Ghoul Clan Ereshkigal

For two hundred years, Clan Ereshkigal has
lived in the tunnels running from Federal Hill
to Fort McHenry. As Baltimore grew, the ghouls
fed on sailors and drunks around the harbor, as
well as the abundant fish and crabs available in
the river and nearby Chesapeake Bay. Little Folk
wyldfae became some of their favorite snacks.
Clan Ereshkigal is led by a nasty ghoul who
calls himself Gilgamesh (in a display of remarkable
humility, he claims the title “God-King”—
see page 371). As time passed, Gilgamesh realized
that their prey were thinning out. Fish and
shellfish stocks were dwindling, the number of
sailors and poor and homeless was dropping as
commerce moved away from the harbor area,
and the fae courts were pushing back against
hunting the Little Folk; the battles against the
Summer fae were not going well. He needed
to do something, or the ghouls under his thrall
would turn on each other. He consolidated his
power and his clan as much as he could (his
people being ruthlessly cruel eating machines,
they tend to resist leadership that isn’t based
on sheer might) and got himself sponsored to
sign the Unseelie Accords, formalizing his rule
as a Freeholding Lord. This caught the Summer
Court off-guard and gave the ghouls some
breathing room to regain a bit of their strength.
The other coup Gilgamesh arranged was
opening the portal to the Nevernever (the
fae claim he merely discovered it, rather than
opened it; Gilgamesh claims to have used the
power of the ley line and his immense magical
talent to open it himself; nobody knows who to
believe.) This portal allows the ghouls to strike
directly at the Summer Court’s power base—
although it also allows direct assaults into the
ghouls’ tunnels.
If Gilgamesh is truthful, and he did really
open that portal himself, it would indicate
that he possesses growing magical ability;
combined with the power of the ley line in their
tunnels and the dozens of raging ghouls he can
summon to his cause, he is going to be extremely
dangerous.
There are more details of Clan Ereshkigal’s
tunnels under the Federal Hill and Fort
McHenry entries in “What’s Where in Baltimore.”
Like the fae, Clan Ereshkigal is most strongly
impacted by Baltimore’s threat of On The
Brink.

Ghoul Clan Ereshkigal

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