Ghouls Cause Okefenokee Fire

by Thera Jones, Jacksonville Bureau

(MWSE, Jacksonville, FL, Sept 18) The rain Hurricane Lora dumped on south Georgia this week extinguished the Coffee Bay fire in the Okefenokee Swamp but did not eliminate the need to monitor conditions in the swamp. Although mages have confirmed the Mundane firefighters’ announcement that the fire is out, there was too little rain to keep water levels high in the current hot, dry conditions.

Firefighter Edie Lang discovered an orb in the swamp that seemed to be a product of ghoul magic. She located the orb while on a rescue mission near what is believed to be the fire’s point of origin. The southeastern Council is withholding details, but Dr. Will Davis, the Collegium’s assistant loremaster, went into the swamp to investigate with Lang and undisclosed others.

The investigators concluded that ghoul use of the orb likely started the fire. There were no campers in the area, and there was no lightning that night. Acknowledging the absence of these usual causes of wildfires, Davis added, “The ground in the area of the initial fire carries a magical residue. The energy of the swamp is easy for ghouls to tap, and the Veil between worlds is thin there. Anyone seeing ghouls in the area needs to notify the shire reeve’s office immediately and then inform me or Dr. Gerry Armitage.”

Contact information for the shire reeve’s department and the Collegium archives are on the MageWire homepage as well as the Collegium’s.