The Man in the Scarlet Cloak
An Enigma Cloaked in Red
He is wrapped in a cloak of deep reds and browns, patterned by creatures with large, hollow eyes and lawling tongues. His beard is woven and beaded in messy dreadlocks, and bright painted circles dot is cheeks. On top of his head sits a worn, jaunty top hat, banded with a brown scarf spiraled in patterns and accented with a crocodile’s teeth.
Frequently, he is seen puffing at a long pipe of darkened wood, curling smoke into the shapes of exotic creatures…a spider teasing a turtle…cheating a tiger…
He smiles with a gap between his teeth, and laughs with a cackle most unsettling.