Today was the long awaited day for fans of well-written reporter pieces, major news publication from all over Remnant, as well as gourmands of dark and twisted true-crime articles. Renowned reporter Eirik C. Magnus first chose this day over two months ago, as the deadline to publish his most promising and scathing article yet – an exposé detailing the true identity of a notorious criminal and fugitive only known to us as ‘Neopolitan’. Unfortunately for fans of journalism and drama the full piece might never be published, as the author disappeared without a trace.

The four-time Yellowtzer winner, former chief editor of Mantle Daily and Lance of Liberty papers, Eirik C. Magnus was extremely well-regarded in the journalistic circles. First made famous by his incredibly thorough piece on Mistral crime syndicate leader Lil’ Miss Malachite, Eirik continued to make waves with each report on various felons, criminal organizations and heinous acts done in secrecy. Although quite a few suspected Eirik to be a former Lil’ Miss Spider himself, no concrete proof has ever surfaced. An independent journalist for the last four years, E. C. Magnus rocked the underworld with each article, and is currently credited for assisting in arrests for at least 30 criminals thanks to new information and interviews surfacing in his articles.

Exactly 65 days ago, Eirik C. Magnus revealed in his personal blog that he was working on an exposé regarding a particularly notorious Mistral criminal. Although vague on details at first, Eirik posted several innocuous messages in the next few weeks, understood by his fans to be cryptic clues on the target of his next piece. Photos of an umbrella and ice-cream had deductive readers realize that the latest E. C. Magnus article would be about the infamous Mistral criminal Neopolitan. A few weeks later Eirik C. Magnus published the first two paragraphs of the article, a strategy that’s intended to build hype while the author is finishing up the article. With the paragraphs came the date for the full exposé – today.

The first paragraph, which I will not be reposting due to journalistic respect for my colleague, details Neopolitan’s known crimes, such as assault, burglary, aerial vehicle theft, impersonation of an Atlesian official, impersonation of a Mistral official, property damage, jaywalking and murder. The second paragraph was much more revealing, including proof that Neopolitan was in fact the same person as a Vytal Tournament fighter Neo Politan, who was named by me as the cutest participant that also survived. Other than this shocking revelation, the paragraph laid hints that Neopolitan could in fact be named Trivia Vanille – only daughter of the rich, yet ill-fated Vanille family. Unfortunately, proof for that incredulous claim was supposed to be provided in the later paragraphs, which, as of the time of me writing this, never came out.

What happened to Eirik C. Magnus? Did Lil’ Miss finally caught our favorite reporter in her web? Perhaps Neopolitan realized her identity is soon to be revealed and got rid of E. C. Magnus once and for all? In my opinion, the truth, however, is simpler than most realize. Eirik, among others, was a featured panel host at the annual Atlas Journalism Conference, to which none of the staff at vytal_news was invited, but I digress. As noted in a previous article, a bunch of journalists fell to their deaths in the mysterious portal dimension. It is entirely possible that Eirik C. Magnus was among the fallen, which would explain why he suddenly disappeared from all social media and why his article still hasn’t come out. At the very least Eirik suffered a mostly painless death, a fate far better than what would have happened if he was, for example, found by Neopolitan.

Update: we have removed a remark that claimed without substantial proof that the C. in E. C. Magnus stood for Charlemagne. Furthermore, the author’s remark that the renowned reporter’s full name was Eirik Charles Magnus Magnus was additionally removed from the article immediately.

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By Bianca Aurumvale

Bianca is a huntress, having graduated Atlas Academy as the highest-graded Faunus in the Academy's history. Although a shoe-in for Special Operatives, Bianca chose the life of independent journalism. Check out her herbal tea collection!

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