The Monster Hunters of Down Cthulhu

Heed the Call of the Kraken

April 12

Get response from Archimedes:
Eric Oland found dead in his Inverness hotel room. Celebrated Norwegian naval explorer and Iluminati menter. Had recently been in Lake Tanganeka in Africa. Brought with him a steam vehicle to explore depths of Loch Ness. Didn’t get to.

Ride for Inverness:

We check papers:
His ship Kraken mysteriously exploded at the mooring on the Loch. When the maid went to tell him, she found him dead, sinister dagger piercing his back, hand clutching a paper. This happened yesterday.

At the Station Hotel (4 floors, more than 70 rooms, gym and spa):
Just reopened after some remodeling. We get 2 suites.
Cop station is on Bridge St. near center of town. We go there. John Carmichael the soul detective constable.
Sgt sits at the desk “What can I do for you?”
Schuyler “May we see Det. Carmichael please?”
He tells a cop named Jamie to get Johnny. He’s in mid 40’s, tall and musuclar; dark hair. Voice is deep and likely a good singer.
Carmichael shakes Paul’s hand, giving the an Iluminati grip, linked with Archimedes men!! "You must be the man sent by Archie.
He is the one that sent to Archie for someone. Paul introduces himself.
His office is small, so he takes Schuyler, Simon, Wilhelm and Paul into his office on the 2nd floor.
Schuyler “What was on the paper found in his hand?”
A bloody note:
It’s in Norwegian: He was a dead man, the murderer.
“Obviously the dead never come back to kill the living” wink wink. “I can’t be searching for a dead man.”
RC “We can.”
He shows us the murder weapon. A single edged knive called Sgian Dubh.
At the base of the blade, etched: AU DRUM. It’s the symbol of the smith who forged it. He is not familiar with a surname Drum at all. We are allowed to take it.
He already has an order drawn up declaring us his investigators, and a pass into the bedroom. He says “you should also talk to that tascal Drummond”. Herbert Drummond, the police surgeon. His rooms are the basement.
Schuyler “Why is he such a rascal?”
“The man is a blackard. A waystral. All he thinks about is food and drink. He’s happily married, but I’m telling you, food and drink will be his undoing.”
He’s obese, enormous Carmichael says.
Charlie the chief of police is aware that Carmichael brought us in, but we should be discreet about any “mythological entaglements” to him.
Down to see the surgeon. They have an internal phone system in the station. As we are starting to close the door he picks his up.
Schuyler in a whisper “Jeremy listen in.”
He says “Yes, it’s me Johnny. Now, I expect you to give your full cooperation or I Swear, I’ll make your life a living hell….that’s right……you say one word out of line and I hear about it, you’ll be sorry.”
Jaimie escorts us to the basement. Drummond is pudgy, not really fat; pockmarked skin.
When asked, he says he did get a call from Johnny, but only about us coming down, nothing else.
He begins rather rudely, but then pauses before “I’ll be happy to help you.” Tells us not to trust Johnny, “odd things about him”. No family, not wife. No one to take care of. Did have a wife who died of smallpox, which Drummond lived through, when he was overseas as a officer in a regiment. Johnny always blames Drummond for her death cause he was her doctor. Calls Johnny the most cold hearted brute you can imagine.
He shows us the surgeons report.

(PIC)

He was standing when he got stabbed. Gives us this copy. Shows us the body, but it shows us little.
So, we need to go to hotel for the maid and room, cock for the ship, dagger maker search, and talk to the newspaper.
To hotel: Wilhelm, Simon, Schuyler
To docks: Paul and RC, Jeremy

The Investigators head for London this evening, taking the disc back to give to Archimedes.

April 13

At dock:
Paul shows him our creds from Johnny and inquires about the accident. The clerk directs us to the harbormaster. He’s a gentle old man, white hair and beard wearing old blue coat. We show him our creds. Name is Arthur Galston, 20 yrs on the job after royal navy.
He shows us where it went down, but he was not on duty at the time. The only witness was the nightwatchman Peter Finney. He calls a young man named Tom Dougherty over and gives him a shilling to fetch Finney “on the double”.
Art got to drive the Kraken into moorings. Says it was too low in the water, poor lines, probably the “blasted gadgetry” for nautical exploration including an invention of his, I think it was, called Asdic, th precursor to SONAR. Ness is one of deepest freshwater lakes in the world and it’s long.
He says blast was grand, found shrapnel 1/4 mile away. A lot of glass in buildings here are shattered. HE says the blast was certainly a bomb. The bottom hold was all batteries, powerful ones like in aether craft. Sank straight down in seconds.
Finney arrives, little guy with pointed breard.
He’s excited to talk about the “huge” explosion. Great fiery explosion. Things flying into the sky. He was in the office at the time.
Jeremy “Did you see anyone walking around that night.”
Wait, the windows got shattered and blown in, but Finney is unharmed!
Finally, he was taking a short break at the desk. Harbormaster asks him to take off of his hat, and he has a bandage on the back of his head.
Jeremy “So you were in the chair, facing away from the table, asleep.”
Finally he says he was asleep, head on the table, when it blew. Hid under the desk for 2 minutes so missed the ship sink. He looked with his binos and saw a man suddenly burst up out of the water, pulled himself up the ladder on the far side. Finney felt he had to check the wharf damage so he did not try to apprehend. IT took the man a long time to get up the ladder, like he was slow and stiff. The water is cold though. HE walked toward Castle Inn down Seafield Rd.

Hotel:
Talk to manager first, Mr. Muir, showing our creds.
Calls this a terrible thing, after just refurbishing. The deceased was their first high profile client, they spent a lot publicizing it. Shared a drink with Oland, thought he was an ipressive man. He was very exciting about mapping the loch with his new technologies that the British navy is just starting to appreciate.
Jennie Flynn the maid arrives. Mousy figure, long brown hair and eyes.
She’s very nervous. Wilhelm fails to calm her down, but Schuyler succeeds.
“I’ll never forget that awful smell.” Mothballs; 2 male guests were downstairs in the lobbey, caught the scent off of one of them. Then the runner from the docks arrived. He knocked one of them over, and he had a bad time getting up, needed help from the other.
The smell was in the room when she went in. The man who fell had makeup on, she feels he was an actor probably.
The room reeks of dried blood, camphor and mothballs. Wilhelm says the chemical used to make mothballs is explosive.
Particular big blood stain on the Indian rug, a smear toward the desk to a larger bloodstain. Stuff on the desk is knocked on the floor but for the inkwell. So, he was stabbed, drug himself to the desk, and wrote the note.
He has 2 trunks of clothes and normal personal effects.
On one pillow is a book of short stories. So he was sitting in bed reading and went to answer the door, then turned to allow them entry when he was stabbed.

Other group gets back. The maid and the manager do not know who those 2 men were, they were not staying here. He says castle inn is a smaller, less prestigious hotel.
Jeremy goes to paper, talks to Ian Bloom. He was to be on the story of Oland being here but didn’t get to talk to him before death. The crew had not arrived yet. The one who brought it here was sent on leave after it arrived.
A man did come to the paper asking about Oland previous to the death: tall, late 40’s or so, gray hair, stout, smelled of mothballs faintly. Skin almost gray, “may have had a skin disease”. Says Oland was going to map the entire loch and find Nessie, once and for all. Gentleman asked where Oland was staying, which Ian told him, and about anything Ian knew about what Oland was doing here.

RC finds a store that sells fine cutlery. They know nothing of an AU DRUM.
Simon found a weapon store and a foundry. Guy at store says there are probably only 15 people in the country who still make those knives but not that name. He feels its probably quite old, that we should go to archives. The foundry says typically the AU is the maker, the second line the town it came from
Schuyler a clothing store that sells highland dress. He says the only U is the Urkharts, they live all over. None in Inverness, closest part of the clan is in Killmoor. He says the DRUM could be a town.

Back to the foundry, says Urkharts have forge in Drumnadrochit near Killmoor.

We all meet back up.
All of us go to the 3 storey Castle Inn. 12 rooms, infrequent guests, rowdy bar, its by the docks and hosts a lot of sailors.
We get a drink, Josephine ‘Ma’ Dawson owns it; fat and old.
Dawson “Whaddya want here?”
Drinks! We throw out some coin and order scotch.
Just looking at the clientele, they are up to no good. Lots of various deals.
Jeremy "Anyone new in town recently?
Dawson “I wouldn’t know, don’t pay much attention to who’s here.”
Paul gives her a pound sterling.
Jeremy “The night that the Kraken blew. Possibly gray skinned, walked with an odd gate.”
Schuyler “Maybe 2 of them.”
“My memory isn’t that good anymore, I’m an old lady.”
Paul gives her a few more pounds and she says they were here, one name was Brown the obvious leader, plus McCay and Winter. Brown lorded it up over them. Left early yesterday morning.
Shows us her ledger, but they are not signed out. Claims she must have forgotten. Schuyler points out she didn’t forget anyone else. She slams the book, calls us nosy and yells for Stewart. Who lost his nose for being nosy.
Simon “Here’s my question for you, old woman. Who’s going to make me leave your establishment?”
She whistles, and about half the people in the place high tail it out. The other half get ready for a fight with us.
We leave and stop at the Detective, tell him the Castle Inn is suspicious.
He says “Let’s go” and takes 2 men with us.

The 9 of us enter, demands to see the registry. Claims she lost it days ago, “I don’t know what these gentlemen are talking about.”
He searches behind the counter and it is indeed gone.
He goes over to a patron “Guy, where was this man Brown and his 2 cronies staying? What room.”
He plays dumb.
“You’re the bouncer here.”
Still plays dumb.
Guy “Nobodies taking me anywhere” and swings. The Det. dodges and gets him in an arm lock.
Ma “Let him alont” and says something in Gaelic.
Det breaks his little finger.
“301, they were in 301!!!”
Ma blocks bottom of the stairs.
Simon goes to bully past her, but can’t budge her. RC helps and a cop and she still resists but we topple her over.
Upstairs we go to 301.
Det knocks, and Simon bursts the door in. A decapitated corpse lies on the carpet. It has a disturbing gray/green color. No blood either. Skin has flaked off under him. Initials on the undershirt of his suit says FAM. Jeremy says its his ititials, probably wore it at his funeral. No head is present.
Surgeon arrives, takes body to HQ. Couple hours and we will have the report.
Ma finally says:
3 men rented room, wen tout evening boat blew and Oland died. They returned adn went up to room. No one saw them since. The service found that they had skipped out on the bill but left the body so they kept it quiet. The dead one was McCay.

At HQ.
Drummond says its been dead at least several weeks. Skin has been treated regularly with a preservative. Makeup on neck, severed slowly with a 4 to 6" blade. Blade pushed through spine with foot while held by another man.
Jeremy “Could the same knife have killed Oland?”
“Definitely could be.”
Preservative is pariphen base wax, with camphor and naphthalene!!

Drumnadrochit is the place to go, about 15 minutes up the Caladonian canal. We will catch a steamboat the next morning.

April 14

Copmeets us at docks, head has been found in the canal. ID’d as Brother MacKay, a kindly man, brother 17 years at the Fort Augustine Monastery (15 milesfurther down Ness than Drumnadrochit.
We take the few hour trip to Drumnadrochit.

Town square is next to the canal. Fairly bustling right now. Wooden benches spaced around the square for sitting. No real police in the town.
Simon wants to make for the graveyard.
Man approaches asking for a few pence “for an old man”.
Wilhelm gives him a couple. Asks if he can be of any service.
Schuyler “Tell us where to find the cemetary.”
He does.
Simon "Do you know anything about the monastery down the loch?
He does not.
Jeremy “Urkhart forge?”
“They’re bad news.” Their family old ruined castle is down the loch. They used to be the lords. Them and the Grants were the big wigs in the area.
“They’ve allied themselves with the devil himself. I’ve got a tale I can tell ye.”
Last year, this time, he was at the ruins, heard chanting and saw a strange ritual Before he fled, saw Angus running the show and preaching. He has always had an unnatural luck “Keep away from that man and his disciples”. He lives in Urkhart hall just south of town.
Simon “We appreciate the advice, old man.”

At graveyard, we look for any recently disturbed graves. Seems like all is well.
Schuyler finds the caretaker and asks if he has had any graverobbing trouble. He says not at all. Seems like an innocent dog, but soon as RC heads into the grounds. Guy says “Get him” and he turns ferocious and charges until the caretaker stops him. This guy fought in the Afghan wars. He tells us the forge is actually 2 miles down at the new property, right behind the house. He says the old castle has always been an evil place.
He says everybody around here loves Nessie, not a bad word, especially with all the tourist traffic she brings in.

We walk for the Urkhart place. Its a large manor, early 18th century, little bit shoddy. Has what is like its own hamlet around it that is others of the clan. The women are pretty and the men brawny.
We go for the forge first around back. Man is at work forging a claymore.
“Ah strangers, what can I do for you?”
Simon “We are looking for the manufacturer of a scotch knife, good quality. Had an AU and DRUM insignia.”
“Unless its a forgery, I’m your man. I’m Angus Urkhart.”
He doesn’t make many, only for special occasions. Often for Scotch traditional rituals. He invites us into his home since we are interested in his work. He tells us to go to the front door of the manor.
Very attractive lady opens and lets us in, leads us to a sitting room, we drink scotch but for Schuyler who takes the mountain spring water.
25 minutes, still nothing.
She says it will take him a while to clean up.
5 minutes later he arrives in semi formal wear, shakes everyone’s hands.
Simon “A fine property you have”.
He looks in early to mid 50’s. Big, thick curly white beard.
Other than some pricey heirlooms, much of the decor is old and outdated. Though it is scrupulously clean. They surely do not have a ton of money. They do have several claymores on the walls several hundred years old. They hold onto their history.
Schuyler is interested in holding a claymore.
“Certainly, of course”.
He hands him one he made a few years ago, perfectly balanced.
Schuyler asks for one of the heirlooms. He takes one down next to a shield, which has battle scars on it. As does the blade though it’s impeccably sharpened. It’s the claymore of clan Urkhart, last used by Stewart Urkhart.
He’s very pleasant, invites us to stay for dinner which we accept.
He takes a liking to Schuyler for asking about the blade, and Simon for wielding it very deftly.
He keeps his distance from RC.
He invites Paul out front to dual with basket hilt/dirk 2 wpn. style. Paul gets the better of it.
Arthur laughs “Well done, well done. Your ancestors will be proud. A small crowd had gathered and give a cheer.”

Dinner time. They open the grand hall for us, has not been used for at least months. Its a rush for them to get it and its kitchen in operation for a feast, breaking out some of the last of their good stuff from the winter.
Brings our 2nd rate, but not atrocious, cigars and 20 year old excellent brandy.
He says the first toast in this house is always the same:
“Gentlemen, to the Queen!”
All of us “To the Queen.”
He says he lost an ancestor at Culloden.
Schuyler toasts to a hosts hospitality.
He toasts “Up the Urkharts, down the Campells!”
He says the Campells have always been evil.
Another drunk family member says “Ha, more evil than you’ll ever know.”
The guy next to him elbows him and shuts him up.
He asks us about the dagger now.
We show it to him, tell him we found it in Inverness. Simon hands him the dagger. His demeanor changes “Do you know what we do to thieves and murderers in this land?”
All the family draw daggers and put them to our throats.
Says this dagger and its twin stolen from here less than a month ago, and his nephew murdered the same night.
Jeremy questions why, if we stole it, would we be back here now.
Demands we answer one question or we will all end up at the bottom of the Loch, and says something in a dark speech, Wilheml says something about ‘Glaaki was and Glaaki will return’.
Wilhelm “I refuse to speak such a foul language.”
“You call the ancient tongue foul?”
Wilhelm “Yes.”
“Allright gentlemen (all calmes down) how did you come about this dagger?”
we explain what happened in Inverness.
He says the 3 men were servants of Glaaki.
He asks “Now, why would Johnny be calling for you?”
We tell him we do this kind of work. He says in this family, when they talk of secrets, they speak “under the boar’s head”, which we will do tomorrow. We must stay the night.
Now, enough of this. The patriarch of clan Grant, their brother clan, is Derrick. Lives close by. He will be sent for so that we can talk to the leaders of both clans.
We tell him about the bad talk of him in town, like they talked of the Campells. He says they had a cult which worshipped Cthulhu and Deep Ones. That’s why they sided with the English vs Charlie, for he would have cleansed the taint of the deep ones. Instead, they remain. Urkhart, Grant and clan MacGregor warred with them for a long time. They don;’t anymore after the Cthulhu worshipers were defeated over a century ago.
This war happened to the north, in the island. Nothing to do with what is going on now.
About Glaaki et al, he will tell us tomorrow. We will talk to uncle stewart as well.

To our rooms. Wilhelm tells what he knows about Glaaki:
Cousin to Eihort, with eyes in his hands.
LIke him, Glaaki exists to infect and corrupt humans to empower himself. Turns them to mortal slaves.
He is an Old One.
To bed

April 15

Morning, Grant and a few other leaders take us into the clan meeting room. There is a giant boar head on the wall, over 200 years ago. Grant leader explains:
’My ancestors felt a great desire to build the castle where they did because of dreams that his ancestor had. Something is under it. Could be a lay line crossing, could be an artifact or technology. Whatever it is, its dear to Glaaki and he desires it. There were legends it had been attacked by monster before but unseccessful.Urkhart and Grant clans, and others, had gathered together years after it was ruins. The Campells tried to sieze it but were defeated by this unified group. While we celebrated, Glaaki came out of the Loch at teh shore. Most ran in terror, by my ancestor and the elders plus loyal followers defended the ancestral home. That battle was brief and Glaaki was weakened and driven back. He killed over a dozen men. As he was about to overwhelm them when the patriarch of the clan Stewart rolled a barrel of whiskey over a fire which he toppled onto Glaaki. He had never faced fire before and he retreated angered and confused after lancing Stewart with one of his spearlike spines.
Stewart died on his way home. He was layed out for burial, and as they sat drinking to him, Stewart rose up from the dead having become a servant yet still himself. A servant is one who has been speared by a spine. There is no escape if this happens. It is a sort of zombie, soul devoured but mind still working, subservient to an Old One. You do rot, so they have learned to make the preservative. The scent is a giveaway. Some willingly go through this, and become greater servants who do not decay and look normal (Brown must be one of those). This is also how we found out the Campells were a Mythos evil. Glaaki learned much about us through Stewart though. 23 years later, he came back again. He was surprised that the clans were waiting for it at the castle. Fire, explosives, and firearms hurt it.

It must be weak for a great old one.
If it gains the power it wants from this site, it will be much worse. It will rule at least Scotland if not the isles or more. We think he is preparing for another return, and has a new unknown source of servants. Not many of us left in the area, we have gotten smaller over the years.
We tell him we are with them.
They think the other servant, not Brown, came from the monastery as well. It could be a den of Glaaki by now.
_This may be the time to gather the clans. I don’t know why they beheaded one of their number. We have an early warning system. When we found Stewart was still alive, insisting on release, he began arguing with himself about who he was and served. (Smigel an Golem). Over a series of months of the wisemen talking to him, they discovered this info on Glaaki. They could spy on Glaaki through Stewart as it could on them. Glaaki went through a gate to a home of his in New Zealand. _
Time to talk to uncle Stewart, they in a barrel of single malt whiskey, from which he pulls out Stewart’s head and torso to the waist. They lost the legs in an accident a few years ago. It slows the decay.
His skin has an amber palor.
He is difficult to understand, it takes a moment to draw Stewart out from the servant side. He goes back and forth between the two frequently.
“Hail Glaaki”.
“F Glaaki!”
He says the time is near!! Servants are ready. It is keeping who the servants are from him. Very very soon, they will be at the castle. Before another moon.
3 nights!!
Stewart is taken away.

The owner of a boat, Gordon, can take us down the loch to the monastery on a boat. Ms. Fiona MacDonald is the trip commentator for the hour long ride.
He gives Schuyler a claymore to use if there is trouble.

Boat ride:
Lots of talk of the depth, dinosaurs.
The old man wagers there is something in the loch.
He says the Benedictine Monks have been acting odd lately. They have been wading in the cold water with no problems at all.
It doesn’t look good for their survival when we arrive.
He thinks Nessie used to be there, but she may have run into something bigger than her. “I spoke too much”.
He describes the unspeakable Glaaki. He has heard talk about it, never saw it himself.
He thinks Nessie was/is a dinosaur.

The monastery ground are unkempt. Simon rings the bell. Monk answers ‘Yes may I help you?"
Simon "We’re here to see brother McCay."
“Brother McCay is away right now.”
They are all gone, pilgramage to feed the poor. They’ll be gone about 3 days. He’s the Abbot. He invites us in to speak with him. Takes us into the kitchen.
Jeremy repeats the forbidden tongue line.
Abbot “What are you talking about?”
He does not look well, skin unhealthy, but no smell. He’s 62 yrs old. They have been working hard on the packages for the poor lately that’s why the grounds are a mess.
He knows nothing of the murder. He assumes its Urkhart and the clan because they hold satanic rituals on their lands. He prays for them every night in case it is true.
The brothers are going into the northern highlands on foot. There are about 50 brothers here.
He basically says nothing.
We head back to the boat dock.
We hear a chanting behind us. Atop the church is the Abbot chanting. A cloud is forming over us.
Simon takes a shot with his LaBelle and dires from the 4th range increment. He hits 16.
Slowly out of the mist is a wooly beast, huge, 2 taloned paws and a vertical mouth atop its shoulders with yellow fangs. Each arm ends in 2 forearms.
The spell fizzles, his concentration broken, and the mist recedes as well as the beast w/in.
Schuyler hits him with his winchester 17. Surges 21, he falls off the roof and splats to the ground.
We rush back and search the monastery. No hygiene lately, we can tell. Small pot behind the bed of each of the monks is the preservative.; also makeup for each of them.
All the previous holy items have been desecrated and mutilated. This is now a hellish place. Simon has already begun readying the place to burn.
It is torched.

Back at the Urkharts, we say we better get the clans to the castle asap.
He says tomorrow they can assemble and get there.

April 16

(Investigators get a zeppelin back to NYC. Arrive April 21.
Still no word from Rathbone and Goldstein. They are feared lost.
)

We get 10 sticks dynamite from one of the clans, about 30 molotov cocktails.
3 barrels of highly flammable whiskey.
About 30 highlanders with swords and rifles.
They station themselves at the 3 possible points of entry to the castle.
Simon and RC are stationed with Grant and 10 men.
Paul with Urkhart and 14 men in the middle.
Other 3 with the Derwood and his 2 men.
1 cask with each.
5 sticks with Urkhart and Grant each.
Each of the 29 clansmen as well as RC has a molotov cocktail.

April 17

Nothing happens.

April 18

Looks like rain, we keep the stuff that will need lit under wraps.
A driving rainstorm begins and hits for about an hour then slows to a soft drizzle
Simon says for us to be ready with the energy bolt pistols against the undead.

We dig a shallow ditch at each side and saturate it with oil.
We hear a splashing, and the moan and soggy shambling of the zombie servants of Glaaki from all 3 fronts. They chant soullessly.
We light the oil so we can see about 40’ out.
One volley tells from the scots shows us their DR is 6 all around.
We fire energy guns, dropping Jeremy’s and Wilhelm’s. Schuyler’s hit is still coming, it’s the leader. It looks almost dead. The highlanders fire and hit 3 times killing it.
Schuyler misses, Jeremy and Wilhelm hit, with the energy pistols.
Highlander volley hits all 3 times but it keeps coming.
The 3 highlanders are ready with claymores as it reaches us, as does Schuyler. All but 1 hit but it is still up when Wilhelm stabs with his swordcane but misses. It hits Derwood 9.
The highlanders cut them down.
A roar comes from behind us through a trench to our side. The first reaches the top next to Wilhelm.
Schuyler steps back and grabs his pistol.
Wilhelms fires his energy and kills it.
We get ready for the next attack.

At Grant they are approaching as well, 8 of them. We let the highlanders fire for the 2 rounds. Simon and RC ready for melee.
They concentrate on the lead zombie, killing him with 5 hits, then kill another, in the first round. Second round, killing 2.
One highlander joins us in the melee at the ready. They retaliate hitting RC once and Simon twice.
RC hits 16 DEAD, cleaves 17 DEAD to the highlander’s. Simon hits 16 DEAD. Another highlander enters and misses him.

With Urkhart a horde of 24 are coming! The main assault.
Paul fires the energy for 2 rounds killing 2.
We concentrate fire in groups trying to drop a few before they get here. First round they drop 3. Second round 5. A last one wounded 4.
Claymores drawn.
Paul shoots the energy and severely damages a tougher one. His gun is out of energy.
They drop 2, including the injured tough one and are struck back.
Next round, we drop 2. Paul enters the fray as well and hits 9 dropping another.

Great Glaki now appears from the shore behind the middle attack. Luckily for our ordinary forces, its dark. Many fail but don’t lose enough sanity to run away, at least just yet.
2 spines shoot off of Glaaki. hitting one of the low lvl highlanders DEAD. One of the toughs is hit bad DEAD.

Schuyler runs to the edge and sees a swarm of about a dozen down the trench. He kills it with energy. More are climbing up in a line across the trench. Jeremy kills another with energy as does WIlhelm.
3 highlanders throw in molotov cocktails at the gang at the bottom lighting them up.
2 get to the top however that were already climbing but miss.
Schuyler kills 1 with his energy. Wilhelm wounds the other, a tough one; Jeremy kills a climber. The highlanders chop that wounded up.
Energy kills 3 climbers. The highlanders jam their claymores into the ground and fire down, killing 1.
2 reach the top, 5 burners start climbing.
Jeremy fires pistol miss; highlanders fire at the 2 up top 10, 11/11 after DR. Schuyler draws the claymore and hits 5 DEAD. Wilhelm’s revolver hits 0.
The last attacks the highlanders miss.

RC and Simon rush to Paul’s group. Grant hits the last zombie 10/13. Couple tough highlanders help, this is THE leader of the zombies. They hit for very little. Another highlander misses. It misses them.
The rest follow Paul and RC. One sees the shape of Glaaki and immediately turns and flees the entire battle in stark terror.
Grant and his 3 men all hit the last Z DEAD. Then they head for Paul.
At Paul, while we are moving: Paul does nothing after DR; none are killed. Their attacks drop none but put one into wounds.
Glaaki hits 2 other highlanders killing 1 but not the other but he’s badly wounded. He pulls out of combat.
RC, Simon and their first group show up now and hit the line. The highlanders are fighting fiercely, killing 2 including their toughest zombie.
RC hits a gang of the weaker Z, killing 2. Simon kills a tough Z, Paul shoots one and wounds it badly.
Another wounded man helps out the spine speared one.
Their last 5 do little to us.
Spines from Glaaki hit 2 more highlanders, wounding the first and killing the 2nd.
The newly wounded highlander retreats.
The highlander go at the last 5 dropping the toughest left. The 3 tough highlanders drop 2 others. The 2 leaders kill them both. End of the Z’s here.
Paul lights a 2 stick of Dynamite, that is attached to the lid of the barrel. Simon/RC with Paul helping to aim and roll it toward Glaaki. It’s a direct hit as he rears up and smashes upon it. After a moment it blows, enormously.
2 spines fire, hitting Simon 19 but misses Paul! Simon stays up.
Grant and company arrive, Grant rolling a barrel to us. Grant lights it.
About 18 highlanders throw their molotov cocktails, all but 2 hitting. The whiskey exlposion is still burning him as well.
As he writhes we roll the 2nd barrel and it blows right up against Glaaki. He is a veritable conflagration.
Glaaki fires his 2 spines, hitting a Grant highlander and the other at Paul. The highlander 23 DEAD; Paul is hit 28.
Paul retreats.
A few highlanders rush for Schuyler’s barrel.
4 highlanders pick up the cocktails from the fallen and throw, each hitting.
Glaaki still burns terribly but its getting less every round.
Simon eggs RC on to charge Glaaki.
They charge.
Grang “Look at those crazy bastarts!”
Neither does any damage.
After the burn continues he retreats into the loch but not before hitting Simon and RC with a spine. Both stand tall, though taking big damage.

The rest of the army rushes to help Schuyler’s side. We slaughter them from here on out.
Half the spine damage is direct to wound, so Simon has taken 16 and RC 11.
The Scots promise ace care in the hospitals.

A minute after each spine hit, fort. save or take con. damage.
Paul makes it. He has 1 wound point left.
RC makes it.
Simon makes both.

April 19

We burn 5 dead to as close to nothing as possible. Bags played at their funerals.
RC/Paul/Simon shipped to Edinburgh hospital.

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April 3

Theo, Jack Burton, Father Jon arrive at Paul’s house in London.
Greetings all around, whiskey and brandy is served.
Theo and Wilhelm swap information about the Scotland case.

April 4

Train ride to Inverness.
It’s a 30 mile trip on bad roads to Cannoch. We secure horses for the next day.
Spend the night in Inverness.

*April 5 *

Early morning, leave for Invernes.

While passing Constables office, notice wanted poster for a man calling himself Belfagore wanted for murder and kidnapping in Inverness.

Paul goes in to inquire, dropping Lt. Mulverhill’s name. Inspector calls London, speaks to the Lt., and returns to talk to Paul.
“Wanted in several Balkan countries and Germany for ritual murders, they say. We know he’s in Scotland for at least 3 weeks, but not when he got here. Seen in Inverness. There was a disappearance, young girl, found mutilated, lungs ripped out, in hills above the cemetery. Last seen talking to a foreign gentleman. Description used to draw a likeness.
We checked registries at local hotels and one had Belfagore. We matched that name with wanted people in Europe. The name stuck out. His wanted poster sent here was virtually identical to ours.
We have several inspectors who are hot on the trail. Unfortunately, I haven’t heard from them for a couple weeks.” They were under cover so I have raised no alarm yet.
He hopes they are not under ground, one of them is particularly good.

April 6

Library:
Theo finds a reference to Santrane in a book about witchcraf. March 1620 Ann D. Santrane arrested in Inverness for witchcrafta t 17 years old, lively, intilligent, unusually pretty.
Held for a year, tortured 3 times; on Oct. 18 1622 burned at the stake.
Ann D. Santrane in Edinburk 1745 reference: teenager arrested for withcraft; released later that year upon order of a local justice. He follows up on his name: Helmut Grossman!!!

Newspaper:
Wilhelm.
Article about Hancock arriving from Africa. Adam Chisolm his friend arrived with him, suffered a breakdown in Africa. Tabloid interview related an encounter with giant blood sucking worms.
Absolutely no mention of an American dig, or any other dig, near Cannoch. Strange.

Church research, Jon:
Finds only deed that has been in name of Hancock a house in Cannoch, another under name of Linda McArthur
Hundred years ealier both lands had been under name of McArthur but taken for tax purposes.

April 7

We leave for Cannoch. Arrive in early evening. Not much to the town.
1 store
1 inn, a postmaster who is also the town clerk.
1 constable
1 church

We hit the King’s Head Inn first. Greeted by owner Fergus MacGinnis. Already have several people staying here. They can do 4 rooms, 2 beds a piece.
We will take 3, putting 3 of us in each room.
1)
2)
3)
We get dinner, good shephard’s pie, and porters and whiskey.
Jeremy and Paul makes the rounds talking to people in the common area, looking for info on who’s also in town. About a dozen people in here drinking and such.
Red Cloud asks Simon if he wants to take a walk after dinner, explore the street(s) and the vicinity.
“Good idea. Father Jon, would you like to join us?” He does.
They leave.
Schuyler, Theo, and Jack keep lightly drinking here in case of trouble.

Hear a noise, they turn to investigate. A wooden wolf’s head on a cane sticks out of the foliage. A head appears, hair wild and shaggy; bushy beard unkempt.
“I’d naught be wandering around these parts at night. YOu got to fear the werewolves. The wolves, they come down from the hills and they take sheep. And they take the foreigners too. Told my lord about them, that’s why I have no fear, for my lord keeps them from me.”
Simon “Who’s youre lord?”
“Azadot, Azadot the great.”
He lives at his home, back at Ian’s place, on his farm; MacGlennon. My shack is up against his barn. This guy has lived here his whole life, everyone knows him. “When Azadot comes I’ll have him eat Ian last. I promised I won’t have Azadot come, I promised her.”
SImon “Promised who?”
“Nooo, I can’t tell you that..” Says she’s pretty.
Simon “Is her name Santrane?”
“No, I’m talking about Annie, I’m sweet on Annie.”
RC “Does she live with Ian?”
“She was staying at the hotel.”
Not still there, then she moved in with Ian. No one else with her or living with Ian, he says.
Simon “Any other strangers in town recently?”
“Not that I’m gonna tell you.”
He turns and disappears into the woods, striking some brush and cuts the brush off like a blade.

Jack notices at inn, guy comes down the steps a bit furtively; dressed in very upper mid class clothes but very wrinkled; beard is a bit unshaven at the lighter parts. He motions for Maggie the barmaid and whispers something to her. She gets a meat pie and tankard of ale, pitcher of water all on a tray which he takes upstairs quickly after looking around.
Jack intercepts him casually at bottom of stairs “Hello there friend, why drink upstairs by yourself. Come over there with me and my friends.”
The man responds rushed about not feeling well “I really should just stay in my room”.
Jack does not press him and he rushes up.
Jack to Maggie asks who he was.
“Oh, that’s Andrew Kennedy, the eminent archaeologist from Edinburg. An expert in Scottish and English archaeology.”
He tells the others. Schuyler goes up to her.
She does not know for what particular reason he is here for.
She can’t remember how long he has been here, a little while.
Schuyler “You don’t remember his arrival?”
“No.”
Jack “Well that’s weird.”
Jack and Schuyler go to talk to the owner. Says the guy has been here for about a month. Everyone knows what he’s doing here: working on the dig; not a big deal but interesting around here cause nothing ever happened.
Says this foreigner named Hancock came to town with his friend and bought a house in the country. Found something, did a lot of walking and reading stuff after. Talked to Father McBride who showed him an old manuscript. Next thing he’s out digging in hills and finds old Roman ruins.
Called the professor here to help. Hancock and friend went back to Africa it seems though he must have left straight from home. Prof has barely come out of his room but for necessities since Hancock disappeared.
House is about 6 miles SW down Cannich river. Dig is on Loch Mullardoch.
Random meetings:

Allistair MacGillivray: school teacher on extended holiday from lowlands. Not trusted around here by the highlanders. About 40. Knows some archaeology, and in awe about this famous one is here. He has read one of his books, pretty good he says.

Andrew and Jamie MacWarrie: live in small village called Latrey to south near dig. They look like trouble; about 27 and 30; strong and look like trouble. They are here cause there is no bar where they live, but have a long ride home. Have to get up early for work, they run the dig. Hancock left money for us to keep going, we are to store anything we find. Old man upstairs is supposed to be leading but he hasn’t been back for a week/week and a half.
They don’t know why he hasn’t come back and they say he’s heading back for Edinboro soon as he’s done with his notes.
Tommy Hayes: sits at table by himself; up here from England for work; none of your business why here, he retorts. He just likes Scotland and people. Breaks off conversation with Jeremy and goes up to his room.
Sees that he has a gun in a shoulder holster as the man gets up.

Guys who left arrive back and tell of their encounter. We go to our rooms.
Theo, Wilhelm, Jeremy stop at the Professor’s room.
Wilhelm knocks “I’m a doctor of the occult, diseases and the supernatural.”
He opens the door.He questions why there are 3 of us, then lets us in.
Offers scotch, Wilhelm accepts.
“What are you doing here in this small town and why do you want to talk to me?”
Jeremy “We’re here because we heard about he dig.”
We drop Hancock’s name and Theo has the letter from his nephew.
He says too much weird stuff going on he says, he just lets loose. KNows Hancock did not leave, he has disappeared. The prof is afraid the same will happen to him if he is here much longer.
“Someone wants something from that dig site. On the north shore of loch Mullardoch. Henry and Adam were looking there.”
He had a latin manuscript he found in Inverness, then long talk with McBride who showed his own book that had more in it.
That led him to the site on which to dig. He thought it was a temple of Azathog, found traces of Picts but nothing like we were looking for until a few days before they disappeared; 2 human skeletons with Roman armor and weapons and human like reptiles. we had never seen before. That night, the 3 of us saw a huge slimey creature, like a krakon, near the shore of the loch near the dig. Henry sent a letter to US and stopped work; uncrated his elephant guns. Few days later Adam disappeared, then Henry.
“The site’s shut down.”
Uh, no its not.
The prof says he himself heard Hancock tell them to shut down the site!!
Said he needed to talk to someone in London, “Had a weird name.”
Theo “Archimedes?”
“Yes, Archimedes Brown. Hancock said he needed help from a particular man, a Dr. Rathbone.” Knows of a Rathbone, but he’s a specialist in Africa and to an extent the middle east.
Says he’s leaving tomorrow.
Jeremy explains we have some experience with these sorts of weird incidents.
Theo asks if he may read his notes in detail.
“They can’t leave this room.”
Theo “No, right here, tonight.” He agrees.
Jeremy wants some of us to stay here in the room with him anyway.
This prof is not happy with the McWarrie bros., haven’t liked them since the beginning.
He’s willing to stay up another couple hours to take THeo through some of his original notes rather than reading his thorough notebook.
Jack stays with Theo.
At 11:00, Maggie knocks with with a snack. Theo asks why she wouldn’t remember when he arrived or how long he’s been here.
He says she was sick for about a week not long ago, no one saw here as she recovered.
Jack tells him to deny her nicely. He does and she leaves.
Finally a bit after midnight he goes to look at the time and realizes his watch is missing. He knows he had it before he went downstairs. Not sure if he has had it since then. It was his father’s.
It can help to have a personal item in order to cast a spell on someone.
Jack leans to Maggie.
Theo asks Jack to remember his steps, as they were very precise in his rush, when he came downstairs. Jack says he was near only Maggie.
Prof “I did bump into someone, now that you mention it. That Englishman staying in a room down the hall. Tom Hayes.”
Jack “Wang, stay here.”
Jack goes to our rooms. Gets SImon up and explains. Simon gets Paul and RC up, the muscle, to go down to Hays’ room.
No response to the knock. It is locked. No noise.
They quickly get Jeremy. He picks it fast.
Send Jeremy to check downstairs for Maggie
A search finds nothing unusual at all. In fact, oddly little personal items but a box fo .38 shells and cloths.
She is there, nothing unusual. He asks about Hays, she says they just left with the MacQuery bros.
Unfortunately, they mount up and ride SW. Jeremy returns.
Kennedy says we should talk to the local Dr. He is a scholar and close friend of Hancock. It was he that originally made the suggestion that they needed outside help. And Ian MacDonald, who is a friend. Owns a farm in town of Cozy Lodge. He is a local authority on….local stuff.
They found footprints around the loch too, that were not human feet. Hancock said “Richard would know about you.”
The manuscript was the Roman story, McBride gave him info to narrow the search greatly.
Wilhelm does not believe him about the artifact. He gave away a tell the sensitive Wilhelm picks up on.
Theo asks him about the McBanes. He knows of Duncan McBane, old crazy man who lives in the woods. Regular fixture in the village. That’s not the one we met. Duncan lives in a shack up in the hills.
Kennedy sketches us a local map.

About 3am we see a glow on the horizon. About 15 min later, Tommy gets back. Knocks to be left in and goes to his room.
Paul meets him and asks him what he’s doing so late “That’s none of your business.”
He gets into his door, looks at it, and says to Paul “I’d appreciate it if you kept your thugs out of my room.”

April 8

Professor is still there.
Paul and Schuyler go to see Constable Sandy MacNeele/postman clerk.
Jeremy to store owner and to see if they can assist us.
Schuyler will say the letter from Hancock is his, since he is American.
Jon to the church
Wilhelm to Dr.
Simon/RC/Jack/Theo to Llatre where the MacQuarrie’s live.

Kennedy still sleeping. We check on him before we leave the inn, he’s not breathing. Wilhelm checks him. Barely breathing, still warm to the touch. “His life essence has been stolen. There is a ritual called Bind the Soul. It takes his soul/life essence and puts it into a receptacle.”
SImon “So to get him out of it, you have to break it.”
Wilhelm “Or open it. How did you know that?”
RC “Our first plan of action is always to break it.”
Wilhelm “He’ll die in a few days or more. Not long though. Maybe a week.”

We head our separate ways. Simon tells Maggie that the Dr. had taken ill, “be so kind and look after him while we are gone.”

Constable not there.
Tammus the postmaster is.
Paul “Where is the constable?”
“He’s out, won’t be back all day.”
Schuyler “Where did he go?”
“He’s trying to find the McRae baby”. The couple’s daughter has disappeared. They are well to do farmers. Presumed kidnapped, 3 days, out of home. “Personally I think the we baron is dead.”
Schuyler “Anything else odd around here lately?”
Lots of wolves active, savaging sheep. Lots of locals claim werewolvs.
Asks why we are here, Schuyler says looking for Hancock. Shows him letter, and he gives us the keys “It has been empty since he left or disappeared. Constable thinks foul play but has no proof.” Recommends not spending the night in the house. Many say it is haunted. Even a cult of witches operating in the area around here.
See a wanted poster of Belfagore, Schuyler mentions it. Tammus syas the guy is supposed to be in the Heremtic Order of the Silver Star, involved in kidnappings and murder all over Europe.
Ask him about Maggie’s breakdown: she was sweet on Henry. Day he vanished she went into a catatonic state, and the Dr. treated her. Now she does not remember him or anything connected to him.
Crazy McBane: one of our 2 crazy coots. Neither are in their right minds, harmless old fools. Duncan living next to that circle of rocks is freakey. Ian is most upstanding member of community, tenor in church choir. Santrane is beautiful, Ian’s cousin he says “but I don’t believe it. Looks nothing like him. I think there is some hanky panky going on there.” Says McQuerries pulling our legs about still working the dig. Something wrong with that Tommy Hays. "Sandy MacBean lives near Craig Dhubh has managed to keep his sheep untouched.

Father Jon at McBride’s:
Talk about Catholic stuff first. McBride’s copy of the letter to the Cardinal had additional information: explicit descriptions of the site that allowed Hancock to pinpoint the spot of the temple. Bad stuff happening with all this werewolf and witch talk.
Jon stocks up on holy implements.

Jeremy:
Shopkeeper asks Jeremy to have a drink with him.
“I’d be glad to.”
Insists no such thing as supernatural. Wolves or wild dogs killing sheep.
On McBane: not only does he live by himelf out there, I’;ve seen him chanting pagan rites in that circle of standing stones.
“Sounds like a bloody cook.”
“He is.”

Wilhelm at Dr.:
An old woman answers.
“Is the Dr. home?”
“I’m the Dr.”
That’s surprising. It’s a man, about 90 years old. He invites Wilhelm inside. He mentions things that no normal mortal should know: Has a copy of the Roman expedition manuscript; area used to be overrun with serpent people.
How does he know all this? Just the local authority on folklore. Believed none of it until recently. What happened to Maggie is nothing he ever saw before. He’s been retired for years, but there is no other dr locally, so he has to deal with emergencies. “They say the druids interbred with the druids.” Offspring were in the area until Sir Gawain ended their terror, supposedly.
They had a temple nearby, which was guarded by a dragon that Gawain spared so as to keep the evil ones away from the temple.
“Are you going after the witches?” He thinks one of these beings was summoned and its the problem here.
Can not allow anything that is close to you to fall into the hands of the witches. They have rituals that they perform, somewhere, that will effect you horribly “That’s what I think happened to Maggie.” We tell him about Prof, he thinks this sound like something more serious.

Travellers:
Most of those who live at Llatre not there. Someone finally says their at the dig. 7 of them.
They bring nothing back here, only themselves.
We break in the MacQuerrie’s house. It’s a veritable pig pen. Find nothing at all.
Next we go to the McCrae house.
A man steps into the trail suddenly, sees us, and bolts.
Simon “Halt, who are you!”
“Who are your?”
“We’re investigators.”
“You got booze?”
Jack tries to convince him to come out to us, offering whiskey.
He comes out, says his name is Rabbie MacClaren. He lives out here as a hunter and trapper. Has seen no witches but “Last night there was a strange glow coming from Crae Dhubh. I went over to see and saw a bunch of people dancing around naked!”
Simon “Did you know any of them?”
“I got out of there fast. Saw the McQuerrie’s and Duncan MacBane.” There was a big guy there, may have been Hays.
He ran for his life.
He thinks we’re an odd sort, all together.
The day Adam supposedly ‘left’ he saw him arguing at the dig w/ the McQuerrie’s." He fears the serpent people most. What!! He says he has seen them. First a couple months ago, last the night before Henry disappeared. Always on the side of the Crae. That same night, the bros were skulking about Hancock’s house. “I think they know a lot more about this than they told the conatable.”
At the McCrae’s, they are incredibly superstitious. Very thankful but the husband says the little people (fairies and leprechauns) took her. The wife says withes, “that Anne Santrane, that foul french hussey, and use some hot irons. That will lead to where my daughter is!” Says Anne is the head witch and McBane is their warlock and he has a sea monster in the Loch for his serpent.
Jack “Why do you think they took your daughter?”
“Just needed a child to sacrifice.”
Constable shows up.
We agree with him there is no good going on up here, but he laughs at supernatural. Witches are just misguided or even bad people who need to be arrested; no werewolves.
Says he knows crazy willie was seen in woods evening of kidnapping.
Simon says we want to help find the missing baby, as well as our missing friends “but it’s not going to do you any good to go to the wrong side of the lake by yourself. Come back to town with us first.”
“I’m not by myself” pulling out a 10 gauge shotgun “but if you’rs who you say you are, and you want to assist, I’ll be happy to ablige.”
Mid afternoon as we regroup with the rest.

The constable the Hancock letter. Dr says no response from Kennedy.
Hays is at the inn.
We to go to Hancock’s house.
Use key an in through front door. Henry’s walking stick is in the stand. From there, stairs go up and opens to room at left, hall in front, door to right.
Right: jack, Jon, Theo into parlor. Photo of Henry w/ slain elephant in Africa. Door opens to rear.
Door to left: Schuyler, Paul, Simon into livingroom. Lion’s head over fireplace. Few African artifacts. A 2 wpn gunrack over fireplace has a loaded elephant gun. A door to rear.
Hallway: Jeremy, Wilhelm Red Cloud find door to right, but continue to a T. Right/lft/door straight. Right hall ends shortly at 3 doors, left to door and then into kitchen.
Kitchen first, has fireplace with spit and coal burning stove. Cupboards have non perishable food.

In parlor open door into hall to kitchen.
Door to north from living room into small hall leading all the way to kitchen.
They take first door into library. Several sections are in great disarray; sections on British archaeology, occult and witchcraft.
Anything of special interest, if there was, is gone.
Last doors are bathroom, bedroom and linen closet, and a door to the cellar. Trunk in bedroom closet is old clothes that has been rummaged through and jackets, including a hunting jacket w/ 18 elephant gun rounds. We take those.

2nd floor next:
Upstairs hall is lined with paintings. A wall panel has obviously been replaced. We pry it open and find poor dead Hancock. He has been obviously tortured. We place his body outside.
4 doors to check.
1st is storage room. 2nd is a large master bedroom, torn apart by search. 2 large holes in the door like he shot through at someone coming for him. Just inside the door is a big pool of dried blood.
2nd bedroom vary dusty like not used for some time.
Last is Adam’s bedroom.

Basement next:
Steps end at a hall. Opening to left, door behind us and down hall to right.
Through opening, old junk, old furniture and tools.
Through door behind stairs is the study. Looks like a tornado hit it, wall safe looks like blown open by explosive; nothing of value at all.
Door down the hall is his trophy room, walls lined with head of almost 50 animals and a case with marksmanship trophies and medals. Walls are expensive oak paneling.
A door leads out into a workroom w/ dig artifacts. Lots of pictish items, tools et al. Door leads to an empty room w/ fireplace with wood that went unlit.
Small room that is the coal room as well.
We get fires lit, lamps lit. We can use 3 bedrooms up and the one down. Plus the parlor and livingroom furniture.
Paul takes a bedroom upstairs.
Redcloud says he’ll take the couch but Paul doesn’t want him that far away.
Paul insists on a bed and room to himself.
RC takes the couch in the parlor, Simon there also.
1st bedroom upstairs: Jack and Theo
2nd bedroom: Paul
3rd Bedroom: Jeremy and Schuyler
Last: Wilhelm and Father Jon

Clock strikes midnight, but there is no clock!
Paul wakes up in bed and sees a legless apparition w/ elephant gun!
Paul “Ooooooooooooh. Red Cloud, savage!!”
Ghost “First you kill me, and now you come back to my house” raising the gun.
Paul “I never killed anyone, I swear!”
RC rushes up the steps.
Ghost “Ironic that I should escape the lost city of G’harn only for you to kill me in Scotland. You shall not take it from me.”
Paul is horrified “I don’t want it, I swear!”
RC bursts through the door and the ghost turns to him letting loose on RC
Both shots miss.
Simon stays downstairs to watch our rear.
Wilhelm arrives stalwart against the ghost. He tries to present a cross but it has no effect.
Paul makes for the door fast as possible. We follow him out.
Ghost “And don’t come back, any of you. You can’t have it.”
We shut the door.
Now we know there is something important here.
Wilhelm "We have to bury the body correctly, which would normally put the ghost at rest. But, he won’t if he has some other reason for being here. We need to take care of what he is protecting.
We leave for town, taking body to give it a Christian burial, stopping at McBride’s immediately. He is terribly upset “What would have done this to a man.”
Theo “Cultists.”
Schuyler “Much worse than witches.”
McBride “They;re here aren’t they. We need to stamp them out utterly.”

April 9

McBride will prepare for the funeral. We make for the house again.
Hancock must have at least a part of a large golden disc.
Where?
We start w/ basement and begin a thorough search.
Secret door found in the study! The ghost yells “No you will not take it!” and appears behind us, blocking it.
It empties at Jeremy, both missing. Jeremy screams in abject terror!
Wilhelm tries to talk to him but to no avail
RC enters the room and grabs the third of the disc, seeing the workings upon it squirming and writhing.
Wilhelm is struck for 15 points of damage from the ghost’s gun.
Schuyler, still with the letter, declares it to Hancock and that it was given to us in NY.
The letter leaves Schuyler’s grasp and floats to Hancock, who reads, folds it up telekinetically, and it floats back to Schuyler. Jeremy is then able to fully convince him that we are here to kill the cult, we are here via Archimedes.
He wants us to find Adam and give him a burial. He does not know where he is, but we must find him. We can take the R’yleh disc and must find the other pieces.
6 men came for him, he killed 2. They were all from the dig. The McQuerrie’s tortured him for day before they killed them before they meant to.
Theo asks him what their greater plan is.
It is, indeed, to raise R’yleh from the ocean and awaken Cthulhu.
Theo “Is anything you encountered in Africa linked to this?”
“Yes” he gives us a cryptic clue that Johnny has to make up, which will give us a head start into not getting killed. All of them serve one of the masks of the Dark Pharaoh.
“Beware the temple of Azathoth, and beware the temple of Nyarlathotep in the ruins.”
He gives us 2 last gifts before he goes away. He says if we don’t succeed he’ll hunt us down and drive him insane.
He gives the second elephant gun to Jeremy and it materializes. No shells.
Goes to Van denNort, his hands reach out to each side of his head, who loses a little sanity, gaining 3 pts forbidden lore that will also help him especially w/ archaeology checks.
We head back to town. For safe keeping, Theo recommends leaving the disc here.

Next, the dig site.
Santrane is giving the orders. The McQueerie’s are there as as well. Plus 7 others. Whenever they find a pictish artifact, they toss it into a pile.
Wilhelm, Theo, Jack, Paul attack from one end.
Jon, Simon and RC from the rear closest to the bros. and Santrane. Schuyler and Jeremy off on the flanks with rifles as crows control.
The front 4 walk in first as the voice of reason.
Santrane orders work ceased and approaches “Gentlemen, what do you want here?”
Paul “You are under arrest for crimes against the church, the state, and all mankind.”
“Perhaps my master will have something to say about that.”
The signal goes, and the rear crew attack.
She tells her men “Gentlemen, lay down your hands and put your arms up.”
They all start to approach to the front.
Simon “I hear you wish to convert some Templars. I am here to give you our final answer.” He wears his chain and shield today.
She puts her hands up “Yog Sothoth!” as the rear charges in. Sparks start to fly off of her hands, she floats about a foot off of the ground.
RC charges mounted around the rushing diggers and strikes Santrane with his lance tween the shoulders 21 yet she lives (card)! An arcane discharge hits him 3. Jack shoots her 9.
Simon hits Andrew McQ w/ sword.
Jon hits Jamie McQ w/ shotgun 24 both barrels.
She moves through our front line, hit by Theo and Jack dagger AoO, her arcane discharge does minor damage to them.
The McQ’s fight back at their attackers with sledges, hitting Simon twice 19 total; Jon is hit with a charge 9.
Schuyler hits a cultist w/ winchester 13, Surge hits Santrane 16; Wilhelm shoots 9.
Paul charges with his blade into the fray against 2 cultists hitting 12.
Cultists turn w/ sledges: Simon is missed, as is Jon; RC is missed; 4 of them flank Paul miss/9/miss/miss.
Jeremy fires elephant gun at Santrane and hits 9.
Jack charges drawing cultist dagger as he drops his revolver stabbing her spear wound 13, surges taking her to 0.
RC turns to be tween his attacker and one of Pauls hits his own 18.
Simon hits 18.
Jon draws sword and hits 7.
The brothers are wearing mail shirts, Simon’s power is sheering through it.
Santrane makes a single move.
Simon is missed both times as is Jon.
Wilhelm shoots same, who is vs Paul, 7; Schuyler hits another of Paul’s 7.
Cultists: Simon is missed; Jon hit for 4; RC is missed: 4 on Paul still 10/miss/miss/6.
Paul crits 18 to unwounded DEAD, shoots same Wilhelm shot 8; Jeremy holds.
RC hits same 19 DEAD, cleaves one on Paul 14 DEAD; Jack charges Santrane (card) auto hits and crits 18 DEAD, taking 4 arcane as she drops.
Simon misses.
Jon misses.
McQ’s: Jon is hit 9; Simon is missed.
Theo hits Wilhelm’s target 19 DEAD.
Wilhelm now fires at Schuyler’s target but misses.
Schuyler misses Jon’s McQ.
Cultists miss Paul, Jon and Simon.
Paul hits last on him 11 and shoots 11.
Jack struts back "Everybody relax, I got her.
RC charges Jon’s cultist DEAD, cleaves Andrew McQ! 20.
Simon hits McQ 19; Jon hits his 10.
McQ’s: miss Simon, miss Jon.
Theo misses Paul’s last. Wilhelm sidesteps and misses same.
Schuyler hits Jon’s McQ 17.
Last cultists miss Paul; hit Jon 4.
Paul hits 11 DEAD, shoots Simon’s cultist miss.
RC hits Jon’s McQ 19. Jack is back with us now.
Simon crits McQ 41!!! DEAD cleaving him from shoulder to groin.
Jon crits McQ 24.
Jamie McQ berserks at the site and hits Jon once 9.
Schuyler hit the McQ 12 DEAD.
Wang charges with a flying kick at Simon’s cultist 7.
Last cultist misses Theo. Paul rushes up vs same 10.
RC moves over and hit 16 DEAD.
Victory is ours!! We search the bodies but find nothing.
We spend time lashing all the bodies to stones and dump them into the loch.

Search the site:
In the tent, Hancock’s still with some of his belongings, find a fist sized stone under the bunk that no one touched with a 5 pointed star on it. The investigators say it is an activated elder sign!
There is a building that was their HQ: lots of artifacts including Roman soldier equipment. Nothing of value to us.
Old stable has been searched already, but find a partly uncovered a sphinx like statue with a blank oval for a face. Wilhelm says its a statue of one of the many forms of Nyarlathotep. It’s about a foot and a half long.
Several other ancient buildings as well. One a storehouse which they have searched the least. Theo notices a glint just under the surface. He starts to dig. It looks like part of a Roman helmet. It’s still connected to a skeleton. He stays to dig it out.
The big ruin is a barrack. Lots of non Roman pottery shards and such in it though. Its pictish. Nothing of value.
The tower, in relatively good shape, has 4 rooms. First the eating hall has nothing, second the priests quarters has nothing, third is another living quarters where Wilhelm finds Adam’s body. Last is the temple of Azathoth w/ bones of several Roman soldiers and reptiles. Here he finds the evidence of the defunct non functional gate.
Large tower, Simon digs around. He starts to find several skeletons. Some human, some large reptilian skeletons!
Couple more hours find nothing else yet but more skeletons and military stuff.
An hour before dark we quit digging. Back to town we go.
Give Adam’s body to McBride.

To bed.

April 10

Constable is waiting to talk to us. Asks us about the missing able bodied men of Llatre.
He does not believe we had nothing to do with it. He’s about to take our leaders away until we hear a voice “they couldn’t have done anything last night, as they were having dinner with us” says Santrane!!!! What!!!
You were with me last night, isn’t that true.
She kisses Jack on the cheek and whispers in his ear “We had a wonderful time last night, next time maybe I’ll penetrate you.”
Constable believes her.
She tilts her head and walks away. To Jack “We’ll meet again.”

We go to talk to Maggie, because of what the letter said. That’s Wilhelm’s job, with Father Jon.
Jeremy to Sandy MacBean. Red Cloud accompanies him
Simon, Schuyler, and Paul to see Hays.
Simon telegraphs Templar HQ to send guards and experts to dig site.

No answer at Hays door. They said downstairs he is still in his room. Schuyler uses his lock pick device. They see a light shining through a tiny hole in the wall. Someone drilled a hole, putting a lens through to see the entire room of Paul. Inside is Hays tossing the room.
We make for him. Paul “I say good sir what gives you the right to toss a nobleman’s room?” as he is looking at our passport. He startles aback. We tell him he’s going to have to take him to see the constable.
Paul wants to thrash him “I say good sir, defend yourself” and goes to rap him with his cane. Hays puts up his dukes so Paul abliges.
Paul hits him 3. He crits/miss.
Paul “How dare you strike a peer of the crown. Geste, thrash him!”
Geste charges him, is hit 4 w/ AoO and fails to grapple. Paul misses wildly with his cane.
He punches Simon 6/5.
Geste then grapples hays 8. Paul fumbles his cane; He grapples 7. Simon then pins him; Schuyler hits 7/surge 6; He fails to escape the pin; Schuyler hits 6; {aul crits with cane 6. Geste maintains the pin; Schuyler hits 3; Paul hits 4.
Simon “Why were you in our room, stop struggling and explain yourself and we’ll stop.”
He tries to break the grapple but fails. He surrenders. Paul raps him once more 5.
He says he is here to join an organization called the masters of the silver twilight. We advise against that. Simon warns him not to. He says he has suspected we were members all along, why else would such foreigners be here? “I’m sure you are all on good speaking terms with Belfagore.”
He thinks that the Twilight aims and goals are laudable. He believes in anarchy and bringing down the Crown.
“Aren’t those your goals?”
We play along as members testing him. Says the McQ bros took him to a meeting but then left for stuff he was not allowed to see, and promised to introduce me to Belfagore but they have now shown up.
He says the meeting he was at was at the old church on the road west. Lots of chanting and such.
Schuyler “Only Belfagor knows where Belfagor is. When he’s ready to meet you, you’ll meet him.”

At Maggie:
Jon shows her the Elder Sign stone, she starts to breath heavy and begins to scream frantically. She goes catatonic. Wilhelm starts to put the hypno wammy on her so speak to her in this state.
She calls it the star stone of power, she created it; She gave it to Hancock cause she loves him, he was working against the Twilight; she betrayed them for him; Hancock was not planning on taking her when he left so she betrayed him to the coven, told him she’d meet him but they were waiting for him; she ran to help him at the last minute but was too late and lost her mind; it was to protect him; the coven has always been here, they serve the Twilight; Coven: Santrane the leader and Master of the Silver Twilight, McQ bros, Allister MacGillivrey (local teacher), Ian McLennan (rich farmer), Wooly MacMerdow (strongest man in town), Willy Wassel (crazy Willy), Duncan McBane,
Suddenly she starts to scream! Father Jon begins to dowse her with holy water and proper bible verses. He feels a malign presence fighting him for Maggie’s life. She begins to settle down
Wilhelm sees the room shaking, light bolts shooting throughout the room. He starts to glow. He knows there is a spell that allows one to cancel a warlock’s spell. It’s called exorcism. That is what Jon is doing right now.
Jon ends the attempt upon her life, costing him constitution.
She is still in bad health after this.
Bursting into the room comes a farmer “What you been doing to my sister?” It’s Angus MacNair. He says he saw the tail end of it, knew she was going to get into trouble messing with those witches.

Theo and Jack join RC and Jeremy:

We are told by a neighbor we pass by that he is drinking at Cozy Lodge, on the trail. We go there and find Ian MacDonald drinking with Sandy.
Says he has escaped the wolf trouble because of an amulet he has, an elder sign!! We feel the ripple of static electricity as he pulls it out. It’s very very powerful. Got it from his grandad down the family line. Supposedly his ancestor was a Roman who originally had it. If he didn’t have that, the Serpent Men would kill him.
Ian sees Duncan and lots of locals at the standing stone at all hours of the night. They talk with other creatures, like a cross tween a chinaman and a great viper. Not human. Saw one just a few days ago talking to McBane and that beautiful woman by McBane’s house.
That makes sense considering the letter found in NY by the Investigators.
Ian says McBane’s dad was just as bad, but only one McBane ever living there. When one dies, another comes to take his place. Few years ago a German Count came to visit them, another time a Chinaman or some kind of foreigner.
“You go up there, you’re taking your life in your hands”. Especially when you can hear the chanting and drums beating.
So we drink with them for a bit and go back to Cannoch. McBane’s house is right up against the hillside.
Santrane lives with Ian McLennan.

Tonight, we may have to do the final attack on McBane.

Later in the day, we see Tommy talking to the owner of the Inn.
At dusk, we are all in our rooms preparing when a knock at the door. It’s the Constable so Paul answers. He asks to enter for a moment “I need to speak to all of you”. 2 others dressed in plain clothes step in with shotguns “You’re all under arrest.”
Simon “This can only end one of 2 ways. You can either walk back out and pretend like you didn’t see us, or we kill you all.”
2 other guys are outside the window on the fire escape.
Paul asks what is going on.
Hays is an inspector at Scotland Yard, he wants to arrest us for being accomplices of Belfagore!! Ha!!
Paul takes the lead, striding to him and laying down the law, pulling rank. We are here investigating the same thing he is and Jack calls him the worst detective he’s ever seen!!
Paul convinces him after some time. Hays still says you have to stay here tonight, because “I, unlike you investigators, have an appointment to meet Belfagor”.
Jeremy explains how stupid of an idea that is. He’ll just be dead, surely they already know who Hays is. He explains he has taken down Irish radicals, and anarchists. These guys are just anarchists pretending to be spiritualists, he says.
We try to tell him otherwise.
Suddenly, three Templars show up “What’s going on here?”
Sandy “Well, who might you be?” It’s Fergus Argisle. Sandy is very impressed, as he is well known though not as a Templar. He shows his CID card making him Hays’ superior.
Tommy still believes in no magic and insists on meeting Belfagor tonight.
Sandy McNeal constable
Rob McCray husband
Angus McNair Maggie’s brother
2 constables arrived yesterday that Hays had called from London.
Hays says he is supposed to meet the leadership of the cult. Church is of stone, has belltower. Sandy sketches the place out for us.

Templars are sent straight for the dig site to secure and study and search.
Sandy will stay in town in case anything goes wrong.
The 2 London deputies will join us, and Tommy. Angus is second strongest man in village, he will join us. McCray puts up a stink about Angus going so we take him as well.
Neither Woolly nor Alistair are in town, Allistair having disappeared about an hour ago.

We go to church. There is already a light on inside. Someone is sneaking around out in the woods.

Tommy will walk straight in for his meeting.
Constable 1, Angus, RC, SImon, Wilhelm, Father Jon hiding near front door; Constable 2, McCray, Jack, Wang, and Paul at rear.
Jeremy and Schuyler climb into the tower.

RC goes to check out the sneaker, he smells an unwashed body. A head pops up looking around, old white hair sticking out everywhere. It’s crazy Willy who hands out with evil Ian.
He spots RC and skampers over.
“There’s badduns in the church. Bad ideas.” Ian and Anne are in there.
Says Anne is his girl. I’d do anything for her. he does not like their intentions.
He’s just keeping a watch, making sure nothing happens to his girl.
He’s says 2 or 3 times “she’s from France you know”.
“You gotta keep an eye out for her dad.”
“Who?”
“Yogsothoth.” Says he will be here soon
Calls Belfagore a baddun.

A figure or 2 are in the belltower.
Tommy says to sneak up around the outside windows on corner of the L, a blindspot from the tower. The windows are mostly broken. Schuyler and Jeremy will now do that and fire inside from outside.

Hays walks in with a lantern. Pews in center of the room are cleared making room for a 4’ circle drawn on the floor, with 4 stones, one at each of the cardinal directions. Standing in the midst is Santrane, looking a little the worse for ware scantily clad. Her skin is starting to wrinkle.
Simon “She needs souls, life, to sacrifice to keep herself young. That’s why they brought Tommy Hays here.”
She beckons him to enter and become one of us.
Not believing in magic and her to fake membership, he begins walking forward.
Woolly “Come along mate.”
He leads Hays up the steps into the back rooms.
SHe raises her hands “Ashaya Logh” a bold of greenish light bursts from the circle outward in every direction.
We feel excrutiating pain in our bodies. It goes througth the walls of the church and out into the forest.

We heroically, with card help, make most of the saves. Angus is paralyzed with pain, as is Wilhelm. Jeremy is wracked to a -2 to rolls.
We hear a rhythmic flapping of wings above in the dark.
At the back door,they can hear walking and talking inside going toward the steps.
A robed man, with a cowl, walks out of the back to Anne “Have you done it?”
Yes, they shoudl be incapacitated in pain.
“I’ll send the bretheren out.”
“In the meantime I must go, the baby is waiting.” It’s the baby she is to devour!
She holds her hands up again,and 2 creatures flap in through a hole in the roof.The MH have not seen the like before.
They grab her and begin to fly upward with her.
Schuyler is disgusted by them and fires at one with the elephant gun 18. Jeremy does too 17 to the other. Both go down and they drop her to the ground.
We bust in the front.
At the sound of the gunshot the rear bust in. Leaving the constable at the door, the rest rush up the steps to see 5 men standing at a crimson red painted pentagram on the floor each wearing a cowl. Furthest throws his back revealing Hays, reaches inside his clothes, pulls a badge out “Scotland Yard, you lunies are all under arrest” to the other cultists.
One of them says “Kill the buffoon.” 2 others pull sacrificial knives and cut at him missing. A third draws a gun and fires at point blank range 10. The 5th, who spoke w/ Scottish accent is Wooley who punches Hays 13/7/miss.
Paul springs into action charging Ian (shooter) 13. Ian throws his gun pulling his dagger at Paul 3 whose AoO hits 10.
Wooly attacks Hays again 11/miss/13.
Theo attack a cultist with a jumping kick 17; Jack pulls his dagger and attacks another 9/crit17 DEAD.
Theo is missed, McCray attacks Theo’s with a sickle 6 DEAD.
Hays pulls a truncheon but misses.
Paul stabs at Ian crit23 DEAD. Fires his pistol at Woolly crit 14.
Wooly gives a below and his cloak rips open to his body enlarging, muscles look like they are almost bursting and hits Hays 17/14 putting him into 8 wound pts. damage.
Theo jump kicks Wooley 17; Jack misses Wooley. McCray hits Wooley 3.
Hays withdraws, spitting up teeth, nose smashed flat.
Wooley hits McCray and kills him with 3 hits!! First broke his jaw, second smashes his nose, the third destroys his head.
Jack and Theo flank him, Theo jumpkick crits 29, Jack hits 6. Paul moves in and stabs 10.
Wooley attacks Theo a crit misses because of Quicker/13/miss from Quicker.
Theo hits 8, Jack misses, Paul stabs 10 and shoots but misses. Wooley’s AoO hits Paul 14.
Wooley hits Theo 11/miss/miss.
Theo hits 8; Jack hits 9. He looks like he should be dead, some supernatural power is holding him u.
Paul crits (card) with his saber at the staggering giant 23 beheading him. The body stands for a full half minute before falling over, electrical charges running through it for a moment.
We send Hays down with the constable.

Downstairs RC, whooping a warcry with his warclub, and Simone fully decked in longswors/shield/mail, lead the charge through the front door.
Jon right behind with the constable.
As we rush in she casts a barrier around her “Nakteeth” creating a faing shimmering field around them. It spent her much, she’s a bit slack jawed.
RC rushes at the field but can’t penetrate him.
Simon stops “Holy Father, bless this weapon” and hacks at the field with is broadsword. RC follows suit.
Belfagor is performing some sort of incantation in there. As we hack, he spreads a powder around Santrane. After the 5th round the sand is glowing.
7th round, it is hacked down. Santrane disappears!
Jeremy and Schuyler were ready with the rifles. Jeremy gets his shot off first but misses.
Simultaneously Belfagor cases at Jon, who casts a counterspell on Belfager, just as Schuyler fires. Jon successfully counters the spell. Schuyler hits 26.
Constable is told to watch the door and Angus.
Jeremy keeps an eye out around he and Schuyler; RC and Simon each hit 17. Schuyler fires his second barrel 13. Jon steps into the melee as well 10.
Belfagor draws a strange looking firearm, part crystal looking with a sloshing liquid inside like mercury, several rods pointing forward; the handle looks suited not for a human being. He moves back, straight away from Geste. AoO from RC misses as does Jon. He shoots at Geste a bolt of what looks like electricity that shoots through the air unnaturally 12. He falls to the floor incapacitated “The rest of you stand back or you’ll get the same”.
Schuyler misses with Winchester; RC charges 15; Jon; the baby’s father charges in now but misses, as does constable w/ truncheon. Jon hits 13 DEAD.

The futuristic weapon we give to Wilhelm. We make for the back.

Upstairs, there is no one in the tower. Back downstairs and meet up with the rest of the group on their way up.
We have a constable take Hays back in a nearby wagon with the dead bodies.
The church is to be burnt down ASAP.
Wilhelm tries the gun once, which uses up the liquid inside so its a fuel.
To Ian’s, the house is empty
Willy goes into his lean to.
So, for Duncan McBane’s house. Late night now.
Stone walled, thatched roof cottage beneath a crag. Well kept trail leads to top of the mountain, another to cozy light.
On the mt. is where the ring of stones are so we ascend, but no one there.
Back down and we break into McBane’s house.
Simon kicks the door in. Large wooden table takes up most of the space. 6 old books on magic and the occult which Wilhelm will take, nothing Mythos Lore though.
One big room is bedroom;and one small is kitchen and store room, everything soot covered, not very well kept.
Wilhelm finds a secret hole behind the dresser into the mountain. Rather small.
Simon “Jeremy, you’re a small man.”
Jeremy “I don’t do holes.”
3’ wide and 5’ high. We crouch our way in, but after 5’ it gets larger to a Y intersection.
We stick together, left first. Opens into a large natural cavern. Many stalactites and stalagmites. We enter. It goes off south, SW or NE.
South first, which narrows as we go. To the left, another tunnel branches off. Further forward is a depression in the ground. The depression has a hole in the middle straight down. The stone looks odd though, covered with some sort of goo, it smells terrible. We take the other branch which ends 20’ to a small circular room with a small metal table, several cuts of meet on it, human. On a wrack is 2 of the electro guns.
Jeremy and Schuyler each take one. One has significantly less fluid than the other. Schuyler gets the more full one.
We backtrack and continue exploring, coming to another small room but with a hole in the middle. From within echoes a scratching sound far away.
Another way comes to a crawl space.
More exploration, to a very rough rocky tunnel.
Eventually come to a side passage that goes steadily downward, a faint yellow glow..
We proceed with caution. 20’ in we come to a large room lit by torches on long poles rising out of the floor, the torches made of some large metal and the glow from an unknown source or fuel. 15’ away stands an altar of stone with chains secured to it. It is covered in brown stains. A glyph on this side of the altar is ID’d by WIlhelm as a rune meaning The Crawling Chaos. It appears to crawl if you look at it too long. Around it the floor has been smoothed. It causes sanity checks for 0/3.
Steps carved into the wall, w/o railing, scale up the ceiling out of the reach of the light.
At the steps directly 20’ across from us is another tunnel leads out.
The room goes far to our left about 100’, about 50 to our right.
To the far left is a serpent man (sanity 1/d6)carrying one of the bolt pistols.
He sits coiled reading a book with metal pages. Then moves and looks as if looking at something, then returns to reading. Tongue flickering.
We decide to fire a bolt pistol at it.
Schuyler misses badly. It drops its book and uncoils fast, looking around. It has bad eye sight apparently and doesn’t see us.
It begins slithering for our position carefully.
Schuyler steps out to shoot again but it is ready and fires its bolt pistol at him when he leans into view. It barely misses. Schuyler his this time 18 DEAD.
We step into the room to his end, where we find another passage out, which we take.
It leads to a T section. Left goes to a large empty room. Back to T and take the right which narrows to the size of the original entrance at the house. After only 10’ it opens into the bedroom. We just went into a big circle.
Back to the serpent’s room but we hear voices nearby.
“Everying here is falling apart, I must tell the Baron.”
“What about me?”
“You stay here with our friends?
Then a noise like an energy surge.
We go and find only one person, the school teacher. Inside is a portal we see just as a person disappears through it. It’s McBane!!
The teacher “Thank god you’re her. They took me prisoner, they dragged me away.”
The room is full of bones, hundreds of people, not all even human.
Schuyler backhands him.
“You’ll die, you’ll all die, none of you will escape from here. TIKI…..” and Schuyler punches him in the face.
Paul and RC go into main room to see if anyone responds to the short call.
Beyond the altar, we can now see steps going down. A swarm of serpent men rush up the steps. A few duck behind the alter for cover.
A strange gurgling sound comes from the corner of the portal room, a curt wail of a baby! The father rushes to it. It has not been fed hardly at all since taken nor cared well for but for water.
We are cut off. They are in front of the alter now. They all have the energy bolt guns.
The 4th gun from Schuyler’s kill we give to Paul, more than half full of fuel.
There are 6.
Plan: our 4 with the bolt guns will fire then RC/Jon/Simon/Theo/Jack will charge.
We are faster and fire, hitting 4 and killing 3.
They return fire: Schuyler is hit 12; Paul is hit 17; Jeremy is missed.
As we charge they fire again: Simon is hit 12; RC is missed; Jon is missed.
RC hits 21 DEAD; Jon fumbles and Theo jump kicks hits 12 DEAD; Simon hits 17; jack his Simon’s 8 DEAD.

We tell the father he can’t leave, we know not what else is out there.
RC scalps his kill.
6 more guns for us as well.
Up the stairs we go to a hatch in the ceiling. It opens to the stars and the alter and standing stones atop the Mt. No one is there however.
Next the steps going down, curve down to a small guard room. We find 2 more of the bolt guns on the wall.
All these guns are in varying amounts of fuel.
Steps go a further 10’ to 6 different corridors. We hear movement from most, its there colony. Ugh.
Schuyler has Secret Service concentrated detonite in both bootheels. He uses both and blows the stair passage down. First we yell and draw some rushing for us and cave it in upon 11 them!
From big cavern behind us with the giant holes, comes a humming. From the one with the scratching noise comes something. It’s horrible, terrorful, shapeless and huge protoplasmic bubbles and pusstuled, eyes popping all over its massiveness. It slithered leaving slime, a cry from it “Takili Li, Takili Li”. It’s a shaggoth yell the investigators!!! Its so horrific they still have to roll for sanity again.
We run for our very lives at the first sight of it. The constable and father were saved, we told them to stay far back as we approached.
All 3 of Mike’s, RC and Theo fail (d6/d20).
Once we are 40’ into the tunnel, it is only 40’ away!! It’ll be too close. RC cripples the teacher and pushes him toward it. He yells for Yogsothth and Cthulhuto save him but they don’t “But I was to be a god, a god a god!!!” As we make it into the tunnel it has engulfed him to the hips. There he comes to himself enough that he truly realizes all he has done. Too late as he yells for help. He was apparently enough for it now, for it does not squeeze into the tunnel after us.

We escort the baby home, seeing the reunion greatly boosts our spirits and minds, and then back to Cannich. No one believes the entire horror of the story.

April 11

The Templars have found the third piece of the R’yleh disc. We lay Henry’s ghost to rest with his friend, getting the second piece we left with him. It is now complete.
The Monster Hunters will hang onto the R’yleh disc.
Telegraph Archie of our success.
McBane has escaped, as has Santrane to we don’t know where. Belfagor, the man brought in to lead this most recently, we did kill. Baby saved as well.
Lots of sanity back for baby, ruining coven, killing Belfagor et al.
We rest up.

Hays (sgt3) has 8 wound damage.
McCray (ext5) baby’s dad, has his baby
2 constables (Pvt 2)
Angus is DEAD

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London Return

Early Morning, March 20, 1890

Staying at Paul’s house in the city (see the movie The Verdict). Wilberforce is saying his goodbyes but he does talk to Archimedes when we go to see him in the evening for dinner at his house. Says “I’m off to America, but I think I’ll see you for Christmas.”
Archimedes “Why do you say that.”
Wilberforce "I have a feeling there will be quite the meeting of minds at the Adventurer’s Club Christmas Eve Gala.

Schuyler says to Bif he’d love to be in a movie, if he ever has time. Bif is staying for rest and recuperation before returning to America.

We give a good accounting to Archie.
Red Cloud “Any word on the missing Mummy?”
Archimedes “No, but there have been a few murders that may be its victims. However, it is not mindlessly killing so if its here there must be a mind behind it.”
Asks us if we know when we are going to Transylvania but we don’t.
Archie “We know Dracula was destroyed, but it appears someone has adopted his personae and continue his reign of terror.”
Does not want to send us there half cocked and lacking info though.
“There is also something I may need you to do in China as well, but in the meantime, rest up.”
We ask him if we need to destroy the Hags in the future, but says they are not high on our list. Wait for the future.
He goes over investigator information about Scotland and Baron Hauptman. That hero Henry Hancock went to Scotland to rest and recuperate (oops!). Hasn’t been heard of for a while.
Archie gives us all the info on Silver Twilight, Look to the Future et al.

Jeremy shows Schuyler around the town and the pubs while we are here, and Schuyler asks to see Jack the Ripper’s murder sights since he’s a bit of a tourist. They also will go to a bareknuckle boxing match, guy in it has 32 KO’s.
Schuyler checks in at American Embassy.

Van DerNort continues academic pursuits.

Simon goes to local church, checks in with Templar cell. He’ll also hang with Jeremy/Schuyler after the first day or 2 of meditating and praying et al.

We also need some sanity bumps. Schuyler for sure.

Paul hits the social hotspots first, but also joins the others late night at times.

Paul receives invitation to a party next Friday March 28 by an acquaintence of Paul, John Bidwell. It’s a talk of London society currently. He can bring all of us.
Jeremy will play a part for fun: Oscar Pennyfeather, Scottish noble, saying his uncle is building that big bridge in Scotland.
Red Cloud plays these parties all the same, for a frolick in a tucked away bedroom with freaky English ladies looking for an exotic experience.
Schuyler wants the free food, drinks, cigars; and he can talk about his adventures to get the ladies attention. Ladies like danger, afterall.

Wednesday the 19th, note from Archie to come and see him awaits us first thing in morning. We go asap.
Says its important that we go to the party, something weird going on.
Schuyler “What’s going on?”
Archie “First, what do you know about bidewll? Wealthy entrepreneur in shipping and industry to and from colonies. Keen mind and sharp wit, important friends even in royal family. No family, conspicuously absent from society for sometime. Rumor of exotic illness and hospital until recently.”
Paul has heard the rumors, not sure if true, that Bidwell was actually in an asylum in Mercy Hill Gloucester. Knows of him because he and Paul are members of same Masonic hall.
Schuyler “Wilhelm should check into the asylum.”
Archie wants us to find out if anything dark has been going on all this time.
RC “Does anything in particular make you suspicious?”
Archie “Yes. First, something wrong in the Severn Valley in northern England. Mansauce is near there! I don’t believe in coincidence.” There are several hotspots of Mythos activity. 2 biggest are the Salem/Arkam area in America and this Valley. The same history of weird goings on, disappearances and such. He believes there is a connection. There is an asylum there, that is the Mercy Hill one. That’s the connection. Rumors say it was hushed by the Masons. He also has a new interest in the occult now.
These links tween Bidwell and Investigaror information can not be coincidence.
“Keep your eyes and ears open at the party.”

Train ride is 3 hours to asylum.

We leave the next morning, Thursday. Take growler cab who takes us to asylum, about 20 miles to Valley. Allbrook Asylum at hightest point of Mercy Hill, a smaller asylum. We can see the landscape for miles including Severn River and Valley, where the green color changes grimmer, darker.
Simon (failed sanity roll) sees what looks almost like and earthquake in valley then the land literally rolls as if something huge under the earth had turned over! The earth cracks and a thing comes out, then suddenly it passes as a vision would and is gone.
He has to describe it to all of us who saw nothing.
Schuyler “That’s creepy.”

Inside greeted by secretary. He says Dr. Campell does not speak of patients to anyone. Wilhelm tries but the guy insists that he can not see him, perhaps an appointment in a few days.
Jeremy steps up “We are here for the London Society of Alienists” and lays it on thick. He agrees to go personally ask the doctor. Returns and says the Dr. will see us.
Wilhelm, Jeremy and Schuyler go into room, the rest wait in lobby. Campbell welcomes us in. He and Wilhelm have both heard of each other so there is a quick kinship between them. Wilhelm just isn’t a great talker though but doesn’t say anything terribly wrong, and believes Campbell to be on the up and up.
This place only for wealthy families, pay so much for his discretion and his success in treating mental illness.
He apologizes a few times for being unwilling to speak of patients histories here.
Jeremy says our friend the son of the Earl of Mansauce. He;s concerned about his friend in London."
“Oh, the Earl is in my lobby? You didn’t say that. His property is very close.
Jeremy’s persuasion works, as usual. Dr gets Bidwell’s records and brings them back.
‘Bidwell ownes several mills, steamships, sailing ships, lots of trade with colonies. Recently returned from Australian joint venture for gold mines that failed. A few weeks after he came back in early August 1888, on 14 Nov 1888 4pm he was admitted here. Heavily sedated when arrived accompanied by Sir William Withy Gull, physician to Her Majesty Queen Victoria, head of his Masonic Lodge. He died in January this year.
’Gull brought him here himself, the great Gull. Bidwell seemed totally insane, as a savage beast. Kept sedated for protection of self and all. Occasionally produced queer clicking sounds. Then 17 January he fell into a coma. Awoke next morning totally calm and lucid.
Schuyler “What day did Gull die?”
“January 16.”
Did not let him out right away. Started telling us of vivid dreams of alien world but quickly stopped speaking of it. Kept him here until mid February. Butler picked him up and he left.
“I would like your opinion here, Dr. Van DerNort, on what happened here. For I am at a loss…. Healing powers of the mind itself can be amazing but I have no evidence for his sudden recovery.”
Wilhelm discusses the coma being a healing activity.
Campbell says that’s possible. He can see pressures could make a man so driven snap, but to become a savage animal?
Wilhelm brushes off the supernatural and possession as impossible rubbish, but does offer the idea of a Suggestion planted to make him act like he was.
Dr. says he also seemed a total mysoginist afterward. Did hate prostitutes but not women in general.
Jeremy and Schuyler look at each other: He’s the Ripper!
So, Jack the Ripper is throwing a party. That’s not going to be good.
Schuyler “So what did Gull have to do with it?”
Jeremy “It’s like Dr. Jeckyl and his potion.”
Schuyler “Yes, but that’s an odd link, the timing of Gull’s death and his recovery.”
Jeremy “Right, something else was going on with Gull.”

Campbell keeps angling to be invited by Paul to big Masonic Christmas event by Paul. Paul invites him to come to it and be Paul’s guest, spend a few days, do the great fox hunt and tree lighting. He is overjoyed!!!!!! He offers any help and assistance he can ever help us with as a Dr.!!!
A great connection we just made.

See Severn Valley tomb/Roman army story. Rick would know this.

Back to London that evening.

Upon arrival at train station, Paul is flashed the secret Masonic sign. Hands Paul a note and disappears into the crowd. It summons him to Buckingham Palace 8pm tonight.

Paul meets Henry Matthews, Home Secretary, after only 10 minute wait (very short for such an important man). They give each other Masonic sign. Talks about a lot of secret Mason stuff then comes to the point of us visiting the asylum.
“Why?”
Paul “Check on a friend.”
“John Bidwell?”
Paul “Yes.”
“Bidwell is a fellow mason. Not just a mason, he like you and I is a Royal Arch Mason.” That means Paul must keep anything secret, even murder and treason, a secret.
Paul “If something horrible is going on, I can stop it still w/o revealing who.”
“Something was going on, and our late Grand Master Gull put an end to it. I can’t tell you. Stop looking where you’re looking and know that your brothers will keep the situation inhand.”
Paul requests to be brought into the fold, as he could be useful.
That’s all.

Party; Friday March 28

Foggy, clammy, Big Ben chimes in distance. Other carriages there already at the house in St. John’s Wood.
A man inside entrance announces all esteemed guests “The Right and Honorable Earl of Mansauce and Company.”
Lavish house and party: champagne in flutes walked around by servants, chefs carving whole boar, string quarted in a balcony above 3 story ballroom. Bidwell has not appeared at his own party yet. See gov’t officials, business men, Home Secretary Matthews (gives knowing look to Paul).
Also, Maj Henry Smith, commissioner of london cops; plain looking and vivacious woman who offers hand to be kissed Annie Bassent (Theosophists society in America, Investigators spoke to her); Dr of Philosophy William Wynn Wescott of Vice Chairman of Golden Dawn;Florence Farr wizard of Golden Dawn; Robert James Lees (official psychic to court of Queen Victoria); his friend Godfrey Williamson (celebrated psychic); lots of people fawn around shipping magnate Nigel Stander (board of White Star); hrumphy man introduces himself to Paul as Col Albert Hardwick of Her Maj 7th Hussars; 3 talking together dressed more drab than rest: one a Dr friend of Paul works as a writer Arthur (novelist) Paul "I read your latest novel, its quite good’ Conan Doyle “Bases on real life you know, I know this Sherlock” (started writing stories after Holmes’ death) introduces Bram Stoker (says he has uncovered a story that he has to publish as fiction but insists it is based on what really happened) and H.G.Wells (been recently interested in science, has a few concepts experimenting with, including a device to travel into future).
A hush falls over the place, announcer “Mr. Henry Irving and Ellen Terry” 2 celebrated London stage actors.
Walter Sickert, artists.
Painter Aubrey Beardsley.
Wearing a dark cape, bald, shaved head, arcane symbol tatoos on his head: William Robert Woodman founder of Golden Dawn.
Oscar Wilde, with several young men hanging all around him.
Another man, not introduced as they do not know him, but Doyle upon seeing him says “East is east, west is west, and never the twain shall meet. Rudyard nice to see you.”
Paul freaks out to meet him.
We mingle as much as we can.
Jeremy:

Clock strikes 9PM. Gaunt, pale, frail man enters hall via main doors. Walks with cane, very old. It’s Bidwell!! Looks 30 years too old.
Smiles and waves shaky hands to crowd. Music and party continue, he starts mingling.
Paul gets to talk to him: he can tell from arm atrophy via straight jacket, and a level of malnutrition also typical for an asylum stay.
He gives short shrift to all the ladies. Asks Paul if he has any interest in occult, Paul says of course.
Invites Paul to a seance afterward. Probably led by Golden Dawn.
Frenchman walking by, actor, recognizes Bif. Bif says “Always glad to meet a fan”.
“Not exactly what I meant. I make a point to know all important artists in my business.” He is August Lumiere, owns largest film studio in Paris. Invites Bif to visit Paris in the near future to shoot an adventure film about the French Foreign Legion, he’d like Bif to be a main character.

11pm Bidwell thanks guests for coming and excuses self. By 11:30 only those invited to seance still there. Paul can bring 2 to seance with him: RC and Jeremy join him. It will be held in Bidwell’s upstairs library. Others can stay and talk downstairs.

13: Bassent, Farr, Wescott, Woodsman, Lees, Williamson, Bidwell, Paul, RC, Jeremy, Doyle, Sir Thomas Rumbelow, Sir John Williams (attending physician to Queen Victoria).

Just before midnight, butler enters library, closes drapes, lights candles and extinguishes gaslights. All seat and he exits room, locking doors behind him. Bidwell enters in black robe and holding crystalin cube. Looks like there is something inside. He puts the cube down "Are you ready to begin? Everyone joins hands.
Starts going on with occult rhetoric but nothing that makes sense, just repeats that he wants to send his mind out to contact “the others”; “Ye Kub Al over and over, Ye Kub, Ye Kub”. For 40 minutes nothing happens. He falls to table exhausted “Thank you my friends but the seance is a failure. If everyone would please leave me now, we can speak again tomorrow.”
Jeremy suggests one of the Golden Dawn members lead it, or the tatoo head man. He is very frustrated, declines and the Dawn members leave. We all go home. Bidwell is going to sleep.
In the ballroom, Schuyler suggests we hang around for the night and keep a watch on things. Jeremy fights tooth and nail to go home and go to bed. The othere agree with Schuyler so Jeremy “Oh, fine, Jesus Christ.”

Schuyler suggests Jeremy hide inside as the rest and us leave and let us in after the help is asleep.
“I did not join this group to get involved in life and death situations.” (ahem)
He grudgingly agrees, almost gets caught in foyer and considers letting it happen, imagines Schuyler yelling at him, so stays hidden against his better judgement. We hide outside.
After butler goes upstairs Jeremy hears a crash, butler “Master, are you all right?” then a lot more crashing.
Jeremy “Ok there’s something going on upstairs and I’m not going myself. Sounds like Bidwell’s breaking things and threatening his butler.”
Find door to library open, lying on floor inside is Bidwell, a slash across chest his lifeblood bubbling out. Wilhelm sees that he is dying, nothing he can do.
Simon “Who stabbed you man?”
“The Master!”
It looks like Bidwell but is the butler “He was acting just like he was before, I found him and I called Mr Matthews…to keep away…now he killed me…” DEAD.
A search of the house:
trapdoor to attic is open a bit, and doorway in back to servant’s kitchen is open.
Simon, Schuyler, Wilhelm to attic; Jeremy, RC and Paul downstairs.

Simon pushes attic door up with sword. They find nothing.
Downstairs find kitchen door open. Tell Jeremy to go back and yell upstairs we found his trail.
Paul and RC outside fast.
A man stands in yard, leaning against the wall. It’s a constable, Paul approaches as RC looks out.
He says “I was ordered to watch the house” by Det Sgt James Mulverhill, “need help” moves his hands from his belly and his stomach is sliced open, guts spill out and he falls dead to ground.
RC starts looking for tracks as a stout looking man steps into alley “Come here, show yourselves.” Shows us his badge, has a revolver.
“We were at party.”
“And you killed a constable?” Tell him it wasn’t us, has had this place staked out because he thought Bidwell was trouble.
He tries to get us back into house thinking we did it, we say the real killer is getting away your helping him. Mansauce throws his noble weight around and he says he’s going to search the house while we continue on.
He gives no response to Paul’s Mason sign. “Leave, all of you”.
As we leave, he puts his hands on Paul’s shoulders and puts his hand on Paul’s shoulders and gives him a masonic sign. Tells the rest of us to leave but for Paul. We do.
“What are you doing here?”
Paul quickly explains.
“I need to make some changes to the evidence in there. Get your friends to leave and come in with me.”
He does.
RC, with Schuyler’;s help, is able to follow a couple blood traces. We are pretty sure he’s heading for Lime House (aka Chinese district).
We continue on.

Back at the house

He thinks its Bidwell. Paul says its not. He insists it must be “I recognize him, this is Bidwell. That means he was murdered by his butler, the butler did it! Then my poor bobby out there was killed in the escape attempt.”
Knock at front door. He answers and its a man in street clothes, late 40’s with another man late 30’s. Insp Cleveland and Sgt Craig. Say they got an anonymous tip John Bidwell had been murdered.
“We’ve just gotten here. You can trust this man, Paul Warrington the XVII, Earl of Mansause, he is impeccable. You 2 search the downstairs, quickly. Upstairs to Paul “Find anything here that could incriminate us (masons)”.
They take the masonic ring off of Bidwell’s body. Paul finds his journal in library and pockets it.
Cop yells “We found the body, its up here.”

Find nothing all night in Limehouse. Meet at Paul’s. In morning look at journal. Starts 2 October 1887, Australia, looking for gold with partner.
Found crystal artifact cube, metal disc in center with unusual markings. Got it from an old aboriginal. Found by his ancestor in desert. Raved about a city of giants beneath the sand. Was told for family to guard it through generations. Old man would not let anyhone gaze at it. So he shot the man dead! Took it, the group slaughtering many natives to get it away.
December: one member has been trying to get them to return the cube, but look for lost treasure of giants.
Young Mortimer tries to steal it so got a beating.
November, London: found cube packed in trunk, had forgotten all about everything.
Nothing until this year,
Finally, free of his prison in Yekub.
None of us know of Yekub at first, Wilhelm then says Yekub is a planet ruled by a race of intelligent worms wholly evil.
Simon: “I may have seen one of them under the earth from the asylum.”
Last entry day of party. Seeks to return to Yekub, his ‘home’.

The crystal was not in the house, its missing.

Archie suggests Paul talk to Home Secretary again.
So something switched places with Bidwell, and the worm thing Bidwell was Jack the Ripper.

Diary says he was at a ball all night for 2 Ripper murders, including the double murder! All circumstantial evidence adds up but now, it’s not him! He was a gibbering worm but it was up to something else. It must be intelligent, and kept journal and pretending to be him. The body in his worm was around doing things as him during the murders.
Suddenly that last evening he went savage crazy.

Gull died of a stroke. Died in his sleep overnight.

Sunday March 30

A little checking by Jeremy today shows Bidwell was present at the other engagements during those 2 murders. Bidwell certainly thought he was the Ripper, and so do the Masons in the know.
Paul sends letter to Mulverhill we have proof Bidwell wasn’t Jack the Ripper.

He sends a note to the house that night to come to Scotland Yard right away.
Tells us to talk to a young Chinaman named Lee Tsao. Translater present.
Kid says saw white man, sound like the butler, walking in warehouse district of Limehouse. They decided to rob him. The man grinned, savagely cut one’s throat and snapped another’s neck. Lee fled screaming and cops picked him up. This just happened earlier tonight. They are going to investigate and want us along. Insp Cleveland says we can go. Mulverhill is not, has to talk to superiors at Masons about new info. They need to cover up any evidence that they did any tampering.

The kid said they saw the man come from a warehouse which we are going to raid. We all burst inside. Its half empty, not used a lot. Body lies crumpled on floor. It’s the butler, Hanson Bartlet. Strangled.
Wilhelm “It’s like a body snatcher.” Find a sleeping area.
Lantern beside blankets, and several books: World and Brit history, industrial and science history and astronomy. All stuff a worm not from around here would want. All from British Museum.
Checked out the day before, but for a couple special collection books that must have been stolen.
So, this isn;t the worm that was in Bidwell before, so needs info on world. It took a new body and strangled the butler. Tossing the place finds no other evidence.
Back to square one again.
Wilhelm finds one book different, as stolen one from the locked stacks “The Pnekotic Manuscript”!!! 1/3 complete, 2/3 of edition destroyed long ago.
Hear a ruckus outside, and police whistle. Chinese woman struggles with a bobby. He looks up, yells “I found her trying to sneak in!” She writhes and squirms, the cop gasps, drops the girl and runs. Body switch!!
We yell for the bobby’s to chase but they make for the girl, now the bobby.
Schuyler jumps out window and starts to hoof it. The other rush downstairs.
Wilhelm stops at chinese woman. Cop says “its me, its me, get…me!” In her pocket, is the cube!

A long chase until Schuyler trips it up with a thrown winchester. He dives on its back so that it doesnt look at him, pins it and slugs it a couple times 3/7. It slips out but some chinese had gathered and they stop it. Schuyler gut punches for 3, headlocks and they all carry it back to warehouse.
Unfortunately, questioning back at cop shop, it switched with one of the chinamen when they grabbed it!!

Home to sleep. Find Godfried Williamson waiting for us. Very nervous, keeps taking snuff. Been having visions since Bidwell’s murder. Cleveland refused to listen to him so came to talk to us:
strongest vision something to do with Duncan or Duggan, make him nauseous. Sees faceless men in his visions clearly but feels they see him all to clearly. They carry axes.
Schuyler “Tongs?”
In England, they call them Triads.

March 31

Very early morning. Loud knocking at door, butler answers and wakes us all up, Godfried is back again.

Schuyler “Another vision tonight?”
Did reading of tarot cards when he got home, they indicated Bidwell and the seance, he says there is something we missed.
Fog is dense, its quite chilly.
Go to big table, Williamson produces his tarot and pulls the Hermit and describes its meaning, but knows not what it means to us.
Suddenly door opens, and several figures walk in, all the others from seance but Bidwell. They were all drawn here by visions.
After they all enter, door shuts on its own and lock clicks.
Schuyler “Is this normal?”
“NO”
Repeat of seance, lights off, figure comes from den. Throws back hood nad its bidwell!
“There are forces greater than life and death. I’ve summoned you back here to show you the fruits of your labor” then pulls a crystal out. WIlhelm withdraws the other. Smoke of candles thicken, funelling into wall, forming a tunnel into infinity 10’ across.
He steps to opening and says “This is the key!”

Schuyler fires winchester 11. He grasps neck, the rotten shell of a man opens and one of the worms comes out.
Red Cloud, Simon,and Paul are at gate and attack it. RC miss; Simon hits 11; Paul crits 20 DEAD horrible nasty smelling ichor bubbles out, they writhe in death throws for several moment.
More worms coming from portal.
Red Cloud “How do we close it! Golden Dawn, Wilhelm, close it!!” The seance membes, led by Golden Dawn, chant and the gate closes.
Screaming outside, we look out window and see hundreds of the worms all over, crawling up buildings and down streets.
We charge into street hacking and shooting. They overtake us, pincers ripping us to pieces until….

We startle awake in bed. It’s that same morning. A knock at the door, its Godfried! Had a horrible nightmare, same as us. Feels it was a warning.
Another knock, the 3 golden dawn members, same dream. Soon the entire seance is gathered horrified and drinking brandy.
An alien invasion is coming.
Doyle “maybe the clue is in the dream. Afterall they did close the tunnel.”
Red Cloud “But then they were outside.”
“Maybe that was just to show you what would happen if we had failed.”
“Otherwise, where were they coming from.”
We closed the portal with the chant of the seance members. They say they chanted seance backwards, the chant that Bidwell did at original seance. We need to find out what he originally said."
“We need to pull it out of someone’s memory.”
Wilhelm is trained but does not believe himself to be great at it, but he tries. Otherwise, a Golden Dawn member perhaps.
He hypnotizes Williamson.
Yakub al nekron gharsh, Yakub arsh Necron, Klatu……

We write as he says it. Williamson says with eyes that have lost all sanity! It broke his mind. Golden Dawn hypnotist rehypnotizes him to forget all he experiences and he recovers in due time.
So, hiding in Limehouse. Williamson keeps having a vision of someone with blood on his hands, and these faceless men are constantly moving to shield him. The bloody man then turns into a wormlike centipede. This vision was last night. While he was insane, he had another, a great yellow dragon snorting fire, bathed in blinding smoke.
Schuyler “Maybe it took control of a Triad leader, and the Triad are shown protecting because they don’t know.”
A voice outside the room speaks, Sgt. Cleveland and Insp. Craig of cops.
Cleveland “You knows there is a restaurant that uses a dragon like that as its symbol” as they walk in.
Simon “What brings you 2 here?”
“WIlliamson came to the station babbling about monsters this morning, left. I didn’t believe him but followed him cause he was acting crazy. I’ve heard most of what you said. I’m not saying I believe any of it but I think if there is even one chance of a million we should do something about it.
He suggests a Chinatown visit today. Knows he saw symbol there before but not where exactly.

Breakfast is made for all. We leave for Chinatown. We stop at a pub nearby while Jeremy gathers information on the streets. He starts by 11 am.
We lunch, for by 1pm still no word from Jeremy.
Closer look at Pnakotic Manuscript:
Mentions psychic alien race using cubes to travel, cone being hid the device they found, for the worms use it to gain a foothold and later somehow swarm across space and invade the world.
At least parts of it are different from the investigator’s manuscript, Archie will say later when we show it to him.
We get word it is taking longer than expected. We invite the cops to dinner.
It is 7:30 in the evening before he returns with the word: House of the Yellow Dragon.
Schuyler “Really?”
Hidden down an alley, and is a front for an opium den. It is run by the Tong.
Schuyler “I knew it.”
Back to Paul’s to change into fighting clothes, then off to chinatown.
The cops will be in plain clothes, working class folk. We go in dressed like tuffs.
Lots of foot traffic, a dragon parade, sailors. Old man beggar, Jeremy notices after we pass that he says something to a street urchin who then run off and out of sight. Jeremy figures a cutpurse gang.
Then a stone bridge arching over an alley and sewer. As we are crossing, 4 young chinese step out at other end, blocking our path. Another 4 step out behind. They do this unobtrusively that only Jeremy notices. All have hands inside their padded jacket.
Jeremy to Schuyler and Simon next to him “We have company, chinese guys”. We stop until we are alone on bridge, as they let others pass.
Jeremy “I think they’re getting ready to jump us.” He offers to talk to them in Chinese, Schuyler suggests he try to talk them down. Maybe they don’t know who we are, but are concerned what strangers like us are doing here.
The leader pulls his hatchet in Chinese “We are gold dragon Tong. You tell them we need coin, payed, to let them pass.”
“How much?”
“1 gold sovereign a piece or you face our wrath.” Jeremy knows if you are going to be a member of the Tong, you must have a tattoo. Jeremy sees, as he flashes his hatchet, he has the tattoo but it is faded in places. It’s henna, fake!
Jeremy “We’d be happy to pay, if you were truly Golden Dragons.”
“Show him.” They do. All henna.
Jeremy “Let me see that.”
He does, Jeremy spits on it and wipes it off!
Jeremy calls their bluff again, bringing up the Tong’s wrath the comes to fakers.
They threaten to kill us anyway if we don’t pay.
Jeremy points out Red Cloud to them “He’s a savage warrior from the Americas and he won’t give his money up to someone whose scalp he’ll freely add to his collection.”
Schuyler says to tell them from this bridge, one of us can easily get away to tell the Tong of their offense. And if even one of us does, it’s curtains for them.
They relent.
Couple blocks later, Jeremy sees a couple of definite Tong who likely send word that we are here, but it may be that we are only strangers.
Next, street ahead narrows some. Traffic is about a third, and too many are simply lounging around waiting for something. Too few old folks/women.
Jeremy elbows Schuyler, who starts whistling a sad western ballad, his warning to the rest of us.
Between Jeremy and Schuyler they spot 8 total, staggered down the road, furthest wearing a cloak.
We prepare for a fight, Jeremy offers to try to tell them we are only heading for the opium den.
“Why are you and your men here seemingly waiting to ambush us.”
He says bring your men here and we’ll talk about it."
Jeremy says we don’t look forward to being surrounded, we’re just here for a good time.
He goes for Jeremy and grapples him, putting a wicked knife to Jeremy’s throat yelling to us in English “Dropee yu weapons, I cut head off!”
Jeremy quick as can be slithers free! He races back amidst us. Cops charge first 2, Sgt hits 4 , insp 8. Schuyler hits next down line 11;
Furthest throws open his cloak revealing 2 .45’s. Fires 3 shots: first hits rear chinaman, second crits him DEAD, third shot hits next rear guy 11. He yells “Drop those weapons, you’re all under arrest!” It’s the Mason Sgt. from the party house.
Paul helps Cleveland 9. Red Cloud bulrushes the tong in the middle of the road back toward the Sgt in the rear..
Schuyler is hit 6 and is charged 2; leader flanks RC and hits 7; cops are missed.
Simon moves to the Inspector’s man and hits 14.
Street empties of all but baddies fast.
Schuyler hits 6; RC turns on the leader 12/10 w/ tomohawks; The Sgt kills rear guy.
2 on Schuyler miss/3; leader on RC hits 3; Inspector kills his.
SImon rushes at the untouched on Schuyler and hits 15.
Schuyler crits 15 DEAD; cops rush in and Sgt hits 6/Inspector misses other on Schuyler and Simon. Paul rushes to the leader and hits 11; RC hits 7/8; shooter Sgt.hits RC’s for 8.
Tong who is surrounded hits Inspector 5; the leader shouts in Chinise something Jeremy says is “All hale Jukshabb (?)!” and misses RC.
Simon hits 16 DEAD; RC hits leader 9; Schuyler charges and misses him; Paul hits him 9 DEAD.
END Fight.

Paul “Mulverhill, what are you doing here?”
Still protecting Mason secrets, says appears red handed monster is not what we think it was (i.e. the Ripper).
He came for the sake of the widow’s son. Paul acknowledges, and he disappears into the alley.
Wilhelm says ‘Jukshabb was a purple cone, smoking into a sphere in mid air like translucent ivory. Maybe a god, old one. Does appear on material planes here and there, so it is written’.
ed by the worms of Yekub.’
So these Tong are worshipping this being perhaps.

We continue, streets we go on are empty.
Ahead, the House of the Yellow Dragon. Pic of dragon is faded, but the name is in Chinese on the outside.
We enter and are greeted by Matre di. “Honorable sirs, how may I assist you this evening?”
We say we wish to ‘chase the dragon’. There are no tables, only booths with curtains. From inside we hear other noises but eating. It’s a brothel.
Past one corridor and another, feel like we go in a circle and he opens a booth. curtain. 2 6’ tall shirtless, rolly polly chubby Chinamen. He pulls a rope and the back wall opens “Enter and go upstairs.”
We do. A long corridor ends in a door.
Forward we go, no door know so we knock. Panel opens, beady eyes peer out, and it opens. Guang Lun is the man, a huge guy, bigger than the 2 guards put together; long single braid of hair to waste; from neck down totally covered in tattoos.
Jeremy “Fine tattoos.”
He tells us to leave weapon on the shelves and wracks, so we do. He motions us through another door, same as last. The man looks past us at Guang then opens the door. It’s 10 shillings/man and we are in.
Fairly large room w/ bunkbeds on the walls. Asians, whites and even a few blackmen are here, many sailors. Some asleep, some awake. Several old men and old crones walk around and supply the users.
Huge statue of Buddha against one wall. Jeremy rubs his belly for luck. An old man waves for us to come to one corner, and we are given a pipe by an old woman.
We look around, but no obvious way to go further.
Couple more sailors arrive after 15 minutes.
30 minutes, and a gentleman arrives w/ a giggling young Chinese girl, maybe 14 and they get a bunk, pulling a curtain after a few round of pipe.
45 minutes pass, then an hour, several have now left, some KO’d Chinese ones are carried out by real Gold Dragon Tong toughs. They stack them in the alley to make room, but not the whites as that would cause trouble.
Hour and a half now, it’s about 1am says Paul’s watch. More are leaving than coming in. We fake like we’re asleep.
At 2 and half hours, man w/ a long stemmed pipe pokes each of us. Jeremy is keeping the closest lookout, fooling the man while still watching. Jeremy sees the man move his hand on the wall, a hole opens and someone says something to him, then it closes. He charges another pipe for another customer.
Inspector, Paul and SImon is feeling the effects of the place, -1 to int/wis/dex. Wilhelm is -2 each.
We hear a creaking, Jeremy sees the Buddha moving aside revealing a room, a weird machine withing, lots of moving parts, sparks and a strange odor, high pitched sound whirring and humming.
Jeremy taps Schuyler in bunk above “I think we gotta get out of here”.
3 men step out of machine room, walking toward us. One with a strange gait = the worm!!
Jeremy acts like he startles awake, grabbing his head like he is having a bad reaction.
Worm guy "Wait my friends, you have something that I wish to purchase from you. If you are willing to deal you will leave here unharmed and healthy. Refuse, you will not leave this room alive. Main door opens and about a dozen hatchetmen enter, taking the customers out of the room.
We all get up, our jig up.
“The fewer that witness our transaction the better. You have the cube.”
Jeremy “We don’t have a cube.”
“Yes you do. I know it’s with you. Do not try my patience”
He snaps his finger, a line of 10 beautiful maidens, 1 white; 1 black; rest chinese, nude but for sheer silk tops.
“What do you desire? Any dream you have ever had we can fulfill. Unlimited drugs, women, gold.”
We conjecture that he can’t take it from us, that he has to be given it willingly for some reason. He says we are fools, snaps his finger, and more guards enter.
Wilhelm “It appears we are at an impass.”
SImon “Clearly we will not give you the cube.”
Wilhelm “And clearly you will not take it from us.”
Paul offers him to let us leave, and we won’t kill you right now.
At the entrance is the monster of a man from the previous room. We are backed into one corner, the 3 bodyguards directly across from us w/ the worm. Behind them the other guards.
Another secret door opens and a tall Chinaman with long fingernails like talons walks out. In a mild mannered voice "Now you shall feel the wrath of Lo Ping.
Jeremy “That’s the head of the Tong, he usually operates out of America.”
One of the guards goes to him, telling him of the new god they found to worship on Earth. Lo Ping’s hand cuts, and the guards head falls followed by the body “I AM YOUR GOD ON EARTH.”
Another says as they back up “Master, you don’t understand. This is gar greater than you, anyone.”
Lo Ping stares at him, slowly waves one hand back and forth, shows him his palm, and the man’s heart stops instantly.
“Those of you that are left will back away and allow the white devils to leave” to us now “The cube, if you don’t mind. I have means to destroy it, do you?”
Paul “No.”
“Than either give it to me, or follow me. In intend to rule this world, not the worms. Come to me, now.”
The worm man to Lo Ping"You used to be the power here, now I am! Kill them all!!"
Lo PIng “Ching Ri forward!” A double line of men race into the room from where he came from. Each has a right ear that is only ragged flesh, all different races. 10 total
Jeremy says there are only rumors of the Ching Ri. The most feared of his minions, fanatical assassins. Orphans taken young from worst slums on earth, to secret mountain citadel where they are trained. Final test is their right ear is nailed to a post, they must rip away from it. Anyone who cries out are instantly killed. Each is trained in 2 weapon fighting, sword in each hand, also carry a revolver.
The hatchetmen and the Ching Ri clash, the assassins taking a quick and obvious upper hand.
it’s us against worm and his 3 main guys. Schuyler pulls out his boot knife, handing it to RC. Jeremy gives his hidden dagger to Paul. More men come file in every round or 2, but they all go for the Ching Ri.
He sends his 2 bodybuard hatchetmen and the huge tong who has a sword at us first.
Simon goes for the Hulk swordsman with bare hands, but one of the assassins tosses him a sword, perfect throw and perfect catch of a Chinese butterfly sword, and hits 11.
Another hatchetman races in through the main door “Kill the Ching Ri!” faking out the hatchetmen who he then kills 2 of “I am here master, it is Lee Ho Phuk!” He joins the fray.
Paul attacks guard 2 and hits 8.
Lo PIng turns 2 hatchetmen on each other, who fight themselves. Jeremy heads for the door, hoping to get to our equipment.
Worm stares down Paul, who is dazed for 1 round. Guard 2 hits Paul twice 11 total. Simon is hit 8/miss. Inspector helps Simon w/ brawl miss; Sgt Cleveland helps Paul brawls 4; last guard hatchets RC 3/4/miss.
Jeremy and Wilhelm continue down hallway, door is open. No one is there. They reach the weapons. The door out of there to the downstairs flies open, and the Mulverhill comes hurtling through the air and smashes into the wall. A large man appears, not as bit as Hulk fightng Simon but big, with no weapons just bare hands.
Mulverhill fires 2 bullets, missing twice, emptying one gun.
Simon hits Hulk 8; Paul is dazed; Worm casts at Paul again but fails, Paul is now back as well; SImon is hit twice by Hulk 5/13; Guard 2 ignores Paul and goes at the cop but misses twice; RC hits 9/Schuyler 3; he attacks RC 3 times miss/miss/4.
Mulverhill fires 9/miss “Get weapons to your friends I’ll hold him off.”
They grab weapons and move into the hall. Hulk Jr attacks Mulverhill for 4.
Simon hits Hulk 10; Paul hits guard 7; Worm tries to daze Paul again but fails; Hulk on Simon hits twice 26 but (card) he is instantly healed; guard 2 stay son Clevelend 3/3/miss; Cleveland fumbles; Insp hits 5; RC misses, Schuyler hits 7/miss; Guard 1 attacks RC 5/4/3.
Mulverhill follows us but turns and shoots at Hulk Jr hit 8; Hulk Jr rushes Mulvahill and hits 8.
Simon misses; Paul hits; Paul makes save again vs Daze; Hulk vs Simon hits 13/5; Guard 2 attacks Paul miss/6/miss; Cleveland recovers from fumble; Inspector misses; RC hits 11; Guard 1 vs RC hits 3 time for 19.
Mulverhill retreats 5’ through doorway and hits Hulk Jr. 13; Jeremy tosses Schuyler his rifle who catches and aims at Worm. Jeremy moves to behind our line. Wilhelm moves and hands Simon his Long Sword. Hulk Jr full attacks Mulverhill miss/9; Simon drops the butterfly sword and attacks now with his own sword 16; Paul hits guard 2 for 7; Schuyler hits Worm 12 as he casts at Paul again, ruining his spell; Hulk vs Simon hits 8/9; Guard vs Paul miss/miss/miss; Insp. hits Hulk 3; Cleveland hits 5; RC hits 7; he attacks RC 4/4/miss, RC w/ card heals all damage.
Mulverhill uses his brawl/Mart.Arts as well now vs Hulk Jr 4/crit 22 KO’d; Jeremy moves to give Paul his saber; Simon hits again with longsword 20 on Hulk; Wilhelm moves to RC w/ tomohawks; Paul now with his saber miss; Schuyler hits Worm 17; he draws a pistol and fires twice 10/miss; Guard 2 vs Paul miss/miss/miss; Insp. gets his club and pistol from Wilhelm; Cleveland misses; RC hits 9/8; he attacks RC 8/miss/ 4.
Mulverhill reloads; Jeremy gives Cleveland his stick and pistol; Simon helps RC and hits 12; Paul his guard 2 for 7; Schuyler hits Worm 11; he charges Schuyler but misses his touch attack, he’s trying to transfer himself; Guard 2 vs Paul 5/6/miss; Cleveland clubs Paul’s guard 7; Insp aims at Worm; RC misses/misses; he attacks RC 3/3/miss; Mulverhill readies at Worm; Jeremy shoots Worm w/ derringer 6; Simon on RC’s again hits 12 DOWN; Schuyler hits Worm 19; Insp hits7 DOWN; Mulverhill hits 10/6;; Guard on Paul 3/miss/miss; DEAD!.Cleveland hits Paul’s 8, RC hits him 12; the guard vs Paul miss/3/miss.
Jeremy’s derringer hits Paul’s 11 DEAD.
Now only 6 assassins left with Lo Ping. “Ah, my faithful enemies, together we must still save our planet for our species. Can you sense it? The great evil on the other side of that wall.”
Feels like a black hole of evil on the other side of the wall in the machine room. Simon, concentrating, can feel it. He wants to test its power by sending one of his men inside. He rushes loyally into the room, his head just explodes withing seconds.
Schuyler wants to blow the room up, but Lo Ping wants to see what it looks like. He puts a mirror on a stick, and sends for a bunch of his other lackeys from downstairs who converted back to him upon his arrival. Mostly women. He has one step intothe room and angle the mirror just right, and is immediately killed.
It is a huge sphere, about 9’ in diameter. Just sitting there as if balanced atop a silver pyramid.
Lo “There is a god there what do we do. Do you have dynamite?”
Paul “No.”
Schuyler “I have something better, detonite. 2 packs.”
Lo says we can’t kill it, may even "outlive me. It’t trying to take us over and its getting stronger by the minute, as is its radius of influence. Its halfway across the room.
He says we have 5 minutes to destroy it. We must put the explosives on the pyramid.
Schuyler explains you simply set the charge, turn the know and it goes off in 30 seconds.
We discuss how to do this, Lo says everyone needs to go, to give it many targets, the second rank has the charges.
It’s our 6, Mulvahill and the 5 assassins. He’s willing to send 3 of his in the first wave, Mulvahill volunteers as well as Jeremy and Schuyler. Jeremy and Schuyler have the explosives.
First wave charges, Jeremy makes the save to be controlled. Then Mulvahill fails the save and drops to the ground, snorring. Then Jeremy again makes the save! Assassin 2 fails, and his head explodes; then assassin 3 fails and takes 22 damage DOWN.
Paul leads the second wave in.
Assassin 1 on first wave makes save. Then WIlhelm in takes 20, assassin in 2nd rank DEAD; then Schuyler is slowyed.
Now assassin in 2nd row takes 22 DEAD;.
Explosives are put on and set. RC grabs Mulverhill. Simon drags Schuyler with him. Just then, Lo Ping steps around the corner and starts firing mental blasts at it. It directs its energy at him until he is down.
First attack fails; second fails; third fails; fourth fails; fifth fails; sixth does 21 damage, but Lo makes threshold save; 7th fails and deals 16 damage; 8th attack fails; 9th attack fails; 10th and last attack fails. He holds it back the entire time!! We get out of the room.
First explosion does 26, second 21. The blast stuns the god!
Simon charges in. He feels his mind throbbing, trying to make sense of what happened as it keeps missing his mind.
Schuyler starts firing the winchester. His DR is difficult to breech. Simon starts hacking away at it.
A bunch of us rush the machine to start ripping it apart.
Lo Ping starts to try to probe its mind, to stun it longer.
On round 5, men of Lo Ping arrive with 3 shotguns w/ 6 shells each. Mulverhill is awake now and gets one, as does Paul and the Inspector. They start firing.
The whole room shudders after round 5, costing all 1d4 sanity.
Lo Ping “The monster is afraid!”
Another d6 sanity all around. We hears screams from even downstairs as people loose sanity. Pieces are falling off the building.
Lo “The creature is terrified!”
After the 8th round of a Simon hit, 2 crits from Schuyler, and all shotguns hitting it implodes into nothingness.
Another d10-4 sanity.
All allow sanity checks for half.
We gain 2d8 and 1d10 however for completion.

The building stops shaking.

Lo Ping honors the deal. He insists we leave last, and wants 5 minutes before we leave after as “It will be safer for you that way.”
We listen.

April 1, 1890

We hear news body of cop who is in the woman’s body was found in the Thames, dead.

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A Horrific Return on the Orient Express

Next Day

Before we leave, Schuyler suggests that we talk to the OE officials about informing the staff of who we are, and there may be more trouble and that we need leeway and freedom of movement while on board.
Off on the Express in search of Makryat.
Simon “What if we tell everyone on the train before it leaves, its the express train back to London. If you’re looking for a leisurely ride depart now.”
Only car with room on the Calais coach. Must share berths with others.
Simon takes front room. Sees heavy set guy with gray here, Senior Martinelli, Italian. An opera base. Going to London to sing.
“Good to meet you. Just had some appauling news, I’m heartbroken.” Mentions Katarina’s death.
“I was a personal friend of hers.”
He speaks very highly of her. “As a fan of opera, could you do me a favor? I was assigned the top bunk, and being heavy as I am…”
Simon agrees to trade bunks.

Next, Schuyler is with Jack Gattling, syndicated columnest. NY times.
“Oh, a gentleman from the times. I’m American myself, so to speak. The NW territories.”
“We have to stick together.”:
’What’s been your business here?"
“I was in Paris and heard about this brew haha on the Orient Express, murders, vampires. If I could just find out what really happened I’d put it in every paper in Europe. Say, I heard there was an American involved. What’s your name.”
“Mr. Grim”
“Hmm, sounds familiar. If you hear of anyting interesting on this trip, let me know.” Also thinks countess on board having affair with German industrialist Kurt Groenig. Wants to prove it but but OE staff are big on discretion “Count isn’t much of a man, and very cosmopolitan about wife’s pursuits.”
“Why don’t you just let them do what they’re doing.’?
“If it were some fish monger no one would care, but Groenig is at the top. The count and countess are old money and I love the idea of dragging them through the mud.”

Paul is in with Sir Robert Harrow, adv. and man about town. Tall, strapping, very English. Bristly mustache and crooked grin. Big game hunter to member of Parliament. Conservative. So, they have much to talk about. He’s pleasant enough, but there’s something about him Paul just doesn’t like, surprisingly. Kinda guy you wouldn’t count on in a crisis. Paul is going to lose sleep, the guy talks about his adv’s incessantly and sits up reading and smoking with insomnia. He hasn’t had a lady for a while, and there are 2 next door. He asks them to his room for conversation and spot of gin.
Alayna Constanza: quiet and exotic beauty, medit. Obviously well off financially. Wanted room for self but now sharing with Bif’s girl. They will continuously fight off Sir Robert’s attempts at ‘getting inside’. Robert offers Paul to make it a duo, but Paul says her American friend is a close friend of mine.
He still doesn’t back down. “I know lots of tricks I can teach them.”

Next car, Count and Countess Henre Mathau Debrusi and wife Emanuelle. He is stout and hearty, drinker’s red complexion. She is half hi sage, red hair green eyes, sophisticated and attractive.

Next, Groenig (handsome, young, wealthy, does spend much time around Countess and is friends with Count); with Rama Hotep. Mysterious wealthy Egyptian, deals in Antiquities from Alexandira. Overweight.

Next: a single, Wilhelm in 13.
14: Lord Margrave with Jeremy. He’s tall, snobby Englishman. Thickman, this stouch. Likes bowties and butterflies and money. Can speak endlessly on all 3. Rumors of affair with del Garda in next compartment.

Next: Dona del Garda by herself. Wealthy, and has a secret. For some reason seems to be in love with Margrave.

Next: Dantone Szofbic, with RC. Small rotund balding man with bifoculs. Know nothing about him and speaks little.
Conductor of our coach is Emille Sucard.

Bif and Wilbeforce are on a different car.

We are on our way at 4:30 PM.

We hang in salon car.
Dinner is served by car the first night. Constanza is invited to sit with us by Bif’s chic, Gattling and Harrow sit themselves down at Paul and RC’s table.
With girls is Bif and Simon.
Schuyler, Wilhelm, Wilberforce and Jeremy all together.

Recording

The table of our 4 drinking water start feeling a bit woozy, stomach cramps. Wilhelm is ovecome with nausea and cramps. Projectile vomits.
Schuyler calls for medical assistance. Check the water. The matre de is shocked, water should not have been served unless requested, water around here not safe. The water they serve is always bottled. Carafe was waiting at the table when we sat down.
Wilhelm is escorted to his room.

After, we go to club car as we pass Turkish frontier later in the night. Bif sits sharpening knife on a leather strapping, staring at the Harrow.
Jeremy “I’m thinking Harrow and the girl are not him. We need to find out if, in that love triangle, any of them act wierd.”
RC “Good idea.”

We see interplay of other passengers. The trio are acting normal.
Wilhelm “Who is smoking?”
Most of them are, Wilberforce “but who may be smoking who doesn’t.”
Schuyler “What about the type of cigarette he smoked in Constantinople. Maybe he’s smoking the same.”
Paul “Maybe in that same, arrogant haughty way.”
Only one person, Sucard the conductor. Schuyler tries to bum one from him. Gives me a funny look, then pulls out his cig (has initials on it) case full of gold tipped Turkish cig’s, just like the ones the villain smoked.
He smiles at me and says “Sometimes people should learn not to allow their habits to follow them.”
Schuyler “Why would you stop smoking just because your going somewhere else.”
“Smoking should kill you Mr. Schuyler.”
Schuyler “Could kill you, too.”
Now 12:40AM as we stop at Greek/Hungary border for check point. He excuses himself to perform his duty.
Schuyler signals it was him and he and Simon follow. No one in the corridor. Door at other end is banging open and closed. Door to next car is locked.
Schuyler “I’ll go left, you go right.”
No where to be seen.
Schuyler yells for others to get out and look for him. Schuyler jumps off looking for any place he could find a private spot to change bodies.
Simon and Schuyler go right, left goes Jeremy and Paul left away from platform. Bif stays with Wilhelm. RC and Wilberforce also search outside. Constanza starts walking top of train looking around. Locked Bif’s chic in room to keep her safe, Bif and Wilhelm with them.

To left, they see 4 guys in heavy wool coats approach, heavily dressed even for the cold, faces covered.
Jeremy “Hello gentlemen.”
They say hello in Turkish and pass our guys by.
Jeremy “What are you gentlemen doing on this side of the train? Sir, whenever the personal assistance of a Duke speaks to you, you don’t ignore him.”
They turn and attack with garrotes. Face covers fall away and they have scars of skin cult!
The cultists go for ball kicks doing 1 to Simon. Paul deflects his mans kick into his buddy 3 and stuns him 1 round.. They miss Jeremy. Constanza spots this and leaps down upon one of the ones on Jeremy and hits 2, flanking him. Jeremy misses with derringer.
Paul kills stunned guy with guys own knife.
OE men run for gunfire.
One attacks Paul with sap miss. 2 on Jeremy fumbles, other misses Costanza.
They begin to run. Paul’s AoO hits 7. Jeremy fires 2nd shot but misses “And don’t come back!”
Costanza “Gentlemen, I think we should make ourselves scarce.” They run for front and cross enter a train car, then exit on other side.
Train about to leave so we have to board. Costanza speak to Paul and Jeremy "It is a shame you were not able to find Mehmet.
We ask how she knows about him.
“I didn’t want to tell you all this, but…”

Recording

Conductor, of course, missing. A replacement comes from one of the guards.

Deformities again.
RC pimples on abdomen.
Schuyler gets black fungus on rt leg up into my loins.
Simon gets skin tightening in lft leg, and swelling bulging veins on in chest.
Jeremy gets thick ropey hair sprouting from left leg
Paul gets dead skin on left leg.
Wilhelm gets creeping and moving skin on abdomen.

Time for sleep. Simon goes into cabin, roomate already in bed. Hears a drip as he climbs up. Checking, finds a pool of blood as his throat slit. No parts missing. He was sleeping in what should have been Simon’s bed! Simon just goes to bed.

Gattling and Schuyler go to their room at same time. Gattling screams and feints at a bunch of skin on floor. The conductor’s empty skin. So he never left train, but duped us by opening back door then ducking into the room to hide. Informs the others.

RC goes to sleep. Light sleeper that he is, wakes to a noise from bottom bunk as a shadow rises. Danton stands up. Quietly see him in soft light of stars brings down a case he carries. Opens it silently, taking out a razor, screwing 2 pieces of metal into a one shot gun. RC readies scalping dagger. Puts gun in pocket of robe and razor in other pocket.
RC gets up and looks out. He stopped at Hotep/Groenig’s room.
Picks door lock, looks around, and turns out the light so corridor is dark. RC rushes and he turns and sees him. He quietly shuts door and moves toward RC with a grin.
RC “What are you doing?”
“Just out taking the evening air.”
RC “With a razor and snap together one shot? Which one are you here to kill?”
“Shall we retire to our room to discuss this?”
Back in room, he says was hired to kill Groenig for great deal of money, there are interests that would like to take over his company. Offers RC a deal, but RC of course declines.
“I’m afraid I’ll have to kill you.”
He goes for RC, who sidesteps and grapples for 7. He misses twice with dagger. RC grapples 6. He hits once 3. RC grapples 7. He misses twice. RC misses. He misses twice. RC misses. He fails to break twice. RC grapples 6. He breaks grapple then hits 2. RC stabs 15 (makes threshold). He misses twice. RC stabs 8.
RC “Give up.”
He misses twice. RC misses. He misses twice. RC stabs 8. He misses/hits 2. RC hits 9. He misses twice. RC hits 9.
“Still don’t want to give in?”
He hits 3/miss. RC misses. He hits 2/miss. RC misses. He misses twice. RC hits 6. He hits 2/miss. RC hits 7. He’s bleeding badly. He hits twice for 7 total. RC misses. He hits crit 7/3. RC misses. He hits 3/miss. RC hits 7 KO’d.
RC ties him up to the lower bunk lying down and goes back to sleep.

Next Day

Morning comes and we are outside Sofia. Wolf pack paces train. RC alerts officials to assassin. Simon informs them of dead man. They lock assassin up.
Not much happens all day. Couple attempts on our lives form a cultist here and there but nothing that threatens us.
Simon insists on killing everyone, crash train off a cliff or bridge. We all jump off!
Wilberforce says ‘I think he’d take someone with their own room."
Not us, not Bif’s girl, not Costanza, not assassin.
We watch for del Garda getting distant from Margrave.
Simon attempts to hit on her. Says she’s not that kind of woman, then turns and leaves. Simon sees a line down the back of her neck! It’s him.
Simon enters dining car to tell others. Elderly woman sits across from Simon, eyes staring right into his. It’s Baba Yaga, the oldest witch from the hut in the woods. We see her house running next to the train. See her in her hut, this is an image of her as she can’t cross iron.
Simon “What are you here for?”
“You’re too late. The evil one has changed his skin again” and she disappears and hut stops.
Get conductor, opens del Gardsa’s room and we find her skinless body and her skin.
Simon “Who else came and went in this hallway?”
“No one but the count. He visited her.”
Simon “Where did he go?”
“Of course, he must explain this. Find him in bed but his body with no skin. Let’s go find the Count. Gattling walks by as this is going on so he’s taking copious notes.
Conductor “Train must stop to investigate. I must speak to the chef du brigade. You can come with me if you wish” a scream. Out the window a body on the tracks, the engineer.
Train picks up speed. Train goes around a wide bend. We can see the engine now, become a living fleshy creature!
We fully equip and make for the front. We fly right past the next border. At next station, a barricade is put up but lightning flashes from the creature and destroys it.
Simon and RC make for engine creature, Paul and Wilhelm lead search for Count.\
Wilhelm "They have evoked a mask of Nyarlathotep. That is what the living train is.
Whole front of train taken over by cultists. Passengers hearded and barricaded at front of train.
So, we all go for front.
Simon breaks open the door. 4 cultists wait with axes and rush him: miss/hit 2/miss/miss. RC rushes in next, 2 large rocks fall from above as he pass from one car to the other miss/6. Simon hits 14, RC hits 16, at other end of car Count disappears through door for front of train.
Paul shoots crit a rock thrower DEAD. Schuyler hits other as he jumps at Paul 19 DEAD.
Inside, 2 attack each of us. Simon missed twice, RC miss/hit 5.
Paul enters car. Simon hits 16, RC hits 12, Paul hits 11 and 11.
Simon is missed, RC is hit 9, Paul is hit 6/miss. Wilhelm shoots one of Paul’s but misses.
RC hits 13, Simon hits 16, Paul cuts 11 shoots 13. As train goes around a bend the train jolts and a feeling of static. A new car is attached to train, made of stone, looks like gothic cathedral in miniature. As we pass Lausanna. Schuyler shoots undamaged on Paul 7.
Paul is missed twice; Simon is hit 4, RC is missed. Wilhelm hits Paul’s second 4.
Schuyler shoots same 9. RC hits 15. Simon hits 18 DEAD. Paul shoots 22 DEAD and cuts other 13.
2 left. RC is hit 4, Paul is missed. Schuyler shoots RC’s for 19 DEAD and RC and Simon advance through car. Paul misses twice. Wilhelm hits him 7. Bif shoots him on way by to follow Simon and RC crit 16 DEAD to larynx.
We enter cathedral car. Stained glass, tolling bell as if from vast distance, incense.
Inside is far too vast compared to the car. Luxurious, tables with suckling pit and beef, haunting melodies, tapestries, servants everywhere. Stairways go upward, halls leave. Dozens of people at a masked ball, one dressed as the Red Death.
Young page invites us up to throne room. “The jigsaw prince has offered a truce.”
Simon “I just want to know where the Count is.”
“Then come and talk to the Prince.”
We follow. Sanity checks, Jeremy and both MIke’s fail. 2 lost for others.

Recording, Jigsaw Prince

We exit out other side of cathedral, a long way. We run for it. He makes a pass with his hands and we all speed up greatly, getting to back in moments.
Next is the coal car. There stands the count in the back of the living engine. He sees us. Simon sees him first. The Count hits him with a Fist of Yogsothoth 15 and he is launched backward. Schuyler hits him 14, as it goes toward him it desolves like an asteroid going through the atmosphere and a small piece hits him.
Paul is able to grab hold of his arm and pull him back up.
Wilhelm begins the spell. Simon shoots at him (makes attack magi) 13, it glows like the last but nothing disintegrates hitting him full on; Schuyler misses badly. He reaches in, pulls bullet out and throws it at Simon hitting for 19 with a gout of his own flesh.
As Wilhelm says the last words he has to stand up and face him. Count fails the save and screams, flesh beginning to fall off. He is left as a person without skin, many cuts where pieces have been added on and they start falling of in portions. The rest slowly melts into ooze. Engine starts to change back into an engine.

Schuyler takes the train controls. Several more bouts of health problems hit us all. We get to Calais. Searching inside yielded nothing. Under train we find a box welded on and inside is the Simulacrum.

Early morning, March 19

We arrive w/o incident. Our man awaits us in Calais! We are in terrible shape.
We have to sit in a circle and have to pronounce phonetically the words on the scroll.
Ritual succeeds! Unfortunately for our friend.
Still recording.
Mekhmet stands reincarnated.
Paul springs into action, missing with saber.
RECORDING STILL.

March 20

To London. Brotherhood of the Skin is absolutely no more.

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Constantinople

March 10

We explain to those on board that we obviously can’t tell them a vampire attacked. Our story is that we were beset upon by viscous bandits; the 2 killed fell off the train.

In Constantinople the investigation begins. We are prebooked into Pera Palace, partners with Orient Express. Recommended by staff of train. Standard luxury hotel, native workers but European management.

Wilhelm and Simon talk about the tragedy of Constantinople’s fall.
Most of us are to be held for questioning upon arrival and the police arriving. Bif and Paul are left out because off social standing. They go back to train for out luggage at the 2nd fourgon.
The train is overrun with people. Cleaners, porters, lots of random people who shouldn’t be there. They find part of luggage there and part missing. They find the men in charge of this car, they say they don’t know anything. They’ve just been unloading what’s there. Paul sends Bif to the ticket office and Paul to talk to station master.
Master is very concerned and polite, starting immediate investigation to find it. Shall send it to hotel ASAP.
Paul “There was a very important cultural treasure with us. I will be going to embassy to let them know the job you are doing.”
He insists all possible avenues will be investigated.
The Express tells Bif they want to talk to Paul so he meets Bif there.
“I’m sorry sir, what little we can do we will. The first thing is, we have all of our personnel in the station actively searching. I have taken the precaution of hiring 2 PI’s to start questioning people. In addition I have notified the police as Mr. Baxter explained there was an item of significant importance. The police in this quarter have been alarmed. I will need a description of anything in the luggage, so that if anything is found being pawned or sold it can be identified. We are of course waving the entire fee for your stay at our hotel until your luggage is found.”
Paul does so, for anything important, and says the statue was to be sold once put together by an expert and is of little value apart.
All the other officials they talk to promise the same diligence.
The Orient Express, however, are mortified. Our luggage shows up at the hotel 1 hour later!!

At police, they don’t believe it. Passenger descriptions too different. Some have told of some savage beast. They want to know what really happened.
Wilhelm says that is not surprising for unexperienced in times of stress. Imaginations go wild. “One woman started attacking other passengers. Of course when one such as that hears a bulgarian warcry some will hear wolves and monsters.”
After more runaround and questioning, they let us all go.

When our luggage shows so fast, Paul offers great thanks. Chef Henri is there in person.
“:The staff would like ypo to know it was a great honor having you aboard and the battle with a vampire on the train will not be forgotten.”
Paul offers a grand dinner for them all, and asks about the pension for the dead engineer’s family. There is one, but small for the widow in Germany. The crew are taking up a collection. Red Cloud and Schuyler give what they can.
Schuyler checks in at US embassy to give report.

Then we all settle in at the hotel. We get some much needed rest.

March 11

We need a scribe to help research scrolls. Schuyler starts with embassy at secret service office. They say their 1 scribes are busy now, but they will be at my disposal if the time comes. Say go to grand bazaar in Stanbul and look for one.
So, Jeremy hits bazaar in Turkish disguise to look for a prospect. it’s a throng of merchants and people. He gets pointed to a group of scribes all waiting for business. Then he sees big nasty guys walking straight toward him. One of them walks right by him, and he and the other 2 meet at the scribes and beat the snot out of one of the scribes. Whew. Then they leave him bloody on the ground. The other scribes all made themselves scarce.
Jeremy goes up to him.

Recording pg 25 bottom

Scribe’s name is Fayer. He does speak English.
Fayer goes out to be a wonder, and the University of Constantinople staff is supremely helpful to outside academics. It takes late into the day to finish. It’s really just a college of general studies. Only undergrad work. They strive to become a university.
They find no mention of the brothers of the skin. In histories of recent city, rumors of a cult rumored to be cannibals. Said to gather at a ruined mosque of rosey tinture. No mention of Simulacrum, but yes on 5 scrolls that are in various parts of Europe after sack of Constantinople. However, the museum here has acquired all 5! Yes!
At one point Wilhelm looks out window and sees a grotesque creature looking up at him out of shadows, an amalgam of man and bear. 4 legs and 4 arms. As it turns to leave it turns out to be a man and a bear one standing in front of the other. A trick of light and shadow.

Red Mosque

An air of desolation, Grimy, dirty place. 2 studded closed doors appear to be the only way in. Some foot traffic. Schuyler suggests caution about trying to get in with lots of passing eyes on us. Simon says lets continue on and Jeremy and RC can come back via alley and sneak around, checking circumference.
No other entrance. They get Schuyler who fires his steampowered grapple to a window. RC and Jeremy climb up into the dome. We hear talking inside coming from room downstairs and smell hashish, entrance room through the double doors out front is below. They speak of the nice things they have acquired lately. Leader tells them to shut up “You never know who could be listening.”
Opening tween front and rear of mosque blocked by a tarp, formerly maybe a grand oriental carpet. Knock at front door. A man with a sack is let in “I have some more nice things here”. Dumping silver plates and silverware. Obviously expensive and European. Talk of selling or melting into ingots. Then thug small talk. No niches visible, yet at least. Appear to be street gang. A call to prayer from outside and they ignore it, one goes into corner and urinates “I piss on Muhammed; I piss on Allah”.
Jeremy “What if we return tonight acting like police. If they’re just thugs we may get them to surrender.”
We leave and make for hotel. Schuyler and Simon see a bear following the group! Then they notice a chain around its neck attached to a gypsy. They turn down a side alley. Jeremy decides to tail them. Once in alley barely sees rear of bear disappear around corner. He follows, 3 ways to go around corner but does not see them. Gypsy steps out of an alcove, the bear behind him “Take care my friends” in a raspy voice.
Jeremy goes back to rest of group and reports.

Whole group meet up at night for dinner. Fayer offers to show us the sights so we follow.
“If you really want to find out what’s going on in the city, ask in the bazaar.” But tonight, we spend some time out on the town.
Street cafe, belly dancers, drug peddlers,
Schuyler hands at belly dancers as the rest get up to move on. Simon decides he likes it too.

Recording.

Schuyler is ready and willing for ‘getting his ashes hauled’. Simon does as well.

Recording

Simon and Schuyler seem screwed.
Our ko’d prisoner lies, babbling about his friend and he being upstairs with their ladies and we tried to force ourselves on their women.
Proprietor, with an (ahem, fingers rubbing together by Schuyler) almost says he has no idea what happened, then changes his tune with the promise of cash and says we were the ones who went upstairs with the ladies.
They still say they have to arrest us for the one dead man now in Schuyler’s room. We are taken to be taken in for questioning. As is the ko’d guy. He has been edging closer and closer to the door, when he leaps out the door and races into the dark. After a scream, he is found clawed open and dead. Mansauce shows up and smooths the whole thing over with cash

Jeremy stops at the first hookah bar we come to. Wilhelm stays with him. Paul and RC continue with Fayer for ‘firewater’ at the next bar.
We go to find Jeremy and Wilhelm where they were left. We find them there safe. 4 or 5 suspicious looking men are in various parts of room as if closing in. Moments after the rest of us enter, they beat a hasty retreat.

Bif, Wilberforce, and his girl went there own way tonight. A small film culture in Turkey he, of course, runs into, and they wine and dine him.

March 12

Wilhelm goes to get access to scrolls as an academic, Schuyler as his translator:
Topkapi Museum is the pride of the city. Most closely guarded museum in the world. Secretary initially says to go away, they have no such items here. We get her to call for the ass. director who says we have to speak to a Dr. Zarap to get anywhere on this. We decide we’re willing to wait all day.
After 4 hours, he finally lets us in.
“What can I do for you gentlemen?”
Jeremy arrives and does some info gathering. He asks for restroom as a ruse and knocks at the door.
Recording

Jeremy goes to bazaar to gather info about Red Mosque, Shunned, brothers of the skin, hitmen from last night:
Person who knows about the hitmen would be expensive, hangs out in turkish bath on the waterfront in Para.
On shunned mosque, most say they don’t know anything until one person says that’s the old name for the red mosque.
On red mosque, talk to Beylab the Perspirer. He asks about Baylab, saying he hangs out in Turkish Bath on waterfront in Para.
On Bro of skin, if such a cult existed it could never thrive in Turkey though it could explain disappearances. Person to ask is Baylab. He likes foreigners as they pay more than locals.
Fayer says “You can’t talk to him. He’s notorious and not to be trusted. He’s dangerous.”
Now Jeremy looks into how to contact him: send a message to the Turkish bath announcing the time and day you will come. If he is not there that means he does not wish to talk to you. If you are late, you will never get to see him again.
Jeremy sends a note saying tomorrow at noon.

Back at hotel all meet.
(for spelling: Curse be to Garaznet the Thief.)
Bif “They’re has been a request made of us.”
Sir Douglas Rutherford wants to see Mansauce, Bif and Schuyler us at embassy immediately, he’s the British ambassador.
We are whisked right in, but will only see Brits, Americans or other Europeans. Fayer not allowed in, neither is RC.
Schuyler “What do you need of us Ambassador Rutherford?”

Recording

March 13

Noon, to the Bath to meet Bayeb:
Jeremy, Schuyler and Wilhelm go inside bath, the others wait outside.

Recorded until 6 min.

Into bath proper. He’s absolutely obese and big in general size, reclining and completely relaxed. A great heir of confidence, bald and moustache.

Recording: grave of the Kurd Grazanet, inside is the ritual to destroy statue. Both are 2 faced, for good or evil.
Naked women cultists armed with daggers rush in to kill us. 3 of them.
Schuyler “Jeremy get out of here, I’ll hold the assassin off” and readies an attack. Wilhelm charges women (her AoO hits for 3) and punches-4. Schuyler’s trip misses but assassin’s dagger misses too as he burns.
The chics miss Wilhelm, Jeremy runs for to get help into the next room screaming and his met by 2 cultist men. Our men outside hear and rush inside. As they are about to attack Jeremy, 2 gunshots go off. A Turkish man sitting there drinking and smoking reaches under his pillow, pulls out a Cold Army and fires at one-10/5. Jeremy takes total defense and they both miss.
Wilhelm notices the ‘women’ are actually guys disguised as women through the cult’s magic grafting and part swapping. A 2 more men in bath draw daggers. One stabs at a parton fleeing-hit ;and one at Wilhelm-6; the wounded patron flees.
Our men outside running through building, and guy behind counter is blocking front door to stop us with a big axe (he’s wearing the face of the real attendant). RC throws tomohawk-8; Simon charges. The readied attack misses as Simon hits-16. Bif draws knife and engages-misses in a vengeful rage.
Paul draws saber and revolver, fires and misses.
Wilhelm fumbles; Schuyler whips off his towel and goes to wrap it around the killer’s head in a grapple.
RC notices 4 more cultists coming after us from the street, and readies action.
Assassin burns badly buy breaks free of grapple.
Doorman hits Simon-16/miss; Simon crits-32 DEAD; Wilhelm hit by 2 false patrons but chics miss; gunman ally fires-kills his original target; Jeremy is missed (total def); 4 on RC hit. RC’s ready hits-29 DEAD, cleave-9; they miss/miss/hit-6; Bif rushes into warming room and attack’s Jeremy’s man-8; Paul moves to RC and crits-26 DEAD.
Endurance checks in hot room succeed for our 2. We hear a plop as Baylab is nothing but a skeleton with some grisle and muscle. SKin all melted off body and huge lump of burning skin just plopped off beside him. As a blob it starts wriggles toward us (both make sanity checks). Starts to spread thinner, still bubbling.
Wilhelm recovers from his fumble; Schuyler “Where the hell is everyone!” as he readies. The assassin rushes to grapple Schuyler who ducks and backdrops him into the skin blob. It begins to eat through his flesh by burning-14 then 10 from his own fire on him.
RC hits-12; Simon rushes inside to warming room and attacks same guy Bif did-crit DEAD; 3 chics miss Wilhelm; outside RC is hit-3; other misses Paul; our gunman runs into hot room and fires once at a false patron-12; they both rush at our gunman-8; Jeremy runs to his stuff and grabs his stip of daggers; Biff runs into hot room, loses 5 sanity as misses a shot at one of the 2 on gunman; Paul hits untouched cultist- crit 20 DEAD.
Blob makes to engulf the cultist and succeeds-17 DEAD. Spits globbet of sizzling flesh at Schuyler-barely misses and bubbles on wall.
WIlhelm punches-4; RC hits-15 DEAD and moves inside doorway. Sees hotroom is empty of villains. Simon reaches hotroom (makes sanity check) and attacks blob-12. The 3 chick on Wilhelm-all miss; Paul rushes inside; Jeremy runs into hot room (makes sanity check) and engages a wounded chic with knife-1; gunman step and fires last bullet at false patron-14; both of them rush Bif-6/crit 16 (makes threshold save) “I’m going to wear your face”. Bif steps aside and shoots him-11; Paul and RC rush in (Paul loses 4 and RC 3). Paul shoots wounded chic-10; RC engages one who Bif shot-15; Skin blob goes to grapple Simon: first try fails, second fails.
Wilhelm withdraws; Simon attacks blob-10; Schuyler attacks a chic and hurls hrim into blob by hrim’s hair-20 (makes threshold); she fails to escape, another 2 attack Jeremy-miss/5; Jeremy stabs a chic-miss; gunman draws knife and attacks one of 2 false patrons-7 DEAD and 14 to the other; He attacks gunman-miss; Bif shoots him-13; Paul attack’s blob with sword-12; RC hits last false patron-15; Blob kills the chic then fails to grapple Simon.
Wilhelm runs outside; Simon hits blob-7; Schuyler brawls Jeremy’s chic-7 KO’d; last chic steps back and pushes brass coal brazer over lighting some linen and starting a fire, but she burns her hands too; Jeremy moves and hits her-2; gunman stabs last false patron-crit 11/miss; that villain steps back sending a Fist of Yog as Simon trying to knock him into the blob, hitting for 10 but he resists the bullrush; Bif plugs him-5; RC moves to him-miss; Paul stabs blob-9 and shoots-7; Blob misses Paul twice but hit Simon-10/9 (into light wounds) leaving burning globs on him.
Fire all around = reflex DC12 or 1d6. Schuyler on chic-3; Simon scrapes off both blobs, cutting self; hrim (takes 1 fire) grabs flaming curtain (takes 4 fire) and tries to engulf Schuyler and Jeremy, hitting Schuyler-2 fire; Jeremy misses her; gunman stabs his guy-7 DOWN; Simon “Bif shoot blob!” and hits-14; RC (takes 2 fire) attacks blob-8; Paul shoots blob-8 and stabs-13 DEAD!.
Reflex DC15 or 2d6 this round. Schuyler escapes burning curtain; Simon runs out (takes 5); chick takes 9 fire DEAD with a fanatic cackle. All of us rush out successfully. We flee for hotel as if nothing happened.

Find boat to take us across to cemetery. We have to pay 10L out of Smith’s funds. THey insist on only taking 3. RC, Paul and Wilhelm go. Turns out they are pirates but we easily handle them, RC killing Hakim. Last one pilots us back to pick up others then to cemetary.
We find grave within an hour (card) and start to pry top block off. A crazy beggar appears talking crazy, and of brotherhood approaching.
Opening grave a skin blob attacks. We fight back, RC and Wilhelm dropping lid on it. Finally we finish it off.
Brotherhood arrives and captures us, ties us up in a line after promising not to harm us. There are far too man of them. They demand the Simulacrum, but Jeremy fools them, telling them that Fennelik was able to procure it from us on the train.
Ldr “NO! You let him live? You FOOLS!!! We must find him, you must bring him!!”
“I am a man of my word, we will not harm you. But you will suffer, oh you will suffer the agony a thousand deaths for allowing the Simulacrum to fall into the hands of that vampire. Now, this is the revenge for your audacious meddling. BRING IT FORTH!!”
Jeremy "Whoa, hey, I thought you weren’t going to kill us.
“We’re not. The children are!”
4 cultists walk up with this large oilskin bladder and dump out a 12 writhing kidnapped children in horrible torment, sown randomly together with twine at their arms, ears you name it, screaming. Bad sanity checks all around. The boy we are looking for is not there. Then several more cultists approach with 3 large tubs, full of the melting flesh beasts and they proceed to poor them on the children!! This is the worst sanity check ever. The ldr chants. The unutterable thing secretes all over the kids, and we see there mad, staring eyes, mouths through which shoot tendrils of skin. It all undulates and the kids become part of the beast!!
Bif fails the sanity check for 11, particularly horrified by it; RC makes it as does Jeremy; Wilhelm drops 14 and Paul 12; Schuyler fails for 7; Simon makes it.
The brotherhood are practically frothing at the mouths. The leader orders all to leave us to our fate, “and to our god”. They are all disappointed.
The beggar gibbers behind us. Schuyler “You have to free us, man!”
Beggar starts to cut our ropes with Schuyler’s bowie knife Not good,not good, nasty, foul oh foul! They’re not laughing (children), not laughing."
The mass is slowly rolling at us then we hear a huge roar and a dark shape appears behind the mass. It’s the huge bear from the city alleys, dives into the mass tearing and clawing. The mass engulfs it as it roars and attacks. It bursts through the mids of the thing and keeps slashing and biting but is taken down over the course of a couple minutes.
Meanwhile we gathered our equipment which they left nearby.
We turn on it as the bear is being defeated and devoured. Bif begins to fire wildly, Schuyler tries to get him to fight more calmly “Nobody gets away with hurting children in front of me!”
We blast it to destruction, what the bear left of it anyway.
The gypsy who owned the bear pulls up, our boat is gone “My name is Aktar, friend to gypsies. Come with me.”
Red Cloud “Was that your bear.”
He looks down for a moment, in tears.
Tells us story of his daugher, killing her, and fleeing to gypsies. Found out cult, has been following us.
“I can tell you the secret that you can destroy these men. They plan to gather in the Shunned Mosque whre they will perform the ritual and Salim will dawn the Simularum. You must keep it from them. I know a secret way into the very room in which the ritual will be done.
But, they don’t know we have the ceremony.
Schuyler “Then we have to give them the Simulacrum.”
Aktar “NO, unless you’re sure we can stop them. That would be playing with suicide regardless.”
AKtar “There was a breakin at the museum, they took all the scrolls.” This we know.
Red Cloud “We have the scroll of the head.”
Aktar “Without it they can not perform the ritual, w/o the Simulacrum the ritual is meaningless.”
Schuyler comes up with a plan of Wilhelm aiding Jeremy in creating a forgery of the scroll and letting it and the Simulacrum ‘fall’ into their hands. Change the wording, spell words, so that it won’t work. Then we can bust it up without worrying about stopping them before they finish the ritual."
Aktar “How long will it take?”
Bif “Where do we find the same kind of paper?”
Red Cloud “The man at the museum, he’ll have old papers like that.”
Schuyler "Old parchment, right he’ll have everything we need! "

March 14

Plan to take out cult. We get what we need from the museum, and Jeremy with Wilhelm’s arcane lore help makes forgery of scroll of the head.

Plant story amongst cops of Simulacrum being taken to train the next day in secret, with the scroll.

March 15

Afternoon, and they take the bait, stealing it and the false scroll of the head.

That night Aktar leads us through secret watery tunnels into mosque. We surpise from behind at ritural of over 300.
(notes flubbed for much of fight by stupid computer)
Start with Schuyler’s concentrated detonite charge killing 4 and wounding 3. RC Paul and Simon charge through gap to children.
Incorrect scroll backfires and a covering of skin closes his mouth to his surprise! Our 3 Kill 4 of red robes. Bif starts firing into crowd as Aktar charges in wildly and dies taking one with him and wounding another over first several rounds.
Next round, they kill other 2. Schuyler hits Salim 11, 19. His cultists drag him down after his old son booms from across the room branding him false. They begin to tear his skin off.
Cultists rush everywhere in chaos, gangs begin to Rush our 4 men in the room to grapple us down. Wilhelm starts firing into crowd. Over a few rounds, Paul and RC kill many with AoO as they try to gang grapple our 4. No grappling is successful. Shooting upstairs signals the Marines are battling others.
Gangs continue attack but grapples continue to fail. Schuyler climbs to second level and misses Salim’s son. A few start to try to reach him but 3 fail climb, 4 the makes it half way.

Wilberforce and Jeremy taken from rear and led to cells. They see in the shadows a man in rags of clothes. A torso, head, no eyes, one ear, and a working tongue. The rest, arms, legs, are gone. Patches are crudely wrapped over amputations, stained suit jacket thrown over shoulders, crimson stained blanket covers right shoulder and crotch. In a terrified voice “Who is, who is there?”Find Professor Smith!!!
Jeremy “Mehmet.”
He screams in terror “Noooo, nooooo!”
At that moment the door to cell opens, Mehmet stands there, the son. Lights a cigarette and puffs as he talks “Your frineds are down there massacring those poor fools, the military is coming. Looks like the power of the cult is broken. Until I rebuild it that is. So, did you recognize your friend over here?”
Jeremy “No, I did not.”
“You mean you don’t recognize Professor Julian Smith?”
Smith “Who’s speaking my name?”
“We’ve had a lot of fun here with Prof. Smith. Then of course there was my fascinating portrayal of him to you all in London. As the burned Smith.
It’s only then that Jeremy finally recognize the man, it really is what’s left of poor Professor Smith!!! A wreck of his former self. Mehkmet kidnapped him and took his place with his brotherhood power, Beddows was killed and replaced by one of his men. Mehnmet’s dad is the one leading the ceremony.
“We could have killed you at any time, but I needed the Simulacrum, whole. It’s power will make me like a god. My father threw me out of the cult because he feared I would take his power. And I did, that was I who helped your little spell along to remove his mouth and set his own followers to rip him to pieces. Also, the story you were told of the Simularum’s ability to be destroyed? Pure poppycock, there is no way. All was planned by me from the beginning. Having you find it, destroy the vampire, so that we could get it. I know I needed men who were strong and powerful enough to do my bidding, and stupid enough to fall for my plan. Now, with it under my control, I can wear anyone’s skin undetected, just as Fennelik did. I can be anyone, anytime anywhere. I will be a god! And you and your friends are the ones who made me so. For too long the brothers have been idle, limiting themselves to minor atrocities in the pursuit of petty evil. They slavishly serve the skinless one without seeing that he too is in our power to be used. With him we can hold dominion over the Earth. Do you wish to join me? If you kiss the ring I will make you the first of my followers.”
Jeremy does so.
“The first step of my plan with the power of the Sedefkhar Simulacrum is to assume the position of a man in power, great worldwide Western power. Perhaps the Prime Minister of England, Perhaps the Chancellor of Germany. We shall see. I leave for England at once, I’;m sorry I will not be able to see your demise. Unhappily, you will not be able to give your limbs in the service to the brothers, your corruption has already begun. IT began when the power of the Simulacrum was activated. Since you all have born it for so long, you will suffer. I shall let you out of your chains (he does now) so that you can experience the amusing ways your body will pervert at close range. Be sure to tell your friends that they too shall suffer this torment. As for myself, I am for the moment protected by the Simulacrum. It must be recharged soon, for the corruption will not begin in earnest for 100 hours. By then I shall have retrieved the ritual of cleansing so I will be whole again soon. As for you, by that time or shortly thereafter all of you wil become worst than beasts, a wholesomeless slime. Your slow and agonizing deaths carries with it much reward for the skinless one, when you cease to be flesh you shall be for eternity clasped in his putrid bosom. I left the Prof’s tongue in him so that he may wallow away the days enjoyably before the corruption unfortunately forces you to devour him. Meanwhile I shall dine on the Orient Express headed for England. Au Revoir” and he turns and leaves.
Jeremy “This is bad.”
They are alone now, not guards anywhere.
Wilberforce “What do we do with the professor?”
Jeremy raises the idea of a mercy killing. Wilberforce is not keen on that.

The door bursts open in an explosion at the top of the steps: The British troops finally reach us, 17 out of 20 there, and volley into the crowd. Its too much for the cult and they break, rush for back door. There forms a weird apparition, skinned and raw, wearing a cloak of joined loose skin. Sanity checks, Paul and Wilhelm both loosing the max 6. The troops are somewhat masked from the smoke of their rifles. Sir Douglas Rutherford comes into the room from the troops, rifle in hands and firing, blood of cultists and some from him upon him. From the kids cowering in the corner runs his son to him. He orders 3 troops to guard them with their lives. To the kids “None of you will ever want for anything again”.
The apparition has started killing cultists, now they are completely panicked. Some rush the soldiers and impale themselves on bayonets, others come to us begging for mercy. ITs skinles finger points at us "This is how many will appear before the task is done. Look well not at the skins which are the brother’s command, but at the hearts beneath which not even gods can conquer. Kills another cultist with a point of his finger, heart bursting from his chest, then another “These hearts are rancid and evil”. It steps forward to Paul.
Paul “Away fiend, I will shoot you where you stand.”
IT “You are good of heart” and passes him to the next cultist “We will never meet again”.
Paul “Oh good.”
“But we will be brothers, I can see it now. You will all be my brothers. For we are all many in one. Many in one. That one, (it half whispers) the Crawling Chaos.”
Jeremy and Wilberforce arrive from upstairs, carrying Smith, and gathers us, explaining what happened upstairs. The soldiers exterminate the cultists in the meantime.
When Smith hears they are all the cultists he starts yelling “Thank god, kill them all, kill them all!”

So Mehmet thinks he is going to be able to control Nyarlathotep.
Jeremy "If that bastard thinks that he can control Nyarlathotep from doing his business, he’s crazier than he appears, even.

One cultists has an eye too small for him, a child’s, and pleas to have mercy on them. Red Cloud begins to go for a scalping, but Paul stops him. Too much in their own vein to do it to them.
2 men who brought in the cauldron come near “Go ahead, kill us. For we are prepared to go to our god! We go to our god with screams of children in our ears!” Rutherford shoots him dead.
We are all drenched in blood.
Bif rises from a pile of bodies. He is literally a crimson man. He has been hand to hand ripping out larynx’s with his bare hands!! His sanity is at 19 at this point.

We have 100 hours before something unimaginably horrific happens to each of us.
Rutherford orders a Cpt to rush to the station and hold the train at all costs.
To us “Grab your things, quickly. We are going to force the train straight through to London, I hope you reach it in time to stop whatever affliction you now carry. Thank you, thank you for all you’ve done. I expect you to kill this Mehmet on the train.”
He believes we are capable of just about anything at this point
He gives us a charished heirloom, a gold ring with emerald to do as we ill, convert it to cash, whatever “If you ever need anything, down to everything I own, simply ask, my friends.”

We wire all resources in London to look for this ritual we need. Search the toy train and search Mehmet’s shop!

We board the train. We have all the scrolls, but Mehmet has the only thing he needs, the Simulacrum.
RC feels pain, seeing open sores on his arms.
Schuyler arm itches, pimples all over his arm.
Simon, parts of skin start to discolor on abdomen like dying.
Jeremy, same as Simon but on chest.
Wilhelm’s face skin has started to loosen, hanging at his jowls.
Paul has same dying flesh as Simon/Jeremy on right leg.
It’s only going to get worse unless we can get to London in time, and they can find the scroll we need to cleanse our curses. Every 10 hours another affect hits each of us.

Smith says a creature they called a dimensional shambler came and kidnapped him.

In London

A watcher, 2 wang brothers in town, and a secret service agent find a scroll in the shop, closed since we were there, seems to be one of the scrolls.
Beneath it a handwritten transcript, written phonetically. The cleansing spell?
Who left it there for him? Fake Beddows probably.
News later came out that a body was found in Smith’s house remains, that of Beddows is probable.
A London cop ally of our will be waiting at the port at Dover to meet us, he is Watcher.

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Vampire on the Orient Express
Fenelik makes is grand bid for the Simulacrum

March 9

Leave at night for Istanbul on train. As usual, fresh garlic for Simulacrum cases, windows of our rooms, entryways, bedposts.
First, have late dinner. From front, 1st 4 tables taken up by other people.
Our tables (first 2 listed have the windows):
Table 1: Bif, chic, Schuyler.
Table 2:Paul, RC, Jeremy
Table 3: Simon, Wilhelm, Wilberforce
Others at almost every table.
Hear subtle ‘LET me IN’ to beat of train sound.
Schuyler fails a will save and kind of goes into a stupor. No one notices.
Chic hears whisper in her head “It’s hot out side, let me in…” Sees red eyes outside in dark.
Biff rolls a 1, sees a person hanging from top.
She opens the window, wind rushes out, Schuyler snaps out of it “Fennelik’s here!!!” as chic is wisked out the window, terrible scream, blood explodes back into the window.
(Card)
No, Fennelik grabs her shoulder, just before she’s ripped out Bif snaps out of It as well. Bif quickdraws and fanfires, hits once-9.
Schuyler leaps across table, straddling Fennelik’s arm tween chic and Fennelic but fails to grapple. His arm pulls out and he disappears.
People are alarmed, scared, chef runs out with cleaver. One man draws derringer, another breaks a $10 bottle of champagne for a weapon, young Englishman pulls out a knife.
Jeremy and Paul succeed at crowd control.
Paul orders all to stay together in a group, Jeremy recommends all stay in dining car walkway.
People who look like they can take care of themselves are put in charge, RC and Simon and Wilhelm rush to gather people from their rooms and salon car. Schuyler runs for Engine, Bif with him, for driver and engineer; Paul and Jeremy stay with crowd.
Train has 2 shotguns in front fourgon. Schuyler and Bif grab them on their way.

  • Brigadier Postier (guy in charge of luggage); cleaner; chef du brigade (runs the train); chef du cuisine (chef); chef du train (in charge of sleeping cars); conductor for each sleeping car, the dining car, salon; controller (chef du brigade’s assistant); head waiter; matre di (chief of dining car); 6 waiters; approximately 20 other staff (engineers, firemen, dishwashers, baggage men, guards). 30 passengers plus us.
    All staff men of intelligence and discretion.

Schuyler and Bif successfully make it to engine, telling driver and engineer about an attack in dining car. The fireman is there as well. They are very wary at first. We keep train going for now. The 2 of them stay to guard the engine. Schuyler has the fertility statue.

The staff have come to believe there is a vampire on board. Many have any weapon they can have.
In the dining car, we keep the end door’s open to the kitchen/pantry and rear compartment. The accordian enclosures between each car were already closed, we keep those doors open as well.
A passenger bumps a light off, which makes Red Cloud think to spread candles out in case we need light. Chef and waiters bring out sandwiches, free champagne and wine to lighten mood. Which it does.
Paul in rear room, Simon and RC in dining area, Jeremy and Wilhelm in kitchen.
Things are hitting the top of the train. See small objects falling outside here and there, then a pitter patter from roof.
A foolish passenger goes to look out a window, opens it to see what is going on, puts head out and screams. Pulling back in there are 3 rats hanging on his head.
Red Cloud leaps to grab them and throw them back out. 3 rounds, all 3 are out. Guy wounded and RC closes window. Man’s face is badly scarred.
Dropping has stopped, It happened as we were going by a cliff. They must have lept from heights onto train.
Head cook has cleaver ready.
The passengers may be a burden here, not an asset. There is a 10 year old boy who is determined to go vampire hunting.
Paul hears lots of scratching at his door and roof. Paul wants to go for high strength alcohol for molotave cocktails. They have gnawed through leather accordian enclosure there. Rats are filling platform tween cars, but has to get rid of rats. Thinks to use scolding hot water from hot water unit. Builds damn with table cloth to form a damn so that the water flows out under door. Holes are appearing at the bottom of door as Paul busts brass valve off and the hot water flows. Builds up at door a bit as rats on other side scream. Paul opens door into a charnel house of scalding rats. Paul asks for volunteers to go for the alcohol. He gets 3 to join him and he leads them out. The others, all with d4 random weaponry, ready to kill rats as they try to come in.
Simon replaces Paul.
Paul has to go through 2 sleeping cars to get to the salon car, himself leading, running like the devil’s biting their arses. Last man in line barely evades a grasp as a door flies open and Fenelik misses, man’s shirt torn. Man yells “The vampire’s behind us!”
Paul stops and tells them to keep running. Red Cloud asks for a priest, and there is one! Send him into kitchen to bless sink fulls of holy water.
Fennelik comes for Paul, stopping suddenly just out of range. He gives the stare to Paul, who fails the save miserably “My friend, kill those 3” pointing to the staff. He walks in as they are pulling out liquor. Paul is going to kill them.
Suddenly, (card) the train breaks kick on for only a moment, causing everyone to fall. One of the staff with Paul is hurt. The rats are for all intents and purposes fall off train.
2 of the staff run over help Paul. As one reaches down to help him up, and Paul snaps out of it throwing the sword down as he tries to break the domination. He pushes the staffer away runs out the door and slams it shut, telling them as he goes “Fenelik has dominated me, stay away!” In a moment he is back under the influence. One of the other 2 locks the door. Paul starts trying to break door down. Marcel insists they leave him so they rip open the accordian and, arms full of liquor, go forward.
Fenelik “Did you do as I ask my friend?”
They fail to hear the staff on roof.
Paul “I’m trying now my lord.” As he breaks door down. He goes in and find finds the accordian open. Fenelik vanishes. They are just climbing into where rats were coming in as they see red eyes coming at them. The last man almost feels the breeze from Fenelik’s claw and they dive into the rear of the dining car!
Paul finds Marcel behind the bar, who holds his club up in defense. Paul goes to attack and breaks domination again, stopping in mid stab! He picks him up and says “let’s go”.
The 2 staffers tell Simon what happened and what Paul said.
Paul arrives with Marcel. He can feel he only has seconds left. Simon ties him up and removes his weapons.
A roar now from the back of the train, roar of anger. Passengers start to freak. A woman passes out. Another hysterical and wildly claws at people around her so; A man faints, another stabs guy next to him “die vampire”. Another man near kitches screams frantically and rushes through kitchen for door. The capable staff there subdue him easily “We’re all going to die. Let me go!” They ko him. RC ko’s the knife man and the scratcher.
From top of the train a wolf howls, but its Fenelik, as the train slows as it goes uphill.
Schuyler “Hit the gas!”
Fireman heat things up. Schuyler keeps a lookout for Fenelik. Speeding up train stopped about a dozen wolves from getting on but some definitely did. Bif takes a shot at the last wolf getting on and misses with revolver.
Dark figure appears atop the tender. We step on the 2 strings of garlic to let the scent out. Schuyler presents statue.
“You may have the statue but your friends don’t. And they will die.” The fireman is dominated as he looks to see. The fireman leaps down onto the track killing himself. Fenelik removes the domination while the man’s still airborn. Then he’s run over.
“Give me my skin.”
“You’re going to have to earn it.”
“How. What do you want me to do.”
“You’re going to have to kill me and all my friends.”
“I’ll kill one innocent every quarter hour.”
“We’ll be at the next stop before that matters.”
He starts coming toward us over the coal.
Bif tells engineer to blow whistle if things go south.
Apparently the holy symbol does not make him cower, but it is offending him. Wilhelm suggested that hitting him with it does deal holy damage. Schuyler ties garlic so it is hanging in entrance. He gets to it and…stops. He reaches in almost touching Schuyler, how touches him with statue-3 holy damage. It is not fast healing. He reels with a scream of anger. He lurks “come out.” He tries to dominate but I look away feeling what he’s trying.
“To Schuyle “Before I’m done you’re friends will be dead and you’ll beg for death. Youthink that because you have a wooden box on wheels you can stop me?”
Bif “We thing we can stop you because we have a holy symbol and heroes.”
He changes into a bat, flying above the train. He flies out out of sight.
Inside, no one is joking anymore.
Red Cloud goes to front door, SImon stays at rear. 2 guards with each. Jeremy and Wilhelm in passenger area now. Watching for wolf attacks.
Schuyler considers going back with statue, but Bif talks him out of it.
WIlhelm uses hypnotism to end domination on Paul while Fenelik was at engine. 8 molotov cocktails now ready to go. Paul in middle also.
Front door into kitchen bursts in, then Fenelik disappears. He’s probably allowing wolves in. Red Cloud readies and action, holding doorway.
1st, savage, leaps at me as RC lets out war cry. It drops. 2 others right behind attacks. 1st tries to bullrush but fails. 3rd misses a bite. RC hits 14, one wolf misses and second misses as they flank. A third races out of forward car and leaps for a bullrush. AoO hits-19 and overpowers the rush.
Glass shatters as one of windows halfway down dining car breaks crashes inward. Fenelik grabs a passenger and pulls him and pulls him out window. Everyone races away from windows into middle isle.
Chef Henri opens a window with cleaver in hand yelling in French from kitchen “Try that with me mofo! Take one my guests will you? Come and try that with me mofo!” The other ranking staff pull him away “It’s all right chef.”
“No its not! No passenger dies on my watch. No one!”
RC slaughters the remaining wolves with cleave.
18 vials of holy water is passed out to staff. Wilhelm’s kit has 4 vials of 2d6 holy water.
About 20 minutes goes by. Hear a yell from next car back. Guy who got grabbed rushes, clothes ripped, bloody. “Save me, save me!” toward Geste. Simon tops him at door, grabbing and panting but Simon stop him at arms length “Show me your neck, wrists.” Huge gash in neck, not blood. He smiles and shows his fangs. Simon (who IS a holy weapon) stabs him-16. The man’s body bursts open and falls to ground, then turns gaseous. Simon yells for Wilhelm, who follows the gas form. Simon joins him and Paul takes Simon’s place at door.
It goes through next 2 cars and into salon car.
RC hears more wolves, braces spear. 1st attempts another bullrush. RC hits 13. He misses his touch attack. 2 others from each side, both miss.
At salon car, man reforming in a crude box layed out on bar. Wilhelm does the staking. As it screams, wafer in mouth and beheading.
Wilhelm and Simon argue over the man’s soul. Wilhelm thinks he burns in hell, Simon disagrees.
Jeremy trying to keep the crowd calm, standing in middle of car facing each other.
RC kills 1st wolf, hits another-11. A new one goes for the bullrush. AoO hits-12. It misses. RC hits the new one -18, cleave the other-16 both dead. Another charges.
Bif’s chick, standing next to Jeremy, starts rushing for the window. Jeremy barely grabs he and holds her back. A couple passengers help subdue her.
New one goes for rush, RC AoO misses but so does it. The old one misses too. RC hits new one-18 DEAD, cleaves original-16. It hits 4, RC hits-17 DEAD.
Wilhelm and Simon race back as fast as they can. They hears a noise from roof of car, ahead of them. Suddenly Fenelik bursts from a room in front of us “Now I kill you both.”
Simon “I’ll kill you myself, vampire scum.”
Fenelik “French pig.”
To Wilhelm “Get ready to follow him to stake him, once I kill him.”
Paul hears what is going on from the rear door of the dining car.
Fenelik draws his rapier, Simon grins as he is a natural swordsman. Fenelik strikes twice-12,11. Simon retaliates-17. Fenelik is stunned by the huge gash.
WIlhelm quickly leaps in for a spring attack (card) wielding a stake and going for the heart (card takes away the penalty), impaling him in the heart then leaping back behind SImon!! Before our very eyes he begins to melt. Puss and disgust is spewing forth everywhere as he collapses in utter death. Wilhelm puts wafer in mouth, douses with holy water, and beheads him.

So, where is the head?
We stop train.
We think of coal car, cargo, and underneath train.
In the last fourgon we find a beautifully carved box, the right size to be a death box. Inside is dirt and the simulacrum head. We take it, spread dirt outside, break it up and burn box an the engine. His body is pulp. We diffuse in water and pour outside in the ground, spread well. The victim turned into a vampire was a personal assistant of a business man on train. We burn his body as well in engine. We continue and pull into Constantinople.

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Sofia

As train leaves Belgrade, see old woman on tracks. Recognize grand mother of the 3 hags!
Simon “She cant get us.”

Wilhelm “Its the iron, she can’t get past the iron tracks. As tracks are laid, her world will get smaller.”
Little to go on from Smith in Sofia.
Schuyler “Churches have most of the records around here, I would guess.”
Geste “I would agree.”
Simon and RC pissing off back of car, concuctor appears and is annoyed “gengtlemen, were you urinating off the train?”. We say no as we straighten up, then 2 other men come out, conductor says ‘too crowded for you men, go back inside’. They bullrush RC, attempting to push him off train. Grab and hanging off railing. Conductor pulls out knife and covers Geste “quick Monsieur, behind me” to Geste.. They have brass knuckles on.
RC climbs on; Geste goes for a grapple on one and succeeds-6; other thug attacks RC-3; Geste fails to throw his man off train; RC punches his for 7; conductor goes for SImon’s eye-1; Simon resists being thown off; Simon throws his man off the train-dead; RC fails his grapple for damage; Red Cloud damaged-5;knife guy knicks Geste-1; RC grapples for 8; conductor resists Simon grapple; RC resists grapple dam; conductor goes for RC eye-pops his eye out!!!!-1wound, 3 fat (minus 2 to all checks right not); he misses AoO on Geste as he grapples-8; RC fails grapple for dam; conductor breaks grapple and leaps from train!; RC’s man breaks grapple and leaps off as well. It was a fake conducor.
We reenter train, real conductor is shocked. Wilhelm patches RC up.
2 of them were Turks.

Reading newspapers in club car, Schuyler sees picture in a paper of a dirty, elderly peasant farmer from Bulgarian paper! Its the head!!!
Wilhelm deciphers it.

‘Restart’! of recording.
Its the Brotherhood of Skill!

Arrive, Sofia

Winter still, time of troubles (red death), things are closing early these days. Find hotel, then take a walk around, RC bandage actross eye. Wind is bitter walking cobbled roads. Pass Islamic mosques.

March 8

To university to find head. Front desk clerk. Says his use of language partially unclear, come back in this afternoon perhaps we can have someone to speak to you.
Sofia has British and American consulates. Schuyler goes to consulate for a translator. He hears the word consulate and says “I’m afraid the English here have no real influence. I am a poor secretary. Any help is always appreciated (ahem). Rather than waiting until this afternoon, then waiting a day or more for appointment, I’m sure we can expedite this with the right motivation. For instance, we have an English department, I may be lucky enough to find the head of the department.”
Wilhelm “Anyone speak Dutch?”
“That would take a great deal of effort.”
Paul bribes him. “I think I can find someone right away.” He sends a note and an old man with gray beard arrives to meet us.
“Can I help you?”
Simon “We need to see the head that was dug up.:”
“I’m afraid that is not my department.”

Recording

Go to west checkpoint, Sgt says no steamcar at all. Not familiar to RC.
North checkpoint, Sgt salutes emphatically to the Inspector.
“Did any steamcars approach this checkpoint”
“No sir, but for 1.”
“Was it black?”
“yes.”
“did it leave?”
“Yes sir.”
"Why did you let it leave when we had a bulletin out to stop any black steamcar?
“It was not suspicious sir.”
“Who was in it?”
“A doctor.”
“1 man alone?”
“driver, a doc, and 3 other men. and quite a bit of blood.” He explained there had been aterrible accident, he ws racing to a nearby village
Schuyler then why would he have blood on him already
he said he had just come to an operating room
with all those other men? who were they?
Help?
You may be fired Sgt
said it was an emergency, and had a doctors bag! Otherwise I would have detained him."
“Did you look in the bag?
“No, he’s a doctor!”
Back and forth continues with excuses.
Inp apologizes for ‘what I have to deal with’.
to sge "did you notice anytibg else in the car
“A cloth bag, a large bloody spot. I thought I could make out the outline of a face in the cloth.”

Pick up the others and mount up. Wilhelm at library: couple facts:
bunch of cabes dot the river gorges 3 miles north of city
report for months of clandestine groups meeting in caves
several dissppearances in area
few people found with hesds and various body parts missing. Suspected mad slasher. The victims seem to be innocent farmers and villagers.
Bif “Perhaps they are perfecting their art”
Reports of some of missing people being spotted.
Cops going north, we go with him.
Simon ’Make sure your men are heavily armed."
All have nightsticks and pistols, half armed with rifles. 12 men plus him and a Sgt. who mucked the checkpoint up.
3 miles north, path gets narrow. Getting dark, shadows are deep in the pines. RC keeps recognizing things from brief visions. Thinks cave is only about a mile ahead.
Sudden vision: eye looking at some sort of altar, Eye turns quickly, blood spirting, body parts ripped apart by a black rushing blur I just can;s see. Suddenly RC feels intense pain and falls to the ground. Everything goes white and a face appears to me: Fenelik! RC feels terror of wearer of my eye and everything goes black.
Just ahead see the cave moments later.

Enter by lantern light. Steady drips of moisture, floor slimy from hot springs. Lots of vapor, stone age pictographs. Passage widens as it twists down hundreds of feet to its end.
Hear boiling ahead, smell of decay as we near the end.
Opens into huge rock cavern which RC mistook for a cathedral. 2 dozen bodies in black suits/red robes; pools of blood; some bodies have obvious non original parts.
RC looks for guy with his eyeball.
Far less blood than should be. Fenelik must have fed much. Lop off all heads and give last right. Strangely, some of parts are already decaying fast, the artificial parts.
Simon finds the man and says they eye not rotten, but obviously looking not quite fresh.
RC “How do we keep it fresh?”
Wilberforce “Can’t, no way to do it.”
Jeremy “Maybe the have tomes her, with the magic.”
We start to search.
15’ heap of skills. On top are layers of increasingly fresh heads.
Jeremy “From what the prof with the concussin said, it sounded like they may have been flying with some sort of magic. Let’s look for them.”
Searching, lots of cloaks shredded, but some in particular are terribly shredded.
Schuyler and Geste climb the skull heap. Geste gets paused half way up, skulls start falling out as he grabs for a hold and he falls 10’., skulls landing upon him. Schuyler makes it up. Sees little golden idol, RC saw such a thing in his vision. Now that RC thinks about the perspective, the man was up there when attacked. Schuyler crawls along, one finger goes into a liquidy eye socket. Finds a velvet pillow with an indentation in it, where the Simulacrum head rested but its gone. Also finds book. Brings book and idol down. Wilhelm checks out the book, its in Latin. No title, hand written notebook. Very old.
Geste recommends doing it here before eye has a chance to decompose.
Wilhelm finds the ritual. Its relatively simple, but complicated chanting that needs to be done (uses Power). Leader needs to make arcane lore check of 30, others can aid but with a DC 15. Each gives him 4 points. All aiding lose 4 power, comes back 1/day. Max of 10 aids. Simon and Wilhelm successfully aid. As does the Inspector.
Barely, with AP, the eye comes fully back. Ride back to Sofia.

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Murders in Southern Belgrade

March 6

Begin investigation of murders as Archie asked.

The Mayor’s man, Inspector Ivan Boroslov, is waiting for us in the morning to take us to see mayor.
SInce we were here last, 2 more murders and another house destroyed. We visit last crime scene. Wilhelm goes by himself to visit asylum, man who drew the murderer (a monster), Oleg.
Bif and Wilberforce still with us.

At Asylum:
2 cops escorts him. Gate open, no guard, front door is ajar. Screams inside, 3 crazies tied up on floor of main lobby.
Wilhelm sedates the crazies. Figure appears, Wilhelm questions the orderly, strangely wearing armor. “Soon IT will come here, to feed. The Dr. said it will, and we will become its chosen.”
Leads them to cell area, mostly open and empty. Oleg remains in his locked cell. Says he’s not crazy, something wrong with the guards. Look at the scar under their hats. Dr. said it makes them more obedient.
Monster was invisible until it attacked. He saw it when it killed the cop.
Just then, scream from hallway. Door down hall opens and Dr. Crove steps out in operating attire. Walks toward Wilhelm and the cops. One of the cops approaches and questions him. Dr. says all is fine. Wilhelm starts to back up, and other cop follows.
Other cop continues to press Crove and when cop turns Crove slices his throat. Wilhelm frees Oleg with knife and the 3 of them run. Dr. does not follow. Front door now closed and locked. 3 orderlies moving in on them. 1 joins Wilhelm (card).

Battle.

All escape.

At last attack site:
2 cops escort us. Destroyed house belonged to Old Man Marchan. Kept to self, had been rennovating. No locals have seen interior.
Stench is horrible, unidentifiable but stomach turning. Bloody brush strokes on standing wall like something had used a body as a brush. Alley behind is where cops were killed. Wall pushed over from INSIDE, with tar like sludge all over them. We start searching and digging around.
In spot of library, find cellar entrance. WIlhelm shows up around now.
Oleg says smell is that of the monster he saw. Monster disappeared just when got to sewer, but it literally disappeared.
Orderly has no scar, just got job a few weeks ago. Probably was next in line for the op. They were leaving the tied up crazies as a trail into a passageway going down. Dr. was trying to lure something inside, he thinks. Passageway joined at a large cell room with 4 or 5 lunies in it. Dr. also performing experiments on the crazies, enjoys screams of flaying them alive and immersing them in tubs of cold water then heating it to a boil very very slowly. Marchan was a close friend of the Dr. and visited often.
We now have a witness!!
Other house destroyed was Baskerwelle, a hunchback and hermit. Supposedly had an extensive library. Found his body burned beyond recognition.
Jeremy asks around and there are those who have seen a visiting hunchback to Marchan’s. They say he spent a lot of time visiting an abandoned church. 1 cursed by the Catholics. Someone lives there though.
Basement has alcoves each with a stone sarcophagus, an ancient crypt that he dug into. It continues into the dark. We notice a terrible smell. Wilhelm believes it to be ghoul.
In remains of library find Mythos book: “The Black Arts”. 5 signatures on it. The Dr, Marchant, Hive, Myer, Baskerwelle.
We discover Hive to be an auithority on local lore and lives in the abandoned church. Myer is one of wealthiest men in city. Owns disillery and warehouse at river. Say he’s about to release a new brand of ale that is going to change the country its so good.

We send cop to get backup, we rush to asylum. 3 cops(ord. 1 tough/1 str) and the Insp. meet us there. 3 crazies have throats slit. RC opens doors as we go through, Simon 1st at the ready at the doors.
We move through double doors toward op. room. 2 lunatics hanging from straps in front of doors ahead, jacketed and shrieking at our approach. Wilhelm anesthatize them. Stairs beyond doors both go down. Periodic shrieks all around.
To op room, pass a door. Inside, 3 doors along left wall. Room full of restraints, buckles, blood stained torture tools and such. Red Cloud hears noise from furthest right door. Toilet behind door into a toilet room, 2 lunies playing cards, bloody, dead body between them as table. Fingers and toes bitten off as chips. We close it. Behind other 2 are closets, 1 with lingerie.
Back into hall. At op door it turns right. Open room but its not an op room, its a library. Lots of books on deformity, necrology, disease, and magik. Simon, Red Cloud, Wilhelm and Insp enter. Young girl body tied to couch, wearing garter, stockings, heals. Dead. Semen dripped from her, dozens of cuts all over. Finale was throat slit ear to ear, very deep. Can see vertebrae.
Up hall to door on right and hall to a door on left. Take right first: Lecture hall with man speaking gibberish at podium, 4 patients sitting listening. They look at us, podium shrieks something and patients stand with random weapons and attack. Speaker follows behind them, also a patient.
Red Cloud, Insp, Paul and Simon step in to meet them. Speaker is berserking.

Battle

Insp ID’s one as farmer Giles," gentle soul though slow minded. Loved rabbits. Now a frothing at the mouth maniac."
RC “Has he been here long?”
“6 months.”
2 doors lead out but we keep going.
Now to door to left at end of hallway. Room leads to a side entrance into alley. 1 orderly in room. He springs on Geste but misses. Orderlies have nasty barbed wire clubs, leather armor and cage helmets. Geste responds

Battle.

Cops are mighty impressed at our combat abilities.
2 more doorways. 1st is just storage room, including glass jars with human organs. Wilhelm says they are pickled in vinegar, snacks! 2nd has only an examining table in middle, blood stained leather restraints. Blood grooves around the outside edge. Several chairs around it. Likely Keeper sacrificial room. Slit down bottom half of table, a catch opens the bottom. A door leads out of room, leading to long hallway. We follow it 15’ and a hall goes right to a hall we were in before.
Last door in hall leads to lecture hall. Next door leads to a walled in rear lawn.
Next a door on right and door at end of hall. 1st is 15′ × 10′. Library on ancient history, astronomy, astrology and the like.
At end of hall leads into a very nice office with huge bay window looking into rear lawn. We search room, chair sitting across from Dr’s chair has hand and neck restraint. In a drawer, Wilhelm finds a false bottom with a femur made into a sort of bone wand. He takes it. Double doors lead out of room, as well as 2 regular door. Double doors lead to hall, another double door across hall into main area.
We double back to foyer and check the side rooms. On right, blackboard, chair with restraints. Appears to be an interrogation room. Door inside leads to an empty 10′ × 5′ room. Probably temp. cell. Room on left is a cloak room. Last door, 3 lunatics jump out at us. Frothing at the mouth like they have rabies.

Battle.

Back to office. 1st check door right next to the one through which we originally entered leading to stairs going down to a landing. Close door and open last door opposite original entry, into a small lounge. Door across room is locked. Jeremy opens it and steps away. Its another library. Simon enters first, immediately feels wave of evil sweep over him “I smell blasphemy.” Wilhelm enters to investigate the books: on cults, forbidden practices et al. Nothing worth the feeling we get, until he comes across a manuscript in a language none of us know. Profusely illustrated with odd otherworldly plants, then astrological signs, then nude women. Simon takes it.
3 halls left. First we take the right at the original intersection. Leads to a door and hall to left. Through door is L shaped room with equipment orderlies wear and 4 old shotguns. We take these.
Ammo:
16 less than lethal
47 buckshot
Also, 12 armors (d4minus1). Cops put armor on, Wilhelm, and Paul.

Continue to door on left and further on right. Left has bathtubs, orderly bathing room. Other door leads to hall door just to right an hall continues left into room with table and chairs. Simon leads the way. As Simon steps into room, 4 orderlies scream. Then 1st door opens and 3 more rush out. 3 cops and Schuyler are still not through door into hall. Jeremy is just into hall. First attacks Jeremy.

Battle

Search room the 3 came from and its sleeping quarters for 16. Could be 5 left. Opening door Jeremy tumbled to, its a guest room.
In big room, a door opens to outside, and 2 others enter into laundry and kitchen. The big room itself is a mess hall. Door from kitchen leads outside, plus a trapdoor in floor unleashing horrible stench of rot. 3’ deep funnel shaped ending in 1’ diameter hole. Perhaps garbage, body parts?
Now cleared out, we agree to descend via office stairs. Jeremy, Insp, Wilhelm, Schuyler.

Leads to iron, rusty door. Opens into dirt tunnel, perhaps into catacombs. There is a door just inside. Hall goes 15’ to an opening and a door.
1st iron door locked. Recall a beam in one of the closets upstairs so Geste and Schuyler go to get it to use as a ram. Nothing happens.
2 rounds to break door down, leads to 20 × 20 room, hall to right and door ahead. Lamps lit, furnished. Stone tiles are of a deep green. Hear, from hall, singing, maniacal laughter and screams of pain. 4 lunies in room are ready for us, but 2 each miss Simon and RC as our follow through carries us into the room.

Battle

Moving down hall, come to the bottom of the other 2 stairs, luny alarm at bottom of each. Chained to wall by their neck. They stretch to end of chains trying to reach us. Simon and RC each dispatch one. Left and right are halls going beyond sight. Iron door in front of us. Singing from left, screams of agony from behind door.
Open iron doors revealing 15×40 room, several op tables, stretching wrack, iron maiden, fire pit, stretcher, several empty cages. 3 nude people, crazies, tied to 3 tables. All have horrific but shallow wounds where patches of skin peeled off. They are then sown onto one of the other ones. 1 is dead. Another assistant doctor has cut the dead body open, elbows deep. Upon seeing us he pulls a lever releasing restraints on other 2 and yells “harvest their skin and you can keep your own for another day” translates the insp. He begins running for door on far side
RC with cleave puts lunies out of their misery. Paul and Simon rush the doc. He’s totally surprised (card). Paul hits 12, Simon 14.
Through door in the torture room: filthy matress, wooden chest, and a girl. May have been attractive at one point, now filthy, looks starved and abused badly. She’s sane. She’s cowering in fear. Wilhelm approaches her carefully, speaking low and soothingly. She is calmed and grabs Wilhelm for safety. Speaks English! Lived in village south of here, kidnapped one night on way home from tavern where she worked. Been in these 2 rooms ever since. She has done many horrific things, and had much done to her.
A door leads out of this bedroom. She says it leads to toilet. Its empty. Cops support her out. Seeing dead docs body, she pulls away and kicks him repeatedly and spits on him. She knows nothing of the place.
Back out in hall, we go toward singing. Ends at iron door with sliding peep hole. Inside is a cell but empty. Hall continues further past more empty cells until one has the singing. Inside is a woman sitting, faced away from door, brushing long black hair and singing a lullaby. She turns and looks. Face badly scarred, obviously blind.
“Who’s there?” in native tongue. Insp. translates that we are here to rescue her. She does not believe, play these games with her all the time. 1st girl starts comforting her, they start to cry together.
Schuyler says we have to get girls out, though SImon hates to stop. We pull back, inspector sends cops away with them to come back with reinforcements. In half an hour they bring back 2 more cops and men to watch perimeter of asylum as well as the magistrate to pass judgement on the Dr. They will burn him at the stake! Classic!
2 more cells have lunies who we get free. They have not been made homicidal maniacs like the others. 1 thinks he’s Vlad Tepes, another sits sewing with imaginary needle and thread. Making Crove’s burial shroud.
We move on.
Find more cells and a couple innocent lunes, viewing rooms into cells, an office and study. Door out of study leads to another lounge where we find Crove sitting. He welcomes us.
See recording.

More cells along way to creature: Ghoul one cell dives into tunnel at rear (same ghoul as before). Man in street clothes, stares with a vacant smile “Is it time to let me out yet?”
Jeremy “On our way out.”
“If you go that way you won’t be coming back. You have to let me out before the doctor comes!”
Jeremy “He’s not coming.”
“Oh yes he is.” Shows lobotomy scar “I was going to be one of attendants there. But doc said op didn’t take.”
Schuyler “In what way?”
“I’m not nearly mean enough, and don’t follow directions either. I don’t want another op. That one hurt. I can’t remember anything more.”
Jeremy “You’ll be ok.”
“My name’s Pluug, I didn’t know that. I thought my name is Ivan. "
Schuyler “I think you’re right, your name is Ivan. He was renaming you.”
Suddenly he looks at inspector wide eyed “He’s the man who brought me her. He did it!”
We stand surprised.
Insp “Wait, put that hat back on” to the man. “Oh my god.”
Ivan "I told him about the doctor. I told him the evil things he did and he laughed at me.
See recording.

Continue after cells through door to corridor ending in door into 15 × 15 room, 1 wall caved in to a huge sinkhole. Smell same as in kitchen garbage hole. We enter to look down sinkhole.
Paul, Simon and RC approach first together, to right insp and Jeremy start moving, to left schuyler and Wilhelm. Water at bottom, rippling slightly. A bulge appears before drawing back as eyelid to reveal and eyeball. We aim and the think leaps out and starts climbing up the side.
Recorded description
Battle

Find the manuscripts. We leave doc tied, gagged, jacketed and blindfolded. 4 cops drag him along with us to the church as its closer.
Over time church has been many things. Today known as Elmway church. Hive catalogues history of Yugoslovia. Lived here 15 years, reputation as man of knowledge. Doors unlocked, its cold an damp. Bookshelves along walls, draped statues, old altar now a table. No one answers our greeting calls. We leave doc outside with militia. Insp and 4 cops are with us. Simon goes back out and pulls gag off, asking where Hive may be.
“Check the back rooms, may be hiding back there.”
2 doors at back. We start with door on left: bedroom with cot, reading lamp, some pornography. 2nd door opens to storage room, door beyond there goes to a small leaky room, abandoned. Few inches water on floor.
Around other side of main hall is a 3rd door. Geste knocks but no answer.
Simon “Mr. HIve, this is you local Knights Templar. Come out now or we’ll burn you out.” No answer. Geste begins collecting oil from storage.
Inspector tries to stop him. We calm Simon down, Jeremy fails to pick lock on door.
Simon complains about not getting to kill doctor, not being able to burn church down…
Simon shatters door down. Small room with trapdoor in floor. Schuyler opens it. Ladder goes down to large low ceiling chamber. Many walls crumbled of an old cellar. Single pillar supports ceiling. Passage leads away to feing smell of ghoul, pool of water. 2 cracked pillars near tables. By those stands Hive mixing something with hands shaking. A strap of leather binds his mouth and around his head, covered in runes.
Geste walks over and starts to takes leather strap off face to Hive’s wining pleas not to.
SImon “What is this?”
“Runes of protection, copied from the Pnekotic manuscripts.”
See recording

Take him with us as more bait. Now to distillery. Still recording.
Battle

Kill creature, Hive and Myer dead. Crove ordered to burn immediately by magistrate. Wilhelm and Simon help build pyre. Rest of us gather wood pile for monster.

Simon “:The power of Christ compels you to burn and die.” The cloud does not kill Simon, and he lights it with the torch.
Made local heroes.
minus 9 shotgun rounds.

March 7

Next morning, leave on OE.

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Arrive, Belgrade
Needs expanding, esp. at Shub village

9AM, Feb. 28, 1890

Get off train at Belgrade, papers checked etc. This is a crossroads of the world, many different people.
Following Smith’s instructions we want to start at museum. First, we get a 4 hourse carriage taxi, stop at a market for plenty of garlic to cover the Simulacrum pieces in as well as our hotel windows and doors, and then obtain a hotel. A letter awaits Paul under a Watcher codename of his Mr. Swellingwood.

As we cross the lobby, a shy girl crosses our path. Very pretty.
“Are you Paul Warrington?”
Paul “Earl of Mansauce, yes I am.” Suspecting trouble first, he kisses her hand like a gentleman. Temperature is normal, he signals to the rest. RC thinks to himself ‘maybe she just ate’.
Wants a favor “Would you let me accompany you when you go to visit Mr. Baxter.”
Schuyler “Bif?”
“Yes. It’s very important that I see him. Circumstances are such that it is difficult for me to do so on our own.”
We suspect trouble, and a villain.
Schuyler “What’s your business with Bif?”
“We were acquaintances on the train and I need to see him. At the moment he is a little unhappy with me.”
Paul says we can’t break the gentleman’s code. Schuyler says we can tell him your here, and if he wants to see you he can come down.
“Then, give him this message” hands Paul a note.
Wilhelm checks his small mirror in his pocket watch, and she is visible.
Schuyler “Stay here for a while and we’ll tell him you’re here.”
Schuyler, having become good friends will Bif personally, takes the letter to his room. He is greeted by a great bear hug, but then “I have some bad news (as he tears up”.
He says the opera singer has committed suicide over her voice lost. He tried all he could to keep her cheered up and patient for us to get a remedy.
“I want you to deal me in until we get those bastards!” He has taken this very, very personally as it was his job to watch over her.
Schuyler then gives him the note and explains our meeting with her.
The note calls him darling, and that she knows he needs his help where he is going. He goes storming downstairs, Schuyler following.
She exclaims emotionally “Bif!”
He picks her up, demands to the staff that she and her stuff are shipped to Paris, he’ll buy the ticket. Says he already has the blood of one innocent girl on his conscious, he does not want another.
She protests vigorously, demands to help him in any way she can. He protests, she says “But Bif you love me!” He says that in not the issue, it will be far too dangerous. He takes her to the station, tells a police officer to get her on the train and returns.
Bif “She’s a 22 year old maniac.”
Schuyler “In a good way or a bad way? Eh?”
Bif’s response is a good slug to the jaw. Says she is a Pittsburgh steel family socialite. Bored with that so she decides she wants to hang among the poor. Books 2nd class on OE and travels meeting people. When she meets one whose story touches her heart, she sends them money. Thinks she is doing good.
RC “So she has been taken advantage of.”
Bif “Well, in Venice, I just happened to be walking along and saved her life from a scoundrel. She falls for me, 6 years older than her. I don’;t want some kid hanging around with me. She’s a good egg. Did we get involved a little bit? Yes. Then the suicide happened, and I know I had to find you fella’s to take them on. What does she do? She follows me. I’m not going to watch her get killed.”
Apparently, though she has seen Bif’s movies, she thinks he is a guy who just looks a lot like himself. He told her his name is Gary Cooper.
Schuyler “If she comes back again, it might be better if she stays as close to us as possible.”
Bif “What are we going to do, arm her with a tennis racket!”
Schuyler “No, but she’s better off next to us than constantly following just behind, alone.”
Someone could easily use her against us.
Then we hear a voice “Darling.”
Bif gives in, admits who he really is “and you’re right I look a lot like myself” and she will now stay with us, close to us.
“Things couldn’t be better. Wait until Lucy back at home finds out I’m married to Bif Baxter.”

We separate from Bif to our rooms.
Wilberforce “Do you all want him along, really?”
Of course we do.
We garlic up the rooms first thing.
Wilhelm will get in some therapy with Bif over Brandy, concerning his failure with the singer. He is very broken up by it.

We all get lunch at hotel, Bif’s girl, Daisy, insists on buying. Paul insists she not always insist on paying. He enjoys being the man with the money “Nobody takes on the pocket situation around here.” She apologizes.

Schuyler speaks Turkish a little, so he can at least get us around and find places.
Bunch of young men out front of hotel, various languages. One says hello in English, Peter Richards, works as a guide “Want to see the sights?”
Schuyler “We aren’t here for the sights, on business.”
“Ah, then I can be some assistance. 2 dinars a day.”
He’s hired, and takes us to the Belgrade museum. Tells us little tidbits about the city and its history on the way; royal palace just being built; have cathedral, university, museum.
About 1/4 Turks.

Arrive museum. Paul translates at front desk, we show our creds. We are sent up to see our contact, Dr. Milonav Todorovic, the curator. We find him on a ladder, putting an arm on a large statue of Venus he is attempting to reconstruct.
We ask him about Prof. Smith, he says he has exchanged letters and talked to him in person once or twice. Good man. We mention a statue, in pieces, we look for. He thinks we are black market art dealers or from a competing museum.
Paul’s attempts to convince him otherwise fail, but Jeremy is able to mediate the situation easily.
“So tell me about the piece you’re looking for.”
We tell him more.
“I know a priest, who has had great luck at finding such things.” He can’t tell us where until we get permits to possibly dig and look for artifacts. He tells us where to get them, at The National Treasures.
Peter leads us there, and speaks for us, tell us to see under secretary of antiquities.
A sign on his door says he’s gone for a late lunch.
Paul says we’ll watch out, “Jeremy get to work.” Schuyler has a lock picking tool from the Secret Service and gains him entry. Jeremy finds the paper work in a few minutes.
Outside, Peter is edging away, unprepared for breaking of the law. “Gentlemen, you have to understand, I have a poor ailing mother to take care of. I can’t go to jail.”
Paul give him a tip to at least stay outside and not leave us altogether, he accepts. He says he’ll whistle if there is any trouble on the way.
Soon enough, we find several different papers that could be it, and 3 different seals it could be. Then a whistle from Peter. Putting everything as it was quickly, we get out. The under sec. walks up, Wilhelm introduces himself. He can speak broken English “Come, climb into my office. Take a bed.”
It takes a good bribe and confused conversation, but we get what we need.
We get Pete and move along.
Back to Todoravic to show him our proper papers. Says person we want to see is Father Filopovic, a village in the country of Oraszac . Gives us train schedule that goes nearby.
Back to hotel. Daisy had stayed, but she seems to be missing! Front clerk says she went to bazaar. Just then she walks in: kaki pants, shirt, high boots, pith helmet. She’s playing up the adventure aspect here. Says she found a fortune teller we should all go see. We have until the next afternoon before train leaves.
Bif scolds her for sneaking out by herself.

Fortunes (hard to hear recording here):
Paul: Sees something once whole, now apart; long journey;
Mentions Smith (?) I think she says beware of someone.
Iron, cold iron can save you.
? as old as man. “To beat the 3 you must” She begins to have a heart attack, blood pours from mouth. Writes with blood on tray in front of her: ???? stuff about holy something: water, wafers….
She dies!
It seems we have been duped by Smith all along! Is he involved with Fenelik? A follower?

Sneak out and into crowds. Daisy points out a vender with statues and pieces, one that looks like what we need!
Shopkeeper lets us see it, an arm, says got it from a source in a ruin around here “Just the sort of thing your one’s mantle.”
It feels like it could be the right weight. Wilhelm buys it, but is suddenly snatched out of his hands by 2 moustachiode men who bolt off. The shopkeeper yells after him and chases, we follow. It’s an Indiana Jones style bazaar chase scene!

Chase pg 19, bottom 2:31

Hire Urduk on after the chase, respects our power and wealth.
Paul “We are willing to hire you on, but your so previous employer were evil and worshiping evil gods.”
Urduk “Urduk only a good Muslim.”

March 1, 1890

We wonder all evening and morning about Smith. Evil? Dominated? A dupe in some way?
About to leave hotel when Paul gets a telegraph from Archie, for Mr. Swellingwood, in code: According to report from Iluminati agent, weird happenings in Mladenovic ?). Please investigate if you have time. A town on the way to Oraszac

Get on train. After a ways, Paul goes to lavatory. Upon his return there is a black rooster on his seat that refuses to move. He tries to pick it up and it remains friendly so he sits with it on his lap.
Paul “This is an omen?”
He relaxes with it.
At the town mentioned by Archie, we have a layover and check the place out, gather info. Assistant mayor is at station when we arrive. Sees our group and introduces self, asks where we are travelling? Doesn’t see a mix of our sort every day.
Learn that some think the Ripper has moved in, series of murders the last few weeks. Seven total.
Schuyler “Too active for Jack.”
Find that many think it is a gang, devil worshippers or pagans. No one drained of blood, people just ripped to pieces. One hut destroyed and the woman found dead and mutilated. That was the first. 2 or 3 people have seen ‘something’. One drew a picture but they feel his mind was affected for it is crazy (we get this from the mayor’s assistant who takes us to the police).
It’s a frightening sight to say the least. The man saw it exit from the sewers, kill one of the victims, and disappear into the sewers again.
A fertility god of pagan times is being worshipped in the rural areas, names Shub Niggurath. Could be followers of his. Soldiers patrol the streets now.
We say we will return soon to assist, as Archie’s note also said take care of our own business first.
The assistant mayor IS the contact of Archie here!! That’s why he met us at the station.
He says be careful in the village we are travelling to. About 1600 people in town and environs. Large church in village. Says priest there is really nice man, married to a younger woman. He is not IN THE KNOW of much of arcana. There is an old woman, very old, who trades in artifacts, lives on the slopes of Mt. Tekulia(?) with her daughter. The townspeople spit 3 times before mentioning her name.
The town performs dated fertility rites. They may just be using words that they know not the meaning of to try to help their crops, not necessarily a real cult.

March 2

At last station, 6 1/2 miles on bad roads to village. We get horses for the overland trek. Town is a good size, good country too. People stare, talk to each other of seeing us strangers. We make for the church first and Father Filopovic.
He has room for 4 (Bif, Daisy, Wilhelm, Simon). Later, meet Todar head of village and figure sleeping arrangements.
Spring planting rites are used. Not religious they say. The Father against it.
Gypsies in town.
Rite of the Black Goat. A black goat is a suspected aspect of Shub.

March 3

Ask more of the old crone in the woods and artifact we seek. Priest’s wife offers to guide us there.
On the way, notice odd painted piece of wood. Priest wife says to continue but we investigate. It’s a piece of a gypsy wagon. Schuyler finds more, and a smashed horse and a man and wife from the gypsy’s, woman speared to a tree. Their daughter, from the dance the previous night, also dead. Strange circular footprints, Schuyler says looks like elephant but, so strangely, tripedal; and far too large.
Red Cloud and Schuyler track it. Soon, we see something big, black with countless ropey arms. Legs trunklike. Priest’s wife is horrified, a wild rage fills her. Sanity rolls all around for small loss.
Wife whispers “Kill it, kill that evil thing! Are you cowards? Kill it!”
It gigantic, we smartly move on our way having no idea what it is or how powerful.

About 7 hours after leaving town we arrive at a whitewashed cottage.
They are evil through and through, and have been here for ages. NOT old one worshipers though, just evil Hags. They say only leaders of the rites in the village know what they are really doing. They want the worship of Shub gone so that the locals will worship them more again. Shub worship has also been here for centuries. The villagers seek better crops and animals.
The priest’s wife is one of the hags in disguise!
We tell them we want to eliminate the cult too, which will only benefit them. They want us to escort the wife back to the village, kill the head of cult, we get simulacrum piece. “Besides you face a horrible death in that town. We know what is in that town you came from” they refer to the mutilations. “A half human but looks much like its father, unlike its brother who looks like the mother.” She tells all but Wilhelm to go and she will whisper the name of the father in his ear. We agree and she whispers “Azathoth”. Killer is a blob thing.
They try to capture and eat us. Call the monster the ‘Dark Young’ and how foolish the town is for summoning it. We escape with a Simulacrum leg.
Paul says we will eliminate the Shub cult, and come back in a few years when we are stronger and more experienced and then eliminate the hags.
Ride back to village.

Once back, we all take a ride to talk. How to handle this?

March 4

We come up with a plan to get Todar’s house empty and spend the day watching and investigating/searching = Shub Niggurath worship!! The real deal!!! Find an idol of the outer god, the reality of the place it was hidden seems to bend as we find it.
Idol feels like slimy rock, only a little bigger than one’s hand, feels like it squirms in hand. Wilhelm says: Even the image of it can’t be still, the essence of creation! The black goat of a thousand young. Opposite of Yog Sothoth, destruction. Between them is the Universe balanced by them. The meaning of the ritual flashes into his mind, a harmless corruption of a ritual to Shub for crop/animal vitality. For most it was just a rite, but made just real enough by someone to summon the Dark Young to make a sacrifice of the gypsy girl.

Find out about ritual at the cave this night and ruin the entire affair: the sacrifice of Father Filopovic!

Sacrifice, as alien and insane as Shub’s reality and her rituals and power are, is actually antithesis to her domain of life giving essence.

Hag arrives at fight as the priest is in serious trouble. She has been married to him for 20 years and does have true feelings for him. The monster throws the priest to the ground and stomps him into a pulp (at least it did not eat his life essence/soul).

Wilhelm toys with taking the idol until we can dispose of it deep in the ocean or something, but in the end is too worried about potential possession and corruption.
Hag takes the body of her husband and leaves.
We have to then explain to Todar how of his sister, wife, and wife’s grandparents were all cultists and now dead. Still has sons, daughters and grandchildren.
Daisy says “I don’t think we can explain, I think we just leave.”
Jeremy “Yeah, I think we just leave town, leave him a note.”
Schuyler “Paul is too known, this is an international incident in the making.”
The hag says she will take care of it for us, she will have to become the new spiritual caretaker here (great! cough).

We mount up and ride over night to the station town.

March 5

Get train to Belgrade/other town nearby? Sleep all day in prep for beginning murder investigation here tomorrow, as requested by Archimedes.

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Symbolism in the Dreamlands

Our luggage piled around the man outside, offers the full true history of the Simulacrum and what we can expect of Constantinople.
Dreamland Zagreb. Train gone in a whoosh. Crumpled paper where man stood speaking of graveyard. Fog all around, no sign of anyone. Leave our luggage in an alcove nearby and start walking. See huge church off in distance as fog parts at times, and river through town. We go in direction of church. Buildings look very medieval. Hear others in fog but see no one.
Road ends at a sharp left, we take it to larger thoroughfare. A white liquid flows down street, milk like, disappearing at a stone. Hear noise from it. Simon investigates, moving stone. Under is pool of milk, ground drinking it. Simon grabs it. Continue toward church.
Hear people. See lights on in buildings. Come to town square and another crumpled letter.

Continue on. Young man on hands and knees crawls, upturning any stone “It must be here” hear church bell toll 4:00. He’s searching for a silver ring. Offers to answer any question if we can return it to him.
He takes ring, “To find the stranger, must find the one who knows, and ask for ‘he that knows great men’s secrets’. Those must be the words you speak to he who knows. Can’t ask it more than once”. He runs off onto an iceberg on the river changing ‘Ohmmm’.
Continue on, getting colder. Frost on walls and street. Off to side, street full of people. Some turn and smile at us. All have blood running down chin. Woman lopes out of fog toward us, head twisting back and forth “I’ve seen a man ahead. A man, a head! Hahaha” then cries. “Ask the tide, and name the one you seek by proper title, and she will tell you where to find him.” So ask ‘the tide’ about ‘he who knows’.
She smiles, mass of blood runs out of mouth, leans head back “A head, a man, a head, ask the tide!!” falls backward dead.
Hissing ahead, beating of wings, slither of scales.

Keep walking, to griffon and serpent locked in combat.
Come to a bridge over waterway. Another opening ahead, a statue of the Madonna. A woman lashed to it with heavy ropes “Hear my crime, hear my crime! My crime was to show that any woman’s toil is just as great. My son, who is married to death.”
Tied up, she’s ‘the tide’. We ask her where ‘he who knows’ is. She continues to repeat herself. Ask her ‘he who knows great men’s secrets’. She says “He that knows great secrets…that man nair lives to see his beard grow white. He waits for you at the bridge to the great fort”.
Bells chime 4:00 again.
Image of the city flashes in our minds for a moment. See fort an bridge and church, so know our general area but not exactly where we are. We make for the bridge best we can. On the way, the bell strikes 4:00 again. Then, pitter patter of kids feet, running to us in cloaks. One girl, face pale, looks at us with a joyless smile. Inches closer, opens mouth bearing fangs!
We back away and she laughs a humorless laugh and they all run off. Then a moment after they round a corner a group of bats appears from below and flies off.
Ahead, clashing of metal. There, ahead, the street itself is like it is moving. Stones dancing. As we get closer its not the street itself but a battalion of miniature pikemen. They are mice soldiers fighting frog soldiers. Each group of mice dressed differently: eastern European peasants, arabs, spaniards, frenchmen. One frog wears high boots, sword slashing. Another armed with an axe smashing heads. There are about 8 all dressed in different styles.
Wilhelm “The frogs are us! We are wading through enemies by the hundred. We 6, Bif, and Wilberforce.”
Battle ends suddenly with the heroes killing a great rat leading the hordes.
Ahead is the bridge. Standing there is the man who was outside the train. “Come along, we haven’t much time” he urges us.
Into the church he leads us, up stairs. In distance through a window we see the train seemingly standing still. But, the steam is coming out of the stack in super slow motion. Wheels are ever so slightly turning over time.
Schuyler “Everything is happening here in a fractions of a second.”
So who drugged us in the real world? Probably the man who gave us wine at dinner.
Meet the rotund fat gentleman there, he “knows everything”.
Speaks of being in the lost city of Ihrem hundreds of years ago, travelled to ends of Earth seeking knowledge, The Truth. Secrets of the Universe, the Great Old Ones.
Wilhelm “A lost city in the Arabian peninsula.”
He says it is linked to the coming of Harbringer, and stopping it.
His face is sunken. Says learned everything about Great Old Ones. He paid a price.
Schuyler “Wilhelm, is this the mad Arab?”
Paul says “I think so.”
“Mad, they do call me. I am Abduhl al Hazrad! Those who wish to keep their sanity leave, those who wish to hear the truth, stay! Decide now!”
Schuyler leave, RC stays.
Jeremy leaves, Simon stays.
Paul and Wilhelm stay.
Words fly from his mouth in a black stream, cosmic voids, truths of the center of the universe, terrible mysteries and prophecies…..
Our brains feel as if swelling to bursting.
All who stayed lose 4 sanity but gain 4 Forbidden Lore!!
Its like our heads are obviously swelling!
Paul rushes out, followed by RC, leaving only Wilhelm and Simon.
They lose 7 sanity but gain 7 Lore!
Simon appears incapable of movement, eyes and ears weeping blood.
Wilhelm feels its time for him to go and jars him awake, Simon rushes out followed by Wilhelm pushing him along.
Mad Arab starts to shake and talks of the bell tolling magical 7 and possible imprisonment here, and we hear the train whistle "You are lost unless you run for if you do not return to your beds before dawn you are doomed to walk the land of this place with the rest of us!
Wilhelm bursts out with a bloody Simon, and WIlhelm is the same though he does not realize it. Their own blood.
Mad Arab from behind “Flee, flee for your lives my friends for now it is up to you to save humanity!”
So, the mad arab was gathering his info and wrote the Necronomicon for the good guys and for doing so is doomed to this place for eternity.
We rush will all haste for the train before the clock chimes 7AM, but the city is disorientating requiring an intelligence check to find a short route, a will save just to keep going rather than lose our minds to the place, fort save for the physical energy to keep going, and a reflex save for pure speed.
Wilhelm shouts for all to follow him, Schuyler agrees with his route. Simon and Paul. Simon follows but Paul cuts his own way. RC follows Schuyler but Jeremy takes his own way as well.
Jeremy and Paul are somewhat lost now, for Wilhelm was right!
Schuyler, Wilhelm, and SImon easily make it to the train first. RC through pure physical and will power makes it next. Paul jumps on as the train is starting to move, and Jeremy is within a moment from being lost before he leaps for the rear of the train, Simon and RC hauling him aboard exhausted.

On the train as we burst into our rooms to make it to bed, we see ourselves lying in bed asleep. Each of us faints and then awakens in bed confused, watching ourselves faint then disappear.
Knocking at doors, conductor says its 3:10, we are are already stopped at Zagreb and your bags are off. We say we aren’t departing at Zagreb, he double checks and finds the room numbers to be wrong, so they get our stuff back on and we continue.
The conductor says he had a dream of letting us off at Zagreb the night before. When he woke up, he thought it was real.

In the real world, who drugged us? The rotund fat gentleman who offered us his family label wine at dinner! Chateau Guiraud lafon vineyards! French.
He played with hit watch chain, which had a lantern at the end of it, the conductor says he noticed.
How could it have been the Mad Arab?
The lantern is a sign of the Watchers! No one knows who the man was though. For some reason he had to kind of trick us, rather than tell us what was really happening/going to happen. Hmm. It’s a mystery unless it was Van Helsing, for some reason in disguise.

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