sparkz, Skengdo and AM started the year with 'Think Again'. The final verse by AM was very highly rated when it dropped:
410 also had their second Westwood Crib Session, featuring BT, Rendo, Tiny Syikes, VI, YS, Mo Squeeze, Troopz and Looch:
Overall 2016 was another productive year for 410 with its main rappers (BT, Rendo, AM and Skengdo) consistently dropping music. Some examples:

Tennessee
Around this time, 410 was mainly occupied by its long term war with Kennington. 410 (Myatts Field) and Harlem (Kennington Park) are rival sets located very close to each other. Several 410 and Harlem members were childhood friends, due to how close both areas are. However, gang loyalties turned those childhood friends into gang enemies.
'Tennessee' is a chicken shop on Brixton Road, located between 410 and Harlem territory. In 2016 an infamous stabbing took place at that Tennessee, with police releasing CCTV of the incident:
410 and Harlem both mention that chicken shop in their lyrics when dissing each other, to imply that they won't step beyond it into enemy territory:

2017

Golden era for 410
In January, 410's rivals Harlem dropped 'Harlem Spartans - Kennington Where It Started'. It's considered by many as one of the best UK Drill tracks of all time. A couple of weeks later, 410 dropped 'Crash', one of Skengdo & AM's most iconic tracks:
In February, Skengdo & AM followed it by dropping 'No Lotion', 'Foolishness' and a collaboration with 17 (Wandsworth Road):
In March, AM follow up with 'No Filter', in which he takes various shots at Harlem:
March also saw 410's third Westwood Crib Session, featuring Skengdo, AM, BT, Rendo, J1, Yamz (Young AM), Blackz and 3 Rounds. Constant shots taken at Harlem:
At this point the beef between 410 and the Harlem Spartans was the biggest storyline in UK Drill. Both gangs were dropping popular tracks and continually taking shots at each other. In the midst of this hype, Skengdo & AM dropped their iconic 'Mad About Bars' freestyle. At over 20 million views, it's the most watched video ever released by 410:
In summer, 410 filmed a 'Behind Barz' freestyle and a block cypher at the Cowley blocks, featuring Skengdo, AM, Rendo, Syikes and Blackz:
On the same day, 410 also filmed two music videos:

Return of Sparkz
In late 2017, Sparkz return to music dropping 'That's Funny', filmed in the Cowley blocks:
410 also had their fourth Westwood Crib Session, featuring younger members Jayslapit, Blackz, Young AM and Sparkz:

Skengdo & AM drop debut mixtape
Skengdo & AM finished the year by releasing their debut mixtape, '2 Bunny' and their debut 'Fire In The Booth' freestyle on BBC 1Xtra. This was accompanied with multiple video releases, including:

BT & Rendo release 'Boom Bow' mixtape
In 2017, BT & Rendo released the 'Boom Bow' mixtape. Unfortunately it's been removed from YouTube and all streaming sites (which is a shame, because it's one of the best mixtapes in drill). In February, BT dropped a video for the mixtape's intro track:
In summer, a video was released for track 6: '2 Man Step'. The modern background in the music video demonstrates how much regeneration has changed the Myatts Field area:
In the autumn a music video was dropped for track 16: 'CR4SH£RS'. It's the first appearance by Tiny Syikes since he returned from a brief stint in prison:
After Skengdo & AM's 'Mad About Bars' freestyle in April 2017, fans were demanding a freestyle involving BT, Rendo and Tiny Syikes. 410 ended the year by dropping it for Christmas:

2018

In January, 410 dropped a Radar Radio freestyle with Peckham's Zone 2. The freestyle is notable for the shots AM takes at Harlem Spartans and Moscow17. Those bars are later used in his track 'Attempted 1.0':

'WDYM'
In March 2018, Oboy (a member of Kennington's Kuku gang) released 'WDYM'. The track takes direct shots at 410 members including AM, Skengdo, Young AM, Blackz and Syikes:
410 members responded directly with 'Attempted 2.0' and their own 'WDYM', taking shots at Kuku and Harlem members:

The rise and fall of of JaySlapit
Young 410 member Jayslapit made his music entrance in 2017 with 'J.T.F.I' and the Westwood Crib Session alongside Young AM and Blackz. In 2018, JaySlapit raised his profile with more song releases and two acclaimed solo freestyles. JaySlapit's rise was halted after being imprisoned for 11 years on firearm and drugs charges:

Negative media spotlight on UK Drill affects 410
Moscow17 is a gang based on the Brandon Estate in Walworth (SE17). They are enemies of 410, and they border 410's territory. In 2018, two prominent Moscow members and drill rappers were murdered: 17-year old GB was shot dead May 2018, and 23 year-old Incognito was stabbed to death in August 2018.
Prominent 410 member Tiny Syikes was shot in Myatts Field in May 2018. Incidents like these put an intense media spotlight on the gang violence in the area, and wider events in London whipped up a media frenzy over UK Drill music:
In 2018, London's Metropolitan Police responded by increasingly censoring and banning UK Drill. This included deleting popular UK Drill videos and forcing new content to be censored. Skengdo & AM were hit with a gang injunction, banning them from performing 'gang-related' music at their December tour.

Skengdo & AM tours and new mixtape
Skengdo & AM were signed by the label Finesse Foreva (FF). In March and April they took part in their first tour, with three dates in Birmingham, Manchester and London:
In September, Skengdo & AM released their second mixtape, 'Greener On The Other Side'. The mixtape is notable for the track 'Pitbulls' featuring Chief Keef, a landmark UK-US drill collaboration:
The duo ended 2018 with a December tour, with five dates in Manchester, London, Bristol, Nottingham and Birmingham:

2019

Legal trouble for Skengdo & AM
In January 2019, Skengdo & AM were nearly sent to prison after violating their police gang injunction. During their December 2018 tour they performed material that had been banned by the police, so they were given suspended prison sentences:
In April 2019, Skengdo & AM had an interview with BBC Radio 1Xtra, in which they discussed their gang injunction and police censorship:

Skengdo & AM maintain consistency
Despite their January legal troubles, Skengdo & AM continued releasing music. The duo dropped two tracks early in the year:
In July, AM released a highly rated solo track:

BT, Rendo, Tiny Syikes and YS return to music
In 2019, legendary 410 duo BT & Rendo returned to music for the first time in over a year. They dropped 'Longtime' in February, referring to how long it's been since they last released material:
Tiny Syikes (now also known as TrapStack) also returned to music in 2019, for the first time since being shot in May 2018:
YS also returned to music in 2019 under the name SMoney. After releasing a solo track, this collaboration with Rendo was their first visual release together in four years:
Alongside the return of several older 410 members, younger members including Sparkz, Lil Rass, Young AM and Blackz kept up 410's relevance in 2019:

Skengdo & AM drop the 'Back Like We Never Left' mixtape
From August, Skengdo & AM started dropping material from their new mixtape. The young member JaySlapit had sent to prison for 11 years, so the duo released '3 JaySlapit' in his honour:
In September the duo released 'Crash x GBG', a collaboration with Angell Town artists M24 and Stickz, as well as the more mellow 'Tugg':
In October, the 'Back Like We Never Left' mixtape was released. Two more music videos from the project dropped:
Skengdo & AM finished the year by dropping a Daily Duppy freestyle on GRM Daily, and Skengdo's hotspot freestyle on Pacman TV:

2020

AM and Syikes started the year with individual Hotspot freestyles:
In January, a music video for 'No Love' was also released. The track is a collaboration with 17/TOG (Wandsworth Road) and was recorded before JaySlapit went to prison:


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That's a brief history of 410. It could have been longer but that's more than enough 😂
For anyone wondering, my favourite 410 song from the early drill era is 4 Door Coming, and my favourite from the recent drill era is Trapping & Stacking.
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'A Pottsfield Burial' A One-Shot for Low Level Players

Heyho folks. Been using this sub for inspiration and guidance the last few years and I wanted to contribute something, so I wrote a little adventure for you all.
I wrote this with new players in mind, and the people I ran it for had a blast (it was their second session ever). Because of that it's fairly straight forward, with some simple puzzles, oppurtunity for roleplay and a combat encounter at the end. It took us about 2-3 hours to run through, but like I said my players were new your mileage may vary. My balancing may be a little off, but they were level 3 when they played.
Here is the actual adventure. And Here is a map handout for the section 'The Harvest' on Page 4.
Hope you enjoy this little adventure. It's the first time I've ever written any resource for anyone other than myself, so if you've got any hot formatting or homebrew writing tips for the next one I do then help a brother out!
Also, no prizes for guessing what this is based on.
Edit:
Here's a link to the PDF: https://homebrewery.naturalcrit.com/share/H1SZE_PrxL
And forgot to include a raw text version, so here we are:

A Pottsfield Burial

Good evening fellow traveller! Won't you come in and have a seat? You know, a lot of wild things can happen out there in this crazy world. I'd guess, as a seasoned adventurer, you've seen your fair share of strange, unexplainable happenings, am I right?
Of course you have! Well, no matter how many fiends you've faced down or treants you've tussled with, I bet you've never heard a tale as uncommon as this one! A tale of necromancers, talking scarecrows, giant turkeys and a town without townspeople!
It's a well known yarn round these parts, friend and I'll tell it to you. So settle in, grab a mug of mead and sit back! For this, is the tale of a town called Pottsfield...

Background

Pottsfield is a small town, a long way from anywhere of any significance. Nestled at the bottom of a valley in amber woodland, in the shadow of a great mountain range to the north, Pottsfield is quiet and quaint. Nothing of note has ever happened here, and it's likely that nothing ever will.
That's what it may look like to outsiders at least. Some 50 years ago, a terrible plague infected the town's crops and with them, its people. dozens of the townsfolk took ill overnight and soon the bodies were piling up. The town's preacher, Father Ebrahim Milgrom, though a dab hand in the healing arts, could not save the poor souls of Pottsfield.
Wracked with guilt from his failings, he began to experiment in the forbidden art of necromancy. Though the town was nearly abandoned, Father Milgrom was able to pull Pottsfield back from the brink with his black magic.
Not content with simply rescuing the town, Father Milgrom saw it as his sacred duty to 'rescue' any other unfortunates from the burden of mortality.
The people of Pottfield would kidnap travellers from the road, burying them alive in the cornfields. Then, when harvest time comes around, Father Milgrom resurrects these damned souls and invites them to join the Pottsfield Congregation.
And this is where we find our heroes...

Overview

A Pottsfield Burial is a short adventure, playable in under three hours, designed for low-level parties. It includes NPCs for the party to interract with, puzzles to wrap their heads around and a challenging fight in the grand finale.
To begin, the party are weary from their travels on the road. They stumble across Pottsfield, a small town that seems to be abandoned. Searching the town, they find it to be completely deserted, that is until they hear noise coming from a barn in the town center.
The people of Pottsfield are celebrating the harvest, dressed in scarecrow costumes, and the party join in. However, they find that they are not entirely welcome. One of the congregation begins arguing with the party, demanding they leave. Soon, Father Milgrom interrupts. Milgrom agrees with the disgruntled villager, and for tresspassing on the proceedings sentences the party to a few hours of community service.
The party are given three tasks by Father Milgrom, the final task is to collect the previous year's harvest which, unbeknownst to our heroes, is actually the buried remains of the last unfortunate travellers that passed through Pottsfield.
Upon returning to Father Milgrom, the party witness the unnatural ritual that the priest uses to restore his people to life. He then offers the party a place in the Pottsfield Congregation. If they refuse, then Milgrom insists. The party must fight their way out.
The party are rewarded with Father Milgrom's fairly meagre possessions, and they head out into the world again, leaving Pottsfield behind them.

Adventure Hook

This adventure is designed to be dropped into any campaign setting without needing much set up. The party can stumble across Pottsfield on the road to a more campaign-relevent location, or it can be run as a one-shot.

The Adventure

The Road to Pottsfield

Our story begins with the party on the road. It is a bright pleasant morning as they make their way through the forest. After setting the scene, read:
"The trees along the road clear and you find yourselves looking down on a quaint crop of wooden houses, surrounded on all sides by large corn fields. The buildings all have very similar designs, as if they were all built at the same time. In the center of the town is a large barn like building. A sign marks the path that leads downhill, "Welcome to Pottsfield"."
From this distance, the party cannot see any movement in town. In fact, it seems largely abandoned.
As the party make their way down the road, they may notice (with a DC 12 Perception check) a rustling in the corn fields to one side. A dog bursts out from the corn field, yelping and whimpering as it runs frantically away from town.
The party also pass on their way, a pair of 6ft tall metal poles stuck in the ground on either side of the path. If the party look, they may also see that there is a circle of these poles surrounding the entire town.
A DC15 Arcana check allows the party to discern that these poles form part of some kind of shield or barrier that encircles Pottsfield.
Nothing happens as the party pass through.

Pottsfield Town

Pottsfield seems completely abandoned, not a soul in sight. As the party move through the rows of houses they see a few signs pointing to various locations.
All of these locations are unoccupied, though clearly lived in. They were not left in a hurry, it would seem.
The buildings are locked with simple, relatively easy to crack locks (DC13 Sleight of Hand). The doors are quite old and therefore easy to break down with force, if necessary.

The Pottsfield Brewery

A cozy looking inn and brewery. The building has two sections, a two storey tavern, and a larger brewing building around the back.
"The inn is sparse with not much decoration. The furnishings are simple and there are a few pastoral oil paintings of the surrounding landscapes hung on the walls. A stone fireplace is on one side of the room and the bar sits opposite the door. There is nobody inside."
The party find lots of wooden tankards and a hearty supply of bread, cheese and vegetables. They may also find 27 copper pieces and a few things from the loot table.

Edith's Scribery

Edith’s Scribery is a small wooden tower, octagonal in shape and three storeys tall.
Inside there are countless bookshelves, each one packed with scrolls letters and leatherbound books.
Edith is the only person in Pottsfield who can write, apart from Father Milgrom, and so she does all the writing.
If the party search the Scribery, roll 2d6 (one for spell level, one for the spell itself) to determine what they find.
Spell Scrolls:
D6 1-2 3-4 5-6
1 Ray of Sickness Find Steed Blinding Smite
2 Spiritual Weapon Scorching Ray Tiny Hut
3 Color Pass Without Trace Create Food and Water
4 Hunter's Mark Enlarge/Reduce Stinking Cloud
5 Alarm Detect Thoughts Flame Arrows
6 Animal Friendship See Invisibility Conjure Animals

The Mortar and Pestle

A squat, round building with a large chimney spewing out multi-coloured smoke in the middle of the roof.
"Inside, a cauldron bubbles away on a fire in the middle of the room. Around the room are scatter odd shaped bottles and vials, on shelves, tables and in cabinets. A wall of small drawers lines one wall, each one labelled with an ingredient."
If the party search the shop, roll a d10 to determine what they find.
Mortar and Pestle Potions:
D10 Potions
1 Potion of Healing x3
2 Potion of Growth
3 Potion of Fire Resistance
4 Potion of Fire Breath
5 Potion of Greater Healing
6 Potion of Heroism
7 Potion of Hill Giant Strength
8 Potion of Climbing
9 Potion of Gaseous Form
10 Potion of Speed

The Farmhouse Foodstore

A medium sized barn-like building. Inside the produce is organised into large barrels and baskets somewhat haphazardly.
The room is filled with vegetables, bread, corn, raw ingredients and salted meat.
If the party search the Foodstore, they find not much of value besides the food and a small pouch containing 6 silver pieces.

Other Buildings

Pottsfield is a fairly substantial town, boasting around 100 buildings, be they houses or shops. All of them are empty but the party may find something of value within.
Some of the houses have vegetable patches or animals kept outside. Many have small gardens with flowerbeds.
All the houses have 1d4 beds, a large stove and cauldron, a dining area and several cupboards and chests.
If the party search the houses roll on the Pottsfield Houses loot table. They also find 1d20 copper coins.

The Feasting Hall

Exterior:
"The center of town is a large, mostly empty square with no kind of pavement or road, just footprint filled mud. The only building in the square is a large domineering barn, that towers over the other buildings in town. One of the barn doors is open, and you can hear a fair amount of commotion from inside."
Interior:
"Inside the barn is a cacophony of festivities. A band plays to one side as many villagers dance and sing in the middle of the hay covered floor.
Around the edge of the room are stacks and stacks of food, corn bread and vegetation, as well as several cauldrons filled with bubbling sweet smelling liquid. The most notable thing however, is the towns peoples’ dress.
Everyone is fully in costume, dressed up as scarecrows, complete with hessian bag masks, rough leather gloves and straw sticking out of the holes in their clothes.
All of this is happening under the watchful eye of a towering 20ft scarecrow effigy, that dangles several feet above the ground on the back wall, hanging from ropes tied at the arms and head."
The townspeople are welcoming and friendly, although confused that the party aren’t in costume yet.
The party will be offered plenty of food and mulled cider, and invited to join in the festivities.
The town is celebrating the harvest. A yearly tradition, apparently, where they all get together and gather up all the gathered up food in the Feasting Hall and have a “last meal” of sorts before the winter.
The party may be invited to join the dance, or to help break a pinata style horse made of straw, or to help prepare some food.
Pottsfield Townsfolk Names:
Male Female
Bartholemew Burris Martha Cain
Lucas Stroud Joanna Ingraham
Darnell Troyer Rebecca Macy
Solomon Quake Delilah Dawes
Rufus Moody Eve Dunaway
Eventually, a crotchety member of the congregation (Silus Brinshaw) will take issue with the party, saying he doesn’t recognise them. He is a very bristly customer, and clearly angling for some kind of fight. He shouts about the party not belonging here, how they’re not part of The Congregation.

Father Milgrom

When the festivities have been fully interrupted, a booming voice with a southern drawl calls out, insisting that everyone calm down. The party look up and see that the large scarecrow has come to life, and is moving down from the wall to meet them.
The Scarecrow introduces itself as Father Ebrahim Milgrom, the spiritual leader of “this little town of ours”. He sits down on one knee, and asks the party to tell everyone why they are here.
Ebrahim will then ask the town what they think of their visitors. The towns reaction will depend on how the party have acted at the harvest festival.
Ebrahim ponders, and sentences the party to a few hours of manual labour for gatecrashing the harvest festivities and causing a ruckus. He will also cite any crimes they have committed in town before arriving at the harvest festival.
The party have heavy collars placed around their necks with glowing blue lettering, that prevents them from leaving the town. They are difficult to remove, requiring a DC25 Strength check. On a fail they take 1d6 Lightning Damage
If the party try to leave town whilst still wearing the collar, they find there is a magical barrier surrounding the town formed by a ring of metal poles dug into the ground.

The Three Tasks

The three tasks are designed to exhaust the party, to make them easier to capture at the end of the day. In between the tasks the party must return to Ebrahim and get their next chore. They find the scarecrow helping with the festivities, decorating the rafters of the barn and so on.

The Last Turkey in Town

The first task Ebrahim gives the party is to find a nice bit of meat for the town to enjoy. However, and he seems to fain tears while saying this, the thought of animals dying breaks his heart, and so he refuses to kill more than one animal for the feast.
But the whole town must eat.
If the party question too much, Ibrahim will say that they are supposed to be adventurers and to use their potions, lotions and spells to figure something out.
There are several turkey and chicken coops, and some abnormally large residents, but none big enough to feed the whole town.
The party can find Potions of Growth in the Mortar and Pestle alchemy store, and an Enlarge/Reduce Scroll in Edith’s Scribery. If they specifically search for either of these, they will find them.
When the party grow one of the town's many turkeys, it becomes a Large Turkey (see Page 6).

Purple Pumpkins

The second task Ebrahim gives the party is to collect some more vegetables for the feast. However, Ebrahim is bored of the oranges, browns and greens. He wants something that will stand out a bit more.
He requests that the party collect 6 purple pumpkins, and to make sure they are big.
If the party question too much, Ibrahim will say that they are supposed to be adventurers and to use their potions, lotions and spells to figure something out.
The party can find paint in a house with pleasant murals painted on the side. They can also find a Color Scroll in Edith’s Scribery. If the party search for the specific spell scroll, they will find it.

The Harvest

The third task given by Father Milgrom is to recover the final part of last year’s harvest, buried in one of the corn fields. Ebrahim wrote directions for himself so that he wouldn’t forget.
There is a mountain range North of town
There are 56 fields surrounding Pottsfield. The Harvest is buried in field 31.
Ebrahim's directions are:
Ebrahim gives the party a map and tells them to get to work.
Once the party have found the correct field, they must then locate where it is buried. Footprints and wagon tracks can be found if the party look.
There is a sign outside the field that reads “Two friends meet in the middle.”
The harvest is marked with a small wooden post, exactly in the middle of the two scarecrows. Buried a few feet beneath the ground is a large trunk, big enough to need three people to carry it. It’s lid is lined with padlocks and securely fastened on.
The crate is very difficult to break into (DC20 Sleight of Hand), but if the party manage it, they will find four skeletons, dressed in rags.
If the party try to escape, they are headed off by a large group of Pottsfield residents, at least 20.

Return to the Festival

The party return to the Feasting Hall, either of their own volition or brought there by the Pottsfield congregation. The buried chest is brought forward to Father Milgrom, he thanks the party and says that the Harvest Festival can now begin. Several congregation members bring forward scarecrow costumes, and the chest is flung open, revealing the skeletons inside.
Milgrom chants a prayer: “Da’al mthew d’reth aak ndras. Arise from your sleep, and join the congregation!”
The rest of the Congregation join in the chant and soon, the four captured skeletons arise.
The congregation cheer and get them dressed in their scarecrow costumes. The skeletons look confused, not remembering who or where they are.
Milgrom does not join the celebration, in fact he settles the congregation down. He says that they mustn’t forget the festival’s honoured guests.
Turning to the party, he offers them a place in the congregation. Not the sort of offer they can refuse.
If the party refuse, Milgrom is disappointed but not surprised. He says that everyone cries, begs and bargains, but they all join the Congregation sooner or later.
He commands the Congregation to hold the party down.

The Grand Finale

The congregation clears, surrounding the room in a circle. A group of five of the townspeople come forward to help Father Milgrom.
The Townspeople only try to soften up the party, their aim is to force them into the chest, not to kill them.
Milgrom will focus on frightening the party and resurrecting the Congregation. He will only to begin to attack in self-defence.
There are never more than five Pottsfield citizens attacking the party directly.
If the party get to close to the edge, they are shoved back into the middle by the townspeople.

Ending

When Milgrom is defeated he lets out a harrowing shriek, thrashing around the barn and lashing out at the party. Attacking each member of the party once.
The Congregation collapses around him and he laments this, beginning to weep an cry. Eventually he has completely deflated, collapsing to the ground.
The collars around the party’s necks crumble.
A blue glow begins to fill the room, and as the party look around they see dozens, maybe hundreds of ghosts stood where the Congregation once stood.
The ghosts take the forms of peasants, but also adventurers, warriors, travelling bards. Souls from all walks of life, collected by Milgrom and trapped on the mortal plane.
A breeze blows and they all dissipate one by one.
If the party search the feasting hall, they find not much of value. A few healing potions, around 75gp and some common weapons.
"You step out of the feasting hall and into the warm evening light. The sun is beginning to set on the forests and fields surrounding the town. Pottsfield is eerily quiet, save for the sound of your own footsteps. You pass empty houses and dark windows, not a soul in sight. Soon you reach the edge of town, stopping for a moment at the hilltop. You turn back to look down the road at the sleepy town. What once was a vibrant village full of laughter and cheer now lies dormant. A chill wind sends a shiver down your spines, and the scarecrows in the cornfield seem for a moment to stare back at you.
Finally, you turn your back on Pottsfield and continue your trek along the road."

Appendix A: Monsters

Father Milgrom

Large Undead, Lawful Evil
Armor Class 12 Hit Points 74 Speed 30ft.
STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
11 (+0) 13 (+1) 11 (+0) 15 (+2) 12 (+1) 13 (+1)
False Appearance. While Father Milgrom remains motionless, it is indistinguishable from an ordinary, inanimate scarecrow.

Actions

Multiattack. Father Milgrom makes two claw attacks.
Claws. Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, reach 5ft., one target. Hit: 6 (2d4+1) slashing damage. If the target is a creature, the target must succeed on a DC11 Wisdom saving throw or be frightened until the end of Father Milgrom's next turn.
Terrifying Glare. Father Milgrom targets one creature it can see within 30 feet of it. If the target can see Father Milgrom, the target must succeed on a DC11 Wisdom saving throw or be magically frightened until the end of the Father Milgrom's next turn. The frightened targe is paralyzed.
Resurrection. Father Milgrom can resurrect up to two members of the Pottsfield congregation.

Pottsfield Follower

Medium Undead, Lawful Evil
Armor Class 13 Hit Points 13(2d8 + 4) Speed 30ft.
STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
10 (+0) 14 (+2) 15 (+2) 6 (-2) 8 (-1) 5 (-3)
Damage Vulnerabilities bludgeoning Damage Immunities poison Condition Immunities poisoned Senses darkvision 60ft., passive Perception 9 Languages Common Challenge 1/4 (50 XP)

Actions

Sickle. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5ft., one target. Hit 5 (1d6 + 2) piercing damage.
Shortbow. Ranged Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, range 80 ft./320 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d6 + 2) piercing damage.

Giant Turkey

Large Beast, Unaligned
Armor Class 13 Hit Points 26(4d10 + 4) Speed 10ft.
STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
16 (+3) 10 (+0) 13 (+1) 2 (-4) 12 (+1) 4 (-3)
Senses passive Perception 12 Languages None Challenge 1 (200 XP)

Actions

Beak. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5ft., one target. Hit 6 (1d6 + 3) piercing damage.
Stomp. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5ft., one target. Hit 10 (2d6 + 2) bludgeoning damage.

Appendix B: Loot Table

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[EVENT] Portus Ostium

Macau since 1949:

Since the end of the Chinese Civil War, Macau has grown tremendously in regional significance, shifting from a valuable entrepôt to one of the largest hubs in the Far East. The vast majority of refugees who fled to the territory have been allowed to stay, with 150,000 having already secured territorial residency (the closest thing to citizenship for non-ethnic Portuguese in the overseas territories at present), bringing the total resident population up to 350,000 (the remaining 150,000 have ten-year work permits). Of the 300,000 residents who have arrived since 1939, approximately 100,000 have settled on the Macau Peninsula, 50,000 on Colaone Island, and 150,000 on the previously under-populated Taipa Island (see map as attached). This has left much of the territory covered in slums, although a central government-supported programme to provide interest-free mortgages to refugees and new residents has led to the establishment of medium-quality, high-density housing across much of Taipa Island and the Peninsula. Small scale industry and locally-owned businesses have also taken off across the territory, as migrants attempt to start a new life in the bustling city.
The Macau of 1957, therefore, finds itself with an affluent centre of business on the Peninsula, flanked by emerging neighbourhoods and slums in the south and east, a highly-populated emerging cityscape on Taipa Island, with a central nucleus of emerging neighbourhoods (predominately featuring high-density, apartment-style housing) surrounded on all sides by slums and small scale factories, and a still under-populated Coloane Island, which presently boasts some slums, farms, factories and traditional villages.
The vast majority of small scale industry in Macau consists of textiles manufacturing in factories set up by the migrants. That said, larger-scale industry has also emerged, including a major bicycle factory near the border with China and a rifle manufactory on the southern tip of the Peninsula. This is emblematic of the territory’s economic ascendance, as is the arrival of new waves of ethnic Portuguese, who have brought the European population of the territory up to 13,000 since 1949.

Commercial opportunities:

The signing of the Sino-Portuguese Free Trade Agreement (SPFTA) in 1956 has dramatically improved the economic prospects of Macau. Indeed, the near-complete removal of Chinese import tariffs on Portuguese luxury goods has resulted in the establishment of a number of luxury goods production facilities on the Peninsula, as well as the proliferation of dozens of prestigious vendors in the affluent portions of the isthmus. In addition to the basic textile manufactories set up by the migrants, a number of fashion outlets have also been established for upper-class visitors, and for deliveries to customers in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia and Southeast Asia. Jewellers, shoemakers, watchmakers, tailors, cordwainers and bag markers have all set themselves up in the territory, where they create their products, sell them to visitors and also export them abroad. Distilleries have also become popular, with the territory developing a positive reputation for its fine, locally-distilled whiskey, rum, gin and baijiu. An emerging brand of dark rum, known as ”Ventos Orientais”, has grown particularly popular. The rum is recognised for its distinctive flavour, being the only major rum brand to use Timorese sugar. Tobacco companies have also established high-end stores on the Peninsula, where they sell a number of recognisable international cigarette and cigar brands.
Otherwise, with the significant reduction of Chinese tariffs on precision-made products, a number of manufactories have popped up on Coloane Island, producing measuring equipment, precision medical supplies and levelling tools.
The Banco de Macau, meanwhile, has left a permanent mark on the territory by becoming the first enterprise to construct a ‘skyscraper’ (as they’re being called) in Macau, building its new corporate headquarters on the western side of the Peninsula. It has been joined by the Macau-Beijing Investment Bank and the Banco Afro-Eurásia, which have also begun construction on smaller, albeit impressive skyscrapers. Regrettably for the Banco Português do Continente e Ilhas and Montepio Geral Bank, who do not have enough capital for a skyscraper, three-storey office buildings have had to suffice.
In many cases, these banks have been instrumental in financing the recent expansion of the Macanese economy. The Banco de Macau and the Banco Afro-Eurásia, however, have sought to increase their regional presence even further by expanding into Thailand, the Philippines, Japan, Singapore and Indonesia. The Banco de Macau, in particular, is expected to make major investments in Japan, Thailand and Indonesia in the coming years.

Tourism and entertainment opportunities:

The recent introduction of Western gambling to Macau, along with the Banco de Macau’s heavy investment in new casinos, has led to a proliferation of the gambling industry across the territory. Dozens of small to medium, high-end, Western casinos now dot the Peninsula, while a number of traditional casinos have emerged on Taipa Island. Along with the emergence of a luxury shopping culture, the new casinos have proven extremely popular with affluent visitors from China, Hong Kong, Japan, the West and Southeast Asia. Many new hotels are being founded on the Peninsula to meet this demand, as well as a new, game-changing casino known as Casino Lisboa, which shall open its doors in 1960. Quite expectedly, the proliferation of gambling across the territory has only poured fuel on the metaphorical fire that is the gambling syndicate rivalry. New syndicates are now competing for an increased market share as outside factions interfere with the rivalry (see: the banks and Triads) and older syndicates desperately battle to preserve their local hegemony. Already, this rivalry has been given a morbid monicker, becoming known as the ”Bloody Game (残忍赛)”. This name is quite deserved, given that syndicates of all sizes have gained a reputation for sabotage, death threats, murder and murky alliances with the Triads as their deadly rivalry spirals out of control.
Beyond the casinos, new bars, restaurants and nightclubs have been established across the territory, catering almost exclusively to high-end visitors and the Macanese elite. The combination of modern, dimly-lit bars, domestically-made liquor, prestigious fashion brands, international visitors and high-stakes games of poker have given Macau a distinct flavour, with the city increasingly being known as the ”City of Jazz (爵士城)”. Regular ferry trips between Hong Kong and Macau, coupled with daily/weekly flights to Tokyo, Beijing, Singapore, Manila, Shanghai and Bangkok are only improving this reputation.

Future infrastructure:

MAP
The huge population increase on the Taipa and Coloane islands have put immense strain on the intra-Macau ferry service. Hoping to alleviate this strain, the Macanese territorial government has announced a new project to connect Taipa Island to the Peninsula with a new bridge. Inspired by the Ponte de Liberdade in Lisbon, and designed by the same engineers, the bridge is expected to be completed by 1965 (marked in red on the map). The bridge is to be named in honour of the territory’s outgoing Governor, Joaquim Marques Esparteiro, being called the Ponte da Esparteiro.
Otherwise, recognising the strain which Macau’s rapidly-increasing population has had on the geography of the territory, a major land reclamation project is to be undertaken on both the Peninsula and Taipa Island. Zoning will take place ahead of time for the planned land, allowing preemptive property sales to help fund the project. Dutch engineers will be brought on for the project as a result of their vast land reclamation experience. Additionally, the Portuguese Navy is to assist with the project by providing auxiliary vessels where relevant. The new Peninsula-Taipa bridge will only extend across the stretch of water between the reclaimed land, with the connecting road that passes over the reclaimed land simply being raised several metres above the ground. (Land reclamation areas are marked in blue on the map, along with their planned year of completion).
Finally, in order to prevent a potential bottleneck of manufactured goods produced on Taipa Island from blocking Macau harbour and the Ponte da Esparteiro, a new industrial dock is to be constructed on the island, to be completed by 1964 (marked in orange on the map).

Vice and crime:

As previously noted, the expansion of the gambling industry has also spawned an intense rivalry between the syndicates. Indeed, the increased prevalence of vice across Macau has created an opportunity for the Triads, who already enjoyed a strong Macanese presence before the territory’s expansion, particularly on Taipa Island, the Peninsula casinos and in the slums/emerging neighbourhoods in the north. As the "Four Major Gangs (四大黑幫)” of Shui Fong, Wo Shing Yee, 14K and the Big Circle Gang have grown in importance, they have gained large footholds in the new neighbourhoods, where they run extortion rackets and loan shark operations, targetting small businesses, nightclubs and traditional gambling dens. Human trafficking has also emerged as a dangerous front, as the Triads seek to smuggle in illegal workers and, in the case of the nightclub sector, “waitresses”. Finally, the counterfeiting of patacas (Macau’s currency) has increased prolifically, as the Triads seek to use fake currency to make large bets in the casinos.
Though Indonesia’s provision of detailed intelligence on Triad drug smuggling operations in Macau has resulted in a massive crackdown on that particular area of organised crime activity, the Triads appear to be gaining ground on almost every other front, creating a complex interplay between Macanese businesses, rival gambling syndicates, law enforcement, local politicians and the Four Major Gangs. Hoping to assist the struggling territorial police in eradicating bribery, human trafficking, extortion, loan sharking, murder and counterfeiting, the SIS (basically the Portuguese FBI/secret police) and the Customs and Finance Intelligence Service (CFIS) have created a joint task force known as Operation Varrer Profundo (Deep Sweep). This operation will see the two agencies create large, permanent offices across the territory, cracking down on the Triads and illegal gambling syndicate activity by sending in hundreds of agents. Thus begins what many expect to be a years-long cat and mouse game between Portuguese authorities, the Triads, the gambling syndicates, corrupt politicians and the business sector
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The 'Room Service' - Granny's Pension #3

Oh, hello. How nice of you to come by. Are you in for another story of Granny’s Pension?

Since I told the gruesome story of how my grandpa died last time, I’ll guess it’s time to dive into some other “House Rules”.

The rule I’ll talk about today is the one concerning our “room service”.

Rule #2: We DO NOT have a room service. If someone is knocking on your door, telling you he is the room service, let him in no matter how unfortunate the situation might be. He does not have the appearance of a waiter but be polite and order some food anyway. It does not matter what kind of food you order but DO NOT EAT it. Throw it away immediately.

When my Granny opened up our lovely pension I had just turned five. And as you maybe can imagine a five year old is no help if you want to run a successful pension. Since my grandma was more or less on her own, we didn’t do the room service thing. We build a shelve for the second storey where guest could get themselves new bedsheets, a vacuum cleaner or something to mob stuff up. My grandma only cleaned the rooms herself when the guest left our pension. This way she could decide when to do it, so it didn’t collide with her other tasks. We’re never really fully booked out, so we have quite some time to clean the rooms until some new guest moves in. A great benefit if you are alone with your grandchild.

It wasn’t until a year later or so that something strange happened. At that time four of our rooms where taken:

In room 12 was a businessman. His name was Mister Kenley. He spent the night at our pension because his partner, with whom he should have travelled to the meeting a few cities away, had had a car accident and now the two had to stay with us until the car was fixed. The business partner, Mister Anderson, slept in room 10. Then we had a “couple” in room 5. The two had introduced themselves as Vivian Ward and Edward Lewis. Even though I would have never guessed that as child, I’m now convinced that these two had an affair and had chosen our pension because it is in the middle of nowhere. The last room, room 4, hosted an older woman interested in nature.

I was playing under the counter of our reception (even though it was close to my bedtime) when Mister Kenley stomped into the room, looking more than just slightly angered. “We need to talk about your service.” My grandma, standing behind the counter, looked at me and raised an eyebrow. The man immediately had my interest. Sometimes guests can be (dickheads) a little… complicated when it comes to our rules but we rarely have had a guest being angry.

“The internet and the phone signal here are terrible! How am I supposed to do my work when I can’t connect to the outerworld?!” Granny rolled her eyes and I continued to play, hidden under the counter, kinda disappointed by the reason this man was angry and because of that now fully unimpressed of Mister Kenley’s presence. The placement of our mansion makes it obvious that the phone and internet signal here are terrible.

“And your room service is unbelievably rude!!!” I stopped in my tracks. “Since when do we have a room service Granny?” I asked. “We don’t have a room service honey.” She looked back at Mister Kenley. “I’m sorry Sir but whoever talked to you isn’t part of our staff.”
“But… But… There was this man. He knocked at my door, clearly saying 'room service',” the poor guy stuttered. Granny looked at him cncerned: “I’m sorry I have to ask you this, but did you violate one of the house rules?” “No, no. I followed every single one of them. Even though they are quite weird…” My Granny frowned even more. “Please tell me exactly what happened Sir.”

“As I said there was this voice saying ‘room service’. I answered that I didn’t need anything but that guy kept knocking more and more aggressively. When I told him to leave me alone he opened the door himself. I could have sworn that I looked it... but anyway. So in front of me stood this man… He was tall and he was wearing a suit… probably around sixty with grey hair and some old fashioned haircut. He looked at me and then said ‘What can I do for you Sir?’ I was to perplex to answer anything to that. He repeated himself, looking angrier and angrier every time. And when I told him that I didn’t need anything he got evem scarier. He wouldn’t go away and he tried to persuade me into ordering some food. So I gave in to get rid of him. He took my order, smiled at me and then left, closing the door with a loud bang. This man was scary as hell and he gave me that weird feeling… And this pension really has no room service?”

My grandma and I were both looking at our guest in disbelieve. We had never heard of an incident like this before. “I’m terribly sorry Sir, we don’t. I guess one of our other guests may have played a prank on you. This couple that came in yesterday are actors and you know how dedicated actors can get playing their new role.” My grandma gave an apologetic smile at Mister Kenley but he didn’t seem that convinced. He mumbled something about being pranked and actors and went back to his room.

My grandma turned to me: “You have to pay extra attention now honey. I’m afraid the mansion has a new entity doing their shenanigans here and I don’t know how to react to this `room service’ yet. Be careful.” I nodded. “And now hush. It’s past your bedtime already.”

We find out about new rules mostly by our guests. It rarely happens that I (or in the past my grandma) encounter a new phenomenon myself. But at some point I’ll find myself in these situations cause that’s inevitable when you live in this mansion. I've had the pleasure to live through each and every rule of this pension (mostly multiple times). I met our ‘room service’ surprisingly fast though.

I was lying in bed (the same night of Mister Kenley's complaint) when I heard three sharp knocks, followed by a deep, raspy “Room service.” I sat up in bed and turned my lights on. I didn’t expect to be confronted with this before my grandma had put up a new rule for this encounter, so I was scared. I had no real guideline on how to react to this but since Mister Kenley hadn’t been able to send this man away and had angered him with his behaviour, I decided to just be as nice and cooperative as I could.

“Come in.” The door opened and an elderly man entered my room. At that point it was confirmed that this was the same man who had visited Mister Kenley, as this man looked like Mister Kenley had described him. He smiled at me: “Oh, a child. What a nice surprise. What can I do for you little one?” I stared at him unsure what to ask for. He had asked Mister Kenley to order some food. But did he want me to do the exact same thing?

The most cooperative thing I could think of was to simply ask him: “What would you like me to ask for? For some food like Mister Kenley had to?” He seemed baffled by my response. “A clever one, I see.” He sat down in my armchair. “Before you order some food, let’s talk for a little.” I didn’t expect to have a conversation with this man. And six year old I had no idea on how to talk to this strange being.

“Okay, Mister… ähm…” “Oh, you can call me Charles since names seem so important to you humans.” “Okay Mister Charles. What do you want to talk about then?” He looked like he thought about that for a few seconds. “I’ve read your 'House Rules'. Really smart, I have to say. But there are some gaps here and there.” “Gaps?” I asked confused. “Yes my little friend. Gaps. There are still some things you haven’t encountered yet.”
It had never occurred to me that my grandma could have missed something. Yet we didn’t knew about Charles, so maybe he was right. “Like you?” I asked him. “Yes, like me.”

You see I really wanted our pension to be safe and this Charles dude was a new hazard that definitely needed an entry in our ‘House Rules’. This would usually involve some trial and error but I had the source right in front of me. This was my chance and I would take it, even if it was dangerous.
(Okay, tbh I was six years old and I just didn’t thought about possible advantages or consequences. I was just a curious child.)

“What would your rule be then?” His smile got even wider. Like an unnatural wide. “Do you really want to know that little one? You might be scared of what I’m telling you.”
We all know what that kind of proposition does with children
“I’m already six. You can’t scare me!”

I don’t regret asking him to tell me his rule, but I do regret provoking him like this. On the other hand I don’t know if he would have told me if he hadn’t had the chance to scare a little child.

“Well child… I knock on your door, informing you that I’m the room service. The knocking is simply a form of politeness though since I’ll come in a n y w a y. And you don’t want to make me a n g r y… Don’t you?” That’s when it suddenly got darker in my room. The lights were still on but they couldn’t seem to get through the darkness radiating from Charles. “I’m no pleasant company when I’m angry.” He also became bigger. When he had entered my room he was as tall as a normal man. From my perspective still really tall but normal nevertheless. Now his figure was stretching out to an unnatural extend.

I realize that I use the word ‘unnatural’ a lot while describing Charles but I don’t know how else to put it. For looking this human he has an unpleasant and strange vibe with him.

“If you are polite and order your food, I’ll be nice and get it for you… But if you are rude and uncooperative I won’t go to get food… I’ll will come and get you.” His head was now close to the ceiling, the darkness enveloped him like he was wearing a cloak. He was hovering above me with that unnaturally wide grin and glowing eyes. His teeth reminded me of the ones the wolf in my favourite book had. To say little me was scared would be an understatement.

I was scared and curious at the same time, curiosity still winning. “What… What do you do with these people?”

“The food your guests order from me has to be made out of something, right? And your ‘special cook’ is really good at preparing human meat. I bet little children are nice and tender.” He came closer and closer. That was it. I was at the hinge of crying. And when he stopped right in front of my face, tears started to fall down.

In a blink of an eye he returned to his ‘normal’ form. “Don’t cry little one. I won’t harm a cute little thing as you are. Also it would be nice to have someone to talk to without repeating the basics again and again so I guess you are in my favour now.” He gave me a white handkerchief and padded my head. "Now stop crying. I promise that I wont hurt you." I nodded and wiped away my tears. “As much as I enjoyed our little conversation, I have to go now. The poison should have done the deed with that gentleman by now.” He stood up. “You’ve poisoned Mister Kenley? I thought you would just serve them… special… stuff,” I asked him, now curious again since he didn’t seem to plan on harming me. Compared to some other supernatural residents of this mansion he looked and acted quite friendly (when he wasn't angry or trying to scare you).
“Oh yes, I was out of meat. Sometimes I have to restock,” he replied while leaving the room, closing the door behind him.

I sat on my bed, unsure of what to do. I must have fallen asleep as I woke up the next morning with my lights still on and my grandma calling for me from downstairs.

When I got down, Granny informed me that Mister Kenley had vanished. His colleague couldn’t find him and had left to his meeting without him.

I told my grandma what had happened the last night. She wasn’t happy about the fact that Charles had been in my room and taunted me for not calling her, but she was happy about the information I got nevertheless. Mister Kenley’s room had been emptied out of all his personal belongings. Charles had even cleaned the room and had made the bed. Only a halfway eaten piece of apple-pie was still standing on the nightstand.
Granny added the new rule to our ‘House Rules’ the same day.

Of course Charles caused quite some trouble over the years but he seems to be one of the "friendlier" entities in this mansion. And I say "friendlier" in quotation marks because I'm sure he is more dangerous than he pretends to be.
After our first conversation I've had nightmares because of him. That was until he visited me again a few weeks later. Charles turned out to be a "nice" guy, or at least he was "nice" to me. He visited me every night when I couldn’t sleep. We talked or he played a game of cards or some chess with me. As a child I was happy to spend time with him, but now as adult I see this situation in a very different way. Now that I understand the whole situation way better, I'm quite sure that Charles tries to be on my good side so I don't pay that much attention to him.

He and I still meet up for a little small talk from time to time. Sometimes he can be helpful with his inside knowledge, but I always have the unpleasant feeling that he is playing with me. And that scares me.

I hope you still consider visiting our lovely pension. I assure you if you follow the “House Rules” you’ll spend wonderful holidays here.
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The GOAT

Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy (January 23, 1998 – June 18, 2018), known professionally as XXXTentacion[a] (/ˌɛksˌɛksˌɛksˌtɛntəˈsjɒn/),[10] was an American rapper, singer and songwriter. Although a controversial figure within the hip hop industry, Onfroy has been regarded to have left behind "a huge musical footprint" due to his impact on his young fanbase and his popularity during his short career.[11] The most notable aspects of his appearance were his tattoos and his distinctive half-colored hair, which was inspired by the One Hundred and One Dalmatians antagonist Cruella de Vil.[12]
XXXTentacion

XXXTentacion's mugshot in October 2016.
Born
Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy
January 23, 1998
Plantation, Florida, U.S.
DiedJune 18, 2018 (aged 20)
Deerfield Beach, Florida, U.S.
Cause of deathGunshot woundsResting placeGardens of Boca Raton Memorial Park Boca Raton, Florida[1]NationalityAmericanOther names
X
XXX
Triple X
Jah
Young Dagger Dick[2]
Occupation
Rapper
singer
songwriter
YouTuber
Partner(s)Geneva Ayala (2014–2017)[3] Jenesis Sanchez (2017–2018; his death)Children1[4]Parent(s)
Dwayne Onfroy (father)
Cleopatra Bernard (mother)
Musical careerGenres
Hip hop
lo-fi[5]
R&B[6]
punk rock[7]
heavy metal[8]
Instruments
Vocals
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Years active2013–2018Labels
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Caroline
Empire
Capitol
Associated acts
Denzel Curry
Joey Bada$$
Members Only
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Ronny J
Ski Mask the Slump God
Travis Barker
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Years active2015–presentGenre
Let's Play

vlog

comedy

music
Subscribers21.6 millionTotal views5.2 billion
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Born in Plantation, Florida, Onfroy spent most of his childhood in Lauderhill. He began writing music after being released from a juvenile detention center[13] and started his music career on SoundCloud in 2013,[14] where he soon became a popular figure in SoundCloud rap, a trap scene that takes elements of lo-fi music and harsh 808s.[15][16][17] Onfroy rose to mainstream fame with the single "Look at Me" which is now certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[18]
Onfroy's debut album, 17 (2017), debuted at number 2 on the US Billboard 200, receiving a mixed response from critics, some of which lauded the album for its personal narratives and diverse musical style. On August 15, 2018, the album was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. His second album, ? (2018), debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with its singles "Sad!", "Changes" and "Moonlight" all reaching the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100, and the album was certified Platinum. In the week following his death, Onfroy's highest-charting single, "Sad!", went from 52nd to 1st on the Billboard Hot 100, making him the first artist to top the Hot 100 posthumously since The Notorious B.I.G., with "Mo Money Mo Problems", in 1997. A few months after his death, he won the Best New Hip Hop Artist at the BET Hip Hop Awards and won the Favourite Album-Soul/R&B for 17 at the American Music Awards.[19][20] Onfroy's third studio album, Skins, was posthumously released in December 2018.[21][22]
On June 18, 2018, Onfroy was fatally shot at the age of 20, in a robbery at a motorcycle dealership in Deerfield Beach, Florida.[23] The attackers fled the scene in an SUV after stealing a Louis Vuitton bag containing $50,000 from Onfroy; four suspects were arrested and are currently awaiting trial.[24] On June 18, 2019, one year on from Onfroy's death, an official documentary on his life was announced. It will feature footage of Onfroy from before his death telling biographical details. At the same time, Onfroy's estate announced a new posthumous album.[25]
Early life
Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy was born on January 23, 1998, in Plantation, Florida, to Jamaican parents, Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy and Cleopatra Eretha Dreena Bernard.[26][27] XXXTentacion has stated he has Egyptian, Syrian, Indian and possibly Italian ancestry in an interview on The Beat in 2017.[28] He had three siblings with one being half, shared paternally.[29] XXXTentacion was mainly raised by his grandmother Collette Jones[30]—due to his mother's personal problems[31]—in Pompano Beach, Florida, and Lauderhill, Florida. When Onfroy was six years old, he tried to stab a man attempting to attack his mother[31] and was eventually put into a youth program before being forced[clarification needed] to live with his grandmother.[27]
XXXTentacion's interest in music initially started after his aunt persuaded him to begin attending school choir and later church choir. He was soon kicked out of the school choir after attacking another student.[10] XXXTentacion attended Margate Middle School[30] from which he was later expelled after a series of physical altercations. He was subsequently enrolled into Sheridan House Family Ministries by his mother for over six months.[10] XXXTentacion began to listen to nu-metal, hard rock and rap during his time at Sheridan House Family Ministries, which led to him to learn the piano and guitar.[31]
XXXTentacion attended Piper High School until he dropped out in the tenth grade.[32] He described himself as a "misfit" during that time, citing how quiet he was despite being popular and regularly involved in physical confrontations.[33] XXXTentacion was not the athletic type and said that he was insecure and depressed during his time in high school.[27]
Career beginnings and "Look at Me" (2013–16)
XXXTentacion's career as a music artist began in June 2013 after the release of his song "News/Flock".[14] While in juvenile detention for gun possession charges, he met Stokeley Clevon Goulbourne,[34] another artist known as Ski Mask the Slump God. During their time together, XXXTentacion and Goulbourne became good friends and began freestyling.[35] Recalling his time in detention, XXXTentacion said that he was respectful to the officers and staff and used to protect people from other inmates, including a homosexual cellmate, whom Onfroy later attacked for allegedly staring at him while he was changing clothes.[10][36]
That same year, following his release from a juvenile detention center, he and Goulbourne met up again under the belief they were going to commit a string of home invasions for monetary gain[37] though XXXTentacion eventually bought a Blue Snowball microphone and began recording music,[35] which convinced Stokeley to do the same. After Onfroy adopted the moniker XXXTentacion, he uploaded his first official song, called "Vice City", on SoundCloud.[38] Speaking on his decision to abandon a life of crime for music, Onfroy said that he felt like music was a better outlet for his feelings and then-girlfriend Geneva Ayala was someone who helped him realize that.[27] He would then continue uploading small snippets of his songs that he would either soon release or keep unreleased. Onfroy eventually joined Ski Mask the Slump God's group Very Rare, before breaking off and starting the Members Only collective, which Ski Mask then also joined.[13] The word "tentación" in his stage name is the Spanish word for "temptation".[39][40]
Onfroy released his first official extended play (EP), called The Fall, on November 21, 2014.[41] In 2015, Onfroy released a collaborative mixtape with Ski Mask the Slump God, Members Only Vol. 1, before releasing Members Only Vol. 2 with several members of the growing Members Only collective. On December 30, 2015, the original version of "Look at Me" was uploaded to the SoundCloud account of the song's co-producer, Rojas.[42]
On April 28, 2016, Onfroy released the EP Willy Wonka Was a Child Murderer,[43] with music heavily inspired by heavy metal and indie music. In 2016, Onfroy quit his job as a call center operator due to his growing music career[32] and moved in with rapper Denzel Curry.[44] In July 2016, Onfroy was arrested and charged with robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.[45][46] After posting $10,000 bail, Onfroy continued to work on his debut independent album, Bad Vibes Forever, which had a slated October 31, 2016, release date.[27] The album missed the release date and was delayed due to Onfroy being arrested in early October on charges of false imprisonment, witness tampering and aggravated battery of his pregnant girlfriend.[47]
Release from prison, Revenge, 17, and A Ghetto Christmas Carol (2017)
In 2017 "Look at Me" gained traction, peaked at number 34 on US Billboard Hot 100 and the top 40 of the Canadian Hot 100.[48] The single helped him gain more popularity due to accusations of Canadian rapper Drake using a similar rap flow in his song "KMT".[49][50] During his jail stint, Onfroy signed a deal to be managed by Soloman Sobande (who would remain his manager until his death) and despite Onfroy being in jail during "Look at Me"'s initial breakthrough, major-label scouts began offering six-figure contracts and Onfroy eventually signed for Empire Distribution for lower royalty rate, full creative control and a smaller upfront payment.[51][52]
After his release from prison on April 18, 2017, he released three more songs on SoundCloud.[53] In an interview with WMIB, Onfroy announced that he was working on the studio albums Bad Vibes and 17; as well as a mixtape, I Need Jesus.[54][55] In an interview three days after his release from prison, Onfroy said to XXL, "I got this really, really, really good album called 17. That's more of an alternative, R&B sound—then I've got this mixtape called I Need Jesus, which is mainly rap and the underground sound I did."[56]
Onfroy announced his first nationwide tour on April 28, 2017. The tour, titled "The Revenge Tour", had 26 tour dates overall and generated much media coverage, included that of a rapper being assaulted,[57] Onfroy being knocked out after an altercation on stage,[58] an audience member being stabbed,[59] Onfroy being thrown into a barricade by security,[60] and Onfroy punching a fan.[61] He announced the cancellation of the rest of the tour dates due to his cousin being shot on June 24, 2017,[62] though the final tour date in Broward County, Florida, still went ahead[63] and was later streamed on the watchthemusic (WAV) app.[64]
Onfroy was named as the tenth pick on XXL's "2017 Freshman Class".[65]
Onfroy released his debut solo mixtape, Revenge, on May 16, 2017. The mixtape consists of eight previously released songs.[66] The collaborative mixtape, Members Only, Vol. 3, with Members Only, was released on June 26, 2017.
Onfroy's first opener for a major act happened when DRAM brought Onfroy out at a concert on April 9, 2017 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles during Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. Tour.[67]
Onfroy released his debut album, 17, on August 25, 2017.[68] The album debuted at number 2 on the US Billboard 200, selling 86,000 album-equivalent units first week.[69] The album received a mixed response from critics, some of whom lauded the album for its personal narratives and diverse musical style.[70] On September 3, 2017, Onfroy announced that Bad Vibes Forever, his second album, was still in production.[71] 17 gave Onfroy's seven songs—"Jocelyn Flores", "Revenge", "Fuck Love", "Everybody Dies in Their Nightmares", "Depression & Obsession", "Save Me" and "Carry On"—that debuted in the Billboard Hot 100 at number 31, 77, 41, 54, 91, 94 and 95, respectively. Jocelyn Flores became Onfroy's highest-charting song since "Look at Me", which peaked it at 34.[72] Onfroy then had his ninth song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, in turn with his being featured on Kodak Black's song "Roll in Peace", taken from Project Baby 2. The song debuted at 52 and peaked at 31, matching "Jocelyn Flores."[73]
On September 12, 2017, Onfroy released his first official music video for his 2015 song "Look at Me", as well as sharing a music video with his 2015 song "Riot".[74] The song generated controversy hours after being posted due to the video depicting a white child being hanged by Onfroy, as another black child observed. The music video was removed from YouTube months later.[75] Onfroy's label, Bad Vibes Forever, signed a distribution deal with Capitol Music Group subsidiary, Caroline, on October 19, 2017. The deal, reportedly worth $6 million, was for one album only.[76] Shortly afterwards on October 25, 2017, Onfroy announced he was terminating his contract with Caroline[77] despite a representative confirming he was still signed.[78] Two days later, he announced that he was retiring due to negativity and backlash[79] though some publications noted that Onfroy made similar statements before and not followed through.[80] On October 30, 2017, Onfroy announced that he would make music again if fellow Broward rapper and "former best friend," Ski Mask the Slump God, was his friend again.[81] Later, Onfroy answered a fan's question on Instagram Live about his retirement, saying, "Am I quitting? Yes, I'm quitting—I don't know for how long, but I'm just not going to make music right now."[82]
On September 21, 2017, Noah Cyrus released her single titled "Again", featuring Onfroy's vocals.[83]
Onfroy previewed new music on November 2, 2017, signaling a return to making music.[84] Onfroy announced a new album titled Bad Vibes Forever on November 17, 2017,[85] speaking on the album, Onfroy said "It will be a mix of genres you have seen me dabble with, if you are not a fan of me this is not an album for you, it is for core fans only".[86] The album title shares its name with his label.[87] On December 11, 2017, Onfroy released the A Ghetto Christmas Carol EP on SoundCloud.[88] A day before his hearing for witness tampering charges, Onfroy announced that he was preparing three albums to be ready for 2018,[89] and after being released on house arrest, he announced the titles of all three albums, Skins, Bad Vibes Forever and ?.[90]
YouTube channel and ? album (2018)
On June 22, 2015, Onfroy began to use his long-time YouTube channel "xxxtentacion" (now stylized in all caps), previously used to upload music, to upload gaming videos and vlogs.[91] The channel has 13 million subscribers and 2.6 billion total views as of October 2018.[92] On January 22, 2018, Onfroy announced on Instagram that he and New York rapper Joey Badass had been creating a project together[93] and the two released a freestyle to the song "King's Dead" on SoundCloud on March 9, 2018, in preparation for the collaboration.[94] The "xxxtentacion" YouTube channel uploaded the video "#THEHELPINGHANDCHALLENGE" on the same day. The video included Onfroy donating musical instruments, video game consoles, and other gifts to a foster home.[95] Shortly afterwards, Onfroy declared his album had finished and he was preparing to release it but would only do so after the hashtag #HELPINGHANDCHALLENGE reached one million mentions on Instagram.[96]
Onfroy released his first single of 2018 on February 2, titled "Shining Like the Northstar".[97] He was also featured on long-time collaborator and producer Ronny J's track "Banded Up".[98] Onfroy released the song "Hope" on his SoundCloud account on February 21, 2018, dedicated to the victims of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, which had occurred in Parkland, several miles north of Onfroy's native Plantation.[99] Onfroy announced that he was releasing two songs at midnight on March 2, 2018, both the first singles for his upcoming album ?.[100] The lead single for ?, "Sad!", was released several hours later[101] alongside "Changes", which features fellow 2017 XXL "Freshman" PnB Rock.[102] "Sad!" debuted at number 17, becoming his highest-charting song in the United States, and eventually peaked at number 1 after Onfroy's death before releasing its official music video on June 28.[103] "Moonlight" and "Hope" also charted after his death, peaking at number 13 and 70.
Onfroy announced the release date for his second studio album, ?, on March 12, 2018.[104] He shared the 18 track track-list with features from Joey Bada$$, Travis Barker and PnB Rock.[105] ? was released on March 16, 2018.[106] ? debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, becoming Onfroy's first number one in the country, losing out with his debut album 17 due to Lil Uzi Vert's Luv Is Rage 2.[107] Shortly following the release of ?, Onfroy signed a new album deal with Empire Distribution for his third solo album worth ten million dollars.[51]
Posthumous releases
On June 21, 2018, the first posthumous song featuring Onfroy was released, "Ghost Busters", with Trippie Redd featuring Quavo and Ski Mask the Slump God, and was uploaded on Trippie Redd's SoundCloud.[108] XXL released a series of freestyles that Onfroy performed as a part of his "2017 Freshman Cypher".[109] Ugly God released a song titled "Tear Drop" on June 22, 2018, which featured Onfroy's aforementioned unreleased cypher verses, as a tribute to Onfroy.[110] A few months later, he won the Best New Hip Hop Artist at the BET Hip Hop Awards and won the Favourite Album-Soul/R&B for 17 at the American Music Awards.[111][112]
On August 31, 2018, Houston rapper Sauce Walka released his Drip God mixtape which featured a collaboration with Onfroy titled "Voss" produced by Carnage.[113]
On August 17, 2018, iLoveMakonnen announced a collaboration between Lil Peep and Onfroy titled "Falling Down". A reworking of "Sunlight on Your Skin" made by Makonnen and Peep, the new version features verses by Onfroy that he recorded after Peep's death to pay tribute to Peep.[114] The single was officially released on September 19, 2018.[115]
On September 27, 2018, Kanye West announced Onfroy will be a featured artist on his ninth studio album, Yandhi.[116] The same day, it was reported that Onfroy will also be a featured artist on Lil Wayne's twelfth album, Tha Carter V, which was released the next day. Onfroy was featured on the song, "Don't Cry". A music video was later released on what would've been Onfroy’s 21st birthday.[117]
On October 22, 2018, Onfroy's manager Soloman Sobande stated in an interview with Billboard that Onfroy's third album would come "very soon" and that he had more than two album's worth of material.[52] On October 25, 2018, EDM DJ-producer Skrillex released the song "Arms Around You", which is a collaboration he made with Onfroy, Lil Pump, Maluma and Swae Lee.[118] The track was originally recorded in 2017 with Rio Santana, who appeared on Onfroy's ? album, but was later changed to add bigger star co-features.[119] Specifically, Lil Pump contacted Onfroy's mother to ask to use Onfroy's vocals on the track as a tribute.[120] Following the release of "Arms Around You", the song's producer, Mally Mall was interviewed by Power 106's The Cruz Show where he confirmed that nine Onfroy song's were going to be released soon with one having a Rihanna feature and another having a Weeknd feature.[121]
On November 8, 2018, the release date for Onfroy's first posthumous album and his third studio album, Skins, was announced as being given a December 7, 2018.[122] The first single from Skins, titled "Bad!", was released on November 9, 2018.[123] Onfroy is featured on Lil Wayne and Ty Dolla Sign's track "Scared of the Dark" from the soundtrack album Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
On January 23, 2019, the Members Only collective and Onfroy's estate released the album Members Only, Vol. 4.[124]
On June 12, 2019, Craig Xen released the song Run It Back! which featured Onfroy on the track.[125]
A month after on July 21, 2019, another posthumous song was released, titled "Royalty", which featured one of Bob Marley's children, Ky-Mani Marley, Stefflon Don, & Vybz Kartel. The dance-hall inspired[126] track was the first song released from the upcoming album, "Bad Vibes Forever, which is releasing in Fall, 2019.[127]
On October 21, 2019, the song "Hearteater" was officially released by Onfroy's estate.[128
Onfroy had two half siblings – an older sister named Ariana and a younger brother named Aiden.[129][130] Onfroy lived in Florida and lived with rapper Denzel Curry and producer Ronny J in the past.[44][30][131] Before his death, Onfroy was moving into a 6,000-square-foot (560 m2) mansion in Parkland, Florida, which he bought, in November 2017, for US$1.4 million.[132] In February 2018, Onfroy posted on Instagram that he was preparing to return to school[133] and went on to announce in March 2018 that he was going to a community college to get his GED.[134] Onfroy was public about his struggle with depression.[135][136][137]
Onfroy's ex-girlfriend Geneva Ayala has accused Onfroy of torturous abuse. According to Ayala's statement, Onfroy beat her at times, choked her, broke clothes hangers on her legs, threatened to chop off her hair or cut out her tongue, pressed knives or scissors to her face, and held her head under water in their bathroom while promising to drown her.[138] “His favorite thing was to just backhand my mouth,” Ayala says. “That always left welts inside my lips.”[139] The first incident of domestic violence occurred when Onfroy slapped Ayala and broke her iPhone 6S, because she had complimented a male friend on his new jewelry, Onfroy later repaired the phone.[140] In one incident recounted to a prosecutor, Ayala said Onfroy asked her which object she wanted him to force into her vagina: a long-handled barbecue fork, or a wire barbecue brush, she chose the fork and Onfroy told her to undress. Onfroy was lightly dragging the tool against her inner thigh when she passed out, he did not penetrate her with it.[141][140] Onfroy would often guilt her with near-attempts at suicide. Ayala said he used to fill a bathtub with water then fetch the microwave and dangle it over, threatening to let go. Another time he reportedly dangled himself from a 12th-storey balcony by his legs and threatened suicide again.[142]
Before his death, Onfroy entered a relationship with Jenesis Sanchez.[143] Three days after his death, Onfroy's mother announced on Instagram that Sanchez was pregnant with his child.[144] The baby was confirmed to be a boy on August 22, 2018,[145] and his family had confirmed that it was Onfroy's wishes to call his child "Gekyume" if it were a boy and Xiorra if it were a girl[146][147] after a word his father made up meaning "a different state or next universe of thought."[148] Gekyume Onfroy was born on January 26, 2019, three days after what would have been his father’s 21st birthday.[149]
Gun possession charges in 2014
In 2014, Onfroy was sent to a youth detention center for a year on gun possession charges.[13][10] According to Onfroy, during his time in detention, the district attorney was attempting to try him as an adult for gun possession. Charges which Onfroy said, would have had a sentence of 5–10 years in prison.[10]
Robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and home invasion charges in July 2016
In July 2016, he was arrested and charged with robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and home invasion.[45][46] According to the arrest report, Onfroy entered the home of Che Thomas with three other people, armed with a firearm. After pistol-whipping Thomas three times, Onfroy escaped the home with an iPad, an iPhone, a Sony PlayStation Portable and $20.[150] Onfroy was arrested in Orlando originally until he was transferred to Orange County.[27]
False imprisonment, witness tampering, and domestic abuse charges in October 2016
After posting the bail of $10,000[151] in early October of the same year, while awaiting trial, the rapper was arrested again later that month on charges of false imprisonment, witness tampering, and aggravated battery of a pregnant victim.[47][152] On March 26, 2017, Onfroy was released from jail on bail[56][153] while facing charges of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. His trial for aggravated battery of a pregnant victim was originally going to take place in May 2017 and was pushed back several times, and was set to take place on October 5, 2017.[154] On September 8, 2017, Pitchfork leaked the testimony of the victim in Onfroy's aggravated battery case.[155] The trial was then delayed again[156] with a date of December 11, 2017, announced.[157] Controversy arose once again following Onfroy's choice to donate $100,000 to domestic violence prevention programs,[158] and then further when Onfroy announced an event to support rape victims though it was later canceled due to vandalism.[159]


Onfroy's mugshot in December 2017
Onfroy's trial was delayed again after an affidavit was filed asking for the charges to be "completely dropped".[160] The victim in the case also declined to testify in court. In reaction, the prosecution moved to split the case into two, with witness tampering charges filed against Onfroy and a new trial date announced for December 15, 2017.[161] On December 10, 2017, Onfroy posted a message to Instagram, writing "Court date is on the 15th 9:00 am here is my court information, if I am taken into custody, I want to tell everyone I've let down I apologize, I tried my best, I really did ...";[162] he then released the information of the court hearing.[163]
Onfroy pleaded not guilty on December 14, 2017, and was taken into pretrial custody after a motion was filed by the prosecution on the grounds of Onfroy having violated his bond.[164] He was held without bail.[165] It was confirmed on December 20, 2017, that Onfroy was being released on house arrest.[131] Onfroy was released from house arrest on March 21, 2018.[166]
Snapchat video controversy
Shortly after being released from house arrest, a Snapchat video surfaced of Onfroy hitting a woman in 2013.[167] Onfroy's attorneys claimed the video, which features a caption written by the woman that sardonically reads “I hate this nigga” along with Onfroy dancing to some music before striking the girl, was "obviously ... in jest".[168] Onfroy claimed afterwards that he was afraid he was going to be financially extorted by the woman and that members of her family had already called him requesting money.[169] The woman shown with Onfroy in the video came forward several days later saying she was "terrified for her life";[170] however, according to TMZ, Onfroy intended to sue the woman for fraud and defamation after her family allegedly demanded a large sum of money in exchange for her silence.[171] The woman later released a statement saying that the version of events described by Onfroy was correct, and that she "hope[d] that people see the video in the playful context in which it was recorded and nothing more".[172] His domestic abuse charges, which he was awaiting trial for, were dropped following his death.[173]
Leaked audio of confession to domestic abuse and a stabbing incident
On October 23, 2018, Pitchfork released secretly recorded audio of Onfroy talking with acquaintances around the time of his October 8, 2016, arrest. In the recording, he allegedly confessed to domestic abuse, and described an incident in which he stabbed nine people.[174] The tape was considered a confession by both the prosecution and defense.[174][175] One especially fraught conversation about Onfroy’s ex-girlfriend took place on the afternoon of October 26, 2016 when he told a woman, “I already got what I wanted, I already bashed her face—her face on the internet, bruh, I done made her look bad on the internet, bruh.” Later that day, an audio clip from the call was posted on Instagram of Onfroy saying he “bashed her face” without the hurried clarification.[176] On June 18, 2018, Onfroy was leaving the Riva Motorsports motorcycle dealership in Deerfield Beach, Florida, and, at 3:56 p.m., was blocked from exiting the car park by a black Dodge Journey SUV. Two armed men exited the SUV and approached the rapper while he was sitting in the driver's seat. A brief struggle occurred, and the armed men reached inside Onfroy's vehicle, stole a small Louis Vuitton bag containing $50,000, and shot Onfroy multiple times. The shooters fled the scene in their SUV and Onfroy was transported by paramedics to the nearby Broward Health North hospital in Deerfield Beach, where he was pronounced dead.[177][178] Onfroy's death was announced by the Broward County Sheriff's Office at exactly 5:30 p.m.[23][179] Suspect Dedrick Devonshay Williams of Pompano Beach was arrested two days after the shooting, shortly before 7 p.m. Held in the Broward County jail, he is charged with first degree murder without premeditation.[180] In the weeks following the event, three different people were arrested for their actions involved with the event, including trigger man Michael Boatwright.[181]
In his will, Onfroy named his mother Cleopatra and brother Aiden as the sole beneficiaries of his estate. Onfroy's future child, with whom his girlfriend at the time of his death was pregnant, was not named in the will as it was written before the pregnancy.[182]
Funeral
An open casket service for Onfroy took place at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida on June 27 where fans were allowed to pay their respects.[183][184] His private funeral took place on June 28 where rappers Lil Uzi Vert and Lil Yachty and singer Erykah Badu were among the attendees.[185] He was entombed in a mausoleum at Gardens of Boca Raton Memorial Park, Boca Raton, Florida.[1][186]
Well known for his "depressing, and at times devastating"[135] music that brought attention to mental health,[187] XXXTentacion employed styles and techniques that were unconventional in hip hop during his career, such as distortion[188] and heavy guitar-backed instrumentals drawing inspiration from third-wave emo.[189] This influenced fellow artists such as Lil Pump, Trippie Redd, Ski Mask the Slump God, Smokepurpp, Comethazine and 6ix9ine with the lo-fi mixing of his early career.[190] He was also credited with giving artists their first taste of fame and helping them with their careers through features and co-signs.[191][192][193] Onfroy left behind what Rolling Stone called "a huge musical footprint" due to his impact on his young fanbase and his popularity during his career.[194] Given his immense influence only to die young, the article compared his cultural impact with that of Ritchie Valens and Darby Crash.[194] The most notable aspects of XXXTentacion's appearance were his tattoos and his distinctive half-colored hair, which was inspired by The Hundred and One Dalmatians antagonist Cruella de Vil.[195]
On June 18, 2019, exactly one year on from Onfroy's death, an official documentary on his life was announced; it will feature footage of Onfroy from before his death telling biographical details.
Controversy
Onfroy's success as "a zeitgeist-grabbing, industry-defying, boundary-destroying phenomenon" is "overshadowed" by his reported abuse of his ex-girlfriend, and the latter is the focus of his life story.[194] Nonetheless, the article[clarification needed] contends that despite media attempts to suppress him, Onfroy's "impact on music will be felt for years to come" and his recordings have "helped signal a new era of post-streaming, post-genre teenagers".[194] Onfroy's personal life and history are also noted as prominent parts of his legacy.[135][194][196][197] An article in The Guardian described his legacy in more critical terms, stating that "[h]e will be remembered mostly for the unusually cruel violence he committed on vulnerable people, particularly his ex-girlfriend, crimes for which he never expressed remorse."[135] According to the article, his music "reflected a life lived with disregard for humanity, both other people's and his own"; and rarely attempted to engage in bravado or bragging, instead focusing on "mental illness, suicide, extreme misogyny, and a prevailing feeling of numbness."[135]
An article in The Atlantic expressed similar criticisms, though it also noted that Onfroy "reminded young fans in particular that their hurt was valid but that it did not form the sum total of their lives" and that he "gave voice to their insecurities."[196] Contrasting these elements of his legacy, the article acknowledged that though he spent his career encouraging young fans to recognize their greater worth, Onfroy's legacy is nonetheless characterized by the trauma he both experienced and caused.[196] In The Washington Post, Chris Richards commented on Onfroy's complicated legacy, contrasting how he "encouraged his fans to find hope in the fog of their despair, but bragged enthusiastically about the joy he felt in brutalizing others."[197] According to Richards, Onfroy's music "brought solace to the depressed" while validating the sort of violence he practiced and legitimized the pain of his fans while erasing the suffering of domestic violence victims.[197] Onfroy's music serves as an example for Richards of how "a hateful song" might normalize such feelings in "hateful people," which contributes to the profound paranoia in society about the hatred that might be in the minds of others.[197]
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