One Night on the Caribbean Queen

Recap #5, 7/13/2012

Back to the Present With New Acquaintances

Visitor Mission Recap for 7/13/12

You are waiting in Kurtis Freeman’s study on the afternoon of Tuesday June 5th, 1860. A stranger appears in the hallway of the house. After a brief introduction (his name is Professor Summerfield) and being mistaken for some of Freeman’shired help, Summerfield lets slip that he was in a mental asylum. He briefly flashes the codex from the Honduras dig and Grace and Julius recognize the symbols scribed in the document as similar to the ones inscribed on the backs of the pillars on the Caribbean Queen. Summerfield mentions an exchange that occurred in the Caribbean Queen before the explosion between Jefferson Walby and O’Bannon. O’Bannon asks him about how efforts go to put out “a certain fire”, that the Adherents are as “happy as pigs in shit” (beg pardon to the womenfolk!). O’Bannon goes on to mention that if they (the Adherents) knew about them (O’Bannon and Walby) it wouldn’t matter. Summerfield mentions that he was also in Florida briefly. Everyone becomes very interested in Freeman’s Library when a ripple of light washes over everyone and the wheezy butler lunges in at Julius from the darkened hallway. The butler appears to have a dark, ashy material over his nose and his mouth. After a brief chase through the house, a short melee in the garage (the butler seemed oddly resistant to physical damage, a cavalry saber merely scratches him!), the party flees into the night. The cracking of rifles and the thuds of musket balls finally bring the butler down. The riflemen are part of a group led by Roger Meade. Meade is the same man who lost the election in 1860 (he remarks that was about 4 years ago, likely placing the party in 1864). Tremont has been hijacked by Kurtis Freeman and his cult. Freemanis suspected of consorting in the dark arts. Meade and his men have come back to Tremont to kill Freemanand end his reign of evil. Strange dealings, disappearances of children and other dark tidings have steeled the men to do whatever is necessary to put an end to Freeman’speople. Figuring the safest place was to stick with Meade, they all set off to the coal mine.

Monday, August 22nd, 1921
Jeffery Weigand, police inspector, awakens from his slumber by a knock at the door. A uniformed police officer, Richard Debbins, has been sent to fetch and drive him to the dock. With a sleepy murmur from his slumbering wife and a quick change of clothes, Weigand and Debbins are on their way to the dock. Debbins doesn’t know much about what is going on, but that there was an explosion on a boat and that it may have been a speakeasy. Arriving at the docks, Weigand swaps a nip of liquor with Dr. Jasinski , a budding forensic pathologist. Dr. Jasinski has been down in the boat and it is not pretty. A brief and pointed exchange occurs with an Inspector Beuleau, a conniving ladder-climber that masquerades as a police inspector. (“Get me some coffee,” Weigand calmly tells him, leaving Beauleau slightly miffed, tossing his cigarette into the water and, with a small hiss, extinguishes.) Inside the boat there are more cops hit hard by the scene behind the curtain. Stepping into the boat’s interior Weigand sees a column of bodies fused together. Dr. Jasinski informs Weigand that the bodies appeared to have been burned after whatever caused them to fuse together. Sigils are found inlaid in a silver metal on the backs of the large, decorative columns. Upon the back of one column there is a sigil that has been scratched out but then carved in carefully below it. The rest of the day is consumed by removing the bodies piecemeal and keeping the crime scene out of the newspapers. The bodies are removed later that night under cover of darkness bound for the morgue for Dr. Jasinski to examine them in more detail. Casing of the shores revealed a few trucks unloading the contents of a motorboat. The truck tires left good impressions in the wet earth and plaster impressions were taken.

Tremont, Indiana, 1864

Heading with Meade’s men down to the mine, Grace and Julius ask Meade some questions about what happened in the interim. Darby, the man who owned the inn that you were staying at (seemingly earlier in the day but now 4 years back) was an informant for Meade and kept him informed of the news in town. His daughter disappeared and after that his wife left him. Darby himself disappeared without a trace a few months back. The men pause in the woods to investigate a mewling noise up ahead. A sudden screech and a rifle shot follow. The men found a skinned dear. When the dear jumps up and begins screaming in pain one of the men, mercifully, shoots it dead with a rifle. The deer drips a dark brown, foul smelling ichor. Onward to the mine, Meade’s men join up with another group led by a man named Dickens, who brought the dynamite. Dickins says that another man named Roger went into the mine and a rifle shot was heard and Roger has not been seen since. Making preparations for collapsing the mine entrance the men raise the alarm when Roger emerges from the tunnel, his hand on a small boy’s shoulders. He tells the men gathered there at the mine entrance that he saw Allaina down in the mine and he is not coming back out again. The boy tells Meade’s men that Mr. Freeman is a good man and that they should all be left alone. Returning to the bowels of the mine, a brief disagreement arises among Meade’s men about blowing up a mine with children in it. Grace steps in and tells the man raising the objection that they are all lost already. Meade lights the dynamite and rolls the barrel down the tunnel into the mine. A dull explosion indicates that the dynamite detonated and the mine entrance likely collapsed. Additional explosions begin occurring indicating, in all likelihood, a coal mine fire has been touched off by the dynamite. Heading back for the horses to make a quick getaway, an explosion occurs near our party and everyone is thrown for a loop. Grace and Julius awake to find themselves loaded back onto the truck they were trying to escape from.

Wednesday, September 7th, 1921

They then wake up in the sunshine, the kind face of Dr. Weiss, one of the men sitting at the table with the other men (Tony McGinnis, Robert Wiedman, Walker Hollingsworth, and Ricky Vanderhorn). Walker Hollingsworth comes over and wishes Grace a good day and says that she brought a bit of sunshine into the men’s club and he hoped she made a quick recovery. Vanderhorn escorts them out to their car.

Tuesday, August 23rd, 1921
Weigand receives a telegram from Indiana concerning a shooting homicide involving trucks. The inspector Higgins in La Porte picked up a notice about the Caribbean Queen explosion and dropped the telegram on the off chance they were connected. Driving out to the crime scene (just NE of Tremont, Indiana on state road 295), it is investigated in two parts. The first part is a car riddled with bullet holes and a splatter of blood on the right rear side of the car (on the outside). The registration is for a man named Jacob Meaney. A footprint leading off the road indicates that someone likely made a getaway. The next part of the crime scene is up the road about ¼ mile. Clues from this part of the crime scene are as follows:
1) The body of Dierdre Rayburn, shot through the chest. Dragged into the ditch on the south side of the road.
2) The body of Ortensio Delluci, a bullet caught him in the left calf and also blew away the lower half of his face. Dragged into the ditch on the South side of the road.
3) The body of an unidentified man (an Adherent), burnt to a crisp (almost bones) and shriveled up into a fetal position. There are no burn marks on the ground around him.
4) Two pools of blood, one on the North rise, another on the South rise. There are bullet casings in these areas as well.
5) A pool of blood in the middle of the road.
6) Truck tire imprints; match the tires down by the shore in Chicago.
I will have a more detailed map of the crime scene for you before our next session, hopefully!

Wednesday, September 7th, 1921
Heading back to the University of Chicago, Julius and Grace look for Professor Summerfield. Leaving a note for him, an acquaintance informs them that he was having some “health problems” and was being held in Dunning Mental Asylum. He had come to the asylum approximately 11 days ago (August 28th) wandering the streets of Chicago. Once he was taken to the Asylum he was in a vegetative state. Momentarily digging for information on Tremont at the Chicago Library, Grace and Julius set out for Dunning. Posing as his niece, they are shown to his room. As if a lightning bolt hits him, Summerfield awakens from his stupor and, famished, consumes large quantities of hospital food.

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