Feb. 7 we begin our investigation of Friday;s triple murder.
3 victims reviewed, over about 2 weeks:
1) Tim Daggot: chemist: died without a mark; second killed, 9 days ago; found in bed; no cause of death but terrible visage upon his face of abject terror.
2)Albert Runstead: prof. oriental languages, Marshal college; died without a mark
3)Frank Baird: Engineer; strangled, but large marks/bruiding on neck; died in bed.
All 3 died in their rooms. On each bodies was found a coin, like Sue Carpenter showed us.
Atwater puts in a request with Friday for the exhumations of the bodies.
We visit Daggot’s wife.
‘Genlte man; No visitors that day, twice in day leading up, one 2 days prior to death but left no card. Tim went to club meetings Gleener’s club, every thursday night. I saw same gentleman in the carriage pick him up twice for meetings. Tim called him Robert. Talked to Robert 2 days before death and Tim got very agitated, though they talked in hush voices. Next day he sat in his study, ‘thinking never shoudl have gotten involved’. Would not expound.
‘Day died, came home from work as usual. I was downstairs with maid, and we heard a blood curdling scream. We ran up, his door locked. We hailed a constable a few minutes after and he broke in.
’No markings in room, faint smell of cinnamon’ (summoning!!).
I searched his room and den. They had been cleaned. Did find tiny hole drilled through windowpane. It smelled of cinnamon still, and a faint smell of rotten meat. Atwater spotted me as I leaned far out then searched the ground below: footsteps and marks of a ladder in ground below, a 3 holes in a triangle and burnt woodchips (tripod with brazier burning for summoning no doubt. Definately 3 people at bottom. Atwater looks for marks going up the wall but finds none, but does see smoke stain on the upper overhang of roof. Looking around, no potential for a neighbor to see anything at this spot.
Crumpled note in trash: to JB (note 1)
Envelope with stationary in it: to JB, worried death of Albert (note 2)
Empty section on bookshelf
Wife says knows nothing of missing books, but it was his section on mathematics. Though a chemist by trade, math was an intense hobby.
In fireplace, the burnt remnants of his math books!!
Also found: A paper scrawled with ‘the chaos coefficient’; another with a strange mathematical formula and “no further I need the box”; and a set of 4 symbols written top to bottom with the name Fu Xi and “The Black Sutra mentions Chaos Coefficient’”
Wife does not know Antonio or JB.
Albert is Runstead, surely. Tim has no address book present. Wife says the coin is a representation of his group ‘The Society’. She knows no Runstead, but knows of Frank Baird who she says has been gone a couple months. Knows nothing of his death until now, she thought he was in China working on a dam there.
Theo identifies the symbols as those for Heaven, Water, Earth, and Fire related to work on the I Ching.
Jon and Theo begin researching Chaos Coefficient, Fu Xi, Black Sutra:
This is all in the category of supposedly: Higher form of math existed prehistory to discover ‘the last theorum’. This makes a person go insane or become very powerful of mind. This Chaos Coefficient is part of it. Monestaries in Tibet trying to work it out because that is the sole purpose of humanity. Supposedly understanding the Coeff. allows you to see a ‘true reality’. Fu Xi is a mythical person, perhaps, born in lower regions of Yellow River. There is a supposed biography, mentions 8 trigrams with which he could gain mastery over the world. Wrote the Black Sutra in order to block away evil from mankind. Supposedly lived 2852-2737 bce (long life, did he stop the Old Ones?)
The trigrams: in I Ching, also supposedly written by Fu Xi. Used by some to supposedly predict the future and tell past, using special ancient Chinese coins which you flip to give you 2 groups of 3 lines. The symbols we have are 4 of the 8 trigrams! The ones used in traditional alchemy. The code of the secret of the universal barrier between chaos and order are hidden within them. The calculations that show that are called The Chaos Coefficient.
Black Sutra may help keep evil at bay, or a manual to become an all powerful sorcerer. Also supremely evil, so any copies that may really exist are hidden away.
The coin symbol is a ripoff of the Eldar SIgn. Probably something the Group made as a cool symbol for themselves.
Atwater and I take train to Arkam.
Meet Armitage, show him burnt piece of paper with symbol. Says stop back tomorrow. We check in with Bridge. Had been checking in on illegal opium den, looking into a cop being killed there. Arkam is on a smuggling trail between NY, Northport and Boston.
I give him the name of Dark Mistress and tell him to watch for the name, since there is a link to China. He says Dark Mistress is named as possibly smuggling of opium, and sometimes pick up passengers leaving. His connection gave him the name Bishop! It may be in NY harbor now!!
Morning: Armitage says this Chaos Coefficient supposedly mentioned in a book called The Black Sutra. He knows the nothing about the book.
We show him a coin and he knows it as the Evergreen Society, amateur occultists. Meet at Gleener’s Club. An acquaintance of mine is a member, Dr. Bob Strange. He gives us his card and letter of introductions. Says they play at the occult but they don’t really do anything.
Hire a cab to Marshal College and Runstead’s. He lived alone, housekeeper. The college had nothing to do, financially or otherwise, with this expedition to China. German landlady talks to us, explaining that she found him in bed when arriving for work. No smell or strange markings. All seemed fine the day before.
Talk to local detective, and he speaks freely to us based on reputation and he is stumped.
Mathematician in Armitage’s group calls the formula gibberish. The symbols themselves have to do with gravity, the speed light travels through aether, and the relation of reality and non reality. Might be an attempt to figure out a constant that gets plugged into something else. But it failed. It makes no sense.
Wilkerson has never heard of Chaos Coefficient. He does thing there was a mystical math in Stygia with certain important numbers. Some mystics, of course, think math is the secret to the world, to everything. Theoretically doing or undoing reality, maybe even the Great Old Ones. Birth and Rebirth, destruction and creation.
- Lots of traffic on campus, even at night. Several people, going by prof’s house, heard strange noise. When snooping saw darkness but one room with flickering light. Then the strange fluit like noise scared them away. Another saw a greenish glow, heard a growl, but as if speaking a language in conversation. Light seen just after midnight, growl after 1am.
(So a creature was conjured in and the prof, or someone else, was speaking with It).
Evidence of a ladder against the outside wall.
He allows us to see the house and question maid.
The desk was oddly empty of all notes, including things the maid said he had been working on for months. Long sections in Chinese “Secrets of the Black Sutra”! Locked it up in his desk. He was frantic those last couple days. Said he would be receiving a Chinese heirloom of utmost importance he called simply ‘the box’. She says no visitors, but he was expecting some who never showed. This worried him. He went to NY most Thursdays, and he did mention “If they’re not here by Thursday I’ll see them then.” But he died first.
She recognized the type, at least, of symbols that are the trigrams.
She felt they were working on some project on ancient China. 2 young men who would visit would do the math, but said a couple months ago “We’re stalled until Andy gets back with the box.” The 2 were named Tim and Anthony…Antonio.
Find a few personal cards including ones from Daggot, Baird, Andy McPherson, Col William Kelly, and Dr. Robert Strange.
Back to Arkam and train to NY the next morning.
Jack and Theo have visited Chinatown to do some asking around, including Eg Chen:
Supposedly half in Secrets of Black Sutra real, half bologna.
Assaulted on street.
Insert Combat; pg 22 Exhumations around 20 minutes
No other info
When we arrive, word has come from Teddy that the Secret Service agents are the real deal, and a woman has been waiting for a couple hours. Stunningly beautiful though too thin. Black hair, dark eyes. Asks for help to find her brother. Her name is Sue Carpenter, married, brother to Tony Melendez, full name Antonio (!!!). She had come to the police because her brother had been missing for some time. Tony is a NGS cartographer. Upon return from last expedition he was different. Distant, and new group of friends she never really met. 1 looked oriental. This was about 2 months ago. Had gone to China. One distinguished, bald and gray, telltale accent. Saw his pics in paper, named Albert Runstead. A professor of oriental languages. Her bro vanished about 2 weeks prior. She had just come to visit him yesterday when she was told he had not been seen or heard from since.
She and brother share no friends. He did mention a girlfriend.
She found, in his room, a silver coin she had never seen before.
Asks our help and offers a fee!
Melendez house: Obvious fight. Confirm of leave of absence from job on November last year for 2 months, and an extension while in China. Several books seem missing. Will goes door to door. 2 gentlemen in suits arrive, claiming U.S. secret service and they take Friday, myself and Atwater away downtown. Sit in an office for half an hour waiting.
Man finally comes, introduces as Agent Samuel Spade and asks us to refrain from investigating our current case as it has to do with National Security. Friday says he’ll be speaking to the commissioner about this. Threaten prison if we don’t comply. We agree but Friday reports to Teddy to look into this through proper channels as we are suspicious.
Neighbors told Will they did hear noise, night between Runstead and Daggot’s murders.
Searching Baird’s house, he seems to have seen the ambush coming to some extent. Same markings on ground outside his window, but he fired 3 shots which seem to have missed their mark. His shooting position seems to have been from a hiding spot, as if expecting the attack. Some creature sent through the same hole in the window pain. That’s why he was strangled. The others were caught sleeping.
Will has checked in on the financial side of their trip and into their bank accounts. That’s an expensive trip to pay for. He finds that the trip was financed by a J. Worthington Baxter, railroad tycoon paid from a special fund, his ‘Evergreen Account’.
Included a shipment from China brought in through the Su Yun Quin Imports, NY. Also paid to Bill Kelly, US Army retired; Tony Melendez; Andy McPherson; Frank Baird.
Purchase of supplies at an outfitters and passage to and from China.
The bodies tell us nothing but the strangulation was by a large, probably talonned hand.
I look up Kelly and McPherson:
Kelly lives at home with wife and child. claims to have no idea what we are talking about. Tells the tale of the Evergreen Society and China. Baxter’s arrival and Runstead’s began it all, with story of powerful relic hidden in China. Strange helped them understand things.
Spade’s steamcar explodes as we leave!
McPherson has no regular address, seems to be a soldier of fortune. So perhaps a hotel? Was seen led away from an apartment by some Chinese men.
Ship they travelled on was the Summer Breeze.
Cpt. of ship says someone broke into Baird’s room on last night in port and tossed it, stealing a valuable vase.
McPherson departed here in NY, luggage forwarded to the Eldorado Estate. Owner a collector of valuables owned by…Baxter!
Kelly’s luggage was sent to his home, but waylaid on the way there. Nothing reported stolen.
Mrs. Melendez comes to see us in the morning at office. Jon is there with Atwater. She partially bullshits us.
Secretary walks in with armed Russians behind her.
Insert battle, 50:00
Tell us about what is supposedly in the vases, the boxes with physical manifestation of the Chaos Coefficient. They know of the 2 stolen vases, and one delivered successfully to Baxter by Quin Imports.
I head to docks to look for Dark Mistress finally. Name of same cpt. as always is attached to it now. Owner is Aubrey Penhue Trust, so the next owner (dead-to-be) does not have it yet. Ship is organic, a monster itself! Crew are deep ones, cloaked by illusion!
Will et al visit the shop of Dr. Strange at his store. His dress looks like a bunch of random, mostly fake, arcane symbology put onto his clothes just to look cool. Says demons vulnerable to silver and Christian holy water. Gives us a spell that counters demons leaving our plane as long as it is being recited. A full round action each round.
Shows us book Magik From the Orient. Thinks it is only copy still in existence. Experiences of westerner John Nevill in orient. Much is folktale, but some is of great value, including mention of something called ‘Harbinger’ which wanted to destroy earth as we know it and remake it to suit the great old ones. Mentions Fu Xi and Black Sutra, which describes a mathematical formula that has power to alter reality. It IS the basis of reality. Can stop the Harbinger, was used to do so that time. Actual formula itself has no form on paper, has to be in the mind of understanding only. That persone becomes more than human, godlike, and cease to exist at least in this plane. The whole is called the Last Theorum. It is made up of 3 parts: The White Axiom, The Reality Doctrin, and The Chaos Coefficient. Fu Xi in his wisdom chose to hide the pieces in 3 different places. Only piece known to still exist is the Coefficient. It was thought lost until the prof. found an old manuscript that spoke of it hidden in tomb of emperor Su Lao. Before this, the Evergreen Society just talked about the occult, to be cool
Understanding the Coefficient requires the I Ching, which Fu also invented. How he doesn’t know. Perhaps, one would measure the intricacies of opening the box and somehow use the code in the I Ching translate that into the actual Chaos Coefficient formula. This would take a long time, it is presumed.
Melendez had studied the I Ching and had some ideas. The I Ching is made up of those groups of lines, 81 possibilities. How this all works really, who knows.
He says we can look at this book here all we want but can’t take it. It’s in Anglo Saxon.
Undercover cop staggers in with ‘9:00 tonight, Joe Cody Shipping’.
Meet with Friday for dinner at 7:00 and straight to the Cody Shipping bust.
Back to Westinghouse at docks:
Ship keeps changing in subtle ways, like an organism rather than a ship. Undercover task force has kept in communication so I can leave for the dinner meeting.
Bishop with a creation of his!
Deep ones become anthropoid serpentmen! Then Houston, or someone disguised as Houston!
Nyarlathotep! I see his blank black face, into his depths of cosmic blackness. Ship becomes even worse, a creature fully alive in the shape of a ship, covered in tendrils, a gaping maw of a canal where the cabin door is. They walk into its innards!
2 sets of an illusion. Normal people see, old one cultists see, and then the true forms. I feel Bishop is probably seeing the cultist illusion. He may be a dupe for them as well!
He and Bishop embrace, ‘Houston’ with writhing tendrils around Bishop unbeknownst to him.
Bishop leaves and Nyarlathotep walks into the maw.
Everyone else to Quin Imports:
Kelly joins us to introduce. Quin is about 35 but looks much younger. Cha maybe 15. Slender, conservative oriental style dress. Unsure how Chinese bad guys found out about this, for all she knows her man in China is a traitor or was shaken down. She says with everything you think about this thing, you know nothing.
*Insert battle pg 23, 2nd Investigators; *
Theo saves Quin’s life she takes a liking to him because of it. He is fascinated by her in return.
She says the puzzle box is actually 3 pieces that fit together. Only her and her lover, McPherson, knew this. She kept secret cause he told her to. He’s the only one that went into the final section of the tomb. He told the others there was only 1 box.
He said they were doing it for the good of mankind, so no one would ever get it. He said to lay low and things will be ok, she hasn’t seen him since.
Dinner meeting and plan:
Quin joins us. Everyone shares their experiences. Plan our move on the warehouse (see drawing for crude map of the block).
Deal goes down, Chinese send a signal for pirates to be attacked. Pirates who leave are slaughtered by a giant gorilla creature.
Trapdoor under crate. Westinghouse solves puzzle lock. Tunnel leads to a maze of tunnels, probably those under Chinatown. Pulldown stairs to a locked trapdoor. Go up another exit to outside and into yard. See Tong inside through wellwindows opening chest given them by pirates. Full of opium.
Insert battle; pg23; 2nd Investigatores (dinner then to warehouse 1:27:00
Mexican standoff with reinforcements from upstairs. We get out with the leader of the deal and the drugs.
Melendez still missing. Police questioning captive Tong leader from drug deal.
To Baxter’s house with Friday, Quin and the Col. Leave early morning.
Arrive in few hours. In waiting room, notice secret door behind bookcase.d
Melendez one of their 2 men who could have interpreted the box.
Home by early evening. Office is tossed. Note from Fu Sung Ling, head of Tong of the drug deal. Kidnapped Timmons and secretary. The child is found by Theo hiding in the closet.
Jack, Wang and Jon sneak into Tong. Teddy gives us until midnight before raid starts. Get intel from prisoner 1st.
Secretary is killed. Timmons survives. Melendez dies by own arcane power. Says math is harbinger. He had solved the box the Tong have. Wept tears of blood thinking of what he saw in the box, says even if he tore his eyes out he’s still see it always. McPherson kept a 4th box for himself. We will find another at New World!
In passages, Bishop tries to get Cassandra. Pale corpse creature chases our men down there.
At Fu Sung Ling’s office, he’s missing but we find the box! Fight with Bishop but his essence seems to escape, inhabiting the body of a dead officer.
Leadership all escape, several through a hidden passage through which 6 cops followed and haven’t returned. We investigate, leading to the passages but into a different tunnel going deeper and as we get deep it smells of ghoul!
We have 2 boxes now. Most spent resting.
Jack and Theo with Father Jon take train to Arkam with the box from Fu, visit Wilkerson. Phones connect all the offices. Sets up meeting with Prof. Steiner at Maxime’s (French cuisine). Not part of Armitage’s group, thinks they are getting in over their heads with something they do not understand, that he does understand. Does study Mythos, has read Latin Necronomicon. Very opinionated. He thinks Mythos can be thwarted with right understanding, just needs to find the key.
Wilkerson ID’s writing on box as from a lost age, perhaps 25,000 years old. Some derivative from Aklo (subject which has destroyed his reputation), or vice versa. Says can read more Aklo than he lets on. Had a student who was of great assistance. Mostly, dark groups know this language so he’d be in danger if they knew. Shows us metal cylinder in a rock that is at least 50,000 years old (see handout of fossils). Foung in Australia by an anthropologist, Given his son Richard Rathbone as a keepsake because it was an impossibility. The son cracked it open to see it more clearly. He came to study with me for a time because of one of my papers on Aklo. It’s a mystical language that forces your mind to think in ways that align with magic. Very complex and has its own mathematics as well. That may be the link with your coefficient. One of first pieces of evidence of society in lost ages. Feint writing on it.
In tomb in Egyptian he found a book, written in a form of Aklo I call low Aklo, a simplified version of Aklo. Perhaps for beginners. I believe each level of magic power adds complexity to the language. Shows us a map (handout) hundreds of years old. Outlines of the continents of earth including coast of Antarctica without the ice. Found on same trip as book. Writing indecipherable. This trip helped turn Rathbone into the man he has become. He is convinced that the tomb was not Stygian but a long lost kingdom of a transition period (lasting a thousand years or more) between Stygia and Egypt. We disagree on this point. The book seems to be from this period.
Parts were written in low Aklo with other languages of that period side by side. ALso, engraving of pic he found in another book, a translation of a translation of a translation into ancient greek, Chronicles of King Conan. Part of this book was in the Aklo book! That greatly aided the translation as it followed virtually word for word. I believe I may have cracked Aklo at about 60%.
Meet Steiner for dinner. Wow, interesting man to say the least. 3 things to beware as far as he is concerned: religion, science, and the Jews. Most religions, esp. Islam, Confusionism, all are perversions of the truth that tempt people to worship the Great Old ones. Truth is there is no God, only the evil. Because over time the cults subvert all religions. Ancient hero myth is an incomplete record of man’s against the Old Ones, who are eternal. It’s not easy for them per se, but man is week. Science because the more you learn about the universe, the more you learn their truths and are driven insane. ‘Do you realize how strong my mind must be to withstand all this forbidden lore?’ Says knows of Wilhelm Van DerNort. A kompf!
Says all we have been told is an unintentional lie. The thing in the boxes is not math, not alive, not dead, its eternal and unknowable. Part of Mythos in the…. we live in 2 dimensions but Mythos is 4. That’s why we can’t understand it. Imagine we are 2 dimensions. YOu a square, you a triangle. When he sees you, sometimes its as a point, others a line. You see him as just a line. Now, what if there were suddenly a 3 dimensional thing intruding into a 2D world, a sphere. WIth the ability to move in this dimension that didn’t exist with you. Sometimes you would not see it at all, but when it passed your plane, you would see it but often different as it moved up and down in your plane depending upon what part was touching your simple 2D plane. YOu never see the truth, only a slice. As if you as a person stood across that 2D world. THey see one part until you put your arms down, then all of a sudden your fingers intrude and there are 10 more things! 2D couldn’t even conceive of what was going on! Magic is but 4th dimensions manifestations in our 3D world. We see slices of the real thing. You could even be fooled that you are seeing something alive but that is not, or vice versa. What if someone painted a picture that crossed into this other dimension? What properties would it have that we can’t understand, can only sometimes perceive. When the old ones see us it’s like us intruding onto 2D and seeing these little drawings moving around. Could be our destruction is a byproduct of their living, moving.
Wow, great metaphors.
What about Nyarlathotep? He proposes theories: what if a 2D thing somehow became 3D? A cult of the lost tribe called Tisanyani tribe in Africa believes that Nyarlathotep was originally a human that became so much more. Call him Lord Bosed, and The Crawling Chaos. Rumors of them can be found amongst normal tribes. Started in Congo supposedly but may have moved west. Destroyed, or pushed out, by surrounding tribes. Their lost city supposedly is full of mysteries on the subject.
“You must understand, everything I told you is only part of the truth, the rest we can not understand. All of their 4D that we can not see. They seem to be beyond time. Their other dimension is special”. Perhaps interspacial?
Math you speak of is a way of describing this 4th dimension. Hence the magic understanding perhaps. If someone puts those 4 pieces together, whoa. This math, forbidden lore tomes, the Things in the boxes, all ways for lesser beings like us to understand a miniscule part of it. “I think its all about our mind. Our very existence is what holds our reality together. That’s why a mind can manipulate the 4D but not a machine.”
Theo “Why? If a time machine would ever be possible, and that is a dimension, why not a machine to 4D?”
“Time machines are impossible. Our time moves in one directions. From the 4D looking down you can see all of our time at once. You could go ANYWHERE if you could make a machine to go there! How do you think the Mad Arab went mad? Not just seeing monsters, its the understanding of that 4D even a tiny bit. More and more see shadows of this greater world you slip. The theoretical traveler to the 4D to jump time better have a way of filtering it out from his perceptions or he’s instantly done for.
(Covington will at some point say what if it isn’t other dimensions but alternate universes with different rules of physics. If they were just from our universe, it should be easier to wrap our minds around them. They would make sense, yet they do not.)
And basically I just don’t like the Jews.
We tell him of the theory told us by Archie that God’s entry to our reality was the last time the great old ones were defeated. He says if that’s the case, he’s may burn in hell!
Back to boxes:
Tell him found in tomb of Fu Xi. We show him the box. Points out a symbol, that of 1st emperor of China. He says 3 other places each with 4 boxes. Only one of each set are real. One set in Vatican found elsewhere.
All buried same time period. Mongolia, China, Korea, Vietnam. Vatican has the Korea set, its finding connected with Borgias
If this is true, we know box opened by Melendez must be real. Cultists do not control Vatican but they do have tendrils there. Jesuits do great job of protecting it. Other 2 so far as he knows are where they were buried.
Off to library and Armitage is there. Having bad dreams. Says magic has nothing to do with a 4D but power of mind. Steiner and Armitage almost come to blows over disagreements. Jack and Theo have to break them up.
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