Cthulhu Redux (Masks of Nyarlathotep)

After the Telegram

*After the Telegram arrives, you group investigates several things. Victor personally knows Jackson Elias and Jonah Kensington (Jackson’s publisher). Below is the information you have or are able to uncover:

What Victor knows about Jonah Kensington:
Jonah owns and is chief editor for Prospero House, a publisher of books having occult or fantastical themes, fiction and non-fiction alike. The offices of Prospero House are located on Lexington Avenue near 35th street. This modest concern does not aim for best-sellers, an almost unheard-of concept, but rather for books which deserve to be published because they will interest select readers for generations to come. You met Jonah several years ago in tracking down some books for a client. You immediately liked his pursuit of knowledge and he saw in you a young rakish version of himself…and a kindred spirit to Jackson Elias. Suspecting the two of you would hit it off, it was Jonah who introduced you to Jackson Elias

What Victor knows about Jackson Elias:
Jackson ELias is 38, of medium height and build, and dark-complexioned. He has a feisty, friendly, slightly devil-may-care attitude. As an orphan in Stratford, Connecticut, he learned to make his own way early in life. He has no living relatives, and no permanent address.

You like him, and value his friendship, even though months and sometimes years separate one meeting from the next. You’d be upset and probably crave vengeance if anything happened to your friend. The world is better for having Jackson Elias in it.

His writings characterize and analyze death cults. His best-known book is Sons of Death, exposing modern-day Thuggees in India. He speaks several languages fluently and is constantly traveling. He is social and definitely enjoys a drink or two. He smokes a pipe. Elias is tough, stable, punctual, not easily intimidated and not afraid of fisticuffs if it comes to that. He is mostly self-educated. His well-researched works always seem to reflect his first-hand experience. However when working on an active project you have found him to be secretive with most people, and he never discusses a project until he has the final draft in hand…although he does seem to value your advice and has, on occasion, shared some writing with you for an opinion.

The subject matter of his books is not your typical fare but you’ve read some. His books normally illustrate how cults manipulate the fears of their followers and how insanity and feelings of inadequacy characterize death cultists, feelings for which they compensate by slaughtering innocents to make themselves feel powerful or chosen. He goes on to explain how cults draw the weak-minded, though cult leaders are usually clever and manipulative. When fear of the cult stops, the cult tends to diminish or vanish altogether. A skeptic, Elias has never put stock in claims of the supernatural, magic or dark powers that cults leaders claim shall claim the hearts, minds and even the souls of those who oppose them.

Books by J.E. (all of these were published by Prospero Press of New York City and all were edited by owner/editor Johah Kensington. You have copies of all of these books, most are even comically autographed for you by J.E.):
Skulls Along the River (1910) – exposes headhunter cult in the Amazon basin
Masters of the Black Arts (1912) – surveys supposed sorcerous cults throughout history
The Way of Terror (1913) – analyzes systematization of fear through cult organization
The Smoking Heart (1915) – first half discusses historical Mayan death cults. Second half instances present-day Central American death cults
Sons of Death (1918) – modern day Thuggees; Elias infiltrated the cult and wrote of his experiences
Witch Cults of England (1920) – summarizes covens in nine English counties; interviews practicing English witches
The Black Power (1921) – expands on The Way of Terror; includes interviews with several anonymous cult leaders

What is generally known about the Carlyle Expedition:
The Carlyle Expedition was a relatively well publicized event (at least in New York papers, but even in Arkham and Kingsport, articles appeared in local papers), mostly due to the involvement of Roger Carlyle; a New York millionaire playboy who inexplicably turned from the life of wastrel and dilettante to finance and head of an archaeological expedition to Egypt. It seemed more of a social engagement, stories of rich, white Americans jaunting about the globe- then a true scholarly event. That was, until the entire expedition went missing in March of 1920 in Nairobi, Africa. Also publicized was the search party dispatched by Roger’s sister Erica. The search party eventually reported that the entire expedition had been horribly massacred. Blame was quickly pinned on some local tribesmen, resulting in several of them being hanged for the crime. (even if you didn’t know the above, it’s easy to discover with some minor research at the Newspaper, especially with Sandy’s contacts in the press). Additional information you can easily gather with just a day or two of research:
- The expedition left from New York in 1919, went on to London, Cairo, Mombasa and finally onto Nairobi where the entire party disappeared.
- Other members of the expedition included Sir Aubrey Penhew (54, a wealthy and noted Egyptologist), Hypatia Masters (27, a beautiful socialite and accomplished photographer and linguist), Dr. Robert Huston (52, fashionable psychoanalyst and dream interpreter) and Jack “Brass” Brady (36, Carlyle’s bodygaurd).
- There was a rumor of a major archeological find in or near Cairo but the expedition members did not confirm this with reporters.
- The bodies of the massacred expedition were rumored to be pulled apart as if by animals, although the bodies were oddly preserved and showed no signs of animal teeth marks.
- The signs were actually discovered of the whites in the massacre, they were presumed to be carried off by animals.
- The expedition went missing near a high Kenyan peak the locals call the Mountain of the Black Wind
- There was report of involvement of a local pagan cult (called the Bloody Tongue) in the massacre, but officials denied the existence of said cult

With that knowledge you group begins some preliminary investigations, the results of which are below:

1. Victor hasn’t heard from JE in some time, several months in fact.
2. Victor wasn’t certain what JE was working on but assumed it had to do with his usual subject material of death-cults.
3. Victor phone JK and inquires about JE without hinting that he had heard from him. JK tells you he thinks he is currently in London (“you know how hard it is to keep track of that scurvy wastrel”) working on his next book (another book about a death-cult). He does expect him to be arriving in New York relatively soon but does not have any details on exact dates and he thinks he’s managed “to stay out of any damnable mess”. He goes on to say to Victor, he always enjoys his visits and to give him a little notice and he’ll make reservations for some good steaks and better brandy. (Victor gets the impression that he is holding something back but he doesn’t seem to be lying).

Carlyle Expedition
1. Sandy is able to uncover several articles, they are attached (Dave has these via e-mail, I will have hard copies at our session)
2. What you know/can learn of the various people you mention:
a. Roger Carlyle: Millionaire party-boy who turned his life around after the sudden death of his parents in a car accident. Other than several fluff news pieces that detail some of his more wild partying moments, mostly just drunken shenanigans, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of information about him. Graduated from Groton University. Has a sister Erica who in addition to being the heir to the Carlyle fortune, is the current head of the Carlyle business holdings.
b. Dr. Robert Huston: Fashionable New York City Psychoanalyst. Dr. Greene knows of him for studying directly with both Freud & Jung in Vienna, and relatively well-known in mental health circles as a proponent of psycho-sexual development (a fairly shocking topic to be discussed at the time). Dr. Schmidt can offer that Dr. Huston is a bit of a socialite himself often seen dining with well-known wealthy clients, especially wealthy women who find the possibility of discussing psycho-sexual theory tantalizingly dangerous (teehee teehee). After the reported massacre of the expedition and Dr. Huston was declared dead there was some minor controversy about his records. Old line physicians argued that they were not medical records and that psychoanalysts were charlatans and con men. The courts eventually decided the records were indeed medical records and as such they were confidential. The records were turned over to the Medical Affairs Board of the State of New York.
c. Miss Hypatia Masters: A wealthy NYC socialite, heiress to the Masters armament fortune. She was known as an excellent photographer and had a few (well-received) showings. Well educated in Europe (at both Swiss and French academies) she spoke several languages. A minor dark social mark, she had a brief relationship with a Raoul Luis Maria Pinera, a know Catholic Marxist but they eventually split. It is rumored she was dating Roger Carlyle, but they mostly just seemed to be friends. Most accounts indicate she was going along on the expedition as the photographer, but it’s not certain.
d. Sir Aubrey Penhew: (this information is provided primarily by Professor Clarke or other British contacts that Victor has) but as he was a decently well-know public figure, none of this is too difficult to discover. It only takes a few days for friends to research your questions and respond) A Lieutenant with the Yorkshire Guards, brevetted as a Colonel in the British Army Intelligence and then retired due to injury. The Penhew family are able to trace their nobility back to William the Conqueror (excerpts from Who’s Who, Burke’s Peerage confirm this. Although it also mentions a previous black sheep many years ago. One Sir Blaize Penhew who was beheaded for treason and black magic whose crimes nearly cost the family it’s lands and title). Graduated with honors in classic studies from Oxford (Prof. Clarke finds no documentation of disciplinary issues and remembrances of any former professors report him to be an excellent student, generally extremely likable and with only a touch of arrogance that often accompanies titled nobility). After graduation he spent several years in Egypt and is credited with several important branches of Egyptology and several important archeological discoveries, particularly at Dhashur. He is responsible for setting up the Penhew Foundation which has underwritten many important researches at home and abroad, and is responsible for the education of several brilliant penniless scholars. He is extremely wealthy (both by birth as well as bushiness ventures such as his very profitable holding company in America) and is known to have several residences, several of them mansions, all over the world. Although he has a fairly well-know public presence, little is know of his personal life. He is a bachelor without known family or heirs other than the Penhew Foundation. There was a general consensus that he was a well-respected and knowledgeable egyptologist and his presence on the expedition would be invaluable to the team. The Penhew Foundation continues to carry out Sir Aubrey’s wishes in his absence.
e. Jack “Brass” Brady: Dr. Schmidt’s mob connections don’t reveal much. He was often seen with Roger Carlyle and most believed him to be Roger’s friend and bodyguard. For the expedition he seemed to be an operations manager of sorts. Dr. Greene, with his military connections, discovers he was a Marine Sergeant who served in China and, eventually, on the Western Front, receiving a bronze star and other commendations. He was eventually honorably discharged
3. Other research
a. Emma Jean (Victors contact at the MU library) reports that they have copies of all of JE’s books. You spend several hours going over the ones you had not read thoroughly already. You find no other mention of “The Mountain of the Black Wind” or “The Bloody Tongue” in JE’s books
b. Emma Jean also reports that she found several references to local names of mountains in Africa with “black” or “wind”, there was one near Nairobi- Mt. Kenya that is said to be know as “The Mountain of the Black Wind” but cautions that many local names exist. She finds no references to “The Bloody Tongue” in African studies literature (although she admits she’s much better with her European studies).
c. The only information you find as to what the expedition did in London was to do some research and meet up with Sir Aubrey Penhew

Telegram from Jackson Elias

Western Union delivered the following telegram to my character.

Date: Jan 2 1925 725P
Location: LONDON



The Reeling Midnight
Forming the Scooby Gang

Our adventure begins with five strangers ending up at the same party. For some like the well-to-do Victor Hamilton it isn’t unusual for others like the towering working class Jeremiah Stone it was an odd invitation. The party was in full swing, Sandy Bartlett met the charming and flirtatious Zoltan Varga and enjoyed his company before meeting up with her good friend Ginny Yeates to discuss Eugene Wilcox and his recent odd behavior Edward Greene made a new friend in the talkative Glenda Barr. Dr. Sam Matabe and Jeremiah met at the bar (full of illegal alcohol) for a strong drink and some pleasant conversation. Victor intrigued at how he was actually invited to the party spoke with the flamboyant Countess Ariadne Varga and acquaintance Stewart Portman but was left without answers.

The appearance of Gerrhardt Wvinch made the evening more interesting. He approached each of the group individually introducing himself as a psychic and asked them to join him in the conservatory at 11pm. In the Conservatory Gerrhardt suddenly seemed nervous and distracted, he asked the group to stick together and to go office 210, 313 Smith Street at 8pm tomorrow evening and inexplicably left the room. Confused the group began introductions and asking a number of questions. Before any answers could be discovered a gong sounded and the entire party was called to the Foyer. There, with a bit of the sense for the dramatic, the Countess descended the grand staircase and offered a toast to her guests, to which her guests responded well and resumed the festivities. Sandy’s friend Ginny did catch a glimpse of the elusive Eugene Wilcox and he ascended the stairs entwined about the countess. Distressed she and Sandy made a plan to speak with him later. Tragically that would never happen.

Short minutes later there was a gunshot from the Countess’ bedroom. The group ran to investigate accompanied by the distraught Zoltan Varga. Jeremiah assisted in breaking down the door only to discover young Eugene lying dead on the floor with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot would to the head, and the countess, apparently having fallen out of the window, lying in the bushes below. Victor discovered Stewart Portman attempting to flee via a window and detained him. Questioning of the Countess revealed that young Eugene had apparently suddenly began to threaten the Countess in the bedroom and produced a gun. Terrified the Countess tried to escape via the window when suddenly Mr. Wilcox turned the gun on himself, the shock of which caused the countess to loose her grip and fall. After a brief encounter with the police and Detective Ray Stuckey, the group was allowed to leave the scene.

The next day the group met and discussions continued to try to figure out how they were all connected. They kept their appoint at 8pm and met Mr. Joe Jospehs and his team. Joe went on to explain that he was putting together a network of individuals who might assist him in gathering information about the strange and unusual. He shared with them some information about the dark things that exist in the world and explained that they were somehow being drawn into that world because of their special abilities as “dreamers”, individuals who have a special connection to the dream world (and can be adversely affected by it in turn). He introduced the other members of his team; Violette Townsend gifted with the ability to sense other gifted individuals, Cheveyo Sumatzkuku the frail Native American with a warrior spirit and Mae Whitlock the enigmatic grandmother who everyone calls “Nan”. Not surprisingly the group had many question but Joe answered all in turn as honestly as possible and eventually won over the group. He also explained that Nan would be doing some training for each of them, training to keep them safe from the nightmares they had been experiencing. He encouraged them to continue to investigate the Vargas and suggested they speak further with Gerrhardt, who was also part of Joe’s network.

Later that evening they met with Gerrhardt. He explained he had been investigating the Vargas for a few weeks and suspected that they might be involved in some con but had not yet discovered what that con might be. He also explained that he had attempted a seance at the Countess’ request and had had a strange result which caused some memory loss and it was reported he was making strange noises. Furthermore, last night he sensed a terribly dark presence in the house, it had frightened him which was why he left so abruptly. He offered to hold another seance to see if additional information could be obtained. The group gathered around the candlelit table and joined hands. Gerrhardt called to the aether…suddenly he began yelling saying “I am the mother, you must leave this place…Atlach-Nacha reigns here!” In the briefest of instants Sandy and Jeremiah witnessed Gerrhardt’s face contort into something otherworldly with glowing red eyes and large fangs, fangs which Gerrhardt sank into his own shoulder. The group discovered Gerrhardt’s convulsing body on the floor near his chair. They administered brief first aid with Dr. Matabe and Jeremiah eventually taking him to Arkham General hospital (where Dr. Matabe did not make any friends and was summarily ejected from the emergency services ward.)

Continuing the investigation the group eventually discovered the Countess visiting the grave sites of two recently deceased young men, young men that the group discovered had been found dead in unusual circumstances. Library research and discussion with various contact revealed little information of value about the name Atlach-Nacha. With suspicions high but little else to go on, the group returns to the Varga estate for the weekly Friday party

The party in much more sedate and certainly less well attended. Zoltan seems distracted and annoyed, unlike his usual charming self. The Countess is even more flamboyant, flirtatious and gregarious. As the group mingles they notice that Zoltan is keeping a close eye on the Countess eventually leading them to argue, an argument which progressed to yelling, running up the staircase and slamming the bedroom door. Unbeknown to the host Victor had scaled the outside wall and had managed to secret himself inside a wardrobe…a wardrobe already occupied with was possible a dead body in a bag. With the majority of the group left at the bottom of the stairs observing the retreating Vargas and Victor now trapped in the wardrobe in the very room the Vargas went, things are getting interesting.

Suddenly the yelling turns to screams and shattering glass, the maid runs out of the room and down the stairs screaming “she’s killed him”. Rushing to the bedroom the group discover Zoltan lying on the floor with a horrible wound to his throat, trying to breath but making terrible gurgling noises. Edward runs to the broken window and peers out only to be struck from above and thrown to the ground below. Weapons are drawn but nothing else is seen in the room…but there is a scuttling noise on the roof. This is confusion, Edward yells up from the ground that he saw something climb onto the roof. As a plan is being formed there is more shattering glass and screams from below in the foyer. Jeremiah advances and sees an unimaginable horror. The countess has transformed into some horrid amalgamation of human and spider. She has both human limbs and spider legs, now jutting out the side of her body at unnatural angles. Her head has grown to twice it’s side and instead of a human face, there are the hairy pedipalps and huge fangs. As ungainly as the monster looks, it is incredibly fast. Jeremiah levels his shotgun and injures the beast but also draws it attention and it rapidly closes the distance to the second floor, now screaming “my babies, my babies!”. A battle ensues ending with Victor skewering the creature as it attempt to make it’s way into the attic. However, the house is now ablaze from Dr. Matabe’s modified Molotov cocktail. Filling with flames and smoke, huge spiders with human faces fall from the ceiling calling for their mother. The group attempt to defend themselves and flee the fire so they retreat into the bedroom. Sandy is overcome with fear and becomes hysterical. Thanks to the combined efforts of Dr. Matabe and Edward in the bedroom and Jeremiah and Victor on the ground below, Sandy is safely incapacitated and lowered to the ground. Full engulfed in flames the group makes a hasty retreat before the police arrive.

Session 1: The Midnight Reeling

Report to Joe Joseph’s and Division E filed by “VH”.
Tuesday 18 November 1924

Having received an anonymous invitation to a party in Arkham hosted by the Varga family (a name heretofore unfamiliar to me), I decided to attend on a lark. The events that occurred there on my two visits to 863 Halsey Street, and in the weeks prior to my ever crossing the threshold there, were unusual enough to merit filing of this report.

My first visit to the Varga Estate, a mansion that had seen better days, was at 8 p.m. on Friday 7 November 1924. A seemingly mute, ill-mannered servant collected invitations and kept watch on the door. Her lack of training and breeding was unmistakable, though not forgivable. Undaunted by this rude underling, I entered the home.

The party was festive and well-attended by the bohemian set in Arkham, as well as a number of well-heeled and unattached party guests. These parties were apparently weekly affairs, and among the guests in attendance, I recognized an Arkham book collector named Stewart Portman, who is known for his arrogance and pathetically wolfish appetite for young ladies.

Touring the house, I encountered a few young gentlemen downstairs in the basement and politely accepted their offer of a cigarette. The one gentleman, who introduced himself as Eugene Wilcox, seemed agitated and inexplicably drew a derringer from his pocket and recklessly waved it about. At that time, I departed company with Mr. Wilcox and a young man named Gordon Checkley and headed back upstairs to repose in the rather disappointing Varga library.

While in the library, I was introduced to a GW (known to Bureau). GW invited me and a select group of others to a small gathering in the conservatory at 11pm. Speaking with other guests, I met for the first time EG, AB, JS, and SM and learned they comprised the other select guests invited. Prior to the 11pm start of this meeting, GW exited the conservatory having performed a seance for two disappointed young ladies named Lucy and Lorraine. GW appeared upset and hastily slipped an address into my hand and asked the group to stay together and visit him at the provided address at 8pm the next day. GW then left.

At this point, a gong was sounded from another room in the residence and the guests gathered in the foyer while the the hostess for the party, who called herself Ariadne Varga, made a staircase entrance and offered a bacchanalian toast to the evening. She went upstairs with young Eugene Wilcox on her arm. Obliged to my hosts, I warned Miss Varga’s uncle Zoltan that I had earlier seen Mr. Wilcox carelessly handle a pistol. Zoltan Varga appeared concerned and left the room, presumably to see to his niece’s safety.

Shortly after, we heard the report of a firearm come from upstairs. Along with JS, AB, EG, and SM, I moved upstairs to investigate the commotion. There, I observed Stewart Portman attempting to escape out a window very near to wear the shot had emanated. I asked him to remain, but he was most insistent on exiting through the window, so I enlisted JS’s assistance to detain him. There I searched him, confirmed he was unarmed, and briefly inspected him for any visual or olfactory evidence of having discharged a firearm. He did not appear to be our shooter, so I questioned him about what he was doing and observed. Portman confessed to JS and I that he was listening at the keyhole of Ms. Varga’as bedroom hoping to lewdly overhear any amorous sounds between her and Mr. Wilcox. As police sirens approached, we released Mr. Portman expecting he would now remain in the house, like any gentleman would, until the police arrived. Instead, Portman exited the residence.

Inside Miss Varga’s boudoir, SM and EG were already on the scene inspecting the corpse of Eugene Wilcox. Mr. Wilcox was lying face down with a bullet exit wound through the top of the back of his head. Visually following the trajectory of the bullet consistent with the premise that the gun having been discharged from inside his mouth, I found a patch of blood, skull, and brain matter which seemed to corroborate this theory. SM preserved the crime scene and AB collected sample of an odd fibrous substance surrounding the door. This web-like substance would later dissolve and SM’s attempts to analyze the results would turn up inconclusive.

After peering out the bedroom window, EG exited the residence and walked to the area below the window. Ariadne Varga was supine on the ground regaining her poise. She explained that Mr. Wilcox had turned the pistol on himself for no apparent reason and committed suicide. According to Miss Varga, she was startled and mistaken fell 15 feet out the second-story window.

Led by Lt. Detective Ray Stuckey, the Arkham police arrived. Stuckey took the statements of our team members and also of Stewart Portman, who reported his car missing. Mr. Portman was vocal and frustrated that the Arkham PD there at the homicide scene chose to investigate a young man’s death than find his stolen car. The Arkham PD treated Mr. Portman respectfully, but continued their investigation.

The next day, the team went to the rendezvous arranged by GW and met JJ, N, C, and V, who recruited AB, JS, SM, EG, and I as consultants.

Police confirmed the coroner’s findings that Eugene Wilcox had shot himself with his .25 derringer. Given Mr. Wilcox’s gleeful state mere moments ago, our team found this conclusion unsettling and consulted with GW.

GW explained his nervousness moments before the murder and can provide greater details of what happened that night and during his consultation with our team. Based on the events of his consultation with our team, our team believed that young Eugene Wilcox had seen a vision (whether real or hallucinatory) in the room with Miss Varga that forced him to commit suicide. EG offered information to the group about what he’d felt during GW’s consultation, which along with AB and JS’s experience suggested something barely imaginable was happening. The team entertained the outlandish theory that Wilcox (whether due to hallucinogenic medicine, hypnotism, or supernatural energy) was being forced to see Miss Varga as a terrifying human-spider creature called Mother and Atlach-Nacha. He collapsed from an inexplicable injury and SM acted quickly to treat, stabilize, and then transfer GW to hospital in Arkham.

Our attempts to uncover any information about Atlach-Nacha were unsuccessful.

AB and SM visited 863 Halsey during daylight hours to speak with Zoltan Varga. EG drove a trailing car with JS and I. Upon arriving at 863 Halsey, we observed Ariadne Varga enter a taxi, so we followed her. She stopped at a florist where she exited with flowers. The taxi then took her to Christ Church Cemetery in Arkham’s Southside. She stopped and placed flowers on two freshly dug graves belonging to Roger Hudson and Bradford Gallagher Taylor.

AB obtained obituary information on Hudson and Taylor, who bore striking resemblances to Eugene Wilcox. All were local young men who died young in town. They were estranged young men who very much fit the profile of guests invited by the Varga family to their parties. A heart attack was consistent with our theory of an overwhelming fright and the fire, we presumed, could be used by killers as a means to hide a true cause of death.

Receiving invitations for the next Varga party on Friday 14 November 1924, the team was appalled and emboldened by the poor taste of the Varga family in hosting a party just a week after a similar event where a young man had died.

The team attended the party planning to prevent Ariadne Varga from causing another young man’s death. The team was alertly waiting in the residence for Miss Varga to select her companion for the evening, so that we could converge in her bedroom, uncover the manner of her killing these young men, and act decisively to save the victim. Before a companion could be selected, Zoltan and Ariadne got into an argument which they took upstairs behind the closed doors of Ariadne’s bedroom. During this argument, the two dropped pretense of assumed Hungarian accents and soon the sound of Zoltan’s screaming brought our team into Ariadne’s room.

Zoltan was found lying on the floor, with large wounds suggesting an impossibly mammoth spider bite. These bites were not entirely inconsistent with mysterious wounds sustained by GW during his consultation with the team. Ariadne Varga was not in the room.

EG rushed crossed the bedroom door threshold first and noticing a window shattered to suggest forced exit, he quickly moved to peer out the window. He was attacked by a gigantic spider leg which caused him to fall out the window into the shrubs below.

JS charged into the room and fired through the walk/ceiling of the house in the presumed location of the gigantic spider. SM urgently and unsuccessfully tried to save Zoltan Varga’s life. Within moments, the sound of shattering glass and splintering wood erupted throughout various points in the house. A large creature that appeared to be a conglomeration of Ariadne Varga and a giant spider ascended the staircase killing a woman with vicious spider legs. [See attached photo taken by AB] The team engaged the giant spider which spoke with a horrifying voice about protecting its “babies”. JS’s effective shotgun fire, AB and EG’s pistol fire combined with SM’s improvised molotov cocktail and my use of cane helped kill the creature.

SM’s cocktail ignited a house fire that quickly began to consume the house. Smaller sized spider/human hybrids began to descend from the ceiling screaming “mama” and converging on the now dead Ariadne/spider creature. AB found this very unsettling and EG and SM worked to calm her, while JS and I helped prepare and cover an escape from the burning building. While hastily finding a means of escape, I opened an armoire in Ariadne’s room and a heavy canvas sack presumably filled with a human body fell out. The team evacuated with the sack, which was left safely on the roadside as police sirens approached. The team withdrew before police arrived.


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