One Night on the Caribbean Queen

Out of the Frying Pan

Where events collide and someone gets left behind...

Mission Recap 5/23/13

Martha Hopwood
Preparations for Saturday night are done and she shows up at the Gottschalk estate arm in arm with Graham. This, needless to say, sets the other members of the Ordo talking as rumors always abounded about their involvement with each other now confirmed. This weekend is very much like last weekend, Danielle circling amongst the members, smoothing feathers and always a kind word for all. Kiera is again chosen as the fulcrum, a small amount of her blood drawn carefully before the evening’s festivities. The ceremony begins and at the conclusion nothing seems to happen. The Ordo is just about to start the ceremony again when someone notices the mirror that Danielle prepared prior to starting the ritual has gone dark. There is suddenly the image of a portly man with rounded spectacles who utters otherworldly sounds when a deep, booming roar is heard. The mirror goes dark again when a luminescent blue light (much like being underwater) begins to shine from the mirror. A blast of fetid air and all the lanterns and candles in the room are extinguished. A wet noise is heard and screams begin. Large, inhuman tentacles fly from the mirror and attack the room savagely and Martha feels a warm liquid on her face (which she decidedly does NOT taste!) The purple glow from the mirror illuminates Danielle’s face frozen in terror and ecstasy mixed in equal portions. Hurling the defensive concoctions they had made earlier in the week Martha and Graham close the gate and banish the hellish thing back to wherever it came from. When the lights are restored it is found that poor Kiera rests upon the floor, nearly torn in two. The members of the Ordo make a hasty exit, as do Martha and Graham. Returning to Graham’s apartment Martha falls into his arms and agrees to marry him after it is revealed that he has clothing in her size. Graham seems genuinely surprised. They sleep for several days.

Back in Tremont…
The group consisting of Summerfield, Eva and Julius are heading down the path to the mine. A cloying smell of incense washes over them. They reach a fork in the pathway and set out down a direction and find themselves on a shelf set in the wall of a great cavern overlooking a group of people dressed in black robes with red lining. A man, suspended by chains is held over the great, dark chasm in the middle of the cave. Weigand watches in horror, his mind retreating away from the eldritch evil that arises from the cyclopean aperture, an evil so extreme is washes away any doubt that his case is the most important case he has ever worked on. A great tentacle opens and a smaller tentacle approaches the chained man, stings him quickly on the ankle and then, to the horror of all (save the damned souls in their blackened robes) the tentacle rips the skin wholly from the shrieking man. The robed cultists then light the chains that hold the man on fire burning the poor soul alive. A quick nip to steady his nerves, he is spotted by the man leading the robed worshippers who wears a horrible white, grinning mask. He titters and giggles and dashes out of sight. Weigand runs back up the tunnel and everyone heads down the other direction, their heads swimming (Weigand realizes that he feels drunk, something he should not be after only a single drink). The investigators wander for what seems like days, finally breaching out into a tunnel that appears to ascend into the first rays of the morning. At the last moment the man in the grinning mask leaps from the shadows and drives a wickedly sharp knife through Eva’s foot pinning her to the ground. After a brief and violent melee (Julius is quite a sharpshooter!) Eva is all but lost and is left behind by the others in pain and in darkness. Julius finds himself sorely affected by her abandonment and vacates his belly outside the Tremont Diner. Making their way back to the crippled car, Weigand makes short work of welding the axle back together and an escape is made. It is at this moment that Summerfield, Weigand and Julius realize, to their horror, that the prized tome they came to retrieve, the Codex of Assad Agassi, is in the knapsack of poor Eva. As they drive the road away from Tremont they see the police car from Du Ponte on the side of the road, empty and showing signs of struggle (the steering wheel has been pulled off and a line of scorched vegetation goes back into the forest). The weary travelers arrive back in Chicago. Julius finds an invitation to his parents’ party the following weekend. Everyone sleeps but horrible dreams plague them whenever they close their eyes. Eva screaming as she is dragged back into the darkness by the tittering laughing man where the wet sounds of flesh unraveled travel up from the sweltering bowels of the earth. They awake, exhausted as if they had never slept. Where to get another Codex of Assad Agassi? Perhaps to Germany…

A quick note that I wanted to make. In the previous game that we did (that I never did a recap for) Julius received a vision of a portly, bespectacled man. The vision occurs both to Julius and to the Ordo on Saturday night, September 17th, 1921. Julius thought the man might be on a boat somewhere. It must mean something…

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