The Investigators of Down Cthulhu

The Lucinetti/Senate Affair

January 5, 1891

Friday comes to office in morning. He has come to ask help, though this has no known supernatural element.
The “dirty mayor is no doubt in bed with gangsters” as we know. State senate is having a subcommittee on organized crime kicking off tomorrow under Sen. Andrew Barrington.
Roosevelt has given Friday security detail. Dept. is ripe with corruption as we know, so he’d feel better if we came down just to be there for first day, in case anything happens. Armed, obviously.
Westinghouse wants every detail of the place and event. Schematic of layout, security placements and who they are, any outsiders like catering who will be on the grounds and where, etc. Everything. How the senators get to and from rooms, such as any private hallways.
West “What makes you think their could be any trouble here?”
Stefano Lucinetti is determined to stop the hearings. He’s the number one city in the syndicate. He’s one of the men the mayor is presumed to be in bed with.
Nick Zabatta disappeared, presumed dead, as we have heard. He’s Lucinetti’s left hand man. Rumor is Barrington and Rev Parkhurst have been hiding him, and he’s going to testify vs the mayor.
Friday will have some plain clothed men on guard as well.
Roosevelt is against this mayor, and we are on his side as well.

Will is going to see Wexler. He is in a different syndicate from Lucinetti, they have even exchanged violence. We want to know if he has any info or advice to offer.
Father John on Baptist Rev. Parkhurst: does not like him; he’s very brave to take on city hall but he’s unyielding in his convictions; he’d smite a sinner over saving a saint; if a moral decision would somehow loose the old ones, he’d do it. He sees no shades of gray.
Theo “So, narrow of vision.”
Atwater “But wide of purpose.”
Theo “Dangerous combination.”
West “Indeed. And therefore unimaginative and unbendable on any issue.”
Will’s opinion of Barrington is that he is a good guy. He has a wife Mrs. Ann, married son Robert to Amy (3 yr daughter Sarah), 1 daughter Elizabeth, 1 child grandaughter, 55yrs old. None of them will be present, but are to meet him for dinner at Delmonico’s afterward.

Will at Wexler:
He thinks a gang war is about to begin. Lucinetti has pulled many of his soldiers off the street, businesses are quiet. He’s preparing for something.

Tomorrow

In Hearing room. Will sits with the press. Jack and Theo patrol outside, eyes peeled (in Wang’s case at least. Jack’s truck there to make it convincing. They get in the alley behind.
Atwater and West are in the meeting room audience.
Father Jon is outside in front of the building.

Barrington enters the hearing, Zabata indeed in tow!!
Barrington pounds his gavel to begin the hearing.
Doors remain open to allow crowd packed outside to hear the proceedings.

Barrington introduces Zabata “one who is now willing to risk his life to put an end to this reign of terror!”
Westinghouse way back in the audience and Will right up close both see a blonde woman in the crowd, dressed expensively. Hands an envelope to a Barrington aid then melts into the crowd outside.
The aid walks to him, whispers to him, and gives him the note.
Barrington adjourns for 10 minutes to judges chamber.

Out front, Jon notices 2 cars sitting out front with motor running.

In back, Theo sees a beer wagon pull into ally, 5 men get out of it.
Jack “It doesn’t take 5 men to deliver beer.”
Theo sees the flap of a coat open, revealing a shotgun.
Down other side just then, Jack sees a man come out a window of the building and take off toward the front street. Jack leaps off and gives chase. Wang watches his men stand there smoking for a bit.
At the corner, Jack can’t see him anymore so returns to Wang.

After 10 minutes, Barrington has not returned. Office is checked, and he’s disappeared!
The police Cpt. in charge, Nick Killkenny, has 4 trusted men guard Zabatta in the Sequestor room next door. People are starting to empty out with quite the gossip.
They try to get us to leave, but we motion for Friday who says we can stay.
Nick gets a bit gruff about him being responsible here and orders Friday to leave as well.
Friday refuses. The cpt. cries insubordination, calls a sgt over who cracks Friday in the jaw by Cpt’s orders.
Cpt “Oh, looks liek Lt. Friday has slipped and fallen.”
West “We’ll get him out of your way” and drag him out. We go out front. Westinghouse goes to the side of the building to get in window adjacent to judges chamber. Will and Atwater are out front with Jon. 2 officers guard the front to make sure no one comes in.
Friday comes fully to, and is not happy at all.
Jack runs down to tell West and Will what they saw as they climb into the window.
The chamber is empty.
Out front, the cops walk away, 8 guys from the cars, 2 releive the officers who leave, other 6 go inside; 1 guy stays with each car.
Out back, the beer men get out and walk to the door near the corner and inside.
The hit is on.
They are going to take out Zabata in the courthouse.

Theo and Jack tail the beer hitmen inside, through the Rotunda, and are moving to the sequestor room joining more men. Now total 9.

West goes into stairwell, looking into sequestor room where 4 cops guard Zabata who is crying. One of the cops “Don’t worry, we’ll protect you.” One is handling his shotgun unknown to the other 3! He’s going to kill the cops!! Obviously waiting for his backup to arrive.

Out front, Atwater chlorophorms 2 rags he and Jon use, one for each driver.
Atwater gets the first car no problem.
Jon “Have you found salvation son? Let me show you” and ko’s his as well.
The 2 at the front door see this and start shooting!! They duck behind the cars as cover, bullets whizzing overhead!!
They yell “Hey, somebodies after the cars!!” 4 men run out from inside and join them in shooting.
Friday is still up at the corner. He moves down further, kneels behind a fire hydrant and returns fire.
2 turn on him now.

Inside, the last 5 are moving for the sequestor room.
The shotgun traitor quietly unlocks the door, and begins to move his shotgun.

In the Entry Hall, Theo and Jack hit the 5 left from behind once the gunfire outside begins.
Will says “let me walk into the room” and act like he’s there on behalf of the mob also, bluff the guy. Sent by the Cpt., who’s obviously in on this, to watch the prisoner until his friends arrive.
The shooting has been heard in here, all guns are out then trained on Will as he enters.
He explains he’s working undercover, bluffing his pants off.
The bad cop raises his shotgun at Will “has their been a change of plans?”
Will “No” with a wink.
The guy turns to shoot one of the cops in the back.
Meanwhile, West has run back through the Hearing Room to enter the now unlocked door from behind the bad cop. Passing the battle now in the Great Hall.
Theo and jack each killed 1 on the surprise. The last 3 turn and fire their shotguns, missing both, Theo dodging one shot that would have hit.
They both then kill another.

The cop with West and Theo opens the door to the fight! He fires and kills the last thug “They’re making an attempt on his life!!” trying to cover his tracks.
One of the others in the room “Good shot Winkler!”
Westinghouse arrives from the Hearing Room.

Out front, Father Jon’s death sermon as he draws his shotgun shakens all 4 of them!
One of the enemy is clipped by his own men in the 2 front defense of their position “Sorry Luigi!”
Friday continues to move closer and fire under cover as well.
Friday and Jon finish off the last 2 simultaneously.

The inside issues end right after and we all group up inside the sequestor room.

Friday enters. We tell him aside that Winker is on the take. Friday says 4 men from the Flying Squad will be called in to guard them. He tells us to take Zabata and hide him for now ourselves at the Lexington hotel.
Friday intercepts the police out front when they arrive shortly after whle we get him aboard the Porkchop Express out back and off we go to Wexler.

On the way, 3 steam cars pull up behind it, suspiciously!! Traffic is medium. The first car drops the front windshield, and the passenger pulls up a steam machine gun.
Jack goes to avoid, but swerves horribly right back into the shooters line of fire.
We all get down behind the boxes of clothes and sewing supplies. The rounds rip through the stock. Will dives atop Cassandra, rounds buzzing all around him like bees. Only Father Jon takes several shots.

The car then tries to get up beside us, but Jack is able to block it!
Theo “Do you want me to board?”
Jack “I’ll take care of them.”
He breaks slightly, swerving the lead car off the road. It crashes through a wagon damaging the car. It drops an increment but the driver stays in control.

The gattling pistol misses, strafing passersby!! Theo “We have to stop that thing” he climbs to the top.
Jack hits the breaks, letting the car speed up to us. Theo then leaps from the top, foot first, crushing the skull in of the gattling gunner. Now he’s in the passenger’s seat. The car is now totalled. Jack takes some damage to his rear.
The car right behind him crashes into the dead car. The other swerves around.

Theo kills the driver with a chop to the head and climbs out onto the hood, just dodging off the overheating engine as it blows. The gattling gun inside blows as well.

Jack yells ready with shotguns on the left. He breaks and turns, crossing the T.
As he does, and the car catches up, we fire shotguns out the right. Unfortunately, he turns terribly and we get no shot. They go past, swerving around us, turning sideways on us and the passenger fires a shotgun at Jack but hits the car. It circles us to the other side and we fire as Jack gets the truck back in gear.
Jon hits the shooter with his double barrel shotgun, almost killing him; Westinghouse destroys the front passenger tire. The driver loses control, hitting a fire plug and coming to a halt. The passenger us under heavy fire from Will and Atwater too.

Jack hits the gas and drives off!! Back toward Wang. They come up, one on each side. Wang crouches low, so only one can fire at him. The thug unloads, hitting once which Wang dodges. Wang tumbles and leg sweeps the guy. The other jumps atop the car, missing with a shotgun.
As the other stands, Wang hits. He then moves and disarms the man’s shotgun. He draws a pistol but misses. The other guy “Damn chink” and throws his gun at Wang hitting him in the back.
Wang steps back and drops him with the shotgun.
The other fires again but misses again. Wang then engages him. He turns and runs for his life. Wang throws the shotgun at him but misses.

The Porkchop picks him up soon after and off we go to the hotel.

The 4 guys from the Flying Squad are already there, us having been delayed.
McGillicuddy “We’lllllll, we’re waiting.”

Ed Stuben, the aid given the message at the hearing, is at the station being questioned. Going through the book of criminals, he pegs the girl as Lucinetti’s girlfriend. Top floor sweet of Kenmore Hotel is her address.

Zabota is of no help “They got him, oh Lord I’m next, I’m next. I won’t tell you anything.” He thinks they got Barrington.
A knock at the door, it’s Roosevelt’s typist Edwina Brighton. Smart and does a lot of his undercover work. She’s become friends with Emma, our secretary.
Message from Roosevelt: report that Barrington’s home has been burgled. Lt. Friday is on his way to the house with some men. We may want to meet him there.
Westinghouse, Will and Atwater to the scene via cab.
Jack goes down to more closely inspect the damage to his truck.

At the house:

Mrs. Warren next door reported the burglary. Will interviews her while West and Atwater check the scene of the crime. Friday is here with the Senator’s right hand man John Brevard. In we go. A child’s doll lies on the floor next to the door. Doesn’t seem to be anything obviously missing. Some reserve cash is gone, and an old suitcase. His home work/gardening clothes, are missing as well. Nothing is tossed at all. This was not a burglary.

Mrs. Warren is appalled and troubled by the crime in this neighborhood. She says the whole family left this morning. The person who came must have known no one broke in. He looked like a bum, a hobo with a dirty brown coat, worn green trousers, stupid looking hat. Ran out of back door with big brown suitcase. Ran out back and through neighbor’s yard. The whole family left in a Brown Hansom Cab number 6235 with 2 other tough looking men who came with the cab. 9:00PM, half hour before he got the message. They had not luggage or anything, did not look troubled at all.

The burglar was Barrington himself. Either they were wisked to safety and when he got word, everything went down and Barrington booked it; or the people they used had gotten close to the family to be trusted, and they’re using them as collateral vs Barrington.
One of the tuffs left a mark in the house with his shoe. Trademark impression of an expensive Italian shoe ‘Lucci’. West and Will know them as imported and burn stamped, they are owned by Lucinetti as a front company. There is a warehouse that stores the shoes at the docks.
The Ace warehousing company is in Hemsley Office Building. That’s Lucinetti’s main office.

Next, to the cab company. 6235 on John Delaney’s growler. We are the 2nd to ask about him. Some guy looking like a bum came in an hour ago. Looking like a bum, not a cop, they threw him out. He’s not been heard of for at least a few hours now.
A cop arrives with a message for Friday. They found a dead cab driver in a tenament section. Cab was there, 6235.
Back to our office. A visitor arrives later, an old woman. Mrs. Barrington, Annabelle. Angry, sits down roughly “My family has been kidnapped. I want them back alive and well” she’ll pay $120/day, bonus 5000 when done, “and here’s 1000 to get you started!”
She’s the senator’s widowed mother. She thinks her son was kidnapped, and the mayor is behind it. She distrusts the local cops. The family had no known plans prior to dinner post senate meeting.

Question is does he have any underground help, he’s going to need it?
Will and Westinghouse start hitting the streets to find out.
Will finds out Barrington had a friend in the old days, grew up together, named Johnny Levine.
Westinghouse finds out Levine is a small time hood who hangs at a bar he owns called little Oggie’s.

After dinner, we get a cab to Little Oggie’s. As we enter, a lot of people are leaving in a hurry. After sqeazing in, 2 men standing on suits aside a 3rd man. One is grabbing the sitting man “If you see him, you better tell us and fast.” The middle guy punches the guy, then pulls a revolver into the otherh man’s stomach. The bartender drops down behind the bar and rises with a shotgun.
Will “Whoa gentlemen. We don’t need any gunplay in all this.” The man on his floor gets a kick in the rear by Johnny, and he ushers them out the back door.
West “Johnny Levine I assume.”
Will “Fine job handling yourself.” Will introduces himself. Levine is not that handsome, but very charismatic personality. Will tries to charm him, but Levine will have none of it.
Westinghouse uses our reputation, coming clean. That opens up the discussion.
He then recognizes Atwater, who in his earlier days saved the life of a family member in the army, a Cpl., of Levine.
He agrees to help us find the Senator’s family. He knows what the note said: End the hearings and get rid of Zabata, or your family dies. So, he ended it as he could w/o cancelling it. Now he’s working the underworld to try to find his family.
He won’t tell us where Barrington is hiding out, but he will share any info they get with us.
We convince Levine to tell Johnny stop being dumb, with Levine made by the enemy he’s surely being watched. Leaving no recourse for Barrington but us.

We will need the rest of our group now, so its up to the F lying Squad to guard Zabata. We will move him to the Silver Twilight late tonight secretly

Jan 6

Message arrives from city hall, West, Will and Theo are requested there at 9 this morning.
The mayor is there with Roosevelt and Cpt Kilkenny.
Mayor “I’m afraid I had to step in” with the shootings and civilian casualties and street chases “I want Senator Barrington found” immediately and it has to be through official channels under Kilkenny. The commisioner has objected. He’s suspended Friday “I want you to do nothing else to help find the Senator” and he “wants the whereabouts of Zabata immediately”.
Will explains we helped Zabate get away to save his life, but afterward he went his own way.
Mayor “I know for a fact that you, Lt Friday, ahve used some of your direct operatives”. Friday has refused to say, he is hoping we’ll “take the wiser course and tell us where he is being held”.
Roosevelt “I’m afraid I may be forced to resign if this situation continues. I have complete confidence in these men and Lt. Friday” so that no one finds out.
Mayor “Are you insinuating Cpt Kilkenny would inform?”
Roosevelt “No, but….”
Mayor “Well maybe I will ask for your resignation.”
“I wonder what JP Morgan would say about that.”
“You were never my choice, never my choice Roosevelt!!!”
Will offers a deal. If we are allowed to keep doing our part in finding Barrington, and Friday’s men are able to continue their duties with Zabata, we will gladly keep Cpt. Kilkenny up to date on everything we find out.
Kilkenny “In addition, I want to know before you take any actions, what actions you are taking.”
Roosevelt “And Friday does not get suspended.”
The mayor gruffs at this, but all is agreed to. The mayor backs down, afraid of JP Morgan.
Will is lying of course.

Back to office.
Still no word from Levine.
Phone call. Muffled voice, has info on a good cab driver who got shot for $5 and couple bottle of wine to the ally in back of office immediately. Won’t wait long.
Jack, Wang and Jon go out to meet him.
He shakes Jack’s hand, and reeks of alcohol. Theo gives him the $5 and he starts complaining for 10 and more wine. Theo armbars him “How about I take the 5 and you tell us for free”.
“Just give me my wine” Jon sets it down.
He was sleeping it off under a porch. Saw Delany forced out of his cab by 2 men with him and stabbed to death. One said “well he’ll never tell where they got dropped off.”
He stole the growler cab log and cash. He’ll tell us where the log is for 5 more dollars and more wine.
We agree and he pulls the log out of his pants, its badly stained. He’ll come back tomorrow for the extra wine.
Inside we go.

Log says he took the family to a corner in the warehouse district. The address is not Lucinetti’s shoe warehouse. Will and Westinghouse in disguise go to check it out. It’s a house of ill repute, owned by Lucinetti.

Back at the office, Levine shows up finally.
Theo “We were about to go looking for you.”
He says Andy is willing to come in. All we have to do is go and get him. He’s hiding in the docks section, a flophouse called the Booth Apartments. Andy is positive they are holding his family on the docks. That’s where most of Lucinetti’s properties are, Andy has been casing it.
Jack drives Theo, Father Jon and Levine to get him.
We see an old bum come running out of the flop house really fast as we drive down the street. 2 men come out chasing him, and fire pistol’s at the bum. Another pulls up a steam machine gun.
Jack hits the gas!! Gets between Barrington and the shooters as they open fire. Bullets riddle Jack’s truck side. Levine returns fire from the passenger seat. Jon fires his shotgun in return as Theo leaps out the far side, ready to charge next round.
The gun fires again, this time wildly missing completely.
Jon kills one of them as Theo gets Barrington in back, then we take off.

He thinks his family is being held at a place called Purgatory, a whorehouse. When he says where it is, it’s where West. and Will went!!

We got to office to gear up. Message waits from Flying Squad. They arrested the girl who delivered the note at the hearing. She’s 24 years old, they have no criminal record of her. Johnny knows her, it’s his girlfriend Rachel Ames.
Will “I think we know your dad.” She says that’s impossible. He’s a drunk, she hasn’t seen him in years. She is shocked to find he is a police officer and off the drink!

Will sends Kilkenny information: Barrington may be hiding in Chinatown, and we are searching in earnest.

Will and West, in disguise, will enter as patrons.
We get Wexler to forge paperwork to make Jack and Theo look like they are doing emergency inspections of gaslines in the basements. They will enter first.

Levine stays back to guard Barrington. Cassandra stays with them.

At Purgatory:

Atwater, and Father Jon wait at the back door, hopefully we can secret them inside.

In go Theo and Wang, let in by the doorman. Led through the common room with piano, revolving stage, girls on couches in varying stages of undress. Others work the room making conversation. Then led to the basement. Jack tells them they need to stay up here, it may be dangerous gas below.
Down they go. Now that they got any peering eyes out of the way, they sneak back upstairs into the back.

In go West and Will. They work the girls, hoping to be able to find the worker with the heart of gold.
Will finds the girl he thinks will be most ammenable, one of the more undressed.
Will goes into a back room with her. Westinghouse hangs downstairs, mingling all over and drinking slowly. He is casing the 5 men there. Bartender, bouncers, etc.

Will gets her to talk. They took her out in the middle of the night. She says her life is in danger by talking. An abandoned tenament building, she gives address, they sometimes use it as a hideout for hot gangsters, break in new whores, etc. She was broken in there. She heard someone say ’let’s take them to the hideout’. That place is usually what they mean by that.

Jack and Theo have searched the 2nd and 3rd floor and found no body. They do find the room they must have been in, finding a child’s toy.
Will gives her his business card “If you think you are in trouble, she can call us. We can help you get out of the business.”

Wang makes for Chinatown. He’ll meet us with some Chang Sing. He meets us with 4 men.

Silver Spoon Saloon is open across the street. Other places around are all closed. The tenament is abandoned. Closed grocer next door is closed and 2 stories. The tenament is 3. Onto the roof we go to get in a window.

West, Atwater and Jack with 2 Chang Sing approach the front. Coupel guys dressed too good to be in this tenament. They ask us to move on, then a scream come from inside! They draw their guns! Hitting Westinghouse but missing Atwater. The Chang Sing attack, both hitting one!! Followed by us, Atwater with his swordcane, Jack daggers, Westinghouse brawling. Jack cuts one down! We hear 2 gunshots from upstairs as their fight begins. The Chang Sing combine on the last while we rush in. Another scream, this floor in the back. That direction we rush.
In 3rd room, we find 3 future prositutes naked with a guard. He fires his revolver at Jack.
In the next room, is one girl screaming with 2 guards. Another future prostitute. This guard is too busy getting pants on to react, the other is waiting and hits west with a pipe.

The Chang Sings take the last man down out front. Then they run to help us.

Atwater back up West, as Jack charges the gunman with a crit DEAD. Jack and one of the CS help the girls. The other Chang Sing helps eliminate the West/Atwater foe. The 2nd thug there has moved for the window and opened it. We try to stop him but he jumps out. Atwater plugs him down from the window, he drops.
Noise is coming from upstairs. We see 12 men running from the Silver Spoon toward the tenament, looking like gangsters.
We lock the doors in one room and run for upstairs. Noise is coming from 3rd floor, so up we go. Here, we hear the men entering the front door.

With the other group:
Looking in the window, we see 2 pistol armed guards pacing the hallway.
Windows into the rooms flanking the hall are locked too. The left has another guard in a chair, prostitute kneeling in front of him. In right, a girl is tied face down onto a bed, a man paddling her.
Will gets a thin file, and carefully works at the window lock. He has a bit of trouble but gets it. One of the guards walks around the corner. The other stops as Wang sleeks inside. Wang grabs him around the throat, pulling him out onto the roof and chokes him out.
In Wang goes to cover the corner. He sees a door closed. Likely the bathroom. Father Jon and a Chang Sing enter. Wang hears another door on the other side of the building enter, a man walking this way.
Wang gets ready to choke him out.
Jon and a Chang Sing each listen to the next 2 doors. Nothing in one, talking from one. Opening the silent room, its unfurnished. 2 doors out to small side rooms.
Otherside is opened by Will and the Chang Sing a matching room, both doors closed, One guy playing cards, a 2nd guard, and Barrington’s son!!
The Chang S rush them! We hear 2 shots from downstairs.
The C Sing with Jon runs to assist Will and his brethren.
Theo grapples the the other thug down the hall. He struggles.
The bathroom door opens, pants around his ankles, and fires, Wang spins and he hits his buddy in the grapple.
More men come from the room this grappled thug came from.
In the room, they pull knives. Will gets out with the son. They open the next door. The rest of the family is in there!! The grandmother ready to hit somebody with a pot. She realized its not a thug in time.
Jon eviscerates one in the card room and cuts down the 2nd.
Wang chokes out his man, Wang holding him for cover. The pantsed gunman misses.
3 more guys are coming up the hall from the grappler’s room.

Wang kills the bathroom man. Will calms the fam, grandma in charge, and tells them to gather in the next room, has the Chang Sing guard vs the 2 men in the first 2 sex rooms.

They get to the far side to surprise them. Jon gets ready for the other 3 coming.
2 rounds, Wang kills the pisser.

The back 2 rooms open up. The Chang S surprise them.
Will has the son free and the family gathered.

Jon is waiting for the new 3 with his shotgun just in time but doesn’t kill. Wang joins him in the fight as Jon draws his sword. His first jump kick hits DEAD. These are tougher guys.

Will has the family in the hallway. He slips into the room with the tied up girl. As the battles front and back wage, we hear people coming up from the 1st floor.

Noise from the steps getting closer!!
The Chang S kill the 2 simultaneously, turn and give their sign to one another. Will opens the other prostitute door, waves her out with the family.

At the front, these 2 are tough.
Out the window the prisoners start going.
Our guys are at the bottom of the steps!! Jack in the lead!!
Theo crushes his foe’s skull in.
Jack enters to help Father Jon. Both almost fumble.
Will keeps getting the others out the window.

We hear the gang of 12 coming upstairs. They are not rushing up, probably wary of an ambush. Jack cuts into him, blood pouring out. We combine to finish him off without issue right after that.
The Chang S move to go out the window to help the rescued get down.

It sounds like too many. We back down the hall to the window to escape. Atwater and the a 2nd Chang S by now are out. To go faster, we split off into the 2 rooms and go out all 3 windows. The enemy see the last guy going out the window, Will.
Will “I was just here to see a whore!!”
They pause and he escapes.

They rush down to the window, fire a few fleeting shots but we get away!!

The Chang Sing saved our asses. If not for them, we would have had to deal with the 2 in the bedroom. We probably would have been held long enough for the men from the Silver Spoon to catch us in the hall! The lower group would have been held longer by the front door guards. They may have been caught.

Thank you Chang Sing!
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get the prostitutes downstairs. This makes us very disappointed.

Jan 7

We give the hobo his extra reward, he shows up early in the morning.

Friday believes Kilkenny is desparate to infiltrate our Occult Flying Squad. We will have to be careful.

The family is reunited.

Epilogue

The hearings go on. A case vs Lucinetti is being built over the next couple weeks. It’s getting hot for him.
The mayor is unable to be implicated in anything in particular, and is out to get Roosevelt.
Lucinetti now has it out for us, and is reaching the point where he has nothing to loose. We need to watch our backs.

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Cult Christmas with the League of Astronomers

Dec 21

The League of Astronomers Xmas Party

Will, West and Atwater at party; Theo, Jack and Jon nearby with Bridge.
18 out of about 22 members attend. 15 brought guests, plus bartender and about 10 waiters.
Ongine plays Appalacian folksongs and sings; folksy, balding, in 50’s.
Rupert Vigarde, late 30’s, lean main of unruly hair, we’ve talked to him several times before.
Sven Granhagen: mid 40’s, balding, small spectacles
Oliver Valentin: early 60’s, goatee, tweed jacked; smokes pipe ( West thinks ‘wait, tweed jacket as in page 3 of Letter? And smokes a pipe. Hmm’)
Geoffrey Reed: late 50’s, strong for age, broad shouldered
August Campbel: scottish accent, big red beard, deerstalker; tells lightly vulgar jokes all night. Very friendly.

Later Reed and Ongine are having argument in a corner of the room, though lots of alcohol has been consumed by now. Arguing about the stars! Reed insists all his study shows him the stars are right! An apocalypse is coming, the stars says so!
Ongine tries to calm him down “you’re being foolish”.
Reed insists something has to be done or a terrible evil will be unleased upon the world.
Starts getting physical with Ongine as it continues.
Ongine calms him down now. Rupert leaves his girl friend to join them, insisting to Reed it isn’t true “whatever you think”. They 2 go onto balcony.
Ongine sees West and comes to talk “He thinks a world apocalypse is coming. Sounds more like an astrologer not an astronomer.”
West “Sounds like it.”
August joins in, admits his astrology interest is his fault. He has discovered some ancient astrology texts have accuracies in them to be learned, which he intro’d to “poor Geoffrey. You read enough about Cthulhu and Yogsothoth and one starts to believe in such things.”
Ongine calls it all claptrap.
August believes its much superstition, but something to it; and agrees there is something going on right now. Planets have ever so slightly shifted orbit or speed, as if a massive object is in the outer solar system causing it.
West “So who is this Yog and Cthulhu?” He calls them primitive gods worshipped long ago, bu the worshippers long ago have great knowledge of stars “poor Geoffrey has just read too much into this; that this planet they call The Harbinger is going to destroy the earth”. They say this in the ancient texts “All of that is nonsense, but I’m sure there is an object out there, and if I discover it I’ll name it Harbinger after the prophecies. Poor guy has been having dreams too, wrote me a letter repeating Harbinger is coming, harbinger is coming.”
He talks of Harbinger also being called the Red Eye of Yogsothoth!!

Outside, our 3 men see the air start to shimmer, down the street under the balcony that Geoffrey and Rupert are standing on.
A paw suddenly appears, 2 and a half feet across, talons. Then another paw, then a great balck furred arm to the elbow where it splits into the 2 lower arms!! 2 pink eyes on a barrel sized head. Bony protuberances over the eyes, coursed hairs. Mouth full of yellow fangs opening vertically from top to bottom of head!!
This is nothing we’ve ever seen before. It’s huge, 15’ or more tall.
Rupert screams and runs back into the party. Geoffrey yelps, pulls a .38 and begins firing down upon it. It has little impact
When it is fully on this world, it looks momentarily disoriented. We level our shotguns and unload. Theo misses with his sawed off badly, throws it to the ground, and draws the singapore sticks; Jon hits with the shotgun, Jack with his revolver misses, Bridge hits once.

Inside, West heads for the balcony, hearing the guns outside as he does, arriving as it attempts to grab Geoffrey.
Will goes to balcony door, revolver aimed in case he’s needed. Cassandra goes with him.
It lashes upward for him as Geoffrey turns and runs. Nunu engages with Singapore Sticks as Jack keeps plugging away.
Will fires at the claws as it reaches for Geoffrey and crits with his .38!!
Atwater arrives beside Westinghouse who both hit as well.
Cassandra steps forward and Dismisses as both arms reach upward for us!!

The party breaks up, no one knows what to do with no evidence it was ever here.
West and Will pay close attention to the crowds’ reactions. Geoffrey is badly shaken, August does not look too surprised. He arrived at the balcony at the end, fists out ready for a fight, and it seems legit.
Rupert at first seems dazed and upset and disappointed at something. Cassandra says that could be a reaction to the effects of casting that spell.

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Armitage Files: The Circus Appears

Early December

We get word from a police officer in Blodeford Mass, there is a small circus that is hunkering down for the winter there now!! Name of Circus is Al Azred’s Circus of Dark Delights.
So, Jon, Will and Theo get to researching. They do a circuit of the northeast. Stay open for locals when they winter in on of the listed towns.
Next, we look into goings on while in these towns = nothing obvious.
It is a horror show, it has a reputation for being truly terrifying. Always uptick in psychological issues after it visits.
A poet in in one town, young, wrote a book of poetry dedicated to it. He has since slit his throat while it was being published. Title is “Something Wicked This Way Comes”.
We get our hands on a copy. Theo reads it:
references “The Something Wicked”, the dark mistress. Raven hairs, smoky eyes, lucious lips; rest of the poems lament that we are alone in the universe, all is meaningless, the only gods are mad, malign, or indifferent;

We find a string of suicides and strange murders, all happening several weeks later so never connected to the circus!!

Will, West, Atw, and Cassandra go to the Vermont town he lived to try to inverview the family and gather info of the circus’ visit. They will make a circuit of the towns with post circus madmen as well to investigate that as well before returning to Arkam.

Poet’s Town:
His name was Nathaniel Bumpo. Cassandra’s insanely terrible calm voice gets them talking. He became obsessed with writing his poetry after it left, didn’t even sleep til done.
His long time best friend was Walter; painter; lives nearby. Walter did not see him during the crazy time.
Nate would start to talk about his understanding of the universe, then suddenly shut up, saying its too horrible to know, better to “live your life in ignorance”.
Research Walter: few years ago was minorly successful, had a gallery in NYC once. 3 years ago, same time of circus visit, his career went downhill. Lives alone living off inheritance painting privately. No one will buy them, they are depressing and terrible.
Nate’s brother says if it ever returns, he’s going to kill Claudia Brazda the fortune teller. His wicked thing, dark beauty; thinks his bro was obsessed with her. He pestered her all week the circus was here to go out after reading his fortune the first day; on last day she told his fortune again, he then staggered out and started writing.

We visit Walter next:
Disheveled, paint all over his apron; hands have places where raw and red like divets.
“Who are you, what do you want here HAVE YOU COME TO SEE MY PAINTINGS THATS FANTASTIC” he’s ecstatic about someone wanting to see his paintings.
He points to Cassandra with crazed eyes “You, you have seen the devil.” She does not deny it.
He then realizes we fight ‘the devil’ and thing his paintings will give us a clue. He says THEY WILL!!
“Then you will never be the same again!”" He beckons us in like a lunatic. He serves some tea, yelling for Marta then races to kitchen.
Returns with the tea tray speaking in a higher pitched voice. He’s playing the housekeeper. Wow.
‘She’ leaves and he returns.
He says Marta just showed up at her door one day when he thought he couldn’t go on. Her company saved his life!
He tells us the story of 3 years ago:
Nate was obsessed with the woman. Came out of the last meeting mad. Walter went to see here, where she told him his fortune. He forgets it but knows the cosmos opened up to him! “Just as it opens up to you!” to Cassandra.
He laughs at us beating the evil.
Theo “We’ve beaten it before.”
“You can’t beat it.”
He shows us his paintings since. Dozens, very dark and depressing. Deep Ones with a human girl; someone on a hilltop conjuring an awful thing above him; 2 others race up the hill; the sense is taht its to stop him. Then we recognize one as Armitage! It’s him vs the Dunwich Horror.
Arkam in flames, streets overrun with ghouls.
NYC flaming from end to end, tentacled monster rising out of the bay.

In tour of other towns, more of the same about the insane.

5 murders over the 3 years while the carnival was in towns; most 2 in one year; 5 different towns. Torn to pieces. Odd non human hair/fur found at all of them. 3 had interracted with the carnival badly, like making fun of freaks or a fight ets. One of the other 2 tried to get the trapeze girl Letti Ofearna kind of forcefully to go on a date. Died on his way home. 5th guy did nothing obvious so we dig deeper. He did go to circus. Same town had a string of rapes; stopped when he died. Tried to rape or did rape a circus worker? His genitals were torn off whole and shoved into his mouth.

The other stuff seem after effects, people have gone nuts at least temp and do things they otherwise never would have done.
None of this happened first year and a half.

NONE of this connected with the circus.

We start plotting all these evnets in case there is even a geolgraphical or mathematical pattern. We’ll show all this to Armitage Inquiry when we return to Arkam.

Now finish at Blodeford:
West and Will agree we have the rest of our guys meet us there. We arrive on a Tuesday late afternoon.
If this circus is a red herring to the overrall issues in the future, it still seems to a be quite vile thing in and of itself that Armitage stumbled upon and temp thought it was part of the big picture. If so, this may be the finale for it here and now.
Circus is mostly closed, but they do keep a small thing going for the hometown when weather permits.
Few kids run downthe main drag, merrygoround going, caramel apples and cotton candy being eaten, etc. Suspicious locals moving tween stalls; fortune teller’s tent weeping from inside; hoochie coochie show of scantily clad women with the fast talker still operating in the cold; freak show tent has a small line.
Not real empty, but not busy either.
We enter the area from a few different angles: Cassandra/Will; Jack/Wang; West and Atw; Jon by himself.
Jack and Wang make direclty for the freak show before any of the other guys can.
Cryer "For a mere dime see! Half human boy, Earl the human torso! Olivia and margarite the siamese twins; etc… contortionist, midgets, 9’ tall man; “Watch Vladimir lift 2 tons!”
Wang “Let’s go Jack.”
We pay and enter. Also see Cherry the bearded lady, a fire eater, sword swallower, and Vladimir; Lazarus Long is the tall man.
We see nothing unusual nor untoward. Clarice the contortionist is very beautiful.
Alfi the half human boy is partially fur covered, and instead of hands he has flippers; each has a single long claw!

There is a magician named Malachi the Great whom Jon goes to see. Not performing at the moment though. He does get to meet him though, starting with a card trick. They get into a discussion on magic and mystical lore including arcane books. He knows little, he’s a showman. He only arrived 2 seasons ago.
“Do strange things happen here? Well, yeah” he says, and the freaks stay close to each other. He is only close to the midget couple.
We hang around and get to talk to a couple. Friendly but stand offish.

The bouncer is a big man but one side of his jaw has been shattered years ago, Atwater thinks, and never healed properly and its obvious.

West and Atwater check out the hoochie coochie show. Fatima does the dance of the 7 veils and its quite risque for the time; fair amount of nipple. 2 or 3 of the guys hand a good fiver to Dark Daniels, the operator of this show, then they leave through the back. So, also a den of prostitusion. They get asked for a private show, but “ladies get in for half price”. They turn him down.
He then offers the special view room for $1, to that they agree. It’s secret views of the prostitution services being engaged in.

Will, having an in being a reporter, goes with Cassandra to interview the owner. A monacled man opens the door wearing a turban and eastern pantaloons. This guy has darkened his skin to look more arab though. German military boots, long black cloak, fancy shirt, bowtie, etc. A mess. Introduces himself as Abduhl Azred.
He acts the seer, trying to gauge why we are here, but mostly fails until ’you’ve travelled a long distance’ and guesses Will’s a newspaper man.
Will introduces himself, a gentleman from the Times, and Cassandra as his secretery. He gives her a gentlemanly hand kiss then demands tea from Fanny and Annie. His drink of choice is bourbon though, so Will asks for that instead.
He started this circus 6 years ago. Some acts here since the beginning, like half dozen of the freaks. He portrays it as a normal circus, even saying no one ever bothers our carnival. “Those that do tend to have bad things happen to them” and “all prior to my circus is a mystery” for his live before was unimportant. Emmigrated from arabia he claims! hahahaha! Will mentions Garkalin and he claims he has never heard of him quite vehemently in several different ways.
Cassandra “So he did work here.” He shuts off on that.
Will convinces him to dine with us tonight at a local restauraunt, our treat. He’ll bring Fanny to Curmudgeon, meet us there at 6pm. Has a famous ‘Curmudgeon Cut’ of steak.

A woman comes from the fortune teller’s tent, old maid. Was told no, she would never have a husband and children.

Those 2, West and Atwater meet the 2 for dinner at 6.

Clarice is seen walking the midway. A man propositions her. He goest to grab her and she yells the battlecry of the carnival “hey rube!!” Carnies come from all around in a flash, O’Reilly first, and warns him away. This tough young guy belts him!
“Are you fighting me yet or are you just trying to tickle me unde the chin.”
The idiot backs down and leaves.
“Next time you come back you better behave” and gets a kiss on the cheek for his efforts, lumbers off. She continues straight into Malachi the Great’s tent.
Jon listens at the back of the tent. He hears ‘No no, hold it with both hands. Tighter than that. Right that’s how you do it! Now up and down a little bit. Ok put it down. Turn around now, bend over." He peeks in, she’s duded up in a one piece bedazzled bathing suit, teaching her to be his assistant.
He must figure he can use her contortionism in his tricks.

Father Jon starts a ‘repent sinners’ act out front. The jaw busted language muffled bouncer comes out (he particularly has trouble with his S’s, and has a combed over bald head) and very nicely asks him to leave. He’s not dressed as well now, and past his partially open shirt Jon sees scar tissues like old bullet holes, and one in his hand.
“Just leave my friends alone.” He busts a nearby pole in half then breaks one half over his head to show his strength.
Jon agrees and leaves. He finds out his name is Tony “Bullet Proof” O’Reilly.

Will thinks something else is going on here the workers may not even know about.

Dinner:

He shows up in dinner attire, similarly a mishmash of styles and cultures as he was before. Cane, nose piece glasses. Calls for waiter in bad French.
We are seated.
Fanny is similarly exotic.
Westinghouse deduces that he is german.
Not nearly as dumb as it appears to be either, he is acting the buffon and hiding something, and finding it very amusing that he’s hiding it.
He really likes misdirecting people by telling them the truth by leaving out what’s important.
He has recognized West as the leader,and its obviously a battle of wits.

West engages in such battle.

Azred senses Cassandra’s brother does not approve of her relationship with Will.

Previously strongman Marius Corbin, left position by mutual agreement; personal matters, engaged in illicit activities we feel but Azred won’t admit it; just off doing something else now, left to do bigger and better things.
West busts out a flyer from a few years ago with the Garkalin name. He reveals that was Marius’s stage name.
West calls him on his german; he says his real name translated into English is Edgar Bigbottom, hence not using it for the stage.
Might have read the name Azred in a book, which he is pretty sure he doesn;t have. Read it in a library “somewhere”.
“People don’t typically just stumble upon such books.”
He thinks his namesake was a carnival owner many years ago.
Um, no.
Finally he “Let’s put our cards on the table.”
“Who works for you now only starting a year and a half ago?” He believes Claudia.
He says O’Reilly’s is a sad story. He was a body guard for a mobster in Boston, ambushed and saved his boss but was shot 17 times. Survived but brain damaged. His boss retired him with a pension amazingly. He was ever after looked upon as a freak so he joined us, though refuses to be a performer. Was once a good looking guy.

Jack then gets straight to the point.
Azred says, hypothetically, if someone were murdering those mean to the carnies, why would he tell us that if he knew? He refuses to believe the madness his carnival has spread.
He gets defensive about ‘oh like very minor disappearance or such is our fault’.
“No, just specific ones.”
He insists nothing he knows of is driving people insane and if it’s true he’ll help fight it.

In his rambling defense, he mentions a few of the specific cases that raised a red flag with us.
His only truth is that the carnival may have its own form of justice. He has control over that, but we do not need police interference “The world may end because of you”.
Wang “What do you mean by that.”
“Interfering with my great work could have devistating consequences, and we have nothing to do with driving people mad.”
West details Nataniel and Walter.
He gets a horrified look for a second “It will not happen again, I’m sure we can make changes to the carnival so that if there is a possibility we are, I can do things to make sure that it does not happen. And I believe that’s all for tonight gentlemen. Come Fanny, let’s go. Thank you for dinner, good evening.”

Next Morning

Will researches the brief mention of a fire by Azred at dinner when he was saying not everything that goes on can be the carnival’s fault, and he finds a church intentionally burned down full of people. They all died. Carnival was still in town. It just wasn’t connected to the carnival.
He then finds other mysterious events in towns near the carnival’s route as it passed through mainly involving lone farmhouses burning down, people found dead.

We tell him we are fully investigating or we will detail all of our connections to the state police.
When West watches the freakshow, the fur from the crime scenes matches the half human boy. His claw, Atwater says, would do the kind of damage done. He’s not just a deformed person, but a truly nonhuman.
Atwater examines him, Wang and Jon present. He has nonhuman organs, things not quite in the right place.
Atwater questions his origin, but he refuses to talk much. His mother died in birth, he was raised in a basement. Saw only his captors. On his 13th birthday, having learned he was to be a sacrifice, he ripped the head off of one of them and escaped into the woods of upstate NY. Hid out until he found the carnival. He loves the freaks, only family he has ever had and very protective of them.
West talks Ofearna into admitting the one guy raped her “but he got what he deserved” is what gave it away. West presses her, she cries, and Alfie the half human boy has his claws and his teeth extend out further. She runs over and calms him down, singing to him like he’s a baby.
“What happened” he says as if he fortest.
He’s a horrible monster that only happens when those he loves are in danger, then he loses his mind and becomes something else. Then he forgets it ever happened. You could beat him to death and he would be unable to fight back. It’s those he loves he defends to death.
West describes the upstate asylum we burned out, and it is exactly where he came from!!!

We discuss privately. Jon volunteers to mercufully end the thing’s life if it comes to it.
West asks Atwater if we could surgically remove his claws and fangs, but Atwater’s examination says it could kill him.
West then thinks of using Lamonde’s hypnosis to supress his evil side. We explain our intentions to them and they are willing to try it.

We now questiont them about the madness question, and those hired since that problem started.
The freak show barker likes the freaks, not so much as family but good friends and investements but he seems to really care. He insists none of his people would have anything to do with driving people crazy. Won’t believe any of the ‘family’ would cause someone to go mad.
Dog face boy is well spoken, only his fur is an abnormality. Atwater’s evaluation proves fully human.
Vogel, hunchback midget: he and Kenny are thick as thieves, and possibly actual thieves.
The Torso, Earl: hard to believe anything he says, after he claims to be a real ladies man and is a heavy drinker. 5 different stories about how he lost his limbs, though he was born that way.
Siamese Twins Olivia and Margherite: the 2 have a slight disagreement, Olivia wants to have sex with the chinaman; Margharite wants Atwater.
Wang and Atwater are taken. So they go for Jack. Later, he meets up with them and barely pleasures them both. Olivia did like his Chinese talk.
Contortionist Clarice: She hides the fact she’s training to be a physician’s assistant
Lazarus: also seems to have a secret
Krotkin: he’s a jerk, the black sheep of the freaks, basking in publicity and picks on some of them; strong but not THAT strong. Tony and Alfie could take him down. Tony has even beaten him up several times.
O’Reilly: seems ok

We move on to the rest of the carnies. Afterward we think Carl Carlyle, a roustabout, has something funny about him. Mitch Mitchell too. Dark Daniels has a secret too, but we think its that he’s running a brothel.

Fanny and Annie: also have a secret; are fantastic with knives so work in shows and are the boss’s assistants.

Malachi: appears to be the trickster he is; he feels he’s about to hit the big time with his contortionist assistant! Relationship wholly professional, she’s in love with someone.

Now to Claudia: early 30’s, fits full description of Nathaniel; we get a reading from her, like we would expect from any such performer. West pays close attention to her though.
Eastern European, what she is on the surface is the truth; hiding something from her past; gypsy background.
When her parents died, she eventually met Bigbottom who brought her into the circus.
West “So what happened with you and poor Nathaniel?”
“He was infatuated with me.” Offered him a special reading that last night, something “I do sometimes, give them a glimpse of the truth; of the universe.”
Will sits for that reading. What she says seems normal fortune teller mumbo jumbo, but within those words she weaves truths of the existence of the outer gods and such. Will’s mind has difficulty with it but he mostly fight it off losing 1d10 sanity. Over the next few weeks he will have mental difficulty with the subject in his head but resists the effects upon her other victims.
He gains 1 pt of Mythos Lore.
We start interrogating her on the subject. This came from her mother and grandmother, she does not really realize what she is doing to people. She knows it hurts them, but what happens when they are out of town is unknown to her. She gives people who piss her off a glimpse of the real universe.
After we explain what happened to them, she is very sorry for Nate and his friend. SHe won’t do it on purpose again. But, sometimes it comes out on accident.

The others are walking around carnival this evening. Wang sees Garkalin skulk from one tent to another!! He and Wang move up and spy. He picks up a foreign string instrument and plays a Russian folk tune and sings in a surprisingly nice voice. Several of the girls, Cherry and Clarice, the siamese twins, Alfie, Kenny the Dog Faced Boy, Lazarus, several roustabouts. Tony comes in carrying Torso.
Jack “He’s the culprit behind all this stuff. Probably influencing the other freaks with some sort of magical singing.”
We watch for anything crazy happening. Eventually they break up. Just before he rubs his right earlobe like a signal.
Kenny, Oliver the hunchback midget, Peter Peter the midget married to Mary Mary, Lazarus and Tony with the Torso all return. Then the roustabout Carl Carlyle and Edgar arrive! Theo goes and keeps the rest of the group from leaving, we need to stick around.
Jack stays.
Edgar officially calls the meeting to order, saying something in Latin. Then they talk about what to do about these investigators. Earl “let me at’em, I’ll take care of them.”
Edgar “Nothing that drastic, but we need to get them off the scent.”
Kenny “Let’s sick Alfie on ’em.”
Edgar “No, no violence. On top of which he can’t be controlled.”
Kenny “I’ve told you before, I think we should bring him along on our missions.”
“No, he’s just an innocent chld.”
They mention a mission a couple months away; getting a new fortune teller while putting Claudia in hiding with Marius here. As long as she’s here to do her part, she doesn’t need to earn her keep in the circus.
They decide we can’t find anything cause they aren’t doing anything. Let us do what we are doing. They all agree.
Fanny runs in to tell them we are still here. All of them but one, that Jack Burton fella.
Edgar “Quick men, search the tent.”
Jack steps right out in front of the tent.
“Did you hear everything?”
“I heard enouth. Now you’re going to have to deal with old Jack Burton.”
Earl “Let me at ’em” starts to wriggle forward. Tony puts a knife in his mouth and he continues until others stop him.
Peter has pulled out a .44.
Jack says he thinks they are fighting evil! And use your fortune teller to determing where the evil is, then you eliminate it.
Edgar “Not evil. The Forbidden.” The cultists.
Jack “The kind I kill all the time.”
They find that hard to believe.

The rest of us gather here now, and they ask us inside. Only Malachi, Alfie, Clarice aren’t there at this point. Though Clarice is part of it too, but taking care of Alfie.
Couple of the roustabouts here, most are not.

Edgar says this is our Brotherhood of the Dark Circus.
Then we come clean to them what we have fought.
We all trade stories far into the night.
The church they burned was witches.
Edgar’s family was destroyed by Hauptman! Kept seeing what he though were signs of evil all over New England. Then, Claudia arrived, who could sense where mythos things were happening. Then could zero in upon it. At first just him and Sergei. Sergei was ID’d by a wide ranging cult “The Cult of the Bloody Tongue!” still in existence. Beyoond NYC, still exist in NE!!
Eeh Gads!
So, Marius hides here in the circus. If they see him, they’ll know we are with him.
Dog face says its only a matter of time before they notice the circus pattern like we did.
Edgar “Then we’ll do what we have to do.”
West wants both sides to keep in touch regularly. Help one another if situation may call for it, and them inform us if CLauda can give us any leads.

Claudia has had visions of something earth shattering happening in Arkam next fall toward end of their travelling season, having to do with a man named Armitage!!! She has seen NY burning, ghouls everywhere, all we saw in Walter’s paintings. She says worst parts of the world are NE then Africa, SE Asia third where there is lots of evil but spread thinly.
Evil in Europe tends to be ancient and decadent, not as active.
She says a book Tears of Azathoth is important, and senses death in our group.
She walks by each and senses the death in Jack Burton.

Claudia does a reading on us:

Circle right
Kingport Yacht Club
The League of Amateur Astronomers
Gainesville Cylinder
Something serious happening this month with us

We decide we need to sit on all this Armitage related info for a while, keep it to ourselves.

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Arkam: Case of the March Boy

Early November

Bridge sits in his office, alone as always, smoking a cig as always. A knock at the door, and SHE walks in. A beutiful dame, thin, just the right height. Smells of pecculi. Looks maybe 30.
“Oh, Mr. Bridge” in a throaty voice “I need you help.”
JB “What can I do for you, maam?”
She explains: Name is Mary; she’s 38 actually; 20 years ago she had a baby, gave up to adoption; now she’d like to find him. Innsmouth is where the kid lived when last she heard. Name is Mark March probably. When she left there was bad blood tween her and some of the residents there. She’s from there and left in disgrace. Her family name is Longman, all her close family is dead.
Jack pours himself a whiskey.
She wants JB to find out what happened to her son. She prefers to pay by check, but can do cash. She agrees to the typical common fee. Bridge says though he feels more comfortable with cash, “cause your a pretty lady” he’ll accept the check.
She lives in the Timbleton Armes Apt. building, only a few blocks away, 3rd floor. Her bank is in Boston.
Coincidentally, the gangster O’Banion has a penthouse there.
She travels all over the world, just came back from Europe. Her family had money, when they passed she sold the home and such.

That night, Jack goes out drinking before he leaves for Innsmouth via the bus tomorrow with his best buddy, Det. Micky Harrigan and his girl Louise Peckman. He explains the whole story.
Micky “Insmouth, I wouldn’t recommend that.” Mickey recommends he lets his pals up in NYC know “in case you run into trouble”.
Bridge is going nonetheless, but informs Westinghouse.

In Innsmouth, he goes to records office and medical examiner. Meets Eustice Elliot, who seems to not want to help people much but she does begrudgingly. She gets the adoption papers, new parents are Allen and Annette March, in the harbor area. Address from then is long gone. Father died 3 yrs later accidental ‘misadventure’.
Next, census office in same building. No record Annette after her husband died. A man named Roger Waitley (!!!) arrives and introduces himself to JB. Eustice sent a boy to let him know what JB is doing here about his grandniece Mary’s son; he would like to make ammends with her if possible “If you have any knowledge as to her whereabouts” there is a small inheritance she has waiting for her as well. He is ready to give a $100 fee for the information.
Bridge says he’s not sure of her whereabouts.
He says Annette moved to Arkam after the dad died.

By next evening he is back in Arkam to report to Mary. She greets him in a skimpy negligee and JB, after paying attention for ‘fish parts’ quite the evening. She’s thankful for the info and he leaves. He warns her the people of Innsmouth aren’t to be trusted.

Next day, case seems over, but he’s suspicious. Her own records in Innsmouth were gone. He goes to the Arkam office, and sees her ahead of him. He holds back, she leaves, and he enters. She had found the death cert. for the adopted mother Annette, 3 years after dad. The papers for Mark are there as well, adopted at 5 by Thomas and Janet Jeffries. Janet is Annette’s cousin. Live at 51 Derby Rd.
Some quick research tells him Thomas runs an office supply store and a successful investor with is money. 57 yrs old; wife is 51, she spent a lot of time in Innsmouth as a youth before marriage.
Bridge cases the house. Sees the wife leave, returns couple hours later; husband arrives home for dinner. Gray hair but looks very fit. Probably plays tennis and such activities.
Mark comes home too. Looks nothing like his mom; bandage around neck; carrying school stuff so he must be a student.

Next morning, Mickey is called away on a burglary with is partner Zebediah Marsh. Family home, on Derby St. Jeffries household. Someone broke into the house during the night. Mark surprised him, got KO’d in the fight with a silver punchbowl; He’s home upstairs, Dr. thinks he may have fractured skull. Bowl has a dent in side of it. He has an ointment on his neck, skin is rough and scaley. He says started 6 months ago, Dr’s can’t make heads or tails of it. Can’t get rid of it.
He gives description of the assailant. 5’11", husky, moustache;
Zeb presses the skin condition on his neck, for he has a similar condition that started a few months ago but is not so severe.
We notice Mark has a feint fishy odor to him.
The culprit only took one thing, a picture. Frame looked silver but wasn’t, pic of Mark.

This evening, we all meet at the watering hole and share stories.

Next Day:

We take mugshots to Mark.
Ask him if he’s seen or heard from his biological mother: No he has not.
The parents, separately, also say they have no. Though the mom is decidedly nervous.

He recognizes a mugshot as the culprit: a small time hood named James Mulcahy. Zeb knows him as a local thief and burglar, served a 90 day sentence once. Lives right around the block from Bridge’s office!!
Informing Bridge, we all 3 go to check it out. Typical rooming house. Mickey thinks to cover the back fire escape first, walking up it to outside the window. Dead body inside on the floor, or sleeping. Window’s open. Mickey enters to the knocks from out front.
He lets the other 2 inside. No visible signs of death.
Brandy snifter smashed on floor by him, a little bit of water beside his face.
We call the cart.

Later, coroner says it was salt water. He drowned in salt water. He was drinking brandy. Downstairs we talk to the manager. Zeb goes intimidate on him, he says a hot dame in her 30’s came to see him then left.
Mickey assumes its Mary.
Still, suspicious that he drowned in his apartment.

Later, they are walking, and Mickey has a strange feeling like they are being watched. Out of the corner of his eye he sees a hobo but he’s huge, 6’6" at least. Mickey looks at him directly and he’s gone. He turns away, and sees him again out of the corner of his eye.
He whispers to the other 2, and they are skeptical at first.
Mickey is unsettled, somethign weird is going on here.
Mickey “We should get in touch with Westinghouse.”
We go for Bridge’s office. Mickey loses him for a few blocks, but then sees him gain, pushing a wheelbarrow now, full of trash or his belongings. He may have been pushing it all along. He’s bigger than we thought, too.
Zeb “What are we going to do with this thing?”
Mickey “I don’t know.”
Bridge goes to the office, and he calls the NY office.

Ms. Kathleen Lamar is waiting at the precinct house when Mickey and Zeb show up. She saw a dead woman.
Mickey “Where’s this body.” No, a dead woman alive! When she was young and lived in Innsmouth, her Aunt Martha Lamar vanished. Never found, assumption was drowning. Yesterday, she saw her walking down the street looking not a day older than 20 yrs ago when she died!!
Following her, she went into the Timbleton Armes Apt. building.
She shows a pic of her aunt. Looks like what Bridge described as Mary!

The Inv’s will arrive tomorrow afternoon. We will case the hotel, follow Mary/Martha’s movements. We’ll take turns, in plane clothes. The other 2 will stay at the office while the other 2 watch.
Late tonight, Bridge sees 3 men exit in overcoats, hats down low, collars high, lurching more than walking. Mary is with them, in a long coat. Something in her mouth like a piece of cloth. So, she’s being kidnapped!!
A wagon pulls up, delivery type, and they all climb into the back of it. As it moves off, he grabs onto the back an hangs on. When its leaving town on its way to Innsmouth, he drops off and rolls away, then back to the office to report.

Next Day

Investigators arrive and are fully briefed.

A search of Mary’s apartment:
1) set of 5 uncommonly light metal plates, covered in an unknown lang. We take those!
2) 12" diameter copper bowl: another sending dreams bowl like from Juju House!
3) crumpled receipt: garage on south side of town, dated day she moves in
4) full length mirror, runes etched in the glass

Wrapping it all in blankets, we take it to our Miskatonic friends. The plates are deep one incantation. Mirror is a gate, the runes are the magic. It could to anywhere, who knows? They put it in the vault for now.

Next, to the garage:
Inside is a steamcar. Box in trunk is full of money; a shotgun; a wicked looking dagger; suitcase of fancy clothes; clothes for roughing it; food and supplies for several days.
She was ready for a quick getaway, didn’t get the chance.

To Mark again: Westinghouse wants to know if he’s been having dreams. Yes he has: he saw his mother, standing by the ocean beckoning to him. As he got to her, they changed into deep ones (though he knows not of that name) and dove in together. Dreams happened last night. We know a photo can be used in the spellcasting of sendind dreams!!

Now, to Innsmouth, via porkchop express.
On main street, the only car has Arkam license plate. 4 guys stand by it as we pull up. One pulls up a steam mini gattling gun! Another walks over to our car flipping a coin “What are you gents doing here in this town?”
He opens his jacket, shoulder holster with revolver inside.
West “No need for that gentlemen. I assume you work for O’Banion?”
They want us to stay out of what they are doing here. They recognize Mickey too. Mickey says that’s Topper MacDonald, one of O’ Banions right hand men.
West reminds them of his assistance when Rathbone and Golstein met.
Topper “What are you guys doing here?”
West beckons him over “We’re looking for a girl?”
T “Are her initials ML?”
“Indeed.” He wants to pack up and leave town. West advises they do the same, for their own safety.
Topper says ML spent the night with a certain O’Banion, and is pretty ticked she was kidnapped “So, we’re taking her back, not you.”
They want to know what we know. West says we are pretty sure she’s a murderous sorcerer, or thinks she is. Probably killed the thief from Mark’s house. West wants them to check with O’Banion.
They are going to see Dr. Marsh concerning where they are keeping her. They suggest we question the Elliot woman.
They drive away, we find Elliot bloody and bruised. The mugs roughed her up to find out where Marsh lives. She has no Innsmouth look. Atwater sees to her. We hear a shot from across town, and a shotgun!! Then a machine gun. We rush for it.
We come to the mug car ahead, Topper gun out firing into the dark of night.
Theo “What are you firing at?”
T "They came out of no where, look at theeemmmm!! They took Bruce’s (Bruce Walton) head!! Dead Deep Ones lie on the ground!! Fibber McNally’s colar bone and shoulder are broken; having smashed his own shotgun over his shoulder. Bugsy Malone is bleeding from the groin area. Atwater gets to work. He may lose one testicle.
They are freaking out right now, Topper is hurt the worst mentally, he’s visibly shaken.
He keeps insisting we come back to Arkam with him, as he repeats “We’re in hell, in hell!!!” We get him to leave to tell O’Banion. He begs Mickey to go to, but Mickey insists on seeing this through.
Mickey “Detective always has to finish the case!”
As he climbs in the car and leaves “Then you’re dead, you’re all dead.” Topper will probably never be the same again.

We talk to Marsh, who’s untouched “Mary/Martha is beyond your grasp.”
Theo “Where is she?”
“I know you already know some of the secrets here, and you haven’t told the authorities.” He knows we won’t, since we don’t want to see whole towns go up in flames. “Our visitors from the sea” took her, she was of them and betrayed them.
Theo “How?” Neither for me nor you to know. The son’s time is coming, he will join them. He recommends we leave Insmouth “no one here will welcome you”. As we drive away, we hear the churchbell ring.
We stop a block or 2 from it and skulk up to it.
Folk in heavy overcoats shamble into the church! Deep Ones! And cultists with and w/o Insmouth look.
We sneak up. 2 guards stand outside the front doors. We lift our own coat colars, drop our hats, and wobble in with the rest.
Inside, 50 or 60 people. Some are nasty looking cultists, some are women, elderly, and young adults. A dozen or so Deep Ones, and 2 of them in front dressed like priests. Tied to an X is Mary/Martha. No way out but the front doors.
“Now you shall be flayed alive, for daring to steal the treasures of our ancient city” to Mary.
Mary “In your arrogance, you deservet to lose your treasures” she sounds more like them now. She turns to the priest “And you high priest of Yahanacklah. You meant to kill my child.”
Priest “It was an abominatiooooonnn. Abominatioooooonnn” we point and repeat the word after him like everyone else. He continues “But your child lived, and soon will become one of us.”
Mary “Neverrrrrrrr!”
There is a big stained glass window behind her.
Theo asks what if Jack gets the Porkchop Exp outside the window. Then we get to her; one person cuts her free, the rest hold her off long enough to get her free then out the windoe into the porkchop and drive off.
Jack is up for anything. Will, not so much. He’d rather burn it down from the outside and let them burn.
Will and West look at each other. Put the 2 plans together. Burn them out, then in the confusion get her out the window. Will and Cassandra will burn the place down, West and Jon rescue the girl. Theo will go outside with Will to take out the guards. Atwater joins them. Mickey and Bridge inside, and Zeb will help outside.

Our outside crew is allowed to pass. Once around the corner, Will and Cassandra move to gather burning materials, Jack for the truck. Atwater jumps one guard with Zeb, Theo the other. He kills his with one ridge hand. Atwater and Zeb fail to kill, it turns into a melee where he fumbles with his axe in the shock of the attack. Theo counter attacks, and Zeb finishes him off.
They wait to meet Will et al then light up.

Inside they rip the first piece of skin off her side. Once they remove it, its all scaly. Westinghouse gets to the front, and pulls a tactical bluff, preaching the word. The priest is enthralled by his intelligent monologue and all halts long enough for the fire to start.
Once the smoke is detected inside, the cult starts to panic and make for the door. The deep ones, however, run for the stage and go through a mirror sitting off to the side, vanising through it as West cuts her free. A cultist then hurls an axe at the mirror, smashing it to bits. West “Kill that man” to Father Jon. He had the wherewithall to do such a thing in the midst of these panic conditions, that’s a future cult master leader.
Jon hits him with the double barrel Holy Redeemer DEAD!!! as he is about to cast a surely terrible spell.
He points his hand on the ground “I curse you! The wendigo will find you!” as he dies in a blood heap.
Jon fires another double barrel through the window. From outside Theo helps clear the bottom of glass and we escape with Mary. Jack hits the gas! Back to Arkam fast as can be. Casandra smiling back at the burning church.
Mary wants to know if we are keeping her prisoner.
West first wants to know what has been going on. She does so “since you rescued me”. She’s 75 year old, highly intell. and curious about the world. Her mother was an Insmouth woman, father deep one. At 20 she changed and went to live in the ocean. She had a boyfriend on land when she left, who was also changing. She waited for him to change and join her. They mated and had a human child, almost unheard of. It nearly drowned but they got it into an air pocket in the city. She loved it, but her husband wanted to kill it as did the high priest, same at the church just now. She got it out and had it adopted by a relative and her husband. Still, determined to get revenge for their unacceptance of her kid. She killed her mate during sex later, then stole some of their sacred revered tablets. Also treasure which she turned into cash here. First woman she came across she killed, the girl whose likeness she took. Hence cutting a piece off turns back into deep one.
JB is over the edge of the truck vomiting uncontrollably. We find out why only later.
The pichuli is to cover the fish smell. She plans to give her son a mortal form, and live here until they can sneak back into the city and kill the high priest.
Will shaking his head, she’s evil after all. Westinghouses curiosity got the better of us.
Mickey wants to arrest her, but we are concerned about her sorcery killing someone. She does acknowledge she owes us big time. If ever we are around her, and its not too much trouble, she will be of assistance.
We have to let her go for now.
West house does not want her to kill some innocent person to steal there countenance. She has to for her son’s sake. She says “turn around” she’ll kidnap one of the cultists.
We do; she brings back a straggler. Promises not to kill any humans in the future out of respect for us. She will not go back to O’banion either.
There is a lost city in the Congo she is thinking of going after, she mentions on the way back.
To Father Jon “You and I are enemies, but, let me warn you. Beware of the urban wendigo. It looks like a huge bum, invisible but for on our peripheries sometimes. He will hunt you down and kill you.”
Mickey “What if we already saw it?” Then its already following you. It was originally sent to find me. Now its after Father Jon.
West “What can we fight a wendigo with?” Any damage and it goes into a rage, easier to hit but gets stronger too. Very, very fast and stealthy; rending attack. Set a trap for it and outsmart it. It has the intell of a young child; it heals quickly; It heals by causing damage. You have to try to focus to see it; spot check that costs you an attack.
Will wants to use Jon to draw it in, he unarmed. Be ready to cover it with something to negate the invisibility. Something sticky like honey, but it won’t splash.
West says we can die some oil of some kind, even cooking oil.

In Arkam, we stop to explain to O’Banion, but not that she was a deep one herself. He gives us no trouble.

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A Case of Death For Love or Duty

Monday Sept 8

Lamonde pays us a visit at the office early afternoon. West, Atwater and Father John are present at the time.
Westinghouse “How have your dreams been, Paul?”
L “That’s why I am here.” He believes a killer is loose in NY, killing from the shadows. West is surprised at this, not having deduced this from the papers. He says we are in terrible danger, “she or he is coming after us”. Could be a he with she behind him, he’s not certain. The killer has taken several forms in his dreams. When he dreams about the murders he can’t breath. He knows no other details.
Strangulation?
Only this otherwise was in his dream, above a building: TOEW

We have a drink and cigar, discuss general matters and he takes his leave.

We call on Will. He and West start researching news items from the past few months on asphixiations, even if it seemed at the time like an accident. Bodies found, unidentified bodies, deaths due to asphixiation, etc.
Call on Jack to see if the letters mean anything him or Wang since they get around the city. It strikes a chord, but he can’t recall exactly. He’ll ask around on his runs.

Will and Westinghouse find 2 recent murders.
Sept 1: Gwendolyn Jones, upper class, and the maid Martha Collins found dead. Former in bedrom strangled; Collins just inside the door also strangled. All while her suitor John Rathbone and her father discussed marriage with Gwendolyn. When calling for her she did not respond, so butler sent upstairs and found them.
Gwen was heard shouting ‘Jenny’ shortly before being called for.
This is thought to have been perhaps Jennifer Todd, friend of hers and former close friend of Rathbone before a breakup when he started seeing Gwendolyn.
Aug 18: Jonas Stark was killed in a cab; driver suddenly heard him say “What are you doing here, why aren’t you with Howard”. The horses then spooked abruptly. The the driver held them up and found him strangled in the cab.

Next Morning, Sept 9

Young man in early 20’s comes to the office. West and Atwater are still in, luckily, Will on his way.
He is Gordon Lew. Fashionable morning suit, mutton chops, lion head cane. He looks 15 trying to be the 20 years he is. Wants to engage services on behalf of father Hubert to find out who robbed and killed his brother, Justin.
He was locked in his study when murder occured, which he did every night while he wrote. He was a noted historian, involved recently in searching for the lost kingdom of Prester John, in Congo he suspected. Lord Richard Coyle, Baron of Cranston visited him. A noted explorer and arch.
Both at dinner and after, Lord told of his journeys in Africa, including ruins in the south he felt may be the place. Could have expedition ready in under a month, so Justin promised to fund it.
Father took a large interest as well, he and his son discussing things late. Then Justin locked himself in to write.
Then, the murder. Strangled, probably by hands, same as other 2.
Robbed: $500 he had on him (roll of 20’s). It had been taken out by father earlier for expedition expenses.
Hmm, Westinghouse thinks: but they didn’t know about the expedition prospects until evening.
He asks West to come at once. Will arrives during our meeting. We set a price and leave with him to go to his house. On the way, he stops to tell his brothers wife he’s dead. Curiously, they prefer to live separately, she in a city penthouse, he at the house.
The mother died of fever years ago.

While he sees the wife, we see Friday concerning the other 2 murders. Friday says we can meet when we return, he thinks there is a serial killer on the loose.

The house is out in the country north in a town called Phoenicia about 120 miles away from NY. Inspector Warren Davison in charge. We arrive by 3 in the afternoon.
A clerk is waiting for us with a telegram by the time we get to the nearest train station. Jack found the building!!
Temple of Oriental Esoterc Wisdom. A gentleman’s club.
Westinghouse wires Jack to wait for our return to investigate. It arrives too late.

The door is locked, outside it looks nothing oriental; but a middle eastern man greets us when we ring. He invites us in, after Jack says we may be interested in joining. Its very vere eclectic of the east, not organization by culture or anything. Wang recognizes much of it as phony, though there is real stuff. They themselves seem to have no idea what they do or don;t have.
The central dome is 4 stories up above the main hall, mural of night sky. Electric lights shine upward for effect. Books 4 stories high!! Ramp circles upward to ladders.
Theo uses this library as the reason he wants to join, being an academic.
The club coordinator then comes, looking slightly eastern, named Manga Fett Mo’ ron.
Wang knows, that name is utterly made up, natural to no eastern language. Wang relates this in mandarin to Jack. Manga replies in flawless Spanish “What did you say?”
Wang “No hable espaniol.”
He takes us to most popular place, smoking room. We smell marijuana and opium as well as cigs. Full of pillows and low chairs. Couple dozen on hookas and water pipes at present; backgammon, chess and other games ongoing (including oriental though they appear bastardized).
Small side entrance here too, for people to leave unobtrusively. It closes as we enter, and for a second we think it was Friday.
Wang “Was that a friend of mine?” He was speaking with a foremost member, Marc Dulocque; a founding member of the club. Wang moves quickly to catch up to him.
He catches Friday outside. Led here during serial killer investigation, was hoping to get good info from Marc who sent him a letter; though gave Friday a charm to protect him from evil; looks authentic enough. Wants us to meet him tonight at the cop’s club. We shall. Theo returns.
Jack is now in a dresscoat and fez supplied by the establishment, must haves for brandy and cigar. Theo joins him and we hobnob around.
The servant is Indian.
We find some to be mysterious, most rich bored middle class guys finding it fun to play in oriental mysticism. Talk a lot about magic, virtually all BS to misinformation at best.
We are very impressed at his friendliness. Ankh around his neck. He sent Friday a letter concerning a friend and his nephew, but Friday didn’t agree with marc’s ideas on what happened.
Frederick Timms uncle Nathan Reynolds is close friend of Marc. Frederick died suspiciously. Nathan asked Marc to look into it, beleives something preturnatural was involved. Gave the detective Friday a protective charm.
Frederick was a lawyer; at the Law Library of Metropolitan. Suddenly screamed; 4 other lawyers were nearby and ran to him, found hid strangled to death; Aug 25.

Murders seem to be every Monday, or 7 days. How far back do they go!!
Theo researches back, finding only 1 more new murder, on Aug 11th:
Philomena Reed; husband Amos out of country on business, son Clyde at their country estate; strangled in her house in the city; complained of headache to servants and went to bed, they figured she was meeting her lover. Heard her say “what are you doing hre” heard a crash and thump. Found her dead next to bed, strangled.

With Friday tonight at club:
Friday is not there, they let us wait in dining room.
2 hours goes by, no Friday. We leave. Wilkins, a cpl from the flying squad, runs in with “the worst possible news” Someone tried to kill Friday! He was heard shouting Banish Banish!! No one could have gotten to him w/o being seen! Found him with the charm in his hand, half strangled to death. He’s in a coma at hospital.
Wang “Where’s the charm?”
The cpt has it. Who doesn’t believe in the occult. Doh. He gives us the amulte, wants nothing to do with it “If you can find out about this, you’ll have the gratitude of the department.”
Wang wander into Fridays office to see his notes.
Woman: lamp knocked over by bed
Cab victim had left a play with wife and business associate Howard; chasing a client Greenfield. “Why aren’t you with Howard?”
Library: why afternoon this tme? ENgaged to Marion Parsons, seemed little disturbed
Notes on Justin Lew: why outside NY?; must follow up with West asap

So, this think keeps showing up as a woman, whatever it is. All on Mondays. One odd out afternoon; one odd out outside city.
The charm seems an inert piece of cold iron, but cold iron alone is useful vs certain things especially demons. The faintest spark of energy fades as Theo touches it. Can it be recharged? Writing in Hindi upon it though.
Off to Egg Shen! It’s one word “Banish!”

To Friday, leaving flowers. We wire for Atwater concerning Friday, receiving one sent to us to not investigate yet. Oops.

Back to club and speak to Marc, ask him if he told Friday the word. We see nude dancing girls but for the sheerest silk dancing to oriental orchestra. We realize its impressive or odd that Friday was able to say Banish while being strangled. You can say it in any lang and it will work. He did tell Friday the word to use. He thought it was a demon, or a warlock. Now he thinks its a demon.
Jack “What kind of demon takes shape of other creatures?”
Marc says only one he knows is Indian, called the vengeance demon which takes the form of the one who sent it, so makes no sense. How would so many people know such magic?
Jack “They’re obviously a coven of witches.” Since all the people the victims thought they saw were women.
He says it takes 2 days to charge the amulte, and its an exhausting ritual. He is willing but wa will have to wait. We leave it and our card with him.

Up North

Stop at a tavern near the station first. Will wants to get the feel of the folks here.
Will and West gather local info:
Justin and Gordon we hear are very popular. Half the town works for old man one way or the other. They pay for much of the public works, they are the only real prestigious family in town. Everyone loved their mother 9 years ago, from scarlet fever that killed 6 others. Justin met his wife at college, William and Mary. The younger bro supposed to go to Harvard but maybe not now, he may have to stay and run things. Wife’s maiden name is Landro. No one knows why she stays in the city exactly; few months after she left a house maid Beatrice was fired who still lives in town at the inn. The footman of the house visits her often at night; often go for a ride. Visited her this morning in fact, was seen going to train station in tears, maybe an aunt’s house in NE. They say Baron gave her a lot of cash to leave. Stack of 20’s, totalling $500 in a bankroll.
Same as was robbed from the victim!!! She said the Baron gave it to her, but the Footman was the one who visited her.

Now up to the house, a modest country estate.
Mr. Shay, the butler, greets us. Lew will meet us at the drawing room where we are served sherbet.
Lew is old, thinning hair, portly, cane (left leg injured in civil war). Thanks us for coming as we sit by the fire.
We bring up Beatrice, he says she has nothing to do with anything. He says it is a bald faced lie that he paid her to leave.
The local invest Davison enters. He feels it was only a burglar.
West wants him to take him into the study: He was careful not to mess with anything.
The body at the coroner: indeed strangled by what could be a snake, or a tentacle like appendage; but that didn’t kill him! The body is not normal, seems as if the heart stopped; almost like life essence was drained from him (this will match Friday’s predicament). So the appendage only holds the person still. No leftover tissue or such from the creature at all.

Davison says we should all go back to where we came from. He’s afraid we’ll blame some poor innocent person.
Will “I’m sure you are a fine town constable.”
He insists Lew only wants someone blamed, and we can point the finger. Will says Lew does not trust Davison’s opinion, which is that it was an inside job.
“Mr Lew did it! He’s beyond the law! He killed his son!”
He leaves angry, assuming we are there to set someone up though our credentials are impeccable.

In the study:
The room has been cleaned since the murder. He was writing a letter to ‘my darling, I fear we can not" ends there.
A piece of paper is partially burned in the fire place. Can only pick out a few words, telling someone they can’t be together ’My father has forced my hand".
Locked double doors open into the garden. A couch sits nearby, sure enough is is littered with bodily fluids. He likely had a girlfriend.

Interview of all the servants: girls give us nothing other than confirming Beatrice was having an affair with Justin; and he and his dad had a huge fight the night before after the explorer left. The dad did hand him the cash.
Butler Archibald is genuinely sad, respects family name; confirms the footman Pool was being sent to escort Beatrice back for Justin; no reason the dad could have done it, he had convinced his son to break it off with Beatrice; gave in for the sake of the expedition to Africa. Did the young son do it, for the inheritance? Physically, no one else in the house could have done it. But they have always been best friends as well as bros.
Footman Pool: He confirms his escort status after a small bribe. The ‘writing’ was only an excuse to lock the doors. The old man did give him 500 to pay Beatrice for her discresion; he was outside in the servants quarters when the murder happened, knows not how the dad got the 500 from the son. There are 3 guard dogs that wander the grounds, who will attack unknown people. Eli check the grounds, found no tracks leading through the grounds. They feel it was an inside job.
Smell of burnt cinnamon reported by all involved at murder scene.

This evening, the wife arrives. She and Gordon kiss in a bit of an un bro/sisterly way. Cares not to talk to PC’s yet but we must talk to her. Though she may open up to Cassandra more over tea tonight, so we set that up.
She admits Justin and he were having a rough spot, she discovered the affair. Willing to overlook so far as it was kept down. The dad threw here out. Relationship seemed to get better, but dashed when Justin came to say he wanted a divorce! Her response was unladylike. He was to informalize it w/in a week. Wished she could take it all back now.
Cassandra feels she is being honest, picks up no magic vibes from her either.

So, were the other wished ill upon by someone? Is this demonic attack uncontrolled but by these thoughts?

We get the message from NY about Wang and Jack about Friday.

Sept 10

Back to NY, met by Theo and Jack. We have to interview all others involved.
Atwater goes to see Friday.

First to Jenny: lives with her parents; been in her room all day with a headache; the mom says she was at a play the night of the murder “For Love or Duty”. She soon yells for Jenny. The maid is sent when she does not respond, finds her dead, hung!!
Left a suicide note “sorry for what I wished on Gwendolyn”.

We check, same play Stark was at.
We wire to confirm the wife up north saw the play: she did, night of the murder.
The deaths all happened at same time but for Timms the lawyer.

Now to find out about Timms. His fiance Marion Parsons. Timms needed a wife for social reasons, dad set it up. She is actually in love with Maurice Porter, lawyer but not wealthy like Timms was. Frederick was supposed to take her to same play, but afternoon performance. She was angry when he didn’t go.

Sept 11

Play written by Rupert and Finnegan, comedy writers. Philomena’s husband took his mistress with him, a patron of the arts including investing in their plays. Has a lover too, as we know.

We get tickets for tomorrow evening.

We go to meet Rupert and Finnegan, West and Will and Cassandra as his note taker enter with Theo and Jack outside for backup, at St. Clements Theater, owned by Mr. Dykstra whom we meet first. His dad won it in a card game, running it poorly until 5 years ago when Rupert and Fin brought it alive. Smokes cheap cigars. Will flashes is presspass.
Rupert is a musician, French. Remembers Friday inquired about connections to various people who came to see the play.
He was barking up the wrong tree.
Will gets to interviewing, as if for a puff piece. Finnegan is Irish, sister Anne behind him,hand protectively on his shoulder.
Apparently Friday implied to him if he writes his own plays, specifically if any dialogue is taken from older sources. He denies it. He writes everything, though Anne does some editing. She was not here for their first big hit The Jury is Out.
Back then, Anne says, she was in Arabia. Considered writing a play of her own on Arabian mythology, went to xp it first hand.
Finn “You brought back some books with you didn’t you Anne?”
“No, I don’t believe I did.” Says she gave up on that, it went no where.
Finn is sure she did ‘something called the Brass Rituals’.
“No sweetheart” you’re just imagining it.
They invite Will and Cassandra to a special box seat, hosted by Anne herself.

Westinhouse wandered off after talking to Dykstra, to get the lay of the land and people.
Star is named Prescott Morrison, a major ham. He says the dance routines were all developed by Anne, Finnegan’s sister. The one he does solo for “How Do i Choose”, every step has to be done exactly the same every single night to fine precision at exactly 9:05 (all murders happend between then and 10:05.
No one seems nervous or anything like that.
Westinghouse sneaks to Anne’s office, finds a copy of the brass rituals. He opens it, there is a flash, and the book bursts into flame!! It was protected by an incantation. He cleans it up, and sneaks away.

Theo and Jon get to researching this Brass Ritual back at the office. West is in his office. The others are out front playing cards and hanging out.
2:05 in afternoon, suddenly Anne is standing in West office!
“It’s here men!”
It hits him, draining 2 con. West leaps over the desk trying to keep it tween him and it. He keeps just ahead of it as it tries to come for him. Will throws the door open for Jack who rushes inside to bravely attack with his dagger; Atwater following, firing his service revolver.
A few moments as the battle wages, Theo and John arrive and engage with Jack. It’s a despirate fight. A hale of Will and West bullets finally deal with the demon thing, and it melts into nothing.
Jack is down 4 con by the end.

She’s obviously onto us. We need to disrupt the dance tonight. Jack wants to get backstage, and before he goes on for his solo Will will use his disg. ability to go out in his place and perform a terrible rendition of the dance.
That is so a Jack Burton idea.
Cassandra thinks we should use the Silver Twilight basement as a secret prison for mythos cult bosses. We could kidnap ann and jail her up in one of the pits. Father Jon likes this idea.
West figures Jack could just throw something at him instead from off to the side instead to ruin the dance, then we can deal with her.
We go with that plan. Then, we can deal with Anne at our leisure.

Jack hits him square on the chest. He stops cold. Jack “Booooo!” and hits him again. Anne curses from her booth. Wang and Father Jon bust into her booth while all the attention is on fast Jack.
She casts, tries to switch minds with Jon but he barely resists. Cassandra rushes in with us, pulling down the drapes just in time to cover Jon and Theo overpowering her!!

With all ushers rushing to Jack, we get her down and out a side door. There waiting is our Flying Squad who take her to the Silver Twilight basement in Boston, bound securely and gagged, with us all; but for poor Jack. There she will be kept an occult war prisoner, watched over the our Archer and McElroy, for now.

Sept. 12

The charm is ready from Marc.
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Westinghouse/Atwater Return

July 28

Westinghouse and Atwater return from London. We all share our experiences with one another.

Coming Weeks/months

Father Jon and Theolonius read Nameless Cults finally. A treasure trove of info. It is a lesser version of a still greater original, with hints that other copies could start a scholar on their way to learing Mythos tongues! Rathbone needs notified, both he and Wilhelm should find a greater copy. We will send this to London for he and Wilhelm to reed if they can not find their own. Lo or Long will take it across the Atlantic.

All seems fine in both Boston and Arkam with our offices there.

End of Oct: find a box on Westinghouse’s desk in the morning, apparently left by Lo or Long, with 10 juju shotgun shells from NO and 12 blessed of the same from Uriel!

We take time to meet allies like Baxter; as well as Erika Carlyle to keep her informed of the state of affairs concerning her brother. She seems a bit antsy about its resolution. Something to keep our eye on. It raised and eyebrow with both Westinghouse and Will.

Visits to Boston and Arkam in person by Westinghouse, Will and Father John to see our friends and allies there.

We dine regularly with Friday; and with Roosevelt once as well at Delmonico’s.

We officially own the old Silver Twilight Lodge house and the Look to the Future Hall, thanks to the financial backing of Baxter and Erica.

West and Atwater, sometimes with Will as a guest, have attended some meetings of the NE League of Astronomy. Still, nothing seems off. We will be attending the Dec 21 Xmas party.

We are still on the lookout for any of the clues in the Armitage letters, no win more earnest Including rereading the letters themselves. We still haven’t found Tears mentioned in the Necro or any other of our tomes.
Then, a few strange things happen over the course of a a few days.
Wang leaves one morning to walk to office and never shows up. By 3pm he shows up. He insists he only left to walk here 10 minutes ago. Then One day the clock in office ticks and tocks as always. Jon walks in and it speeds up. We send him out and it goes back to normal. It only happens a few minutes then stops.
The letters, we have assumed, have some time travel link. Reading them may be having minor and temp effects on our time continuum. Pray this gets no worse if more letters arrive.

When winter arrives, West wants Will and Friday to send info requests to any police and papers, asking to inform us of any circus/carnivals wintering in any of the towns listed on Letter 2, page 2.

Other than mundane cases to solve for a while, everything seems to be calmed down in NY right now on the occult front. That is, until……

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While Westinghouse is Away

We train to Arkam.
Bridge had dinner with Donelly the night before he left for Foxfield, NW of Arkam.
Small town, few hundred people.
We check the office for any paperwork. Just that he was investigating death threats vs Henry Barnes. He has a cousin Timothy Barnes, lives in Arkam who was concerned and asked Bridge to look into it. Article in the paper in Arkam Advertisor about even.
It says town abuzz with rumor, the threatened is a church priest. He’s the town supervisor also, vetoed leasing of land to a lumber company The authorities had several suspects, one of his constituents mad at a land lease to a lumber company. Rumors he was involved in a physical altercation days before the threat.
Its a corderoi road to the town. Ugh.

Theo goes to talk to Armitage et al about Foxfield, and to see if Armigate heard from Bridge at all, being his named local contact from us.

  • 1881, The Haunted Woods article in newspaper. Voices heard by a local, happens fairly often. Its a known thing.
  • Another is watchman, Wipple, fell to death from the fire tower. Desent man, was a town fire watchman. Believed he suffered a dizzy spell and fell. This was last year.

Foxfield: on Fox river, south bank, flows into Miskatonic R. Farming community first, now manufacure in wool mill. Industrial community, lots of immigrant workers drawn in; Mill town mostly kept to north of river.
Mills slowed after civil war. 1886 burned beyond repair, the main family sold property; economy collapsed leaving it to farming descendants; small businessess closing. Central town has electricity from local power; farms not but for a few farms. Centralized switchboard connects to Arkham. Wagons the norm. Rustic roads anyway. Only 1 town constable, State Cops handle all else.

Next Morning:

Make our way there by rented wagon team. We are very sore from terrible road. Still lots of farms, mostly sandy roads to them.
Most farms have low stone walls or wooden cross fences. Town proper in good repair. Couple steamcars parked; Parker’s general Store main building; Gothic Revival Union Churth; Ruind of abandoned mill loom across the river over a covered bridge; Dirt road goes past mill north to farm country.

No hotel in town.
General store largest buiding, tavern and inn connected with 6 rooms for rent.
We stop there first. Old inside, but clean and organized, also has postal substation within.
Owned and operated by Louise Madson.
We get rooms and a meal. Very affordable to stay here.
Louise dodes on Jack. He butters her up, then ask about Bridge.
Had room upstair, disappeard but left his stuff in a room upstairs.
She has Charlie the handyman take us upstairs. His face is a mass of scars, head a divot, hideous to look at. Half of his body is partially paralyzed as he lumbers up the steps ahead of us.
Jack stays here, and she tells her Charlie’s sad story. Handsomest guy in town, top of class; joined the army and went out west. Skirmished with Mexican Bandits and hit by artillery shell. Steal plate in head saved life, but dumb now. Girl married someone else and left town, lives across street with his mom.

Theo, Donelly, and Will upstairs find his notes. All pages from where this case started are torn out missing. They search the room, taking 20. Find scrap of paper in bottom of drawer in Bridge’s handwriting:
HB not honest
Scared?
What’s in the woods?
Call W, his cup of tea

Louise tells Jack that Bidge talked about being here to see Barnes. He did talk to the state police Lt. Tolliver over the phone.

We’re stumped.
She saw him last about a week ago. Only here 3 days. He talked to Henry several times, Louise says. She told him no specifics.
No one can figure out who made threat.
Ike Cochly is the guy he had the fight with. Farmer from north, whose land is part that the lumber company would cut and would have made a tidy sum. Does not know why Barnes was so vs land deal, was even originally for it. Majority of townsfolk are for it. Just the one threat is known, left in writing. Its said Barnes burned it; he does not live at the church, but in the Pickering mansion that overlooks the river; w/in easy sight of mill. Across road from church and right across river from river. The old Pickering house is the records office.
Donnelly “Pickering is just a little too close to Pickman for my liking. Maybe this priest is a cultist, found something in teh woods to his liking and doesn’t want it found.”
Theo “Or, he’s a good man, found something bad in the woods that should never be exposed.”
Will “That was my thinking.”

We call for the state cop, but he’s out on the road.
We go to see the town constable. Lives about half mile down the road. Donnelly introduces us. He welcomes us inside, name is Billy Boner “Marge, get some lemonade.”
He’s a bit heavy, as is his wife. He asks what he can do for us.

Jack stays with Louise, learns a lot of useless info about the town.
He recalls Bridge, spoke to him too. He wanted to know about the voices in the hills. Asked nothing about threats to Barnes. This happened 3rd day he was here. He said nothing about what led him to the woods. Kept asking about the buzzing, supposedly heard in the north hills.
He gives us the names of the specific farmer he gave Bridge. Donnelly thinks he’s a simpleton, but Will believes his heart is in the right place.
This whole place is average to a fault and apathetic, no real fault of their own considering its shrinking and decreasing job market and few young people. They all leave for Arkam and abroad.

John and Theo take a short walk to the old mill.
Closed up with no trespassing signs all over. We ignore those of course. We find nothing but weak spots we would have fallen through into the pond below if we hadn’t seen them. We carefully go up to 2nd floor, see something moving in a shadow, maybe just a rat but more than 4 legs. We check it out. We se a huge tick like red bug except rat sized. We ignore it, but Jon keeps an eye on it. Its like one of those little red bugs you find in wood and book pages.
IT follows, onto the ceiling. Jon draws his martial wpn cross and swings as it tries to leap at Jon. It misses and it drops on him.
“Get it off” its on his shoulder, with a needle like proboscus in his neck.
Theo gras at it and throws it across the room with a thud DEAD.
“How’s your neck?”
Jon clearly pissed “Probably infected.”
Theo “At least its not a Mi Go.”
We take it with us.

Back with Louise, she tells Jack about how Barnes wife died a few years ago, rheumatic fever. Leaving him with kids Mary 11 and Robert 10. SIster in law moved in then. 6 weeks ago sent kids to boarding school in Arkam, and Sara moved back to Providence to take care of a sick friend.
Will “Anyone ever see them leave town?”
Actually, no.
On way back Jon gets nauseous and vomits. Fever of 102, bump swelling and pain on the sight.

As Will and Donnelly leave, Dicky, the young son, catches up with us, saying quetly “Are you looking for the monsters? The one your friend was looking for?” say she has one at the creek. We follow, he digs up a cigar box showing the husk of a large insect like creature. “When Bridge saw this he got really excited.” Boner found it in teh woods here, dead already. He buries it again. “Don’t tell my pop, he’ll be mad. He says there ain’t no monsters.”

Theo calls the cop from the bloody tongue investigation in Arkam to look into the kids at a boarding school. Shirley Suttler calls us back, Wang answers. He says no record of them ever being here.
He knows nothing else, but Bridge called him to check to see if Westinghouse was back in NY yet. He wasn’t of course.

Back at the Dr., Jon has a headache. No worse otherwise. Bite not visibly worse, still pretty nasty. Skin has decayed away into a small hole.

Talking to some others in town in the meantime, most people are in favor of the $ and jobs from the lumber company. We call Armitage to look into the lumber company.

There are actually 2 churches, the Unitarian we know of, and also the congregational church held in a barn to the north. Most know about the haunted woods. Some say indians who originally inhabited the area told of it too.
Barnes heard reading childrens books aloud at night, from an open window upsairs from one of the kids old rooms.
Told of death of Mr. Wipple. We talk to the Dr./Coroner. She thinks it was suicide. Heavy drinker and dementia. Claimed he could see unnatural things moving around in the woods fairly often from his vantage point in the tower by the northern woods.
His head was smashed to pieces, but couldn’t find any brain matter.
Theo says the Mi Go take brains, Armitage once mentioned them being a particular potential issue in this area.

We could stake out the woods from his tower, but if Bridge is missing but not dead, we need to get to him fast.

We rest until morning.

Jon is much better in the morning. He goes to talk to Barnes with Will.
Jack says with Louise i the meantime.
They ask about Bridge. He confirms Bridge was worried about the threats made to him. Doesn’t take the threats seriously. He says he warned Bridge not to go into the hills. He came to the same conclusion as him about the threats, but felt something up there was worth looking in to. He’s not sure what made Bridge think that, but he talked a lot about how many had heard voices and things, plus Wipple. He says he changed his mind on the land deal only cause hadn’t thought it through.
There is another meeting tomorrow, may be revisited again. More vote his way now than with Copely who he had a fight with. Barnes is more popular than Copely.

The council of a whopping 3. The subject comes up again. Lots of northern and southern farmers present. Copely goes on for the deal, Barnes no. The third, the teacher Helen Suttler, changes her vote in favor!! Ike gives Barnes the business over it.

Farmers are in town yelling at each other late into the night. Copely is in for it for the money to sell the land. He feels its his land, so the town should have no say anyway.

Next Morning

There has been a murder! Helen Suttler found dead by the road. They can tell by the clothes, but her head is missing. The cops will be here soon.
We go to coroner to see dead body. Head chopped off roughly. She was seen leaving meeting, and on way home. No one saw anything.
Lots of blood at the scene.
Barnes is not visible in town around all the fuss.

We go to church, door is open but no one there.
To his mansion, all locked up, drapes drawn.
Donnelly “Probable cause, he could be dead as well”
We breakt eh door down, hear him talkiing on second floor. There is blood everywhere in this badroom, bloody handsaw. Sutter’s mutilated head on floor, brain upon a table, and Barnes speaks to it. Asking it why she changed her vote, should have kept vote with her. SHe wouldn’t be in this “distressed state” otherwise.
Theo “Is this what you did to Bridge?”
He says no, Bridge had nothing to do with this. He can’t tell she’s dead, since he can ‘talk to her brain’. He says he talks to his kids all the time they’re in the dresser. Sure enough, their brains are in there.
The Mi Go took his kids, gave him the brains as proof they were still alive. Umm, yeah, ok. He’s in loopy land, totally.
Theo "He’s mad. The Mi Go used him only to keep the vote, and their woods untouched.
He plugs in a speaker and earphones, indeed a voice says “Dad, dad, please get me lout of this. Its all dar, I can’t feel anything. Dad? Please get me out.”
He plugs in mary’s now, only the speaker, all we hear is screaming. Donnelly shuts it off.
He says they are behind the waterfall.
“You need this, its the key.” It will get us in and open the door behind the waterfall. He wants to go first to tell them what happened. Let them know it was not his fault.
He turns to Sutter “I wish you hadn;t done it, we’ve been friends for so many years.” He tries to talk to her but o answer “She must still be mad.”

Time to clean out some Mi Go.
Will asks what to do about the kids. Theo and Jon are quite sure if we destroy the brains, it will finish off the kids and end their suffering. They’ll die.
The psychological implications of killing the 2 kids is rough on us. Jack bows out of the discussion alltogether. Its too much for him.

We decide to leave them until we take on the Mi Go. Perhaps there is somehow we can save them. Jon insists all possibilities need be expended.

We rush to the cave behind the waterfall.

The cave is covered within by fingus, tendrils of rotting flora, air stale and rotting; spongy layers under foot make walking feel unnatural.
Tiny animals of some sort we see rustle away here and there. The cavern grows as we get deeper, mold hanging from ceiling. Small insects of some kind, buzzing humming and chirping above.
A metallic winding sound from ahead.
Theo still wants to call NY for backup.
Jack “What the hell! What was that wang, don’t tell me!”
Theo “As I said, call NY.”
Jon “We must press on.”
We continue.

At a huge room, large hole in the floor.3 other exits. A sickly green glow comes from all 3 paths.
We walk in,and we hear a buzzing. 3 mi go rise up, flying via alien wings and sprouting antennae where they should have a head, out of the pit in the middle of the room. Masses in their hands covered in electric circutry.
Jon “Look out!”
Thanks to Jon, they don’t catch us off guard. They look like articulated wasp/grasshoppers made of fungus. They wear some sort of armor.
Donnely unloads his shotgun DEAD.
THeo with his sawed off hits , Cassandra and Will fire her .38. All 3 together kill 1.
The last Migo goes for Jack, firing an electric charge from the sphere which misses him by a mile.
Jack fires his shotgun DEAD.

We check the hole. A lot of bones not far down and body parts. It stinks to say the least.
There is also a small chest, made of a slivery slick metal, about 12’ down.
Wang climbs down to tie it off so we can haul it up.
There is a table there as well with instruments on it, like medical stuff. 5 glass tanks with greenish liquid and some thing moving around inside. One has a foot and leg, bulbous flesh growing off the cut end. Another has a foot, another an arm growing an obcene shoulder, a hand with an arm growing, an ear attached to an idiot drooling face.
Theo ties off the chest and the others haul it up.
Theo dumps all out of the muck in the cylinders. Jack tosses his big dagger down and Theo ruins it all. It is epically gross then climbs back up.

The chest has some kind of puzzle lock on it. Will fails at opening it after a long try. He stops, takes a deep breath and tries to channel Westinghouse. Success!!
Inside is a little old lady. It’s aunt Sarah, the aunt of the kids! She’s alive! Right leg missing, left foot, left arm, right arm. All that was in the cylinders. Plus her tongue, just for fun apparently.
She is hopelessly insane. Cassandra says for us to simply walk out of the room, she’ll end the woman’s suffering.
The aunt desparately tries to get out of the chest. Theo helps her out and helps her over and seats her against the wall.
She tries to crawl toward the exit. THeo stops her, convinces her to not crawl through the fungus. Just wait for us.
We take the passage on the left. Its full of webs. We try the middle one, going about 600’ before opening into a broader tunnel, then it slopes downward. We pass several rotting bodies. 8 or 10 migo and 3 humans. This happened a while, bodies very desicated. They are dressed as hunters with rifles. WE recall a story we read of hunters 18 years ago who disappeared in the area. They have tentacled mushrooms growing off of them.
Jon gives last rights. We hear the buzzing. Several tunnels lead generally south along a mile long tunnel going east. The eastern cutoffs are much more rounded and smooth. Lots of buzzing from each.
We go back, investigating the first, Will choosing our directions. It splits into 2. Donelly writes down the intersections and turns we make so we can get out.
Several intersections along the way. It ends up being a lot of walking, many paths cut back leading back to others. Finally, we come to a fungoid machine, using some kind of light flash to burrow through the very rock. 2 migo run it, 1 supervisor, and 4 others collecting the fragments of rock from the flash.
The machine is quite loud, Will feels loud enough to dampen the sound of gunfire. They do not wear the armor.
Donnely, Jack and Theo both kill one as we ambush them. Donelly kills another as they turn, as does Jon. They begin to spin their burrower around to aim it at us.
Will finishes one off with his .38. Somehow all but Jon misses the final migo, and he only wounds it.
Theo finishes hit off.
We hear buzzing behind us, and see 7 bearing down on Cassandra and Will who were just behind the rest. They are workers too.
They buzz around us, Theo engaging in melee to take heat off Will.
We finish them off, Theo taking the brunt of their attacks.

We reverse and continue, finding another machine with no one operating it. The other group that tried to attack our rear came from here.
This seems to be quite the colony.
We continue on, coming across more mining crews and machines, including a different type that scrapes layers off the walls instead.
Finally we start seeing some fleeing ahead, hearing our skirmishes.

We keep following, pressing them, and run into 14 of them waiting for us and charge. We drop 1 before they engage, Wang moving forward hoping to attract extry attention and misses with AoO.
He attracts 6!
We wipe them out, but Donelly and Will are not in good shape. Still, we know one other area we heard working so far. Jack and Theo stalk down and check it out, finding 3 crews working close together. Attacking 1 will attract the other 2.
Will says go for it. He and Donelly will stay in out of the way.

Theo and Cassandra think we should use the mining beam on them since one of their crews tired to use it on us to it must hurt tissue.

We ambush the first crew, wiping them out in 2 rounds and lie in wait for the other 2.
We then run the machine up to them, Donelly and Will operating it, and lead the attack with that. All 14 are waiting for us and we fire at them. The beams fire out, hitting 9 of them; killing 2. We fires shotguns from the flanks killing 5 more.
All 7 left are wounded and counterattack.
We clean their clocks.

At this point, we know this place too large for us to take on ourselves. We make our way back to the main tunnel that leads back to the entrance. Soldiers are guarding the way, however. 3 at each of the 3 ways back to the main tunnel from this mining area.

We go to the closest one to the entrance. She casts a fist of yogsothoth on one of them, almost killing it.
We drop all 3 before they get a chance to fire.
Will “RUN!!!!!”
We take off, grabbing the woman on the way out. The fungus slows us down. Father Jon takes the rear to hold them off. Wang passes the woman off to Jack so he can help Jon.

Theo jumps the first one, grappling him. He tries to aim one of the beam weapons at Theo in the grapple, but it goes wild.
Jon then strikes one. That one fumbles his weapon, the other misses him.
Theo crushes his to death.
The weapon looks like a rock strangely.
Jon crits 22 the one still armed DEAD, cleaves fumbles.
The other goes to pick up his gun.
THeo hits 9.
He shoots his weapon at Wang and hits 5 but he makes 2 saves.
Theo finishes him off. We take their weapons, and grab the other 3 in the pit.
We make it outside.

We get back to town, we are taking the children’s brain jars.
Donelly doesn’t want to leave the girl alive, she is obviously in something terribly worse than hell.

We wire Roosevelt from town. He wires that he is going to speak to the President of the United States.
Wow.
Jon begins to use the communicate with her; he has to do so at all times to keep her attention from whatever place she is in. He talks to the boy as well, but feels he can do so less often. This is a full time job at the moment.

Back at the Inn, in our 3 rooms.
Will/Cassandra
Theo/Jack
Jon/Donelly with the brains

Night:

Theo dream: giant bumble bee flying around him. Suddenly it changes to a clock tower, hearing a tick, tick tick. He wakes up, hearing the ticking. He turns the lamp light on and follows the ticking to under his bed while yelling for Jack to stand up.
He sees a bomb of unusual sorts under his bed with a timer, surely a Migo bomb.
A needle rapidly drops to its bottom. He grabs it and moves to the window. No one is outide. He throw sit into the street and ducks.

A minute later it blows. If it would have gone off in here, it would have killed us all. There is a crater in the street.
The side of the building is sererely damaged.
Theo and Jack look out the window. Bullets wizz by hitting the building.
The migo have agents still here!
We get away from the windows and crawl into the hall.

Louise from downstairs runs out the front door “What’s going on!” and we here gunfire and her drop.
Another man runs into the street and is also taken down.

We close and barricade the front door. We see Louise still moving. Jack runs out to get her. 1 bullet wings him but he gets her inside first.

We stitch together a large sign that says SNIPERS. When we see cars driving toward town, we unfurl it out a widow. The cars screech to a halt. Warning is a succes. Its Friday with the Flying Squad, with Detective McGilicudy.
A few hours later, a steamcar pulls up with militiamen! Must have been sent by Roosevelt.

The snipers have disappeard.

We muster up, and make for the cave with our men.
Theo and Jack lead the way in.

Waiting at the entryhall is an orieltal old man with a long white beard, leaning on a staff “Ho there, my masters have told me to greet you.”
Jack “SOmething tells me thats not entirely true.”
Wang “For what purpose?”
“They care nothing to you but they wish no harm to befall you. My masters are merciful and feel that the minerals they can get from this mine are not worth the notoriety we have brought.” Basically, we ruined their mine and he claims they are leaving without a trace.
Wang “Where to?”
“That is no business of yours. So turnabout and leave.”
He says he has served them my whole life, these lords of creation. They invite you 3 (Theo, Jon, Jack) to travel with them to their home world, you who have done so much to oppose them, to see there city. They simply find us interesting, we would make great servants and they would make us immortal.
We demand the children to be saved, he says they can still do so, their bodies are perfectly healthy. That’s the deal.
He agrees to lead us to their leader, past old mining ops.
Not far, Wang and Jon smell burning. We stop and listen, hearing a hissing. They look behind them and see little smoke trail rises faintly from the floor a few ranks back. Jon “A fuse!” he and Wang pointing. Will and Cassandra are both almost right next to it.
Will grabs for it, pulling up 5 sticks dynamite crudely tied to it burning fast. There’s enough room in this part of the cave, so he throws it fast. It blows in the air, hurting 1 militaman.

Theo and Jack confront the old man “What’s the meaning of this?” He challenges Theo to fight.
Theo attacks as sniper shots ring out from the dark of the cave side. Our men kneel and drop low in a firefight. 1 militiaman drops dead, 2 others are wounded.

Their old man, a kung fu master, readies with his staff, from the end of which he now projects a blade and lashes out at Theo, who kicks back 16 asn Jon hits and Jack misses.
Theo finishes him off in the next round with a critical.

By the end, their last man waves a white hankerchief. 3 militia are down, a few others wounded.
We question him, he says they weren’t hired to take on no military nor cops but the masters told us to.
These men are mad, driven insane years ago. Much has been done to them.
He leads us ahead, past the abandoned mines and a storeroom. He says alien tech is in there. Will and Cassandra go to check it out, with Friday, 2 flyers and Theo. Room is empty. Tech certainly had been in here, but it has been cleared out.
Cassandra “Theolonius, the floor is moving.”
Wang “Everybody out!”
Spores have begun to crawl up his legs, and he’s stuck.
Theo, thanks to the cops help, yanks himself out of it. He feels pricks on his skin. Will has begun to prepare a torch and begins to carefully burn it off. They have bitten in some already but nothing permanent.

We continue to a large main room. 3 exits: main mine, lab, living area.
We go lab first, he says it’ll be guarded.
A buzzing as we enter, and 10 migo open fire with electric guns and we open fire.
2 militia are struck and die instantly! 3 others are paralyzed! Its some super weapon.
Theo, Jon, and Jack engage them in melee, Theo disarming his.
They fly upward and shoot us from the air.
By the end, we have 8 pvt’s left out of 12, plus 1 cpl died of the 3. The Lt is fine.

Another flies upward from the rear, saying do not kill him, he is leaving.
Will demands the kids to be put right.
“Come with me.”
He leads us to the kids bodies, tops of their heads off, but hooked up to machinery, alive, and puts them back as they should be.
It takes about an hour to do each one. We hear explosions from various parts of their facility. They are destroying all their equipment they can’t take.
Ruins Will’s idea to take their mining cars for LP mining ventures. Also collaping the tall stalked mushrooms in the living area, which were their homes.
We also find Bridge in the room, brain separated as well. The lab migo puts him back together as well. He is relatively ok, sanity wise. He needs a break though.

The kids are in bad shape. Boy thinks it was all a dream, the girl is at least temporarily insane, likely years of psychoanalysis.

Our captive guide is taken away by Friday. He’ll likely end up in an asylum.

We retreat out. We watch the lab migo go through a dimensional gate.

Back to town, and visit Arkam, then back to NY.
The militia will be listed as killed on maneuvers.

We take the other 10 super guns with us, too.

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Return from New Orleans; Will's Chicago Report

May 2

Arrive from New York, Theo meeting us at the station.
We send letters to Bridge, Archer, and Armitage that we are safely back.
Arc slab in a Wexler warehouse, unmarked, amidst much mundane, but underguard by Theo as well as Flying Squad undercover and Wexler men.
Theo and Jon have already gotten back to reading forbidden tomes.
We need to get Wilkerson and Armitage to look at the Arc slab, see what kind of experts we need to understand it.

May 3

DInner at Roosevelt’s with Friday. Discuss all we encountered in our recent trips.
Theo, a flying squad man, perpaps Will and Cassandra will join the NY chapter of the New Orleans temple cult.

May 5

The Detective Agency office reopens.

May 6

Friday pays us a visit. There have been a couple more disappearances, like when the Bloody Tongue was kidnapping. Yesterday, headline Monsters Loose in the Subway. Westinghouse saw it, of course. Accident when a car break failed. Driver Shamus Flynn said he saw a big hairless bear on the tracks. A few slight injuries from the sudden stop. Disappearances have all been above 110th st, which means Harlem. Underreported thus far.
The crash was in that area.
Disappearances were over last 3 weeks. Not sure how many, given the area.
Westinghouse is already aware of all this that was in the papers, and planned on looking into the monser bit.
We will investigate the subway tonight. To Harlem we go, tonight. Friday recommends starting at the Cotton Club. All black staff and enterrainers, but while establishment.
First, interview the driver of the subway. He says paper got it all wrong, no bear. It was large and hairless, a lot of eyes. When he stopped the train, it ran away; he thought it was a huge worm at first; heard voices shouting and crying from ahead, then faces on the wormlike mass. It turned away and writhed back into the tunnels.
We know what is is from the description: Chakota, the form that was in the pit of Juju House at the final confrontation.

Cotton Club:
We keep Wang outside with 6 of the flying squad.
Band is quality music, similar to Etienne’s club in New Orleans, but a northern style.
Carla a waitress speaks to Joe by first name. He introduces us to her. “One of the best waitresses around, and a confidential informant.”
Later, she sits on Joe’s lap to look like she’s just shmoozint to a customer. She’s very cute. She says everyone is scared about the disappearances, no rhyme or reason to them. They take place w/in couple blocks of 139th St.
Westinghouse “Any Kenyan’s working here?” 2, a cook and a waiter. Waiter is large surly M’Buka, Cook is grossly fat man K’tana. Both started about 6 months ago. Westinghouse shows her our pic of M’Wuru. She has seen her, but not for years. They may have been among the Kenyans who visited Juju nights.
N’Buka lives in a boarding house popular with Kenya’s above Fat Mabel’s bar. K’tana may live there too, she’s not sure. They also went to the bar often, the one that burned down months ago.
There is still about a dozen Kenyans living in that building.
West shows her the bloody tongue symbol, she says they have a tatoo of each.
We leave the club.
Westinghouse told the otehrs to watch for them noticing her sitting with us, and reacting, but we do not notice either looking at her.
We wait outside and follow them when the leave for home Jack and Wang follow, the others coming up safely behind them.
They go right to the boarding house. Bar in the basement is closed. Light is still on, Theo and Jack see the bartender cleaning up. We wait, watching for anyone leaving and for the bar to close.
A very attractive black girl appears out of an alley next to the boarding house and begins playing up to Jack. Asks to take him up to her apartment. He refuses politely.
“That’s not really why I want to see you.” She pulls out an amulet with the mark of the bloody tongue “They’re all around, I need your help.”
She assumed a white man and a chinaman outside of this particular building must know about this.
Jack “We have a vague idea.”
Theo goes to get the rest of the team. Jack goes inside with her after Theo leaves.
They get upstairs, her empty 3rd floor apartment. She reiterates they are all around.
“I’m sorry Jack Burton, they said they would feed me to the Chakota if I didn’t bring you up here. But I can’t do it. Flee Jack Burton, flee.”

Once Theo gets to the rest, they figure Jack did something stupid, and bolt for the boarding house.

Then someone bursts the door open. She tries to block them and is chopped down with a machete by the first of 4 tough looking Kenyans.
Jack “Now hold on a second here boys before anybody does anything hasty. Let’s not do anything rash.”
“You boy, you come with us. Come nice, or you’ll come with no arms.”
Jack draws his knife “It’s times like this that Jack Burton doesn’t budge an inch, boys.”

The rest of us get in downstairs and are met by a big, wormlike bear mass writhing toward us!! Theo rushes upstairs.
He is met by 4 men outside of the room, each with a machete standing with a fat woman.

They charge Jack.
It’s only 10’ away so we lead it out of the building. Westinghouse fires on it on the move to lead it out.
Friday leads the squad across the street, lining them up to fire.

Jack gets into a corner, so they can only get to him a couple at a time. He starts cutting them up, then fumbles. A female voice from outside ’Don’t kill him, we need to feed him."
They are too confident, tapping Theo on the shoulder “You should just ran, chink.” He jumpkicks DEAD. Jack is still working in the room, 1 dead so far there.
They start to try to subdue Jack, giving him AoO.
One runs out of the room to face Theo as Jack kills another.

Outside, the thing comes through the door. We loose with shotguns. The room is in the front, we can see and hear the scuffle inside.
We scatter, but Father Jon moves to block it from going after anyone else. One squad member stands with him.

Jack and Theo each kill another upstairs.
The creature misses Jon. He sticks, moves, and we fire again. We have done a lot of damage, even considering its DR. Tough!!

Theo kills another; Jack keeps hitting one out of his 2 razor fiend attacks every round, plus the AoO.

It goes for Jon again and an appendage strikes out at him and going into wound pts.
We hit it again, green vile goo squirts and oozes out of it all over the place.
Theo runs up the wall, leaps off around the 4 attackers on him, coming off with a spinning kick to her jaw 19.

We hit it again outside, killing the freak of unnature, it collapses into a pile of mush.

The woman yells she’ll take care of Theo, they start going in vs Jack. Theo crits her 24! Jack hits twice now! Only 3 left on him, plus the 4 on their way in from the hall.
She attacks Theo with a nasty knife hitting 12. This is a nasty, evil knife.
Theo and Jack struggle on.

The rest get upstairs as Theo takes her down, having taken a moderate wound point. The others help make quick work of the others.

The last gasp of the bloody tongue in NY is finished.

May 11

Receive packages from Jake Washington, Hollywoodland. Containing letter from him explaining materials from the prison attack: camera, film, disection notes and diagrams.
Atwater looks over the notes and diagrams.
The film needs developing.

May 12

Newspapers explode with word that Rathbone/Goldstein have returned triumphant.
Get wire from Richard for Atwater to consult in London on mummy disection. Please come before end of June. Westinghouse requested as well for investigating Carlyle in London. Wilkerson got a wire as well, for assistance in linguistics Hyborean. Transport arrangements to be forwarded.
Atwater thinks it an interesting opportunity. He will have to wait until he is done with Canary, though.
We will go as soon as we can. Taking with us the Wooden Mask, the Varnstein Lenses/contraption/camera, for them all to view. Perhaps Rathbone’s photographer friend Hobbes can make more suitable goggles than our jury rigged version, and duplicate the lenses in time.
We will take all materials from Jake received yesterday to London. By this time, he will have much decipherment work to do with Wilkerson, who will be there upon Rathbone’s arrival. They will have the Arc of Vlaktos, the Vishak Fragments, all from Juju House, plus whatever he brings back from his expedition. Not to mention the forbidden tomes he will want to read.

May 15

Will arrives in NY with Lo and Long and the Heart of Darkness.

Will’s Chicago Investigation:*

_A few days in, he wakes to find a piece of worn, torn cloth on his bedstand with a black painted ink mark on it. He knows it as the Chinese character for Wang, so he can be sure at least 1 Wang brother is watching his back.
He started his digging with the logistics side. He then turned into the foundation side of NW. Next, moved onto Edward personally. Last, the real business side. This is the most dangerous, getting inside the real offices and the home building. He decided to risk it.

Investigated by subject:
Logistics: Several ton shipment from Oakland, and same from Frisco to Shanghai in about 6 months. Listed as Engine parts.
He gets all train routes that they use, and details in the next month. And warehouses in major cities. This is about a week in. He sends it to Clayton Ranch.
Personal on Ed: story from a cop is 5 men and a girl were found after screams heard in a park at night. 5 guys chanting up to the stars, the girl stripped and tied to a stone in their midst, stripes across here where they had been smacking her with a thin metal rod. One of them was Ed. This was in his college days. The other men were from wealthy families, girl’s family settled out of court. Affair was hushed up. 3 of the other men work for NW, one does not. His name is Jimbo Fischer. Will finds him a drunkard on skid row “I’ve seen the other side” he whispers. Asks for alcohol.
‘It all started at the frat party. His friend Chandler rarely drank, but was this night. He told of he and his friend the Baron had travelled and educated him all around. China, orient, Australia (saw a lost city), Africa (Cairo); saw largest and greatest library in the universe, on another planet. Started to tell us to bow down and kiss his ring, as he was the key to open the way to the Old Ones, he would be the king of the universe. We told him he was full of beans. So we all bet he couldn’t prove it. He accepted, hence the ritual in the park with the co ed. A couple of the guys relieved themselves, sexually. While we chanted, everything went crazy. Sky opened, shining bolts came from above. Things slowed, and Ed said sacrifice needed more so they started beating her. I swear I saw the face of the devil looking down on me, covered with a yellow mask. Just then, as the sky ripped open, an Irish voice bellowed ’what’s all this then’. We stopped, the sky closed and all disappeared. Drink is all that keeps the memories at bay, that and opium. Ed offered us al jobs, but I can’t stand the sight of him. He said if I ever tell anyone, he’ll know and that’s the last thing I’ll ever say. Truth is I’ve wished I were dead for a long time. My parents disowned me once I became a drunken, drugged up wastrel. My fiance left me. At first, some of the others visited me to convince me to rule the world with them. I don’t think they saw what I saw, if they did they are the foulest men on earth. If they come for him, he looks forward to it. There is nothing I can do they have not already done.
The next morning, he is found dead in a gutter. Cut open from throat to crotch.
By now, it’s May 3.
Foundation: Finds reference to an org that got a lot of $ from the Foundation. Via bank records, it has been going to major cities, mostly capitols, all over the world. England, Germany, France, US, Richmond, Austin, half a dozen or so cities in India including couple of largest in India, other major cities of the Empire, plus Mars cities.
Then he finds a coupel memoes that refer to the SOT as Sons of Terror. This is where the money going to these cities is funding. Ground Cleansers on Mars, Anarchists in England and France, Muslim and Hindi Nationalists, etc. They are funding terror orgs.
Business: Several days of work, almost found out once.

May 12:
Will is met after hours by a man in accounting, he thinks. He has been looking into things here from his own suspicions, is just a bit off his rocker, and knows this must stop. He just had no idea how it could happen, how they could be stopped, until Will entered the situation. He shows will a story, quote, about Nefrukah and his prophesizing from the Necronomicon.
This happened in 1733 BC. He says now it is going to happen, then suddenly “did you hear that? They’re coming for us”. He says “look at this”, a paper showing a foundation in England completely financed by NW, the Penhue Foundation. It says the boat owned by Ed’s parents was a gift from a friend of theirs from the Hauptman Corporation in Germany and Romania. Shows another piece telling how NW financed an expedition to Kenya. When they returned, they brought a black woman with them who came to NY. (Must be M’Wuru). Shows us the name of another on the board: Baron Hauptman!!
He says when Nefrukah died, he had a son. The followers took the son and escaped the pharaoh’s wrath, to the ancient city of G’Harne, deep in Africa. There, the great god Shudde M’ell took the followers as prey, leaving only those who carried the blood of Nefrukah and those who protected his blood. Lang Phoo has searched for centuries for Nefrukah’s son to open the way. Then it was that Lang Phoo and Hauptman met, and found the descendants. But, they were degenerate cannibals. So they brought them out and interbred them first with arabs, then beyond to Europe and Asia. Always guiding marriages, their matings, to create the one who would truly be the son of Nefrukah. And they found him!! In the great city of Chicago. Now, he is the key to the rising of all that is terrible in the universe. His plots are many. All aimed toward the elevation of the Dark Pharaoh back to his place as ruler of the world.
They gained much by the division of labor. Baron kept track of the bloodlines, build banks and business for monehy. Lang Phoo layed the groundwork for the political and spiritual upheavels that could work this forward to a reality. They tried before, had everything in place, and the chosen one died during the Napoleonic Wars. If this one fails, they’ll have another chance, even if decaded from now.
His name is Carl Heusan. Before that I was Carl of Hamburg. Before that I was Carl of Hamlin. I believe my first body died just prior to invasion by King Harald of England when he died at Stanford Bridge. Now, the time is comign and I like my life. It’s time for me to get a new body, but they have not given me one. They are beginning to not trust me. He’s a book keeper, so knows a lot. They know what I fear: if all this comes to be, it’ll be the end of us all. The journey had been a good long one but now that it is almost over, I have to find a way to stop it. And then you walked in my door. So, you must kill Edward Chandler. He must die. “Wait! They’re coming, I must hide!” He begins motioning at Will, trying to implant a suggestion that he can not speak his name or what he was doing here. A puff of smoke and he is gone!

Will makes a rush out. On the way out, 2 Wang’s appear out of no where!! He has no idea which, but its Lo and Long.
A guard comes up behind us and stops “Call up squad 1!”. A flash and small, spider like constructs come around the corner, like medim sized dogs in scale.
Will takes off as fast as he can to get to Cassandra just downstairs on the first floor; the Wang’s hold their ground. 6 constructs approaching them from the front, where Will came from. After Will is gone and they are coming at us, another 9 from the rear round the corner the opposite direction Will turned. There are different types. Piercing spiderlike arms, hammer/claw arm, and funnel like a breath like weapon threat.
As the charge around the corners, the Want’s throw small concussive grenades in their midst; front and back.
As they get closer, Long hurls another batch at the rear again. One goes down.
They had full effect!!
The guard screams fire. 1 of those with the funnel things aims at Lo and he is hit with a sonic blast.
The 3 in the rear aim and again, only 1 aims at Long and hits him.
The other 4 seem to have some problem going on with their aiming or firing mechanism.
2 in the front, claw/hammer, move in. The 3rd is malfunctioning as well.
Each of us is attacked with hammers to be more accurate. Long is hit 17.
They continue to attack, some malfunctioning. The Hammers hit hard.
We retaliate, and Wei appears down the hall from the guard. 3 of the constructs with the horns are tween him and the guard. He hurls grenades at the 3.
Lo and Long each take one down.
Many continue to malfunction!! as the fight continues. Wei’s 2nd throw takes one down after they malfunction a 2nd time.
Lo takes down another, and Long 2. Lo is hurting bad though.
One finally fires his sonic attack at Wei.
2 with the guard fire their sonics, one at each of Lo and Long. A tile falls from the ceiling, from the sonic booms, partially blocking that going for Lo.
The last hammer with the guard moves in finally, but misses Long. The guard runs away.
Wei fires his sawed off shotgun at one DEAD.
Lo takes 2 down, then surgeshurls his grenades at the rear 4.
Long takes the last one down who is engaged. He then surges to the end of the hall to the 3 who the Guard left behind. Surging again, he takes down one and cleaves another down.
One piercer moves in on Lo now and misses, Lo hits once DEAD and moves to Long. Wei guns the last down with him.
Long destroys the last at him.
Last 3 at the other end of the hall. None of the 3 move.
We book it out of here!!!
Behind, another door opens way down the hall and another squyad is moving out. 5 Hammers break ahead of the others. We rush down the steps, which seem to be a bit tricky for their locomotion. The Wang’s laugh heartily. One near the rear falls, and a domino effect takes place.
We get out easily.
Wei tags the door with the Chicago Tong symbol._

This heart is powerful, we are afraid that the Miskatonic room will not be safe enough. We already have the Arc as well to worry about. Theo thinks Paris or London Iluminati is a good idea. Super safe. He would say NY cell, but he does not have the pull personally to get access to it at any time. Rathbone, however, would have such influence.
Long and Lo offer to stow aboard a freighter and take it to London.

May 21

In newspapers “Blood Bath in Chicago Chinatown!!” NW bought the Tong mark ruse.

May 28

Westinghouse and Atwater arrive in London.

June 5

Will arrives Chicago, having received a letter from Jake to please return to Chicago to assist Anne.
See Outlaws.

June 9

Will returns to NYC.

June 16

Will receives letter with details from Will concerning new businesses to research. He gets to it:
they are all names of corporations ’tween whom money passes tween. Red Dragon Lim. is an international charity, Temco (HQ Atlanta, has offices in NY, London, Germany) a holding company w/ some manufacuring but big on financing expeditions around the world (like Himalayas and Antarctic); Monarch in NYC specializes in education, publish text books, train teachers from across country, testing programs that travel around testing for special students; Tribunal only that a group of assassins brought in any time one of the others needs muscle; rumors of a man that sits atop all these like a spider in the center of a web, sometimes referred to as Mr. Shiny, also Moriarty. World Crime League supposedly controlled by Maximo Morsus (latin the grand alliance) Inc., London based, another company. Rumors it might also own NW secretly and Temco. Temco owns Monarch.
NIck “Well, this just got way worse.”
We can get Quin and Baxter digging into this via proper business channels.

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LA group in New Orleans

April 24

Halfway through the day, the 3 from LA arrive.
They meet Etienne, giving Jake’s letter of intro.
They talk over a number of days. Hang at the jazz club. We try the absinthe frapp that Mad Doc recommended. We don’t like it.

Receive the wire from Jake in Texas during our stay concerning the bullets with our name on them, and how to recreate them. They go back to Indian arrows with an enemies name on them in the old days.
Wang Lo arrives with the bullets themselves.
They take a lot out of a person to create. Papa John knows how they are made. But he can’t do it. They need a drop of the targets blood. Deals constitution damage. Takes a solid day. So, who got ahold of our blood?
Lo leaves with the info on needing blood. He gets it to Wei, who will tell the Gang asap.
Automatic hit if fired w/in vicinity of target, auto max damage.
Full letter from Jake arrives detailing his encounter with the gunfighter. John will have to research the oil he knows of as Gunfighter Oil, it will take some time.

Westinghouse sends a letter to Jimmy about this information.
Westinghouse is able to convince Etienne that he and his investigators are serious players in the scheme of things.

One day, he pulls out from his safe a small green stone. An identical one lies in the safe. A raggedy piece of parchment comes with it: A phonetic translation of a sacred ritual with which we can communicate with him and vice versa. Say it over and over while concentrating on a simple message you then repeat over and over in your mind. The other stone, the nextd time the person sleeps, will have a vivid dream of the message.
Westinghouse “Can you use it from Mars?”
“Yes.”

We meet Dr. John and Julia Jackson. John agrees to make us and Outlaws Juju rounds in the future. He will ship them to NY and Clayton Ranch as he does. He makes one set of shotgun shells for us while we are here. He will make another set every week or 2.
Etienne tells us same he told Jake of this ‘Nemesis’ thing.

On last day, get message from NY Will, rush delivery. Investigated NW Charity Foundation STOP One name doesn’t seem to fit STOP Research Rhon-Paku STOP Sending large moneys to him

Etienne will look into it, too. Westinghouse does not know the name. West and Atwater research in newspapers. FInds short article about Temples of Rhon-Paku. New religion that has sprung up around world in last 10 years, almost every major city in western world. Including NY and New Orleans.
Del Rio brings us “Revelations of Rhon Paku” pamphlet sent out monthly by mail to all temples. This is arecent one. Starts with treatise on his teachings: brotherly love, with slight intriguing hint of occult. Love thy neighbor, all people are equal in god’s eyes.
Encourages young, middle class to live in temple in poverty. Send funds to main financial temple in NY to be distributed to less fortunate temples.
Paku is supposedly in India, where his followers have built a temple.
At end of pamphlet, reminder of special holy day coming soon, maybe w/in the next year. As soon as stars are right, the holy day will come. Special rituals and incense will be done, instuctions sent to each temple prior to the day.
Del Rio gives us the spell and chemistry instructions to create the Powder of Ibn Gaazi. Cassandra can use the spell; Westinghouse can do the chemistry. (see her sheet).

We ask of Armitage Letter info:
Del Rio used to have a copy of Tears of Azathoth!! It was a real mythos tome!! He can not remember what it was about, though he read it, oddly. It vanished from his library. He remembers not when. The more he tries to think about it the more confused he gets.
Otherwise, no familiarity with the names.

We visit the Paku temple. There is a symbol on the door, same as on the front of the pamphlet.
Door is open, so we enter. Long linen sheets hang to the side. An old voice welcomes us, and all who “espouse the universal brotherhood”. He looks in his 60’s, long white beard. We sit down in the common room. A wooden painted statue at the front of old holy man. Behind it on the wall thin silver and gold guilding on the wall. Words written across it in gold of a language we do not know, or just decorative marks. Sort of like runes and geometric shapes too. Lines of them vertically.
He hits a small gong. 4 young men/teens dressed in plain white linen mome out with a box and pitcher, a tray with a water pipe hooka, several goblets.
They sit cross legged. Oldster "these are brother Aiden, Jeremy, Sister Sue and Sally.
West “So what do you do here?”
They contemplate the cosmic all, beg for alms, etc. Gathering money to send to the main temple. They do odd jobs as well and their own professions as usual, you must only turn over all you make. Most live here, though some have not come to the full realization and only come to the services. We ask only 50% from them.
They poor us milk to drink. He says ‘there is a force that permeates the universe, those who are in tune with it can achieve enlightenment. Not through thought, but lack of it. From emptiness from within, not from without. Better than sex! All are welcome.’

Sounds kind of Buddhist ish.
We soon realize he is not nearly as old as he looks. Has died his hair. Some of the dye runs as he drinks.
Westing house deduces: he’s mid 40’s; used to be married; former career involved using his head as much as his hands (maybe writing); suffered a terrible tragedy in last few years; seems to truly believe all he spouts; native of area. About the kids and temple: kids appear exaclty what appear to be (middle class who left their homes to become more spiritual than parents); one boy whenever supernatural overtones are mentioned gets excited (here for occult, not brotherly love); both of girls are flushed, recently involved in sexual intercourse with the 2 boys; a message hidden in the writings on the wall, 6 phrases from various languages (hindi, latin, german, greek, persian, hebrew) “Day of the Beast”. West. knows latin and German, Atwater Latin. Our stomachs turn. The lines are spread out, hidden in all the other stuff.
Faux old says ‘they are in the forgotten ancient language of lost Atlantis. It was so fluid, so many characters, some parts look like modern languages. Day of the Beast is the day the beast will be removed from ALL people. Some conjecture that is the advertised day on the pamphlet.’
He invites us on a tour of the temple.
Atwater mentions his fake oldness. Its simple: old wise men are believed more. HIs room is only a bed. As leader, he must obey law of poverty the most. Each country has a primary temple that runs the rest. London, Capetown, NY, Berlin, St. Petersburg. Paku’s temple location is a secret, but w/in easy travel in a couple days from SImla.
We come to the service. Atwater keeps detailed, minute by minute notes, of all that is said and done. It’s a normal, unsuspicious service.
Westinghouse spends the entire time writing down the markings, in order, on the wall. All that he can.

April 30

We board train for NY. On way, Westinghouse tells Atwater that we need to set up a great meeting of minds, in NY or perhaps Boston. Etienne and Del Rio, Archimedes and Wang Dong, us, Armitage’s circle, hopefully Wilhelm and Rathbone.

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California with the Washington Gang

Train ride uneventful. Cassandra is with us. Will meets us. We bring Old California with us.
Outlaws meet us at Hollywoodland.

April 8

We see City of Lost Angels, and the maze. Much of city sank during great quake. Looks much like monument valley but water instead of desert. And a maze of rocktops where chinese pirates hide.
Messenger waits for us also. Names “Dr. Atwater, Mr. Westinghouse, and you are?” (to Will).
Westinghouse “May we help you lad?”
“Yes, please come with me> Im from Mr. Wynwood I am to take you directly to his home.”
West “I didn’t realize anyone knew we were coming.”
“He received a wire from a Mr. Brown saying that you were coming to help him with the mystery of his movie.”
He tells us to watch out for those ruffians about (outlaws. We say they are with us. The steam car can only ride 4 or 5.
Jake “We’ve got our own horses.”
Messenger “Of course you do.”
Westinghouse asks Jake to join him in the car, who insists on Billy as well in the rumble seat, so that he can bring the gang up to speed on the details of why we’re here.

House is large spanish style mansion. Butler looks a little like lurch.
Director did go crazy and kill self, main actor is the gibbering fool.

We are left to wait in great library. Westinghouse and Will peruse them. He does have a section on the occult. Half is significant works, other half pure trash. Madame Blovestky’s Worlds in Collision (basis of much of Theosophy); Frazier’s The Golden Bow; Heronious Bosh’s the Adamites Revealed (its a fake); a couple Jackson Elias books.
Wynwood enters.
Mad Dog sits in a corner talking to Jack.
“Oh, I didn’t know there was so much company here.”
West “Mr. Brown didn;t warn you about the assistants we’ve called upon.”
Says its just a spirit. Papers said Von Varnstein died in hunting accident, but he really comited suicide. Thougth unseen entities plagued his set. So he became obsessed with creating a lens to see them, which he did. A weird clunky thing. He sat one night with a gun, but was found shot in the head by his own hand.
Will “Do you have the lens?” Its at his office.
He has 6 guest bedrooms to divide as you wish.
Kellys
Beverlys
Cassandra and Will
Luke
Billy and Jesse

Westinghouse and Jake hang out in the library late talking about exploits of late and crash there. As does Ron. Share info on New Mexico Yig natives especially.
NY Will explains all that he found out about NW so far for his initial set up fluff piece. Will B tells all he knows of them from San Fran, as they are pretty big there too.
See wiki

April 9

Wake to 3 course breakfast: fruit and puddings (some of them pour it from spoons staring like its gross); thick steaks with fried eggs; slab bacon and coffee.
Then, off to studio office of director, in limo: 2 open front seats; main part like a coach with 2 large wide seats facing each other and cabinet of liquor in between. Seats 6 well. All 3 investigators inside with Wynwood and Jake and Billy. Dog rides shotgun next to chauffeur.
Pass guarded gate.
See Romans soldiers marching.
A man tries to usher the riders to him “Quick, come on, we’ve been waiting for you.”
Ron “This is our chance to be in the movies.” Beverlys follow, as does Anne, Luke, and Jesse. So all the riders follow the guy into an open field with about 200 guys in civil war uniforms, cameras running. Down further it turns into a dusty western street.
Director yelling “NO, no, no! You’re supposed to look like outlaws!” They are whisked to wardrobe and given fancy double breast clothes with big eagle emblems and such, huge hats, bandanas over faces.
Luke “This is awesome.”
Nick “I look fucking ridiculous.”
“No female outlaws! Get her dressed as a school marm”, they do.
First spend half an hour getting different shots of us riding in and dismounting, then casing bank. Then robbery.
“Say ‘nobody move, this is a holdup’.”
Ron does from couple directions. Getting frustrated at multiple takes.
Hoot Gibson is the star, who walks past Anne for a scene and Anne has to swoon at his “morning ma’am”.
It continues to the gang’s death scene.

With a guide, we get a quick tour of studio. One movie on Mars (which if we knew different looks nothing like Mars or Martians); several acre built lake with Roman age warships. Filming Actium for “Antony and Cleopatra”.
Some weird limping guy walks up behind Westinghouse, suddenly whips out a foil from his dirty clothes “You’re trying to hurt my friends! They told me so!”
West “I’m not here to hurt you or any of your friends.”
“Yes you are. You come to me in the night and whisper in my ear.”
Guide “Mr. Raven, no, he’s not trying to hurt your friends.”
“He’s not? Then who? My friends are all dead. The evil ones came and killed them all.”
That was James Raven, the actor who starred in Prince of Babylon.
We’ll need to talk to him and get as much as we can from him.
Studio heads is a great, down to earth man. Hangs a lot with stunt men and the like that’s why Raven is allowed to live for free on studio grounds.

At office:
Will, Will and Westinghouse look the paperwork for movie over. Find the order for the expensive camera. Discover the film was expensive but shrewdly financed wisely.
Rest of gang arrives.
Will Beverly finds loose papers in the desk in German, difficult to read. Westinghouse reads it. Its the directors personal and professional notes. Get more inconherent as they go. Talks of entity effecting film. Putting everyone on edge. That’s when he experiments with film, chem an optical techniques to prove it. NIght before, Wynfield tells of no film had been made. But the notes talk of existing film stocks.
Will Bev searches waste basket, finds melted reel ‘outtakes Prince of Babylon reel 2’. Nonsalvagable.
Billy demands answers at gunpoint. He is shocked and not happy. The 3 investigators are quite surprised.
Jake “I think you got our point across.”
Admits to burning all of the film,most of it."
Jake “Where’s the rest?”
Reluctantly “Back at my mansion.” Says cinematographer Pierre Baptiste still alive, should talk to him.
Westinghouse suggests WIll and Cassandra start researching the Arc, Weatley, the Canyon etc. Will requests back up in case of trouble. Billy tells Jesse to join them in case of trouble, and Jake sends the Beverlys along too.
Westinghouse will talk with Baptiste with the rest of the gang and Atwater.
We will meet at the house tonight to watch the movie footage.

Will:
At some point, Cassandra excuses herself to restroom. There was another woman nearby, busty and wearing a fur stole. Make up is kind of heavy. Soon as Cassandra leaves she approaches, saying she recognizes Will McNamara. Will realizes she’s gossip columnist Rosanna Bartlett. Keeping close watch on Wynwood since failed movie. Heard hired group of ‘psychic investigators and cowboys’ and wants to know what’s going on as a professional courtesy. Worth quite a bit of money to her. Could cut Will in.
Will declines, saying all investigations are private. Offers to spend night with a fellow reporter.
“As long as you don’t mind my girlfriend joining too.”
She declines.
Will “Sorry, I don’t like the idea of being killed by my girlfriend.”
“Maybe we could trade info then.”
Will “What do you know?” That the area has a evil rep, Hotec’s hated even by their fellow heathens. 4 men killed by mountain lion a few years ago. Hunt stopped after more death. Closer they got to old village worse the hunt went.
Will Bev “She didn’t really give you anything, you could have found that out tonight anyway I’m sure.”
Will tells her the star actress is dead in NYC.
She says if we go to the canyon she wants to go along. He declines.
Nick “She’s going to be trouble.”
Research:

  • area of canyon owned by Dennis Smith, who rents land to anyone who wants it. Currently on vaca in Rio. Never even been there, just owns it.
  • Report written for Univ of Cal., very technical. He pieces it together; Hotec outcast Hope disliked by others cause of worship of Yig and corn fertility god The Black Beast; lots of contact with Weatley as we know; Hotec vanished 1843 probably of small pocks though legend says they exist maybe as spirits. Can defeat by ‘burning souls’. Mentions chant to be used but not what ‘burning of their souls’ means. Author of this paper took trip to Central America where he disappeared.
    Nothing on the Arc.
    Hotec’s would go out on kill raids, with red paint on fingers!

At Baptiste:
Wife answers. West insists Wynwood join us to get in the front door.
At first she does nto let us in as he has suffered enough. HE will never work on another fild, she says, that place (canyon) cursed. Voice of Baptiste from other room “Let them come in.”
She brings us lemonade.
West “Thanks for seeing us Pierre.”
Says director a brilliant drivenman. Certain fo evil troubling production, convinced it manifesting itself in the completed takes. In last couple days of his life, he modified the new lenses and hit upon the right system Roamed desert at night with the equipment.
One night he watched outtakes from film, not the desert but movie, then took a pair of forks and gouged own eyes out then shot himself. Estimated poked eyes out about hour prior to death. Pierre does not know if he caught anything in the desert on film.
Feel of presence since first day of filming, even touching you. No one ever saw anything live.
He stops there, but West convinces him to continue further. His hand shake always, face gaunt. “You think this is from fear but your wrong, its from lack of sleep. I don’t fear what I saw out there I fear going to sleep.”
Dreams of nothing but walls and rooms of Babylon set. Fills him with fear, that some day he will not wake up from that dream. Feels that when he sleeps they start coming for me.
That’s all he has to say. Does not know where the special filming equipment is.

Back to Wynwood"
Brings out large wooden chest with director’s effects. Half hour reel of Prince of Babylon shots, set of 2 unusual lenses with blueish filter, and the weird device mentioned by Pierre.
Will McNamara looking through one way, everything becomes invisible or blue. Other direction, swirl of incomprehensible shapes and colors and brings on an almost violent eye and headache immediately.
Hooking onto contraption shoots a beam of light which you can narrow and broaden.

Wynwood insists we will watch the film one time only. He is not watching it a second time.
He makes projectionist leave as well.
Lasts 30 minutes. Nothing horrible, just feel like a subliminal nature of unease. Scenes go on, lots of extras.
Then, as scene of dervishes charging across sands. While eyes assure us nothing unusual, depths of our psyche detects unseen terrible forms and auras. Beverly’s each lose a point of sanity.
More scenes.
Then a scene of Raven mouthing orders to offstage and feel same presence now as before. Now Will McNamara loses 1, Ron 2.
Finally, at the end a scene of female lead Monica in opulent interior Roman set awaiting her lover. Her face, in the close up, look trapped, horrified, scared. She does great job concealing them for the job but jerks here and there.
Westinghouse “Look closely.”: then we see (but for Will, Ron, Atwater) her dress moves like something running its hand along it. Then her dress flutters as if from underneath. Westinghouse finally sees her chest move and can see the outline of her nipple, and it being sqeezed a the point that she jerks most obviously.
Will loses 1, Jake 4, West 5, Nick 3, Dog 2
END

Will asks Cassandra, what do you think?
She saw and felt nothing worse than we did. But for sure there is a malign presence there, revolting that even made her queezy. Not necessarily powerful, but disgusting.
We think about watching through the lenses, so we can see what’s there.
Will McNamara, being most sane, will watch it through the blue lens. Cassandra watches it again normally. Nothing at first, so shines the light on the projection but nothing else shows up.
Calls everyone in.
West “Maybe it does have to be rigged onto the projector” He does so.
We put it on so that one would see blue. At scary parts, normal feelings again. Reverse film, flip lense and start again. Now, scenes look just like before.
At first terrible part, after half a minute, see shapes shambling across desert behind the riders, bit ugly things, naked male humanoids, crab like claws for hands, leering at camera and almost…gyrating.
Cassandra gasps “Spectral Haunters. Once human but a terrible spell is cast upon them.”
Jake “That’s what happened to the Hotec, why they disappeared. They were turned into these.”
Cassandra “You have to choose to do this. You give up your humanity to live forever unless they are destroyed.”
Jake “How do you destroy them.”
Cassandra “Soul transferred into a spirit item. Could be anything. Placed in safe keeping. Tied to item and it dies if ever leave 1 mile area around the item, or if item is destroyed. They exist to guard a site or item.”
West “The arc maybe.”
Luke “Are they invisible or on another…”
Cassandra “Normal creatures, but can become incorporeal or ethereal at will.”
Billy “We need holy bullets.”
Seeing them, Will loses 2 sanity, Jake 4, Anne 1, Jesse 1.
2nd scene, with Raven, Spectral Haunter comes up behind him and just barely touches him in places. We can now tell he is slightly distracted by it, even a shudder at one point as it holds a claw above his head. WE can see sanity being drawn from him with a huge grin leering at the camera.
Cassandra “Love to play with their food, vicious but cowardly.”
Last scene with Monica, 2 climb through window onto set and she senses it, they rub claws over clothes, reaches claw under dress and it moves, the other pinches the nipple.
Finally, after she startles for a moment keeping her cool, they each take their big man parts and just barely touch her lips with them.
Jake “Nasty little bastards.”
Wynwood from back of room, walks in “Those things have to die. We’re going to devil’s canyon.”
We question whether he should go.

Cassandra:
One advantage, they like to play with us. Might let us see glances of them, signs of them. When they do attack they pounce from hiding. Avoid fair fights. Like to attack from fully solid, but can stay invisible. They can not attack from incorporeal. If one of them can grab and hold,they can take you to their incorporeal realm with them. That person can hurt them as if solid but could be lost. Effect wears off on its own in a few rounds and you phase back.

Westinghouse wonders if Baptiste could rig this projector to emit a beam of, essentially, dispelling invisibility and ethereal. We must ask him first thing tomorrow.

April 10

Baptiste says that is not possible, but he could rig up 2 headsets today that we could look through like goggles. It will take him all day but he’s happy to do it.
It will be -4 to attack with ranged weapons though.
Westinghouse make a note to remember to give this projector and lenses to Covington, maybe he could do what we originally wanted and make one for each group.

April 11

Wynnfield is coming with us, along with 2 Toughs good with fists and clubs. They 3 ride steamcar, Roll’s Royce like thing. Will McNamara is in the car too, with Cassandra, Westinghouse and Atwater. Devil’s Canyon is about 25 miles from nearest highway.
Takes a good half a day off the highway to get there.
We arrive at the set, 4 months since shut down.
The tower is one of the few full buildings left, as well as a large Babylon age banquet hall of adobe and wood outside. A couple barracks for the crew, sand all around the insides from wind; a crate in a storage shed, unmarked.
Jake “Open it up Mad Dog.”
Inside are 3 more of the special lenses!
Banquet hall looks to be the best place to base so we set it up.
An uneasy feeling pervades us all, the gunfighters point their arms at every slight noise they hear.
The Toughs are particularly nervous. One keeps mumbling to the other. Further into the valley, worse it gets. Jesse keeps an eye out with a goggle as we set up camp.
We place lamps and such around the complex.
Guards: north door, south door, inside respectively are:

First watch: Jake, Ron and Dog inside
Second: Jesse, NY Will, Nick inside
Third: Westinghouse, Billy, Atwater

Jesse sees dust disturbed outside in the light. Through goggles, sees nothing.
Jesse wakes Jake up asap. He gets some others up, starting with Billy then Dog then Cassandra, sending Jesse back to his door; sends NY WIll to spot with Nick so there are 2 sets of eyes there.
Nick and Will hear noise around corner. NIck puts goggles down and one of the Spectral Hunters round the building’s corner. HE fires but the bullet passes through, he can just barely see through it. It’s ethereal!
NIck blocks the door, and waits for it to be hopefully solid.
It turns solid but invisible. Nick fires and hits 13. It becomes totally visible, back of its head blown own and blood gushed all over Nick as if falls back dead. NY Will calls Cassandra over.
The body crumbles into dust, blood drying into sandlike blood and falls as dust. A cloud whisps up from it into the air.
WIll “Is it dead?”
Cassandra “No, within a day it will be back as new. 1 way to stop it, a secret vessel with its soul. There is probably only a few for the entire tribe, hidden in center of a circle of a disruption in reality. That discomfort we felt, that was us entering the circle.”
NY Will “Did we bring a map?”
Wynnfield “I have that.”
We keep well and alert. Cassandra knows of nothing she can do to help, arcane wise.
Dog volunteers Jack to make the patrols outside for the night. Jake says “Great idea. Tell him to do it.”
Cassandra “No, you must spend your spirit friend away or he will be destroyed.” Dog does so.

April 12

So we need to find the perimeter of the uneasiness. Cassandra says those with particular arcane sensitivity are the best to do so. Jake wonders if you’ve been dead if that would help, she says it might but its a gamble. She tests the sensitivity and only Billy is feeling it more so. The mumbling tough is very sensitive as well.
Luke “What about Jack, can Dog us him as a sensing device?”
Cassandra “Very likely.”
Those 4 will triangulate the perimeter.

  1. Dog w/ Wynnfield, Luke, NIck on horseback, Wynnfield riding with Nick.
  2. Tough 2 w/ Ron, Atwater, Westinghouse (w/ goggles) via the car, Tough driving.
  3. Entrance Trail: Cassandra w/ NY Will, Jake (w/ goggles), Anne. Jake/Cassandra and Anne/Will in pairs on horseback. Its almost a mile back to the pass.
  4. Billy w/ Will B., Tough 1, Jesse on horseback; to the

At the pass, Cassandra easily feels the edge. Suddenly, a shot rings out! Cassandra is hit 11. Jake draws and looks toward the shot sound. Anne dismounts, looks and pulls knives. Cassandra. Jake spots the glint of a sight about 300 feet away atop a cliff face and another shot rings out. Anne is hit 10. Jake fires and hits fairly close even at such long range. He fires again, 2 shots but both miss. Anne rushes into the hills. Jake misses by a few feet and moves to the hills telling Cassandra and Will to take cover. Anne starts to climb. The rifle fires again at Jake for miss/jam! Anne has climbed to his height and starts to move for him.
We hear the sound of horses. Anne reaches his position but he’s gone. Sees dust of him fleeing then a horrific scream. A wildman appears in front of her, axe in hand, swinging for her head. Anne kills him in a few rounds.
Will sees the set on fire, horses and riders around. He points it out to Jake who sees it.
Luke sees it as well in his group.
There’s nothing we can do. They retreat to a ravine tween groups 1 and 2.
NIck orders his group to ride to intercept, telling Wynfield to share with Luke.
Nick and Luke arrive first, we see them riding up to pass at a fast trot. 6 total. A horse slips and his rider falls. The others leave him as picks himself up and tries to remount.
Nick “Go for the riders.” Luke tells Wynfield to throw stones at the fallen man.
His first rock hits and he falls.
Nick fires 2 from Winchester 17 DEAD/12
Luke hits 14
Nick hits 13/10 DEAD.
Luke’s horse is startled, and his movement almost carries it off the edge which starts a small boulder landlide right into the group of them. All are unhorsed but for leader. 1 man wounded. leader hit in the head by a rock.
Original fallen man pulls his pistol at Nick for a miss.
The unwounded fallen stands and draws, as does the wounded with the broken ribs. He takes cover. The leader draws and fires but it clicks with a dud.
Wynnfield throws another rock at his man
Luke fires at leader “I say sir, drop you weapon. There’s 10 of us up here.”
He retorts “Hail Yogsothoth. The Twilight never surrenders!”
Nick fires at him but misses.
Wynnfields man misses Nick; other cultist fires his revolver at Nick but misses; Leader fires at Nick miss.
Dog fires both scattergun barrels at the unhurt cultist crit 50 DEAD.
Wynfield throws rock and hits again.
Nick hits leader 15.
The rock pelted one yells to surrender. The leader turns “The Silver Twilight never surrenders” and fires at his own man crit DEAD.
Luke hits the leader 7.
Dog leaps from his 25’ height, forearm shivers the leader off of his horse for 18 who hits the rock strewn trail hard DEAD.
Dog takes the last one alive and drags him back up hill. He wants to break his neck.
Luke says we need to interrogate him.
“You’re the money maker ’round here so…”

Some questions from Luke lead to a few backhands then a punch to his broken ribs from Nick.
He says they were looking for an artifact, but he knows not what exactly. Their leader is a sorcerer, in the hills somewhere; he’s from our Scottish lodge, named Fergus Campbell; they had arrived in time to see us here. Fergus took main party to make camp, and our group told to burn buildings, third group led by Cpt Dulles was to draw us away and maybe kill some of us. He’s an ex soldier merc not one of us. Men from the main camp were to meet with us up this canyon to take us to the main camp. Only the leader knew the signal.
He asks for forgiveness and to be let free. Luke denies that request. He begins crying, he damned his soul forever to gain power with Yogsothoth. Now that he has foresaken Yog the cult will hunt him down and kill him. If now he’ll go to hell after gaining no good power. Luke tells Dog to treat his broken rib. Dog insists he sees a few bad teeth “Good oral health is a start to a good healthy body.”
Luke insists he can repent, live in a monastary and serve the lord once we get you out of here. Until then, you’re our prisoner.

All groups meet the burnt out camp. They did not do a great job, all buildings are damaged but none are destroyed. Building burnt most was ours. We lost 2/3 of our food. Luckily we took all the lenses with us.
Westinghouse determines the central point is due north in the hills, about half mile. We decide to wait for the next day.
Now about 4pm.
Jake, Jesse, Ron and Anne ride fast up the canyon to find the meeting place and maybe track it to its source. End of the pass is empty.
Jake “They were on horses so…” We find one path enough for horses.
Partway up, a shot rings out from side, horses couldn’t make it up. Jesse dismounts and draws buffalo rifle. Jake and Ron look for the source. Ron hit twice 10/8/miss/miss. Jake is missed four times/9. All were rifle shots.
Jake misses with a shot and retreats, followed by Ron who also misses. A hail of bullets at Anne’s horse 16/18/12/28 DEAD. She gets on Jesse’s and they flee.
Jesse’s horse is shot up next.
Jake fires and hits 16, Ron hits 9.
Anne’s hat flies off and the leader yells her name!! He knows her personally. This is the Cpt, named Dave McCreary. Use to be bed buddies.
Jake “And you’re alive? Hehe.”
Anne “He’s not the law.”
Jake “What are you doing ambushing me and my men in hills full a cultists?”
“They hired us to take you all out. We didn’t know that they were cultists.”
Jake "What are you going to do now.?
“I’d like to go back and kill’em but my men will never stand for it. We already got paid, they’ll just want to leave. They won’t wanna go back and fight those men.”

Back at the set:

“There are 11 of us and 15 of them. Now there’s nine. They are hiding to the west.
Westinghouse encourages him to stay, maybe a couple trusted men, just for Anne’s sake. 4 will stick around for a while.
We don’t want to get them killed by the creatures, just show us where the cultist camp is. We don’t want to be heading back in the dark, so we camp here for the night.
Same guard duty as previous night but Luke takes NY Will’s place.
We stay in the tower now, 1 door in and out. Jesse gets atop the tower. Jesse hears a noise down the side, and sees a burst of lightning from the storm coming. One of the creatures is right there at the bottom, climbing to him and clearly visible. He fires and hits 22 DEAD chest blown open.
Nick puts goggles down, looks around rifle raised. In a lightning flash, one is one each side of him.
Nick yells for Luke, fires 16 DEAD and 12. It grapples Nick and takes Nick ethereal. 3 more are closing in on Nick. One of which strikes at Nick, and fumbles both claws, bite crits 11. Seeing them on the ethereal is another thing entirely, forcing another sanity check and he loses 1.
Luke starts waking people up loudly, shaking Jake and Billy.
NIck backs through the door of the tower, he fires 2 shots, hitting wounded one 7/17 DEAD. 3 others attack. New ones each bite miss/7, other claws miss/5 and bite miss.
All of us are awake. Anne runs right through Nick, who backs into room more and miss/17 DEAD.
Jake and WIll run outside “Where’s Nick?!” Jesse is scanning the area for him. Jake dons the goggles in the street.
NIck appears in the material world
Westinghouse “There he is, they pulled him ethereal.” They turn visible to follow Nick.
One of the misses 2 claws but bites 20, the other hits 1 claw 6, bite crits 17.
Jake and Will are fast enough to get shots off before they go away. Anne throws 4 knives and hits 47 total. Billy double taps crit 34 DEAD.

April 13

First thing, we all make for indian village and find it with no problem. A switchback narrow path on the cliff leads to the cliff dwellings of the tribe. Quite small, actually. Probably only several families.
Large central chamber w/fire pit, pics painted on the wall. The pics show people dancing about a fire, large black spectral hunters w/them. Nothing looks different through the goggles.
Westinghouse looks at painting, 6 humans and about 20 humans “Dig in the fire pit”.
Billy “Mad dog, dig it out.”
Find small, leatherbound box.
Luke “Grab it, in case the smart guy from NY has a better idea.”
Westinghouse “Take it out.”
Dog gives it to Westinghouse who opens it, finding an old crumbling book. Cassandra say sits the spell to turn people into the creatures, the text describes Weatley and turning the shamans into the spectral haunters.
Westinghouse tells Cassandra to check out the pic, to see if there is anything arcane about it but there isn’t, he thought the figures might be the phylacteries.
Westinghouse pulls out the magnifying glass, has everyone else step out, and he goes over the room crack by crack.
He notices slight tracks on the floor in the sand, recently. Tiny trails of snakes, several. Then small holes in the wall like rodent holes that the tracks go to and from; then slight evidence of a struggle and at least 2 bodies having been drug across the floor from areas in the room to the ladder that leads out. Firepit surrounded by snakes, as if they had been coiled up around it.
Next, he more carefully searches the firepit area. As he messes with the bedrock clay inthe pit, he feels something harder like bedrock. We scrape it all away and reveal shale bedrock.
Ron “See, dynamite would have found that.”
Wynnfield “And buried it all forever.”
Dog and Nick break through the shale, but a flat stone of what seems granite at first, but maybe marble. 2.5’ by 3’; Seemless. Like no rock we’ve seen before. Has a mark, several dirty ones. Then rows of markings.
Dog tries to break through with a sledge, but nothing. The sledge shatters, and Dog is thrown back against the wall. Some force smashed him in the face bloodied.
Nothing through the goggles.
We clean the symbols off. It seems to extend further the sides as if there should be more there. We clear the rest of the shale and clay off the entire inside of the pit. It uncovers a 3′×4′ that looks like it may be a plug/hatch. Billy and Dog lift it up, and underneath we find 6 Kachina dolls!!
Jake “What do we do, Cassandra, destroy them?”
She nods yes. Jake tells Mad Dog to hit one with a hammer. He does for 14 and the doll shatters. A ghostly form wails out of it and dissipates. Billy draws 2 guns and shoots them to pieces. 5 other whisping figures float up and away. Westinghouse makes sure there is nothing left in the rubble of the pieces, and there isn’t.
Westinghouse insists on taking it to the men in Arkam. The Beverly’s prepare a sled to drag the slab along.
Suddenly a shot rings out but hits none of us. We see 5 cultists (4 w/ rifles) with a medium age, somewhat portly woman with them. Its the Bartlet, the columnist woman. They say they will skin her alive if we don’t give them the ark of Vlaktos. “That stone, we want it and we want it now.”
He tears the side of her dress down and he carves a piece off her back. They are about a hundred feet down and 50’ out down the trail.
Jake whispers for Jesse to kill that guy. He fires unexpected by them, but misses. Their 4 riflemen fire, hitting Jake once 15.
The cutter goes to cut Bartlet some more. Ron fires the knife out of his hand with a miracle shot (card). He starts to strangle Bartlet. Jake draws his Frontier and hits him 10, Jesse hits 22. Their riflemen miss Jake.
Billy draws both guns, hitting 2 of the riflemen hitting 8 to one and 10 to another. Nick misses w/ Winchester, Will hits 9. Atwater fires revolver and hits a rifleman 6.
Billy fires twice again but at the leader, now directly tween us and her and making to gnaw at her face, miss/9; Jesse hits him crit 32 DEAD; Ron hits with rifle to a rifleman 12.
They all fire at and miss Jake. Luke hits 15 w/rifle; Atwater hits 12 DEAD, Jake hits 20 DEAD; Nick hits 15l; Will hits 4 DEAD; Will McNamara fires his .32 miss. Westinghouse fires 11 DEAD.
Back to the set, pack up and leave today. We check their camp but find nothing of use or value.
It seems snakes killed 2 at the firepit. So there are 2 unaccounted for.
Bartlet is hysterical from her ordeal.

We discuss securing the Slab and whether or not to search for more cultists here.
We decide to stay here for a couple day or so but not go too in depth into the underworld. We will look for Look to the Future like clubs that could be a front. If we find nothing soon, we all head east taking the Slab to NY, the gang accompanying us as far as they can.
A few of us will always stay at the house keep the Slab safe. This will be Jake, Jesse and Ron.
Westinghouse will read through newspapers from the last 6 months or so, looking suspicious clubs. Will will be doing legwork info gathering.
There is Hollywoodland, Los Angelas, and on the other side Devil’s Bay the City of Lost Angels. The city is run by a Prophet. Beyond that is The Maze, a network of islands and inlets and channels where the mines of ghost rock originates. All this was caused by the quake of ‘68. Chinese pirates and smugglers frequent it. California passed a law against Chinese entering. So they are smuggled in, ending up on railroads, the Chinatowns of LA and Lost Angels; also an underground railroad type of thing to move them to San Francisco.
Political reasoning was they were afraid they would take jobs from the citizens. Weird twist is it is against the law for them to enter CA, but once they are here they can’t be sent back. You must then prove absolutely they sneaked in, which is difficult. There are anti Chinese sentiments of course, even gang activity.
We are going to take the camera and lenses back with us to NY.
Los Angelas: Luke/Will Beverly/Nick/Anne to Los Angeles
Hollywoodland: NY Will/Cassandra/Westinghouse/Atwater/Dog/Billy.
5 toughs will also be at the house courtesy of Wynwood.
Bartlet will stay with us at the house the first night. We arrive late.

April 14

Wang Wei appears, stays to protec Arc. Says a brother of his will arrive shortly to transport it/help us transport it, back to NYC.
Los Angelas:
LA is primarily a horse and buggy town, so they fit right in. They start with the saloons, bringing up and listening Look to the Future, Silver Twilight. Will claims he was in NY, Boston, New Orleans and all their trouble with clubs/lodges et al and going from there.
They all say Lost Angels is where you wanna go for that. Nothing like that here.
We ask about Lost Angels: run by Reverend Grim. LA has small docks on the river, but an entire bay by Lost Angels so they get a lot of the sea trade not here.It is true the dead walk there? Ain’t never seen anything like that, but don’t get on the wrong side of the Enforcers. Grim’s men aside from police/mayor. Enforcers are who to fear. Cross the church and you’re a dead man; it’s folktale that no one leaves there. Anyone can just walk in like anywhere else, though its true a certain % don’t come out. But, you fall under the sway of the religion you never leave. You join the congregation The Chosen Ones. Chosen for what, who knows; they act Christian, have crosses and such, but “are about as close to being so as those damn Mormons”. Grim set up shot right after quake, opened a kitchen, fed the people et al. Biggest city in the maze is Gomorrah, on a plateau, biggest boomtown ever. Best gun makes the law; sheriff is the best, plus his lawdogs. Texas Rangers are there, federal secret agents, straight confederates (all making sure the rock makes it to their homeland), miners guild, inventors club (everone knows they are insane from working with ghostrock, its cheapest right where it’s mined). It’s sort of part of CA but also part it’s own entity. One of first families out here lives in a huge mansion, The Waitleys, from some place back east called Dunwich. Bunch of them came west post earthquake. Lost Angels is basically a great seaport. Grim’s church still provide free meals.

In Hollywoodland:

NY Will, w/ Cassandra and Billy, does the leg and mouthwork here, like Will B. and Luke in LA, but goes to main city police HQ. Big hispanic desk Sgt greets him, sent to meet officer Mack Bird on public relations today, flaming red hair and handlebar moustache; derby hat on the desk.
‘everyone out here is a cultist, even Mack is of the Fraternal Loyal Organization of Moose; they have Elks, Water Buffalo; doesn’t trust the church and Grim, they do whatever they want its a hellhole over there, dead coming back to life; Mack is from the east, was on the other side of the law for a while as a member of the Dead Rabbits, he and best friend were arrested by a good cop, gave us another chance, looked out for us, got us out of the gang, saw that we went to the academy, name was Joe Friday!; Mack had the wanderlust or he’d still be there; Will convinces him we are great friends of him so Will gets much clearer about things; after throwing some names around, he knows of KOTST, there is a club called the KOTST on Sunset Strip; came to law’s attention cause of disappearances, name of Stanford came up concerning a large money draft from an account of that name in Boston; they are bad news, went quiet in last week or so, place like a tomb now, empty, reports some went off into the desert; give us names of higher ups: Mortimer Smythe (accent odd, English to German), his right hand Raif Jenkins; this was not the first KOTST lodge to open here, first was in city of Lost Angels, one night Avenging Angels (Grim’s squad) killed them all and burnt the place to the ground, this was last year, couple months later the ones with the $ from Stanford arrived and disappearances started, girls rates rose especially; its every man for himself the further you get from Hollywoodland; also mentions evidence of Tongs, cause of hatchets left at scenes, maybe linked to the vanishings but we found no evidence; hatchets left behind seemed too convenient, we did find one of the girls in Chinatown in a cellar, though every person there swore they know nothing about it and no interrogation broke them; says will look for Dark Mistress having docked here, he has a few possible connections in Lost Angels he could check with; warns us NOT to go there; gives us the lodge address; Will tells him where we are staying so he can send any other info. They part ways, but Lt. Mack leaves the building immediately heading up the street.
Billy follows him, goes to telegraph office. Writes message and gives it to operator, torn up after sent, then he leaves.
Billy informs Will/Cassandra what he saw, offers to hold up the office to get the paper.
Will goes back, gets the next sheet, takes it with him and pulls off the indentations by the classic graphite rubbing method. It was to Friday, asking if he can trust the man he just met.
Westinghouse gets to work on the newspapers by himself at the library. He finds what Will finds about the KOTST in Lost Angles to help hungry and drive out demons, and Mortimer Smythe, self proclaimed ‘citizen of the world’ starts another chapter house; sent small group of their people to help where the need is greatest: Gomorrah; finds out about the the kidnappings of females; investigative piece on Haelstrom allying the the Collegeum (scientific guild in Gomorrah).
Gomorrah/Lost Angels seem to be a landmine of trouble. Gomorrah is no place for a civilized man, the outlaws will have to go there at the right time w/o the easterners.
Atwater, accompanied by Dog, asks around at doctors/hospitals/morgues for anything out of the ordinary, as far as bodies/illneses, etc… Later in the day, a Borax wagon train found the bodies of cultists we killed, they are identified and all members of the KOTST; several days ago a ship arrived ‘The American Dream’ wrecked on the shoals just outisde Lost Angels harbor, all hands lost; bodies brought to morgue here cause they washed up on this side.
Atwater reputation precedes him with the man at the morgue to do the autopsies. He is to assist, TODAY!
In the observation room, an agitated man in tattered suit paces back and forth.
Atwater “Who is that?”
“Jonothan Meaker, an insurance man. His company covered the ship, just waiting to find out what happened.”
Most of bodies are completely lacking on blood, mostly no water in lungs, like they were killed pre shipwreck. Several of them look like they had their throats ripped out! Another 2 obvious puncture wounds into the jugular
As they leave, Meeker “So you’re the famous Dr. Atwater?” Give Atwater a business card and invites him to their office tomorrow to discuss an issue, having to the with the deaths and the american dream; he feels there is more than meets the eye, and Atwater can bring some associates. “Come by in the morning.”
Atwater agrees.

Back at house we share info, and all are dumbfounded. Luke says Billy should go to meeting tomorrow, since he spent a lot of time w/ a vampire.
Westinghouse and NY Will feel this may require Warrington’s boys to team up with the Gang, we wire Archie immediately!!

April 15

Westinghouse, with NY Will, Dog, Luke, Jake and Jesse to go to the KOTST HQ, accompanied by
Atwater, Billy, Will B. to meet Meeker.
Guarding the Slab is Anne, Nick, Ron, Wei.

At Meeker: we are taken aback by a site, lovely young raven haired women sits there, wry smile. She can tell we are checking her out. Her eye glistens at the site of Billy.
Name is Mirabella, Atwater says we are here to talk to Meeker. Shows her the business card, its her brother. We watch intently from behind as she leads us to the office. Billy hangs with her in the lobby.
Meeker smells like he’s been wearing the same suit for days; 2 days growth of beard.
Will B “You look kind of haggard there Meeker, and scared.” His hands shake badly, breath is horrible.
He is not even sure what time of day it is.
Says things have been very trying lately, offers coffee which Atwater accepts. Sister arrives with the drink.
Will notices there are dark streaks on the carpet, the desk recently swung around so that his back is not to the window anymore. He wipes the sweat off of his face.
Clipper American Dream wrecked a few days ago. Tell us of their deaths, which we already know, thinks the ship may have been carrying live cargo.
If we can prove it was an animal loosed illegally, they won’t have to pay the insurance.
Say of course he has heard of vampires “everyone has, this is more savage than that. I’m pretty sure vampires don’t exist” figures the cpt acquired a lion or tiger as the ship came from Hong Kong.
Atwater “It would also have eaten them.”
They sent a message to Hong Kong to have the manifest sent, which will take a couple months. They don’t have that long “and the only survivor won’t talk. Mr. Bradly Tepes. He’s in the sanitarium section of the hospital.”
In a lucid moment, he claimed another surviver had jumped off the ship to make for sure. One crewman’s body has not been accounted for. He figures we could get to the bottom of this. “I know the rep of you’re friend Westinghouse.”
He offers their normal fee of $25/person, he can hire up to 4 people, and a bonus of $200. Shows us the wreck site on a map.
He’s afraid to tell us why he moved the desk
Will gently coaxes out of him what has him so utterly scared:
salvage team sent to ship, deck is sticking out of water, hull under, full of rats and the whole salvage team in hospital from disease from rat bites.
He admits he really does not believe it could have been animals, based on the horror on some of the dead men’s faces. Some entrails ripped out.
He drinks his coffee, and grimaces as it has been sitting there since last night. Will gives him Atwater’s fresh coffle.
He says he is afraid he has been followed, something may have even came through his closed bedroom window 2nd night after boat sank.
Outside, Billy flirts with Mirabella. She’s too scared to talk event to Billy. He offers to have them at Wynwood’s house, but she refuses. Billy offers to stay at the house with her, and she is enamored at the idea that he would stay in the guest room to protect them.
In another office off the lobby, we see another guy dressed better than his look would think he should. Likely the dad Benjamin Meeker, talking to a large gaunt man in black silk coat and gray turban, oriental coat.
Dad “This isn’t realy a good time, Mr. Tooms, Perhaps we could discuss this later.”
Will whispers to Mirabella who that his, but she has no idea. The figure turns, sees us, gives us a malevolent glare (long square features, coffee colored skin, taut flesh).
Then the dad relents and he shuts the door.
Will (card) gets her to tell us what she saw.
‘nothing but terrified me anyway. Every night for last 5 nights had terrible dreams. A shadow enters my room then I fall into darkness. First night I locked my window, but it was open the next morning. Since then, she has felt compelled to leave her door open."
Her brother calls her into his office, and Atwater immediately goes to listen at the door with his stethoscope!
Benjamin explains to him they are about to lose thousands, has no time for this sort of thing. Tooms says he would enjoy our club, bring your son as well. Benjamin says he thought Tooms wanted to speak of the Amer Dream. True, there is cargo they wanted delivered to the club, but took opportunity to offer membership “You see, only the best of the best are invited.” The Keepers Club is a haven where men of value can escape pressures of business and wives; all men invited are kept from harm and toils.
Benjamin, halfway through declining, says "of course I’ll join your club. And I’ll bring my son." He comes for the door, and we look casual. He enters and looks at Atwater for a moment like he knows something was up.
Billy “I know what you are, tall man.”
“You think you do.”
He opens the door, the sun shines on him “Not what you think.”

At KOTST HQ:
Westinghouse stops at the cops, and intros self to Mack. He say he will personally accompany us, brings 2 other officers. Westinghouse, Will and Cassandra ride in their growler. The others on horseback.
Door locked. Mack tries to open it. We’re about to pick it but Dog kicks it in.
West “Effective. Primitive, but effective.”
Cops scope the perimeter, say there is a side door bashed in.
Cops insist they enter first.
We find a guard sitting on a chair. Touching his shoulder, the head falls off.
Westinghouse “Don’t touch it.”
Everybody looks at him, “wondering what makes you think we’d want to.”
Deep growling voice from next room speaking in Latin, it comes from through the kitchen where we find another dead, and steps going down to the voice.
Keeps invoking Morning Star, says Westinghouse, then no, invoking the bride of the Morningstar…Lilith.
NY Will stays up here to watch our rear.
Mack wants us to stay here and let the ‘professionals handle this’. We invoke Friday and our experiences with him to let us to.
Jake says “Mad Dog, let’s go.”
Dog “Jake, I’ll send Jack first.”
Jake “Ok, Jack will lead the way, we’ll follow.”
Latin “come here sweet mortals, come here.”
Mack grips his shotgun tighter. One cop backs up a bit, scared. The other, Cassandra, Westinghouse suddenly leap forward and run down the steps.
At the bottom, a hellish green light, pentagram in a circle on the floor. In the middle of it stands a being like a strong man w/ huge curved horns and legs that begin as human at the hips but become goat legs below.
Westinghouse and Cassandra both stop at the bottom, but the cop steps into it scratching out the circle, unbinding the demon! Probably been stuck here for a while. It’s really angry.
In return for freeing him, the demon draws 2 daggers glowing w/ purplish flames, in latin “thank you” and hits the cop with both daggers as the rest of us reach the bottom wounding him. It move so fast, it seems otherwordly and jerky.
As we are reaching the bottom, blood is gushing out of the wounds worse then it even should and it hits the cop twice again 19 DEAD as more blood fountains out.
Sanity all around, Westinghouse and Will failing. Mack’s deputy fails the new horror check paralyzed with fear for 6 rounds.
Jake fires, and should have hit him square in the head but he dodges it!! Dog fires both barrels and misses. Will grabs Cassandra to stop her from advancing on the demon but she snaps out of it.
Luke misfires! And is mighty scared of this demon (failing horror check), paralyzing him w/ fear for 2 rounds.
Westinghouse snaps out of it, moves aside, calling Jake to stand right next to him and wait for my signal, and aims his revolver at the demon.
Jesse arrives last, and fires his rifle but it dodge.
It moves and stabs Mad Dog once 6 and Jake once 6. It feels like a freezing cut and bleeds a point per round.
Dog drops the scattergun, goes for a grapple, AoO misses, and succeeds 12. Jake takes aim and blows its brains out crit 34 DEAD.
It starts to dissolve, covering Dog in demon puss.
Now we see 6 bodies in red robes stacked to one side of the cellar, throats ripped out by vampires. They killed the sorcerers.
Back upstairs, we find some dead servants, same MO. Someone, thing, cleaned out the cultists.
There is a letter from Baron Hauptman, telling them to recover the Arc of Vlaktos at all costs, do not under any circumstances let it fall into the hands of the non believers from NYC.
Mack has no idea what to do about explaining a dead cop at the hands of the demon. Luke suggests burning the place down. Westinghouse says you can say he responded to suspicious sounds and got caught in the flaming aftermath.

We all meet for lunch at Bookbinders, famous for its seafood, in Hollywoodland.
We share information. Mack says he met with Friday in Chicago a couple months ago for a few days. “He told me stories, but I was positive he was just pulling my leg. Now I’m not so sure.” He will stand for none of this magic BS in his town!
Atwater needs to talk to the crazy man from the American Dream. Mack says Tepes was in the hold, looking up grinning maniacally. Billy, Atwater, Westinghouse will go.

Dr. is Chester Ambrose. He’s heard the name of Atwater before.
The sanitarium is part of the hospital, across street from it.
Tepes has long thin face, singed reddish hair from fire on the Dream; burns on face untreated; complexion vary pale; undernourished for more than just the time he’s been here. He sits on the floor in a straight jacket.
Looks up at us and rocks “Roaches are the best, they crack like candy…” and goes on about spiders and flies.
The Doc beats him with a sap, Tepes wines.
Atwater stops that, Tepes is horrified. The Dr. is old school, beatings for the crazy. He is about to scratch at the burns on Tepes’ face before we stop him. Westinghouse asks Billy to show him the door.
Ambrose agrees to let us talk to him privately, finally.
Atwater says to Tepes “I myself have developed a taste for locust.”
“Ah, then you’ve seen him too.”
Billy “Tall, thin, goes by the name Tooms?”
“I am Kasper, not Tepes. Tepes escaped. I stole his suitcase,he didn’t know, and I hid it on the ship.”
Westinghouse “Is he the one who swam to shore?”
“Yes, he kissed the captain, on the throat. And blood, blood was everywhere.”
Westinghouse “Was Tepes a passenger the entire time, or did he appear during the voyage?”
Billy “Where did you come from?”
He says was thrown off the ship by the cpt. They sailed away, left him in Hong Kong. Then he stowed away on the Dream. He was originally on Nasho Maroo cargo ship. Sails the orient. Came across Tepes in the cargo hold, shows us his bite mark “He just took a little bit, just a touch.”
Billy “He had to keep his strength.”
Recites letters, showing Tooms to be the one who brought him here, Tepes family eagerly awaiting his arrival; Tepes came all the way from Europe helped by minions “So much he told me”; his family here to ‘start the crimson tide of blood’ across the continent; Tepes luggage still on the boat; he does not know where the Tepes live. Says he can’t find him, and wouldn’t if he could. Calls the Dr. a bad man. The Dr. steps back in and clubs him. Calls back to orderlies “Bring in the electrodes”.
The man starts screaming “Tepes said, said damn you Van Helsing. This time I destroy you” and repeats it with “This time Mina will be mine!”
This is too much for us to handle. Our skin shivers at the truth of Dracula being here!!

Ambrose asks Atwater, wants to show him an interesting case. Just to him.
At end of corridor, a door is guarded by orderlies. He takes Atwater to the ‘game room’. He opens the door to a large cell, several young female patients housed there. He says female patients respond to &#^$^$&$&$. Offers to let Atwater have a go.
One girl yells ‘Help me, help me. I’m not crazy, they took me off the streets!"
Atwater agrees to operate a handcrank to an electrode attached to the man’s, ahem and ahem. He slaps around the women to get excited and yells for Atwater to turn the crank!
He’s the one kidnapping all the women!!
He starts, then takes his cane and clubs the Dr. in the back of the head 7 KO’d. Atwater, using the handcuffs he keeps given by Friday, cuffs his hands behind his back. He tells the girls to remain here while he gets help after setting a couple free. He gives his derringer to one of the girls for defense. They are in bad shape, beaten/shocked/violated. 3 have the energy to be very angry. Atwater gags him and goes for help. They electrode the doc. Atwater tries to talk his way out, but the orderlies are wondering who’s cranking for him as they can hear the electric go. Atwater talks it down and comes to get us.
Westinghouse tells Atwater to get to the phone and call the cops. Billy gives Westinghouse his derringer .45.
Westinghouse “Orderlies, stand down, the police are on their way.”
One reaches over and presses a button. Billy levels his gun on them. Billy goes for an intimidate check on them to get them to do as Westinghouse orders. One stops and stands there, the other drops to his knees wining about having a family and begging us to not get him involved “They make me do it”.
Inside Westinghouse finds the doctor is alive but charred in the privates they ran so much electricity through him. Billy watches the orderlies while he takes care of the girls until Atwater returns.
Mack shows up. Recognizes one of the girls and he’s sickened. They march the doc out of here with his pants still around his ankles.
We gain sanity for this!
We are busy with paperwork and such today with the cops.

Evening comes, and we go to the house of Meeker.
Meaker invited us to study for brandy and discuss the issue.
Dr. Buchenveldt, her physician, does not like us being here.
Mirabella has been weak in the mornings lately, weaker the last couple. He has even given her a blood transfusion. Thinks its anemia.
We say Billy and Anne will take turns in her room and he does not like that at all.
Benjamin enters, insists Jonathan go to the meeting.
“But father, things seem to be coming to a head here. Your daughter’s life may be in danger.”
Westinghouse “We really need Jonathan to be here tonight. It would not be proper for us to be here w/o him.”
Jake makes a nod to Dog, who gets up and slaps a full Nelson on Benjamin. Once again the Investigators are taken aback by the immediacy and bluntness of the Gang.
The Beverly’s start tying him up. Both are almost bit as he snaps at them, though fangless thankfully.
Jonathan is beside himself “What are you doing!” etc.. Luke and NY Will tell him why we are doing this. The Dr. is taken aback.

Westinghouse “How long has he been the Dr.?”
Jonathan “A few weeks. SInce his dad died, her previous Dr. He is in love with her.”
Jake tells Billy to get upstairs.
Westinghouse tells Atwater to go as well.
They find the door locked, movement inside.
Billy kicks it open to find the servant maid having open all the windows. Mirabella is in bed asleep.
Billy “Ellen, go downstairs.” She ignores Billy as if in another world.
Billy “Atwater, stay here by the door and watch. I’ll get her away from there.”
Soon as Billy touches her she snaps out of it, surprised they are there. He sends her downstairs then locks the windows.
Westinghouse “How did the Dr’s dad die?”
Dr “Passed away in his sleep.”
Theo “When?”
Dr “About 2 weeks ago, maybe a few more. Heart attack.”

Westinhouse and Jake go upstairs.
Billy says a vampire must be quite old to go out in daytime, generally. Bring garlic, wooden stakes, and silver bullets.
Westinghouse “What about why he would have to be brought here in secret, as if cargo?”
Billy “Many can’t cross bodies of water.”:
West “So who swam to shore?”
“That may not count as running water, per se. And the weak minded servants are a liability.”
Atwater is checking on Mirabella as a thunderstorm has rolled in.
Jake sends Jesse and Ron onto the roof.

April 16

The night passes quietly accept Benjamin seems to have come to his senses and wants to know why we have tied him up in his own home.
We try to explain Tooms, but Benjamin does not believe us and gets quite beligerent. Westinghouse calls for Jonathan to explain what happened last night, as he recalls only declining Tooms’ invitation. Before he gets there, we tire of his anger so Atwater gives him a whif of a new chloroform concoction which knocks him out “He should forget some things after this dose, like us tying him up.”
Westinghouse “Put him in his bed and let him wake up there.”

Mirabellas and Jonothan and the Dr. arrive. Atwater checks out MIrabella in private.
He calls for Anne and Ellen the maid to check her more sensitive areas for us.
They find nothing.
Westinghouse “Did you check her inner thighs?” Yes. “Under her arms?” They did not. They check, and there under one is the bite mark!!!!
Atwater “Good job, Westinghouse!”

Meaker has never heard of this Tepes family. Nor do the servants nor Mirabella.
Morning newspaper comes, Westinghouse reads it. Hollywoodland police baffled, 5 disappearances from a party in an abandoned manner put up for sale months ago. ALl had acted strangely for at least a day before. The owner who is purchasing it is believed to be a Marcos Tepes. We assume all 5 were guests at this keeper party. Neighbors say for sure several carriages and a steam car arrived during the evening. One thought they heard a woman’s scream; others a bell tolling.
Also, labor shortage blamed on disappearances at the waterfront. Captains hardpressed to fill their crews.
Disease from the rats of the wreck is spreading. They are calling it Red Lung, causes vomiting of blood. Highly contagious as hospitals staffs is catching it.

Atwater, Luke and the Beverly’s will check out the docks. Will will research the Tepes family and such and speak to the article reporter.
The rest to the party house.
We will leave the Ark at the producers house.

Will/Cassandra:
Meets the reporter first, Alan Ladd, showing his press pass from NYC. He is mighty impressed by Will, and his eye candy.
Will says he’s investigating the disappearances in NY, the trail leading here.
Each of the missing are heirs to a fortune. A huge percent of the trust funds of the city is tied up in those now missing. They are also rich now.

Westinghouse will say they could be undergoing a more long term conversion, and will just show up again.

About Tooms: he has been buying property for months, preparing for the Tepes to arrive. There is a house the family supposedly moved into, a different one from the party house. No one ever comes or goes. It appears empty yet that is the family address. He gives Will the house, in one of the swankier neighborhood. The reporter says one of their family is in the luny bin (Kasper actually, but he does not know that).
This is the only occurance like this at one of the properties. He shows Will a Keepers Club business card, no address.
“There have been rumors of this club, a lot of….f&^#*@(g going on. LOts of debauchery. Attracting the young wealth of the city, even reaching the opium dens of the docks. I was looking into it.”
He found nothing. An informant doing digging for him, a fisherman, went into one of the dens and never came back. He does not know which one. This card was found in his room. Will keeps the card. “I’m not going to rest until I find out what happened to my friend.” Bobby Weston was his name. Was under the guise of a sailor. He was staying at a boarding house, he gives Will the address.
He is working on an article for the paper, knows there is a link tween the Tepes family, the disappearances in the harbor, and this hedonistic club. Now he thinks the ones last night are related as well. Will agrees, warns him to be careful, these people are surely very dangerous.
Tells him we are staying at the Meaker house, to look us up if he should need assistance.

To records now, to search for info on the property sales. The records are split up by district then by street etc… not by any names. This looks like an all nighter. Will convinces him to assist. Turns out there is a cross reference book of ownership changes chronologically. He starts at about 6 months ago.
They find that 4 places bought by the Tepes, then a number that is missing. Then a few more. By the writing indentations below the pages, it looks like signed TOOMS. He has somehow altered the record. This has ruined the continuing search for the actual property sights.
Back to Meaker’s.

Docks:

Hundreds of dockworkers live in this area. We begin across from where the ship crashed, a penninsula with a Heathmore fish processing factory. It reeks but we handle it. Various ethnicities working there. Lots of fish cutting and gutting. Flies everywhere, rats unafraid of the humans dragging fish entrails and heads into the dark holes in the walls.
We meet the foreman. “Ah, a toff. What can I do for you” after punching the chinaman who came to get him “get back to work dog.”
We approach it as if interested in business. He’s gruff at first, so Will says we are interested not in buying out from under, but in investing and enhancing. To that he gets nicer. Will “You could even get in on the ground floor”. We say we are troubled by the recent disease and disappearances.
Calls Luigi over to tell us what he told him, the weird rumors.
Luigi says that the men gone go into bars, opium dens, they don’t come out. No specific ones. No place is safe. Most nights used to be 1 or 2 disappear. Now 3 or 4 a night for weeks now. His friend Mario disappeared, then “I see him last week, walkin;’ down the street!” He approached adn was told “Keep away, I’m working. Part of a club”, Keepers Club. Then brushed Luigi off. He met 2 others and they went off into the mist.
Luigi says Mario would never act like that, was working hard to bring his fiance from Italy.
That’s all there.

As we leave, a small Chinese woman lurks in and alley, beckoning us over Luke notices. She says she say something. Very early, about an hour before work. Was fishing, heard a terrible crash then fire and screams. Watched for a long time then heard something, splashing in the water. Something swam under the pier. Looked through the cracks and was a big animal, eyes glowing red an growled. It shook its coat of wet. She stood petrified until others came to start work. Bigger than a dog, fierce. Glowing eyes look right through you.
Sounds like a big giant wolf to Will. Luke hands her a dollar bill. We continue on, asking around. An old salt Hasberth says he saw the wreck. Swears it steered right for the rocks, then went up smoky “like a greasy rag”. Then the terrible screams. Burned quick, the men burned up bad but was not fire that killed them. Every last one has his throat torn out. Luke gives him a dollar. By evening we are about to head back to Meaker’s when a dock worker asks to see us in private in an alley to tell us something best kept in private.
We are on alert. Atwater is against this but we follow anyway. Bev’s have their hands on their pistol grips.
We tries to lead us around a dog leg but Luke “This is far enough.”
“I have something to tell you” leaning in and beckoning Luke closer. Luke says he’s fine where he is. He leans in “I have a message from the master”.
Luke “Who are you talking about?”
“The master, our master. He says that you need to go back and tell your master to stop meddling in other people’s affairs. Because those that do wind up dead. Stay away from the Meaker house. Stay away from the docks. Stay away from the American Dream. Stay away from the Keepers Club. One last thing” tries to get up close. A knife is drawn fast, but he’s too confident and pauses for effect on the poof he sees as Luke. Atwater is ready with his sword cane 7. He runs back to the dog leg “ALl right, you asked for it.” 3 more men step around. Another 5 are blocking the alley.
Now that it’s life threatening and self defense for our lives, Nick “Shouldn’t bring fists and clubs to a gunfight.”
Luke tries to intimidate them, explaining they really don’t want this fight. It’s not going to go pretty for them either, using Nick as our tough example. They insist on one of theirs fighting one of ours to prove our tough guy is tough.
Nick gets the best of him quickly so he goes for a haymaker and hits 12. After another hit he goes for a grapple but fails. Nick responds with a hefty jab leading to him missing wildly. Few more rounds go to Nick before he misses barely, and Nick kidney’s him 8. He follows with a crit to the chest 10. Nick retaliates 5 and 6 and he’s wavering. Nick then staggers him before Nick KO’s him.
Then pick up their friend and take off.
Luke “It’s a good I’m a scary guy.”
Nick, adjusting his jaw, looks sideways at him.
Will “It’s a good thing Nick’s so damn tough.”

They go back to Meaker’s.

House:

Westinghouse we have spoken to Lt. Mack, shows him our card.
Furniture still very dusty, but the table in the dining room has been used. At one end is a lot of drops of blood. Not enough for death though.
Westinghouse examines the room.
shoes of 3 men and 2 women, and one other wearing a shoe with a parculiar checkerboard pattern. Seems to have been a scuffle. Bare foot tracks do not look fully human, somewhat deformed, 4 toes, probably clawed, plus a 5th digit to the inside. Hair fibers not human, unlike anything we have ever seen before. Very course hair, gray. At least 8 of them, human sized. All came from an adjoining room, rushing out. At least one dropped to its 4 limbs for a moment before leaping. It’s hands loooked the same as the feet but w/o the 5th side digit.
Jake asks if it’s a werewolf, as the Gang has experience with that before. Westinghouse says it can’t be, but instead ‘if they weren’t so large it would be animalia cordata mammilia rhodentia …."
Jake “What is it!?”
West “A rat, a really big rat.”
Jake “Great, so there are wererats?”
We do not know.
They charged in, grabbed and held them. Lots of blood drops in a few places, figuring each in turn was held down on the table while they did something to damage their necks dropping blood.
Making them into were creatures? Marking them for the vampire?
Also find a pair of very smooth shoes, maybe riding boots, standing right at the head of the table. There is no sign of its entrance or exit. He was making minions.
Nothing else at all on the table. They were just waiting for their host and bam, ambush.
Now, into the adjoining room. The 5 are being dragged across the room, or partly dragged. Outside are tracks, Pneumatic steam car tires. Marks left by the rat creatures disappearing into the sewer. Westinghouse is only able to follow for a few blocks into a somewhat seedy neighborhood.

Back to Meaker’s.

Late dinner. We all share information.
Tomorrow, into the seedy area to ask about property newly sold in last 6 months.
We hang garlic at her windows and door, and keep a guard.
Roof guards up before dark. If she goes to her room at all, Billy and Anne follow.
About dusk, there is a knock at the door. The maids lets someone in. Doh!!!
A tall, large beard, hair slicked back, long, huge widows peak. “Good evening.” Sounds swedish. “I’m your neighbor Conrad Wallender” of Sweden paying a visit.
Miranda enters, and stops dead staring. He “Ah, and who is this charming lady.”
Billy “None of your business sir.”
Westinghouse “The lady has been ill recently. But she’s getting better. I have no doubt she’ll recover.”
He invites us to his house and gives us his card, which Luke NY Will takes. One street over.
Jake “What made you stop by to visit this house.”
Just getting to know my neighbors, and I hear that Benjamin Meaker owns a large insurance firm, will be shipping lots of merchandise in and would like to get it insured; he’s an importer.\
Luke offers his friend Will’s help in bringing imports into San Fran instead. Much bigger port. He says that’s true, but he’ll start here now. Perhaps in a month San Fran, then in a few months New Orleans. Then NYC. Says he had failed plans in London in the past “I’m doing much better here though.”
Westinghouse “This is a rough business town. No doubt you’ll have some troubles.”
Westinghouse does not see his reflection in his mirrored cigarello case he bought just for this test.
Luke, after he leaves, says he let something wryly slip. He is very confident. Figured we wouldn’t pick up on it the way he said it. He has followers who w/in the next few days are ready to spread all across the country. Each one is going to start a Keepers Club. Once they get free, there will be no stopping it. There is not enough of us!!
He says worse times than the Black Death are coming. He makes it sound like that was caused by the Red Death.
To Mirabella “I’m sure we’ll be seeing each other soon” and he holds his hand out. SHe begins to pant and lean for him. To show his power, he puts his hand back up and she stops. He takes his leave, as “I have important matters to attend to tonight.”
“I will give my regards to Wilhelm von Brown. He’s an old acquaintance of mine. He will not be as happy to see me as I will be to see him.”
Wilheml von Brown is the vampire the Gang knows in Texas. How does he know!!!

Billy thinks we should put Anne in the bed. One window open to try to bait him tonight. He’s likely too smart to try something now on her so direct. But we do so just in case.
Miranda sleeps downstairs. While Dog is on his shift awake, she tells Dog who is awake on guard she has to go to the bathroom. Dog follows her up and he waits outside the door. Dog listens closely and hears the creak of a window in moments. He kicks the door in and she is going out the window. Dog gets her and pulls her in. She begins to pummel him saying the master has called me, she must go.
“Jack, you let me down. You were supposed to be watching her in there.”
Atwater gives her a slap and she comes out of it.
The rest of the night is uneventful.

April 17

We start bright and early.
Wei, along with brothers Lo and Long, leave with the slab for NYC via freight train. We wire ahead to NYC, to Wexler, asking to secure a package for us to Miskatonic University, undercover.
He wires back in the affirmative, but expects payment of course to be negotiated upon our return.

Westinghouse sees Lt Mack who says he is welcome to go to the wreck site, with Atwater, Jesse, Jake, Ron, Nick, Billy. He gets a letter of intro from Mack and gets a beat cop to watch us from shore in case of trouble so that he can get help fast.
All but the upper deck is sunk beneath the waves. Fire burnt a large hole on one side. Darkness is visible within. Rigging hangs in tatters. Only cabin looks ready to collapse.
Our crew is good, and lash us on. It is lurching a little still. Still smells of burnt wood and rot, dark stains of old blood and carnage.
Peope were trying to get away in the lifeboat during the massacre. The cpt was holding onto the wheel and was torn off of it, huge blood stain there.
Seagulls feed on something in the crow’s nest. Billy climbs up to check it out, finds remains of a crewman with throat torn out. This is a crew member who was not counted. Kasper was a stowaway, so he was telling the truth.
The cabin has charts to orient and a map of the Hollywood land docks/harbor area.
Down into the hold goes Westinghouse, Jake, and Billy. A fair number of rats swimming around in the flooded deck and along the walls.
2 bunks in the captains cabin, probably shared with the first mate.
A small, unfinished statue whittled from driftwood. Obese body, small wings, and a score of tentacles hanging from its head!! This was in the cpt. ownership. He has obviously traveled well in his life.
3 passenger cabins. One has a washbowl stained in blood.
Probably the first victim, washing up and then hit.
In crew area, most everything removed like elsewhere. We grabe a page from a journal barely legible. Talks of cpt needing a rest after this trip, a crewman bitten by some 20 rats and dying, the author scared of sleeping at night and being attacked by the rats.
Also, Mr. Tepes caught coming out of cargo hold and warned more than once without an escort. Seemed tense and angry about it the last time, and angry about us stealing his bag’ (that was actually Kasper).
Another entry, author can’t wait to see Caroline and propose. Mentions it being ‘his turn’ to invite the passenger to dinner. They should arrive the next day.
Lots of squeaking coming from hold, shoulder height water, cargo floating.
Find a manifest page: includes 25 caskets for a Mr. Bradley Tepes. So maybe 5 properties?
We light torches and move in looking closer.
Find a canvas carpet bag floating marked property of Bradley Tepes and a letter to him in China from M. Tooms 1102 Heller’s alley Hollywoodland. Signed ‘Yours eternally’, MT.
Westinghouse "Now we know where Tooms is, and there we will find the properties.
Now to the aft hold, the closer we get the more agitated the rats become. It is completely under water.
Westinghouse volunteers, he can hold his breath. He tells Jake and Billy to keep the entry clear of rats with torches. He’ll come submerge there and go under there. He figures should not require skilled swimming per se.
Billy “Unless something grabs you under there.”
Westing house after a pause “Perhaps a second person should come with me.”
Ron volunteers. Billy and Jake will keep the rats away from the opening, revolvers out. Jesse is watcing down from above, rifle ready. Nick and Atwater keep watch above behind Jesse.
We find the caskets, all 25 are here. We cut the securing ropes and take one up to the top. It seems very heavy. We open it, revealing a woman lying there, peacefully. Dead, or asleep. But only for a brief second until the eyes open, gives a scream and incredibly fast leaps up. Smoke rises from her as she wails, dressed like a Hollywoodland strumpet. It leaps for Billy violently! Billy draws and hits 12. She slams Billy 7.
Jake “Gang tackle her!!”
Nick flips Atwater the stake. We rush her, Billy, Jake and Westinghouse get a hold of her.
Atwater goes for a swipe but misses wildly.
She does 9 to Billy. Its a struggle as Nick and Ron fail to join, but we fail to pin her. She fails to bite Billy. Nick and Jesse join in, but we pin her down!!
Billy “Stick her, stick her!”
Atwater strikes true, through the heart. She bursts into flame.
A voice behind us “The master would not be happy to hear that you are messing with his plans. Even as we watch they are transforming into the hybrid Man Rats!”
Jesse “Nope, I don’t reckon.”
The outlaws unleash Firestorm, emptying their rifles. Westinghouse and Atwater each hit also. 2 drop dead, the rest are in critical damage but for 1. The survivors draw and only Atwater is winged.
We draw our second weapons but for Atwater and Westinghouse. All are taken down leaving the Cpt last but Jake and Billy finish him off.
Westinghouse and Atwater are slack jawed in amazement at the Washington Gang’s death dealing.
We reload. There are 4 more that are heavy enough to have bodies. We bring them up. Ron keeps wanting to blow them up with dynamite, but we don’t want to risk them surviving and being free then. So we use rope to lash them securely shut. With hand axes on board, we chop holes in the faces and let the sunlight burn their faces until death. They are all from Hollywoodland, judging by their clothes.
Once again, the Investigators that are present are shocked at the violence of the Gang.

Now to Will in the seedy district to find the house the rats may have went to, with Will B., Cassandra, Luke, Anne, Dog. Will Beverly leaves to find some silver to procure and get bullets made. We all pitch in for a handsome but affordable sum.
The newsboys know the street that seems like it may be what we are looking for.
A prostitute there tells us that for $5 she will show us where all the toffs go. We easily can get that together. 1205 Lawrence Ave.
Looks deserted. There is a bar across the street, we will keep an eye on it from there. The back of the building is down an alley. The places on either side are also occupied. We pay one of the paper boys to go to Meaker’s house with a message about where we are.
By late afternoon, toward dusk, the others show up at the bar.
7 enter through the front: Jake, Ron, Jesse, Atwater, Luke, Will B., Westinghouse.
Rear: Billy, Nick, Dog, Anne Will NY, Cassandra.
Almost dusk, Will B. arrives w/ 26 rounds. 5 Outlaws minus Dog each get 3, with Jake and Billy splitting the extra 2. We pass out the juju rounds as well.

Mad dog, in 2 hits, beats his door in. Westinghouse picks the front.
The halls are thin and maze like leading to dead ends and such. The hall behind the front group is found closed behind them as they turn back.
The rear group leads to more intersections, so they start to mark their turns. But they come back to them when they know they shouldn’t have. Cassandra says its an extradimensional area of some kind. Finally they come to an empty room. They search around.
The front starts breaking in the right plaster wall into a big dead space between the corridors, with a carpet that went under the wall. It was not finished on the inside so just put up recently. We break through that and continue finally coming to front door. We take the right at the T and continue, finally coming to the room with the other group.
Luke “This is worse than a funhouse carnival.”
Ron gets on Mad Dog’s shoulders and punches a hole in the ceiling, and cuts through the carpet above.
Ron is heisted through into a beautifully appointed room, Victorian style. No one in there. Electric lights are lit in the corners.
Dog starts boosting others through. We drop a rope and get everyone up.
The door opens and Count Wallender enters without a word.
Gang draws, he puts up his hand and says to put the weapons away to talk. “You think I’m some sort of monster……….” Tries to say there are many kinds of monsters in the world. Admits to being from Transylvania, Vlad Tepes, the Count Dracul.
He says we are beginning to annoy him, “fortunately a minor annoyance.” and mentions Van Helsing, who the Investigators have heard of. He says he wishes not to kill us, his plans are incapable of being stopped at this point.
Tooms joins us. After offering us partnership, and us refusing, he bids us adieu and leaves the room. Tooms remains.
Bells start ringing, and Tooms says when the bells cease, the entire place will go up in a gas explosion.
So, we need to get out fast. Tooms stands calmly waiting. The ringing stops. There is no explosion. He looks perplexed, then doubtful. “I guess I must kill you myself” and picks up an axe. We draw and he leaps through the hole in the floor, running away.
We go into the hallway, and its a normal house. We go for the front to a window and go it. About a minute after we hit the ground, a woman approaches us, wearing a shawl, whispers “Come with me, hurry” to Ron and grasps his arm. Her skin is cold as ice and she has fangs. She leads us to the back into the alley “In here, follow me” back into the maze.
Ron “Why are we going here?” I will show you.
She opens a trap door we missed, leading to steps into the basement. Huge pile of coal, oil, other flammables and explosives with a detonator. It was rigged to the clock.
She says “Quickly, you must disarm this.”
Ron gets to work, and does so easily.
Woman “It would have leveled the entire block.”
Ron “Who are you?”
Valeria Armstrong. One of the women who disappeared. They are just 5 among many, money used to finance operation. Her fiance Hubert is going to Vienna, Samantha to Paris, Fredrick to London and Samuel to Cairo. One also to NYC. They were to leave by ship but not any more. She thinks they are leaving tonight, all on the same train.
She does not know if God wills it, or her will is stronger, but she was able to leave her coffin and come here to stop this explosion to save our lives. She can feel her control getting stronger every second. She wants us to kill her. She wants to be buried in consecrated ground, a mass said for her, she wants to go to heaven.
Suddenly “He knows, he’s in my mind, he knows you’re not dead!”
We stake her and take her body with us.

Stop at Meaker’s to grab more TNT and drop body off. Jonathan says his sister was taken by Tooms. They could not stop him.

Off to the train station.

It is about to leave. 3 cars of passentgers, followed by a private car and a freight car. We see into the freight car, its full of coffins. We board as it is leaving. Likely, its full of his servants and those he put the wammy on. The ticked agent and platform watchman say no one has gotten off suddenly. We ask cause we know he knows we are coming, he might have tried to trick us and skipped out.
No sleeping quarters, only 2 common room cars. Men, women, children. About 40 total. Several staff. It’s headed to San Francisco. We go for the private car but the conductor stops us.
Dog goes to grab him and push him out of the way. The people are shocked. A kid “is it going to be a hold up mom, is it?”
Jake then knock on the door to the private car and Tooms answers. “ah gentlemen, we’ve been expecting you. Come in.”
The room is full of disreputable characters, but no Count.
Westinghouse deftly fleeces an ornate dagger from Tooms (card).
He allows the first 3 to enter: Jake, Dog and Billy then closes the door behind them “Gengtlemen you have been a thorn in our sides lon genough.”
Each man pulls out nasty crude weapons like daggers, clubs, chains, etc.
Billy and Jake draw like lightning. Jake drops 1 seriously wounds another; Billy drops 2 and wounds another.
Tooms goes for Dog w/ a crowbar hitting twice. 3 thugs hit Dog twice, and 3 each miss Billy and Jake.
At the sound of gunfire, Nick and Ron cover the rear at the passengers. Jesse raises his shotgun to blast the lock off the door. Will tells Westinghouse he has seen a sketch of that dagger before in San Fran. It supposedly belonged to a famous hunter of vampires, Westinghouse gives the dagger to Anne. She keeps it hidden until needed. Will says it was blessed by a Pope. Jake tumbles away and blasts one if his; Billy stands firm and firs away amidst his attackers. 2 AoO hit Billy. Billy fires 2 double taps, killing one.
Tooms slugs Dog with fists now; the thugs continue attacking him as well.
Dog goes for a grapple on Tooms and gets him!
Jesse blasts the door open. Westinghouse and Anne enter the private car, the others watch the passengers.
Westinghouse and Anne attack the thugs at Dog. West misses w/ a shot, Anne goes in melee with them.
Dog picks Tooms up by his calves and stings him mightily at one of the thugs, killing him.
Westinghouse "I don’t care how old he is, I guarantee that has never happened to him before.
Jake tumbles back again, killing 2 and wounding another. Billy hits a couple.
Tooms grapples Dog.
2 of the thugs at Dog grab shotguns, firing at Anne miss/10. Billy’s and Jake’s all miss.
Dog and Tooms roll onto a bench seat, from which Dog slams him to the ground landing atop him. Westinghouse’s shot misses one of the shotguners, Anne attacks the other
Billy draws his lightning and a dagger, attacking with both killing 2. Jake pistol whips his 3, being out of bullets. His frontier is loaded with silver.
Jesse steps in, shotgun blasts on of the Anne shooters 21.
Tooms tries to counter, wrapping his legs around Dog’s torso or head to turn but fails.
Anne is fired upon by hers, her AoO misses, 15.
The other fires at Jesse 17. Jake and Billy are both missed.
Dog fails his grapple check.
Westinghouse hits the other shotgun 8, Anne attacks hers again DEAD!
Jake pistol whips 7 DEAD; Billy shoots 8 and stabs miss, missed by AoO.
Jesse fires his 2nd barrel at shotguner remaining 21 DEAD.
Tooms fails his grapple.
Billy is hit by his last thug.
Dog grapples 20.
West crits Billy’s 14; Anne moves to him 20 DEAD.
Only Tooms remains.
Jake and Billy start to reload.
Dog finishes off Tooms.

We take a short rest. Jake says we need to test all the passengers before we disengage the freight car, in case there is one or more trying to fool us an slip by.
Dog walks around with garlic to test everyone, Nick follows him with the crucifix of Lady Christine.
No reaction from everyone.
Billy “We need to check the staff and engineers too.”
Staff in the cars check out as well; now the engine. We get all the passengers in the second common car next to the private car, and Jake, Will M. and Cassandra are in the private car to watch the way into the freight car.
We load up w/ silver and juju rounds.
Billy volunteers to go with Dog and Nick. We watch the way to the freight car closely. Dog presents the garlic to them and Nick the cross. Coal man keeps shoveling.
Just as they are about to test the engineer the coal man ambushes Dog w/ the shovel but misses! Billy doubletaps him.
The engineer turns, grinning with fangs and lunges at Dog 9. The coalman hits Dog 3.
Nick goes to hit him with the cross but misses. Dog grapples the vampire.
Billy double taps the coal man again DEAD, falling off the train.
The vampire fails to do anything offensive to Dog. Dog moves him to the opening of the fire, and with shoves him in. Nick closes the door and locks it.
The banging gets weaker and weaker before it finally stops.
Billy calls for the train to be brought to a halt. Nick brings it to a stop.
We hear running across the rooftop
The vampires attack. Some men, some women; older, younger; 1 clown, 1 gypsy, 1 prostitute among them.
3 appear at the top of the coal “We are going to eat you all.”
Billy hits w/ 1 silver bullet. The speaker leaps to grapple him and succeeds.
Ron is then grappled by one coming through his door leading to the now empty 1st passenger car.
3 vamps enter from the freight car. Will yells in terror! “3 of them?!”
Cassandra throws a fist of Yogsothoth at vamp in the middle, knocking him back 5’.
Cassandra is charged by one of the vamp’s in the rear and is grappled.
Another comes through Ron’s door, rushing and grapples Anne. Will hits Ann’s point blank w/ silver bullet.
The next one up front but misses Nick.
Jake hits the vamp across the car 17.
The last at the engine misses his roll to grapple Dog.
Ron escapes his grapple and steps back next to Luke!!
The bullrushed vamp ignores WIll M. and charges Jake but it misses.
The last at the main car enters and goes after Ron, but he resists.
The last in the rear car charges Jake as well but Jake resists the grapple.
Anne stabs hers w/ the lifted dager 17!
Jesse fires his buffalo rifle at the first Ron escaped from 18.
Westinghouse and Luke miss the same.
Dog steps back and scatterguns his 20.
Nick misses his with the cross.
Billy tries to fire in his grapple but misses; Billy resists the grapple.
Ron’s original goes for Luke and grapples him.
Will runs into the full car, and grabs the dynamite box, and runs back in, heading form the coffin car. Cassandra fails to escape her grapple.
Anne resists her grapple; as does Cassandra. Will hits Anne’s 10 DEAD!!! It disintigrates.
Nick is missed again; Jake hits with JUJU 20 DESTROYED!! He quickhammer’s the next17Juju, it MISTS (the one who was fist of Yog).
Ron steps back and fires silver misses.
Atwater misses trying to stuff garlic into the mouth of the vamp on Luke. The other misses Ron. Anne stands and rushes Luke’s as it is about to pin him miss.
Westinghouse misses Ron’s; Nick misses again w/ the cross; Luke escapes the grapple!!
JEsse nails that vamp with a Juju shotgun shell 16 DESTROYED!!! Dog misses w/ his silver shell. Billy escapes his grapple and it fails to grapple back.
Cassandra fails to break free. Her man Will rushes for the back of the car and to the freight car.
Cassandra is pinned, and takes 3 con damage. Nick is missed again. Jake plugs the one on Cassandra 15.
Ron hits silver 7.
Atwater rushes it with a stake and swings, misses. It attacks Atwater, grappling him. Anne comes over and stabs it in the back 17.
Nick misses again with Jake’s cross;
Westinghouse runs after NY WIll.
Dog grapples the vamp, it lets him do it.
Billy shoots his w/ silver then is slammed 8AoO/miss. Cassandra fails to escape. WIll M. pulls a big bundle of dynamite from the crate.
Cassandra loses 4 more con.
Nick is missed.
Jake hits Cassandra’s 12. Dog is slammed in the grapple; Ron misses the one on Atwater; atwater escapes!! It misses a slam at Atwater. Luke hits it w/ silver DESTROYED!!!
NIck, while warding, opens the furnace door!! Dog tosses it into the furnace!!! Then slams the door. Billy hits his w/ silver 14DESTROYED!!!
Cassandra fails to escape, and loses 1 con.
Jake hits hers 12 DESTROYED!!!
NY Will lights the TNT and tosses it in. He and Westinghouse run back into the private car.
The front 3 gang up on the final vamp and get it tossed into the furnace in a couple rounds.
A few moments later the TNT blows!!
Ron fully wires the train car and blows it and all inside.

Dracula is no where to be found. We have to hope he saw the writing on the wall and took off. The last vamp, who misted, we lash his coffin shut and put it atop the coal. When the sun is up, we let him out. DESTROYED.

We walk back into Los Angles to the producer’s home. We stay there, laying low, for next few days.

Some planning over those over those days: Jake recommends to Westinghouse that they do not go straight home, but make for New Orleans first with a letter of introduction from Jake to Etienne. That they should talk to him and Preacher John, maybe the book keeper as well, concerning the Mythos and such. For Etienne knows a lot. The Investigators accept.
They will leave with Jake, Billy and Jesse who will go so far as Stetson City, TX, with them. From there they will visit the vampire of the Boothill campaign. Jake feels that, however long he has lived, he may have some insight into all that we now face. Also, if 2 Feathers is still there and has a shaman, visit them as well for any assistance they may be able to give us.
The others will stay here and enter City of Lost Angels. Will, Luke and Anne, in whatever fashion they see fit, are to make friends and get people used to them, and find out any information they can concerning Haelstrom, the Church, Gomorrah, New World connections, anything they can. This will be a slow process, Will B. says, it will have to be methodical and careful so as not to attract attention. It will take weeks before we will be able to even think about which people to choose the right time to ask the right questions to.
Westinghouse asks NY Will if he will return to Chicago to continue his New World deep investigation. He says he indeed plans to immediately rather than return to NY via New Orleans with Westinghouse and Atwater.

On the morning of April 21, the group leaving departs on the train. The others get to work in The City of Lost Angels.

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