This is the end of one of the first drafts of the scene where Regina and Theodore Thane first meet. Thane is a formative presence in Regina’s youth and I really struggled getting their first encounter *just right*. This didn’t make it into the final version of Moonshine but I wanted to share this with you because I thought it was an adorable interaction between Regina and Thane where he shows more of his human feelings and she acts like the adorable wolf pup she is.
Note: This is a deleted scene from the early drafting stage. It is extremely rough and has not gone through the editing process.
HADES, on paper and in any official or legal context, is a private security company in The Slaughter Chronicles universe.
Unofficially, it recruits, houses, trains, and pays the majority of all monster hunters living in North America. HADES recruiters target individuals whose families have been decimated by strange illnesses or bizarre accidents that baffle local law enforcement.
These things happen more often than you think.
Upon recruitment, the perspective employee is run through a series of aptitude and placement tests to evaluate their skills. They are then assigned to the division where they will (theoretically) make the best fit. Not every recruit is cut out for field work, those individuals are relegated to the support and administrative positions.
Those who are deemed fit and tenacious enough for combat situations are allocated to the operations and hunting units.
A HADES hunter has no personal attachments to family and friends from their previous life; upon employment, all pre-existing debts or obligations are paid and removed by the legal and accounting teams. In exchange for complete erasure from society, hunters put themselves in great physical and psychological peril to protect the rest of the blissfully ignorant human population.
HADES Hunting Divisions
Gluttons of Chronos: Werewolf Hunters
Symbol: Two smoking shotguns crossed under a wolf skull with Gluttons of Chronos written underneath in cursive
Note: They are the only division within HADES to openly advertise their division name. Cocky bastards.
Hyperion’s Fury: Void Hunters
Symbol: White sun with rays and a human skull inside
Biscuits of Cerberus: Internal Affairs
Symbol: Three black dog heads inside a white bone
Note: They hunt down all the hunters who turn. Scary as fuck.
River Styx: Information Technology
Symbol: Winding river that ends in a power plug.
Charon’s Fare: Recruiting and Dispatch
Symbol: Two white discs/coins on a black field
Themis’s Judgement: Legal and Accounting
Symbol: A pair of scales
Fun Fact: Themis’s Judgement is the only department in HADES with two department heads.
Prometheus’s Shame: Mage Hunters
Nyx’s Tears: Vampire Hunters
Symbol: Eye with teeth
Hephaestus’s Arms: Weapons Development
Symbol: Two crossing hammers
Departments that exist but I haven’t come up with their symbols yet…
Gaea’s Pride: EMT/Medical
Tartarus’s Tribute: Logistics and Supply
HADES Threat Assessments
Ranked from lowest to highest.
1ST = one skull threat. You can kill it by stepping on it.
2ST = two skull threat. You can kill it by stepping on it but don’t be a dumbass.
3ST = three skull threat. Bring extra bullets.
4ST = four skull threat. Bring more extra bullets.
5ST = five skull threat. Get a team, get a flame thrower.
6ST-9ST = six to nine skull threat. A 50 cal is your friend…results may vary—
10ST or God Level Threat = make sure you have all you insurance paperwork filled out with Legal. Only high-ranking and experienced squads are ever ordered to engage these threats. Even then, engage only if you’re crazy and have a shit ton of C4.
• Veles: [NAME UNKNOWN], Void Creature. The Baltic Sea.
11ST = CLASSIFIED. This does not exist, there is no such thing. Forget you ever heard about it.
There are other supernatural creatures targets on file but those are classified.
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