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.
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.
The Detective Agency office reopens.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In newspapers “Blood Bath in Chicago Chinatown!!” NW bought the Tong mark ruse.
Westinghouse and Atwater arrive in London.
Will arrives Chicago, having received a letter from Jake to please return to Chicago to assist Anne.
Will returns to NYC.
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.