The Monster Hunters of Down Cthulhu

The Resort Village of Sinaia

We travel under cover of being tourists, especially skiing since its winter, as friends of the Earl of Mansauce. We ride the Orient Express, some workers from before are happy to see us again, and thank us more still for our previous service to the railroad. It’s a jolly good ride until we catch the narrow gauge to Sinaia. The next day around 2pm it pulls into the station.
We dine at the hotel, doing as would be expected of us this late in the day after we get our rooms situated. The concierge reminds us that guests on their first night receive 20L in free chips. We gamble tonight to fit in. The first few days will be spent indulging in our cover.
Schuyler wins 16L plus the 20. That’s after spending over 10L on drinks and rolls for the ladies! He has his of a blonde, brunette, and a black haired. He takes the blonde Russian!
Jeremy then takes charge. RC offers him his L20 for the 20 back and half of the winnings from that 20. Jeremy wins L160!! The last round being 70 itself, which the pit boss had to get special permission from. That gives RC his initial 20 plus 35 more, and Jeremy 105 total.
Simon loses all his on one game of chance.
Paul does the same and wins!! Totals L20. Wilhelm does the same.
Simon looks up to the heavens “I know this is a test, God.”
Schuyler “Yeah, ‘persevere’!” as he leaves with the Russian. She’s pumping him for information, what we are doing here, where we are headed, etc. She’s being subtle but amazingly Mr. Grim sees through it. Schuyler mentions skiing and hiking, maybe hunting if they offer that.”
She says the have moose hunting available.
He mentions climbing “even though I won’t find any mts as daunting as these” (ahem ahem) to her.
Simon heads for the facilities. As he stands there, a man jabs a knife right in his side. 3 others stand behind him.
“Hand over all your money card lovin’ papist.”
He insists he just lost all of his money. Nor is he a papist. He offers them their life. They demand his purse.
Simon “I have no money to give you, but I’ll let you leave with your life” showing them his sparse purse. They want him to call his pals in for 25% of the cut.
Simon “I know who won a lot of money, the Indian.”
They go out to a side hall alcove, then he calls RC that way. RC come walking over. 2 of them grab his arms and the third asks for his money with a knife “pope lover”. RC at first is confused. Simon walks up behind the knife wielder, as RC pulls to slam the other 2 together. Simon grapples the leader. RC double noggin knockers the 2 other morons. A brawl ensues tween RC and the 2 as Simon grapples the other. After a few rounds, RC crits one of the 2 down. Simon keeps offering the surrender to the leader. Finally that he won’t turn them over to the cops.
They surrender.
Simon “Give me your money” so RC takes the $ off the KO’d one. Simon says he won’t sin really and steal, RC has not compunction. Unfortunately, they are flat broke.
They were only trying to get money for food and their rooms! “What can we do to get our money back?” They came here from the countryside to make their fortune, but haven’t been able to find a job.
Milos, Ion, Andre are brothers. Family name Diaconescu. Mother is Lena, lives in small village. Sisters Livia and Magda, live with the mother. Not married cause the evil Baron on the hill causes too much chaos. The Baron is Hauptman!!
As we converse, a tap on the floor nearby as a staff wielding guard has arrived. Simon offers them legit pay for a legit job as our guides, if they are willing to not rob and be at our beck and call. They want a pound a day for the group of them. We agree.
Schuyler, after an exhausting round of physical gymnastics, Schuyler says we might head up north a ways. She asks if we will go anywhere near the village of Drovosna. She asks to go as well, for she has been waiting for someone interested in going into the mts for adventure (hmm).
“What would make a gal like you head into the Romanian mts for adventure? What’s your story?”
Her name is Elena Rosalavich. She’s a tourist. Schuyler says he has to ask his team, she says she’ll make it ‘worth your while’.
He leans back “I think I may need a little more encouragement, ahhh”. She provides. Schuyler thinks “This must be what Rathbone feels all the time.”
Everyone turns in for the night.

At breakfast, Schuyler asks if we should take or ditch the Russian chic. Paul doesn’t trust Russians, Jeremy says its up to Schuyler “you’re the one who slept with her”.
The brothers give us some local info:

  • the monastery has a great collection of tomes we should see, if we can get them to let us in.
  • You have to get passes into the countryside
  • Quite a few street musicians on the main drag, but not originally from here. Most say they’re from Brasov, one of the original fortresses of the Teutonic Knights.
  • Court is currently being held at Peles castle, everyone dresses in folk costumes “They look like idiots” in medieval garb
  • The Bucegi Mta lie to west and north
  • Carriage can be rented to go to Mt Omu, hightest point in year. An incredible stairway is cut into the mt; town at bottom; one of the many caves in area also
  • rumors circulate that the treasures of Constantinople made it no further than this area; hidden somewhere in the region

Schuyler is going skiing. Elena joins him but she also wants to have a picnic at Ialomisa Caves as its beautiful and private. Jeremy gathers info in town. Paul goes to try to get a visit to the noble court at the castle.
Wilhelm goes to the monastary to try to get the monks to let him into the library, as a sholar. They want to know if Wilhelm came to see the sacred stone. He’d love to. One heavy set tourist is here, bald, german, carries a walking stick with a wolf’s head atop. He looks at Wilhelm quizzically through a monacle. He is Baron Von Grauerstaub.
He is here as a tourist to view the arts here and “I too am a reader! Have you read the latest novel by that glorious Englishman H. Rider Haggard? His biography of that Alan Quartermain chap is quite entertaining?” Wilhelm has, then asks him if he’s heard of his friend Richard Rathbone. He has heard of the “eminant Archaeologist”. Being a Watcher, Wilhelm is pretty sure he’s an enemy because of his silver rimmed monacle of a specific type worn by the 16 top agents of the Watchers. He isn’t one, unless Wilhelm has never met him; or this guy stole or killed the Watcher then stole it.
He gives Wilhelm the appropriate response to the Watcher secret coded sign.
He prefers all titled men to be referred to properly, so its “Dr. Sir Richard Rathbone”.
He wants to take a stroll through town with Wilhelm after he’s seen the stone. Wilhelm is fine with that.
The Stone is that which the town is named after, originating in the Sinai Peninsula. Brought back in 1695 supposedly from where the 10 commandments were given to Moses. Almost like an altar with an ordinary looking rock atop, looks like granite. Putting ones hand close over top, it almost feels like it has a slight heat radiating off of it. The Baron touches it, moving his mouth with a whispered tone.
They come across a tall, muscular man in an ill fitting servants outfit. He is Heiny, the Baron’s servant. The servant hails “Heir Van derNort”. The Baron corrects him gruffly as “Dr.”
They stroll through town, gentlemanly arm in arm. A couple kids run up asking for alms, he immediately bops them off with his stick “I have more important things to do”. The come to the famous liars bridge; many like lovers come to the bridge. Legend is if you tell a lie on it, it will collapse into the river.
On the bridge “So Dr., are you really of the Watchers?”
W “I am.” Examines Wilhelms left side of his face.
“I see you tell the truth” but he does not know Wilhelm either. His chapter has not much trust in the English chapter. He asks what we are doing here, but Wilhelm says they don’t much trust his end either.
“If you have need of help on your mission here. You have only to ask, and I will certainly consider it. And if I should need help, unlikely but possible….”
W “We and mine will consider it.”
He says the bridge was built by the Wachtern, a spell was put on it. If one lies, a pentagram appears on their cheek only visible via the special monacles. Also, he has a monacle because he’s the bridge keeper, chief interrogator; not one of the hightest 16.
He then takes Wilhelm to the mineral springs to soak for an hour or so.
Returning to the monestary, they will allow him 3 hours tomorrow morning.

Paul gets an audience for the next day, a 1:00 luncheon he gets himself invited to. The wife of Carol I, Elizabetha, has met Paul before. The medieval idea was hers, as was the castle decor. It lies beyond a great garden. Paul gets to hang out with some people there.

Jeremy finds out all of the street musicians showing up is new, the great amount at least. Rumors things in the village of Dravosna are very bad. The local gov’nr is thinking about sending a troupe of cav there to find out what is going on. Maybe Paul can get us attached to them with his noble sway.
Ahead they hear a police whistle. They find a policeman there, horrified pale; a peasant girl has disappeared last night, then they just found her dead in a barn hayloft. 14 years old. He can’t even say what happened. Jeremy’s glibness convinces him to let him check it out. Its a terrible scene: blood all over the hay pile; the back wall is partly wall and part her, she’s imbedded in the wall, actually like they absorbed one another; strips wood run through her and vice versa; big gash down the side of her face. She is partially visible on the outside as well. Jeremy helps him get tarps and such to cover her up inside and outside. A crowd is already building. He has already sent a local lad to the office. They form a bit of a bond over blood, with jeremy helping him and all. His name is Vladimir Bathory, no relation.
Jeremy offers whatever help he and his compatriots can give, just find us at the hotel. The cpt arrives, chastises the sgt for using outside help “This is a job for the investigators not the lowly gendarmes. This was obviously a maniac.”
Ion “No maniac did this” to Jeremy.
J “No.”

Schuyler, tailed by RC and Simon, goes skiing w/o incident. They return to the hotel, then rent a carriage to go to the cave for picnic. It has several rooms; even grottos with gorgeous pools with holes in ceiling creating a fairy like atmosphere.
Schuyler “Beautiful in here.”
Periodically he notices she periodically opens her compact and closes it w/o using any make up.
She resists all attempts at romance, she is more interested in looking around deeper in.
“Wouldn’t it be fun to look for a secret door?”
“Why would there be a secret door in a cave?”
“You never know, caves have all kinds of secrets.”
She starts searching the wall, 5 paces from long stalactite that almost reaches the floor.
“Oh look here, I need a stong man to to escort me to such things.” He takes a look, finding nothing. She’s disappointed, recommends they return to the village.
Sch “So what did you really bring me up here for.” She’s looking for the old Constantinople treasure, read in a tome the doorway was right here.
Sch “Lets look a little more.”
Still nothing. She is sure its here, that there is a secret to it we just need to figure out. He asks to see the map, but she is wary at first. Opening her compact she reveals it. Stole it from a monastery in Spain where one of the last surviving monks who hid the treasure told the Hapsburgs where the treasure was.
She has been searching for years, her old partner was murdered on her way here on the Orient Express. Now looking for a new protector.
Sch “Well, I’m afraid your map is a red herring.”
She’s exasperated, and they return to the village. Talks of finding a village guide who may help them, then we’ll have to shoot him. Schuyler says not such thing will be done, he isn’t here to be her protector forever.
Outside she sees big Simon, and asks him to be her protector.
Simon “You seem like a harlot.” She has dumped Schuyler immediately.
Simon says lets all go in to search, and her and Schuyler can still split it 50/50.
He takes a look at her map, voicing the layout out loud.
Schuyler "Maybe you have to walk through the stalactites flanking the spot.
Simon does so then searches. RC tries to use the stalactites as levers but nothing. RC searches then for a minute. There is a sudden click “What did I do” the wall gives. He pushes the door in then off to the side. A fog billows out.
Simon “Good job noble savage.”
And keeps billowing out. Mysterious. RC readies his weapon. She pulls a dainty peal handled pistol.
Simon “That’s so cute” and enters. She swiftly goes next, RC follows her, Schuyler comes in at the rear.

Evening comes and we dine with Vlad, but Schuyler et al are still missing.
Jeremy “I know what they’re doing.”
Paul “Where, there’s no where out there for a proper gentleman to romance a lady.”
Vlad asks where the rest of the group are we were going to introduce him to. He thinks we should get a search party in the morning.

Next Day

No Schuyler/Simon/RC. We ask around, hear they came back from skiiing, rented the carriages which came back w/o them. WHen they didn’t return to the cabs by dusk, the cabbies searched for a while, found nothing, so returned.
The Sgt wants to know if he wants to search the cave with a few of his boys, even though the cpt said they weren’t allowed.
Jeremy says no; we don’t want to get him into trouble.

We go search the cave, cabbies taking us there, with our 3 tuffs. Wilhelm invites the Baron as well.
Jeremy and Ion find the cracked open door in the cave wall, calls for the rest of us.
Milos opens the sliding wall. Paul leads the way in. As the last person enters, the door shuts behind us leaving a small crack.
The wall seem to spin. The door is now a blank wall.
Jeremy calls out, no answer. We then discover a tunnel out so Paul leads us that way.
Paul (sigh) “I have a feeling we’re going to come to a vampire or a werewolf or something….”
Jeremy “If there was a vampire or werewolf in here, I’m sure its dead now” referring to Simon and RC.
Forward we go by lantern light for a good hour. We find one or 2 small trinkets that belonged to the girl; then come to a gate like into a cemetary outdoors beyond it.
Jeremy “Obviously a job for undead hunters so, Willy, move up.”
Baron “Mighty strange things happening here.”
Wilhelm swings the gate open and leads us in amongst the graves, all look old but not ancient. The writing is rune like, indecipherable. The sun above is twice as large as it should be, bright daylight.
Jeremy thinks Baron, Willy and Paul should recon the cemetary, while he and the tuffs stay here to watch the gate and be backup.
Paul shakes his head and leads us forward. Fog still shrouds much of the grounds.
About 50 yards in, figures start appearing.
Jeremy “If these are zombies or something, so help me God I’m going to run like a little girl.”
Paul calls to them, asking who they are and declaring his name openly.
Warriors in archaic style armor, worn by beautiful women, carrying spear pointed toward us, appear out of the fog before us.
The leader says something in Greek, then something else in Hungarian. The Baron speaks to her now. They wish us to go with them to the palace. They seem pretty angry.
Paul “Who lives at the palace?”
Bathsheba, the Queen of this land.
They take us out of the graveyard half mile away to a huge palace, surrounded by rows of houses. Looks a little Russian. We pass men working the fields, citizens on porches, etc. The people in the houses look like normal families, though the warriors with us are all women.
2 bronze doors open into the palace. We are led to a beautiful woman on a throne. She speaks to her warrior in Greek then says in Hungarian what language do we speak.
The Baron responds in Hungarian, finding out she does speak Shakespeare’s English, though speaks modern Hungarian.
“Are you the rest of the prophesied group?”
Jeremy “What prophecy?”
“I thought so, go, go refresh yourselves. We shall speak at dinner.”
They take us down a long hall to a large room, centered by a fountain, sleeping silk bed sets around. We see Schuyler lying on a couch with 1 gorgeous woman fanning him, another feeding him food.
“Good to see ya, all we have to do is kill the dragon then we can go home. Simon thinks this whole idea is the greatest thing ever.”
Girls come running in wearing peplums. Schuyler fills us in. They were brought here like we were. Turns out this is the country of Bathsheba the 74th; land is called by her name. He;s pretty sure we are not in earth history, thinks we are in the dreamlands as he has seen the same weird little shifts/changyness here. Yet is seems much more stable than the dreamlands we recall. So who knows where the hell we are.
The girls tell the story: they are surrounded by countries they could be at war with; call selves Amazons because they always are ruled by a queen and her elite female guard chosen for both fighting and beauty. Rest of army is male; as are most of the high nobility. They have great wealth and a happy land, which their neighbors want for themselves.
Recently, the great dragon Praxis began to ravage their land. Sent the army against it and though they hurt it badly it lives still. Praxis had a cult that worshipped it, that held off the army long enough for him to retreat into a cave 1 days journey from here. They worship him as a god. He is just one of the faces of the god, the great evil god Nylath.
Schuyler “Big surprise there, right.”
Soldiers sent in all perished. Seers said they needed to gather heroes via dreams from the land they dream of to come here. They sent the dreams to Elena, tasked with bringing the heroes here. We’ve been waiting here for 5 days for the rest of us.
So 5 days here for every day in the real world.
RC is in another room right now with 4 ladies.
Simon is elsewhere praying, but he arrives during the tale. The queen has been putting moves on him since he arrived, she has fallen for him.

Their plan:
We dine with the queen tonight.
Next day is a celebration and showing off of us to the people.
Next day travel to the cave.
Next day we kill the dragon.
Then back to the cave and home.

3 servant girls each, all willing to get frisky to entertain the great heroes.
We find out the soothsayers are only confused a bit by our names. They thought it would be something like William the Fish, Rikard, an Iron Beard, and a black killer.
So, they meant to get the Explorers, but ended up with the MH.

Couple cultists were captured and tortured, couple others who actually quit the cult.
It is led by 6 powerful leaders, taken to drinking and bathing in dragon blood, and using a transmutation magiks making them part dragon. The rest are crazy men wielding sickles.
The 6:
Darsov Eriksson: high priest; wife Rama Savitri, druid who brought much of the druid trappings to the cult
Nira Bavasar: a sorceress of little magic
Iborsum Shatterfist: male cheuvanist pig, at one point had tried to overthrow Bathsheba calls himself; that’s what he calls himself at least; rose to prominence from no where
Solgrim Fleetfoot: a rogue and scoundrel
Gavin Donnell: a sorcerer of much power; comes from their dreamworld, aka our real world; his weak power there became much greater here; he brought the worship of Nylath.

Notes

Baron Heinrich Von Grauerstaub
Elena Rosalavich

The 3 brother Tuffs:
Milos, Ion, Andre
Family name Diaconescu; Mother is Lena, lives in small villag with sisters Livia and Magda; Not married cause the evil Baron on the hill causes too much chaos.

pg 33 Map
pg 59 food and meals
pg 35 Bran Castle

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Preparing for Hauptman

Ship home from Australia to London.
We stop off for a short rest in India with at the house of an old military friend of Paul’s.

On the voyage, Wilhelm revisits talks he and Rick had, on the trip back to Cuncudgerie, concerning what we should be aware of about Romania and the gypsies.

What Wilhelm knows: There are many gypsy tribes in Egypt. Many have willingly worked with evil in the past and present, including Dracul and werewolves. Only the Vistani refuse to ever work for evil. There are also dhampires, the children of male vampires and human women.
Rick adds that the gypsies are actually descended from Indians. They speak Romani, but many are multilingual. 40 different tribes live in Romania. Weddings are not legal in Transylvania unless a gypsy band plays. Wealth carried much on women in form of fewelry. Sharing food is considered risky. Height of insult to refuse when it is offered, though. Area we are going to is known for ironworking among other things, and woodcarving is ubiquitous. The woodcarvings and some fo metal working are sometimes woven with magical power, so look out for that. For instance, a famous woodcarver put above the lintel of his house kept his wife from ever straying. He knows this personally. Orthodox priesthood hides in hinterland. Their vestments and treasures from Constantinople were smuggled out of the area and hidden in the area of the Omu Mt, entrusted to priests. Supposedly a secret order of priests guarded it. Includes the Repository of Light, a great weapon vs evil. to Wilhelm “Go to Bran Castle, rumored to be books there (Johnny note pg 35) concerning the subject.”
We both think there is lots of evidence their ability to fortune tell is real in some cases
We all know they are very musical. Things are either clean or unclean, philosophically. Women do not cut their hair. Fat is equated with wealth, so they like fattening up their women. Red and green are lucky colors. Lower body unclean, upper clean. Women are unclean, so clothes are washed separately.

January 25

Arrive England:

Van Helsing is not in England currently. We report all to Archimedes concerning China and Australia. Schuyler checks in at US embassy and files his reports.

Wilhelm researches briefly Romania, filling any blanks that may be important, then gets to Hauptman et al, getting mostly further confirmation of the facts we already know:
There is indeed a valley with a castle on the spire of the mt above, Castle Hauptman, some 6000 feet above sea level, guards the village as we were told. Confirmation of all we know from before. Church in the village is Orthodox.
Count is very strong but short; dark haired.
Nothing more about Stanford does he find.
Miss Santrane: record of a visa leaving for Transylvania just after we busted up the Scotland cult.

Sinaia, is a fashionable resort for the rich and important. Railroad reached it over a decade ago. The Pearl of the Carpathians, breathtaking scenery. Hiking viable to Bucegi Mts. Popular ‘mineral springs promote good digetsions’. Has a Roman Catholic monastery founded 1695, incorporates a stone brought back from Mt. Sinai. North is a park, Pele’s castle for King Charles of Hohenzolleran (aka elected monarch Carol I) is a great architectural design. Hotel is right next to it The Caraman, looks like 14th century castle, where we will stay.
King’s wife is named Elizabetha. From what Wilhelm finds, death seems to follow her around.
Wilhelm also gets a list of all the Transylvanian gypsy groups.

February 13

Leave for Paris via Canai.

February 16

Board OE for Eastern Europe. Uneventful trip, we stop for a night at a couple of our old stops to check in on things.

February 22

Off OE for Sinaia.

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The City of the Great Race

Nov 19

We descend.

Afternoon, a warparty of the evil koori are seen appoaching the camp from the desert by Phat!!! Slattery and Muldoon fire then they charge in and hurl spears with atlatls. Next, Phat and Big Fella charge as the other 2 keep firing. For the animal handler, Muldoon makes a fine showing. Fella takes a bit of a beating.
Slattery takes the scalps and slashes their eyes so they are blind in the afterlife.
Old fella is very proud of his son.

City:

Rick and Simon agree, check the forbidden tunnel first.
Takes about an hour to get to the turn, hour and a half to a blockage up the tunnel.
Rick climbs to the top to see if can uncover enough to see in the other side. It’s 10’ to the other side, he climbs back down and sets a few charges, enough that we can easily clear it to about a third of its height to easily walk over.
He blows it perfectly. Its still rough across but we all make it safely. 2 hours later we come to a huge hole at the meeting of a Y intersection, its lit here for the first time since the rubble. Generator must be down one side or the other. We check by listen, there is one down both sides. Lights also circle to top of the pit. 200’ diameter. It reeks, nausious, and emanates sound of cries and wailing, some like baby. It’s 60’ deep.
He slaps down his night vision lenses, Yikes!!! Bulbous and hideous forms, appendaged, move all about the bottom of the pit! Most horribly, they all look originally human. These damnable cultists!! This is terrible, Rick and Wilhelm agree these can only be some ruined progeny of a mythos creature or avatar of an Old One.
He also feels they are almost defenseless. Simon volunteers to go in and test the waters. He kills them all, only 6 sanity the worse.
We go left first. 1 hour later we come to what looks like a plaza. A ring of standing stones 100’ across in the middle on a raised mound 300’ across. The stones seem to wobble slightly as we get closer.
Simon “Something is alive under the hill.”
We get to it, and it is rippling slightly. The surface throbs and pulses. Simon stabs it, no reaction but oozing black.
Jeremy “It think that ring on top is probably a feeding area.”
RC “Like its maw.”
Looking closer at its base, Rick sees that its form continues under the floor. This is only a piece of a larger creature. Through his binos, he sees what may be Aklo on a stone so decides to go up. An unpronouncable name, perhaps Ozmerovul, under which is ‘The Titan Horror’. He feels his feet start to somewhat sink in so he returns.
The wound is healing, Simon has to clean his sword fast as it is starting to corrode it. Its acidic ooze.
Rick repeats the writing. Wilhelm knows of it, in his deep knowledge, but virtually nothing is known. Its prehistoric, long pre antedeluvian. In far far past it was betrayed by love they say, and put to sleep.
RC “Love?”
Wilhelm “That’s what they say.”

We continue on another hour to the generator. As with all of them, there are boxes of parts and tools, and a large stock of fuel (couple hundred gallons at each). Rick calls for tea time.

2 hrs on, another big plaza half a mile across, building all around the perimeter. One has doors looking 100’ high adn half that wide. No lights here but floor glows reddish, opaque stone that glows. Looking closely at ones hand, it looks ever so slightly transluscent.
The glowing concerns us.
To our right we see another exit, lighted. We skirt the perimeter to that. Voices and a whistling ahead, human. Jack Bo starts whistling along but Rick stops him fast. He wants to check it out but we all say no, Billy, Jeremy and RC go to investigate.
Quickly they see brighter light ahead. Billy knows it, carbide head lamps, 2 of them. Also a rare burned out light that then comes on.
Jeremy “Repair crew ahead.”
Tech and a guard with a rifle.
RC recommends cutting the line to draw them to us. Jeremy says if they don’t return, others may thing there’s trouble.
Then a voice calls out “Cooie mates!!” from far behind us and Jack Bo starts whistling waltzing Matilda. The enemy yells ’who’s there?"
“Just me, working from the other side. Just one of your mates.”
His ruse continues “Yeah, I’m one of those scum cultits just like you.” The tech was walking forward to investigate and confronts Jack Bo who jabs him in the chest. The guard fires his electric rifle but misses and hits the tech DEAD. Jeremy fires his electric rifle at the guard in return. RC misses with an arrow, but Billy uses his superior speed to charge him. He misses Billy and drops dead.
We make camp here for the night. Rick has us up by 5, breakfasted and moving by 6.

We go up the far side of the plaza and hear noise ahead, 3 hours later. Jack Bo volunteers to go ahead again. But we send the same 3 again. He keeps insisting, then getting into a short discussion that must admit the white race is superior but “specimens like yourself (Billy)” have souls too. We’re mates."
Billy is ok with he and Jack Bo going ahead.
Billy “Let me ask my boss first” and turns to Rick, who shakes his head.
Jack bo to Billy “Pull out that pig sticker” and pulls his huge hunting knife, they clang kukri and knife. Billy cuts Jack Bo’s palm and his “Now we’re ready for him.”
Then a voice ahead yelling. Jack Bo “Me and the Indian be blood brothers.” All the mining sounds stop, then start up again.
The 2 of them go forward and find voodoo zombie workers mining, 2 overseers with wire whips to get their attention. They are clearing a pile of rubble to get through. White man, aborigine, blacks. Many still have remnants of sailor’s clothing.
Jack Bo “Should we kill them or go back and report.”
Billy says report to the boss. Jack recommends he stay and keep watch but Billy drags him back.
He pulls out a cantee of ‘best brandy’ and passes it around, then refills it with another bottle from his pack which is full of brandy not food.
Dodge “Where’s the food?”
“When ya got best brandy, you don’t need food.”
Rick says the if we kill the overseer’s the zombies will stand like automotons until given orders.
Jeremy “That’s when its Wilhelm’s job.”
Jack Bo, Billy, RC and Simon attack and make short work of them.
Simon “Wilhelm, see if you can free the zombies from their torturous state.”
He fails.
We let them stay there for now, ordering them to lie down and rest.
It curves right about 30 degrees angle another 3 miles, then another 3 miles to a generator whre it keeps going straight, and another path cuts back and right diagonally from which we hear sounds. We stop for lunch.
Hours travel, to a lit room of crates and parts. We go through it all. Both earth and alien designs. Mostly electric supplies but much is completely unknown to our technology level. Door goes into a second room, 40’ across. Within is a black control board, high tech, with lights and gauges, elecricity coils, etc. Looks still in construction though. There is a day bed here. A headset resting there connects to the control board. Also operating table with same kind of headset, and restraints.
Rick “Transferring minds?”
RC “Absorbing thoughts, power?”
Archway opens into another room, circular, 50’ across. Long high bench holds many alien artifacts and instruments. Including a piece of control board.
Rick walks in first, getting for 23 elec and thrown backward. Something moves in there, and steps out of a shadowy corner. Simon feels something pushing at the edges of his mind.
It’s a Yith!
He resists, and it turns to Jack Bo “Hey the blighter is talking to me.” It’s nake is kakakatack, or kkkkkatk, or kkkkkakttk. “He says I’m an idiot.”
RC “Truer words were never spoken by man nor Yith.”
Rick “Better tell him to talk to me or Wilhelm.”
Jack concentrates, Wilhelm steps up and its name is something like kkkkktck. I can see all. Turn off the force field and let me out."
Wilhelm denies.
“Listen small minded mammal, flip the switch. On the wall you will see 2 scissor switches. Open the switches so I may leave this abode.
Jack can still hear it and moves for the switch, Rick and Billy block him.
“I am a chief researcher for the great race, 2644 of your years old.”
Wilhelm questions him. Its area of study is broad. A spell called time trap can pull a physical body into a different time period. Dr. Huston pulled me here from the past. He needs to get to the library to find the spell to send him back. We ask for his tech, he says no. THen to allie with us while we are here in full, he says no.
He knows where there are 4 fully charged lightning guns, he will only take one. 2nd, he can rewire the mind controller to reverse the effect of the miners. 3rd, tell us what he knows of Huston’s plans. Lastly, telepathically contact us a single person for 1 hour he can impart 1d6 points of various knowedge skills, ranks in a language he knows, 1d3 forbidden lore.
He will allie with us in the meantime, but won’t explain any tech.
We let him out.

We camp here as he rewires the control board. He is being forced to work for Huston, only comes once a week or so. We likely have a few days. At our mention of stopping their plans in China, it says Huston has another radium bomb! And a gate that will gate it into the sky where it needs to go without a rocket. Originally we knew the future, the bomb went off and Nyarlathotep ruled and the world was destroyed. But then it went cloudy. I figure that’s cause this bomb is what did it. He wants out of here before that happens.
His HQ is 6 miles up from where we cut down here!! He maps the place out for us! The library is at the lower levels.
He has maybe 60 cultists and 40 zombie miners. Though some cultists have disappeard recently. He’s talking about the ones we killed.

He can do 4 of the info transfers by morning. Jeremy learns Kiowa, Simon gains a plus 6 in arcane lore; Rick learns Stygian; Wilhelm gains plus 2 forbidden lore and a piece of info: the Father of all Bats, a avatar of Nyarlathotep, is incredibly powerful. Light destroys it!!!

Nov 20

We leave first thing in the morning, 6AM.
The women and miners are sent back to go up top to our camp.
After about 4 miles, we begin to hear an infernal piping sound. The sound of the flying polup!!
Rick “Lightning guns ready!”
Hays “Its a flying polup, I’ve seen them in my dreams!” It appears above us, phasing in and out of corporeality!
It comes down at the back of our party with RC and Brady, unleashing a cyclone of air.
All but Billy, Rick, Wilhelm and Simon are caught in it and battered severely.
Hays “Cross the bolts!”
Schuyler “Brady, cross with me!” Dodge joins them.
Jereme backs up a bit and crosses with Mrs. Hays, joined by Billy.
Wilhelm and Simon together.
Hays is screaming something in the Great race language.
Hobbes moves forward to Rocka and Paul.
Hays drops over dead!!
It remains corporeal for that attack, and we drop it dead with all guns firing!!
Dodge is hurt.
The sanity loss is terrible for Brady, who flees in panic back the way we came.
Billy has a hallucination for 7 rounds, thinking faceless and mostrous creatures are attacking him from all sides. We all back away, thankfully its over fast.
Billy begins suffering from megalomania x3 months; Brady from bolemia x5 months.

Once we gather Brady, we continue foward. Billy feels he slayed them all. We need to send them back. Billy will fight it, we know. Rick whispers to Jeremy to trick him into being needed up top, scout the perimeter for interlopers. Billy freaks out, and intimidates Jeremy down. Rick has to step in now, making Billy focus with their friendship and complete trust in one another. He convinces Billy to go, then barely to leave Kholan’s sword with us.

They head off together forced marching and reaching top camp in 9 hours. They pass the miners and women on the way. Phat reads the note Rick gave to give to him, explaining the situation. Billy insists on going out on patrol. Brady insists on going with them. Phat will have to join them to try and keep them out of trouble. They come to a small village of aborigines. Billy is preparing to attack thinking they are bad, Phat and Brady have to settle him down.
An old fella comes out asking if we are from the hole, worship ‘makes squid face with hands’. Phat says ‘no’, grabs stick and makes squid face, then rock and points to us, and crushes the stick with the rock.
Then another native runs up yelling a warning “koori, koori” its an attack by the evil natives!
9 warriors ready to meet the cultist tribe’s assault. We join them. We drop men as fast to faster than they can fill in gaps with waves. The last 2 run, but Billy chases them down and finishes them. Their warparty flees.
Victory!
Phat goes and bring us the Fellas to talk in depth with them. He stays with the tribe as well. Billy and Brady go back to our camp.
Night in the village, celebration of victory. The shaman they claim can see through time and space, comes to Old Fella “the dingo of death comes to take you.”
Phat “What is this dingo of death?”
“An evil creature the bat sends to its enemies” our party is to be hunted by them. We must go and warn them. Old Fella goes right to Phat.
How do we fight it? You run from it, he says. Occasionally over the centuries warriors have encountered it and always loose.
Old Fella says it lives in distant past and future, travels through time to kill its prey and will not leave until it accomplishes its hunt. The Bat is the master of it.
Phat makes for the camp fast, taking the Fellas with him.

On the way, Big Fella hears something stalking us, maybe hundred yards.
As we move on, he says we must face it one at a time, champion to champion.
We make it back safely. Periodically, we hear something lurking.
Old Fella and Big Fella start a ritual, and pile the corners of the perimeter with rocks and bricks to make the room into a circle rather than a square. The native bearers join in musically to the ritual.
They say the dingo of death hate this music. It only comes to strike at night, if they can keep it at bay all night we will be ok until the next night.
One more corner, we start on it. Smoke begins to come out of the corner though and forms into a living thing! We weren’t fast enough!
It’s hideous. Dripping red puss onto the ground which sizzles and smokes.
Billy’s mind is hit again, babbling incoherently for 2 rounds and hindering his attacking.
Brady also, but his is a long term 100 hours: sexual attraction to the deformed and monstrous, and attraction to monsters.
A voice in everyone’s head “Phat Wang, I come f….!” Wang reacts instantly.
All others feel a compulsion to not step in!
The women and miners rush from the pavillion. After 2nd round, Brady and Billy break the enchantment and join.
It is quickly vaporized.

Old Fella “You have to understand, they will keep coming until you appease the bat god.”

Back to the caves below:

The lights we follow intersect with another set. We close in on the intersection, 2 guards. 10 or so zombie miners as well. We group at the side of the tunnel sans lights.
RC carries Kholan’s Sword.
Rick, RC and Jeremy sneak up. RC disembowels his.
One of the zombies stops and looks for a moment, then turns and moves down the tunnel.
In the intersection is a 3 story wooden building. No one visible. There are lights on all 3 floors.
A ramp goes to 2nd and one to the 3rd floor.
We rush forward to and against the walls. Sliding doors around the building go inside.
First floor is one large room full of boxes and mining equipment, gasoline drums, generators, etc.
No noise above. We all get inisde. We find several piles of rags on floor, 10 people sleeping on the piles. Zombified miners.
In a locker which Jeremy picks we find 148 sticks TNT with fuses and caps!
Crate with 3 lightning guns.
Dodge warns 2 guys walking this way. We hide.
Jack Bo and Simon move to choke them out. They both succeed, Jack gives the guy a monster noogie. Tie them up.
Rick “Where’s Huston.” They ask to be allowed to go with us. Allen is one, they plea to take them out of here. They plea, Dr. Huston has lost his mind. He says he’s down the tunnel the miners walked down.
“Our men have been disappearing, no one has come from the entrance in 2 days. Things falling apart.” They aren’t repenting, they are just sorry its not working out since we arrived.
To Rick with an insane twinke in his eye “Can I fondle your tool, I likes the tip best.”
They’re insane.
It soon becomes obvious they are hopelessly insane.

2nd floor: a sad wailing coming from it, of dozens of people. Inside are 7 large cages jammed full of 40 or 50 people, all nude. It stinks horribly, not sanitation. A majority are aboriginal, but some blacks and whites. Some are insane, many are not. THey say Huston uses them in various experiments; sets them loose and they are hunted; one is reserved for breeding women with summoned creatures. 1 woman is in labor right now. Wilhelm rushes to help, but the stomach bursts open! A green reptilian thing bursts forth! RC rushes forward and crushes it. There are 7 more actively pregnant now. We get them all out of the cages, the sane assist the crazies. We will have to try c sections by the Dr. above for the others pregnant.
They will stay here on the 1st and, if safe, 3rd floors.

3rd floor: large room with bed, kitchen, desc, metal great race tomes, other books and gear. Older man with white hair sits at the desk. Neatly groomed, pale skin, kakis. He rises,his face is welcoming.
“Ah visitors, i have so few visitors.” Welcomes us in for tea or coffee. A beautiful blonde in kaki bush skirted outfit steps into view with pith helmet; long braided hair. We sit around.
It’s Huston!!!
We all get tea/coffee.
“So, are you the gentlemen from Grey Dragon Island?”
Rick “Yes.”
He knows exactly what we did on teh island “you’ve been quite a bit of trouble, but he pursuit of godhood is very difficlut and sometimes, things happen, you know.”
He is quite calm and professional about this, madly so.
He says wes topped gray dragon cause it was too easy to get to. We can’t get here, its too deep in Australia and secluded.
We can’t stop Kenya,its deep in the country, surrounded by hostile natives.
He talks liek we aren’t in Australia.
He says he spoke to the bat god, not entirely what he expected. Death is 1000 times preferable.
But, godhood is still in his future as a pharaoh. So long as we don’t know where the portal is, we can’t stop it.
He has dreams often of us, the avengers, coming. He thinks this is that. He won’t even tell the dream selves where the portal is.
“I have died in my dreams many times, what comes after death, that’s the terrifying part.”
He calls for Karyn to bring dinner.
Rick gets him to squeel/brag its in Tibet, the Plateau of Leng, or perhaps Europe at the Black Castle.
Rick “Is that Hauptman’s castle?”
“Yes”.
“Or perhaps” and he goes on and on. So, no squeel really.
He explains more of his theories while only he eats dinner, about humanity, return of Great Old Ones, etc blah blah blah. It is set to go through the portal on its own.
He says we may all start to worship him now.
Points to Simon “You you religious fool, may worship at my feet.” Simon walks up to him, stoops, and splits his gullet wide open. Karyn screams, falls covering her eyes. Looks up, like willing herself to die. Simon grabs her by the hair to gut her.
Rick calls to wait, hold it “Can you tell us what he couldn’t, where is the portal and the explosive.” She says we must stop the birth of the son of Nyarlathotep in Kenya. In the meantime, destroy the bomb before it goes through the dimensional door at the Purple Dome Temple down the other passage from here. Its a couple days at least.
She collapses dead.
KKKKKtak wants us to give him the miners to clear the rubble to the lower levels then he’ll send them back. We say no way, he hasn’t finished the whole deal yet.
He knows what’s at the dome: guardians of the bat god. He does not want to go.
There are terrible batcreatures with spikey wings that drain ones attributes once wrapped around you. ‘Wish the Father of All Bats does not come to stop you’.
We get all the TNT and a bunch of gasoline into wheelbarrows and small carts to take with us, and spotlights amongs the equipment with generators.

Simon kills the insane guards downstairs.

We sleep here for the night. We say our prayers to the lord tonight.

As we are consolidating rescuees and such, 4 cultists from the dig ahead show up, we kill them w/o issue.

Next, we finish off the last 6 guards at the rubble ahead and return with the zombified men.

We lunch before continuing to the dome.
About 2pm we get to the Dome.
4000’ across, the purple dome itself is 2000’ across!! Perfect hemisphere, 1000’ high at the top. 4 archways inside at equal intervals. All lit by purplish glow. The inside is astounding, a smaller dome 500’across, 250’ high. On side we enter is sandy dirt. Half eaten femur sticking out, human skull, 3’ high stone block dragged in recently set up like an altar, bloody, behind it a 30’ tall statue of Nyar, with several other Old Ones!! Behind them is the glowing inner dome. Hanging from the ceiling is a chain suspending, directly above the pulsating dome, is a pulsating crate stamped with “Danger, Radium bomb”.
So, at the appointed time it will release and drop into the dome portal. We see the bat things hanging from teh ceiling. Chanting from the other side of the smaller dome getting closer. Voices speaking the dark language.

We rush to hide behind the large statues to see what we are up against. We see between 60 to 75 cultists, the real cult. The others were just thugs driven at least somewhat mad. All are in robes and bat masks.
On teathers they lead 5 naked women, all hands tied to yokes heading our way to the altar. They see Simon, sitting on the altar, eating an apple.
They arrive, total silence at Simon’s presence.
“I’m here to exterminate your cult, and eat this apple. I’m almost done with this apple. Nice cult party you have going on, but I just can’t allow you to sacrifice these poor girls.”
One of them drops to her knees “Please save us.”
Hobbes starts filming from their far right statue.
SImon gives thema chanct to walk away if they offer their leaders to his judgement and the women. There are 5 leader types in front, and 5 others trailing at the rear.
One of the cultists pulls a dagger “Die fool!” He points to Simon"Kill them!"
Schuyler, Jeremy fire elephent gun rounds; TNT throws are Rick, Jack Bo, Brady, Dodge, Wilhelm. Phat and RC charge. Paul fires and moves in. The dynamite kills 12!!
Several of the bats leave their roost.
Simon lunges off the altar at the central leader DEAD!
They are shocked and we get the initiative!
The battle then becomes general.
Cultists start pairing off 2 to a girl to pin and slaughter them!
Schuyler, Wilhelm, Rick, Dodge and Jeremy bring the lt guns to bear vs the woman killers trying to save them.
We mow them down, all 4 other women are soon free and rush for safety to our lines. 10 men in reserve charge into us, with the rear 5 skulk closer but stay out, their few remaining allies.
The bats are swarming, they could attack at any moment!
We kill several more, then the main 5 move to the already surrouned Simon, 2 more getting in. Schuyler puts a bullet in the brain of one trying to cast a spell on Geste.
More bats enter the fray as Simon clears his area; Wilhelm and a girl with Hobby evade, but Jack Bo is grappled. It drains a point from your best stat! 4 alone miss Schuyler. 3 casters try to mind blast Simon insane! We drop more freeing up Paul and Phat and RC, Schuyler ruins another mind blasters shot on Simon.
Schuyler and Jeremy and Wilhelm begin firing on bats with the electric rifles. The field almost clear but for 2 cultists and 1 caster vs Phat and RC.
Hobbes starts protecting the women, then begins using Simon’s electric rifle.
Last cultists down, we strategically withdraw to the entry nearby to plan. There are too many.

We know they wake up slowly.
Rick “What if we could set it off in here?”
Simon thinks we should consider just climbing up to the chain and release.
We calculate the climb difficulty, and Rick thinks he and Simon can pull it off.

Our alien friend says the bomb can be reset at the bomb itselt, a timer. Also, it will not detonate by concussion, so dropping it to the floor should be safe and potentially wreck it anyway.
Rick “Maybe there’s a mechanism to shut off the gate field.”
RC, Wilhelm and Rick sneak in. Rick searches the altar. The top lifts up! Inside is a network of connected grooves, curving slightly downward from a bowl at each end. Makes us dizzy looking at the grooves. In the center is a space that a stone or ornament of some kind would fit in.
We search the priest bodies, and the high priest has an amulet with a relief that fits the pattern.
We return and ask Kkkkkktk who is getting annoyed at us by now.
On the altar, there are holes and grooves to bring blood into the bowls.
We can’t trust this. It may set it off, turn it on, open the portal and drop it, who knows.
Simon “How about we say &%#^ it, turn it on, and run. I’m willing to take that risk.”
Perhaps littering the room with gasoline and smoke/burning them out.
Phat suggests we think in it as we get to the library below with Kkkkktk.

We decide to sneak around the perimeter looking for more controls. RC and Hobbes one way, Jeremy and Schuyler the other. Either side has a box on the wall acoss from one another about a third of the way to the far side. Inside is a wheel! We turn them counterclockwise.

Rick looks through is binos to the bomb. The hook at the ceiling begin turns and angles over slightly. One side makes it turn around at the ceiling bolt, the other tilts it slightly.

We continue on. After another third, another box! It tilts it forward and back, but not enough to drop it.

We get one person on each wheel and start turning randomly each. One clicks at the end. Another does multiple rapid clicks as it gets to the end. The third clicks once at the end like the first.
Nothing.
Then we figure out they all rapid click at the end of the clockwise. So we all go the other way to the single click at the end. It gyrates as we turn it. The chain is right on the verge of falling. The forward and back starts turning his wheel, soon as it starts clicking it releases fast in reverse letting the bomb fall!! It goes through the portal and gone!! The bats start waking up, we flee for your lives!!

Paul and RC are at the far wall, unfortunately for them. The closer 2 pairs, Jeremy/Schuyler and Rick/Jack Bo escape just in time. Paul/RC are still coming when the first of the bats arrive. Wilhelm and Phat are ready to slam the doors shut. The rest of us get inside and fire electric rifles, trying to take heat off of them. All but Simon, standing ready to melee. We concentrate fire on a couple at a time and kill a few!
RC and Paul are really pushing it. Paul almost stumbles once!
We kill 2 more bats, helped by Hobbes and Dodge crits!
They swarm Simon, he swinging powerfully.
We kill a couple more!
Phat “Simon, I must help you!”
Simon “No, stay back, I handle this onslaught!”
Bats fall, Simon is gang attacked, Paul and RC are finally attacked by 2. RC is hit but avoids the grapple. 3 fly over us and attack Wilhelm and Phat.
Phat “Get behind me, get behind me!” he battles all 3.
Paul and RC are flying, but Paul finally slows down. RC slows as well, refusing to leave him. Jeremy and Rick crits kill one each, as Hobbes did before!!
3 rifles have now emptied on us!!
They continue attacking, Paul and RC almost here as we drop several more!
Hobbes lightning streams flashing everywhere “I wish I wwere filming this!”
Rick moves next to Simon, who is beginning to waver, to suck up some attacks.
At last, RC and Paul arrive!! RC right to Simon’s side opposite Rathbone.

We begin our strategic withdraw on the defensive into the hallway. Phat clears the hallway. All withdraw out!! Wilhelm closes the door. We killed 21 bats!!

Complete Victory is ours!

Our side of the bargain complete, Kakakaktak wants to get down to the library. We take the rest of the day, using Penhew’s car, to ferry stuff and people up and back to base camp as needed. Kakakatak finishes any other boons for us as well.

We camp at Huston’s HQ

Nov 21 turu 25

We take move bright and early, Rick pushing us hard for the almost 10 miles to the turn down. We cover it in a mere 2 hours including blasting 2 rubble piles clear.

Discover library quickly relative to the size of the city thanks to kakaktak, and Rick and Dodge’s’ natural ability to educated guess well with it’s knowledge. We start doing our own searching and general research here, for it’s a trove of info, and massive. Each of us who has ranks in a knowledge of sciences, history, arch, forbidden lore, arcane lore can choose 1 and gain a permanent bonus.

Nov 26 thru Dec 13

We are up top and make our way back to Cuncudgerie. Its a far less eventful trip back. Rick pushes us again though, as is his style. Muldoon picked some superior camels for us, for sure.

Dec 14

Rest for MH. Rick and Billy are tireless, organizing and wiring ahead for first ship to Egypt. Its in 2 days. We leave here tomorrow. He wires Westinghouse to speak to Erica Carlyle, asking for funding to be wired to Mombassa contact for trek to Mt. of the Black Winds. Send response to Port hedland, care of Robert Mackenzie.

Dec 15

In Port Hedland. Terrible word from Westinghouse, Erika went to Kenya and has not returned!!
Rick wires Nuyn that we are on our way. Also Gerard to find out what he can from his end about Clive and Carlyle’s stay.

Dec 16

Rick and Billy move immediately, ship to Port Said. During trip, Rick reads the G’Harne Fragments sixteenmo. Before leaving, wires his condolences to Adventurer’s Club for missing gala.

Dec 22

MH board for London.

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Expedition to Huston and the Lost City

October 27

Disembark on our expedition. Jack Bo has 10 bottles of gin packed up. 1 day to Dingo Falls. Rocks are red colored, quite striking in pattern. 3 deep caves above the 15’ wide pool.
Slattery’s are 2 miles east.
Old Fella says the water is drinkable, after a ritual which he knows it.
Simon “A heathen ritual? I’ll drink from my cantene thanks.”
He pours a gourde full of water onto some straw, seaping into a bowl. He then gives it to us to drink. He’s simply straining the dung out of it.
Rick takes a huge gulp.
Simon can’t believe he just did that. Jerem goes right for it. Everyone else follows suit.

The 2 other aborigine assistants set up camp with Big Fella.

Rick, Jack Bo, Simon and Billy enter one of the cave.
J Bo “I do wish I had a flask.” Rick hands him one, he pours it full of Gin.
We wade across the pool to below the 1st cave. Billy has to climb up, then he drops a rope for the other 3.
Torches lit, Rick turns on his headlamp. Passage goes virtually straight down. Rick calls for a 2nd rope just to be sure of distance. Rick goes down first into a cavity. The slide.
Back up, then into second cave next to it. Seems the same. Rick goes down first. He hears movement immediately.
The floor is moving. Snakes!! He jumps back upward the rope, and looks down to see what they are. Venemous!! They are known to congregate like this. He sees no other paths out, so climbs up.
Next cave same initial setup. Rick climbs down, more carefully this time. He lands, seeing something clumped up on the floor. No other exits. It’s a body, bones. Clothes scorched and burned. The feet have no boots nor shoes. He starts to check it out, and we hear a horrifying scream from outside at the camp from Ginger.
The other 3 look out to see a spectral figure floating toward out campsite.
Old swagman with big beard. As it gets closer it beckons and points to the cave we are in. As it gets closer to camp it bursts into the flaming apparition, whereupon GInger screams and flees into the desert. RC runs after him.
Our 4 aborigine fall to their knees and begin to chant, trying to send it back to the dreamtime.
Rick finds nothign at all of value on the body. The hands are clenched beside the head like burned alive. Climbs back up.
The ghost partially fades and sparks go from it into one of the natives, who races to the fire and with bare hands throws the fire around and starts to throw himself on the fire to put it out. Brady runs to him and pulls him back.
Jck Bo has jumped down into the water and is racing to help the natives.

Hobbes and Schuyler put the fire out. The native stiffens, falls, and sparks leave him upward into the sky.
The spirit has disappeared away. Few minutes later it has returned, its Buckley!! Feet are bare. It points back to the cave. It can’t speak. Points off into the distance to the Slattery house.
Rick “We’re going to kill them Buckley, kill them all.”

We pack up fighting gear and make for the Slattery’s: Paul, Rick, Billy, Simon, Jack Bo, Red Cloud. Its a tin house. Open hole windows with closed shutters.
We encounter a pack of their dogs outside, Jack Bo tries to wammy them. They surround him. He turns to Simon with a thumbs up. They all charge him, 20 of them.
Simon leaps to his aid, Rick tells Billy to make for the front door and follows him. RC wades into the dogs as well. Paul follows Rick and Billy.
The door opens and Vern Slattery is standing there. Bleery eyed, bad beer in one hand “Whats going on out here, what you doing with my dogs! Dogs rip him apart.”

Paul shoots him, Rick slugs him in the jaw. Rick punches him for 17 KO’d. Billy walks past him into the house.
Rick “What did you do to Buckley!” calling into the house.
RC and Simon make mince meat of the dingos in the meantime.
Jack Bo “I thought it would bloody work.”
Simon “Maybe next time.”
His clothes are ripped to pieces.

In the house, the shack has 4 rooms, littered with filth, smells horific. These people lived in squalor.
An older one, bear of a man, comes out of one of the rooms “What you doin to our dogs, my pa”.
Another appears almost at the same time, early 20’s, vacant eyes like a moron.
he blows a single long eery note with the harmonica as Billy moves to him.
The other walks to Billy "
Rick enters “What did you do to Buckley, out there in the desert? The guy you burned to death?”
Rick looks for Buckley’s boots, but they are not in plain sight.
“I’m looking for a pair of boots” and he starts looking.
“What did you do to my da?”
“Knocked him cold.”
The dad comes to at teh door “Thieves, murderers, thieves, murderers, run boys!!”
The young moron “Yeag, get out of my house, now.” like a simpleton.
Rick keeps looking, into his room first. He blocks the door. Rick shoves him aside. He hears a whimper.
Paul blocks the door, as Billy protects Rick.
In the room is an old pallet set up like a table. Under is a dog with a litter of 8 puppies. Couple dead. Staked onto the table, couple have their legs broken, one burned alive, eyes poked out of one.
He cries for Rick to leave his pets alone. Paul fires a wide warning shot by him into the wall.
Rick searches.
He blows the harmonica again “don’t hurt my pets, I’m not done with ’em yet, they got lots more fun.” Billy goes for the harmonica and takes it off of him. On it is the name Buckley. Billy tells Rick, who remembers that harmonica. The punk wails for it and fails. Billy slugs him. He huddles into a corner crying.
The older son “Don’t treat my brother like that.” Paul shoots him in the leg.
He rushes Paul as the rest of our group is getting to the front door.
Paul “RC stop this crazy man.” This scum wants a fist fight. RC is just going to kill him, but Simon steps up to fight him hand to hand.
Rick tells Billy to drag the dad inside. Rick takes the dumb kid into the dog room and starts talking calmly to the moron kid.

Simon knocks him out.

Vern tells Paul his dumb son was born this way, touched in the head.

The son keeps telling Rick his da gave him the harmonica. He knows nothing of new boots.

Vern insists they gave Buckley food and water and 2 pounds for it, he needed food and water.
Rick searches Vern’s room
Under the bed are Buckley’s boots. Vern says he found those.
Rick “Tie them up.”
We take them all to Dingo falls with us.
“Fine, I’ll tell ya the trooth. I tried to protect him cause he’s my son. It was Joco (moron). The other son confirms. Joco went out after Buckley had stopped by, dit that too him and came back with his stuff.
They say Joco told them he did all this.
They refuse to go back to the Falls.
Simon “We can take you anywhere we want to take you.”

We drag them back to the Falls.
The ghost appears. Frank and Joco did not suspect.
Vern finally yells his admittance to guilt “get him away from me”. He wanted his stuff so killed him. Ghost sends the sparks into him. Vern struggles to escape the bonds.
Rick feels the ghost wants the harmonica and possibly the boots back with the corpse, and buried properly.
Wilhelm thinks it wants revenge, bones to be buried properly in a Christian grave yard. if we let it kill Vern, Vern may haunt this place.

So, we need to take them back to town. We take anything of use from the house: a good canteen, rifle and ammo.

Oct 28

Back to town. Turn in the family and report.

Oct 29

We give our depositions. Vern is arrested. Jacko will be sent to Port Hedland to a sanitarium. They have nothing on Frank, and he has no where to go. Their mine is played out. He’s not a murderer like his dad nor insane like his brother.
Jeremy “You could probably make a life for youself here.” He has a good rifle and canteen. He wants us to hire him to go along.
Paul is willing to take that chance.
He realizes his brother is going to be taken care of better now than before, and his dad was a murderer afterall.
Paul gets assurances the kid will be taken care of properly, leaves his card “I’ll be checking in.”
Wilhelm leaves his business card to follow the kid as well.

We give Buckley a proper burial here in town. y

Frank gets med attention for his lt leg wound; we get him haircut, cleanshaven, and bathed thoroughly. Rick warns him, we do not live in filth. That does not happen around us.

Jack Bo isn’t to keen on this idea.

Oct 30

They assure us Vern will hang.
Back to Dingo Falls.
Ghost is gone.

Oct 31-Nov 9

Move on to Lake George: 10 day ride.
Guard shifts during travel:
Billy/Frank Slattery/Phat/Schuyler
Mundabi/Dodge/Big Fella/Paul
Simon/Jack Bo/Brady/Old Fella

On day 2, a sandstorm appears in the distance. Luckily there is a large outcrop just nearby with an overhang to hide under. It does the job perfectly. We camp there that night, it blows all night and most of the day. Takes us a couple hours to dig out.

Next day, camel in the distance, man riding it. We investigate. Old man with long whiskers.
Rick “Old man, you’re a long way out by yourself.”
He’s a prospector, we can call him Kip. “Strange things happening” he advises us to turn around.
He’s on the way to Mekathara. Schuyler says its on the other side of the desert.
“Sometimes the ground shakes, very local. Out in the middle of the desert. Abo’s are vanishing, sometimes entire family groups.” He’s seen bat swarms from horizon to horizon almost, huge shapeless terrifying things. This all happening about halfway tween Ural and Sahara Wells.
Schuyler “What’s up there?”
“Nothing, just desert.” and all the troubles.
We rides away.

Couple days later, we come to a ravine with good water and shelter area so camp above o the edge. Then, the pitter patter of rain.
The ravine runs faster as the water pours down.
In the morning, 6 Ago’s are outside our camp, just staring. Old Fella come forward to talk to them. They want food and bacca (tobacco).
We give them some smoke and invite them to breakfast. Their leader sits with Rick, Simon and Paul.
They are clearing out of this whole part of the desert. Disappearances are far and wide in the region.
He calls the problems Nugnut, the Great Bat.
We menion all the stuff Kip metioned, the guy says bat swarms very bad. They draw a trackway we say to watch out for. Those marks have been seen at many disappearances. Some others are found dead, skin stripped from one side like from a terrible wind, while the other side is dried like a mummy.
Draw a symbol which all members of the bat cult have on them, we have seen it before, they stylized eye from China. The Bat has come in the form of a white man. Most who see him, if not cultists, are dead or missing.
We figure Huston.
They bow to him, those that don’t are running away.
They don’t know of the tall, emaciated trive, but Rick isn’t buying it.
Rick offers more bacca to take with them for the info. They say they wanna leave now.
Old Fella says its concerning the dream lands, we wouldn’t understand.
Old Fella “That tribe, not from around here. Mimi’s, men from the dreamtime.” No Fella’s know why. “You see the mimi’s you run. You make mimi’s mad, they eat your face.”
Rick “Not the first thing that’s tried to eat my face.”
He says his boomerang not hurt mimi fellas, neither do guns. Nothing hurt them, but magic.

Travelling on, we see smoke behind us from horizon to horizon. 2 hours before, we had left sandy desert and entered scrub. There’s a brushfire behind us closing in.
Schuyler “Let’s pick up the pace!”
Wilhelm and his camel take some heat damage before we get out of it. Grace takes a bit of smoke in, Phat as well. Billy’s camel is caught and killed!! Slattery’s camel is killed too, and he is burned and lots of smoke.

We otherwise make it out and continue on.

Late morning day before we arrive, one of the Abo’s screams and falls to the ground. Snakebite! Death Adder.
He dies a few hours later, bad bite.

Nov 11

Closing in on the lake, going through an area of rock, person steps out from cover. More humanoid than human. Tall, deathly skinny, long fingers.
Simon asks who he is, the thing says nothing. Draws itself.
Jeremy “Do you folow the bat god?”
Draws the sign then crosses it off.
Dodge “Where are you from?” Draws as leeping person and a small cloud above his head.
Rick “Why are you here in this world?” Draws an arrow pointing toward us.
Jeremy “He’s here to guide us.”
Rick “Where are you to guide us to?” Draws lots of people looking like our party, him in front but crosses it out. Not guiding us. Draws a person, a mimi, hand shaking or exchanging something.
Schuyler “Do you have something to give us?”
Crosses it out.
Rick "Here in friendship?’ Another X. Then draws a creature maybe, a blob with tendrils. Yith? Draws several mimi’s with limbs disconnected, ripped to pieces. Then several people with guns shooting at this thing.
Rick “We are here to kill this thing?” Draws a circle around it. His people are where we are going.
Hobbes “Where is this creature, up there?” Draws arrow pointing to us, then away to a door like a gate.
Motions for us to follow him.
We need a kill team to go through the gate to kill the monster. The rest will continue to make camp at the lake ahead.
Big and Old Fella want at least one of them to come. Simon wants Old Fella.
It will be Billy, Rc, Simon, Old Fella, Wilhelm, Schuyler to go with the mimi.

He opens the portal into a cavern with about 15 of the dream mimis. 2 step aside and motion to strange tubes leaning there and for us to pick them up. There are 6 so we each grab one. They have a thin line along them almost like a sighting. Some kind of gun?
Old Fella hits a button on one end and a bolt of electricity comes out and hits him.

One of them runs his hands down the rock on a wall and the glowing portal opens. We gather from them this portal will stay open for our return.
We go through.
We stand in a circular chamber going up like a well. Light of day above. We stand on a circular walkway along the wall. At bottom is an portal that opens like an Iris. The huge monster floats up through the gap. Wilhelm looks at it and says that’s the ‘birds’ that make the tracks drawn in the sand for us before.
They do go incorporeal at times at least briefly.
As it rises, we unleash. Its impossible by its reaction to judge how badly we injured it but all but Old Fella hit.
Wilhelm is taken down in one hit, Old Fella is nailed with 8 wound pts. He drops to first aid Wilhelm.
Another volley must have hurt him bad now, he looses far less attacks than previous!
Billy and RC hit and it explodes in terrible sickly green goo that covers us all.

We return through the portal, evidence of our success all over us, carrying Wilhelm out. They get across to us their thanks, and that if we are in dream worlds and meet them, we could be friends.

We meet the others at the lake and camp.

Nov 12

We rest at the lake for today.

Nov 13

Another day of full rest.

Next few day

Its a day to each of the next 3 wells in succession.

Nov 16

Arrive at Ural Well, last stop before onto Sahara Well. More like a brackish pool. Lots of room for snakes and spiders that can kill. We keep our camp a safe distance away. The water will need to be boiled first. Luckily, we have men like Rick Schuyler, the Fellas, and Jack Bo to keep us perfectly safe from the environment.
Rick has us get water boiling immediately and pretty constantly to keep a stock in case of trouble and to take plenty with us as this is that last waterhole before our destination.

Nov 17

We move on and come across a cattle trail going along our path in 3 hours north leading to a road going the right direction also. We are on it for 4 hours until we see something in the distance. The terrain is now look like it the McWirre photos but not the huge blocks yet. Its a rocky outcrop with an old habitation under it, just a couple of shacks or so. As we close in we see at least a dozen tents all damaged or left long ago. Crates lying about, broken open. The shack says ‘exposives’ and another has some mechanics atop it. Also an old steam truck.
Seem to be a small mining camp or prospectors. The front of the truck is flat like stepped on by a giant. 2 dead men, skeletons, crushed inside. Human remains are still scattered about. All with broken bones.
Ginger “I’d say it’s abos.”
Wilhelm never heard of abos crushing half of a car.
Ginger thinks they dropped a boulder on it. When it went where?"
“Back on the cliff?” Then he notices ‘proof’, a couple of the skeletons are abos and not crushed. Both have a club nearby with small sharp teeth along it, bats! Cultists! The puncture wounds. Unfortunately for Ginger the Doc confirms these have been here much less time than the others. Its a separate incident.

Rick first check the explosives shack: the boxes are there but empty. Schuyler and Simon check out the truck. The men inside have dried and brittle remains of miners clothes.
Paul and RC and Wilhelm start checking the tents with Jack Bo. Something big definitely came down upon the truck. We immediately started worrying about a huge monster.
One tent is sewn back together. Inside are remains of someone living here more recently. They may still be around even. Just beyond the tents we hear a bubbling sound. At the rock wall there is a dark stain, small hole only size of a large nail. Out of it jets water, having carved a small basin in the ground and into a crack in the ground. Geologically impossible, its not seeking its own level. None of us want to taste it. Its clear, odorless. We start searching for a tunnel and way to the top.
Schuyler starts seeing tracks around camp, of one or more polyps!
The crates are either mining equipment and such or empty food supplies and such.
Rick checks the other building. The stuff on top is a winch, inside is a steam engine. There is a hole in the floor about 10’ diameter into the earth. There is an elevator car to go down using a good steel cable. There are controls in the elevator and here.
Platform can fit maybe 3.
On the sides of the tunnel are marks of drilling, they artificially cut this out. No journal or work notes anywhere. In the remains of a fire drum outside, still with papers and binders more recent than the attack.
The engine is empty but we can use all the crates outside as fuel.

Simon wants himself, Billy and RC to go down first. Schuyler operates the controls with Rick.
As we descend, we see the depth marked on the walls with our lanterns. It stops hard to a halt at 300’. We open the gate and step out. Its full of rubble like a cave in. It should keep going farther down. We lift the elevator and its rubble underneath down an obviously deeper hole.
Back up we go.
Whatever they were drilling with is gone. We find a lot of broken and warn casing but no bit.
We mount up and continue on.
Simon thinks that if we run out the cable, we might be able to see by the wear how far it was usually strung out. Schuyler starts letting it run.
We hear dingo howls, and see some nearby. They have an odd look to them, then we hear a whistle and the dash off the ridge they were on.
Rick sends Billy to the ridge to take a look over. RC volunteers to go with him. Simon joins them.
The tracks to down the hill to a mass of tracks, including human footprints. They go off toward over another ridge and down.
Simon feels this is a red herring.
RC and Billy want to follow anyway, so Simon goes not wanting to be responsible for their deaths.
Below they see the man, scraggly and worn, surrounded by maybe 30 dingo; wears bigboy shoes and, nothing else, at all.
He yells “Get ye back, Satan spawn, be gone be bone or my friends shall rend you!!”
Simon “Call off your dogs wild man!” standing in the middle of a small circle of stones “You can’t trust me in my circle of protection!”
Simon tries to settle him down and with Billy’s help they temporarily settle him down. He calls them down but warns us to not cross the circle of protection.
He dances around singing “I’m Jeremy yes I am” and on. He calls himself a survivor of the death camp “I’ve been here for millenium!! Or days, or years. A long time.” He’s mad as a hatter.
He insists he can’t be hurt within the circle and encourages us to throw a rock at him. Billy hits him and “See, I am completely protected.”
Simon asks him to come back to camp. When he tells him we have beef, he agrees.
Simon asks how he gets the dingo to follow him, “Its a long story”.
He goes right for the water basin first and drinks.
Wilhelm is looking at one of the dingo when it suddenly vanishes from sight. Jeremy calls for it to come back and it appears again.
We gather around and start talking.
He and the rest were hired by Carver to dig for gold. When his money ran out, they stopped working until the supply trucks came. He was mad, started making all kinds of crazy hand gestures. Then he disappeared for a while, and returned with a crazed look i his eyes insisting there was another way that god has shown him and told them all to leave if they wished. They asked for wages spent waiting, even threatening him with picks. Carver swore, a cruel look came over him, and told they he’d speed them on their way. Carver walked into the desert talking to himself.
That night, couple of the men caught Jeremy cheating at cards. THey almost killed him but he lost them in the desert. As he snuch back to camp he saw Carver appear atop the outcrop. Pointed down and a great winked thing with long talons came from the sky and killed everyone. When the guns were useless the men squealed like dying animals.
Jake and Pixy tried to truck but it squished them flat. Eddy was still screaming after torn into 3 pieces. So, Jeremy wandered off away from it all and laid down to die. He slept for days. When he woke the dingos were them but they are magic not real. If he does’t pay attention they go away. But, they can kill, and help feed him.
He has lived off sardines otherwise, the cartons of them kept replenishing themselves. He woke up one day soon after and suddenly there was water from the hole.
There was a cave in below, they were lower than that and had almost reached a city, Carver said. That’s when they knew they weren’t here for gold.
When he sleeps he goes to another world. When there he can make anything happen that he wants. He’s a sultan there.
Is all this stuff coming from there? He thinks he brought the tall abos too.
He doesn’t think its dreamtime or the Abos could have stopped it.
There are evil normal abos who have tried to kill him but his dogs protect him. These abos are evil, terrible. Sometimes he catches some and tortures them, this stops their worship of the bat but can drive them mad.
This guy’s a powerful natural dreamer but insane. He is really happy that we give him food, now he can dream more into this world anytime he wants.

Simon gives him some new clothes. The abos don’t come by anymore. The polyp has returned once in a while, he only ever sees one. The abos live halfway to Sahara wells. He won’t come with us. He feels safe enough here.
He says Carver took the second truck along with the dynamite, toward the evil abos.
We camp here tonight.
Schuyler “good luck, Jeremy”. After an odd pause he bursts “and to you!”
Simon “Quite.”
As Jeremy falls asleep, the dingo mostly disappear one by one as he sleeps in his circle of stones.
We return to the camp to sleep.

Nov 18

We move on early, hearing his dingo’s howls in the distance.
Along the top of a sandy ridge, with another to each side. Suddenly, 20 abos appear on each other ridge taunting and screaming at us.
Our weakest get under the wagons in time as we draw weapons. They hurl war boomerangs at us.
We start firing back, each having to steady their camels as well.
Billy dismounts and runs for one of the lines as does Phat. Simon charges on the camel.
Hobbes skillfully settles his camera and snaps a pic as they are partway across. RC moves mounted as well and fires his bow along the way. Rick, Schuyler and Paul all kill one right off.
RC and Simon begin cleaving away on their side, Billy and Phat the other side.
They have half their number in reinforcements as well.
Hobbes is getting good shots of the melee’s.
Paul after terrible shooting with his new enlisted man rifle he thought would be a good idea, throws it to the ground in contempt “To hell with this damnable thing!” and goes back to his sidearm.
It takes a bit but we are victorious with only light damage. We capture one alive. 59 others dead.
Simon’s intimidation does nothing to get him to open up. Rick and Jeremy try to trick him into opening up via usual cultist overconfidence but he has an almost childlike naivete to him, it goes no where. So, we figure Wilhelm can figure something else out. Wilhelm realizes these guys understand so little, he is not insane. He is very trusting, so perhaps gifts like to a child may open him up. And flattery.
We give him some bacca, which gets him drooling. We lay on some flattery on his gentle nature and their strong fighting vs us.
He says those men are now in a better place with the bat god.
White fella says “father of all bats returning to the world”. Not sure when though, he has to touch certain stones when its time. The stones the glow.
Rick “Where are they?”
“In the big hole in the ground, in the cave.”
Rick “How many people are in you tribe.”
“Now, not too many.”
Hobbes “What got you worshipping this white guys ideas?”
“He big white fella, he juju man, bring powerful magic.”
Carver gives them captives for “flesh, and sex”.
He says we follow this road to field of strange stone, there is the big hole “Many go in and few come out”. White fella sometimes there, other times he go away, others he dreams big dreams.
Huston controls the polyps, he feeds captives to them.
Them? plural? ugh.
There are stairs to a great cave which goes on forever. Inside are ferocious creatures one should not disturb. Loud noises equals get yourself eaten. Beyond description, this guy hears. But they ruins minds.
In another part lives the white fella and many captives. In another part is a being who knows everything but nothing “about us”; free but captive of Huston. He has heard white fella talking of a city and its surely there.
The polyps do not live together in one place.
Something might live in the city, he says.
Jeremy thinks he’s telling the truth as he knows it. Wilhelm says his childlike nature is dependent on rumor and such, they have likely been told much to supplement the lives they have been given to keep them in line.
Simon, while we are talking, comes up behind him and slays him quick as can be. Just as he’s describing how the best eatin’ is a female you have had your way with first.

We continue on.

About an hour later we can hear a put put noise from afar. Louder as we close in. Ahead we see the stone formations, and with them comes a sense of foreboding and terror. The sand is packed more as we get there by lots of movement. Garbage is strewn about, Rick is horrified that such a previously pristine archaeological site has been desecrated. They have defecated and urinated anywhere they pleased.
We send Billy and RC to scout the area closer before we move inside.
We find a low square of sandbags about 4’ high, poles a few higher to a roof. Under it is a steam generator, the sound we heard. A white mean with a bolt action is walking on sentry duty, and an African, tatooed all over his arms and small pigtail (sailor), keeps the boiler running.
Its lit by a string of lightbulbs. In the center of the area is the hole, and cables from the generator run downward.
This area is huge. Its about a good 50 yards from the nearest considerable cover to the generator. The guard isn’t paying much attention, surely presuming no one would possibly have any reason to be here.
We wait until dark.

Jeremy, RC and Billy will sneak across the open area in the dark. As they are about to start, 2 guys come out of the hole, obviously coming up a steps. Another white thug and a young woman, looks like a teenager, he is prodding and slapping with a thick stick. One of the disappearances?
She takes a loose shif off and the guard starts kissing and going for her.
The slavemaster then goes back down into the tunnel.
Rick now joins the sneak party, there needs to be a gentleman there now. The African is watching. Then he joins in.

There is enough coal in the generator for hours.
We come in low, using the sandbags as cover. Then RC come in behind them, using the African as cover from the other. Rick will then come over the sandbags to get the girl out.
Each are killed with one shot.
Rick checks on the girl, hand over mouth so she doesn’t scream in shock.
She knows very little. Her name is Carrie Norquist. She has been raped many times, but a lot of the girls have had much worse done to them “I’ve been lucky considering.” She confirms there is a multi level city down there, spreads out for miles. More like a dungeon though, not a huge open area with buildings. No way it was created for humans. She has never seen it.
When we go in, its one path for a long ways. When we get to the first spot where other halls branch off, they call that the bunkhouse. Where most of the white men sleep. Then slave quarters not far from there. Other than keeping the natives and whites happy, they say we are used ultimately for sacrifices deeper within, obscene rituals. They also traffic many out to sell for money around the word.
Wow, this makes us even happier to stop this nonsense.
The generator here runs the lights downward. The blacks are corrupted sailors brought here to keep the generators going. Another is at the bottom, and more as we go, all to light the complex.
A group pic is taken by Hobbes of us all.
Rick has everyone get their caving attire on, for the constant cool temperature. Hobbes takes another group pic.

Mrs. Hays insists on going, she has been here to this city when it was new, in her visions. She feels the mental block put on her may weaken as we go and she xp it first hand. Dodge insists he is going down as well, this is a massive archaeological find.

Bryce will get a triage area ready. The 2 guides, the Fellas and Muldoon will stay here keeping camp. Phat remains as a guard.
All the PC’s otherwise will descend, as well as Jack Brady

We descend. The hole is 300’, steps wooden. A string of lightbulbs down both sides. At the bottom is another generator. This one lights the caverns, the top the step lights and backs this one up.
The side passages, judging by the untrod earth, seem totally undisturbed and no lighting is mounted down them.

Soon it opens up into the city, oddly, slightly unsettling shaped buildings all with closed doors. Ground stones of octagonal shapes.

Buildings are mazes of rooms, lots of old alien art and artifacts depicting the Great Race. Sizes are huge.

Lots of symbols in the city’s structures; rubble throughout from buildings and the ceiling.

Rick takes good looks at the stuff as we go and we pause several times for photographs of the city and writings, etc.

We pass a second generator then to a wide thoroughfare dimly lit by lights on the right side, into the distance as far as we can see. On the right we come across a door which RC finds regular trackes leading to and from, human, then a second close by.

The door is stone, and locked, piece of the door chipped away and human lock installed.
No windows. We hear a click from the adjacent building door. We take cover between buildings. , RC, Paul, Simon and Billy to that side for the ambush. 2 men exit the building, a girl with them, captive, naked and bound. Taking her to our building.
Our guys jump them. RC and Billy kill each with 1 blow.
The girl is about to scream, but Paul gives her a quick slap and hush and she quiets.
Rick “They’ll have the keys on them.”
We get the keys and enter ours first. A man sits at a desk with a shogun “About time you, gasp!”
Billy rushes upon him, beheading.
Schuyler takes the shotgun and ammo. 8 rounds.
Upstairs we sneak, they have made it into one big living area, fire in the middle. Electric hotplates in the corner for cooking. 20ish present now.
2 slave girls as well, servicing a couple guys.
Ungentlemanly behavior.
Rick “I demand you slaughter them all without mercy.”

Paul, Simon, RC and Billy slaughter them, Rick moving right for the girls killing 1 cultist. 2 remain at the end, each holding a girl hostage to be let go. We allow them to leave in order to get the women. Unfortunately for them, when they get downstairs Schuyler kills one and they take the other prisoner, KO’d.
We find another 6 girls in a side room, in a pen.
They had 2 of the electric rifles! Billy took a rough shot from one but he and Simon each killed the shooters immediately after their first shots on each.

We get the cultist to tell us everything he knows, he obviously hasn’t gone full crazy yet. He draws us a map of what he knows. Following the road ahead leads to a passage to the left that leads to unknown, it was cleared at first but far as he knows no one has gone down for a long time, they were all told never to go there again; another further to left leads to Huston’s HQ and then the excavation for artifacts (where they found the electric rifles).
Further forward is a place they call the Great Plaza, where he has never been.

We get the women and prisoner up top with the Doctor and camp.

View
Australia: Darwin, Port Hedland, Cuncudgerie

Arthur MacWhirr led expedition into interior years ago, prior to Carlyle exp. Took pics; eventually had to return.
David Dodge, Cowles and McKenzie all believe he found something.

Rick has wired Smith back and forth. He is sending Dodge to meet us in Darwin with “something we have to see”
McKenzie is lead prof in Port Hedland, guy every expedition goes through. Hedland is the place every expedition starts.
Mckenzie, Rick knows personally.

We take a small steamer to Darwin. Schuyler pays our way with Occult Sp. Services $.

Uneventful trip to Darwin. This is where the lead of Randolph Shipping takes us.

Oct 16

Arrive, Darwin.
Population of a few thousand, still biggest in over 1000 miles. Racially diverse. David Dodge meets us, dressed in expedition fatigues with hat, one side strapped up. SLeeves rolled, up, arms freckled like Cowles said.
He and Rick shake hands enthusiastically.
He has taken liberty to get us rooms at Bertram’s Outback Inn.
Rick “Sounds very local.”
“It is.”
We get a group pic, taken by Hobbes, before heading into the city.
We get settled in. He hands us the bundle sent by Cowles. WIlhelm takes it and unwraps. A 4×6 pocket diary, in pencil, MacWhirr’s diary.
They did indeed make it back, the pics did survive. Rick has seen the pics before, at Arkham. Ancient rocks glyphs, illegible picture quality, written upon them.

MacWhirr died a few years later under mysterious circumstances.
Rick remembers hearing about all of this when he was younger, as his parents prequented this area in their studies.
Mackenzie might know where they went. He always thought there was “something going on out there” in the desert.
None have tried to follow in his footsteps.
So, we need to look into Randolph Shipping, and gather general rumors and such.

Oct 17

Jeremy gets to work on the streets, asking about what the locals know about the desert.
He hears some of the Koori’s have ‘gone off the reservation’ as the Americans say. Bodies found over the last few years. Natives and others, found by drovers and caravans. Seemed to have a disease, coveredy by hundreds of tiny puncture wounds. Trail of such findinds mostly leads west of here.
“Talk to old Jenkins.” He lives in an old shack by the harbor. “Tell him that you want to talk to One Ear, he’ll like that.” Jeremy can tell he’s funnin’ him, this guy isn’t going to like being called One Ear. They insist he hates being called Jenkins. As Jeremy leaves, they get a good giggle out of the joke.

Jeremy visits him next. “Who the hell is it?!”
He’s a mean old bastard, 5’ 6" maybe, thin. Looks wirey strong though. Carries a walking stick that can easily double as a shillelagh. He raps Jeremy in the forehead, right off “Get off my property you bloody bastard, before I ram this stick right up your arse.”
Jeremy refuses to leave, and Jenkins gets so upset he’s dancing in frustratipn. He has one ear ripped off, and a big claw mark on that side of his head.
Jeremy gets into the desert problems.
“Who wants to know? Nevermind I don’t care, I’m not telling you nothin’”
Jeremy goes right for the truth, we are here to look into the issue.
“Well, don’t.”
We know there are evils living in the desert, and plan to put a stop to it.
“Oh, you mean you’re taking an army regiment?”
He says 10 or so guys go out looking for trouble, adn it will certainly find you.
“We don’t shy away for trouble. Can you give us any iformation?”
“You got any Gin?”
He finally invites Jeremy inside.
A friend of his, Chuck, has seen the Bat god. He says its not a disease, its the bat. A bunch of the Koori worship it, the worship is spreading. They say a white man leads the Bat Cult. A new Koori tale talks of a city in the desert, a great old man called Buddai sleeps with his head in his arms snorring beneath the city. The koori believe one day soon he will rise and devour the world.
Phat "I hope there’s not a gate to Ryleh in there.
Johnny Bigbush is the koori who told him that story, he works here in town for Randolph Shipping.
He didn’t tell how he heard the story.
They say visions of the city and the sleeping man come in dreams.
Johnny said Buddhi is dead, but alive.
All the gin is gone “I’m going to bed so get the &%#^ out.”
Jeremy tells him the men at the bar insisted he be called One Ear.
“Those bloody bastards!! You know I might have some information for you, stop back tomorrow. I have to fetch it. But, a pint ain’t enough.”
“I will get you whatever you want.”
“I want a quart of Gin.”
“That is certainly doable sir.”
Jeremy returns to the hotel.
We talk about going to Randolph, but this might be a place we just want to break into.
Jeremy, Rick, Schuyler, and Billy go to the area Randolph is in to get the lay of the land and take look.
Its on the coast, an allie from the front street goes to the loading dock. Large doors in front and back. Half dozen aborigine’s working.
Jeremy and Rick go in to ask for Johnny Bigbush. Boxes are piled everywhere. One room is an office, big fat man sits at the desk. He gets up slowly and greets Jeremy gruffly. Nose is bright red, bleery eyed, half drunk and smells like an alcoholic.
Rick says we are looking for Johnny, we have a mutual friend.
“Johnny ain’t here. He had a big mouth adn was a bad worker. Fired him couple weeks ago. Yeah, yeah, he’s gone. Think he went down south, maybe to his clan.” He’s wishy washy about it, could be dead.
Rick “You know where his residence was in town?”
Somewhere in Koori’s town, the native slum. A native with strange piercing eyes joins the fat man. “Now Billy here, is my boy. Billy takes care of problems. You’re not a problem are ya?”
Rick “No.”
“Billy, show them how you take care of problems.”
He reveals 3 knives under his shirt.
Fat “Ya know, people who ask funny questions tend to disappear in this town.”
Rick “Good thing we aren’t asking funny questions.”
He thinks there’s something sneaky and, something too polite.
Rick “I am British.”
Jeremy begins antagonizing him for his tough words. HIs Billy isn’t too quick on the uptake though “You mess with Toddy Randolph, your messin’ with the badass.”
Jeremy “Oh this is your shipping company, I’m surprised its still in business.”
“$^&*#^ off!”
Schuyler and Jeremy see a crate ready to go out labelled Penhue Foundatin London, with sign of the sandbat on it.
“Get out of my warehouse, now!!”
Jeremy “Ok fat man.”
Fatman pulls out a blackjack, then calls “Boys” and more workers come as we leave.

Rick and Billy go to the slums and find Johnny’s home. They find half dozen boys living there. Rick speaks to them in their native tongue. He has not been here for a while. Johnny told wild stories, out of the desert they thing, about an evil creature under the sand sleeping. “Saw something though, crate he was carrying at work broke open when he dropped it. WHatever was inside scared him a lot. Not quite himself after that.”
That’s it.

Jeremy and Phat keep and eye on the warehouse, all the boys leave that night.

Soon after, Fat and Billy leave for a pub down the street, through the dark back beach way. Phat keeps watch outside. Everyone else goes in.
We make our way under the dock, Wilhelm stumbles on a hand stricking out of the sand. We uncover the body of Johnny Big Bush.
We get in easily.
Inside the Penhue crate is a wooden idol, 3’ tall, Koori made covered in geometricl ines. Its Cthulhu’s bust. A card says Koori made statue of Buddhi. Bingo.
In teh desk we find the ledger, lots of shipments legit. Here and there is one with the sign of the bat next to it. To Phong in Shanghai, Penhue. Lates to Penhue is marked as 2 crates, so we search for the other.
Others to Mortimer Wycroft in Cuncudgerie! By coastal boat to Port Headland then inland to Cuncudgerie.
The second crate is found. Inside is a device of some sort. Its like it shimmers in and out of existence a bot. Rods, wheels, mirrors and an eye tube. 2’ high, 1’ x1’. Letter with it says it appears to be short term survey device employed by the aliens. Rick takes a look through it then sits back, falling into a coma like state. Wilhelm checks him out, can’t tell anything. Its as if his spirit is free of his body, and he’s shivering, swooshing through infinity. Suddenly, a pop. He is looking through other eyes, disorienting, can see in all directions at once. Very confusing. He looks down upon his new Yithian body. Finally, he wills himself back into his body with another Pop. 0 sanity losss after a brain shattering trip!! He still falls to the floor, taking a few minutes to recover.
We recall the investigators’ tale of a similar to fate of a man they know. Not good.
We are taking this thing and the statue and close the crates back up. Simon wants to put something else in there. We put rock/sand in the crates first.

Oct 18

Jeremy takes Rick, Wilhelm and Simon, with the gin, to One Ear.
No answer, Jeremy opens the door. There is blood everywhere, Jenkins is nailed to the wall.
Billy gets the poor man down. Rick and Jeremy start searching. Simon stands guard.
The remains of the stuff he was going to give us is in the fire.
Rick finds a list, well hidden, he had made of places. Directions in order of place. Starting at Cuncudgere and ending at Sahara Well.

Wilhelm says his death was long and painful. The bat symbol was carved in his chest. The knives holding his hands up are from Fat Man’s Billy.

Jeremy thinks we should kill them all at Rudolph’s. Simon concurs, wants to go immediately.
Schuyler figures if the rest other than he and Billy are cultists they’ll attack. If not, they’ll scatter.
Then we’ll burn the building down.

Rick and Schuyler go around back to cover the rear. Billy, Simon, RC, Jeremy and Phat walk through the front door.
Fat man is in the back of the warehouse, back to us. In front of him are half a dozen or so french postcards. He’s pleasuring himself.
His Billy “Eh, bossman, bossman!”
“Just a minute, I’ll be right there, I;m coming.”
In several moments he comes up to us. Words are thrown back and forth, Jeremy says he made a big mistake, shouldn’t have messed with Jenkins.
Fat’s Billy pulls his last remainign knives "I think old man Jenkins ‘borrowed’ a couple of my knives.
He calls all the rest of his men forward, carrying clubs with nails. Similar to the cult in Shanghai. Fat’s Billy picks one up as well. Rick and Schuyler see the men in view inside head to the front. They close in on the back door.
Simon “Ok boys, let’s clean this up.”
RC lets out his war whoop and the melee commences.
Billy Fish goes right for their Billy, Simon takes Rudolph. RC goes up the middle into the masses, while Phat and Paul attack their flanks.
At an opportune moment, Jeremy flanks fat man and stabs him with one of the knives left on Jenkins. He took both.
Billy slays evil Billy as RC has cleared them iddle and Phat their left flank.
Only one villain left at each flank. Then fat goes down adn Paul and Phat finish the last 2.
Victory.

Now a full search of all the crates. Jeremy sets it up to look like an accident when we burn the house down.
Nothing else of importance is found in the search but for some ores that need worked. Rick takes that, in case it has alien metals. Jeremy does take a set of silver dinnerware.

Oct 19

A coastal boat leaves tomorrow for Port Headland. Dodge joins us.

Oct 20

Leave on the boat.
3 day trip

Oct 22

Arrive Port Headland.
Go to home of Robert Makenzie.
Makenzie “Rathbone, you were just a young whippersnapper when last we saw one another my boy.” He insists we all stay at his place.
Rick gives him much appreciated thanks.

Tonight we dine with him on prawns and whitefish with potatoes.
Then sherry and charoots. He asks what’s going on.
He says Arthur was absolutely convinced something was out there. He says Arthur’s notes are gone. Couple years ago, an American visited asking about the notes. He leant them to him, a Mr. Houston, went inland on expedition and never returned. We show him the Carlyle expedition pic, and he ID"s Huston.
Makenzie promises to supply us with the equipment we need, just stay here a day or 2 to get organized.
The place is 2 floors, pull wrap around porch on both floors. Easy to get into for cultist.
We definitely need guard teams.

First shift: Rick and Billy below, Brady and Wilhelm on 2nd floor.
Brady sees a person holding something, on the other side of the street in the shadows, watching the house. He stomps to signal. Rick stays put, assuming Billy will respond. Billy goes over and whispers up, Brady signals downward to him about the spy.

Billy hops the porch and walks toward him. The man walks away, Billy calls for him to stop.
“What is it mate?”
“I am wondering why you are looking at my building. What is your intent?”
“I just stopped for a minute to have a smoke. Look, mate, I know you wangers think you own the street but you don’t.”
“You let me tell you, there are noooo wangers in this house. I did not seea cig being lit, nor a prostitute nor alcohol.”
Now he says he stopped, realized he didn’t have a cigarette, so continued on.
Billy asks his name, he says Lester Mitchell. Long Lastin’ Lester. Billy lets him go, but then shadows him to a bar a block and a half down the street. He sits with 4 other men and talk a bit. With a last swig, they take their leave, running to Billy wanting to know why he was lookign in their window. Billy remains silent. One pulls out a sap. Another rises his 2 hamhock fists.
Billy remains silent. They invite him in for a drink. Still no response.
“You deaf?”
“You dumb?”
“You disrespecting your betters?”
“Hey, hoo rah!”
The rest of the bar comes out, and a few others nearby. Crowd of 20 drunks in the street now.
Again they ask him to come in for a drink. He then agrees and enters with them.
Bartender pours him a big beer. One of them gives Billy a “cheers, drink up my lad.”

Brady had informed Rick of Billy going down the street.
“Oh bloody hell.”
Rick and Brady start down the street.
They check the 3 bars on the row. The 3rs says a foreign man left with 2 others and a bucket of beer a short time ago, further down the street.
Otherwise, nothing.

Oct 23

Dawn, we are up. We are quite concerned. About 10am there is a crash, a vase shatters. A rock was thrown through the window with a note attached. Symbol of the sandbat on it. They have Billy, if we want him backthen pack up, leave, and do not return._ If you agree, one of you come to the town square at noon. You will be approached._

Noon, Rick is in the square. He says name Lester. Jeremy’s plan is to stick to us like glue. The others try to stay at a distance behind Jeremy.
Rick follows him to a bar and out the back door, down an alley, up a street, and so on.
Into a bar called the beared clam, the 2nd bar we visited last night. Through 2 doors to steps going down and he says “After you gent.”
Down are 3 rough looking characters, 2 are sailors. They grab Rick by both arms “Ok, now we got someone worth trading for.”
Billy is there, tied up. He was given drugged beer.
“All that crap about leaving,that’s not what’s going on here. An expedition the size of yours must have a lot of money.” They want 2000 dollars for Rick’s release, they’ll throw Billy in for free.
Another guy says he’ll head up to send the ransom.
One of the others calls Rick really dumb, having walked right into this trap.
Billy has slipped his bonds, and has been waiting for the right moment, figuring Rick would show up somehow at some point. He has been dishonored by being captured, he must redeem himself.
Rick “This is a trap all right. I have you right where I want you.”
This is just a gang of ruffians and thugs looking for a pay off.
The other 2 come down a few minutes later saying they sent word for the $ to be delivered tonight.
Rick is just keeping them busy talking to them. Billy leaps up, and in surprise 3 of them. Rick starts throwing punches. Billy starts wields a nearby chair. Both of them knock one out quick.
Billy takes down his second, then Rick finishes his last off. Right after, Billy takes the last down.
Billy looks for gold teeth. Finding none, Billy kicks the hell out of them. The head man he compound fractures his arm.
Gurka payback.

The law is called in and they are turned over.

Materials gathered.

Oct 24

Gathering materials.

Tents, shoes, clothes all appropriate. We got ammo and TNT in china prior to leaving. Proper rain gear as its the rainy season.
Gin, scotch, brandy, cigars, tea. Plenty of water and trail food.

Oct 25

8 hour trip there on the freight train on the evening train. We arrive 4pm.
Concudgere is a mining town, bustling even in the afternoon. 2 aborigines stand there awaiting Rick. He greet them heartily and warmly, the Bobby’s. Old Fella Bobby and Big Fella Bobby, father (old and wise) and son (big for a native, strong). Saw us in the dreamtime, knew we were coming. Been waiting here for 2 days.
Rick “Well I’m glad you’re here. Care to go on a trip?”
“That’s why we’re here, we go to the evil place. Spirits say we go, but not come back. Many not come back from this one.”
They tell Rick the old place he used to stay with his fam is burned down.

No morgue here, no library. There is a telegraph to Port Headland.

Rick is talkig to the head master and takes a punch to the side of the head. He sees stars for a moment. ALmost knocks him down.
Rick “That can only be one person.” Only medium size white man, but well muscled. Billy is about to cut him in half but Rick stops thim.
“Hello mate, home is the hunter, home from the hills.”
Rick “I was hoping you’d be here.”
“Haven’t found my pile yet, but that doesn’t meen I’m not looking.” The Bobby’s told him I was coming. Rick introduces him Bruce “Jack” Baugh.
He looks at Simon “Whoa, you’re a tall drink of water. Let’s be friends mate.”
Simon “I cand o that. If you’r e a friend of Rick’s you mujst know what you are doing.” They shake, he starts trying to crush Simon’s hand. Simon doesn’t even react.
“Well, that didn’t work out like I expected it to.” and gives Geste a meaty slap on the shoulder.
People call him Jack Bo.
Jack is a great guy to have arund but his practical jokes are inappropriate. Not bright nor wise though, but a good man, bit heavy just a tad. Rick warns Simon he’s going to be the butt of a bad joke that would otherwise piss him off. Jack is a good shot, not a great shot, not as good as he thinks. Great survivalist in the outback. He always thinks he can to the Dundee thing on animals but it NEVER EVER works.
Jack has some bad news. Steinmetz broke his leg in 3 places rounding up my animals, he was going to be my animal handler.
Rick “He’s still alive?”
“Yeah, its the weirdest thing. When you pull his pantleg up, there’s bones sticking out!”
“Why are you pulling up his pantleg?”
“Cause its a rile.”
Plus, the wagon is a piece of crap, the burrows haven’t been found, the camels haven’t been rounded up cause of the leg.
He thinks he can find a good animal handler, but not quite as good as Steinmetz. Hes at the Grand, biggest saloon. We’ll have to convince him to go, he’s trying to “drink away the ’frighftul (he says this sarcasticaly) things he saw in the desert.” Just recently. Name of Mad Ginger Muldoon, he’s Irish.
Deadfella Man owns the store, that’s what the natives call him. Skin is white, frame skeletal, etc. Name is really Mortimer Wycroft.
The receiver of Rudolph’s crates!!
Jack Bo “Don’t be put off by his look, he’s a good guy.”
Rick “You think everybody’s a good guy.”
Jack “There’s another guy I want you to meet, ‘cept ylyou cant cause he’s not here.” John Carver, does surveys and exploratory diggings along the stock route but he’s out there right now. Spends more time there than here.
Schuyler “Has it started raining yet?”
Jack “No, 3 weeks out maybe. If we hurry we can maybe beat it.”

He takes us to Hays boarding house once we get transportation there for our gear. Ran by Mrs. Hays. Late 30’s; a bit plump; extremely weird, acts like a victorian widow mostly, but takes a keen interest in local politics and in legends of local desert; bought place18 months ago; feels to some like she’s just biding her time until something.

We eat dinner at the boarding house, beef is the main dish. Coffee afterwards. As we are talking plans, she gets more and more interested to the point of staring intently at us as we talk back and forth.
Rick asks why the interest. She responds with clouded mind, she doesn’t know, can’t remember. Wilhelm takes lead now.
One day she was home cooking dinner, in England, the next minute I was wearing a black dress, I was in mourning, my husband had died.
“I missed 5 years. I was making dinner, it was 1883, then it was 1888. People say I had a breakdown and eventurally recovered.” Stayed married but spent all time at museum and library, then started to travel. Husband died, had been in mourning 3 months when she woke up. He was a successful business man in textiles. She sold the factory adn used the $ to keep travelling. So, came to Sydney first but felt it wasn’;t where she needed to be “I need to go out there” pointing to desert “I think I need to go with you.”
Simon is against her going. If she’s possessed by Yith, it could come out at the wrong moment.
The talk breaks up.

Jack Bo “Hey, you didn’t tell me you knew Carver.”
Rick is baffled, until he realizes its the Carlyle exp portrait he sees. He is pointing to Huston.

Jack takes Rick and Billy to see Muldoon. He says ‘any friend of Jack’s is a friend of mine’ and buys us a round. We hang for the evening with him. He laments there are not enough women to go around any more.
He keeps trying to get a girl named Bessie, but she keeps shooting him down. Pretty soon he’s going to fall off the barstool.
We bring up his horrible xp, and he practically leaps up out of the chair.
We tell him we;re heading out there and want to know what we are in for.

His tale: 4 nights ago he was in the desert, at Dingo Falls. Its a water hole, not ea falls. There’s a ghost there. I first came here 10 year ago. Went out 4 nights ago, 2nd person ever to go there on purpose, first was old Bill Buckley.
Rick kew him, like an older brother when he was here as a child. Good drinker, great harmonica player. Really nice one with his name scratched on it.
He though there was gold there. Everybody knows…..
Jack Bo interrupts to tell this part, he’s dead. Went out and never came back, body not recovered since no one goes there. He gives Rick his condolences.
So, at Dingo falls: now all I can do is drink to keep away the horror; Normally if you’re out that way for the night you go to Slattery’s waystation; I didn’t cause I don’t like them, old drunk man and his 2 crazy sons, they’re pederasts! So at the falls he made camp. Fell asleep and was woken up by a bright light. Was horrible, not human, form of a man glowing white and red, flesch falling off the bones, whites of the eyes cooking in the skull, mouth wide open, like he was on fire inside. I fought it for hours with a stick!! Then I ran off w/o even my belongings. Then the sun rose, I went back, got my gear, and left.

We thank him for relaying his tale and ask him to go, being the best animal handler in town.
We offer the silver dinnerware, worth some 40 pounds.
He sits back, rubbing his hands together. He heartily insists he is not the kind of man to turn down such a profit.
Rick buys his last round “We will see you tomorrow.” As we get up he leans back, chugging it, falls straight backward to the floor.
Hobbes “We’d better get you home friend.” He asks a Maggie O’ Toole if he can stay at her place.
“NO!!”
Jack Bo takes him in for the night.

Jeremy is out to gather info on

  • People seeing more snakes than ever, lots of snake bites.
  • Near Dingo Falls, don’t go to Slattery’s, they are thieves and butt*$^#@@.
  • MacWirre expedition and general rumors. He had come through, claimed found big blocks of stone out in the desert. Had to have been telling th truth, he bought drinks for the whole pub.
  • American bloke too, took about 2 dozen out into bush. Had them dig 30’ deep tunnel then sent them off to Darwin to collect pay. None ever returned.
  • Now Carver is digging mine shafts out there, same American as that one!! His outfitting all done by Wycroft, none of it done on the coast both times.
    They’re “thick as thieves”. Speaking of Wycroft, over 20 men killed in a mine cave in or the like, all disappeared. One was Derby Dave the welshman. Used to work for Wycroft.
  • On the drover’s stock route, swear bears or something as big, no bears here, was killing beef. About same area as mine cave in, past DIngo Falls toward Sahara Well.
  • 3 huge birds way out in the desert.
  • Odd tribe of emmaciated aborigines, very tall though, in Sahara Well area
  • There were 2 other outfitters in town, one burned down the other blew up. Wycroft has a half track truck he takes out on expeditions, sometimes gone days or weaks. Schuyler remembers those guys. Good men the owners were. Wycroft’s is an old building on outskirts. He and his Abos live there.

Oct 26

Up bright and early.
Muldoon is in no shape to work until afternoon.
Ginger is in a terrible hangover state, moaning mercilessly. Staggering around groaning away.
We leave.He is yelling “Christ, Jesus help me!”
RIck yells to him over our shoulders “NOon, Muldoon, Noon!!”
“What time ist it?”
“7:30.”

Most don’t like Wycroft. The Bobby’s say about him and his allied aborigines: Old Fella has seed Deadfella Man in dreamtime, he killed his friend Jackie Major. When I woke up, he was really dead. He’s powerful Juju Man.
Says to watch out for his Abos, they know more than they say. Speak a speaka and don’t you forget it.

Billy and RC guard our gear today.

Rick goes to Wycroft’s with Schuyler, Brady, Jeremy and Wilhelm.
We buy what else we need, mostly smaller stuff. His Abos have lots of tatoos. Arms are a swirl w/in which is the sign of the bat. He gives us a really good deal on a case of white wine. The bottles are capped by a crude wax blob.
Rick assumes poisoned or drugged.
Couple spiked clubs lying about.
He spends most of his time staring into space, his mind is very much gone. Like he barely recognizes the world around him. His boys do most of the work.
Rick tells Wilhelm to try to get anything out of him he can while Rick and Jeremy and Brady shop and keep the men busy.
When he’s in the desert, he visits his friend Huston “among the stones”. Discovering things. “If I could I’d stay there all the time, but I’m not allowed. Somebody has to be here as an agent, in charge. Some day, its going to be like this” makes a hand motion like switching minds with Wilhelm “and i’ll dwell forever with the great race!!” He loves them.
One of the boys comes over him adn says something to him. He replies “I’m not saying anythign I shouldn’t.”
“When I go there, its a religious xp. You go down into the depths of the earth and there you are amongst, their things, their pictures, everything that they were. Then we find secrets” he gives a short winy giggle at that.
They won’t let him have the tatoos.
Jeremy walks over “I don’t think they think you’re good enough.”
He scratches down his face in frustration “I’m good enough. Every time I come back, a little piece of me is gone. And now there’s nothing left. I must go back. I leave in 2 days. I’ll learn the secrets” the giggle again “Then when we set off the bomb, we don’t need no rocket, we got a doorway. Then we’lll set off the bomb. Its even bigger than the one in Shanghai. Oh yes, that radium bomb was nothing compared to this one. The Great Ones were, the Great Ones are, The Great Ones will be!! Cthulhu Ftagn! And Nyarlathotep will come forward and rule all!” They say they have everything we…….he drops over dead wth a momentary gasp. Behind him one of his boys cut his throat in one swipe down to the spine.
The other 2 in the shop hurl war boomerangs, poisoned, at Wilhlem and Jeremy. Jeremy squeels. Rick and Brady immediately hear it and see what’s happening. One hits Wilhelm, the other skims Jeremy’s shirt at the shoulder.
RIck draws his revolver crit DEAD on the throat slitter!
Jeremy fires his derringer, Wilhelm his revolver, Jack Brady attacks with is knife.
The 2 attack Brady with clubs.
Rick takes out another then Jack finishes off the last one with 2 gut stabs.

We gather what we want from the store and search the place. Find 60 Aussie pound ($300), shotgun, well thumbed book “Wonderous Intelligences” by 17 the century Englishsman John Woodville. 1st and only editon worth 500 aussie pounds.

Wilhelm checks the wine. There is a tiny puncture in each cork like a syringe.
Wycroft’s truck we heard he took into the desert full of stuff is missing.

We inform the authorities they went nuts and attacked us all, killing Wycroft.

Jack and Mulhoon have dragged themselves out and have indeed began organizing the expedition. Rick spends the rest of the day with them gathering stuff.

Rick and Wilhelm go through Woodville’s book tonight. Once had an ornate spine with a diamond shape.
Numerous woodcut illustrations of low quality. Testimony of Woodville’s dream visions and prophecies, esp his torture by demons; lots of sexual practices portrayed to protect one from such an assault; concludes with a prophecy of the devils downfall by shapeless and terrible angelic beings and the end of humanity from Ryleh!! Bringing about the downfall of abominable humanity.
Author claims his posession by a demon in his younger days. Interrogated in this world.
It describes his mind swapping by a Yith. It travelled widely then.
It predicts the rise of Ryleh and the Beast striding forth upon the earth.

Dodge says there used to be a book in Melbourne library that mentioned Ryleh, the Ponape Scriptures. Disappeared a few years ago. Had been loaned to a John Scott of Boston and never returned.
Scott, from the Silver Twilight! Investigators never found that book, so where is it?

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Assault on Gray Dragon Island

Saturday, Oct 4 1890: Gray Dragon Island Attack

Wilhelm and Rick have been helping Hsuen study the 7 cryptical books.

We approach island. We loose our 6 longships of 20 troops each. Ho’s yacht and the Dark Mistress are docked on the pier. 1 ship to each, full of us, ninja’s, Brady, the Iluminati men, the Flying Squad and Fairburn, and 4 us marines.
The others land on the island, those men will hold the beach in case we are found out; then return to the ships to bring the second wave.
The fight quickly turns general on Ho’s junk but we win handily.

On the Mistress: RC and Phat encounter a hulking humanoid beast and is taken down fast, but RC and Simon finish it off.
The handle of the door to below feels fleshy to Simon. Below, at least another 12 or 15 of the same hulking killers we just fought lying in bunks. They do not know we are here yet.
We close the door and get off. Below decks is certainly a portal, to a larger place than the ship is itself!!

1 townsfolk wandered down to the beach, dispatched by royal marines. He has the Innsmouth look!! The whole town presumably does.
Simon wants to set charges at the waterline and sink it. He and Rick get to it.
By the time the Ho junk battle is over they are done.
The 2nd wave, full of New China, were attacked by deep ones. 2 entire boats of men were lost. The others have landed.
The townsfolk are starting to come out of their houses here and there.
The Marshal and his rangers are watching the beach with Chum (who wields a steam powered hand gattling gun) and the 11 green gang enforcers as the deep ones attack. After a volley by our men it, melee joins. We lose 1 green gang enforcer.
Our marines begin to volley into the town when enough targets are visible now that more are awakened by the gunfire.
Schuyler lets loose with the gattling gun.
Hobbes has been filming the entire thing from the far left of the beach with his night lense of his own invention.
The fanatic Brady trained commies have rushed to the forefront of the volley, and take the brunt of the return fire from the monstrous population. 11 are killed.
The town attacks like fanatics, but the marines with the comies and the gattling kill them to a man.
In the large building, we find several cages full of women. Sex toys. Ugh. We rescue them carefully.
Not long after the fight is engaged, the dymamite is set off on the Dark Mistress.
Tentacles lash out everywhere. Corpses floating in the water dissolve in the blood, the dead scream and wail as they do. Souls of the pirates of the yacht being devoured. The portal collapses, the ship is in tatters, a huge glowing rip in space opens and its sucked through. Bishop stands on teh edge of the boat, in his original form, screaming “I’ll return!! From the bowels of hell even, I shall be back!!!” and sucked through he is!!!

Not knowing if all the deep ones are dead or not, we keep the women in the village in a defensible spot with a detatchment of men, along with the downed Phat. The rest of us continue into the jungle.
A clear path leads to a cave opening in the volcano.
2 ranks of PC’s take the lead; followed by a third of the us marnines, then Slaughter and Rangers; ninjas and fairburn plus flying squad; the chinese commies and the green gang separated by the brit marines, who also have the rest of the PC’s with them; a third of the us marines; Jap marines; Iluminati; a third of the us marines.

Flaming oil spews from a booby trap just ahead. RC, Billy and Simon jump out of the way. The next 3 Chung, Paul and Schuyler do the same. The next 3 ranks of US marnines, 1 in each rank fail to escape in time. 2 get out before burning too badly. 1 is stuck, too much in pain to escape. He burns in agony falling dead moments later. It continues down the ranks. 1 Ranger is burned some, as is 1 ninja but not bad; It reaches the flying squad, a couple are noticably burned.
It then hits Brady’s men. 3 of them die. Then it is too thin and everyone gets out of the way.
We press on to the cave entrance.
A Hound of Tindalos, a dog that looks like its been turned inside out, attacks Brady’s Chinese.
Brady quickly responds to help his men. Then Chum right after. A few more of the New China die in the fight before Brady and Chum kill it.

Finally we reach the cave, a fetid odor emanated from it.
We walk into a large central room with a huge futuristic rocket at the middle. A large statue of the Bloated Women. About 50 men milling about, most with rifles.
A pool of water on each side of the missile, one boiling hot. A moat of magma surrounds the missile. 6 scaffolding sections reach over the moat to the missile. One has a tower to the tip of the rocket. Also a pile of boxes.
3 doorways lead out of the room at the far half.
Brady’s men volunteer to attack first. They will charge. The US Marines will provide supporting fire. We will go around the flanks to get to the other areas.
Hobbes will film from the entrance.

We order our charge. The Chinese first get their attention and charge right into them. The US Marines provice cover fire for them next and put a mean hurtin’ on the enemy.
Simon “Schuyler, why haven’t you ever told us about these men?”
“I never needed to call upon them until now.”
The PC groups then begin filing in and through the room.

The flying squad go for the storage are with Jeremy. They find small, 4 cigar shaped tanks with backstraps attached to a welding gun (at full power can do 2d10 damage at 5’ away).

Simon takes Chung goes down the right wall to the doorway there and the Bloated Women statue. Wilhelm joins him. Texans and Japanese Marines as well and Taro, and 5 Iluminati. They find more captive women, who say they are being kept for the Bloated statue to come alive and have its way with them. Wilhelm says the Eye needs to be set atop the volcano.

Rick will go for the rocket with Billy and Schuyler. The Green Gang will go also to keep everyone off of his crew and help him get up to the rocket itself. They reach it and fire into the rafters as Billy starts to climb up. 4 come down and attack Schuyler with blowtorches. He engages them with a few of the Green Gang as Rick and the rest follow Billy upward.
2 green gang are killed in the assault.

Paul and RC go down the left wall. The ninjas join them. Royal Marines too, and 5 Iluminati. RC busts open the doors.
Passing the boiling pool, a group of deep ones attack but the marines slaughter them. There stands Sir Aubrey Penhew at a worktable. There sits something that obviously goes into the nose of the rocket, lots of complicated electical equipment. Parts of the missile! Probably the exploding parts.
Penhue “Leave my stronghold, in the name of Nyarlathotep. In the name of Cthulhu! Cthulhu Ftagn! My will must be obeyed!”
We rush forward as he raises his hands to cast!! One mighty hit from RC cripples the old man DEAD!!
RC then scalps him and adds it to his set with anarchist.

The final room is full of Egyptian treasures worth riches!! We start getting this stuff to our boats asap.

A small room behind is done up like an egyptian burial chamber: Penhue’s future death chamber.

The marines help finish off the men on the scaffolding.

Rick sets the rest of the TNT charges on the missile, especially on the inside.
All the stuff in Penhue’s room we haul out to take with us, not knowing what part explodes nor how to properly destroy it.
While this is going on, men are supervised to get all the Egyptian artifacts to our boats.

In the supply stuff, we find an long reel of detonator wire. We can now set the charge off far enough away from the place that the person doing it will not be in danger.

In the midst of this, the place starts to shake and rumble. A Shaggoth explodes from the bubbling pool atop 3 of Brady’s men standing there, killing them all!
It then lashes out as everyone of our men flee i panic, killing more!!!

Someone needs to hold it in order for us to get away.
Suddenly, a phantom, a spirit, appears, assaulting the Shaggoth. It turns and bellows “Flee you fools! Flee.”
That gives us the first moment we need to rush to the passage out.
It catches up quick, RIck, Billy and Simon hold the hall door as the others get out. It would have killed Billy, but RC leaps in front of the blow taking the shot (card) but for minimum damage(card)!!!

We all turn and run up the tunnel. Hobbes pushes the plunger down.

We rush for the boats!!! Everyone!!! The island is shaking violently!!
Rick and Schuyler have to pilot Ho Phong’s junk out to get all of our people out.

As we get away, the island sinks into the sea.

VICTORY!!!

Oct 4 through 9

Lots of rest, study, Wilhelm fixing Billy’s pathos of lying. Margo is given all the Egyptian artifacts we got from Penhew and the warehouse, to ship them to the British Museum.

Oct 10

We board Santos’s steamer for Darwin, with short stop in Hong Kong to drop of Ho’s daughter. Brady is with Rick and Billy all the way to Kenya.
Rick talks with Esteban about the Inv. clues about cult activity on the south pacific, tells him what Pena is doing, and asks him to poke around to his own contacts, as he has the opportunity, as he works the ocean here to South America concerning any strange activity that may be of interest to us.
Rick talks to Wilhelm about an idea he has concerning these dreamlands the MH have been to. If time runs slower there, so days there are only hours or so here, it is an invaluable place to take the time to study forbidden tomes and do lengthy research.
“It would be nice to have a reliable way there anytime we wish.”
Wilhelm mentions the wine given them on the train “that vineyard is worth looking into.”
Wang Phat says once we are back, he will try to look into it, he will not be accompanying the MH to Hauptman.

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Shanghai Investigation and Gathering Allies

Sept. 17, Arrive Shanghai

Rick has to use a contact to smuggle our weapons and tobacco in, as there are none allowed through customs.
He says he has another contact here he knows about for certain that should be helpful: Sir Edmund Hart, the Charge de Affairs here, with connections to US, Confederate, and Tx forces, and a personal connection with Fairburn.

At the docks, a lowly Chinese laborer sits, Chain SMoking on the dock. Rick recognizes him, not Chinese but Japanese and in disguise; they were temporary allies in Nepal once, named Eiji Takagawa a member of Black Dragon Society (Jap secret service). Rick and Billy go up and say high in Chinese, “What’s his honorable white man needs?” Rick asks if he knows where the guest house is Chung has planned for us. He says can’t get there from here, go away white man. This lets him know where we are staying. Rick scoffs at him for not being able to give directions to a superior, kicks some mud in his face and walks away.
Think opening sequences at the bay of Enter the Dragon, but older.
Chung gives us a low down:
Marine base here.
Shanghai Municipal Police, run by Fairburn (Later, historically, inventor of modern commando knife fighting)
French concession has own police force and detectives, hundreds. Including auxiliary 500 Russian mercs. And Special Brigade, based of Fairburns unit, tall northerc Chinese numbering 200.
Japanese have 250 martial artists to protect Japanese interests.
US has a us marshal and half a dozen deputies. They are the only ones who can do anything w/o consulting SMP.
Each of Texas and Confederates have Ranger, Marshal, respectively.
There are 3 sectors: British; French;Internation. All cop parties can operate in international section.

Schuyler goes to check in at the Embassy Occult Secret Services cell. Consulate is Harry Furthman, young Minnestan. More interested in chics than statesmanship.
Schuyler finds out the city has a riot squad, one of the world’s first swat like team. Could come in handy. 78 in number. 20% english, 15% sieks, rest Chinese; all trained by Fairburn. Their training house is right near Brit embassy. Well equipped, even steam powered armored care called ‘bloody mary’.
The marshal’s have a rivalry with the secret services, so it takes some serious work but finally Schuyler gets the marshal at his disposal.

Paul goes to check in at the British Embassy for the group of us. Clive Chesney heads British Naval Intel. He works with Edmund some, but not crazy about him. Prefers things done above board and proper, unlike Edmund and Rick.

Chung takes us to a place he knows we can get rooms, we do not know the length of our stay. Preferably a western run hotel. Chung found out where Elias stayed, the Jin Jiang Guest House. That’s our place then.
A cheap hostel on Black Slipper lane, one of many allies in the south market district Nantao. A throng of markets, temples and shipping houses all very close together. The lane itself is only 4’ wide. Westerners welcome but not common.
Windows are barred on outside! All signage is bilingual.
Rick, Billy, Chung, and Simon enter the hostel. Jeremy decides to take a walk around the neighborhood to get the lay of the land, Wilhelm.
It has 6 apartments, 2 on each floor. Wide entrance hall. Small mallet Rick rings a small bell next to door reading ‘manager’. Door opens quickly, and a beautiful, delicate Chinese woman comes out with tiny steps, teetering a bit on her culterally bound feat. Fan in one hand, cigarette holder in the other.
Rick interest is peaked. She speaks English. 2 open apartments, perhaps up to 4 in each.
We pay for a few nights up front.
She says one needs cleaned still.
Its here we bring up why we chose here, Jakcson Elias. She says he paid in advance for a month and stayed 2 weeks.
Rick “Is the room he stayed in one those open?”
Yes, no one has stayed in it since he’s been here.
No need to clean it, Billy says. We’ll take it as is.
We finish paperwork, Rick lays on the charm.
Rick is really laying the flirting on, she invites Rick into her office for a drink and talk about Elias. Rick accepts. Her apartment is plush, flamboyant, she’s very wealthy even though her place would not make it look as such.
Billy et al take our bags up to the third floor rooms. Both are identical. Each has 1 electric lamp in outer room, inner bedroom lit by oil lamps. 2 cots to each room are brought in. No plumbing, chamber pot instead.
Community shower in courtyard. Breakfasts cooked on premises.

She serves tea to her and Rick. She is a wealth of knowledge of the city social life. Her husband died a few year ago. Knows nicect bars, clubs, goes to all embassy functions. Just a well known personality so she gets in to places.
At the word of Elias death sends her into emotions, very distraut. Rick gentlemanly pours her Brandy and sooths her.
Stumbling Tiger Bar: ‘she recommended several good bars, but he went to that and Black Lotus, very dangerous, and Hell’s Kithcen in French Quarter.
Ho Phong: good pious man, at all big events, well connected; unfortunate his wife, now dead, turned out to be a cheat and whore, connected to underworld and boxers; rumored also involved in Green Gang (secret society, huge criminal org like mafia, true power in city; there is even a whole section of the cops who are a gang of theirs; cop corruption rampant); She had fallen in love with her chauffeur and tried to run with him after strealing lots of money from Ho Phong; captured by the Green Gang they say; body turned up soon after and looked like took her days to die; horrific nature of it drew daughter insane, she is kept locked up at home by Ho Phong. She tells Rick where his mansion (aka fortress) is, as well the HQ for the business. His yacht is the Luxuriant Goddess. Has warehouses all over Asia.
Says rumors an ancient Cult of Bloated Woman is back and at war with Green Gang; way worse befalls those on their bad side. Speaking of that, Phong’s wife could have been taken out by Bloated Woman actually.
She recognizes the dark mistress, here at least 3 or 4 times a year. She does not know Aubrey Penhue. She recognizes Brady! He stayed here! Right after Elias left, came looking for him. He left message for Elias if he returned: “Come to chum’s place”. She doesn’t know what that means, he said Elias would know.

Rick goes upstairs and searches the room.
In spatoon is a piece of crinkled old paper!! It’s in English, but his mind was obviously going by this time. Its his notes on Order of Bloated Woman!! He thought it was of great import, connected to Black Pharaoh. Talks about the war vs Green Gang; worship/led by a beautiful woman with a fan that is seemingly at odds with the Bloated Epitath idea; it says they have a HQ here, either Hell’s Kitchen or Black Lotus but he wasn’t sure.

We spend the rest of the day getting a detailed lay of land, where all important places are. Rick goes to see Sir Edmund, who warns Rick not to get too involved in politics here, nor Green Gang. They have to many connetions. Different story if we want to take out a supposed rival, if so talk to Fast Eddie. Hangs at Hell’s Kitchen. Handled Opium for Big Ears Du. He is an enterprising lt. for them; face of Green Gang.
He has never heard of Bloated Woman. Dark Mistress arrived yesterday! Logged in as owned by Penhue Foundation.
Black Lotus has worst rep. Hell’s Kitchen is where everyone goes. If that’s the center of a cult, they are masking it well. Very nice place, huge dance floor. Upper crust even. Orchestral band.
Ask about Lo Ping: he says he has 2 goals, live forever and make Chine number 1 power on earth, embodiment of the Yellow Peril. Lo Ping has an HQ here, though has not been here for years. Operates also out of Limehouse in London, and various Chinatowns around the world.

Jeremy and Wang Phat go to Imports of Theo’s girlfriend in NY, with letter of introduction and instructions to assist us in any way possible. The office is run by Margo Lao Chang, also half Chinese. She is fully cooperative with the instructions. Looks more English than Chinese, 5’9" for one thing. She’s not impressdy by Jeremy personally. She can sneak us out easily if needed.
SHe also has the gattling gun that was sent from Quin’s imports in London and smuggled in. It will remain here until needed.
She says Phong is well established businessman in town; she knows he is up to no good; skirts law constantly; shipments that are secret come and go constantly; investigators getting too close tend to disappear and are found worse than just dead. For sure, he’s responsible for his wife’s death she believes firmly. Elias did stop in, but nothing she could tell him. Jack Brady, never heard of him.
They leave. Has connections and agent all around. Heard of Dark Mistress?
Black Lotus all art deco, but darkly lit place. Band plays more slow and sensuous music. Big impression of skullduggery. Owned by Big Ears Du.

Message from Eiji is delivered later today, says meet at Hell’s Kitchen. House band considered best in the city.

Sept. 18

Stumbling Tiger: Rick/Wilhelm/Jeremy. Single floor establishment; Single room, separate toilet. Large, dark and dirty. Terrible lighting. Smells old and damp too. Even though its mid afternoon its half filled. All Chinese. Man behind bar is Eurasion mix, Chinese and something else. Wilhelm gets an immediate feel of tuberculosis.
Fergus Chum, Scotch/Chinese. Rick orders a glass of scotch, Islay region. Excellant actually. He has relatives that supply him. Speaks ok English. We drink a couple, ease into a repore with him.
Wilhelm sees no evidence anywhere of Mythos.
We finally show the matchbook and bring up Elias. He repeats several times he has never seen him, nor heard of him. Nor Brady, until pressed a little more. Brady saves this guys life once in a brawl; but hasn’t seen him in a long time.
Does not know where he was staying, he spent a lot of time here. Keeps saying he thinks he left Shanghai.
He talks for 5 silver dollars Jack went to Rangoon in Burma, to a Charlie Gray, selling guns he thinks, along the coast “plenty long time, month, two months, who knows”.
He and Rick almost fight over whether he’s telling the truth.

Rick goes to talk to Edmund about Charlie Gray. He says there is indeed a Charlie Gray limited, believed they do run illegal arms.
Rick wires this Charlie Gray if he knows a Jack Brady, mutual friend told me he was here.

Replies Brady worked for him several months last year, then took rifles to a Santos in Nicaragua or Guatemale, now in South America.
Nooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!
Add in from Nairobi Brady friend: saw Brady in Hong Kong, and he had a friend at the asylum.

Rick goes back to bar and talks to Chum again. Chum comes clean. Brady travels under assumed names, went to South America couple months ago to trade with a man named Santos; to then travel to NY to find the detectives he heard were looking for him and investigating Roger’s death. He heard from Roger’s sister.
What!?!? She was in contact with him!?!? Grrrr!!
He says the Bloated Woman Cult is all over China, not just here. He confirms our suspicion that Ho Phong is the head at least her. HIs fortress estate is impossible to break in to.
Hell’s Kitchen is what it seems to be, where Green and Red Gangs to business, neutral ground.
Black Lotus is a den of squallor. Any sexual perversion, drug, etc can be acquired.
Owned by Big Ear Du. Brady thought he was in on the cult, Chum is not so sure. He thinks the cult operates out of there but not sure about Du. If he betrayed the Green Gang to the cult, he’d be dead.
He knows nothing of the thin, fan wielding woman. May have been a mistake in the translation. He does not know what Elias translated that from but it wasn’t from the Several Cryptical Books of Hsan, the primary bible of the Bloated Woman. Its too old, the translation says led by surely, worship makes no sense. If not, all we know is wrong.
Concerning the boat and Penhue: comes here often, crew depraved and degenerate; cult operated; operates out of Gray Dragon Island. Owner of boat is Alfred Penhurst. Rick shows him the portrait, its Penhue!! Every few weeks, junks sail to the island, crowned by a volcanic peak. Ho Phong’s private yacht visits it often too. Sailors will never dock there, even in an emergency. 2 groups of scout boats sent there by Brady, both never seen again.
We go out of the back room and into the bar to find a body lying dead, the place is empty. Knife wound, multiple in the side and back. Has makeup on his face. He’s a European! Chum says he came in right after we did, the first time and this time.
Uh oh.
The bartender is in the street just hanging out. He says that he noticed that a Jap came in to the bar, this dead guy had come to bar trying to get close enough to listen at the store room. This Jap curtly says for all to get out. Everyone took off, then he must have killed this guy. The bartender doesn’t even know how the Jap got out, never saw him leave.
We look for him, and the bathroom window is broken outwards.
Chum’s jig may be up.
He knows nothing about where we are staying, and Elias liked her quite a bit. He never said why he chose that place, if it wasn’t random.

Back to hotel to meetup.
Knock at our door, the maid says there is a man downstairs to see Rick and Paul. We go downstairs.
It’s a man with big bushy eyebrows, huge black bushy beard, big belly.
It’s a disguise.
“Come, let us drink together!” to a local drinking establishment in a Russian accent, a terrible one.
We join him at a place close by. He bears a message from a friend he says “You don’t know what you are doing. The forces here are very precariously balanced, the fate of the world is so. You must stop screwing around, wait, you will be contacted when its time for you to play your part.”
Rick “By whom.”
“A friend.”
‘We should trust you why?"
’You have no reason to trust me." Who the friend is, he can not say.Rick feels he has seen him somewhere before. Its Esteban Santos. He leaves.
Brady must be here, it was all a ruse.
Billy, who obviously tailed us here, follows him but loses him in the throngs.
Back to the hotel.
Notice in the paper “The Stars Are Right” in handout, concerning Master Lung and to contact him.
Wilhelm goes to see Master Lung with Simon, Wang Phat.
Rick goes to Hell’s Kitchen to meet Eija, with Billy, Schuyler, Paul, and Jeremy.
Wang Chung keeps a vigil on the Black Lotus all night.

Lung:
Its close to Ho Phong’s warehouse. Lung answers the door, small but affable man. Acts very scared.
We go inside, tell him we want to talk about this stars aligning thing. He beckons us further inside to the secdnd room office. Lots of tiger tails make a screen to walk through.
He gasps as Wilhelm walks through the tails.
He tells us to sit. We do, and he reacts frightfully.
“Look, you see this charming brass armlet here. It has a very pleasing texture, why don’t you touch it.”
Wilhelm second guesses doing so, considering his previous reactions.
“I must ask you gentleman, touth it or leave.”
WIlhelm does and he gasps again. He pulls down a sword made of strung together coins, which he shakes at us and chants. Then he screams, leaping back, grabbing hot coals via tongs and puts them inside his slippers, burning them apart.
SImon “This some kind of ritual, Wilhelm?”
Wilhelm is as lost as Simon and Wang are.
He falls upon his knees “Fine, take me to the underworld you damn demon!”
Wilhelm “I’m from Amsterdam.”
Wang “We are not demons.”
He says today is the day, the demon comes to take me away to hell. He has prepared the tiger tails, the cursed amulet, the sword of coins, the brazier of burning slippers, every trick he has to force the demons away. He doesn’t believe it.
Simon says he’s Christian.
This guy is nuts that he is about to die.
Chung says “Its the cat.”
Simon draws his sword and walks back to the front door.
The cat springs 2 more arms and grows to 10’ tall right in the alley beside the house!! Dog like head, horned, dripping fanged muzzle, pincer claws.
“Out of my way, priest, I have a soul to collect.” Simon walks right to it and the battle begins.
Wilhelm arrives then, hurling holy water. Lung runs out from behind him with the coin sword!! Its a mystical wpn, doing 2d20 to such a creature.
Wang Phat then joins in as well.
This demon is a badass but we best him and he fades away with “The next time the stars are right, I’ll be back”.

He was rude to a customer, Ho Phong, who said he’d die via a demon each time the stars are right. Accused him of being a lowlife eater of dogs. He gives us his greatest treasure for saving his life: (not the blade, it a one use per preparation thing) the chalice from the palace of the ancient emperor of China; if filled with holy water, then drank it will revive if totally drank. All fatigue heals completely. 1/day. Must utter the simple chant first.
He’s going to flee to Peking now.
Concerning Bloated Woman: many of there victims will have no arms, its part of their ritual to do that and let them bleed to death. They use razor sharp sickles.
Often they have a symbol tatooed on them, which he shows us.
Back to the hotel.

Hell’s Kitchen:
Hobbes and RC come as well. He took a picture of the dead European pre and post disguise.
We invite Chum, and he will join us. Wang Chung secretly watches over him until he gets there.
Its a jumpin place, great music indeed.
Rick makes contact with Eija, as a Japanese gentleman in tophat. He asks why I’m here, he says Bloated Woman is code name for Phong’s smuggling ops. He is confident thats all it means, he’s working against Japanese interests, and they plan on making a move soon, burn warehouses to the ground simultaneously, 5 of the 10.
He repeats what we’ve heard multiple time: his home is impossible to break in to. Rick lays on with the details. Eija’s respose “Wow”. He knows not of the island even.
He says his superior Cpt is in charge of investigating it. Several operatives have landed on the island but never heard from ahead.
He says Japan is ready to go to war with Russia, over islands to the north.
A lead female singer comes on, Greta von Stumpf
Rick “She’s fine to look at, and listen to.”
Eija is interested in her too, Rick will totally back down for him. He would love to introduce Rick to her.
She’s known for the fan she carries. Not another one!
A disturbance on the dance floor now, a little leprechaun looking guy is being yelled at by a marine, who he then punches and flattens, over a girl.
Rick “I didn’t expect to see a fight in here”. The bouncers close in fast, drag the marine out but the shorty convinces them he’s not trouble.
He then approaches and greets us and sits down of his own accord.
Orders another round “put it on his tab”.
Paul sits down now.
Rick “Excuse me, sir?”
“I know who you are. And the kind of business you’re in.” He accuses Rick of stealing from every tomb in every country.
His business if moving things, and he’s the man if we need it. He’s Pat Devlin, of Dublin.
This is his current base of ops. He then brings his beautiful ‘girlfriend’ Rose over (obviously a lady of the night) then sends her away.
After a few more minutes, his other girlfriend Iris walks by, then Daisy. He has 6 live in girlfriends.
After a couple bottles, he offers some strong advice, and yells across to Dr. Hong, and a withered old man comes over “Ah, my friend Patrick, you called.” Gambler and owner of a bric a brak store. That;s why he figured I’d be of interest. Has books of Taoist and Buddhist ancient secret knowledge etc etc.
Rick “Sounds great, leave me your card.”
He passes it.
Hong asks if we’d like an introduction to Fast Eddie, he’s important to know if your planning on smuggling artifacts out of China. That’s what they figure Rick is doing here. He points out 2 members of the Chinese Secret Police to make sure Rick is not planning on stealing any artifacts out of China.
Rick “How do I know you’re not setting me up?”
“Even if I speak of the mirror?”
Rick “What mirror?”
“I’m sorry, I must have mistaken you for someone else” and he leaves the table.
Pat “Obviously I mistook your intention, excuse me” for inviting the Dr. over.
Rick “What mirror?”
Slightly irregular ovular, encased in carved jade of swirling characters in an unknown alphabet.
The Star Mirror.
Rick has heard of it. Also called the Murder Mirror, dating to Cimmerian times. Lost in China hundreds of years ago. He can put us on the right track for a price, Hong was just an intermediary, Pat doesn’t like to deal directly. He hates us F’ing English. He wants $1000, then another $1000 upon delivery or $10000 if he can get it for us. A contest.
No, Rick gives him 2000 up front. He says fine, but don’t blame him if someone else beats him to us.
Emile de Briac is missing, a priest and amateur archaeologist; he has the item. Find him and you find the item. He sent a letter to Pat, they knew each other and he knew Pat can move things. It details a potential trove of Old One terror!!! He destroyed all he could, but the mirror would not break via any attempts. St. Pantelon Mission Hospital in the French Quarter is where he asks Pat to come.
BS, this letter was not addressed to Patrick. It was intercepted before it left for France. His friends he sent to check the hospital ended up dead in a terrible manor. Dried up mummified, found near the hospital. This was 2 weeks ago. He’s been waiting for someone to sell the info to in order to make some profit.
Rick “All right, have another drink.”

Fast Eddie loves to rub shoulders with the famous, and when Paul talks to him he asks to be introduced to Rick so Paul does so. We talk for a while with him.

Eija recognizes the guy knifed, Russian secret service. His guess is he was killed by another secret service.

Sept. 19

The Riot Squad ask us to cop station, specifically Rick and Paul. They take Wilhelm with them and all our evidence.
We are sent to Fairburn’s office. A man we were seen with was found dead, Eija!!
The case is strange. They take us to the scene, we send for Wilhelm before we leave the station. He shows up with RC and Billy.
His bed at his room is disheveled, he lies there nude. Look of extreme horror on his face; coroner feels he was smothered. There are strange welts as if multeple appendiges grasped him. He has a bite of something in his mouth: a big almost foamy piece of fatty tissue. Like animal fat, actually, but spongier.Sucker marks along his chin. It grabbed him by the face and he bit a piece of it off. Under his fingernails is more of the fatty substance, as if he were clawing at it.
Wilhelm recalls the Necronomicon, and pulls out a passage on the Bloated Woman Avatar. It describes how an attack by it would leave just these markings. He was having sex with it!!!
The Singer with the fan!!
This is horrible.

We send Jeremy, Simon, and Chung to check on who Eija was seen with last night after talking to Rick, if any neighbors saw him come home with anyone, etc. Soon, a child runs up to them with a note, that if you want to find out what happened last night, go to a certain place. They do so, leading to a tenament building. The apartment we want is on the 3rd floor. Its full of Japanese, mostly looking like beggars but awfly well fed judging by their builds.
Simon knocks on the door and is greeted by a gruff “come in.”
Inside is a guy who looks like a typical laborer, but a bit better dressed like a foreman or the like. He invites us to sit on the mats, a woman enters with a tray moving with the supple guile of a panther, dispenses sake to us all.
“Thank you for coming” in Chinese then turns to English since Simon can’t understand otherwise.
Wang “We received your note.”
He pulls a lever on the floor and the walls all turn around. Behind them are 8 ninja!!
“Let’s begin by, as the Americans like to say, putting our cards on the table. You have 1 chance in 5 of leaving this building alive” and that’s only if our answers to his querries are to his liking.
First, he wants to truly know who we are. We tell the truth.
He ID’s himself as Cpt. Asogi Tato, of Imperial Naval Intel.
He wants to know why we murdered his operative Eija. One of his main agents of the last 3 years and “I am not happy that he is dead!” He demands to know why we are here. We tell him that was Rick’s friend and that we are here to destroy the Cult of the Bloated Woman. That they killed Eija.
He thinks we are also here for ‘the weapon’. What weapon?
We only want any weapon there so that they don’t have it, if there is a weapon.
He says they have a weapon that can rend the sky and destroy entire cities.
“Then why are you secretly training an assault force of over 200 men in a warehouse, that are planning a raid of the island”. We have no idea about this.
He mentions some high tech stuff being sent to Gray Dragon Island. They now of Dark Mistress and want to know its connection.
After a discussion he realizes we are not quite who he thought we were.
He gives us the address of where Brady is training his men.
We advise him to team up with others when the time comes, we will ask again when a meeting to set up a joint operation is ready.
He agrees to hear us out when that time comes but promises nothing; to send him messages to this address, and we may leave alive but followed.

We leave to meet back with the rest of the team.
So, they believe the cult us building a high tech weapon, not some dark magical ritual. Wow, that’s news to us, and not good news.
This makes us think of Look to the Future. He mentioned Radium and Liquid Oxygen. Hmm.

Back at Fairburn:

Paul lays it on thick.
Rick rolls out the chain of evidence as an impromptu presentation concerning the Carlysle Expedition, Penhue, The Bloody Tongue in NY, and the chain of evidence leading here. He won’t believe the world is going to end, but he could believe the murderous danger involved; then Paul’s final words together convinces him, but does not advise telling the other police since there is a corruption. But we might want to let the gangsters know.
Rick says we need to make this a joint operation if we can get some other players at the table. Fairburn recommends the Green Gang. He will contact Sir Edmund to begin coordinating meetings.

Then to Sir Edmund, who is all in with whatever Rick needs to do, will assist with all his influence in setting up a meeting of the minds, starting immediately.

Once Jeremy et al return, we make a list:
The Marshal; Green Gang via Fast Eddie and Big Ears Du; Japs; Fairburn’s Flying Squad; New China Commandos (Brady’s men).
To meet Du = Rick
Schuyler to Marshal
Chung back to the Japanese
Paul to convince Brady to join and not go lone gunman on this.

During afternoon, Rick, Hobbes and Billy go to museum to do some digging and for Rick to introduce himself.
Wilhelm to newspaper archives with Jeremy to translate, plus RC for muscle. It takes all day to go through the records. He finds 3 things important, all relatively recent:
1) 8 weeks ago: Seaman’s club damaged; destroyed late one night on river side; no injuries; blamed on seapage under foundation; drunk men reported monsters in river preceding collapse. We figure Deep Ones.
2) 3 monks found dead 2 weeks ago in pavillion fire via overturned brazier; all 3 respected scholars of Chinese heritage. Fire lept in uncanny fashion! Fire Vampires! European seen leaving vicinity. (Penhue?)
3) Violent incident on Lantern St. number 88, 2 nights before we arrived. One a female resident; violently slain; even the locals taken aback by the cruelty; one ID’d killer as giant bat.

As Jeremy and crew leave the library in the evening, 3 men approach them and demand they come with them in Chinese while taking attack stances.
RC readies to fight, but Jeremy says lets follow them first.
They lead us to a well guarded house. Inside, 2 huge white apes, and an old Chinese man Lin Tang Yoo. He orders the apes to retreat. He has questions for us. He is a collector of ancient texts. Claims to be the most powerful man in China. A gorgeous woman in sheer silk sits on the floor next to him.
He says an agent of ours has stolen something from him that he wants back. Jack Brady stole the 7 cryptical books. Everybody thinks we are in league with Brady. Wilhelm demands we don’t know Brady personally, nor is he an agent of ours.
He pulls a lever after a short conversation. A sheet of hard plastic drops, separating him from us. His 3 martial artists spring to us and he demands we give him the 7 books!
RC readies to defend his charges.
They attack. RC drops 2 immediately. The 3rd is better and lasts a few round longer.

LIn “I will fill that room with poison gas unless you give me the book!”
Jeremy “We don’t have any books!”
RC “We are trying to find this Brady ourselves.”
“Then let us trade information.”
Brady’s girlfriend is Choy Mae Ling. She disappeared a few days ago. Has a whorehouse with no name, just 88 Lantern St.
That’s the violent incident where the giant bat attacked!! The cult has her.
He brings up a carved eye, says we want it badly. He will give it to us if we give him the books. He confirms that the attack is when she and Brady both vanished.
Either the cult took them both, or since then they’ve stuck to the training facility.

At museum:
Mr. Mao sees Rick almost immediately. He supplies names of 34 Shanghai scholars who could help us with info, and addresses for 21 of them. Concerning the cult and mirror in total.

Chung leads Rick around, starting with the addresses. We start at 10am. We find the first in half an hour. He is of no value.
Takes Chang much longer to find the next guy. Mu Hsuen’s house. He refuses to see us until Rick mentions Bloated Women. He says there is no physical form Bloated Woman. If Eija’s arms weren’t removed, it was not the cult. Only a fraction of the victims have been found, typically cut off arms and allow to bleed to death. The order wants to summon their goddess to earth. The first step is a poisoning or rupburing of the sky.
The tech weapon.
Over the next year, the world will become tainted by evil entities, the stars will shift, then the pantheon of the Bloated Woman will rise upon the earth. They speak the names of the 4: Cthulhu, Nyogtha, Yogsathoth; Azathoth. Only way to stop them is with ancient knowledge hidden in a book. He will try to find out, but never come to his house again. Go to the main post office and leave a message for Mr. Pheng Wu Pei in general delivery.
Rick “Then what do you think killed Eija?”
He can not tell, but does sound like an avatar of the Bloated Woman.
Nyarlathotep is behind all of this.
After the rupturing of the sky, then the birth of the prince of darkness. “But the key to it all is Egypt! Leave this place and go to Egypt! Find the ward, power the ward, use the ward.” That’s it.
He is the important guy.

This evening, Paul and RC and Simon go to the training grounds and Brady.
Rick goes to check on the mirror with Billy and Hobbes. At the hotel, an Englisman beckons us into the archaeologist his apartment.
The man is of Shanghai municipal police, been staking out the scene of the crime. Found murdered! Here in the apartment.
de Briac was killed. Blood all drained out, sucker marks all over body. Different from Eija. He offers he and Rick to join forces.
Rick says he got a letter saying to come and see him at the hospital. The officer has no authority there though. Father Duvie is the head, and the officer is sure he knows something. He offers to show us the body. A patrolman is called to take us. A very detail oriented patrolman, writing down all we say and our full names and descriptions.
The body is worse than we though, desacated shell and look of screaming horror on its mummified face.
Hobbes “Poor dead bastard.”
Rick thinks a few moments, into his forbidden lore knowledge and believes it was a Star Vampire. Its tittering, how it is invisible unless sucking blood.
Search of apartment finds nothing.

To hospital:
Rick sees chief medical officer Deuvie. He is very overworked, we have to wait over an hour. The arch was a friend of yours, he was administrator here. He suddenly moved out and died in his apartment. The medical officer says he was an occult hunter! Rick says “I am as well, and I’m here with a bunch of friends.”
Witness was sleeping when a guest came and said heard terrible screams. That’s when cops were called. Rick talks to that person, but they moved out. Name was Singh. She says ask the cop because Singh is a patrolman. The investigator says Singh disappeared night of the murder, hasn’t been seen since. Funny, man matching him recently assassinated 4 Fingers Cheng, a Green Gangster but escaped. Found with all blood drained from his body. Cheng was a mobster, office above Black Lotus. Body guards say Singh came to see him, screams heard, 4 Fingers dead and Singh missing.
He told Deuvie about the mirror. “He had done something” the mirror made or allowed him to do it outside the village. He told a story of being accosted at a waterfall outside of Woo Sing (2 hour drive) then turned paile. Would not say what he did.
One night, Deuvie heard a scratching noise on roof of hospital, above the arch quarters. The next day is when he moved into the hotel where he died.
He kept everything in his mind, never wrote any knowledge down so no one else would be harmed. “All else I know is confession”.
He warns us to be very careful, was thinking of harming himself. Tell us to be very careful.
Rick searches his old quarters. Finds nothing.
Deuvie admits one last thing, de Braic asked him an odd question “If you discovered you had the means to kill anyone at the meerest though, what would you do…”

Now pretty late night.
Rick, Jerem, Billy and Hobbes find Fast Eddie and Du at Black Lotus.
Lots of talks about 4 Fingers death 2 days previous. Was a Lt. of Du.
Lots of whispering: Fatty Tang killed today, also drained of blood.
Du is very upset, his girlfriend is singing at the moment.
Its easy for Rick to talk to Du.
Eija was Du’s connection in Japanese Secret Service, so he’s not happy to hear about his death.
He agrees to meeting, will inform his Triad brethren as well.
Du and Rick have a great talk, he knows Brady fights Real Evil! Cosmic Evil! Not gangs and such.
That leads into the real details we need to speak of. He thinks Brady was killed in the bat attack.
This leads to talk of Singh being innocent. They drive Rick to slums, informants take them to a few hours dead body. Its Singh. Desecated like the other 2. Informants saw him with Wrong Eye Ling, a low level informant trying to be an assassin for anyone who will take him. They were drining in this tavern, then left into alley. THen, Wrong Eye struck Singh, taking something from him. Couldn’t tell what, then said something and SIngh screamed and ran but a creature appeared out of the sky. Started just as tentacles, then a huge red beast. Then sucked him dry.
Rick “How do you find Wrong Eye to hire him?” He has an office above a tailor shop, its known.
So, Du is a go on the meeting of the minds.

Sept. 20

Clive Chesney from Brit navy intel, and Harry Furthman from US State Dept. send for Paul and Schuyler, respectively.
Clive: Says Paul owes his country loyalty, they know about the mirror and that you are going to get it. It can not be destroyed, most importantly keep it out of the grasp of England’s enemies like France or US. They trust no one else with something else this powerful. Paul agrees.
Furthman: happy Schuyler is here. They say something like this mirror can only be entrusted to US hands. If Paul hands it over to US, it will shine well on Schuyler and they will pay $10000

Paul returns to 3 more invites. French Embassy, Paul ignores that one. As well as Italians. Germans too, whom Paul does go and speak to. He speaks to Georg of German Secret Services. He insists the mirror is very important.Theodore Mexner of military intel will be looking for it, will offer much money. DO NOT GIVE IT TO HIM, says Georg. “Germany can not be trusted with the mirror! It should be destroyed or sent to a democracy.” Wow, surprising reaction! ‘There are forces in Germany that are operateing beyond the ken of normal human beings. Forces that are waiting for the stars to be right. We in the Abvar work against these forces."
All the intelligence groups have informants in Big Ears Du’s gang. His people are being assassinated by it, the mirror allows you to summon the star vampire that follows your instructions and kill whoever you want.
Now the assassin has it.
We send word to Rick about where the mirror is.

We arrange the meeting for tonight, taking properly signed/delivered notes to all involved.

To investigate the news stories goes Jeremy, Chung, Phat
1) Seaman’s Club: a drunk confirms giant frog like men. Caved the wall in to get into a room above. The American staying in there got out, haven’t seen him since. Name of John Smith but it was Brady!
2) Fire: a moving ball of flame that chased down the 3 priests, and almost got the American they were talking to. They ID the Brady photo too!
3) The madame takes money to talk: its a block away from the Stumbling Tiger Bar. We are shown the murder room. Cleaned but dried blood splatter still on ceiling from giant bat attack. 2 bodies found, Ms. Wong and Chin Chao. They weren’t even supposd to be in this room though, the girl who lived there was sold to another house day before, Mae Ling, because she had been hiding her American lover, Brady, in her room.

So they think Brady is dead, perhaps. They send us to 140 Lantern St., where she was sold to.
A man runs it. He wants to know where she is, she disappeared yesterday! He’s pissed. He does not recognize Brady at all. He offers Jeremy 5 Mexican Silver Dollars to bring her back. Mae Ling’s best friend is the one in hospital after witnessing the bat. Magenta Joy.
We go to talk to her.
She’s afraid of monster coming for her. Jeremy and Chung calm her down, and she confirms it was a monstrous bat who attacked. She’s glad Ling wasn’t there. She has no idea where they went, but said John stayed at the house of a friend named Mu.
Mu Hsuen!
Back to report.

At New China: we go to recruit them for the meeting, training troops. They insist they are a martial arts school. A crumbled piece of paper lies on ground. Jeremy reads it “Min my man, have to go underground to finish the work.” Its Brady telling him to get the army ready, he’ll contact him soon.
This guy’s an idiot, he and all his men are at home waiting for Jack to send word to strike. They are students, cops, teachers, bureaocrats, all believe in great cause of communism. Jack just convinced them to fight evil. “We strike, strike!”
He keeps trying to get Chung to fight. Finally Chung KO’s him in one Cobra punch.
He wakes up in a few minutes.

Whole gang goes to Hsuen’s house to find Brady.
After Rick produces the letter of intro from Erica to tell Brady we are working with her knowledge, he finally gives in and leads us to Brady.
Rick “Jack Brady, I presume.”
He voluntarily talks before we even asks anything.
See Jack Brady’s Statement.
M’Wuru disappeared tween Egypt and Nairobi.
He does not know where the robe is.
The drum was taken into Kenya with the safari.
We explain Gavigan et al.
His girlfriend is at another whorehouse, got sold. He’s planning on rescuing her in next day or 2. Uh oh, he does not know she ‘escaped’.
Brady “Ho Phong must have her.”
He says Ho the leader of the Bloated Woman. He wants to break into Phong’s with us.
He also says we need to look out for LIn Tang, the old guy. Brady stole the 7 cryptical books from him! There was a seal on Gray Dragon Island, stolen. The eyeball Lin Tang showed us.
He explains ritual to use the eye written in the 7 cryptical books, Hsuen will ready it and show us how to do it so we can reseal the pyramid in Egypt!

Big meeting at night. They totally believe in Ho Phong’s guilt, but he’s far too powerful to raid.
Chu Min even shows up with the commies. They insist to go in first. Even if before Brady contacts them. We tell him that if he hears from Brady, send him to meet with us.
Green Gang says he’s one of their biggest customers, but he must go if he’s with Bloated Woman.
Outsiders have to take him out, meaning us. Slaughter might go along for that.
In the meantime, we need to get the mirror while we plan.

Simon thinks we should use the mirror to kill Ho Phong once we have it in our possession.

Sept. 21

We hear that Wrong Eye likes to hang out at the Black Lotus.
To his office go the Monster Hunters with Wang Phat.

Meanwhile, a knock at the door in Spanish “Senior Warrington, or Senior Rathbone?”
It’s Ferdinand de Plaza, the Mexican Consul. Hands over his card “My master has sent instructions that we would appreciate it if you give us this mirror.”
Somebody talked.
They offer “something infinitely more valuable” than anyting the other countries can offer. 100 Mexican Silver Dollars; AND our life. And he smiles, his teeth come to points.
Rick literally laughs.
He is some kind of creature of some sort.
Rick says he’d never give something valuable to dirtiest of dirty Mexicans rather than the British, or even the Americans.
His nails come to talon points as he reaches to shake hands.
He makes a sudden lunge, Rick is ready and dodges.
He says “good day gentlemen, I’m sure we’ll be seeing you again.”
After he leaves, there is a creek outside the door. We smell cigar smoke, and refried beans. Then it vanishes as fast as it came.
Rick burns his card as well and throws the ashes out the window.

MH are led through the streets by Chung. It’s a building with multiple shops like herbalist, feminine exports selling brides, etc.
On 3rd floor is his office. Simon leads the way inside to the waiting area. Table has stack of stationary and such. A female secretary, maybe early 20’s, sits at the desk.
She eyes Simon up big time.
Simon is no flirt, but smiles genially and asks to see her boss.
“What country are you from, big boy?”
“England originally.”
“You like Chinese girls?”
She definitely likes him. Her name is Celia Woo.
He asks to talk to Chi Mu Ling. She says she hasn’t seen him during business hours for days, but assumes he’s been here at night cause stuff is moved and such.
He gets her to spill: she has worked here for 2 years, thought working in an office would give her the opportunity to meet a European, American, maybe even Russian and get out of this hell hole. Mr. Yusuki Ashidi was here looking for Wrong Eye yesterday; also a Mexican man, no gentleman, very scary.
Wrong Eye belongs to a Green Gang faction trying to expand but Big Ears checks them all the time; now is trying to now use his business to start his pest extermination to build clients.
Does business with Little Moscow in the French Quarter; hangs out at the Volga Tea Room.
She has not been paid lately, nor has the landlord. She thinks maybe he’s skipping out on all this cause something else is going on.
She asks Simon out on a date, she likes movies. He says movie and dinner at 7pm tonight. She will meet him her outside the office.
Chung recommends a good theater and eatery later.
She even lets us inside his office. We find little paperwork but for extermination contracts, as a euphamism for assassination. Then a hidden panel in his desk, with leather straps that held firearms. No wpns now though.
She says if he returns, she will immediately let Simon know.
The contracts have been fulfilled already. No one we know. He’s trying to muscle in on the action, using the Murder Mirror to further his career.
She does not have his home address.

Off to the Volga Tea Room. 1 person is out of place, it’s Ashida. Serving girl brings out English New years Crackers. Inside each is a tiny instrument toy.
We approach and talk quickly, but he is guarded, Classified info and all. Wrong Eye walks in, sees us all, turns and runs!!
We all take off. Ashida and Phat are in the lead. Wilhelm and Jeremy fast fall behind.
As we go by 3 lepers, they throw off their robes and reveal themselves as Mexican NInjas!! Hurling Shurikens at RC/Simon/Paul. One of them was lacking in them and Schuyler is target by none (card).
RC knows Mexican Ninjas, so stops to kill them all. The others all contiue on.
Wilhelm and Jeremy stop and help RC, opening fire. Jeremy drops the first that RC has cut almost to shreds.
RC then double crits DEAD.
Wilhelm crits the last DEAD.
We rush after the rest.

The others are met by a Mexican Ninja after Wrong Eye rounds a bend.
Phat spots him, but is met by an other Mexican.
The others follow.
Phat quickly kicks him 16 then 16 again!. It takes a few rounds, and its a quality fight against an great opponent, but Phat kills him in the end.
We lose both Wrong Eye and Ashida.
A street urchin comes up within half hour of our search, with a note for ‘the big Englishman’ from Celia. “He’s here” it reads. At the office.
Paul has passed out from the poison on the shuriken.
Phat takes Paul back to the hotel.
The rest make for the office of the enemy.,

We find Wrong Eye going through papers, Celia lies on the floor neck broken!
Wrong Eye draws his blade as Simon strides right up to him.
Schuyler “Where’s the mirror, Wrong Eye!”
“I sold it to the Japanese” with a sneer.
He and Simon go at it. Its another great one on one fight, Simon crits, the foe gets 2 attacks, there are a few rounds of deft blocks and parrying even where both miss. Simon even gets into light wounds before he beheads him with another crit.
We search anyway but the mirror is indeed gone. We do find 1000 silver dollars, given to Rick for his expenses on Murder Mirro info originally.

It’s a known fact Japanese want to kill Big Nosed Du, he’s Ashida’s likely target.
Jeremy thinks we wait for him to target Du.
Back to our hotel.
We are sitting and strategizing when there is a knock at the door.
RC answers it. There are 4 Japanese real ninjas in the hall with Ashida!
He demands the mirror!?!?! We say we thought he bought it.
Wilhelm “You’d better come inside.”
He says, after we lost them, he tried to intercept him but Ashida was stopped by 2 Mexican Ninjas too. The very idea he finds an insult. He killed them both. He knows how bad the idea was now to have sent all those Japanese to Deathless Santa Anna.
He thinks the Mexicans were able to acquire it.
They are probably at their consulate. We are going to have to break into it, independently.
If it makes it back to Mexico, who knows who could be targeted by Santa Anna. The US President? Houston? The Queen?
Schuyler wants to get in and put an end to this tonight.
Everyone is all in.

Tonight, we break in. Ashida and 4 ninjas go along. They will kill the guards on the outside and sweep the ground floor.
We will enter through another floor to get to the mirror.
Schuyler gets to a 2nd floor window then drops a rope. Eveyryone else starts climbing up and in as the ninjas start whooping arse downstairs. We can hear the big fight going on.
We don’t have to find Fernandez, the light in the room goes on as SImon is getting into the room.
He holds the mirror up, holds it at Schuyler, and says “kill”. 2 star vampires come out of the mirror. They immediately vanish, invisible.
He then turns into what Wilhelm will call a tumor fiend.
Simon readies for the Star Vamps, and they both attack Schuyler. They both hit and drain str via blood, become visible as the blood flows through them.
Simon strikes at one of them. Schuyer raises his elephant gun in pain and fires at the tumor fiend that was Fernandez and hits with 2 barrels.
The fiend attacks Simon, starting with its gaze then charges.
Billy climbs into the window. One Star vamps go after each of Billy and Schuyler. Billy goes after the tumor fiend; Schuyler draws his scimitar and attacks the star vamp swith Simon. The Fiend stays after Simon, gazing him but missing with 2 physical attacks.
RC enters the window but misses a vamp.
SImon kills the badly wounded star v, then cleaves the other one. The last hits Simon 3 times!
RC crits the last Star vamp DEAD then his cleave hits Tumor.
Simon now turns to the tumor fiend too and hits DEAD.

He falls to the ground, his skin starts to split and a gaseos sound emits. Noxious fumes, visible, start spreading throughout the room. As we leave, tumorous growths start appearing on any wood and other organic material in the room. Schuyler grabs the mirror on the way out. Schuyler closes the window on the way out.
We all make it out unscathed!!
The ninjas lose a couple of guys before they realize what is filling the building and flee as well, meeting us outside.
He wants the mirror at first. After a discussion, and assurances and an oath from the Templar that he shall never use it nor allow anyone near him to do so; and that our aim is to find a way to destroy it forever.
He wants to send one of his ninjas along to help guard it.
They are already in on the attack vs Ho Phong and the Island.

Sept 22

Rick sees Edmund. He will help us more with the invasion, he can provide support like boats, and good word to all our factions. But, more solid proof will make it much easier for him.
Jeremy goes to the Phong’s warehouse as a business man Paul Simon, looking to export to London and other ports, with the Wang’s and ninja’s as his business associates and retinue.
It’s partly built over the water on the pier. Windows 7’ off grown, iron grills covering.
Ho is busy, but we see his assistant Chu Loo Sin. The Wang’s stay with Jeremy, the ninjas wait in reception. Sin looks young for such a high position. Low, maybe barely mid, 20’s. Gangly, glasses; immaculately cared for cheap suit; clean shaven.
Chung brings up getting a tour for security concerns. They ablige.
We get a full layout of the place.

Tonight:
Schuyler and one of the ninja go into the water looking for a lower way inside. They find a trapdoor in the floor, network of braces easily grabbed, to pull self up. Underneath us there are several bodies down there, weighted down. Dried blood on some of the beams. One of the ninjas leaps up, grabs a beam, screams and falls into the water, multiple fingers cut off by razor blades.
We get him out of the water. Schuyler sends a grapple up to the beams and climbs up while the other ninja takes the wounded one away. There is slight give to it, held by a bolt. He uses a small acid spray gadget to cut it and get inside. He climbs inside to a storeroom. He sees frieses from ruins, statues, paintings of mythos themes!! And dried blood all over, acts as a torture room too.
He comes out of this storeroom into the lit warehouse room, hearing voices on the far side. He closes the trap door and hides among the boxes.
There are 3 pairs of guards walking around. 2 always in the far corner. The other 4 walking around. As one passes he goes to the door and unlocks it with is automated lock picker. He starts to open one side and it begins to creak. He quickly says he there are mythos items in the storeroom. He starts oiling a runner but hears a noise behind him, seeing a guy who came out of a guard room sneaking up on him. A big hulking Chinaman. He pulls the door open to reveal Simon Geste.
The guard yells a warning as Simon strides up to him. The man draws a saber. The other guards are heading our way. The Wangs and the Ashida’s super ninjas move in, hiding to spring upon the pairs of guards. They spot the ninja only.
Simon begins one on one combat.
The guards arrive a pair at a time, one of our 3 each takes a pair. Wang Chung hypnotizes one and engages the other. Phat takes his 2 out first, then helps Chung finish off his 2, then its 3 on one vs the last of the master ninja’s pair as he yells “For the Bloated Woman” then is killed.

Rick and Billy have moved into the storeroom led by Schuyler. Red Cloud and Paul move to the hall leading to the main entrance to block anyone else from arriving.

Meanwhile, Simon and the big man size each other up for a few moments before the chinaman begins the duel. Simon has control from the beginning, and in the ends ends it with a mighty swing that beheads him.

No noise from upstairs, which Paul and RC find empty.

Rick finds about a few dozen mythos items in the room. All repulsive and disturbing. There are also about 30 of genuine archaeology treasure: mostly ancient Chinese, but also some Jap, Indian, African, Polynesian, some unidentifiable to most but Rick thinks perhaps proto historic!! The mythos related stuff will be destroyed. The rest we take.
Also crates marked AP = Aubrey Penhew. One has very light metal that look like fins; another a device of some sort with several concentric frames, spindle in the middle housing a heavy disc.
A box to go to a Herbert West, Miskatonic Medical School. Inside we find a mason jar glowing green, full of a syrupy thick green flowing liquid.
We take all this weird stuff, too. Westinghouse will be wired about Herbert West.
Many of the artifacts are disturbing, light mythos related or otherwise repulsive. All the artifacts not such, Rick will give to the local museum he promised to help out. Otherwise, Ashida is given the more local stuff, Rick will take the African and Indian back to London.

After we get the stuff out onto a few carts the ninja get, we start a fire where the drunk guys were drinking.

Sept. 23

Early morning: Ho Phong house infiltration.
In the old city. Gates and wall toped by iron points, barbed wire, etc. Roof is steep and slippery. No building on either side w/in 20’.
From a nearby taller building, we see the large and small courtyards in the complex, plus a large out door pool area.
Outer wall is 13’ high. Inner building walls are 10’ high.
The front doors go directly to the large open courtyard. In the small courtyard, a man and a woman are having sex.
2 front doors, one into the house another right to the main couryard.
2 sit by the pool in leisure chairs. A basket full of raw meat from which they periodically throw a piece in, including a human leg. Something in the pool with tentacles eats them!
A westerner sits there, with Ho Phong himself, thanking Ho for his hospitality but “As soon as he gets hold of the book, I have to get back. My agents have already arrived at Easter Island for the rising.”
Ho replies “You feel confident she is going to tell you where to find it.”
He says something like how a few more openings to heaven should do it.
Ho “I’ve always wondered how long someone can survive there, so I think we should continue.”
They talk of not wanting just the book, but Brady’s heart in “my hand.”
Ho “That can be arranged, once she tells us where he is.”
Ah, they have his girl. The ‘Gates of Heaven’ must be a name for a torture device.
The Wang’s will tell us that its a box, separating the body into a bunch of closed sections. They dump man eating rats into a piece at a time. So, she’s has already been partially eaten.
Jeremy “Well, that’s unfortunate.”
Ho invites the man to the ‘House of the White Petal Blossoms’ (a supposed secret sex palace for the wealthy, specializing in young girls) and they leave.
We sneak away. A savage wind starts to blow. We get low as it swirls around the 2 of us. One of the tiles cracks as if something walked upon it.
Schuyler “Let’s get out of here.”
We feel a presence beside each of us. Some sort of invisible guardians!
They smack us hart, and we leap from the roof, landing with terrible thuds.
The rest of the group ‘oooh that had to have hurt".
Looking up the air shimmers in 2 faint humanoid forms 10’ tall. They do not pass the wall though.
Wilhelm calls them invisible guardians, summoned from another plane of existance and guard to the death. They seek death, because it sends them back to their own plane, but must fulfill their guardianship duty. This makes them very mean tempered.
Rick tells the ninjas prepare powder eggshell grenades.
Being mean and opposed to being enslaved, they likely won’t report us being there.

1AM:
Schuyler insists on bringing the gattling gun.
Simon thinks we should kock, open the door, and just punch the first guy in the face. No one will expect that kind of a frontal attack.
Chung knocks on the door. A middle aged man answers in nightgown and slippers. Chung strikes his throat DEAD.
A long hall stretches the length of the house. In we go. We put his body in his small room here.
We take the first right to an area of 13 doors, leaving RC and a ninja to watch the hall. Its full of about 25 servants. Noncombatants.
Some say “Masters you must leave, this house is not guarded by mortal men.”
Back in the hall, a man comes our a door making his way here. Once he gets to the corner, RC clubs him. He somehow stays up and blows a whistle that makes no sound. It takes us a few round to kill this tough guy.
A strong wind blows down the corridor. The party retreats into the large courtyard room.
Simon and Billy are both attacked by 2, then Rick is as well!
2 ninja’s and Rick throw powder. 1 on each are visible.
Others join in as powder bombs start hitting home. Hobbes flashes a picture from the rear.
These guys are very tough, and hit hard, can’t be crit’d and no threshold. Phat has to retreat during the battle but its a hard fought win.

All the servants are tied and gagged, put in the storage room. We continue up the main hall. Door left into a large luxurious sitting room, empty. To the left, double doors to a huge dining hall. One door leads out.
Next a great library of a few thousands of books!!
Next a bedroom. A hall goes left across from it. The bed is huge, and a few jade mythos statuettes. Empty. Wilhelm takes them to destroy later.
Next room, bedroom, beautiful young woman sits there, basket in front of her full of worms, slugs et al. She is humming while she eats them.
Simon “You, crazy women.” She doesn’t even acknowledge him. It must be Ho’s daughter, Ho Su. Hopelessly insane.
Simon wants to take her with us as hostage. In case Ho really loves her still. Wang Phat is assigned to keep her under control.
We are now in the pool are. We keep our distance. We find a Buddha room, but a slight ring around its neck. A seem. A full turn and a half of the head by Rick reveals a secrat hatch in the floor going down.
We turn around, and find business cards in one room of Carl Stanford!!! He was the western man!!
The rest of this floor is empty.

Downward we go are about to go, but we hear Brady, low in sanity and w/o much restraint, toss TNT sticks into the pool.
Billy and Simon, at the bottom, stop and just stare up at the ceiling.
W/o looking up, Rick pulls Billy back. RC then does the same to Simon.
Sanity checks for both, and Billy drops 17!! He starts just screaming at the top of his lungs. We gag him, and it takes a minute and a half for Rick to snap him out of it. But he is left very paranoid but for toward Rick, who is the only person who has a chance to keep him focused.
They do not remember what they saw on the ceiling.
All Simon can say is “Crawling”.
Now we know not to look upward when we enter.
Paul, Simon and Rick continue on to a door. There is a small tiny lever beside the door.
Back at the main group, we yell back and they find one as well.
Simon pulls it. There’s a grinding noise and a snap up at the ceiling. Whatever was above is covered up.
Everyone comes through.
Billy is hesitant at Simon calling him forward, but Rick says its ok. In the room is an 8’ stature of Nyarlathotep and the Bloated Woman, bronze like alien material. Small altar at the front, ashes of burnt victims. Teek cabinet with gold door with carvings of strange beings in an alien language.
Rick searches the cabinet, finds a poison needle trap. Simon cleaves it open. 5 sealed 1oz vials; Small flower press to draw out their essence. What is stuck to it looks nasty. We take samples. Rick says its a poison in the vials, powerful, judging by what plant it is. Contact poison. Books as well.
Also a jar of greenish powder.
Black and yellow silk robe, we burn this
Torture and needles, sickles. We destroy these.

We also find Brady’s woman in the torture box, Brady freeks, busts her free smashing the rats that he can. Her feet and thighs are horribly bitten and scarred. But she’s not crippled. She is unable to talk right now, screamed herself mute.
Rick copies the writing on the cabinet.

We take the 10 books. 5 of particular mythos value:
Selections de L’ivre D’ivon, French
True Magic by Theophilus Wenn, in English
Goddess of the Black Fan, in Classical Chinese
R’yleh Text Commentary in Classical Chinese including sketch map of R’yleh with 5 spells
Tale of Priest Quan, in Classical Chinese: poetry, spells, mainly story of priest of the Bloated Women

Finally, Choi can talk. She says they talked freely around her. Stanford is the head of the Silver Twilight, all over the world. They are working with an undead Baron to create “The Day of the Beast” when teh crawling chaos will come forward and the world will bow. ANother plan is to rise a Cthulhu in the middle of the Pacific. Neither is what Ho is up to. All work in conjuction. All are to working together, but not happening at the same time, and bring the End of Days.
She comfirms Gray Dragon Island is one of the places, too.
Ho and Stanford both left on Ho’s yacht, she thinks to the island, with some of their cultists. Stanford is here for the 7 cryptical books.
Rick “Brady, is this book in any danger?”
“No, I have it safe. It can’t fall into any of their hands. I have a friend, the curator at the Shanghai museum. He is my friend, and has hidden the book.” He knows not where, for its safety.
She says the powder is called Tyuk, made from the Blue Petals of the Ineffable Path. They were going to give her some bfore her next torture. Keeps the user completely aware.
They also just realized today that Brady hid the 7 cryptical books with Hsuen.

We send guards tonight. Paul, Simon, RC, Paul, Wang Chung. We find 8 thugs standing around a tied and beaten up Hsuen “Where’s the book!” They wield Jo Sticks, sickles and unarmed variously.
As we approach to fight, 8 more enter the door behind us!!
2 have pistols!
We wipe them out with ease.
Hsuen is saved!

Sept 24

Rick, Hobbes and Brady have a meeting of minds, showing them all Choi, who details all she heard at Ho’s. That is enough for Edmund, the Royal Marines will be at our disposal!
He then does the same with the Green Gang leadership.
The Jap navy will be indisposed, due to possible war with Russia. They do have a small zeppelin Asogi could get, max 6 passenger. 127 mpg. 2 crew. Made by Mistubishi.
If we use brit ships, Japs will likely help. If we use US, Japanese won’t. So we can have any 2 of the three.
USMC has good troops, Brady may have connections. But no landing crafts that we can use.
We will likely have to land on the dock w/o usable landing craft. No maps of the island coast are available.
It will take the govt’s a week or 2 to gather all troops and prepare. We will use Brit ships so that the Japanese and Americans will both go. Plus the Texas Marshal and dep’s.

We have to go to Lin Tang Yu for the Eye, we need the eye, who runs a slavery op, drugs, very powerful. Has lots of minions. Jeremy cases the house with the ninjas. Rick starts gathering info with Wang Chung.
Jeremy goes to visit him with Wang Phat. Place is full of half naked slave girls. 2 others are waiting to meet him in ill fitting western suits. Americans, eastern seaboard for sure. Bob Lewis, trunk salesman, and his associate Lou Abbot. They are here on a sales call, a cold call, door to door. Jeremy warns them that this Lin is not exactly friendly but they are sure of themselves.
Jeremy gets a sense of power from one of them, something is not right about either. Phat notices that when they are in his peripherals, they briefly appear to be amorphous. Staring right at Bob, he feels a probing of his mind, then the contact is lost. Bob then to Phat “Bob Lewis, good to meet ya.”
A few moments later, Lin calls for Jeremy “Yes, so what can I do for you today?”
Jeremy begins his art. He has 2 women sitting at his feet, and his 2 trained apes.
What Jeremy picks up from him:
He has books of Mythos
Kept informed by his hundreds of operatives on Nyarlathotep
Knows Ho is high priest
Knows Stansford came aboard Dark Mistress!
Knows of the cults!
Whispered in darkest places that a powerful machine is being built on the island, now does not believe it due to lack of current evidence
Raised his apes from infants; has a connection to Congo Cult of White Gorilla
His brother is a notorious warlord with 10000 men
He’s a degenerate, has his womens’ vocal cords severed
Does not want trouble with Bloated Woman
He’s evil, and refuses to help us even with all he knows

Lou Abbot enters with Bob unnoticed “So where is the eye of light and darkness, where do you keep it?”
Lin “In my safe room?”
He’s wammied, they command him to get it “right now”.
Lin stands up, walks through a curtain and returns with 4 other henchmen, then to Jeremy “What did you do to me?” Accuses him of hypnotizing.
He says those harmless trunk salesmen couldn’t have done it. Jeremy smacks Lou who falls over backwards. Bob picks him up.
They go into a ridiculous routine. Bob says to Jeremy “We’ll meet again” a mist rises and vanishes, they are gone.
Phat “We just saved you from them.”
He offers the eye if we return the book.
Jeremy “What book?”
“The 7 books.”
Jeremy agrees. Now we know where the eye is hidden. He leaves.

The 7 Books is a long yellowed scroll on rollers of bone of some kind. Rick ID’s it as a monster, probably a Chinese Dragon he recognizes from ancient treatises! So, they existed at some point. Wilhelm says close in look, its the rib of a nightgaunt.
Rick “Good call, old man!”
Its tube is of more recent instruction. Rick says the tube is from around 1800. The paper from at least 200 bc, likely older. It has ancient and obscure symbols of an even older source it must have been copied from called Tachuan, the Tchau Tchau speak it, a Hyborean language!
Also old TIbetan, Indian Brahmi.
Lots of astrological looking wheels and charts.
Its the most confusingly written thing we have ever seen.
Many lifetimes could be spent studying this and never finish.
Sounds like this needs to be in Archimedes’ possession.

Rick goes to the dancer’s house to pay respect for the passing of her boyfriend. She says he came to her house, left in middle of the night to go home. Then she heard he was dead the next day.
Dearly wants to find out what happened, too.

Rick goes to talk to Eija’s boss. He only knows that he was beginning to investigate a cult.
We go to his former abode. Landlady says he returned to appartment with a short and slim young Chinese girl.

Rick returns to our place, where he finds Paul was visited by a short, slim Chinese woman who wanted him to come to a meeting tonight. Some kind of a ritual, and for come to know the fate of your friend you must follow in his footsteps.

We follow Paul through the slums, following the direction, in the Chinese quarter. Making RC stay outside, they lead him inside to a subterraenean chamber, the Chinese woman who visited standing on the altar completely nude.
Maybe a hundred people of different cultures stand about, though still mainly Chinese. 1/3 female.
A long drawn out ritual of chanting begins.
People start having sex, or scratching at themselves, etc. A feint smoke or fog is floating to the altar, absorbed into the woman, as if it is eminating from the crowd.
This reminds him of that he heard happened with Look to the Future in America.

After a safe while, we break in up top.
Simon and RC take out the 2 guards just inside. We follow the dark hallway into the earth, hearing chanting ahead. We peak in the door and see the scene.

2 or 3 people at the front who were young adults now are aging fast.
We start filing in.
Several men are whipping people randomly.
Hobbes is just outside the door, film camera rolling.
The Wangs go into the crowd with Rick, RC.
Jeremy is taking note of the chant itself and gesturing in case later copying is needed. Simon and Schuyler raise their elephant guns.
She says "Lord Warrington, come forth to meet the Great Old Ones! Lord Warrington, come forth! He is grabbed ay a few of the cult leaders and they start dragging him forward.
“Now, the dread Lady shall copulate!”
One of them blocks Chung then Fist of Yogsothoth’s him! Chung strikes back, the man’s arms turn into snakes, but Chung takes him down.
We are mingling in, the woman starts to shimmer and change.
Its sanity all around, d6/d20. Schuyler drops 13 and feints! Billy drops 18 and has a screaming fit!!
Simon fires and hits, both barrels. RC charges to help Paul.
Jeremy moves to protect the downed Schuyler if necessary.
Rick rushes forward past Billy down the left side.
Phat engages, they close in on him and RC, plus 1 on Rick.
The bloated woman avatar moves to Paul and kills 6 surrounding worshipers then 2 of the 3 on RC, but misses Paul!!
Rick lights a wick hanging out of her satchel and yells for Paul and RC to run!! RC weaves through the crowd out of the way.
Paul turns around wildly barrels through worshipers.
Simon hits with Schuyler’s gun 36!!
Rick tosses his TNT bag of 5 × 4packs wired together expertly. It’s a massive explosion, killing everyone within 30’ around her and blowing her to bits. Apparently she was vulnerable to concussion damage!!
Hobbes “My god that was amazing!! Wait until you guys see this!”
Phat and RC are just caught in the periphery of the blast.
Burnt, disgusting bits of alien fat splatters the room and those within.
Only 2 of the cultists survive the blast. Simon intercepts their attempt to flee and cuts them to ribbons, then begins purging the room, RC and the Wangs with him. Its no contest. A couple rick men offer thousands of dollars, but get no quarter.
Rick picks the screaming Billy up over his shoulder and he and Hobbes get him out, Jeremy and Wilhelm get Schuyler out.
Simon says a prayer for all their souls and burns the building down.

Until the attack:

Billy has become an indefinite pathological liar.

Wilhelm starts intensive therapy on Billy up to the Island attack. Billy was down to a 6 sanity. After gaining from our victory, he gets a couple sanity back as well. After the first week, he cures Billy of his paranoia he has had.
After the next week, the lying is still there.
Rick spends plenty of time with our landlord.

The Wang’s, the night before the raid, sneak in with Ashida and his super ninja’s and procure the eye of light and darkness!

10 Iluminati men from Peking arrive after Rick’s wire about the raid. They have an infiltrator and 9 heavies.

Ho’s insane daughter, we will take with us when we leave and drop her at the same asylum in Hong Kong that keeps Carlyle.

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Hong Kong, Carlyle Found

September 10

The ship reaches Hong Kong 1 day late. We know Elias was here so we need to check into that while we are here. When we get off the ship, Wang Chung meet us. A man named Ali Card then introduces himself as we finish getting our luggage, he was contacted by Jonah Kensington. When Elias was here “I was his guide and helped him navigate the city.” He can take us to the hotel where he stayed.
Rick “Sounds like a good start.” The Peak Hotel is past its prime. We ask the manager about Elias, says he was nearly throw out. Loosing his grip, never checked out, pace around a lot. Other customers complained. He says the belongings he left, we can have. Rick settles his debt with the hotel. Manager says he remembers no visitors but for Card and a professor from Hong Kong Univ but does not remember his name. Englishman.
All Elias left were shabby clothes and a notebook. Blank but for first couple pages (see Johnny handwritten handout).
We ask Card if Elias saw anyone in particular while here, he says not that he can recall. He did visit a Squire Godfrey at Univ, antiquities and classics. Elias also attacked by thugs he claimed were agents of the Bloated Woman.
Chung says the Yellow Lily is a bar where many expatriots hang out, seedy bar.
We get started in the morning.

Rick knows of Carter, but he is supposedly lost in ’Dream Lands".

September 11

Card says they did not go the Walled City, but spent a lot of time on Hong Kong island, several sanitariums, and Kowloon.
Jeremy and Chung visit the Yellow Lilly. The bartender does not recall Elias nor Randolph Carter.
Chung works the regulars, but they do not claim to know Elias either.

Rick goes to the university with Billy to speak to Godfrey.
The sec is an extremely busy man, he does all the work in the department. Rick knows this ‘university’ to be a piece of crap. Its quite new, faculty not up to par, second rate.
The squire agrees to see us for a few minutes.
Godfrey gets up at our entrance, 80 yrs old and feeble, shaky.
He is ‘enchanted and charmed’ to meet such a famous archaeologist. He pours it on thick and long. He is extremely longwinded every time he speaks. He orders tea for us. He allows Rick free access to the library. Rick says he’ll have many books and papers sent.
He orders scones for us. And he goes on and on and on.
He agrees.
One of his areas of study is the Cult of the Bloated Woman. He says they died out hundreds of years ago and are unknown by the average person. Elias took many notes and was seeking a specific connection he was positive exhisted but did not find tween Bloated and Bloody Tongue.
After a week or so, Elias was not the same man; his notes rampant and roughly scrawled. He feels it could not have been anything in the library. Elias insisted he was being followed by a dark unknown, a crawling chaos. Told stories of blood curdling events.
He says out of here, he was frequenting insane asylums, but not sure which ones.
Sometimes the secretary was of some assistance in finding books but not much.
He believes the cult was despicable, but studies it only out of historical significance.

After a couple days research, all roads lead to Shanghai through veiled messages and supposed activity in Shanghai. Nothing that would have caused him to go downhill mentally.

Afte breaking up this first day’s end, Chung follows Ali Card. He goes to the Yellow Lily straight from us, talks to several people. They go separate ways. He goes home after that.
We all become convinced we are being spied upon over the coming days.

Wilhelm leads up the asylum search. He was looking for someone named Randolph Carter. Ali leads him to 3 he recalls, but none have a Randolph Carter.
But, after failing that, asked for another name with same initials.
Roger Carlyle?
“Yes, that was it!” Never heard of him either.

Sept. 12

Ali Card does not show up.
Chung leads a few of us there. No answer so we enter and find him dead, stabbed repeatedly and left to bleed out. His hands are folded at his chest almost as if praying. We pry them open but nothing is in them. Jeremy marks how they are folded.
Also a note in Chinese: Unbelievers, go home or die.

A young englishman arrives asking “What’s all this then?”
We explain.
He is Lt. Fairburn of the constabulary. An anonymous tip came in saying that some white men had killed a Mohammaden but “it was obviously a setup. My guess would be it came from the killer”.
He wants to know or movements and actions here. Rick says he’s doing some research at the university, Wilhelm at the asylums.
He lets us go.
Claims to know nothing of Elias.

Jeremy and Chung, in evening, going back to the Lily. A rough guy bumps into him “We would like you to come with us roundeye” he draws a dagger “Now”.
Chung had lagged behind. 2 other come up to Jeremy’s rear with daggers drawn.
Jeremy “Look, I’ll give you all my money.”
Chung edges closer into striking distance.
They motion to stab Jeremy as he tries to talk then out of it. They start thinking maybe he’s not the right guy. They start talking amont themselves in Chinese. The debate turns to killing him anyway, just in case, but one insists it probably isn’t him They assume he can’t understand them, and the leader finally gives in, deciding to take him back to their secret HQ.
Jeremy agrees, Chung tails them to a slum tenament on a dead end ally. The door opens to 3 knocks and the let him inside. Chung slithers inside right past the guard in the dark hallway.
We pass a dining room with 2 guys eating rice.
They take him through another door “Enter in the name of the Bloated Woman”. 2 wait outside the door.
A guy behind yells to take him out and kill him, but Jeremy convinces themthat he will act as a spy on their side.
But, then they turn to killing him for knowing the HQ location. They say the man they are looking for is a false sailor that looks much like Jeremy.
The door opens and they escort Jeremy out.
Want slips out soon enough.

Sept 13

Wilhelm finds Randolph Carter in another sanitarium! The Yeung Wo Nursing Home, a quite fine establishment actually.
Simon is with him.
They won’t let Wilhelm see him, though. He’s insane, in a passive vegetative state. Sometimes, though, he gets aggressive.
They want a bribe. Wilhelm greases their palms.
They take Wilhelm to the garden. Carter kind of lurches around, stopping any who enter “What is the pass word?” They say something and he lets them pass. They hear the last say hotep. They say the same and he lets them into the garden.
Simon keeps watch while Wilhelm tries to connect with Carter. This is certainly Roger Carlyle!!!
Mainly he babbles upon nonsense. In Wilhelm’s trained opinion, he is hopelessly insane.
“Egypt, that’s where I did it! How could i forget!” He starts whining and drooling. “I removed the eye! What was I thinking!” We entered the pyramid, and then were all then walking amongst the ancients in the time of the Pharaohs." He was there to greet us and showed us everything. He showed us so much, seduced us with powers and promise." The master talks to him, still his master, whispering in his dreams. THE BLACK PHARAOH!!
He says he’s still chosen no choice, they unlocked the door and it will open soon, and the time of man will be over! All my fault because “I removed the eye!” M’Wuru left them in Kenya when they killed all the innocent men of the expedition, but none are dead from the expedition. They are gone, each doing the thing they must do for the master, but for “Brady of course HA!” The amulet from his mother protects him from the Black Man, Brady saved him from “blessed death”. He visits Carlyle still to check that he is ok. Hypatia is gone, gonna have a baby of the Dark Pharaoh. R’yleh will rise, the demon sultan will appear and man will die. Next year.

Reporting later, Rick thinks its an eye of horus or something similar on the bent pyramid.
He seems safe there, so we leave him be.
They head back. 3 men confront them on the street and 2 more behind them. Daggers drawn.
Leader “This time we know we have the right men.”
Simon “I don’t wanna kill you, and you don’t wanna be dead.”
They attack.
Simon cleans house.

That night, we go for the Bloated Woman HQ.
We slaughter them, they were obviously a small and young cell. They had nothing of importance at all, but a statue of the Bloated Woman we destroy.

Sept. 14

Sail for Shanghai. 3 Day trip. By the time we get to Shangai Wilhelm has read the Revelations of Glaaki. Rick has finished Africa’s Dark Sects and Life as a God.

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Voyage to China

August 15, Friday

The group to China board the steamship to Shangai, via the Suez Canal.
Frit, Spalding, Mundaby, Friday have already departed for Kenya weeks ago.

Roster Room Number
Rick C10
Billy C10
Simon Coach 20
Jeremy Coach 16
Paul C11
Wilhelm Coach Deluxe 18
Red Cloud C11
Jeremy Coach 16
Hobbes C10
Schuyler Coach Deluxe 18

Captain is Conrad Veck

1st night:
At dinner
Rick and Paul are seated with Earnest Blowfly and WIlly Throckmorton. As WIlly likes to say “second cousin to the inventor” (conveyor and torpedoes).

Hobbes and Billy are seated with Jese Nigerlater and Lady Corinthia Broughton. She has wide dark eyeshadow and straight cut hair that make her look to be emulating ancient Egypt.

Phyllis Tophevy is a full figured blonde. She is escorted by a cigar smoking, big bulbous red nosed and boller hat named Charlie Ledbottom, walking right up to Paul and introducing himself at our table.
We stand as gentlemen. He puts his arm roughly around Paul’s shoulder “Good to meet you, you can’t cheat an honest man.” He says indubidoubly a lot. He calls dinner tubesteak though its German cuisine.
Meanwhile, Rick tkes this opportunity and gives Phyllis ‘the look’ and they talk, discuss meeting.
Charlie gives Paul his wallet, saying he found it on othe floor. HE asks for a game of billiards, Rick nods ‘please do’. Paul, like a good chap, agrees. Charlie requests a small wager.
Lady Corinthia finds it thrilling to meet such exotic types as Billy and RC. They relate her tales of action. RC reminds her it was us that saved the Queen in the tunnel. She asks Billy who his master is, and she exclaims when she finds out its Rick as she also calls herself an archaeologist, and that she is out to prove a theory of her own. She want to meet Rick; her theory is she believes the inhabitants of Shangai are not CHinese at all, but descendants of ancient Egyptians from Akhenaten’s time who sailed away and set up a colony. Why? Because they were always sailing hither and yon. SHe’s sure she’ll find ancient hieroglyphics all over China none have ever found.
She calls out to “Dr. Rathbone” she has lots of things to tell you. He says he should be there tonight some time.
The captain announces that Carol Warbler, famous vaudville performer, will give a show at 8pm tonight.
Phyllis is very polite.

Later that night, Paul plays his billiards and wins every game. No wagering yet. Paul figures he’s a scammer, setting him up. In the following nights, they make low wagers and he still loses. Several more moderate bets, and both win some. Paul refuses to go any highter. He continues to lose more than win to entice Paul to raise the bets.

2nd night, Phyllis is seated with Rick but Charlie is with Paul. Paul warns Rick, figuring they are part of a scam together. She is very polite but no more than that, but she rubs RIck’s leg often with her foot. Her right hand starts ‘manipulating’. Her destination is Egypt.
Rick can’t get a private meeting with her while the billiards are going on, but she is teasing him a lot like that and more (including manual ahem at a show one night). One night Rick is talking to the Cpt, she sneaks up, crouching behind the lounge chair Rick is standing behind and (ahem) while he is talking to the Cpt.!! So Rick’s style.

Rick to Jeremy later “It’s good she’s getting off in Egypt (considering Nuyn may be joining us)”.
Jeremy “Meanwhile, you’re getting off over the Mediterranean”. Ba dump, chee.

One day, Jeremy is walking down the hall in coach and he finds a body lying in the hall. Its one of the black gang. Back of his head struck a deadly blow.
Jeremy reports it. Lots of murmuring in the crew about the murder.

Someone broke into Wilhelm’s room once. They ruffled through everything, and then obviously tried to replace it where it was, but he is very particular and knew it was shuffled through. The door was locked at the time.

Wilhelm succeeds in reading People of the Monolith

Arrive Egypt:
Phyllis and Charles depart.
Nuyn reports all is safe with the professor. Phat joins us for our voyage. Nuyn remains in vigil.

Halfway through the Indian Ocean, Blowfly does not show up for dinner. He is found dead in his room. Throat cut so deep it nearly severed his spine.
Rick offers our services; he and Wilhelm search the room
We find several books about forbidden lore, though they are not Forbidden Tomes. He wears a Talisman as well. Also, a translation in his handwriting from a book titled The Cthaat Aquadingen (handout). The actual book is not in his collection.
We find a smear of coal dust on the side of the bed where his body lies, as well as fingerprints of coal dust.
We do not know anything of the scant references in the translation. This will take some research. We wil start with the tomes we have on the ship. Rick has brought a 36" squared chest full of a small library on history and the arcane. He will begin to consult that.

We are on full defense mode and deep study. All of Wilhelm’s academic material is
Dinners are subdued, people are nervous. All suspect one of the black gang. They are searched. Jeremy and Paul join them.

4 hours after murder:

Meanwhile, Rick and Hobbes are in the lounge. Throckmorton is talking to Hobbes, gives a shudder, and his head turns completely around, staring at Rick and growls “There is no hope, there is not joy, there is no victory. Apholos will eat your soul” to Rick. He then choaks and his throat bulges out and a huge slug plops out of his mouth.
Rick “Heavenly God”. The girl Carol Warbler and Rick are talking with faints. Billy goes for the slug. He pulls a table cloth off the table as Rick of course gets the fainted lady out of danger. It crawls toward Rick as he moves and sets her down, ignoring the slug even as it closes in, as he knows Billy is unwavering. Suredly enough, ever dependable Billy wraps and bundles it up with a tablecloth.
Everyone is horrified.
We notice its getting dark out, too early. Out the porthole a huge dark cloud floats on the water, rolling toward the ship.
Rick “Wilhelm, what is it?”
He does not know.

Meantime, below:
2 sailors are with us, armed, as well as the first officer. We go to bunkroom and take the 16 member black gang out. The chief engineer head man is sure none of them had anything to do with it.
Simon is also arrives now, expecting trouble.
The mate gives the engineer a sidearm. They order the black gang against the wall. Paul positions himself behind the mate, Simon the engineer. Schuyler waits off to the side with Jeremy. They want us to watch them while they search.
No. Jeremy and the 2 sailors and Paul. Simon and Schuyler stay here with the mate.
The black gang insists they found nothing.

Search:
In the sea chests, we find medallions in about half the trunks, with a strange symbol on it.
We make note of whose trunks they are.
Then, a bloody knife in one of those trunks. We make note of whose. The knife has coal dust on the handle.

Note: None of the sailors nor the mate have suspicious coal dust on their hands.

The sea is getting rough. The cloud is engulfing the ship.
LIght is showing through only briefly, then everyone aboard gets dizzy for a moment and the sun streak across to the horizon and disappears. All are scared crapless.
The cpt arms all of his men he can, and declares that all 1st class passengers do the same who can. We are way ahead of him.
The ship is rocking, sea is rough. Sea sickness begins.
1st officer wants to lock the black gang in one of the boiler rooms.
The cpt shuts the engines down but for enough to point into the waves and wind. The instuments are going haywire.

Wilhelm starts researching and quickly finds it in People of the Monolith. Abholis, what the guy actually said to Rick, was formed from the tears and bile of Cthulhu. Yuck.
Rick says we all need to stay in groups, so all are in the bar and lounge.

We take the medallions and knife.

Rick sees the mark of the dark pharaoh is what is on the medallions. Rick says we need to be on the watch for deep ones.

A 2nd class passenger stands looking out the window.

Those from below are back up. Schuyler goes out to decks to look over the sides with but the steward returns as he leaves with bottles. Red streaks line his face, blood. Dripping from his face. His eyes are gone like having been plucked out. His own fingers are covered in blood.
Schuyler “What happened?”
“Now, I won’t have to see it.”
“What?”
“What I saw, what you will see.”
He turns as if he can see out the window, drops the tray and scream “No! I can still see it” suddenly races forward and bashes his head off the wall so hard he falls dead.

Schuyler continues on his with RC and Paul.
Most of the women have fainted.
Rick and SImon follows his path to the store room the blood starts half way there on his return.
Nothing to see.

On deck, we and some armed sailors are on deck. Suddenly, tentacles rise and grab, taking one sailor. They writhe blindly all around. Over the edge, we see only the tentacles go in. 10 of them.
We order the sailors off the deck.
Another tentacle burst forth, taking another sailor as they ran for below, us following.

A steerage passenger starts to smoke from his skin, and bursts into flames. We quickly put him out but he dies with a shiver. The 2 dead bodies are stored away.
Rick “Maybe there is something aboard causing this.” He goes to deck and looks over for himself, sees bodies of the 2 sailors who were yanked over. Not a mark on them but dead for sure.
This is fake! he thinks.
He runs down to check the dead bodies. The head bashed guy still has his eyes, looking straight up at him. The burnt sailor is also dead, without a mark. Maybe the illusion was so powerful he had a heart attack.

He shows everyone his eyes are still there, but none believe him.
Wilhelm comes and looks, but he sees the truth.
The 2 guys up on deck actually jumped overboard.
Rick tells Wilhelm to hypnotize everyone, group style, to a concentration level, set aside all around us and look again.
About half of them see the truth.
We use that half to convince the other half, leaving only a few poor souls who gladly get locked up in their rooms.
Rick tells the Captain to hit the engines. When he calls down, he hears screams over the mic. We rush down. The officer stands there, firing, frantically reloading, and firing up in the air. They are fighting a phantom battle.
One is about to back into the furnace as he retreats from a unreal terror. He gets his arm in just before we save him.
We start one at a time trying to stop them. One man claws his own face, one hits himself repeatedly with coal. Once we get a few onto the truth, we stop the rest. Amazingly, none are dead.
We must have ordered the call down just at the start of the ‘fight’.

They say they saw horrible gargoyle things flyhing at them, trying to order them to kill their oficer and passengers. When they refused, the things attacked.

Simon asks about the talismans. They all insist they have never seen them before. And we trust them.
It was a frame job.
Engineer “Someone on this boat is bad.”

Lady Corinthian walks to Rick aside. She has a theory: while I was in London, she saw a man who looked just like the statue of the great high priest of the 16th dynasty. Same guy we know of as a mummy!! She saw the same man here on the boat! He’s in 2nd class! He’s behind it. She says he’s called the Father of Mummies in the ancient texts. Same as we found out.
She leads us down to find him, and shows us his room.
She knocks.
Nothing.
Rick opens the door. Inside, he sees a mummy which lunges after him. Rick stands firm and grabs him. Its not super strong at all, though it is trying to get at him.
It leaps up, throws its legs around his waste, and starts squeezing.
Rick “Clear the head, Billy!”
He grabs the head wrappings and starts peeling. There are red swathes on its face underneath from the bandages pulling off.
We wrestle him down to the ground. Billy ties him up. The idiot is screaming he is the father of mummies.
Billy sees his hands coated in blood, but does not believe it. Shakes his head in disbelief, but still sees the same. He was never bandaged, Billy was peeling his face off.
The man comes out of it, and screams “Aahhh, my face!”
Wilhelm medics him.
He looks nothing like the mummy, she insists she saw it though.

Morning comes and the fog has dissapated. When teh captain takes bearings, we are in the middle of the Pacific! We refuse to trust the readings.
Schuyler takes his own reading, getting the same. If its accurate, we are close to our destination. If not, we may be heading the wrong way.
The 2nd officer pulls his gun “Cpt Veck! Quick come with me and see God” and shoots himself in the head DEAD.
No more drinking for anyone.
Rick asks Wilhelm to check the food and drink.
Rick begins searching top to bottom.

We all wish Westinghouse were with us.

In the lounge, Paul notices a white powder on the floor and the chair beside the one he sits in. The one the steward was sitting in before he left for drinks.
Looking around, he and Jeremy find spots of it all over the place.
About an hour later, Wilhelm says he was able to get, from the wine and liquor, some kind of a substance he can not identify. Something is there.
We have all been poisoned. A terrible hallucinogen.

We start looking in other rooms for the powder. Everything in that room is thrown overboard.
A storm is in the distance, coming toward us.
Just as the storm hits, there is an explosion out of the side of the ship. It lists.
The captain yells “She’s going down! Get to the lifeboats!”
We protest she’s not going down, it’s the illusion.
The crew were in the crews lounce, and the crew are the ones freaking out. 2 lifeboats are lowering. We stop them at their own protests.
We find no dust anywhere else.
We implore them to trust us. None of this is real.
We get the group we convinced before to help convince them to at least trust us. Eventually we bring them out of it.

By 1pm, it is much more calm.
Still, we seem to be in the Pacific way ahead of where we should be.
With a spyglass, we see an island nearby.
We don’t believe it. Though Rick still sees it, he does not believe it. For Paul and Simon, they see it, then don’t, then do. Then a black basalt pillar rising from the island 1000’ in the air, then the tower goes away but the island is real. All in about 5 seconds.

Wilhelm arrives. The water supply has been tainted with the powder. There is an emergency desalination, but it has been destroyed. Now we wish Covington were here.

There is the water in the pool, however.

We decide to make for the island.

Lifeboats go once we are close enough: Rick, Billy, 2nd officer Mahmoud al Hamachi, and Paul, 5 sailors. We take storage units for water, making sure they’re pristine.

Upon beeching, we start looking for water. We walk the perimeter of the island, looking for a warterway meeting the ocean.
A wild boar exits the jungle.
RIck “Food! Billy!”
He kills it post haste. He starts to butcher it, but its…..wrong inside.
Looking at the trees, they are soft and pulpy though it looks regular. It is easily ripped apart. It smells awful.
Rick “Any water is probably nasty too. Let’s get off of here.”
Hepicks up the sand, which appears perfectly normal, but the grass near the sand is goofy though not as bad as the trees, which were not as goofy as the pig. This is like some sort of domain, artificially created.

We take off. By 10’ out, the boat will go no further.
The 2nd mate pulls the gun out and fires straight ahead. The bullet hits far away. Same with a rock.
Perhaps only what touched the island can’t leave.
One of the sailors jumps in. Its like there is an invisible wall he can’t get through.
He climbs back in.
Paul “The next person who has an idea and doesn’t clear it through us, is getting shot.”
The 2nd mate yells “ahoy the ship.”
They yell back and forth what is happening.
Paul almost shoots him in the foot.
Mahmoud wonders stupid theories, like maybe it only effects 13 men.

We row around the island to a watercourse coming out about quarter mile around.

The captain tells Simon to send another boat to find out what is going on. Simon says do not send a boat. He says “I’m the captain.”
Simon “This isn’t about power plays. Trust them. Rick Rathbone and Paul Warrington are out there. They’ll figure it out.”
The sites have been taken again, now we are right where we should be.

Rick tries the water, tastes cool and fresh.
We fill up the containers. While that is happening, Rick is going inland with Billy for a look around while Paul commands the water fillup.
We find rock formtions with no evidence of aging, again as if created and remain as is.
No signs of erosion.
Come to a spring that flows to the watercourse. At one point it unaturally flows up a hill then down.

At shore, water being pumped into the vessels.
A tentacle rises from the shore, swiping at one of the sailors. An ugly octopoid beast is dragging itself onto shore with its 8 tentacles.
They kill it, after it wounds Mahmoud and a few sailors. It’s real, and melting in its death.

Suddenly, Rick sees something right beside him for an instant then its gone. Like a person torn apart and reassembled wrong, just hideous.
No sound. Then the foliage moves as if something were moving away from him.
“Wait, who are you? Is there any way I can help you?” It turns and says something in forbidden language including terms R’yleh and Cthulhu.
Repeating Cthulhu ftagn several times.
Rick “Do you know how I can get off the island?”
Suddenly something slams into Rick.
Rick isists to it he means no harm. It says it does, that we will all suffer, then die."
He sees foliage moving in various positions.
Rick drops his Varnstein lenses into place, Billy sees this and puts his goggles on.
“I see you.” They all look somewhat different, and start to walk away.
The leader repeats its threat “as did I”.
Rick “I’ll happily relieve your suffering if there is a way, if you can tell me how to get off the island.” He sees a glint off in the jungle. Once they are away, we move to it finding a small 2 man zeppelin, crashed.
Ruth Copeland, the famous aviatrix! She departed Africa across the Indian Ocean and was never seen again.
Rick searches it. Finds a small book taped under the pilot seat. Starts with aerononautical stuf. Then more of the story, about a friend Clive Lewiston (classicist and studier of occult texts at Miskatonic, he has met him many times) asking her to drop a parcel into the middle of the ocean, far from landfal. A tome. He mentions knowing too much about ‘Cthulhu Cult"! She then got bad dreams preflight. Worse dreams night before departure.
Rick knows of this Firenze Tome, was lost since the 100 years war.
END
Let’s find this book. Only little food and water, a pistol and ammo. We eat and drink, Rick figures we need the energy since its up to us to figure this all out.
We find both bodies as well still strapped in. Impossible to find a cause of crash, it all in bad shape.
Billy finds tracks, we follow. The tracks came from, and left toward, the center of the island.
As we go, Billy sees a strangely shaped crucifix lying on the ground. He show sit to Rick, who picks it up to look at it. It’s small neclace sized.
Billy sees Rick standing there in a stuper. Rick however sees himself as Clive Lewiston, going through a slum, Rick’s not sure where, reeking of urine. He kicks a door open, pistol in each hand, into a loft like room. Half dozen men stand around a newborn baby. Both pistols fire until empty all dead. He grabs the child, and sees a terrible book he can’t grab. He takes off his crucifix, sets it on the book, and picks it up.
Then, all is fog. As it clears, Rick is Clive again but now moving through a catacomb in Italy. Arrive at a door into a vault, inside is an old man in priest cossack. He groans to Lewiston in Italian “They got the book, you must stop them before they summon Abholos” then throw the ocean in the book. He dies.
Fog again, it lifts and he’s in Italy, Medieval. Burning small village all around. Rick surveys with his 1000 eyes. He sees the warped people all around, but falling apart without fear to fuel them. The being he is becomes dormant, a thing the ape creatures around can not tell. He, Abholos, becomes the book!!!

Rick snaps out of it, and sees the basalt pillar now in the middle of the island. As does Billy now. As do those on the beach. In all of our heads we here “Come our tasty morsels.”

At the beach, the invisible mutants attack, killing one sailor who then explodes. Then all the pieces come back together wrong, he stands and disappears, becoming one of them. The ship has circumnavigated the island, crossing a Japanese freighter shipwrecked on the shore. The crew were likely the source of the mutants on the island.
The boat stops off the shore at the watercourse. Rick and Billy arrive at shore and report. We fire a signal flare for backup, knowing we have a terrible beast to confront. Simon standing a vigilant watch sees it. Within minutes he is getting into a boat with Red Cloud, Wilhelm and Hobbes plus 4 crew to row the vessel; leaving Schuyler, Phat and Jeremy to keep an eye on things on the ship.
Simon dons the other set of Varnstein goggles.
The strike force walks toward the obsidian pillar, a face within the top of it disgustingly human face laughing deeply.
Rick takes them to the plane first, then from there Billy follows the trail as before, inland. one of the mutants comes into view straight in our path, ethereal, but Billy sees it with the goggles.
Rick drops his into place, seeing 2 more. Simon 2 more on the other flank, none from the other side, none from behind either.
Billy moves toward Rick’s 2, as Simon moves forward to the 2 on the other flank, RC to the lone in front.
Hobbes puts his tripod in the ground and starts filming, with the original cameral Varnstein lens.
RC picks up their position with his hearing.
RC crits but they have no threshold. Paul moves to back him up, WIlhelm to Simon.
The face “My minions will feed well tonight” then wails!
After a round, we see more now coming out of the woods, including behind.
Rick uses TNT on the rear gang, RC kills and charges the rear.
By now they all show themselves.
5 more are approaching the front. Simon and WIlhelm finish off their 2 then Simon move to assist Billy and Rick at the front. Wilhelm fires into the rear.
Hobbes sees 6 more coming from the right!! “Look out Wilhelm!”
Hobbes sets his camera on auto and brings his rifle into action.
Soon enough, 3 more come in for Paul as we drop them.
Hobbes turns to run the camera again before its over.

Hobbes got some super footage.
Rick “Fine fighting, gentlemen.”

We rest a bit and continue on to a cave entrance. Rick, Geste and Billy lead the way, Wilhelm and Hobbes next, Paul and RC guarding the rear.
Suddenly everything shimmers
We enter and quickly encounter a terrible mass staring at us from ahead, multiple tendrils at its front, the Firenze Tome lying on the floor before it. It’s insect like eyes pulsate continuously; it tentacles have steel tipped tendrils! Sanity check all around.
Hobbes has his darklens ready in the camera and starts filming.
The face on the tower welcomes us to its lair.
Simon moves right for it crit 42 and Paul moves up and fires; RC watches the rear; it hits Billy and misses Simon;
Billy moves in and attacks.
Rick moves in, sets the crucifix neclace on the book, and picks it up. It begins squirming in his hands.
It attacks him but misses twice. He retreats to RC as Billy and Geste attack. He lights a stick in his satchel, drops the book inside, and throws the whole pack down the hallway. It attacks him from 40’ away 14/12.
Its tentacles reach past, grab the satchel, and pull it back. The pack blows inside it. The thing releases a belching sound. A small black spot within starts growing, it yells a maddening angry bellow, and gets sucked into the dimension from whence it came.

Forcefield is gone, we escape back to the ship. By the end of the hour, our navigation instruments show us back right where we should be.

The ship stops in India, where we have to stay a week for the ship to reprovision and an investigation that leads no where.
We continue on the voyage.

2nd day out from India, a steward is found dead in the crew quarters, found by another crewmember; Wilhelm and Rick examine the body. No wound to be found. Then we notice a tiny hole at the base of the skull; a clear fluid remains.
We speak to the Cpt. in private. Rick persuades the Cpt. to let us cut him open. Wilhelm says a needle was driven into his spinal cord. His educated guess is that the fluid is spinal fluid, removed from him.
Hobbes takes photos of he dead of the other bodies. They all had the needle mark!
After an argument, Rick convinces the cpt to let us do a surprise search of all cabins. Meanwhile, his cabin was carefully searched by Paul and Wilhelm. They find nothing nothing but gay pornography.
Jeremy says everyone needs called to the main deck for an announcement by the Cpt.
Paul keeps everyone informed and settled down on the deck, Simon is in charge of no one getting down below while we search.

A Chinese member of the black gang, Woo Hu, has leather case hidden under his bunk. Inside is a syringe with some residue in it. Wilhelm examines but its just opium. Hoo claims there is an evil demon on this ship, many more will die. He has seen it in his opium dreams. An evil dark man; he’s one of the passengers. He envelopes his victims like a cloud and they are dead. “One of you will be the next to die.”

We find absolutely nothing. Next, we search the cargo hold. We find a dry withered husk of what seems to have been a male human.
Rick “I have a feeling this is who was taken over by our foe.”
He and Wilhelm go over some possible suspects from their knowledge, and Wilhelm comes upon the best possibility: The Thaquatic Master. A creature linked to the old one Athaqua. It is drawn to the ‘thought essence’ of intelligent creatures. To feed, it eats their identity and their spinal fluid. Or, sometimes, it will allow itself to be absorbed into their body but it eventually will become a husk and abandon them, and feed off of other people. In its normal form it is a small creature made of proto matter and enters through orifices.
There is a possibility, since it isn’t human, we can catch the person it is in doing things awkwardly.
This is a unique creature as well.
We place our group with all parties, at all meals and such, watching for people acting strangely and awkwardly.
We think to check for defacation by all passengers and such, but Wilhelm says the body it is in acts biologicaly normal.
It is however, very strong.

The third officer falls down a flight of stairs, only bruised up. He claims he slipped. Then, there is a knock on the door. A steward. There is a problem with a Mr. Pinkerton in 2nd class. He is acting strange, he seems confused about everything. We go and check him out and talk to a few people who know him. He is a sales rep for an oil company; in his 50’s. He is seated in the lounge, staring around. His eyes follow a candle.
No hole in neck, but a rash on his back and shoulders, which comes from it absorbing into someone. He points at Rick “The devil was inside me, and he laughed at me.”
Rick “Where did he go?”
“He left.” Just now, a little while ago, because his skin is rough and dry on his chest. He was wasting away. It left before it got too obvious. He says it hurts him.
We try to make him as comfortable as can be, he is dying. We take him out. Geste insists on putting him out of his misery and does so. We’ll tell the crew he died later on.
Inside the man’s mouth, Wilhelm sees a proboscus in the tongue, left behind. This is the one who has been feeding on people.
We show the Cpt. We use the rash stuff as the cover for examinations. Wilhelm will examine each person privately.

We set the trap.
Schuyler recommends, knowing that the body is fully susceptible, having a syringe ready full of morphine.
We get through all the passengers, nothing. Through the entire crew, beginning with officers; Cpt. first. After short conversation, the captain reaches to pat him on the back and grabs at him!! Wilhelm feels the invasion of his memories.
We spring the trap.
Geste “A ha I knew it would be the cpt!” He and RC, hiding behind a drapery, spring upon the fiend. WIlhelm pulls his syringe of morphine and stabs at it and plunges it in!
The probuscus comes out just short of Wilhelm as the body falls. A fog begins lifting from the body.
RC goes right through it, Simon does as well. It misses SImon. RC runs to the door and calls for Billy and his Sword of Kholan while Simon continues battling it, hitting it hard. It partially diseminates briefly before coming together and trying to enter Simon. He resists, it swirls around his head. The first officer arrives, seeing the battle waging. Simon defends himself from it until Billy arrives a few moments later. Billy arrives! He slays it!
WIlhelm OD’d the Cpt on the morphine. Oops. He doesn’t have Atwater’s skill. He dies about an hour later. The first officer takes over the ship, fudging the log to explain the situation.
The voyage continues to Hong Kong.

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Investigations

During couple weeks before Rick’s arrival:
Some rest and recupe; At least a couple of us like Paul begin some regular sessions with Wilhelm to regain lost sanity.
Schuyler and Geste check in at American Secret Service and Templar cell, respectively.
Wilhelm researches Carlyle’s known whereabouts during their London stay. Jeremy does any legwork, often accompanied by Schuyler, as well as Elias’ steps when her prior to NY death.
Wilhelm also reads People of the Monolith successfully.

April 20 to April 28, 1884 is when Carlyle et al were in London.
Elias tracked much of Carlyle’s steps. Carlyles stayed at Penhue Foundation, visited Gavigan’s house in Essex, an island in the marshes there, about an hour out of Liverpool Station. Gavigan was the right hand man of Penhue, and now runs the Foundation. Gavigan has a flat in Mayfair as well.
Gavigan is also a member of the Diamond Back Club, a club for rich who are not nobles. He wins a lot at cards there; lots of poor card players. He only visits his home once a month now, oddly usually during the dark new moon. Stays at Foundation or his Mayfair flat.
Carlyle and his party also stopped at a club called the Blue Pyramid in Soho, perhaps figuring it entertainingly ironic, the article assumes, since they were about to leave for Egypt.
Jeremy begins visiting the Blue Pyramid regularly, to acclimatize them to his presence and make acquaintances. Schuyler joins him about half the time.

May 26

Rick and party arrive from Cairo via airship.

May 28

Westinghouse, Atwater, Wilkerson arrive from NY.

May 30 through June 1

Meetings at Rathbone’s house for the weekend.

June 2/3

Westinghouse researches paper for any evidence that may be linked to mummy at large, it yields:
2 months ago, a small new storeopened in Soho. Ramessu’s Egyptian Antiquities. Proprietor Ahti Ramessu, Egyptian.
Find no record of his emigration.
Also, the Dark Mistress is in London harbor right now!!!!

Wilhelm begins researching the forbidden tomes brought from NY. Rick uses contacts to get him full access to Brit Museum, Cambrige, University College and Oxford U libraries.

Night June 3:
Jeremy at Blue Pyramid:
Lots of Egyptian decor and music, and dancers.
Jeremy gets to talking over a few nights entertainment. Talks with the owner Abdulah Nawisha, and Egyptian.
A dancing girl asks to meet him after the song ends, in the alley behind the place.
He meets her, she races to him panting; terrified. She explains she has danced here for 3 years. The man you’re looking for is no longer in London, he left a couple months ago (Elias). The Brotherhood was close on his trail, The Egyptian Brotherhood. He has never heard of them. Her boyfriend, once a waiter here Quadar, was murdered. She thinks the Brotherhood did it cause he wouldn’t join them.
Elias was asking around about the Brotherhood, started after this Carlyle fellow, then changed to looking deeper into the Brotherhood. They are bad news, hang out in this club a lot. Abdulah is terrified of them. Once a month, an old steam truck appears around midnight at the back. About 2 dozen customers jump in and drive to someplace outside of London. The organizer is Twefiq al Sayed. She saw this twice, at least some are the same each time. She recalls the dates. Wilhelm says this follows the same time Gavigan leaves town for home.
To be thourough, he gives her some coin for a private show. They go in and upstairs.
As he does, Jeremy notices something. In disguise, Westinghouse is in the club!!
Westinghouse did notice a man eyeing up Jeremy. Once Jeremy is back downstairs, when the club shuts down, and Jeremy is about to leave, he sees the man giving obvious signs to a few other guys in a booth, who return their own too obviously stretches as a call back. The first man subtely shakes his head no.
Jeremy leaves.
A bit later, on last chance, Westinghouse leaves as well. Jeremy is waiting nearby. We stay and case the place.
45 minutes later, the owner locks upand walks away. All have left already as well, even the signal crew.
We wait half an hour, go around to back door, which is deadbolted from inside.
We go to front. Jeremy looks out and Westinghouse picks the front door.
A bobby walks by moments later.
We start searching, finding no information.
Secret door check, Jeremy says we should start in his office. West finds a hidden panel to an old style safe. West breaks in easily. Around L1000; other normal stuff valuable to Abdulah; a note threatening him, that the actions of the Brotherhood are none of your concern, keep your nose out of your business fat man and run your club.
Nothing else to find.
We leave everything as we found it.

Early now, on way home see paper boy peddling Morning Scoop:
Slaughter continues. West buys one. An unidentified foreigner found floating in Thames, 24th victim in series of bizarre slayings. Beated severely and stabbed through the heart. 3 yrs of murders like this. Officer Barrington is the cop in charge.
West says he knows there have been 3 already this year. All linked by being Egyptians and foreigners.
By description, it is not Abdullah.

June 4

We visit inspector Barrington early, offering our services. Say we are friends of Jackson, and we are the ones who investigated his murder.
Jackson said these murders were ritual killings by an Egyptian death cult, called Brotherhood of the Black Pharaoh. Barrington talked to Egyptologist Gavigan at Penhue, who said there is no modern day equivalent. That Elias was a sensation seeking writer trying to profit on the unfortunate Carlyle exp. Many of the victims frequented the same club in Soho.
West “Blue Pyramid.”
“Why yes, that’s the one.” Owner seemed like he may give us something, then suddenly shut up.
One victim stabbed but still alive when found, though bleeding out fast. First person on scene, a bobby, said he cried out one word ‘hotep’ before he died. Meaning rest or peace in anc egyptian.
Another man knew many of them: Tewfiz al Sahib. Owns a spice shop, once a guide in Egypt for foreigners. Guided a Penhue expedition, of an American chap.
West “Carlyle”
“Yes, he was their guide in Egypt before they left for Kenya.”
He warns us that they appreciate the help, but don’t go running off half cocked.
He lets Atwater examine the body, as long as he tells them what he finds.
The bruises were via club; but also marked like they were carved deeply. Some of the better marks look almost like hieroglyphs!!!
Westinghouse “Atwater, how can we lift the markings?”
Atwater thinks that injecting ink, maybe, at the wound site would highlight the marks because of how the blood settles.
He goes for it.
He only gets 3 partial prints.
Need to show it to Rick!!
We invite him to dine at Rick’s tonight, so we can let him in on the real deal.

Westinghouse goes to check out the ship, with a pair of goggles, taking Billy and Simon as guards.
Boat looks like nothing but a yacht. Crew normal. Through Lenses, it isn’t the creature from last time, but far worse. A hybrid part boat, part creature. The 6 sailors on deck, a few debarking into London, look like ugly men at first. Through goggles, they are deep ones!!!
The door/maw opens and 2 men appear, leaving the boat. One looks like Penhue, even through the goggles!! The other is also someone I recognize. Bishop in his current body!!!!
Finally, only the Cpt. remains, potential hybrid deep one.
Westinghouse follows Penhue and Bishop, get a cab and go into Penhue foundation. Half hour later, disappear down street in a cab. It leaves London, heading north.
Return.

At Rick’s, show him the symbol. It’s slightly flipped, but its the symbol for the Brotherhood of the Black Pharaoh. Supposedly, they had sacred clubs to kill those that crossed the cult and for normal sacrifices. They would break their bones with the club, careful not to kill them. Then, kill them with a spike (on the other side of the club) throught the heart or eye.

Paul et al goes to talk to Mickey at the Scoop. Scoop specializes in gory murders, sex scandals, wierd happenings. Willing to pay for good murder/monster story, and models in their knickers. Says Elias didn’t tell him what he was up to. Helped break a story here and there. Did say an evil cult was operating in London, and he was digging into old newspaper accounts. He can show us some of the things he looked into. 3 stories in particular:
1) several pieces to do with the string of murders of Egyptians
2) “shocking canvases bring recognition”; savage exotic scenes by Miles Shipley; repulsive; maidens ravished, shadow gross landscapes, etc; uncanny verisimilatude however, as though Miles worked from personal xp; Miles says he renders his own visions
3) monstrous murders;_ inhuman killer shot but still alive?_; 2 dead, 3rd lived; no purpetrator known; George Osgood and Lydia Perkins the dead; Wilright Short drove off a grisly manlike creature in Lesser Adele; Tumwell, constable, claims he shot the same creature that night; wailings of creature on full moon haunt the area
He has no idea why those 3 in particular.

Wilhelm research has discovered an attempt made on Gavigan’s life, several years ago. Adam Cross reports: Hugh Tilesman, formerly of Bayswater, taken into custody upon members of Diamond back club. Fired upon another member but quickly restrained. Cops took him away, injured during scuffle. 42 year old banker, went after Gavigan. Widower lost his family to house fire the previous year; described as irrational, required sedation. Also charged with vandealizing the Afghan War memorial in Baniker Park, inflicted with a hammer. Was president of Park committee, curiously. No other record or story of trial. Officer Dyle was in charge of scene.
Jeremy talks to Barrington about Dyle: does not know much; Met police, not Scotland yard. Good chap, does job well so far as he knows. He directs us to his HQ.
Jeremy goes to Met police HQ, acting as a reporter for The Scoop doing followup on some Dyle’s career. He is on patrol, and a Sgt, an officer tells Jeremy where. Jeremy easily finds him.
He seems happy to assist a newspaperman, actually. Says does not remember much of incident, asks to have dinner out and will bring his notebook.

Jeremy at Dinner:
Tilesman was never brought to trial. Gavigan spoke to judge, explaining the man was mad, he was put in an asylum where he probably still resides. Family burned to death, wife carrying the girl and at door burst into flames, burning and screaming in death.
Tilesman was a banker, military in younger days. Had brother who died in Afghan campaign so started push for the memorial. He said memorial was evil!! Hates it. Does not know name of stonemason. There was a stone piece brought from Egypt, donated by Gavigan, to statue. Probably find a picture postcard in the sundry store down the block.
Tilesman went around for donations; Gavigan not interested. Actually spoke vs British Imperialism. So finally Gavigan said, after Tilesman bothering him, he’d donate the Egyptian obelisk to memorial. Then, the tragedies afterward, screaming of Gavigan killing his family. Feels Gavigan just didn’t want him thrown in jail, but have his ills treated instead. Asylum is in Hackney, just off the Temple Mill Rd. Private institution, not state run.
Multiple burnings in area around memorial since then. At some sights, there was evidence of animals being caught or left in the fire. Dogs, cats, squirels, etc.
Sacrifices?

Dinner at Rick’s:
Inform Barrington; show him more evidence. Paul, Rick, and West thouroughly convince him of the horror, minus supernatural. Even that they may all be involved.
Rick needs to check out this obelisk “Let’s go tonight, to obelisk. After Brandy and cigars, of course. Barrington, you should come as well.”

To obelisk, in central London, after dark, late.
Jeremy thinks to stop at a few local pubs first, Schuyler goes too. They say its just some Egyptian thing added to a war memorial.
They say its cursed. People who fall asleep on benches nearby overnight have nightmares, wake up disoriented, etc. Jocko passed out drunk one night at bottom of it, dead next morning, not mark on body. Face like he was horrified. Folks don’t feel right around it at night. Neighborood has done down, too. Tilesman house burned down, was across street from it. A few others as well. Steamcar blew up, newspaper man’s cart burned up. No known causes. Small fires too. Someone was stacking paper and woodchips beside houses, trying to burn them down. No one caught. Often pidgeons, dogs, cats tied up and thrown into the fires. Mileman’s horse, someone burned both sides of it while he was taking milk into an apartment. Heard horse scream and ran for it. Burnt so bad had to be put down, but man saw nothing. Cops figure a lunatic arsenist in the area. In winter, no snow accumulates on the obelisk. When it rains, its dry.

2AM arrive at obelisk:
Schuyler drives the carriage near the scene. Rick, Simon, Barrington, Westinhouse, Wilhelm, Billy, Paul rides on the roof.
Simon gets out first, and quickly.
He walks straight for the obelisk. Rick, Wilhelm, and Westinghouse follow.
All have headlamps.
21″ × 21″ and 11’ tall; 6’ high contemporary base it rests on.
Weathered but in tact. Bottom corner repaired with modern mortor, where Tilesman hit it. All 4 sides bear hieroglyphs.
Rick begins reading. Touching it, it feels at least 15 degrees warmer than air. Text all seems to be prayers to an obscure god Ka Thig Ra. Lord of Fire.
Westinghouse “Cthugha. Dear god.”
We show Barrington, so he sees the connection.
Westinghouse and Wilhelm suddenly lose 3 con, and Barrington 1, damage. White ghostly haze drifts from each of them to the obelisk.
Rick yells for them to get back to the carriage.
A glow from atop the obelisk point, a spark of flame. It drifts off and starts moving.
Westinghouse “Fire vampire! We need water. Normal weapons did nothing!”
It grows a bit larger, to about 2’ diameter.
Paul “Simon, it may b e up to you.”
Simon “I’ll show it what a holy warrior of god can do.”
We run to follow it.
Simon “Schuyler, take the carriage away.”
Schuyler takes off.
It passes into the pub, burning a whole as it does and catching it on fire. Some people that live upstairs, owner, starts to yell. Simon yells at it, draws his blade. It comes straight at him!!
Simon’s holy, arcane attack power shears through its DR as they battle. He strikes and it bursts as it lashes at him but misses. As he hits, it disipates.
Barrington is astouined. Says we need to do something about this obelisk.
Westinghouse, Paul and Wilhelm make for the fire to help, they put it out with minimal damage.
For now, we have to keep people away from it.
Barrington says he can try to get the area cordoned off for the time being.
We head back to Rick’s.
Rick read more. It says the servants from the lord of fire are trapped w/in; if you stand w/in the equivalent of 20’ maybe it can steel your essence to release the servants. Or if you want to release them all at once, break it.
Well, that ruins Simons idead of blowing it up. We must destroy it at some point, but prepared with plenty of water. Perhaps a submerged explosion.

Rick realizes, no way a fire vampire was leaving small animal offerings in fires.
Simon “Good God, you’re right.”
Westinghouse “A fine call, Richard. The obelisk must be corupting a nearby citizen. Jeremy and his street crew should get on this.”
Barrington says he and a few men will join Jeremy and his men in the search.

Barrington takes Westinghouse and Wilhelm to the station, showing them the full case files on the arsons. Visit a few scenes late into the night. They are up late, developing a profile of the arsonist together.

June 5

Westinghouse and Wilhelm present their profile: a male, probalby younger than 18, lives or attends school in area; being influences by obelisk; a loner, maybe bullied, been burning animals alive, only matter of time before his compulsion gets grander; he will definitely be watching at scene if FD arrives to put out a big one.

Atwater, Jeremy, and Billy go to asylum in Hackney:
He had dreams, terrible dreams, including London on fire, of the obelisk. Knows of what is inside the obelisk, wildly blames Gavingan; Atwater gives him just enough sedative to calm him down.
Jeremy explains that we agree, he is right about all.
Insists obelisk must be destroyed and Gavigan made to pay.
He only knows what he knows from dreams, no personal xp. Gavigan hates England and our military. “I love England, so he made me and my whole family pay.” Sometimes sees him, in his head but not dreams. He comes and laughs at him. When sky is dark, “I see the obsene rituals he performs, the things that come down from the heavens, the unspeakable things they do.” And the people who fornicate with the monsters. It’s in the swamps, marsh, all around the estate in Essex. He knows who else, but if he does he’ll be struck dead.
Says his mind has travelled beyond, has seen “things that would shrivel your soul. Only my madness allows it, of seeing my family destroyed and the evil doers go free. But you have the book, and so the way. Akh Ma Lor. You must find the way. The servitors of the demon sultan.” He quakes and dies.
We don’t know what the words have to do with a book, that is no book we have. Are they summoning servitors of Azathoth, the demon sultan? Ugh. In this book must be the secret to keep us safe at the ceremony.
Orderlies are called in. It will be dubbed a heart attack, called inevitable by Dr’s and he’s better off for it. Uncurable. They do ask us what we were talking to him about. We asked what made him go after Gavigan, and at mention of his family he cried and tapped out.

Simon, Paul, Wilhelm, RC, Schuyler, Westinghouse to Lesser Edale to take the monster. Taking clippings of the Scoop stories with them; and letter of intro from Barrington.
Take Midland railroad to Derby, 130 miles north of London. North of there if valley of Derwent. Leave London’s Pancras Station, adjacent to King’s Cross 3/4 mile north of museum.
Once in Darby, get to Lesser-edale via steam omnibus daily at 7:52 AM, 2:12, or 9:41 PM. 6 hour walk. Mounted 3 hours.
The valley is one of most beautiful of England. Wooden vales, waterfalls, limestone outcroppings, several pubs in the town of Lesser-edale
We need to save lives, and this is the most immediate threat, night to night. They ride horseback a couple hours to the area. We are in the town by dinner time.
30 homes in village, more outside, Laughing Horse Pub, a mercantile store, church, vet clinic, a steambus service to Derby. We eat at Pub first. We can get rooms at pub, seldom have visitors.
Recall scene in American Werewolf in London pub, that is close to these guys. Friendly, a few surlies who stare.
They are very interested in RC, a real red skin. They pass around the tomahawk. Paul encourages RC to speak ‘like an Indian’.
Later, Constable Tumwell arrives, just who we wanted to speak to.
No stable, closest if farmer Perkins about mile up road. He calls for Tom Jenkens, and for a few shillings he can take our horses to Perkins’ house for the night.
“M’ Lord, give the boy some money.” Paul does so, and tips him. Including paying ahead of time to bring them back in the morning. And a bit for Perkins himself for stabling and feed.
Paul gives him the letter from Barrington.
He assumes he killed it, not having been troubled since he shot it. Gives no credence to other so called sightings. Only wailings at the last full moon.
Paul buys a round of drinks. Sooner than later, everyone is gathered around talking about the monster.
Tales of it walking on its back paws, ripped bone from bone from ‘poor Lydia’. Constable warns us not to bother the victims’ families, they’ve been through enough. Simon begins to rant and intimidate, but Westinghouse and Paul step in before he insults the constable.
Simon insists we will do whatever we have to do to solve these murders.
Edith, the wife of Osgood. She told them they heard a noise, husband went out to investigate with shotgun, heard him fire and scream. When she went out, saw a hunchbacked beast running into dark on 2 legs.
They confirmed all this on scene, including wolf tracks, and its blood so he hit it first. Not much though. He was ripped literally limb from limb.
Perkins specifics:
A man from corner “It was that Lawrence Vane who done it, he killed my daughter. You can ask Tom, he seen it. Them Vane’s they live in that castle, think they own us like the old days.”
All turn to look and see John Perkins, Lydia’s dad. Tumwell tries to calm him down, to no effect. He yells no one is doing anything about it. Tumwell tries to insist he killed it. John insists it were Lawrence.
The son of Knight Fredrick Vane. Tom Cordy is John’s neighbor. Tom is here too.
Tom regrets speaking, told John in confidencs. He saw Lawrence Vane walking down path from Perkins house. Not sure if it was before or after death, but looked upset and running as fast as he could.
Tumwell says he talked to him, and Scotland Yard investigators, all say he’s innocent. He claims was out for a walk. Their houses are about half a mile apart.
Tumwell then asks to talk to one of us privately, West does. He asks us to stop implicating Vane, he was walking past, saw the door open, saw the body inside ripped to pieces, and ran away. If John knows he was there, he will even more so assume Vane is guilty and do something rash and vengeful.
John keeps insisting they are just protecting a noble “Down with the nobles” the labor party will correct this. And if they won’t, the anarchists will.
He tells West, we can question John. He got home from drinking, and inside found his daughter. The door was already open. He left here around 2:15. Probably got home in around 15 minutes. He lives on edge of village. Tom left at 1:00 am. Tumwell thinks the body had been dead for over an hour, just from blood drying based on hunting xp.
Talk dries up, by closing its up to our rooms.
Each murder has taken place on the full moon.

Night, at Rick’s:
Akh Ma Lor, not Arabic, not ancient Egyptian. Wilhelm thinks the first book to reference is the big one, Necronomicon.
Stephen Hughes visits Rick’s house. Atwater is there, as is Billy and Wagstaff and his live in maid Mattie.
See Explorer’s log.

NIght:
Jeremy’s street crew of on the lookout for an arsenist, accompanied by Barrington and a few good bobbies 4, plus Billy.
Barrington has found the Phillipston School for Boys is right across street from the park!!!
Westinghouse recommends someone watch the obelisk, he may come and gauk at it, at least prior to his arsons. Start by creating a perimeter based on previous crime scenes.
Nothing happens.

June 6

Westinghouse to Osgood’s wife Edith, w/ Simon,, Wilhelm:
All he was already told was true. Their kids, individually, confirm the facts.
She insists it was a man, it ran on 2 legs though hunched over covered in hair. It was no wolf. Rumors of a creature killing on full moon for centuries. It comes and goes like a cycle. Maybe we can find info on this history at the church. The rev. is named Jeremy Stratton, 67 yrs old, she says he’s into this kind of thing. Westinghouse gives her some money, seeing things are not going well for them now, for her trouble. Wailings seem to emanate from the ground, not from woods, only during full moons, all 3 nights, but not otherwise. Been going on since master Lawrence returned from attending Oxford, just graduated in Law. Returned alone. Only 3 plus servants live there. Lawrence, dad Fredrick, and younger daughter Elouise. Fairly popular until this all started.

Paul, RC, Schuyler as the Vane house: No one answers the door. After Paul yells his title, a voice from a window yells “Go away!”
Schuyler “Is everything all right in there. We’re here with authority of Brithish Law!”
A girl’s comes around the side “come this way”. She leads us around to an entry way “After you gentleman.”
Paul and RC enter. Schuyler “ladies first.”
She enters, Schuyler behind.
It leads into a main hall from the side, huge hall. Front door on this side has been walled up.
Old man meets us, in late 60’s and gruffly “What can I do for you gentleman.”
Paul apologizes for not following proper etiquette. We are on important business.
Schuyler “We are here to find the real killer, not to blindly accuse your son like many have done.”
We sit and discuss in the parlour on opposite side of hall.
We see portraits of ancestors, one in particular is spitting image of Roger Carlyle, like related. That guy in the painting was the black sheep, Abner Vane Carel. Went to America as a Col. but never returned. Went into business like a commoner.
He’s lying, just to cover the family honor. See Carlyle entry of Elias Carlyle investigation.
He calls the son and daughter in. He confirms the story of the constable, thinks its all a bunch of superstitious nonsense. Elouise is quite, demur. Fred returned form London. Howlings going on for months. Only last month were the first murders.
Larry give his word as a gentleman “You have my word there will be no more murders.” He just has ‘a feeling’.
They do not know where the wailings come from.
Larry gets very frustrated, dad calms him down.
Paul insists they are not being picked on, he wants only to clear the name of any aristocracy. Schuyler tells them we are not picking on any other person in particuler.
Servanst say nothing, too loyal to family.

Others at church:
Housekeeper answers. He admits us. A particularly ugly man, sunken chin. He tries to say he knows nothing, but Westinghouse knows he is hiding something. He has a certificate on wall as a corresponding secretary of Order of the Golden Druid in this area.
Wilhelm has not heard of it, neither has Westinghouse.
We leave, with nothing. He stonewalls us.
After we leave, the housekeeper meets us. Says he has been odd since the murders happened. Locks self in rectory for hours at a time. People thought little of the howlings until the murders. He was out the nights of the murders, on a trip actually. She knows not where. He took only a sack with him, often takes it out evenings sometimes for 4 or 5 hours. Been going on for years. Maybe once a month, sometimes less, sometimes more. Has not been more constant since howlings started. Always goes away on summer solstice, longest day and shortest night of year, all day. Occasionally over night. As well as a basket for summer solstice, of just food and wine. She knows nothing of the order he belongs to. Queer people though. They visit sometimes, have a kind of particular greeting to each other. Visits are variable, last time was couple weeks ago. They are locals in the valley. Farmer Bryant last time. Some are farmors, some laborers, others educated men as well. She names a half dozen locals, including the doctor.
West "Who would know a lot about the area, other than rev.?
“The Vanes.”
He does visit them sometime, he’s friends with them. They do not visit here though.

We all meet back in town. Food and drink while we talk at the pub. Tum comes to dinner too. He knows nothing, never hear of it. Simon feels that’s a dead giveaway he’s a member. When asked by Westinghouse: He says there are a few local ancient sights, like standing stones. He can show us tomorrow himself.

The Dr. plays totally dumb about the druid cult.

RC stakes out the church. Wilhelm with him out of sight. He leaves after dinner

Westinghouse stakes out the Dr. Simon out of sight with him. He leaves after dinner.
He arrives at the mercantile store side door, gives an obvious secret knock. A man answers. Inside is a small landing, then steps going down. 2 others come do door from 2 different directions. One obviously a farmer. Both give the knock, say the same words and go in.
The rev. arrives just as they are about to enter “Hey wait, wait for me.” That’s when we see the guy from the store is wearing some kind of fur on his head.
The door closes behind them.
West sends RC to get Paul and Schuyler and he returns with them.
We wait a short time, and no one else shows.
There are small windows to the basement. West takes a look. About 14 folks, all dressed in ancient looking garb like furs and such. Primitives. The rev is at the front by a table. Says something, dramatically pulling a corroded old dagger. They ooh and aaah. He lays it on the table.
Another is frantically writing, or drawing, in a notebook. West is able to crack the window open a bit.
They break ranks to look at it. The Dr. say “good lord Jeremy, this is pre roman. Where did you find it?”
“At our dig at the standing stones.”
Simon has an idea that we should mug them all as they come out, tell them we think they are the killers, wearing furs and all. Maybe play up the anarchist angle. Or just the last one, scare him into telling us what he knows.
Several had bags, holding their costumes. A few dress like Roman Legionaires.
The Dr. hands out pamphlets to everyone. They admire a few more artifacts. then work for hours cleaning and restoring them.
The owner bids them all goodbye and they all leave.
Tum is the last to leave.
Simon “That liar, I want his arse, just on general principal now.”
They leave in ones and threes.
As he is walking through the door, Simon and RC pressure him back in the shop.

We lay our frame on them. They cry for their innocnece. The pamphlet is just their quarterly journal ‘dedicated to keeping live the traditions of the past."
Obvioulsy an innocent sect, history buffs. Amateur archaeologists. They’ve been at this a good 10 years. Have even donated artifacts to British Museum.
We play up to them gradually, but only maybe, convincing us. But we think they may have dug up something evil.
They show us everything, but nothing at all catches our interest. They know nothing else. We tell Tum to make the Rev let us see the historical records of the area.
He takes us to his house immediately. Tum speaks to our purpose first.
He says he didn’t show us the records at first cause he didn’t want us to jump to the wrong conclusions.
West “What wrong conclusions?”
“All right, go ahead.”
He takes us to back to the church.
Indeed there are records of the wailing for about 3 centuries. There have been an unusually high death of baby girls in Vane family at birth or w/in a week or so after. But not all. Outbreak about 300 yrs ago for 3 months; another 50 yrs later for 1 month of death; another maybe 100 yrs later, for again 1 month. Last was a century ago.
The legend of the wailings went on sometimes for years, others for months. There were not wailings during the first deaths. Every time since then. Generally after the deaths. The wails only happen on full moon days though.
During the first there was a death in the Vane family. Evangeline Vane, 21 yrs, killed in a riding accident. That was right after the last murder.
Asked what he does when he locks self in study every night, he asks for us to swear that with the info we will do nothing to endanger Vane family.
Simon “I can swear no such thing.”
Paul promises, as a gentleman.
Rev has a journal by the rev 400 yrs ago, when first murders occured. In anc. greek. He has not finished translating it, for he is not academic linguist, but is says lady Imogen Vane ordered a young girl burned at the stake for being a witch. True or not, it does not say. They all believed it though. The girl’s mother cursed Imogen and dropped dead in front of her.
Imogen was a cruel woman. Had a daughter Evangeline who was 10 at the time. When she turned 21, every month on the full moon she became a werewolf. On the third month she and her husband Arthur and the vicar and sherrif found out what was going on. During this third they caught her in the act and beat her to death with silvered clubs. Made up the accident story. That murders stopped after that.
End journal.
Something must have happened though, because decades later it started again.
Paul “Elouise, she just turned 21!”
Wilhelm studies it. Finds that the rev missed the actual curse itself: The old woman said that every blood daughter of the Vane’s would become a werewolf at 21. The vicar knows why the Vane castle is called Castle Plum, cause it fell into the hands of Edward III “like a plum”. But, in truth, it is cause there were lead mines in the area, built right over the mines. Lead in latin resembles plum. The entire town in honeycomed with lead mines.
Schuyler “Ah Haaa!! That’s why the wails come from the ground!”
West “Indeed.”
They have no way of knowing how to end the curse.
Wilhelm does not know how to break such a rare occurance and specific curse. However, we can not kill her. She’ll only look like herself once slain, they we’ll be murderers.

Night, London:
Jeremy et al out again.
One of the constables on watch at the school sees a shadow in the alley. Looking, its a prostitute. He orders her to move along and hears a noise behind the school. He sees a person piling up garbage against he wall, dumping a bottle of something onto it. He blows his whistle and rushes for the guy. He lights it anyway and starts the fire anyway!!!
The person picks up burning wood and tires to stick it into his face. The constable does a glancing blow. He swings the burning log and hits.
He clobbers the kid at his uniform being burned (have to pay for that yourself you know!) and knocks him out.
The fire is barely lit, we stop it easily.
Caught!!

June 7

We find that the boy does go the the school. The headmaster calls him a quiet kid, picked on by other kids.
Father owns a chemist shop, been missing a lot of ether recently. The boy has been using it to start the fires.
Is obvioulsy obsessed with the monument. Saw it from his windown seat. His bedroom of his house is on the other side of it across the park.
Began having nightmares of fire and flaming creatures.
We get him some Iluminati psychology help. And no more living at his house or going to that school.
We hush the whole thing up.

Adele:
At first, the dad insists that they know nothing more. Paul and West press, we do not want to hurt anyone. We know of the mines, the wailings are from there. We want to end this issue permanently, cure the family line of daughters forever. Evangaline deserves redemption.
Dad calls the son in, he is very defensive of his sister. We convince them.
They know what the girl is doing, so they drug her and lock her in a cell during the full moon 3 days.
They show us where they keep her, a basement under the basement to a full scale torture chamber from medievel times. Through there, into a labyrinth of cells and rooms to a huge open area. The cell at the far end is the one they keep her in. Claw marks inside; window at far end into mines, that’ s how she escaped the first time; straw all over floor.
The son found her the 3rd night, that was why he was seen. She remembers nothing. Bars now reinforced. We still want to rid her, and their bloodline. Their family is almost gone. They won’t marry again so as not to put any others through this.
We need to return to London to research a cure.

June 8

Attend church; by now between Wilhelm, Archie, and Dong we have researched all to know in Forbidden Tome entries that we have.
Mickey gives us another story, see handout “It Almost Had Me!” Happened in Soho. Groot was an investigative reporter; became catatonic day after ghost wrote the article for him. He speaks only one word over and over again: Gavigan!
Happened in Soho during a fog at night. Now in an asylum, Brown’s Resident Clinic for the Insane. He had passed out, a bobby came along as the man struggled with seemingly nothing, turned on a bullseye lantern, then saw him fall KO to the pavement. Took him to the hospital. The bobby saw nothing.

Atwater goes to asylum, accompanied by Billy. Foggy today, getting thicker and thicker as the cab drives him. Funny smell, burning hair.
They approach the front door. Billy feels like a weird cold tentacle trying to grasp him.
Billy struggles with it in the fog. Atwater sees only Billy. Billy draws his blade, Kholan’s sword, and lashes out at the invisible attacker and strikes.
It feels to Billy like it is sucking the breath and life from him. Billy strikes again, and again true, ignoring his Varnstein Goggles for now.
Something is like its going into his throat and lungs, doing gradually more damge each round.
Atwater gets back in the cab and readies his revolver.
Billy hits and hits, missing a few times due to the invisibility.
This thing is super tough, hp wise, though it takes a long drawn out time to kill one such as Billy Fish.
After rounds of combat, if finally disappears in a puff; for a second he sees a huge ugly amorphous mass of 6 tentacles.

They enter, led to see the patient. But he is dead.
Atwater guesses mere minutes only. The thing was waiting, must have been.
Atwater to the dr. “You are terrible at your job. Good day.” They leave for Rick’s.

Later edition of paper: monstrous murderer on the loose in London! Breaking news: mass murderer loose in Soho. Left a string of bodies starting a few hours ago!
Bobbies have been doubled. Thick fog! Bobbies are finding other bobbies dead!!!
Rick and Billy need help. Adventurer’s Club and Iluminati: "I need brave fighters, hand to hand fighters! Soho need assistance!
And Archie’s: Wang Dong joins us!!!
We send them out in pairs, telling them exactly what they are up against.
In Soho, its like night its so dark. Unnatural.
Rick and Billy are a pair.
Screaming, and we all close in. 2 of our men are desparately fighting something. Billy has the goggles on. He sees it plain as day losing some sanity.
Rick rushes in with him, saying in Gurka to go low together.
4 rounds in, it explodes!!! Far at the end of the street, he sees the thing reform and move on.
We get all lights and streetlights to flood foggy Soho with light, realizing the importance of the lantern the bobby from the article used, which actually drove the beast away!! As it does, we can see the fog disipating.
The fog is rolling into Westminster.
Better turn the whole cities system on!!

Later, no evidence of the monster.
Message comes in from a bobbie: dead body found, in office of the assistant bishop of westminster!! Smothered to death. It went into the Abby, found darkness inside.
We have it cornered!! Keep all lights on outside, we’re going in.
People are streaming out of the Abby. We go in past them. Nearest steps are down to basement, that’s where we go.
4 of our cronies come with Rick and Billy, grabbing headlamps from the adven. club, and a couple of lanterns.

A cronie with the light sees it “There it is!!!” We can see it via the light.
Smoke seems to rise off it. All 6 tentacles slash at him. He is slashed to bits!!
It is obviously desperate.
We all focus our lights on it, and our cronies and Rick open lanterns.
Billy attacks.
It lashes out with the tentacles, 2 of the cronies badly. The light is powerful against it, both headlamps and lanterns comine!
It continues to lash out at lantern wielders. We have it surrounded, it lashes out desparately again, what must be one final gasp, at Rick for 45 total!!!! 3 cronies dead by now!!
It is destroyed, screaming horrificly, as it goes!!!!

Adele:
At vane castle we stay with them, getting to know them better. Evening we ride for Derby for morning train to London tomorrow.

June 9

Jeremy and crew have been tailing Gavigan in spare time. He often visits a curio shop ran by a Tewfik al Sayed.

Adele group returns.

Wilhelm on Akh Ma Lor: reference to it in Necronomicon as The Way, to immortality via evoking and calling to earth a form or avatar of the demon sultan Azathoth. But, it also says those who would send back the servitors of Azathoth can use the Ak Ma Lor.
So, we need to find it.

June 10

Wilhelm researches curses:
First, he comes across a Barry Gordon, a man who ‘cures curses’ for money. It’s an ad in a recent occult periodical. He ignores this.

Then, an ancient art called Feng Shui. He dismisses this as well.

Then, 10 step ritual to remove a curse on a family name. Begins with covering you mind with the blood of a holy one (Jesus or Buddha are named), aka prey; 2nd is bind the demon, which it says all curses are bound by a demon that has been bound in the service of the curse, it will be hiding in someone. 3rd, break the curse; 4th, break the stronghold of the curse. 5th, break the power behind the curse. Then remove the authority of the curse; then put it to death; then wash away the curse; then speak blessings against the curse; finally cast out the demon. Very long and dangerous excorsism, essentially, and one with extensive occult knowledge. This one seems real.

West, Atwater, Wilhelm, and Jeremy look into the Shipley paintings. First, they visit the Golden Dawn and Crowley. His place lacks extravagancy, but we walk past a crystal ball with a velvet kerchief over it; ouija board, etc, a girl no more than 16 dressed as a gypsy, playing with tarot cards.
Into a small room with several disturbing paintings. The overall impact, no single one, initiates a sanity check 1/d4. There are works of Shipley and Pickman, on opposing sides of the room
One of the paintings is of the grim reaper, unsigned. Westinghouse, no matter where he stands, feels it is staring at him.
Young Crowley enters, maybe 25, wearing black cape and cowl. He invites us to tea.
Says the 2 artists are arranged “They are having a face off, as you can see. The 2 great surreal impressionists of our day. The 2 most in tune with the evil that plagues mankind. That we must learn to control.”
Wilhelm “What makes you believe this all represents reality?”
“Because when you look at them, you can feel they are real.”
West “Where can we find Shipley?” He lives in London, in Holbein Mews.
He says Pickman is far better, a novice compared to Pickman.
Wescott, the head of the Golden Dawn, joins us. He talks to Wilhelm aside. Says he’s doing important research, wants help digging into it, concerning one of the great villains of British History: King Arthur. He explains a huge theory that Mordred was the hero of the legend. for about 20 minutes.
“If you’re interested, would take no more than 3 or 4 weeks. We could dig into the old tomes, separate fact and fiction.”
Wilhelm lets him down easy, says has too much work after being gone so long across Europe, to catch up on. But will stop by if can. Thanks him graceously.
Wescott is sure Arthur was a terrible dictator.

Paul sends his card and letter, asking for a meeting tomorrow or the next day to speak of his works and view them.
Responds immediately about not selling anything, working on special project right now.
Jeremy and a few of his street crew watch the house.

Night, Penhue break in:
Schuyler drives us there in an unmarked Secret Service carriage, staying with the carriage.
Rick, Simon, Billy, Westinghouse.
We are let in through the loading dock by Rick’s contact Thatcher, shushing us to be very quiet.
Short Round watches outside.
We check Gavigan’s office too.
Basement is large, and L shaped. Elevator to loading dock. There is a small hole crawl space, and a coal bin full of coal, furnace.

Thatcher watches up top.
Westinghouse starts looking around.
Rick investigates the crawlspace “Billy, put hour goggles on. Make sure nothing is watching us.”
Jus as he is about to enter, sees a glint off his headlamp light. A razor blade is imbedded in the wood to slice any crawlers; and a rust collored paste.
He avoids that.
A few feet later, finds hooks in an upright that would have gouged him.
This place is full of booby traps. He calls each back to Billy, at the opening, in case Billy needs to follow.
After a couple more traps, it slopes downward. Probably a pressure trap, so he avoids it. He calls for Billy to follow.
IN the downward, the walls seem to start to ove a little (think hitchcock).
Billy is 5’ behind me. Rick smells something funny, sees a mist ahead. We are both getting slightly dizzy.
Billy “You better stay there.”
He doesn’t listen.
Now it goes back up again to a dead end. Still, full of traps. Anyone but Rick would be dead by now. No secret door. Seems like its a big trap.
Billy has hit a trap, into a pit housing a beast made of skeletons 20’ tall; horse like.
No secret hatch. Billy was just taken somewhere, like transported.
We come out filthy, covered with mold.
Billy combats the monster. He hits, then it misses him with 3 attacks. He hits twice, then it claws him 22.
Billy and the creature miss completely.
Billy hits 24!
Rick gets back to where Billy was. He is there, like in a trance, staring into nothing.
Rick cuts his arm and slaps him. Nothing. He yells “It’s an illusion!! Billy, don’t believe it!!”
Rick snaps him out of it, gaining 2d6 sanity.
It was some sort of dream monster, was not really happening.
Rick is able to map the tunnel system. He things there is a missing space next to Gavigan’s office upstairs, and down here under Gavigan’s office.
We find nothing at all here.
Up to Gavigan’s office.
His safe is open, housing 100 consecutive L5 notes.
Gest thinks to record the first and last numbers for future reference.
Westinghouse does the rounds. He finds no clues, but opens the closets into the hidden room.
It’s storage. Lots of gee gaws and stuff sitting around. Egyptian stuff, proto Sumerian. But also a huge sarcophagus. It’s fake, and won’t open.
Rick calls Westinghouse in, who finds a secret catch with his magnifying glass. He pushes on the eyes consecutively with a lockpick and the entire coffin moves to the side, revealing steps.
Rick “How did you now that was there?”
West “Elementary, my dear Rathbone. Atwater knows my methods.”
No light ahead, we descend.
Reading table with a tome open, passports, candles, changes of clothing, money, revolver with several rounds, and other emergency supplies.
Table with 6 chairs around it. Several wood crates, small art gallery in one corner.
Study area with comfortable chair and bookshelf.
Huge statue of Set!!
Rick looks at the tome and bookcase. Case has a lot of occult books, including:
Unknowns analysis of the G’Harne fragments!
Egyptian Magic, by Wallace Budge, just published.
The Caballa Unveiled, by Samuel McGregor Mathers
Isis Unveiled, by Helena Blavatsky (founder of Theosophism)
Clavicula Salomonis, original translation of the Key of Solomon: supposedly original written by demons under control of Solomon
The artwork are all from digs, sections of wall and such. One shows a stylized pic of Bayaki, Cthonians, Sand dwellers, Fire vampires lighting a city.
Wooden crates are all empty. 2 of them are still closed.
First says: Ho Phong Imports. 15 Kaoyang Rd, Shanghai China; ATTN; Honorable Ho Phong
We open it then reseal: corroded black statue of the bloated woman.
Second: Randolph Shipping Co. Port Darwin, northern territory, dominion of Australia. Personal to Mr. Randolph.
Inside: statue of a fat humanoid figure, head fringed in tentacles. It’s Cthulhu.

We take them, replacing them with other statues from the room just upstairs of like weight.
Rick volunteers to take them out, but Simon insists on getting one. Simon removes Cthulhu. All his stats are increased by 4!!
Rick removes the Bloated Woman.
We replace and close up the crates.

The open tome is “The Book of Dyzan”.
This is written in
Rick knows Dyzon from Wilkerson, a great sorcerer of Hyborea. The tome describes magic, creatures from teh mythos, much occult. The book survived through Stygia to Egypt into modern translations.
Westinghouse looks for clues and hidden doors.

Otherwise, no secret doors. Small stone jar with a red powder inside. He takes a couple samples. Also, a sandlewood box with 2 daggers (not the Cantwell dagger). They are beatiful and mastercraft. Super sharp.
Bunch of weird stuff on a shelf, like witchcraft reagents.

The stone Set statue comes to life. It smashes for Billy but misses.
Simon and Billy spring into action. Even vs Simon and Billy, the DR remains 10.
West and Billy start packing up the books. Rick calls the watchman and Afu down to help grab books so we can get bring the statues.
We are heading up half a minute later as Simon and Billy are still fighting, Afu meeting us to take some of the stuff.
Afu, Watchman, and West take to teh carriage and Rick returns to check on our fighters as they finish it off and it crumbles.
Simon burns the rest of the random books, so as to mask anything that was actually stolen. Good call.
Billy wants to leave grafite, Rick writes in chalk on the wall the same mispelled statement on Jews left during the Ripper murders.
We have to tie up and KO the Thatcher to make it look good. Simon clubs him out.

June 11

Jeremy says no activity all night and morning.

Wilhelm by late afternoon:
We could contact Papa Jon in New Orleans, for we need a paket kongo which he would certainly know how to make; a cloth bound package filled with hers and powdered flesh of a sacrificed rooster; if properly constructed, can be used in a ceremony to protect vs a curse so long as she wears it. There is no easy way to get rid of the curse, so see excorsism above.
A warrior of god can charge a rosary to be a counterspell as well. This will put Simon out of circulation for 3 full nights. He will start tonight. Wilhelm will assist if necessary.
By nightfall: One other way to temporarily remove it: an herbal bath of a certain mix. She would wash the evening before the moon rises. if she does so on the first night, it lasts all 3 nights.
Westinghouse recommends both of those, do the wash just in case something would happen to the rosary.

No report of theft to the police, as expected, by Penhue Foundation.
Lady of the night sends letter to Rick’;s house. Asking if we want to know what Gavigan is up to, meet me in Abney Park tonight at 11. Signed: a friend.

Night:
Schuyler and Afu again drive the unmarked carriage. Rick, Billy, Simon. Billy goes in ahead of time, about 10pm, skulking around looking for a trap or to spring his own if needed.
He finds no one. Around 10:30, he feels like somebody walked on his grave. Prickley feeling. He puts on the goggles. Gets on top of a central mausoleum for a birds eye view.
5 minutes before 11, he sees a middle class man, clerk type, but burly, enter and stop in the center, just below and infront of Billy.
Rick and Simon show up on schedule, and look around. Start walking down teh middle.
Billy checks via goggles every minute or so.
Rick and Simon get feeling of static electricity. We see the one man there, and walk towards him.
Schuyler pulls the carriage around. Tells Afu to stay with it, and he gets on the outer wall to look in and out.
Rick plays coy at first.
Penhue has the most audacious plans for Englnd. Fall of Christianity and Rise of Set Amun.
He got involved as a recruit, great and terrible brotherhood of Set Amun. Once
you enter there’s no leaving.
Billy dons the goggles. There is a bluish glow coming from all around the outer wall. Schuyler feels funny, same electrical feeling. SKin on head feels liek fingers running through it, hair sticking straight out. He jumps off wall, inside. Hair falls.
Billy now starting to feel it. Begins to skulk down.
RIck “Start talking.”
We see a faing glow, he sees it too. He says “And now, you will face the curse of Set Amun you fools!!!”
Billy hits him from behind crit DEAD.
Schuyler starts to close in, gun out. Door of a crypt toward the front opens, shambling out a couple crypts from the others. He yells a warning.
Simon turns to see the thing in plenty of time.
It shambles slowly forward as Simon is drawing his blade. Schuyler yells for Afu to bring the carriage around.
A second zomble comes out of another carriage.
Rick keeps an eye out around us, as does Billy.
Simon beheads it.
They keep coming, Simon keeps killing them.
Billy dons the goggles to look out.
Rick to Billy “He’s quite the show.”
Afu appears at the gate, after having a bit of trouble driving by himself for the first time.
2 come from the other side, Billy intercepts.
Rick checks the dead body, but as expected nothing on him.
Schuyler, searching his flank of the cemetary, finds nothing amiss.
Rick starts searching the other side, when he sees Schuyler signal from his side.
Schuyler sees Gest surrounded by soem 10 or so, Billy only 1 butg 5 more baring down. They are fine, so he check son Afu out front.
The glow is a force field, we can not get out!
Scores of them, at one point now 10 and 11 around Billy and Simon, respectively.
Rick finds no danger anywhere else, either.
They begin to come out of graves!!!
8 attack Schuyler, then 12.
Rick waits for an opening behind Billy andwhen he drops 2 to his rear he rushes past into the empty mausoleum in the center. As he enters, it seems as if his body is charges by a field, and his ears pop. He hears druming, tribal. The crypt is bigger on the inside, extending hundreds of feet.
Frog or toad like creatures, so inimmicable to humanity it almost makes him vomit, plus sanity check. Unless you’re insane, anyone would want to kill them. A terrible organ chimes in.
He knows this isn’t going to stop outside until this ritual is disrupted.
It is terrible.
At the front stands a high priest.
Some are human sized, some huge; all different colors.
Outside, more graves are opening!
Schuyler “There;s going to be too many!”
Rick pulls out a 4 wrap of dynamite, tossing it amidst the drummers.
Then, another wrap of 4 at the priest.
They blow. One drummer of 4goes down, the others injured; the hight priest is blown back but is still alive.
One of them, a 20’ tall one, is racing for Rick. Time to beat a hasty retreat out. Running out, he feels the heart crush spell, like the bitch of Set, almost get him as he leaves the temple and the rift at the doorway shuts behind him.
Outside, only a couple more rounds come out before they stop. The ritual has been stopped.
The field around the cemetary is gone!
Rick joins the fray, machete and dagger in hands.
There are still many to fight, Schuyler and Rick have to retreat, to a spot where 3 can get to them per round.
Finally, several rounds later, we retreat to the carriage.
Billy stays to watch, while the others race for fresh blood. Bring Paul, Westinghouse, and RC back to clean up the rest with Wang Dong.
Soon enough, a Bobby walks by. It’s Billy’s brother, Prakash (card)!
Rick gets to Iluminati in the meantime, who help clean up the mess, back into the mausoleums, before morning.
We finish them off this time with ease.

June 12

Rick sends a letter to Gavigan:
_Was visiting the grave of a family friend, ran into a man who said he worked for you, tring to detroy the British and bring terrible rule of some ridiculous god. Then tried to kill me. What is going on?Please respond. _

Shipley went out late night before, returing later with a lady of the evening. She never leaves.
Lots of rest, especially Simon, he’s into light wounds.

Gavigan response: invites Rick to visit him at the Foundation
Rick responds: I shall at my earliest convenience, will be in touch. My apologies for any inconvenience to you.

Night:
Simon starts to work on the rosary tonight.

June 13

Just rest and general work.
From Gavigan: invitation to a party at his house, the night of the New Moon! I can bring a guest. Billy will join me, as my man. My plus 1 will be Paul. Invites me up to spend a day hanging out talking archaeology and such.

Barrington offers a secret Flying Squad to wait outside the house somewhere with the rest of the MH, Westinghouse et al. It will include Prakash and Lovejoy, too.
Britissh Col Worthington Smythe, an illuminati, has his regiment nearby. He offers a squad.
Simon requests Templar assistance, getting one.

June 14

Simon finishes the rosary late tonight.

Night:
Shipley goes out late. Jeremy, Paul, RC, Westinghouse break in via back door. Through kitchen, sitting room. Steps to cellar and upstairs.
See a light on in the sitting room. Jeremy peers in, seeing an older woman, presumbably his mother.
We back out. Have to go in through skylight up top, should have brought Schuyler.
Jeremy knocks on front door, bluffing he is checking the street for a reported gas leak. Westinghouse his assistant.
RC reaches the top, drops a rope and climbs in. Paul starts climibing up.
She tells Jeremy her son is not here right now. He says its necessary to check immediately. He gets inside “The gas lines are in the basement.”
He goes downstairs “Be careful down there, the steps are kind of steep.”
RC sees 18 paintings in 4 rows against the walls. Waits for Paul, who looks over them.
All look potentially mythos oriented. After first couple, we feel quesy.
One is on an easle, but it is too early to tell what it is.
1 in particular a painting, a mountain, obviously in Africa. A temple like building and a cave, tinyhuman figures implore toward a monsterous god rising above the temple: the Bloody Tongue! Priests wear the bloody tongue hood as described by the investigators. We are stealing this one.

West quickly finds and opens a secret door.
Jeremy keeps the lady occupied, says there may be a problem so stay up there.
The walls of the secret room covered with mystic symbols, jars on shelves of strange substances. Shelf of books, but not in human language. Very important. Basement smells in this room of something. West says snake, for sure.
There is a tub there with a lid. He opens it to see the last mortal remains of the prostitute that returned home. Gnawed bones, and the head.
Westinghouse takes the head.
Front door opens up top! A voice “I didn’t know your ma would be here” from a prostitute.
Upstairs we find a locked closet. We look for keys, Paul finds them hidden in a drawer.
RC opens it revealing a painting. His masterpiece: swampy area infested with serpent men; small island in center with stone altar; dinosaur like a T rex in far background; as we stare, it becomes 3 dimensional and the serpent men are moving. RC feels a compulsion pull me to it, but closes the door immediately. It’s a portal to another time on earth!!
Lock it, put the key bakc where it was.

Cellar, Jeremy turns a gas line on just a little, and kocks the switch off. Yells up there is a broken handle that needs fixed by a crew immediately, can’t afford to have a spark set it off. They buy it. "You need to leav now while my assistant stays her to get things started. I’ll be back with a crew tonight to fix the broken fixture.
“If you need a room, you can send your invoice to the gas company.”
Shipley seems very spacey, just doesn’t connect things. Easy to bluff. To prostitute “Ruby, I guess I won’t be needing your services tonight” and scoots her out.
“Come along mama, we’ll stay with neighbors”.
“You go along and stay with the neighbors, I’ll talk to the gentleman.” Turns to Jeremy after he leaves, admits her son may have done terrible things.
Jeremy “You should contact the authorities.”
“I thought perhaps you could help me.”
“There have never been 2 gas employees like you 2. I may be old but I’m no fool.”
Jeremy asks her to explain the problem.
“If you know someone who can help me find out what my son is doing, please send them here tomorrow.”
“Can you elaborate, so I know what kine of people to send?”
“Send someone who knows about monsters.”
Jeremy “I think I know the right people.”
Shipley from outside comes back in “Come along mother, let’s go!!” He then stops, asks if either of us want to see his special painting in his closet. We decline. They leave.
Westinghouse tells Paul and RC what happened.
West searches the house top to bottom.
Jeremy runs to get a crew who can actually fix the pipe by morning.
West finds a leather weapon harness, but made for humanoid but not human. Has pistol and holster. It’s a serpent people electric gun!! Like the rifles we used!! Also, other accoutrements that must be from serpent people. The writing in the books must be in their language.

At Rick’s, Atwater says bite marks happened pre mortem, and are non human.

June 15

Morning: Wilhelm, Simon, Jeremy, Paul, RC, Rick to Shipley’s.
Tell her we are the men who came to help her son. She says he has done horrible things. He takes women into basement and they never come back up, after sex upstairs.
Started when he started doing those paintings; she does not know what triggered that.
He is upstairs, an emotional wreck all the time. A dangerous man. She wants us to call cops and have him taken away, figures they won’t believe an old woman. Wants us to search the basement.
Simon fears an ambush.
She says she’s afraid of him, terrifies her.
Paul, Jeremy; Wilhelm goes upstairs to talk to Shipley.
Rick, Simon go downstairs.
RC stays with her.
At Shipley: he’s messed up, big time.
Suddenly “He said it would open my mind, I would see vistas beyone other painters.”
Who? Met him at Frog and Peach pub. Name was Sathasa. “Lives here” pointing to his own head “makes me bring women home and do horrible things to them”.
Sathasa from long, long ago. More than 6000 years ago, in the time of the dinosaurs.

In basement, into secret room. About 20 heads actually in there!! Some months old. One is Shipley’s mom!!! Simon said she was no Christian woman.

She has made RC tea. “I don’t drink tea.”
“Oh please, just have some.” No thank you.
RC feels a whammy being put on him.
He yells “bitch” and draws his warclub. She turns into a large serpent man and attacks savagly, RC into 5 lt wounds.
RC hits once and jumps back.
It says nastily “I’m letting you live, to give a message: I’ll be back! And eat all of your entrails. Tell the others.”
Simon and Rick get up.
RC “He’s running for the painting!”
It gets up and kicks the door open into the room as we rush after him.
He is trying to get Shipley.
Jeremy gets behind Shipley “One more step to him and I kill him.”
It turns, runs up the steps into the room, past the bewildered Wilhelm, and into the painting.
All the paintings we take with us tonight, under cover of darkness, to be destroyed. Westinghouse heads this up, with Jeremy, Barrington, Paul and RC. Especially the portal, but not the Mt. of the Black WInd one. Not yet anyway.

Evening at Rick’s: Lord Kelsey shows up to tell Rick that Salvatore sisters were here. They have ben investigating artifacts being smuggled around the world, mostly out of Egypt. They were investigaging as Sahid’s shop, went there finally one night and have not been seen since. 4 nights ago.
Rick “I can’ t believe they didn’t ask for help. They need a good spanking after this.”

Night: Rick and Billy break into Sayed’s shop with Simon and Schuyler. He lives upstairs. Schuyler gets us in through the back into a store room. Smell is overpowering with oriental spices.
We nothing at the door, until we are about to open it. Billy stops us, hearing the ceiling creak above, but above the shop. We move into the shop. Finds nothing.
Rick searches the back room for hidden passages. In the shop, Simon finds a manifest.
Rick looks at the manifest. Sees nothing fishy. Might need someone more proficient in business.
Up the steps we go. Simon and Billy lead the way.
A sigh from inside, and someone shifts in a chair perhaps. Light from under the door in that room.
Simon “ok, I’m doing in.” Simon hurls the door open. Across to the cadycorner end of the room, a man sits at a chair, table, and lamp reading a bood. It looks to be our man.
He jumps in shock, and the book he was holding falls to the floor. Simon strides across to him, wearing his Templar tunic “Where’re the girls?”
“What girls, what are you talking about?”
Simon “We know that 2 women came to your shop 4 nights ago, and have not been seen since. Where are they?”
He claims to have no idea. “And what do you mean by breaking into my apartment like thi…”
Simon smacks him, hard, very hard.
It hurts.
Simon “2 Italian sisters, came to your shop. To see you.”
“NO, NO! I’m telling yhou they never came here!”
“That’s the wrong answer.” Simon puts a hood over his head. The rest of us enter. He tries to push Simon away.
Rick into hallway. He and Billy start checking doors. Kitchen, bath, bedroom. The bedroom has manacles at each of the 4 corners.
Search of the living room he and Simon are in.
Simon ‘keeps him occupied’ and Rick searching. We find a lot of business stuff.
Rick in arab "So, who was in the manacles.
A click when Rick opens a drawer in the desk, opening a hidden drawer on the right side. Inside are 2 sandstone vials, capped. A black skullcap embroidered with inverted ankhs,. a black inverted ank on a chain, a folded bacak silk robe, a crumbing papyrus scroll, pair of scepters made of an unknown black metal (same as the unknown australian metal). Each is a foot long, one has a crook on teh end, the other an inverted ankh.
The symbol of the brotherhood of the black pharaoh.
He insists nothign is in the vials.
Simon “They you won’t mind if I dump it on your face.” Slaps him “What is it!”
Simon drags him into the bedroom, onto the manacles. Calls for teh scepter which Schuyler brings.
Simon “You want to be a sexual deviant, here you go!” and in him it goes.
Nothing else to find but a large oval mirror on the wall. The workmanship is ancient, but in perfect shape. From different angles, your image wavers.
Rick checks the vials. One has a syrupy red substance. The other a black powder flecked with odd crystals.
Simon puts a small drop of the syrup onto him. Puts a pinch of the powder on it. Nothing. He gives a couple random prayers to Dark Pharaoh.
Simon gives him a small dram of the syrup. No effect. Then a pinch of the powder. No effect.
We take all his stuff, including the record book. We cover the mirror first.
Simon slays him in his bed. Leaving him naked there as is, scepter up his ass.
He kills him by choking him with the blanket.
Back to Rick’s house.

The book he was reading was just a novel. Wilhelm, JEremy and Westinghouse looks at the manifest: he lists shipments out as well as in. 3 days previous, he shipped 2 coffin shaped crates to Gavigan’s house!! They were sent there, ko’d, for the ritual!
Is this the big one? The major ritual?
Rick examines the papyrus: Instructions for using the Mirror of Gal! Wilhelm hears this. The mirror of Gal is used as a weapon to destroy enemies, and to see far away. If you use Obra’an and draw an inverted ankh on the glass, and concentrate on a person, place or thing it will show you that. Range of 140 ‘unknown language’. To attack with hit, make the target visible, use Gabeshgal in the circle of the ankh, then there will be a battle of wills between you and he.
WIlhelm knows, though it does not say, that Obra’an is the syrup. The Gab is the sand.
We now have 13 doses of syrup, and 7 of the powder.
Rick envisions Francesca Salvator. Loses 1 sanity and 3 power. He sees them both together, chained to a wall in a dungeon room, nude. Dried blood on thighs, bruised a lot. He sees the edge of a person chained to either side of them as well.
Westinghouse checks on Bishop. He is a young man body, mid 20’s. Dressed fopishly. Walking down a street. It’s night time there also. He walks past a sandwich board, with an ad for a performance of an opera, written in English on the Strand. He’s in London.
Rick is flipping ape shite; wires Fritz in Munich to get here asap!!

June 16

Fritz and Mundabe arrive!
We scout out the Gavigan moor house area.
Half mile from the house is a huge stele. The island is surrounded by swamp on one side and sea on the other. A turnstile bridge to the island. When turned away, the island is shut off.
We have arranged a gang of small boats from surrounding area.
4 towns nearby to get boats. One is Ipswitch, where Jeremy and Rick know there have always been rumors of some sort of visitors from the sea.

Rick, Billy and Paul will be in the party. Jeremy is sneaking in, to be the signal to the outside with a hooded lantern.

One boat will strike the bridge controls: RC, the Templar, Mundabi, 4 cops including Mulverhill and Barrington, Westinghouse, Atwater, 1 soldier.

Another boat will go right to approach the house: Simon, and 9 soldiers

Coming across the bridge: Schuyler, Wilhelm, the rest of cops, Lovejoy, Prakash, Fritz

Rick, Billy and Paul arrive late afternoon, greetet by Egyptian butler.
Greeted by guards on this side of bridge, there is a phone they use to call ahead.
Stable boy takes our 3 horses to the stables.
Butler Sing greets us. All servants are Egyptian, Indian, Chinese, etc.
House has an unusual large amount of servants, about 20.
Gavigan drinks us warmly. Thanks Sing, Rick tells Gavigan of his new boy Afu.
He shows us around the grounds for a couple hours.
Stele is from Egypt (from Black Pharaoh era!).
The house has settled unevenly. If you pay attention, you can see it in the walls inside.
There are hieroglyphs Rick does not recognize, including a cartouche unknown to Rick. He mentions it.
Gavigan says he has never found anyone who knows what they mean. Rick asks to study it more closely some day. “Of course.”
Rick complements him on the obelisk donation.
Back to house for dinner and meet 4 other guests:

  • Lord and Lady Fitzcullen: aristocracy; landowners in northern England around Canterbury and other places. They live almost exclusively in their London house, they prefer the city hustle and bustle.
  • Manfred Artichoke: busines man, portly fellow; manfacturing interests in Bristol including part ownership in a shipyard;
  • Davey Archer: youngish captain in british army; recently back from India; gives couple colorful war stories and wog obsene practices, hidden temples to Kali; and other more evil gods. Rick has similar xp so commonality there.
    Gavigan says, about the party, they just like having a New Moon party every month. Many of his friends are into occult and all.

All have at least a working knowledge of Egyptology, but for Archer. He knows dark side of Indian religions.
After dinner, port and cigars, oddly lady fitzcullen stays and has both as well.
Lots of good conversation, with Billy being a Gurka. Archer is very interested in that.
Archer refers to Billy as Mr. Fish.
Discussion of English/whites being the finest race, Archer especially. Though he says Gurka are the closest.
Lady brings up ‘hearing of the savages having ’other qualities’. Her and the Lord joke about his, perhaps she already has, but he would be able to tell because of the ‘closeness of the run’.

Cards in the library next, Paul plays but Rick browses the library. Lots of lit, encyclopedae, etc. Nothing out of the ordinary. One fine section of atlases and maps, including Belgian Congo, Himalayas, in other words a few places we have heard bad things about. His occult books are not out of the mainstream.
Rick finds that there is a secret door beside the fireplace in the library.

On the sly, Rick suggests to the Lady he has spent so much time among them he may have taken on some of their ‘better attributes’.
Bedtime, upstairs. Rick and flank Archer. Paul’s door being around corner is Paul
3rd floor is servants and Billy. The host is at the far end of the floor. Artichoke 2 doors from him across from Paul’s door. Lord and Lady across and one to the left of Rick.
Rick gets to stay awake late in the library, a last order of tea and port before they leave.
Sing stays up late with Rick until he goes to bed, so no opportunity for the secret door.
Billy is told to sneak down into Rick’s room.
Before he can, Lady Fitzcullen pays him a discreet visit in a sheer gown. Asks him to pay her a visit in her room.
Billy accepts. On way down, she is groping and all over him.
In the room, they get going. Then, a match lights in the corner. Lord “Don’t mind me, I like to watch”. He keeps going.
Rick sneaks out, and hears obvious sex in the Lady’s room. Rick hears her moaning voice and Billy in Gurka “Kali Ma”. Gives a new meaning to his battle cry.
He sneaks to Paul’s room. Down to the library they goes. At the out of place brick, he clicks a panel open. Inside are steps going down.
Grabbing a sconce, down they go to only a small room with table and cot, all covered with dust. Looks not touched for 100 years. It was a secret room during the Cromwell age for catholic priests to hide in.
Back up. Click the one on other side, another panel but light from inside this one. Steps going down to the light. Sneak down, hear voices. 2 or 3 gents with shotguns. 2 are at cards. Moans from beyond that. Then clanging on bars “shut up in there”. A man’s voice “Why am I here?”
A bang “You’ll find out why you’re here bloody well tomorrow night.”
Another “Boy, I hope I get to wield the club on that one.”
We know where the prisoners are.
One suggests they have a run at the women in there. ANother “You like the idea of being turned into slime? You don’t mess with the promise to Azathoth.”
“Maybe afterwards, we can have his leavings. The twins look pretty tasty. Those 2 dego’s are fine pieces.”
“Of all I’ve raped and sacrificed, I think those degos are the best.”
So they haven’t touched them. Must have been the shop owner.
Back up, but a click and the door to the library closes.
Up and listen into library. Nothing.
We wait about 10 then go through.
Back to bedrooms, nobody there the entire way.

Lady tells Billy he can call her Lady Ellei, considering how well they know each other now.
Lady Ellie “I can’t wait for tomorrow’s party.”
Billy inquires.
‘Seance, taro cards, all sort of sexual depravity’. She and Lord have never been here before. Such a fuss is made about it, its secret. Everyone thinks they are on the continent.
So, no one knows about this party but who is invited!
Many more coming tomorrow.
Lady “When it comes to enjoying the carnal pleasures I am a complete egalitarian. We certainly don’t want your tool wasted.”
They are promiscuous, but choosey. They offer any help to Billy any time he is in England. They’ll stand by him.
Then they bring up a delicate matter: they do not want Billy to think that they looked at this as a financial transaction. Only a sharing of pleasure. But, they have lots of money and are willing to share L100. He declines.
Lord takes off a pinky ring, gold with emerald, and offers it as a token of friendship. He takes it. They all go to bed.
She escorts Billy back up to bed, and gives him a final goodnight kiss.
Billy dubs his ring his ‘ring of protection’. He knocks on Rick’s door. He and Paul are there.
“Rick, guess what, guess what!!”
Rick “You look like you just got laid.”
“How’d you know?”
“I know that look.”
Bily “This must be how you feel all the time.”
They exchange experiences.

June 17

Breakfast. Bangers, black and white pudding, eggs, bread.
Archer “One of the problems with being a guest in a house like this, you never know when one of the guests is going to poke you nose where its not really, really wanted.”

Early evening: 2 carriages with unidentified important looking people, then soon.
About 20 people there soon enough.
Ouija board out in dining, lots of occult stuff like that. Lots of sexual innuendo alreay, a few bare breasts. One or 2 couples have disappeared together.
3 gentleman have taken one of the maids, laid over the kitchen table. She seems perfectly into this.
Party in full swing now.
Chime of a wine glass.
Gavigan, just wanting to let all know tonight is very special, largest of the year. This moon is of particular significance. The beginning of the ritual of the Akh Ma Lor. 3 truck truckloads of adherents are joining us. And here they are now". 3 steam trucks up, and about 50 people get out. Including a few tied up. Most are lower class, by far, and a lot of wogs. Wild eyed, crazy cultists.
Servants come through carrying black robes. THey all strip and put them on. Lord and Lady look confused. They try to join in but are stopped.
Gavigan “You’re gong to be the centerpieceof tonight> We need royal blood.”
Archer reveals himself as cpt ins of his majesties secret service. Suddenly 2 shotgun blasts from servants blow him to pieces.
Jeremy has easily snuck in among the crowd, and has made it upstairs.
Signals to outside it has begun.
Gavigan to Rick and Paul "You gentelman have 2 choices, join lady and lord Fitzcullen, or join us and have the time of your life. Though be aware, go with us and your life will never be the same. Your life is forfiet.
We join them.
We strip, no weapons, and put on our robes. Paul goes to buckle his sword on, and they try to stop him.
Paul “But I just don’t feel the same w/o it.” Gavigan “Ya know, you can keep it. It might come into handy later.”
Paul’s sabre is gone. Billy sleight of hands his 2 light kukris on.
Manfred gives Rick a sweaty smelly hug “Welcome to the fold!!” He kisses Rick right on the mouth. Ewww. Then the same to Paul.
Following this, as preps are being made, Billy is able to skulk upstairs, get Rick his 2 bundles of dynamite and his kukri.

Outside, we begin to approach by boat.
Lord and Lady are terrified. Lord tries to remain steady “Hold firm, my lady.” They bring out 2 x’s made of wood and fasten them to them, her screaming.
Gavigan “Shut the bitch up.” A cultist knocks a couple teeth out. Billy marks him in particular.
Gavigan “Bring forthe the sacrificial victims.” Half a dozen men, stripped naked. Hands tied behind them, ankle shackles; gagged, ropes around neck.
“Bring forth the clubs!!!”
We know what clubs.
People rush for the clubs.
“Those of you with the clubs, do not forget. Use the side away from teh spike first. All bones are to be broken first.
One of them is Paul McLean.
“Then bring forth the betrothed of the demon sultan!!”
The Savlatore’s are among them. Tied with a pole behind their backs and blindfolded.
Rope collars. They intentionally do dick stuff like walk them into walls.
The party begins slowly marching toward the stele.

The boats are already crossing.
Both are attacked by deep ones!!!
RC boat: Mundabi kills 2; WEst and Atw each one;
Simon: 1 dead; 1 soldier is pulled overboard.
The water turns red around the pulled in soldier as he is mauled by 3 deep ones.
Simon orders 3 to fire on them.
Mundabi kills 2 more, the cops another. By the end of this 2nd round, the deep ones vs RC boat are dead. There are only 4 left around Simon.
RC rowes for the shore and the bridge controls.
At the first shots, Fritz fires to the the big .50 across to the bridge controls. The others there fire across the moor river, hitting a few times for wounds.
Firing continues back and forth.
We finish them off!!
RC lands and West opens the bridge. Schuyler et al come hauling acros in the wagon.
Simon lands in the meantime.
Jeremy meets Simon.
They all race to the stele.
Paul develops a quick smar hero plan, knowing our reinforcements are on the way, while they prep the sacrifices and aren’t listenint to us.

The 6 total girls are now tied by the neck chains onto the ground around the stele.
The 12 guys are laid down on teh ground, and have begun beating them with the clubs. 2/man.
The chanting continues. Something crawls out, and is sliding down the stele for the women, to impregnate them or kill them in the process we presume!!!
3 giant vulture like terrors have arrived. The cultists are rushing to them, crawling and clawing at and over each other, to get to and it seems onto them. They must carry them away. To Azathoth. And these damnable fools are fighting for it.

Gavigan holds 2 scepters, just like we found at Tewfiq’s, which he performs the ritual duties with.
The birds each take a man with them.
Simon’s team arrives in sight, about 50’ from the left. He yells to his firing line “fire” as a shrill piping emanetes from the creature.
Simon charges in the cultists laying into one, forming a loose semicircle on the other side of the stella from Rick.
Paul steps beside fatman and Gavigan who regrets leaving Paul with his sword drawing his saber and strikes Gavigan, and takes one of the scepters out of his hand (card). Billy rushes through to the Lord and Lady and attacks the club wielding servants dropping one, disarms another (Card). The servant next to that guy attacks the disarmed one yelling insults at his ineptitude, wild in his eyes.
The fat man is getting fatter, morphing into something, body bulging out. Arms turning into tentacles! Clothes ripping apart.
The creature is coming down slowly, on all sides like a slimey mass.
The piping is terrible, we can feel it in the air, we make will every round or lose 1 sanity or 1d6 dam.
Gavigan puts a wammy on Paul, who stands paralyzed!
2 servants go after the women on Simon’s side, another charges Simon’s soldiers. Simon himself is surrounded by cultists!
Billy is engaged by 4, Rick 7.
A feint pop in the distance, the wagons are on the way, and the big .50 fires, Friz riding shotgun with Afu.
The shot misses Gavigan by a few feet.
RIck brawls to defend the sisters.
Simon’s soldiers volley the cultists charging them, while of them bayonet the servant who charged. Simon killed one with an AoO as they surrounded him, drops one now, cleaves on until another 2 die.
Fritz misses again; Billy fights back vs one of the leader servants.
Gavigan steals the scepter back from Paul retreats 30’, crossing the scepters on front of him. Paul comes out of it.
Fat man still changing, getting to a large creature.
A gang of cultists starts moving to meet Afu’s wagon.
The others continue attacking the soldiers and Simon.
The creature is getting lower.
The 2 cultists raping the captive women now attack Simon.
There is a rustling noise from the cultist side, to Simon’s left.
The wagons arrive, turning and the gattling gun fires into the gang of cultists; Fritz fires at the scepters Gaviganholds, and hits cracking the scepter!!
The cops, Lovejoy et al unload from the other wagon right next to Paul and the former fat man.
Soldiers still fighting; Paul hits tentacle fat man.
Billy drops 3!!
Simon and the solders attacked again by their enemies.
The other gang surrounds Prakash, who has lept from the gattling wagon to meet them, but for 3 who start to climb into the wagon.
Fat man finishes morphing.
A terrible tentacled creature comes from the dark to Simon’s left.
Our men on foot show up. Atwater and West make to loose the 2 women who have been raped.
2 cops fire at Schuyler’s wagon, one crits killing a climber. 3 cops hit the tentacle, one crit 52!! Love joy hits too crit DEAD!!
The cop casted on by Gavigan if freaked out, hiding in the wagon.
Simon kills 4.
Templar misses Gavigan, RC hits him 17. He has a field of some sort around him with the crosed items.
Schuyler hits the creature with the gattling gun, doing practically nothing.
Last 3 on Simon attack him.
2 of the creatures phallic tentacles attackthe 3 random women captives.
The new monster, lesser servitor of the outer gods, attacks Simon as well with a tentacle, teeth ridden mouths at the ends, misses!!
Gavigan pulls a ceremonial sword, looking not even usable in combat, and hits RC 15!
Atwater and West reactively try to block the phalus attacks on teh 2 women they ran to. We block both coming at each!
The other woman, undefended, starts screaming, then gurgling, as she is doubled mouth and, …..

Paul moves to the poor girl, goes to cut off the one in her mouth, surges .
The new soldier fires to help Prakash; Mulv misses and Barr fire at the cultist on Mundabi and servant DEAD, respectively. The 2 officer soldier fire on Simon’s cultists too.
2 SImon soldiers finally kill the servant who charged. 2 others still attacking the last cultist and kill him. 2 others fire upon Simon’s cultists.
Mundabi kills 2.
Lovejoy, remembering his lost love, rushes to the women w/ West and Atwater and begins cutting one free.
Fritz hits one on the wagon, Shuyler lifts his rifle and fires DEAD.
The 2 cops from the runners charge in to help Prakash; Rick still brawling.
Simon ignores the cultists and attacks the lesser monster.
Mundabi tosses Kholan’s blade near Billy’s feet.
RC hits Gavigan 16, Templar misses. The wagon cops reload shotguns.

Simon is hit by 1 tentacle; the 2 fighting each other because of the rage finally stop fighting; they do poorly this round otherwise, 2 of the Prakash cultists attack the 2 cops who rushed to help him.
Westinghouse and Atwater block both from each again!
ALl the SImon soldiers fire on SImon’s cultists killing 1; Mulverhill pulls his revolver and hits the former berserker and his buddy; the Templar misses Gavigan; Fritz pops Gavigan 27; Schuyler hits last cultist on wagon 20; Billy, the creature now in reach, picks up Kholan’s and makes a fury fueled swing at it crit 38; 2 of the wagon cops fire a servant on Billy hitting once with shotgun; Bunnington hits Mundabi cultsit; the runner soldier kills him; the berserk tarteg is killed by a wagon cop; last wagon cop misses the monster; both cops helping Prakash miss; RC hits Gavigan 16; Wilhelm with revolver crits Gavigan!; Paul cuts Lady free, she runs for the wagon.

The last 2 cultists on Simon charge his soldiers; another child of the creature comes out of the dark of the moor, to Rick’s left.
The creature lifts the woman Paul is trying to save up in the air with multiple tentacles, and completely has its way with her above us; Prakash is hit by all 3; the 2 cops are both missed; Schuyler is hit; Simon is thugged multiple times; Gavigan hits the Templar twice.
At the sight of the fate of the woman, one of the cops looking up has now lost too much sanity, rushing under the wagon and hiding for the duration.
Edit: the 2nd spawn is approaching from Simon’s side, not Rick’s.
Billy crits the creature again and Fritz hits as well 26!! Prakash still fighting kills 1; runner soldier fires to help Rick; Simon’s soldiers backpeddle and fire at the 2 cultists killing one; Atwater cuts one of the women free, Lovejoy finishes the other. The 2 women rush for the cop wagon; Paul cuts the Lord free, he starts crawling away, both legs broken; Mulverhill finishes off the berserker after 3 of 4 cops hit him.

Rick leaps out of his area, Mundabi rushes into his place, both taking AoO; Rick pulls a bundle on the move, lights it, surges to throw it into the mass; Simon hits the spawn 22; West fires his shotgun at SImon’s spawn DEAD!!! Schuyler hits wagon cultist again DEAD; Wilhelm says something to Gavigan in a forbidden tongue, which Gavigan reacts to as if cosmically insulted, drawing his attention. Templar hits him 15; RC misses; Mundabi kills 1; cop in the wagon gather his senses and fires but misses Gavigan;
Last cultsit vs soldiers misses; Prakash is missed twice; one of the soldiers is hit crit; 3 servants on Mundabi miss/miss/7; 1 on Paul misses; 1 on Billy misses; the new spawn moves to solders and misss one; another appears behind it.

Rick pulls out and lights another bundle as the 1st goes off. 5 sticks explode 42. Mundabi fight on; soldiers fire on; Simon charges the creature at the stele; Lovejoy orders the soldiers to reload and fire upon the new spawn. Westinghouse readies to fire on it as well, reloading; Lovejoy misses it; Mulverhill helps Mundabi with is revolver; Templar misses Gavigan; wagon cop misses Gavigan; Fritz helps Prakash DEAD; Mundabi attacks the servant leader DEAD!!! and cleaves another; Paul attacks the servants at him and Billy; RC hits Gavigan 19; Billy misses; Simon hits 18. We see that many of the creatures tentacles have been rooting into the ground since it reached the base; Schuyler misses a cultist on the cops.

Suddenly, rocks are pulled from the ground by its tentacles, hurling them around. First at the runner soldier standing alone tween the gattling wagon and the prisoner front killing him; then at a Simon soldier DEAD; then more at Mulverhill 13. 2 tentacles attack Billy Fish hitting once 26 KO’d!!!! Bashing him back in front of the cops where luckily Atwater stands. They human enemy does little to us, so few left. The spawn 2 attacks the soldiers hitting 5 of them killing 1, spawn 3 charges in upon the cops but misses; Gavigan attacks the Templar 11/7 DOWN.

Billy self stabalizes as Atwater pulls him back. Mulverhill is reloading his pistol.
Simon soldiers pull back and fire killing the last cultist there; the 2 officers hit the spawn once crit 25; Barrington, Lovejoy, West, and the cops fire at spawn 3 DEAD!!
Mulverhill fires in to help Mundabi hitting 10/10; Mundabi hits same; Prakash still fighting his last; RC hits Gavigan 16; Schuyler misses Gavigan; Rick tosses in the TNT and moves to the Salvatores; Simon hits the creature 19;

Paul and Mundabi are hit once; one gattling wagon cop is hit.
Gavigan hits RC 6.
The spawn goes after the Lt. who crit’d him, hitting several times putting him into wound.
The creature hits Paul KO’d. Simon is missed then hit 26 (card all damage healed). It then lashes out at 3 serants close to it all DEAD.

Rick picks up a dagger nearby and starts cutting the Salvatores free. Mundabi hits his last 19 DEAD. Rick cuts Francesca free and gives her the dagger. She turns to her sister.
Frits hits Gavigan 28 but he survives!! RC hits Gavigan 17 DEAD!!! Soldiers fire upon the spawn.
TNT does 30.
Schuyler hits a cultist fighting the cops twice DEAD. The cops wheel and join the soldiers in firing at the spawn. Mulver shoots the creature. Westinghouse hits the creature with Lovejoy; Simon hits it as well 18.
Cop in wagon jumps out toward the gattling wagon and crits the cultist on his friend DEAD. Prakash still fighting the last. Wilhelm has moved to Prakash and crits that guy 11 DEAD.
Atwater has Billy at the wagon, he has self stabilized. He gets to Paul and stabalizes him, as well as the Templar.

The creature is dripping it version of blood. It is in bad shape. It begins to slide upward slowly, but grabs at Simon as it does but he evades miraculously and it fades up fast, into the portal.

VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RC scalps Gavigan, adding it to his collection.

Barrington and Mulverhill say they are going to burn the house down, with everyone inside, and the story will be an accidental fire killed everyone. Jeremy has already started to scour the house, and has pocketed a whole bunch of cash. We search the place top to botom, Westinghouse in the lead, but find nothing of interest but his library, of which we take anything interesting; but the big finds are in the secret basement:

Gavigan’s scrolls, which will take some research and translation. We check out the ancient Egyptian and Latin ones briefly skimming.

Of the 2 police who hid during the fight, the one who hid under the wagon is a gibbering idion. He recovers soon enough to operate his life again but will never be the same. He will likely have nightmares the rest of his life. Wilhelm will become his personal doctor. The one who ran in the wagon recovers better, mentally, but refuses to take part in further activities of this kind.
The other 6 are somewhat shaken, but much more stalwart. Westinghouse suggests to Bunny (Barrington’s nickame) and Mulverhill that they form an occult flying squad in London, explaining the great use and bravery of the NYC squad. They love the idea!!
June 18

Lots of rest, and casual reading and study.

June 19

Paul and Billy are bedridden, under the care of Wilhelm.
Rick (Heba assisting), Westinghouse and Wilhelm start investigating the mirror more deeply. Rick’s linguistics and archaeology, he and Wilhelms arcane lore and research, Wilhelm’s Forbidden Lore, and Westinghouse’s chemistry.

Jeremy and his street crew start tailing Ramessu.

June 20

Billy and Paul’s healing progress starts slowly.
Mirror research ongoing.

June 21

Healing still slow.
Mirror research continues.
Jeremy has Ramessu’s house address. He stays at his house, only goes to the shop a couple days a week for buying meetings, otherwise only by appointment, but has a club he spends most of his time at, The Egyptian Club. Maybe 30 or more different members. The shop is still open regularly, so he has 1 or more people running it in his absence.

June 22

Mirror research ends. We now have the full entry on the mirror available to us. Wilhelm uses it to view Ramessu, the mummy. After a pause of blackness, it shows him but in ancient times!!

Afternoon:
Wilhelm, Westinghouse, and Jeremy visit Ramessu’s shop. A stocky, busty, pretty girl is there working. Westinghouse sees that the shop tags a lot of fakery as real, and prices it as such. Some of it he believes has been altered slightly.
Jeremy is smitten by her, Westinghouse feels she did this on purpose, it was no accident, but that she seem genuine in her return interest in him also.
Jeremy sets a dinner date with her tonight, at a favorite arabian cuisine restauraunt of hers.
The back room has darker subject matter. Some horrible motifs, possibly mythos but nothing overt. We tell her that we may have an item her boss might be interested in, and describe the mirror. She takes the description and promises to relay the message. She says he only works a few days a week, on the regular days to buy merchandise, plus by appointment for the same.
We take our leave.

Jeremy meets her for dinner, and has a great time. Goes home with her and has quiet a night. She’s a wild one.

June 23

Follow up on newspaper stories of artifacts stolen from private collectors. WE follow up, first with Cantwell.
It appears that they artifacts are being altered and sold back to collectors.
Westinghouse recognized some stuff from Ramessu’s shop, modified, that otherwise matches missing artifacts.
Jeremy wakes up at her place, sets another dinner date for tonight, and returns to Paul’s.

Paul and Billy have begun some regular healing now, but still not in great shape. Billy is moving a bit faster.

Ramessu appears at Paul’s late morning, asking about mirror. Wilhelm verifies afterward that he is indeed the man he saw in the mirror! Confirmation he is the mummy. We tell him we do not have it on the premises, but it is available soon from a friend who is storing it. He is indeed interested, so we set to meet on Monday the 30th at his shop.
We set up a dinner with him the next day.

Jeremy goes to her house for dinner, but gets stopped by thugs on the way who promise to put the hurt on him if he does not stay away. He talks his way out of it, and they allow him to go to her to say goodbye.
He tells her he is a secret agent, and must leave the country tonight so must leave immediately.

June 24

Dinner at Paul’s with Ramessu.

Rick’s house gets broken in to, by thugs we presume after the mirror or something else. We deal with them, killing a few. 1 gets away, who Mundabi trailed to his tenement. The cops show up because Rick called them during the fight. They arrest one captive at the house and the one at the tenement soon after.

June 25

Night:
WE break into Egyptian Club. Find nothing much but a secret door down into a sublevel. Several doors. Light under one of them.
Billy and Simon cloak their heads and enter like thugs. A man sits there, writing at a desk. He’s dressed like an idiot in full Egyptian garb
“WHo are you, what do you want here.”
Simon “We’re here for your money.”
Rick and Jeremy recognize him as Sir Bertrand Barret, Chancellor of the Excecor. Very powerful man.
‘YOu want money." disgusted.
He pulls out his billfold and opens it up.
“How much are you taking?”
Jeremy “All of it.”
L160
“You know men have been hung for less.”
Jeremy takes it.
He’s not the least bit scared. Talks very confident that he will find out who we are. Insists we will all go to jail but Jeremy.
“Better men than you have tried that.”
“My dear sir, there are no better men than me.”
We hightale it out of here.
So, this cult goes way above our heads.

June 26

Rick back to work, he’s going to be very busy as the shipment is scheduled to arrive today.
Read in paper that he was mugged on the street, police investigating. No mention of Egyptian Club.
We figure he doesn’t know what he’s neck deep into, we hope at least.

Now, how to proceed. Jeremy and his crew continue to tail Ramessu.
Rick sends a telegram to Lord Kelsey, for a meeting to tell him of the issue and the Chancellor of the Ex.

Egyptian ship arrives with Feather et al!!
Bromhead obviously has to make reports.

Feather, Tarr and Spalding are briefed on all that has happened.

Ramessu goes to Chancellor’s Theater to see a magic show, with a female companion. Top billing is an oriental wizard named Ching Lung Su. The second act was the Fabulous Houdini (brother Henry taken off the bill; no mention of why). Third was Carl Weiss, 4th Will Crowther.

June 27

To werewolf: Simon, Wilhelm, Fritz, Mundabi.
We get silver ammunition from Iluminati. Arrive late evening.

Envelope delivered to house early morning addressed to Westinhouse. With 4 tickets for tomorrow night to Chancellors theater, says needs help and advice. All from Howard Horne. Atwater will go, plus Jeremy, Paul. RC will skulk outside in the carriage, alley ways around building. Schuyler will drive the carriage, with Afu, and park it nearby.
Jeremy “HH. Maybe its Harry Houdini.”
Spalding “It says Howard Horne.”
West “I believe they’re one nad the same.”

Paul and Westinghouse goes to ask Barrington to look into what happened to Houdini’s brother, in case its on the down low.

June 28

From Barrington: Gets back to us this afternoon that a missing persons report was filed on him several weeks ago by Harry. The inspector is looking into it, but figures it will lead no where.
Shows us file. Says he and Harry had falling out. Henry had idea for a new trick, did not tell Harry, was researching it and vanished. It was a vanishing trick, ironically.
It was 3 days before anyone noticed he wasn’t around, including Harry.

Night: to the show. Billed as greatest magic show in London. We assume the sender will make his presence known to us.
1st up is Crowther, worst act of the night. Good card tricks, and that’s about it.
2nd up is Ching Lung Soo, a wonderful act. Best part is when he goes into a box to reapper, but reappears in the back of the audience. Very smoky, mirror filled stage.
During a musical break tween acts, a largish man, middle age, stout, big cigar and second tier suit stands comes to Paul, obviously of highest social standing. He has a lower class gruffness to his speech and action. Says he’s an agent working West End, has lots of leading actors and acts on his pay. One of his men is Henry. Harry reps himself. This guys name is Howards Horne, esquire. End of last month, Henry came to office to see me, plumb excited about grand new trick with an apparatus for “The Vanish”. He was having a few problems with the apparatus and was seeking advice. Refused to get own brother, wanted for self. Suggested he sought Inside Brotherhood of Magic, a new magic club. He did so, and joined their club.
Couple weeks later he came back to office, excited that was on verge of great discovery, am ethod that would revolutionize stage magic. Even showed diagrams of new apparatus. Actually, what he found is a mystery. That’s the last time ever saw him.
Police are sure he vanished on purpose. One of the acts, amazing Carl, 2 nights ago used the identical apparatus in the show.
“Is Carl a member of the club?”
He does not know, but Carl is performing with the apparatus tonight.
Harry is next, and the previous act away. Incredible escape artist.
Then comes Carl. He is far inferior to the first 2. But, he performs the Vanishing, to a female assistant. People gasp. But he’s not the showman the others were. The entire time HH is whispering about it being the same one. Westinghouse tells Jeremy to remember all his gestures to show Tarr.
HH gives us a crumpled paper, the plans to Henry’s vanishing box. It seemed to visually work just how it looks.
Westinghouse, however, insists there were several differences. The showbox is prettied up; the wire frame that holds the cover that is taken up is not as strong as it should be, and there was a slight sag in it as it rose. But, still, not arcane as far as we can tell.
We ask to meet Harry after Carl.
Once he finds out we are investigating rather than just here to congratulate him, his reaction is surprised, plays off on his terrible English so just can’t help us. Jeremy volunteers to speak to him in fluent German. Westinghouse can as well. We change to German. He becomes surly at that point.
Westinghouse “Why are you getting so surly?”
Says never met Henry. Even in 2 weeks of working same show? Oh of course, just hello in passing though. He says this was his last use of Vanishing once we ask about it being his new trick. He says he came up with the idea and built it.
West sees that he is not using cleverness, if his lips are movin’ he’s lyin’. Claims to not belong to the club either.
He is hiding being terrified. Scared of us, but of something else more. He is not bright enough to have designed it himself certainly.
He feels his trained pidgeon act is far superior. Jeremy jests him about his lack of flare.
He’s been in Londn about 2 years.
He claims to not be aware of Henry working on the trick, with same design.
Jeremy leans in close, what are you so afraid of?
“I am afraid of nothing, certainly not a bunch of magicians.”
Jeremy keeps eye on Carl.
West talks to Harry. Henry his partner not his real brother. He always figured ‘brother’ had better ring to it. This particular one, he has no idea what happened. But pretty sure that there was foul play. Pay was too good to take off. Henry’s patter isn’t that good on his own. He did find out about the trick by digging on his own. He;s not surprised Carl is using the same, its more basic than they were letting on. He shows us his plans, and we compare. His has a couple more close up on latches and such, and dimensions. Otherwise same thing. Though particularly impressive in that the cover drops by itself with wire framing. That was impressive. Philip LeClair is Henry’s real name, 24 yrs old, lives in small house in south London in Balham. He gives us address. The 2 have been together 4 months. He was an opening act for about 2 yrs prior.
West “What do you know about this club that he joined.”
“Bunch of mumbo jumbo, nothing to it. But probably criminals. You can’t get in unless you join.” Below his station to join such crap. Harry does not understand why Carl is closing act, considering his pidgeon on bikes and carts previous closing act. He’s been the closer the last 2 weeks.
Carl is German.
Wagner determines the order of the acts, the manager of the theater.
Next, to Wagner.

Jeremy follows Carl out, who gets a handsome. Jeremy gets with our carriage and we follow. It leads to a large impressive house in Surbiton. Its huge. He knocks on the door and a chinaman greets him and allows him right in.
Jeremy checks plaque on the door, Ching Lung Su, Inner Brotherhood of Magicians. Its his residence and HQ of the club.

Wagner is fat, cheaper cigar even than HH. We meet him in office counting money. He pulls it quickly into drawer and shuts it.
“What can I do for u gents.”
He says an Egyptian guy came to see Henry a few nights before disappearance. He went to the E Club at least once. No idea what they spoke of.
Calls Henry an excitable boy, high strung but nice.
He clams up as to why Carl is headlining. Paul moves in for the browbeat kill. West sees he is married, either she is German or they got married in Germany, had sex in last few days, until recently his wife was quite irritated with him.
“All right! He may not be quite as good, but I like having sex.” Carl and Wagner are brother in laws, his wife put you up to it. Blackmailed him into it even. He held out of sex as long as he could.
The 2 totally matched up, so we clear him. Reinforces honestly that Henry added maybe 10% to Harry’s act, but Harry has to work much harder on mainenance since only the 2 are in on the secrets.

Jeremy stays at the house, while the others ride back to pick up the rest at the show. Then, back to the house to see Jeremy.

We case it. Carl exits later looking even more terrified and drives away in another handsome. He goes home, small 3rd floor appartment so not well off.

Westinghouse suggests Jeremy sneak in to join, acting as a magician.

June 29

Jeremy sends fake card to house, then visits Harry, asking for a simple escape trick to get him into the club.
Jeremy visits the big house and the chinaman enters.
They take him in to a tablet with 3 others, one is Ching. Here, he performs his trick and impresses them. He pays L5 and is admitted. He is shown around the place, told how he can’t give away any secrets to come. Lots of magic books in 2 libraries. Also a 3rd library that only higher members get in to. They will tell you when they think you are ready. The place is open 11am to 9pm (Carl visited later). Nice members lounge, very nice. Lots of oriental servants to bring you drinks and such. About 12 members are there now. Biliards table, playing cards, arguing politics. Couple talking about magic, even. Jeremy ingratiated himself into their ranks.
Club started by Soo almost 3 yrs ago. Was here, went to China for a while, then returned an opened with 35 other chinese.

Over next couple days, he comes and goes often. There are a couple magic practice rooms. 2nd day, Danny Mr. Magic Paul is present, top hat. Shows Jeremy a rabit in a hat trick. But is bitten by the rabbit. Drops it and it slip from his hands. Jeremy recovers it. Danny tries again, and again, and again. Finally he gets it right but its dead, suffocated in the leather sack while he kept failing. Jeremy gives him some advice.
He talks to an American next, Crowther. He talks about the US. Jeremy then talks about steamcars. He says the US has more, bigger, and better than any other county in the world. Every subject, he explains how the US version is better. Jeremy brings up the Brits great colones, but he says US does not need colonies, they make all the $ w/o colonies. Plus they are repressing no one. The freeest, toughest people in the world
He sees Americans first, Brits, Texans and Canadians, Confederated, Europeans, then all the other non whites.
He then claims that LeClair skipped to US, land of opportunites, for more $. Jeremy says he does not believe that, he believes nefariousness.
Crowther “Maybe the Tong? This building obviously a cover for them. This many chinks in one place? How is that anything else but a Tong?”
Another guy says Carl Weis stole another’s trick, and is a known thief of acts; known terrible magician. But, his tryout trick was the pidgeon act which he pulled of expertly.
We’re perplexed by this pidgeon thing, seeing as its trained animals not a magic trick.
The magic part was pidgeons that would go into boxes and vanish.
Another man says Soo is an imposter, the real one was killed in China. This guys friend explains, Soo performs tricks that no one can figure out how “I don’t thing he’s human. On top of that, you know about the strange lights, right?” Seen inclub in early hours of the morning coming from far end of upstairs corner. Green and blue. Plus, Egyptian blokes visiting recently, after closing time. Some appear to be whites in Egyptian garb.

Wang Chung is wired by Dong, to get he and Iluminati to investigate Soo and his visit there.
Jeremy and his street crew have been keeping and eye on Soo the last few days. Westinghouse assists actively and disguises.

July 3

Nothing but Jeremy visiting. Soo lives at the Brotherhood house.

July 4

Word back from China:
Could not find out much. From Britain, visited China for a time, had a run in with a cult. He got in some trouble with it and left in a hurry, over some books or items. The Cult of Lan Shee. Small cult, appear to have left China. No evidence the real guy was killed, probably started by Soo himself to get the cult off his tale.
Lanshi: Book by Harold Ammersham called Travels in China

Wilhelm gets the book, only a short quote on the cult: see pics

This coming Saturday, the Brotherhood will be doing a charity show at Mermaid Theater in heart of West End. Help poor, high society will be there.
Police presence also, looking for anarchists and Fennians.

Ramessu is listed among the guests.
Jeremy keeps visiting the Brotherhood club; Soo and Ramessu under surveillance.
Jeremy shown the rabbit trick again, this time its asphixiated. Oops. Danny says he has been asked to assist at the charity event, he is of utmost importance apparently! W/o him Soo says the show can’t go on.

Jeremy feels we need to make Danny disappear soon before the show.
Schuyler says learn what Danny leads to do leading up to the show, so we know when we can take Danny.
Danny is supposed to show up at 4. No prepartions beforehand so far as Danny knows.

Meanwhile, Ramessu periodically disappears from random places at random times.

From Iluminati:
No evidence concerning Soo on his return, never missed a boat, never a ride.
One day leading up to Saturday, we know Soo is gone. Jeremy starts exploring the place. He finds a Chinese servant. Jeremy speaks to him in Mandarin. He acts like he doesn’t know Soo is even gone, told he’s out for his evening constitutional.
This guy seems to be guarding the area.
“When will Soo be back?”
“Couple hours.”
Down a nearby corridor are 4 doors, and a window at the other end. The guard would not be able to see him from there.
“I have to leave soon, so I’ll look for him tomorrow. Thank you.”
He goes outside and knows he can’t climb up. He goe to get Schuyler.
By the time they get back, night is falling. Schuyler climbs up, drops a grapple rope, opens the window. Jeremy goes inside. Schuyler stays put in case there is trouble. He does give him him a flash pellet in case he needs to make a quick escape, and his auto lock pick.
He sees Soo in his room now, reading.
Another is a bunkroom, a few bedding down, some playing tile games. Another dorm room on the other side. A slew of people here. A wall hang on one wall has the Lan Shee dragon!
Only a dark room is unknown, Jeremy enters tuning on a headlamp from Rick.
It’s his study. Nicnaks, trick props, books. One called the R’yleh Text. Unknown to us thus far.
Nothing sitting out in obvious current use.
He rummages through the desk. Some notes difficult to discern, but one looks like the creation of a structural gate. He grabs paper and trace it out.
He finds a trap door in the ceiling. He knows there is an attic 3rd floor above.
He leans out the window, sees a window above and signals for Schuyler to climb. He climbs it easily. He turns on his light, looks inside. But there is a black veil blocking the window. Signals to Jeremy no sight. He climbs down to Jeremy and goes into the study. We hear nothing from up there.
Going through the window, we figure if anything is up there it would quickly react to such an intrusion, but not necessarily the trap door. Schuyler boosts him up, he pulls the trap door and Jeremy peeks up with the headlamp on.
Walls all covered by black curtains; chinese lanterns hang from the ceiling to be lit. The floor is thickly carpeted embroidered with dragon, also on curtains and ceiling. The symbol everywhere. Nothing moves. Small cupboard on one side of the room, large altar on the other. He pulls himself up further, the carpet is worn in rows as if people knelt in rows before the altar. He climbs up to check the cupboard.
He sneaks very quietly.
It is full of robes, a few dozen, and candles.
Finds nothing secret around, no blood stains on altar. There is a pic of a person being drained of blood behind it.
He looks behind curtains, just wall.
Looks like a chapel of the cult looking to find and presumbably kill Soo.
He returns. No guards in the halls. Another room has crates, a couple pillar pieces and an arch. It looks like the gate drawing. Suddenly, a shimmering in the air tween Jeremy and the gate. Jeremy beats a hasty retreat.
Jeremy figures that’s my sign to leave the bulding.
Schuyler back in the study “SHit, that my have been Henry Houdini.”
Jeremy "I hate that I have this consciounse. He returns, sees a man through the gate, forms dancing around him it says “The Pain, The pain!! Get me back, stop the Chinaman! But get me back, open the gate for god’s sake.” And he disappears.
Now we leave the building. As we are, we hear some guys come out to investigate from another room
We report.
Wilhelm studies the drawings along with Jeremy’s description of what he saw. He says it opens into another dimenstion. He recites a description of some horrible bleast out of the necronomicon he thinks comes from this dimension. Feeds on blood through myriad of tentacles. Can be invisible at times. Bulbous bloated mass.
So if we open the gate to get Henry out, we may let this thing through too.

Mundabi and Billy jump Danny. Bag laced with chorophorm put over his head Thursday morning.

Jeremy gets in as his replacement. He is told to be there by 2.

Schuyler lets everyone know its Independence day in America, spends time at the US Embassy celebrating.
Mulverhill will be peasant outside. They can let us slip in armed. Simon gets his longsword in under his long coat. RC a couple tomohawks, Schuyler his brass knuckles, gun

July 5

We have gotten tickets to the show via Paul days ago.
Show is at 8:30. Set up starts at 7. We get there at 7:30 for pre drinks and snacks.

Wang Phat infiltrates the large gaggle of chinamen working. At one point during the day, they are all called into a back room and given kris style longdaggers. Phat blends in.
The Prime Minister is here. We are all searched for weapons by the police.
Prince of Wales arrives in his private box, booed by many.
8:30 the curtain rises.
Soo opens the show with a small act.
1st act: high qualtiy
2nd: Carl Weis, does his ducks and tub trick, and pidgeons, NOT the apparatus tirick.
9:30: Intermission

Phat is helping assemble the arch backstage.
No drinks for us.
RC gets in one of the side halls upstairs with Wilhelm. Paul and Simon stay seated. Schuyler on 2nd floor also, at a cornier overlooking the seats.
He can signal ro RC and Wilhelm, They are all on the Prince’s side. 2 detectives are outside his box seat.
10:00 Soo is presented, telling a story of back home, peope would gather together for the dragon.
All the Chinamen come out, begin chanting. The order of the Chinamen was predetermined.
Suddenly a bang of displaced air. Leclaire appears suspended in the portal. Flames are starting to come from Henry’s clothes as he starts to burn.
Jeremy is out, dressed in a white robe unlike the crimson of the others. The portal become more aflame. 2 men on each side of Jeremy raise their knives.
Phat didn’t come out, he is behind the 2nd curtain, 10’ from Jeremy.
They reach or their daggers and reach to slip Jeremy’s throat.
The Deadly Wang strikes as Jeremy draws his derringer from his sleave and fires at the other. Both hit, Wang kills his man. Interestingly, Phat is a Dragon Kung Fu master.
Schuyler fires his steam grapple gun to the ceiling, and swings down across the stage, kicking Henry in midair and carrying himself through the arch and the fire with Henry, landing on the floor behind it.
Wilhelm yells “There’s trouble on stage, protect the prince!” to the 2 detectives. He rushes to get past them, the tell us “GO Go GO!” as we rush to the stage from the side steps. RC leaps down over the edge to the stage.
The crows is panicking! 10 of the cultists rush down and start attacking, going for throats.
Paul and Simon start fighting their way toward the cultists. Another 9 jump Jeremy and Wang. 4 on Jeremy, 5 on Phat.
Soo is still casting as spell of some sort but begins to panic a bit, fumbling his words (card).
Wang battles back, Jeremy tries to charismaticly disarm the 4 attacking him.
Jeremy tries to convince those attacking him to attack Phat, as Jeremy is useless and feeble.
They yell we should be killing the Chinese guy.
RC engages with Schuyler’s group. Simon flies into a berserk rage (card) and Paul wade into the villains attacking the crowd!
After another round, Wilhelm arrives. Simon is truly wading into them. Paul is able to step aside and fire upon the stage. Phat grapples and kills, holding his body as a shield; RC drops one and wounds; Schuyler draws his kukri and attacks.
Wilhelm attacks on the stage with his sword cane.
Only 2 left on the floor already after Simon’s onslaught.
2 cultists engage Wilhelm. Simon finishes them off and leaps on stage. Jeremy has gotten behind Soo and stabs him in the back leaving it in for treatmetn as continuous damage (card) vs his casting attempts!
Phat drops the man and grapples another.
Leclair is in lala land, suffering from post no gravity mental issues.
Wilhelm and Paul both fumble, RC kills another as does Schuyler. Simon attracts more attention now that he is on stage.
One of Phat’s other oppents stabs his buddy in the grappe.
Soo fails to cast his spell! Then does a 2nd time the next round.
Schuyler yells to Wilhelm to get Henry out of the way. He rushes over and starts dragging him away.
Paul grazes one with is revolver.
Phat’s escapes the grapple finally!
Soo fails again as oen of Schuyler’s misses him and kills his buddy (card).
Schuyler moves to the gate pillars and drops an explosive at each one. The fight winds down now as there is 1 cultist left, Jeremy hits him with his derringer DEAD.
Soo finally casts. A creature begins coming through the gate.
Schuyler runs past as the explosives blow and the creature goes through. The gate collapses!
It made it here though, but was damaged well by the blast.
The Prince is long gone and safe, cops are coming in.
Schuyler fires his colt and hits it, RC and Simon charge both hitting, Paul fires as well and hits. Wilhelm is pulling Henry to safety.
It hits Simon 3 times out of 3 attacks. 3 also on RC miss/hit/crit. Do the gods owe you any favors is played, shining upon Simon and healing his terrible wounds and now 1 str loss completely.
We all attack again and bring it down all together! It collapses into a pile of red jelly.

Victory!!!
Mulverhill congratulates us all and big thanks. Some people are still here, having hid then seen the creature, now at least temporarily idiots.

Big banquet at Paul’s the next day with everybody, including Mulverhill, Phat, Barrington, Feather, Tarr, etc.

Over the next several weeks:
The mummy disections with Atwater and Rathbone are finished.
Rathbone has called upon his British Special Occult Services connection to get agents watching Ramessu and the royal

LaMonde reports that he has been having dreams again.
“The children will die, the children will die. Its the trail of the beast”.
Transcript of what he said: Fire, must get out of the house. Sent by the slithering snake. Must run, NO. The beast, its coming, its in the trees. London’s burning! Londons burning! Fetch the engines! Fire, Fire, FIRE FIRE!!! Pour on water!! Pour on water!!"

Perhaps a vision of what would have happened, had we not beaten Gavigan. He confirms this happened prior to us beating Gavigan.

The destruction of the obelisk is completed using Rick and Westinghouse’s original idea: with TNT into the North Sea. Wilhelm and Paul join Rathbone in his contacts airship to watch it drop, the sea steam and boil as the fire vampires all perish.

The meeting with Bromwich; Wilhelm and Lamonde head this; she agrees to the hypnosis by LaMonde:
She says crazy, Mythos like babble. The dreams have troubled her quite a bit. But for “The Beast is coming, as in the prophecy. Al Azif! I dream of a caslte, in the Balkans, where an undying master plans the end of the world.”; and she sees “The Rippers coming, and England will beed”.
Jack? Was he a ritual killer, part of all this?
“R’yley, rises!”
“One last chance, if all else fails, In San Francisco.”
“The true masters, Shk’ Ryth
Finally “Harbinger is coming.”
And she passes out.
Only Paul knows Shk ‘Ryth and he screams "AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH The unspeakable word!!!! They live among us, those with powers of the mind beyond normal mortal men. ANd the agents of the Shk’Ryth take them away and burn out their minds in the furthurance of their plot. I dreamt of then but thougth it just ad ream, but now I know their agents come closer and closer to power their dread machine with my mind. All the others servet hem w/o knowing, wheels within wheels. Layer upon layer but at the center Shk’ Ryth."
No ones dreams are just dreams anymore.

Paul, Wilhelm and Simon watch all of Hobbes’ footage of their Gorge battles with mummies, hoping to find some tendencies we can exploit that they can distill into tactics. This they will accomplish and begin training the others. It will take into January once we are back to complete, but all of MH and Explorers will receive a plus 1 competence bonus to defence.

Wires are sent via Iluminati to Wang Chug in Shangai that we shall be voyaging soon; arrangements are made for ship travel via Suez Canal.
Wang Nyun reports of activity around the step pyramid. Supposed gatherings, chantings, etc.

The NY men go home soon before we leave for China.

We get Jeremy street crews and the the new occult squad to keep tabs on and peripherally look into Delwin Kerwin while we are gone.

Notes:
Add: missing husband from Penhue girl was a prisoner, along with a few other dudes, at the moor. All were rescued alive.
Next New Moon = June 17
New Moon in April 1885…April 25, right in the middle of their stay!!!

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