Let's begin, Max, with this public domain image (illustration, supposedly!) by J. M. Buell (1889). It portrays the mighty creature known in legend as the Kraken going about its usual business of tormenting unsuspecting sea travelers.
"Why?" you ask. "Why start here?"
"Cuz...," says I, "This particular photo (I claim) once belonged to our person of interest!"
That's right, Max: that image along with this hand-painted map fragment were both once the subjects of Mary Morgan's tireless scrutiny. According to her journals, she carefully studied anything she could get her hands on that even hinted that monsters existed, and then off she went in search of them.
"Why?" you ask (again).
"Cuz," says I (once more), "Mary Morgan was a Demon Slayer."
Quite. What we'd suspected has been confirmed, Max, and not just by the Sorceress' journals. I now have witnesses! The magical world has come to our aid in numbers that exceed my ability to count! As thankful as I am to each and every new "source," I have agreed not to divulge names, accurate likenesses, or specific whereabouts except with permission. (Most claim that Mary Morgan disguised each of her comrades by her own horrid artistry*, so they have no qualms with my publishing the Sorceress' drawings here for the world to see.)
Clearly, however, I have more now than just her drawings and doodles... If you would be kind enough to study this painting entitled The Ghost Fleet, you will find one of the Sorceress' favorite means of (early) travel: that amazing vessel known as The Phantom. Of course, the irony of its name should be obvious, so I'll say only this: what's important to note here is that The Phantom still sails to this very day. According to my sources, she has been spotted numerous times along with her companion vessels near such sinister and speculative locations as the Bermuda Triangle, the Cape of Good Hope, the Bering Strait, and, of course, the Nespian Sea. (The list of places where thin spots are known to exist is indeed endless, but for more information on such matters, one would be wise to familiarize oneself with Buggy Crenshaw's world.)
Now, Max, certainly, you find all this as interesting as I did, but I'm nearly bursting at the seams to tell you there's more! Bear with me just a moment longer, my friend, and allow me to explain what I've learned...
It is important to note that not all monsters are Demons, and it can be very hard to tell them apart, but that is precisely the reason why people like Mary Morgan are so highly regarded and greatly sought after in the magical world. As you can probably imagine, not everyone is qualified to be a Demon Slayer, and some who are...adamantly refuse the calling. Such was not the case with Mary Morgan, according to my research. Although she did not grow up knowing that one day she would become one of the magical world's ultimate heroes, she willingly took on the role when she was merely sixteen years of age after a creature known as the Grym murdered her parents...
"Yikes!" you say.
"Double yikes!" says I.
Even so, as her journals do attest, in the beginning, Mary Morgan could no more carry out the feat of ridding the world of Demons than you or I could, Max. (Just those Hell Hounds were nearly too much for me!) So, it's a good thing she had friends, some of whose likenesses I'm happy to share (with the fore-mentioned "blanket" permissions, of course).
I don't know much about this fellow just yet, but as you can see, Mary Morgan knew him as Finneus Plight. Although he appears rather doubtful in this unflattering rendition, he was truly one of the Sorceress' closest allies...(verified).
Next, I discovered this partially colored drawing of someone familiar: Scalliwag Jack! Obviously, he's merged with his talisman here, but anyone who read my book Magpie & Dilly might recall Jack as being a member of the network of invisible, unsung heroes bound by their honor to defeat the D'Evil and his kind (Demons). Clearly, this is a bond he shared with Mary Morgan.
Trust, Max, there is far more I could share with you, but I've recently placed strict time constraints on myself and must adhere to them if I ever hope to uncover the true motivations of the Warrior Mary Morgan. (Particularly this matter concerning the Grym!) Presently, I'm due back in my study where exists more information about the Sorceress than I ever could've imagined. Even so, despite having received literally tons of letters and packages from the magical community to aid my research, it seems I've yet to uncover more than the very tip of this colossal iceberg.
So, wish me luck, my friend, as if there truly is such a thing! And I will tell you that if you dare to dream at all, then by all means, do dream BIG!
*Pardon me for nearly forgetting...I've considered hosting Mary Morgan's artwork in gallery format here in this...ponderous place. (I no longer blog. Instead, I ponder!) However, as laughable as her world finds this notion, I have been forbidden to do so under any name as honorable as Art Gallery. My new friends (and possibly Mary Morgan's former friends) insist I call the exhibition of the Sorceress' work a S'N'Art Gallery...short for it's not art! And so it shall be. In the near future--a few days, likely--I will send out word that the S'N'Art Gallery is open and awaiting your smiles...