Ralph Haas


Personality: You have a system. When
your system works, uninterrupted,
you’re in heaven. Life needs structure.
Ritual. Psychiatrists, like Doctor
Udko, have names for people like you.
But that’s their system, not yours.
You deal in the real world — with
things. Things that can be organized,
categorized, and placed with precision.
Things can be studied and understood.
They’re so much easier to deal with
than people. Mind you, you can talk to
people if you need them. If they have
something you want, you’ve learned
how to work their game. The quicker
you tell them what they want to hear,
the sooner they give up the goods,
the sooner you can put those precious
objects in their precious places.


When Janet Winston-

Rogers held the estate sale for her late
father’s belongings, you were there
for every open hour. You scoured
through his impressive collection of
books — even picking up his Dorothy
Astor collection for dirt cheap — and
poured through every little trinket and
art piece he left to the material world.
You asked Janet about every little thing
you could no matter how many times
she rolled her eyes. But you must
have said something that sparked her
interest because late Sunday afternoon,
she starting asking questions about you
— questions about your collection and
your methods.



As an autodidact, you
came into this business sideways. Your
contemporaries all have PhDs, and
you never bothered to graduate from
elementary school. But their interests
in relics and documents, as intense as
they might be, are no match for your
innate need to collect and understand
as much as you can. It started,
mundanely enough, with toy cars when
you were an adolescent. You filled your
parents’ spare room with them. When
you had a complete set, the pursuit
lost your interest, and you sold them
for a fair profit. Then you did the same
with pulp novels and soon after with
rare erotica. Several lucrative hobbies
later, you now contend with greedy
aristocrats, historians, and museum
curators to get your hands on every
religious relic, cultural artifact, and
timeworn document you can. And
you’re better at it than any educated
collector you’ve met.

Ralph Haas

Trail of Cthulhu: Eternal Lies DanielReed