One Night on the Caribbean Queen

The Party Gathers
Where Richard and Julius finally meet and Martha's most prized possession is stolen.

Richard Monteith
Monday September 19th, 1921.
Heading to Manteno, IL, near Durning, Richard quickly writes up his news story for his paper and then, later that afternoon drives down to Durning and convinces Nurse Holdt to take him on a tour through the facility. She informs him that Dr. Shulacher, another of the doctors who works there, has done incredible things with therapy and hypnosis to decrease the necessity of frontal lobotomy by almost 25%. During his tour, Richard finds Grace Perry in room 608. She reaches out through the bars and Richard moves away. “Show your star to Julius Coffin,” she says quietly then breaks into wailing as Richard walks away. Richard heads back to the room at the local motel he is staying in and looks up the Chicago numbers for Grace Perry (no number listed anymore) and Julius Coffin (he finds the number handily, including an address). He falls asleep and awakens in a room in Durning. It is dark and the entire place seems eerily deserted. He sees a shimmering blue light coming from room 608 and he peeks in. Grace is madly writing on the walls of her cell in tiny scrawl from ceiling to floor. The symbols and letters do not appear to make any sense. Approaching Richard she collapses in front of him asking, “Can I say goodbye now?” He tells her yes and she takes his hand.

He is suddenly in a bright, warm place with humid air. It is the inside of a cabin and an older woman is cleaning the kitchen and whistling a tune happily. A hangman’s noose is thrown over the rafters. Looking out the window he sees what appears to be a small settlement of similarly built houses. Clearing his throat, the woman turns and says she was expecting him. She says her name is Wilma Taggart and that the year is 1892. She says she is almost done packing and has a horrific intermittent twitch to her face that makes all who see it uncomfortable. Angered and disoriented, Richard grabs a weapon and threatens the old woman who response happily that she is going to die anyway and that threatening her with death won’t really do much. She gets on the chair and puts her head into the noose. Losing patience, Richard kicks the chair out from under her and she begins to be throttled. He lifts her up, saving her slightly, and then drops her again to cut her down. She gasps from the floor about needing to hang another rope. As he steps out into the sunlight (the air is very damp here) and is suddenly back in Durning being accosted by the night watchman. After explaining away his presence there, he is released and heads back to his motel room where he attempts to “act normal” until dawn where he sets out for Chicago.

Tuesday, September 20th, 1921
Calling Julius (who has been in quite a state since returning from Tremont a few days previous), the two men tentatively begin a conversation about “strange events”. Dreading for a moment that Monteith is there to expose his presence at Tom Wilson’s cabin, he is instead relieved that there is a person about that believes him and who, by all appearances, has been through exactly what he has been through. The two spend the vast majority of the afternoon exchanging information.

Julius Coffin
Monday, September 19th, 1921
Julius goes to purchase a few bottles of alcohol to bring to Toothless Tom, guardian of the Rampton Papers, to see if he has found any information on O’Bannon. Tom replies to the negative but is VERY excited to finally get some “brew”. He promises to have something for Julius within three days. Consulting his notes, Julius recalls that Rampton was going to the Caribbean Queen to meet Jessie McQuaid, a bootlegger. He tracks down an address for McQuaid and pays him a visit. The man that McQuaid was living with, Carter Haskins, apparently went insane a few days after Jessie McQuaid went missing and broke all the mirrors in the apartment and sliced up anyone he could get his hands on, all the while muttering about insane things: a swing that never has a child upon it, the orderly is not what he seems, a man told him about a man who saw in an eye in the sky during the war, and that he talked about the 5th patient, a man named Abbott. Julius, in a fragile state, returns home and sleeps the rest of the day.

Martha Hopwood
Wednesday September 21st, 1921
Martha and Graham are spending the entire week together being newly betrothed. At a lunch, Martha is seized by a sudden insight on what happened the previous Saturday at the ill fated séance and the two scramble across town to the Library. There Martha finds a text that explains that some rituals, even relatively innocuous ones, can be altered by larger magical forces nearby. Large outpourings of magic can cause ripples that can affect others attempting to work magic. They leave the library and Martha bumps into Vernon Gabrieux, the man her father tried to get her to marry. He exchanges some polite (yet somehow very pointed) conversation with her and invites her to lunch. She and Graham decline and beat a hasty exit. Vernon calls after her, “Your father sends his regards.” Martha goes pale as a sheet and takes Graham back to her apartment and shows him the text she lifted from her father who still lives in Arkham. He vows to help her unravel the mystery of it all.

Friday September 23rd, 1921
The final dress fitting for tomorrow’s party at the Coffin Estate is in the morning. Calling Graham she is surprised that he does not answer his phone. Returning back to her apartment she finds the place ransacked and, panicked and angered now, her precious book stolen. The phone rings and it is Vernon Gabrieux’s driver, Louis Cloutier, who requests Martha’s arm at the party tomorrow night, that is, if any of her plans have changed and she becomes available. Martha, convinced that Gabrieux is behind the theft of her book and that Graham is likely in danger (she hopes he is not involved!) she begins preparations for the following evening’s party.

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Prisoners in Darkness
Where Richard Monteith and Peter Abbot wrestle with madness while tortured by their captors.

Tuesday, August 30th, 1921 to…when?
Richard and his trusty associate, Peter Abbott are trapped in a strange place. Peter, secure in the fact that he has a flask in his hidden boot pocket, believes that thing will work out. Little does he know. After some time passes the captors (who appear to be French) bring them some food but before Peter eats it Richard sees that it is glowing slightly blue in color. Refusing to eat makes their captors extremely unhappy and they threaten the men to eat. Continuing their hunger strike, the captors (who Richard and Peter recognize from “Professor” Lievremont’s car in Marigold) strap them down and wheel them into a kitchen area where they are tube fed a luminescent blue gruel. Aside from a slightly chalky taste they are unharmed. Additional meals are brought and again the prisoners are forced to take sustenance by tube, after which Peter realizes that resistance is futile and says, dejectedly, “I think I’m going to eat the food from now on, chum.” What follows is a dizzying passage of time (days, weeks, maybe months?) where a grind of meals (are they feeding us 3 times a day or only once?). Richard begins losing connection with reality and Peter is faring no better. One particular evening Richard awakens to check on Peter and finds Peter’s bed completely empty but his clothes all remain, boots included. Dismissing the departures as a hallucination, Richard heads back to bed. But it happens repeatedly. Peter finally confides that he has been nipping at the flask in his boot (a concoction that, while smelling of alcohol smells nothing like any drink that Richard has ever been exposed to) and is desperately close to finding a “way out”, that he feels he is going mad but makes a heartfelt promise to “come back for Richard”. After another episode of sleep (how long?) the guards come back, this time with Professor Lievremont and he comments that he thinks they are ready. Peter is taken first and is strapped down to a gurney and taken up the hallway. Richard hears his screams and knows he will be next.

Peter Abbott is taken out of the cell, strapped to a gurney. After fifteen minutes of dread silence Peter’s screams can be heard by a visibly shaken Richard. Minutes later Peter is brought back to the cell and dumped on the floor, a star burned into his back between the shoulders. Then it is Richard’s turn. He is, after a token struggle, strapped down to a gurney, blindfolded and taken out of the cell. Entering another room his blindfold slips slightly and is strapped, belly dowon, on a table. There are French speaking men around and they wheel out a large, glass container filled with a murky gray liquid. At this point Richard realizes the table he is strapped down on is part of a large, complicated looking machine that hums ominously. The gears of the machine begin turning and he feels a pressure on his back. Another one of the Frenchmen throw a switch on the wall and a piercing pain originating in the center of the back and spreading out along his nerves like fire. The gray material in the glass concoction begins swirling and sparkling slightly. This obviously upsets the Frenchmen who seem to almost begin bickering back and forth with each other. He is taken back to the prison cell and dumped on the ground. Peter managed to crawl to the base of the bunk bed before collapsing into unconsciousness. Richard doesn’t even make it that far.

When Richard awakens he immediately checks on Peter. Peter has gone missing again, but his clothes were still there. The small flask that Peter had hidden in his boot was poking out from the canvas that was used as a blanket. Richard tries again, in vain, to pick the lock on the door with the bed spring he meticulously retrieved from the underside of the bed. He then investigates what the mysterious liquid is in the flask. It definitely smells alcoholic but is slightly off, like home-brewed alcohol. He tastes some and it warms Richard completely dulling the pain in his muscles and the blisters on his fingers. He drinks more and seems to become intoxicated. Then he starts seeing this warm, amber light coming up in the cell allowing him to see better. He goes back to working on the door with his newfound energy and pushes the metal spring THROUGH the door. The door itself seems to be getting softer, almost like a strong membrane that, while bending, does not break. Richard aptly decides to investigate the rest of the cell and finds that he can put his hand easily through the stone on either side of the door (which is made of metal). Tucking the metal flask and its mysterious contents into his pocket and his trusty spring, Richard exits his cell and makes an escape, looking back one last time to see a message that Peter scrawled primitively on the cell wall, “I WILL COME BACK FOR YOU.” He finds the room that contains the strange machine and finds papers spread out over a lab table. He attempts to take some with him but finds he cannot pick them up (his hands pass straight through them!), but is able to grab a fountain pen (also metal) and make some cursory notes of the items on the laboratory table and of the machine itself. He finds it hard to read as if he were drunk. Exiting quickly back into the hallway he heads to the other end and finds a large room with a tall ceiling filled with books. It is a library but strangely has a well in the middle that seems to suck the golden light down into its dark center. Returning to the hall he crosses through another door and finds a room with a large, raised stone pool with liquid in it that is completely still, almost mirrorlike. In addition there are stairs! He ascends the stairs, a mist wrapping itself around his vision and…

…is in a forest. It is night and rather cold. Making his way as best he can he hears a thunderous crack in the forest and finds the body of a large man covered in horrific blisters. He even has them on his eyes! The ID in the wallet says the man’s name is Laurent Gabrieux. He has a loaded service revolver in his pocket with some extra shells. He has cigarettes and a lighter and keys. Richard notices that the man has a tattoo on his left arm around the bicep of a chain. As he watches the tattoo turns red hot and disappears leaving only a ring of scar tissue. He moves on through the forest and sees a fire up ahead. The strange cracking noise happens a few more times but he does not see anything that would cause it. Approaching the fire he is suddenly aware of where he is. It is Tom Wilson’s Cabin and it is burning. A car peels out from the driveway and onto the road. Another crack sound close by and off to Richard’s right prompts him to search but again nothing is found. He hears a man calling at the house on the other side and circles around in the shadows to see a hairy, shabbily dressed man with a shotgun broke open over his arm. He is shouting, “Tom?!! Are you in there?!” Richard decides to leave the man alone and heads back toward Marigold ducking off the road to avoid any detection by a passing automobile. He takes another swig from the flask to keep his energy up (it is quite euphoric) As he reaches town it looks as if a war had been fought there with trenches dug and barbed wire strewn everywhere. Up ahead from one of the trenches comes a mousey voice, “Help me, Richard!” Peeking into the trench Richard sees Carl Phelps, another runner back from the war who is there with his legs blown off. Convinced it is a dream Richard continues on as Carl screams at him to come back. A flash of movement up ahead and Richard dives for cover. German soldiers are moving through town like ghosts in the strange mist. At just that moment Carl screams out from near Richard’s location and the Germans begin moving in for the kill. Richard leaps up and tries to escape taking only a mild gunshot wound to the leg. He runs as fast and as hard as he can when in the mist ahead a person appears and wrestles him to the ground. He manages to get a single shot off (it doesn’t hit anything) before he feels additional men on top of him. Richard is suddenly in his kitchen, his wife cowering in the corner. Looking up the hallway he sees his youngest daughter looking at him with utter fear, as if she didn’t know him. A club falls on his head and he falls into darkness again.

Richard awakens in the hospital with his wife by his side. He realizes it is September 15th and that he has been missing for almost 3 weeks. There is no sign of poor Peter. Richard asks his wife for all the Chatterton papers for him to read while he was missing. There is precious little. Another reporter was sent out to Marigold and wrote the news story. The Sheriff in Chatterton clarified the previous story and said that the two men and a woman who were boarding the train were not the ones who shot him, it was another man who was travelling with his family.

That night Richard has a dream. He is back in Venice, Italy. It is long ago and somehow he can understand Italian. People are running around in chaos shouting, “The Beneventi house is on fire!” He sees a group of haggard, tortured people (one whose eyes had been burnt out of her head) moving up the street toward him. All of them are naked or nearly so and are tattooed with chains in various places on their bodies.

The next night Richard has one more dream. He sees a woman (once beautiful who now sits ravaged by insanity) in a padded room. She opens her mouth as if to speak but no words come. Blood begins flowing from her right eye which she uses to write the word, “Durning” on the wall. Richard knows that Durning is the site of a large asylum in Illinois south of Chicago.

He is finally discharged and heads back to work. He begins poring over newspapers and finds the biggest recent story was an explosion on a floating speakeasy, The Caribbean Queen. The case appears neatly tied up when a later article says that Communist sympathizers were to blame. His news editor, Mr. Irvin, claps him on the shoulder and welcomes him back. He gets assigned a news story covering a factory robbery in Manteno, IL, near Durning.

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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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Paths Divergent Converge
Where players old and new slowly draw closer together...

Mission Recap 4/25/13

Julius, Dr. Summerfield and Eva:
Saturday September 17th, Tremont, Indiana
The sun sets on our investigators as the strange woman, Marla, skips through the house singing snatches of old nursery rhymes. Weigand decides that, despite the failing light that he will attempt to mend the broken axle anyway. During his welding he is attacked by a horrific creature with a selling on its head but with no discernible eyes. The savage, otherworldly creature bites Weigand terribly causing him to run back into the house. Meanwhile, Marla has run upstairs and has gone into one of the bedrooms where a horrible scream is heard, drawing Julius, Eva, and Summerfield to investigate. Where before Marla was a grown woman now she appears as a child and is covered in putrid bits of congealed flesh and ichor that squishes under her small get when she walks. “It is time for me to go home now”, she says, “play time is over.” Being rather creepy and unsettling the party let’s be go without a fuss. She skips down the stairs in time for Weigand slamming the door. She scolds him for “playing with the Reacher”, something her father told her never to do. She heads back into the garage and presumably into the tunnel in the mechanic’s pit and back to the mine. The investigators head back to the study and barricade themselves in. Eva begins poring over the Codex of Assad Agassi retrieved from the safe and finds it to be an original but disguised as a copy. Julius decides to go exploring the house and Weigand goes with him. They see the shade of Robert Freeman at the top of the stairs. The shade is gesticulating wildly but is mute and unable to be heard. A hand with a single darkened nail on the small finger (burnt out or painted it is hard to say) rests on the shade’s shoulder and the ghost of Robert Freeman begins leaking darkness out of his mouth and fades out of sight. Weigand and Julius head back into the study, pale from their interaction with the spirit (although Julius grandly rationalizes it as simply swamp gas).
A buzzing drone comes from the outside and a procession of torchbearers are set in the distance. Weigand attempts to attract their attention by firing his shotgun into the air. He sees several sets of luminescent eyes turn his direction from out of the darkness. He backs slowly indoors and reloads his shotgun. The procession of torches do not deviate from their march. Weigand takes up a defensive position near the window and notices, for a moment only, a bloody scrawl upon the faded picture of Robert Freeman that hangs upon the wall in the study and concealed the safe containing the Codex that says, “Don’t go in the Mine”. It is gone as suddenly as it appeared.
A rock smashes through the window and Weigand shoots back, peppering the vegetation with pellets but does not appear to hit anything. Julius, anger rising at being a captive in such a horrible place, fires into the night and hits one of the creatures in the head. Their strange, primate-like laughter stops suddenly. A window shatters upstairs and the decision is made to move into the garage that is more defensible to the outside, despite it having a tunnel that connects it with the dreaded mine. The garage is barricaded as best as possible and the characters settle in for a long night. Their only hope now is that the torch left under the car outside when Weigand fled is still there come morning…

Martha Hopwood
Saturday, September 10th, 1921

A quiet day in the life of Martha Hopwood, dilettante and occultist. Her cult, the Ordo Templi Orientis (“The Ordo” for short) meets on Saturday night. She travels to the Gottschalk Estate, owned by Maxmilian Diederich Gottschalk II, an occult “barnacle” with no real talent for the occult aside from being a gracious host and having connections to the Ordo faction back in Germany. Martha changes into her ceremonial robes and, via the secret passage hidden behind a shelf of books in the library, heads down into the meeting room and mingles with the other Ordo members:
1) Danielle Godard (D) – The de facto leader of this sect of the Ordo. A socialite and natural leader, she has a desire both to lead and to keep the peace, both of which she does well.
2) Caden Hillman (D) – A relatively spineless man who follows Danielle like a little puppy dog. He has very little respect in the Ordo.
3) Graham Morgan (N) – British man who has eyes for Martha. He has sources of information that he prefers to keep a secret. A charming man with many secrets.
4) Maximilian Diederich Gottschalk II (H), host of the meetings. He is somewhat of a bore and is tolerated because his family is very powerful in the Ordo sect in Germany. He is also a wonderful host. He enjoys pomp and fanfare. He is a squat, fish-faced man with large lips.
5) Hudson Kincaid (H) – A man’s man, very proactive puts Martha off a bit. He chafes somewhat under Danielle’s leadership as he believes a man should be head of the Ordo.
6) Kiera and Tyler Padgett (N) & (D) – A couple who enjoys dabbling in the occult. Kiera is a gifted occultist and will often lead rituals and séances. She is relatively new but shows a great aptitude for the occult, particularly meditation and opening oneself up to spirits.
7) Gretta Spengler (H) – A German noblewoman who relocated to America with her husband, she, like Maxmilian, had deep ties to the German sect of the Ordo. She is very traditional and, though she finds Hudson Kincaid a bit abrasive, she agrees with him that a man should lead the Ordo.
8) Jackson Cahill (N) – A bookish man who very much looks forward to the occult gatherings that give his life a bit of mystery and intrigue. Despite his “deer in the headlights” aspect he does seem to have a natural gift for the occult. Easily swayed he is easily maneuvered away again.

The evening’s schedule is a bit of a secret but Danielle finally reveals to the Ordo what they plan to do that evening. The Ordo has an original copy of Pert Em Hru (translates to “Coming Forth By Day” or “Manifested in the Light”), which describes a particular ritual that demands an animal sacrifice. The specific animal is not specified but refers to a cave painting in the Wadi Maghareh (“Valley of Caves”) that depicts Sekhemkhet, an Egyptian Pharaoh, speaking with a god with the head of an animal. The god has been chiseled out of the cave paintings so Danielle is going to try to summon the spirit of Sekhemkhet and ask him directly what sort of animal the god he spoke with has.
Kiera Padgett begins the Coetus (“The Meeting”), a ritualistic chanting of words that will eventually give clarity and focus. She chooses the phrase, “Sedent ad audiendum. Malum tentum apud sinus” (translating “They sit to hear. Evil held at bay”). Danielle begins the invocation and speaks words in Latin. Kiera has a rushing inhalation of breath and her eyes roll back into her head. Danielle supplicates in front of the spirit inside Kiera and asks the spirit its name. “Albert Walters,” it replies. After some momentary confusion as to the spirit’s identity, Danielle begins questioning it tentatively, with Martha chiming in as well. Albert Walters says that he is an accountant and that the last year he remembers is 1921. He says he lives in Chicago and remembers being on a train heading back toward Chicago and he remembers a place filled with strange people and he was painting lots of pictures. When questioned about if he is Sekhemkhet, Albert laughs and says no but that to summon such a spirit a concoction of redwood bark soaked in ginger mashed together with Oleander blossoms dipped in the blood of the fulcrum (Kiera, in this case). When asked how he got all of this information Albert replies that he learned it and all things from his Master. Before Graham stands and commands the spirit to leave, Albert turns towards Martha and speaks one final time, “I see you in the net of these events now. My master is my enemy’s master. Poor Grace. Pity us all.” Kiera exhales violently and is back, unharmed but exhausted. She enjoys the attention lavished upon her for a job well done. Martha examines the ritual in the Pert Em Hru but finds no deviation that would explain the strange appearance of Albert Walters. Martha suggests they check into both the identity of Albert Walters and the ingredients Walters spoke of to summon the spirit of Sekhemkhet. Graham suggests a wager, where if he finds out about Walters first he gets a kiss and if Martha finds it first he will take Martha to dinner. Martha agrees despite the lopsidedness of the bet. Martha plans on heading to the Library as soon as possible but since it is closed on Sunday she finds other ways to occupy her time.
Monday morning, bright and early, she is over at the Chicago Library which, surprisingly, has a very nice occult section tucked away in the back where most people won’t trip over it accidentally. She spends the majority of the morning reading texts and finds nothing of particular note concerning the components to which Walters spoke of. She suddenly becomes aware that someone is watching her but cannot place where the feelings are coming from. Calling it a day, Martha heads back to her apartment and converses with her Aunt Louise. Louise has not heard of an Albert Walters, but did meet a Cecelia Walters once at a meeting she held with The Crystal Hearth. She did not recall that Cecelia was very nice at all and stopped coming to meetings after only attending a few. Tuesday and much of Wednesday pass in a blur as a potential buyer arises for one of Martha’s paintings.

Wednesday, September 13th, 1921
It is afternoon and a loud knock draws Martha’s attention to the hallway. A trio of men, one of them finely dressed, is knocking on the neighbor’s door, a woman by the name of Grace Perry. The well dressed man leans in and speaks with Grace, and Grace (despite looking fearful), lets them in. About 40 minutes later an almost inhuman shrieking begins and the two men in the suits are restraining Grace who now appears undeniably insane. The well-dressed man comes out of Grace’s apartment after snapping shut what appears to be a case one would use for a typewriter. He addresses the gathering crowd and says that he is a doctor and that this poor, unfortunate soul has had a complete nervous breakdown and she is under his care. Grace, as she is pulled away, claw marks over her eyes screams out about a “purple flame” that burned her mind.

Richard Monteith
Monday, August 29th, 1921

Richard hears from the rookie journalist, Peter Abbott, that their editor (Peter calls him “God”) is sending them down to Marigold to cover a murder/arson that occurred there in the early hours the previous day. Excited to get out of the office, Peter accompanies Richard south to Marigold, making note of a handy boot pouch he had sewn specifically for a flask to which Peter makes ample use of. The weather gets a little more rainy as the afternoon cools somewhat. They head to the center of town and enter the general store (“Ashcroft’s Odds & Ends”). The man behind the counter, Nicholas Cressac, is undeniably French and manages to get Richard to purchase a jar of an obscure concoction that rankles the stomach just hearing about how it is prepared (something about rotten fish eggs mixed in with curdled milk and then cooked into an omelet). The man seems very helpful in directing them out to the Wilson place. Wilson was a loner of a person who lived out in his cabin and apparently started collecting lots of junk after his wife, Janet, died. Heading out to the Wilson cabin it begins to rain in earnest.

Despite being completely burnt out there are still piles of rubble around, evidence of Tom Wilson’s propensity for collecting things. A strange symbol is seen underneath the flakes of scorched paint in the kitchen, a triangle with a wavy line drawn through it (the symbol of the Ignotus!). Moving back through the cabin taking sketches Richard hears the water dripping from the mantle under the house indicating that there is a cellar. Around the side of the house a storm cellar door is found under a pile of rubbish. Heading down into the cellar the intrepid reporters find a virtual dungeon that reeks of superstitious country magic and, perhaps, something darker. There was a great amount of clutter in the cellar but there were numerous items of interest. There were a great number of liquids with strange ingredients in them, a few in metal containers too. A ceremonial robe in the armoire was hanging under some old books in Latin smell of numerous aromatic compounds. There is a circle drawn in the middle of the floor ringed with symbols. In the center of the circle, badly decomposed, is what looks like the skeleton of a child but has wings coming out of its back. Numerous trinkets such as bits of bone, hair and children’s toys hang from the ceiling on individual strings. While investigating the cellar Richard and Peter hear another car pull up outside. Richard goes out to meet them and there are four men. One of them introduces himself as Professor Lievremont and offers to meet for tea and talk about Tom Wilson. Richard picks up some odd vibes coming from the four men and declines to ride with them and asks to meet them in around 45 minutes in the town square. They go back down and finish off taking pictures of the cellar and they come out to find their car sabotaged. They begin walking back toward town and the Professor and two of his silent companions are seen coming up the road. The two men pull pistols and usher Richard and Peter into the car. They are bound and blindfolded, their ultimate fate a mystery!

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Weigand's Introduction
Inspector Weigand Becomes Entangled in the Story

Tuesday, August 23rd, 1921
Weigand gets in early and heads over to the morgue where Dr. Jasinski has been working all night on the autopsies of the bodies recovered from the ship. Because the bodies had to be moved in sections, the good doctor has them divided up into “blocks”. He tells Weigand that there were a total of 21 bodies recovered from the ship, but that the grand total weight of all the bodies recovered from the ship made the average weight per body approximately 80 pounds, well below what it should be. He also shows Weigand a cluster of all the metal objects pulled to the center of the mass of bodies (watches, glasses, rings, jewelry, fillings from teeth, etc.). There is, obviously, no evidence of an explosion. Jasinski thinks it is almost the opposite.

Heading into the police station, Jasinski has a few updates for him on his desk. The tires on the trucks at the crime scene in Indiana just outside Tremont are an exact match. The burnt body at the crime scene was doused with a mixture of vinegar and sarsaparilla, an ingredient in root beer. The Caribbean Queen is owned by McAllister Shipping Co. The owner is a man named Walter Jacob. The name on the registration in the car that Julius, Smith, and Grace all made their getaway in, Jacob Meany has an apartment in Chicago. Weigand decides to start there.

Mr. Meany’s apartment is a studio affair with a single room. The walls are plastered with boxing posters, some of them featuring Jacob Meany. A single picture on the wall shows Meany in front of a wood cabin standing next to an older man. Officer Debbins, investigating the scene with Weigand, accidentally knocks the picture off the wall and sees a small snippet written on the back of the picture, “Tom Wilson, Marigold, Indiana”. A book lies open to page 10 on the dining room table. The first ten pages appear to have been read over and over again while the rest of the book’s pages appear crisp. The book is entitled, “The Idea of Success” by Sebastian Dufrane.

Wednesday, August 24th, 1921
Paper pushing and updating charts.

Thursday, August 25th, 191
Weigand’s daughter wakes up early with a cough. His wife assures him that all is well and she will call if they need anything. Weigand gets into the office and, again, updates on the case await him. Dennis Buckwalter, a bartender who was scheduled to work the night of the explosion but called in sick, has been picked up for questioning by the police. Weigand enters the interrogation room and expertly picks out truths from lies, beginning by giving Buckwalter a cup of coffee. Buckwalter reports that Wylie O’Bannon and Vera Channing (“there’s something wrong with that woman”) were there regularly, but then amends that statement by saying that O’Bannon ran the place. He confides that Alan Waybright, one of the contractors who converted the ship to a speakeasy, was a good friend. Weigand gets the impression that Buckwalter is holding out on something, but Buckwalter digs his heels in and refuses to say. The rest of the day is consumed by paperwork.

Friday, August 26th, 1921
Weigand sets up an afternoon appointment with the Monaghan family, of which Vera is the older daughter and O’Bannon is thought to be a hitman. They pull up in front of the opulent house and are greeted by an armed guard by the name of Wallace McGillan. Shown in, they are brought in to meet Terence Monaghan who is working on putting together a radio from a kit. He does not have much to say, aside from saying that the explosion was not caused by a still exploding. He thinks someone is trying to muscle in on his territory. Talking with O’Bannon and Vera, they are all rather tight lipped, but Weigand doesn’t press them as the Monaghan family is very well connected downtown. O’Bannon says he was around the place. Vera mentions that she saw a “mousy little lady named Grace” on the top deck when she went up for a cigarette.

Saturday, August 27th, 1921
Weigand’s daughter is worse, it might be pneumonia. He takes off work to be with his wife and his daughter at the hospital. She has a speedy recovery and released on Sunday evening.

Monday, August 29th,
The trucks that were used in the getaway from the shoreline in Chicago and were also involved in the shooting on the road just outside Tremont are found. Weigand investigates the truck and finds the inside of the trucks have been covered with the same runes that appeared to be on the backs of the columns at the Caribbean Queen. Additionally, he finds a pile of vomit at the back of the truck that glows a pale blue color. Checking under the truck there are the remnants of some leather straps that apparently were used to hold something underneath.

Tuesday, August 30th,
An odd man named Professor William Smith enters the police station and demands to see the case files on the Caribbean Queen. Weigand politely and firmly tells him “no”, and then has him followed.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are uneventful.

Saturday, September 3rd,
Weigand is awoken by a phone call from the police station from Dr. Jasinski saying that there something he needs to show him at the boat. Weigand and Debbins pick him up at the morgue (he falls asleep on the drive out to the docks). As they pull up they see a man skulking around the ship. Investigating further, Weigand and Debbins enter into a gunfight with the intruder. Debbins is shot and Weigand attempts to subdue the man as he is climbing over the far side of the boat to escape. The man is knocked unconscious when he hits his head on the side of the boat. He is unable to be awakened but is taken to the hospital in police custody. From here on out, the police post another policeman who observes the scene from afar and is instructed to call for backup if anything else occurs.

Monday, September 5th,
Weigand receives a call that there is a man who apparently bribes the guard down at the entrance and enters the boat. He is a very finely dressed gentleman. Instead of engaging, Weigand has him followed.

Tuesday, September 6th,
Weigand is informed that there are two people picked up for causing a disturbance at the Monaghan Estate. One of the police officers following the well-dressed man from the boat says that those are the two people that he has been following. Their names are Grace Perry and Julius Coffin. The captain informs Weigand that he needs to go in and release them without questioning. Weigand enters the interrogation room and apologizes for wasting their time. He also casually asks the man if he was down by the docks yesterday.

Wednesday, September 7th,
Weigand’s Captain informs him that Inspector Beauleau had made some independent inquiries and had found that one of the victims in the explosion at the Queen, Katherine Gess, was an avowed member of the communist party. Not only that, she was affiliated with a violent, revolutionary sect of the communist party. He recommends that Weigand follow up on that lead, implying he would like the case closed.

Thursday, September 8th,
Weigand sees a newspaper article in the morning blaming the explosion on communists. The captain summons Weigand into his office and tells him that the case has been transferred to Inspector Beauleau. Weigand is off the case. Sighing and then deciding to head out for the rest of the day with his family, Weigand gets a last minute tip on a body that was discovered at the University. It is a man named Professor William Smith. He has killed himself by hanging, but no note was found. The office is a mess of papers. Questioning a fellow professor, he finds that Smith spent a lot of time with Julius and Grace.

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Stranded in Tremont
Where the investigators set out to retrieve a dark tome from the mansion of Kurtis Freeman.

Visitor Mission Recap for 12/13/12

Friday, September 16th, 1921

Having an afternoon free prior to heading out to Tremont to retrieve the Codex of Assad Agassi, Julius contacts the lawyer he had placed on retainer in an effort to get Grace transferred to a nicer mental institution. Christopher Dunn, the lawyers in question, replies that there will likely be nothing he can do until after her “procedure” (the lobotomy). Summerfield spends the afternoon in dark places reading even darker text taking a break to put in a phone call to Eva Jackson a librarian and one-time assistant to Professor Armstrong translating and validating Latin texts. Eva agrees to journey with the investigators to Tremont to validate the text. The Codex of Assad Agassi is only written in Latin and there are a large number of forgeries (so many, in fact, that it is widely thought to not truly exist). Weigand spends the day with his wife and daughter, tying up some things at work.

Saturday, September 17th, 1921
Starting out slightly late at 10am, the investigators drive to Tremont. Heading straight to the mansion Weigand begins cutting into the safe (it is slow going). Julius explores the rest of the house finding many rooms with interesting (and some disconcerting) items. He finds a foul-smellng talisman in one room filled with maggots. He finds a room with literally thousands of suspended glass orbs that tinkle maddeningly as the breeze wafts through them. Eva is most affected by the noise. While exploring the house at approximately 1:45pm both Julius and Summerfield both have a piercing, stabbing pain into their heads. Julius finds a mechanic’s pit in the garage that has a secret passage that leads down into a small office room. It also has a tunnel that heads approximately Northeast from the house. Following it down a ways, it begins to get extremely hot but just before turning back he finds odd pictographs that Summerfield recognizes from the Cultes Des Goules. He things they are a degenerate form of Egyptian hieroglyphs. Finally cutting through the safe, Weigand reaches in to retrieve the book and feels a click as he lifts and a bit of tension as if the book is held down by something. Removing the rest of the paneling under the safe Weigand finds a wire that goes down through the floor. Finally, after much debate, they cut the wire and remove the book. Eva, looking at the book, realizes that she will likely need her library at home. Outside it has begun raining and a n eerie mist has arisen near the ground where the heat of the underground fire causes the water to evaporate. A sound of rending metal draws Julius and Weigand outside. Julius, examining the car, sees that the rear axle has been severely damaged, as if something ripped through it. Hearing a noise behind him he turns and feels a prick on his right ankle. Both Julius and Weigand see a small trail of flame. They follow it and find that it dives into a hole approximately the size of a man’s head. Julius shines his light down the hole and sees something terrifying, something that looked like an eyeless worm with a great, slavering maw. In a panic, Julius pulls out his .45 automatic and fires the entire magazine into the hole. Weigand, calmly examining the scene afterward, shoots his shotgun down the hole as well just to be sure.

Not wanting to spend the night in the slightly disconcerting town of Tremont, the group splits up with Julius and Weigand heading to the Diner in town in the hopes of finding a way to communicate with the outside world. They find the town apparently empty. The diner is also closed with no one there. Feeling that they need to get ahold of someone the two men break into the diner and use the phone to call the inspector (Inspector Michael Higgons) at La Pont, Indiana who happily dispatches a police unit to pick up our stranded investigators. Weigand also calls his chief back in Chicago telling him he is likely not back until Monday. The two head back to the Freeman Mansion and find that Eva and Summerfield have found someone else in the house…

While Julius and Weigand are out at the diner, Eva and Summerfield spot a very attractive (and very disheveled) woman who looks exactly like Natalie Vasilyeva, the attractive secretary to Kurtis Freeman back in 1864 (this would make her approximately 90 years old, which she is obviously not). The woman has oddly childish behavior, and says that her real name is Marla, and that her father was Martin. She tells Eva some history of her town, and that there was a French man who “saved the town”, but refuses to tell her the name until they play hide and seek with her. She runs down and hides in the garage. Disconcerted, Eva and Summerfield wait until the others come back to “find” Marla. Tracking her down in the mechanic’s pit in the garage, Marla tells them the man’s name was Lareau. Talking to her about the book and the wire, Marla tells them the wire is there to prevent people from stealing the book. When they ask her what happens to people who steal the book she replies that they are punished.

Since the swelling on Julius’ right ankle is getting worse, Summerfield decides to lance the leg. A combination of serum and hemolyzed blood stain the material slightly brown. They bind Julius’ leg and settle in until they can be rescued. Meanwhile, the sun begins setting on Tremont, leaving our investigators in darkness.

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A Journal and The Burnt Man
Where the journal of a madwoman is read and a mute burn victim is questioned.

Mission Recap for last time

Wednesday September 14th,
Just after visiting Grace, Julius heads back to Chicago and begins going through Cecelia Walter’s Journal. He finds several entries that are interesting:

1) Cecelia mentions that her mother was likely taken over by a creature known as Ashari’Vok (likely a member of this so-called “Great Race of Yith”) and that when her mother came back from this experience she was never the same. She is concerned about Mr. Walker Hollingsworth
2) Her brother, Henry Taggart, was also taken by the same intelligence but disappears a few months later and is never heard from again.
3) She has stolen something called the Antenna. Ricky (you assume Ricky Vanderhorn) discovered this and confronted them in their apartment. A firefight ensued and Cecelia Walters and Albert Walters both fled, living at the Blackstone Hotel.
4) She knew Clay Rampton and apparently was having an affair with him. Cecelia also knew Neva, another person who died in the explosion aboard the Caribbean Queen.
5) On August 1st, 1921, Cecelia returned home and found Albert profoundly changed after the Antenna “awoke” and showed him great mysteries. She was jealous that he was chosen and she was not.
6) Cecelia mentions that Albert is different from the other members of her family who were “taken”. She mentions his behavior became very strange, including her mentioning Albert stopping by the Speakeasy and “re-trapping the columns”. He quoted something very strange, “The tendrils of our Great Masters are long indeed, penetrating through the corners of time and space that drive the brightest, fledgling minds of our world to madness. So many strings the Great Race of Yith perceive that it sometimes happens one Master puppeteer knows not what the other puppeteer is doing. So we shall be the end of all. It is Tarum Naz’gut’s desire made form.”
7) The final entry, from August 21st, shows an almost manic Cecelia babbling. Hoping that answers would be coming soon.

Weigand begins looking into property holdings that are held by Vera Channing and the Monaghan family. Grace is set to be lobotomized on September 17th.

Thursday September 15th,
Summerfield calls Weiss for an appointment to speak about Grace. Weigand talks to Roger, his brother who is a compulsive gambler and an alcoholic. He phones the Michigan Hall of Records for any additional property inquiries for the Channing Family. He feels that the clerk there blows him off. The police bring in Vanderhorn for questioning in the shooting that occurred at the Walters’ apartment.

Friday, September 16th,
Summerfield is shooed from Weiss’s office. Everyone goes to visit Lukas Neudorf out at Shimmering Lakes Home for the Infirm. Neudorf is severely burnt and cannot speak, but raps once for no, twice for yes. Neudorf says that he did not know Jefferson Walby was going to die, and Walby didn’t know either. He says he is unaware of any connection between the Lassiter expedition and the Ignotus. He says that the Kingdom Cove Country Club is the headquarters of the Adherents. He says that the Ignotus know how to burn a man without burning the clothes. They use it as a form of execution. He taps out, “Bring the Blackbird”, and says that Julius burned him. He tells you that the Blackbird is the antenna spoken of in Cecelia Walter’s journal.

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The Fall of Grace
Where a mad librarian is consulted and Grace is pitched over the precipice into madness.

Visitor Recap for 10/25/12

Tuesday, September 13th, 1921

Still early in the morning, the players are huddled around the body of who they assume to be Vincent Prieto, owner of Prieto’s Rare Books and Finds. They call Inspector Weigand who looks the scene over and calls in his pathologist friend, Dr. Jasinski, to examine the scene. When he arrives, Dr. Jasinski brings him a letter (that had been opened) that was on his desk. It was from an unknown person who wanted to meet at Kathy Gess’s apartment. Gess was one of the people that perished in the explosion on the Caribbean Queen and was an avowed, violent communist. After wrapping up at Prieto’s, Weigand releases Grace and Julius who head over to the Dandy Lion to make sure everyone there is doing okay. After being reassured that everything is normal, Julius heads to school. Grace heads home and climbs into bed, pulling the sheets over her head. During a break in his classes, Julius heads down to the Hall of Public Records and looks into Clay Rampton. He finds a few facts about him, including an address, 3991 Union Ave, just one block south of the Stockyards. He was born in 1874 and his mother, Amber, was killed by a serial killer by the name of Janek Kucharski, a serial killer in 1886 when Clay was 12. He enrolled in St. Vincent’s Seminary in 1896 but left in 1898. He was arrested and served 2 weeks in jail for creating a public disturbance in 1911. He was arrested for assault in 1917 and was institutionalized at the Arkham Sanitorium for approximately one year. Weigand and Julius link up and head over to Clay Rampton’s apartment. It is difficult to find the right apartment but after a small bribe, they arrive at the door. Heading in to Rampton’s disheveled apartment they find bookshelves filled with handwritten journals. A toothless vagrant, later found to be “Toothless Tom” (he loses one of his few remaining teeth in the scuffle between Weigand and Julius) jumps out of a pile of furniture in the corner of the room and is beaten into submission. Tom is, apparently, the archiver for Rampton who had been traveling all over the world in search of “The Truth”. Though obviously insane and a drunk, Tom has some grasp on where things are located in the immense handwritten library of Clay Rampton. He recovers a page about The Adherents which he plucks from a notebook.

The page describes in rambling, almost incoherent prose, about the men he suspects of leading the Adherents. In his note he mentions several things: he things Walker Hollingsworth, Tony McGinnis or Dr. Eugene Weiss is the leader of the Adherents; he mentions something called the Academy; there are a lot of nursing staff to care for Lionel at the Wiedman place; the Hollingsworth Foundation helps train nurses too; he saw “stars” in the eyes of Kucharski, the man who killed his mother; something called an Adenour Imprinter that hears screams around the Wiedman place; that McGinnis and Weiss were orphans raised by the Foundation; admission documents were changed for Hollingsworth at New York University and for Wiedman (likely he refers to Lionel) at the University of Chicago in 1868.

Julius asked for information on O’Bannon from Toothless Tom. Tom said it would take him some time and that he needed more brew. There are two notes of interest seen on the desk amidst a large number of train and boat tickets. The first was a quick scrawl saying, “Cecelia Walters, room 708, Blackstone Hotel.” The other note, slightly more cryptic, is a note that says, “Walby fits in here somewhere given his interest in Tremont. Who is the burnt man he goes so often to visit?” Tom confirms that Cecelia Walters and Clay Rampton were “close”, as in having an affair. Tom mutters a reference to the burning man out in some glittering lake place. Weigand remembers there is a Shimmering Lakes Home for the Infirm North of Chicago. Tom also mentions that Rampton was going to meet a man named McQuaid at the Caribbean Queen the night of August 21st.

Grace hears a knock at the door and gets out of bed to go and answer it.

Julius heads home after Rampton’s apartment and Weigand meets with the unknown writer of the note after having made arrangements with his police chief who forbids Weigand from dying. At Gess’s apartment there is a large amount of communist propaganda (poorly bound books, pamphlets, flyers, etc.). Upon the wall is a man’s portrait, the name on the frame is Joseph Dejacque. Photographs of the Queen and people associated with it, including Vera Channing, are plastered up all over the wall. There is a picture of a beach house there. A man across the street flashes his flashlight into the window and signals for Weigand to come over. Arriving, the man had found a way across to the roof the next building over. He tells him (amidst frequent denigrations of capitalism and the American way of life) that Vera has a tattoo chain on her thigh and that she spoke sadly about her husband not being able to go to a party at their beach house once.

Wednesday, September 14th, 1921

Julius awakens to the sound of the phone ringing in his living room. Entering his living room he is shaken to see his father sitting there, stroking Charles calmly. In a very curt, aggressive manner, John Coffin tells Julius that he is not to see Grace Perry any more. He is not to seek any more information about her. He tells Julius that he is aware of his lack of attendance and that John Linderman, the family lawyer, told him that he had been taken to the police department and released but that he had been with Grace Perry. After a brief and heroic attempt to defend Grace’s honor, John Coffin leaves. Julius calls back Inspector Weigand and asks him to check in on Grace. They agree to meet for lunch afterward. Weigand goes to Grace’s apartment and finds moving men emptying out the apartment. The lease in in John Linderman’s name. Grace apparently had a psychotic breakdown and was committed by Dr. Eugene Weiss. Calls to Linderman were unhelpful.

Not knowing exactly where Grace is located, Julius and Weigand set out to follow up on the address to the Blackstone Hotel where the Walters’ were hiding after they abandoned their previous apartment after Ricky Vanderhorn (the man with the white scarf) shot at them. Entering the room there is a strange hum. Weigand investigates and it appears to be coming from the center of the room. The room itself looks neat and tidy, as if people were just arriving or ready to leave. The hum crescendos and Weigand and Julius see a vision of ghostly figures who apparently are Albert and Cecelia Walters:

Albert: “I just don’t understand, Cecelia, please just talk to me.”
Cecelia: “Oh Albert, I do pity you. The whole reason I married you was so I wouldn’t have to talk to you. And children. Although you have failed at that too, haven’t you?”
Albert: “But there was a man in our apartment who was shooting at us! I think I need to put my foot down about this and…”
Cecelia: “Oh Albert, you are cute when you are mad. I may be out all night. Don’t wait up. And please don’t call anyone as we are in hiding, remember?”

He rises to stop her but halts. She sets something down behind the credenza under the window and then walks through Weigand as she exits the room. Albert, sitting on the bed, suddenly and violently begins pummeling the pillow next to him. Something begins glowing on the credenza by the window and Albert stands up and moves toward it. It is a glowing white statue of a bird and Walter asks if there is someone there. Suddenly he clenches every muscle in his body, his hands turning into talons. As Julius approaches him, Albert whirls around, his eyes shining bright white and a voice of infinite evil pours forth from his mouth, “I see you, shells through the veil of time you come seeking answers. One of us is lost to our sight and we will peel back the layers of your precious world until we find us. I am Tarim Naz’gut and I am here to pronounce your doom!”

They wake up, slightly stunned in the hotel room. They retrieve the journal of Cecelia Walters and leave quickly.

Speaking with Dr. Eugene Weiss, Weigand gets a transcript of all the drugs given to Grace. Dr. Jasinski says they are all sedatives and should not cause psychosis. Weiss says that Grace has been committed to Durning Mental Asylum in Durning. Traveling south, they go to visit her and meet Dr. Franklin, her doctor there. He gives updated medical notes to Weigand. Grace is in a drug-induced coma and, as Julius approaches her and mentions the purple flame (Dr. Franklin mentioned that she was talking about a purple flame), she starts screaming, “THEY ARE LEAVING US HERE TO DIE! WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE! WE’VE KILLED EVERYONE!” As they leave the room, Grace’s tortured scream repeats, “WE’VE KILLED EVERYONE! WE’VE KILLED EVERYONE!”

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Recap #6, 10/12/2012

Saturday, September 10th, 1921
Early in the morning Grace, Julius and Summerfield get on a train bound for Arkham. Julius spots a man who appears to be taking a great interest in them. They wait to see if he gets on the train. Grace sees him on the train but does not approach him. Though they plan to confront him the next time they see him he vanishes for the rest of the trip. Once in Arkham, the three get rooms in the Trendecker Inn. After lounging in a warm tub, Grace comes out to find that someone has been through her things. Summerfield finds a similar ransacking of his room. Nothing is seen to be taken. Julius stays awake late into the evening to keep an eye on everything going on. He hears, just after midnight, of large clumping feet. He looks out into the hallway and finds an extremely large man. Briefly talking to him, the man turns to him and says in a deep, booming voice, “The suns die and we must flee!” Following the man for awhile, Julius finds that he just wanders the streets of Arkham beneath the hissing of the gaslights.

Sunday, September 11th, 1921
The three investigators awaken in the morning and decide to report the odd man who was wandering the halls of the Trendecker Inn and also the very streets of Arkham. Reporting the man to Inspector Gainsborough he tells them that the man was Victor Maitlin, a man who lost his wife a little while ago and has not been a normal man since. The police officer assures them that Victor is not violent and is not a threat. Heading on to the Miskatonic University Library, Summerfield makes fast friends with Elton Bernard, assistant to Dr. Henry Armitage. Heading up to the third floor where the Special Collections are kept, Summerfield begins sifting through the erratic text. Julius and Grace take a short walk and return to find a bomb of some kind having detonated on the ground floor of the library. People are running from the front doors. Upstairs, Mr. Barnard has a young student usher Summerfield out of the library. Once out in front, Julius notices the man from the train with the leather satchels containing Peaslee’s manuscripts. After a brief chase the man pulls a gun and begins shooting. He misses his first shot but is squarely hit by Summerfield, and Grace’s next shot drops him completely. Rushing over to him he exhales the words, “Porta et Clava” (I am the Gate and the Key). Peaslee’s manuscript begins fluttering in the breeze and Summerfield orders the students milling about to begin gathering the papers. Summerfield, also helping to gather up the irreplaceable pages, finds one that draws his attention to it. It describes another world with creatures Great and terrifying. They call themselves the Yith. The page stuns Summerfield and he falls unconscious as the words bore into his brain. Julius searches the man and sees a chain tattoo that disappears in a flash of burned flesh. Grace (reeling from the knowledge that she has just killed a man), Summerfield (awake but seemingly comatose), and Julius all are taken to theInfirmary where they are treated by Dr. Cross and his medicinal scotch. Recovering their wits slightly, Julius and Grace return to the Inn where they take succor in each other’s company. Summerfield heads over to the Archaeology department and begins digging for any remaining information concerning the Lassiter Expedition. He finds an empty file sleeve that directs all inquiries to Dr. E.G. Weiss, Consultant for Chicago University, Department of Psychology. Everyone fades to uneasy sleep.

Monday, September 12th, 1921
The investigators get out of Arkham the first chance they can get. Julius pulls away from Grace. They arrive back to the bustle of Chicago late this night. A note from Vincent Prieto awaits Summerfield at his residence saying that he has something in for him.

Tuesday, September 13th, 1921
Summerfield and Julius go to visit Prieto while Grace goes in to work some. Grace finds the Dandy Lion eerily empty and searches through the entire building. Going back up front a thick gray fog pours through the door like gel. Reaching out to close the door a cold, dead hand shoots out of the fog and grabs her wrist. Grace awakens in her bed, obviously shaken. Summerfield and Julius go to Prieto’s bookstore and finds the place similarly empty. Spotting a rare book on the counter Summerfield opens it to find that all the pages are blank. A spot of blood spreads out into a pool of blood that pours over the edges of the book and counter. The blood boils up out of the book and a skeletal body with dripping strips of putrescent flesh clinging to it. It screams horribly and Julius and Summerfield wake up in their beds. Everyone, shaken again, head over to see Prieto again (it is later in the morning). They find the bookstore empty but find a horribly burned body behind the counter. Strangely, nothing else around the body is burned, not even the clothes. The body is obviously Mr. Prieto. A copy of the Cultes de Goules translated into English that Prieto found for Professor Summerfield. Additionally, a handwritten note of Prieto’s comments thst he may have found a copy of the Codex of Assad Agassi being sold by a German nobleman Klaus von Hangristan. Reeling from so much death, the players decide to summon Inspector Wiegand.

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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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