One Night on the Caribbean Queen

All Together and Julius Attacked
Where our Investigators are all together and some shadowy men attack Julius in his home

Sunday September 25th, 1921, 5:30pm
The group is over at Graham Morgan’s residence. Martha, completely soused, is brought back from the far shore of inebriation with food and coffee. A knock upon the door has her on her feet suddenly but it is merely Caden, the small man that follows Danielle (the leader of the Ordo) like a little puppy. He is immensely panicked that a police officer is here and things that Martha has been speaking to the police. She assures him that she is not. He insists that Danielle must meet her tomorrow for breakfast at 9am. The other characters find a French brand of cigarette (it has a fleur-de-lis on it) and, communicating this to Martha, believe it was a cigarette smoked by Vernon Gabrieux. Caden ducks out the door but not before Weigand overhears something about “what happened last weekend”. Martha attempts an explanation but it leaves Weigand suspecting that she is not telling him the truth.

After stopping off for a heavy breakfast to help clear Martha’s head, they find Vernon checked out of his Hotel room but in the Lounge having a bite to eat, presumably before he heads out of town. He nonchalantly deflects the questions of the inspectors but he does admit that he and Graham go way back and that he did stop in to see Graham last Friday (the day that Graham disappeared) but there is no obvious evidence linking him to the kidnapping.

The next stop is at the police department where Julius sees Richard Monteith, the reporter who came to introduce himself. He appears to be writing something furiously in a notebook but seems curiously unresponsive.

Getting late the investigators decide to drop Julius off at his apartment. Weigand, before he drives off, sees three men enter the building with purpose after Julius enters. Julius sees them in the lobby as the elevator door closes. Upon reaching his floor he ducks up a hallway to wait for them, drawing his 1911 pistol, and hoping that he remained unseen. Alas, the last man in line spots him and they advance on him, drawing their weapons. He fires once and hit one of the men in his belly. The men return fire and Julius is shot severely through his right shoulder and crumples to the ground. Weigand hears the gunshots above and with an armed Rose Johnson by his side, sets about to lay the hitmen low which he does with a roar from his shotgun turning the men into so much hamburger. The man who was shot by Julius, Toyle Branson, is still alive. He is “interrogated” by Weigand but the man doesn’t seem to crack. A cursory examination of the man’s background reveals that he is a “consultant” for the Hollingsworth Foundation. Julius is tended by Rose and looks into his apartment that has been tossed but the true horror is that Charles, mighty majestic Charles is missing. Toyle said he kicked the cat when they came into the apartment and the cat ran out the door.

Heading back to the station to finish up some paperwork, Weigand finds that Monteith is translating the symbols on the columns and finds that they translate as the following:
1) Traveller Bound
2) Cage Without Door
3) Nexus Closed
4) Sextet Constrained
5) The Way Obscured
6) Power Subjugated (scratched out and replaced by hand below)

He also hands him the medical records that were taken from Dr. Eugene Weiss’s office. There are only 3 signs that translate as the following:
1) Calculator (by far the most common)
2) Translator
3) Transmitter

Weigand also gets the name off the license plate of the car that followed him from the Coffin party on Saturday. It was registered to a man who worked for the Hollingsworth Foundation as a “consultant”. He goes to this man’s house and shows him a list of the men he left dead at Julius’s apartment. The man sneers at Weigand and says they should have been more careful. Weigand says that if anyone goes after his family he will come after them. He leaves a shotgun shell balanced on the man’s doorknob before he goes.

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The Quiet Days After
Where Our Investigators Reel In the Aftermath of the Coffin Affair

Saturday, September 24th, 1921
Weigand is followed home from the party by some thugs from the party. Turning to confront them they drive off and amble around town. Soon after, they drive up Weigand’s street, slowing down a bit just in front of Weigand’s apartment before driving off. Weigand wisely assumes this is a threat and quickly gets his family out of town the next morning.

Rose and Julius are at the hospital after hearing the Professor and the small child from the Foundation are both already gone. They drop off Elsa and decide to try and call on Dr. Weiss at his office to check on the condition of the boy, Ronald Parsley. Finding him not in Julius “accidentally” breaks a window while rapping upon it and enters the building. Rose, terrified, waits outside but brings him a torch. Finding a locked file cabinet Julius wrenches it open and finds medical records of approximately 37 children from the foundation. While there is nothing obviously wrong with the children there is a strange symbol (similar to the ones stamped into the beams on the Caribbean Queen) stamped at the end of the records on each of the children. There are only three different symbols present on the records, one of them vastly more common than the others.

Julius calls Weigand and obtusely tries to get him to throw an investigation into the break in at Weiss’s office but really just all but tells Weigand that he broke in.

Sunday September 25th, 1921
Martha meets Vernon Gabrieux for brunch. Prior to leaving the house she hides the metal shard and the piece of mirror from the guest bathroom at the Coffin estate. She hides it in a different place from where her book is. Meeting with Vernon, he says simply that if she wants Graham free that is all she has to say but that she will never have true knowledge about what happened with her mother. She tells him that she wants Graham back and he leaves abruptly saying she is of no further use to him. She heads back to Graham’s apartment to wait for him. She waits and drinks while she waits.

Rose, perusing through the medical records finds the phrase, “Patient may benefit from further testing” in each of them. Her and Julius meet up to take the records to Weigand. After a very painful and lengthy conversation with his mother, Julius gets Martha Hopwood’s name from his mother who further identifies her as “that gypsy artist”. Julius, Weigand and Rose all head over to Graham’s apartment where they find Martha fairly soused.

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The Coffin Affair
Where Nurse Johnson finds odd happenings and everyone gathers at the Coffin Estate

Tuesday, September 20th, 1921
Rose Johnson, a nurse working at the Hollingsworth Foundation for Underprivileged Children, goes to work and a most unfortunate event occurs. One of the children had found a way up to the roof and, despite her best efforts, leaps off the roof. Before he goes he mentions something about the purple flame being very loud. From the ministrations of Nurse Johnson the boy survives and is taken to the hospital. Seeing her spring into action, Dr. Weiss makes an offer to her and her friend Elsa to do some nursing work at the Wiedman Estate taking care of Lionel Wiedman.

Wednesday, September 21st, 1921
Rose and Elsa begin their normal work day at the Foundation and then head over to the Wiedman estate to take care of Lionel, the comatose patriarch of the family. They find that he is not comatose but merely non-responsive as his eyes dart around rapidly. Another nurse in the household (neither Rose or Elsa knew there were additional nurses in the house) comes screaming up the hallway and is quickly quieted and ushered into a room. “It’s not worth it!” she is heard to scream. She is quickly sedated.

Friday, September 23rd, 1921
Inspector Weigand gets two pieces of information as he is discharged from the hospital on the mend. The first is a property holding by the Channing family (Vera and Dominic, that is) in Michigan. It is a beach house. The second piece of information is slipped to Weigand by a fellow cop. They just picked up on a filing error that identifies the man who shot Officer Debbins on the Caribbean Queen was actually picked up a few weeks before prowling around outside the Monaghan house. He was fingerprinted, held overnight and released the next day but the fingerprints had never been entered into the computer. The man’s given name was Gavin Floyd. Heading immediately to the apartment without waiting for Inspector Beauleau, Weigand finds an almost empty Hotel room but for a suitcase. Inside the suitcase is (aside from clothes) is a train ticket originating in Orlando, Florida. There is also a pamphlet calling attention to a particular grave (6 rows down, 3rd grave in) at a graveyard in Orlando, Laurel Hill Graveyard.

Martha Hopwood heads back to her and her aunt’s apartment and begins cleaning up after calling her father who she suspects is behind everything that has happened with her book and with Graham. As per usual he makes her feel like a little child. He does mention that her mother and him had a similar situation to her and Vernon Gabrieux, an arranged marriage. She asks her aunt about it and she mentions that her sister married Martha’s father for something other than love and that she had become much more distant after marrying him. Martha heads over to Graham’s apartment and doesn’t find him there and there is no sign of struggle. He does have an open-ended train ticket to Arkham.

Saturday, September 24th, 1921
Professor Summerfield decides that it would be good to make a foray into the world and leave his dark texts behind so he accompanies Julius to the Coffin party. He recommends that they bring the Inspector also. Martha arrives relatively early hoping to pick the time and place of her meeting with Vernon Gabrieux. Rose also arrives early to welcome guests and begin introducing herself to them. Richard Monteith is feeling ill and does not attend. Julius greets guests at the door with his mother and father.

What follows is a list of things that happened in no particular order (I should have taken better notes!)

Martha speaks with Vernon Gabrieux and he makes several veiled threats about choosing between knowledge and the love she has for Graham. A young man (she later finds out it was Robert Wiedman) walks up to him and stabs him. He is remarkably unimpaired. The wound seems to move as Martha looks at it. He hands her a business card and she spots a chain tattoo on his wrist marking him as a member of the Ignotus Mantellum.

Professor Summerfield spots Dr. Weiss whom he has been trying (unsuccessfully) to get an appointment with the good doctor for about a week. Refusing to let him be the exchange between the two gets to be a little overbearing at which point Dr. Weiss whispers something in the Professor’s ear causing him to have a fit of some kind. Tending to the fallen man, Rose Johnson hears him call out for “No more Purple Flame.” When he comes to he does not recall the exchange at all. Later in the evening he bumps into Rose who mentions the purple flame to him and that a child at the Foundation mentioned it. The professor runs out into the night and heads to the hospital as fast as he can.

Julius gets pulled into his father’s office and gets some of his unlimited finances trimmed down to a mere $1000 per month. His father mentions to Julius that he “took care of” Grace. Dr. Weiss is heading in to talk with Julius’s father as he is exiting.

The party meets the man that Martha and Julius see in their respective visions. His name is Frederick Gessler, a man of Eastern European descent. He is apparently in town on business with Mr. Hollingsworth. He has a chunk of metal in his pocket which he incants over causing Julius and the Professor to get dizzy and begin seeing the dancing blue lights uncomfortably reminiscent of the Caribbean Queen.

Frederick Gessler appears to notice Julius and Professor Summerfield being affected by whatever he did and motions for Vanderhorn and Sahmil Nahas, the greeter from the Kingdom Cove Club. They follow Julius and the Professor into a bedroom where Julius ducks through a small door in the closet. Gessler, Vanderhorn and Nahas are all escorted back to Walker Hollingsworth. There Weigand picks up on the fact there is more to Hollingsworth than a cute old man.

Martha retrieves the chunk of metal that Gessler drops after Weigand bumps into him and kicks under a couch. She calls over Gabrieux who examines the chunk of metal as a dare to prove his power to Martha. He is struck by a sudden wash of power and runs for the nearest phone. Later, while Julius is talking with Rose out in front of the Coffin house, a car pulls up with what appear to be six armed men. They are here to take Julius away. Weigand keeps an eye on them while Julius and Rose (with Elsa in tow) head to the hospital where the child that jumped off the roof at the Hollingsworth Foundation was being kept. By the time they got there they found Summerfield and the boy were both gone. The boy was signed out of the hospital by Dr. Eugene Weiss. She then takes the metal chunk into the bathroom and dispels the magic and catches something in the mirror, something dark that is watching her but she can’t see what it was. She takes a piece of the broken mirror that could potentially give her a glimpse at what the thing in the mirror was.

Martha, spotting Weigand as a police officer, confides in him that she suspects Vernon Gabrieux has kidnapped her fiancee. She reports that her apartment was broken into and something was stolen. Gabrieux walks by her and brings in two of the armed men who came in a car. Escorted around by Weigand, they eventually give up and head out. As he leaves Vernon flips a cufflink that belongs to Graham to her. He reiterates that he is waiting to hear from her about a decision that she has to make. She can have understanding or love. Not both.

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Meeting an Old Friend
Where Professor Summerfield is summoned to the Caribbean Queen on that fateful night to meet an old friend.

August 21st, 1921 was a normal day for Dr. Summerfield. Heading into work in the early afternoon a letter from David Thornton, a fellow survivor from the Lassiter expedition, was in his mailbox. In the letter, Thornton told Summerfield that he had found a way to recover the lost memories from Honduras. Heading to the Caribbean Queen, he overhears a conversation with a man in a white pinstripe suit and an older man named Walby:

Wylie O’Bannon, a man dressed in a white pinstripe suit is speaking with an older gentleman (Jefferson Walby):
O’Bannon: How is business?
Walby: Booming. How about you?
O’Bannon: Can’t complain after tonight, less I’s to dot and T’s to cross. Speaking of booms, how are you doing putting out a certain fire?
Walby: (looks suddenly alarmd) Should we be talking about that here? Might someone hear?
O’Bannon: Who cares? It’s done, the Adherents are happy as pigs in shit about now. Feeling a bit on top of the world I would imagine. They don’t even know about us, and even if they did it’s too late. So what about the fire?
Walby: (sighs) After the explosion I am having a hard time getting anyone to back me.
O’Bannon: They didn’t bite at the hint of gold, eh?
Walby: Not as hard as we had hoped.
O’Bannon: Dufrane is getting a bit restless.
Walby: (fear in his voice) Did he say something? I’m working as hard as I can! I can’t move the earth by myself! We’re talking millions of gallons of water! I cant…
O’Bannon: Don’t soil your shorts, Walby, he’s not showing tonight. He would rather wait until…

At this point a drunken man spills a drink on the white suited man and he punches the drunken man. He leaves an impression in the man’s head from his ring in the shape of a triangle with a wavy line drawn down through the middle of it.

Mr. Wiggins, a tuxedo-wearing usher, announces a light show for the pleasure of all the patrons. Thornton walks in, visibly twitchy and nervous. He asks immediately if Summerfield brought the codex that he awoke with from Honduras. Thornton says that he has to wait for one other person, he begins talking so rapidly he becomes unintelligible. He finishes with the statement, “I feel like I’m slipping away.” He then apologizes for an unknown reason. A flash of light comes and suddenly Summerfield is being hung by his neck in an office somewhere. Just before he blacks out he takes out a letter from his pocket but it falls from his hand and slips underneath the desk.

Summerfield awakens suddenly in a sun-drenched meadow looking up at the sky. A small boy of 14 by the name of Walker is watching. He appears to be quite advanced for his age. He says he is waiting for Summerfield. He tells him about a cave that he and his friends found. Walker tells Summerfield that he is in Florida, the year is 1851. Walker’s friend, Lionel, is a flighty black haired boy. They walk to a meadow, chatting. Walker tells Summerfield that he was planning to go to Florida. Walker tells him that the “stone” told him many things over the last few weeks. He said that whoever goes to the library must pay homage to the “three eyes”. The first eye is a pool of water in a cave to the right. Walker leans down and anoints himself with the water. As Summerfield kneels to do the same, he experiences the same sickening feeling.

He awakes in a cell in an asylum. Summerfield talks with the orderly, a gentleman named Frances Keith. He tells Summerfield that he has been there for 17 days and that he awakes every day with memory loss. His journal and his pen are missing, which is quite discomfiting. There is a Dr. Gaston who has apparently been collecting the pages that Summerfield has been writing in his 17 days there at the hospital. He speaks with Margarie Applegate, an elderly woman who has a propensity for going wandering. She spouts many random things, including that she built the asylum, that she created the painting man but lost his voice somewhere. The painting man’s name is Albert Walters and he cannot speak. He paints pictures almost as a machine would, drawing a single row across the picture as opposed to sketching freely. She mentions that Summerfield has only just arrived and won’t be staying long. She says that he came in with another man who is on the 4th floor where they keep the violent people. Margerie calls Summerfield back over and shows him the picture that Albert is painting. It is a picture of a study, and as Summerfield looks at it he is transported there to the study where two other people await…(Summerfield drops in on [[Recap #5 | Recap #5]])

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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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