During couple weeks before Rick’s arrival:
Some rest and recupe; At least a couple of us like Paul begin some regular sessions with Wilhelm to regain lost sanity.
Schuyler and Geste check in at American Secret Service and Templar cell, respectively.
Wilhelm researches Carlyle’s known whereabouts during their London stay. Jeremy does any legwork, often accompanied by Schuyler, as well as Elias’ steps when her prior to NY death.
Wilhelm also reads People of the Monolith successfully.
April 20 to April 28, 1884 is when Carlyle et al were in London.
Elias tracked much of Carlyle’s steps. Carlyles stayed at Penhue Foundation, visited Gavigan’s house in Essex, an island in the marshes there, about an hour out of Liverpool Station. Gavigan was the right hand man of Penhue, and now runs the Foundation. Gavigan has a flat in Mayfair as well.
Gavigan is also a member of the Diamond Back Club, a club for rich who are not nobles. He wins a lot at cards there; lots of poor card players. He only visits his home once a month now, oddly usually during the dark new moon. Stays at Foundation or his Mayfair flat.
Carlyle and his party also stopped at a club called the Blue Pyramid in Soho, perhaps figuring it entertainingly ironic, the article assumes, since they were about to leave for Egypt.
Jeremy begins visiting the Blue Pyramid regularly, to acclimatize them to his presence and make acquaintances. Schuyler joins him about half the time.
Rick and party arrive from Cairo via airship.
Westinghouse, Atwater, Wilkerson arrive from NY.
May 30 through June 1
Meetings at Rathbone’s house for the weekend.
Westinghouse researches paper for any evidence that may be linked to mummy at large, it yields:
2 months ago, a small new storeopened in Soho. Ramessu’s Egyptian Antiquities. Proprietor Ahti Ramessu, Egyptian.
Find no record of his emigration.
Also, the Dark Mistress is in London harbor right now!!!!
Wilhelm begins researching the forbidden tomes brought from NY. Rick uses contacts to get him full access to Brit Museum, Cambrige, University College and Oxford U libraries.
Night June 3:
Jeremy at Blue Pyramid:
Lots of Egyptian decor and music, and dancers.
Jeremy gets to talking over a few nights entertainment. Talks with the owner Abdulah Nawisha, and Egyptian.
A dancing girl asks to meet him after the song ends, in the alley behind the place.
He meets her, she races to him panting; terrified. She explains she has danced here for 3 years. The man you’re looking for is no longer in London, he left a couple months ago (Elias). The Brotherhood was close on his trail, The Egyptian Brotherhood. He has never heard of them. Her boyfriend, once a waiter here Quadar, was murdered. She thinks the Brotherhood did it cause he wouldn’t join them.
Elias was asking around about the Brotherhood, started after this Carlyle fellow, then changed to looking deeper into the Brotherhood. They are bad news, hang out in this club a lot. Abdulah is terrified of them. Once a month, an old steam truck appears around midnight at the back. About 2 dozen customers jump in and drive to someplace outside of London. The organizer is Twefiq al Sayed. She saw this twice, at least some are the same each time. She recalls the dates. Wilhelm says this follows the same time Gavigan leaves town for home.
To be thourough, he gives her some coin for a private show. They go in and upstairs.
As he does, Jeremy notices something. In disguise, Westinghouse is in the club!!
Westinghouse did notice a man eyeing up Jeremy. Once Jeremy is back downstairs, when the club shuts down, and Jeremy is about to leave, he sees the man giving obvious signs to a few other guys in a booth, who return their own too obviously stretches as a call back. The first man subtely shakes his head no.
A bit later, on last chance, Westinghouse leaves as well. Jeremy is waiting nearby. We stay and case the place.
45 minutes later, the owner locks upand walks away. All have left already as well, even the signal crew.
We wait half an hour, go around to back door, which is deadbolted from inside.
We go to front. Jeremy looks out and Westinghouse picks the front door.
A bobby walks by moments later.
We start searching, finding no information.
Secret door check, Jeremy says we should start in his office. West finds a hidden panel to an old style safe. West breaks in easily. Around L1000; other normal stuff valuable to Abdulah; a note threatening him, that the actions of the Brotherhood are none of your concern, keep your nose out of your business fat man and run your club.
Nothing else to find.
We leave everything as we found it.
Early now, on way home see paper boy peddling Morning Scoop:
Slaughter continues. West buys one. An unidentified foreigner found floating in Thames, 24th victim in series of bizarre slayings. Beated severely and stabbed through the heart. 3 yrs of murders like this. Officer Barrington is the cop in charge.
West says he knows there have been 3 already this year. All linked by being Egyptians and foreigners.
By description, it is not Abdullah.
We visit inspector Barrington early, offering our services. Say we are friends of Jackson, and we are the ones who investigated his murder.
Jackson said these murders were ritual killings by an Egyptian death cult, called Brotherhood of the Black Pharaoh. Barrington talked to Egyptologist Gavigan at Penhue, who said there is no modern day equivalent. That Elias was a sensation seeking writer trying to profit on the unfortunate Carlyle exp. Many of the victims frequented the same club in Soho.
West “Blue Pyramid.”
“Why yes, that’s the one.” Owner seemed like he may give us something, then suddenly shut up.
One victim stabbed but still alive when found, though bleeding out fast. First person on scene, a bobby, said he cried out one word ‘hotep’ before he died. Meaning rest or peace in anc egyptian.
Another man knew many of them: Tewfiz al Sahib. Owns a spice shop, once a guide in Egypt for foreigners. Guided a Penhue expedition, of an American chap.
“Yes, he was their guide in Egypt before they left for Kenya.”
He warns us that they appreciate the help, but don’t go running off half cocked.
He lets Atwater examine the body, as long as he tells them what he finds.
The bruises were via club; but also marked like they were carved deeply. Some of the better marks look almost like hieroglyphs!!!
Westinghouse “Atwater, how can we lift the markings?”
Atwater thinks that injecting ink, maybe, at the wound site would highlight the marks because of how the blood settles.
He goes for it.
He only gets 3 partial prints.
Need to show it to Rick!!
We invite him to dine at Rick’s tonight, so we can let him in on the real deal.
Westinghouse goes to check out the ship, with a pair of goggles, taking Billy and Simon as guards.
Boat looks like nothing but a yacht. Crew normal. Through Lenses, it isn’t the creature from last time, but far worse. A hybrid part boat, part creature. The 6 sailors on deck, a few debarking into London, look like ugly men at first. Through goggles, they are deep ones!!!
The door/maw opens and 2 men appear, leaving the boat. One looks like Penhue, even through the goggles!! The other is also someone I recognize. Bishop in his current body!!!!
Finally, only the Cpt. remains, potential hybrid deep one.
Westinghouse follows Penhue and Bishop, get a cab and go into Penhue foundation. Half hour later, disappear down street in a cab. It leaves London, heading north.
At Rick’s, show him the symbol. It’s slightly flipped, but its the symbol for the Brotherhood of the Black Pharaoh. Supposedly, they had sacred clubs to kill those that crossed the cult and for normal sacrifices. They would break their bones with the club, careful not to kill them. Then, kill them with a spike (on the other side of the club) throught the heart or eye.
Paul et al goes to talk to Mickey at the Scoop. Scoop specializes in gory murders, sex scandals, wierd happenings. Willing to pay for good murder/monster story, and models in their knickers. Says Elias didn’t tell him what he was up to. Helped break a story here and there. Did say an evil cult was operating in London, and he was digging into old newspaper accounts. He can show us some of the things he looked into. 3 stories in particular:
1) several pieces to do with the string of murders of Egyptians
2) “shocking canvases bring recognition”; savage exotic scenes by Miles Shipley; repulsive; maidens ravished, shadow gross landscapes, etc; uncanny verisimilatude however, as though Miles worked from personal xp; Miles says he renders his own visions
3) monstrous murders;_ inhuman killer shot but still alive?_; 2 dead, 3rd lived; no purpetrator known; George Osgood and Lydia Perkins the dead; Wilright Short drove off a grisly manlike creature in Lesser Adele; Tumwell, constable, claims he shot the same creature that night; wailings of creature on full moon haunt the area
He has no idea why those 3 in particular.
Wilhelm research has discovered an attempt made on Gavigan’s life, several years ago. Adam Cross reports: Hugh Tilesman, formerly of Bayswater, taken into custody upon members of Diamond back club. Fired upon another member but quickly restrained. Cops took him away, injured during scuffle. 42 year old banker, went after Gavigan. Widower lost his family to house fire the previous year; described as irrational, required sedation. Also charged with vandealizing the Afghan War memorial in Baniker Park, inflicted with a hammer. Was president of Park committee, curiously. No other record or story of trial. Officer Dyle was in charge of scene.
Jeremy talks to Barrington about Dyle: does not know much; Met police, not Scotland yard. Good chap, does job well so far as he knows. He directs us to his HQ.
Jeremy goes to Met police HQ, acting as a reporter for The Scoop doing followup on some Dyle’s career. He is on patrol, and a Sgt, an officer tells Jeremy where. Jeremy easily finds him.
He seems happy to assist a newspaperman, actually. Says does not remember much of incident, asks to have dinner out and will bring his notebook.
Jeremy at Dinner:
Tilesman was never brought to trial. Gavigan spoke to judge, explaining the man was mad, he was put in an asylum where he probably still resides. Family burned to death, wife carrying the girl and at door burst into flames, burning and screaming in death.
Tilesman was a banker, military in younger days. Had brother who died in Afghan campaign so started push for the memorial. He said memorial was evil!! Hates it. Does not know name of stonemason. There was a stone piece brought from Egypt, donated by Gavigan, to statue. Probably find a picture postcard in the sundry store down the block.
Tilesman went around for donations; Gavigan not interested. Actually spoke vs British Imperialism. So finally Gavigan said, after Tilesman bothering him, he’d donate the Egyptian obelisk to memorial. Then, the tragedies afterward, screaming of Gavigan killing his family. Feels Gavigan just didn’t want him thrown in jail, but have his ills treated instead. Asylum is in Hackney, just off the Temple Mill Rd. Private institution, not state run.
Multiple burnings in area around memorial since then. At some sights, there was evidence of animals being caught or left in the fire. Dogs, cats, squirels, etc.
Dinner at Rick’s:
Inform Barrington; show him more evidence. Paul, Rick, and West thouroughly convince him of the horror, minus supernatural. Even that they may all be involved.
Rick needs to check out this obelisk “Let’s go tonight, to obelisk. After Brandy and cigars, of course. Barrington, you should come as well.”
To obelisk, in central London, after dark, late.
Jeremy thinks to stop at a few local pubs first, Schuyler goes too. They say its just some Egyptian thing added to a war memorial.
They say its cursed. People who fall asleep on benches nearby overnight have nightmares, wake up disoriented, etc. Jocko passed out drunk one night at bottom of it, dead next morning, not mark on body. Face like he was horrified. Folks don’t feel right around it at night. Neighborood has done down, too. Tilesman house burned down, was across street from it. A few others as well. Steamcar blew up, newspaper man’s cart burned up. No known causes. Small fires too. Someone was stacking paper and woodchips beside houses, trying to burn them down. No one caught. Often pidgeons, dogs, cats tied up and thrown into the fires. Mileman’s horse, someone burned both sides of it while he was taking milk into an apartment. Heard horse scream and ran for it. Burnt so bad had to be put down, but man saw nothing. Cops figure a lunatic arsenist in the area. In winter, no snow accumulates on the obelisk. When it rains, its dry.
2AM arrive at obelisk:
Schuyler drives the carriage near the scene. Rick, Simon, Barrington, Westinhouse, Wilhelm, Billy, Paul rides on the roof.
Simon gets out first, and quickly.
He walks straight for the obelisk. Rick, Wilhelm, and Westinghouse follow.
All have headlamps.
21″ × 21″ and 11’ tall; 6’ high contemporary base it rests on.
Weathered but in tact. Bottom corner repaired with modern mortor, where Tilesman hit it. All 4 sides bear hieroglyphs.
Rick begins reading. Touching it, it feels at least 15 degrees warmer than air. Text all seems to be prayers to an obscure god Ka Thig Ra. Lord of Fire.
Westinghouse “Cthugha. Dear god.”
We show Barrington, so he sees the connection.
Westinghouse and Wilhelm suddenly lose 3 con, and Barrington 1, damage. White ghostly haze drifts from each of them to the obelisk.
Rick yells for them to get back to the carriage.
A glow from atop the obelisk point, a spark of flame. It drifts off and starts moving.
Westinghouse “Fire vampire! We need water. Normal weapons did nothing!”
It grows a bit larger, to about 2’ diameter.
Paul “Simon, it may b e up to you.”
Simon “I’ll show it what a holy warrior of god can do.”
We run to follow it.
Simon “Schuyler, take the carriage away.”
Schuyler takes off.
It passes into the pub, burning a whole as it does and catching it on fire. Some people that live upstairs, owner, starts to yell. Simon yells at it, draws his blade. It comes straight at him!!
Simon’s holy, arcane attack power shears through its DR as they battle. He strikes and it bursts as it lashes at him but misses. As he hits, it disipates.
Barrington is astouined. Says we need to do something about this obelisk.
Westinghouse, Paul and Wilhelm make for the fire to help, they put it out with minimal damage.
For now, we have to keep people away from it.
Barrington says he can try to get the area cordoned off for the time being.
We head back to Rick’s.
Rick read more. It says the servants from the lord of fire are trapped w/in; if you stand w/in the equivalent of 20’ maybe it can steel your essence to release the servants. Or if you want to release them all at once, break it.
Well, that ruins Simons idead of blowing it up. We must destroy it at some point, but prepared with plenty of water. Perhaps a submerged explosion.
Rick realizes, no way a fire vampire was leaving small animal offerings in fires.
Simon “Good God, you’re right.”
Westinghouse “A fine call, Richard. The obelisk must be corupting a nearby citizen. Jeremy and his street crew should get on this.”
Barrington says he and a few men will join Jeremy and his men in the search.
Barrington takes Westinghouse and Wilhelm to the station, showing them the full case files on the arsons. Visit a few scenes late into the night. They are up late, developing a profile of the arsonist together.
Westinghouse and Wilhelm present their profile: a male, probalby younger than 18, lives or attends school in area; being influences by obelisk; a loner, maybe bullied, been burning animals alive, only matter of time before his compulsion gets grander; he will definitely be watching at scene if FD arrives to put out a big one.
Atwater, Jeremy, and Billy go to asylum in Hackney:
He had dreams, terrible dreams, including London on fire, of the obelisk. Knows of what is inside the obelisk, wildly blames Gavingan; Atwater gives him just enough sedative to calm him down.
Jeremy explains that we agree, he is right about all.
Insists obelisk must be destroyed and Gavigan made to pay.
He only knows what he knows from dreams, no personal xp. Gavigan hates England and our military. “I love England, so he made me and my whole family pay.” Sometimes sees him, in his head but not dreams. He comes and laughs at him. When sky is dark, “I see the obsene rituals he performs, the things that come down from the heavens, the unspeakable things they do.” And the people who fornicate with the monsters. It’s in the swamps, marsh, all around the estate in Essex. He knows who else, but if he does he’ll be struck dead.
Says his mind has travelled beyond, has seen “things that would shrivel your soul. Only my madness allows it, of seeing my family destroyed and the evil doers go free. But you have the book, and so the way. Akh Ma Lor. You must find the way. The servitors of the demon sultan.” He quakes and dies.
We don’t know what the words have to do with a book, that is no book we have. Are they summoning servitors of Azathoth, the demon sultan? Ugh. In this book must be the secret to keep us safe at the ceremony.
Orderlies are called in. It will be dubbed a heart attack, called inevitable by Dr’s and he’s better off for it. Uncurable. They do ask us what we were talking to him about. We asked what made him go after Gavigan, and at mention of his family he cried and tapped out.
Simon, Paul, Wilhelm, RC, Schuyler, Westinghouse to Lesser Edale to take the monster. Taking clippings of the Scoop stories with them; and letter of intro from Barrington.
Take Midland railroad to Derby, 130 miles north of London. North of there if valley of Derwent. Leave London’s Pancras Station, adjacent to King’s Cross 3/4 mile north of museum.
Once in Darby, get to Lesser-edale via steam omnibus daily at 7:52 AM, 2:12, or 9:41 PM. 6 hour walk. Mounted 3 hours.
The valley is one of most beautiful of England. Wooden vales, waterfalls, limestone outcroppings, several pubs in the town of Lesser-edale
We need to save lives, and this is the most immediate threat, night to night. They ride horseback a couple hours to the area. We are in the town by dinner time.
30 homes in village, more outside, Laughing Horse Pub, a mercantile store, church, vet clinic, a steambus service to Derby. We eat at Pub first. We can get rooms at pub, seldom have visitors.
Recall scene in American Werewolf in London pub, that is close to these guys. Friendly, a few surlies who stare.
They are very interested in RC, a real red skin. They pass around the tomahawk. Paul encourages RC to speak ‘like an Indian’.
Later, Constable Tumwell arrives, just who we wanted to speak to.
No stable, closest if farmer Perkins about mile up road. He calls for Tom Jenkens, and for a few shillings he can take our horses to Perkins’ house for the night.
“M’ Lord, give the boy some money.” Paul does so, and tips him. Including paying ahead of time to bring them back in the morning. And a bit for Perkins himself for stabling and feed.
Paul gives him the letter from Barrington.
He assumes he killed it, not having been troubled since he shot it. Gives no credence to other so called sightings. Only wailings at the last full moon.
Paul buys a round of drinks. Sooner than later, everyone is gathered around talking about the monster.
Tales of it walking on its back paws, ripped bone from bone from ‘poor Lydia’. Constable warns us not to bother the victims’ families, they’ve been through enough. Simon begins to rant and intimidate, but Westinghouse and Paul step in before he insults the constable.
Simon insists we will do whatever we have to do to solve these murders.
Edith, the wife of Osgood. She told them they heard a noise, husband went out to investigate with shotgun, heard him fire and scream. When she went out, saw a hunchbacked beast running into dark on 2 legs.
They confirmed all this on scene, including wolf tracks, and its blood so he hit it first. Not much though. He was ripped literally limb from limb.
A man from corner “It was that Lawrence Vane who done it, he killed my daughter. You can ask Tom, he seen it. Them Vane’s they live in that castle, think they own us like the old days.”
All turn to look and see John Perkins, Lydia’s dad. Tumwell tries to calm him down, to no effect. He yells no one is doing anything about it. Tumwell tries to insist he killed it. John insists it were Lawrence.
The son of Knight Fredrick Vane. Tom Cordy is John’s neighbor. Tom is here too.
Tom regrets speaking, told John in confidencs. He saw Lawrence Vane walking down path from Perkins house. Not sure if it was before or after death, but looked upset and running as fast as he could.
Tumwell says he talked to him, and Scotland Yard investigators, all say he’s innocent. He claims was out for a walk. Their houses are about half a mile apart.
Tumwell then asks to talk to one of us privately, West does. He asks us to stop implicating Vane, he was walking past, saw the door open, saw the body inside ripped to pieces, and ran away. If John knows he was there, he will even more so assume Vane is guilty and do something rash and vengeful.
John keeps insisting they are just protecting a noble “Down with the nobles” the labor party will correct this. And if they won’t, the anarchists will.
He tells West, we can question John. He got home from drinking, and inside found his daughter. The door was already open. He left here around 2:15. Probably got home in around 15 minutes. He lives on edge of village. Tom left at 1:00 am. Tumwell thinks the body had been dead for over an hour, just from blood drying based on hunting xp.
Talk dries up, by closing its up to our rooms.
Each murder has taken place on the full moon.
Night, at Rick’s:
Akh Ma Lor, not Arabic, not ancient Egyptian. Wilhelm thinks the first book to reference is the big one, Necronomicon.
Stephen Hughes visits Rick’s house. Atwater is there, as is Billy and Wagstaff and his live in maid Mattie.
See Explorer’s log.
Jeremy’s street crew of on the lookout for an arsenist, accompanied by Barrington and a few good bobbies 4, plus Billy.
Barrington has found the Phillipston School for Boys is right across street from the park!!!
Westinghouse recommends someone watch the obelisk, he may come and gauk at it, at least prior to his arsons. Start by creating a perimeter based on previous crime scenes.
Westinghouse to Osgood’s wife Edith, w/ Simon,, Wilhelm:
All he was already told was true. Their kids, individually, confirm the facts.
She insists it was a man, it ran on 2 legs though hunched over covered in hair. It was no wolf. Rumors of a creature killing on full moon for centuries. It comes and goes like a cycle. Maybe we can find info on this history at the church. The rev. is named Jeremy Stratton, 67 yrs old, she says he’s into this kind of thing. Westinghouse gives her some money, seeing things are not going well for them now, for her trouble. Wailings seem to emanate from the ground, not from woods, only during full moons, all 3 nights, but not otherwise. Been going on since master Lawrence returned from attending Oxford, just graduated in Law. Returned alone. Only 3 plus servants live there. Lawrence, dad Fredrick, and younger daughter Elouise. Fairly popular until this all started.
Paul, RC, Schuyler as the Vane house: No one answers the door. After Paul yells his title, a voice from a window yells “Go away!”
Schuyler “Is everything all right in there. We’re here with authority of Brithish Law!”
A girl’s comes around the side “come this way”. She leads us around to an entry way “After you gentleman.”
Paul and RC enter. Schuyler “ladies first.”
She enters, Schuyler behind.
It leads into a main hall from the side, huge hall. Front door on this side has been walled up.
Old man meets us, in late 60’s and gruffly “What can I do for you gentleman.”
Paul apologizes for not following proper etiquette. We are on important business.
Schuyler “We are here to find the real killer, not to blindly accuse your son like many have done.”
We sit and discuss in the parlour on opposite side of hall.
We see portraits of ancestors, one in particular is spitting image of Roger Carlyle, like related. That guy in the painting was the black sheep, Abner Vane Carel. Went to America as a Col. but never returned. Went into business like a commoner.
He’s lying, just to cover the family honor. See Carlyle entry of Elias Carlyle investigation.
He calls the son and daughter in. He confirms the story of the constable, thinks its all a bunch of superstitious nonsense. Elouise is quite, demur. Fred returned form London. Howlings going on for months. Only last month were the first murders.
Larry give his word as a gentleman “You have my word there will be no more murders.” He just has ‘a feeling’.
They do not know where the wailings come from.
Larry gets very frustrated, dad calms him down.
Paul insists they are not being picked on, he wants only to clear the name of any aristocracy. Schuyler tells them we are not picking on any other person in particuler.
Servanst say nothing, too loyal to family.
Others at church:
Housekeeper answers. He admits us. A particularly ugly man, sunken chin. He tries to say he knows nothing, but Westinghouse knows he is hiding something. He has a certificate on wall as a corresponding secretary of Order of the Golden Druid in this area.
Wilhelm has not heard of it, neither has Westinghouse.
We leave, with nothing. He stonewalls us.
After we leave, the housekeeper meets us. Says he has been odd since the murders happened. Locks self in rectory for hours at a time. People thought little of the howlings until the murders. He was out the nights of the murders, on a trip actually. She knows not where. He took only a sack with him, often takes it out evenings sometimes for 4 or 5 hours. Been going on for years. Maybe once a month, sometimes less, sometimes more. Has not been more constant since howlings started. Always goes away on summer solstice, longest day and shortest night of year, all day. Occasionally over night. As well as a basket for summer solstice, of just food and wine. She knows nothing of the order he belongs to. Queer people though. They visit sometimes, have a kind of particular greeting to each other. Visits are variable, last time was couple weeks ago. They are locals in the valley. Farmer Bryant last time. Some are farmors, some laborers, others educated men as well. She names a half dozen locals, including the doctor.
West "Who would know a lot about the area, other than rev.?
He does visit them sometime, he’s friends with them. They do not visit here though.
We all meet back in town. Food and drink while we talk at the pub. Tum comes to dinner too. He knows nothing, never hear of it. Simon feels that’s a dead giveaway he’s a member. When asked by Westinghouse: He says there are a few local ancient sights, like standing stones. He can show us tomorrow himself.
The Dr. plays totally dumb about the druid cult.
RC stakes out the church. Wilhelm with him out of sight. He leaves after dinner
Westinghouse stakes out the Dr. Simon out of sight with him. He leaves after dinner.
He arrives at the mercantile store side door, gives an obvious secret knock. A man answers. Inside is a small landing, then steps going down. 2 others come do door from 2 different directions. One obviously a farmer. Both give the knock, say the same words and go in.
The rev. arrives just as they are about to enter “Hey wait, wait for me.” That’s when we see the guy from the store is wearing some kind of fur on his head.
The door closes behind them.
West sends RC to get Paul and Schuyler and he returns with them.
We wait a short time, and no one else shows.
There are small windows to the basement. West takes a look. About 14 folks, all dressed in ancient looking garb like furs and such. Primitives. The rev is at the front by a table. Says something, dramatically pulling a corroded old dagger. They ooh and aaah. He lays it on the table.
Another is frantically writing, or drawing, in a notebook. West is able to crack the window open a bit.
They break ranks to look at it. The Dr. say “good lord Jeremy, this is pre roman. Where did you find it?”
“At our dig at the standing stones.”
Simon has an idea that we should mug them all as they come out, tell them we think they are the killers, wearing furs and all. Maybe play up the anarchist angle. Or just the last one, scare him into telling us what he knows.
Several had bags, holding their costumes. A few dress like Roman Legionaires.
The Dr. hands out pamphlets to everyone. They admire a few more artifacts. then work for hours cleaning and restoring them.
The owner bids them all goodbye and they all leave.
Tum is the last to leave.
Simon “That liar, I want his arse, just on general principal now.”
They leave in ones and threes.
As he is walking through the door, Simon and RC pressure him back in the shop.
We lay our frame on them. They cry for their innocnece. The pamphlet is just their quarterly journal ‘dedicated to keeping live the traditions of the past."
Obvioulsy an innocent sect, history buffs. Amateur archaeologists. They’ve been at this a good 10 years. Have even donated artifacts to British Museum.
We play up to them gradually, but only maybe, convincing us. But we think they may have dug up something evil.
They show us everything, but nothing at all catches our interest. They know nothing else. We tell Tum to make the Rev let us see the historical records of the area.
He takes us to his house immediately. Tum speaks to our purpose first.
He says he didn’t show us the records at first cause he didn’t want us to jump to the wrong conclusions.
West “What wrong conclusions?”
“All right, go ahead.”
He takes us to back to the church.
Indeed there are records of the wailing for about 3 centuries. There have been an unusually high death of baby girls in Vane family at birth or w/in a week or so after. But not all. Outbreak about 300 yrs ago for 3 months; another 50 yrs later for 1 month of death; another maybe 100 yrs later, for again 1 month. Last was a century ago.
The legend of the wailings went on sometimes for years, others for months. There were not wailings during the first deaths. Every time since then. Generally after the deaths. The wails only happen on full moon days though.
During the first there was a death in the Vane family. Evangeline Vane, 21 yrs, killed in a riding accident. That was right after the last murder.
Asked what he does when he locks self in study every night, he asks for us to swear that with the info we will do nothing to endanger Vane family.
Simon “I can swear no such thing.”
Paul promises, as a gentleman.
Rev has a journal by the rev 400 yrs ago, when first murders occured. In anc. greek. He has not finished translating it, for he is not academic linguist, but is says lady Imogen Vane ordered a young girl burned at the stake for being a witch. True or not, it does not say. They all believed it though. The girl’s mother cursed Imogen and dropped dead in front of her.
Imogen was a cruel woman. Had a daughter Evangeline who was 10 at the time. When she turned 21, every month on the full moon she became a werewolf. On the third month she and her husband Arthur and the vicar and sherrif found out what was going on. During this third they caught her in the act and beat her to death with silvered clubs. Made up the accident story. That murders stopped after that.
Something must have happened though, because decades later it started again.
Paul “Elouise, she just turned 21!”
Wilhelm studies it. Finds that the rev missed the actual curse itself: The old woman said that every blood daughter of the Vane’s would become a werewolf at 21. The vicar knows why the Vane castle is called Castle Plum, cause it fell into the hands of Edward III “like a plum”. But, in truth, it is cause there were lead mines in the area, built right over the mines. Lead in latin resembles plum. The entire town in honeycomed with lead mines.
Schuyler “Ah Haaa!! That’s why the wails come from the ground!”
They have no way of knowing how to end the curse.
Wilhelm does not know how to break such a rare occurance and specific curse. However, we can not kill her. She’ll only look like herself once slain, they we’ll be murderers.
Jeremy et al out again.
One of the constables on watch at the school sees a shadow in the alley. Looking, its a prostitute. He orders her to move along and hears a noise behind the school. He sees a person piling up garbage against he wall, dumping a bottle of something onto it. He blows his whistle and rushes for the guy. He lights it anyway and starts the fire anyway!!!
The person picks up burning wood and tires to stick it into his face. The constable does a glancing blow. He swings the burning log and hits.
He clobbers the kid at his uniform being burned (have to pay for that yourself you know!) and knocks him out.
The fire is barely lit, we stop it easily.
We find that the boy does go the the school. The headmaster calls him a quiet kid, picked on by other kids.
Father owns a chemist shop, been missing a lot of ether recently. The boy has been using it to start the fires.
Is obvioulsy obsessed with the monument. Saw it from his windown seat. His bedroom of his house is on the other side of it across the park.
Began having nightmares of fire and flaming creatures.
We get him some Iluminati psychology help. And no more living at his house or going to that school.
We hush the whole thing up.
At first, the dad insists that they know nothing more. Paul and West press, we do not want to hurt anyone. We know of the mines, the wailings are from there. We want to end this issue permanently, cure the family line of daughters forever. Evangaline deserves redemption.
Dad calls the son in, he is very defensive of his sister. We convince them.
They know what the girl is doing, so they drug her and lock her in a cell during the full moon 3 days.
They show us where they keep her, a basement under the basement to a full scale torture chamber from medievel times. Through there, into a labyrinth of cells and rooms to a huge open area. The cell at the far end is the one they keep her in. Claw marks inside; window at far end into mines, that’ s how she escaped the first time; straw all over floor.
The son found her the 3rd night, that was why he was seen. She remembers nothing. Bars now reinforced. We still want to rid her, and their bloodline. Their family is almost gone. They won’t marry again so as not to put any others through this.
We need to return to London to research a cure.
Attend church; by now between Wilhelm, Archie, and Dong we have researched all to know in Forbidden Tome entries that we have.
Mickey gives us another story, see handout “It Almost Had Me!” Happened in Soho. Groot was an investigative reporter; became catatonic day after ghost wrote the article for him. He speaks only one word over and over again: Gavigan!
Happened in Soho during a fog at night. Now in an asylum, Brown’s Resident Clinic for the Insane. He had passed out, a bobby came along as the man struggled with seemingly nothing, turned on a bullseye lantern, then saw him fall KO to the pavement. Took him to the hospital. The bobby saw nothing.
Atwater goes to asylum, accompanied by Billy. Foggy today, getting thicker and thicker as the cab drives him. Funny smell, burning hair.
They approach the front door. Billy feels like a weird cold tentacle trying to grasp him.
Billy struggles with it in the fog. Atwater sees only Billy. Billy draws his blade, Kholan’s sword, and lashes out at the invisible attacker and strikes.
It feels to Billy like it is sucking the breath and life from him. Billy strikes again, and again true, ignoring his Varnstein Goggles for now.
Something is like its going into his throat and lungs, doing gradually more damge each round.
Atwater gets back in the cab and readies his revolver.
Billy hits and hits, missing a few times due to the invisibility.
This thing is super tough, hp wise, though it takes a long drawn out time to kill one such as Billy Fish.
After rounds of combat, if finally disappears in a puff; for a second he sees a huge ugly amorphous mass of 6 tentacles.
They enter, led to see the patient. But he is dead.
Atwater guesses mere minutes only. The thing was waiting, must have been.
Atwater to the dr. “You are terrible at your job. Good day.” They leave for Rick’s.
Later edition of paper: monstrous murderer on the loose in London! Breaking news: mass murderer loose in Soho. Left a string of bodies starting a few hours ago!
Bobbies have been doubled. Thick fog! Bobbies are finding other bobbies dead!!!
Rick and Billy need help. Adventurer’s Club and Iluminati: "I need brave fighters, hand to hand fighters! Soho need assistance!
And Archie’s: Wang Dong joins us!!!
We send them out in pairs, telling them exactly what they are up against.
In Soho, its like night its so dark. Unnatural.
Rick and Billy are a pair.
Screaming, and we all close in. 2 of our men are desparately fighting something. Billy has the goggles on. He sees it plain as day losing some sanity.
Rick rushes in with him, saying in Gurka to go low together.
4 rounds in, it explodes!!! Far at the end of the street, he sees the thing reform and move on.
We get all lights and streetlights to flood foggy Soho with light, realizing the importance of the lantern the bobby from the article used, which actually drove the beast away!! As it does, we can see the fog disipating.
The fog is rolling into Westminster.
Better turn the whole cities system on!!
Later, no evidence of the monster.
Message comes in from a bobbie: dead body found, in office of the assistant bishop of westminster!! Smothered to death. It went into the Abby, found darkness inside.
We have it cornered!! Keep all lights on outside, we’re going in.
People are streaming out of the Abby. We go in past them. Nearest steps are down to basement, that’s where we go.
4 of our cronies come with Rick and Billy, grabbing headlamps from the adven. club, and a couple of lanterns.
A cronie with the light sees it “There it is!!!” We can see it via the light.
Smoke seems to rise off it. All 6 tentacles slash at him. He is slashed to bits!!
It is obviously desperate.
We all focus our lights on it, and our cronies and Rick open lanterns.
It lashes out with the tentacles, 2 of the cronies badly. The light is powerful against it, both headlamps and lanterns comine!
It continues to lash out at lantern wielders. We have it surrounded, it lashes out desparately again, what must be one final gasp, at Rick for 45 total!!!! 3 cronies dead by now!!
It is destroyed, screaming horrificly, as it goes!!!!
At vane castle we stay with them, getting to know them better. Evening we ride for Derby for morning train to London tomorrow.
Jeremy and crew have been tailing Gavigan in spare time. He often visits a curio shop ran by a Tewfik al Sayed.
Adele group returns.
Wilhelm on Akh Ma Lor: reference to it in Necronomicon as The Way, to immortality via evoking and calling to earth a form or avatar of the demon sultan Azathoth. But, it also says those who would send back the servitors of Azathoth can use the Ak Ma Lor.
So, we need to find it.
Wilhelm researches curses:
First, he comes across a Barry Gordon, a man who ‘cures curses’ for money. It’s an ad in a recent occult periodical. He ignores this.
Then, an ancient art called Feng Shui. He dismisses this as well.
Then, 10 step ritual to remove a curse on a family name. Begins with covering you mind with the blood of a holy one (Jesus or Buddha are named), aka prey; 2nd is bind the demon, which it says all curses are bound by a demon that has been bound in the service of the curse, it will be hiding in someone. 3rd, break the curse; 4th, break the stronghold of the curse. 5th, break the power behind the curse. Then remove the authority of the curse; then put it to death; then wash away the curse; then speak blessings against the curse; finally cast out the demon. Very long and dangerous excorsism, essentially, and one with extensive occult knowledge. This one seems real.
West, Atwater, Wilhelm, and Jeremy look into the Shipley paintings. First, they visit the Golden Dawn and Crowley. His place lacks extravagancy, but we walk past a crystal ball with a velvet kerchief over it; ouija board, etc, a girl no more than 16 dressed as a gypsy, playing with tarot cards.
Into a small room with several disturbing paintings. The overall impact, no single one, initiates a sanity check 1/d4. There are works of Shipley and Pickman, on opposing sides of the room
One of the paintings is of the grim reaper, unsigned. Westinghouse, no matter where he stands, feels it is staring at him.
Young Crowley enters, maybe 25, wearing black cape and cowl. He invites us to tea.
Says the 2 artists are arranged “They are having a face off, as you can see. The 2 great surreal impressionists of our day. The 2 most in tune with the evil that plagues mankind. That we must learn to control.”
Wilhelm “What makes you believe this all represents reality?”
“Because when you look at them, you can feel they are real.”
West “Where can we find Shipley?” He lives in London, in Holbein Mews.
He says Pickman is far better, a novice compared to Pickman.
Wescott, the head of the Golden Dawn, joins us. He talks to Wilhelm aside. Says he’s doing important research, wants help digging into it, concerning one of the great villains of British History: King Arthur. He explains a huge theory that Mordred was the hero of the legend. for about 20 minutes.
“If you’re interested, would take no more than 3 or 4 weeks. We could dig into the old tomes, separate fact and fiction.”
Wilhelm lets him down easy, says has too much work after being gone so long across Europe, to catch up on. But will stop by if can. Thanks him graceously.
Wescott is sure Arthur was a terrible dictator.
Paul sends his card and letter, asking for a meeting tomorrow or the next day to speak of his works and view them.
Responds immediately about not selling anything, working on special project right now.
Jeremy and a few of his street crew watch the house.
Night, Penhue break in:
Schuyler drives us there in an unmarked Secret Service carriage, staying with the carriage.
Rick, Simon, Billy, Westinghouse.
We are let in through the loading dock by Rick’s contact Thatcher, shushing us to be very quiet.
Short Round watches outside.
We check Gavigan’s office too.
Basement is large, and L shaped. Elevator to loading dock. There is a small hole crawl space, and a coal bin full of coal, furnace.
Thatcher watches up top.
Westinghouse starts looking around.
Rick investigates the crawlspace “Billy, put hour goggles on. Make sure nothing is watching us.”
Jus as he is about to enter, sees a glint off his headlamp light. A razor blade is imbedded in the wood to slice any crawlers; and a rust collored paste.
He avoids that.
A few feet later, finds hooks in an upright that would have gouged him.
This place is full of booby traps. He calls each back to Billy, at the opening, in case Billy needs to follow.
After a couple more traps, it slopes downward. Probably a pressure trap, so he avoids it. He calls for Billy to follow.
IN the downward, the walls seem to start to ove a little (think hitchcock).
Billy is 5’ behind me. Rick smells something funny, sees a mist ahead. We are both getting slightly dizzy.
Billy “You better stay there.”
He doesn’t listen.
Now it goes back up again to a dead end. Still, full of traps. Anyone but Rick would be dead by now. No secret door. Seems like its a big trap.
Billy has hit a trap, into a pit housing a beast made of skeletons 20’ tall; horse like.
No secret hatch. Billy was just taken somewhere, like transported.
We come out filthy, covered with mold.
Billy combats the monster. He hits, then it misses him with 3 attacks. He hits twice, then it claws him 22.
Billy and the creature miss completely.
Billy hits 24!
Rick gets back to where Billy was. He is there, like in a trance, staring into nothing.
Rick cuts his arm and slaps him. Nothing. He yells “It’s an illusion!! Billy, don’t believe it!!”
Rick snaps him out of it, gaining 2d6 sanity.
It was some sort of dream monster, was not really happening.
Rick is able to map the tunnel system. He things there is a missing space next to Gavigan’s office upstairs, and down here under Gavigan’s office.
We find nothing at all here.
Up to Gavigan’s office.
His safe is open, housing 100 consecutive L5 notes.
Gest thinks to record the first and last numbers for future reference.
Westinghouse does the rounds. He finds no clues, but opens the closets into the hidden room.
It’s storage. Lots of gee gaws and stuff sitting around. Egyptian stuff, proto Sumerian. But also a huge sarcophagus. It’s fake, and won’t open.
Rick calls Westinghouse in, who finds a secret catch with his magnifying glass. He pushes on the eyes consecutively with a lockpick and the entire coffin moves to the side, revealing steps.
Rick “How did you now that was there?”
West “Elementary, my dear Rathbone. Atwater knows my methods.”
No light ahead, we descend.
Reading table with a tome open, passports, candles, changes of clothing, money, revolver with several rounds, and other emergency supplies.
Table with 6 chairs around it. Several wood crates, small art gallery in one corner.
Study area with comfortable chair and bookshelf.
Huge statue of Set!!
Rick looks at the tome and bookcase. Case has a lot of occult books, including:
Unknowns analysis of the G’Harne fragments!
Egyptian Magic, by Wallace Budge, just published.
The Caballa Unveiled, by Samuel McGregor Mathers
Isis Unveiled, by Helena Blavatsky (founder of Theosophism)
Clavicula Salomonis, original translation of the Key of Solomon: supposedly original written by demons under control of Solomon
The artwork are all from digs, sections of wall and such. One shows a stylized pic of Bayaki, Cthonians, Sand dwellers, Fire vampires lighting a city.
Wooden crates are all empty. 2 of them are still closed.
First says: Ho Phong Imports. 15 Kaoyang Rd, Shanghai China; ATTN; Honorable Ho Phong
We open it then reseal: corroded black statue of the bloated woman.
Second: Randolph Shipping Co. Port Darwin, northern territory, dominion of Australia. Personal to Mr. Randolph.
Inside: statue of a fat humanoid figure, head fringed in tentacles. It’s Cthulhu.
We take them, replacing them with other statues from the room just upstairs of like weight.
Rick volunteers to take them out, but Simon insists on getting one. Simon removes Cthulhu. All his stats are increased by 4!!
Rick removes the Bloated Woman.
We replace and close up the crates.
The open tome is “The Book of Dyzan”.
This is written in
Rick knows Dyzon from Wilkerson, a great sorcerer of Hyborea. The tome describes magic, creatures from teh mythos, much occult. The book survived through Stygia to Egypt into modern translations.
Westinghouse looks for clues and hidden doors.
Otherwise, no secret doors. Small stone jar with a red powder inside. He takes a couple samples. Also, a sandlewood box with 2 daggers (not the Cantwell dagger). They are beatiful and mastercraft. Super sharp.
Bunch of weird stuff on a shelf, like witchcraft reagents.
The stone Set statue comes to life. It smashes for Billy but misses.
Simon and Billy spring into action. Even vs Simon and Billy, the DR remains 10.
West and Billy start packing up the books. Rick calls the watchman and Afu down to help grab books so we can get bring the statues.
We are heading up half a minute later as Simon and Billy are still fighting, Afu meeting us to take some of the stuff.
Afu, Watchman, and West take to teh carriage and Rick returns to check on our fighters as they finish it off and it crumbles.
Simon burns the rest of the random books, so as to mask anything that was actually stolen. Good call.
Billy wants to leave grafite, Rick writes in chalk on the wall the same mispelled statement on Jews left during the Ripper murders.
We have to tie up and KO the Thatcher to make it look good. Simon clubs him out.
Jeremy says no activity all night and morning.
Wilhelm by late afternoon:
We could contact Papa Jon in New Orleans, for we need a paket kongo which he would certainly know how to make; a cloth bound package filled with hers and powdered flesh of a sacrificed rooster; if properly constructed, can be used in a ceremony to protect vs a curse so long as she wears it. There is no easy way to get rid of the curse, so see excorsism above.
A warrior of god can charge a rosary to be a counterspell as well. This will put Simon out of circulation for 3 full nights. He will start tonight. Wilhelm will assist if necessary.
By nightfall: One other way to temporarily remove it: an herbal bath of a certain mix. She would wash the evening before the moon rises. if she does so on the first night, it lasts all 3 nights.
Westinghouse recommends both of those, do the wash just in case something would happen to the rosary.
No report of theft to the police, as expected, by Penhue Foundation.
Lady of the night sends letter to Rick’;s house. Asking if we want to know what Gavigan is up to, meet me in Abney Park tonight at 11. Signed: a friend.
Schuyler and Afu again drive the unmarked carriage. Rick, Billy, Simon. Billy goes in ahead of time, about 10pm, skulking around looking for a trap or to spring his own if needed.
He finds no one. Around 10:30, he feels like somebody walked on his grave. Prickley feeling. He puts on the goggles. Gets on top of a central mausoleum for a birds eye view.
5 minutes before 11, he sees a middle class man, clerk type, but burly, enter and stop in the center, just below and infront of Billy.
Rick and Simon show up on schedule, and look around. Start walking down teh middle.
Billy checks via goggles every minute or so.
Rick and Simon get feeling of static electricity. We see the one man there, and walk towards him.
Schuyler pulls the carriage around. Tells Afu to stay with it, and he gets on the outer wall to look in and out.
Rick plays coy at first.
Penhue has the most audacious plans for Englnd. Fall of Christianity and Rise of Set Amun.
He got involved as a recruit, great and terrible brotherhood of Set Amun. Once
you enter there’s no leaving.
Billy dons the goggles. There is a bluish glow coming from all around the outer wall. Schuyler feels funny, same electrical feeling. SKin on head feels liek fingers running through it, hair sticking straight out. He jumps off wall, inside. Hair falls.
Billy now starting to feel it. Begins to skulk down.
RIck “Start talking.”
We see a faing glow, he sees it too. He says “And now, you will face the curse of Set Amun you fools!!!”
Billy hits him from behind crit DEAD.
Schuyler starts to close in, gun out. Door of a crypt toward the front opens, shambling out a couple crypts from the others. He yells a warning.
Simon turns to see the thing in plenty of time.
It shambles slowly forward as Simon is drawing his blade. Schuyler yells for Afu to bring the carriage around.
A second zomble comes out of another carriage.
Rick keeps an eye out around us, as does Billy.
Simon beheads it.
They keep coming, Simon keeps killing them.
Billy dons the goggles to look out.
Rick to Billy “He’s quite the show.”
Afu appears at the gate, after having a bit of trouble driving by himself for the first time.
2 come from the other side, Billy intercepts.
Rick checks the dead body, but as expected nothing on him.
Schuyler, searching his flank of the cemetary, finds nothing amiss.
Rick starts searching the other side, when he sees Schuyler signal from his side.
Schuyler sees Gest surrounded by soem 10 or so, Billy only 1 butg 5 more baring down. They are fine, so he check son Afu out front.
The glow is a force field, we can not get out!
Scores of them, at one point now 10 and 11 around Billy and Simon, respectively.
Rick finds no danger anywhere else, either.
They begin to come out of graves!!!
8 attack Schuyler, then 12.
Rick waits for an opening behind Billy andwhen he drops 2 to his rear he rushes past into the empty mausoleum in the center. As he enters, it seems as if his body is charges by a field, and his ears pop. He hears druming, tribal. The crypt is bigger on the inside, extending hundreds of feet.
Frog or toad like creatures, so inimmicable to humanity it almost makes him vomit, plus sanity check. Unless you’re insane, anyone would want to kill them. A terrible organ chimes in.
He knows this isn’t going to stop outside until this ritual is disrupted.
It is terrible.
At the front stands a high priest.
Some are human sized, some huge; all different colors.
Outside, more graves are opening!
Schuyler “There;s going to be too many!”
Rick pulls out a 4 wrap of dynamite, tossing it amidst the drummers.
Then, another wrap of 4 at the priest.
They blow. One drummer of 4goes down, the others injured; the hight priest is blown back but is still alive.
One of them, a 20’ tall one, is racing for Rick. Time to beat a hasty retreat out. Running out, he feels the heart crush spell, like the bitch of Set, almost get him as he leaves the temple and the rift at the doorway shuts behind him.
Outside, only a couple more rounds come out before they stop. The ritual has been stopped.
The field around the cemetary is gone!
Rick joins the fray, machete and dagger in hands.
There are still many to fight, Schuyler and Rick have to retreat, to a spot where 3 can get to them per round.
Finally, several rounds later, we retreat to the carriage.
Billy stays to watch, while the others race for fresh blood. Bring Paul, Westinghouse, and RC back to clean up the rest with Wang Dong.
Soon enough, a Bobby walks by. It’s Billy’s brother, Prakash (card)!
Rick gets to Iluminati in the meantime, who help clean up the mess, back into the mausoleums, before morning.
We finish them off this time with ease.
Rick sends a letter to Gavigan:
_Was visiting the grave of a family friend, ran into a man who said he worked for you, tring to detroy the British and bring terrible rule of some ridiculous god. Then tried to kill me. What is going on?Please respond. _
Shipley went out late night before, returing later with a lady of the evening. She never leaves.
Lots of rest, especially Simon, he’s into light wounds.
Gavigan response: invites Rick to visit him at the Foundation
Rick responds: I shall at my earliest convenience, will be in touch. My apologies for any inconvenience to you.
Simon starts to work on the rosary tonight.
Just rest and general work.
From Gavigan: invitation to a party at his house, the night of the New Moon! I can bring a guest. Billy will join me, as my man. My plus 1 will be Paul. Invites me up to spend a day hanging out talking archaeology and such.
Barrington offers a secret Flying Squad to wait outside the house somewhere with the rest of the MH, Westinghouse et al. It will include Prakash and Lovejoy, too.
Britissh Col Worthington Smythe, an illuminati, has his regiment nearby. He offers a squad.
Simon requests Templar assistance, getting one.
Simon finishes the rosary late tonight.
Shipley goes out late. Jeremy, Paul, RC, Westinghouse break in via back door. Through kitchen, sitting room. Steps to cellar and upstairs.
See a light on in the sitting room. Jeremy peers in, seeing an older woman, presumbably his mother.
We back out. Have to go in through skylight up top, should have brought Schuyler.
Jeremy knocks on front door, bluffing he is checking the street for a reported gas leak. Westinghouse his assistant.
RC reaches the top, drops a rope and climbs in. Paul starts climibing up.
She tells Jeremy her son is not here right now. He says its necessary to check immediately. He gets inside “The gas lines are in the basement.”
He goes downstairs “Be careful down there, the steps are kind of steep.”
RC sees 18 paintings in 4 rows against the walls. Waits for Paul, who looks over them.
All look potentially mythos oriented. After first couple, we feel quesy.
One is on an easle, but it is too early to tell what it is.
1 in particular a painting, a mountain, obviously in Africa. A temple like building and a cave, tinyhuman figures implore toward a monsterous god rising above the temple: the Bloody Tongue! Priests wear the bloody tongue hood as described by the investigators. We are stealing this one.
West quickly finds and opens a secret door.
Jeremy keeps the lady occupied, says there may be a problem so stay up there.
The walls of the secret room covered with mystic symbols, jars on shelves of strange substances. Shelf of books, but not in human language. Very important. Basement smells in this room of something. West says snake, for sure.
There is a tub there with a lid. He opens it to see the last mortal remains of the prostitute that returned home. Gnawed bones, and the head.
Westinghouse takes the head.
Front door opens up top! A voice “I didn’t know your ma would be here” from a prostitute.
Upstairs we find a locked closet. We look for keys, Paul finds them hidden in a drawer.
RC opens it revealing a painting. His masterpiece: swampy area infested with serpent men; small island in center with stone altar; dinosaur like a T rex in far background; as we stare, it becomes 3 dimensional and the serpent men are moving. RC feels a compulsion pull me to it, but closes the door immediately. It’s a portal to another time on earth!!
Lock it, put the key bakc where it was.
Cellar, Jeremy turns a gas line on just a little, and kocks the switch off. Yells up there is a broken handle that needs fixed by a crew immediately, can’t afford to have a spark set it off. They buy it. "You need to leav now while my assistant stays her to get things started. I’ll be back with a crew tonight to fix the broken fixture.
“If you need a room, you can send your invoice to the gas company.”
Shipley seems very spacey, just doesn’t connect things. Easy to bluff. To prostitute “Ruby, I guess I won’t be needing your services tonight” and scoots her out.
“Come along mama, we’ll stay with neighbors”.
“You go along and stay with the neighbors, I’ll talk to the gentleman.” Turns to Jeremy after he leaves, admits her son may have done terrible things.
Jeremy “You should contact the authorities.”
“I thought perhaps you could help me.”
“There have never been 2 gas employees like you 2. I may be old but I’m no fool.”
Jeremy asks her to explain the problem.
“If you know someone who can help me find out what my son is doing, please send them here tomorrow.”
“Can you elaborate, so I know what kine of people to send?”
“Send someone who knows about monsters.”
Jeremy “I think I know the right people.”
Shipley from outside comes back in “Come along mother, let’s go!!” He then stops, asks if either of us want to see his special painting in his closet. We decline. They leave.
Westinghouse tells Paul and RC what happened.
West searches the house top to bottom.
Jeremy runs to get a crew who can actually fix the pipe by morning.
West finds a leather weapon harness, but made for humanoid but not human. Has pistol and holster. It’s a serpent people electric gun!! Like the rifles we used!! Also, other accoutrements that must be from serpent people. The writing in the books must be in their language.
At Rick’s, Atwater says bite marks happened pre mortem, and are non human.
Morning: Wilhelm, Simon, Jeremy, Paul, RC, Rick to Shipley’s.
Tell her we are the men who came to help her son. She says he has done horrible things. He takes women into basement and they never come back up, after sex upstairs.
Started when he started doing those paintings; she does not know what triggered that.
He is upstairs, an emotional wreck all the time. A dangerous man. She wants us to call cops and have him taken away, figures they won’t believe an old woman. Wants us to search the basement.
Simon fears an ambush.
She says she’s afraid of him, terrifies her.
Paul, Jeremy; Wilhelm goes upstairs to talk to Shipley.
Rick, Simon go downstairs.
RC stays with her.
At Shipley: he’s messed up, big time.
Suddenly “He said it would open my mind, I would see vistas beyone other painters.”
Who? Met him at Frog and Peach pub. Name was Sathasa. “Lives here” pointing to his own head “makes me bring women home and do horrible things to them”.
Sathasa from long, long ago. More than 6000 years ago, in the time of the dinosaurs.
In basement, into secret room. About 20 heads actually in there!! Some months old. One is Shipley’s mom!!! Simon said she was no Christian woman.
She has made RC tea. “I don’t drink tea.”
“Oh please, just have some.” No thank you.
RC feels a whammy being put on him.
He yells “bitch” and draws his warclub. She turns into a large serpent man and attacks savagly, RC into 5 lt wounds.
RC hits once and jumps back.
It says nastily “I’m letting you live, to give a message: I’ll be back! And eat all of your entrails. Tell the others.”
Simon and Rick get up.
RC “He’s running for the painting!”
It gets up and kicks the door open into the room as we rush after him.
He is trying to get Shipley.
Jeremy gets behind Shipley “One more step to him and I kill him.”
It turns, runs up the steps into the room, past the bewildered Wilhelm, and into the painting.
All the paintings we take with us tonight, under cover of darkness, to be destroyed. Westinghouse heads this up, with Jeremy, Barrington, Paul and RC. Especially the portal, but not the Mt. of the Black WInd one. Not yet anyway.
Evening at Rick’s: Lord Kelsey shows up to tell Rick that Salvatore sisters were here. They have ben investigating artifacts being smuggled around the world, mostly out of Egypt. They were investigaging as Sahid’s shop, went there finally one night and have not been seen since. 4 nights ago.
Rick “I can’ t believe they didn’t ask for help. They need a good spanking after this.”
Night: Rick and Billy break into Sayed’s shop with Simon and Schuyler. He lives upstairs. Schuyler gets us in through the back into a store room. Smell is overpowering with oriental spices.
We nothing at the door, until we are about to open it. Billy stops us, hearing the ceiling creak above, but above the shop. We move into the shop. Finds nothing.
Rick searches the back room for hidden passages. In the shop, Simon finds a manifest.
Rick looks at the manifest. Sees nothing fishy. Might need someone more proficient in business.
Up the steps we go. Simon and Billy lead the way.
A sigh from inside, and someone shifts in a chair perhaps. Light from under the door in that room.
Simon “ok, I’m doing in.” Simon hurls the door open. Across to the cadycorner end of the room, a man sits at a chair, table, and lamp reading a bood. It looks to be our man.
He jumps in shock, and the book he was holding falls to the floor. Simon strides across to him, wearing his Templar tunic “Where’re the girls?”
“What girls, what are you talking about?”
Simon “We know that 2 women came to your shop 4 nights ago, and have not been seen since. Where are they?”
He claims to have no idea. “And what do you mean by breaking into my apartment like thi…”
Simon smacks him, hard, very hard.
Simon “2 Italian sisters, came to your shop. To see you.”
“NO, NO! I’m telling yhou they never came here!”
“That’s the wrong answer.” Simon puts a hood over his head. The rest of us enter. He tries to push Simon away.
Rick into hallway. He and Billy start checking doors. Kitchen, bath, bedroom. The bedroom has manacles at each of the 4 corners.
Search of the living room he and Simon are in.
Simon ‘keeps him occupied’ and Rick searching. We find a lot of business stuff.
Rick in arab "So, who was in the manacles.
A click when Rick opens a drawer in the desk, opening a hidden drawer on the right side. Inside are 2 sandstone vials, capped. A black skullcap embroidered with inverted ankhs,. a black inverted ank on a chain, a folded bacak silk robe, a crumbing papyrus scroll, pair of scepters made of an unknown black metal (same as the unknown australian metal). Each is a foot long, one has a crook on teh end, the other an inverted ankh.
The symbol of the brotherhood of the black pharaoh.
He insists nothign is in the vials.
Simon “They you won’t mind if I dump it on your face.” Slaps him “What is it!”
Simon drags him into the bedroom, onto the manacles. Calls for teh scepter which Schuyler brings.
Simon “You want to be a sexual deviant, here you go!” and in him it goes.
Nothing else to find but a large oval mirror on the wall. The workmanship is ancient, but in perfect shape. From different angles, your image wavers.
Rick checks the vials. One has a syrupy red substance. The other a black powder flecked with odd crystals.
Simon puts a small drop of the syrup onto him. Puts a pinch of the powder on it. Nothing. He gives a couple random prayers to Dark Pharaoh.
Simon gives him a small dram of the syrup. No effect. Then a pinch of the powder. No effect.
We take all his stuff, including the record book. We cover the mirror first.
Simon slays him in his bed. Leaving him naked there as is, scepter up his ass.
He kills him by choking him with the blanket.
Back to Rick’s house.
The book he was reading was just a novel. Wilhelm, JEremy and Westinghouse looks at the manifest: he lists shipments out as well as in. 3 days previous, he shipped 2 coffin shaped crates to Gavigan’s house!! They were sent there, ko’d, for the ritual!
Is this the big one? The major ritual?
Rick examines the papyrus: Instructions for using the Mirror of Gal! Wilhelm hears this. The mirror of Gal is used as a weapon to destroy enemies, and to see far away. If you use Obra’an and draw an inverted ankh on the glass, and concentrate on a person, place or thing it will show you that. Range of 140 ‘unknown language’. To attack with hit, make the target visible, use Gabeshgal in the circle of the ankh, then there will be a battle of wills between you and he.
WIlhelm knows, though it does not say, that Obra’an is the syrup. The Gab is the sand.
We now have 13 doses of syrup, and 7 of the powder.
Rick envisions Francesca Salvator. Loses 1 sanity and 3 power. He sees them both together, chained to a wall in a dungeon room, nude. Dried blood on thighs, bruised a lot. He sees the edge of a person chained to either side of them as well.
Westinghouse checks on Bishop. He is a young man body, mid 20’s. Dressed fopishly. Walking down a street. It’s night time there also. He walks past a sandwich board, with an ad for a performance of an opera, written in English on the Strand. He’s in London.
Rick is flipping ape shite; wires Fritz in Munich to get here asap!!
Fritz and Mundabe arrive!
We scout out the Gavigan moor house area.
Half mile from the house is a huge stele. The island is surrounded by swamp on one side and sea on the other. A turnstile bridge to the island. When turned away, the island is shut off.
We have arranged a gang of small boats from surrounding area.
4 towns nearby to get boats. One is Ipswitch, where Jeremy and Rick know there have always been rumors of some sort of visitors from the sea.
Rick, Billy and Paul will be in the party. Jeremy is sneaking in, to be the signal to the outside with a hooded lantern.
One boat will strike the bridge controls: RC, the Templar, Mundabi, 4 cops including Mulverhill and Barrington, Westinghouse, Atwater, 1 soldier.
Another boat will go right to approach the house: Simon, and 9 soldiers
Coming across the bridge: Schuyler, Wilhelm, the rest of cops, Lovejoy, Prakash, Fritz
Rick, Billy and Paul arrive late afternoon, greetet by Egyptian butler.
Greeted by guards on this side of bridge, there is a phone they use to call ahead.
Stable boy takes our 3 horses to the stables.
Butler Sing greets us. All servants are Egyptian, Indian, Chinese, etc.
House has an unusual large amount of servants, about 20.
Gavigan drinks us warmly. Thanks Sing, Rick tells Gavigan of his new boy Afu.
He shows us around the grounds for a couple hours.
Stele is from Egypt (from Black Pharaoh era!).
The house has settled unevenly. If you pay attention, you can see it in the walls inside.
There are hieroglyphs Rick does not recognize, including a cartouche unknown to Rick. He mentions it.
Gavigan says he has never found anyone who knows what they mean. Rick asks to study it more closely some day. “Of course.”
Rick complements him on the obelisk donation.
Back to house for dinner and meet 4 other guests:
- Lord and Lady Fitzcullen: aristocracy; landowners in northern England around Canterbury and other places. They live almost exclusively in their London house, they prefer the city hustle and bustle.
- Manfred Artichoke: busines man, portly fellow; manfacturing interests in Bristol including part ownership in a shipyard;
- Davey Archer: youngish captain in british army; recently back from India; gives couple colorful war stories and wog obsene practices, hidden temples to Kali; and other more evil gods. Rick has similar xp so commonality there.
Gavigan says, about the party, they just like having a New Moon party every month. Many of his friends are into occult and all.
All have at least a working knowledge of Egyptology, but for Archer. He knows dark side of Indian religions.
After dinner, port and cigars, oddly lady fitzcullen stays and has both as well.
Lots of good conversation, with Billy being a Gurka. Archer is very interested in that.
Archer refers to Billy as Mr. Fish.
Discussion of English/whites being the finest race, Archer especially. Though he says Gurka are the closest.
Lady brings up ‘hearing of the savages having ’other qualities’. Her and the Lord joke about his, perhaps she already has, but he would be able to tell because of the ‘closeness of the run’.
Cards in the library next, Paul plays but Rick browses the library. Lots of lit, encyclopedae, etc. Nothing out of the ordinary. One fine section of atlases and maps, including Belgian Congo, Himalayas, in other words a few places we have heard bad things about. His occult books are not out of the mainstream.
Rick finds that there is a secret door beside the fireplace in the library.
On the sly, Rick suggests to the Lady he has spent so much time among them he may have taken on some of their ‘better attributes’.
Bedtime, upstairs. Rick and flank Archer. Paul’s door being around corner is Paul
3rd floor is servants and Billy. The host is at the far end of the floor. Artichoke 2 doors from him across from Paul’s door. Lord and Lady across and one to the left of Rick.
Rick gets to stay awake late in the library, a last order of tea and port before they leave.
Sing stays up late with Rick until he goes to bed, so no opportunity for the secret door.
Billy is told to sneak down into Rick’s room.
Before he can, Lady Fitzcullen pays him a discreet visit in a sheer gown. Asks him to pay her a visit in her room.
Billy accepts. On way down, she is groping and all over him.
In the room, they get going. Then, a match lights in the corner. Lord “Don’t mind me, I like to watch”. He keeps going.
Rick sneaks out, and hears obvious sex in the Lady’s room. Rick hears her moaning voice and Billy in Gurka “Kali Ma”. Gives a new meaning to his battle cry.
He sneaks to Paul’s room. Down to the library they goes. At the out of place brick, he clicks a panel open. Inside are steps going down.
Grabbing a sconce, down they go to only a small room with table and cot, all covered with dust. Looks not touched for 100 years. It was a secret room during the Cromwell age for catholic priests to hide in.
Back up. Click the one on other side, another panel but light from inside this one. Steps going down to the light. Sneak down, hear voices. 2 or 3 gents with shotguns. 2 are at cards. Moans from beyond that. Then clanging on bars “shut up in there”. A man’s voice “Why am I here?”
A bang “You’ll find out why you’re here bloody well tomorrow night.”
Another “Boy, I hope I get to wield the club on that one.”
We know where the prisoners are.
One suggests they have a run at the women in there. ANother “You like the idea of being turned into slime? You don’t mess with the promise to Azathoth.”
“Maybe afterwards, we can have his leavings. The twins look pretty tasty. Those 2 dego’s are fine pieces.”
“Of all I’ve raped and sacrificed, I think those degos are the best.”
So they haven’t touched them. Must have been the shop owner.
Back up, but a click and the door to the library closes.
Up and listen into library. Nothing.
We wait about 10 then go through.
Back to bedrooms, nobody there the entire way.
Lady tells Billy he can call her Lady Ellei, considering how well they know each other now.
Lady Ellie “I can’t wait for tomorrow’s party.”
‘Seance, taro cards, all sort of sexual depravity’. She and Lord have never been here before. Such a fuss is made about it, its secret. Everyone thinks they are on the continent.
So, no one knows about this party but who is invited!
Many more coming tomorrow.
Lady “When it comes to enjoying the carnal pleasures I am a complete egalitarian. We certainly don’t want your tool wasted.”
They are promiscuous, but choosey. They offer any help to Billy any time he is in England. They’ll stand by him.
Then they bring up a delicate matter: they do not want Billy to think that they looked at this as a financial transaction. Only a sharing of pleasure. But, they have lots of money and are willing to share L100. He declines.
Lord takes off a pinky ring, gold with emerald, and offers it as a token of friendship. He takes it. They all go to bed.
She escorts Billy back up to bed, and gives him a final goodnight kiss.
Billy dubs his ring his ‘ring of protection’. He knocks on Rick’s door. He and Paul are there.
“Rick, guess what, guess what!!”
Rick “You look like you just got laid.”
“How’d you know?”
“I know that look.”
Bily “This must be how you feel all the time.”
They exchange experiences.
Breakfast. Bangers, black and white pudding, eggs, bread.
Archer “One of the problems with being a guest in a house like this, you never know when one of the guests is going to poke you nose where its not really, really wanted.”
Early evening: 2 carriages with unidentified important looking people, then soon.
About 20 people there soon enough.
Ouija board out in dining, lots of occult stuff like that. Lots of sexual innuendo alreay, a few bare breasts. One or 2 couples have disappeared together.
3 gentleman have taken one of the maids, laid over the kitchen table. She seems perfectly into this.
Party in full swing now.
Chime of a wine glass.
Gavigan, just wanting to let all know tonight is very special, largest of the year. This moon is of particular significance. The beginning of the ritual of the Akh Ma Lor. 3 truck truckloads of adherents are joining us. And here they are now". 3 steam trucks up, and about 50 people get out. Including a few tied up. Most are lower class, by far, and a lot of wogs. Wild eyed, crazy cultists.
Servants come through carrying black robes. THey all strip and put them on. Lord and Lady look confused. They try to join in but are stopped.
Gavigan “You’re gong to be the centerpieceof tonight> We need royal blood.”
Archer reveals himself as cpt ins of his majesties secret service. Suddenly 2 shotgun blasts from servants blow him to pieces.
Jeremy has easily snuck in among the crowd, and has made it upstairs.
Signals to outside it has begun.
Gavigan to Rick and Paul "You gentelman have 2 choices, join lady and lord Fitzcullen, or join us and have the time of your life. Though be aware, go with us and your life will never be the same. Your life is forfiet.
We join them.
We strip, no weapons, and put on our robes. Paul goes to buckle his sword on, and they try to stop him.
Paul “But I just don’t feel the same w/o it.” Gavigan “Ya know, you can keep it. It might come into handy later.”
Paul’s sabre is gone. Billy sleight of hands his 2 light kukris on.
Manfred gives Rick a sweaty smelly hug “Welcome to the fold!!” He kisses Rick right on the mouth. Ewww. Then the same to Paul.
Following this, as preps are being made, Billy is able to skulk upstairs, get Rick his 2 bundles of dynamite and his kukri.
Outside, we begin to approach by boat.
Lord and Lady are terrified. Lord tries to remain steady “Hold firm, my lady.” They bring out 2 x’s made of wood and fasten them to them, her screaming.
Gavigan “Shut the bitch up.” A cultist knocks a couple teeth out. Billy marks him in particular.
Gavigan “Bring forthe the sacrificial victims.” Half a dozen men, stripped naked. Hands tied behind them, ankle shackles; gagged, ropes around neck.
“Bring forth the clubs!!!”
We know what clubs.
People rush for the clubs.
“Those of you with the clubs, do not forget. Use the side away from teh spike first. All bones are to be broken first.
One of them is Paul McLean.
“Then bring forth the betrothed of the demon sultan!!”
The Savlatore’s are among them. Tied with a pole behind their backs and blindfolded.
Rope collars. They intentionally do dick stuff like walk them into walls.
The party begins slowly marching toward the stele.
The boats are already crossing.
Both are attacked by deep ones!!!
RC boat: Mundabi kills 2; WEst and Atw each one;
Simon: 1 dead; 1 soldier is pulled overboard.
The water turns red around the pulled in soldier as he is mauled by 3 deep ones.
Simon orders 3 to fire on them.
Mundabi kills 2 more, the cops another. By the end of this 2nd round, the deep ones vs RC boat are dead. There are only 4 left around Simon.
RC rowes for the shore and the bridge controls.
At the first shots, Fritz fires to the the big .50 across to the bridge controls. The others there fire across the moor river, hitting a few times for wounds.
Firing continues back and forth.
We finish them off!!
RC lands and West opens the bridge. Schuyler et al come hauling acros in the wagon.
Simon lands in the meantime.
Jeremy meets Simon.
They all race to the stele.
Paul develops a quick smar hero plan, knowing our reinforcements are on the way, while they prep the sacrifices and aren’t listenint to us.
The 6 total girls are now tied by the neck chains onto the ground around the stele.
The 12 guys are laid down on teh ground, and have begun beating them with the clubs. 2/man.
The chanting continues. Something crawls out, and is sliding down the stele for the women, to impregnate them or kill them in the process we presume!!!
3 giant vulture like terrors have arrived. The cultists are rushing to them, crawling and clawing at and over each other, to get to and it seems onto them. They must carry them away. To Azathoth. And these damnable fools are fighting for it.
Gavigan holds 2 scepters, just like we found at Tewfiq’s, which he performs the ritual duties with.
The birds each take a man with them.
Simon’s team arrives in sight, about 50’ from the left. He yells to his firing line “fire” as a shrill piping emanetes from the creature.
Simon charges in the cultists laying into one, forming a loose semicircle on the other side of the stella from Rick.
Paul steps beside fatman and Gavigan who regrets leaving Paul with his sword drawing his saber and strikes Gavigan, and takes one of the scepters out of his hand (card). Billy rushes through to the Lord and Lady and attacks the club wielding servants dropping one, disarms another (Card). The servant next to that guy attacks the disarmed one yelling insults at his ineptitude, wild in his eyes.
The fat man is getting fatter, morphing into something, body bulging out. Arms turning into tentacles! Clothes ripping apart.
The creature is coming down slowly, on all sides like a slimey mass.
The piping is terrible, we can feel it in the air, we make will every round or lose 1 sanity or 1d6 dam.
Gavigan puts a wammy on Paul, who stands paralyzed!
2 servants go after the women on Simon’s side, another charges Simon’s soldiers. Simon himself is surrounded by cultists!
Billy is engaged by 4, Rick 7.
A feint pop in the distance, the wagons are on the way, and the big .50 fires, Friz riding shotgun with Afu.
The shot misses Gavigan by a few feet.
RIck brawls to defend the sisters.
Simon’s soldiers volley the cultists charging them, while of them bayonet the servant who charged. Simon killed one with an AoO as they surrounded him, drops one now, cleaves on until another 2 die.
Fritz misses again; Billy fights back vs one of the leader servants.
Gavigan steals the scepter back from Paul retreats 30’, crossing the scepters on front of him. Paul comes out of it.
Fat man still changing, getting to a large creature.
A gang of cultists starts moving to meet Afu’s wagon.
The others continue attacking the soldiers and Simon.
The creature is getting lower.
The 2 cultists raping the captive women now attack Simon.
There is a rustling noise from the cultist side, to Simon’s left.
The wagons arrive, turning and the gattling gun fires into the gang of cultists; Fritz fires at the scepters Gaviganholds, and hits cracking the scepter!!
The cops, Lovejoy et al unload from the other wagon right next to Paul and the former fat man.
Soldiers still fighting; Paul hits tentacle fat man.
Billy drops 3!!
Simon and the solders attacked again by their enemies.
The other gang surrounds Prakash, who has lept from the gattling wagon to meet them, but for 3 who start to climb into the wagon.
Fat man finishes morphing.
A terrible tentacled creature comes from the dark to Simon’s left.
Our men on foot show up. Atwater and West make to loose the 2 women who have been raped.
2 cops fire at Schuyler’s wagon, one crits killing a climber. 3 cops hit the tentacle, one crit 52!! Love joy hits too crit DEAD!!
The cop casted on by Gavigan if freaked out, hiding in the wagon.
Simon kills 4.
Templar misses Gavigan, RC hits him 17. He has a field of some sort around him with the crosed items.
Schuyler hits the creature with the gattling gun, doing practically nothing.
Last 3 on Simon attack him.
2 of the creatures phallic tentacles attackthe 3 random women captives.
The new monster, lesser servitor of the outer gods, attacks Simon as well with a tentacle, teeth ridden mouths at the ends, misses!!
Gavigan pulls a ceremonial sword, looking not even usable in combat, and hits RC 15!
Atwater and West reactively try to block the phalus attacks on teh 2 women they ran to. We block both coming at each!
The other woman, undefended, starts screaming, then gurgling, as she is doubled mouth and, …..
Paul moves to the poor girl, goes to cut off the one in her mouth, surges .
The new soldier fires to help Prakash; Mulv misses and Barr fire at the cultist on Mundabi and servant DEAD, respectively. The 2 officer soldier fire on Simon’s cultists too.
2 SImon soldiers finally kill the servant who charged. 2 others still attacking the last cultist and kill him. 2 others fire upon Simon’s cultists.
Mundabi kills 2.
Lovejoy, remembering his lost love, rushes to the women w/ West and Atwater and begins cutting one free.
Fritz hits one on the wagon, Shuyler lifts his rifle and fires DEAD.
The 2 cops from the runners charge in to help Prakash; Rick still brawling.
Simon ignores the cultists and attacks the lesser monster.
Mundabi tosses Kholan’s blade near Billy’s feet.
RC hits Gavigan 16, Templar misses. The wagon cops reload shotguns.
Simon is hit by 1 tentacle; the 2 fighting each other because of the rage finally stop fighting; they do poorly this round otherwise, 2 of the Prakash cultists attack the 2 cops who rushed to help him.
Westinghouse and Atwater block both from each again!
ALl the SImon soldiers fire on SImon’s cultists killing 1; Mulverhill pulls his revolver and hits the former berserker and his buddy; the Templar misses Gavigan; Fritz pops Gavigan 27; Schuyler hits last cultist on wagon 20; Billy, the creature now in reach, picks up Kholan’s and makes a fury fueled swing at it crit 38; 2 of the wagon cops fire a servant on Billy hitting once with shotgun; Bunnington hits Mundabi cultsit; the runner soldier kills him; the berserk tarteg is killed by a wagon cop; last wagon cop misses the monster; both cops helping Prakash miss; RC hits Gavigan 16; Wilhelm with revolver crits Gavigan!; Paul cuts Lady free, she runs for the wagon.
The last 2 cultists on Simon charge his soldiers; another child of the creature comes out of the dark of the moor, to Rick’s left.
The creature lifts the woman Paul is trying to save up in the air with multiple tentacles, and completely has its way with her above us; Prakash is hit by all 3; the 2 cops are both missed; Schuyler is hit; Simon is thugged multiple times; Gavigan hits the Templar twice.
At the sight of the fate of the woman, one of the cops looking up has now lost too much sanity, rushing under the wagon and hiding for the duration.
Edit: the 2nd spawn is approaching from Simon’s side, not Rick’s.
Billy crits the creature again and Fritz hits as well 26!! Prakash still fighting kills 1; runner soldier fires to help Rick; Simon’s soldiers backpeddle and fire at the 2 cultists killing one; Atwater cuts one of the women free, Lovejoy finishes the other. The 2 women rush for the cop wagon; Paul cuts the Lord free, he starts crawling away, both legs broken; Mulverhill finishes off the berserker after 3 of 4 cops hit him.
Rick leaps out of his area, Mundabi rushes into his place, both taking AoO; Rick pulls a bundle on the move, lights it, surges to throw it into the mass; Simon hits the spawn 22; West fires his shotgun at SImon’s spawn DEAD!!! Schuyler hits wagon cultist again DEAD; Wilhelm says something to Gavigan in a forbidden tongue, which Gavigan reacts to as if cosmically insulted, drawing his attention. Templar hits him 15; RC misses; Mundabi kills 1; cop in the wagon gather his senses and fires but misses Gavigan;
Last cultsit vs soldiers misses; Prakash is missed twice; one of the soldiers is hit crit; 3 servants on Mundabi miss/miss/7; 1 on Paul misses; 1 on Billy misses; the new spawn moves to solders and misss one; another appears behind it.
Rick pulls out and lights another bundle as the 1st goes off. 5 sticks explode 42. Mundabi fight on; soldiers fire on; Simon charges the creature at the stele; Lovejoy orders the soldiers to reload and fire upon the new spawn. Westinghouse readies to fire on it as well, reloading; Lovejoy misses it; Mulverhill helps Mundabi with is revolver; Templar misses Gavigan; wagon cop misses Gavigan; Fritz helps Prakash DEAD; Mundabi attacks the servant leader DEAD!!! and cleaves another; Paul attacks the servants at him and Billy; RC hits Gavigan 19; Billy misses; Simon hits 18. We see that many of the creatures tentacles have been rooting into the ground since it reached the base; Schuyler misses a cultist on the cops.
Suddenly, rocks are pulled from the ground by its tentacles, hurling them around. First at the runner soldier standing alone tween the gattling wagon and the prisoner front killing him; then at a Simon soldier DEAD; then more at Mulverhill 13. 2 tentacles attack Billy Fish hitting once 26 KO’d!!!! Bashing him back in front of the cops where luckily Atwater stands. They human enemy does little to us, so few left. The spawn 2 attacks the soldiers hitting 5 of them killing 1, spawn 3 charges in upon the cops but misses; Gavigan attacks the Templar 11/7 DOWN.
Billy self stabalizes as Atwater pulls him back. Mulverhill is reloading his pistol.
Simon soldiers pull back and fire killing the last cultist there; the 2 officers hit the spawn once crit 25; Barrington, Lovejoy, West, and the cops fire at spawn 3 DEAD!!
Mulverhill fires in to help Mundabi hitting 10/10; Mundabi hits same; Prakash still fighting his last; RC hits Gavigan 16; Schuyler misses Gavigan; Rick tosses in the TNT and moves to the Salvatores; Simon hits the creature 19;
Paul and Mundabi are hit once; one gattling wagon cop is hit.
Gavigan hits RC 6.
The spawn goes after the Lt. who crit’d him, hitting several times putting him into wound.
The creature hits Paul KO’d. Simon is missed then hit 26 (card all damage healed). It then lashes out at 3 serants close to it all DEAD.
Rick picks up a dagger nearby and starts cutting the Salvatores free. Mundabi hits his last 19 DEAD. Rick cuts Francesca free and gives her the dagger. She turns to her sister.
Frits hits Gavigan 28 but he survives!! RC hits Gavigan 17 DEAD!!! Soldiers fire upon the spawn.
TNT does 30.
Schuyler hits a cultist fighting the cops twice DEAD. The cops wheel and join the soldiers in firing at the spawn. Mulver shoots the creature. Westinghouse hits the creature with Lovejoy; Simon hits it as well 18.
Cop in wagon jumps out toward the gattling wagon and crits the cultist on his friend DEAD. Prakash still fighting the last. Wilhelm has moved to Prakash and crits that guy 11 DEAD.
Atwater has Billy at the wagon, he has self stabilized. He gets to Paul and stabalizes him, as well as the Templar.
The creature is dripping it version of blood. It is in bad shape. It begins to slide upward slowly, but grabs at Simon as it does but he evades miraculously and it fades up fast, into the portal.
RC scalps Gavigan, adding it to his collection.
Barrington and Mulverhill say they are going to burn the house down, with everyone inside, and the story will be an accidental fire killed everyone. Jeremy has already started to scour the house, and has pocketed a whole bunch of cash. We search the place top to botom, Westinghouse in the lead, but find nothing of interest but his library, of which we take anything interesting; but the big finds are in the secret basement:
Gavigan’s scrolls, which will take some research and translation. We check out the ancient Egyptian and Latin ones briefly skimming.
Of the 2 police who hid during the fight, the one who hid under the wagon is a gibbering idion. He recovers soon enough to operate his life again but will never be the same. He will likely have nightmares the rest of his life. Wilhelm will become his personal doctor. The one who ran in the wagon recovers better, mentally, but refuses to take part in further activities of this kind.
The other 6 are somewhat shaken, but much more stalwart. Westinghouse suggests to Bunny (Barrington’s nickame) and Mulverhill that they form an occult flying squad in London, explaining the great use and bravery of the NYC squad. They love the idea!!
Lots of rest, and casual reading and study.
Paul and Billy are bedridden, under the care of Wilhelm.
Rick (Heba assisting), Westinghouse and Wilhelm start investigating the mirror more deeply. Rick’s linguistics and archaeology, he and Wilhelms arcane lore and research, Wilhelm’s Forbidden Lore, and Westinghouse’s chemistry.
Jeremy and his street crew start tailing Ramessu.
Billy and Paul’s healing progress starts slowly.
Mirror research ongoing.
Healing still slow.
Mirror research continues.
Jeremy has Ramessu’s house address. He stays at his house, only goes to the shop a couple days a week for buying meetings, otherwise only by appointment, but has a club he spends most of his time at, The Egyptian Club. Maybe 30 or more different members. The shop is still open regularly, so he has 1 or more people running it in his absence.
Mirror research ends. We now have the full entry on the mirror available to us. Wilhelm uses it to view Ramessu, the mummy. After a pause of blackness, it shows him but in ancient times!!
Wilhelm, Westinghouse, and Jeremy visit Ramessu’s shop. A stocky, busty, pretty girl is there working. Westinghouse sees that the shop tags a lot of fakery as real, and prices it as such. Some of it he believes has been altered slightly.
Jeremy is smitten by her, Westinghouse feels she did this on purpose, it was no accident, but that she seem genuine in her return interest in him also.
Jeremy sets a dinner date with her tonight, at a favorite arabian cuisine restauraunt of hers.
The back room has darker subject matter. Some horrible motifs, possibly mythos but nothing overt. We tell her that we may have an item her boss might be interested in, and describe the mirror. She takes the description and promises to relay the message. She says he only works a few days a week, on the regular days to buy merchandise, plus by appointment for the same.
We take our leave.
Jeremy meets her for dinner, and has a great time. Goes home with her and has quiet a night. She’s a wild one.
Follow up on newspaper stories of artifacts stolen from private collectors. WE follow up, first with Cantwell.
It appears that they artifacts are being altered and sold back to collectors.
Westinghouse recognized some stuff from Ramessu’s shop, modified, that otherwise matches missing artifacts.
Jeremy wakes up at her place, sets another dinner date for tonight, and returns to Paul’s.
Paul and Billy have begun some regular healing now, but still not in great shape. Billy is moving a bit faster.
Ramessu appears at Paul’s late morning, asking about mirror. Wilhelm verifies afterward that he is indeed the man he saw in the mirror! Confirmation he is the mummy. We tell him we do not have it on the premises, but it is available soon from a friend who is storing it. He is indeed interested, so we set to meet on Monday the 30th at his shop.
We set up a dinner with him the next day.
Jeremy goes to her house for dinner, but gets stopped by thugs on the way who promise to put the hurt on him if he does not stay away. He talks his way out of it, and they allow him to go to her to say goodbye.
He tells her he is a secret agent, and must leave the country tonight so must leave immediately.
Dinner at Paul’s with Ramessu.
Rick’s house gets broken in to, by thugs we presume after the mirror or something else. We deal with them, killing a few. 1 gets away, who Mundabi trailed to his tenement. The cops show up because Rick called them during the fight. They arrest one captive at the house and the one at the tenement soon after.
WE break into Egyptian Club. Find nothing much but a secret door down into a sublevel. Several doors. Light under one of them.
Billy and Simon cloak their heads and enter like thugs. A man sits there, writing at a desk. He’s dressed like an idiot in full Egyptian garb
“WHo are you, what do you want here.”
Simon “We’re here for your money.”
Rick and Jeremy recognize him as Sir Bertrand Barret, Chancellor of the Excecor. Very powerful man.
‘YOu want money." disgusted.
He pulls out his billfold and opens it up.
“How much are you taking?”
Jeremy “All of it.”
“You know men have been hung for less.”
Jeremy takes it.
He’s not the least bit scared. Talks very confident that he will find out who we are. Insists we will all go to jail but Jeremy.
“Better men than you have tried that.”
“My dear sir, there are no better men than me.”
We hightale it out of here.
So, this cult goes way above our heads.
Rick back to work, he’s going to be very busy as the shipment is scheduled to arrive today.
Read in paper that he was mugged on the street, police investigating. No mention of Egyptian Club.
We figure he doesn’t know what he’s neck deep into, we hope at least.
Now, how to proceed. Jeremy and his crew continue to tail Ramessu.
Rick sends a telegram to Lord Kelsey, for a meeting to tell him of the issue and the Chancellor of the Ex.
Egyptian ship arrives with Feather et al!!
Bromhead obviously has to make reports.
Feather, Tarr and Spalding are briefed on all that has happened.
Ramessu goes to Chancellor’s Theater to see a magic show, with a female companion. Top billing is an oriental wizard named Ching Lung Su. The second act was the Fabulous Houdini (brother Henry taken off the bill; no mention of why). Third was Carl Weiss, 4th Will Crowther.
To werewolf: Simon, Wilhelm, Fritz, Mundabi.
We get silver ammunition from Iluminati. Arrive late evening.
Envelope delivered to house early morning addressed to Westinhouse. With 4 tickets for tomorrow night to Chancellors theater, says needs help and advice. All from Howard Horne. Atwater will go, plus Jeremy, Paul. RC will skulk outside in the carriage, alley ways around building. Schuyler will drive the carriage, with Afu, and park it nearby.
Jeremy “HH. Maybe its Harry Houdini.”
Spalding “It says Howard Horne.”
West “I believe they’re one nad the same.”
Paul and Westinghouse goes to ask Barrington to look into what happened to Houdini’s brother, in case its on the down low.
From Barrington: Gets back to us this afternoon that a missing persons report was filed on him several weeks ago by Harry. The inspector is looking into it, but figures it will lead no where.
Shows us file. Says he and Harry had falling out. Henry had idea for a new trick, did not tell Harry, was researching it and vanished. It was a vanishing trick, ironically.
It was 3 days before anyone noticed he wasn’t around, including Harry.
Night: to the show. Billed as greatest magic show in London. We assume the sender will make his presence known to us.
1st up is Crowther, worst act of the night. Good card tricks, and that’s about it.
2nd up is Ching Lung Soo, a wonderful act. Best part is when he goes into a box to reapper, but reappears in the back of the audience. Very smoky, mirror filled stage.
During a musical break tween acts, a largish man, middle age, stout, big cigar and second tier suit stands comes to Paul, obviously of highest social standing. He has a lower class gruffness to his speech and action. Says he’s an agent working West End, has lots of leading actors and acts on his pay. One of his men is Henry. Harry reps himself. This guys name is Howards Horne, esquire. End of last month, Henry came to office to see me, plumb excited about grand new trick with an apparatus for “The Vanish”. He was having a few problems with the apparatus and was seeking advice. Refused to get own brother, wanted for self. Suggested he sought Inside Brotherhood of Magic, a new magic club. He did so, and joined their club.
Couple weeks later he came back to office, excited that was on verge of great discovery, am ethod that would revolutionize stage magic. Even showed diagrams of new apparatus. Actually, what he found is a mystery. That’s the last time ever saw him.
Police are sure he vanished on purpose. One of the acts, amazing Carl, 2 nights ago used the identical apparatus in the show.
“Is Carl a member of the club?”
He does not know, but Carl is performing with the apparatus tonight.
Harry is next, and the previous act away. Incredible escape artist.
Then comes Carl. He is far inferior to the first 2. But, he performs the Vanishing, to a female assistant. People gasp. But he’s not the showman the others were. The entire time HH is whispering about it being the same one. Westinghouse tells Jeremy to remember all his gestures to show Tarr.
HH gives us a crumpled paper, the plans to Henry’s vanishing box. It seemed to visually work just how it looks.
Westinghouse, however, insists there were several differences. The showbox is prettied up; the wire frame that holds the cover that is taken up is not as strong as it should be, and there was a slight sag in it as it rose. But, still, not arcane as far as we can tell.
We ask to meet Harry after Carl.
Once he finds out we are investigating rather than just here to congratulate him, his reaction is surprised, plays off on his terrible English so just can’t help us. Jeremy volunteers to speak to him in fluent German. Westinghouse can as well. We change to German. He becomes surly at that point.
Westinghouse “Why are you getting so surly?”
Says never met Henry. Even in 2 weeks of working same show? Oh of course, just hello in passing though. He says this was his last use of Vanishing once we ask about it being his new trick. He says he came up with the idea and built it.
West sees that he is not using cleverness, if his lips are movin’ he’s lyin’. Claims to not belong to the club either.
He is hiding being terrified. Scared of us, but of something else more. He is not bright enough to have designed it himself certainly.
He feels his trained pidgeon act is far superior. Jeremy jests him about his lack of flare.
He’s been in Londn about 2 years.
He claims to not be aware of Henry working on the trick, with same design.
Jeremy leans in close, what are you so afraid of?
“I am afraid of nothing, certainly not a bunch of magicians.”
Jeremy keeps eye on Carl.
West talks to Harry. Henry his partner not his real brother. He always figured ‘brother’ had better ring to it. This particular one, he has no idea what happened. But pretty sure that there was foul play. Pay was too good to take off. Henry’s patter isn’t that good on his own. He did find out about the trick by digging on his own. He;s not surprised Carl is using the same, its more basic than they were letting on. He shows us his plans, and we compare. His has a couple more close up on latches and such, and dimensions. Otherwise same thing. Though particularly impressive in that the cover drops by itself with wire framing. That was impressive. Philip LeClair is Henry’s real name, 24 yrs old, lives in small house in south London in Balham. He gives us address. The 2 have been together 4 months. He was an opening act for about 2 yrs prior.
West “What do you know about this club that he joined.”
“Bunch of mumbo jumbo, nothing to it. But probably criminals. You can’t get in unless you join.” Below his station to join such crap. Harry does not understand why Carl is closing act, considering his pidgeon on bikes and carts previous closing act. He’s been the closer the last 2 weeks.
Carl is German.
Wagner determines the order of the acts, the manager of the theater.
Next, to Wagner.
Jeremy follows Carl out, who gets a handsome. Jeremy gets with our carriage and we follow. It leads to a large impressive house in Surbiton. Its huge. He knocks on the door and a chinaman greets him and allows him right in.
Jeremy checks plaque on the door, Ching Lung Su, Inner Brotherhood of Magicians. Its his residence and HQ of the club.
Wagner is fat, cheaper cigar even than HH. We meet him in office counting money. He pulls it quickly into drawer and shuts it.
“What can I do for u gents.”
He says an Egyptian guy came to see Henry a few nights before disappearance. He went to the E Club at least once. No idea what they spoke of.
Calls Henry an excitable boy, high strung but nice.
He clams up as to why Carl is headlining. Paul moves in for the browbeat kill. West sees he is married, either she is German or they got married in Germany, had sex in last few days, until recently his wife was quite irritated with him.
“All right! He may not be quite as good, but I like having sex.” Carl and Wagner are brother in laws, his wife put you up to it. Blackmailed him into it even. He held out of sex as long as he could.
The 2 totally matched up, so we clear him. Reinforces honestly that Henry added maybe 10% to Harry’s act, but Harry has to work much harder on mainenance since only the 2 are in on the secrets.
Jeremy stays at the house, while the others ride back to pick up the rest at the show. Then, back to the house to see Jeremy.
We case it. Carl exits later looking even more terrified and drives away in another handsome. He goes home, small 3rd floor appartment so not well off.
Westinghouse suggests Jeremy sneak in to join, acting as a magician.
Jeremy sends fake card to house, then visits Harry, asking for a simple escape trick to get him into the club.
Jeremy visits the big house and the chinaman enters.
They take him in to a tablet with 3 others, one is Ching. Here, he performs his trick and impresses them. He pays L5 and is admitted. He is shown around the place, told how he can’t give away any secrets to come. Lots of magic books in 2 libraries. Also a 3rd library that only higher members get in to. They will tell you when they think you are ready. The place is open 11am to 9pm (Carl visited later). Nice members lounge, very nice. Lots of oriental servants to bring you drinks and such. About 12 members are there now. Biliards table, playing cards, arguing politics. Couple talking about magic, even. Jeremy ingratiated himself into their ranks.
Club started by Soo almost 3 yrs ago. Was here, went to China for a while, then returned an opened with 35 other chinese.
Over next couple days, he comes and goes often. There are a couple magic practice rooms. 2nd day, Danny Mr. Magic Paul is present, top hat. Shows Jeremy a rabit in a hat trick. But is bitten by the rabbit. Drops it and it slip from his hands. Jeremy recovers it. Danny tries again, and again, and again. Finally he gets it right but its dead, suffocated in the leather sack while he kept failing. Jeremy gives him some advice.
He talks to an American next, Crowther. He talks about the US. Jeremy then talks about steamcars. He says the US has more, bigger, and better than any other county in the world. Every subject, he explains how the US version is better. Jeremy brings up the Brits great colones, but he says US does not need colonies, they make all the $ w/o colonies. Plus they are repressing no one. The freeest, toughest people in the world
He sees Americans first, Brits, Texans and Canadians, Confederated, Europeans, then all the other non whites.
He then claims that LeClair skipped to US, land of opportunites, for more $. Jeremy says he does not believe that, he believes nefariousness.
Crowther “Maybe the Tong? This building obviously a cover for them. This many chinks in one place? How is that anything else but a Tong?”
Another guy says Carl Weis stole another’s trick, and is a known thief of acts; known terrible magician. But, his tryout trick was the pidgeon act which he pulled of expertly.
We’re perplexed by this pidgeon thing, seeing as its trained animals not a magic trick.
The magic part was pidgeons that would go into boxes and vanish.
Another man says Soo is an imposter, the real one was killed in China. This guys friend explains, Soo performs tricks that no one can figure out how “I don’t thing he’s human. On top of that, you know about the strange lights, right?” Seen inclub in early hours of the morning coming from far end of upstairs corner. Green and blue. Plus, Egyptian blokes visiting recently, after closing time. Some appear to be whites in Egyptian garb.
Add: missing husband from Penhue girl was a prisoner, along with a few other dudes, at the moor. All were rescued alive.
Next New Moon = June 17
New Moon in April 1885…April 25, right in the middle of their stay!!!