Masks of Nyarlathotep

Finding Kakakatak

October 26
The party continued down into the dark caverns beneath the Great Sandy Desert. Approaching the string of lights running through the abandoned streets of a ruined cyclopean city, the party realized that there are human patrols of these lit paths but that those patrols don’t stray beyond the light, possibly for fear of things lurking in the darkness. The party turned off their headlamps.

As the party debated what to do, a loud bang came from the entry tunnel, accompanied by a growing whistling. Shortly after, a loud bang of smashing rock came from the north. When a light approached from the south, the party hid and saw a work detail pass by to clear the new northern collapse. Two of the detail had weapons, the rest seemed dazed and silently followed orders. A flying creature charged out of the darkness into the street, barely visible at the edge of the light. Pausing, it turned to the north and flew after the noise of the work detail. Mahmoud and Doris followed the creature in time to see the detail leaders open fire at the creature with strange light guns. The creature responded with a wind attack that destroyed the rubble across the street, buildings to either side of the street. From the newly distributed rubble, beams of light continued shooting up at the creature. It sucked the two leaders up in the air, dropping one and consuming the other. The dropped worker, both legs broken, lay on the ground screaming, weapons forgotten. The creature flew on down the path, and the PCs could hear its blasts attacking something further on.

Mahmoud used first aid on the worker and tried to interrogate him to learn what he knew of the creatures and the expedition. The man said they were excavating the city, though he didn’t seem to know why. He also told Mahmoud and Doris how to use the light gun before dying. Subsequently, the PCs were able to find two surviving workers and commanded them to follow.

Meanwhile, Hank, Rita, and Smit continued to the south and found some kind of octagonal building with a moving floor that glowed with a soft blue light. They proceeded inside and saw that it had three unblocked exits. The southern exit was dark but the western exit was lit by another string of expedition lights. Continuing to the west, they found some kind of barracks before making camp behind a large pile of rubble to the northwest.

October 27
Following their footprints, Mahmoud and Doris were able to find the party in the morning. Rita’s true consciousness had seemingly returned. She said she had been lost in the same underground sandstone city for weeks but the city was alive with large alien creatures. Since Rita had been able to explore the city unencumbered, she was able to guide the party around the map even through the unlit zones, though she had no knowledge of recent modifications to the city.

She led the group to the great sleeper and then to the artifact room, which contained strange artifacts from many species, cultures, and times. Mahmoud got an extendable scythe and a strange box covered with flashing lights.

Proceeding to a small lit building, the group found a strange creature behind a trapped door. The creature spoke to Doris, Rita, and Smit through their thoughts. It asked to be released, and Smit was able to hotwire a metal box near the door to disable the trap. Having observed the group’s past in their minds, it introduced itself as Kakakatak, a scholar, and offered to help improve the group members’ pathetic scientific knowledge as a reward. Having been captured by Dr. Huston for several months, it had read his mind and was able to inform the party of his plans to open a gate which would usher in Nyarlathotep’s full form.

He also informed the party that Nyarlathotep was less of a problem than the pending return of great Cthulhu. While Nyarlathotep wanted to bring chaos and destruction to the earth in the future, Cthulhu was devoted to the destruction of the planet through all time. As a Yithian from the distant past, Kakakatak was much more concerned about the threat of Cthulhu than that of Nyarlathotep.

In order to open the gate to Nyarlathotep, the members of the Carlyle expedition intended to enact a huge sacrifice at the three corners of the gate (to strengthen it) at precisely the same time during the total eclipse when the barrier between planes was weakest. They then intended to set off a large (nuclear) bomb in the Indian Ocean as a catalyst to destroy the barrier between the planes and let Nyarlathotep’s true form in such that his powers would no longer be muted by the barrier.

The bomb is being constructed in Shanghai
Each sacrifice will be huge and require a powerful priest
Possible priests of Nyarlathotep:

  • Mukunga M’Dari (New York)
  • Edward Gavigan (UK)
  • Tewfik Al-Sayed (UK)
  • Dr. Henry Clive (Cairo)
  • Martin Winfield (Cairo)
  • Omar Shakti (Cairo)
  • Nitocris (European mainland / Middle East)
  • M’weru (Kenya)
  • The Spawn of Nyarlathotep (Kenya)
  • Tandoor Singh (Kenya)
  • Dr. Robert Huston (City of the Great Race)
  • Sir Aubrey Penhew (China)
  • Ho Fong (China)

The expedition has lost track of Jack Brady and Roger Carlyle and has death squads tracking them down

There is a group of individuals seeking to raise R’lyeh and awaken great Cthulhu. In order to stop Cthulhu from being woken, the group needs a Disk of R’lyeh and the Arc of Vlactos. The Arc is hidden somewhere in California. Any given disk of R’lyeh has the power to raise R’lyeh from the depths of the sea. When inserted into the Arc, a Disk has the power to prevent R’lyeh from raising or to sink it again for another several millenia. The combined artifact must be placed on the Blue Monolith and a certain phrase must be chanted. Kakakatak taught the party the chant, but he does not know where the Blue Monolith is. He suggested following those who are trying to raise R’lyeh.

In the meantime, Kakakatak loaded the party up with the strange alien light guns and taught the team how to use them (skill 50%, 4 shots/ea). Each member can carry at most 2 light guns due to their large size (think assault rifles).

At this point, the party felt a definite time crunch. Nyarlathotep’s gate will be opened on January 15. To stop it, the party must assassinate enough priests to ensure the gate cannot be opened, kill enough cultists that the sacrifices cannot be sufficiently large, or use the Eye of Light and Darkness to seal one of the three ritual sites. If the party can destroy the bomb, the ritual may not be successful, but the party is very afraid of Penhew in China given their previous experience with Gavigan. The Eye is being researched by Old Bundari and Okomu in Kenya, but the party doesn’t relish the idea of trying to install the Eye in the Mountain of the Black Wind after their last foray there.

The plan the party came up with is to try to kill or seal away enough of the Living Winds that the Mimi (the long-limbed humanoids from the Australian Dreamtime) will provide rapid transportation between Earth locations. Kakakatak will research the Living Wind invasion to determine where the invasion sites were. After that, the party will head to Kenya to hopefully pick up the Eye of Light and Darkness. They’ll bring it back to the City of the Great Race to install. They’ll then head to California to find the Arc, which they’ll use to prevent R’lyeh from raising before Cthulhu is woken and destroys the earth throughout all time. Easy.

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So dreamy

The group decided to take the R’lyeh disk and pyramid ward with them to Kenya. Raleigh had a meeting in the morning with Winston, a British military officer with a Kenyan coffee plantation. The plan was to accompany him back to Kenya onboard a passenger liner. Unfortunately, that plan was derailed at the customs station. While waiting in line at customs, Doris and Arthur realized that several of the customs agents and border guards were devotees of the Black Pharoah (based on their inverted ankh jewelry).

Doris also noticed Jonah Kensington and Erica Carlyle standing off to one side, scanning the crowd. Doris pointed them out to the group and then walked over to say ‘Hi’. Several of the loitering cats became hostile to Jonah and Erica, and attacked them, at which point Erica picked up a cat and tore off its face, crushing the other cat with the lifeless body. Doris tried to blend into the crowd, but Jonah noticed her. She tried to notify a seemingly neutral guard, but Jonah told the guard to leave Doris to him. Erica and Jonah grabbed Doris by the arms and escorted her outside and into a waiting car.

Arthur and Mahmoud followed them in a cab, while Raleigh and Winston continued onto the ship to Kenya. Jonah and Erica took Doris to the burned out building that used to house Faraz Nazir (before being burned down by a demon. Doris struggled and cast the Burrower’s Blessing, which caused the veins in nearby beggars, pedestrians, and cats to burst. Arthur and Mahmoud backed away and so only took minor damage, but their driver remained and was killed. Jonah and Erica were disoriented enough by the spell that they let Doris go, and she ran to the cab and dragged out the body of the driver. She tried very poorly to drive away with Arthur and Mahmoud in the cab before an elderly woman in a niqab knocked on the window and offered her assistance.

While driving the group to safety, Mrs. Sand asked where the group wanted to go and what they were doing to keep the disk safe. They said that they wanted to get to Kenya, so Mrs. Sand offered them a ‘safe’ way to get there, since Mahmoud noticed that Jonah and Erica were almost managing to keep pace with the cab (though several blocks behind). Mrs. Sand explained this was because Jonah and Erica were ‘Faceless Ones’ who can adopt any form having once torn its face off. They are apparently quite fast and very dangerous. Mrs. Sand drove the group to a nondescript house in Port Said and introduced them to Mr. Cart (in a bright green jellabah) and Ms. Flowers (in a black niqab with a vivid purple headscarf). The group noticed that Mr. Cart had a silver spider brooch holding his shirt closed.

Mr. Cart and Ms. Flowers escorted the group to a staircase leading down, and Ms. Flowers whispered something to Doris. As the group descended, they noticed the air grow noticeably cooler, and there was a noted increase in the amount of spider web covering the corners and coating the walls. The bottom of the stairs opened into a large chamber whose walls were thick with webbing and whose ceiling rose beyond the faint light held by Ms. Flowers. On one wall was a cloudy mirror. Ms. Flowers suggested the group could find their way to Kenya on the other side of the mirror and that they would be aided by a ‘friend’ on the other side. Mr. Cart and Ms. Flowers wish the group luck keeping the disk safe and recommended avoiding Faceless Ones in the future.

After passing through the mirror into an identical room to the one they’d just left, the group was met by Tadra, a horse-sized spider that chittered at them and stroked their faces with her forelegs before setting off into the darkness. A few rats scurried out to investigate, and the one inspecting Arthur bit his ankle. When Arthur tried to swat it away with his cane, the rat ran up and bit him on the hand. Finally swatting away the rat (which had a human face), Arthur noticed that he was oozing a tarry black substance, and Doris helped him bandage the wound. The group followed Tadra back up the stairs and out into an eerily similar duplicate of Port Said, except this one was covered in spider webs and had seemingly little life. There was the occasional skittering noise or passing shadow, but the group saw no living thing except Tadra and each other.

Eventually, the group came to a large abyss spanned by spider webs. They found some thick non-sticky webbing and crawled out onto it after Tadra. Mahmoud almost fell into the cotton candy-like webbing below, but managed to catch himself in time. The group noticed that moving on the webbing caused ripples to go out into the surrounding webbing and disappear in the mist. They eventually came to a cliff and saw that they could either skirt the cliff until they found and easier way up, attempt to climb the cliff, or they could wait for Tadra to come back. Worried about the amount of signal they’d sent into the surrounding web, they opted to have Mahmoud scale the cliff and bring back Tadra. She then picked up Doris and Arthur and carried them up the cliff as two large spiders came rushing towards the cliff.

At the top of that cliff, the group saw another cliff face off the in the distance with a cloudy mirror set in its base. With solid ground beneath their feet, the group ran for the mirror. Doris had to strain her ankle getting there but she flew through the mirror as two long legs came grasping through the mirror. They seemed to be in a large stone room, empty except a flowing stone fountain. The group tended to their wounds and drank some water before growing extremely tired. They drifted off to sleep before waking up in the ship cabin of Raleigh and Winston, who are still asleep. The boat has just docked at Nairobi.

Arthur was able to identify that the pyramid ward the group has is part of a protective ward.

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Beneath the Clive Expedition
Or: Upon Having Lots of Bodies Hit The Floor

March 13 (cont)
Late Afternoon at Clive Expedition (in Memphis, 20mi south of Cairo)

Martin Winfield – smarmy asshole with riding crop. Arthur knows him as the son of a conservative MP.

3 pyramids + 1 sphinx:
Great Pyramid (large)
Pyramid of Kafra (medium)
Pyramid of Men-kaura (small) – Flora went in here and saw room where mummy/sarcophagus was found.
Great Sphinx (near Great Pyramid)

Agatha Broadmore + Dolores talked. Agatha thinks the mummy is the queen, despite expedition not thinking that. She came to Egypt to exorcise it. She doesn’t feel/sense it anymore – has no idea where it went. She suspects that someone is trying to resurrect Nitocris with the mummy. She knows that in order to resurrect, one needs Nitocris’s girdle, necklace and crown. We know that Nitocris rekindled cult of Black Pharaoh (Nefren-Ka), so she is his supporter. Isis and Snefru originally ousted Black Pharaoh.

Edward Caul + Johannes Sprech talking, first-aiding. They are being very racist. Not too many texts founds, unfortunately.

Flora invited to dinner by Clive.

Monty +James Gardner (archaeologist) talking in his tent. Interested in Sphinx, suspects it is a giant tombstone. Expedition won’t let him leave. Doesn’t feel comfortable – other workers always watching him, Agatha, new-comers, etc. Don’t watch Martin, Johannes or Clive as much. Think the discovered mummy was Nitocris. Was expecting Nitocris to be buried under Sphinx. Expedition will be a bust since they lost the mummy. Martin hits the workers – once cut a man. Clive is fine, a nice old man and agrees about exploring the Sphinx, but Martin won’t let them, which James resents. Suspects there’s a secret room where the sarcophagus was moved into. Clive might know about secret passages.

Vane, overcoming his intense dislike for Martin, persuades him that the investigators should be allowed to stay on site to help recovering the lost sarcophagus and mummy.

Ion is standing in the sun.

Evening

Doris, Ion, Vane retire for the evening.
Edward, Monty, Flora walk around the dig site at night Find rock slabs askew, enter and find hidden passage into Pyramid of Men-Kaura. Get Ion and Doris and take fork in passage. Poison gas makes all except Flora vomit and they all put on cloth face masks torn from Doris’s clothes. Tunnel curves to right. Narrower path forks off to right, which we take. In the narrower man-made area, blood is running down into tunnel, which continues. We head back to the main path again, which turns to the left. Flora starts falling down an unseen mucus-hole within the tombhole, but is able to cam her body since the passageway is so narrow and prevent the fall.

Along one passageway there are completely black roses growing out of the walls. Edward cuts a rose to take a sample. Past a door, there’s a pillar with a pyramid at the top. It has hieroglyphs on it, and we take a rubbing of a small portion. A second platform has a huge throne with two seats. We rope to the pillar and walk out across the green stone mucus bridge.

Doris and Monty hear Arabic near the 4-way intersection. The throne room lights up with oil flame all around. A cat-woman and crocodile-man attack Monty as the rest of the party retreats toward the stele. Flora ties the rope to the stele.

Monty shoots the cat in the chest for 7 points, knocking it out cold. The crocodile man leapt over the cat at Monty, snapping but missed. Monty’s gun continues to jam and the crocodile man gives a lethal snap at Monty, then leaps over him but faceplants for 2 damage. Edward shoots the crocodile man at point-blank range and Flora boots it in the head. 6 cultists carrying 4 human sacrifices enter the room and shout out at the investigators for defiling the sanctum or something. Flora recognizes at least one of them as working at the Clive dig.

The flames also light up the sarcophagus on a 15-foot-high platform in the middle of the room.

Edward shoots one of two cultists that run for the entrance downstairs that they came from, putting him to ‘sleep’. Flora rappels down from the stele, brandishing Monty’s gun. A cultist hits her with a thrown knife for 3 points. She fires at one but misses. Doris pushes the crocodile man over the edge of the platform. She fires again and misses as they both draw another knife. She rappels down and runs for the nearest pillar for cover. The cat body is thrown down and nails one of the two cultists. Edward rappels down and shoots at the cultist, missing spectacularly and hitting Flora for 10 points of damage, who is now dying. Doris rappels down after having wrapped her hands and successfully first-aids Flora.

Ion sweeps the first of two cultists off the bridge American Gladiator-style, who splats. He then hits the second cultist off too. He then pushes Monty’s dead body off the platform and heads downstairs.

Edward approaches the big black pit behind the throne but not being able to see a floor, does not enter. Stuff floats that he throws in. He drags two drugged people bundles into the glowing fire pit near the front of the room, and they light on fire and he lets them go. Their ashes float up.

As the pool of water begins to ripple, Doris, Flora and Edward head out the door.

Next up:
sarcophagus?
Ion doing something with Monty’s body?

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Going to a Dig site
Taxi!

March 12
The party makes their way to Scorpion street, which is a Bazaar. Arthur stops off at a tea shop and buys brings Turkish delights as a gift for Warren Bisart. They find him staying in the red ally at a clothing shop.

When they go in, the shop owner, Aboo claims not to know Warren Basart and then tries to sell Arthur a vest. Mahmood knows Aboo is lying about Warren and even notices the shop keeper glancing to the back of the store. (Mahmood has a check in psychology.)

Arthur keeps the Aboo busy while everyone investigates the area he was glancing at to find an archway. Behind the curtain is a small empty cot. Warren is hiding and cowering under the cot hiding. After they pull him out he keeps muttering in Arabic, “I never want to see them.” Flora tells him that “if he talks to us, we’ll make sure they won’t find him. Otherwise we’ll tell them where he are.” He is frantic but agrees. It seems he has an opium pipe and we send Mahmood to bring us some to try and calm him down.

After smoking some opium, Warren says he is hiding from “them,” some kind of monsters. He saw the creatures about 5 years ago when he was investigating the Carlisle expedition after they briefly disappeared and then re-appeared. When they came back, they seemed different. Jack Brady came to ask for Warren’s help and said the party went to the Bent Pyramid before disappearing and coming back. When the party was gone, the diggers fled the sight. When the Carlisle expedition returned the next day, they were excited about what they found, but wouldn’t say what they found.

After Jack left to go back, an old Egyptian woman said her son was one of the diggers and said that the Carlisle party had consorted with the messenger of the black wind and no longer had souls. For proof, Warren went to the pyramid when the moon is the slimmest. He saw 4 white robed figures, presumed to be Roger Carlyle, Hypatia Masters, Aubrey Penhew, and Robert Huston and an unknown robed Egyptian. They were surrounded by 100 madmen undulating toward the ruins which became a skeletal creature with bulging eyes. Then creatures came from the sand and ripped out the throats of the mad men. Another furry thing the size of an elephant with 5 heads, swallowed the creatures and the madmen in one gulp. After seeing this, Warren fainted. When he woke, he wandered into the desert and saw a thousand black sphinxes and fainted again for several months. A man found him and he and his mother cared for Warren for 2 years. After hearing his story, the party leaves and prepares to go south to visit the dig sites.

March 13
In the morning, the party hires 2 taxi’s south, first to the Clive site. The site is well fortified; barbed wire, people keeping watch, etc. Martin first tries to turn the taxis away, but Edward offers his medical skills as it turns out that their linguist, Johannes Spech is in need.

Edward and Doris go to Johannes’ tent to find that his leg is broken. Edward chats him up and discovers that he is a German nationalist and that the fortifications are in place to keep the mummy thief inside. Flora and Monty both try separately to get to the pyramid. Monty is stopped by Martin, but Flora convinces some of the diggers to escort her to the pyramid. Before he can enter, she meets Dr. Henry Clive. He takes her into the pyramid upon her request. They go to the secret room. There are shelves with some kind of ornate jewelry boxes as well as some urns. There were scrolls in the boxes, but he says there were unintelligible and improperly stored. They sent the scrolls back to the Penhew foundation. They agree to have dinner.

Monty then meets Joseph Gardner and after Monty mentions Jan Willen, Joseph suggest speak in his tent. When Josesph comes out of the tent and then when he returns with Monty, Ion notices that many of the diggers start to watch him closely. After Edward sees to Johannes’ leg, Doris goes to check in with Agatha Broadmore, as Martin said she was feeling faint. Inside the tent, Dorris feels some kind of non-malevolent power vaguely pushing out. Agatha says doesn’t trust Henry or Martin and has felt an evil presence since arriving in Egypt. She does think the mummy is Nitrocris, because it has all of her aura and she came to Egypt specifically to exercise the mummy. She had felt the aura of Nitocris since she was England, but since it has been stolen, she no longer can feel it.

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The Cat Interlude
Bastet if you're nasty

March 5
Doris reads up on the Clive expedition in the newspapers.

  • Doctor Henry Clive is the principle archeologist
  • Martin Winfield is the manager of the expedition
  • Agatha Broadmore is a renowned psychic
  • James Gardner is another archeologist, interested in the sphinx
  • Johannes Sprech is another archeologist

Doris also learns that the sarcophagus containing Queen Nitocris was reported to weigh 10 tons and stolen within 30 min. However, No one from the expedition is quoted as saying the mummy is Nitrocris. They also reportedly found other artifacts, but there is no mention of them being stolen in any of the articles..

While Doris is reading, Ion, Edward, Vane, Monty have Mamoud ask around for Jan Willen Van Heuvelen. Flora overhears and leads them to a tailors’ shop on the Street of Moths, one of the poorest areas in the Old city. Flora introduces the party to Jan Willen and they go to a local bar to talk. Jan Willen says he’s been working on somthing better, translating scrolls he found in a temple. The scrolls describe a snake creature named Apep that fights agains the sun. He also tells them a little bit about the other members of the expedition.

  • Doctor Clive is incompetent
  • Agatha and James were pleasant
  • Martin was good company. He even shared information about how to find the temple
  • Johannes has impressive linguistic ability. He could sight read hieroglyphics, though he was also a bit off, and disturbing.

While talking, several cats came into the bar and watched Jan Willen. Even when the cat’s were shooed out, they kept watching through the window. Everyone left the bar and Jan Willen went home. Ion stayed outside in a nearby alley to keep an eye on him since it turned out cats and a strange beautiful woman had started following Jan Willen. Ion saw a nearly 7 foot tall women enter the tailor’s shop and then leave moments later. According to Henry, both Jan Willen and the tailor were dead. Ion ran back to the hotel and told the party.

March 6
Vane, Monty, Edward, and Flora return to the tailor’s shop at the break of dawn. Flora is attacked by Jan Willen as she enters because he thought she was the woman from the night. He tells them that the woman came and asked for his scrolls, but he wouldn’t give them. The woman said the wrath of Bast was coming. Also, Flora nearly strangles Jan Willen with her hair.

In the mean time, Doris and Ion return to the museum to get the scroll from Dr. Ali Kafur. It isn’t a description of any sacrificial ritual. After reading the translations of the Scroll of Gorgoroth, Doris learns the ritual to shape shift into a form that she thinks would be more pleasing to Nyarlathotep. Vane also learnes that Faraz Najir had been murdered.

The team decides to wait for Jan Willen to complete his translation work. Ion learns more about Bast. Bastet was the original goddess of the sun, but she stayed to protect Egypt and she opposed Apep. Apep is an opponent of light and truth, and the personification of all that is evil. He wants to eat the sun. He has a snake body and flint for a head. He is miles long (potentially even 16 miles by one estimate). After learning this, it seems that the scrolls should be returned and they decide to steal them from Jan Willen.

March 7
Monty tracks down the temple where Jan Willen found the scrolls and manages to offend the cats that guard the entrance by stepping all over them.

March 8
Monty and Ion enter the temple after giving the cats fish. Inside they see a large statue of Bast and many, many cats staring at them. They leave with a woman who was praying to Bast because her cat was missing. They decide to keep an eye on the temple and wait for the rest of the party to meet them. During this time, Edward takes Jan Willen out to drink and Flora steals the scrolls from his room. Before Flora is able to meet up with Ion and Monty see a large black cat (Jaguar). They follow it and it seemingly turns into a beautiful 7 foot all woman. She introduces herself as High priestess Neris. When she speaks, it sound like Romanian to Ion, but English to Monty. She wants the scrolls and says that those who are loyal to Bast can be rewarded. Ion promises her that the scrolls are on their way.

When Flora arrives, Monty quickly skims over the end of the translation to discover there is apparently a temple to Apep but there is no more. They then give Neris the scrolls. Ion spends the night with her after the others leave. Bow chika wow ow

The party then took 3 days of R&R.

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Arrival in Cairo, and Upon Being Forcibly Disarmed

On the passenger liner Edward learned spell “pain blast,” though he lost some sanity in reading The Book of Pain. Sir Arthur William Fitzgibbon Vane read a book about the devil and learned 3 spells:
“food of life spell” preparing human flesh for consumption to gain their strength
“the 7th Incantation” to summon the demon, should have a bloody sacrifice
“Spirit of the Air” to summon a spirit of the air

March 3
The party arrived in Cairo, after a few days on a passenger liner. Vane and Call read tomes, Monty rested, and Ion picked up some Arabic from a fellow passenger.
Vane learned three spells: The 7th Incantation, a powerfully destructive spell that requires a blood sacrifice and calls some demon; Spirit of the Air, a summoning spell; and Food of Life, a spell requiring human body parts. Call learned Pain Blast.

Meeting some European-looking visitors, the party determined that Uzbekiah Gardens was the location of the government house and the luxurious Shepherd Hotel. A local offered his guide services, but ended up attempting to rob the party at knifepoint with a group of his relatives. Call cast his pain spell, causing one would-be attacker’s arms to shrivel up into his body as he screamed in death-agony. The attackers fled, leaving behind switchblades for the party.

A small child named Mahmoud offered his services to the party and was warmly welcomed by Vane. He showed the party to the government house, where they purchased their visas, and then to some reasonable accommodations.

March 4
Seeking the curio dealer Faraz Najir, the party came across a burned out lot, where locals told stories of a burning demon who descended to destroy the shop. After a tense scene involving a costume scimitar and Monty drawing his pistol, Faraz eventually met up with the party to disclose that he had had contact with Warren Bisart, the agent of Robert Carlyle, and had sold him various artifacts, including a scroll detailing a secret room in a pyramid, a drum with glowing runes, a bust of the Black Pharaoh, and a circlet of the Black Pharaoh, rumored to be the key to his triumph over death. He also confessed to having stolen the artifacts from a powerful businessman and cotton plantation owner, Omar Shakti, who is likely responsible for the fiery destruction of Faraz’s shop and face.

Doris Stinson met Dr. Ali Kafour, an Egyptologist, at the museum. Kafour had extensive knowledge about the history and legends of the Black Pharaoh.

According to historical records, Pharaoh Nephren-Ka, ruled the third Egyptian dynasty for 2000 years. He was from Irem and everyone who know of Irem, was terrified of him. He revived the worship of “the Black Pharaoh.” Nephren-Ka was often called the Black Pharoah which caused some confusion. Sneferu founded the 4th dynasty after ousting the black pharaoh with the aid of Isis. Sneferu is said to have killed Nephren-Ka. Sneferu built a pyramid in Medum to insulate the body of Nephren-Ka, but it collapsed before completion. A second pyramid was built in Dashur, called the bent Pyramid. Sneferu also built the Red Pyramid to guard the tomb of Nephren-Ka should he rise from the dead. The Black Pharaoh worshipers were driven south and believed to became the BloodyTongue. In the 6th dynasty, Queen Nitocris was rumored to be a worshiper of the black pharaoh, also known as Nyarlathotep.

According to legend, Nephren-Ka brought madness and death with the flick of a finger. The Black Pharaoh was one the most ancient of the pantheon of the elder gods (elder gods lead by Asatoth). Nephren-ka owned a beast of which the sphinx is a small and inaccurate depiction of it. The black pharaoh had a black wind that spoke with his voice that destroyed all who heard it. He will rise-up in 20 centuries which will bring freedom and truth to the followers. Finally, The sphinx is said to have had some important roll in Nitocris’ rituals. Legend has it that inhuman desert creatures live underground and abduct passers-by.

The party learned of the Clive Expedition (which discovered the sarcophagus of the goddess Nitocris) and its dig sites at Dashur and Medum. The sarcophagus and mummy had recently been stolen under mysterious and improbably circumstances, and the Cult of the Black Pharaoh is suspected. One member of the Clive Expedition, Jan Willen van Heuvelen was reported as being fired for drunkeness and still in Cairo seeking work. The party left Kafour the scroll from the Penhew Foundation to decipher.

Additional locations in Cairo are the police station, Cairo Bulletin news agency, Red Door (on the Street of Scorpions) and Omar Shakti’s house north of Cairo.

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Survival of a Salesman
The fog man cometh

February 23
Monte spent the day recovering in his safehouse in the Limehouse District.

Ion discovered that his Juju mask had been stolen by the previous night’s burglars. Not knowing what had happened to Luna or Monte, Ion filed a missing persons report at the police station. Convinced by Henry that Monte was in the back of the station, Ion waited until dusk for Monte to leave the station. Not seeing Monte, he successfully posed as a janitor and searched the police station for Monte. In order to avoid the real janitor, Ion sent Henry to possess him. Both Ion and Henry made it out of the station, but they didn’t find Monte. Since it was dark and was getting foggy, Ion and Henry holed up in a bar for the night, and ultimately slept on a park bench.

That evening, Monte returned to Barclay’s. Shortly after entering, there was a knock at the door. As Monte answered, he noticed it was becoming quite foggy outside. The man at the door was dressed in a brown suit with a brown bowler cap. He wore a pale yellow shirt and a vivid purple tie. His face was nondescript and difficult to remember as Monte’s eyes kept being drawn to his tie. He claimed to be from the British Vacuum Cleaner Company (BVCC) and wanted to know if Monte would be interested in a demonstration of his latest device, the “goblin”, a large metal cylinder with a long coiled hose. Monte asked the man’s name. Taken aback, the man looked around frantically before saying his name was Mr. Door. Taking the name inquiry as an invitation, he entered the house and began looking in each room to find a good demonstration room. Doris joined Monte to keep an eye on Mr. Door. Neal and Arthur continued their naps, and Edward continued reading his book.

Mr. Door led the pair upstairs and began vacuuming one of the dusty spare bedrooms. His device seemed to clean the room nicely, though it made quite a racket. Edward noticed fog seeping under the windows and the front door, so he ran upstairs to stop the machine. He unplugged the machine and the group politely asked Mr. Door to leave, though he insisted on leaving his card. Initially, he mistakenly handed Monte a blank card that simply read “The Lamplighter Society”, but he quickly took it back and replaced it with a company card from the BVCC. Again, the group tried to escort Mr. Door downstairs, but they observed with horror that the first floor had completely filled with fog and that all lights were off on the first floor. Doris began to search for a flashlight on the second floor. Arthur, haggard and pale, came running up the stairs. He claimed to have narrowly escaped from a fog monster attack. Mr. Door disappeared back into the spare room, turned on his machine, suctioned the hose to a curtain, opened a side panel on the goblin and extracted a clear soft glass(?) cup attached to a thin hose connected to the goblin. He claimed the cup was called an “anti-dust respirator” and was designed to allow a servant to vacuum without inhaling all the dust that was raised during vacuuming. He put the device on his face, and jumped out the window. The PCs followed suit, noticing that the air became denser as they fell, slowing their descent and cushioning their landing.

Edward took Doris’ flashlight and went back around the front to get Neal. He noticed that the windows had been opened, and as he went in, he encountered three fog monsters. They didn’t seem able to attack him with his respirator on, but he found that Neal had already expired during the attack. Cause of death was asphyxiation He rejoined the others and they all walked into the dense fog. As they went, their vision became more tunneled, and their feet began to sink into the ground. Eventually, they had to kick to stay at their current height, and they began to feel wetter than would be expected from just fog. Finally, Mr. Door suggested they go up slowly and began to swim upwards. Edward yanked on Mr. Door’s respirator, which came off and fell into the depths. The PCs slowly swam upwards and emerged from the water near the Limehouse Docks. They saw Mr. Door climb into a small boat, wave to them, and row off into the (much thinner) fog. They climbed ashore and went to Monte’s safehouse to clean up, dry off, and spend the night.

February 24
Ion returned to Barclay’s, but finding the door hanging open, he returned to the police station, where he met up with the other PCs.

Monte searched the police archives for information on the Lamplighter Society or Mr. Door, but there were no records of either. Ion sent a telegram to Jonah giving some information on the state of the adventure (without giving too many details so as to endanger Jonah if the message was intercepted). The PCs requested a wire of 300 pounds to offset future travel costs.

Returning to the safehouse, Monte spotted the truck from the Penhew foundation in Limehouse. Since it was an unusual place for such a truck, Monte followed it to a warehouse, where he was shooed off by some Indian longshoremen. Attempting to sneak back into the warehouse, Monte was attacked by the longshoremen but managed to escape.

February 25
Ion and Monte staked out the warehouse and snuck in during a lull. They found several boxes. Some contained cocaine, others contained mythos statues addressed to places in Australia, Shanghai, and Cairo. Ion relabeled a crate containing a brass statue of a bat eating a human face from Randolph shipping in Australia to Dr. Cowles in Australia. He also relabeled a crate containing a brass faceless sphinx from Faraz Najir in Cairo to Jonah Kensington in New York. Finally, they found a crate to Ho Fong Imports in Shanghai, but six Asian sailors entered and carried it to a waiting ship while the PCs hid. Ion and Monte successfully escaped and returned to the safehouse.

February 26
Ion bought tickets on a liner to Cairo, departing in two days.

Monte returned to Barclay’s to retrieve the vacuum, but it was gone, along with Neal’s corpse and all belongings (including Arthur’s shotgun). The furniture in all the rooms were covered with sheets as though the house had not been used for some time. The only evidence was a clean patch where Mr. Door had demonstrated the use of his Goblin.

February 27
Monte spoke to DI Barrington and convinced him to stake out the cult island in around 3 weeks. He claimed that Barrington would be able to find the cause of his murders there. He told Barrington to take at least 2 police vehicles and watch for a large van. He did not tell Barrington about Gavigan or the Mythos creatures. Ion rested.

February 28
The group left on a Liner bound for Cairo. They will arrive on March 3.

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Like a horse but unlike a horse
To the moon!

February 21

Spent the day resting and reading. The truck didn’t come tonight either.

February 22

Ion went back to the spice shop, but realized he was being followed. He managed to lose his pursuers before getting to the shop. After searching the upstairs, he found a secret compartment in Tewfik’s desk. The compartment contained a black silk robe, a black skull cap with ankhs, two scepters (one with an ankh topper, one with a crook topper), and two sandstone vials of weird substances (one with a red syrup, one with a black powder and white rubbery crystals). Ion took the lot before heading back to Barclay’s.

Shortly after Monte and Luna left, the rest of the group heard someone trying to pick the front door. Edward scared off the intruders without seeing who they were. Much later, the group discovered that their rooms had been searched, though they didn’t notice that anything was missing.

Monte and Luna followed a truck full of cultists an hour north of London to a gated estate on an island. Fearing they’d be seen, they left the car and ran across the bridge and through the gate while the guards were distracted by the entering truck. Sticking to the bushes, they followed the truck to a mansion. Many of the windows had the blinds drawn, but Monte and Luna were able to see Gavigan and the Egyptian cultists being served a meal by Egyptian and Asian servants. They snuck into the adjacent library and found a series of newspapers describing a film being produced in Hollywood for $500,000 called the Prince of Babylon. The film is being directed by Erich Von Varstein and is being produced by Grant Winwood. The film is about ancient Babylon and the relationship of the Prince of Babylon to the Prince of R’Lyeh. The filmmakers are interested in soliciting the services of experts on either Babylon or R’Lyeh.

After a while, Monte and Luna snuck into the dining room and saw out the window that that the cultists had left the building and were dancing around a distant fire. Upon approaching the fire, the pair saw that four captives were chained to a large Egyptian stele nearby and several more were chained to the ground around it. The cultists would dance for a while around the fire before picking up some clubs, beating two of the captives severely, and then impaling them through the hearts. Some horrendous apparition would manifest along with an attendant servant, and the cultists would sing as the monstrosity would rape one of the remaining captives. Finally, a large flying reptilian horse would come down from the stars and the cultists would fight to see who could mount the beast, which would carry them away. This pattern repeated twice until Luna decided to leap onto the horse and ride it away. It carried her away from Earth into the presence of the mad demon sultan before her mind finally gave way completely and she threw herself into the bubbling chaos.

Monte went back to the house and stole the truck, which he tried to drive into Gavigan. Gavigan stared unflinchingly into Monte’s eyes as the car sped towards him. On impact, the car was rent asunder, with the other half spinning through the mass of cultists, scattering the fire onto the captives and rolling away down the hill. The half of the truck with Monte spun and rolled into the stele, cracking it at its base. Stunned and deafened, Monte summoned the sense to climb from the wreckage and run toward the gate. He fumbled with his gun to shoot the gate guards and dropped the weapon with the remaining cultists hot on his heels. He leaped at the fence and climbed it, stumbling at the top and falling to the rocks 15 feet below. His ankle sprained, he flailed through the water and limped to where he and Luna had hidden the car. He drove off into the back roads and shut the car down until morning when he cautiously drove back to one of his London safehouses.

February 23
(Monte spent much of the day resting at his safehouse)

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London Fog

February 18

Ion and Monty started off the day by speaking with DI Barrington at Scotland Yard about the foreigner killings. There they found that Elias had seen Barrington and told him that the murders were ritual killing by the Brotherhood of the Black Pharaoh, an Egyptian death cult. The DI also spoke with Gavigan of the Penhew Foundation who claimed that there was no such modern day cult and that the murder method was likely just an imitation put on by nationalist thugs to scare off foreigners. Both Gavigan and the DI thought Elias was seeing cults where there were none.
Monty also learned:
1) Many of the murder victims frequented a popular Egyptian nightclub, The Blue Pyramid Club. Police Stakeouts revealed nothing.
2) One victim cried out ‘Hotep’.
3) Spice dealer Tewfik Al Syed worked as a guide for the Penhew Foundation. He denied knowledge of any Brotherhood. Police tail revealed nothing.

Meanwhile Doris, Luna, Edward Call, Neil, and Arthur headed to the Penhew Foundation to check out the library. They learned there was a sorcerous ruler in the Nile Valley sometimes called “The Dark One” or “The Black Pharoah”. They also explored the exhibition gallery a bit more. Edward tried to hide after business hours, but the clerk noticed him and escorted him out. Edward noticed a strange truck pull around the building and noticed some Hindus loading the truck with crates from the back of the Penhew foundation.

February 19

Monty looked up the plates of the truck and learned that it belonged to a moving company that often worked transporting goods for the London museums.

Ion went to the telegram office and sent a telegram to Prof Cowles what he knew about the Bloody Tongue Cult. He also received a telegram of a non-fatal lycanthropy cure from Romania. The cure is to carve elaborate crosses into the victim’s palms and then pour molten silver into the wounds. That should heal the woman. Ion believed the cure but Arthur was not so sure he wanted to maim his daughter. Maybe there’s a better cure?

Neal obtained another appointment with Edward Gavigan and told him about Look to the Future’s interest in egyptology and the sphinx in Scotland. Gavigan seemed interested and considered funding an expedition to Cannich. Gavigan denied all knowledge of a Brotherhood of the Black Pharoah. Unfortunately, Neal strained too hard when analyzing Gavigan’s responses and had an explosive bout of incontinence. Gavigan promptly had Neal escorted from his office.

Doris spent some more time in the Penhew library but was unable to find any more information on the Black Pharoah or his Brotherhood.

Edward Call snuck into the storage room in the back of the Penhew Foundation. He found several crates and a large stone sarcophagus. He noticed that the floor around the sarcophagus was worn differently from the rest of the floor, and after much exploration he and Doris found a mechanism that slid the sarcophagus to one side revealing a stairway to the basement. They explored the basement and found artwork depicting otherworldly horrors. Some of which they’d heard rumors of previously. They found an unopened crate to Ho Fong in Shanghai, China containing a brass statue of an obese nude female with gaping mouths all over her face and long tentacles in place of arms. They also found an unopened crate to Mr. Randolph in Darwin, Australia containing a fat humanoid with tentacles all over its face. Edward picked up the statue and recognized it as a depiction of Cthulhu. Touching the statue sent a tingle up his arms and into his core.

Doris explored a bookshelf and found the G’harne Fragments and the Book of Dzyan. Edward found a latin book that seemed largely incoherent, but he hoped to find some meaning in it through study.

Edward also opened a small chest with silver inlay in the form of some creature with insectoid limbs and a face that his mind refused to make sense of. He found two silver daggers in the chest and took them along with a nearby revolver, bullets, and 100 pounds sterling.

Upon leaving the basement, Doris heard a click and saw movement from the corner of her eye in the storage room, but there was nobody there. She quickly snuck out the back of the foundation with Edward. Neal gave up on waiting and left through the front door. Fog rolled in as they made their way back to Barclay’s house. The fog thickened and the dark moved in. Remembering Miles’ painting of the fog creature, the PCs tried to stick to the street lamps. Neal and Doris heard footsteps, but Neal was able to walk faster and the footsteps faded. Doris turned around and only saw Edward. Edward and Doris began to smell burning hair. As the smell grew stronger the street lamp above them began to flicker. They started to run but the street lamps started flickering before they reached them. Finally, the street lamp above them went out. Doris, winded from running, suddenly found that she couldn’t breathe. Edward had made it a bit further, realized Doris wasn’t with him and went back. Suddenly, he couldn’t breathe either. Through struggling, Doris was able to break free from the restraining influence. Edward had begun to break free when a bobby happened by. His electric torch briefly reflected off some large round green eyes right in front of Edward as he felt the acrid smelling, thick fog retreat back out of his lungs and fade into the mist. The bobby escorted them back to Barclay’s house, but both Doris and Edward were extremely traumatized by the ordeal.

Ion, Luna, and Monty left to explore the Blue Pyramid. Luna chatted up the bartender and got a meeting with the manager. Luna expressed an interest in Egyption culture and asked about where she could find a Tewfik Al Syed as a guide to Egypt. The manager gave directions to Tewfik’s shop. Ion and Monty were solicited by the belly dancers. Ion decided he would rather drink, but Monty gave a couple pounds to the dancers. One of them said she’d heard the group asking questions and gave Monty some information behind the club. Her boyfriend had been taken by the Brotherhood, and once a month a group of club regulars gets in a truck with Tewfik and they leave London.

February 20

Doris, Neal, Edward, and Arthur decided to rest for a week (until February 27) to heal up.

Doris read the G’harne Fragments and learned two spells: Great Burrower and the Burrower’s Blessing. Both seemed to just involve gestures and maintenance of concentration. She also learned that the god of the Bloody Tongue is Nyarlathotep (dun dun dun!).

Ion (and Henry), Luna, and Monty agreed to wait until Tewfik leaves town in the truck. One group will follow Tewfik. One group will break into Tewfik’s shop while there is no chance of him returning unexpectedly.

Ion spent the day casing the shop (with Henry). Luna and Monty rested up to follow Tewfik.

The truck didn’t come this night.

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Art Thieves
Fenced in

February 17

The party followed up on another of Mahoney’s leads by investigating the painter, Miles Shipley. He lived with his mother in a dilapidated old house in Soho. They were eager to sell a painting, but the party was mainly just disturbed by the work. There were several otherworldly creatures in the paintings. Many of the paintings seemed to focus on serpent people and suggested some kind of ancient war with humans. A few paintings dealt with flying serpents. One portrayed several people on a mountaintop worshipping an enormous creature with a long red tentacle in place of a head. The people wore the headbands of the cult of the bloody tongue. Two of the paintings concerned some kind of creature that stalks people in the fog but hates the light.

Miles said he painted from visions but the party was unable to determine where the visions came from.

The group was very interested in a locked door in the studio. They later snuck up to the roof via some neighboring buildings. Ion noticed a man watching from the street. At night, they saw Miles walk away from the house. Doris tailed him to a brothel where he procured an escort for the evening. Meanwhile, Ion and Anthony broke into the studio via the skylight. In the closet they found another painting of a swampy landscape. They stole the painting, but when they looked at it in the light of a streetlamp, Anthony was pulled into the painting. Neal, found this so disturbing that he stomped on the painting, destroying it with Anthony still trapped inside. The group saw the man from earlier watching and so they confronted him. It turned out to be Monty Hayes, an undercover agent from Scotland Yard who has been posing as a cultist for years. He had followed the group from Scotland. He knew they were snooping around, that they’d broken into the MacBain house and somehow destroyed Craigh Dhubh. He’s now been watching them and thinks their investigation is probably linked with his.

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