An Account of the Trial and Execution of Phinneus Torque
Despite the accusations of necromancy and an ill reputation that has lasted long past his death, little evidence exists that Phinneus Torque committed the crimes (against both nature and his fellow man) of which he was accused.
Recorded accounts of the trial mentioned are peculiar. There are several mentions of “the assembled evidence,” but there is no record of what that evidence actually is. In fact, even the manner in which the evidence convinced the magistrate of Torque’s guilt is absent from records of the proceedings.
If it were not for the strangely compelling journals of William Hunt, along with the strange symbols and sketches recorded there, the execution of Phinneas Torque would likely be viewed as a corruption of justice in a superstitious age. As it is, one can only wonder at the dark hints provided by Hunt in his leather-bound volume. Between those hand scribbled lines, there are intimations of a story of a scope and aspect more terrifying and sinister than can possibly be believed.