Masks of Nyarlathotep

Not in Scotland anymore
Broom Ninja v Butler

The party followed Barclay back to the shore near the dig site. Barclay drew a circle in the sand and filled it with runes and occult designs. Ion disrupted the circle before being chased off by Barclay, who fixed the circle and began chanting. The group watched with curiousity to see what would happen.

Luna and Neal saw the water beginning to mound up as though something huge was rising from the loch about 200 feet offshore. Ion rushed in and charged through the circle, destroying the rest with his broom, and slamming the business end into Barclay’s face. The mounding water subsided. Barclay, now awake and disoriented began scrabbling at Ion and trying to punch him until he was calmed by the group. As the circle and all runes had been destroyed there was no evidence to the group’s claims, so Barclay believes the group to be plotting against him for some unknown reason.

Feb 10th
The group heard rumors that the MacRae baby had gone missing and the Sassenach, Mr. Hayes, was suspected by most of the townsfolk. Fergus warned the group that Mr. Hayes was not to be trusted and possibly dangerous, so the group decided against talking to him. They also decided the MacRae baby might be unrelated to their case, so they proceeded through the forest (where there had been rumors of little people sightings) to the MacBain house at the base of a cliff, Creag Dhubh.

Doris peeked in the windows and didn’t see anyone inside. Ion picked the lock and the group searched the house. Luna and Neal were lookouts. Doris found a number of encoded papers as well as 5 of MacBain’s musings on the occult (each takes ~1 week to read), and a crumbling copy of True Magick (TBA to read). She and Arthur took the books back to the inn to read. Each got 1/2 a day of reading in.

Anthony cleaned all the dirty dishes and took 1/2 a bottle of whiskey as payment.

Ion found a list of names under the chair, which the group spent a long time debating the meaning of: D. MacBain, F. MacInnes, W. MacMurdo, T. Hayes, J. MacQuarrie, A. MacGillivray, I. MacLennan, M. MacNair, A. MacQuarrie, W. Wassle.

Barclay searched the bedroom and found Henry’s monogrammed watch. He also found a secret passage leading into the cliff face. The group lit candles and ventured into the dark tunnel. The group found two large caverns with pathways branching off them. One cavern was filled with large vertical shafts that had a kind of mucus around the edges. Exploring the other cavern, the group found an altar, stairs leading up and stairs leading down. The group heard lots of footsteps coming from below, though they didn’t seem to be coming up the stairs. Ion heard voices at the top of the steps, so the group decided not to go that way, either. In one room filled with human remains, Ion and Barclay found a box containing a live infant. Barclay was able to soothe the baby to sleep before it became too distraught. In another passage, Neal found some kind of alien firearm filled with glowing mercury. Anthony found a reserve of jerky, Neal identified as human jerky. Anthony kept it for later. And Barclay found the final piece of the disk. Anthony took the baby so Barclay could carry the disk fragment.

As the group finally found the passage that led back to the surface, the baby began to cry. Anthony wasn’t able to soothe the baby or muffle its cry before the sound echoed away into the distance. The group began to run. They heard shouting coming from ahead, but it turned out to be from a side passage. They continued on and the shouting ceased from behind. They burst out into the MacBain house and straight into Duncan MacBain, who had a shotgun. Barclay was hit in the face by the barrel of the gun as Duncan dodged his punch. Neal narrowly missed getting shot in the face as his punch connected with Duncan. Ion followed up with a mighty swing of his broom that laid Duncan out. Anthony grabbed the shotgun and rushed for the exit. Ion and Barclay felt a rumbling in the earth. Ion rushed to the exit and ran for the forest, followed by Neal and Luna. Barclay quickly searched Duncan for clues and found two extra 20g shotgun shells. He ran out of the house as the rumbling got louder. He almost made it to the forest when the cliff behind him exploded outward. Surprised, Barclay stumbled and turned to see what had happened.

In the red light of sunset, a huge gray-black pulpy mass of tentacles with a sack on top that may have contained ganglia rushed towards the fleeing party. Shocked by the sight, Barclay froze and began to quake with fear. Five of the tentacles shot towards Barclay, but, luckily, 4 of the tentacles narrowly missed giving Barclay a good fighting chance of survival! Unfortunately, one tentacle managed to snake its way into Barclay’s nostrils, crunching into his skull, and wrapping itself around his brainstem. After lifting him off the ground several feet (by the brain!), the tentacle proceeded down his spinal column, slurping out his soft internal organs and fluids as it went. Barclay’s final sensation was of the inside of his feet and legs tearing upwards towards his chest.

Sated by its snack, the beast flicked Barclay off its tentacle towards the team. The husk of Barclay smashed into a tree near Neal and Luna, cracking the tree and smashing apart into a spray of bone fragment and residual skin meat that spattered them as they ran. Luckily, the group was able to outpace the beast who eventually burrowed into the ground and gave up the chase. Realizing that Barclay had been carrying the final disk fragment, Neal ran back to find it. He managed to avoid the Serpent people who had flooded out of the cliff hunting intruders and found the fragment along with a 20g shell.

Anthony and Ion, unsure of who to trust and not wanting to answer questions, ding-dong ditched the baby on the porch of the MacRae parents who looked thrilled to have their baby back.

Unsure of what to do with the disk fragments, the team went back to see Henry. With Henry’s help, the group was able to repair the disk, but all viewers (Neal, Luna, and Ion) were drawn into the moving images on its face. Ion, now verging on complete insanity, was able to understand some of the meaning of the disk images and to speak with Henry. Really, after considering the matter, he realized Henry was the only one who understood Ion, too. The disk appeared to be part of a means of raising the ancient city of R’lyeh. The disk described the location of the city and gave instructions for raising it. To raise the city a few additional components are required but the disk doesn’t specify what those other components are. In addition, the disk provides a way to sink R’lyeh should it be raised by some other means. Henry told Ion that the cultists must not be allowed to have the disk and that they would now be hunting for the party. The team decided to take Henry’s car and leave town that night for London.

Not wanting to head directly back to London and needing to obtain another car to fit the whole party, it took 6 days for the group to return to London (remember that there were no highways, only winding, unfamiliar, one car-width country roads, and the group is freaked out, trying to lose any tails, and is having to coordinate a two car caravan), so the group arrives in London the evening of Feb 16th.

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Head Shrinker

Feb 8th
At breakfast, Margaret MacNair introduces the group to her brother Angus. Angus worked for Henry from the beginning of the dig project. After gaining Angus’ trust, he took them on a tour of the highlands and explained that he had reservations about Henry and Adam’s disappearance and gave the group info on how the dig had progressed. The group noticed that they were being followed and confronted the follower, another traumatized dig staffer named Andrew Kennedy. Angus reassured Andrew that the group was working to find Henry and Adam, so Andrew told the party that he had seen a slimy kraken near the dig site shortly before the disappearance of Henry and Adam. Andrew then returned to his room to finish preparations to leave town.

The group then spoke to Doctor Lorne MacParlan. He had a portion of manuscript that outlined an ancient Roman expedition to this same area. The Romans had been tracking someone named Belphegor. He also told the group about a type of serpent people who were rumored to live here long ago.

Spent the rest of the day reading Henry’s diaries.

Meanwhile, Sir Arthur Vane and his valet Anthony decided to pursue the party. Sir Arthur just couldn’t stand waiting around for someone else to send a cure. Lawrence won’t leave for India for a while, so he can take care of Eloise until then. In the meantime, Sir Arthur thinks traveling with the party provides the best chance of finding a (non-lethal) cure. He and Anthony travel to London as they understand that to be the group’s base of operations in the UK. There, they learned from Mahoney that the group had gone up to Scotland instead. After a furry orgy at the Explorer’s Club (?!) they proceeded north. Just which types of animals they are remains to be seen (character development potential!).

Feb 9th
The team drove to the dig site. They found Adam’s remains buried in the rubble. Neal found a centurion helm that he now wears as well as a star stone pendant. The group uncovered writings that indicate this may have been a place where things worshipped “the daemon sultan”. One of the buildings being uncovered had a faceless sphinx, which Doris identified as a form of Nyarlathotep. Throughout the site were human and serpent/humanoid remains.

In one of the buildings, the group found the second piece of the gold disk. On the way back to the inn, the group finished Henry’s diaries:
1) Documented the worm ambush in Africa. Suggests the worms are intelligent, can burrow, and have an aversion to light.
2) Documented the interpersonal prelude to the worm attack. Some of the dig members had been in a trance and had led the group into the worm burrow.
3) Henry’s encounter with a horrible flying horse reptile. It makes a hoarse shrieking sound.
4) African rumors of flying serpents.
5) African rituals involving head shrinking. Ion learned the shrinking spell from it and learned it could be used to shrink or grow objects of religious significance. Learned that Henry had grown his disk fragment to make it too unwieldy to steal. The shrinking spell gets things to 25% of their previous size or grows them to 400% of their size.

Ion shrank Henry’s fragment twice in order to make it more portable.

Barclay investigated the “French woman” mentioned in Henry’s letters. She was identified by the townsfolk as Anne Chantraine, a 17-year old woman who has apparent romantic relations with the wealthiest farmer in the area, Ian MacLennan. They weren’t home, but Barclay met an old man who lives in a lean-to behind Ian’s barn, Willie Wassle. He wasn’t terribly coherent, but he seemed to admire Anne, Ian, and “the great Azadod”. A quick prowl of their home turned up nothing suspicious.

Arthur and Anthony arrive in town and join the party.

That night, Barclay began sleep-walking again. The other men in the room tried to stop him but were knocked back…

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Scotland, Scotland

Feb 4th
The troop decides to head to Scotland to follow-up on the Hancock letters. On the way, they stop over to make sure the victim attacked by the werewolf is not infected. He seems fine, and there have been no incidents.

Feb 5th,6th
In Inverness, Doris, Neil and Luna visit the library and discover that Henry Hancock made a recent land purchase outside of Cannich, but otherwise find nothing else. Ion manages to track down an old issue of The Sun, which states that Adam encountered a huge blood sucking worm while in Africa and was coming to Scotland with Jacob Hancock.

Feb 7th
The gang heads on to Cannich. The first stop is the Kingshead Inn. Luna charms Fergus into letting out 2 rooms for the low-low price of 25 Pound for 2 nights. Fergus says that the archeological dig site is quite busy with people coming to dig and end up buying property. He doesn’t recall a French woman working at the site but he knows that the MacQuary brothers, Andrew and Jamie, do some of the heavy lifting and worked with the Hancocks.

Barclay and Ion head over to Henry Hancock’s house after getting the address from Fergus. Ion breaks into the back door and they begin to search the basement.

Luna, Doris & Neil stay at the bar to drink and talk to Margret, the barmaid. She recalls that the diggers were looking for star stones, but oddly has trouble remembering details. Margret was taken by one of the American’s but can’t remember exactly who it was. When she’s prompted with the name Henry, she suddenly passes out. Doris manages to stir her and she seems genuinely confused and embarrassed and excuses herself. Luna, Doris & Neil leave to meet up with Ion and Barclay.

The house is two stories with a large basement. The basement is made up of a junk room, a trophy room and a study, which has been ransacked. The main floor has the kitchen, living room with strange antiques, dinning room with painting of Henry Hancock, library, and a small unused bedroom. Upstairs, the master bedroom was ransacked and someone fired through the door from the inside. Ion found the destroyed elephant gun. After exploring and searching the house, some clues are uncovered.

Ion and Luna notices that the trajectory of gunshot should have produced two bullet holes, but there is only on in the wall. Luna noticed that a bit of panel has been replaced and discovers a hidden crawl space with the horribly dismembered body of Henry Hancock. Neil determined that the body was initially sawed apart, but then ripped apart. This was similar to the way the gun was destroyed, with the barrel was completely ripped away. Doris finds 4 books written by Hancock chronicling his understanding of the occult, but nothing about the r’lyeh disk Belthagore. Barclay, Neil, and Luna then find a secret room in the trophy room. Inside was an iron box on a wooden table. The box had two locks and wax covering them. With some encouragement from Luna, Ion attempted to and successfully unlocked both locks at the same time. Inside was the R’lyeh disk, with glowing gems.Neil decides to stay at the Hancock house while the rest of the team stays the night at the Inn to keep appearances up.

At about 9:00 pm, Neil sees a man who’s feet trail off into mist. He has big gaping wounds at his shoulders and chest, dripping blood. The ghost attacks Neil, sucking out his soul. Neil manages to break away and convinces the ghost of Hancock that he is trying to help. With nods and shakes, Niel figures out that he needs to burry Hancock’s body. And after some painful trials of communication, Neil convinces the ghost that he and his friends will keep the disk safe.

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Werewolf Bar Mitzvah
Spooky Scary

(This entry is in the form of an outline since I didn’t take notes during the session. Apologies.)

February 2
The party met with Edith Osgood (wife of George Osgood) and learned George shot the beast.

They met with John Parkins (father of Lydia Parkins). John “saw” Lawrence
Vane leaving the scene of his daughter’s death. But the group realized that he is bitter about the aristocracy and is simply laying the blame on his favorite scapegoat. Down with the aristocracy!

The group went back to the Reverend’s and stole his books.

Doris spent the evening reading the books. Ion and Doris heard the beast
shrieking in the distance. Neil, Luna and Barclay met Lawrence Vane in
the pub. Impressed Lawrence with their adventurousness and invited to
the Vane’s for supper tomorrow.

February 3
Returned the books to the reverend and confided in him about Eloise. He
impressed upon the party the need for discretion until the exact malady
was discovered as well as a cure in order to avoid fanning the flames of
class warfare beginning in the town. He gave them some holy water and
offered his services as an amateur exorcist.

Went to the Vane’s for supper. Luna spotted two men carrying a young
unconscious woman into the castle. During the after dinner brandy, Ion
and Doris convinced the Vane’s that they believe and know something of
werewolves. Neil offered his medical services for any condition. The
Vanes, desperate for any help and impressed by the group’s courage and
knowledge explain the curse of the Vanes. The party looked in on Eloise.
She has red irises, black fur and smokes slightly, which makes her
harder to see and she doesn’t immediately need to avoid silver coins
they threw on the floor. Ion remembered folk remedies involving
wolfsbane, cutting out the beast, and exorcism, but all of those result
in death for the victim. The Vanes are searching for a way to cure
Eloise while keeping her alive. The party promised to keep their eyes open.

Also, Ion mailed some old wise women back home to ask if they knew of
any cures. And the third victim, Harold, may have been infected and
could be spreading the curse throughout Norfolk. The Vanes think that is
unlikely because then the Vanes wouldn’t be the only ones with the curse
in Lesser-Edale, right?

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Tally Ho

January 31
The ship docked in the early morning and Barclay offered beds in the servants quarters at Rutledge Estate.

Luna and Neil first went to Scotland yard in an attempt to follow up on Elias’ lead, but they were promptly turned away. They then went to the “Scoop” newspaper headquarters and spoke with Mickey (last name?) about the Carlisle expeditions and Elias’ interests in in. Mikey recalled that Elias had uncovered some dark, or evil organizations and he hoped Luna and Neil would feed him information or photos as they came across it. He also gave them 3 “Scoop” stories that Elias had been interested in. One was about the artist Miles Shiply, one was about a mysterious beast who gruesomely killed two people, and the last was about the 24th victim in a span of 3 years found in the river Thames.

Meanwhile, Doris, Ion, and Barclay visit the Penhew Foundation, an organization the sponsors Egyptian research. The building was quite large, with many spaces, some libraries, some exhibits, and some just small offices. As they waited to speak to Edward Gavigan, Doris looked through the public library and saw many books about Egypt. When the finally did speak to Gavigan, they learn that Gavigan had spoken to Elias and told them what he told Elias. Roger had fallen in love with an African woman who claimed there was a dig site in Egypt and convinced the Foundation to fund the expedition, however once they got there, she absconded with their money and left them stranded. Hypatia Masters recommended they go to Kenya where it was cooler and to get over the loss. Gavigan suspected that all the expedition notes concerning Egypt or any of the Carlisle expedition are still with Rogers, who he assumed is dead. After Gavigan showed the three some of the exhibition hall, he became offended that Barclay brought up how it might be considered beneficial to the Penhew Foundation that Aubrey Penhew died and so he asked everyone to leave.On the way back to the Rutledge Estate, Ion thought he noticed someone following them, but he could not be sure.

February 1
The team traveled to Lesser-Edale to follow up on the second “Scoop” story about the beast that had killed by shredding. At the Laughing Horse Pub, Neil bought a round of beer for everyone and managed to get the locals talking. One said the monster was actually just a dog, while another man says Harold short, a survivor, was convinced it had wings. Unfortunately, Harold had gone to stay in Norfolk to recover. One of the other victims, Lydia Perkins, had been attacked near her home and Laurence Vane had been spotted nearby on the night of the attack. The team also learned that the victims are survived by some family, but the locals preferred no one bother them since they had already been questioned extensively by detectives. Pathologist from Darby was sent to view the bodies and declared that they had been attacked by a dog, but many locals disagreed. Although the “winged dogs” haven’t been seen since, people noticed that the Vicar had been acting strange, locking himself away and praying all night.

Ion, Niel, Doris and Barclay visited the Vicar and end up praying with him. He seemed somewhat agitated and claimed to be very busy. The four of them noticed in his room a book titled “The Order of the Golden Druid” and Doris managed to see that he was working on translating an Greek journal from 1543 into English. However, when Doris tried to take “The Order of the Golden Druid” the Vicar noticed and kicked everyone one.

Everyone but Ion and Neil returned to the Laughing Horse. Ion and Neil intended to dig up the grave of on of the victims, but the Vicar didn’t turn his lights up until roughly 3:00am. In the end, they left empty handed.

Back at the pub/inn, they decide that in the morning, some of them should follow up with Laurence Vane at Castle Plum, since he may be distantly related to the Carlisles through Abner Vane Carel, who changed his name after immigrating to the US. The other group will go hunting for the winged dogs, since Neil payed a local 7 pounds to take him.

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Closing Cruise Days

January 29
The morning after the attack, Doris volunteered to write up a report and send it back to Jonah Kensington. Neil initially stays in bed, feeling somewhat paranoid from his experience with professor Alvin Paterson. In the afternoon, Neil and Ion went to the lounge, where Neil complemented Hargrove Thorpe’s heroic baseball-like actions during the attack. Ion then headed below decks, and after speaking with some passengers, discovered that everyone thought only the Russian priest was staying in the room. Ion also learned that one of the Russian body guards had questioned the passengers briefly and searched the room the previous night. Barclay visited Professor Felix Fuda’s room to get a little more detail about his plans. Fuda is fleeing to Egypt where he has friends and will be able to study some ancient texts. He also confirmed that John Scott and Carl Sanford had been alive for much longer than is normal, but he hadn’t found documentation like Doris had. Luna returned to the bowels of the ship to find the man she spoke with earlier. She bribed him with 5 whole dollars to learn what she already knew about the attack above decks, but with $2 bucks, he reveals his contact as “Frank from Deck B.”

That evening, the group attended dinner with Count Kurosov and were joined by Aimee Gouraud and Hargrove. The ate in a private suite, with 4 guards and a food taster inside the suite and 2 outside the suite. After some friendly talk about badger taxidermy between Neil and Hargrove, Kurosov revealed that Kolya, the captured attacker, had disclosed what room they had been staying in and that according to his guards, someone had already ransacked the room. As such, they suspected at least one more assailant on the ship. Neil offered his particular set of skills to try and get more information out of Kolya, but it turned out he had already been “let go.” They are instead patrolling the halls to try and find the suspect. The Count was quite taken with Luna and told her that he isn’t intending on going to London or Russia, but instead to return to Poland, but can’t say much. At about this point, Ion turned his attention to Aimee’s tattoos and she told him she lived in China about 10 years past and was also gifted an island from a Hawaiian King. Eventually, Aimee started up a drinking game with a guard and everyone joined in. While everyone was drinking, Barclay was able to take a file folder and leave the party. He later discovered the file was filled with American and British money. Back at the party, Doris nearly drank everyone under the table, barley outdrinking Aimee and Ion and the three of them retire to Aimee’s suite where good times were had all around. wink

January 30
Neil spent the day with Aimee, while Doris decided to leave and check on Professor Paterson only to discover he had hanged himself. According to the suicide note she found, Paterson had “seen too much” and requested that his books be burned. He also said the rest of his belongings should be left to his nephew (cousin?). Doris took his three books, his pocket watch and the note and returned to the room to tell Neil about the professor. Neil reported the death to the ship staff and offered to perform an autopsy. During this time, Luna visits the Count and learns more about his intentions. It turns out that the Count wants to topple the Soviet government and has the support of Poland. Luna told him that she supports his efforts and wins even more of his affection such that he offered to help Luna and her investigation not only with funds, but also with introductions or connections as needed and he gave her is contact information.

Back in the room, Neil and Doris skimed the books stolen from Patterson while Barclay observed. They decided to burn the suicide note and as they burn it, they heard someone listening at the door. Barclay nearly captured the small ship worker, but instead took only his necklace and a black stone tablet with writing on it. Barclay reported the man, and eventually he was apprehended and punished. That evening while everyone was sleeping, Ion and Doris were wakened by Barcaly’s thrashing. Barclay suddenly sat up and began walking out of the room, but Neil tackled him, only to receive a big shock. It took Barclay some time to wake from his walking dream, but all he recalled was that someone was calling out for him to come.

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Expedition Revelations

January 28
Luna snuck down to the boiler room before breakfast and poked around. She noticed that workers were hard to spot since they moved in the shadows rather than in the lit hallways of the belowdecks area. She found a large open area with a few chairs and charmed one of the reticent engineers into showing her around. He didn’t seem to know much about the ship outside engineering and had not seen a preacher or anything strange going on.

Upon leaving the boiler room, Luna spotted the priest and two friends leaving their room. She slipped in and found some ammo, a long knife with straps to hold it against the body and an extension mechanism, and a book on Bolshevik military campaigns (in Russian). She strapped the knife to her arm before going back to Deck A.

Meanwhile, Doris, Barclay, Ion, and Neal visited the shuffleboard game. They noticed a ship off to port that didn’t fly colors, and they also spotted the priest looking shifty with his two friends. Suddenly, Valentin shot the head steward (who was guarding the game) and attempted to throw a grenade at the count. Hargrove knocked the grenade off the ship and Ion and Neal wrestled the priest’s friends to the deck. The priest escaped off the side of the ship and was picked up by the other yacht. The assassins were escorted away by the count’s bodyguards to be ‘questioned’.

Barclay ran to the rooms to ensure that Prof. Fuda was alright. He wasn’t in his room, but Barclay found a latin book, Clavis Solomonis.

Neal worked to patch up the head steward’s bullet wounds.

In the evening, Luna, Barclay, and Ion learned the Ash Resurrection/Destruction spell from Professor Fuda and saw it demonstrated on a Custodes (lodge servant).

Neal and Doris visited Prof. Paterson and were given the opportunity to have any question answered by dark spirits in a glass. They learned that the entire Carlisle expedition had survived (!) and they got some minor clues about each of the expedition members’ situations:

An old, white-haired man in front of a sandstone rock wall.

A deformed young woman (?) in a cage.

A well-built young man in a suit, drinking at a table in a smoky room.

An older well-dressed middle-aged man in front of a podium.

An attractive, dark-skinned woman in front of a black stone rock wall.

A drooling young man in front of a white wall.

Doris managed to break her gaze away from the glass, but Neal and Paterson were transfixed. Neal saw a terrifying visage rise from a starry ocean and reach out of the glass towards him. Although the image faded, he felt certain that he was now being hunted by the being in the glass. Paterson seemed shaken and bid them a hurried goodnight.

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Thar be Icebergs!

January 26
Jonah Kensington reserved a stateroom on Deck A of the Mauretania. On the gangway, the PCs noticed: a sharp-dressed man with a large muscular entourage, a clumsy academic, an unkempt priest, and someone Ion recognized from somewhere but couldn’t remember where (travelling with two young male companions).

Call was immediately struck by horrible seasickness and confined himself to the restroom and the bedroom.

Doris lounged on the deck and met Jennifer Barnes, a socialite, and Aimee Gouraud, a friendly but eccentric elderly heiress.

Luna barged onto the bridge in an attempt to get a tour of the engine room, but was escorted out by First Mate Jeffries.

Neil found the priest, Valentin, in the Deck A lounge. He was a Russian travelling to England to meet with his brother. He hopes to start a mission in Central America, and his brother may be able to provide the funding.

Ion saw the familiar man in the dining room, but the man left quickly upon noticing Ion.

Barclay met up with some other butlers in order to get an idea of which celebrities might be onboard (to report back to Jonah). In particular, she met Maxwell Paulson, butler to Ms. Barnes.

At dinner, the sharp-dressed man was seen at his own table with his own waiters and foodtasters, and Barclay noticed that they sounded Russian. Doris and Neil helped the clumsy academic, Prof. Paterson, from the gangway begin to recover from his seasickness.

January 27
Barclay spent the day determining which rooms the sharp-dressed man’s entourage had reserved, later finding out from the head steward that the man was Count Kurosov. He is excessively insistent on his privacy and has reserved the entire shuffleboard court for a private game tomorrow morning.

Doris read the Pnakotic Manuscripts and was approached by Prof. Paterson. He thanked her for her help the night before, and he expressed an interest in her book. He was reading a book called Nameless Cults, and invited her back to his room tomorrow evening to witness something extraordinary.

Luna and Neil followed the priest to the Deck B lounge, where they engaged him in conversation. They were interrupted by Malcolm Pinkum, ship’s purser. He was concerned something might be wrong since Luna and Neil were slumming it on Deck B when they could be on Deck A. Neil arranged to have his medical equipment stored with the purser.

At dinner, Neil spoke with Aimee about her grandson, Gerald Russell, a cryptozoologist. He had found several strange creatures in central and west Africa. She recommended Neil follow-up with him at the clubs next time Gerald is back in town. Gerald might be able to use a crypto-taxidermist.

Ion arranged to sit next to the familiar man, Prof. Fuda, at dinner when he suddenly realized that he had seen him during a night of heavy drinking at the lodge! The man sat with Jenny Barnes and his two companions: Hargrove Thorpe and Richard Bloch. Prof. Fuda was uninterested in conversation and quickly left. Ion followed and confronted him at his room. It turned out the lodge was hunting Prof. Fuda and his companions as well. They had already been investigating the lodge, when they were hired by Jacob Hancock who suspected that a similar group may have killed his uncle, Henry Hancock. Prof. Fuda and his companions had snuck into the sub-basement of the lodge and recovered a spell that could be used to kill John Scott. They offered to teach the spell to Doris later in the trip. In addition, they found evidence that John Scott was already dead, as were the servants of the lodge. They had stolen a Custodes vial containing one of the servants, as well as an experimental vial containing someone/something else.

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Away we go!

January 23 (continued)
Ion met Neil on the first floor of the lodge. Neil claimed to have never strayed from the library on the second floor except to procure more booze and food.

January 24
An antiquarian arrived in the morning along with a Carlyle family friend, Luna. While the antiquarian met privately with Erica, Luna, Doris, and Barclay discussed the Carlyle expedition and Luna decided to tag along with the party due to her abiding interest in African masks and culture. That same interest and expertise seemed valuable, so the party agreed to bring her along. When Erica returned, Doris and Barclay expressed a continued interest in purchasing the books, especially the Pnakotic Scriptures (Dr. Call had mentioned an interest in reading them). Erica offered to sell the scriptures for $600, which Barclay happily paid.

Dr. Call examined Ion and Neil in the morning and was unable to find anything wrong with either of them. During the examination, however, Ion and Neil began to smell smoke and all three ran downstairs to see smoke billowing from under the kitchen door. Ion ran to get his things from upstairs, Neil ran to the front door, and Dr. Call ran to check the kitchen. Opening the kitchen door caused a backdraft, which knocked Call back and stunned him as well as causing fairly severe burns. Neil went back and dragged Call out the front door. Ion jumped out a first floor window with the supplies. Ion noticed that the fire was not visible through the kitchen window glass but when he broke one of the windows with a rock, the flames escaped and consumed the outside of the house. Neil called for help and was getting Call into his car to take him to the hospital when Luna, Barclay, and Doris arrived.

They all went to the hospital together, and Doris and Call got medical attention.

January 25
The group convinced Call that his life was in danger and that he should accompany them to Europe. Luna and Doris searched the remains of Call’s house, and found some of Neil’s scorched belongings and the charred remains of his badger in the oven. The party decided to follow up on their London investigation and returned to New York to catch a ship the next morning.

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Initiation

January 23
Neal and Doris found David Lee in his bed. He was extremely difficult to rouse and seemed to be having some kind of nightmare, which he later said involved the Look to the Future rituals. Doris loaned him her book on witchcraft in exchange for information on the rituals, which largely involve lengthy chanting and meditation in order to ‘release a focused creative energy to manifest futuristic objects’. David had trouble walking and breathing and, in helping him, Doris was able to learn the combination to his safe. Doris and Neal offered to talk to Mr. Lostalus Black about the objects to find out if they’re cursed. The next LTF meeting is in 2 weeks. As they left David, they noticed that he was coughing up blood.

Neal and Ion left for the lodge initiation.

Jonah took Doris and Barclay to meet with Erica Carlyle. She lives on a sprawling estate with several guards, who she said were necessary after a recent break-in. She was able to provide information on a tall queenly African woman she suspected of manipulating Roger and who had also gone on the expedition. The party asked about the other expedition members, but mainly learned that Roger had gotten Jack Brady off a murder charge during college and since then Jack had been totally loyal to Roger. Also, Erica did not seem unhappy about her brother’s death.

Since Roger had been obsessed with books, Doris and Barclay asked to see the library. Erica had to attend to business in a nearby room of the estate, and so left them in the care of her bodyguard, Joe Corey, in order to ensure that they didn’t steal anything. Doris found a secret safe with books inside and Erica was called back in. Erica feigned ignorance of the safe and said Doris and Barclay were welcome to read the books but that they couldn’t take them until Erica had them appraised. The antiquarian will arrive tomorrow. Doris read Life as a God, which was about the Cult of the Black Pharaoh in Egypt. Barclay read People of the Monolith, a book of poetry describing the ritual sacrifice of a mother giving birth and of her newborn infant. The other books present were the Pnakotic Scriptures (English) and Selections de Livre d’Ivon (French).

Ion and Neal met Prof. Cowles at the Silver Twilight Lodge and found that he had invited many of his students to the initiation. Ion got the impression that the students were just joining to get extra credit. After initiation, Ion and Neal checked out the library. Later, Prof. Cowles began making a loud commotion downstairs, which Ion and Neal took advantage of to sneak around. They found a secret passage to the third floor, which they investigated thoroughly, finding several unsettling murals, altars, and a secret library with someone inside. Ion, now wearing his JuJu mask, felt too uncomfortable and scared to enter the library, but Neal casually entered. Apparently unnoticed by the person sitting with their back to the door, engrossed in a book, Neal looked through some of the books and found evidence that there are at least two additional secret ranks at the lodge: Knight of the Outer Void, and Son of Yog-Sothoth. At that point, he was caught by the bespectacled individual who offered to indulge Neal’s appetite for the occult. He tapped Neal with his cane, and Neal felt too weak to stand. Another tap and Neal briefly passed out on the floor. The man helped Neal up and into a chair. He then brought Neal some refreshments to fortify him. After Neal had eaten, the man made Neal promise to not share information about this secret room and touched Neal’s lips.

Too scared to keep waiting when Neal was likely just hanging out in the library reading, Ion went downstairs. He was spotted by a servant who tried to choke him out, but Ion broke his arm and sprinted for the door. Another servant charged but Ion dodged around him, down the stairs and out of the lodge. He removed his mask and went back to Dr. Call’s to wait for Neal.

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