Werther Box

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The Werther Box was an enchanted vault created by the former member of the Men of Letters, Cuthbert Sinclair. It was created to hold a special codex stolen from the Grand Coven, and ensure that it does not fall into the Coven's hands again. The Werther Box comes with a "security system" wherein anyone who attempts to open it, without doing the proper ritual will be struck with a spell that ultimately leads to the person killing themselves. The warding spell was so potent that it reached a theoretical rate of 98% lethality.


10.19 The Werther Project

In a nondescript home in St. Louis in 1973, a young girl by the name of Suzie is sent to the basement to do the laundry by her mother. Suzie takes a sledgehammer to the wall out of annoyance, and finds the Werther Box hidden away. When Suzie attempts to open it she is knocked by a force from the box, which release a green pillar of smoke that travels past Suzie's unconscious body upstairs. When Suzie awakens, she is disoriented and heads upstairs, looking for her family; she finds her father dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, followed by witnessing her brother hang himself in the entryway of the house. Shocked by what is going on, Suzie eventually finds her mother in the kitchen repeating the line, "Everything is going to be okay" before slicing her throat open with a butcher knife.

Forty-two years later, when Sam learns that Rowena will need a special codex that the Men of Letters confiscated when they killed the witch who created it, he begins working through the Men of Letters archives. While researching, he finds an audio reel from May 16, 1956 detailing the expulsion of Cuthbert Sinclair from the Men of Letters for creating the Werther Box to protect the codex from the Grand Coven. This information eventually leads him to Suzie's home, which was a Men of Letters chapter house.