The Explorers of Down Cthulhu

Under the Sphinx

January 9

We sleep in rather late then right back down below the sphinx. Rick takes only Nuyn, Billy and Mundabi for we need to be inconspicious getting inside, to search the perimeter of the main room for other ways in. We find a tunnel that becomes fleshy as it gets to a door into the huge room, to our original entrance’s right and at other end. The leadup tunnel having sloped uward, this door opens onto a processional walkway 30’ above the main floor, supported by stone pillars, ending at platform with 2 thrones upon it. We see many of the beast people in the central main area.
We go back out around the back side, finding no other ways inside. We run into some cultists while we are at a dead end. They are talking about throwing a poor girl into a leech pit. Its a patrol of 6 men. They move away from us, luckily. We then wrap back around to the main tunnel. That patrol is now coming behind us, and one ahead. We evade and head back for home.
With luck we avoid any more patrols. We will have to be wary of them when entering.

We consolidate all our research into the important points:

  1. Fire, acid, bullets, explosives, spells the mummy is immune to, can’t even unwrap it. This is before its even animate.
  2. A shrivelling spell for at least 10 points destroyes the crown. Kafore knows it.
  3. Add space mead to water, put necklace in it and it will disolve. Otherwise indestructible
  4. With a sacred enchanted knife such as that used to summon dimensional shambler, can use it to cut up the girdle of Netocris. We have one from Gavigan!
  5. If you can contact Nodens, he will give the person a dagger weapon capable of destroying the mummy with a deep stab into its left eye causing it to crumble to dust which should then be widely dispersed.
  6. Then we find an easier way though one we do not want to use: they need Broadmoor to bring the spirit back to the mummy; kill her during the time while she is summoning and the spirit of Netocris will be lost forever
  7. Ritual will go on about 30min prior to Broadmoor’s trance. Perhaps 30 to 60 min for her to make contact. 12 minutes after she makes contact until the spirit gets into the body (the time we would have to kill her to eliminate Netocris’ spirit), at which point they will cut her throat.
  8. Another 5 minutes after, the Great Sphinx aspect of Nyar will be summoned. It will place a single paw on the throne besider hers from which they will rule.
  9. All begins at midnight

Rick knows Contact Nodens from a spell scroll!! He, Nuyn and Kafore cast it successfully. Nodens appears, we explain the situation. He says he is aware, and hates Netocris. Rick rolls a natural 20 on the persuasion! He gives us the dagger and Rick mentions our meeting with Nyar and he may have done something to Rick’s sisters. Nodens says he knows what he did. In about a month, he may receive word that his sisters have gone crazy, i.e. lesbians. That’s his punishment to Rick.
Later, he’ll find they start to develope a sextual attraction to Rick himself!
Nodens can not cancel this, unfortunately.

Sala arrives as well with 7 of his best men. We impress the lethality of the situation upon them, they are in to the death.

Attacking from the main entrance will be Fritz and Spalding, who will use the mass of pillars just inide to fire from cover. Friday will be with Fritz, and Hobbes will start his camera on autu filming then fight as well. The arabs will come in with them. Rick will lead Sala and his 6 men, Billy, Nyun through the raised entrance. We’ll drop down on ropes into the dark and hit the altar area from the rear. Rick reiterates to all, he wants Winfield if possible captured alive. All he did to all of those women, payback is to be had for that. But, if it means he escapes or dies, he dies.

We go to enter at the secret one near the Menkhare pyramid. Opening up the entrance, we spot a gang of guards down there. Then we hear 2 others approaching. Billy and Wang jump 2 robed cultists outside the entrance, Mundabi and Nuyn slay them instantly. Billy and Mundabi don the robes and slaughter the guards. One wore a red robe, and he was a deadly foe sapping Mundabi of all of his reserve. We take all the robes.
We hit a small cave in along the way that wasn’t here before. We decide to turn around and go a longer way, passing through another fleshy area that is pulsating in and out a little. We turn around to the cave in to dig through. Luckily, Sala and his men are professionals at this.
We get to the point to split up. Rick, Nuyn, Brady and Billy will go with Fritz and enter in robes first, to try to take positions among the enemy. Mundabi recommends Sala not be alone at the rear and takes it upon himself to go with them. Billy and Rick enter first to scout the scene from the group of pillars just inside the entrance.
Mundabi et al pass a small point with blood dripping from the ceiling on their way down. Rick and Fritz et al get to the main door w/o incident.
Entering we hear screams. Broadmoor stands eyes open as if lost in space. Flanking her are Gardner and Sprecht, tied up so that hands are behing their back and heads are arched back, ready to be slit. Each of them has a cultist with a curved blade behind them. That scumbag Winfied in priestly garb stands with them. Upon the high altar before them, steep stepway ascending it, is the sarcophagus of Netocris. There stands Clive and 2 priests, as well as Omar Shakti!! Tween the altar and Winfield et al are about a dozen priests and 30 beastmen!
Tween us and the main entrance are a horde of cultists spanning the center of the room. Around the assumed leech pool are many more beastmen as well. Within them at this pool are 100 prisoners in a mass at the near side to us. Tween us and Fritz’s position, with cultists around it, is a stairway leading downward into the deep, a red glow emanating from its depths. 6 nude female prisoners hang from scaffolding by their wrists, 3 on each side of the altar’s raised platform. With them are Crimson red robed elite guard with wicked swords in hand such as that which Mundabi battled.
The positive, there is no one on the outside of the inner row of pillars, and its plenty dark.
One or 2 at a time, a captive is being thrown into a leech pool periodically. This pool is at about the center of the gathering area. One captive is half dunked into the pool, then brought up for a moment before being pushed under. The leeches are the size of a man’s fist, its nasty. Even a couple kids are taken off into a raft to the middle to be dropped in.
There are hundreds and hundreds of cultists in this room. This entire attack is a deadly risk, but absolutely necessary.
They return, detail the scene, and set the plan. All say a prayer as appropriate to them.
Hobbes and Spalding are given 2 of the futuristic automatic rifles from Look to the Future, 1 full magazine each.
Rick, Billy and Nuyn enter in robes, making their way altar area. 2 squads of 4 arabs take posistions among the cultists center. Brady enters with us, but stops by the beasmen at the pool. Brady and each arab in the inner units are given a 4 pack of tnt to start things off with, pre wired together by Rick with a short wick. Their and Rick’s tossing these into the crowd will start things off. When the tnd is thrown, everyone else starts firing.
The remaining arabs are split into 3 groups. One will attack straight ahead to screen Fritz and Spalding. The other 2 will sneak left and right in the large dark areas, respectively, and attack the flanks of the pool area. They will volley first, then engage in melee as the situation calls. Their attack with Brady is to save as many of the prisoners at the pool as possible.
In the rear, Sala resolves to volley into the red robed elites, happy Mundabi chose to join him. If they charge us though Sala’s men will be in a dire situation.
Hobbes starts his camera on his auto, with low light lense.

The TNT initial assault drops about 40 men! Brady hits a group of beastmen killing 6.
The sacrificial captives at the pool begin to resist heavily as the cultists try to start throwing them in. During the battle, many will be thrown in, but they will take many cultists and beastmen with them into the pool! Our initial volleys ring out dropping more.

The elites turn and charge Sala’s position! Mundabi waits for them to approach then leaps wildly among them spear and shield first, knocking 3 down the steps but going along with them. That leaves only 3 reaching Sala’s men thank God. Sala’s men backpeddle once for a final volley before they must engage, concentrating all fire on the 3 attacking them. Mundabi leaps up unleashing fury upon his 3 below them.
3 of Sala’s men are then slain in the battle.
They then take two down, then Sala crit DEAD the last “You killed my men!” Mundabi brings one low one of his 2, having another badly wounded; then Sala’s men pick up their rifles and fire in support, dropping that one. Mundabi, still untouched by the enemy in his fury, finally takes a cut but cripples the final elite, then leapin back clear and Sala’s men riddle him.

Jack Brady leaps to the head of the pool to save victims from the leeches. He yells at them to flee. They do, to into the dark of our right flank. The 3 arab groups charge the cultist horde.
Nuyn and Billy are rushes from all sides by hordes of cultists, no matter how many they kill they are held in position.
A priest at each hanging woman is turns and holds a burning torch under their feet!
Hobbes moves forward around the pillars to his right to find a shooting lane now that the arabs with he and Fritz are engaged in front of them, passing some the fleeing pool victims on the way. He calls to them to get into the dark. He’s loving this future autimatic rifle.
Fritz has put a bullet into Shakti, but then misses with a second shot.
Spalding now puts his elephant gun into action. He and Fritz fire all the way across the room to help the hanging women, each dropping one on opposite sides. Rick, further to the left side and less surrounded than Nuyn and Billy, ducks and weaves, diving through the mass of cultists, rushing right at a burner priest and crits DEAD with the sword of Akhmallah. The other stands up to confront him.
The other 2 priests on the other side stop too, and all the priest start casting. For a moment, Rick and Mundabi think their intenstines are falling out but both realize its only an illusion. Rick then takes a fist of Yog but saves. Mundabi takes the full brunt of another 22. Shakti and the 2 priests up at the altar are gone suddenly, leaving Clive wondering what happened, bewildered “No, take me with you!”
Winfield starts making his way up to the alter desparately, but stumbles landing prone at the bottom!
Rick yells out for him.
Men begin pouring through our front line toward Fritz and Friday and Spalding now. Rick is surrounded by Beastmen.
Mundabi charges into the priests at the women to his left, near Winfield and opposite Rick’s side. Sala and men fire from their height into the cultist mass in support of Billy and Nuyn.
Hobbes gets a firing lane and lays into 6 of them turning from fleeing prisoners to move for Brady.
Winfield gets up and gets to the top, opening a trap door on the opposite side of the altar from Clive, through which Shakti must have gone. The other priests move to follow. Seeing that, the cultists begin rushing to and out the Fritz entrance, then en masse. All Fritz, Friday and Spalding can do is get out of the way, firing into them as they rush out in a crazed panic. The beastmen follow the priests up and through the hatch.
Brady is about to get trampled. He turns to them, pistol and fighting knife in hand to cut as many as he can before they trample him to death, then just in time sees the notices the boat in the pool and leaps into it’s safety! Cultists splash into the pool, knocked over in the chaos around him. Clive escapes as well via the hatch. We cut or shoot down a lot more as they flee, and at the bottleneck up the steps.
Friday grabs Hobbes camera in the nick of time as Hobbes finishes his clip. He really enjoys this rifle.

Rick cuts free the 3 women on his side yelling for Billy to free the other 3 before anyone else; he assures the 3 with him everything will be fine now; Mundabi rushes up to inspect the hatch to keep it open in case they try to close and lock it, which they had no time to do. The sarcophagus is empty. He waits for the bottom to clear then goes in to tail them to their destination, calling to Fritz in Masai what he is doing. Fritz tells Nuyn to tail Mundabi as far back as she can to make it easier us to keep on his tail. Rick throws her a bag of chalk to mark her way.
After quickly ordering the sheik’s men to consolidate the prisoners and get them to the surface safely, as well as Sala’s dead 3, Rick drags everyone as fast as possible w/o a rest up to the hatch. Sala insists on joining us, he and his other 4 are out for blood. Rick has Spalding give his future rifle to Sala. It has 2 bursts left in the clip. Friday says he saw Shakti go through the trap door with Nitocris’ mummy.

50 total pool victims are saved from the original number Rick and Billy saw. That’s about half. They start mingling into the center as we are gathering to go downward. Rick yells from atop in arabic they are all safe now and to follow our arabs to safety just before we descend.

Will a piece of jewelry with an elder sign help Rick’s sisters?

  • Dr. Henry Clive, 58, skilled arch.; kindly man from what people say
  • Martin Windfield: vindictive, tall, smug; well connected son of parliament minister. Always with riding cropp and revolver.
  • Agatha Broadmoor: medium, contacts the dead via trance; 67 and very British; her reason is that she had a vision th great evil of Netocris was going to rise adn she wanted to stop it. Had a vision the mummy was Netocris! Been trying her best to find it, Clive asking the questions. She does not remember what she says while in her trance. So, they’re using her for their own purposes the dupe.
  • James Gardner: short, stoug, good anthropologist; Rick has skimmed his 3 books, none well written; has theory that there is huge underground maze under giza sphinx, found writings that he believes mentioned it; has searched but not found; Since mummy disappeared, carries a pistol everywhere; does dream research and arcane studies. We think he knows something horrible is going on vaguely, the big picture, but none of the details (opposite of Cafore).
  • Johannes Sprech: German, carries pistol and fighting knife; very smart; can sight read hieroglyphs, only person in camp who can do that; 39 but famous occultist too; seeks magical artifacts to rescue Germany from its present agony. Excersises a lot, very physically fit, very strong.
Cairo Carlyle Investigation

We pick up Fritz, Spalding, Mundabi and Friday along the way. Fritz says he found out Erica Carlyle and her weasily friend took a small expedition north toward the Mt. of the Black Winds while he was heading back. He just missed her.

Brady joins us, he’s with us til the end.
Rick kept reading forbidden tomes on the voyage.
Billy’s last temp sanity issue was fixed by Wilhelm on the trek back from the lost city.

Dec 31

Arrive Port Said. Wire Nuyn to meet us at Grand Continental Hotel. Send letter to Kafour that we have arrived, to meet us for late dinner tonight at our hotel.

Train to Cairo.

Rick has a seat in the smoking car with Fritz. We meet a distinguished looking Egyptian fellow named Omar Shakti. Offers each an expensive cigar, which we take. He has a large white fluffy cat he pets.
Rick “Beautiful cat.”
“Hetep and I are very pleased to meet you” he speaks English very well. Waiter Chinese, and he speaks to that guy fluently in Chinese. He orders us all mint tea and honey cakes.
We say we are going to do work at museum. He knows of Richard, who knows of him by rep as well. He has a huge cotton plantation in the delta not far north of Cairo, and numerous other ventures including in Egyptian antiquities and archaeologic circles. Quite a successful man.
They engage in small talk, including lots on local digs and history.
His major philanthropic works are in helping the poor. He has close ties with Penhew Foundation though, “for all right thinking Egyptians should respect our past”.
We talk about the Gavigan fire news, Penhue going downhill now. He is breaking ties to it, he says. No new news about Clive’s lost mummy. He figures probably in some private collectors home.

Cairo, same day

Wang Nuyn meets us at hotel. Faraz’s shop was set aflame by a hideous demon 5 or 6 years ago. He was horribly burned but survived and moved his shop in Khan el Khalali. She has the street. She found the shop easily there, a curio and antiquity shop. He lives in the rear of the crowded store. She snuck in, finding nothing of occult nor mythos related in shop. He is scared badly, old burns presumably from his shop fire. Extremely devout muslim, respected in a pitiful way in area. Goes to Fishawi’s coffee shop every day after closing, glasss of mint tea, then to El Hussein mosque for evening prayers.

There have been no attempts on Kafor’s life. He left temporarily for a troubled dig at Memphis yeserday. A Clive dig. He moved his dig 5 months ago, why she has no idea.

She can find no trace of Bessert. But, Gerard knows of him. He wants to lunch the next day.
She says we should talkt o Nigel Wassif, proprietor of the prestigious Cairo Bulletin.
Rick has met him at functions before. Office is just across street from hotel. He’s a rumor monger. Cuts a precise, gentlemanly figure. He covers the bit to do’s best, not the down and dirty.
So, we letter him to meet us for late dinner instead of Kafour. We can’t believe he’d be so foolish as to go to Clive’s dig.

Nigel is pleased to see Rick in a more private setting. Rick gets the feeling something is off about this guy. Some questions seem not so much for a gossip column but subtle probing.
He says Clive found something that he’s keeping to himself, that led thim to Memphis. He has a bad feeling about members of that group. Especially Martin Winfield, smug bastard. Hates him. Rick met him once at University and hated him because he’s a sadistic brute “I think he’s an insane psycopath”. Rick knows he was involved in a hushed scandal involving butchered street walkers. Several ladies of higher social standing he had affairs with, whom he practically crippled with a riding cropp whip. He’s the assistant archaeologist under Clive.
Rick “I met this scum once and wanted to bash his brains in.”
“The man’s not a true Englishman.”
Rick comes cleaner about his suspiciouns about Clive’s operations. Once again, he finds Nigel’s questions to be a little too on the mark. Rick calls him on it, asks him to come out with what he wants to say. Nigel backs off. Rick calls out the Cult of the Black Pharaoh, and Najir.
Nigel thinks Clive is clean and Winfield is behind it; Clive is a dupe. Rick looks around, half dozen people in this coffee shop “We need more private surroundings.”
“Come to my office tomorrow, and we can discuss some of this.”
We depart.
Fritz worries he’s about to die so puts Nuyn on following him.
He goes straight home, back out into a street meeting a teenager. Says something to him who then leaves. Half hour later Nigel leaves, to Ezbekia Gardens park. There, another man arrives, European but covered well with dark coat and slouched hat. They talk for a few minutes then part back. She sticks with Nigel, who goes home for the night.

January 1

We start recruiting a local guide named Hakim. A 12 year old sneaks up and tries to steal Rick’s wallet. But, he’s not very good at it.
Rick “What’s your name?”
Makhmoud. He was trying to return my wallet he ‘found it’.
Rick “It’s a good thing a guy like you is around.” He has to support his 6 sisters. No ma, no papa."
Hakim claims he’s a liar and a thief “I can find anything in the city.”
Mak “You do not you faker”. Hakim smacks him in the face.
Rick helps Mak up “you’re my boy”. Rick gives him Hakim a coin but he won’t go away. Rick “Mundabi, chase him away.”

We start for Najir. Mundabi notices Hakim following us. We split up, 2 and 2, to meet 4 blocks up.
He and 4 guys confront Rick Billy in an alley, pulling out long daggers. Hakim “Hand over your money gentlemen and we won’t slit your throats”.
Billy “This is not the first time a stupid man has drawn a blade on me. Usually they are much larger blades and much larger men.”
He demands our money “and now, I’m going to carve my initials on your forehead”.
Billy “I’ll even give you the first thrust.”
The bully walks up. The other 3 follow, knives at the ready.
One in arabic ‘we should kill these fools’ other ‘if they hand over the money we’‘ll carve them up a bit" another "I think I’ll takek the thumbs off the big ugly one".
the first “I think I’ll kill the little one”.
Billy says do whatever you want to do with me, but don’t cut my friend. Hakim moves to carve into Billy’s forehead. Billy Fish quickdraws his gurka knife, eviscerates him in an instant. Hakim catches his guts, trying to stuff them back in for a few seconds before falling over dead. The other 3 flee as fast as they can.
Billy asks to chase, Rick says forget them.
We meet the others.

Rick and Fritz go in Najir’s shop, who attentively comes out of the back “How may I help you.”
Rick “Fritz, close the door and lock it” to Fritz as they enter.
Rick gets tween him and the back room. Rick shows him the letter to Roger immediately. He flips out, demanding we leave immediately.
“Have you come from the Brotherhood, have you come to finish the job?!”
“No, we want to destroy the brotherhood.”
He peas himself.
He’s a tough nut to crack.
Rick tries to settle him. He pulls out a revolver and points it at Rick, then his own head.
Rick tell him we have already killed Penhue and Huston.
That changes things. He wants enough money to go away from here. L100.
He wants us to meet him at the mosque, with the cash, at lunchtime. He can disappear with family there, near Khartoum.
Rick says we have no guarantees he’ll live to that time, if he is that concerned. We agree to meet him. Rick has to go to a local contact to raise the quick money. The rest of us stay with him, and will meet Rick at the mosque.

He leads us there now, to a small room.
Rick meets them there with L100. Sends word to Gerard we will be late for lunch.
He says Carlyle sought info about Black Ph. Najir gave them a scroll showing secret room into a pyramid, and a bust of the black ph. The save of Gavigan’s in the Foundation. A small drum with odd symbols, strange circlet with zircon supossedly the crown fo the black ph. Sold them to Carlyle’s agent William Besert, a Frenchman. Then the fire came, glowing ball of fire like alive. He knows not where Bessert is.
L10 more he says there is rumors they were involved in theft of Clive’s mummy, and they want an item in Mosque of Ibn Tulun. What or why, he has no idea.
Rick “Where did you get all of these artifacts”
“I stole them from the house of a rich man.”
Rick “Omar Shakti?”
Yes! He’s rumored to be involved in some way with the Brotherhood. With them or an enemy. Rumored wizard as well.
Billy says he should wear Billy’s clothes, so he returns to our hotel to get into his disguise, then leaves immediately.

We meet Gerard. Tells of of his daughter, sent back home to Paris. He thanks us profusely, saying there is no amount that could ever pay us back. He gives us Besart’s address in the Red Ally!
Mahkmoud knows where that is.
One member of Clive’s dig was fired for unknown reason 4 months ago, Janwilllen Van Heuvelen. 39, archaeologist and alcoholic. Still in Cairo, broke, can’t afford passage. He gives us a roster of Clive’s dig:

  • Dr. Henry Clive, 58, skilled arch.; kindly man from what people say;
  • Martin Windfield: vindictive, tall, smug; well connected son of parliament minister. Always with riding cropp and revolver.
  • Agatha Broadmoor: medium, contacts the dead via trance; 67 and very British; her reason is that she had a vision th great evil of Netocris was going to rise adn she wanted to stop it. Had a vision the mummy was Netocris! Been trying her best to find it, Clive asking the questions. She does not remember what she says while in her trance. So, they’re using her for their own purposes the dupe.
  • James Gardner: short, stoug, good anthropologist; Rick has skimmed his 3 books, none well written; has theory that there is huge underground maze under giza sphinx, found writings that he believes mentioned it; has searched but not found; Since mummy disappeared, carries a pistol everywhere; does dream research and arcane studies. We think he knows something horrible is going on vaguely, the big picture, but none of the details (opposite of Kafore).
  • Johannes Sprech: German, carries pistol and fighting knife; very smart; can sight read hieroglyphs, only person in camp who can do that; 39 but famous occultist too; seeks magical artifacts to rescue Germany from its present agony. Excersises a lot, very physically fit, very strong.

He has our papers to allow us exploration of Giza and Dashur.
Lastly, he can give us a letter that he hopes we never use cause it would likely get him in trouble. It gives us a one time diplomatic immunity via French. At worst, he’d be sent back to France in disgrace. He would consider that a fair trade for his daughter. This guy might be our biggest fan ever.

That evening, we meet with Nigel in his office:
Photo of the Carlyle expedition together after dinner at Turf Club. All look very healthy still.
Then, gives all data from society news sections. They went to Saqqara then Dashur, investigating 3rd dynasty stuff including Black Pharaoh mentions.
Rick “That’s Nephren Ka’s time.”
Rumors they made an astonishing find. Especially Red, Bent and a demolished pyramid.
Then they went to Mombasa, for Carlyle fell reportedly ill, to go on vacation Kenya safari. Hypatia still looks ok in photos. In background is a calender of May, in another on a desk in may. The photos showed not until late July. Nigel says he recalls she fell ill in June and was still so when they left for Kenya. They were kept everyone away from sights at all costs. Also made only 1 publically known appearance out in the latter stages, with Shakti at his house!
So, Hypatia was impregnated here, perhaps.
M’ Wuru in no pics at all.
Calls Brotherhood a shame of Egypt. Operate all over.
He knows no Warren Besart.

Nuyn follows him, where he goes to the British gov’t building! One room lights up, where he talks to a uniformed man. Secret agent?

January 2

Morning we are visited by Nigel. Rick gives him a sublte British Secret Services sign, and he returns it back! The Queen is a relative of his actually! He’s an llegitimate son of an Egyptian noble who died at his birth, and Brit royalty from his father. He will say no more. Only Col. Saunders at embassy knows he an agent of the Queen.
The Service wants us to back off. Egypt is on verge of revolt, they don’t want that pot stirred. They think Brotherhood might be behind the independence movement. We can’t do that.
If we get into big trouble with Egyptian officials, the Service may not be able to help.
“Beware Omar Shakti” if he’s not part of brotherhood, he’s playing his own deep game.
He leaves.

Mahkmoud takes us to Besart’s place, but its a clothing shop run by an Aboud.

We tell him we look for Besart, he says never heard of him.
We leave where we are staying with him.
He keeps glancing nervously at door to back room.
An odor comes from back room, hashish.
He wanders to door, then runs out of door yelling we are trying to rob him. People gather!
We leave at his insistance. Mahkmoud tells crowd this is ridiculous, like rich Europeans would rob this humble shop. Mak dodges a blow from the shopkeeper. He grabs the keepers robes, knocks him over. The crowd laughs and disperses.
Mak says he wants to go wherever we go, event to England. We force our way into back room. Tiny, fowl room.
Besart smokes hashish on a bed. We call in Jack Brady.
Rick “We found Roger Carlyle” as Warren looks up and recognizes Brady.
Warren gouges his face to blood.
Brady “And Najir.”
Warren wails an emotional agony. Then cries.
He wants hashish or opium. Rick collects some money from Fritz and himself, and sends Makhmoud to fetch some “I can do this, sahib”, returning in less then an hour with a supply.
He says a lawyer contacted him to be purchasing agent for Roger. Bought the stuff from Najir then smuggled them to Penhue Foundation.
When expedition came, he arranged everything. Their main stop was Dashur at Bent pyramid. Brady returned, told Warren about them vanishing there. The 2 drank together, not knowing what to do.

See Handout Besart’s Statement.

He tells us how to find the mother and digger.
Off we go to the Mosque first.

This M’Wuru started all this, way back in the beginning, in NY. We can’t wait to giver her what she deserves. Everyone who crosses their path is ruined.

Takes few hours to walk there.

Rick and Fritz walk in through the walled court. Oldest mosque in the city.
We meet Ali bin Houda, teaches geometry. This guy says the Nazir is who we want to talk to but he’s in contemplation. We tell the attendant the Brotherhood of the Black Ph is going to try to steal something from this mosque. We are immediately permitted to see him.
He says we needn’t fear, the mosque has nothing they would want. It’s not the mosque we seek.
They recently assaulted the mosque to steal a holy relic, the girdle. But they are sure they would fail again. It’s quite the debate, but Rick gets him to show us his defenses.
“Come along, come along, let me show you.” into his office "It’s well hidden. Behind a wooden door is a solid iron door, locked and chained. Through that he leads us down the steps sideways, back pressed to the wall to avoid a blade trap, to a corridor guarded by 2 strong young sentries. Corridor carved out of solid bedrock to a maxim machine gun with 2 men at it. Steps down deeper to another iron door. Inside, is a large steel safe.
“The girdle is inside the safe.” There is a side door to a very smelly latrine.
6 old men stand around it, the true guardians. Each spends a few hours per day on surface. The leader, Nasim Efty, 90, is always present. Has not seen day for years.
They would all be dead but for their zeal.
All thieves in the attempt died in the mosque.
Efty has the Sword of Akhmala, powerful magic blade. He swings it with skilled precision and cuts an iron bar w/o a mark upon it.
One of greatest heirlooms of Islam.
The girdle is that of Netocris, will allow her to come back to life.
Collectively “None shall pass.”

He leads us back upwards to the surface.
Rick “What about magic infiltration?”
They have a few defenses up their sleeves.
Billy shows him Kholan’s sword, he’s quite impressed.
We tell him if anything happens, let us know.
Rick puts a local street contact on the job of casing the mosque full time.
Mak heads off to find Van Heuvelin.

To mom and digger:
few hours up Nile, we hire a boat
We find Nyiti and Unba with a little effort of asking around.
Unba answers the door. His right side of body is badly damaged. He has trouble speaking.
His mom does not like visitors.
After a minute, we get inside. Bottom half of her face, and both hands are burned away to stumps. She’s mad, but quietly so.
He says “The fire came, but it couldn’t find it.”
Rick “Like a living fire?”
“We’ve fought them before.”
A light of reason comes to her eyes briefly.
He says “Mom, are they the ones?”
She starts to frantically point to a corner of the room.
RIck “Take us over there, kid.”
Floor is stone bricks layed out. Couple have no mortor between them. Rick bends down to find a basket painted with a red symbol. Anc Egyptian symbol of protection. Inside is a 7″×9″ slab of white stone, broken from larger piece. Half the Eye of Light and Darkness!!!
Rick “Where’s the other half, kid?”
“Brass, brass, brass….” Huh?
The light of reason goes out of her eyes forever.
“You go now, I take care of my mother, we can die now.”
Picture on a table of a photo of him and his mom, both young and beautiful and strong.

Brass Brady!!
Back to talk to Brady, he says its in Giza, he buried it!
Tonight then, under cover of dark.

Tonight, we dig up the other half.

January 3

Mak returns in morning too, found Van Heuvelin on the street of moths, one of poorest sections of the city.
The tailer in front of his room is shoeing away several cats as we walk in.
Rick “Easy on the cats, sir.” He has no idea why they are giving him so much trouble lately.
The tailor says Van doesn’t drink much, has no money to even pay rent. He runs errands for the room. When he does have cash, he does drink.

His room stinks of body odor. Invites Rick and Fritz in immediately. Its a broken mess in here.
He’s shaky from alcohol withdrawals. Happy to talk with other Europeans. Hoping we are here about and expedition.
He wants a drink to calm him, Rick says “what you need is no more drink at all, then maybe you’d be worth hiring.”

We take him out for dinner. He wants a drink, but gets black coffee, Turkish style.
After some arch talk (self taught, no university), we get into Clive expedition. Guards disappeard along with the mummy. The scrolls found in the tomb were in very good shape and legible, but quickly taken away by Clive.
“I believe this is Nitocris, whoever that is. It was on the scroll I briefly saw.”
He has no idea what happened to any of them, then he was fired over expenses. He loved working with so many smart men and women. Thinks Clive is a great man, really fired for drinking. Martin Winfield ‘was a good friend’. Also loves Sprech, whose knowledge of hieroglyphs blows Van Heuvelin away. Also liked Broadmoor, but ’she’s crazy’ for all her occult theories. Did a reading and told Van Heuvelin he has a good soul and a good heart, unlike others ‘around here’.
He throws a spoon at a cat. Winfield told him how to find a secret temple that would make him famous “He did it out of selfless friendship” beneath Cairo. There in a hidden temple, found the black rites of Luveh-keraph. Far as he can tell, a high priest of a god of bats, or porcupines “I’m not sure which”. He’s been translating them. He draws the hieroglyph.
Rick “Bast not bats you fool.” He badly mistranslated.
Ever since then the “damn cats” have been everywhere.
“Fine, come back I’ll show you.”
He figures another week to translate the scrolls.
He hands them over “But I get credit too, we share credit”.
Rick lays them out. 10 fragile scrolls, difficult to site read. Luveh was a Bast high priest.
He has done half of it, much is faulty due in part to his constant drunken state no doubt. Wrongly ID’s Sehbet as Apep, and evil serpent god. Its actually the croc god.
3 spells translated out of 7, none of them will work translating bast as bats or porcupines.
Rick thinks he might be salvagable after all.
A cat at the window scratches Van H back fiercely when he sits back.
The temple had a statue of Bast, under it he found these scrolls. He was then cursed.

Rick wants to learn the spell to summon Bast, call her at the temple, ask her if he can have the scrolls for now using our Bast friendship as the in, then return them to her choice of either here or Ama at the Gorge of Osiris.
Van H agrees. We tell him he’s done at this place, to stay in our rooms at the Grand. Rick sends for Dr. Bryce who’s in town to stay with him non stop to dry him out. Rick gets to work learning the spell.

Hobbes and Fritz go down to the lobby for drinks. A woman enters, lithe and sensual Egyptian woman, lighter skin so maybe half.
She comes to us, soft spoken, asks to sit with us. Very nice, but aloof. Name is Neris, looking for a friend of hers that she heard we might know. Van Heuvelin.
Fritz says we know him, recently met, but “we aren’t our brother’s keeper”. She thanks us, and gets up to leave.
Fritz “Wait a second, have you contact information we could give him?”
Hobbes “Is it something important, why are you looking for him?”
Just a friend, has a possession of hers he needs returned, “between me and him”.

Upstairs, we report. Billy “Looks like I’m staying up all night.”
Nuyn “I can take half.”
Rick is up half the night anyway.
Couple hours after everyone else has turned in, Billy hears a prowler outside our 3rd floor window. He sees a huge cat going down the fire escape, perhaps a panther! It disappears into the shadows of Cairo.
It does not return after a minute.
Van H does not have a good night of drying out.

Jan 4

Van H is in bad shape. Down to breakfast, lots of black coffee for him today. Seconds later, Rick’s pal watching the temple rushes in as Rick picks up the paper reads a headline: “Tragedy at the Mosque of Tulun”.
He hands it to Fritz “Read it to me, I don’t even want to see it.”
We leave Nuyn and Brady here with the Dr. and Van H.
We head out.

Upstairs, they find part of the room trashed. Rick, luckily, had the scrolls hidden elsewhere. Van H’s cot has huge claw marks, ripping it to pieces. The big feline. Van H faints. They rush down and catch us as we leave. None of them are protected from Bast, so Hobbes and Spalding stay as well.

Fritz and Mundabi hit the hospital to talk to Zehavi. Fritz prays over him for a minute, he opens his eyes “Tentacles, tentacles!”
Rick and Billy to temple, where he meet a bunch of ‘wish we had listened to you’ scholars. They take us down the secret tunnel to the room. It’s like an earchquake hit but only here. The 6 deaths from the paper were the 6 guards. A trail of mucus leads to the hole in the floor. Something burrowed up from below, stole the girdle, and killed everything. The building above crumbled from the shaking. The room has blood all around. Remains have been removed. Hole is too small for a Shaggoth, unless it only reached through with some tendrils. Rick feels it was likely a Cthonian, a wormlike being with tentacles out it’s frontal maw. Leaves such fetid secretions behind. It could certainly cause the localized quake as it passed through the earth below. They are beloved of Nyarlathotep, particular to the city of G’Harne. The magic sword is still here! They want us to take it, it is useless to them now. Those left are only scholars who knew no details of these secrets.
Rick will take it, at least for now.

Now, to the hospital. Fritz has been unable to get any more from him.
Rick sends a letter to Gerard, asking if he knows a good alienist in Cairo.

Back at hotel:
Neris arrives at the room.
She wants to talk to Hobbes in private outside. He goes to the other room, fails a will save, and she starts to undress, and he is all in. They go to it, best he’s ever had. He resists falling under her sway. She is a follower of Bast, and chose him for he is a beloved of Bast.
He tells her our plan, but she hates Ama. She says we may keep it while in Egypt, but do not take it to Ama. They are not friends.
“If you betray me, you shall be cursed” she shifts into a panther before his eyes, and gently scratches the side of his chest.
Hobbes “Got the point.”
She asks to do it again, so he has another quicky, then she leaves.

The others return, and Hobbes reports all that happened. A note awaits Rick, Kafour is back, wants to have dinner tonight. We send positive response and dinner is set for tonight at our hotel.
We check the calendar, to check for the next New Moon which seems so important to the cult. It’s the 10th!
We have lunch.

Another visitor, Gerard himself!
He has with him an old man, pointy bearded “Dr. Ludwig, a skilled Austrian alienist”, willing to go to hospital.
To hospital immediately. He wakes up, grabbing Rick’s arm powerfully, with a desparate face and voice “I should have given it to you; the cthonian, from G’harne, evil! It took it!” Looking at the ruby can drain sanity, and randomly changes shape and color “Its like nothing from this world” it can raise Netocris if her body has been found.
“Find her and the other pieces” his heart gives out.
What other pieces! Gah!

Early dinner with Kafour.
Kafoure meets us graciously with Salah (from Raiders) like hug to Rick “Ah, my friend, wellcome back.” We spill everything. He does too, that he has not unconsiderable wizardly powers, and will show us THE Al Azif! Will take us into the vault.
Cafore knows the other pieces: necklace and crown of Netocris. Both are completely unknown of place. He doesn’t think the cult has them, lost for centuries.
Rick “What if one was buried with her?”
Cafore “That could be.”
Hobbes “And, they moved the dig to Memphis.”
Kafour “After they found her mummy.”
Rick “Exactly.”
All are sure Winfield is scum cultist, but feels the rest are dupes.
Rick says he figures it’s the New Moon. Kafour confirms the ritual has to take place then.
Kafour: she is needed to bring back perhaps, Nephren Ka, or Dark Pharaoh, or one and the same, he’s not certain. But its bad.
Only 5 whites at the dig he says, those that we know. Every time Winfield has come to Cairo, a prostitute has been found dead, whipped to death. We figure, his riding crop.
He had put magical protections on himself, and got a general feeling of dread. He got a bad feeling from the diggers, we’ll know what he means when we see them.
Rick goes over the ritual with him, so he can assist summoning Bast.
So, they likely have found all that they need now, and are ready to perform the resurrection of Nitocris.

He takes Rick to secret room in library where they research the true Al Azif, we confirm to bring Nitocris back will certainly happen at New Moon, in the Temple of the Sphinx, underneath it.
Kafour will get access all of our Tomes, will be researching with all his spare time from here on out.

January 5

Van H is ok enough to lead us to the Bast temple, while Hobbes gets ready for our trip, getting camels from Zakir’s/Sala’s business. Kafour joins us.
He takes us into the sewers, finding it easily starging in an ally. Closer we get, more cats we see. Its a dome shaped, lots of nooks, shining cat eyes visible all around. 7’ tall statue on a throne is certainly of Bast. There is a woman here as well, in front of it. She turns startled and horrified. In arabic, she asks us our business. Rick tells her the truth. She knows nothing about it. Her cat is missing, came to pray to Bast for her cat to be returned or see that its soul is at rest.
Rick “We may be the help Bast sent for you, wait outside if you want.” She agrees.
Van H is exhausted and terrified, on the floor shaking.
Rick and Cafore begin casting the spell.
Fritz is against this pagan ritual, but Billy will lend his power to the casting, as does Nuyn and Brady.

Neris “What is it you wish, friend of cats?” from behind us. Its Neris, but now as an avatar of Bast. “I Bast, love all my followers. Their petty squabbles mean nothing to me, or bring me amusement.”
Rick lays out his deal, to take it personally to the safety of Ama at the Gorge.
Bast “Do not take too long.”
We tell her about the missing cat “Look in the ally of Mak Tor.”
The light leaves her eyes, and Neris almost falls over and awakens. “Milady of the Cats has spoken”. She will not stop us, but she is not happy. We have no friend in her.

Back outside to talk to the Bast follower about her cat. Swarms of cats on our way out are rubbing our legs so much it is difficult to walk properly.

The girl knows the ally, and takes us there immediately. At the end we find a dead cat. It’s hers. Someone stabbed it. We ask around, see if anyone saw anything.
A local gangster has thugs in the neighborhood, and told our girl at her small jewelry stand to give them protection money. She refused so they killed her cat. Problem is, killing a cat isn’t a crime. But Bast would expect punishment. He hangs out at a local coffee house.
Rick and Fritz go inside, he sits at a table with a cup of turkish coffee and hooka. Thin man, vile features, long stache. With 2 other guys, one very fat, and couple guards behind him.
Fritz volunteers to go talk to him. He tells him he needs to make restitution to Bast. Mob boss says to go away or you might just disappear. Fritz subtely threatens him.
Fritz then threatens his life back more bluntly.
He snaps his fingers and his thugs move for Fritz.
The Bear Jew stands up, revealing his great frame. The Boss signals for a few others, who begin to close in from other tables.
Rick subtely trips one but he dodges. Rick gets up and blocks he and a partner, apologizing to delay them. They aren’t fooled and they start swinging but. 3 of the 7 reach him, plus the 2 already there, go at Fritz. Mundabi enters the front door, Billy behind but reaches Rick like greased lightning right between Rick, who calmly steps back, and the accosters, tumbling by the 2 guys blocking Billy and Munbabi.
Frits ko’s one with a chair, breaking in into 2 pieces which he continues wielding.

Rick leans agains the bar with his whiskey, happy to watch the coming destruction.
Mundabi and Friday engage the 2 door guard. With only 2 left on Fritz, in moments, the Boss calls a halt “What is it you want, exactly.”
Fritz ups the ante, he has to grovel at the girls knees plus financial restitution.
He refuses to grovel so Fritz hits one of his thugs with a chairleg.
Al Hakim bows to no man.
Fritz hits the other for 10. He moves to call for help at the door, and Nuyn stands there to silence him.
Rick says that if he tries anything to us or the girl ever, he’ll have to deal with “him” pointing to Billy.
He agrees immediately.
Fritz “And it better be sincere.”

In the street as we escort her home, a cat runs up, kitten in its mouth, dropping it at her feet then runs off.
Rick “Good show, Bast, good show.”

Meet Hobbes at rallying point at edge of town. He has Sala and half dozen of his digger/former military, plus 2 cases of dynamite (40 total), camels for everyone from Zakir.
Around dinner time, we arrive at the dig leaving Sala’s men out in the town with Nuyn, Brady, Kafour. We are met by a guard “this is a closed dig, sahib”. Rick shows his papers and invitation from Clive himself.
They have a structure they have uncovered and are digging up. The diggers look at us with animated hatred, like they wish we were dead. Guards all look like they are ready to pull the trigger. We count about 30 diggers, 20 guards.

Clive meets Rick with a half dainty grip, Winfield with an overly purposeful extra squeeze. They set dinner out for us under a canvas tarp. We meet Sprech.
Rick offers his respect for his ability to sight read hieroglyphs, as Rick can. They want to go over some writings today or tomorrow. He’s wiry but strong, offers Rick to join him just before dawn for excercise and a run,he’s an enthusiest. Rick agrees.
We are to stay the night. Tomorrow they will give us a proper tour. He and Rick have much in common, but as we talk we do find some problems. He gravitates toward Fritz as well, since he’s German. Sprech tells Fritz he looks for occult artifacts to help put Germany as a lead nation, and he’s fairly racist; duty of whites to rule the world. On the plus, some mythos comes up in converstion, and he considers it incredibly evil, and that Germany and England should share the hegemony over the earth. We get the feeling he’d side with the secret service we met in Shanghai. We can see in his eyes this big picture of danger terrifies him.
First thing he mentions is his dream research, he has been able to enter via a trance, where his dreams are real. If he is really going to dreamlands, he does not know it’s real. In them, he met creatures giving him warning about things going on in our world; and a faceless blood red tongue “Sometimes i really wish I were back in England; but my research, there’s a reason I’m here”. He is sure he is right about those tunnels under the sphinx; pulled a piece from here and there, put the clues together over time. Rick mentions the Cult of the Bloody Tongue connection to his dreams, but never heard of them.
Rick “Why are you at Memphis with Clive.” Offered enough money he couldn’t resist, and “quiet frankly, you don’t quit this dig” as in only the dig quits you. Martin he says would not take kindly to him leaving.

Everyone is armed all the time, but for Agatha.

Agatha says she can sense we aren’t here for reasons we say we are; but about Nitocris. She says quietly “she will rise again, if she’s not stopped; I’m here to stop them, they don’t know”. Had a vision that Netocris was coming and she would have a hand in stopping her by helping someone, but did not see who.

Winfield and us do not interact much, only pumps for information. Fritz tells him, not lying about himself, we were hunting in Africa and Rick could’t help stopping in Egypt on the way back to England.

Tonight, Nuyn skulks to the periphery of the camp, looking about. She hears a chanting outside the camp. She investigates: Clive and Winfield wearing robes and head dresses, surrounded by 20 of the guards and diggers, all chanting out in the desert away from camp earshot, in a circle. Suddenly a form appears in the sky above them. She recognizes it as a Hunting Horror, incredibly dangerous, unstoppable being. One thing Rick knows its vulnerable to thanks to his Tome reading = Light. She races back to the camp, finding the tent we are in, and sneaks inside. She has literally saved all of our lives!

Hobbes starts setting up his lighting to defend. We have to be careful of its roar also, Rick says. Rick starts burning candles, and we mold earplugs out of the wax!! We get 11 sets!! Billy and Mundabi run pair to Agatha, Gardner, Sprech as well. Everyone is covered.
The wax saves the day, without it, it may have killed Hobbes and Nuyn would have been in terrible shape. The light chases it away after the roar.

The other workers and guards who were left and sleeping close enough are all dead. Nuyn skulks back out of camp, but stays in the shadows keeping watch on our tents.

Clive and Winfield come running up, Winfield “My God, did you see that thing!”
Rick “Only briefly.”
Winfield “What was it?”
Hobbes “You tell me!”
Clive “Tomorrow we are going to have to report the deaths of our diggers.”

Agatha to Rick “I believe Mr. Winfield was responsible for that.” We tell her Clive was as well.
Agatha “What are we going to do?”
Billy “Kill them, brutally.”
No one sleeps the rest of the night.

Winfield and Clive to into a tent together. Nuyn sleeps over to listen in.
Winfield wonders how they knew to use light. Clive says we must get them to stay one more night, then we’ll do it. They discuss they must be careful, have to keep Gardner and Sprech safe. Otherwise they will face the wrath of Nyarlathotep.
They say Agatha has served her purpose, let the bitch die. Why Nyarlathotep wants the 2 men, they can only guess.
They were just told to bring them.
Mention ‘now that we found the last item, the crown, and sent it to Shakti our part in it is done, and soon she will be at her full power, and the stage set for the return of Nyarlathotep and take our rightful places as lords of the world’.
‘Where do you think the ritual will be held? Not our concern, it was only getting the items to the cult. And destroy those in our midst.’
Clive “Perhaps tomorrow night, I’ll bring the ghouls. Or just shrivel them, or call Nyarlathotep to come and eat them?”
Winfield in almost a panic “No No, are you crazy!?” at the foolish idea of summoning Nyar.
They know they are to take the other men back to the sphinx to the rest of the cult.
“What about that Chinese bitch?” They saw Nuyn at some point out in the dark.
Clive “I don’t know.”
Winfield does, he will cast a dominate on her “and she’ll wish she were never born.”
Winfield takes his leave with “Nitra is waiting for me, I’m sure she’s waiting for another lesson.”
Nuyn sneaks to his tent, finding a tied up Egyptian girl, maybe 20. Nuyn frees her and takes her off into the desert to circle back to town.

She hears Winfield’s scream, yelling for guards to find her. But she is safely away.

January 6

Take our leave this morning with Agatha, telling Clive he has so much on his hands we are only a distraction. He allows us to leave without issue, get to Cairo.
We supply up and leave for Dashur with our papers from Gerard to finish the Carlyle business here. Brady in tow as well as Van Heuvelin, Kafour.
We get a team of digger/guards from Sala in case we need them.
Concerning Besart’s statement about the collapsed pyramid, Brady says that is what sent them all to the others. Rick gives the spell to Kafoure to learn.
Out in desert in daytime to collaped pyramid first.

Climbing the collapsed pyramid, there is evidence that a large clawed creature did appear atop the structure. Suddenly, from the rubble 6 arrows fired upon us!
They yell a cry of “Cthulhu someting unintelligible”.
Hobbes grabs the stunned Van Heuvelen and hits the deck.
Billy goes right for them as Rick draws his revolver and fires.
Hobbes and VH fire in as well.
We kill them w/o issue.
Searching we find nothing else.

Now, to Bent Pyramid, guards watch the main entrance. Brady says there is as secret entrance on other side.
Rick shows them our papers and they allow us freedom. We circle round to the secret entrance. It is blocked by a wooden slat barricade but they easily swivel aside. There is a pulpable sense of dread. It even makes Rick pause, takinga moment to gather his willpower to break the barrier.
Billy and Mundabi enter, but Fritz can’t bring himself to do it. The 3 of us enter. Nuyn insists on joining and she makes it inside. Kafour wants to, but we insist on securing it first. We get 2 of Sala’s men watching for the guards coming in case they are cultists.

Passage goes straight a ways first. All is silent. When Rick estimates we are in about the center we get to an empty chamber with 2 thick columns. The column on the right has a secret door to 20 steps leading up inside the massive column! Up we go to a ramp, up that to a platform, from there several more ramps continue upward to what appears to be a rooom at the capstone. Across one side, 5’ pillars with alien gems embedded atop; A throne chair of obsidian, jewel encrusted, on a raised dais opposite the pillars.
Rick “No one sit in the chair.”
Rick recalls Life As A God, and this is the room!
Rick starts examining the room. Behind the throne, glyphs part mythos part Egyptian. Its Aklo. Foretell impending birth of Nyar’s kid at the Mt. of the Black Wind. No date, but soon. Another prophesy that vast destruction heralds the birth. But that part has a scrawled line through it.
To the left, a large star chart and a depiction of the solar system. Rick has Billy run to get Kafoure. He is blocked but then overcomes his fear. Hobbes refuses to enter.
Kafoure recognizes lots of stars on the chart. Lots of it are incomprehensible to normal humans! Could grant Mythos!!
Rick makes a good rubbing of it.
On other wall, a hemispheric map of Eurasia, Africa and WEstpacific. No cities or nations shown. A triangle marks the 3 points of the cult: Mt. of Black Wind, Shanghai, Australia. Inlaid ebony band marks the arc of the eclipse. A line is carved through the whole thing defacing it.
The gems do not easily pop out. The throne and pedastles are not made of earthly materials!
Suddenly one of the gems bursts into a cold flame. Then the 2nd one lights, and so on.
Rick “Into the hall”.
As the 6th lights, Billy and Mundabi rush into the hall; Rick, Kafour and Nuyn are still there and the entrance becomes blocked with a wall of rock that appears out of no where. Then another down the ramp blocks Billy and Mundabi exiting. Then, mythos ghouls rise out of the stone like spirits until they are up, where they become solid and the 12 charge.
Mundabi sets his spear vs their charge in 2 hands. Billy moves up for a position in front for combat reflexes. 6 rush past him, the other 6 hit Billy.
They make utter mincemeat out of them.

Inside, the air shimmers around the throne. Rick walks up to it and as he expected, Nyar appears in Black Pharoah countenance and evil, the avatar Westinghouse talked to.
Flanking him are 2 hunting horrors that we can sense in a way, but not truly see. They are part here and part another dimension.
There is silence, none including him speaks.
Rick “I expected I might meet you here.”
“I am the crawling chaos, you thought to see me here because of the thoughts I implanted in your dreams” and on “You think you came here on your own, no, I lead you here every step of the way”.
R “Why?”
“The eons are long, and my ways are unknowable” he laments the universe without humans to play with, but the end shall come; claiming he was once as we are now.
Rick “What was your name then?”
“Do not question the living god.” Calls us foolish for defying the gods we thwart, we should return home and await the inevitable as we are less than dust.
Rick “Dust that has stopped this conspiracy so far.”
“Youi think you have done that?” He waves his hand and the prophesies vanish from the walls “There will be new prophesies, for I am the herald of the gods”.
He says he obeys their wishes.
Rick “If we didn’t stop them, who did?” He claims all is as he puppet masters. He decides how best to uphold their needs and decrees. Its beyond our understanding.
He points to Nuyn “You child, come.” Rick steps in front of her. He waves his hand side and Rick stumbles back. Nuyn steps closer and he enfolds her in his arms and she’d gone.
He says she is receiving my blessing, she’ll be back.
Rick “I’ll wreck this place.” He waves his hand and she lies on the floor by the pedastles KO’d.
Rick “Why did you block us in here and appear?”
“Are you going home to give up your efforts?”
“That’s my boy, You and your comrades have provided more sport than I have had for a thousand years. But you do need punished. Who do you love most in this world?”
He can read Rick’s mind, he knows. He waves his hands “Look you now at the fate of those who came before you”. The now blank wall is filled with images of Carlyle’s group in Egypt. Hunting Horrors in scores descend, ghouls rise, among others. Carnage is unspeakable, they all die.
He claims that is what happened, as if Brady and Carlyle really Brady and Carlyle?
Kafoure “Yet coming from you it is very well a deceipt itself.”
Then the bodies torn to pieces return, bow to worship him, and it vanishes.
Claims truth and reality is what he says it is “and what are you, a lowly worm” we all become grubs and fall to the ground.
He calls Rick’s grub self to him and whispers to him ‘you think when you die your god will take you, or there is oblivion; let me tell you the truth: this is the form youw ill take and you will spend eternity gnawing on teh inards of a dead god; we’ll wish for nothingness, which will never happen; you mind will awaken to the reality over and over; my fate is worse than yours’.
Then he brings us all back.
Then he says ‘They slew all of my toys. Oh well’ waves his hand and outside 12 more come up.
Billy’s left arm snaps! Inside we hear Billy scream.
Rick “What’s happening to them?”
“Making it a fair fight.” then “I like you, let me give you one more chance for adventure” now where the pic was is an archway leading to ancient Egypt!!
Rick steps up to it “So that’s where they went?” Yes he confirms. It’s the time of the dark pharoah “Rick my son, come back and I will make you the lord of all egypt” he will be his vizier. Rick steps back “No thanks.”
Then offers it to Kafoure ‘you will find the answer to every secret of Egypt you would wish to learn".
Rick tells him don’t, you’ll be trapped.
Nyar says this meeting is over. He begins to fade while he asks for us not to put the seal on the Red Pyramid, he enjoys his travel through space and time, then he winks. Wtf. The halls open up again.
Everything in here disappears! Billy and Mundabi have slaughtered the ghouls.
Billy’s arm is really broken! We do still have the rubbing.
Soon as we walk out of the room, it solidifies into rock, and follows us out blocking the whole hallway. The entrance is as though never there. Billy’s arm snaps back into perfect place.

Now to the Red Pyramid, late night.
Sala’s men pull the 2 pieces with the Eye of Light and Dark to the top and put them in position.
All 10 of us join into the spell ritual, Rick the caster taught by Hsuen in Shanghai, with the sword of Akmallah. The blood needed is given by one of Sala’s diggers.
The diggers put the block with they eye into place.
The chant goes for hours.
Its Rick, Hobbes, Mundabi, Fritz, Billy, Spalding, Friday, VH, Brady, Kafour.
Nuyn still has not woken up.
We camp here.

January 7

Rest in a nearby settlement because of con damage from spell.
Rick goes back to Cairo first thing in the morning to do some research with Kafour.
Also, Rick rides into the desert to see the sheik whose son we saved from the vampire when last we were in Cairo, hoping to get assistance of his warriors for the debt he promised us!! He greets Rick mush as Gerard often does and is ecstatic to offer his assistance when Rick explains the situation to a certain extent.
Warriors numbering 8,8,3,1,13 (his own family) are sent, respectively!!
All 3rd lvl, but for one 6th (his son), 2 x5th, 5x 4th.

January 8

Everybody back to Cairo. Some of us get some medical assistance for those most effected by the spells con damage. Rest up. Rick wires, asking if his sisters are ok. So far, so good.

Nuyn wakes up today. She does not quite remember, but vague dreams of Nyarlat violating her vaguely.
She now has minus 2 to fight mythos monsters; but plus 4 to def vs them and mythos cultists.
Scar like a burn on the upper side of each breast. In Aklo is says ‘beloved of Nyarlathotep’.
This must have been a worse godly avatar of him than Westinghouse et al met, he got out of his conversation unscathed. Big joke about Nyar liking Westinghouse better
Hobbes "Big smarty pants, ‘oooh look at me I’m a super genius, even Nyar loves my brain’ ".

After breakfast, Rick and Sala, with a few of his men, go out to the Gaza plateau with Fritz, VH to look for secret entrances.
One of Sala’s men find a hole in the ground about 300 yards south of the stelae nearby; had a cover on it then hidden under the sand. So far as Rick knows, should not be here. We cover it up like nothing happened and keep looking elsewhere around.
Rick finds another about 300 yards north of the stele, identical to the other and hidden the same way. Then, on other side of plateau by pyramid of Menkare, find ancient stone slab connected to a tunnel!!
3 unknown entrances!!

Tonight we sneak into the tunnel south of the sphinx about 1am.
The 4 PC’s, Brady, Nuyn, Hobbes.
We drop a torch first, landing and rolls away west a moment before coming torest. We can still see its light. About 50’ down.
The walls are slimy, its barely large enough for a man to go down. Few handholds.
Rick “Lower me down.” Fritz anchors. At the bottom it bends to the west/left; crawl size only. Human bones, garbage, trash and a couple rats. Opens into a ramp shortly. Once there, everybody comes down. Cave, not worked. Some cut, some seem to have been roughly hacked Angles of place constantly change, widens and narrows and rises and drops often. There is an organic feel to much as if a creature may have cut it out of the earth. The slime is sporadic rather than constant.
Sala and a squad of his workers wait up top.

The complex branches and turn a lot. Difficult to accurately map so we mark all branches carefully in order, and the routes we take.
We come to hear strange sounds, often from all around. A mabacre breathy chuckle.
Then a chasm forces us back. Then a walkway of jet black roses along the sides, which we reverse from as well.
Everything is a dead end but the roses so we take it. At an intersection, 2 creatures stand there, both semi nude one with head of a bull, one an ibis. They were ready and grab Rick together! Start to drag him away. He struggles as they try to put a knife to his throat. Fritz goes for the assister; as does Mundabi from behind with his spear.
Rick wiggles out from his grasp. The assisting bear one goes after Fritz as the ibis attacks Rick as he goes full defense.
Mundabi brings Fritz’s down, who moves on to the Ibis DEAD. We dump them in the dead end closest behind us.

We continue on, now North. 4th in line, Billy steps on a rough rock patch those ahead missed completely and falls into a pit!! Spraining his ankle. Rick has to be lowered down to tie him off to be pulled up.
Still north, it narrows and rises some to an almost crawl space to the other side. Billy slips down the other side bashing his knee and tearing his pants.
Further the passage slopes steeply upward. Rick takes only Mundabi and Fritz up first. Its an easily climb, then continues north. We come from the west side of a Y and go up the stem to a 4 way.
Straight is as we are in now. East and west is 10’ tall worked stone. Still no carvings. First Rick thinks this could go to a presumed entrance at the sphinx, which we didn’t find. If there is one, this hall westward should go to where we need to go. But if there isn’t one, this may go to where we need to go. We take the east toward the sphinx first. West may be toward the 3rd surface entrance away from the sphinx.
We come to a chamber, centered by a stone pillar going up into the darkness. Steps are cut into it winding upward. We search, no other exits. Up we go, far, to a door. By the floor, opened recently. Hear nothing. It opens into total darkness through granite now, not what we previously have been in. 10’ up to another door that drops forward like a drawbridge, also stone.
We hear a strange wailing sound, like a wind.
Rick pulls the lever. Total darkness but for sky above!!! Desert ahead! In far distance are the pyramids!! We are coming out of the stele right at the sphynx! Rick’s first idea was right, it’s the main entrance we could not find. Back down the main hall quickly down the main corridor back west. Suddenly as we go a powerful wind gust hits us for a few moments.
Loathsome images come to cover the walls, manyed variations of part men, part animals doing terrible acts. At one point Billy starts seeing the walls as if they are breathing in and out, it takes a minute for him to gather himself.
Comes to a much more open and navigable worked halls. Then voices in arabic somewhere nearby! One says of a rumor there are intruders in the tunnels!
Now it gets rougher, a shadow seems to be first following then ahead then gone.
Mundabi slips and falls into a green moss that glows, we periodically have seen, and it will not come off.
Now back into worked stone, turning west. Drips coming from ceiling, red like blood.
Goes to a rock end we can move, comes right out at entrance on far end of plateau.
We turn back, though morning is approaching fast. Quick when we can do so safely, then take a south turn we should have taken right to the entrance we missed by some 20 or 30 feet! Geeyah!
But, found it!!
No sound at all. Open double doors, 15’ wide and 30’ tall! Nuyn enters first carefully into a huge room, steps down into it. Littered with pillars. Only a few torches light it, so lots of dark but has a dark flickery shadow unnatural glow of the shiny rock architecture. She sneaks partway odwn. There are a bumch of the children of the sphinx in here, probably more she can’t see. Floor is shiny and looks potentially slippery. Can’t see the roof at all. If someone is talking, we hear none of it.
It feels like another dimension has invaded our world in here.
An eerie green glow somewhere down the middle of the room, seems to eminate from out of the floor.

Time to get out of here. Back to hotel and rest up.

Agatha has been kidnapped!! They must need her powers for the ritual afterall.

The City of the Great Race

Nov 19

We descend.

Afternoon, a warparty of the evil koori are seen appoaching the camp from the desert by Phat!!! Slattery and Muldoon fire then they charge in and hurl spears with atlatls. Next, Phat and Big Fella charge as the other 2 keep firing. For the animal handler, Muldoon makes a fine showing. Fella takes a bit of a beating.
Slattery takes the scalps and slashes their eyes so they are blind in the afterlife.
Old fella is very proud of his son.


Rick and Simon agree, check the forbidden tunnel first.
Takes about an hour to get to the turn, hour and a half to a blockage up the tunnel.
Rick climbs to the top to see if can uncover enough to see in the other side. It’s 10’ to the other side, he climbs back down and sets a few charges, enough that we can easily clear it to about a third of its height to easily walk over.
He blows it perfectly. Its still rough across but we all make it safely. 2 hours later we come to a huge hole at the meeting of a Y intersection, its lit here for the first time since the rubble. Generator must be down one side or the other. We check by listen, there is one down both sides. Lights also circle to top of the pit. 200’ diameter. It reeks, nausious, and emanates sound of cries and wailing, some like baby. It’s 60’ deep.
He slaps down his night vision lenses, Yikes!!! Bulbous and hideous forms, appendaged, move all about the bottom of the pit! Most horribly, they all look originally human. These damnable cultists!! This is terrible, Rick and Wilhelm agree these can only be some ruined progeny of a mythos creature or avatar of an Old One.
He also feels they are almost defenseless. Simon volunteers to go in and test the waters. He kills them all, only 6 sanity the worse.
We go left first. 1 hour later we come to what looks like a plaza. A ring of standing stones 100’ across in the middle on a raised mound 300’ across. The stones seem to wobble slightly as we get closer.
Simon “Something is alive under the hill.”
We get to it, and it is rippling slightly. The surface throbs and pulses. Simon stabs it, no reaction but oozing black.
Jeremy “It think that ring on top is probably a feeding area.”
RC “Like its maw.”
Looking closer at its base, Rick sees that its form continues under the floor. This is only a piece of a larger creature. Through his binos, he sees what may be Aklo on a stone so decides to go up. An unpronouncable name, perhaps Ozmerovul, under which is ‘The Titan Horror’. He feels his feet start to somewhat sink in so he returns.
The wound is healing, Simon has to clean his sword fast as it is starting to corrode it. Its acidic ooze.
Rick repeats the writing. Wilhelm knows of it, in his deep knowledge, but virtually nothing is known. Its prehistoric, long pre antedeluvian. In far far past it was betrayed by love they say, and put to sleep.
RC “Love?”
Wilhelm “That’s what they say.”

We continue on another hour to the generator. As with all of them, there are boxes of parts and tools, and a large stock of fuel (couple hundred gallons at each). Rick calls for tea time.

2 hrs on, another big plaza half a mile across, building all around the perimeter. One has doors looking 100’ high adn half that wide. No lights here but floor glows reddish, opaque stone that glows. Looking closely at ones hand, it looks ever so slightly transluscent.
The glowing concerns us.
To our right we see another exit, lighted. We skirt the perimeter to that. Voices and a whistling ahead, human. Jack Bo starts whistling along but Rick stops him fast. He wants to check it out but we all say no, Billy, Jeremy and RC go to investigate.
Quickly they see brighter light ahead. Billy knows it, carbide head lamps, 2 of them. Also a rare burned out light that then comes on.
Jeremy “Repair crew ahead.”
Tech and a guard with a rifle.
RC recommends cutting the line to draw them to us. Jeremy says if they don’t return, others may thing there’s trouble.
Then a voice calls out “Cooie mates!!” from far behind us and Jack Bo starts whistling waltzing Matilda. The enemy yells ’who’s there?"
“Just me, working from the other side. Just one of your mates.”
His ruse continues “Yeah, I’m one of those scum cultits just like you.” The tech was walking forward to investigate and confronts Jack Bo who jabs him in the chest. The guard fires his electric rifle but misses and hits the tech DEAD. Jeremy fires his electric rifle at the guard in return. RC misses with an arrow, but Billy uses his superior speed to charge him. He misses Billy and drops dead.
We make camp here for the night. Rick has us up by 5, breakfasted and moving by 6.

We go up the far side of the plaza and hear noise ahead, 3 hours later. Jack Bo volunteers to go ahead again. But we send the same 3 again. He keeps insisting, then getting into a short discussion that must admit the white race is superior but “specimens like yourself (Billy)” have souls too. We’re mates."
Billy is ok with he and Jack Bo going ahead.
Billy “Let me ask my boss first” and turns to Rick, who shakes his head.
Jack bo to Billy “Pull out that pig sticker” and pulls his huge hunting knife, they clang kukri and knife. Billy cuts Jack Bo’s palm and his “Now we’re ready for him.”
Then a voice ahead yelling. Jack Bo “Me and the Indian be blood brothers.” All the mining sounds stop, then start up again.
The 2 of them go forward and find voodoo zombie workers mining, 2 overseers with wire whips to get their attention. They are clearing a pile of rubble to get through. White man, aborigine, blacks. Many still have remnants of sailor’s clothing.
Jack Bo “Should we kill them or go back and report.”
Billy says report to the boss. Jack recommends he stay and keep watch but Billy drags him back.
He pulls out a cantee of ‘best brandy’ and passes it around, then refills it with another bottle from his pack which is full of brandy not food.
Dodge “Where’s the food?”
“When ya got best brandy, you don’t need food.”
Rick says the if we kill the overseer’s the zombies will stand like automotons until given orders.
Jeremy “That’s when its Wilhelm’s job.”
Jack Bo, Billy, RC and Simon attack and make short work of them.
Simon “Wilhelm, see if you can free the zombies from their torturous state.”
He fails.
We let them stay there for now, ordering them to lie down and rest.
It curves right about 30 degrees angle another 3 miles, then another 3 miles to a generator whre it keeps going straight, and another path cuts back and right diagonally from which we hear sounds. We stop for lunch.
Hours travel, to a lit room of crates and parts. We go through it all. Both earth and alien designs. Mostly electric supplies but much is completely unknown to our technology level. Door goes into a second room, 40’ across. Within is a black control board, high tech, with lights and gauges, elecricity coils, etc. Looks still in construction though. There is a day bed here. A headset resting there connects to the control board. Also operating table with same kind of headset, and restraints.
Rick “Transferring minds?”
RC “Absorbing thoughts, power?”
Archway opens into another room, circular, 50’ across. Long high bench holds many alien artifacts and instruments. Including a piece of control board.
Rick walks in first, getting for 23 elec and thrown backward. Something moves in there, and steps out of a shadowy corner. Simon feels something pushing at the edges of his mind.
It’s a Yith!
He resists, and it turns to Jack Bo “Hey the blighter is talking to me.” It’s nake is kakakatack, or kkkkkatk, or kkkkkakttk. “He says I’m an idiot.”
RC “Truer words were never spoken by man nor Yith.”
Rick “Better tell him to talk to me or Wilhelm.”
Jack concentrates, Wilhelm steps up and its name is something like kkkkktck. I can see all. Turn off the force field and let me out."
Wilhelm denies.
“Listen small minded mammal, flip the switch. On the wall you will see 2 scissor switches. Open the switches so I may leave this abode.
Jack can still hear it and moves for the switch, Rick and Billy block him.
“I am a chief researcher for the great race, 2644 of your years old.”
Wilhelm questions him. Its area of study is broad. A spell called time trap can pull a physical body into a different time period. Dr. Huston pulled me here from the past. He needs to get to the library to find the spell to send him back. We ask for his tech, he says no. THen to allie with us while we are here in full, he says no.
He knows where there are 4 fully charged lightning guns, he will only take one. 2nd, he can rewire the mind controller to reverse the effect of the miners. 3rd, tell us what he knows of Huston’s plans. Lastly, telepathically contact us a single person for 1 hour he can impart 1d6 points of various knowedge skills, ranks in a language he knows, 1d3 forbidden lore.
He will allie with us in the meantime, but won’t explain any tech.
We let him out.

We camp here as he rewires the control board. He is being forced to work for Huston, only comes once a week or so. We likely have a few days. At our mention of stopping their plans in China, it says Huston has another radium bomb! And a gate that will gate it into the sky where it needs to go without a rocket. Originally we knew the future, the bomb went off and Nyarlathotep ruled and the world was destroyed. But then it went cloudy. I figure that’s cause this bomb is what did it. He wants out of here before that happens.
His HQ is 6 miles up from where we cut down here!! He maps the place out for us! The library is at the lower levels.
He has maybe 60 cultists and 40 zombie miners. Though some cultists have disappeard recently. He’s talking about the ones we killed.

He can do 4 of the info transfers by morning. Jeremy learns Kiowa, Simon gains a plus 6 in arcane lore; Rick learns Stygian; Wilhelm gains plus 2 forbidden lore and a piece of info: the Father of all Bats, a avatar of Nyarlathotep, is incredibly powerful. Light destroys it!!!

Nov 20

We leave first thing in the morning, 6AM.
The women and miners are sent back to go up top to our camp.
After about 4 miles, we begin to hear an infernal piping sound. The sound of the flying polup!!
Rick “Lightning guns ready!”
Hays “Its a flying polup, I’ve seen them in my dreams!” It appears above us, phasing in and out of corporeality!
It comes down at the back of our party with RC and Brady, unleashing a cyclone of air.
All but Billy, Rick, Wilhelm and Simon are caught in it and battered severely.
Hays “Cross the bolts!”
Schuyler “Brady, cross with me!” Dodge joins them.
Jereme backs up a bit and crosses with Mrs. Hays, joined by Billy.
Wilhelm and Simon together.
Hays is screaming something in the Great race language.
Hobbes moves forward to Rocka and Paul.
Hays drops over dead!!
It remains corporeal for that attack, and we drop it dead with all guns firing!!
Dodge is hurt.
The sanity loss is terrible for Brady, who flees in panic back the way we came.
Billy has a hallucination for 7 rounds, thinking faceless and mostrous creatures are attacking him from all sides. We all back away, thankfully its over fast.
Billy begins suffering from megalomania x3 months; Brady from bolemia x5 months.

Once we gather Brady, we continue foward. Billy feels he slayed them all. We need to send them back. Billy will fight it, we know. Rick whispers to Jeremy to trick him into being needed up top, scout the perimeter for interlopers. Billy freaks out, and intimidates Jeremy down. Rick has to step in now, making Billy focus with their friendship and complete trust in one another. He convinces Billy to go, then barely to leave Kholan’s sword with us.

They head off together forced marching and reaching top camp in 9 hours. They pass the miners and women on the way. Phat reads the note Rick gave to give to him, explaining the situation. Billy insists on going out on patrol. Brady insists on going with them. Phat will have to join them to try and keep them out of trouble. They come to a small village of aborigines. Billy is preparing to attack thinking they are bad, Phat and Brady have to settle him down.
An old fella comes out asking if we are from the hole, worship ‘makes squid face with hands’. Phat says ‘no’, grabs stick and makes squid face, then rock and points to us, and crushes the stick with the rock.
Then another native runs up yelling a warning “koori, koori” its an attack by the evil natives!
9 warriors ready to meet the cultist tribe’s assault. We join them. We drop men as fast to faster than they can fill in gaps with waves. The last 2 run, but Billy chases them down and finishes them. Their warparty flees.
Phat goes and bring us the Fellas to talk in depth with them. He stays with the tribe as well. Billy and Brady go back to our camp.
Night in the village, celebration of victory. The shaman they claim can see through time and space, comes to Old Fella “the dingo of death comes to take you.”
Phat “What is this dingo of death?”
“An evil creature the bat sends to its enemies” our party is to be hunted by them. We must go and warn them. Old Fella goes right to Phat.
How do we fight it? You run from it, he says. Occasionally over the centuries warriors have encountered it and always loose.
Old Fella says it lives in distant past and future, travels through time to kill its prey and will not leave until it accomplishes its hunt. The Bat is the master of it.
Phat makes for the camp fast, taking the Fellas with him.

On the way, Big Fella hears something stalking us, maybe hundred yards.
As we move on, he says we must face it one at a time, champion to champion.
We make it back safely. Periodically, we hear something lurking.
Old Fella and Big Fella start a ritual, and pile the corners of the perimeter with rocks and bricks to make the room into a circle rather than a square. The native bearers join in musically to the ritual.
They say the dingo of death hate this music. It only comes to strike at night, if they can keep it at bay all night we will be ok until the next night.
One more corner, we start on it. Smoke begins to come out of the corner though and forms into a living thing! We weren’t fast enough!
It’s hideous. Dripping red puss onto the ground which sizzles and smokes.
Billy’s mind is hit again, babbling incoherently for 2 rounds and hindering his attacking.
Brady also, but his is a long term 100 hours: sexual attraction to the deformed and monstrous, and attraction to monsters.
A voice in everyone’s head “Phat Wang, I come f….!” Wang reacts instantly.
All others feel a compulsion to not step in!
The women and miners rush from the pavillion. After 2nd round, Brady and Billy break the enchantment and join.
It is quickly vaporized.

Old Fella “You have to understand, they will keep coming until you appease the bat god.”

Back to the caves below:

The lights we follow intersect with another set. We close in on the intersection, 2 guards. 10 or so zombie miners as well. We group at the side of the tunnel sans lights.
RC carries Kholan’s Sword.
Rick, RC and Jeremy sneak up. RC disembowels his.
One of the zombies stops and looks for a moment, then turns and moves down the tunnel.
In the intersection is a 3 story wooden building. No one visible. There are lights on all 3 floors.
A ramp goes to 2nd and one to the 3rd floor.
We rush forward to and against the walls. Sliding doors around the building go inside.
First floor is one large room full of boxes and mining equipment, gasoline drums, generators, etc.
No noise above. We all get inisde. We find several piles of rags on floor, 10 people sleeping on the piles. Zombified miners.
In a locker which Jeremy picks we find 148 sticks TNT with fuses and caps!
Crate with 3 lightning guns.
Dodge warns 2 guys walking this way. We hide.
Jack Bo and Simon move to choke them out. They both succeed, Jack gives the guy a monster noogie. Tie them up.
Rick “Where’s Huston.” They ask to be allowed to go with us. Allen is one, they plea to take them out of here. They plea, Dr. Huston has lost his mind. He says he’s down the tunnel the miners walked down.
“Our men have been disappearing, no one has come from the entrance in 2 days. Things falling apart.” They aren’t repenting, they are just sorry its not working out since we arrived.
To Rick with an insane twinke in his eye “Can I fondle your tool, I likes the tip best.”
They’re insane.
It soon becomes obvious they are hopelessly insane.

2nd floor: a sad wailing coming from it, of dozens of people. Inside are 7 large cages jammed full of 40 or 50 people, all nude. It stinks horribly, not sanitation. A majority are aboriginal, but some blacks and whites. Some are insane, many are not. THey say Huston uses them in various experiments; sets them loose and they are hunted; one is reserved for breeding women with summoned creatures. 1 woman is in labor right now. Wilhelm rushes to help, but the stomach bursts open! A green reptilian thing bursts forth! RC rushes forward and crushes it. There are 7 more actively pregnant now. We get them all out of the cages, the sane assist the crazies. We will have to try c sections by the Dr. above for the others pregnant.
They will stay here on the 1st and, if safe, 3rd floors.

3rd floor: large room with bed, kitchen, desc, metal great race tomes, other books and gear. Older man with white hair sits at the desk. Neatly groomed, pale skin, kakis. He rises,his face is welcoming.
“Ah visitors, i have so few visitors.” Welcomes us in for tea or coffee. A beautiful blonde in kaki bush skirted outfit steps into view with pith helmet; long braided hair. We sit around.
It’s Huston!!!
We all get tea/coffee.
“So, are you the gentlemen from Grey Dragon Island?”
Rick “Yes.”
He knows exactly what we did on teh island “you’ve been quite a bit of trouble, but he pursuit of godhood is very difficlut and sometimes, things happen, you know.”
He is quite calm and professional about this, madly so.
He says wes topped gray dragon cause it was too easy to get to. We can’t get here, its too deep in Australia and secluded.
We can’t stop Kenya,its deep in the country, surrounded by hostile natives.
He talks liek we aren’t in Australia.
He says he spoke to the bat god, not entirely what he expected. Death is 1000 times preferable.
But, godhood is still in his future as a pharaoh. So long as we don’t know where the portal is, we can’t stop it.
He has dreams often of us, the avengers, coming. He thinks this is that. He won’t even tell the dream selves where the portal is.
“I have died in my dreams many times, what comes after death, that’s the terrifying part.”
He calls for Karyn to bring dinner.
Rick gets him to squeel/brag its in Tibet, the Plateau of Leng, or perhaps Europe at the Black Castle.
Rick “Is that Hauptman’s castle?”
“Or perhaps” and he goes on and on. So, no squeel really.
He explains more of his theories while only he eats dinner, about humanity, return of Great Old Ones, etc blah blah blah. It is set to go through the portal on its own.
He says we may all start to worship him now.
Points to Simon “You you religious fool, may worship at my feet.” Simon walks up to him, stoops, and splits his gullet wide open. Karyn screams, falls covering her eyes. Looks up, like willing herself to die. Simon grabs her by the hair to gut her.
Rick calls to wait, hold it “Can you tell us what he couldn’t, where is the portal and the explosive.” She says we must stop the birth of the son of Nyarlathotep in Kenya. In the meantime, destroy the bomb before it goes through the dimensional door at the Purple Dome Temple down the other passage from here. Its a couple days at least.
She collapses dead.
KKKKKtak wants us to give him the miners to clear the rubble to the lower levels then he’ll send them back. We say no way, he hasn’t finished the whole deal yet.
He knows what’s at the dome: guardians of the bat god. He does not want to go.
There are terrible batcreatures with spikey wings that drain ones attributes once wrapped around you. ‘Wish the Father of All Bats does not come to stop you’.
We get all the TNT and a bunch of gasoline into wheelbarrows and small carts to take with us, and spotlights amongs the equipment with generators.

Simon kills the insane guards downstairs.

We sleep here for the night. We say our prayers to the lord tonight.

As we are consolidating rescuees and such, 4 cultists from the dig ahead show up, we kill them w/o issue.

Next, we finish off the last 6 guards at the rubble ahead and return with the zombified men.

We lunch before continuing to the dome.
About 2pm we get to the Dome.
4000’ across, the purple dome itself is 2000’ across!! Perfect hemisphere, 1000’ high at the top. 4 archways inside at equal intervals. All lit by purplish glow. The inside is astounding, a smaller dome 500’across, 250’ high. On side we enter is sandy dirt. Half eaten femur sticking out, human skull, 3’ high stone block dragged in recently set up like an altar, bloody, behind it a 30’ tall statue of Nyar, with several other Old Ones!! Behind them is the glowing inner dome. Hanging from the ceiling is a chain suspending, directly above the pulsating dome, is a pulsating crate stamped with “Danger, Radium bomb”.
So, at the appointed time it will release and drop into the dome portal. We see the bat things hanging from teh ceiling. Chanting from the other side of the smaller dome getting closer. Voices speaking the dark language.

We rush to hide behind the large statues to see what we are up against. We see between 60 to 75 cultists, the real cult. The others were just thugs driven at least somewhat mad. All are in robes and bat masks.
On teathers they lead 5 naked women, all hands tied to yokes heading our way to the altar. They see Simon, sitting on the altar, eating an apple.
They arrive, total silence at Simon’s presence.
“I’m here to exterminate your cult, and eat this apple. I’m almost done with this apple. Nice cult party you have going on, but I just can’t allow you to sacrifice these poor girls.”
One of them drops to her knees “Please save us.”
Hobbes starts filming from their far right statue.
SImon gives thema chanct to walk away if they offer their leaders to his judgement and the women. There are 5 leader types in front, and 5 others trailing at the rear.
One of the cultists pulls a dagger “Die fool!” He points to Simon"Kill them!"
Schuyler, Jeremy fire elephent gun rounds; TNT throws are Rick, Jack Bo, Brady, Dodge, Wilhelm. Phat and RC charge. Paul fires and moves in. The dynamite kills 12!!
Several of the bats leave their roost.
Simon lunges off the altar at the central leader DEAD!
They are shocked and we get the initiative!
The battle then becomes general.
Cultists start pairing off 2 to a girl to pin and slaughter them!
Schuyler, Wilhelm, Rick, Dodge and Jeremy bring the lt guns to bear vs the woman killers trying to save them.
We mow them down, all 4 other women are soon free and rush for safety to our lines. 10 men in reserve charge into us, with the rear 5 skulk closer but stay out, their few remaining allies.
The bats are swarming, they could attack at any moment!
We kill several more, then the main 5 move to the already surrouned Simon, 2 more getting in. Schuyler puts a bullet in the brain of one trying to cast a spell on Geste.
More bats enter the fray as Simon clears his area; Wilhelm and a girl with Hobby evade, but Jack Bo is grappled. It drains a point from your best stat! 4 alone miss Schuyler. 3 casters try to mind blast Simon insane! We drop more freeing up Paul and Phat and RC, Schuyler ruins another mind blasters shot on Simon.
Schuyler and Jeremy and Wilhelm begin firing on bats with the electric rifles. The field almost clear but for 2 cultists and 1 caster vs Phat and RC.
Hobbes starts protecting the women, then begins using Simon’s electric rifle.
Last cultists down, we strategically withdraw to the entry nearby to plan. There are too many.

We know they wake up slowly.
Rick “What if we could set it off in here?”
Simon thinks we should consider just climbing up to the chain and release.
We calculate the climb difficulty, and Rick thinks he and Simon can pull it off.

Our alien friend says the bomb can be reset at the bomb itselt, a timer. Also, it will not detonate by concussion, so dropping it to the floor should be safe and potentially wreck it anyway.
Rick “Maybe there’s a mechanism to shut off the gate field.”
RC, Wilhelm and Rick sneak in. Rick searches the altar. The top lifts up! Inside is a network of connected grooves, curving slightly downward from a bowl at each end. Makes us dizzy looking at the grooves. In the center is a space that a stone or ornament of some kind would fit in.
We search the priest bodies, and the high priest has an amulet with a relief that fits the pattern.
We return and ask Kkkkkktk who is getting annoyed at us by now.
On the altar, there are holes and grooves to bring blood into the bowls.
We can’t trust this. It may set it off, turn it on, open the portal and drop it, who knows.
Simon “How about we say &%#^ it, turn it on, and run. I’m willing to take that risk.”
Perhaps littering the room with gasoline and smoke/burning them out.
Phat suggests we think in it as we get to the library below with Kkkkktk.

We decide to sneak around the perimeter looking for more controls. RC and Hobbes one way, Jeremy and Schuyler the other. Either side has a box on the wall acoss from one another about a third of the way to the far side. Inside is a wheel! We turn them counterclockwise.

Rick looks through is binos to the bomb. The hook at the ceiling begin turns and angles over slightly. One side makes it turn around at the ceiling bolt, the other tilts it slightly.

We continue on. After another third, another box! It tilts it forward and back, but not enough to drop it.

We get one person on each wheel and start turning randomly each. One clicks at the end. Another does multiple rapid clicks as it gets to the end. The third clicks once at the end like the first.
Then we figure out they all rapid click at the end of the clockwise. So we all go the other way to the single click at the end. It gyrates as we turn it. The chain is right on the verge of falling. The forward and back starts turning his wheel, soon as it starts clicking it releases fast in reverse letting the bomb fall!! It goes through the portal and gone!! The bats start waking up, we flee for your lives!!

Paul and RC are at the far wall, unfortunately for them. The closer 2 pairs, Jeremy/Schuyler and Rick/Jack Bo escape just in time. Paul/RC are still coming when the first of the bats arrive. Wilhelm and Phat are ready to slam the doors shut. The rest of us get inside and fire electric rifles, trying to take heat off of them. All but Simon, standing ready to melee. We concentrate fire on a couple at a time and kill a few!
RC and Paul are really pushing it. Paul almost stumbles once!
We kill 2 more bats, helped by Hobbes and Dodge crits!
They swarm Simon, he swinging powerfully.
We kill a couple more!
Phat “Simon, I must help you!”
Simon “No, stay back, I handle this onslaught!”
Bats fall, Simon is gang attacked, Paul and RC are finally attacked by 2. RC is hit but avoids the grapple. 3 fly over us and attack Wilhelm and Phat.
Phat “Get behind me, get behind me!” he battles all 3.
Paul and RC are flying, but Paul finally slows down. RC slows as well, refusing to leave him. Jeremy and Rick crits kill one each, as Hobbes did before!!
3 rifles have now emptied on us!!
They continue attacking, Paul and RC almost here as we drop several more!
Hobbes lightning streams flashing everywhere “I wish I wwere filming this!”
Rick moves next to Simon, who is beginning to waver, to suck up some attacks.
At last, RC and Paul arrive!! RC right to Simon’s side opposite Rathbone.

We begin our strategic withdraw on the defensive into the hallway. Phat clears the hallway. All withdraw out!! Wilhelm closes the door. We killed 21 bats!!

Complete Victory is ours!

Our side of the bargain complete, Kakakaktak wants to get down to the library. We take the rest of the day, using Penhew’s car, to ferry stuff and people up and back to base camp as needed. Kakakatak finishes any other boons for us as well.

We camp at Huston’s HQ

Nov 21 turu 25

We take move bright and early, Rick pushing us hard for the almost 10 miles to the turn down. We cover it in a mere 2 hours including blasting 2 rubble piles clear.

Discover library quickly relative to the size of the city thanks to kakaktak, and Rick and Dodge’s’ natural ability to educated guess well with it’s knowledge. We start doing our own searching and general research here, for it’s a trove of info, and massive. Each of us who has ranks in a knowledge of sciences, history, arch, forbidden lore, arcane lore can choose 1 and gain a permanent bonus.

Nov 26 thru Dec 13

We are up top and make our way back to Cuncudgerie. Its a far less eventful trip back. Rick pushes us again though, as is his style. Muldoon picked some superior camels for us, for sure.

Dec 14

Rest for MH. Rick and Billy are tireless, organizing and wiring ahead for first ship to Egypt. Its in 2 days. We leave here tomorrow. He wires Westinghouse to speak to Erica Carlyle, asking for funding to be wired to Mombassa contact for trek to Mt. of the Black Winds. Send response to Port hedland, care of Robert Mackenzie.

Dec 15

In Port Hedland. Terrible word from Westinghouse, Erika went to Kenya and has not returned!!
Rick wires Nuyn that we are on our way. Also Gerard to find out what he can from his end about Clive and Carlyle’s stay.

Dec 16

Rick and Billy move immediately, ship to Port Said. During trip, Rick reads the G’Harne Fragments sixteenmo. Before leaving, wires his condolences to Adventurer’s Club for missing gala.

Dec 22

MH board for London.

Expedition to Huston and the Lost City

October 27

Disembark on our expedition. Jack Bo has 10 bottles of gin packed up. 1 day to Dingo Falls. Rocks are red colored, quite striking in pattern. 3 deep caves above the 15’ wide pool.
Slattery’s are 2 miles east.
Old Fella says the water is drinkable, after a ritual which he knows it.
Simon “A heathen ritual? I’ll drink from my cantene thanks.”
He pours a gourde full of water onto some straw, seaping into a bowl. He then gives it to us to drink. He’s simply straining the dung out of it.
Rick takes a huge gulp.
Simon can’t believe he just did that. Jerem goes right for it. Everyone else follows suit.

The 2 other aborigine assistants set up camp with Big Fella.

Rick, Jack Bo, Simon and Billy enter one of the cave.
J Bo “I do wish I had a flask.” Rick hands him one, he pours it full of Gin.
We wade across the pool to below the 1st cave. Billy has to climb up, then he drops a rope for the other 3.
Torches lit, Rick turns on his headlamp. Passage goes virtually straight down. Rick calls for a 2nd rope just to be sure of distance. Rick goes down first into a cavity. The slide.
Back up, then into second cave next to it. Seems the same. Rick goes down first. He hears movement immediately.
The floor is moving. Snakes!! He jumps back upward the rope, and looks down to see what they are. Venemous!! They are known to congregate like this. He sees no other paths out, so climbs up.
Next cave same initial setup. Rick climbs down, more carefully this time. He lands, seeing something clumped up on the floor. No other exits. It’s a body, bones. Clothes scorched and burned. The feet have no boots nor shoes. He starts to check it out, and we hear a horrifying scream from outside at the camp from Ginger.
The other 3 look out to see a spectral figure floating toward out campsite.
Old swagman with big beard. As it gets closer it beckons and points to the cave we are in. As it gets closer to camp it bursts into the flaming apparition, whereupon GInger screams and flees into the desert. RC runs after him.
Our 4 aborigine fall to their knees and begin to chant, trying to send it back to the dreamtime.
Rick finds nothign at all of value on the body. The hands are clenched beside the head like burned alive. Climbs back up.
The ghost partially fades and sparks go from it into one of the natives, who races to the fire and with bare hands throws the fire around and starts to throw himself on the fire to put it out. Brady runs to him and pulls him back.
Jck Bo has jumped down into the water and is racing to help the natives.

Hobbes and Schuyler put the fire out. The native stiffens, falls, and sparks leave him upward into the sky.
The spirit has disappeared away. Few minutes later it has returned, its Buckley!! Feet are bare. It points back to the cave. It can’t speak. Points off into the distance to the Slattery house.
Rick “We’re going to kill them Buckley, kill them all.”

We pack up fighting gear and make for the Slattery’s: Paul, Rick, Billy, Simon, Jack Bo, Red Cloud. Its a tin house. Open hole windows with closed shutters.
We encounter a pack of their dogs outside, Jack Bo tries to wammy them. They surround him. He turns to Simon with a thumbs up. They all charge him, 20 of them.
Simon leaps to his aid, Rick tells Billy to make for the front door and follows him. RC wades into the dogs as well. Paul follows Rick and Billy.
The door opens and Vern Slattery is standing there. Bleery eyed, bad beer in one hand “Whats going on out here, what you doing with my dogs! Dogs rip him apart.”

Paul shoots him, Rick slugs him in the jaw. Rick punches him for 17 KO’d. Billy walks past him into the house.
Rick “What did you do to Buckley!” calling into the house.
RC and Simon make mince meat of the dingos in the meantime.
Jack Bo “I thought it would bloody work.”
Simon “Maybe next time.”
His clothes are ripped to pieces.

In the house, the shack has 4 rooms, littered with filth, smells horific. These people lived in squalor.
An older one, bear of a man, comes out of one of the rooms “What you doin to our dogs, my pa”.
Another appears almost at the same time, early 20’s, vacant eyes like a moron.
he blows a single long eery note with the harmonica as Billy moves to him.
The other walks to Billy "
Rick enters “What did you do to Buckley, out there in the desert? The guy you burned to death?”
Rick looks for Buckley’s boots, but they are not in plain sight.
“I’m looking for a pair of boots” and he starts looking.
“What did you do to my da?”
“Knocked him cold.”
The dad comes to at teh door “Thieves, murderers, thieves, murderers, run boys!!”
The young moron “Yeag, get out of my house, now.” like a simpleton.
Rick keeps looking, into his room first. He blocks the door. Rick shoves him aside. He hears a whimper.
Paul blocks the door, as Billy protects Rick.
In the room is an old pallet set up like a table. Under is a dog with a litter of 8 puppies. Couple dead. Staked onto the table, couple have their legs broken, one burned alive, eyes poked out of one.
He cries for Rick to leave his pets alone. Paul fires a wide warning shot by him into the wall.
Rick searches.
He blows the harmonica again “don’t hurt my pets, I’m not done with ’em yet, they got lots more fun.” Billy goes for the harmonica and takes it off of him. On it is the name Buckley. Billy tells Rick, who remembers that harmonica. The punk wails for it and fails. Billy slugs him. He huddles into a corner crying.
The older son “Don’t treat my brother like that.” Paul shoots him in the leg.
He rushes Paul as the rest of our group is getting to the front door.
Paul “RC stop this crazy man.” This scum wants a fist fight. RC is just going to kill him, but Simon steps up to fight him hand to hand.
Rick tells Billy to drag the dad inside. Rick takes the dumb kid into the dog room and starts talking calmly to the moron kid.

Simon knocks him out.

Vern tells Paul his dumb son was born this way, touched in the head.

The son keeps telling Rick his da gave him the harmonica. He knows nothing of new boots.

Vern insists they gave Buckley food and water and 2 pounds for it, he needed food and water.
Rick searches Vern’s room
Under the bed are Buckley’s boots. Vern says he found those.
Rick “Tie them up.”
We take them all to Dingo falls with us.
“Fine, I’ll tell ya the trooth. I tried to protect him cause he’s my son. It was Joco (moron). The other son confirms. Joco went out after Buckley had stopped by, dit that too him and came back with his stuff.
They say Joco told them he did all this.
They refuse to go back to the Falls.
Simon “We can take you anywhere we want to take you.”

We drag them back to the Falls.
The ghost appears. Frank and Joco did not suspect.
Vern finally yells his admittance to guilt “get him away from me”. He wanted his stuff so killed him. Ghost sends the sparks into him. Vern struggles to escape the bonds.
Rick feels the ghost wants the harmonica and possibly the boots back with the corpse, and buried properly.
Wilhelm thinks it wants revenge, bones to be buried properly in a Christian grave yard. if we let it kill Vern, Vern may haunt this place.

So, we need to take them back to town. We take anything of use from the house: a good canteen, rifle and ammo.

Oct 28

Back to town. Turn in the family and report.

Oct 29

We give our depositions. Vern is arrested. Jacko will be sent to Port Hedland to a sanitarium. They have nothing on Frank, and he has no where to go. Their mine is played out. He’s not a murderer like his dad nor insane like his brother.
Jeremy “You could probably make a life for youself here.” He has a good rifle and canteen. He wants us to hire him to go along.
Paul is willing to take that chance.
He realizes his brother is going to be taken care of better now than before, and his dad was a murderer afterall.
Paul gets assurances the kid will be taken care of properly, leaves his card “I’ll be checking in.”
Wilhelm leaves his business card to follow the kid as well.

We give Buckley a proper burial here in town. y

Frank gets med attention for his lt leg wound; we get him haircut, cleanshaven, and bathed thoroughly. Rick warns him, we do not live in filth. That does not happen around us.

Jack Bo isn’t to keen on this idea.

Oct 30

They assure us Vern will hang.
Back to Dingo Falls.
Ghost is gone.

Oct 31-Nov 9

Move on to Lake George: 10 day ride.
Guard shifts during travel:
Billy/Frank Slattery/Phat/Schuyler
Mundabi/Dodge/Big Fella/Paul
Simon/Jack Bo/Brady/Old Fella

On day 2, a sandstorm appears in the distance. Luckily there is a large outcrop just nearby with an overhang to hide under. It does the job perfectly. We camp there that night, it blows all night and most of the day. Takes us a couple hours to dig out.

Next day, camel in the distance, man riding it. We investigate. Old man with long whiskers.
Rick “Old man, you’re a long way out by yourself.”
He’s a prospector, we can call him Kip. “Strange things happening” he advises us to turn around.
He’s on the way to Mekathara. Schuyler says its on the other side of the desert.
“Sometimes the ground shakes, very local. Out in the middle of the desert. Abo’s are vanishing, sometimes entire family groups.” He’s seen bat swarms from horizon to horizon almost, huge shapeless terrifying things. This all happening about halfway tween Ural and Sahara Wells.
Schuyler “What’s up there?”
“Nothing, just desert.” and all the troubles.
We rides away.

Couple days later, we come to a ravine with good water and shelter area so camp above o the edge. Then, the pitter patter of rain.
The ravine runs faster as the water pours down.
In the morning, 6 Ago’s are outside our camp, just staring. Old Fella come forward to talk to them. They want food and bacca (tobacco).
We give them some smoke and invite them to breakfast. Their leader sits with Rick, Simon and Paul.
They are clearing out of this whole part of the desert. Disappearances are far and wide in the region.
He calls the problems Nugnut, the Great Bat.
We menion all the stuff Kip metioned, the guy says bat swarms very bad. They draw a trackway we say to watch out for. Those marks have been seen at many disappearances. Some others are found dead, skin stripped from one side like from a terrible wind, while the other side is dried like a mummy.
Draw a symbol which all members of the bat cult have on them, we have seen it before, they stylized eye from China. The Bat has come in the form of a white man. Most who see him, if not cultists, are dead or missing.
We figure Huston.
They bow to him, those that don’t are running away.
They don’t know of the tall, emaciated trive, but Rick isn’t buying it.
Rick offers more bacca to take with them for the info. They say they wanna leave now.
Old Fella says its concerning the dream lands, we wouldn’t understand.
Old Fella “That tribe, not from around here. Mimi’s, men from the dreamtime.” No Fella’s know why. “You see the mimi’s you run. You make mimi’s mad, they eat your face.”
Rick “Not the first thing that’s tried to eat my face.”
He says his boomerang not hurt mimi fellas, neither do guns. Nothing hurt them, but magic.

Travelling on, we see smoke behind us from horizon to horizon. 2 hours before, we had left sandy desert and entered scrub. There’s a brushfire behind us closing in.
Schuyler “Let’s pick up the pace!”
Wilhelm and his camel take some heat damage before we get out of it. Grace takes a bit of smoke in, Phat as well. Billy’s camel is caught and killed!! Slattery’s camel is killed too, and he is burned and lots of smoke.

We otherwise make it out and continue on.

Late morning day before we arrive, one of the Abo’s screams and falls to the ground. Snakebite! Death Adder.
He dies a few hours later, bad bite.

Nov 11

Closing in on the lake, going through an area of rock, person steps out from cover. More humanoid than human. Tall, deathly skinny, long fingers.
Simon asks who he is, the thing says nothing. Draws itself.
Jeremy “Do you folow the bat god?”
Draws the sign then crosses it off.
Dodge “Where are you from?” Draws as leeping person and a small cloud above his head.
Rick “Why are you here in this world?” Draws an arrow pointing toward us.
Jeremy “He’s here to guide us.”
Rick “Where are you to guide us to?” Draws lots of people looking like our party, him in front but crosses it out. Not guiding us. Draws a person, a mimi, hand shaking or exchanging something.
Schuyler “Do you have something to give us?”
Crosses it out.
Rick "Here in friendship?’ Another X. Then draws a creature maybe, a blob with tendrils. Yith? Draws several mimi’s with limbs disconnected, ripped to pieces. Then several people with guns shooting at this thing.
Rick “We are here to kill this thing?” Draws a circle around it. His people are where we are going.
Hobbes “Where is this creature, up there?” Draws arrow pointing to us, then away to a door like a gate.
Motions for us to follow him.
We need a kill team to go through the gate to kill the monster. The rest will continue to make camp at the lake ahead.
Big and Old Fella want at least one of them to come. Simon wants Old Fella.
It will be Billy, Rc, Simon, Old Fella, Wilhelm, Schuyler to go with the mimi.

He opens the portal into a cavern with about 15 of the dream mimis. 2 step aside and motion to strange tubes leaning there and for us to pick them up. There are 6 so we each grab one. They have a thin line along them almost like a sighting. Some kind of gun?
Old Fella hits a button on one end and a bolt of electricity comes out and hits him.

One of them runs his hands down the rock on a wall and the glowing portal opens. We gather from them this portal will stay open for our return.
We go through.
We stand in a circular chamber going up like a well. Light of day above. We stand on a circular walkway along the wall. At bottom is an portal that opens like an Iris. The huge monster floats up through the gap. Wilhelm looks at it and says that’s the ‘birds’ that make the tracks drawn in the sand for us before.
They do go incorporeal at times at least briefly.
As it rises, we unleash. Its impossible by its reaction to judge how badly we injured it but all but Old Fella hit.
Wilhelm is taken down in one hit, Old Fella is nailed with 8 wound pts. He drops to first aid Wilhelm.
Another volley must have hurt him bad now, he looses far less attacks than previous!
Billy and RC hit and it explodes in terrible sickly green goo that covers us all.

We return through the portal, evidence of our success all over us, carrying Wilhelm out. They get across to us their thanks, and that if we are in dream worlds and meet them, we could be friends.

We meet the others at the lake and camp.

Nov 12

We rest at the lake for today.

Nov 13

Another day of full rest.

Next few day

Its a day to each of the next 3 wells in succession.

Nov 16

Arrive at Ural Well, last stop before onto Sahara Well. More like a brackish pool. Lots of room for snakes and spiders that can kill. We keep our camp a safe distance away. The water will need to be boiled first. Luckily, we have men like Rick Schuyler, the Fellas, and Jack Bo to keep us perfectly safe from the environment.
Rick has us get water boiling immediately and pretty constantly to keep a stock in case of trouble and to take plenty with us as this is that last waterhole before our destination.

Nov 17

We move on and come across a cattle trail going along our path in 3 hours north leading to a road going the right direction also. We are on it for 4 hours until we see something in the distance. The terrain is now look like it the McWirre photos but not the huge blocks yet. Its a rocky outcrop with an old habitation under it, just a couple of shacks or so. As we close in we see at least a dozen tents all damaged or left long ago. Crates lying about, broken open. The shack says ‘exposives’ and another has some mechanics atop it. Also an old steam truck.
Seem to be a small mining camp or prospectors. The front of the truck is flat like stepped on by a giant. 2 dead men, skeletons, crushed inside. Human remains are still scattered about. All with broken bones.
Ginger “I’d say it’s abos.”
Wilhelm never heard of abos crushing half of a car.
Ginger thinks they dropped a boulder on it. When it went where?"
“Back on the cliff?” Then he notices ‘proof’, a couple of the skeletons are abos and not crushed. Both have a club nearby with small sharp teeth along it, bats! Cultists! The puncture wounds. Unfortunately for Ginger the Doc confirms these have been here much less time than the others. Its a separate incident.

Rick first check the explosives shack: the boxes are there but empty. Schuyler and Simon check out the truck. The men inside have dried and brittle remains of miners clothes.
Paul and RC and Wilhelm start checking the tents with Jack Bo. Something big definitely came down upon the truck. We immediately started worrying about a huge monster.
One tent is sewn back together. Inside are remains of someone living here more recently. They may still be around even. Just beyond the tents we hear a bubbling sound. At the rock wall there is a dark stain, small hole only size of a large nail. Out of it jets water, having carved a small basin in the ground and into a crack in the ground. Geologically impossible, its not seeking its own level. None of us want to taste it. Its clear, odorless. We start searching for a tunnel and way to the top.
Schuyler starts seeing tracks around camp, of one or more polyps!
The crates are either mining equipment and such or empty food supplies and such.
Rick checks the other building. The stuff on top is a winch, inside is a steam engine. There is a hole in the floor about 10’ diameter into the earth. There is an elevator car to go down using a good steel cable. There are controls in the elevator and here.
Platform can fit maybe 3.
On the sides of the tunnel are marks of drilling, they artificially cut this out. No journal or work notes anywhere. In the remains of a fire drum outside, still with papers and binders more recent than the attack.
The engine is empty but we can use all the crates outside as fuel.

Simon wants himself, Billy and RC to go down first. Schuyler operates the controls with Rick.
As we descend, we see the depth marked on the walls with our lanterns. It stops hard to a halt at 300’. We open the gate and step out. Its full of rubble like a cave in. It should keep going farther down. We lift the elevator and its rubble underneath down an obviously deeper hole.
Back up we go.
Whatever they were drilling with is gone. We find a lot of broken and warn casing but no bit.
We mount up and continue on.
Simon thinks that if we run out the cable, we might be able to see by the wear how far it was usually strung out. Schuyler starts letting it run.
We hear dingo howls, and see some nearby. They have an odd look to them, then we hear a whistle and the dash off the ridge they were on.
Rick sends Billy to the ridge to take a look over. RC volunteers to go with him. Simon joins them.
The tracks to down the hill to a mass of tracks, including human footprints. They go off toward over another ridge and down.
Simon feels this is a red herring.
RC and Billy want to follow anyway, so Simon goes not wanting to be responsible for their deaths.
Below they see the man, scraggly and worn, surrounded by maybe 30 dingo; wears bigboy shoes and, nothing else, at all.
He yells “Get ye back, Satan spawn, be gone be bone or my friends shall rend you!!”
Simon “Call off your dogs wild man!” standing in the middle of a small circle of stones “You can’t trust me in my circle of protection!”
Simon tries to settle him down and with Billy’s help they temporarily settle him down. He calls them down but warns us to not cross the circle of protection.
He dances around singing “I’m Jeremy yes I am” and on. He calls himself a survivor of the death camp “I’ve been here for millenium!! Or days, or years. A long time.” He’s mad as a hatter.
He insists he can’t be hurt within the circle and encourages us to throw a rock at him. Billy hits him and “See, I am completely protected.”
Simon asks him to come back to camp. When he tells him we have beef, he agrees.
Simon asks how he gets the dingo to follow him, “Its a long story”.
He goes right for the water basin first and drinks.
Wilhelm is looking at one of the dingo when it suddenly vanishes from sight. Jeremy calls for it to come back and it appears again.
We gather around and start talking.
He and the rest were hired by Carver to dig for gold. When his money ran out, they stopped working until the supply trucks came. He was mad, started making all kinds of crazy hand gestures. Then he disappeared for a while, and returned with a crazed look i his eyes insisting there was another way that god has shown him and told them all to leave if they wished. They asked for wages spent waiting, even threatening him with picks. Carver swore, a cruel look came over him, and told they he’d speed them on their way. Carver walked into the desert talking to himself.
That night, couple of the men caught Jeremy cheating at cards. THey almost killed him but he lost them in the desert. As he snuch back to camp he saw Carver appear atop the outcrop. Pointed down and a great winked thing with long talons came from the sky and killed everyone. When the guns were useless the men squealed like dying animals.
Jake and Pixy tried to truck but it squished them flat. Eddy was still screaming after torn into 3 pieces. So, Jeremy wandered off away from it all and laid down to die. He slept for days. When he woke the dingos were them but they are magic not real. If he does’t pay attention they go away. But, they can kill, and help feed him.
He has lived off sardines otherwise, the cartons of them kept replenishing themselves. He woke up one day soon after and suddenly there was water from the hole.
There was a cave in below, they were lower than that and had almost reached a city, Carver said. That’s when they knew they weren’t here for gold.
When he sleeps he goes to another world. When there he can make anything happen that he wants. He’s a sultan there.
Is all this stuff coming from there? He thinks he brought the tall abos too.
He doesn’t think its dreamtime or the Abos could have stopped it.
There are evil normal abos who have tried to kill him but his dogs protect him. These abos are evil, terrible. Sometimes he catches some and tortures them, this stops their worship of the bat but can drive them mad.
This guy’s a powerful natural dreamer but insane. He is really happy that we give him food, now he can dream more into this world anytime he wants.

Simon gives him some new clothes. The abos don’t come by anymore. The polyp has returned once in a while, he only ever sees one. The abos live halfway to Sahara wells. He won’t come with us. He feels safe enough here.
He says Carver took the second truck along with the dynamite, toward the evil abos.
We camp here tonight.
Schuyler “good luck, Jeremy”. After an odd pause he bursts “and to you!”
Simon “Quite.”
As Jeremy falls asleep, the dingo mostly disappear one by one as he sleeps in his circle of stones.
We return to the camp to sleep.

Nov 18

We move on early, hearing his dingo’s howls in the distance.
Along the top of a sandy ridge, with another to each side. Suddenly, 20 abos appear on each other ridge taunting and screaming at us.
Our weakest get under the wagons in time as we draw weapons. They hurl war boomerangs at us.
We start firing back, each having to steady their camels as well.
Billy dismounts and runs for one of the lines as does Phat. Simon charges on the camel.
Hobbes skillfully settles his camera and snaps a pic as they are partway across. RC moves mounted as well and fires his bow along the way. Rick, Schuyler and Paul all kill one right off.
RC and Simon begin cleaving away on their side, Billy and Phat the other side.
They have half their number in reinforcements as well.
Hobbes is getting good shots of the melee’s.
Paul after terrible shooting with his new enlisted man rifle he thought would be a good idea, throws it to the ground in contempt “To hell with this damnable thing!” and goes back to his sidearm.
It takes a bit but we are victorious with only light damage. We capture one alive. 59 others dead.
Simon’s intimidation does nothing to get him to open up. Rick and Jeremy try to trick him into opening up via usual cultist overconfidence but he has an almost childlike naivete to him, it goes no where. So, we figure Wilhelm can figure something else out. Wilhelm realizes these guys understand so little, he is not insane. He is very trusting, so perhaps gifts like to a child may open him up. And flattery.
We give him some bacca, which gets him drooling. We lay on some flattery on his gentle nature and their strong fighting vs us.
He says those men are now in a better place with the bat god.
White fella says “father of all bats returning to the world”. Not sure when though, he has to touch certain stones when its time. The stones the glow.
Rick “Where are they?”
“In the big hole in the ground, in the cave.”
Rick “How many people are in you tribe.”
“Now, not too many.”
Hobbes “What got you worshipping this white guys ideas?”
“He big white fella, he juju man, bring powerful magic.”
Carver gives them captives for “flesh, and sex”.
He says we follow this road to field of strange stone, there is the big hole “Many go in and few come out”. White fella sometimes there, other times he go away, others he dreams big dreams.
Huston controls the polyps, he feeds captives to them.
Them? plural? ugh.
There are stairs to a great cave which goes on forever. Inside are ferocious creatures one should not disturb. Loud noises equals get yourself eaten. Beyond description, this guy hears. But they ruins minds.
In another part lives the white fella and many captives. In another part is a being who knows everything but nothing “about us”; free but captive of Huston. He has heard white fella talking of a city and its surely there.
The polyps do not live together in one place.
Something might live in the city, he says.
Jeremy thinks he’s telling the truth as he knows it. Wilhelm says his childlike nature is dependent on rumor and such, they have likely been told much to supplement the lives they have been given to keep them in line.
Simon, while we are talking, comes up behind him and slays him quick as can be. Just as he’s describing how the best eatin’ is a female you have had your way with first.

We continue on.

About an hour later we can hear a put put noise from afar. Louder as we close in. Ahead we see the stone formations, and with them comes a sense of foreboding and terror. The sand is packed more as we get there by lots of movement. Garbage is strewn about, Rick is horrified that such a previously pristine archaeological site has been desecrated. They have defecated and urinated anywhere they pleased.
We send Billy and RC to scout the area closer before we move inside.
We find a low square of sandbags about 4’ high, poles a few higher to a roof. Under it is a steam generator, the sound we heard. A white mean with a bolt action is walking on sentry duty, and an African, tatooed all over his arms and small pigtail (sailor), keeps the boiler running.
Its lit by a string of lightbulbs. In the center of the area is the hole, and cables from the generator run downward.
This area is huge. Its about a good 50 yards from the nearest considerable cover to the generator. The guard isn’t paying much attention, surely presuming no one would possibly have any reason to be here.
We wait until dark.

Jeremy, RC and Billy will sneak across the open area in the dark. As they are about to start, 2 guys come out of the hole, obviously coming up a steps. Another white thug and a young woman, looks like a teenager, he is prodding and slapping with a thick stick. One of the disappearances?
She takes a loose shif off and the guard starts kissing and going for her.
The slavemaster then goes back down into the tunnel.
Rick now joins the sneak party, there needs to be a gentleman there now. The African is watching. Then he joins in.

There is enough coal in the generator for hours.
We come in low, using the sandbags as cover. Then RC come in behind them, using the African as cover from the other. Rick will then come over the sandbags to get the girl out.
Each are killed with one shot.
Rick checks on the girl, hand over mouth so she doesn’t scream in shock.
She knows very little. Her name is Carrie Norquist. She has been raped many times, but a lot of the girls have had much worse done to them “I’ve been lucky considering.” She confirms there is a multi level city down there, spreads out for miles. More like a dungeon though, not a huge open area with buildings. No way it was created for humans. She has never seen it.
When we go in, its one path for a long ways. When we get to the first spot where other halls branch off, they call that the bunkhouse. Where most of the white men sleep. Then slave quarters not far from there. Other than keeping the natives and whites happy, they say we are used ultimately for sacrifices deeper within, obscene rituals. They also traffic many out to sell for money around the word.
Wow, this makes us even happier to stop this nonsense.
The generator here runs the lights downward. The blacks are corrupted sailors brought here to keep the generators going. Another is at the bottom, and more as we go, all to light the complex.
A group pic is taken by Hobbes of us all.
Rick has everyone get their caving attire on, for the constant cool temperature. Hobbes takes another group pic.

Mrs. Hays insists on going, she has been here to this city when it was new, in her visions. She feels the mental block put on her may weaken as we go and she xp it first hand. Dodge insists he is going down as well, this is a massive archaeological find.

Bryce will get a triage area ready. The 2 guides, the Fellas and Muldoon will stay here keeping camp. Phat remains as a guard.
All the PC’s otherwise will descend, as well as Jack Brady

We descend. The hole is 300’, steps wooden. A string of lightbulbs down both sides. At the bottom is another generator. This one lights the caverns, the top the step lights and backs this one up.
The side passages, judging by the untrod earth, seem totally undisturbed and no lighting is mounted down them.

Soon it opens up into the city, oddly, slightly unsettling shaped buildings all with closed doors. Ground stones of octagonal shapes.

Buildings are mazes of rooms, lots of old alien art and artifacts depicting the Great Race. Sizes are huge.

Lots of symbols in the city’s structures; rubble throughout from buildings and the ceiling.

Rick takes good looks at the stuff as we go and we pause several times for photographs of the city and writings, etc.

We pass a second generator then to a wide thoroughfare dimly lit by lights on the right side, into the distance as far as we can see. On the right we come across a door which RC finds regular trackes leading to and from, human, then a second close by.

The door is stone, and locked, piece of the door chipped away and human lock installed.
No windows. We hear a click from the adjacent building door. We take cover between buildings. , RC, Paul, Simon and Billy to that side for the ambush. 2 men exit the building, a girl with them, captive, naked and bound. Taking her to our building.
Our guys jump them. RC and Billy kill each with 1 blow.
The girl is about to scream, but Paul gives her a quick slap and hush and she quiets.
Rick “They’ll have the keys on them.”
We get the keys and enter ours first. A man sits at a desk with a shogun “About time you, gasp!”
Billy rushes upon him, beheading.
Schuyler takes the shotgun and ammo. 8 rounds.
Upstairs we sneak, they have made it into one big living area, fire in the middle. Electric hotplates in the corner for cooking. 20ish present now.
2 slave girls as well, servicing a couple guys.
Ungentlemanly behavior.
Rick “I demand you slaughter them all without mercy.”

Paul, Simon, RC and Billy slaughter them, Rick moving right for the girls killing 1 cultist. 2 remain at the end, each holding a girl hostage to be let go. We allow them to leave in order to get the women. Unfortunately for them, when they get downstairs Schuyler kills one and they take the other prisoner, KO’d.
We find another 6 girls in a side room, in a pen.
They had 2 of the electric rifles! Billy took a rough shot from one but he and Simon each killed the shooters immediately after their first shots on each.

We get the cultist to tell us everything he knows, he obviously hasn’t gone full crazy yet. He draws us a map of what he knows. Following the road ahead leads to a passage to the left that leads to unknown, it was cleared at first but far as he knows no one has gone down for a long time, they were all told never to go there again; another further to left leads to Huston’s HQ and then the excavation for artifacts (where they found the electric rifles).
Further forward is a place they call the Great Plaza, where he has never been.

We get the women and prisoner up top with the Doctor and camp.

Australia: Darwin, Port Hedland, Cuncudgerie

Arthur MacWhirr led expedition into interior years ago, prior to Carlyle exp. Took pics; eventually had to return.
David Dodge, Cowles and McKenzie all believe he found something.

Rick has wired Smith back and forth. He is sending Dodge to meet us in Darwin with “something we have to see”
McKenzie is lead prof in Port Hedland, guy every expedition goes through. Hedland is the place every expedition starts.
Mckenzie, Rick knows personally.

We take a small steamer to Darwin. Schuyler pays our way with Occult Sp. Services $.

Uneventful trip to Darwin. This is where the lead of Randolph Shipping takes us.

Oct 16

Arrive, Darwin.
Population of a few thousand, still biggest in over 1000 miles. Racially diverse. David Dodge meets us, dressed in expedition fatigues with hat, one side strapped up. SLeeves rolled, up, arms freckled like Cowles said.
He and Rick shake hands enthusiastically.
He has taken liberty to get us rooms at Bertram’s Outback Inn.
Rick “Sounds very local.”
“It is.”
We get a group pic, taken by Hobbes, before heading into the city.
We get settled in. He hands us the bundle sent by Cowles. WIlhelm takes it and unwraps. A 4×6 pocket diary, in pencil, MacWhirr’s diary.
They did indeed make it back, the pics did survive. Rick has seen the pics before, at Arkham. Ancient rocks glyphs, illegible picture quality, written upon them.

MacWhirr died a few years later under mysterious circumstances.
Rick remembers hearing about all of this when he was younger, as his parents prequented this area in their studies.
Mackenzie might know where they went. He always thought there was “something going on out there” in the desert.
None have tried to follow in his footsteps.
So, we need to look into Randolph Shipping, and gather general rumors and such.

Oct 17

Jeremy gets to work on the streets, asking about what the locals know about the desert.
He hears some of the Koori’s have ‘gone off the reservation’ as the Americans say. Bodies found over the last few years. Natives and others, found by drovers and caravans. Seemed to have a disease, coveredy by hundreds of tiny puncture wounds. Trail of such findinds mostly leads west of here.
“Talk to old Jenkins.” He lives in an old shack by the harbor. “Tell him that you want to talk to One Ear, he’ll like that.” Jeremy can tell he’s funnin’ him, this guy isn’t going to like being called One Ear. They insist he hates being called Jenkins. As Jeremy leaves, they get a good giggle out of the joke.

Jeremy visits him next. “Who the hell is it?!”
He’s a mean old bastard, 5’ 6" maybe, thin. Looks wirey strong though. Carries a walking stick that can easily double as a shillelagh. He raps Jeremy in the forehead, right off “Get off my property you bloody bastard, before I ram this stick right up your arse.”
Jeremy refuses to leave, and Jenkins gets so upset he’s dancing in frustratipn. He has one ear ripped off, and a big claw mark on that side of his head.
Jeremy gets into the desert problems.
“Who wants to know? Nevermind I don’t care, I’m not telling you nothin’”
Jeremy goes right for the truth, we are here to look into the issue.
“Well, don’t.”
We know there are evils living in the desert, and plan to put a stop to it.
“Oh, you mean you’re taking an army regiment?”
He says 10 or so guys go out looking for trouble, adn it will certainly find you.
“We don’t shy away for trouble. Can you give us any iformation?”
“You got any Gin?”
He finally invites Jeremy inside.
A friend of his, Chuck, has seen the Bat god. He says its not a disease, its the bat. A bunch of the Koori worship it, the worship is spreading. They say a white man leads the Bat Cult. A new Koori tale talks of a city in the desert, a great old man called Buddai sleeps with his head in his arms snorring beneath the city. The koori believe one day soon he will rise and devour the world.
Phat "I hope there’s not a gate to Ryleh in there.
Johnny Bigbush is the koori who told him that story, he works here in town for Randolph Shipping.
He didn’t tell how he heard the story.
They say visions of the city and the sleeping man come in dreams.
Johnny said Buddhi is dead, but alive.
All the gin is gone “I’m going to bed so get the &%#^ out.”
Jeremy tells him the men at the bar insisted he be called One Ear.
“Those bloody bastards!! You know I might have some information for you, stop back tomorrow. I have to fetch it. But, a pint ain’t enough.”
“I will get you whatever you want.”
“I want a quart of Gin.”
“That is certainly doable sir.”
Jeremy returns to the hotel.
We talk about going to Randolph, but this might be a place we just want to break into.
Jeremy, Rick, Schuyler, and Billy go to the area Randolph is in to get the lay of the land and take look.
Its on the coast, an allie from the front street goes to the loading dock. Large doors in front and back. Half dozen aborigine’s working.
Jeremy and Rick go in to ask for Johnny Bigbush. Boxes are piled everywhere. One room is an office, big fat man sits at the desk. He gets up slowly and greets Jeremy gruffly. Nose is bright red, bleery eyed, half drunk and smells like an alcoholic.
Rick says we are looking for Johnny, we have a mutual friend.
“Johnny ain’t here. He had a big mouth adn was a bad worker. Fired him couple weeks ago. Yeah, yeah, he’s gone. Think he went down south, maybe to his clan.” He’s wishy washy about it, could be dead.
Rick “You know where his residence was in town?”
Somewhere in Koori’s town, the native slum. A native with strange piercing eyes joins the fat man. “Now Billy here, is my boy. Billy takes care of problems. You’re not a problem are ya?”
Rick “No.”
“Billy, show them how you take care of problems.”
He reveals 3 knives under his shirt.
Fat “Ya know, people who ask funny questions tend to disappear in this town.”
Rick “Good thing we aren’t asking funny questions.”
He thinks there’s something sneaky and, something too polite.
Rick “I am British.”
Jeremy begins antagonizing him for his tough words. HIs Billy isn’t too quick on the uptake though “You mess with Toddy Randolph, your messin’ with the badass.”
Jeremy “Oh this is your shipping company, I’m surprised its still in business.”
“$^&*#^ off!”
Schuyler and Jeremy see a crate ready to go out labelled Penhue Foundatin London, with sign of the sandbat on it.
“Get out of my warehouse, now!!”
Jeremy “Ok fat man.”
Fatman pulls out a blackjack, then calls “Boys” and more workers come as we leave.

Rick and Billy go to the slums and find Johnny’s home. They find half dozen boys living there. Rick speaks to them in their native tongue. He has not been here for a while. Johnny told wild stories, out of the desert they thing, about an evil creature under the sand sleeping. “Saw something though, crate he was carrying at work broke open when he dropped it. WHatever was inside scared him a lot. Not quite himself after that.”
That’s it.

Jeremy and Phat keep and eye on the warehouse, all the boys leave that night.

Soon after, Fat and Billy leave for a pub down the street, through the dark back beach way. Phat keeps watch outside. Everyone else goes in.
We make our way under the dock, Wilhelm stumbles on a hand stricking out of the sand. We uncover the body of Johnny Big Bush.
We get in easily.
Inside the Penhue crate is a wooden idol, 3’ tall, Koori made covered in geometricl ines. Its Cthulhu’s bust. A card says Koori made statue of Buddhi. Bingo.
In teh desk we find the ledger, lots of shipments legit. Here and there is one with the sign of the bat next to it. To Phong in Shanghai, Penhue. Lates to Penhue is marked as 2 crates, so we search for the other.
Others to Mortimer Wycroft in Cuncudgerie! By coastal boat to Port Headland then inland to Cuncudgerie.
The second crate is found. Inside is a device of some sort. Its like it shimmers in and out of existence a bot. Rods, wheels, mirrors and an eye tube. 2’ high, 1’ x1’. Letter with it says it appears to be short term survey device employed by the aliens. Rick takes a look through it then sits back, falling into a coma like state. Wilhelm checks him out, can’t tell anything. Its as if his spirit is free of his body, and he’s shivering, swooshing through infinity. Suddenly, a pop. He is looking through other eyes, disorienting, can see in all directions at once. Very confusing. He looks down upon his new Yithian body. Finally, he wills himself back into his body with another Pop. 0 sanity losss after a brain shattering trip!! He still falls to the floor, taking a few minutes to recover.
We recall the investigators’ tale of a similar to fate of a man they know. Not good.
We are taking this thing and the statue and close the crates back up. Simon wants to put something else in there. We put rock/sand in the crates first.

Oct 18

Jeremy takes Rick, Wilhelm and Simon, with the gin, to One Ear.
No answer, Jeremy opens the door. There is blood everywhere, Jenkins is nailed to the wall.
Billy gets the poor man down. Rick and Jeremy start searching. Simon stands guard.
The remains of the stuff he was going to give us is in the fire.
Rick finds a list, well hidden, he had made of places. Directions in order of place. Starting at Cuncudgere and ending at Sahara Well.

Wilhelm says his death was long and painful. The bat symbol was carved in his chest. The knives holding his hands up are from Fat Man’s Billy.

Jeremy thinks we should kill them all at Rudolph’s. Simon concurs, wants to go immediately.
Schuyler figures if the rest other than he and Billy are cultists they’ll attack. If not, they’ll scatter.
Then we’ll burn the building down.

Rick and Schuyler go around back to cover the rear. Billy, Simon, RC, Jeremy and Phat walk through the front door.
Fat man is in the back of the warehouse, back to us. In front of him are half a dozen or so french postcards. He’s pleasuring himself.
His Billy “Eh, bossman, bossman!”
“Just a minute, I’ll be right there, I;m coming.”
In several moments he comes up to us. Words are thrown back and forth, Jeremy says he made a big mistake, shouldn’t have messed with Jenkins.
Fat’s Billy pulls his last remainign knives "I think old man Jenkins ‘borrowed’ a couple of my knives.
He calls all the rest of his men forward, carrying clubs with nails. Similar to the cult in Shanghai. Fat’s Billy picks one up as well. Rick and Schuyler see the men in view inside head to the front. They close in on the back door.
Simon “Ok boys, let’s clean this up.”
RC lets out his war whoop and the melee commences.
Billy Fish goes right for their Billy, Simon takes Rudolph. RC goes up the middle into the masses, while Phat and Paul attack their flanks.
At an opportune moment, Jeremy flanks fat man and stabs him with one of the knives left on Jenkins. He took both.
Billy slays evil Billy as RC has cleared them iddle and Phat their left flank.
Only one villain left at each flank. Then fat goes down adn Paul and Phat finish the last 2.

Now a full search of all the crates. Jeremy sets it up to look like an accident when we burn the house down.
Nothing else of importance is found in the search but for some ores that need worked. Rick takes that, in case it has alien metals. Jeremy does take a set of silver dinnerware.

Oct 19

A coastal boat leaves tomorrow for Port Headland. Dodge joins us.

Oct 20

Leave on the boat.
3 day trip

Oct 22

Arrive Port Headland.
Go to home of Robert Makenzie.
Makenzie “Rathbone, you were just a young whippersnapper when last we saw one another my boy.” He insists we all stay at his place.
Rick gives him much appreciated thanks.

Tonight we dine with him on prawns and whitefish with potatoes.
Then sherry and charoots. He asks what’s going on.
He says Arthur was absolutely convinced something was out there. He says Arthur’s notes are gone. Couple years ago, an American visited asking about the notes. He leant them to him, a Mr. Houston, went inland on expedition and never returned. We show him the Carlyle expedition pic, and he ID"s Huston.
Makenzie promises to supply us with the equipment we need, just stay here a day or 2 to get organized.
The place is 2 floors, pull wrap around porch on both floors. Easy to get into for cultist.
We definitely need guard teams.

First shift: Rick and Billy below, Brady and Wilhelm on 2nd floor.
Brady sees a person holding something, on the other side of the street in the shadows, watching the house. He stomps to signal. Rick stays put, assuming Billy will respond. Billy goes over and whispers up, Brady signals downward to him about the spy.

Billy hops the porch and walks toward him. The man walks away, Billy calls for him to stop.
“What is it mate?”
“I am wondering why you are looking at my building. What is your intent?”
“I just stopped for a minute to have a smoke. Look, mate, I know you wangers think you own the street but you don’t.”
“You let me tell you, there are noooo wangers in this house. I did not seea cig being lit, nor a prostitute nor alcohol.”
Now he says he stopped, realized he didn’t have a cigarette, so continued on.
Billy asks his name, he says Lester Mitchell. Long Lastin’ Lester. Billy lets him go, but then shadows him to a bar a block and a half down the street. He sits with 4 other men and talk a bit. With a last swig, they take their leave, running to Billy wanting to know why he was lookign in their window. Billy remains silent. One pulls out a sap. Another rises his 2 hamhock fists.
Billy remains silent. They invite him in for a drink. Still no response.
“You deaf?”
“You dumb?”
“You disrespecting your betters?”
“Hey, hoo rah!”
The rest of the bar comes out, and a few others nearby. Crowd of 20 drunks in the street now.
Again they ask him to come in for a drink. He then agrees and enters with them.
Bartender pours him a big beer. One of them gives Billy a “cheers, drink up my lad.”

Brady had informed Rick of Billy going down the street.
“Oh bloody hell.”
Rick and Brady start down the street.
They check the 3 bars on the row. The 3rs says a foreign man left with 2 others and a bucket of beer a short time ago, further down the street.
Otherwise, nothing.

Oct 23

Dawn, we are up. We are quite concerned. About 10am there is a crash, a vase shatters. A rock was thrown through the window with a note attached. Symbol of the sandbat on it. They have Billy, if we want him backthen pack up, leave, and do not return._ If you agree, one of you come to the town square at noon. You will be approached._

Noon, Rick is in the square. He says name Lester. Jeremy’s plan is to stick to us like glue. The others try to stay at a distance behind Jeremy.
Rick follows him to a bar and out the back door, down an alley, up a street, and so on.
Into a bar called the beared clam, the 2nd bar we visited last night. Through 2 doors to steps going down and he says “After you gent.”
Down are 3 rough looking characters, 2 are sailors. They grab Rick by both arms “Ok, now we got someone worth trading for.”
Billy is there, tied up. He was given drugged beer.
“All that crap about leaving,that’s not what’s going on here. An expedition the size of yours must have a lot of money.” They want 2000 dollars for Rick’s release, they’ll throw Billy in for free.
Another guy says he’ll head up to send the ransom.
One of the others calls Rick really dumb, having walked right into this trap.
Billy has slipped his bonds, and has been waiting for the right moment, figuring Rick would show up somehow at some point. He has been dishonored by being captured, he must redeem himself.
Rick “This is a trap all right. I have you right where I want you.”
This is just a gang of ruffians and thugs looking for a pay off.
The other 2 come down a few minutes later saying they sent word for the $ to be delivered tonight.
Rick is just keeping them busy talking to them. Billy leaps up, and in surprise 3 of them. Rick starts throwing punches. Billy starts wields a nearby chair. Both of them knock one out quick.
Billy takes down his second, then Rick finishes his last off. Right after, Billy takes the last down.
Billy looks for gold teeth. Finding none, Billy kicks the hell out of them. The head man he compound fractures his arm.
Gurka payback.

The law is called in and they are turned over.

Materials gathered.

Oct 24

Gathering materials.

Tents, shoes, clothes all appropriate. We got ammo and TNT in china prior to leaving. Proper rain gear as its the rainy season.
Gin, scotch, brandy, cigars, tea. Plenty of water and trail food.

Oct 25

8 hour trip there on the freight train on the evening train. We arrive 4pm.
Concudgere is a mining town, bustling even in the afternoon. 2 aborigines stand there awaiting Rick. He greet them heartily and warmly, the Bobby’s. Old Fella Bobby and Big Fella Bobby, father (old and wise) and son (big for a native, strong). Saw us in the dreamtime, knew we were coming. Been waiting here for 2 days.
Rick “Well I’m glad you’re here. Care to go on a trip?”
“That’s why we’re here, we go to the evil place. Spirits say we go, but not come back. Many not come back from this one.”
They tell Rick the old place he used to stay with his fam is burned down.

No morgue here, no library. There is a telegraph to Port Headland.

Rick is talkig to the head master and takes a punch to the side of the head. He sees stars for a moment. ALmost knocks him down.
Rick “That can only be one person.” Only medium size white man, but well muscled. Billy is about to cut him in half but Rick stops thim.
“Hello mate, home is the hunter, home from the hills.”
Rick “I was hoping you’d be here.”
“Haven’t found my pile yet, but that doesn’t meen I’m not looking.” The Bobby’s told him I was coming. Rick introduces him Bruce “Jack” Baugh.
He looks at Simon “Whoa, you’re a tall drink of water. Let’s be friends mate.”
Simon “I cand o that. If you’r e a friend of Rick’s you mujst know what you are doing.” They shake, he starts trying to crush Simon’s hand. Simon doesn’t even react.
“Well, that didn’t work out like I expected it to.” and gives Geste a meaty slap on the shoulder.
People call him Jack Bo.
Jack is a great guy to have arund but his practical jokes are inappropriate. Not bright nor wise though, but a good man, bit heavy just a tad. Rick warns Simon he’s going to be the butt of a bad joke that would otherwise piss him off. Jack is a good shot, not a great shot, not as good as he thinks. Great survivalist in the outback. He always thinks he can to the Dundee thing on animals but it NEVER EVER works.
Jack has some bad news. Steinmetz broke his leg in 3 places rounding up my animals, he was going to be my animal handler.
Rick “He’s still alive?”
“Yeah, its the weirdest thing. When you pull his pantleg up, there’s bones sticking out!”
“Why are you pulling up his pantleg?”
“Cause its a rile.”
Plus, the wagon is a piece of crap, the burrows haven’t been found, the camels haven’t been rounded up cause of the leg.
He thinks he can find a good animal handler, but not quite as good as Steinmetz. Hes at the Grand, biggest saloon. We’ll have to convince him to go, he’s trying to “drink away the ’frighftul (he says this sarcasticaly) things he saw in the desert.” Just recently. Name of Mad Ginger Muldoon, he’s Irish.
Deadfella Man owns the store, that’s what the natives call him. Skin is white, frame skeletal, etc. Name is really Mortimer Wycroft.
The receiver of Rudolph’s crates!!
Jack Bo “Don’t be put off by his look, he’s a good guy.”
Rick “You think everybody’s a good guy.”
Jack “There’s another guy I want you to meet, ‘cept ylyou cant cause he’s not here.” John Carver, does surveys and exploratory diggings along the stock route but he’s out there right now. Spends more time there than here.
Schuyler “Has it started raining yet?”
Jack “No, 3 weeks out maybe. If we hurry we can maybe beat it.”

He takes us to Hays boarding house once we get transportation there for our gear. Ran by Mrs. Hays. Late 30’s; a bit plump; extremely weird, acts like a victorian widow mostly, but takes a keen interest in local politics and in legends of local desert; bought place18 months ago; feels to some like she’s just biding her time until something.

We eat dinner at the boarding house, beef is the main dish. Coffee afterwards. As we are talking plans, she gets more and more interested to the point of staring intently at us as we talk back and forth.
Rick asks why the interest. She responds with clouded mind, she doesn’t know, can’t remember. Wilhelm takes lead now.
One day she was home cooking dinner, in England, the next minute I was wearing a black dress, I was in mourning, my husband had died.
“I missed 5 years. I was making dinner, it was 1883, then it was 1888. People say I had a breakdown and eventurally recovered.” Stayed married but spent all time at museum and library, then started to travel. Husband died, had been in mourning 3 months when she woke up. He was a successful business man in textiles. She sold the factory adn used the $ to keep travelling. So, came to Sydney first but felt it wasn’;t where she needed to be “I need to go out there” pointing to desert “I think I need to go with you.”
Simon is against her going. If she’s possessed by Yith, it could come out at the wrong moment.
The talk breaks up.

Jack Bo “Hey, you didn’t tell me you knew Carver.”
Rick is baffled, until he realizes its the Carlyle exp portrait he sees. He is pointing to Huston.

Jack takes Rick and Billy to see Muldoon. He says ‘any friend of Jack’s is a friend of mine’ and buys us a round. We hang for the evening with him. He laments there are not enough women to go around any more.
He keeps trying to get a girl named Bessie, but she keeps shooting him down. Pretty soon he’s going to fall off the barstool.
We bring up his horrible xp, and he practically leaps up out of the chair.
We tell him we;re heading out there and want to know what we are in for.

His tale: 4 nights ago he was in the desert, at Dingo Falls. Its a water hole, not ea falls. There’s a ghost there. I first came here 10 year ago. Went out 4 nights ago, 2nd person ever to go there on purpose, first was old Bill Buckley.
Rick kew him, like an older brother when he was here as a child. Good drinker, great harmonica player. Really nice one with his name scratched on it.
He though there was gold there. Everybody knows…..
Jack Bo interrupts to tell this part, he’s dead. Went out and never came back, body not recovered since no one goes there. He gives Rick his condolences.
So, at Dingo falls: now all I can do is drink to keep away the horror; Normally if you’re out that way for the night you go to Slattery’s waystation; I didn’t cause I don’t like them, old drunk man and his 2 crazy sons, they’re pederasts! So at the falls he made camp. Fell asleep and was woken up by a bright light. Was horrible, not human, form of a man glowing white and red, flesch falling off the bones, whites of the eyes cooking in the skull, mouth wide open, like he was on fire inside. I fought it for hours with a stick!! Then I ran off w/o even my belongings. Then the sun rose, I went back, got my gear, and left.

We thank him for relaying his tale and ask him to go, being the best animal handler in town.
We offer the silver dinnerware, worth some 40 pounds.
He sits back, rubbing his hands together. He heartily insists he is not the kind of man to turn down such a profit.
Rick buys his last round “We will see you tomorrow.” As we get up he leans back, chugging it, falls straight backward to the floor.
Hobbes “We’d better get you home friend.” He asks a Maggie O’ Toole if he can stay at her place.
Jack Bo takes him in for the night.

Jeremy is out to gather info on

  • People seeing more snakes than ever, lots of snake bites.
  • Near Dingo Falls, don’t go to Slattery’s, they are thieves and butt*$^#@@.
  • MacWirre expedition and general rumors. He had come through, claimed found big blocks of stone out in the desert. Had to have been telling th truth, he bought drinks for the whole pub.
  • American bloke too, took about 2 dozen out into bush. Had them dig 30’ deep tunnel then sent them off to Darwin to collect pay. None ever returned.
  • Now Carver is digging mine shafts out there, same American as that one!! His outfitting all done by Wycroft, none of it done on the coast both times.
    They’re “thick as thieves”. Speaking of Wycroft, over 20 men killed in a mine cave in or the like, all disappeared. One was Derby Dave the welshman. Used to work for Wycroft.
  • On the drover’s stock route, swear bears or something as big, no bears here, was killing beef. About same area as mine cave in, past DIngo Falls toward Sahara Well.
  • 3 huge birds way out in the desert.
  • Odd tribe of emmaciated aborigines, very tall though, in Sahara Well area
  • There were 2 other outfitters in town, one burned down the other blew up. Wycroft has a half track truck he takes out on expeditions, sometimes gone days or weaks. Schuyler remembers those guys. Good men the owners were. Wycroft’s is an old building on outskirts. He and his Abos live there.

Oct 26

Up bright and early.
Muldoon is in no shape to work until afternoon.
Ginger is in a terrible hangover state, moaning mercilessly. Staggering around groaning away.
We leave.He is yelling “Christ, Jesus help me!”
RIck yells to him over our shoulders “NOon, Muldoon, Noon!!”
“What time ist it?”

Most don’t like Wycroft. The Bobby’s say about him and his allied aborigines: Old Fella has seed Deadfella Man in dreamtime, he killed his friend Jackie Major. When I woke up, he was really dead. He’s powerful Juju Man.
Says to watch out for his Abos, they know more than they say. Speak a speaka and don’t you forget it.

Billy and RC guard our gear today.

Rick goes to Wycroft’s with Schuyler, Brady, Jeremy and Wilhelm.
We buy what else we need, mostly smaller stuff. His Abos have lots of tatoos. Arms are a swirl w/in which is the sign of the bat. He gives us a really good deal on a case of white wine. The bottles are capped by a crude wax blob.
Rick assumes poisoned or drugged.
Couple spiked clubs lying about.
He spends most of his time staring into space, his mind is very much gone. Like he barely recognizes the world around him. His boys do most of the work.
Rick tells Wilhelm to try to get anything out of him he can while Rick and Jeremy and Brady shop and keep the men busy.
When he’s in the desert, he visits his friend Huston “among the stones”. Discovering things. “If I could I’d stay there all the time, but I’m not allowed. Somebody has to be here as an agent, in charge. Some day, its going to be like this” makes a hand motion like switching minds with Wilhelm “and i’ll dwell forever with the great race!!” He loves them.
One of the boys comes over him adn says something to him. He replies “I’m not saying anythign I shouldn’t.”
“When I go there, its a religious xp. You go down into the depths of the earth and there you are amongst, their things, their pictures, everything that they were. Then we find secrets” he gives a short winy giggle at that.
They won’t let him have the tatoos.
Jeremy walks over “I don’t think they think you’re good enough.”
He scratches down his face in frustration “I’m good enough. Every time I come back, a little piece of me is gone. And now there’s nothing left. I must go back. I leave in 2 days. I’ll learn the secrets” the giggle again “Then when we set off the bomb, we don’t need no rocket, we got a doorway. Then we’lll set off the bomb. Its even bigger than the one in Shanghai. Oh yes, that radium bomb was nothing compared to this one. The Great Ones were, the Great Ones are, The Great Ones will be!! Cthulhu Ftagn! And Nyarlathotep will come forward and rule all!” They say they have everything we…….he drops over dead wth a momentary gasp. Behind him one of his boys cut his throat in one swipe down to the spine.
The other 2 in the shop hurl war boomerangs, poisoned, at Wilhlem and Jeremy. Jeremy squeels. Rick and Brady immediately hear it and see what’s happening. One hits Wilhelm, the other skims Jeremy’s shirt at the shoulder.
RIck draws his revolver crit DEAD on the throat slitter!
Jeremy fires his derringer, Wilhelm his revolver, Jack Brady attacks with is knife.
The 2 attack Brady with clubs.
Rick takes out another then Jack finishes off the last one with 2 gut stabs.

We gather what we want from the store and search the place. Find 60 Aussie pound ($300), shotgun, well thumbed book “Wonderous Intelligences” by 17 the century Englishsman John Woodville. 1st and only editon worth 500 aussie pounds.

Wilhelm checks the wine. There is a tiny puncture in each cork like a syringe.
Wycroft’s truck we heard he took into the desert full of stuff is missing.

We inform the authorities they went nuts and attacked us all, killing Wycroft.

Jack and Mulhoon have dragged themselves out and have indeed began organizing the expedition. Rick spends the rest of the day with them gathering stuff.

Rick and Wilhelm go through Woodville’s book tonight. Once had an ornate spine with a diamond shape.
Numerous woodcut illustrations of low quality. Testimony of Woodville’s dream visions and prophecies, esp his torture by demons; lots of sexual practices portrayed to protect one from such an assault; concludes with a prophecy of the devils downfall by shapeless and terrible angelic beings and the end of humanity from Ryleh!! Bringing about the downfall of abominable humanity.
Author claims his posession by a demon in his younger days. Interrogated in this world.
It describes his mind swapping by a Yith. It travelled widely then.
It predicts the rise of Ryleh and the Beast striding forth upon the earth.

Dodge says there used to be a book in Melbourne library that mentioned Ryleh, the Ponape Scriptures. Disappeared a few years ago. Had been loaned to a John Scott of Boston and never returned.
Scott, from the Silver Twilight! Investigators never found that book, so where is it?

Assault on Gray Dragon Island

Saturday, Oct 4 1890: Gray Dragon Island Attack

Wilhelm and Rick have been helping Hsuen study the 7 cryptical books.

We approach island. We loose our 6 longships of 20 troops each. Ho’s yacht and the Dark Mistress are docked on the pier. 1 ship to each, full of us, ninja’s, Brady, the Iluminati men, the Flying Squad and Fairburn, and 4 us marines.
The others land on the island, those men will hold the beach in case we are found out; then return to the ships to bring the second wave.
The fight quickly turns general on Ho’s junk but we win handily.

On the Mistress: RC and Phat encounter a hulking humanoid beast and is taken down fast, but RC and Simon finish it off.
The handle of the door to below feels fleshy to Simon. Below, at least another 12 or 15 of the same hulking killers we just fought lying in bunks. They do not know we are here yet.
We close the door and get off. Below decks is certainly a portal, to a larger place than the ship is itself!!

1 townsfolk wandered down to the beach, dispatched by royal marines. He has the Innsmouth look!! The whole town presumably does.
Simon wants to set charges at the waterline and sink it. He and Rick get to it.
By the time the Ho junk battle is over they are done.
The 2nd wave, full of New China, were attacked by deep ones. 2 entire boats of men were lost. The others have landed.
The townsfolk are starting to come out of their houses here and there.
The Marshal and his rangers are watching the beach with Chum (who wields a steam powered hand gattling gun) and the 11 green gang enforcers as the deep ones attack. After a volley by our men it, melee joins. We lose 1 green gang enforcer.
Our marines begin to volley into the town when enough targets are visible now that more are awakened by the gunfire.
Schuyler lets loose with the gattling gun.
Hobbes has been filming the entire thing from the far left of the beach with his night lense of his own invention.
The fanatic Brady trained commies have rushed to the forefront of the volley, and take the brunt of the return fire from the monstrous population. 11 are killed.
The town attacks like fanatics, but the marines with the comies and the gattling kill them to a man.
In the large building, we find several cages full of women. Sex toys. Ugh. We rescue them carefully.
Not long after the fight is engaged, the dymamite is set off on the Dark Mistress.
Tentacles lash out everywhere. Corpses floating in the water dissolve in the blood, the dead scream and wail as they do. Souls of the pirates of the yacht being devoured. The portal collapses, the ship is in tatters, a huge glowing rip in space opens and its sucked through. Bishop stands on teh edge of the boat, in his original form, screaming “I’ll return!! From the bowels of hell even, I shall be back!!!” and sucked through he is!!!

Not knowing if all the deep ones are dead or not, we keep the women in the village in a defensible spot with a detatchment of men, along with the downed Phat. The rest of us continue into the jungle.
A clear path leads to a cave opening in the volcano.
2 ranks of PC’s take the lead; followed by a third of the us marnines, then Slaughter and Rangers; ninjas and fairburn plus flying squad; the chinese commies and the green gang separated by the brit marines, who also have the rest of the PC’s with them; a third of the us marines; Jap marines; Iluminati; a third of the us marines.

Flaming oil spews from a booby trap just ahead. RC, Billy and Simon jump out of the way. The next 3 Chung, Paul and Schuyler do the same. The next 3 ranks of US marnines, 1 in each rank fail to escape in time. 2 get out before burning too badly. 1 is stuck, too much in pain to escape. He burns in agony falling dead moments later. It continues down the ranks. 1 Ranger is burned some, as is 1 ninja but not bad; It reaches the flying squad, a couple are noticably burned.
It then hits Brady’s men. 3 of them die. Then it is too thin and everyone gets out of the way.
We press on to the cave entrance.
A Hound of Tindalos, a dog that looks like its been turned inside out, attacks Brady’s Chinese.
Brady quickly responds to help his men. Then Chum right after. A few more of the New China die in the fight before Brady and Chum kill it.

Finally we reach the cave, a fetid odor emanated from it.
We walk into a large central room with a huge futuristic rocket at the middle. A large statue of the Bloated Women. About 50 men milling about, most with rifles.
A pool of water on each side of the missile, one boiling hot. A moat of magma surrounds the missile. 6 scaffolding sections reach over the moat to the missile. One has a tower to the tip of the rocket. Also a pile of boxes.
3 doorways lead out of the room at the far half.
Brady’s men volunteer to attack first. They will charge. The US Marines will provide supporting fire. We will go around the flanks to get to the other areas.
Hobbes will film from the entrance.

We order our charge. The Chinese first get their attention and charge right into them. The US Marines provice cover fire for them next and put a mean hurtin’ on the enemy.
Simon “Schuyler, why haven’t you ever told us about these men?”
“I never needed to call upon them until now.”
The PC groups then begin filing in and through the room.

The flying squad go for the storage are with Jeremy. They find small, 4 cigar shaped tanks with backstraps attached to a welding gun (at full power can do 2d10 damage at 5’ away).

Simon takes Chung goes down the right wall to the doorway there and the Bloated Women statue. Wilhelm joins him. Texans and Japanese Marines as well and Taro, and 5 Iluminati. They find more captive women, who say they are being kept for the Bloated statue to come alive and have its way with them. Wilhelm says the Eye needs to be set atop the volcano.

Rick will go for the rocket with Billy and Schuyler. The Green Gang will go also to keep everyone off of his crew and help him get up to the rocket itself. They reach it and fire into the rafters as Billy starts to climb up. 4 come down and attack Schuyler with blowtorches. He engages them with a few of the Green Gang as Rick and the rest follow Billy upward.
2 green gang are killed in the assault.

Paul and RC go down the left wall. The ninjas join them. Royal Marines too, and 5 Iluminati. RC busts open the doors.
Passing the boiling pool, a group of deep ones attack but the marines slaughter them. There stands Sir Aubrey Penhew at a worktable. There sits something that obviously goes into the nose of the rocket, lots of complicated electical equipment. Parts of the missile! Probably the exploding parts.
Penhue “Leave my stronghold, in the name of Nyarlathotep. In the name of Cthulhu! Cthulhu Ftagn! My will must be obeyed!”
We rush forward as he raises his hands to cast!! One mighty hit from RC cripples the old man DEAD!!
RC then scalps him and adds it to his set with anarchist.

The final room is full of Egyptian treasures worth riches!! We start getting this stuff to our boats asap.

A small room behind is done up like an egyptian burial chamber: Penhue’s future death chamber.

The marines help finish off the men on the scaffolding.

Rick sets the rest of the TNT charges on the missile, especially on the inside.
All the stuff in Penhue’s room we haul out to take with us, not knowing what part explodes nor how to properly destroy it.
While this is going on, men are supervised to get all the Egyptian artifacts to our boats.

In the supply stuff, we find an long reel of detonator wire. We can now set the charge off far enough away from the place that the person doing it will not be in danger.

In the midst of this, the place starts to shake and rumble. A Shaggoth explodes from the bubbling pool atop 3 of Brady’s men standing there, killing them all!
It then lashes out as everyone of our men flee i panic, killing more!!!

Someone needs to hold it in order for us to get away.
Suddenly, a phantom, a spirit, appears, assaulting the Shaggoth. It turns and bellows “Flee you fools! Flee.”
That gives us the first moment we need to rush to the passage out.
It catches up quick, RIck, Billy and Simon hold the hall door as the others get out. It would have killed Billy, but RC leaps in front of the blow taking the shot (card) but for minimum damage(card)!!!

We all turn and run up the tunnel. Hobbes pushes the plunger down.

We rush for the boats!!! Everyone!!! The island is shaking violently!!
Rick and Schuyler have to pilot Ho Phong’s junk out to get all of our people out.

As we get away, the island sinks into the sea.


Oct 4 through 9

Lots of rest, study, Wilhelm fixing Billy’s pathos of lying. Margo is given all the Egyptian artifacts we got from Penhew and the warehouse, to ship them to the British Museum.

Oct 10

We board Santos’s steamer for Darwin, with short stop in Hong Kong to drop of Ho’s daughter. Brady is with Rick and Billy all the way to Kenya.
Rick talks with Esteban about the Inv. clues about cult activity on the south pacific, tells him what Pena is doing, and asks him to poke around to his own contacts, as he has the opportunity, as he works the ocean here to South America concerning any strange activity that may be of interest to us.
Rick talks to Wilhelm about an idea he has concerning these dreamlands the MH have been to. If time runs slower there, so days there are only hours or so here, it is an invaluable place to take the time to study forbidden tomes and do lengthy research.
“It would be nice to have a reliable way there anytime we wish.”
Wilhelm mentions the wine given them on the train “that vineyard is worth looking into.”
Wang Phat says once we are back, he will try to look into it, he will not be accompanying the MH to Hauptman.

Shanghai Investigation and Gathering Allies

Sept. 17, Arrive Shanghai

Rick has to use a contact to smuggle our weapons and tobacco in, as there are none allowed through customs.
He says he has another contact here he knows about for certain that should be helpful: Sir Edmund Hart, the Charge de Affairs here, with connections to US, Confederate, and Tx forces, and a personal connection with Fairburn.

At the docks, a lowly Chinese laborer sits, Chain SMoking on the dock. Rick recognizes him, not Chinese but Japanese and in disguise; they were temporary allies in Nepal once, named Eiji Takagawa a member of Black Dragon Society (Jap secret service). Rick and Billy go up and say high in Chinese, “What’s his honorable white man needs?” Rick asks if he knows where the guest house is Chung has planned for us. He says can’t get there from here, go away white man. This lets him know where we are staying. Rick scoffs at him for not being able to give directions to a superior, kicks some mud in his face and walks away.
Think opening sequences at the bay of Enter the Dragon, but older.
Chung gives us a low down:
Marine base here.
Shanghai Municipal Police, run by Fairburn (Later, historically, inventor of modern commando knife fighting)
French concession has own police force and detectives, hundreds. Including auxiliary 500 Russian mercs. And Special Brigade, based of Fairburns unit, tall northerc Chinese numbering 200.
Japanese have 250 martial artists to protect Japanese interests.
US has a us marshal and half a dozen deputies. They are the only ones who can do anything w/o consulting SMP.
Each of Texas and Confederates have Ranger, Marshal, respectively.
There are 3 sectors: British; French;Internation. All cop parties can operate in international section.

Schuyler goes to check in at the Embassy Occult Secret Services cell. Consulate is Harry Furthman, young Minnestan. More interested in chics than statesmanship.
Schuyler finds out the city has a riot squad, one of the world’s first swat like team. Could come in handy. 78 in number. 20% english, 15% sieks, rest Chinese; all trained by Fairburn. Their training house is right near Brit embassy. Well equipped, even steam powered armored care called ‘bloody mary’.
The marshal’s have a rivalry with the secret services, so it takes some serious work but finally Schuyler gets the marshal at his disposal.

Paul goes to check in at the British Embassy for the group of us. Clive Chesney heads British Naval Intel. He works with Edmund some, but not crazy about him. Prefers things done above board and proper, unlike Edmund and Rick.

Chung takes us to a place he knows we can get rooms, we do not know the length of our stay. Preferably a western run hotel. Chung found out where Elias stayed, the Jin Jiang Guest House. That’s our place then.
A cheap hostel on Black Slipper lane, one of many allies in the south market district Nantao. A throng of markets, temples and shipping houses all very close together. The lane itself is only 4’ wide. Westerners welcome but not common.
Windows are barred on outside! All signage is bilingual.
Rick, Billy, Chung, and Simon enter the hostel. Jeremy decides to take a walk around the neighborhood to get the lay of the land, Wilhelm.
It has 6 apartments, 2 on each floor. Wide entrance hall. Small mallet Rick rings a small bell next to door reading ‘manager’. Door opens quickly, and a beautiful, delicate Chinese woman comes out with tiny steps, teetering a bit on her culterally bound feat. Fan in one hand, cigarette holder in the other.
Rick interest is peaked. She speaks English. 2 open apartments, perhaps up to 4 in each.
We pay for a few nights up front.
She says one needs cleaned still.
Its here we bring up why we chose here, Jakcson Elias. She says he paid in advance for a month and stayed 2 weeks.
Rick “Is the room he stayed in one those open?”
Yes, no one has stayed in it since he’s been here.
No need to clean it, Billy says. We’ll take it as is.
We finish paperwork, Rick lays on the charm.
Rick is really laying the flirting on, she invites Rick into her office for a drink and talk about Elias. Rick accepts. Her apartment is plush, flamboyant, she’s very wealthy even though her place would not make it look as such.
Billy et al take our bags up to the third floor rooms. Both are identical. Each has 1 electric lamp in outer room, inner bedroom lit by oil lamps. 2 cots to each room are brought in. No plumbing, chamber pot instead.
Community shower in courtyard. Breakfasts cooked on premises.

She serves tea to her and Rick. She is a wealth of knowledge of the city social life. Her husband died a few year ago. Knows nicect bars, clubs, goes to all embassy functions. Just a well known personality so she gets in to places.
At the word of Elias death sends her into emotions, very distraut. Rick gentlemanly pours her Brandy and sooths her.
Stumbling Tiger Bar: ‘she recommended several good bars, but he went to that and Black Lotus, very dangerous, and Hell’s Kithcen in French Quarter.
Ho Phong: good pious man, at all big events, well connected; unfortunate his wife, now dead, turned out to be a cheat and whore, connected to underworld and boxers; rumored also involved in Green Gang (secret society, huge criminal org like mafia, true power in city; there is even a whole section of the cops who are a gang of theirs; cop corruption rampant); She had fallen in love with her chauffeur and tried to run with him after strealing lots of money from Ho Phong; captured by the Green Gang they say; body turned up soon after and looked like took her days to die; horrific nature of it drew daughter insane, she is kept locked up at home by Ho Phong. She tells Rick where his mansion (aka fortress) is, as well the HQ for the business. His yacht is the Luxuriant Goddess. Has warehouses all over Asia.
Says rumors an ancient Cult of Bloated Woman is back and at war with Green Gang; way worse befalls those on their bad side. Speaking of that, Phong’s wife could have been taken out by Bloated Woman actually.
She recognizes the dark mistress, here at least 3 or 4 times a year. She does not know Aubrey Penhue. She recognizes Brady! He stayed here! Right after Elias left, came looking for him. He left message for Elias if he returned: “Come to chum’s place”. She doesn’t know what that means, he said Elias would know.

Rick goes upstairs and searches the room.
In spatoon is a piece of crinkled old paper!! It’s in English, but his mind was obviously going by this time. Its his notes on Order of Bloated Woman!! He thought it was of great import, connected to Black Pharaoh. Talks about the war vs Green Gang; worship/led by a beautiful woman with a fan that is seemingly at odds with the Bloated Epitath idea; it says they have a HQ here, either Hell’s Kitchen or Black Lotus but he wasn’t sure.

We spend the rest of the day getting a detailed lay of land, where all important places are. Rick goes to see Sir Edmund, who warns Rick not to get too involved in politics here, nor Green Gang. They have to many connetions. Different story if we want to take out a supposed rival, if so talk to Fast Eddie. Hangs at Hell’s Kitchen. Handled Opium for Big Ears Du. He is an enterprising lt. for them; face of Green Gang.
He has never heard of Bloated Woman. Dark Mistress arrived yesterday! Logged in as owned by Penhue Foundation.
Black Lotus has worst rep. Hell’s Kitchen is where everyone goes. If that’s the center of a cult, they are masking it well. Very nice place, huge dance floor. Upper crust even. Orchestral band.
Ask about Lo Ping: he says he has 2 goals, live forever and make Chine number 1 power on earth, embodiment of the Yellow Peril. Lo Ping has an HQ here, though has not been here for years. Operates also out of Limehouse in London, and various Chinatowns around the world.

Jeremy and Wang Phat go to Imports of Theo’s girlfriend in NY, with letter of introduction and instructions to assist us in any way possible. The office is run by Margo Lao Chang, also half Chinese. She is fully cooperative with the instructions. Looks more English than Chinese, 5’9" for one thing. She’s not impressdy by Jeremy personally. She can sneak us out easily if needed.
SHe also has the gattling gun that was sent from Quin’s imports in London and smuggled in. It will remain here until needed.
She says Phong is well established businessman in town; she knows he is up to no good; skirts law constantly; shipments that are secret come and go constantly; investigators getting too close tend to disappear and are found worse than just dead. For sure, he’s responsible for his wife’s death she believes firmly. Elias did stop in, but nothing she could tell him. Jack Brady, never heard of him.
They leave. Has connections and agent all around. Heard of Dark Mistress?
Black Lotus all art deco, but darkly lit place. Band plays more slow and sensuous music. Big impression of skullduggery. Owned by Big Ears Du.

Message from Eiji is delivered later today, says meet at Hell’s Kitchen. House band considered best in the city.

Sept. 18

Stumbling Tiger: Rick/Wilhelm/Jeremy. Single floor establishment; Single room, separate toilet. Large, dark and dirty. Terrible lighting. Smells old and damp too. Even though its mid afternoon its half filled. All Chinese. Man behind bar is Eurasion mix, Chinese and something else. Wilhelm gets an immediate feel of tuberculosis.
Fergus Chum, Scotch/Chinese. Rick orders a glass of scotch, Islay region. Excellant actually. He has relatives that supply him. Speaks ok English. We drink a couple, ease into a repore with him.
Wilhelm sees no evidence anywhere of Mythos.
We finally show the matchbook and bring up Elias. He repeats several times he has never seen him, nor heard of him. Nor Brady, until pressed a little more. Brady saves this guys life once in a brawl; but hasn’t seen him in a long time.
Does not know where he was staying, he spent a lot of time here. Keeps saying he thinks he left Shanghai.
He talks for 5 silver dollars Jack went to Rangoon in Burma, to a Charlie Gray, selling guns he thinks, along the coast “plenty long time, month, two months, who knows”.
He and Rick almost fight over whether he’s telling the truth.

Rick goes to talk to Edmund about Charlie Gray. He says there is indeed a Charlie Gray limited, believed they do run illegal arms.
Rick wires this Charlie Gray if he knows a Jack Brady, mutual friend told me he was here.

Replies Brady worked for him several months last year, then took rifles to a Santos in Nicaragua or Guatemale, now in South America.
Add in from Nairobi Brady friend: saw Brady in Hong Kong, and he had a friend at the asylum.

Rick goes back to bar and talks to Chum again. Chum comes clean. Brady travels under assumed names, went to South America couple months ago to trade with a man named Santos; to then travel to NY to find the detectives he heard were looking for him and investigating Roger’s death. He heard from Roger’s sister.
What!?!? She was in contact with him!?!? Grrrr!!
He says the Bloated Woman Cult is all over China, not just here. He confirms our suspicion that Ho Phong is the head at least her. HIs fortress estate is impossible to break in to.
Hell’s Kitchen is what it seems to be, where Green and Red Gangs to business, neutral ground.
Black Lotus is a den of squallor. Any sexual perversion, drug, etc can be acquired.
Owned by Big Ear Du. Brady thought he was in on the cult, Chum is not so sure. He thinks the cult operates out of there but not sure about Du. If he betrayed the Green Gang to the cult, he’d be dead.
He knows nothing of the thin, fan wielding woman. May have been a mistake in the translation. He does not know what Elias translated that from but it wasn’t from the Several Cryptical Books of Hsan, the primary bible of the Bloated Woman. Its too old, the translation says led by surely, worship makes no sense. If not, all we know is wrong.
Concerning the boat and Penhue: comes here often, crew depraved and degenerate; cult operated; operates out of Gray Dragon Island. Owner of boat is Alfred Penhurst. Rick shows him the portrait, its Penhue!! Every few weeks, junks sail to the island, crowned by a volcanic peak. Ho Phong’s private yacht visits it often too. Sailors will never dock there, even in an emergency. 2 groups of scout boats sent there by Brady, both never seen again.
We go out of the back room and into the bar to find a body lying dead, the place is empty. Knife wound, multiple in the side and back. Has makeup on his face. He’s a European! Chum says he came in right after we did, the first time and this time.
Uh oh.
The bartender is in the street just hanging out. He says that he noticed that a Jap came in to the bar, this dead guy had come to bar trying to get close enough to listen at the store room. This Jap curtly says for all to get out. Everyone took off, then he must have killed this guy. The bartender doesn’t even know how the Jap got out, never saw him leave.
We look for him, and the bathroom window is broken outwards.
Chum’s jig may be up.
He knows nothing about where we are staying, and Elias liked her quite a bit. He never said why he chose that place, if it wasn’t random.

Back to hotel to meetup.
Knock at our door, the maid says there is a man downstairs to see Rick and Paul. We go downstairs.
It’s a man with big bushy eyebrows, huge black bushy beard, big belly.
It’s a disguise.
“Come, let us drink together!” to a local drinking establishment in a Russian accent, a terrible one.
We join him at a place close by. He bears a message from a friend he says “You don’t know what you are doing. The forces here are very precariously balanced, the fate of the world is so. You must stop screwing around, wait, you will be contacted when its time for you to play your part.”
Rick “By whom.”
“A friend.”
‘We should trust you why?"
’You have no reason to trust me." Who the friend is, he can not say.Rick feels he has seen him somewhere before. Its Esteban Santos. He leaves.
Brady must be here, it was all a ruse.
Billy, who obviously tailed us here, follows him but loses him in the throngs.
Back to the hotel.
Notice in the paper “The Stars Are Right” in handout, concerning Master Lung and to contact him.
Wilhelm goes to see Master Lung with Simon, Wang Phat.
Rick goes to Hell’s Kitchen to meet Eija, with Billy, Schuyler, Paul, and Jeremy.
Wang Chung keeps a vigil on the Black Lotus all night.

Its close to Ho Phong’s warehouse. Lung answers the door, small but affable man. Acts very scared.
We go inside, tell him we want to talk about this stars aligning thing. He beckons us further inside to the secdnd room office. Lots of tiger tails make a screen to walk through.
He gasps as Wilhelm walks through the tails.
He tells us to sit. We do, and he reacts frightfully.
“Look, you see this charming brass armlet here. It has a very pleasing texture, why don’t you touch it.”
Wilhelm second guesses doing so, considering his previous reactions.
“I must ask you gentleman, touth it or leave.”
WIlhelm does and he gasps again. He pulls down a sword made of strung together coins, which he shakes at us and chants. Then he screams, leaping back, grabbing hot coals via tongs and puts them inside his slippers, burning them apart.
SImon “This some kind of ritual, Wilhelm?”
Wilhelm is as lost as Simon and Wang are.
He falls upon his knees “Fine, take me to the underworld you damn demon!”
Wilhelm “I’m from Amsterdam.”
Wang “We are not demons.”
He says today is the day, the demon comes to take me away to hell. He has prepared the tiger tails, the cursed amulet, the sword of coins, the brazier of burning slippers, every trick he has to force the demons away. He doesn’t believe it.
Simon says he’s Christian.
This guy is nuts that he is about to die.
Chung says “Its the cat.”
Simon draws his sword and walks back to the front door.
The cat springs 2 more arms and grows to 10’ tall right in the alley beside the house!! Dog like head, horned, dripping fanged muzzle, pincer claws.
“Out of my way, priest, I have a soul to collect.” Simon walks right to it and the battle begins.
Wilhelm arrives then, hurling holy water. Lung runs out from behind him with the coin sword!! Its a mystical wpn, doing 2d20 to such a creature.
Wang Phat then joins in as well.
This demon is a badass but we best him and he fades away with “The next time the stars are right, I’ll be back”.

He was rude to a customer, Ho Phong, who said he’d die via a demon each time the stars are right. Accused him of being a lowlife eater of dogs. He gives us his greatest treasure for saving his life: (not the blade, it a one use per preparation thing) the chalice from the palace of the ancient emperor of China; if filled with holy water, then drank it will revive if totally drank. All fatigue heals completely. 1/day. Must utter the simple chant first.
He’s going to flee to Peking now.
Concerning Bloated Woman: many of there victims will have no arms, its part of their ritual to do that and let them bleed to death. They use razor sharp sickles.
Often they have a symbol tatooed on them, which he shows us.
Back to the hotel.

Hell’s Kitchen:
Hobbes and RC come as well. He took a picture of the dead European pre and post disguise.
We invite Chum, and he will join us. Wang Chung secretly watches over him until he gets there.
Its a jumpin place, great music indeed.
Rick makes contact with Eija, as a Japanese gentleman in tophat. He asks why I’m here, he says Bloated Woman is code name for Phong’s smuggling ops. He is confident thats all it means, he’s working against Japanese interests, and they plan on making a move soon, burn warehouses to the ground simultaneously, 5 of the 10.
He repeats what we’ve heard multiple time: his home is impossible to break in to. Rick lays on with the details. Eija’s respose “Wow”. He knows not of the island even.
He says his superior Cpt is in charge of investigating it. Several operatives have landed on the island but never heard from ahead.
He says Japan is ready to go to war with Russia, over islands to the north.
A lead female singer comes on, Greta von Stumpf
Rick “She’s fine to look at, and listen to.”
Eija is interested in her too, Rick will totally back down for him. He would love to introduce Rick to her.
She’s known for the fan she carries. Not another one!
A disturbance on the dance floor now, a little leprechaun looking guy is being yelled at by a marine, who he then punches and flattens, over a girl.
Rick “I didn’t expect to see a fight in here”. The bouncers close in fast, drag the marine out but the shorty convinces them he’s not trouble.
He then approaches and greets us and sits down of his own accord.
Orders another round “put it on his tab”.
Paul sits down now.
Rick “Excuse me, sir?”
“I know who you are. And the kind of business you’re in.” He accuses Rick of stealing from every tomb in every country.
His business if moving things, and he’s the man if we need it. He’s Pat Devlin, of Dublin.
This is his current base of ops. He then brings his beautiful ‘girlfriend’ Rose over (obviously a lady of the night) then sends her away.
After a few more minutes, his other girlfriend Iris walks by, then Daisy. He has 6 live in girlfriends.
After a couple bottles, he offers some strong advice, and yells across to Dr. Hong, and a withered old man comes over “Ah, my friend Patrick, you called.” Gambler and owner of a bric a brak store. That;s why he figured I’d be of interest. Has books of Taoist and Buddhist ancient secret knowledge etc etc.
Rick “Sounds great, leave me your card.”
He passes it.
Hong asks if we’d like an introduction to Fast Eddie, he’s important to know if your planning on smuggling artifacts out of China. That’s what they figure Rick is doing here. He points out 2 members of the Chinese Secret Police to make sure Rick is not planning on stealing any artifacts out of China.
Rick “How do I know you’re not setting me up?”
“Even if I speak of the mirror?”
Rick “What mirror?”
“I’m sorry, I must have mistaken you for someone else” and he leaves the table.
Pat “Obviously I mistook your intention, excuse me” for inviting the Dr. over.
Rick “What mirror?”
Slightly irregular ovular, encased in carved jade of swirling characters in an unknown alphabet.
The Star Mirror.
Rick has heard of it. Also called the Murder Mirror, dating to Cimmerian times. Lost in China hundreds of years ago. He can put us on the right track for a price, Hong was just an intermediary, Pat doesn’t like to deal directly. He hates us F’ing English. He wants $1000, then another $1000 upon delivery or $10000 if he can get it for us. A contest.
No, Rick gives him 2000 up front. He says fine, but don’t blame him if someone else beats him to us.
Emile de Briac is missing, a priest and amateur archaeologist; he has the item. Find him and you find the item. He sent a letter to Pat, they knew each other and he knew Pat can move things. It details a potential trove of Old One terror!!! He destroyed all he could, but the mirror would not break via any attempts. St. Pantelon Mission Hospital in the French Quarter is where he asks Pat to come.
BS, this letter was not addressed to Patrick. It was intercepted before it left for France. His friends he sent to check the hospital ended up dead in a terrible manor. Dried up mummified, found near the hospital. This was 2 weeks ago. He’s been waiting for someone to sell the info to in order to make some profit.
Rick “All right, have another drink.”

Fast Eddie loves to rub shoulders with the famous, and when Paul talks to him he asks to be introduced to Rick so Paul does so. We talk for a while with him.

Eija recognizes the guy knifed, Russian secret service. His guess is he was killed by another secret service.

Sept. 19

The Riot Squad ask us to cop station, specifically Rick and Paul. They take Wilhelm with them and all our evidence.
We are sent to Fairburn’s office. A man we were seen with was found dead, Eija!!
The case is strange. They take us to the scene, we send for Wilhelm before we leave the station. He shows up with RC and Billy.
His bed at his room is disheveled, he lies there nude. Look of extreme horror on his face; coroner feels he was smothered. There are strange welts as if multeple appendiges grasped him. He has a bite of something in his mouth: a big almost foamy piece of fatty tissue. Like animal fat, actually, but spongier.Sucker marks along his chin. It grabbed him by the face and he bit a piece of it off. Under his fingernails is more of the fatty substance, as if he were clawing at it.
Wilhelm recalls the Necronomicon, and pulls out a passage on the Bloated Woman Avatar. It describes how an attack by it would leave just these markings. He was having sex with it!!!
The Singer with the fan!!
This is horrible.

We send Jeremy, Simon, and Chung to check on who Eija was seen with last night after talking to Rick, if any neighbors saw him come home with anyone, etc. Soon, a child runs up to them with a note, that if you want to find out what happened last night, go to a certain place. They do so, leading to a tenament building. The apartment we want is on the 3rd floor. Its full of Japanese, mostly looking like beggars but awfly well fed judging by their builds.
Simon knocks on the door and is greeted by a gruff “come in.”
Inside is a guy who looks like a typical laborer, but a bit better dressed like a foreman or the like. He invites us to sit on the mats, a woman enters with a tray moving with the supple guile of a panther, dispenses sake to us all.
“Thank you for coming” in Chinese then turns to English since Simon can’t understand otherwise.
Wang “We received your note.”
He pulls a lever on the floor and the walls all turn around. Behind them are 8 ninja!!
“Let’s begin by, as the Americans like to say, putting our cards on the table. You have 1 chance in 5 of leaving this building alive” and that’s only if our answers to his querries are to his liking.
First, he wants to truly know who we are. We tell the truth.
He ID’s himself as Cpt. Asogi Tato, of Imperial Naval Intel.
He wants to know why we murdered his operative Eija. One of his main agents of the last 3 years and “I am not happy that he is dead!” He demands to know why we are here. We tell him that was Rick’s friend and that we are here to destroy the Cult of the Bloated Woman. That they killed Eija.
He thinks we are also here for ‘the weapon’. What weapon?
We only want any weapon there so that they don’t have it, if there is a weapon.
He says they have a weapon that can rend the sky and destroy entire cities.
“Then why are you secretly training an assault force of over 200 men in a warehouse, that are planning a raid of the island”. We have no idea about this.
He mentions some high tech stuff being sent to Gray Dragon Island. They now of Dark Mistress and want to know its connection.
After a discussion he realizes we are not quite who he thought we were.
He gives us the address of where Brady is training his men.
We advise him to team up with others when the time comes, we will ask again when a meeting to set up a joint operation is ready.
He agrees to hear us out when that time comes but promises nothing; to send him messages to this address, and we may leave alive but followed.

We leave to meet back with the rest of the team.
So, they believe the cult us building a high tech weapon, not some dark magical ritual. Wow, that’s news to us, and not good news.
This makes us think of Look to the Future. He mentioned Radium and Liquid Oxygen. Hmm.

Back at Fairburn:

Paul lays it on thick.
Rick rolls out the chain of evidence as an impromptu presentation concerning the Carlysle Expedition, Penhue, The Bloody Tongue in NY, and the chain of evidence leading here. He won’t believe the world is going to end, but he could believe the murderous danger involved; then Paul’s final words together convinces him, but does not advise telling the other police since there is a corruption. But we might want to let the gangsters know.
Rick says we need to make this a joint operation if we can get some other players at the table. Fairburn recommends the Green Gang. He will contact Sir Edmund to begin coordinating meetings.

Then to Sir Edmund, who is all in with whatever Rick needs to do, will assist with all his influence in setting up a meeting of the minds, starting immediately.

Once Jeremy et al return, we make a list:
The Marshal; Green Gang via Fast Eddie and Big Ears Du; Japs; Fairburn’s Flying Squad; New China Commandos (Brady’s men).
To meet Du = Rick
Schuyler to Marshal
Chung back to the Japanese
Paul to convince Brady to join and not go lone gunman on this.

During afternoon, Rick, Hobbes and Billy go to museum to do some digging and for Rick to introduce himself.
Wilhelm to newspaper archives with Jeremy to translate, plus RC for muscle. It takes all day to go through the records. He finds 3 things important, all relatively recent:
1) 8 weeks ago: Seaman’s club damaged; destroyed late one night on river side; no injuries; blamed on seapage under foundation; drunk men reported monsters in river preceding collapse. We figure Deep Ones.
2) 3 monks found dead 2 weeks ago in pavillion fire via overturned brazier; all 3 respected scholars of Chinese heritage. Fire lept in uncanny fashion! Fire Vampires! European seen leaving vicinity. (Penhue?)
3) Violent incident on Lantern St. number 88, 2 nights before we arrived. One a female resident; violently slain; even the locals taken aback by the cruelty; one ID’d killer as giant bat.

As Jeremy and crew leave the library in the evening, 3 men approach them and demand they come with them in Chinese while taking attack stances.
RC readies to fight, but Jeremy says lets follow them first.
They lead us to a well guarded house. Inside, 2 huge white apes, and an old Chinese man Lin Tang Yoo. He orders the apes to retreat. He has questions for us. He is a collector of ancient texts. Claims to be the most powerful man in China. A gorgeous woman in sheer silk sits on the floor next to him.
He says an agent of ours has stolen something from him that he wants back. Jack Brady stole the 7 cryptical books. Everybody thinks we are in league with Brady. Wilhelm demands we don’t know Brady personally, nor is he an agent of ours.
He pulls a lever after a short conversation. A sheet of hard plastic drops, separating him from us. His 3 martial artists spring to us and he demands we give him the 7 books!
RC readies to defend his charges.
They attack. RC drops 2 immediately. The 3rd is better and lasts a few round longer.

LIn “I will fill that room with poison gas unless you give me the book!”
Jeremy “We don’t have any books!”
RC “We are trying to find this Brady ourselves.”
“Then let us trade information.”
Brady’s girlfriend is Choy Mae Ling. She disappeared a few days ago. Has a whorehouse with no name, just 88 Lantern St.
That’s the violent incident where the giant bat attacked!! The cult has her.
He brings up a carved eye, says we want it badly. He will give it to us if we give him the books. He confirms that the attack is when she and Brady both vanished.
Either the cult took them both, or since then they’ve stuck to the training facility.

At museum:
Mr. Mao sees Rick almost immediately. He supplies names of 34 Shanghai scholars who could help us with info, and addresses for 21 of them. Concerning the cult and mirror in total.

Chung leads Rick around, starting with the addresses. We start at 10am. We find the first in half an hour. He is of no value.
Takes Chang much longer to find the next guy. Mu Hsuen’s house. He refuses to see us until Rick mentions Bloated Women. He says there is no physical form Bloated Woman. If Eija’s arms weren’t removed, it was not the cult. Only a fraction of the victims have been found, typically cut off arms and allow to bleed to death. The order wants to summon their goddess to earth. The first step is a poisoning or rupburing of the sky.
The tech weapon.
Over the next year, the world will become tainted by evil entities, the stars will shift, then the pantheon of the Bloated Woman will rise upon the earth. They speak the names of the 4: Cthulhu, Nyogtha, Yogsathoth; Azathoth. Only way to stop them is with ancient knowledge hidden in a book. He will try to find out, but never come to his house again. Go to the main post office and leave a message for Mr. Pheng Wu Pei in general delivery.
Rick “Then what do you think killed Eija?”
He can not tell, but does sound like an avatar of the Bloated Woman.
Nyarlathotep is behind all of this.
After the rupturing of the sky, then the birth of the prince of darkness. “But the key to it all is Egypt! Leave this place and go to Egypt! Find the ward, power the ward, use the ward.” That’s it.
He is the important guy.

This evening, Paul and RC and Simon go to the training grounds and Brady.
Rick goes to check on the mirror with Billy and Hobbes. At the hotel, an Englisman beckons us into the archaeologist his apartment.
The man is of Shanghai municipal police, been staking out the scene of the crime. Found murdered! Here in the apartment.
de Briac was killed. Blood all drained out, sucker marks all over body. Different from Eija. He offers he and Rick to join forces.
Rick says he got a letter saying to come and see him at the hospital. The officer has no authority there though. Father Duvie is the head, and the officer is sure he knows something. He offers to show us the body. A patrolman is called to take us. A very detail oriented patrolman, writing down all we say and our full names and descriptions.
The body is worse than we though, desacated shell and look of screaming horror on its mummified face.
Hobbes “Poor dead bastard.”
Rick thinks a few moments, into his forbidden lore knowledge and believes it was a Star Vampire. Its tittering, how it is invisible unless sucking blood.
Search of apartment finds nothing.

To hospital:
Rick sees chief medical officer Deuvie. He is very overworked, we have to wait over an hour. The arch was a friend of yours, he was administrator here. He suddenly moved out and died in his apartment. The medical officer says he was an occult hunter! Rick says “I am as well, and I’m here with a bunch of friends.”
Witness was sleeping when a guest came and said heard terrible screams. That’s when cops were called. Rick talks to that person, but they moved out. Name was Singh. She says ask the cop because Singh is a patrolman. The investigator says Singh disappeared night of the murder, hasn’t been seen since. Funny, man matching him recently assassinated 4 Fingers Cheng, a Green Gangster but escaped. Found with all blood drained from his body. Cheng was a mobster, office above Black Lotus. Body guards say Singh came to see him, screams heard, 4 Fingers dead and Singh missing.
He told Deuvie about the mirror. “He had done something” the mirror made or allowed him to do it outside the village. He told a story of being accosted at a waterfall outside of Woo Sing (2 hour drive) then turned paile. Would not say what he did.
One night, Deuvie heard a scratching noise on roof of hospital, above the arch quarters. The next day is when he moved into the hotel where he died.
He kept everything in his mind, never wrote any knowledge down so no one else would be harmed. “All else I know is confession”.
He warns us to be very careful, was thinking of harming himself. Tell us to be very careful.
Rick searches his old quarters. Finds nothing.
Deuvie admits one last thing, de Braic asked him an odd question “If you discovered you had the means to kill anyone at the meerest though, what would you do…”

Now pretty late night.
Rick, Jerem, Billy and Hobbes find Fast Eddie and Du at Black Lotus.
Lots of talks about 4 Fingers death 2 days previous. Was a Lt. of Du.
Lots of whispering: Fatty Tang killed today, also drained of blood.
Du is very upset, his girlfriend is singing at the moment.
Its easy for Rick to talk to Du.
Eija was Du’s connection in Japanese Secret Service, so he’s not happy to hear about his death.
He agrees to meeting, will inform his Triad brethren as well.
Du and Rick have a great talk, he knows Brady fights Real Evil! Cosmic Evil! Not gangs and such.
That leads into the real details we need to speak of. He thinks Brady was killed in the bat attack.
This leads to talk of Singh being innocent. They drive Rick to slums, informants take them to a few hours dead body. Its Singh. Desecated like the other 2. Informants saw him with Wrong Eye Ling, a low level informant trying to be an assassin for anyone who will take him. They were drining in this tavern, then left into alley. THen, Wrong Eye struck Singh, taking something from him. Couldn’t tell what, then said something and SIngh screamed and ran but a creature appeared out of the sky. Started just as tentacles, then a huge red beast. Then sucked him dry.
Rick “How do you find Wrong Eye to hire him?” He has an office above a tailor shop, its known.
So, Du is a go on the meeting of the minds.

Sept. 20

Clive Chesney from Brit navy intel, and Harry Furthman from US State Dept. send for Paul and Schuyler, respectively.
Clive: Says Paul owes his country loyalty, they know about the mirror and that you are going to get it. It can not be destroyed, most importantly keep it out of the grasp of England’s enemies like France or US. They trust no one else with something else this powerful. Paul agrees.
Furthman: happy Schuyler is here. They say something like this mirror can only be entrusted to US hands. If Paul hands it over to US, it will shine well on Schuyler and they will pay $10000

Paul returns to 3 more invites. French Embassy, Paul ignores that one. As well as Italians. Germans too, whom Paul does go and speak to. He speaks to Georg of German Secret Services. He insists the mirror is very important.Theodore Mexner of military intel will be looking for it, will offer much money. DO NOT GIVE IT TO HIM, says Georg. “Germany can not be trusted with the mirror! It should be destroyed or sent to a democracy.” Wow, surprising reaction! ‘There are forces in Germany that are operateing beyond the ken of normal human beings. Forces that are waiting for the stars to be right. We in the Abvar work against these forces."
All the intelligence groups have informants in Big Ears Du’s gang. His people are being assassinated by it, the mirror allows you to summon the star vampire that follows your instructions and kill whoever you want.
Now the assassin has it.
We send word to Rick about where the mirror is.

We arrange the meeting for tonight, taking properly signed/delivered notes to all involved.

To investigate the news stories goes Jeremy, Chung, Phat
1) Seaman’s Club: a drunk confirms giant frog like men. Caved the wall in to get into a room above. The American staying in there got out, haven’t seen him since. Name of John Smith but it was Brady!
2) Fire: a moving ball of flame that chased down the 3 priests, and almost got the American they were talking to. They ID the Brady photo too!
3) The madame takes money to talk: its a block away from the Stumbling Tiger Bar. We are shown the murder room. Cleaned but dried blood splatter still on ceiling from giant bat attack. 2 bodies found, Ms. Wong and Chin Chao. They weren’t even supposd to be in this room though, the girl who lived there was sold to another house day before, Mae Ling, because she had been hiding her American lover, Brady, in her room.

So they think Brady is dead, perhaps. They send us to 140 Lantern St., where she was sold to.
A man runs it. He wants to know where she is, she disappeared yesterday! He’s pissed. He does not recognize Brady at all. He offers Jeremy 5 Mexican Silver Dollars to bring her back. Mae Ling’s best friend is the one in hospital after witnessing the bat. Magenta Joy.
We go to talk to her.
She’s afraid of monster coming for her. Jeremy and Chung calm her down, and she confirms it was a monstrous bat who attacked. She’s glad Ling wasn’t there. She has no idea where they went, but said John stayed at the house of a friend named Mu.
Mu Hsuen!
Back to report.

At New China: we go to recruit them for the meeting, training troops. They insist they are a martial arts school. A crumbled piece of paper lies on ground. Jeremy reads it “Min my man, have to go underground to finish the work.” Its Brady telling him to get the army ready, he’ll contact him soon.
This guy’s an idiot, he and all his men are at home waiting for Jack to send word to strike. They are students, cops, teachers, bureaocrats, all believe in great cause of communism. Jack just convinced them to fight evil. “We strike, strike!”
He keeps trying to get Chung to fight. Finally Chung KO’s him in one Cobra punch.
He wakes up in a few minutes.

Whole gang goes to Hsuen’s house to find Brady.
After Rick produces the letter of intro from Erica to tell Brady we are working with her knowledge, he finally gives in and leads us to Brady.
Rick “Jack Brady, I presume.”
He voluntarily talks before we even asks anything.
See Jack Brady’s Statement.
M’Wuru disappeared tween Egypt and Nairobi.
He does not know where the robe is.
The drum was taken into Kenya with the safari.
We explain Gavigan et al.
His girlfriend is at another whorehouse, got sold. He’s planning on rescuing her in next day or 2. Uh oh, he does not know she ‘escaped’.
Brady “Ho Phong must have her.”
He says Ho the leader of the Bloated Woman. He wants to break into Phong’s with us.
He also says we need to look out for LIn Tang, the old guy. Brady stole the 7 cryptical books from him! There was a seal on Gray Dragon Island, stolen. The eyeball Lin Tang showed us.
He explains ritual to use the eye written in the 7 cryptical books, Hsuen will ready it and show us how to do it so we can reseal the pyramid in Egypt!

Big meeting at night. They totally believe in Ho Phong’s guilt, but he’s far too powerful to raid.
Chu Min even shows up with the commies. They insist to go in first. Even if before Brady contacts them. We tell him that if he hears from Brady, send him to meet with us.
Green Gang says he’s one of their biggest customers, but he must go if he’s with Bloated Woman.
Outsiders have to take him out, meaning us. Slaughter might go along for that.
In the meantime, we need to get the mirror while we plan.

Simon thinks we should use the mirror to kill Ho Phong once we have it in our possession.

Sept. 21

We hear that Wrong Eye likes to hang out at the Black Lotus.
To his office go the Monster Hunters with Wang Phat.

Meanwhile, a knock at the door in Spanish “Senior Warrington, or Senior Rathbone?”
It’s Ferdinand de Plaza, the Mexican Consul. Hands over his card “My master has sent instructions that we would appreciate it if you give us this mirror.”
Somebody talked.
They offer “something infinitely more valuable” than anyting the other countries can offer. 100 Mexican Silver Dollars; AND our life. And he smiles, his teeth come to points.
Rick literally laughs.
He is some kind of creature of some sort.
Rick says he’d never give something valuable to dirtiest of dirty Mexicans rather than the British, or even the Americans.
His nails come to talon points as he reaches to shake hands.
He makes a sudden lunge, Rick is ready and dodges.
He says “good day gentlemen, I’m sure we’ll be seeing you again.”
After he leaves, there is a creek outside the door. We smell cigar smoke, and refried beans. Then it vanishes as fast as it came.
Rick burns his card as well and throws the ashes out the window.

MH are led through the streets by Chung. It’s a building with multiple shops like herbalist, feminine exports selling brides, etc.
On 3rd floor is his office. Simon leads the way inside to the waiting area. Table has stack of stationary and such. A female secretary, maybe early 20’s, sits at the desk.
She eyes Simon up big time.
Simon is no flirt, but smiles genially and asks to see her boss.
“What country are you from, big boy?”
“England originally.”
“You like Chinese girls?”
She definitely likes him. Her name is Celia Woo.
He asks to talk to Chi Mu Ling. She says she hasn’t seen him during business hours for days, but assumes he’s been here at night cause stuff is moved and such.
He gets her to spill: she has worked here for 2 years, thought working in an office would give her the opportunity to meet a European, American, maybe even Russian and get out of this hell hole. Mr. Yusuki Ashidi was here looking for Wrong Eye yesterday; also a Mexican man, no gentleman, very scary.
Wrong Eye belongs to a Green Gang faction trying to expand but Big Ears checks them all the time; now is trying to now use his business to start his pest extermination to build clients.
Does business with Little Moscow in the French Quarter; hangs out at the Volga Tea Room.
She has not been paid lately, nor has the landlord. She thinks maybe he’s skipping out on all this cause something else is going on.
She asks Simon out on a date, she likes movies. He says movie and dinner at 7pm tonight. She will meet him her outside the office.
Chung recommends a good theater and eatery later.
She even lets us inside his office. We find little paperwork but for extermination contracts, as a euphamism for assassination. Then a hidden panel in his desk, with leather straps that held firearms. No wpns now though.
She says if he returns, she will immediately let Simon know.
The contracts have been fulfilled already. No one we know. He’s trying to muscle in on the action, using the Murder Mirror to further his career.
She does not have his home address.

Off to the Volga Tea Room. 1 person is out of place, it’s Ashida. Serving girl brings out English New years Crackers. Inside each is a tiny instrument toy.
We approach and talk quickly, but he is guarded, Classified info and all. Wrong Eye walks in, sees us all, turns and runs!!
We all take off. Ashida and Phat are in the lead. Wilhelm and Jeremy fast fall behind.
As we go by 3 lepers, they throw off their robes and reveal themselves as Mexican NInjas!! Hurling Shurikens at RC/Simon/Paul. One of them was lacking in them and Schuyler is target by none (card).
RC knows Mexican Ninjas, so stops to kill them all. The others all contiue on.
Wilhelm and Jeremy stop and help RC, opening fire. Jeremy drops the first that RC has cut almost to shreds.
RC then double crits DEAD.
Wilhelm crits the last DEAD.
We rush after the rest.

The others are met by a Mexican Ninja after Wrong Eye rounds a bend.
Phat spots him, but is met by an other Mexican.
The others follow.
Phat quickly kicks him 16 then 16 again!. It takes a few rounds, and its a quality fight against an great opponent, but Phat kills him in the end.
We lose both Wrong Eye and Ashida.
A street urchin comes up within half hour of our search, with a note for ‘the big Englishman’ from Celia. “He’s here” it reads. At the office.
Paul has passed out from the poison on the shuriken.
Phat takes Paul back to the hotel.
The rest make for the office of the enemy.,

We find Wrong Eye going through papers, Celia lies on the floor neck broken!
Wrong Eye draws his blade as Simon strides right up to him.
Schuyler “Where’s the mirror, Wrong Eye!”
“I sold it to the Japanese” with a sneer.
He and Simon go at it. Its another great one on one fight, Simon crits, the foe gets 2 attacks, there are a few rounds of deft blocks and parrying even where both miss. Simon even gets into light wounds before he beheads him with another crit.
We search anyway but the mirror is indeed gone. We do find 1000 silver dollars, given to Rick for his expenses on Murder Mirro info originally.

It’s a known fact Japanese want to kill Big Nosed Du, he’s Ashida’s likely target.
Jeremy thinks we wait for him to target Du.
Back to our hotel.
We are sitting and strategizing when there is a knock at the door.
RC answers it. There are 4 Japanese real ninjas in the hall with Ashida!
He demands the mirror!?!?! We say we thought he bought it.
Wilhelm “You’d better come inside.”
He says, after we lost them, he tried to intercept him but Ashida was stopped by 2 Mexican Ninjas too. The very idea he finds an insult. He killed them both. He knows how bad the idea was now to have sent all those Japanese to Deathless Santa Anna.
He thinks the Mexicans were able to acquire it.
They are probably at their consulate. We are going to have to break into it, independently.
If it makes it back to Mexico, who knows who could be targeted by Santa Anna. The US President? Houston? The Queen?
Schuyler wants to get in and put an end to this tonight.
Everyone is all in.

Tonight, we break in. Ashida and 4 ninjas go along. They will kill the guards on the outside and sweep the ground floor.
We will enter through another floor to get to the mirror.
Schuyler gets to a 2nd floor window then drops a rope. Eveyryone else starts climbing up and in as the ninjas start whooping arse downstairs. We can hear the big fight going on.
We don’t have to find Fernandez, the light in the room goes on as SImon is getting into the room.
He holds the mirror up, holds it at Schuyler, and says “kill”. 2 star vampires come out of the mirror. They immediately vanish, invisible.
He then turns into what Wilhelm will call a tumor fiend.
Simon readies for the Star Vamps, and they both attack Schuyler. They both hit and drain str via blood, become visible as the blood flows through them.
Simon strikes at one of them. Schuyer raises his elephant gun in pain and fires at the tumor fiend that was Fernandez and hits with 2 barrels.
The fiend attacks Simon, starting with its gaze then charges.
Billy climbs into the window. One Star vamps go after each of Billy and Schuyler. Billy goes after the tumor fiend; Schuyler draws his scimitar and attacks the star vamp swith Simon. The Fiend stays after Simon, gazing him but missing with 2 physical attacks.
RC enters the window but misses a vamp.
SImon kills the badly wounded star v, then cleaves the other one. The last hits Simon 3 times!
RC crits the last Star vamp DEAD then his cleave hits Tumor.
Simon now turns to the tumor fiend too and hits DEAD.

He falls to the ground, his skin starts to split and a gaseos sound emits. Noxious fumes, visible, start spreading throughout the room. As we leave, tumorous growths start appearing on any wood and other organic material in the room. Schuyler grabs the mirror on the way out. Schuyler closes the window on the way out.
We all make it out unscathed!!
The ninjas lose a couple of guys before they realize what is filling the building and flee as well, meeting us outside.
He wants the mirror at first. After a discussion, and assurances and an oath from the Templar that he shall never use it nor allow anyone near him to do so; and that our aim is to find a way to destroy it forever.
He wants to send one of his ninjas along to help guard it.
They are already in on the attack vs Ho Phong and the Island.

Sept 22

Rick sees Edmund. He will help us more with the invasion, he can provide support like boats, and good word to all our factions. But, more solid proof will make it much easier for him.
Jeremy goes to the Phong’s warehouse as a business man Paul Simon, looking to export to London and other ports, with the Wang’s and ninja’s as his business associates and retinue.
It’s partly built over the water on the pier. Windows 7’ off grown, iron grills covering.
Ho is busy, but we see his assistant Chu Loo Sin. The Wang’s stay with Jeremy, the ninjas wait in reception. Sin looks young for such a high position. Low, maybe barely mid, 20’s. Gangly, glasses; immaculately cared for cheap suit; clean shaven.
Chung brings up getting a tour for security concerns. They ablige.
We get a full layout of the place.

Schuyler and one of the ninja go into the water looking for a lower way inside. They find a trapdoor in the floor, network of braces easily grabbed, to pull self up. Underneath us there are several bodies down there, weighted down. Dried blood on some of the beams. One of the ninjas leaps up, grabs a beam, screams and falls into the water, multiple fingers cut off by razor blades.
We get him out of the water. Schuyler sends a grapple up to the beams and climbs up while the other ninja takes the wounded one away. There is slight give to it, held by a bolt. He uses a small acid spray gadget to cut it and get inside. He climbs inside to a storeroom. He sees frieses from ruins, statues, paintings of mythos themes!! And dried blood all over, acts as a torture room too.
He comes out of this storeroom into the lit warehouse room, hearing voices on the far side. He closes the trap door and hides among the boxes.
There are 3 pairs of guards walking around. 2 always in the far corner. The other 4 walking around. As one passes he goes to the door and unlocks it with is automated lock picker. He starts to open one side and it begins to creak. He quickly says he there are mythos items in the storeroom. He starts oiling a runner but hears a noise behind him, seeing a guy who came out of a guard room sneaking up on him. A big hulking Chinaman. He pulls the door open to reveal Simon Geste.
The guard yells a warning as Simon strides up to him. The man draws a saber. The other guards are heading our way. The Wangs and the Ashida’s super ninjas move in, hiding to spring upon the pairs of guards. They spot the ninja only.
Simon begins one on one combat.
The guards arrive a pair at a time, one of our 3 each takes a pair. Wang Chung hypnotizes one and engages the other. Phat takes his 2 out first, then helps Chung finish off his 2, then its 3 on one vs the last of the master ninja’s pair as he yells “For the Bloated Woman” then is killed.

Rick and Billy have moved into the storeroom led by Schuyler. Red Cloud and Paul move to the hall leading to the main entrance to block anyone else from arriving.

Meanwhile, Simon and the big man size each other up for a few moments before the chinaman begins the duel. Simon has control from the beginning, and in the ends ends it with a mighty swing that beheads him.

No noise from upstairs, which Paul and RC find empty.

Rick finds about a few dozen mythos items in the room. All repulsive and disturbing. There are also about 30 of genuine archaeology treasure: mostly ancient Chinese, but also some Jap, Indian, African, Polynesian, some unidentifiable to most but Rick thinks perhaps proto historic!! The mythos related stuff will be destroyed. The rest we take.
Also crates marked AP = Aubrey Penhew. One has very light metal that look like fins; another a device of some sort with several concentric frames, spindle in the middle housing a heavy disc.
A box to go to a Herbert West, Miskatonic Medical School. Inside we find a mason jar glowing green, full of a syrupy thick green flowing liquid.
We take all this weird stuff, too. Westinghouse will be wired about Herbert West.
Many of the artifacts are disturbing, light mythos related or otherwise repulsive. All the artifacts not such, Rick will give to the local museum he promised to help out. Otherwise, Ashida is given the more local stuff, Rick will take the African and Indian back to London.

After we get the stuff out onto a few carts the ninja get, we start a fire where the drunk guys were drinking.

Sept. 23

Early morning: Ho Phong house infiltration.
In the old city. Gates and wall toped by iron points, barbed wire, etc. Roof is steep and slippery. No building on either side w/in 20’.
From a nearby taller building, we see the large and small courtyards in the complex, plus a large out door pool area.
Outer wall is 13’ high. Inner building walls are 10’ high.
The front doors go directly to the large open courtyard. In the small courtyard, a man and a woman are having sex.
2 front doors, one into the house another right to the main couryard.
2 sit by the pool in leisure chairs. A basket full of raw meat from which they periodically throw a piece in, including a human leg. Something in the pool with tentacles eats them!
A westerner sits there, with Ho Phong himself, thanking Ho for his hospitality but “As soon as he gets hold of the book, I have to get back. My agents have already arrived at Easter Island for the rising.”
Ho replies “You feel confident she is going to tell you where to find it.”
He says something like how a few more openings to heaven should do it.
Ho “I’ve always wondered how long someone can survive there, so I think we should continue.”
They talk of not wanting just the book, but Brady’s heart in “my hand.”
Ho “That can be arranged, once she tells us where he is.”
Ah, they have his girl. The ‘Gates of Heaven’ must be a name for a torture device.
The Wang’s will tell us that its a box, separating the body into a bunch of closed sections. They dump man eating rats into a piece at a time. So, she’s has already been partially eaten.
Jeremy “Well, that’s unfortunate.”
Ho invites the man to the ‘House of the White Petal Blossoms’ (a supposed secret sex palace for the wealthy, specializing in young girls) and they leave.
We sneak away. A savage wind starts to blow. We get low as it swirls around the 2 of us. One of the tiles cracks as if something walked upon it.
Schuyler “Let’s get out of here.”
We feel a presence beside each of us. Some sort of invisible guardians!
They smack us hart, and we leap from the roof, landing with terrible thuds.
The rest of the group ‘oooh that had to have hurt".
Looking up the air shimmers in 2 faint humanoid forms 10’ tall. They do not pass the wall though.
Wilhelm calls them invisible guardians, summoned from another plane of existance and guard to the death. They seek death, because it sends them back to their own plane, but must fulfill their guardianship duty. This makes them very mean tempered.
Rick tells the ninjas prepare powder eggshell grenades.
Being mean and opposed to being enslaved, they likely won’t report us being there.

Schuyler insists on bringing the gattling gun.
Simon thinks we should kock, open the door, and just punch the first guy in the face. No one will expect that kind of a frontal attack.
Chung knocks on the door. A middle aged man answers in nightgown and slippers. Chung strikes his throat DEAD.
A long hall stretches the length of the house. In we go. We put his body in his small room here.
We take the first right to an area of 13 doors, leaving RC and a ninja to watch the hall. Its full of about 25 servants. Noncombatants.
Some say “Masters you must leave, this house is not guarded by mortal men.”
Back in the hall, a man comes our a door making his way here. Once he gets to the corner, RC clubs him. He somehow stays up and blows a whistle that makes no sound. It takes us a few round to kill this tough guy.
A strong wind blows down the corridor. The party retreats into the large courtyard room.
Simon and Billy are both attacked by 2, then Rick is as well!
2 ninja’s and Rick throw powder. 1 on each are visible.
Others join in as powder bombs start hitting home. Hobbes flashes a picture from the rear.
These guys are very tough, and hit hard, can’t be crit’d and no threshold. Phat has to retreat during the battle but its a hard fought win.

All the servants are tied and gagged, put in the storage room. We continue up the main hall. Door left into a large luxurious sitting room, empty. To the left, double doors to a huge dining hall. One door leads out.
Next a great library of a few thousands of books!!
Next a bedroom. A hall goes left across from it. The bed is huge, and a few jade mythos statuettes. Empty. Wilhelm takes them to destroy later.
Next room, bedroom, beautiful young woman sits there, basket in front of her full of worms, slugs et al. She is humming while she eats them.
Simon “You, crazy women.” She doesn’t even acknowledge him. It must be Ho’s daughter, Ho Su. Hopelessly insane.
Simon wants to take her with us as hostage. In case Ho really loves her still. Wang Phat is assigned to keep her under control.
We are now in the pool are. We keep our distance. We find a Buddha room, but a slight ring around its neck. A seem. A full turn and a half of the head by Rick reveals a secrat hatch in the floor going down.
We turn around, and find business cards in one room of Carl Stanford!!! He was the western man!!
The rest of this floor is empty.

Downward we go are about to go, but we hear Brady, low in sanity and w/o much restraint, toss TNT sticks into the pool.
Billy and Simon, at the bottom, stop and just stare up at the ceiling.
W/o looking up, Rick pulls Billy back. RC then does the same to Simon.
Sanity checks for both, and Billy drops 17!! He starts just screaming at the top of his lungs. We gag him, and it takes a minute and a half for Rick to snap him out of it. But he is left very paranoid but for toward Rick, who is the only person who has a chance to keep him focused.
They do not remember what they saw on the ceiling.
All Simon can say is “Crawling”.
Now we know not to look upward when we enter.
Paul, Simon and Rick continue on to a door. There is a small tiny lever beside the door.
Back at the main group, we yell back and they find one as well.
Simon pulls it. There’s a grinding noise and a snap up at the ceiling. Whatever was above is covered up.
Everyone comes through.
Billy is hesitant at Simon calling him forward, but Rick says its ok. In the room is an 8’ stature of Nyarlathotep and the Bloated Woman, bronze like alien material. Small altar at the front, ashes of burnt victims. Teek cabinet with gold door with carvings of strange beings in an alien language.
Rick searches the cabinet, finds a poison needle trap. Simon cleaves it open. 5 sealed 1oz vials; Small flower press to draw out their essence. What is stuck to it looks nasty. We take samples. Rick says its a poison in the vials, powerful, judging by what plant it is. Contact poison. Books as well.
Also a jar of greenish powder.
Black and yellow silk robe, we burn this
Torture and needles, sickles. We destroy these.

We also find Brady’s woman in the torture box, Brady freeks, busts her free smashing the rats that he can. Her feet and thighs are horribly bitten and scarred. But she’s not crippled. She is unable to talk right now, screamed herself mute.
Rick copies the writing on the cabinet.

We take the 10 books. 5 of particular mythos value:
Selections de L’ivre D’ivon, French
True Magic by Theophilus Wenn, in English
Goddess of the Black Fan, in Classical Chinese
R’yleh Text Commentary in Classical Chinese including sketch map of R’yleh with 5 spells
Tale of Priest Quan, in Classical Chinese: poetry, spells, mainly story of priest of the Bloated Women

Finally, Choi can talk. She says they talked freely around her. Stanford is the head of the Silver Twilight, all over the world. They are working with an undead Baron to create “The Day of the Beast” when teh crawling chaos will come forward and the world will bow. ANother plan is to rise a Cthulhu in the middle of the Pacific. Neither is what Ho is up to. All work in conjuction. All are to working together, but not happening at the same time, and bring the End of Days.
She comfirms Gray Dragon Island is one of the places, too.
Ho and Stanford both left on Ho’s yacht, she thinks to the island, with some of their cultists. Stanford is here for the 7 cryptical books.
Rick “Brady, is this book in any danger?”
“No, I have it safe. It can’t fall into any of their hands. I have a friend, the curator at the Shanghai museum. He is my friend, and has hidden the book.” He knows not where, for its safety.
She says the powder is called Tyuk, made from the Blue Petals of the Ineffable Path. They were going to give her some bfore her next torture. Keeps the user completely aware.
They also just realized today that Brady hid the 7 cryptical books with Hsuen.

We send guards tonight. Paul, Simon, RC, Paul, Wang Chung. We find 8 thugs standing around a tied and beaten up Hsuen “Where’s the book!” They wield Jo Sticks, sickles and unarmed variously.
As we approach to fight, 8 more enter the door behind us!!
2 have pistols!
We wipe them out with ease.
Hsuen is saved!

Sept 24

Rick, Hobbes and Brady have a meeting of minds, showing them all Choi, who details all she heard at Ho’s. That is enough for Edmund, the Royal Marines will be at our disposal!
He then does the same with the Green Gang leadership.
The Jap navy will be indisposed, due to possible war with Russia. They do have a small zeppelin Asogi could get, max 6 passenger. 127 mpg. 2 crew. Made by Mistubishi.
If we use brit ships, Japs will likely help. If we use US, Japanese won’t. So we can have any 2 of the three.
USMC has good troops, Brady may have connections. But no landing crafts that we can use.
We will likely have to land on the dock w/o usable landing craft. No maps of the island coast are available.
It will take the govt’s a week or 2 to gather all troops and prepare. We will use Brit ships so that the Japanese and Americans will both go. Plus the Texas Marshal and dep’s.

We have to go to Lin Tang Yu for the Eye, we need the eye, who runs a slavery op, drugs, very powerful. Has lots of minions. Jeremy cases the house with the ninjas. Rick starts gathering info with Wang Chung.
Jeremy goes to visit him with Wang Phat. Place is full of half naked slave girls. 2 others are waiting to meet him in ill fitting western suits. Americans, eastern seaboard for sure. Bob Lewis, trunk salesman, and his associate Lou Abbot. They are here on a sales call, a cold call, door to door. Jeremy warns them that this Lin is not exactly friendly but they are sure of themselves.
Jeremy gets a sense of power from one of them, something is not right about either. Phat notices that when they are in his peripherals, they briefly appear to be amorphous. Staring right at Bob, he feels a probing of his mind, then the contact is lost. Bob then to Phat “Bob Lewis, good to meet ya.”
A few moments later, Lin calls for Jeremy “Yes, so what can I do for you today?”
Jeremy begins his art. He has 2 women sitting at his feet, and his 2 trained apes.
What Jeremy picks up from him:
He has books of Mythos
Kept informed by his hundreds of operatives on Nyarlathotep
Knows Ho is high priest
Knows Stansford came aboard Dark Mistress!
Knows of the cults!
Whispered in darkest places that a powerful machine is being built on the island, now does not believe it due to lack of current evidence
Raised his apes from infants; has a connection to Congo Cult of White Gorilla
His brother is a notorious warlord with 10000 men
He’s a degenerate, has his womens’ vocal cords severed
Does not want trouble with Bloated Woman
He’s evil, and refuses to help us even with all he knows

Lou Abbot enters with Bob unnoticed “So where is the eye of light and darkness, where do you keep it?”
Lin “In my safe room?”
He’s wammied, they command him to get it “right now”.
Lin stands up, walks through a curtain and returns with 4 other henchmen, then to Jeremy “What did you do to me?” Accuses him of hypnotizing.
He says those harmless trunk salesmen couldn’t have done it. Jeremy smacks Lou who falls over backwards. Bob picks him up.
They go into a ridiculous routine. Bob says to Jeremy “We’ll meet again” a mist rises and vanishes, they are gone.
Phat “We just saved you from them.”
He offers the eye if we return the book.
Jeremy “What book?”
“The 7 books.”
Jeremy agrees. Now we know where the eye is hidden. He leaves.

The 7 Books is a long yellowed scroll on rollers of bone of some kind. Rick ID’s it as a monster, probably a Chinese Dragon he recognizes from ancient treatises! So, they existed at some point. Wilhelm says close in look, its the rib of a nightgaunt.
Rick “Good call, old man!”
Its tube is of more recent instruction. Rick says the tube is from around 1800. The paper from at least 200 bc, likely older. It has ancient and obscure symbols of an even older source it must have been copied from called Tachuan, the Tchau Tchau speak it, a Hyborean language!
Also old TIbetan, Indian Brahmi.
Lots of astrological looking wheels and charts.
Its the most confusingly written thing we have ever seen.
Many lifetimes could be spent studying this and never finish.
Sounds like this needs to be in Archimedes’ possession.

Rick goes to the dancer’s house to pay respect for the passing of her boyfriend. She says he came to her house, left in middle of the night to go home. Then she heard he was dead the next day.
Dearly wants to find out what happened, too.

Rick goes to talk to Eija’s boss. He only knows that he was beginning to investigate a cult.
We go to his former abode. Landlady says he returned to appartment with a short and slim young Chinese girl.

Rick returns to our place, where he finds Paul was visited by a short, slim Chinese woman who wanted him to come to a meeting tonight. Some kind of a ritual, and for come to know the fate of your friend you must follow in his footsteps.

We follow Paul through the slums, following the direction, in the Chinese quarter. Making RC stay outside, they lead him inside to a subterraenean chamber, the Chinese woman who visited standing on the altar completely nude.
Maybe a hundred people of different cultures stand about, though still mainly Chinese. 1/3 female.
A long drawn out ritual of chanting begins.
People start having sex, or scratching at themselves, etc. A feint smoke or fog is floating to the altar, absorbed into the woman, as if it is eminating from the crowd.
This reminds him of that he heard happened with Look to the Future in America.

After a safe while, we break in up top.
Simon and RC take out the 2 guards just inside. We follow the dark hallway into the earth, hearing chanting ahead. We peak in the door and see the scene.

2 or 3 people at the front who were young adults now are aging fast.
We start filing in.
Several men are whipping people randomly.
Hobbes is just outside the door, film camera rolling.
The Wangs go into the crowd with Rick, RC.
Jeremy is taking note of the chant itself and gesturing in case later copying is needed. Simon and Schuyler raise their elephant guns.
She says "Lord Warrington, come forth to meet the Great Old Ones! Lord Warrington, come forth! He is grabbed ay a few of the cult leaders and they start dragging him forward.
“Now, the dread Lady shall copulate!”
One of them blocks Chung then Fist of Yogsothoth’s him! Chung strikes back, the man’s arms turn into snakes, but Chung takes him down.
We are mingling in, the woman starts to shimmer and change.
Its sanity all around, d6/d20. Schuyler drops 13 and feints! Billy drops 18 and has a screaming fit!!
Simon fires and hits, both barrels. RC charges to help Paul.
Jeremy moves to protect the downed Schuyler if necessary.
Rick rushes forward past Billy down the left side.
Phat engages, they close in on him and RC, plus 1 on Rick.
The bloated woman avatar moves to Paul and kills 6 surrounding worshipers then 2 of the 3 on RC, but misses Paul!!
Rick lights a wick hanging out of her satchel and yells for Paul and RC to run!! RC weaves through the crowd out of the way.
Paul turns around wildly barrels through worshipers.
Simon hits with Schuyler’s gun 36!!
Rick tosses his TNT bag of 5 × 4packs wired together expertly. It’s a massive explosion, killing everyone within 30’ around her and blowing her to bits. Apparently she was vulnerable to concussion damage!!
Hobbes “My god that was amazing!! Wait until you guys see this!”
Phat and RC are just caught in the periphery of the blast.
Burnt, disgusting bits of alien fat splatters the room and those within.
Only 2 of the cultists survive the blast. Simon intercepts their attempt to flee and cuts them to ribbons, then begins purging the room, RC and the Wangs with him. Its no contest. A couple rick men offer thousands of dollars, but get no quarter.
Rick picks the screaming Billy up over his shoulder and he and Hobbes get him out, Jeremy and Wilhelm get Schuyler out.
Simon says a prayer for all their souls and burns the building down.

Until the attack:

Billy has become an indefinite pathological liar.

Wilhelm starts intensive therapy on Billy up to the Island attack. Billy was down to a 6 sanity. After gaining from our victory, he gets a couple sanity back as well. After the first week, he cures Billy of his paranoia he has had.
After the next week, the lying is still there.
Rick spends plenty of time with our landlord.

The Wang’s, the night before the raid, sneak in with Ashida and his super ninja’s and procure the eye of light and darkness!

10 Iluminati men from Peking arrive after Rick’s wire about the raid. They have an infiltrator and 9 heavies.

Ho’s insane daughter, we will take with us when we leave and drop her at the same asylum in Hong Kong that keeps Carlyle.

Hong Kong, Carlyle Found

September 10

The ship reaches Hong Kong 1 day late. We know Elias was here so we need to check into that while we are here. When we get off the ship, Wang Chung meet us. A man named Ali Card then introduces himself as we finish getting our luggage, he was contacted by Jonah Kensington. When Elias was here “I was his guide and helped him navigate the city.” He can take us to the hotel where he stayed.
Rick “Sounds like a good start.” The Peak Hotel is past its prime. We ask the manager about Elias, says he was nearly throw out. Loosing his grip, never checked out, pace around a lot. Other customers complained. He says the belongings he left, we can have. Rick settles his debt with the hotel. Manager says he remembers no visitors but for Card and a professor from Hong Kong Univ but does not remember his name. Englishman.
All Elias left were shabby clothes and a notebook. Blank but for first couple pages (see Johnny handwritten handout).
We ask Card if Elias saw anyone in particular while here, he says not that he can recall. He did visit a Squire Godfrey at Univ, antiquities and classics. Elias also attacked by thugs he claimed were agents of the Bloated Woman.
Chung says the Yellow Lily is a bar where many expatriots hang out, seedy bar.
We get started in the morning.

Rick knows of Carter, but he is supposedly lost in ’Dream Lands".

September 11

Card says they did not go the Walled City, but spent a lot of time on Hong Kong island, several sanitariums, and Kowloon.
Jeremy and Chung visit the Yellow Lilly. The bartender does not recall Elias nor Randolph Carter.
Chung works the regulars, but they do not claim to know Elias either.

Rick goes to the university with Billy to speak to Godfrey.
The sec is an extremely busy man, he does all the work in the department. Rick knows this ‘university’ to be a piece of crap. Its quite new, faculty not up to par, second rate.
The squire agrees to see us for a few minutes.
Godfrey gets up at our entrance, 80 yrs old and feeble, shaky.
He is ‘enchanted and charmed’ to meet such a famous archaeologist. He pours it on thick and long. He is extremely longwinded every time he speaks. He orders tea for us. He allows Rick free access to the library. Rick says he’ll have many books and papers sent.
He orders scones for us. And he goes on and on and on.
He agrees.
One of his areas of study is the Cult of the Bloated Woman. He says they died out hundreds of years ago and are unknown by the average person. Elias took many notes and was seeking a specific connection he was positive exhisted but did not find tween Bloated and Bloody Tongue.
After a week or so, Elias was not the same man; his notes rampant and roughly scrawled. He feels it could not have been anything in the library. Elias insisted he was being followed by a dark unknown, a crawling chaos. Told stories of blood curdling events.
He says out of here, he was frequenting insane asylums, but not sure which ones.
Sometimes the secretary was of some assistance in finding books but not much.
He believes the cult was despicable, but studies it only out of historical significance.

After a couple days research, all roads lead to Shanghai through veiled messages and supposed activity in Shanghai. Nothing that would have caused him to go downhill mentally.

Afte breaking up this first day’s end, Chung follows Ali Card. He goes to the Yellow Lily straight from us, talks to several people. They go separate ways. He goes home after that.
We all become convinced we are being spied upon over the coming days.

Wilhelm leads up the asylum search. He was looking for someone named Randolph Carter. Ali leads him to 3 he recalls, but none have a Randolph Carter.
But, after failing that, asked for another name with same initials.
Roger Carlyle?
“Yes, that was it!” Never heard of him either.

Sept. 12

Ali Card does not show up.
Chung leads a few of us there. No answer so we enter and find him dead, stabbed repeatedly and left to bleed out. His hands are folded at his chest almost as if praying. We pry them open but nothing is in them. Jeremy marks how they are folded.
Also a note in Chinese: Unbelievers, go home or die.

A young englishman arrives asking “What’s all this then?”
We explain.
He is Lt. Fairburn of the constabulary. An anonymous tip came in saying that some white men had killed a Mohammaden but “it was obviously a setup. My guess would be it came from the killer”.
He wants to know or movements and actions here. Rick says he’s doing some research at the university, Wilhelm at the asylums.
He lets us go.
Claims to know nothing of Elias.

Jeremy and Chung, in evening, going back to the Lily. A rough guy bumps into him “We would like you to come with us roundeye” he draws a dagger “Now”.
Chung had lagged behind. 2 other come up to Jeremy’s rear with daggers drawn.
Jeremy “Look, I’ll give you all my money.”
Chung edges closer into striking distance.
They motion to stab Jeremy as he tries to talk then out of it. They start thinking maybe he’s not the right guy. They start talking amont themselves in Chinese. The debate turns to killing him anyway, just in case, but one insists it probably isn’t him They assume he can’t understand them, and the leader finally gives in, deciding to take him back to their secret HQ.
Jeremy agrees, Chung tails them to a slum tenament on a dead end ally. The door opens to 3 knocks and the let him inside. Chung slithers inside right past the guard in the dark hallway.
We pass a dining room with 2 guys eating rice.
They take him through another door “Enter in the name of the Bloated Woman”. 2 wait outside the door.
A guy behind yells to take him out and kill him, but Jeremy convinces themthat he will act as a spy on their side.
But, then they turn to killing him for knowing the HQ location. They say the man they are looking for is a false sailor that looks much like Jeremy.
The door opens and they escort Jeremy out.
Want slips out soon enough.

Sept 13

Wilhelm finds Randolph Carter in another sanitarium! The Yeung Wo Nursing Home, a quite fine establishment actually.
Simon is with him.
They won’t let Wilhelm see him, though. He’s insane, in a passive vegetative state. Sometimes, though, he gets aggressive.
They want a bribe. Wilhelm greases their palms.
They take Wilhelm to the garden. Carter kind of lurches around, stopping any who enter “What is the pass word?” They say something and he lets them pass. They hear the last say hotep. They say the same and he lets them into the garden.
Simon keeps watch while Wilhelm tries to connect with Carter. This is certainly Roger Carlyle!!!
Mainly he babbles upon nonsense. In Wilhelm’s trained opinion, he is hopelessly insane.
“Egypt, that’s where I did it! How could i forget!” He starts whining and drooling. “I removed the eye! What was I thinking!” We entered the pyramid, and then were all then walking amongst the ancients in the time of the Pharaohs." He was there to greet us and showed us everything. He showed us so much, seduced us with powers and promise." The master talks to him, still his master, whispering in his dreams. THE BLACK PHARAOH!!
He says he’s still chosen no choice, they unlocked the door and it will open soon, and the time of man will be over! All my fault because “I removed the eye!” M’Wuru left them in Kenya when they killed all the innocent men of the expedition, but none are dead from the expedition. They are gone, each doing the thing they must do for the master, but for “Brady of course HA!” The amulet from his mother protects him from the Black Man, Brady saved him from “blessed death”. He visits Carlyle still to check that he is ok. Hypatia is gone, gonna have a baby of the Dark Pharaoh. R’yleh will rise, the demon sultan will appear and man will die. Next year.

Reporting later, Rick thinks its an eye of horus or something similar on the bent pyramid.
He seems safe there, so we leave him be.
They head back. 3 men confront them on the street and 2 more behind them. Daggers drawn.
Leader “This time we know we have the right men.”
Simon “I don’t wanna kill you, and you don’t wanna be dead.”
They attack.
Simon cleans house.

That night, we go for the Bloated Woman HQ.
We slaughter them, they were obviously a small and young cell. They had nothing of importance at all, but a statue of the Bloated Woman we destroy.

Sept. 14

Sail for Shanghai. 3 Day trip. By the time we get to Shangai Wilhelm has read the Revelations of Glaaki. Rick has finished Africa’s Dark Sects and Life as a God.

The Forbes-Spalding Dig

They land at Mombass and go inland to Nairobi.
Bridge is blown about 20 miles short of Nairobi, no one knows by whom. Must ferry across, only 1 engine in service on far side for now.
The railway has almost reached Uganda at this point in our further steam tech’d world. Nairobi is already a major city here.
Postal service here only 2 deliveries a day tween 9 and 5.

Mundabi’s people live just to the south, Friday a little further away but to the north. Should be just near the Mt of the Black Wind area.

Muthaiga Club in Mombassa, Rick is a member having been introduced to it by during his first visit here led by Fritz. They have their own master polo team, a sport which Rick is a fiend at.

At Nairobi, Fritz has his outfit set up, but he allowed someone else to take it over since he knew he’d be gone for a while.

First, we stop at the Mathaiga Club. There is a polo match the next day. We get the cheaper rooms and eat.
We are introduced to a Mrs. Smyte-Forbes.
Her hair is in a bun, corset, whole shabang.
A local planter we know named Joe Philips, he introduces us to her. She’s the publisher of the Nairobi Star. The one newspaper in town.
Cliche great white hunter outfitted man with his elephant gun walks in “Mrs Smyth Forbes, I’d like to speak with you.”
“Col. Endicot, I have nothing to say to you.”
Seems he claims she’s ruining his business. SHe says she reports the facts only. He claims there is nothing unnatural going on at the lodge, beind in the bush if violent business “You just want to destroy me”.
We ask Philips whats goin gon here.
About 2 years ago he took over the hunting lodge Fritz left behind and has been runing it into the ground ever since. There have been several bloody murders at the lodge, now he can’t get any safaris. 5 deaths in all. 3 tourists and 2 servants, over the last 6 weeks.
Philips “You know very well its a rogue lion, all I have to do is find it and the deaths will stop.”
Mrs “Regardless, Col., you cant deny that there have been reports of strange small creatures in the area during the time of the murders” etc. She claims the possiblity of “supernatural answers”.
He cocks his gun “perchance its time for you to meet Mrs. Cruthers!”
She raps him with a stick she carries and ordrs that gun put down.
“You try my patience madam.”
“And you try mine with your stupidity.”
Several servants tell him to leave, they have to tackle the large, whiskey smelling man to th ground.
They scuffle, waiters rush to assist before they drag him out.
The manager “And dont come back Endicot you bastard. STay away from your betters!”

Fritz walks out to meet him and he’s damn glad to meet Fritz. He makes a point that he has nothing against the Hebrew Race. He says “our lodge is in great financial difficulty”.
Forbes first name is Natalie.
He is downright stupid.
He says he’d love to get to Mars and get some new blood. He asks Fritz to help hunt down the crazed lion who is causing the trouble.

Locals regard the Col. affectionalely; or loathe him if his ungainly wrath has effected them. He’s quick with his fists.
Fritz says if he ever goes to Mars, we know people to hang out with.
He returns to the lodge, asks if Fritz is staying at the lodge.
Fritz “Of course.”
All his guides are Masai “THere’s nobody bloody braver than a Masai.” Fritz agrees.
He will cancel our rooms here.

Meanwhile, Spalding talks to Natalie. She is somewhat of a spiritualist, thinking of joining the Spiritual Society for Women in Nairobi. Each disappeared while on safari, body found hundreds of yards away; savaged and partially eaten. They were taken out of camp quietly, something a lion couldn’t have done 5 times over. She has seen the corpses, the bite is a tiny bite, like a childs. But there are no pygmy tribes anywhere near here.
Varying safaris have seen little pygmy like things in the neighborhood of the lodge.
All dead were lead from the lodge by the Col.
All killed w/in a few miles of the lodge, which is out in the bush; SW of Nairobi 10 miles. By that point already, your in full bush. There are game trails and its near a water hole; and night platform a few miles away.

We stay here tonight and will leave for the lodge tomorrow.
Philips asks us out to see the city sights, we agree. He takes them to the most famous brothel in Nairobi.
Next door is a cut rate one for the savages.
Fritz and Lovejoy, with Friday and Mundabi, go nearby to drink. We have to find one that takes both races, there is an apartheid here unfortunately.
Fritz joins in on some gambling and starts out losing bad, then wins a little back, before losing more again. He starts pulling closer.
Spalding arrives now and joins in and whoops on them both. The other man quits and the game ends.

Next Morning

Spalding and Fritz rent horses. Natalie sends an employee, a reporter named Louise Talbot, 24; young bright and energetic. Her father is Clive, influential in the gov’t. Peolple thing falsely she got job cause of him. She works the harder for it. Natalie has been looking for a story for her to break out.
We arrive at the lodge.
The only servant left is Silent Joe, he cooks the meals. A thick thorn fence surrounds the property.
Joe has been here since Fritz, and is very happy to see him.
Not dumb, just seldom talks. He’s a Gala.
He warns Fritz though he is glad to see him, we should get outta hers “Small demons lurk here, I see them in the night”. Not every night but many. They hide around here somewhere. Just sneaking around.
Mundabi “Like maybe they search for something.”
They were seen starting about a year ago.
We start making a few snares to set about the place for tonight, they we’ll keep watch.

We ride out and check the platform and murders sites around it. In teh distance we see a burial ground of the Boyoyva tribe. A neighbor of the Masai, relatively degenerate. We ride to take a look. Nothing unusual but the 2 different footprings, and several of the graves are sunken in.
Lovejoy “Raided by these ghuls perhaps.”

Next Day

Problem with the reporter seems: we need to be careful what she sees, she’ll surely print EVERYTHING.
Mundabi’s snare is triggered, whatever it was has chewed its arm off to get away. A child like arm. It is African of color.
We follow the blood trail 100 yards further and find the body; bits of its own flesh still in the teeth. Muscles are well formed for a child and teeth started to grow into fangs.
She was heading toward the platform/burial direction.

We go out to set the snares then search around the area. We find tracks, small and naked, as well as hoof prints, small gazelle sized maybe only bipedal!! Fritz says they very much resemble ghul prints!!
We find 3 human bodies partially buried that we missed yesterday. Each partly eaten. All local tribesman from the Boyoba. All look like died recently of natural causes but have been dug up and eaten recently.
We dig up a couple of the sunken graves and sure enough a ghul tunnel leads to each.

Tonight, Fritz and Mundabi stay at the platform. About halfway through the night, they hear strange sounds at teh burial including primitive snarling and clicks etc.
We sneak over, and in the moonlight they see 2 ghuls, but slightly smaller than normal, and 6 of the kid things but some look more like ghouls than kids, squating in a circle. They teach the kids how to feed on torches.
All naked bur for one kid wearing a tattered blanket over its shoulder, a pattern of the Boyobas.
Fritz holds Mundabi back for a moment and communicates with them, as non intimidating as possible.
2 ghuls jump forward alarmed, the kids cowering behind.
They say they feast upon the dead; they search everywhere for food at night. THey do not hunt the Boyoba because they don’t eat their own people, and not often kill the living.
“We have many mouths to feed.”
The Boyoba are starving, it seems, and they throw out some of the kids because they can’t feed; they abandon girls only. So, the ghuls took them.
We now see they even have 2 or 3 babies.
They killed the 5, and admit it freely, to feed the babies.
They say there are many ghuls, in teh great ghul city of AL Ghul GHul beneath the savanah toward Kilamanjaro. They are not welcome there, for they eat not raise human babies.
Suddenly a scream, a voice meaps “oooh dinner”. Suddenly Louise Talbot comes running out of the darkness, behind her 2 pursuing ghuls who are ordered to stop by the others.
SHe calls this the story that’ll make my career.
Fritz demands none of this gets out.
The ghuls say she must die.
Fritz stops this whole thing, and asks to meet us back here tomorrow night, he’ll take care of this.
We go our separate ways.

Fritz talks to reporter, insisting she holds off, promising a good story in the end.
The Col. wants to know what the heck we are going to do.
Spalding says, if we’re not going to kill them, the only thing to do is use the safari as cover to leave them animal meat regularly.

Next Day

Tonight, we meet the ghuls and tell them our plan. There are 9 of them, no kids, ready to fight if necessary.
Absolutely no killing, population has to stop.
They only can’t agree on saving more babies, they will continue to do so. Its up to us to stop the exposure.

Next Day

Ride for Boyoba territory.
Arrive late tonight.
They say they need warriors to destroy the Masai.
They recently fought a war and got their buts kicked, and the Masai took all their herds so they are starving.
If we can get the herds back, they will stop abandoning the girls.

We stay here tonight.

Next Day

To Masai village, Mudabi’s home.
waiting at the lodge is a messenger with a letter for Spalding. His brother needs trouble at a Kilamanjaro dig.

Into the 8th day we arrive.
Day 1
Forbes is the first to greet us.
He greets Spalding, who introduces us.
We have tea in his tent.
Several diggers have vanished, and grad student Toby was crushed by a rock, right at the dig.
Alexander Spalding walks in.
Kenya rifles are investigating.
There are 2 groups of diggers: Somali muslims and Gallas.
Rest of the day, we are shown around and meet people, dinner in the mess tent.
(Insert stuff from adventure)
All the students are especially scared. 2 from Adelade, 2 from Miskatonic.
Galla diggers are ready to run away, all disappearances have been Galla; refuse to go underground, people believe demons live there. (their folklore knows of Ghuls, we figure).
Somali’s keep to selves, all wear veils and robes all the time; hate the Galla; the do not work as hard as Galla’s; Spalding and Forbes have thought about firing them; they make everyone nervous.
3 hour drive to closes town; 1/week steamcar arrives from town with supplies, mail,etc.
Students always think they are being watched, but most but Spalding feel that and uneasiness.
Day 2
First thing they’d like us to do, as they have no guards, is just patrol and such.
Found a new skull.
Day before we got here one of tunnels caves in and killed 8 Gallas.
In days leading up to it, found a tunnel that split twice so they didn’t want to get lost.
Oh photo is dead too. Someone buried her 8 miles from the site up to her neck and let her head bake to death. Day after they sent for us. About 5 days before tunnel collapsed.
Pulled lots of artifacts, including the Mandius Africanus skull, prehuman hominid he feels is forerunner of human race. Age estimates seem half million yrs ago. Finds suggest fet on carrion. As intelligent as modern humans.
Looks like ghul to us.
Galla are at the height of their nervousness.
Fritz and Friday go to talk to the Galla, somber, no talking nor singing. THey hate teh SOmali’s. “We are afraid, of what we do not know.”
Article in paper from about a month ago that Lord and Lady Kaufield disappeared on safari a month ago. Several men spotted disappearing into caves. Agre to act as guards in groups of 2 with rifles.
Somali are aggravated, thing Galla just looking for someone to blame.
There are 4 extra rifles in the camp when teh Somalis on guard.
Spalding has a copy of Masked Messenger in Arabic.
We go to loo, at the artifact tent, but hear a scream. A large boulder has fallen from the cliff crushing 2 Galla.
We go to where the rock fell and see ghul prints. We follow. We lose them in the rocks of the mountain.
We stay on guard through the night.
Overnight, Forbes sneaks into Capwell’s tent!
Day 3
We search the digger areas, finding only lots of knives in the Somali area.
We patrol, stationing a couple of us to watch strategic points where boulders could hit the current spot of digging, where the crews are clearing the tunnel where the cave in happened.
Day 4
Morning, almost through. The Somalis refuse to dig anymore. We get to teh forefront. We feel a shiver in teh ground
Mundabi “RUN, NOW GET OUT!!”
2 Gallas get hit, Mundabi stops to pull them out. He barely pulls them out behind him as dirt covers their legs but they are ok.
They insist on continuing. They sure up the sided first.
A gang of Somali are offered bonuses so they agree to dig.
They clear it out; to a sheep shaft down about 10 meters.
Alex insists on going first but Mundabi stops him, insisting on going first. Fritz follows, rope tied to them.
There is a drop at the bottom about 10 to 15’ high. Mundabi drops into the room. The room floor and ceiling both slant away forming a very large room about 30 plus ft high. The walls have paintings. The archaeologists are coming down.
We are here for about 2 hours while the profs photograph and study. Spalding says 50 to 100000 yrs old. 6 paintings tell a story.
Army of ghuls march at night, falling upon a village killing all and eating raw. Human skin is made in textiles, hair twine, etc. Use every part.
Met by female human with etched skin that they fear. SPalding knows her from the tome, she is the Masked Messenger.
We assume an aspect of Nyarlathotep.
She shows them the ocean, next to it a pic suggesting something terrible to rise from it. They flee with thousands of human slaves underground.
Rubble blocks the way forward. They yell up for the Somali to come down to start clearing the rubble.
As we are leaving for dinner back up the above tunnel, it caves in after the Somali are safe only on our 2 PC’s. Mundabi barely makes it.
We search in the area of the rocks for a tunnel, and find a rock leaning over a tunnel going straight down with handholds in the side of it but not an easy climb.
Friday keeps and eye on the camp, the rest of us go downward after gathering equipment and torches.
Spalding is lowered 50’ down, there MIGHT be a bottom at the edge of the torchlight.
He sees forms in the dim light below, climbing up the walls. A LOT of them. He pulls to be yanked up fast, they are chasing. He fires as he is being pulled up 11 DEAD/7.
He then kills another 2 as they started to close in.
Then another, the next is 10’ away and he’s 20’ from the end.
Kills another , they are 5’ below and he’s 10’ from home. He hits twice DEAD!
We pull him up as the last one comes up grabbing for my legs.
Lovejoy fires as it shows itself DEAD.
We now know we’ll never get out in time if we’re overwhelmed, too deep if we are too outnumbered.
Another leaps out at Lovejoy, he fires crit DEAD.
Fritz looks over the edge barrel first and fires at 2 running away DEAD.
1 gets away.
Spalding “Let’s not do that again.”
By the placement, it looks like this drop tunnel will end up close to beyond the rubble they are in the midst of clearing.
The camp is found to be low on ammo, the leader of the Somali accuses the Galla of selling it to local tribes but they have no access to it.
Day 5
Capwell is going to drive to town for ammo, dynamite and supplies. Mandy wants to go along to ‘send a telegram to her parents’.
We discuss sending someone with them, but Fritz does not wish to lose the manpower. They should be that night nor next morning. Um, next morning.
We decide to tell the prof’s, seeing as a couple have read Mythos adn believe in protohistory, what is really down there.
A runner arrives, the Galla are in their camp falling ill. 11 are left now, 3 die today. The rest are sick.
They ate poison meat from the stores, nothing else was poisoned. Galla cook made it, one of the Somali brought it to them.
They decide to wait until Capwell is back and they may just pack up and leave.
Sartzman, after looking in on the Galla having med training, goes into the Somali area to search it on his own and they push him out of the camp, white as a ghost.
“My God, my God, I suspect they are the ones behind all this. He has no proof though.”
He saw something, he literally can’t tell us. “Its a blaspemy vs humanity” in the tent.
We rush quickly for the Somali. 10 race out with their leader who says “Bwana, what is wrong! Why do you come toward us with guns?”
They insist they have no evil. The other 10 arrive.
“Look at us in our faces you can see we tell the truth.” They remove their veils, their noses are gone, cheek skin missing, as if gnawed and chewed on “We who serve the ghuls on the surface world are arked by them, and all who look upon oru faces must die!!”
They draw wicked blades and charge. The lrd leaps upon Fritz who was speaking to him. Fritz fires point blank 22.
Battle erupts, Spalding drops one with both his barrels, Mundabi recieves charge and kills 2; Lovejoy kills 1 as well and they hit us.
Many of the camp have arrived by now, watching the battle!
We are far too much for them. The Bear Jew is all but unhurtable and Mundabi lays waste to their ranks.
We find nothing in the Somali camp.
Day 6
Capwell does not show up.
We go out in another car to look for them. Forbes drives; Lovejoy, Fritz and Mundabi go with them. Spalding stays at camp with Friday.
About 13 miles from camp, we find the car oveturned by a concealed trench trap; the 2 are missing. Tracks lead off to a cave that is collapsed, hoof prints lead to it.
Forbes is beside himself with grief, we get back to camp.
3 of the Galla were up walking around. They found something over by the cliff, called Sartzman over, and were buried by a huge hillslide. All 4 are certainly dead.
Alex says tomorrow they are leaving, everyone tonight stays in white man quarters. No one is to wander anywhere.
Day 7
All the camels are dead, poisoned.
Forbes does not come out of his tent. Inside, there is a hole where the floor of his tent once was.
All is about ready to leave. The 3 male grads and 5 galla get in the truck. The professor takes the 2 girls with her.
As we pack our stuff, the tnt box feels too light. 4 sticks are missing. We search for them, the grad student turns the key on the truck and it blows up!! Killing all on board.
Alex can’t believe what is happening. We figure the cook is the traitor. He is in the back seat of the car.
He yells “Bwana Spalding, bwana Spalding” pulls out a curved dagger “Cthulhu Ftagn” and cuts the throat of the female graduate student, then goes for the reporter. She leaps out of the car and the traitor runs for Alex.
Spalding fires and kills the lad.
We finally move out for town. Mundabi now in the car.
Alex feels completely responsible, he regrets not breaking camp the first time we asked him to.
We get to the dig.
“Yes, brother?”
“Please save everyone else, good luck” and raises his revolver to shoot himself in the head.
Mundabi is too quick, he only blows the tip of his nose of.
We blow the entrance open enough to get in with the rest of our lone case of dynamite.
About lunch, we go into the cave.
Soon enough, we find lots of tracks. We are able to find shoed tracks, 2, one smaller and one larger. The loving couple. It goes in the general diretion of Kilimanjaro. We follow.
We come to a small underground waterway. Downriver follows the Mt. direction so we follow. Find tracks about an hour later. Rougher terrain now then roaring ahead. Waterfall.
Now 3pm
Quick tea time.

Waterfall drops at least 50’ to a pond.
Lovejoy notices the rock warn in places and rope fibers, they used to drop the humans.
We strap the reporter to Mundabi’s back, set a rope and climb. Fritz free climbs last to bring the rope.
We interconnect with rope, as the path gets very thin along the rapids.
Lovejoy falls, but Spalding pulls him back up.

After the rapids is a pond and the road continues. A wall of rock goes up about 15 meters.
They went up. No boot tracks further down.
Fritz free climbs up and drops the rope. A path continues upward, easy bouldering.
It crests and goes down steeply. At the bottom are circular pits. 3 ghuls who see us race toward us.
Fritz drops one instantly. Mundabi kills the next 2.
Downward to a half dozen pits. The ground is damp and pourous. In one with Forbes’ safari hat sitting in shallow water.
A voice “Hallooooo! Halloooo!!”
Fritz “Hello? Who are you?”
It’s Kurt Sartzman! He was buried! He was Ko’d, dug up from below and brought him.
Lovejoy “Sounds fishy.”
He says they took the bodies as well, put him in the hole. Madeline and David were here too, but they took them away. We pull him up "Then they brought Forbes as well. He hasn’t heard from him since. We find him in another hole, lying in the shallow water.
We lower Spalding down. His eyes open and he grasps him suddenly, thinking he is a ghul at first.
“Quick man, they’ve got my wife! They’ve got Mandy.”
We pull them up.
We give them both revolvers.
There are tunnels going up, Forbes insists on going upward, he says it leads to the dig, meaning where they were trying to dig TO. One leads to the ladder tunnel we had to fight our way away from at the surface before.
He starts going by himself after a short discussion, so we are forced to follow. Its to far and difficult, we have to physically stop him. He keeps insisting on the treasure of gems and jewels awaiting him.
Now 5:30pm.
W half hour rest now.
Sartzman heard them taking them down a particular direction. We now where they went.
The rest of the pits are empty.
We continue on, thinking about the captive woman following the main pathway, passing up many byways. Sometimes we hear the meeping of ghuls in the distant dark.

Why aren’t they attacking, the rifle shot surely carried for miles.
A few hours later, we find and empty side tunnel to camp.
On Fritz/Sartzman watch, they hear something in the corridor and a faint light getting brighter. A column of 20 ghuls passes, 2 with torches. Sartzman levels his rifle, but Fritz stops him.
Fritz lets them go.
Early we get up and continue after eating big in anticipation of late lunch.
After 2pm we round a bend into 10 very surprised ghuls and make quick work of them.

4pm stop for dinner then off again.

Now finding skeletons of food remains. It widens out, and one wall is smooted as glass with pics that tell a story. A vast mural. Ghuls wandering the surface freely; all humans flee; man discovers fire and fight back, then ghuls only come out at night. A female humen with etched skin, the Masked Messenger, meets them! She shows them teh ocean and underwater city, bulbous batlike creature sleeping (R’yleh) and his servants. She points to the stars which change shape and R’yleh rises. Chulhu decimates all, humans and ghuls alike. Ghuls hide underground avoiding all the destructin adn the female si pleased. They ghuls start kidnapping humans and steal bodies from burials, feeding on the humans at a cliff face.

Furthur on, dimly lit cavern higher than we can see aboe and below from our walkway on the wall. In the midle is a huge spier encircled by stairway. At the top is dark, a passage. A terraced cliff descends below. Thousands upon thousands of humans, mostly black, are just living on the terraces! Mostly naked. Thousands of children too. Far below at the base are ghuls. Once, they drag several people of screaming.
Lovejoy “We’ve got to put a stop to this.”
Mundabi “We must descend.”

By the bottom, it becomes clear many of these people have lived here all their lives; differeng languages or what remains; they live beast like, lots of infighting, stronger you are the higher on the cliff you can be.
We see some licking a fluid dripping from the rock that provides sustenance.
It must not be good, because there is cannibalism too. One man “Hello Gentlemen!”
A british.
Lovejoy “What is one of the Queen doing here?” He was captured and brought here. Its Lord Byron Caufield the lost hunter. His wife is there with the rest of his harem. “Now I am king!”
Lovejoy “Well leave here with us man, you’re English!”
He refuses, he’s king here and besides, he could never go back after “eating human flesh”.
He saw Mandy, pulling her up by her hair “The latest edition to my harem” and forces her to perform on her knees.
Fritz pulls the trigger and the gun clicks.
“That’s right gentlemen, guns refuse to work in this cavern, I don’t know why.”
Lovejoy “We have to overthrow him.”
He finishes, she yells save me, and he yells he’s king of the hill. Utterly insane.
A pretty swahili girl, she is Shafika age 24, runs up from below, a few guys missing clawing at her. Friday understands her, begging to be saved. Fritz hauls her up. Women offer sex for protection, they are completely enslaved.
In Dar el Salam, she once fell into an open drain, dragged here for a long time by ghuls via river. She was claimed by one Ignacious, recently escaped.
When this place is described to him, Rick will say its like a Mythos version of Dante’s Inferno.
The reporter puts her jacket on Shafika.
Ignacious soon shows up looking for Shafika “Who fights my for my woman?”
Fritz “Mundabi, kill this man.”
“Yes bwana.” He’s huge, almost 7’ tall.
His club fall from his hands from Mundabi’s attack, tumbling down the terrace.
He flees the scene after Mundabi rips him a new one. We are certain he’ll return.
Then, a scream in English from below “Professor, professor, help me!” Its Capwell. 2 terraces down. A hulking goon grabs him by the neck and says something to him, and drags him away.
Down we go, for it seems Capwell only has 1 master; saving Mandy will be more difficult.
A few sloths smell the woman, learing at her. One tries to grab her cloths and Mundabi slugs him.
We kill 3 of them.
As we are moving through the throngs, the women and prospect of clothing is getting them riled up.
Fritz “They’ll be scared of fire.”
We light them up with a flow if burning kerosene to scare them off.
Lovejoy “Quick, to Capwell.”
We get to the cave. We hear Capwell inside wimpering as the goon and his brother confront us.
The pick up clubs, made of bone.
Mundabi and Fritz each kill one.
Capwell and half dozen other soft looking guys follow him. He wraps Fritz’s explorers jacket around his waste.
Fritz “Keep it.”

Back upward.
A sliding stone wall now blocks the way through which we entered.
Shafika says the englishman above fought his way up, wife in tow, and killed the cannibal king and broke his neck, becoming the new king and winning his harem. He is very good hand to hand.
Maybe couple dozen men in there. He treats his wife terribly, as a reward for his men’s good service. She’ll need rescuing too.
Its getting late now, Shafiqa says we need to pick a cave and hide out in it tonight. We take the homosexual good cave. About a dozen people are already huddling in it, hiding. We let them stay as well.
As soon as we settle down, the women begin to sexually attack us, looking for strong companions. It takes some convincing to get them off, they are confused at our refusal.

Morning, now the women think we own them. They follow us upward, but are dragged away one by one.
We bear witness to more disgust, savagery and butchery than most men have ever seen.
All clear out of our way on the way up. Weaker men and women beg us as we pass to take them with us.

They have a wall about 5’ high built across their territory. The King asks us to join his army from the other side “I could always use a few more Englishmen”. He pulls up a human arm and takes a big bite out of it then tosses it to us. Fritz declines.
His 20 or so men are called out.
Fritz offers a fight of heroes, the 2 of them, mano y mano.
IF he wins, he wants to break Fritz neck and the rest of us must join his army; if we win, we get to kill him and the choice of anyone in his harem.
He agrees after a few moments doubt “Certainly, you can’t kill me.” His men are ready to fight, he is obviously setting up a trap looks like.
Mundabi positions himself in front to take the brunt of the charge.

They duel goes for a few rounds, then once it seems like he is losing, his men charge!
Mundabi moves forward with a war whoop and all gang around to attack him (card), the stronges on him first. Our men attack their backs, but they are so enraged by Mundabi they ignore them.
Fritz kills Ignacious!!
It does not stop them.
Mundabi is ko’d by the end, but surely saved at least a few lives by taking all their attacks.

We rescue Lady Caufield and Mandy. There are upwards of 50 women. We weapon them up with anything we can find, starting with Ignacious’ men bone weapons.

Mundabi, after med care from one of the professors, is at exactly no hp whatsoever.
We have to go half rations from here on out. The women will keep our new home safe. The former harem volunteer to go out scouting for more worth saving who aren’t beasts. Mainly women and kids first.
By the end, 50 or 60 total. They all still have to live off the slime until we are out of here.
Neither Mandy nor Caufield have eaten human flesh yet.

On the 2nd day, a female ghul child during sleep time comes to us “I come for you. You helped us now we help you”. From the hunting lodge!! Their leader has come here and heard the tale of the hunter from the surface trapped here. They are here to help!!
We have to trust her. They can take us via an unknown side tunnel that will come out close to the spire. She has a drawn map. Go up the 2 mile high spire to a 10 mile tunnel that leads to the surface. She says our guns will work when away from the terraces which have a spell on them.

After 3 days rest, Mundabi has only healed 2 points. But we must go.
WE give up all of our tshirts for the women, and cut a sleeping bag up into clothes for the ghul kid, as she will be killed on sight.
Mandy’s sanity is about 10.
Forbes and her have made up.
Capwell’s sanity is just as low.

WE make it to the cave, our reputation gives us safe passage downward.
We get to the exit by the spire. There are at least 100 ghuls lying around. Caves go into it, so there are more inside. The kid says the ghuls have a common sleep cycle. We wait for it. By the time of the sleep cycle its a full day for us from when we started.

We sneak onto the spiral steps and ascend. After about a mile of acsent, we hear them below; they have spotted us.
We start hustling until a group comes at us from above, and another exits a passage we just passed and comes from behind.
We have to take a breather before we move on.

The path widens for about 30’. We can see further below, them coming. From the wider vantage point here we can send a few volleys downward. Then move to where it narrows back at the choke point and prepare to meet them, wounded Mundabi slightly forward of our line.

They come into view and we start letting loose. We hold them off only a short few moments before they get to Mundabi, but for another couple moments he holds them off until they begin coming in too fast and get around him.

We cut them down too fast though, and their numbers do not overwhelm us with the bottleneck; we make it out all alive again!

Rushing into the tunnel, its the next day that we make it out into the light. We are about 15 miles from out own camp.

We also were able to steal away 6 kids young enough to hopefully forget all of this.

We make for the cave and the vehicles, getting there without incident. Now, to the nearest town.
After 3 days of Mundabi in the hospital, we are ready to move out for Nairobi and arrive w/o incident.
4 day total trip?
Mundabi supplies himself with red ochre for his warpaint.

Upon our return, there is a message waiting for us at the outfitter Fritz used to run. North of Mombassa is island of Lamu. From Mr. Jamal Alhazred, care of Lamu Kenya.
My dear Mr. Fritz Goldstein,
He is a cartographer, scholar of occult and ‘the fabulous’. Based on his exploits alongside Dr. Sir Richard Rathbone he seeks Fritz to help us in ‘banishing that which lies in the darkness of our world’. Regardless he offers us to visit him at his home, forward the date.
Fritz isn’t trusting of his last name, but wants to go and check this out.

Fritz sends word we will leave after a few days or so rest.
Takes 6 days by camel to get to get to the fairy which takes us to the island. Jamal meets us at the dock, 3 cats at his legs. He shakes hands with all 4 of us, even the tribesmen surprisingly. He’s in his 30’s; black; muslim; seems educated.
He leads us through the trading village, maybe only 50 or 60 buildings. Seems a peaceful and content place and people. His house is typical but larger than average. He leads us inside. 2 servants, an old man and woman.
Provides us with cold adult beverages with ice. They get water from a cold spring, he has a refrigeration system of his own design. We get 2 bedrooms to share.
Fritz and Spalding/Friday and Mundabi
He has a lot of books in his library. Even an original arabic copy of The Masked Messenger!" In a glass case.
We get time to freshen up. Baths have running water from the spring under his house.
We sit in the courtyard, there are 5 chairs around a round table. He does not segregate the races. We sit together. Surprising again. Most educated black muslims are racist to tribals.
He claims it was his ancestor who wrote the Necronomicon. He wrote it as a warning to help mankind fight the darkness.
He asks what we are doing now, what dark we are looking into, etc.
Dinner is served. We are guarded with how much to tell him. Something almost otherworldly how delicious the food is. The red wine is delicious. From a town called Jafour. He has about 40 cats in the house, btw.
Mundabi “Where is Jafour?”
“That’s something we’ll talk about later.”
Fritz insists.
He mentions a city its near, which we also haven’t heard of. He asks about our adventures. Fritz says the Gorge. He mentions hearing of us fighting an aspect of Nyarlathotep.
“Have you heard of the Masked Messenger?”
Yes, at the Forbes Smythe dig.
He wants our opinion of a story in there, and shows an English translation copy. He reads it to us. It mentions the same city Jafour is near. He says its true, all the tales in the book are, just not all take place on this earth. ANd the Messenger is a Mask of Nyarlathotep.
He invites us to enjoy the hospitality of his house and leaves, stating he will see us this evening.
We go to the library. Many occult and history books and many sciences and boatmaking. Something we can’t put our finger on seems slightly off, and publishing places/authors are names unknown to us and not of man. A lot are in English, many aren’t.
Always, cats everywhere.
He returns late, 11 pm, with a nightcap of sweet wine.
“And now, sleep” and we all pass out.
Even as asleep, its like we are aware of all around us. The house turns into sand and blows away revealing us to be lying in the middle of a desert.
We all startle awake in this desert.
Our bodies are asleep in the sand still as we stand up out of them, transluscent.
Sounds just like how the MH described the dreamlands!
We see a cat watching us, one of the friendliest cats from Jamal’s, it had climbed onto Fritz every time he sat down and nestle.
IT says “Greetings humans, greetings sons of Adam, I am Tadra, cat of Abharanah” in English “you were chosen to come here because of your treatment of cats (meaning hunts). We have not been punished because of your friendship with Bast followers, when he needed heroes she chose you for your bravery and disregard of lions (a wrong to atone for). For your friend’s companionship with Ama.” We can follow her and help Bast, or wake up and go away, and it begins walking away. We follow.
As we go, our bodies behind us disappear in the sand and we become solid. Our clothing changes into nomad robes. Weapons are gone but we each have a sword, knife and a bow. It seems a natural morphing, we were almost unaware of it. We feel as skilled with the weapons as we would be with an equivalent type of our own. So the bow for the rifle, sword for the spear, etc.
She tells us Jamal is on the up and up, but his house exists on the dreamlands and on earth simultaneously. He is quite powerful there, but not in the ways needed to get this quest accomplished. He knows what is coming for Earth and is trying to stop it. Tinkerer, magician, boat builder, mapper, etc.
We walk across many a dune.
Mundabi sees that the sand ahead has a shimmer to it. He stops but the others step right in. It flows like water, sweeping us along.
Mundabi suddenly has a rope on him! He runs beside, a cliff ahead its flowing over. Fritz yells to save Friday and Spalding!
Friday first and catches it! Mundabi pulls him out fast.
Fritz is pulled under! Mundabi pulls Spalding out easy too.
We run to get closer to Fritz and Mundabi throws the rope as he comes back up. Just as he is about to come over the edge, he catches the rope. Mundabi pulls him him to safety.
The cat comes racing back up. She forgot we don’t have sand rivers in your world and apologizes profusely.
She takes us to thin stream width portion and we step across. She says it moves so fast her it will strip away your flesh.
After several more miles we come to an almost mile deep canyon! Stretching almost to the horizon. Sheer drops, dunes right to the edge. We see sandfall rivers falling into the chasm.
She says time is not passing here the same as on Earth.
After several hours we come to staps leadind down into the canyon, small and narrow. The cat has not issue going down. Mundabi almost falls about 2/3 of the way down but grabs onto the edge. We all make it down.
At base Tadra leads us north, further we go the more it becomes a cobble road, to stone monoliths, then fences, then the ruins of an ancient city. Most collaped into themselves. Fountains, streams, ponds of sand like the rivers. There are a couple ponds of water which she says are clean. We refill our waterskins.
We reach 3 massive crumbling statues. Nude man, nude woman, adrogenous cat headed human in the center. The statue we think is that of Bast.
Fritz and Mundabi say the 2 figures are demigod rulers of the dreamlands, we met one of them on the council at Bas party back during the gorge adventure. Athena and another greek god.
WE get to the cat section of the city, also in ruins, but more water here. Rodents, snakes, lizards, bugs abound. Tandra meows, and cats by the thousands swarm to us and all over us. Cats of all variety.
Even a few big cats.
Even some we don’t feel are native to earth.
We give them some good attention.
The last is gray spotted. Deep eyes full of wisdom. All others at her arrival ignore us and bow before her.
Fritz has us all kneel like she is royalty, which it turns out she is. She is Queen Samyatta and welcomes us. Says for our help, we will always be able to count on cats on earth. If any of you have ever killed cats previously, she wants to hear of it in detail.
We all go on in detail, she reminding us of any we forget. She knows all cats that were ever killed, but we are completely honest. She would appreciate if we would refrain from hunting lions as much as possible.
Fritz says he already has much of that on his xp.
She says Jamal is their agent on earth, and weill be great help in our future should we succeed. Then she gets us a cloth. A map of The Great Unnamed Desert realm we are now in. Home to the City of Glass and Jhaphour (owned by a merchant who has never left but wishes to, constructing a massive tower to gaze upon other realms, grows day by day) which is where Jamal’s house also exists.
The city we are now in is Abharanah, once powerful. Now ruin. Once commanded a lush oasis. A queendom of cats moved in after humans left. The hag from the story Jamal told us is now dominating it. They want us to kill the hag.
She says hundreds have tried, all have died. She leads us deeper into the city. The huge procession of cats follow. Like a medieval arab feel here.
A sense of unease, as the cats start getting wary and scary. WIndows and doors now are all pitch black, can’t see in. Sense of cold at the doorways, no light penetrates them. Tadra cautions us to not look deeply within for it will claim your mind and be gone, waking up back on earth.
Finally we reach a dark portal into a domed temple. 2 disturbing statues like gargoyles percet at it. They are nightgaunts but larger
Just outside the entrance, remains partially digested bones and remains, fused as if under pressure, and spat out of the dark.
This portal is responsible for the decay of the garden until the hag is banished.
Zais was the hags homeland, turned into a hag by a great being who called upon Nyarlathotep to curse her. Now the Hag of Zais. Jealous of never having beauty of her own she curses this new home of hers wishing happiness on all since she can’t have it wither.
None have come out alive, we do not even know if there is a way to kill her.
They ask one final time if we are sure we wish to do this, it is our decision.
Fritz affirms we are all in.
We fill up with water before we go in and anything we can take in to eat from the gardens.
In we go.

Mundabi steps in first, followed by Fritz, Friday, Spalding.
We are in total darkness. Our torch is giving off no light. We walk forward. We sound like we are getting further away from one another then Mundabi walks into a wall, Fritz bumps a corner and feels a passage.
Fritz says for Mundabi to call out to all, and one at a time we gather together. Mundabi gets us all lashed together closely then follow the wall until we reach an opening. We go but stumble over something. Its bones of a man and equipment. We continue on taking other halls, we wander for hours. It’s like we are hopelessly lost. Here and there, more cat and human bones.
Finally, Fritz notices a faint light. We follow it for an hour and everyone can just see it at that point. Its an opening into a vast cavern, lit from nothing apparent, bones and partially digeseted remains all over. Large round stone pool in the middle, perfectly clear. We enter.
On the far side of the pool is the ugliest woman of all time.
The pool is smooth as looking glash, her reflection of the most beautiful woman we have ever seen. That’s part of her punishment, ouch!
Her face is of great sadness, and a tear runs down the hag’s face. She stands, waiting to see what we should to.
Fritz greets her kindly, she does not respond. Fritz approaches her. They shake hands, hers feels awful and putrid.
Fritz “We would like to know how we can help you.” She shakes her head no.
She puts her arms up ready to defend herself.
Fritz insists she’s all wrong about that.
She confirms her tale of woe is true; can not be reversed. The rot ouside she confirms is voluntary.
Mundabi “What will make you happy?” She refuses to answer.
He hugs her and tells her he loves her.
She smiles, its hideous and her breath is putrid. She whispers distortedly “Thank you.”
“You are welcome” and she starts to turn to dust before us. The image shimmers and it smiles its own, tears, and vanishes. Looking into the water, we see idealized versions of ourselves at the best points of our lives.

The darkness is also gone. Cats are pouring into the complex as we make our way safely out. The cats take us to a house to go to sleep. Fritz gives the Queen a good pet on the head.
We all have a dream. A black man stands before you. The Black Pharaoh!
“Greetings, humans. You have made one of my masks very angry. I fear that she, the Masked Mess, will have some things to say to you when all is said and done. Just know the 4 of you are cursed by her from here on.” He waves his hand farewell “We will meet agan when R’yleh rises and the stars are right” he whooshes away.

We wake up back at Jamal’s.
He presents us with an amulet, cat on one side and image of Bast on the other. Teaches us how to use it to summon cats to our aid. More effective in dreamworld than Earth, but works in both. If used frivolously it will vanish. The Amulet of Bast. Same if we ever harm a cat. None can use it but one of the 4 of us.

Voyage to Shangai

August 15, Friday

The group to China board the steamship to Shangai, via the Suez Canal.
Frit, Spalding, Mundaby, Friday have already departed for Kenya weeks ago.

Roster Room Number
Rick C10
Billy C10
Simon Coach 20
Jeremy Coach 16
Paul C11
Wilhelm Coach Deluxe 18
Red Cloud C11
Jeremy Coach 16
Hobbes C10
Schuyler Coach Deluxe 18

Captain is Conrad Veck

1st night:
At dinner
Rick and Paul are seated with Earnest Blowfly and WIlly Throckmorton. As WIlly likes to say “second cousin to the inventor” (conveyor and torpedoes).

Hobbes and Billy are seated with Jese Nigerlater and Lady Corinthia Broughton. She has wide dark eyeshadow and straight cut hair that make her look to be emulating ancient Egypt.

Phyllis Tophevy is a full figured blonde. She is escorted by a cigar smoking, big bulbous red nosed and boller hat named Charlie Ledbottom, walking right up to Paul and introducing himself at our table.
We stand as gentlemen. He puts his arm roughly around Paul’s shoulder “Good to meet you, you can’t cheat an honest man.” He says indubidoubly a lot. He calls dinner tubesteak though its German cuisine.
Meanwhile, Rick tkes this opportunity and gives Phyllis ‘the look’ and they talk, discuss meeting.
Charlie gives Paul his wallet, saying he found it on othe floor. HE asks for a game of billiards, Rick nods ‘please do’. Paul, like a good chap, agrees. Charlie requests a small wager.
Lady Corinthia finds it thrilling to meet such exotic types as Billy and RC. They relate her tales of action. RC reminds her it was us that saved the Queen in the tunnel. She asks Billy who his master is, and she exclaims when she finds out its Rick as she also calls herself an archaeologist, and that she is out to prove a theory of her own. She want to meet Rick; her theory is she believes the inhabitants of Shangai are not CHinese at all, but descendants of ancient Egyptians from Akhenaten’s time who sailed away and set up a colony. Why? Because they were always sailing hither and yon. SHe’s sure she’ll find ancient hieroglyphics all over China none have ever found.
She calls out to “Dr. Rathbone” she has lots of things to tell you. He says he should be there tonight some time.
The captain announces that Carol Warbler, famous vaudville performer, will give a show at 8pm tonight.
Phyllis is very polite.

Later that night, Paul plays his billiards and wins every game. No wagering yet. Paul figures he’s a scammer, setting him up. In the following nights, they make low wagers and he still loses. Several more moderate bets, and both win some. Paul refuses to go any highter. He continues to lose more than win to entice Paul to raise the bets.

2nd night, Phyllis is seated with Rick but Charlie is with Paul. Paul warns Rick, figuring they are part of a scam together. She is very polite but no more than that, but she rubs RIck’s leg often with her foot. Her right hand starts ‘manipulating’. Her destination is Egypt.
Rick can’t get a private meeting with her while the billiards are going on, but she is teasing him a lot like that and more (including manual ahem at a show one night). One night Rick is talking to the Cpt, she sneaks up, crouching behind the lounge chair Rick is standing behind and (ahem) while he is talking to the Cpt.!! So Rick’s style.

Rick to Jeremy later “It’s good she’s getting off in Egypt (considering Nuyn may be joining us)”.
Jeremy “Meanwhile, you’re getting off over the Mediterranean”. Ba dump, chee.

One day, Jeremy is walking down the hall in coach and he finds a body lying in the hall. Its one of the black gang. Back of his head struck a deadly blow.
Jeremy reports it. Lots of murmuring in the crew about the murder.

Someone broke into Wilhelm’s room once. They ruffled through everything, and then obviously tried to replace it where it was, but he is very particular and knew it was shuffled through. The door was locked at the time.

Wilhelm succeeds in reading People of the Monolith

Arrive Egypt:
Phyllis and Charles depart.
Nuyn reports all is safe with the professor. Phat joins us for our voyage. Nuyn remains in vigil.

Halfway through the Indian Ocean, Blowfly does not show up for dinner. He is found dead in his room. Throat cut so deep it nearly severed his spine.
Rick offers our services; he and Wilhelm search the room
We find several books about forbidden lore, though they are not Forbidden Tomes. He wears a Talisman as well. Also, a translation in his handwriting from a book titled The Cthaat Aquadingen (handout). The actual book is not in his collection.
We find a smear of coal dust on the side of the bed where his body lies, as well as fingerprints of coal dust.
We do not know anything of the scant references in the translation. This will take some research. We wil start with the tomes we have on the ship. Rick has brought a 36" squared chest full of a small library on history and the arcane. He will begin to consult that.

We are on full defense mode and deep study. All of Wilhelm’s academic material is
Dinners are subdued, people are nervous. All suspect one of the black gang. They are searched. Jeremy and Paul join them.

4 hours after murder:

Meanwhile, Rick and Hobbes are in the lounge. Throckmorton is talking to Hobbes, gives a shudder, and his head turns completely around, staring at Rick and growls “There is no hope, there is not joy, there is no victory. Apholos will eat your soul” to Rick. He then choaks and his throat bulges out and a huge slug plops out of his mouth.
Rick “Heavenly God”. The girl Carol Warbler and Rick are talking with faints. Billy goes for the slug. He pulls a table cloth off the table as Rick of course gets the fainted lady out of danger. It crawls toward Rick as he moves and sets her down, ignoring the slug even as it closes in, as he knows Billy is unwavering. Suredly enough, ever dependable Billy wraps and bundles it up with a tablecloth.
Everyone is horrified.
We notice its getting dark out, too early. Out the porthole a huge dark cloud floats on the water, rolling toward the ship.
Rick “Wilhelm, what is it?”
He does not know.

Meantime, below:
2 sailors are with us, armed, as well as the first officer. We go to bunkroom and take the 16 member black gang out. The chief engineer head man is sure none of them had anything to do with it.
Simon is also arrives now, expecting trouble.
The mate gives the engineer a sidearm. They order the black gang against the wall. Paul positions himself behind the mate, Simon the engineer. Schuyler waits off to the side with Jeremy. They want us to watch them while they search.
No. Jeremy and the 2 sailors and Paul. Simon and Schuyler stay here with the mate.
The black gang insists they found nothing.

In the sea chests, we find medallions in about half the trunks, with a strange symbol on it.
We make note of whose trunks they are.
Then, a bloody knife in one of those trunks. We make note of whose. The knife has coal dust on the handle.

Note: None of the sailors nor the mate have suspicious coal dust on their hands.

The sea is getting rough. The cloud is engulfing the ship.
LIght is showing through only briefly, then everyone aboard gets dizzy for a moment and the sun streak across to the horizon and disappears. All are scared crapless.
The cpt arms all of his men he can, and declares that all 1st class passengers do the same who can. We are way ahead of him.
The ship is rocking, sea is rough. Sea sickness begins.
1st officer wants to lock the black gang in one of the boiler rooms.
The cpt shuts the engines down but for enough to point into the waves and wind. The instuments are going haywire.

Wilhelm starts researching and quickly finds it in People of the Monolith. Abholis, what the guy actually said to Rick, was formed from the tears and bile of Cthulhu. Yuck.
Rick says we all need to stay in groups, so all are in the bar and lounge.

We take the medallions and knife.

Rick sees the mark of the dark pharaoh is what is on the medallions. Rick says we need to be on the watch for deep ones.

A 2nd class passenger stands looking out the window.

Those from below are back up. Schuyler goes out to decks to look over the sides with but the steward returns as he leaves with bottles. Red streaks line his face, blood. Dripping from his face. His eyes are gone like having been plucked out. His own fingers are covered in blood.
Schuyler “What happened?”
“Now, I won’t have to see it.”
“What I saw, what you will see.”
He turns as if he can see out the window, drops the tray and scream “No! I can still see it” suddenly races forward and bashes his head off the wall so hard he falls dead.

Schuyler continues on his with RC and Paul.
Most of the women have fainted.
Rick and SImon follows his path to the store room the blood starts half way there on his return.
Nothing to see.

On deck, we and some armed sailors are on deck. Suddenly, tentacles rise and grab, taking one sailor. They writhe blindly all around. Over the edge, we see only the tentacles go in. 10 of them.
We order the sailors off the deck.
Another tentacle burst forth, taking another sailor as they ran for below, us following.

A steerage passenger starts to smoke from his skin, and bursts into flames. We quickly put him out but he dies with a shiver. The 2 dead bodies are stored away.
Rick “Maybe there is something aboard causing this.” He goes to deck and looks over for himself, sees bodies of the 2 sailors who were yanked over. Not a mark on them but dead for sure.
This is fake! he thinks.
He runs down to check the dead bodies. The head bashed guy still has his eyes, looking straight up at him. The burnt sailor is also dead, without a mark. Maybe the illusion was so powerful he had a heart attack.

He shows everyone his eyes are still there, but none believe him.
Wilhelm comes and looks, but he sees the truth.
The 2 guys up on deck actually jumped overboard.
Rick tells Wilhelm to hypnotize everyone, group style, to a concentration level, set aside all around us and look again.
About half of them see the truth.
We use that half to convince the other half, leaving only a few poor souls who gladly get locked up in their rooms.
Rick tells the Captain to hit the engines. When he calls down, he hears screams over the mic. We rush down. The officer stands there, firing, frantically reloading, and firing up in the air. They are fighting a phantom battle.
One is about to back into the furnace as he retreats from a unreal terror. He gets his arm in just before we save him.
We start one at a time trying to stop them. One man claws his own face, one hits himself repeatedly with coal. Once we get a few onto the truth, we stop the rest. Amazingly, none are dead.
We must have ordered the call down just at the start of the ‘fight’.

They say they saw horrible gargoyle things flyhing at them, trying to order them to kill their oficer and passengers. When they refused, the things attacked.

Simon asks about the talismans. They all insist they have never seen them before. And we trust them.
It was a frame job.
Engineer “Someone on this boat is bad.”

Lady Corinthian walks to Rick aside. She has a theory: while I was in London, she saw a man who looked just like the statue of the great high priest of the 16th dynasty. Same guy we know of as a mummy!! She saw the same man here on the boat! He’s in 2nd class! He’s behind it. She says he’s called the Father of Mummies in the ancient texts. Same as we found out.
She leads us down to find him, and shows us his room.
She knocks.
Rick opens the door. Inside, he sees a mummy which lunges after him. Rick stands firm and grabs him. Its not super strong at all, though it is trying to get at him.
It leaps up, throws its legs around his waste, and starts squeezing.
Rick “Clear the head, Billy!”
He grabs the head wrappings and starts peeling. There are red swathes on its face underneath from the bandages pulling off.
We wrestle him down to the ground. Billy ties him up. The idiot is screaming he is the father of mummies.
Billy sees his hands coated in blood, but does not believe it. Shakes his head in disbelief, but still sees the same. He was never bandaged, Billy was peeling his face off.
The man comes out of it, and screams “Aahhh, my face!”
Wilhelm medics him.
He looks nothing like the mummy, she insists she saw it though.

Morning comes and the fog has dissapated. When teh captain takes bearings, we are in the middle of the Pacific! We refuse to trust the readings.
Schuyler takes his own reading, getting the same. If its accurate, we are close to our destination. If not, we may be heading the wrong way.
The 2nd officer pulls his gun “Cpt Veck! Quick come with me and see God” and shoots himself in the head DEAD.
No more drinking for anyone.
Rick asks Wilhelm to check the food and drink.
Rick begins searching top to bottom.

We all wish Westinghouse were with us.

In the lounge, Paul notices a white powder on the floor and the chair beside the one he sits in. The one the steward was sitting in before he left for drinks.
Looking around, he and Jeremy find spots of it all over the place.
About an hour later, Wilhelm says he was able to get, from the wine and liquor, some kind of a substance he can not identify. Something is there.
We have all been poisoned. A terrible hallucinogen.

We start looking in other rooms for the powder. Everything in that room is thrown overboard.
A storm is in the distance, coming toward us.
Just as the storm hits, there is an explosion out of the side of the ship. It lists.
The captain yells “She’s going down! Get to the lifeboats!”
We protest she’s not going down, it’s the illusion.
The crew were in the crews lounce, and the crew are the ones freaking out. 2 lifeboats are lowering. We stop them at their own protests.
We find no dust anywhere else.
We implore them to trust us. None of this is real.
We get the group we convinced before to help convince them to at least trust us. Eventually we bring them out of it.

By 1pm, it is much more calm.
Still, we seem to be in the Pacific way ahead of where we should be.
With a spyglass, we see an island nearby.
We don’t believe it. Though Rick still sees it, he does not believe it. For Paul and Simon, they see it, then don’t, then do. Then a black basalt pillar rising from the island 1000’ in the air, then the tower goes away but the island is real. All in about 5 seconds.

Wilhelm arrives. The water supply has been tainted with the powder. There is an emergency desalination, but it has been destroyed. Now we wish Covington were here.

There is the water in the pool, however.

We decide to make for the island.

Lifeboats go once we are close enough: Rick, Billy, 2nd officer Mahmoud al Hamachi, and Paul, 5 sailors. We take storage units for water, making sure they’re pristine.

Upon beeching, we start looking for water. We walk the perimeter of the island, looking for a warterway meeting the ocean.
A wild boar exits the jungle.
RIck “Food! Billy!”
He kills it post haste. He starts to butcher it, but its…..wrong inside.
Looking at the trees, they are soft and pulpy though it looks regular. It is easily ripped apart. It smells awful.
Rick “Any water is probably nasty too. Let’s get off of here.”
Hepicks up the sand, which appears perfectly normal, but the grass near the sand is goofy though not as bad as the trees, which were not as goofy as the pig. This is like some sort of domain, artificially created.

We take off. By 10’ out, the boat will go no further.
The 2nd mate pulls the gun out and fires straight ahead. The bullet hits far away. Same with a rock.
Perhaps only what touched the island can’t leave.
One of the sailors jumps in. Its like there is an invisible wall he can’t get through.
He climbs back in.
Paul “The next person who has an idea and doesn’t clear it through us, is getting shot.”
The 2nd mate yells “ahoy the ship.”
They yell back and forth what is happening.
Paul almost shoots him in the foot.
Mahmoud wonders stupid theories, like maybe it only effects 13 men.

We row around the island to a watercourse coming out about quarter mile around.

The captain tells Simon to send another boat to find out what is going on. Simon says do not send a boat. He says “I’m the captain.”
Simon “This isn’t about power plays. Trust them. Rick Rathbone and Paul Warrington are out there. They’ll figure it out.”
The sites have been taken again, now we are right where we should be.

Rick tries the water, tastes cool and fresh.
We fill up the containers. While that is happening, Rick is going inland with Billy for a look around while Paul commands the water fillup.
We find rock formtions with no evidence of aging, again as if created and remain as is.
No signs of erosion.
Come to a spring that flows to the watercourse. At one point it unaturally flows up a hill then down.

At shore, water being pumped into the vessels.
A tentacle rises from the shore, swiping at one of the sailors. An ugly octopoid beast is dragging itself onto shore with its 8 tentacles.
They kill it, after it wounds Mahmoud and a few sailors. It’s real, and melting in its death.

Suddenly, Rick sees something right beside him for an instant then its gone. Like a person torn apart and reassembled wrong, just hideous.
No sound. Then the foliage moves as if something were moving away from him.
“Wait, who are you? Is there any way I can help you?” It turns and says something in forbidden language including terms R’yleh and Cthulhu.
Repeating Cthulhu ftagn several times.
Rick “Do you know how I can get off the island?”
Suddenly something slams into Rick.
Rick isists to it he means no harm. It says it does, that we will all suffer, then die."
He sees foliage moving in various positions.
Rick drops his Varnstein lenses into place, Billy sees this and puts his goggles on.
“I see you.” They all look somewhat different, and start to walk away.
The leader repeats its threat “as did I”.
Rick “I’ll happily relieve your suffering if there is a way, if you can tell me how to get off the island.” He sees a glint off in the jungle. Once they are away, we move to it finding a small 2 man zeppelin, crashed.
Ruth Copeland, the famous aviatrix! She departed Africa across the Indian Ocean and was never seen again.
Rick searches it. Finds a small book taped under the pilot seat. Starts with aerononautical stuf. Then more of the story, about a friend Clive Lewiston (classicist and studier of occult texts at Miskatonic, he has met him many times) asking her to drop a parcel into the middle of the ocean, far from landfal. A tome. He mentions knowing too much about ‘Cthulhu Cult"! She then got bad dreams preflight. Worse dreams night before departure.
Rick knows of this Firenze Tome, was lost since the 100 years war.
Let’s find this book. Only little food and water, a pistol and ammo. We eat and drink, Rick figures we need the energy since its up to us to figure this all out.
We find both bodies as well still strapped in. Impossible to find a cause of crash, it all in bad shape.
Billy finds tracks, we follow. The tracks came from, and left toward, the center of the island.
As we go, Billy sees a strangely shaped crucifix lying on the ground. He show sit to Rick, who picks it up to look at it. It’s small neclace sized.
Billy sees Rick standing there in a stuper. Rick however sees himself as Clive Lewiston, going through a slum, Rick’s not sure where, reeking of urine. He kicks a door open, pistol in each hand, into a loft like room. Half dozen men stand around a newborn baby. Both pistols fire until empty all dead. He grabs the child, and sees a terrible book he can’t grab. He takes off his crucifix, sets it on the book, and picks it up.
Then, all is fog. As it clears, Rick is Clive again but now moving through a catacomb in Italy. Arrive at a door into a vault, inside is an old man in priest cossack. He groans to Lewiston in Italian “They got the book, you must stop them before they summon Abholos” then throw the ocean in the book. He dies.
Fog again, it lifts and he’s in Italy, Medieval. Burning small village all around. Rick surveys with his 1000 eyes. He sees the warped people all around, but falling apart without fear to fuel them. The being he is becomes dormant, a thing the ape creatures around can not tell. He, Abholos, becomes the book!!!

Rick snaps out of it, and sees the basalt pillar now in the middle of the island. As does Billy now. As do those on the beach. In all of our heads we here “Come our tasty morsels.”

At the beach, the invisible mutants attack, killing one sailor who then explodes. Then all the pieces come back together wrong, he stands and disappears, becoming one of them. The ship has circumnavigated the island, crossing a Japanese freighter shipwrecked on the shore. The crew were likely the source of the mutants on the island.
The boat stops off the shore at the watercourse. Rick and Billy arrive at shore and report. We fire a signal flare for backup, knowing we have a terrible beast to confront. Simon standing a vigilant watch sees it. Within minutes he is getting into a boat with Red Cloud, Wilhelm and Hobbes plus 4 crew to row the vessel; leaving Schuyler, Phat and Jeremy to keep an eye on things on the ship.
Simon dons the other set of Varnstein goggles.
The strike force walks toward the obsidian pillar, a face within the top of it disgustingly human face laughing deeply.
Rick takes them to the plane first, then from there Billy follows the trail as before, inland. one of the mutants comes into view straight in our path, ethereal, but Billy sees it with the goggles.
Rick drops his into place, seeing 2 more. Simon 2 more on the other flank, none from the other side, none from behind either.
Billy moves toward Rick’s 2, as Simon moves forward to the 2 on the other flank, RC to the lone in front.
Hobbes puts his tripod in the ground and starts filming, with the original cameral Varnstein lens.
RC picks up their position with his hearing.
RC crits but they have no threshold. Paul moves to back him up, WIlhelm to Simon.
The face “My minions will feed well tonight” then wails!
After a round, we see more now coming out of the woods, including behind.
Rick uses TNT on the rear gang, RC kills and charges the rear.
By now they all show themselves.
5 more are approaching the front. Simon and WIlhelm finish off their 2 then Simon move to assist Billy and Rick at the front. Wilhelm fires into the rear.
Hobbes sees 6 more coming from the right!! “Look out Wilhelm!”
Hobbes sets his camera on auto and brings his rifle into action.
Soon enough, 3 more come in for Paul as we drop them.
Hobbes turns to run the camera again before its over.

Hobbes got some super footage.
Rick “Fine fighting, gentlemen.”

We rest a bit and continue on to a cave entrance. Rick, Geste and Billy lead the way, Wilhelm and Hobbes next, Paul and RC guarding the rear.
Suddenly everything shimmers
We enter and quickly encounter a terrible mass staring at us from ahead, multiple tendrils at its front, the Firenze Tome lying on the floor before it. It’s insect like eyes pulsate continuously; it tentacles have steel tipped tendrils! Sanity check all around.
Hobbes has his darklens ready in the camera and starts filming.
The face on the tower welcomes us to its lair.
Simon moves right for it crit 42 and Paul moves up and fires; RC watches the rear; it hits Billy and misses Simon;
Billy moves in and attacks.
Rick moves in, sets the crucifix neclace on the book, and picks it up. It begins squirming in his hands.
It attacks him but misses twice. He retreats to RC as Billy and Geste attack. He lights a stick in his satchel, drops the book inside, and throws the whole pack down the hallway. It attacks him from 40’ away 14/12.
Its tentacles reach past, grab the satchel, and pull it back. The pack blows inside it. The thing releases a belching sound. A small black spot within starts growing, it yells a maddening angry bellow, and gets sucked into the dimension from whence it came.

Forcefield is gone, we escape back to the ship. By the end of the hour, our navigation instruments show us back right where we should be.

The ship stops in India, where we have to stay a week for the ship to reprovision and an investigation that leads no where.
We continue on the voyage.

2nd day out from India, a steward is found dead in the crew quarters, found by another crewmember; Wilhelm and Rick examine the body. No wound to be found. Then we notice a tiny hole at the base of the skull; a clear fluid remains.
We speak to the Cpt. in private. Rick persuades the Cpt. to let us cut him open. Wilhelm says a needle was driven into his spinal cord. His educated guess is that the fluid is spinal fluid, removed from him.
Hobbes takes photos of he dead of the other bodies. They all had the needle mark!
After an argument, Rick convinces the cpt to let us do a surprise search of all cabins. Meanwhile, his cabin was carefully searched by Paul and Wilhelm. They find nothing nothing but gay pornography.
Jeremy says everyone needs called to the main deck for an announcement by the Cpt.
Paul keeps everyone informed and settled down on the deck, Simon is in charge of no one getting down below while we search.

A Chinese member of the black gang, Woo Hu, has leather case hidden under his bunk. Inside is a syringe with some residue in it. Wilhelm examines but its just opium. Hoo claims there is an evil demon on this ship, many more will die. He has seen it in his opium dreams. An evil dark man; he’s one of the passengers. He envelopes his victims like a cloud and they are dead. “One of you will be the next to die.”

We find absolutely nothing. Next, we search the cargo hold. We find a dry withered husk of what seems to have been a male human.
Rick “I have a feeling this is who was taken over by our foe.”
He and Wilhelm go over some possible suspects from their knowledge, and Wilhelm comes upon the best possibility: The Thaquatic Master. A creature linked to the old one Athaqua. It is drawn to the ‘thought essence’ of intelligent creatures. To feed, it eats their identity and their spinal fluid. Or, sometimes, it will allow itself to be absorbed into their body but it eventually will become a husk and abandon them, and feed off of other people. In its normal form it is a small creature made of proto matter and enters through orifices.
There is a possibility, since it isn’t human, we can catch the person it is in doing things awkwardly.
This is a unique creature as well.
We place our group with all parties, at all meals and such, watching for people acting strangely and awkwardly.
We think to check for defacation by all passengers and such, but Wilhelm says the body it is in acts biologicaly normal.
It is however, very strong.

The third officer falls down a flight of stairs, only bruised up. He claims he slipped. Then, there is a knock on the door. A steward. There is a problem with a Mr. Pinkerton in 2nd class. He is acting strange, he seems confused about everything. We go and check him out and talk to a few people who know him. He is a sales rep for an oil company; in his 50’s. He is seated in the lounge, staring around. His eyes follow a candle.
No hole in neck, but a rash on his back and shoulders, which comes from it absorbing into someone. He points at Rick “The devil was inside me, and he laughed at me.”
Rick “Where did he go?”
“He left.” Just now, a little while ago, because his skin is rough and dry on his chest. He was wasting away. It left before it got too obvious. He says it hurts him.
We try to make him as comfortable as can be, he is dying. We take him out. Geste insists on putting him out of his misery and does so. We’ll tell the crew he died later on.
Inside the man’s mouth, Wilhelm sees a proboscus in the tongue, left behind. This is the one who has been feeding on people.
We show the Cpt. We use the rash stuff as the cover for examinations. Wilhelm will examine each person privately.

We set the trap.
Schuyler recommends, knowing that the body is fully susceptible, having a syringe ready full of morphine.
We get through all the passengers, nothing. Through the entire crew, beginning with officers; Cpt. first. After short conversation, the captain reaches to pat him on the back and grabs at him!! Wilhelm feels the invasion of his memories.
We spring the trap.
Geste “A ha I knew it would be the cpt!” He and RC, hiding behind a drapery, spring upon the fiend. WIlhelm pulls his syringe of morphine and stabs at it and plunges it in!
The probuscus comes out just short of Wilhelm as the body falls. A fog begins lifting from the body.
RC goes right through it, Simon does as well. It misses SImon. RC runs to the door and calls for Billy and his Sword of Kholan while Simon continues battling it, hitting it hard. It partially diseminates briefly before coming together and trying to enter Simon. He resists, it swirls around his head. The first officer arrives, seeing the battle waging. Simon defends himself from it until Billy arrives a few moments later. Billy arrives! He slays it!
WIlhelm OD’d the Cpt on the morphine. Oops. He doesn’t have Atwater’s skill. He dies about an hour later. The first officer takes over the ship, fudging the log to explain the situation.
The voyage continues to Hong Kong.


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