On January 9, Barclay got a telegram from Jackson Elias, an old war buddy, to form a team of investigators to follow up on the Carlyle Expedition. Barclay invited a medical examiner, Neil Dayan, who had dealt with the death of Barclay’s previous master, the Duke of Rutland. He also invited a bank secretary, Doris Stinson, who had helped arrange the late duke’s affairs. Finally, Neal brought along his janitor friend from the morgue, Ion Dumitru, who he had formed a connection with due to their shared dark humor and who had a keen interest in the occult overtones of the Carlyle Expedition and the mysterious disappearance that followed.
On January 15, Jackson called Barclay and asked him to come to room 410 in the Chelsea Hotel at 8pm. At 8pm, the team knocked on the door and received no answer. After hearing movement inside and knocking and calling a few more times, the team tried unsuccessfully to break down the door. When they eventually got the door open, they found Elias disemboweled on the bed with a strange symbol carved in his forehead. The window was open and nobody else was present.
Detective Martin Poole arrived and took the team in for questioning. After they cleared their names, Poole mentioned that a black Hudson had been seen leaving the street behind the hotel shortly after 8. The Hudson had previously been reported stolen. Poole mentioned that Jackson was the ninth murder victim to have been killed like this and gave Neil the list of other victims. The police had been consulting Prof. Mordecai Lemming on this matter.
Prof Lemming gave the PCs information on the symbol carved in Jackson’s forehead, speculating that it looked similar to ritual symbols of Yende blood cults of West Africa, but that Jackson’s symbol was more intricate. The Yende blood cult kills victims by tearing off and beating them with their own legs. He wasn’t familiar with East African folklore, but he recommended the PCs contact Miriam Atwright, a Harvard librarian specializing in East African occult. He also briefly described Prof Cowles’ lecture involving an extinct blood cult in Australia who infected victims with rabies as they were slowly bled from tiny cuts inflicted by bat teeth.
Barclay talked to Elias’ publisher and editor, Jonah Kensington. He gave the party Jackson’s Nairobi Notes taken by Elias and offered to help fund an investigation into Elias’ death if the party passes along information that can be made into a book or series of articles. Jackson’s notes suggest that the usually cool-headed writer had become somewhat unhinged, frantic, and paranoid during his investigations.
PCs tried to follow up on two of the previous murder victims, Margaret Teach and Alfonzo Vicario. After a brief search, Neil was unable to find a prostitute who had known Margaret in Harlem, and Ion discovered that Alfonzo’s nightclub, the Dodgy Swan, a dingy low budget bar that served milk and tonic had been commandeered by someone named Rico. Supposedly, he protects the local community. The server seemed to be a bit prejudiced, and Ion (and the rest of the party) left before things got ugly.
- Prof Cowles in Arkham
- Meet Miriam Atwright at Harvard
- Arrange a meeting with Erica Carlyle, Roger Carlyle’s sister
- Attend Elias’ funeral in 2 days (arranged by Jonah)
- Kenyan community is around Ransom Court, Harlem
Long Term plans:
Follow the Carlyle Expedition’s path by visiting
Follow up on the sighting of Jack Brady in
- Hong Kong