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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
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.”
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.
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!
Rick back to job duties. He and Wilkerson still deciphering calendar.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.”
‘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.
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.
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;
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.
Rest of the men, Feather et al, arrive from Cairo with the main shipment.
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 few weeks, mummy disection is finished; Rick gets his brit occult services recruiter to get agents watching Ramessu and the royal; Schuyler
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 done 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?
“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 ones dreams are just dreams anymore.
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 wire Nyun and Phat to meet us at Port Sahid with an update.
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.
Nyun also reports of activity around the step pyramid. Supposed gatherings, chantings, etc.
The NY men go home. Spalding and Fritz go to Kenya with Mundabi and Friday to use leading hunting expeditions as a cover for poking around concerning the Bloody Tongue; Mt of the Black Winds, etc, amongst the natives.
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
We get Jeremy 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.
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.
They land at Mombass and go inland to Nairobi.
Bridge is blown about 20 miles short of Nairobi, no one knows by whom. Must ferry across, only 1 engine in service on far side for now.
The railway has almost reached Uganda at this point in our further steam tech’d world. Nairobi is already a major city here.
Postal service here only 2 deliveries a day tween 9 and 5.
Mundabi’s people live just to the south, Friday a little further away but to the north. Should be just near the Mt of the Black Wind area.
Muthaiga Club in Mombassa, Rick is a member having been introduced to it by during his first visit here led by Fritz. They have their own master polo team, a sport which Rick is a fiend at.
At Nairobi, Fritz has his outfit set up, but he allowed someone else to take it over since he knew he’d be gone for a while.
First, we stop at the Mathaiga Club. There is a polo match the next day. We get the cheaper rooms and eat.
We are introduced to a Mrs. Smyte-Forbes.
Her hair is in a bun, corset, whole shabang.
A local planter we know named Joe Philips, he introduces us to her. She’s the publisher of the Nairobi Star. The one newspaper in town.
Cliche great white hunter outfitted man with his elephant gun walks in “Mrs Smyth Forbes, I’d like to speak with you.”
“Col. Endicot, I have nothing to say to you.”
Seems he claims she’s ruining his business. SHe says she reports the facts only. He claims there is nothing unnatural going on at the lodge, beind in the bush if violent business “You just want to destroy me”.
We ask Philips whats goin gon here.
About 2 years ago he took over the hunting lodge Fritz left behind and has been runing it into the ground ever since. There have been several bloody murders at the lodge, now he can’t get any safaris. 5 deaths in all. 3 tourists and 2 servants, over the last 6 weeks.
Philips “You know very well its a rogue lion, all I have to do is find it and the deaths will stop.”
Mrs “Regardless, Col., you cant deny that there have been reports of strange small creatures in the area during the time of the murders” etc. She claims the possiblity of “supernatural answers”.
He cocks his gun “perchance its time for you to meet Mrs. Cruthers!”
She raps him with a stick she carries and ordrs that gun put down.
“You try my patience madam.”
“And you try mine with your stupidity.”
Several servants tell him to leave, they have to tackle the large, whiskey smelling man to th ground.
They scuffle, waiters rush to assist before they drag him out.
The manager “And dont come back Endicot you bastard. STay away from your betters!”
Fritz walks out to meet him and he’s damn glad to meet Fritz. He makes a point that he has nothing against the Hebrew Race. He says “our lodge is in great financial difficulty”.
Forbes first name is Natalie.
He is downright stupid.
He says he’d love to get to Mars and get some new blood. He asks Fritz to help hunt down the crazed lion who is causing the trouble.
Locals regard the Col. affectionalely; or loathe him if his ungainly wrath has effected them. He’s quick with his fists.
Fritz says if he ever goes to Mars, we know people to hang out with.
He returns to the lodge, asks if Fritz is staying at the lodge.
Fritz “Of course.”
All his guides are Masai “THere’s nobody bloody braver than a Masai.” Fritz agrees.
He will cancel our rooms here.
Meanwhile, Spalding talks to Natalie. She is somewhat of a spiritualist, thinking of joining the Spiritual Society for Women in Nairobi. Each disappeared while on safari, body found hundreds of yards away; savaged and partially eaten. They were taken out of camp quietly, something a lion couldn’t have done 5 times over. She has seen the corpses, the bite is a tiny bite, like a childs. But there are no pygmy tribes anywhere near here.
Varying safaris have seen little pygmy like things in the neighborhood of the lodge.
All dead were lead from the lodge by the Col.
All killed w/in a few miles of the lodge, which is out in the bush; SW of Nairobi 10 miles. By that point already, your in full bush. There are game trails and its near a water hole; and night platform a few miles away.
We stay here tonight and will leave for the lodge tomorrow.
Philips asks us out to see the city sights, we agree. He takes them to the most famous brothel in Nairobi.
Next door is a cut rate one for the savages.
Fritz and Lovejoy, with Friday and Mundabi, go nearby to drink. We have to find one that takes both races, there is an apartheid here unfortunately.
Fritz joins in on some gambling and starts out losing bad, then wins a little back, before losing more again. He starts pulling closer.
Spalding arrives now and joins in and whoops on them both. The other man quits and the game ends.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
To Masai village, Mudabi’s home.