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Fear-Based Diet
As it turns out, Grey's list of fears extends far beyond loud noises, dogs, germs, black magic, teddy bears and not being the smartest guy in the room.
She's on it
I'm starting to think some team-building exercises might be beneficial for the team here.

Or at the very least some basic communications skills.

Also yes, genies and fairies are a thing in this universe. Among other creatures. You'll just have to wait to find out more about them, though!
You give a guy one big lore dump, and you all of a sudden he thinks he deserves to chime in on all the others...
Missing the Bloody Obvious
That feeling when you're forced to work on a team with two people who have no idea what you're supposed to be doing--but they think they do.

We've all been where Hex is at one point. Well, not the "having to sneak into a mad scientist's lab to stop your boss from being bound" part. I mean, that's kinda unique.
Rage Button
Because calling a monster who also happens to be a witch "cute" ever works out in the end for anybody...
Shade's Declassified Supernatural Survival Guide
When you've got an entire hidden world of monsters, myths and magic, you've gotta come up with some way to keep the mundane masses from sussing it out...

Bane's idea of having his students work at a Halloween-themed novelty store was an absolute stroke of genius in this regards. Most weirdness can just be handwaved away as "just another product we're testing," and sleepers will buy it hook, line and sinker!
@Merrsharr: And kid-sized, too!

But hey, one of the first things the instructors at the Horror Shop teach their students is how to come up with plausible excuses to explain away any weirdness. Veil Breaches are headaches that are best avoided, after all!
One door opens...
As if we needed more proof that Hex suffers from tunnel vision here...

Though this is indeed a rather extreme case of that. Try explaining away a Veil Breach caused by rolling a nat 1 on perception!
Enter the Witch
It's not often that Shade gets one over on Hex, so let him have this moment.

Plus, we get to continue making Grey miserable, which is always a plus!
@Merrsharr: Well, if they did normal science, everyone would be able to use it! And, thankfully, we don't have folks running around with death rays and jet packs and robot minions.

Okay, in the world of Horror Shop they do, but that stuff gets covered up like post-haste.
Blinded me with SCIENCE!
This is a page I've been excited for ever since I dreamt it up! A big ol' exposition dump about mad scientists in the world of Horror Shop! Not a full encyclopedia article, mind you, but it should provide a bit of history and insight into this group of oft-misunderstood people--even if that insight is from the very biased mouth of Grey.

And yes, his does indeed mean that in the world of Horror Shop, both Dr. Frankenstein and Captain Nemo were real. As are several other literary characters... but we'll get to them eventually, just you wait and see!
Questions and Answers
Being in over your head is never fun. But at least Shade is handling this as well as could be expected: focusing on the immediate problem, and worrying about the rest when he's got time to think. And when he doesn't have a child with a potential death ray in the next room...
Collateral Damage
Oh, Grey, what have you unleashed upon the world. Or at least upon the Horror Shop...

I believe Gloom is classified as a weapon of mass destruction in at least three states.
From bad to worse...
Mad scientists, gates to other planes, exploding warehouses, stolen blood, and now something back at the shop. The problems here just seem to keep on piling up, don't they?
Don't Panic
Yeah, that's about the last thing you want to hear in a world with magic: a mad scientist has got your blood. Grey's handling it pretty well, all things considered. I mean, it's not his blood that's been taken, but he's also a bit of a spaz, so it balances out.
Pointed Warnings
That might be rude, but when have you ever known a 10-year-old or a mad scientist to ever show propper manners.

Poor Grey, alone with a kid he's not allowed to scare, but who can apparently conduct experiments on him. I'd say it'd drive him batty, but, well...
That Moment When...
Yeah, Grey might not know a lot about magic, but he knows an occult ritual when he sees one. Somebody's working with some weirdness they really shouldn't be...
That rising sense of dread
I mean, sure the mansion looks haunted...

And sure, the living room has brains and eyeballs floating in preservatives on the shelves...

But that doesn't mean "mad scientist," right?
And I Would Drive 1,000 Miles
Poor Grey, stuck in a car with a bunch of Canadians who think that a 30-minute trek out into the hinterlands qualifies as a "short drive."

Just wait until it dawns on him that he has to do the same thing again to get back to the Shop...
Grey might be one of the most grating wingmen in existence, but you can't argue with results like this now, can you?

Unfortunately for him, looks like it worked too well. Well, I hope somebody isn't afraid of travelling in cars...

Oh, wait.