The Explorers of Down Cthulhu

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 hows 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.

Members:
mad Ginger Muldoon
Jack Bo
Professor Dodge
Mrs. hays
Old and Big Fella
Slattery
Dr. Victor Grace
2 aborigine guides
Carrie Norquist

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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.
Victory.

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.
“NO!!”
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?”
“7:30.”

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?

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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 Penhue 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!!

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.

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.

VICTORY!!!

Oct 4 through 9

Lots of rest, study, Wilhelm fixing Billy’s pathos of lying.

Oct 10

We board Santos’s steamer for Darwin, with short stop in Hong Kong.

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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.
Nooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!
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.

Lung:
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 to. 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.
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.

Rick and Paul with Wilhelm go back to Fairburn’s office and lay the deal out to Fairburn 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.
Paul lays it on thick.

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 chancein 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.
Hewants 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 ther.
He says one is there 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.
He gives us the address of where Brady is training his men.
We advise him to team up with others, come to a meeting that we set up as a joint operation.
He says to do, 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:
Rick rolls out the chain of evidence and Paul convinces him.
He is convinced, 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.
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 women in sheer silk sits on the floor next to him.
He says an agent of our has stolen something from him that he wants back. Jack Brady stole the 7 cryptical books. 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 has 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!!
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 Egype! 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 guy 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 adn 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 anyoen 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 Firthman from US State Dept. send for Paul separately. Schuyler goes along to talk to Firthman.
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 Englan’ds enemies like France or US. They trust no one else with something else this powerful. Paul agrees.
Firthman: 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 weill pay $10000. Paul gives his word to them too.

Paul returnes 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 hs 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 go 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 Erika 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 takin 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’s 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.
We will need an Eldar Sign to seal the deal though.

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?”
IIt’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. Mexican Ninjas. 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 bigh 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, not gentleman, very scary.
Chi belongs to a Green Gang faction trying to expand but Big Ears checks them all the time. Chi 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.
She does not have his home address.

Off to the Volga Tea Room. 1 person is out of place, it’s Ashida. She 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.

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 windwo. 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 with more proof, she shipping list isn’t enough. Otherwise, he can provide support like boats, and good word to all our factions.
Jeremy goes to the Fong’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.

Tonight:
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 a 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 master ninja 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 has 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. A few or so perhaps proto historic!! The mythos related stuff will be destroyed. The rest we take.
Also crates marked AP = Aubrey Penhue. 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.
That’s it, no secret rooms or anything.

After we get the stuff out, 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 havind 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, separateing the body into a bunch of closes 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 theman 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.

1AM:
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, jusding 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 women 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 searcfhes 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 ehr 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 still alive.

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 fo an even older source it must have been copied from called Tachuan, the Tchau Tchau speak it, a Hyperean 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 returnst 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.

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.

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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.

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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”.
Our?
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.
“Thomas?”
“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.

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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 Rick was talking with faints. Billy goes for the slug. He pulls a table cloth off the table, Rick of course gets the fainted lady out of danger. It crawls toward Rick as he moves. 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 cload 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.

Search:
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 mate nor sailors 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 hsi men he can, and declares that all 1st class passengers to do the same who can. WE are way ahead of him.
The ship is rocking roughly. 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?”
“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. His eyes are lookig
Rick “Maybe there is something aboard causing this.” He goes to deck and looks over for himself, sees 2 bodies in teh water floating. ITs 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, adn firieng 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.
Nothing.
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.

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.
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. There is the water in the pool.

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 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 studyer 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.
END
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 man 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 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 does 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. The ship has circumnavigated the island, crossing a Japanese freighter shipwrecked on the island. 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; eaving 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 kicks 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 his 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. it 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.

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 phots as he ded 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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London Return from Gorge of Osiris!

May 26, Sunday

Rick, Billy, Hobbes, et al arrive London. Great fanfair upon arrival!!

Cheetham meets Rick, informs him Wilkerson will arrive in a few days ready for work. Westinghouse and Atwater will be with him!

Business will occupy much of Rick’s daytime activities in the coming weeks:
He will immediately gets to work on post-archaeological expedition administration and logging and media meetings, including preliminary set up for the future of the Gorge site and Somerfield being Chief Archaeologist in charge.
He also needs to prepare a full presentation on the Gorge for the Iluminati w/in a couple weeks, both in London and Paris. As well as an abridged version at Adventurer’s Club gala this Christmas, if he can attend.
He also needs to begin researching the forbidden tomes brought from NY for him to read.

The girl from the Desert Temple of Set is to be put in a quality asylum by Rick and paid for by the Rathbone family.
At his house, Wagstaff greets him with the gift from Covington of detonite!! This makes Rick very, very happy.
Rick has also brought back samples and seeds of the plant needed to make the paste, from Bast Valley. These are forwarded immediately to Rick’s family in Liverpool, by Wagstaff. His sisters, being skilled horticulturalists as their primary hobby and keeping quality garden and greenhouses, will attempt to raise and reproduce them under the proper environment. Otherwise, we’ll have to get shipments from the Gorge when need be.
Afu will learn many different skills, such as driving from Rick and Schuyler; piloting from Rick/Fritz’s airship pilot friend who Rick calls to London as a contact; Wang Dong will be instructing him in Kung Fu as well.
Heba becomes Rick’s constant companion during his work days. She is very bright, and shall become his personal student. She also joins Rick and Wilkerson in the evenings.

May 28

Wilkerson, Westinghouse, Atwater arrive here in London. They stay at Rick’s house tonight.
Rick has called his parents here as well to meet us here tomorrow, assuming their naturalist and anthropologist expertise could come into play, especially concerning Australia.

May 29/30

Rick still very busy, but he and WIlkerson have begun looking at the Juju Calendar.
Hobbes begins developeming an printing of pics and film stocks.
Westinghouse and Atwater visit Paul’s flats in London.
See MH Adventure Log for adventure.

May 30 (night) through June 1

First chance, all gather at Rick’s house.
Rick, Hobbes, Billy, all the MH, Westinghouse and Atwater, plus Wang Dong and Archimedes.
Begin by meeting of minds in general, trading of stories back and forth concerning all each party has done thus far since Archie entered our lives.

Atwater has brought specific measurements of Canary’s hands, with the idea that perhaps in the future Covington can create new hands for him.

Upon hearing all of Baron H Conspiracy info, Rathbone will wire Juan Pena immediately to look into any cult activity off of Chile, in relation to the island mentioned in one of the enemy letters.

Jeremy shares his xp looking into Blue Pyramid.

Rick and Wilhelm then begin to look over the Juju house artifacts:
We start with the Copper, burnished bowl. Etched w/ unrecognizable runes and signs!! Wilkerson and Rick know this is Aklo!!! That means this was made to do a magic spell. We think it has something to do with TIME and a WINDOW perhaps. A mark we know as meaning RITUAL as in arcane ritual. The metal, though copper, is much tougher. Rick’s parents say they’ve seen this before: the aboriginals in Australia had a small statue they said had mystical power. It was roughly the shape of a pregnant woman. Referred to the metal as Copper from Above. THis bowl is of the same metal.
Lion Claws: Mudabi says they come from the north of the Masai areas. Occasionally people are kidnapped and taken north. Stories say they are sacrificed to a dark god. The warrior kidnappers often wear them as weapons. Rick figures probably ritualistic as well. Reputed to have magic powers, but seem totally normal but for the fact that the claws scratches even metal. No idea what it may be.
Wooden Mask: Rathbones know the wood is no wood from earth. Same wood is of the mask from the King in Yellow sign. Couple of contacts from colleges say it is not from Mars nor Venus. Rick recognizes the workmanship of the Congo natives. That’s where the lost city of G’Harne is supposed to be. Wilhelm picks it up, master of Forbidden Lore, and holds it as if doing a reading. “This has huge magical power. Cultists all over the world would kill for this. It is an Artifact. Open the Necronomicon. Find a reference to a mask of the gods.” Through the Varnstein lenses, it looks like heat rising from it, like the waves in the air in the desert. Wilhelm looked first, then Rick, Archie, Dong, Hobbes, Paul.
Wang Dong and Archie find it an hour later ‘The Mask of Hayama’. ‘Mask of the Four Gods’. References to Nodens, Azathoth, Yog, and Shub. It has something to do with becoming knowledgable or aware of them.
Rick “So, reading this might be like reading the greatest Mythos Tome ever.”
Wilhelm decides to don it. It envelopes his face. Agt fires, he screams and panics, trying to pull it off. Begins jerking and seizing.
Atwater tries to rush to assist, but Rick holds him back “Give him a moment, good Atwater.”
He gains 2 sanity. Sees image of an enormous white haired, long bearded warrior carrying a spear. Noden! Speaks to Wilhelm, but he remembers little of the words. Feels a great sense of fear and well being, for his favorite race is humanity. Whispers in his ear begin to explain secrets of the universe which he does not recall either. This works as a plus 4 w/o reducing his maximum sanity. Also, plus 25% chance to call Nodens if he ever tries to summon him.
Rick says there is a rumor that the god Nodens was once a human, who became powerful enough that he ascended to a godhood. Rick says there is likely a chance to contact any of the 4, and getting the other 3 could very likely drive one insane.
Using this will raise the chance of contacting any of the 4 gods a lot via a contact spell.
Westinghouse makes the point that all who know we have this is dead, but if any cult does come to know, they will come after us in droves.
Headband: made of another unrecognizable gray metal, very hard; Wilhelm has a flash already, Nodens told him of it. Perfect for Cassandra.
Egyptian Scepter: Carved African Scepter, Hieroglyps “Nyambe, thy power mine”. RIck perks up immediately “This is not a mythos relic. It is an arcane artifact. Nyambe is the supreme god of west and south Africa.” God of humanity, but no one knows if he actually exists like evil calls demons for real. Like he’s from a neutral cosmology. However, this scepter supposedly lets on call on him. Gives 10 magic points for 1 hour. Each pt negates a loss of ability score point from casting forbidden magic. If using mundane arcane, gives 10 magic pts.
Rick “Tarr should take this.”
Calendar: It’s a book, of vellum. Trying to cut a small corner off for chemical analysis, the scissors break. It will not burn either!! Writing is proto historic, not Aklo! Rick is making the call: Stygian.
Now, the Vishak Fragments and the Arc of Vlaktos.
VF: Rick: Vishakhapatnam Fragment, more properly, series of 6 brass plates in Sanskrit. Related to Vajrayana Buddhism. VF is a Tantric text; there are 3 roots to enlightenment and one of Vajaryana. Initially 2 methods. Perfections (become self perfect) and Mantras (way of using the vocalization). In Vajrayana, you are bringing forth your inherent godhood so that in future incarnations you will become the Buddha. These VF explain you can achieve life as a god in this incarnation by supressing your innate Buddha spirit, and embracing the Blackness of ultimate evil. This includes the tantric rituals of sex, pain, and death. What follows is a series of unspeakable rituals of torture and sacrifice, extremes of sex beyond the pale. Periodically when you are involved in certain things, such as sex, you will have to make will save to not perform some of these acts. The tantric sex side allows great sexual capability. All w/in is lies and subversion the Varjaryana practitioner. One eventually achieves only sanity and servitudt to the great old ones.
Arc: As Rick, Dong, Archie, and Wilhelm study it, the central pattern seems to swirl and shift. Rick “Turn him around”. He resists. Rick covers the slab up with a blanket. Dong comes out of it.
Dong “Felt myself being drawin into it, slipping away. Had a vision of a vast island, with cyclopean ruins. A huge vault, doors closed and sealed by 7 seals.” The Corpse City, R’yleh, we assume. Rick does a rubbing of the central design. Looking, shows it to Dong, and no impact at all. Comparing it to the design, it is suddenly different. Rick does another. Comparing, they are different, subtely. Rick “Non euclidean geometry.”
Archie “do it again”. This one is subtely different as well. He takes the 3, puts them all together and up to a light one atop the next. Suddenly there is a flash, all 3 pages are burnt.
Each rubbing will be different. You must have the the whole.
Wilhelm starts to sketch it by hand. As he goes along, he notices what he drew moments before has already altered. He corrects as he goes. After about an hour, he compares, and it is completely different. Like a head full of tentacles. He realizes the shifting was fooling him, he had no idea what he was drawing until the end.
R’yleh Disc: Nothing new to learn. With the ritual and arc as we know, raises the island. Vice Versa, sinks it. Ritual spell alone has little chance of raising it, and no chance of sinking it.
Heart of Darkness: through goggles, all around it looks distorted. No one has ever heard of it before.
Archie says he must take it, suspects it is very dangerous, there are people who must be looking for it, and wants to study it.

Next, we all view the film reel from CA through the Varnstein Lenses. Hobbes plans to fly out via our pilot soon to talk to the creator, in order to duplicate them.
Wilhelm looks through them at all the Juju artifacts, (see Wooden Mask above), then sees something in the room. A cloud of mist in the shape of a bit stocky humanoid or bear on hind legs, beastial look. It is only observing it seems. He attempts communication, then we all know something is up.
Westinghouse tosses the other pair to Simon Geste immediately, who puts it on.
Wilheld describes it.
Simon says it seems to be spying on us. He draws its dagger and the thing stalks towards him, almost flowing.
Rick “Billy, Kholan’s! Wilhelm, give him your glasses.”
It attacks Simon with 2 attacks, hitting once crit 19 DEAD, entire arm going through it!!!!! Billy dons the goggles but too late.
it disipates into mist, for a few seconds we all see it as it does so.
Rick “That was a demonic creature called an Invisible Servant. Sent to spy on us.”
Schuyler “They’re already tracking us, damn cults are on us. Time to clean house in London.”
Rick to Westinghouse “Good thing you brought those Varnstein Lenses. You’re a genius, as usual.”
Westinghouse sees a brief flash up at the ceiling, and just sees a tiny creature appear out of the flash, winged humanoid and barbed tail and horns. He points it out immediately.
It says in English, surprisingly “OOOh its dead, its dead.” and disappears as it flaps across the ceiling.
Schuyler “Pathetcally tiny fiend!” It stops for a moment to insult him back; his shot hits the head, stunning the creature. His next shot misses. Surges 10, almost blown in half.
Wagstaff from upstairs “Dear god Sir, what’s has happened!!” he rushes into the room.

Rick mentions the idea of Paul going to China this winter, before Christman, to look into Roger’s friend who should be there hiding out. Paul says he and his men will surely do so if need be.

Much talk of what is to come: Carlyle, China, Egypt, Kenya, Hauptman, Monolith, etc.

Rick details what he wants to do next. He needs a month probably, full time job during the days, for Gorge administration and presentations to Museum, lectures, that kind of thing, quick prep for the 2 classes he is teaching at University College this semester, etc. The rest of his men, with the artifacts they are bringing back, should arrive in a w/in couple weeks or so. He has to give a full presentation to the Iluminati as well, possibly both here and Paris.
By day, Wilkerson will be working on Juju calendar first, then all Proto History Rick brought back, VF, Arc, all decipherment. Rick will join him in evenings, and reviews in mornings as well.
Rick wants Wilhelm and Atwater, in evenings at Rick’s house, to get right into disection of the undead mummies Rick brought back with him, several more will arrive with Somerfield et al. Also, Wilhelm and Archimedes need to do research, by day, on all the tomes brought back, Arc, VF, Last Theorum, Chaos Coefficient, Heart of Darkness, and the Juju artifacts. As well as the city library his personal library, Rick will get them full access to Museum, Cambridge, Oxford, and University College libraries, plus virtually anywhere else he may need to go to follow up. This should take quite some time.

Rick, Wilkerson, Wilhelm, and Atwater will station selves at Rick’s house. The MH, Westinghouse, and Billy at Paul’s to begin proper investigations of Carlyle, Delwin Kerwin, and the MH missing mummy.
Rick feels, and Simon and West. agree, that with hit killing the cultists who took it, it may have had no known allies here. By now, it has either gotten back to Egypt by its own guile, or has managed to, perhaps and terribly, reform itself into human looking guise. If so, and it is still here, there must be a purpose to it remaining so must be discovered or ruled out.
Rick will inspect the sarcophagus tomorrow, whether it is at Cantwell’s or museum by now.
Westinghouse will start by going through his memory and London papers in search of leads on the mummy, as Atwater scans the obituaries as well.
We are looking for how a mummy may become flesh: murders involving missing party, husks of men, as well as recent Egyptian emigrants in the news, and the like.
Hobbes will be busy developing for quite a while, now including camera and film from City of Lost Angels prison as well.
When Rick is finished with administration, he will get full time into assisting Wilkerson, and reading the forbidden tomes. Wilhelm must also read his.
It is even possible, with Rick’s airship pilot, that Rick and Wilkerson could make a week or 2 excursion to the gorge if the film and pics don’t come out well enouth

Heba will follow Rick everywhere he goes, becoming his personal admisistrative and research assistant. She is very smart, and Rick will teach her much in the coming months.
Afu also drives around with Rick a lot, leaning how to drive, and even pilot w/ Rick and his airship cpt friend who stays around for a while. Wang Dong takes him under his wing a bit as well, beginning to teach him how to defend himself even as a kid.

Rick starts thinking maybe Spalding Fritz should meet Spalding and go to Mombasa/Nairobi. Lead some safaris into the right area, do some vague checking around with the locals, w/o geting too close to the actual area or drawing enemy attention. If Spalding hasn’t left on the boat for London yet.

June 2

Rick back to work during day on administration for Gorge.
Billy stays at house much of the time to guard books et al.
Wilkerson gets to work on calendar et al today, Rick joining him by early evenings as planned after his work duties.

June 4

Airship pilot leaves with Hobbes, to drop him off in Boston to take a train to Hollywoodland accompanied by Wang Lo. He will meet the producer and cinematographer to learn how to duplicate the lenses. He takes all the equipment and film with him, so they know whether or not the goggles work.

Dinner at Rick’s with everyone:
Inform Barrington; show him more evidence. Paul, Rick, and West thouroughly convince him of the horror, minus supernatural. Even that they may all be involved.
Rick needs to check out this obelisk “Let’s go tonight, to obelisk. After Brandy and cigars, of course. Barrington, you should come as well.”

To obelisk, in central London, after dark, late.
Jeremy thinks to stop at a few local pubs first, Schuyler goes too. They say its just some Egyptian thing added to a war memorial.
They say its cursed. People who fall asleep on benches nearby overnight have nightmares, wake up disoriented, etc. Jocko passed out drunk one night at bottom of it, dead next morning, not mark on body. Face like he was horrified. Folks don’t feel right around it at night. Neighborood has done down, too. Tilesman house burned down, was across street from it. A few others as well. Steamcar blew up, newspaper man’s cart burned up. No known causes. Small fires too. Someone was stacking paper and woodchips beside houses, trying to burn them down. No one caught. Often pidgeons, dogs, cats tied up and thrown into the fires. Mileman’s horse, someone burned both sides of it while he was taking milk into an apartment. Heard horse scream and ran for it. Burnt so bad had to be put down, but man saw nothing. Cops figure a lunatic arsenist in the area. In winter, no snow accumulates on the obelisk. When it rains, its dry.

2AM arrive at obelisk:
Schuyler drives the carriage near the scene. Rick, Simon, Barrington, Westinhouse, Wilhelm, Billy, Paul rides on the roof.
Simon gets out first, and quickly.
He walks straight for the obelisk. Rick, Wilhelm, and Westinghouse follow.
All have headlamps.
21″ × 21″ and 11’ tall; 6’ high contemporary base it rests on.
Weathered but in tact. Bottom corner repaired with modern mortor, where Tilesman hit it. All 4 sides bear hieroglyphs.
Rick begins reading. Touching it, it feels at least 15 degrees warmer than air. Text all seems to be prayers to an obscure god Ka Thig Ra. Lord of Fire.
Westinghouse “Cthugha. Dear god.”
We show Barrington, so he sees the connection.
Westinghouse and Wilhelm suddenly lose 3 con, and Barrington 1, damage. White ghostly haze drifts from each of them to the obelisk.
Rick yells for them to get back to the carriage.
A glow from atop the obelisk point, a spark of flame. It drifts off and starts moving.
Westinghouse “Fire vampire! We need water. Normal weapons did nothing!”
It grows a bit larger, to about 2’ diameter.
Paul “Simon, it may b e up to you.”
Simon “I’ll show it what a holy warrior of god can do.”
We run to follow it.
Simon “Schuyler, take the carriage away.”
Schuyler takes off.
It passes into the pub, burning a whole as it does and catching it on fire. Some people that live upstairs, owner, starts to yell. Simon yells at it, draws his blade. It comes straight at him!!
Simon’s holy, arcane attack power shears through its DR as they battle. He strikes and it bursts as it lashes at him but misses. As he hits, it disipates.
Barrington is astouined. Says we need to do something about this obelisk.
Westinghouse, Paul and Wilhelm make for the fire to help, they put it out with minimal damage.
For now, we have to keep people away from it.
Barrington says he can try to get the area cordoned off for the time being.
We head back to Rick’s.
Rick read more. It says the servants from the lord of fire are trapped w/in; if you stand w/in the equivalent of 20’ maybe it can steel your essence to release the servants. Or if you want to release them all at once, break it.
Well, that ruins Simons idead of blowing it up. We must destroy it at some point, but prepared with plenty of water. Perhaps a submerged explosion.

Rick realizes, no way a fire vampire was leaving small animal offerings in fires.
Simon “Good God, you’re right.”
Westinghouse “A fine call, Richard. The obelisk must be corupting a nearby citizen. Jeremy and his street crew should get on this.”
Barrington says he and a few men will join Jeremy and his men in the search.

Barrington takes Westinghouse and Wilhelm to the station, showing them the full case files on the arsons. Visit a few scenes late into the night. They are up late, developing a profile of the arsonist together.

June 5

Rick’s visit to Penhue during his work da to see Gavigan. He remembers all the hooplah over the memorial and the obelisk. He has worked with Penhue people before, and met Gavigan several times.
3 floor building. He has been here before, so knows who to talk to and where to go. Rick is sent right into his office.
Rick uses the fact he has been gone for a while, talks of Somerfield and Rick’s expedition, but there is much news that is new to him. Brings up Elias death while Rick was gone, Clive mummy being stolen. Gaigan claims to have no idea, makes no sense about mummy being stolen. Mummy has not shown up since so likely in a private collection.
As far as Elias’ visit here, he came to talk of Carlyle expedition. One of worst tragedies he has ever been any part of. Carlyle obtained info from an African woman about a shadowy time in Egypt. She disapperaed w/ all the expeditions money!! They went to Kenya at Hypatia’s request, in the relatively cool of Kenyan uplands on photo safari. There they paid with their lives. Carlyle funded it.Turned out the BP whole thing was a hoax. No Black Pharaoh, no mysterious sorcerer, just made up just to get his money.
Gavigan says they never went anywhere near the bent or red pyramid. At Giza, found some secondary sight in the wastes west of Giza, right on the plateau. He shows Rick what was brought back over next several hours: noseless statues, broken pots and shards, etc. Rick can tell his Egyptology and archaeology is extremely accurate, but he is incredibly dull. So much that he is a total dupe. Artifacts are good pieces, but not big deal stuff. Rick mentions this, he says there are other pieces at Brit Museum, Cairo, or Louvre. There are things better for the public at those places. Nothing here of any more value than these, but he then glances downward as if to the basement below. Rick tingles, he slipped up. Things imporant are there, that no others should see.
Rick invites him to his presentation at the museum in the coming months.

At Rick’s later, with the others:
Akh Ma Lor, not Arabic, not ancient Egyptian. Wilhelm thinks the first book to reference is the big one, Necronomicon.
Dinner guest via Mahoney: Mahoney and Stephen Hughes visits Rick’s house. Atwater is there, as is Billy, Wilkerson and Wagstaff and his live in maid Mattie. He works for Mahoney; movie star handsom, spirtualist, seances, medium, like Paul Lemonde but not quite as good. Maybe even some smoke and mirrors. Heart in the right place, but huge expert in occultism and spiritualism. Believes in occult, to a degree.
Wagstaff answers the door to a young lady. He introduces her as Helen Coulston, about a personal matter.
Rick “Send her to the sitting room, I’ll be right in.”
Wagstaff has never seen her before, saw Rick from an office at Penhew.
She looks very nervous.
“Thank you for seeing me, Dr. Rathbone. You work at Penhew right?”
“I do.”
Came to Rick because hears of his exploits and archaeology skill. She’s her about her fiance, Paul McLean and archaeologist. Rick has met him. Most of his short career spent here, originally for British Museum. Was on a dig in Egypt, when came back got a job for Penhew last 2 years. Restoring artifacts. She is the librarian there since right after Carlyle Expedition. Has become quite knowledgable on archaeology and some ancient tomes in her work. She and Paul hit it off right away. Engaged 6 months ago. Paul disappeared about 2 weeks ago. They were going to meet for dinner, he was working late. She left to home to freshen up. He was finishing up, but was missing something. Went to basement to look for it.
Then, never came to dinner. Night guards say he did leave for dinner shortly after I left. Gavigan says he has moved heaven and earth to find him.
“Then I received a letter in the post a few days ago.” From Paul, written. Said not to try to find him. She gives over the letter. Says ‘can no longer be with you, my calling much more important. Opportunity to go to site in Asia that could make his fortune. Leaving today to go there.’ She gave it to an inspector. If he left, he did so under an assumed name. Shows Rick a love letter form him. The 2 look like the same. She insists it is not. A close look proves to. She insists he would never leave her like that.
“Will you help me?”
“I will, I’ll do whatever I can.”
She asks to leave Gavigan out of it. Though he has assured her she should forget Paul, but if he is in danger will put that person in danger too.
Rick assures her Gavigan will know nothing of the sort.
Rick gets her address.

Rick tells the others about what happened.
Steven “I sense that this is a case of kidnapping.”
Wilkerson “So you think he’s alive?”
Steven “It could go either way, but at this point I think yes, but he’s in danger.”
He also says it will have something to do with archaeology. What a genius, ugh.
Steven says he offers his assistance, Rick says “We’ll let you know.”

June 6

Rick and Billy, with Heba and Afu, visit Cantwell to inspect the sarcophagus of the missing mummy.
It was billed as the resting place of Kheperenseti, a minor functionary in temple of Amun Re in Luxor. So New Kingdom, post Akhenaten.
But, the priest part is a misiterpreted. It says enemy of Amun Re. Rick finds a reference to a being called Eater of Souls.
Rick “What else do you have recovered from this tomb? Or who has it?”
Cantwell “Not much.” Just a piece of the wall, the rubbing. And a copy of some of the hieroglyphs that were peeling away; and 2 jars. He inspects each.
One picture is of Set spearing Apep/Apophus. Re teaming with Set to battle vs Apep!
Rick knows there was an annual Banishing of Chaos write performed in New Kingdom, Rick knows. They would build an effigy of Apep and burn it to protect all from his evil for another year.
jars were empty.
Supposedly, Apophus and his priests can control snakes, but are also vulnerable to them.
He says they also stole the knife.
Rick “Um, what knife?”
“Oh, I didn’t mention that. Probably ritualistic. Stolen during the confusion.” Looked like a snake motif. Shows Rick a photo of it. He tried 3 different times, but each picture is very blurry, as if it was slightly jarred while the pic was taken.

June 7/8
Rick, accompanied by Lovejoy, Heba and Afu, visits Gregson’s family over the weekend, giving condolences and “my pleasure to bring his and Isabella’s remains back for proper burial”. He asks that they allow him to peruse all of Gregson’s academic work. They agree whole hearteldy with great thanks; that he may take whatever he wishes.

Return late afternoon of the 8th. Rick sends telegram to McLean’s fiance, asking her to inform Rick the next night a nightwatchman named Thomas Thatcher is working during which she can also work late, in order to get Rick inside. Thatcher and Rick know each other well.

Soon after, see MH entry for fog monster attack!

June 9

Rick back to job duties. He and Wilkerson still deciphering calendar.

June 10

Night, Penhue break in:
Schuyler drives us there in an unmarked Secret Service carriage, staying with the carriage.
Rick, Simon, Billy, Westinghouse.
We are let in through the loading dock by Rick’s contact Thatcher, shushing us to be very quiet.
Short Round watches outside.
We check Gavigan’s office too.
Basement is large, and L shaped. Elevator to loading dock. There is a small hole crawl space, and a coal bin full of coal, furnace.

Thatcher watches up top.
Westinghouse starts looking around.
Rick investigates the crawlspace “Billy, put hour goggles on. Make sure nothing is watching us.”
Jus as he is about to enter, sees a glint off his headlamp light. A razor blade is imbedded in the wood to slice any crawlers; and a rust collored paste.
He avoids that.
A few feet later, finds hooks in an upright that would have gouged him.
This place is full of booby traps. He calls each back to Billy, at the opening, in case Billy needs to follow.
After a couple more traps, it slopes downward. Probably a pressure trap, so he avoids it. He calls for Billy to follow.
IN the downward, the walls seem to start to ove a little (think hitchcock).
Billy is 5’ behind me. Rick smells something funny, sees a mist ahead. We are both getting slightly dizzy.
Billy “You better stay there.”
He doesn’t listen.
Now it goes back up again to a dead end. Still, full of traps. Anyone but Rick would be dead by now. No secret door. Seems like its a big trap.
Billy has hit a trap, into a pit housing a beast made of skeletons 20’ tall; horse like.
No secret hatch. Billy was just taken somewhere, like transported.
We come out filthy, covered with mold.
Billy combats the monster. He hits, then it misses him with 3 attacks. He hits twice, then it claws him 22.
Billy and the creature miss completely.
Billy hits 24!
Rick gets back to where Billy was. He is there, like in a trance, staring into nothing.
Rick cuts his arm and slaps him. Nothing. He yells “It’s an illusion!! Billy, don’t believe it!!”
Rick snaps him out of it, gaining 2d6 sanity.
It was some sort of dream monster, was not really happening.
Rick is able to map the tunnel system. He things there is a missing space next to Gavigan’s office upstairs, and down here under Gavigan’s office.
We find nothing at all here.
Up to Gavigan’s office.
His safe is open, housing 100 consecutive L5 notes.
Gest thinks to record the first and last numbers for future reference.
Westinghouse does the rounds. He finds no clues, but opens the closets into the hidden room.
It’s storage. Lots of gee gaws and stuff sitting around. Egyptian stuff, proto Sumerian. But also a huge sarcophagus. It’s fake, and won’t open.
Rick calls Westinghouse in, who finds a secret catch with his magnifying glass. He pushes on the eyes consecutively with a lockpick and the entire coffin moves to the side, revealing steps.
Rick “How did you now that was there?”
West “Elementary, my dear Rathbone. Atwater knows my methods.”
No light ahead, we descend.
Reading table with a tome open, passports, candles, changes of clothing, money, revolver with several rounds, and other emergency supplies.
Table with 6 chairs around it. Several wood crates, small art gallery in one corner.
Study area with comfortable chair and bookshelf.
Huge statue of Set!!
Rick looks at the tome and bookcase. Case has a lot of occult books, including:
Unknowns analysis of the G’Harne fragments!
Egyptian Magic, by Wallace Budge, just published.
The Caballa Unveiled, by Samuel McGregor Mathers
Isis Unveiled, by Helena Blavatsky (founder of Theosophism)
Clavicula Salomonis, original translation of the Key of Solomon: supposedly original written by demons under control of Solomon
The artwork are all from digs, sections of wall and such. One shows a stylized pic of Bayaki, Cthonians, Sand dwellers, Fire vampires lighting a city.
Wooden crates are all empty. 2 of them are still closed.
First says: Ho Phong Imports. 15 Kaoyang Rd, Shanghai China; ATTN; Honorable Ho Phong
We open it then reseal: corroded black statue of the bloated woman.
Second: Randolph Shipping Co. Port Darwin, northern territory, dominion of Australia. Personal to Mr. Randolph.
Inside: statue of a fat humanoid figure, head fringed in tentacles. It’s Cthulhu.

We take them, replacing them with other statues from the room just upstairs of like weight.
Rick volunteers to take them out, but Simon insists on getting one. Simon removes Cthulhu. All his stats are increased by 4!!
Rick removes the Bloated Woman.
We replace and close up the crates.

The open tome is “The Book of Dyzan”.
This is written in
Rick knows Dyzon from Wilkerson, a great sorcerer of Hyborea. The tome describes magic, creatures from teh mythos, much occult. The book survived through Stygia to Egypt into modern translations.
Westinghouse looks for clues and hidden doors.

Otherwise, no secret doors. Small stone jar with a red powder inside. He takes a couple samples. Also, a sandlewood box with 2 daggers (not the Cantwell dagger). They are beatiful and mastercraft. Super sharp.
Bunch of weird stuff on a shelf, like witchcraft reagents.

The stone Set statue comes to life. It smashes for Billy but misses.
Simon and Billy spring into action. Even vs Simon and Billy, the DR remains 10.
West and Billy start packing up the books. Rick calls the watchman and Afu down to help grab books so we can get bring the statues.
We are heading up half a minute later as Simon and Billy are still fighting, Afu meeting us to take some of the stuff.
Afu, Watchman, and West take to teh carriage and Rick returns to check on our fighters as they finish it off and it crumbles.
Simon burns the rest of the random books, so as to mask anything that was actually stolen. Good call.
Billy wants to leave grafite, Rick writes in chalk on the wall the same mispelled statement on Jews left during the Ripper murders.
We have to tie up and KO the night watchman Thatcher to make it look genuine. Simon clubs him out.

June 11

No report of theft to the police, as expected, by Penhue Foundation.
Lady of the night sends letter to Rick’;s house. Asking if we want to know what Gavigan is up to, meet me in Abney Park tonight at 11. Signed: a friend.

Night:
Schuyler and Afu again drive the unmarked carriage. Rick, Billy, Simon. Billy goes in ahead of time, about 10pm, skulking around looking for a trap or to spring his own if needed.
He finds no one. Around 10:30, he feels like somebody walked on his grave. Prickley feeling. He puts on the goggles. Gets on top of a central mausoleum for a birds eye view.
5 minutes before 11, he sees a middle class man, clerk type, but burly, enter and stop in the center, just below and infront of Billy.
Rick and Simon show up on schedule, and look around. Start walking down teh middle.
Billy checks via goggles every minute or so.
Rick and Simon get feeling of static electricity. We see the one man there, and walk towards him.
Schuyler pulls the carriage around. Tells Afu to stay with it, and he gets on the outer wall to look in and out.
Rick plays coy at first.
Penhue has the most audacious plans for Englnd. Fall of Christianity and Rise of Set Amun.
He got involved as a recruit, great and terrible brotherhood of Set Amun. Once
you enter there’s no leaving.
Billy dons the goggles. There is a bluish glow coming from all around the outer wall. Schuyler feels funny, same electrical feeling. SKin on head feels liek fingers running through it, hair sticking straight out. He jumps off wall, inside. Hair falls.
Billy now starting to feel it. Begins to skulk down.
RIck “Start talking.”
We see a faing glow, he sees it too. He says “And now, you will face the curse of Set Amun you fools!!!”
Billy hits him from behind crit DEAD.
Schuyler starts to close in, gun out. Door of a crypt toward the front opens, shambling out a couple crypts from the others. He yells a warning.
Simon turns to see the thing in plenty of time.
It shambles slowly forward as Simon is drawing his blade. Schuyler yells for Afu to bring the carriage around.
A second zomble comes out of another carriage.
Rick keeps an eye out around us, as does Billy.
Simon beheads it.
They keep coming, Simon keeps killing them.
Billy dons the goggles to look out.
Rick to Billy “He’s quite the show.”
Afu appears at the gate, after having a bit of trouble driving by himself for the first time.
2 come from the other side, Billy intercepts.
Rick checks the dead body, but as expected nothing on him.
Schuyler, searching his flank of the cemetary, finds nothing amiss.
Rick starts searching the other side, when he sees Schuyler signal from his side.
Schuyler sees Gest surrounded by soem 10 or so, Billy only 1 butg 5 more baring down. They are fine, so he check son Afu out front.
The glow is a force field, we can not get out!
Scores of them, at one point now 10 and 11 around Billy and Simon, respectively.
Rick finds no danger anywhere else, either.
They begin to come out of graves!!!
8 attack Schuyler, then 12.
Rick waits for an opening behind Billy andwhen he drops 2 to his rear he rushes past into the empty mausoleum in the center. As he enters, it seems as if his body is charges by a field, and his ears pop. He hears druming, tribal. The crypt is bigger on the inside, extending hundreds of feet.
Frog or toad like creatures, so inimmicable to humanity it almost makes him vomit, plus sanity check. Unless you’re insane, anyone would want to kill them. A terrible organ chimes in.
He knows this isn’t going to stop outside until this ritual is disrupted.
It is terrible.
At the front stands a high priest.
Some are human sized, some huge; all different colors.
Outside, more graves are opening!
Schuyler “There;s going to be too many!”
Rick pulls out a 4 wrap of dynamite, tossing it amidst the drummers.
Then, another wrap of 4 at the priest.
They blow. One drummer of 4goes down, the others injured; the hight priest is blown back but is still alive.
One of them, a 20’ tall one, is racing for Rick. Time to beat a hasty retreat out. Running out, he feels the heart crush spell, like the bitch of Set, almost get him as he leaves the temple and the rift at the doorway shuts behind him.
Outside, only a couple more rounds come out before they stop. The ritual has been stopped.
The field around the cemetary is gone!
Rick joins the fray, machete and dagger in hands.
There are still many to fight, Schuyler and Rick have to retreat, to a spot where 3 can get to them per round.
Finally, several rounds later, we retreat to the carriage.
Billy stays to watch, while the others race for fresh blood. Bring Paul, Westinghouse, and RC back to clean up the rest with Wang Dong.
Soon enough, a Bobby walks by. It’s Billy’s brother, Prakash (card)!
Rick gets to Iluminati in the meantime, who help clean up the mess, back into the mausoleums, before morning.
We finish them off this time with ease.

June 12

Rick sends a letter to Gavigan:
_Was visiting the grave of a family friend, ran into a man who said he worked for you, tring to detroy the British and bring terrible rule of some ridiculous god. Then tried to kill me. What is going on?Please respond. _

Gavigan response: invites Rick to visit him at the Foundation
Rick responds: I shall at my earliest convenience, will be in touch. My apologies for any inconvenience to you.

June 13/14

Lots of work this weekend with Wilkerson.

From Gavigan on 13th: invitation to a party at his house, the night of the New Moon! I can bring a guest. Billy will join me, as my man. My plus 1 will be Paul. Invites me up to spend a day hanging out talking archaeology and such.

June 15

Rick joins MH to Shipley’s. See MH log.

Evening at Rick’s: Lord Kelsey shows up to tell Rick that Salvatore sisters were here. They have ben investigating artifacts being smuggled around the world, mostly out of Egypt. They were investigaging as Sahid’s shop, went there finally one night and have not been seen since. 4 nights ago.
Rick “I can’ t believe they didn’t ask for help. They need a good spanking after this.”

Night: Rick and Billy break into Sayed’s shop with Simon and Schuyler. He lives upstairs. Schuyler gets us in through the back into a store room. Smell is overpowering with oriental spices.
We nothing at the door, until we are about to open it. Billy stops us, hearing the ceiling creak above, but above the shop. We move into the shop. Finds nothing.
Rick searches the back room for hidden passages. In the shop, Simon finds a manifest.
Rick looks at the manifest. Sees nothing fishy. Might need someone more proficient in business.
Up the steps we go. Simon and Billy lead the way.
A sigh from inside, and someone shifts in a chair perhaps. Light from under the door in that room.
Simon “ok, I’m doing in.” Simon hurls the door open. Across to the cadycorner end of the room, a man sits at a chair, table, and lamp reading a bood. It looks to be our man.
He jumps in shock, and the book he was holding falls to the floor. Simon strides across to him, wearing his Templar tunic “Where’re the girls?”
“What girls, what are you talking about?”
Simon “We know that 2 women came to your shop 4 nights ago, and have not been seen since. Where are they?”
He claims to have no idea. “And what do you mean by breaking into my apartment like thi…”
Simon smacks him, hard, very hard.
It hurts.
Simon “2 Italian sisters, came to your shop. To see you.”
“NO, NO! I’m telling yhou they never came here!”
“That’s the wrong answer.” Simon puts a hood over his head. The rest of us enter. He tries to push Simon away.
Rick into hallway. He and Billy start checking doors. Kitchen, bath, bedroom. The bedroom has manacles at each of the 4 corners.
Search of the living room he and Simon are in.
Simon ‘keeps him occupied’ and Rick searching. We find a lot of business stuff.
Rick in arab "So, who was in the manacles.
A click when Rick opens a drawer in the desk, opening a hidden drawer on the right side. Inside are 2 sandstone vials, capped. A black skullcap embroidered with inverted ankhs,. a black inverted ank on a chain, a folded bacak silk robe, a crumbing papyrus scroll, pair of scepters made of an unknown black metal (same as the unknown australian metal). Each is a foot long, one has a crook on teh end, the other an inverted ankh.
The symbol of the brotherhood of the black pharaoh.
He insists nothign is in the vials.
Simon “They you won’t mind if I dump it on your face.” Slaps him “What is it!”
Simon drags him into the bedroom, onto the manacles. Calls for teh scepter which Schuyler brings.
Simon “You want to be a sexual deviant, here you go!” and in him it goes.
Nothing else to find but a large oval mirror on the wall. The workmanship is ancient, but in perfect shape. From different angles, your image wavers.
Rick checks the vials. One has a syrupy red substance. The other a black powder flecked with odd crystals.
Simon puts a small drop of the syrup onto him. Puts a pinch of the powder on it. Nothing. He gives a couple random prayers to Dark Pharaoh.
Simon gives him a small dram of the syrup. No effect. Then a pinch of the powder. No effect.
We take all his stuff, including the record book. We cover the mirror first.
Simon slays him in his bed. Leaving him naked there as is, scepter up his ass.
He kills him by choking him with the blanket.
Back to Rick’s house.

The book he was reading was just a novel. Wilhelm, JEremy and Westinghouse looks at the manifest: he lists shipments out as well as in. 3 days previous, he shipped 2 coffin shaped crates to Gavigan’s house!! They were sent there, ko’d, for the ritual!
Is this the big one? The major ritual?
Rick examines the papyrus: Instructions for using the Mirror of Gal! Wilhelm hears this. The mirror of Gal is used as a weapon to destroy enemies, and to see far away. If you use Obra’an and draw an inverted ankh on the glass, and concentrate on a person, place or thing it will show you that. Range of 140 ‘unknown language’. To attack with hit, make the target visible, use Gabeshgal in the circle of the ankh, then there will be a battle of wills between you and he.
WIlhelm knows, though it does not say, that Obra’an is the syrup. The Gab is the sand.
We now have 13 doses of syrup, and 7 of the powder.
Rick envisions Francesca Salvator. Loses 1 sanity and 3 power. He sees them both together, chained to a wall in a dungeon room, nude. Dried blood on thighs, bruised a lot. He sees the edge of a person chained to either side of them as well.
Westinghouse checks on Bishop. He is a young man body, mid 20’s. Dressed fopishly. Walking down a street. It’s night time there also. He walks past a sandwich board, with an ad for a performance of an opera, written in English on the Strand. He’s in London.
Rick is flipping ape shite; wires Fritz in Munich to get here asap!!

June 16

Fritz and Mundabi arrive!!

Gavigan’s moor house area is scouted.
Half mile from the house is a huge stele. The island is surrounded by swamp on one side and sea on the other. A turnstile bridge to the island. When turned away, the island is shut off.
We have arranged a gang of small boats from surrounding area.
4 towns nearby to get boats. One is Ipswitch, where Jeremy and Rick know there have always been rumors of some sort of visitors from the sea.

Rick, Billy and Paul will be in the party. Jeremy is sneaking in, to be the signal to the outside with a hooded lantern.

One boat will strike the bridge controls: RC, the Templar, Mundabi, 4 cops including Mulverhill and Barrington, Westinghouse, Atwater, 1 soldier.

Another boat will go right to approach the house: Simon, and 9 soldiers

Coming across the bridge: Schuyler, Wilhelm, the rest of cops, Lovejoy, Prakash, Fritz

Rick, Billy and Paul arrive late afternoon, greetet by Egyptian butler.
Greeted by guards on this side of bridge, there is a phone they use to call ahead.
Stable boy takes our 3 horses to the stables.
Butler Sing greets us. All servants are Egyptian, Indian, Chinese, etc.
House has an unusual large amount of servants, about 20.
Gavigan drinks us warmly. Thanks Sing, Rick tells Gavigan of his new boy Afu.
He shows us around the grounds for a couple hours.
Stele is from Egypt (from Black Pharaoh era!).
The house has settled unevenly. If you pay attention, you can see it in the walls inside.
There are hieroglyphs Rick does not recognize, including a cartouche unknown to Rick. He mentions it.
Gavigan says he has never found anyone who knows what they mean. Rick asks to study it more closely some day. “Of course.”
Rick complements him on the obelisk donation.
Back to house for dinner and meet 4 other guests:

  • Lord and Lady Fitzcullen: aristocracy; landowners in northern England around Canterbury and other places. They live almost exclusively in their London house, they prefer the city hustle and bustle.
  • Manfred Artichoke: busines man, portly fellow; manfacturing interests in Bristol including part ownership in a shipyard;
  • Davey Archer: youngish captain in british army; recently back from India; gives couple colorful war stories and wog obsene practices, hidden temples to Kali; and other more evil gods. Rick has similar xp so commonality there.
    Gavigan says, about the party, they just like having a New Moon party every month. Many of his friends are into occult and all.

All have at least a working knowledge of Egyptology, but for Archer. He knows dark side of Indian religions.
After dinner, port and cigars, oddly lady fitzcullen stays and has both as well.
Lots of good conversation, with Billy being a Gurka. Archer is very interested in that.
Archer refers to Billy as Mr. Fish.
Discussion of English/whites being the finest race, Archer especially. Though he says Gurka are the closest.
Lady brings up ‘hearing of the savages having ’other qualities’. Her and the Lord joke about his, perhaps she already has, but he would be able to tell because of the ‘closeness of the run’.

Cards in the library next, Paul plays but Rick browses the library. Lots of lit, encyclopedae, etc. Nothing out of the ordinary. One fine section of atlases and maps, including Belgian Congo, Himalayas, in other words a few places we have heard bad things about. His occult books are not out of the mainstream.
Rick finds that there is a secret door beside the fireplace in the library.

On the sly, Rick suggests to the Lady he has spent so much time among them he may have taken on some of their ‘better attributes’.
Bedtime, upstairs. Rick and flank Archer. Paul’s door being around corner is Paul
3rd floor is servants and Billy. The host is at the far end of the floor. Artichoke 2 doors from him across from Paul’s door. Lord and Lady across and one to the left of Rick.
Rick gets to stay awake late in the library, a last order of tea and port before they leave.
Sing stays up late with Rick until he goes to bed, so no opportunity for the secret door.
Billy is told to sneak down into Rick’s room.
Before he can, Lady Fitzcullen pays him a discreet visit in a sheer gown. Asks him to pay her a visit in her room.
Billy accepts. On way down, she is groping and all over him.
In the room, they get going. Then, a match lights in the corner. Lord “Don’t mind me, I like to watch”. He keeps going.
Rick sneaks out, and hears obvious sex in the Lady’s room. Rick hears her moaning voice and Billy in Gurka “Kali Ma”. Gives a new meaning to his battle cry.
He sneaks to Paul’s room. Down to the library they goes. At the out of place brick, he clicks a panel open. Inside are steps going down.
Grabbing a sconce, down they go to only a small room with table and cot, all covered with dust. Looks not touched for 100 years. It was a secret room during the Cromwell age for catholic priests to hide in.
Back up. Click the one on other side, another panel but light from inside this one. Steps going down to the light. Sneak down, hear voices. 2 or 3 gents with shotguns. 2 are at cards. Moans from beyond that. Then clanging on bars “shut up in there”. A man’s voice “Why am I here?”
A bang “You’ll find out why you’re here bloody well tomorrow night.”
Another “Boy, I hope I get to wield the club on that one.”
We know where the prisoners are.
One suggests they have a run at the women in there. ANother “You like the idea of being turned into slime? You don’t mess with the promise to Azathoth.”
“Maybe afterwards, we can have his leavings. The twins look pretty tasty. Those 2 dego’s are fine pieces.”
“Of all I’ve raped and sacrificed, I think those degos are the best.”
So they haven’t touched them. Must have been the shop owner.
Back up, but a click and the door to the library closes.
Up and listen into library. Nothing.
We wait about 10 then go through.
Back to bedrooms, nobody there the entire way.

Lady tells Billy he can call her Lady Ellei, considering how well they know each other now.
Lady Ellie “I can’t wait for tomorrow’s party.”
Billy inquires.
‘Seance, taro cards, all sort of sexual depravity’. She and Lord have never been here before. Such a fuss is made about it, its secret. Everyone thinks they are on the continent.
So, no one knows about this party but who is invited!
Many more coming tomorrow.
Lady “When it comes to enjoying the carnal pleasures I am a complete egalitarian. We certainly don’t want your tool wasted.”
They are promiscuous, but choosey. They offer any help to Billy any time he is in England. They’ll stand by him.
Then they bring up a delicate matter: they do not want Billy to think that they looked at this as a financial transaction. Only a sharing of pleasure. But, they have lots of money and are willing to share L100. He declines.
Lord takes off a pinky ring, gold with emerald, and offers it as a token of friendship. He takes it. They all go to bed.
She escorts Billy back up to bed, and gives him a final goodnight kiss.
Billy dubs his ring his ‘ring of protection’. He knocks on Rick’s door. He and Paul are there.
“Rick, guess what, guess what!!”
Rick “You look like you just got laid.”
“How’d you know?”
“I know that look.”
Bily “This must be how you feel all the time.”
They exchange experiences.

June 17

Breakfast. Bangers, black and white pudding, eggs, bread.
Archer “One of the problems with being a guest in a house like this, you never know when one of the guests is going to poke you nose where its not really, really wanted.”

Early evening: 2 carriages with unidentified important looking people, then soon.
About 20 people there soon enough.
Ouija board out in dining, lots of occult stuff like that. Lots of sexual innuendo alreay, a few bare breasts. One or 2 couples have disappeared together.
3 gentleman have taken one of the maids, laid over the kitchen table. She seems perfectly into this.
Party in full swing now.
Chime of a wine glass.
Gavigan, just wanting to let all know tonight is very special, largest of the year. This moon is of particular significance. The beginning of the ritual of the Akh Ma Lor. 3 truck truckloads of adherents are joining us. And here they are now". 3 steam trucks up, and about 50 people get out. Including a few tied up. Most are lower class, by far, and a lot of wogs. Wild eyed, crazy cultists.
Servants come through carrying black robes. THey all strip and put them on. Lord and Lady look confused. They try to join in but are stopped.
Gavigan “You’re gong to be the centerpieceof tonight> We need royal blood.”
Archer reveals himself as cpt ins of his majesties secret service. Suddenly 2 shotgun blasts from servants blow him to pieces.
Jeremy has easily snuck in among the crowd, and has made it upstairs.
Signals to outside it has begun.
Gavigan to Rick and Paul "You gentelman have 2 choices, join lady and lord Fitzcullen, or join us and have the time of your life. Though be aware, go with us and your life will never be the same. Your life is forfiet.
We join them.
We strip, no weapons, and put on our robes. Paul goes to buckle his sword on, and they try to stop him.
Paul “But I just don’t feel the same w/o it.” Gavigan “Ya know, you can keep it. It might come into handy later.”
Paul’s sabre is gone. Billy sleight of hands his 2 light kukris on.
Manfred gives Rick a sweaty smelly hug “Welcome to the fold!!” He kisses Rick right on the mouth. Ewww. Then the same to Paul.
Following this, as preps are being made, Billy is able to skulk upstairs, get Rick his 2 bundles of dynamite and his kukri.

Outside, we begin to approach by boat.
Lord and Lady are terrified. Lord tries to remain steady “Hold firm, my lady.” They bring out 2 x’s made of wood and fasten them to them, her screaming.
Gavigan “Shut the bitch up.” A cultist knocks a couple teeth out. Billy marks him in particular.
Gavigan “Bring forthe the sacrificial victims.” Half a dozen men, stripped naked. Hands tied behind them, ankle shackles; gagged, ropes around neck.
“Bring forth the clubs!!!”
We know what clubs.
People rush for the clubs.
“Those of you with the clubs, do not forget. Use the side away from teh spike first. All bones are to be broken first.
One of them is Paul McLean.
“Then bring forth the betrothed of the demon sultan!!”
The Savlatore’s are among them. Tied with a pole behind their backs and blindfolded.
Rope collars. They intentionally do dick stuff like walk them into walls.
The party begins slowly marching toward the stele.

The boats are already crossing.
Both are attacked by deep ones!!!
RC boat: Mundabi kills 2; WEst and Atw each one;
Simon: 1 dead; 1 soldier is pulled overboard.
The water turns red around the pulled in soldier as he is mauled by 3 deep ones.
Simon orders 3 to fire on them.
Mundabi kills 2 more, the cops another. By the end of this 2nd round, the deep ones vs RC boat are dead. There are only 4 left around Simon.
RC rowes for the shore and the bridge controls.
At the first shots, Fritz fires to the the big .50 across to the bridge controls. The others there fire across the moor river, hitting a few times for wounds.
Firing continues back and forth.
We finish them off!!
RC lands and West opens the bridge. Schuyler et al come hauling acros in the wagon.
Simon lands in the meantime.
Jeremy meets Simon.
They all race to the stele.
Paul develops a quick smar hero plan, knowing our reinforcements are on the way, while they prep the sacrifices and aren’t listenint to us.

The 6 total girls are now tied by the neck chains onto the ground around the stele.
The 12 guys are laid down on teh ground, and have begun beating them with the clubs. 2/man.
The chanting continues. Something crawls out, and is sliding down the stele for the women, to impregnate them or kill them in the process we presume!!!
3 giant vulture like terrors have arrived. The cultists are rushing to them, crawling and clawing at and over each other, to get to and it seems onto them. They must carry them away. To Azathoth. And these damnable fools are fighting for it.

Gavigan holds 2 scepters, just like we found at Tewfiq’s, which he performs the ritual duties with.
The birds each take a man with them.
Simon’s team arrives in sight, about 50’ from the left. He yells to his firing line “fire” as a shrill piping emanetes from the creature.
Simon charges in the cultists laying into one, forming a loose semicircle on the other side of the stella from Rick.
Paul steps beside fatman and Gavigan who regrets leaving Paul with his sword drawing his saber and strikes Gavigan, and takes one of the scepters out of his hand (card). Billy rushes through to the Lord and Lady and attacks the club wielding servants dropping one, disarms another (Card). The servant next to that guy attacks the disarmed one yelling insults at his ineptitude, wild in his eyes.
The fat man is getting fatter, morphing into something, body bulging out. Arms turning into tentacles! Clothes ripping apart.
The creature is coming down slowly, on all sides like a slimey mass.
The piping is terrible, we can feel it in the air, we make will every round or lose 1 sanity or 1d6 dam.
Gavigan puts a wammy on Paul, who stands paralyzed!
2 servants go after the women on Simon’s side, another charges Simon’s soldiers. Simon himself is surrounded by cultists!
Billy is engaged by 4, Rick 7.
A feint pop in the distance, the wagons are on the way, and the big .50 fires, Friz riding shotgun with Afu.
The shot misses Gavigan by a few feet.
RIck brawls to defend the sisters.
Simon’s soldiers volley the cultists charging them, while of them bayonet the servant who charged. Simon killed one with an AoO as they surrounded him, drops one now, cleaves on until another 2 die.
Fritz misses again; Billy fights back vs one of the leader servants.
Gavigan steals the scepter back from Paul retreats 30’, crossing the scepters on front of him. Paul comes out of it.
Fat man still changing, getting to a large creature.
A gang of cultists starts moving to meet Afu’s wagon.
The others continue attacking the soldiers and Simon.
The creature is getting lower.
The 2 cultists raping the captive women now attack Simon.
There is a rustling noise from the cultist side, to Simon’s left.
The wagons arrive, turning and the gattling gun fires into the gang of cultists; Fritz fires at the scepters Gaviganholds, and hits cracking the scepter!!
The cops, Lovejoy et al unload from the other wagon right next to Paul and the former fat man.
Soldiers still fighting; Paul hits tentacle fat man.
Billy drops 3!!
Simon and the solders attacked again by their enemies.
The other gang surrounds Prakash, who has lept from the gattling wagon to meet them, but for 3 who start to climb into the wagon.
Fat man finishes morphing.
A terrible tentacled creature comes from the dark to Simon’s left.
Our men on foot show up. Atwater and West make to loose the 2 women who have been raped.
2 cops fire at Schuyler’s wagon, one crits killing a climber. 3 cops hit the tentacle, one crit 52!! Love joy hits too crit DEAD!!
The cop casted on by Gavigan if freaked out, hiding in the wagon.
Simon kills 4.
Templar misses Gavigan, RC hits him 17. He has a field of some sort around him with the crosed items.
Schuyler hits the creature with the gattling gun, doing practically nothing.
Last 3 on Simon attack him.
2 of the creatures phallic tentacles attackthe 3 random women captives.
The new monster, lesser servitor of the outer gods, attacks Simon as well with a tentacle, teeth ridden mouths at the ends, misses!!
Gavigan pulls a ceremonial sword, looking not even usable in combat, and hits RC 15!
Atwater and West reactively try to block the phalus attacks on teh 2 women they ran to. We block both coming at each!
The other woman, undefended, starts screaming, then gurgling, as she is doubled mouth and, …..

Paul moves to the poor girl, goes to cut off the one in her mouth, surges .
The new soldier fires to help Prakash; Mulv misses and Barr fire at the cultist on Mundabi and servant DEAD, respectively. The 2 officer soldier fire on Simon’s cultists too.
2 SImon soldiers finally kill the servant who charged. 2 others still attacking the last cultist and kill him. 2 others fire upon Simon’s cultists.
Mundabi kills 2.
Lovejoy, remembering his lost love, rushes to the women w/ West and Atwater and begins cutting one free.
Fritz hits one on the wagon, Shuyler lifts his rifle and fires DEAD.
The 2 cops from the runners charge in to help Prakash; Rick still brawling.
Simon ignores the cultists and attacks the lesser monster.
Mundabi tosses Kholan’s blade near Billy’s feet.
RC hits Gavigan 16, Templar misses. The wagon cops reload shotguns.

Simon is hit by 1 tentacle; the 2 fighting each other because of the rage finally stop fighting; they do poorly this round otherwise, 2 of the Prakash cultists attack the 2 cops who rushed to help him.
Westinghouse and Atwater block both from each again!
ALl the SImon soldiers fire on SImon’s cultists killing 1; Mulverhill pulls his revolver and hits the former berserker and his buddy; the Templar misses Gavigan; Fritz pops Gavigan 27; Schuyler hits last cultist on wagon 20; Billy, the creature now in reach, picks up Kholan’s and makes a fury fueled swing at it crit 38; 2 of the wagon cops fire a servant on Billy hitting once with shotgun; Bunnington hits Mundabi cultsit; the runner soldier kills him; the berserk tarteg is killed by a wagon cop; last wagon cop misses the monster; both cops helping Prakash miss; RC hits Gavigan 16; Wilhelm with revolver crits Gavigan!; Paul cuts Lady free, she runs for the wagon.

The last 2 cultists on Simon charge his soldiers; another child of the creature comes out of the dark of the moor, to Rick’s left.
The creature lifts the woman Paul is trying to save up in the air with multiple tentacles, and completely has its way with her above us; Prakash is hit by all 3; the 2 cops are both missed; Schuyler is hit; Simon is thugged multiple times; Gavigan hits the Templar twice.
At the sight of the fate of the woman, one of the cops looking up has now lost too much sanity, rushing under the wagon and hiding for the duration.
Edit: the 2nd spawn is approaching from Simon’s side, not Rick’s.
Billy crits the creature again and Fritz hits as well 26!! Prakash still fighting kills 1; runner soldier fires to help Rick; Simon’s soldiers backpeddle and fire at the 2 cultists killing one; Atwater cuts one of the women free, Lovejoy finishes the other. The 2 women rush for the cop wagon; Paul cuts the Lord free, he starts crawling away, both legs broken; Mulverhill finishes off the berserker after 3 of 4 cops hit him.

Rick leaps out of his area, Mundabi rushes into his place, both taking AoO; Rick pulls a bundle on the move, lights it, surges to throw it into the mass; Simon hits the spawn 22; West fires his shotgun at SImon’s spawn DEAD!!! Schuyler hits wagon cultist again DEAD; Wilhelm says something to Gavigan in a forbidden tongue, which Gavigan reacts to as if cosmically insulted, drawing his attention. Templar hits him 15; RC misses; Mundabi kills 1; cop in the wagon gather his senses and fires but misses Gavigan;
Last cultsit vs soldiers misses; Prakash is missed twice; one of the soldiers is hit crit; 3 servants on Mundabi miss/miss/7; 1 on Paul misses; 1 on Billy misses; the new spawn moves to solders and misss one; another appears behind it.

Rick pulls out and lights another bundle as the 1st goes off. 5 sticks explode 42. Mundabi fight on; soldiers fire on; Simon charges the creature at the stele; Lovejoy orders the soldiers to reload and fire upon the new spawn. Westinghouse readies to fire on it as well, reloading; Lovejoy misses it; Mulverhill helps Mundabi with is revolver; Templar misses Gavigan; wagon cop misses Gavigan; Fritz helps Prakash DEAD; Mundabi attacks the servant leader DEAD!!! and cleaves another; Paul attacks the servants at him and Billy; RC hits Gavigan 19; Billy misses; Simon hits 18. We see that many of the creatures tentacles have been rooting into the ground since it reached the base; Schuyler misses a cultist on the cops.

Suddenly, rocks are pulled from the ground by its tentacles, hurling them around. First at the runner soldier standing alone tween the gattling wagon and the prisoner front killing him; then at a Simon soldier DEAD; then more at Mulverhill 13. 2 tentacles attack Billy Fish hitting once 26 KO’d!!!! Bashing him back in front of the cops where luckily Atwater stands. They human enemy does little to us, so few left. The spawn 2 attacks the soldiers hitting 5 of them killing 1, spawn 3 charges in upon the cops but misses; Gavigan attacks the Templar 11/7 DOWN.

Billy self stabalizes as Atwater pulls him back. Mulverhill is reloading his pistol.
Simon soldiers pull back and fire killing the last cultist there; the 2 officers hit the spawn once crit 25; Barrington, Lovejoy, West, and the cops fire at spawn 3 DEAD!!
Mulverhill fires in to help Mundabi hitting 10/10; Mundabi hits same; Prakash still fighting his last; RC hits Gavigan 16; Schuyler misses Gavigan; Rick tosses in the TNT and moves to the Salvatores; Simon hits the creature 19;

Paul and Mundabi are hit once; one gattling wagon cop is hit.
Gavigan hits RC 6.
The spawn goes after the Lt. who crit’d him, hitting several times putting him into wound.
The creature hits Paul KO’d. Simon is missed then hit 26 (card all damage healed). It then lashes out at 3 serants close to it all DEAD.

Rick picks up a dagger nearby and starts cutting the Salvatores free. Mundabi hits his last 19 DEAD. Rick cuts Francesca free and gives her the dagger. She turns to her sister.
RC hits Gavigan 17; Frits hits Gavigan 28 DEAD!!! Soldiers fire upon the spawn.
TNT does 30.
Schuyler hits a cultist fighting the cops twice DEAD. The cops wheel and join the soldiers in firing at the spawn. Mulver shoots the creature. Westinghouse hits the creature with Lovejoy; Simon hits it as well 18.
Cop in wagon jumps out toward the gattling wagon and crits the cultist on his friend DEAD. Prakash still fighting the last. Wilhelm has moved to Prakash and crits that guy 11 DEAD.
Atwater has Billy at the wagon.

The creature is dripping it version of blood. It is in bad shape. It begins to slide upward slowly, but grabs at Simon as it does but he evades miraculously and it fades up fast, into the portal.

VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RC scalps Gavigan, adding it to his collection.

After regrouping, we get to the house. There, Jeremy has already begun searching it. Westinghouse takes the lead searching high and low with many others. Atwater sees to the wounded.

Jeremy has secretly loaded his pockets with cash or items to easily pawn.

The secret room is piled with statuary, paintings, jewelry, etc.
Bust of what Westinghouse can ID as the Black Pharaoh, as does Rick from the relief in Khmet’s tomb.
Many pieces of jewelry with symbols of cult oriented stuf: sign of Cthugha, inverted Cult of Black Pharaoh ankhs. Good stuff for pretending to be a cultist.
Also, pair of twin scepters like those we got from Tewfiq.o
The shear quantity of this stuff allows the realization of the wealth and influence of the cult. The realization how much we have taken from them now, however, is heartening.
A letter about Elias being killed in NY, and about stopping Brady who is an obstacle to their great plan. It is unfinished, written to Penhue which means he lives!!!!
Big fat ledger: shipping notes; a key to destruction of the cult!!! 3 years of shipment entries, primarily to Ho Fong, Shanghai, Randolph Shipping (darwin, Australia), plus many others to Egypt, NY, Odessa, Calcutta, Tokyo, Rio de Jenaro, Hollywoodland; they are shipping a lot of statues and other things like that back and forth.
Chemistry lab, but not for chem, for arcane alchemy. Lots of reagents and such. Basically, fits into a steamer trunk, 200lbs; % chance to have needed item for rituals, spells, etc;
2x 1" long metal vials, stoppered. Wilhelm examines. Tiny little larva in each, dead or inanimate at first, after a minute or so of examining he feels it shifted position. It moves super slowly.
Scroll with it: in Frisian.

Over 100 books and scrolls, on black magic, occult, etc. Most are of no interest beyond our current knowledge. But for a collection of scrolls:
AA: fine linen scroll, Arabic, tied with red silk ribbon. Stylized and iluminated; excellent condition
AB: arabic, cracked, fire damaged; 15" across mounted on wax tablet; shaky hand written
AC: vellum scroll; arabic; 8" across tied with silk ribbon;
AD: papyrus scroll; arabic; 8" across, untied;
AE: same as AC
AF: badly decayed papyrus scroll; arabic
LA: fragments of a papyrus scroll; latin, pressed tween glass plates an mounted in a booklet
LB: worn vellum scroll, latin, tied with linen cord; 12" across; fragmetns of a lead seal on outside, image of a lion; West checks it out, 2 parts text, first a short introductin of the origin of the longer 2nd passage, about an abbot tried for a heresy; main text a prayer to the dark phar.; 2 spells in Latin with all instructions but does not say what they do.
LC: latin, parchment scrap, uneven 7 to 8"; tapers at one end due to a tear so incomplete;
LD: latin, 11" across, paper scroll untied
EA: Egypt. Hieratic scroll, papyrus; 10" mounted on wax board;19th dynasty, about 1200 bc Rick says. He skims it, and there is definitely a spell: prayer to call the bird of yellow Aztura. None of us have ever heard of it, but we may know it by another name; winged humanoid; astrological necessities in the rite involving star aldeberon; need to create a bone flute to summon it.
EB: papyrus scroll, hieratic, 10" across, tied with faded silk red ribbon; 1000bd, 21st dynasty Rick says; he skims, its in 2 parts first a prayer to Black Pharaoh, second a plea to him for his aid by sending a servant creature called to cobra of tahuti/the death that dwells by night. Must offer living human sacrifice.
FA: medieval french; brittle vellum scroll; 10" acrossl untied
FB: middle french, find parchment scroll, 15" across, illuminated, illustrated; tied with black silk ribbon laced with silver threads
OA: old english; brittle vellum scroll tied with strip of hide; 9" across;

June 18

The whole affair is covered up, since the evil can’t get out. The house caught on fire at the party.

The obelisk will be removed.

note: the mirror frame is 18 carrot gold
5 days studying the mirror itself. An inscription on it is in cuneiform
WIlhelm for a day researches its modern history: found by napolean scholars is Egypt. Next word is of it in Paris. Occultist during 2nd restoration, Colin de Plance. Said to have had Hebrew stamps upon it. No hebrew on it now, covered up.
Rick examines the frame itself and the writing. Westinghouse chem analyzes the mirror.
West says its speculum alloy. 100% sure, yet far more durable than normal. Traces of an unknown metal, black. We figure the star metal.
Wilhelm researches the frame now: gold frame depicts mishapen and demonic faces. High quality, unsettling almost shifting quality. From late 18th, early 19th France. Alloy probably Russian.
Language is Babylon Era Sumerian. Of considerablet importance. Fame comes from writing a paper on it!! First part ID’s the entity to whom mirror dedicated, but name chiseled out. Rick deciphers the 2 chemical names as well with arcane lore.

We now have full access to this items entry. All took 3 days with splitting of labor.
We get a metal crafter who pulls the gold off enough to see the hebrew underneath, on an iron band around the edge, a very dark iron alloyed with something else to be incredibly strong and brittle. Metallurgust cant ID it. It says that in Egyptian on top that it was a gift from pharaoh to king solomon. Hebrew says it was a gift from King Rehoboem to the pharaoh. Left Egypt for basically a generation, then was sent back. Also a mention of the Great Trove of Solomon, that this was part of it.
Rick and Wilhelm research the Trove. They find obscure references in primary sources to a magical trove Solomon had hidden away in Africa. He sent it to Africa via gold caravan at end of his life from Israel to Africa, sans mirror.
Wilhelm and West will cowrite the paper with Rick.

Rick wires his sisters, they have successfully planted both plant samples and they send it express. The paste can be made asap. Good thing Fritz is here, and we have a mummy to kill! Atwater draws Fritz blood. Wilhelm makes a 20 oz set of the paste.

Atwater begins the dissecting of Rick’s undead mummies, with Wilhelm and Westinghouse’s supervision.

We use mirror to see the mummy, Wilhelm sees nothing as it fogs over, but then sees it as a person in ancient Egypt!! We are seeing him back in time. So, if we go to the shop, i fit’s him, we know.

Takes Billy and Paul 13 days to heal up, at same time.

June 26

Rest of the men, Feather et al, arrive from Cairo with the main shipment.

July 7

Hobbes returns, now with the knowledge of making the Varnstein Lens. In his learning process, 1 lens was created for Rick’s field goggles. Paul LaMonde is with him, called over by Westinghouse at Paul’s request. We want to talk to Susana Bromwich about her dreams.

Over the next several weeks:
Rick gets the cataloguing of his shipment going, Heba fully engrossed.
The mummy disections with Atwater and Wilhelm are finished
Rick gets his brit occult services recruiter to get agents watching Ramessu and the royal; Schuyler
Fritz, Spalding and Mundabi take a ship to Mombassa to head into Nairobi to lead hunting expeditions as a cover for poking around concerning the Bloody Tongue, Mt. of the Black Winds, etc, amongst the natives.

LaMonde reports that he has been having dreams again.
“The children will die, the children will die. Its the trail of the beast”.
Transcript of what he said: Fire, must get out of the house. Sent by the slithering snake. Must run, NO. The beast, its coming, its in the trees. London’s burning! Londons burning! Fetch the engines! Fire, Fire, FIRE FIRE!!! Pour on water!! Pour on water!!"

Perhaps a vision of what would have happened, had we not beaten Gavigan. He confirms this happened prior to us beating Gavigan.

The destruction of the obelisk is completed using Rick and Westinghouse’s original idea: with TNT into the North Sea. We are there in our buds air ship to watch the steam and spouting water as all the fire vampires die.

The meeting with Bromwich, WIlhelm and Lamonde head this; she agrees to the hypnosis by LaMonde:
She says crazy, Mythos like babble. The dreams have troubled her quite a bit. But for “The Beast is coming, as in the prophecy. Al Azif! I dream of a caslte, in the Balkans, where an undying master plans the end of the world.”; and she sees “The Rippers coming, and England will beed”.
Jack? Was he a ritual killer, part of all this?
“R’yley, rises!”
“One last chance, if all else fails, In San Francisco.”
“The true masters, Shk’ Ryth
Finally “Harbinger is coming.”
And she passes out.

Only Paul knows Shk ‘Ryth and he screams "AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH The unspeakable word!!!! They live among us, those with powers of the mind beyond normal mortal men. ANd the agents of the Shk’Ryth take them away and burn out their minds in the furthurance of their plot. I dreamt of then but thougth it just ad ream, but now I know their agents come closer and closer to power their dread machine with my mind. All the others servet hem w/o knowing, wheels within wheels. Layer upon layer but at the center Shk’ Ryth."
No one’s dreams are just dreams anymore.

Wilkerson stays at Rathbone’s until he must leave for the semester at Miskatonic, working on Aklo and such with Rick until Rick leaves.

Paul, Wilhelm and Simon watch all of Hobbes’ footage of our Gorge battles with mummies, hoping to find some tendencies we can exploit that they can distill into tactics. This they will accomplish and begin training the rest of us. It will take into January once we are back, but all of MH and Explorers will receive a plus 1 competence bonus to defence.

The Salvatore Sisters are touch nuts to crack, but still very shaken up. They both stay with Rick a couple more weeks or so before leaving for Italy. Rick asks them, if possible, to get on the inside of Nairobi/Mombassa society and dig around for us.

Wires are sent via Iluminati to Wang Chug in Shangai that we shall be voyaging soon; arrangements are made for ship travel via Suez Canal. Also to Nyun and Phat to meet us at Port Sahid with an update.
Nyun also reports of activity around the step pyramid. Supposed gatherings, chantings, etc.

Rick hears that Garth Weder is the new acting curator at Cairo Museum, the former has taken time off after all that has happened but still stops in from time to time. Rick is friendly with him. He’s quite the player, and he and Rick have had many nights out on the town.

The NY men go home.

Feather is going back with his commission, to return to India soon; Tarr of course at his side. We bid them a fond farewell with a large dinner out, which also includes Somerfield

Jeremy’s street crews and the the new occult squad to keep tabs on and peripherally look into Delwin Kerwin while we are gone.

By the time they depart, Rick has read the Investigators’ John Dee Necronomicon. They take it back to NY with them. He will be taking a few with him to read on the voyage.

Note:

Rick’s parents knowledge of Bat Cult legends? and the site Elias talks about?

Finish getting all details from proto history room, and one last secret door from hall of pleasures.

Also, an abridged Gorge at the Adventurer’s Club Gala, if he can be there in December.

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Triumphant Return to the Nile

May 12th, Morning

Approaching Thebes, we figue the main caravan may not even have made it yet. We send an Omar Rider, Walid Abu Hadba, in to check. He returns and reports they have not. We remain here, a few miles out, on the Farnoc Road. By mid day, our caravan comes into view!! It is quite a shock for Bromhead and his men, Sebastian, Zakir et al to see us waiting for them. It only grows the tales told in Africa about Rathbone and Goldstein.
Zakir “By Allah, there must be 2 of of you all!!”

The entire expedition, together, triumphantly enters Thebes!! Let the fame begin!
There is a wire waiting, from Archimedes, that materials await our return to Cairo.

We stay in Thebes a few days to prepare our travel down Nile with everything.
Wang Nyun is in Thebes waiting for us, and explains all that is awaiting Rick in London; and that she has left the Carlyle file w/ Somerfield in Cairo in case we arrived there first.

We contact the Sons of Re, informing them of our success, that the Temple protecting the Gorge is open and guarded by friends. They are overjoyed, and will certainly contact and join forces with Omar’s Riders at the Gorge!!

Rick wires ahead to London for Wilhelm:
If in London please remain if possible STOP Have mummies with which require your assistance STOP Ask Atwater NY for his presence if he can STOP

This is about the full mummies, of the undead sort, brought back for careful dissecting to see if we can find any weaknesses or information helpful in fighting them in the future linked to the herbs, types of linens, wraps, insides, spells, etc, on and inside of them. Could be a dead end but worth looking into.
Some of the remains of Sekhmet and Abu Re will be ground down, for Tarr to make more of the arcane paste.
Wire also sent to NY, for Atwater to join the dissection, and wait for travel instructions; and Westinghouse to assist Carlyle investigation.
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Rick wires his solicitor to wire Rick and Fritz’s airship pilot friend, from Terror of the Mayan Bloodgod.

Word is sent ahead to Cairo about or arrival. Newspapers are go wild across the globe.

Rick wires to his solicitor in London to get Wilkerson over from Miskatonic asap for the summer, if he is willing, to assist with these translations of all the Proto History script Rick is bringing back himself. Wilkerson should be plenty enough excited to come post haste. Also, to have Westinghouse and Atwater in London soon.

A response arrives before we leave, confirming Atwater, Westinghouse willing; and Wilkerson will be coming asap.

Rick also asks around about Galloway and his dig: they know nothing in particular.
We say goodbye to Walid Abu Hadba; Rick asks him to be in Cairo with just a few men, if he can, during the first week from January. Connect to Zakir there. We may want a few extra men at our disposal during Carlyle investigation there.

On the trip downriver, get a wire that crossed downriver looking for us: pilot will be in Baltimore soon, shall pick up those in NY and make for London upon request!
Rick wires back, setting up travel times for those coming from America.

By May 20

We are in Cairo to great fanfair!! Lots of press. Newspapers around the world going crazy for information. Somerfield is there to meet us! He has the Carlyle case file from Investigators, left with him by Nyun in case we arrived in Cairo first. Rick gets started on reading it through while still here, and on trip home. His package tells him about some calendar, a scepter, copper bowl, tomes, etc. awaiting him in London. Wires Wilkerson again to come fast! Take semester sabbatical if possible.
Rick begins the usual post expedition processing of all the artifacts and such; he and Fritz deal with the press.
Much of the processing assisted by Somerfield, Sala, Zakir, and other contacts.

Rick tells Somerfield he would like him to be a major player at the Gorge when the archaeology starts, the official on site overseer. Only Iluminati men are to be permitted to know about the tombs past the temple secret door, and no flying vessels will be permitted past the oasis. That will be the staging point for all supplies. This will be a huge research and dig project. Rick will begin setting all of this up once back in London. He will give him a detailed report on all things related to the geography of the Gorge; the Bast Cult; dangers like the treasure with contact poison still remaining, blasted ghoul tunnel, unexplored portions; etc. The Iluminati will also get a full presentation once Rick is back in London.

Sala’s and Zakir’s businesses are about to grow based solely upon the Gorge! The 2 of them discuss combining into one multi front business!

Rick speaks to the Frenchman Gerard about his new job at his embassy. Rick wants to use a local gov’t official contact to get his duty at the embassy moved to the division dealing with antiquities/archaeology etc. This will give us a trusted contact in the future, positioned in the perfect place, should we ever need quick permits and passes w/o explanation, smuggling of sensitive items, info, etc…
First thing Rick wants him digging, pun intended, into: Clive’s dig.

Much of the story to cover up things: the deaths are blamed on clashes with violent bandits linked to those at Amarna. Omar’s men are hailed by us as saviors, but we tell everyone the Gorge is under their protection; and they will only deal with Rick or those acting in his stead. This will give Rick considerable leeway in who will work there, and goes a long way toward scaring off robbers.

We spend a few days here getting the processing and the shipping of artifacts secured via steamship to London w/in the next few weeks.
We inquire more about Galloway and Clive. Galloway’s dig is of the 14th Dynasty, at a sight 100 miles east of Cairo called the Valley of the Winds. No bad news from the dig, not more danger reported. From Clive’s dig at Giza and the great pyramid: While we were gone, a mummy was uncovered in a secret room, undiscovered, in the Great Pyramid. The person had been buried alive, in a sarcophagus and wrapped like a mummy. In a chamber under the pyramid. They think they have ID’d her.
Rick, Billy and Somerfield pay a visit to the Museum. The curator, Ismael, says Clive left for England already for more funds. The mummy was stolen “a catastrophe to him of untold proportions”. Tween Giza and here it was taken, because when the crate was opened at the museum it was gone! Investigation found nothing. Curator feels it will be in a private collection soon enough. Offers us o visit him at home or office any time. If we require a permit for a dig, his office will get it done “you my friend are considered to be one of the foremost of your generation”. Then a knock, and a short thin man enters. He says more and more artifacts are being places in his space, taking up too much room. He is Dr. Cafore, who blows off Rick’s introduction. Cafore works on Egyptian magic. Ismael thinks that, while his work is important, it is not as so as piecing together history. Cafore insists he has done so, but Ismael blows them off as myths and legend. Cafore predicted the mummy disappeared! They part with Ismael’s assurance that more room in the basement will be had. Ismael will assist with shipping asap.
We catch up to Cafore at his office. Office on top floor.
He shows us a tablet fragment ‘and it was then that Nephren Ka came to Egypt’. he says “This is what has confused us, caused so many of these inscriptions to be misread.” He compares that fragment to another “and the priest Nophru Ka led the people to Xois”. First one is surely 3rd Dynasty, but the 2nd is from teh 14th. People assume eash Ka is the same.
He pulls out his masterwork, “the occult history of Egypt”.
Somerfield requests some tea. When he runs out, we take a look at the papers. In there, are incantations as well. REAL SPELLS!! MYTHOS SPELLS!!
Cafore returns. He says they have been confused for each, throwing dates out of wack because of the name confusion. Galloway thinks he is looking for the earlier Nephren, but he is digging at the Nophru sight. They found the Well.
Cafore says: the earlier, Nephren Ka, came at the end of 3rd dynasty. Powerful sorcerer, bringing madness and death to his enemies. Could rip the heart from ones very chest. Came from an ancient city in Arabia called Irem, the City of Pillars. Same mentioned in Al Azif aka Necronomicon. He revived worship of a foul god of an ancient land knows as Stygia! The Black Pharaoh! Eventually Nephren Ka and BP became interchangable in minds of people and he bacame knows as Black Ph. War fought vs kingdom for many years. Sneferu arose finally, and with aid of Isis thwarted him and slew him. All record of him was removed from. But I have found fragments, mentions, mininterpretations, that lead him to understand. Secrets are w/in his book. Eventually will publish it. He takes a few powder sniffs. I believe the BP’s body still contained potent magic. They built a pyramid to contain his body, which collapsed, at Medum. So built another, the Bent Pyramid , which he now lies under and sleeps indefinitely. Digs there have found nothing, so perhaps I am wrong. Also at Dashur is the Red Pyramid, also supposedly built by Sneferu, I beilieve to guard and keep Nephrun Ka from rising from the dead. His followers survived, trying to bring him back. Succeeded during Akhenaten’s time. And 6th dynasty Nitokrcis, queen, failed, her body hidden w/in one of pyramids. With no record at all because prophecy said she could return and open way for Black Pharaoh, aka Nyarlathotep. Cafore has read Al Azif, a copy is here in the library. That prophecy says he will rise fingers and toes after the great good one. No one knows what that means. Followers of him claim 20 centuries after Jesus. That’s now! None would come here, I’m known as the crazy professor. He says he believes all of this, and the Great Old Ones. Claims to have watched the revels and sacrifices of their followers! Via spells. The places vary, only sometimes can he find them. The mummy that disappeard was Natokrix (as we immediately thought). She is the first key. Those he sees at the revels are all kinds of man, as well as likenesses of the old Egyptian gods!
2nd one, Nophru, worshipped the Black Pharaoh. Rick tells all he told the Investigators. I believe he came back in an attempt to bring BP back again. So Rick and this guy both feel Nophru was indeed Nephren. He claims there no way to stop it, it’s written in the stars. Agrees it is better to die attempting to stop it. He feels he can be the mind and us the physical behind the destruction of all of this!!
He says come back tomorrow and he will prepare some info!!
We leave. Rick is too afraid of losing this guy. He will stay late working, and let Billy, Mundabi, and Fritz in late. We will watch the place all night. Cafare works late too to copy his stuff for us, minus the spells he doesn’t want us to know about. Rick brings Hobbes instead to photograph.

Night:
Fritz and Mundabi on the roof below the dome; Feather and Spalding wathing a nice shadowy rear door; Billy outside the office wathing the approach(es); Hobbes and Rick in the room. Nyun patrolling the first floor, stealthily.
Gets to 1AM.
Mundabi “Bwana, I feeling some trouble.”
Fritz sees stars disappearing, and then reappearing. A flyer!! Fritz rises his rifle to fire, Mundabi says maybe best not to give our position yet. Fritz tracks it by the starlight. It’s getting closer. Flapping closer, a hybrid winged thing seemingly made up of crow, mole, buzzard, ant, and decomposed human all!! Sanity for Fritz. On other side of roof, he hears sound of something landing. He asks, Fritz says check it out.
He sees one about 20’ away as it sees him, and it lunges. He kills is with 2 stabs.
Fritz hits 15 before it sees him. It swoop sit as Fritz pulls his khopesh miss.
Mundabi scans his area, and sees 2 more land further out toward the edge.
The beast misses Fritzy.
They move in on Mundabi fast, flanking. One claws 6.
In a couple rounds all are dead on both sides.
No more close, but looks like there are more above.

Nyun goes outside to scout the perimeter. She hears a flapping, and one of the flying abominations swoops in at her, followed by 2 more. She deals with them.
2 more swoop on Mundabi, his set spear kills one instantly. One crits him for 14 before he finishes them off.
On Fritrz, 2 more. He gets a shot in before they hit him. He cuts them down in due time.
Feather and Spalding meet at the door, looking out see Nyun with the 3 dead around her. 6 more land by their door. They fire, as Nyun charges in.
After 1 shot, Feather charges in with his saber to help “Richard’s wog woman”. After 2 barrels, Spalding turns to his Webley.

Meanwhile, in the office.
In the corner of the room, a dark shadowy spot appears. Shuffling at us is a blashphemous ape/insect!! Head swaying loosely side to side, taloned, malignant!!! Rick “Billy Fish” revolver crits it, as it disappears and the bullet hits the wall behind.
It appears next to Rick as Billy enters swiftly. Rick dodges its grapple deftly.
Billy moves in. Rick yells for Cafore, do you have a spell to anchor it?! Or stun even?!
He can not, but he can send it to its native existence, however black that place must be. It is dismissed!!
No more attacks the rest of the night. Success!!
We finish photographing everything.
The attacking bayake disolve quickly.

Fritz and Mundabi will keep an eye on this guy.

Rick wants to take an airship back asap. Much study needs done. Zakir, with Somerfield, will finish all arrangements here. Nyun, Feather, Spalding, and Tarr volunteer to stay as well, to take the leisurely steamship ride back to London with the shipments of artifacts, equipment, etc. Of course, they will have Bromhead and his men as well.
Fritz, Friday and Mundabi will stay here to help see to the safety of all our artifacts, with Sala’s men and Bromhead, until they ship out. Then, they will return to Fritz’s home for a visit before moving on to London to meet up with Rick at a later date.
All rubbings, negatives, film and artifacts having to do with Mythos/ProtoHistory will come back with Rick’s and Billy’s luggage on the air ship. As do some of the major undead mummy remains. Several potted samples of the Bast valley plant necessary to make the past are with us as well. These are to be given to Rick’s mother and sister to start growing at the family estate if possible. Otherwise, we’ll have to start shipping it from the Gorge to London whenever possible.

May 24, Friday

Rick, Lovejoy, Hobbes, and Billy say goodbyes to Sala, Zakir and the others; board airship home, as does the female prisoner we rescued from the Desert Temple of Set.
Sebastian will find his own way home, via the Brits.

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The Subterrainean Tunnels Revisited
True to his word as a gentleman, Rick honors his agreement to stop the mysterious murders in the valley of Bast

We spend April 29 resting and partying in celebration as well as pulling out and packing the last of the loot.
30 April is spent packing the remainder of the expedition and Zakir leads it out late that afternoon. Already provisioned from the oasis, he will drive hard, cutting the corner to Aartuat, then down the Farnoc road through Farnoc and to Thebes.

(It takes him 4 days to reach Aartuat, and 8 to reach Thebes).

Sebastian leaves with the expedition, saying that if he can procure and airship he will follow our path out to pick us up. We plan on crossing the desert ourselves, cutting the corner straight to Thebes from the oasis. Zakir and Rick calculate about 6 to 7 days for the party to return.

Bryce stays with us, as does Sala and his men, Tarr and Feather, and Spalding
We stay to finish our duty to the Bast cult.

Over those 2 days:
Rick goes to see the Bast cult and Ama. Ama says she must now show him what is on the walls heading to their sacred archives. It is a stairway going down, the middle of the steps worn from centuries of footsteps up and down. What they wish to show him is upon the walls, relief and writings they have never been able to pull meaning from. Rick gets to work and spends the morning working on it.
An assassin of Set killed the terrible priestess, not the Bast cult. However, the mightiest warrior of the sect, also her lover and personal bodyguard named Abu-Re, took there most devoted followers into those ancient passageways. For either 5 years or months, Rick is not sure,
(Rick found translation of the history of siege of Troy, turned out it lasted for 10 months not 10 year; have not brought that to public)
preparing the tomb. Body mummified in the embalming room we have already found, he killed anyone at temple who objected and tried to stop him, and created a ‘living mummy’. He bound mummies and lords of mummies to obey her. These he created from volunteers/chosen (unclear) to serve her in death as in life. Then a final step, the last of his followers mummified him so that he could serve her for all eternity. As the exited they set all the traps where they drank poison and died, leaving the temple abandoned until the current cult came closer to modern times.
Rick “Still, how to find her in there.”
Ama “There was a lowly scribe named Sinuay who had studied long and hard, and was touched by the gods so that he knew things. He lived at the same time, the only one left after the suicides. He left a treatise that told everything he knew which was unfortunately crumbled into dust long ago.”
Rick “So that’s useless.”
Ama “Except, part of it was copied by the priests of Osiris at the temple here at the gorge. They were returned when the origins of our sect took up residence here. I have a scroll that contains at least part of the information from Sinuay. But, it is written in hieratic which we do not know.”
Rick “I do, quite well.”
They bring the scroll from the archives and give it to Rick.
There are those who forsake all of eternity to exist amid the splendor of this life. Other bodies are preserved as husks to allow there ka to enter the afterlife. Other bodies are given the semblance of unlife through arcane rituals to move as if alive. Other bodies have unlife, a tiny portion of the spirit ka is left behind to animate the mummified bodies. These are Lords of Mummies, more powerful because the force is strong in them. But these bodies are prepared with mighty spells and the spirit ka is bound to it for all eternity. The mummies thus created are lords of the udnead. All of the lesser obey them. The ghoul, the walking dead, the wight, and the moving bones, and even lords of the mummies obey the LIving Mummy. For they have given the most to become the most powerful. And woe to you when the living mummy wakes from it’s long slumber. For then the earth will tremble in fear. For none can stop it unless these secrets be known. And therefore this message is left within the waiting place of such a one to help end its evil existance. Some of the mummies are ighty warriors, but others are weavers of mighty spells. Beware the magic of this creature, because they are not living weapons have little impact upon them. If you would make your weapons more effective you must coat your blades and arrows with a coating made form one part of those same leaves which gave the fiend life, crushed and mixed with 3 parts of dust from a destroyed mummy. To this mixture one must add blood from a living person of the race of slaves who worship the one god to make the paste.

Rick “Fritzy!”

The paste is only effective on weapons which penetrate the body of the Living Mummy. The bodies of mummies are brittle inside. Weapons most effective are weapons which pound its insides to dust. All but the most powerful of mummies fear fire, for it can consume them totally. I Sinewa the priest who has forsaken the gods of my people to worship one who is to come leave this statement: May the blessings of the sun god be with you.

Ama “What do you think.”
Rick “We have to make the paste with Rehotep’s dust and Fritz’s blood. That leaves where to find which leaves.”
Ama “Perhaps the pictures on the staircase.”
Rick Tarr double check it and sure enough, they are burning leaves at one point in the process. Rick and Tarr . Tarr recognizes them as an extinct Tana tree, gone for thousands of years."
Rick calls Ama and the priestesses.
Ama “Oh yes, we have plenty of those. Those are the sacred leaves.”
Duh.
Ama allows Rick and Tarr to explore the corridors further, and Tarr comes across a relief of the making of the paste with hieroglyphs accompanying. Rick gets to work deciphering it, and its very mystical. A meeting of Rick, Tarr, Khansu (their arcane lore) and Fritz (his religious knowledge is helpful here) pieces together the proper ritual creation of the paste. It will require maybe 6 or 8 ounces of blood. Tarr still feels there must be a special way this needs to be done. Khansu says it is a ritual close to the Jewish god. For he is the god of life, and holds unlife to be unseen. The other gods tolerate it.
Fritz “If you’re going to do a blood sacrifice for Yaweh, there is a certain general prayer to go with it to shed that blood for God. We do need a bronze dagger, or even copper.” No problem there, we have such artifacts from all of the tomb loot.
1 oz will coat a blade, 1/10th for a bullet.
From the scribe’s information, we know to apply it to slashing and piercing weapons. So we want to make enough for Billy’s khopesh, Mundabi’s spear, and Rick’s khopesh and machete, and the rest for bullets.
So, Fritz says the prayer as he draws his blood into the bowl, Khansu mutters arcane words as he kneads the blood with the leaves and Rehotep dust into the paste. It creates 20 ounces of paste. That will cover the 4 melee weapons vs the priestess at least, then the rest in bullets and potential use in melee verses the mummy lords and lesser mummies.
Feather suggests we take a lot of the ammo breaking down bullets to create some primitive hand grenades. Sala’s men get to work, making 15 that do 2d6, but they weigh 1lb each.
While this is going on, Ama visits with a new find from Sinewa’s papers (see DM drawing): A crude drawing of the subterrainean passages! From it, Fritz and Rick decipher where they have been before. It seems we passed some potential secret doorways along the way which we need to find to reach wherever the undead lair is. Also, it has a tunnel to ghouls labelled (damn it); and one to ‘lizards and death’ (Hmm).
Rick, Fritz, Billy, Hobbes, Mundabi, Friday (carrying half the paste), Spalding,(with med. wounds), Tarr (carrying half the paste) and Feather, plus Sala and 4 of his men. Spalding, still hindered though he has healed from his heavy wounds quite quickly, refuses to stay behind.
We apply the paste to a bunch of bullets before we enter.

May 1

Bright and early, 5am, Rick leads the way in and down.
We take materials with us to make more paste if necessary.
By 6:00am we are 5 miles in, moving at a brisk pace to the pit room.
Note: Our general order in corridors is Rick in the front, Billy 10’ back and to a side, Fritz 5’ back and to his side, Friday 10’ behind Fritz; Tarr, Hobbes and Friday in the center; Mundabi, Feather and Spalding watching the rear with Sala and his men ahead of them.
Tarr after 6 miles “This is a good place for some breakfast.”
Rick “We eat on the move.” Fruits and vegetables from the Bast valley.
Tarr “Positively uncivilized!”
Rick “That’s the way we do things.”
Feather “But not unexpected from you, Rathbone. We understand you my good man, once you get moving it’s difficult to stop you.”
Mundabi “Rick is a man moving ever forward when things are happening. He’s not one to stop in Mombasa for a month for tea before he ventures into darkest Africa.”
Rick “I do still love my tea; and a drink and cigar.”
We continue to the circular room we visited before, with the pit in the center. Searching yields absolutely nothing.
Hobbes “That’s odd.”
Feather “What’s out next step.”
Rick “There has to be something. The hole.”
Secret stairwell going down.
Tarr “How did they ever excavate this so long ago.”
Rick leads the way, and decides to search the steps with a magnifying glass in detail. He notices that the stairs sound like there might be a cavity underneath.
“They move or shift in some way.”
On the right wall at the top steps he finds a faint crack. Looking closer he notices a hint of white, something stuck in the crack. He touches it.
“It’s soft, like material.” He is able to pull it out. “Ah! Linen mummy wrappings.” Now to find out how the wall opens. It does not push from. There are no handholds disguised as imperfections with which to pull, nor does it pivot on its center vertical or horizontal.
“There’s no hinge, so part of the wall must slide into itself. Help me push the extreme left, perhaps it will pivot.” Nothing. “Maybe on the side of the steps, near the floor. Something you can hit with your foot. And if it opens out, one would have to be on the top step to activate, because it would open across the next 2 steps.”
Sure enough, he finds a small projection!
Rick “YES!!”
He kicks it in and the wall pops out on the right, then slides into the wall on a slight angle toward the left on a slant all on its own.
Tarr “Amazing. A mechanism thousands of years old, at the push of a button. Arcane maybe.”
The opening is at an awkward position, raised from the steps but for the top one., yet off to the side of it. You would have to haul yourself up from the 2nd/3rd step, yet they seemed suspicious already.
Rick inspects further, and below the doorway a very small ledge is now projecting just an inch perhaps.
Rick “It must be a platform that slides out.” Along the side of the top step are tiny grooves, where such a ledge would slide through on its flank support. On the far side are small indentations now open, and tiny projections like pegs on the would be platform.
Feather “But why are the steps still hollow?”
Rick “The steps must be a trap. Drops you into a pit most likely.”
There is no obvious way too pull out the platform.
Tarr “Maybe something else around here changed, too.”
Pushing on the next step now, there is a slight give. Rick has Mundabi jam it hard with the butt of his spear and the steps collapse flat, making a slide into the depths. However, another tiny projection on the wall is new. Pushing that in releases the platform, but it only comes out 2/3 of the way before it malfunctions and grinds to a halt from age. Walking onto the platform, we stay close against the wall to keep the weight where there is the most support and round the corner into it.
Almost immediately in the cavity, by his carbide headlamp, Rick sees steps going down. He leads the way followed by Fritz, Feather and Spalding assisting Sala’s men in the rear.
Sinewa’s map is certainly not 100% accurate. Some things like the steps are marked only as if hallways. So some things may take a little figuring out.
The steps don’t go far, perhaps why they are not marked. It leads to a passage that goes about 4 miles where it turns right. Travelling for another hour and a half, now 11am. Getting close to tea.
Now turns left to stairs going up, and up and up and up for about a mile. A little rumbling in the ranks.
Rick “Just hold on men, there may be a room at the top.” At the top, to the left is a metal door with latch.
Hobbes “I don’t like that we are going toward the ghoul tunnel.”
Fritz listens at the door, nothing.
Rick “Everybody get back.” He is about to turn the latch when he stops and inspects the platform, seems fine. Now he pushes the door open into darkness, 2 eyes glaring in the light before he raises his lantern. It’s a huge cat, saber tooth, on a raised circular dais in the center of the circular room. It looks either fake or taxidermy. All around it along the edge of the dais are mummified cats, staring up at the big cat as if in awe. Door left and right, identical to the one through which we entered. We begin to enter. No writings on the dais, Rick has Fritz and Mundabi skirt the wall right, Billy with Rick along the left, making their way to the doors. The walls are plaster though. Spalding and Feather stand just inside the doorway.
Rick to those 2 “Keep you eyes on the cats. They may come to life.”
Rick orders a stop and complete quiet to listen, no noise. Rick moves to the dais, calling Tarr to meet him. Inspecting for writing and symbols, we find nothing, and nothing comes to unlife.
Spalding “Seems there’s nothing supernatural here for once.”
Calling Sala in, Rick orders him to start carefully peeling plaster while the rest of us stop for tea. Clearing the plaster reveals strange writings Rick and has never seen before as well as arcane symbols and writings. Also, among many things we don’t recognize are objects that look like space vehicles as well as a stylized and grandiose representation of a Pharaoh’s court, he wearing the crowns of upper and lower Egypt; but pharaoh has a tentacled face!
Sala, “Egypt was ruled by a tentacled pharaoh?”
Tarr “Not necessarily from what Rick is teaching me. There was no recorded pharaoh with tentacles certainly.”
So this is a mystery, like much all that is on these walls.
Although Rick “This could be Stygian, in any case Wilkerson at Miskatonic is going to love this place.”
Lots of pictures of lizard and snake like men. Also, perhaps a deity that is a huge snake, with arms that are snakes as well!
Rick “Some kind of super Set? A Stygian ruler?”
There is obviously no way to date these things currently, but Rick is certain that this also goes into the past far before ancient Egypt.
Tarr “It was surely covered by the Bast cult, but they didn’t write on it.”
Sala “Probably this Abu Re had much more important things to concern himself with at the time than art.”
Feather “Yet they must have felt that what was already here was wrong to leave in view.”
Hobbes gets pics of what we clean off.
After tea, Feather “If we’re worried about these cats coming to life we should destroy them.”
Fritz “I agree.”
Mundabi knocks one off the dais with its spear. As soon as it hits the ground, it starts to animate. At defense of 20 they are amazingly hard to hit, and Mundabi misses it. Then all begin to animate. Fritz fires at one-7 (after DR and half damage) but it is almost in pieces. Billy slashes one-8 DEAD. Spalding fires-4.
Sala retreats his men out the door we entered through.

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Through the left door into a room with no other exits. In the middle, a stone block with a sarcophagus atop. Everyone starts to enter, Rick inspects the center, the name of Horemheb inscribe. Underneath it says ‘Protector in death as in life of his priestess’.
Hobbes “That’s not his bodyguard.”
Fritz That was Abu…"
Rick “Abu Re.”
Mundabi “Nothing mentioned a Horemheb.”
Backtrack to the right room to get the lay of the land around us, which also easily opens to a small platform and steps going down.
Tarr “We should assume every mummy in here is undead.”
Feather “What’s the plan.”
Rick “We slide it open in opposite directions top and bottom, so it still rests on top. Be ready to fight. Dowse it in oil and light it. I’ll have the torch ready.”
Feather “I suggest dowsing it immediately rather than waiting to see if it comes to life.”
Sala and one of his men stand ready with the oil, Rick torch, Mundabi at the head and Fritz at the foot slide it open as Billy is ready with blade. The others stand back ready to fire. Peering in with torch, Rick sees the mummy, then its eyes open and the oil sprays. Rick drops the torch in and steps back as it ignites-8. The mummy leaps up to grab the lid and smash us with it! But it fails its str check and falls back into the coffin, the slab crashing back atop.
Rick “Stand back, watch it burn. As soon as it stands hit it!”
The pasted shells of Fritz-9 an 5 paste; Spalding-4 and 6 paste; Feathers bullet hits and does only 10paste. The paste now does 2d10 as it has build up! Billy fires rifle-3 and 17 paste.
The mummy picks up the slab again and tosses it at Tarr-10 and Feather-17 KO’d to negative 4. Mummy burns for 7 with a supernatural roar.
Spalding misses with his 2nd barrel as does Fritz. Billy’s shot hits-2 and 16 paste. Now all hits do 3d10. The fire does 6 more and it collapses destroyed. Tarr administers to Feather and he is able to get up with 1wp left. He now must continue on with heavy wounds!
The steps going down on the map are not these steps. We take the steps for now, goes 50’ and takes a right, now in the right direction.
Mundabi “This SInua’s map very crude indeed.”
As Rick reaches the bottom step, there is a clicking sound. Spalding, in the rear with Sala and his men ahead of him, tells Sala to stay.
“I hear something back here I’m going to check it out” and runs back into the circular room. Mundabi starts quickly making his way from the front to Spalding. Spalding sees a secred door has opened in the room and several mummies coming so he high tales it back, closing door behind him.
To Mundabi “We’re cut off and mummies heading this way.” They come back and report. Sala’s men line up at bottom ready to fire as soon as they see the first mummy. They are packing pasted rounds.

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We continue along corridor some 100 yards to another set of steps down 1/4 mile where the corridor continues 6 miles. We eat lunch on the move down this corridor. Now at least 1:30. T section, to left a passage, to right steps down. It looks like the steps, unmarked on map, should lead to ghouls.
Rick goes down a few steps and sniffs, smells like ghoul for sure. There is a x on the map at this intersection, which has meant a room thus far but no room here. We take the left passage. About 4 miles later turns left.
Rick pointing out the map to Fritz “Either we’re still in here and there is an unmarked passage going left, or we are at the marked left here and the straight path is the unmarked path.”
Hobbes “Great.”
2 more miles straight, to 2 miles of upward steps. We rest for a short bit before taking the steps.
The passage left is 20’ wide though, while the one we have been in is 10’. Rick steps in and the light immediately reveals a 10’ wide double door 15’ high, far sooner than the map indicated the tomb. Hieroglyphs are present, along with lots of relief. The excavation here is more primitive as you enter this wider passage, so the Bast cultists cut the existing older passage to be larger.
There was a seal on the door, which is broken.
Mundabi “Because it’s getting out. This mummy goes a long way each time it wants to get out of here.”
Spalding “It does only come out once a month or so.”
Hobbes “Even if t has another, secret way out behind here we are well into the canyon walls nonetheless.”
Rick translates the top The hall of pleasures. Upon the doors by the seal in large glyphs Thieves and villains beware, beyond lies death for those w ho would attempt to desecrate the living chambers of Sekhmet. These are the chambers in which she will dwell during her undeath.
Rick “We know there is still her and Abu Re, her bodyguard. And Sinua implied other lesser mummies. Be ready.”
Hobbes “Hopefully her and Abu Re are all that remains.”
Rick “The question is should we paste our weapons now? The melee weapons?”
Billy “Do you think we are truly near her?”
Rick “Looks like we are unless this is a trick, but the excavation of this hall is a bit much for a trick.”
We paste Kholan’s sword, Rick’s machete and khopesh, and Mundabi’s spear as well as more rounds.
Sala to his men “Be on guard men.”
The doors have handles, but checking closely Rick sees that the ground is dustless, traffic regular and recent says Billy. The right door has loosened over the years and scrapes the floor so leave it so as not to make too much noise. Mundabi pulls the left open, Rick standing with a bullseye lantern beside Billy at the ready. Fritz’s .50 trained behind them.
In the light we see what appears to be people as far as we can see.
Billy “Sahib!”
Rick pauses putting a hand up at Billy to stand ground “Bullocks.” He doesn’t believe it. Walking in, he can then see they are motionless statues, though very lifelike representations.
Rick “Everyone can breath.”
Billy “In my experience these always come to life. We should destroy them all.”
Rick “No, I think we’re all right.” He waves everyone in behind him, saying to fan out a little. Feeling a couple statues, Rick finds they are of plaster and terracotta, and the room is well lit not as lifelike as they seemed initially.
The room (see DM sketch) is quite large, wider than deep. The atmosphere of the scene is one of a great party and banquet of dancing girls, people drinking and eating, playing the game sennett, intimate moments on couches. The side walls recess into semicircular alcoves at their middle. In the center of the room is a large rug that was once of high quality, of cats and people living in harmony, flanked by fountains of Bast statues with only a trickle of water coming from them now. At the center of the far end off the room is a dais with a large statue of a great cat, highly lifelike. On the nearest part of the right wall is a closed doorway, still sealed. In each alcove are rows of warriors against the walls. The alcoves are otherwise full of the statues of cats and people playing together.
Fritz “Breaking it?”
Rick “Let’s check the statue yet.” Nothing strange about it, and a search reveals no secret doors.
Sala “You’ve had problems with stone statues coming to life before, Richard. Do we smash it?”
Billy “Yes?”
Rick “Yes?”
Fritz “Billy wants to destroy as much as possible down here, I think.”
Billy “I never trust these things now.”
Rick “If it is going to animate we aren’t going to be able to just break it. It will just animate once we hit it anyway. Best to leave it alone for now. Make sense?”
Billy is apprehensive.
On the right side Fritz sees that several statues are knocked over, especially in a few more crowded clusters. Rick comes over to see, and 7 in total are found. They have been knocked completely over. Rick starts to inspect them.Rick has a hunch there is a secret door at the top of the recess where there is a knocked over statue close to the wall.
Feather "Are we going to break the seal on this doorway and open it?
Rick “I’d like to check this wall out.”
Spalding “What makes you say that?”
Rick has followed the general path of the fallen statues from the entrance to the top of the alcove where there is a fallen statue right beside the wall. “I have a hunch there is a secret door right around here.”
Searching, he finds one! To the right of the statue on the ground. A sound of sliding and grinding gears as the wall pulls out a few inches then stops.
Rick exclaims in triumph!
Finding a catch in the wall, it pulls open revealing a corridor.
We refresh our drinking water at the fountains. Rick is still suspicious about the position of a couple of the fallen statues, being quite out of line to the entrance but decides to keep going for now.
2 miles and steps lead up to a dead end but of set stones.
Rick looking around “There are few dead ends. Only secret doorways and deathtraps. Everyone get back.” He searches, finding the dust well disturbed up to the dead end. Checking the end wall closer, finds grooves and false mortar in the shape of a square opening. He and Fritz push and a 4’ wide x 4 or 5’ square slides inward about 2" but then stops. At the top, he sees a crack into a likely cavity above. Checking the botton, there are ground out holes in the floor so as to life from the bottom. He figures it might be lighter than it looks but calls Billy and Mundabi to lift, Rick ready with light.
It’s not lighter, but it is counterweighted. We hear the clicking as they lift. Behind is a passage 8’ wide, 8’ high, 20’ long before opening into a room. We start moving in, Rick left Billy behind, Fritz right Mundabi behind. On the left, the floor starts giving way, splitting downthe middle. Rick and Billy jump right and barely make it. The pit is 4’ wide and 12’ long. Billy kneels at the floor and sees that at the 12’ mark, the dust is far more prevalent on ahead on the right side but clearer on the left ahead of the trap. So ahead of the trap, the other side of the hall falls in. You can go up the right side then must walk to left side to be safe.
Rick “Good spot, Billy. Direct everyone as they come in.”
Rick and Fritz lead the way into the room, trapezoid in shape, Mundabi next. There is a table against the left and right walls, and one in the middle, all running parallel to each other. They have loot on them! A bit past the middle table is a sarcophagus. Rick and Billy approach it. On the wall behind is a warning not to disturb the rest of Sekhmet, priestess of Bast. Friday and Sala’s men watch our rear just in case. The lid is not sealed, has definately been opened. Rick searches for secret doors, checking the floors for disturbances but finds nothing obvious, while the others watch the coffin. Tarr and Hobbes are just at the end of the corridor where the room opens, the others move into the room.
Fati of the sticky fingers, one of Sala’s 3rd lvl men here, passes Tarr trying to be inconspicuous.
Tarr “Hold on there, man.”
Hobbes moves to stop him as he picks up a statue off of the middle table “Fati, get back in line. Sala’s going to have you!”
Sala begins moving up the corridor, angrily. There’s a whipping coming. Sala is a professional, and does not suffer actions lightly. Hobbes grabs the statue and puts it back.
Rick “Put that back exactly where it was, Hobbey.”
Fati suddenly screams, clutching hand and arm (that which touched the statue) “Oh god, the curse of the old gods is on me! The curse of the mummy! AH EEEE!” falling to his knees in pain then onto his back.
Rick “Tarr see to him.”
Hobbes grabbing his arm, but not in such bad shape as Fati “What’s the matter with my arm?”
Contact poison.
Hobbes “Wash it off, wash it off!”
Rick “See to Hobbes first!”
Tarr dowses Hobbes’ hand and arm in water as Sala does the same to Fati. Hobbes take 2 str and 1 con damage, Fati 2 of each. Their right hands will be useless for a few hours as it will be swollen.
Mundabi “Maybe just what Fati needs to cure those sticky fingers.”
Sala to his men “Anyone else want to pick something?” then slaps him across face with a backhand “Now you learn boy!?”
Fati “But sir, I am crippled forever.”
Sala “Maybe, and you deserve it and worse!”
Fati “I can’t use my trigger finger.”
Sala “You had better hope you don’t have to shoot then.”
Tarr checks the statue, and the gold is missing where it was touched with wood underneath. Everything is the room is fake treasure. We set lighting up around the room.
We prepare to open sarcophagus. It is not sealed. We slide the lid as we did the last mummy, Fritz and Mundabi opening. There is more of the poison on the lid. Fritz’s gloves protect him and Mundabi saves but can feel minor pain from it. Tarr washes his hands off. After a minute, he starts to shiver a bit but shakes it off.
“I Mundabi the Masai will not be tainted by evil spirits of ancient Egypt.” Rick, who also has gloves, pushes with Fritz instead. Inside is a beautifully adorned mummy, without a deathmask. A couple seconds later, the eyes open. Feather unleashes a heap of oil onto her, Billy and Mundabi ready attacks as Tarr tosses the torch into the coffin and it lights-9. Fritz grabs his rifle, Spalding readies a shot.
She opens her mouth, followed by an inhuman roar.. The flaming mummy grabs the lid as she stands and picks it up. Billy’s AoO hits-8/7paste and his readied action-10/8 paste; Mundabi stabs-6/10 paste; Hobbes starts the cinematograph. She burns for 18 more and crumbles to death into the coffin.
Hobbes “There’s something happening here!” as the tables and sections of the floor directly underneath are raising. Underneath, in a cavity, we see 2 heads slowly raising underneath each. Hobbes grabs the camera and moves back into the corridor.
Rick “Grenades, now!”
From the point of view of the entrance, Rick moves to the middle and rolls one in-17/8, Billy follows and stands at the ready. Spalding rolls one to the left-5/11 and Feather the right-10/10. Mundabi readies to charge to the left as Fritz moves beside Feather.

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Sala brings all his men in, ordering them to touch nothing. We leave a couple men at a time to watch the corrider back.
Getting to evening now take a breather in this room and have tea. Rick begins searching for secret doors in the meantime while he sips, starts on the floor and wall behind her coffin. He then moves left.
Tarr approaches Rick “Rathbone, do you believe this was her?”
“I’m not so sure. It was too easy. I’m fairly certain she will be with Abu Re.”When he gets to the end of the first angled section section he finds one!
Feather to Rick “We’ve really been moving in here. You thing we should stop for an extended rest and enter that secret passage in the morning?”
Rick “My first thought is to keep moving unless anyone protests.”
Tarr to the PC’s “You are all walking alacrity.”
No one protests so after a rest we shut the secret door we entered. Checking this side of it, there are handholds on this side to pull it down, but only on this side.
Spalding “So someone had to be in here, alive and trapped, in order to close it.”
It comes down harder than up so Fritz and Mundabi do it, then has to push to click it in place.
A small platform before steps spiraling downward.
Feather “Are we taking everyone from here or leaving some behind?”
Rick “Everybody comes” but his question makes Rick think of “but we should take only an advanced group down the steps first.” Thanks Feather.
The 4 PC’s find a 10’ wide hall to the bottoom which turns to the right at about 30’ into darkness. We call everyone else to start down. About 100’ down it ends in a door, but half way down Rick notices an askew part of the wall. It is a secret door. We move to the actual door first. Here, Rick pauses, spidey sense tingling. He orders everyone else to back off.
Rick “I don’t know why but I have a bad feeling about this.”
He sets down a lantern as well as turning on his headlamp. The door looks copper or bronze colored, hinged on this side at the right, handle on the left.
Rick “Looks like it opens out.” No writings around it nor in the hallway anywhere.
It just looks odd to Rick, so he pulls out the magnifying glass. Sala comes up and joins him at the door. They both notice, at the same time, that the ceiling has a groove running along all 3 sides of the ceiling all the way back to the secret door then crosses the hall. He runs down and gets a couple ment to boost him. So far as he can tell, nothing is holding the roof up.
Rick “There’s got to be something holding it.”
Sala “From above.”
Rick “Yes.”
Sala “There is surely something funny here, trapfinder.”
Probing and scraping the thin space between the door and wall he figures it out. The probing scraped the color off of the door, revealing bedrock beneath. Also, the door thin space between door and surrounding wall does not go all the way through but hits solid instead. The door is fake. The handle is a metal shaft though, and does go into the stone. No doubt the ceiling crushes all underneath as soon as one turns it.
Spalding watching “How does he know? How does he find these things?”
Billy matter of factly “Because he is Rick sahib.”
The secret door pushes in and slides to the side. Corridor 40’ to steps, but at 20’ there is an opening to the right.
Rick “This place is amazing. What possible use could this complex have originally been.”
Rick begins to wonder if we are on the wrong track. What if the Bast cult never came down here. They would have set off the trap if they did most likely.
Rick “I’d hate to keep going to nothing, but we can’t not find what we’re looking for.”
Tarr “Unless they made it.”
Sala “I assure you the craftsmanship here is of the Bast cult quality, not the masterful work of before.”
After this few minutes of thought and talk, we continue.
The opening 20’ down the hall leads to another passage with short flight of steps. At the bottom is a passage of short steps leading to a hall full of red sandstone rubble as far as we can see and a long corridor continuing past that hall. That leads to what is a trap. It splits straight and north but both turn toward each other at 20’ and meet. Rick smells a trap out, pressure plates just around each turn which drop blocks to trap anyone reaching the corner forever there.
Going back up the first steps there are stairs to the left and a straight corrider ending in a T. Atop the steps there is a dead end with centuries old pallets that was a rest area for diggers. The T goes right to steps down and the left turns at 10’ to steps down.
Hobbes “This place is absurd! We should capture Abu Re, imprison him in an Iluminati sub basement, and let him suffer for eternity.”
We go right, which then turns right to a dead end. There is an altar to Gast and real treasure! Rick notes that it must be checked for poison later. We go back to the other steps and it goes for a bit before a couple turns leads to steps into a large are with sleeping pallets and a table. Sitting there are 5 skeletons in priestly garb and one in priestess dressing, slumped onto the table, the food and drink they were eating in front of them. The hands of 2 are entwined.
Rick "They closed the area off, this is their last supper then they drank poison is my guess.
The final hall in this area leads to a room that is essentially a pit with a 3’ ledge skirting it all the way around, and a few stone bridges crossing it. On the opposite side is a corridor out. The 20’ pit is full of 5’ wooden spikes.
Rick "Would have been impossible to get anything heavy across here.
Sala confirms this is again Bast craftsmanship.
Tarr “They must have dug it out afterward.”
We decide to retreat now for an longer rest. It is very late into the night. We retreat to the octagon room, clearing the fake treasure and using table wood for small cooking fires. The rest passes uneventfully. Our rest is short however, only some 5 hours at most. Being in here so deep and so long has played with our bodies sense of time somewhat. That and Rick’s alacrity keeps us going.

May 2

We go straight to the pit room. Rick inspects this end of each bridge, checking underneath and stomping on the first couple feet. Seems solid. After considering risking a bridge or the ledge himself first, he thinks for a few moments.
Rick “Stakes are wood, probably weak.”
Tarr “Yes. What are you planning?”
Rick “I’d say, 5’ tall on average.” They are spaced extremely close together, tons of them.
Tarr “To anyone falling, almost certain death. You’d be implaled far down the shafts. Tips look barbed as well.”
Fritz “Spearheads look diamond shaped. 4 edges, all barbed too.”
Hobbes “Terrific.”
Tarr “More damage coming out than going in.”
Rick considers the possibility of the whole room being a trap, just to make people walk across in hopes enough fall to weaken numbers.
Tarr “So, what were you thinking?”
Rick “I’m thinking we have plenty of rubble in that passage back there. Let’s bring up enough small boulders up into this room to hurl them over the edge here until we bust up a patch just below big enough for a person. Then someone goes down and cuts us a path across.”
Sala forms everyone into a fire brigade line to bring boulders up efficiently. Fritz is lowered down with Mundabi’s orinoko club and crushes a path across.
Spalding “Now we can try to cross over the path.”
Rick “Don’t even have to.”
Feather “We walking across the bottom?”
Tarr “How are we going to secure a rope to the ceiling to lower us and climb back up?”
Rick “Don’t have to.” He gets a rope from Billy, ties it into a lasso, and whips it around the edge of the bridge, putting the end through the lasso and tightens it around the stone bridge. “We go down this. On the other side we’ll toss another up and over, secure it the same way, and climb out.”
Spalding “You want to figure out what the trap in here is?”
Rick “Not at this moment.”
We get across and up with no issues.

Corridor goes 40’ before turning north for 20’ to a 4 way. Straight is a door, left 20’ and turns north, right 40’ and turns north. Checking the 2 turns first, the left ends in 10’ at dead end with a sarcophagus there.
Rick “Odd.” As soon as he steps around the corner the lid is slid off and an angry mummy starts to climb out.
Rick “Billy, I need you!” as he backs to the corner. Billy appears instantly, Fritz not far behind.
Rick “No guns, no noise.”

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Now the right passage, it turns a few times ending in another sarcophagus at a deadend. We leave that and turn back. As the group r everses, we hear a click and from the dead end another mummy begins to come out of the coffin and a secret door opens at what is now our front revealing 2 more! Mundabi, Spalding and Feather are at the front vs the secret door mummies; Billy, Rick and Fritz vs the coffin mummy.

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Back to the straight corridor and the stone door. It pushes open into a large octagonal room, piled with treasure from the era of Sekhmet the priestess. There is a statue in the center of Abu Re, holding some kind of tube in his hands. We move in and around carefully, our lanterns casting an eerie glow about the room, the shadows of the treasures dancing along the walls as if monsters lurk around us.
Rick moves to the tube and looks through. There is a crosshairs in it, so Rick directs Hobbes to the spot on the wall and he marks it with chalk. Searching the spot close up with his glass, the mortar is fake and if you were to push the 4 stones tilt in.
Rick “This seems almost too easy.”
Rick gets Mundabi’s spear and pushes on the spot, opening a door right beside it. Rick peers into a hallway. Around us we hear a series of clicking, and from each wall a sliding spot of the wall opens with a mummy behind each!

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We rest and make more paste, which we have run out of after this last fight. Through the secret door and shortly to a room, 1 exit at opposite end. A table sits in the middle, ancient artifacts on it from Sekhmet’s day including gold. The walls are plastered over again, Sekhmet age writings. Very likely more Proto History relief underneath!!
Rick starts peeling plaster off, and is immediately momentarily blinded by the flash of light from beneath.
Pyramid, the sphinx, people in Egyptian garb. Rick says the details are all wrong. Pyramid has big eye at the top of it. A head dress looks familiar, in an archive of Miskatonic, shown to him by Wilkerson who claimed it was a statuette from the Proto History, a priest of Stygia!! This priest is performing a sacrifice atop the pyramid. Thousands of years before Egypt.
We will clear this off on the way out.
Down another corridor to a metal door, latched. We open it into a 30′ × 30′ room, 2 other doors lead out. Room is empty. When the first couple of us step into another corridor a click and the door slams, the room begins to spin on a central axis, then stops. It splits the party. Serious trouble here!!
Mundabi and Spalding together are accosted by a mummy in armor leading a couple others.
Another group opens their door and gears grind again, things shift after all doors slam shut.
It takes almost a minute for Rick and Billy to straighten things out and realize how this is all working, making it to the mummy battle.

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Rick thinks this is a dead end as far as the Bast cult and Sekhmet. There is no way they built this, nor any way they would have brought their funerary procession this way. We get everyone together and backtrack.
The 3 mummies were guards under the Cpt of the Guard, came out of a secret room just to themselves, with treasures and their sarcophagi!
There must be some secret way we missed. Back in the treasure room Rick gets lucky, seeing something amiss with the floor underneath the table, the exact size of the table, leading to steps leading down into a rough hewed passage.
Down, straight, and up. We find the way around the spinning room. We leave the door leading to it alone. The Egyptians carved this out in order to bypass it.
Continuing on, no sound at all still, to a false door dead end. To its right, Rick quickly finds a secret door to a long corridor, one passage to right also down steps.
Tracking the disburbed dust and such, they pass multiple halls to another false door dead end. Again, secret door to its right.
Spears fire out at him, Rick hits the deck as the pass over his head. A block of ceiling drops on Fritz behind him, barely missing smashing his legs as he jumps.
Behind the secret door is solid rock. It was entirely a trap where Rick now is separated from the others.
The others take 20 to find a release catch. Eventually, after an hour, Hobbes finds it.
Tarr “I think the first secret door on the right of the false door was just to set us up for this one also on the right.”
Down real passage now to a stone door. Ahead, we find a Proto History door that had been ripped off. Then, a loud screeching sound like mechanical then momentarily a glow ahead of us in the room just beyond the torn open door.
The floor is covered with 10′ × 10′ stones in a checker board formation. Globes in the ceiling are glowing. The screech is now the hum of electricity. 10 copper points on one wall point across to 10 metal discs.
2 plaques, one in Aklo Rick does not know, another in Hieratic, a cryptic clue of the rooms workings.
Tarr is amazed at the technology. Repeating this is impossible for thousands of years ago. Using static to create electric bolts.
We get across quite easily actually, and through the door on the other end. The hum shuts down behind us.
Following a winding corridor to a door, scribed w/ Egyptian as the tomb of the high priest of Sekhmet. Bast is crossed out, and in its place…..SET!! She was a traitor, the tortuous witch. Worshipping Set in secret.
Within, beautiful ancient room from 800 years ago. This is it, the final confrontation.
We see 3 beautiful women before us.
The middle one, in lovely accented English “WElcome, I am Sekhmet. Welcome to my abode.”
We begin to enter, Rick and Billy leading the way. She points to delicious looking food and drink, beckoning us to sit and enjoy. She claims it has been the mummies, not she, who have been terrorizing the Bast cult. That she has indeed changed her allegiance to Set, and that is why Bast through her priestesses has sent us to destroy her. She has no control over the mummies out there. No one does. “These are my people”. Abu Re, she says, created them all to protect her. She calls him out, and a massive muscular Egyptian man joins us saying he had no idea they would begin attacking, that they care nothing for the people of the world, but also have no animosity toward them either.
She claims she tortured until Set showed her the error of my ways. Yeah, right!
She says Set has showed her that such a gift of causing pain should only be used to further the right cause.
She insists the we need not fight. Turned to worship Set after her internment by her love. He administered the poison to her, to bring her back, and see the great of the darkness of Set.
Rick “Then someday he will do evil.”
She actually confirms this. But tries to use the ‘a baby who will grow to be a monster is still only a babe". As if she is the baby. We don’t go for that.
Her flesh is cold to the touch as a mummy, no blood courses through her veins.
“Unlike lesser mummies, we can still feel pleasure and emotion.”
They have chosen the path of darkness.
Her “There is no persuading you? You choose to fight?”
Rick “All your mummies did was attract the wrong people, us, to enter here to destroy you.”
He admits that is his mistake.
They say they slept for hundreds of years before awaking. When? The time of the great war between men and evil has arrived. All the forces of darkness are being called for it. “Perhaps someday you and I will meet on the battlefield. But that day is not yet.”
She begs us to stay, feast one last night in peace, and then go.
She conjures out of thin air more fruit.
They are too powerful for us, she insists, her power beyond our comprehension. She calls Re Hotep a fool. She has no secrets stacked against him, no weaknesses. We can not win.
She asks for one last prayer “and then we fight”.
Fritz’s star of David around his neck begins to get hot. He pulls it out, and she and Abu Re hiss in fear “Get it out of our sight!”
She and Abu Re vanish, the illusion of the other 3 women does as well and the now rotted mummies attack.

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Most of the mummies are burned up. Sekhmet and Abu Re Rick orders them alone readied to carry out. They will be great research on undead mummy creation and powerful dust for making more anti mummy paste.
We are very beat up. Sala failed a Threshold save to neg 1, couple people are down, few others just into would points. We spend the rest of the day and night resting here and eating their food/drink.

May 3

Another day of full rest. By evening though, everybody, even those injured, are just too eager to get out of here to stay here any longer.
We begin our march out. It will be straight through, with frequent short rests and a couple hours in each of the 2 main plaster rooms with the Proto History material underneath. We deplaster them completely, taking many rubbings and full pictures.

2nd room contains high and/or low Aklo! Johnny will give me a certain percentage depending on my roll. He has the translations. As we take it down further, Sala’s men get nervous as one wall glows slightly reddish. The scene is like a montage, which seems to waver at first. Stygia, other cultures architecture likely contemporaneous with it; Structures are falling in ruins, huge red orb in the sky, lots of flames, causing great destruction. Rick’s first thought is Cthugha. There is low Aklo script.
Looking closely at the scene causes Rick a sanity check which he makes. In the red, it becomes clearer. He begins to see outlines, like continents. It comes to look like an alien planet. A sound in his mind screams faintly in fear “The Red Eye of Azathoth!”
Clearing the last wall, Rick finds more script. He suspects it may be a cursive Aklo, like Hieratic is to Hieroglyphs. He breaks some of it down (Johnny has this file). Positive proof many of the gods of myth were real kings and princes and queens and such of Proto History! The numbers 11 and 56 may be there, and important. Still need a copy.
Fritz says that in Jewish Kabala numerology, these are not significant. But they share a mystic relationship. 5 and 6 add up to 11. The number of ways to express 11 in positive integers is 56. It’s an ‘abundant’ number. 56 is the eleventh abundant number.
Lots of pictures and rubbings taken including all the script!
Rick says he has heard of some formula, in arcanology, called the Last Theorum, that these numbers may have something to deal with. Understanding it drives one mad. Sounds apocalyptic. The key to understanding it lies in 2 specific numbers. If this is all true, we may have the 2 numbers!

About 20 hours later, we exit into the Bast valley!
We rest all through the remainder of May 4th and all of May 5.

May 6

Evening we move out, leaving the epic Gorge of Osiris behind. At least, for now. For without doubt Rick wants to return for the some of the full archaeological dig.
We are led across the desert by 3 Omar’s Riders, cutting the corner as planned to get to Thebes rather than following the caravan’s route south to Farnoc then East to Thebes.

We leave any few arcane rounds from Tarr, and extra paste we have, with Omar’s Riders.

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