Chicago Cthulhu

Game 7: The Sands of Time (continued)

Previously…

  • Paul Lemond’s dreams lead the group to find and dispatch a strange creature that was killing children in Boston near the Cornwallis mansion.
  • While investigating, they discovered that Dr. Cornwallis was a suspected sorcerer and a member of a strange Brotherhood, lead by one Baron Hauptmann, who lived in the Transylvania region of Romania.
  • Traveling to Romania, they survived a poisoning attempt and forced the Baron into flight, discovering in his castle a spell to call or dismiss a Beast, a fragment of a prophecy of ancient Egyptian Priest Nophru Ka about summoning a Beast, a map leading to a tomb of that prophet, and information on an extraterrestrial sanctuary where a copy of a spell that may help contain the beast can be found.
  • They next traveled to Egypt, where after being robbed by bandits and thrown into an empty pit, they wandered in the dark until they were subjected to a mind bending vision of ancient figures, including two crocodile headed men.
  • They found their way out into the desert and made contact with the Galloway expedition; Edmund severely antagonized Professor Galloway.
  • Despite Edmund’s foibles, they convinced the expedition to change their dig site to that of the tomb of Nophru Ka. Entering the tomb, they found that it looked to have been tampered with, and found a body within.
  • Two sarcophagi within the tomb broke open, and two crocodile headed mummies emerged and attacked them. Katif, the expedition foreman, took advantage of the chaos and tried to to steal a scroll. Edmund shot Katif dead, but not before one of Katif’s henchmen could make off with the scroll and escape by camel.
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Game 6: The Sands of Time
Cairo, Egypt

After an extended debate on summoning a Star Vampire and going after the Baron immediately, the group decided that the clues pointed directly to the tomb of Nophru Ka in Egypt. They journeyed to Cairo, learned how to ride camels from their guides Omar and Ahmed, and began the four day desert journey to where they knew the Galloway Expedition would be.

On the evening of the third day, they were confronted by an armed gang of desert bandits lead by the notorious robber Kemal. Despite his reputation for leaving Europeans alone, he seemed intent on robbing them. Some surrendered. James tried to make a futile stand. Edmund tried to escape, and tried to hide money up his butt. Eventually, after two camels were shot dead, the bandits confiscated their weapons, money, and possessions (except for the notes with the location of the tomb) and escorted them to a location putting hoods on them so they couldn’t see the layout of the place.

Their hoods were removed and they were tossed into a pit roughly forty feet deep, landing in sand.

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Game 5: Castle Hauptmann (continued)
Drovosna, Romania

Drobne had one more delivery for them – a packet of notes left by John Kopeche, the Hungarian student for them. In it, he detailed several of his discoveries about the Baron – most of which Edmund Adler had already discovered. There was one item of note that Edmund had not previously uncovered:

  • In 1886, Count Spanglais of Hungary mysteriously disappeared while on an extended visit to Baron Hauptmann. A party made up of friends and relatives of the Count traveled to Drovosna searching for him, but were unable to interview the Baron. The Count is described as short, dark-haired, and very muscular.
    They recalled that the Baron had previously been described similarly – a short, dark-haired and muscular man – by the priest.
    Eventually, the went to the castle for their dinner appointment. After taking in the Castle grounds for a moment, they knocked on the door. They were greeted, and eventually met the Baron (who appeared to be a tall, blonde man with a limp). After Edmund engaged in his habitual ritual of attempting to ineffectually give people wet handshakes, they were seated for dinner. They had a conversation with the Baron, levied several accusations at him, and eventually found themselves succumbing to a poison. They engaged in a gunfight with him, Edmund and Eliza gunning down his three associates. Despite sustaining a powerful blow, the Baron managed to flee. They followed his trail of blood to the top of the castle, where they witnessed him latching onto a red shape of some sort that rocketed off into the sky, carrying the Baron with it.
    They then set to exploring the castle room by room, making sure at each hallway and turning point to flash the lanterns in multiple directions in case there were assailants waiting to harry them (there were not).
    They found the following items of interest:
  • In the rooms on the front left side of the castle, there were secret entrances leading into the tower.
  • They found several journals that would take two weeks for someone fluent in the language to study and examine.
  • There was a book locked with a clasp called “Brotherhood of the Bast.” It contained a small amount of text and a sketchy map.
    • The text mostly contained some obscure family trees dating back to ancient Egypt.
    • The map described the location of the secret tomb of Nophru Ka. Written in the margin of the map, it said “L. says we will find what he needs to raise the prophet within the tomb.” Eliza was aware that there was a much publicized expedition from Miskatonic University lead by Professor Galloway, with whom she had previously done some research.
  • They found a sheet of vellum containing a spell “Call/Dismiss Beast.”
  • They found a wooden puzzle box, that contained a sheet of crumbling parchment written in medieval Arabic. It is a page from the original “Kitab al-Azif” containing a portion of the prophecy of Nophru Ka. It read:
    • “And it was dreamed again of the priest Nophru Ka and of the words he spake at his death, how the son would rise to claim the title, and the son would rule the world in his father’s name, and the son would revenge his father’s murder, and the son would call the Beast that is worshipped, and the sands would drink the blood of the seed of the Pharaoh, and this did Nophru-Ka prophecy.”
  • In the crypt, they found the body of a recently deceased short, dark haired, muscular man.
  • In an alchemy lab, they found several vials of a thick yellow liquid, as well as a few vials of a translucent yellow liquid. There was a paper written in German for the spell “Brew Space Mead.”
  • In a secret chamber they had to break into with a sledgehammer, they found several decayed bodies in tattered uniforms, one bearing a handwritten journal in Russian.
  • They found a German book called “Geheimnisse des Wurm” (mysteries of the worm). It was open to a page containing the spell Summon Star Vampire. There was also found near the book two bottles filled with a translucent golden fluid (sealed with an elder sign), a small stone with an Elder Sign on it, and a couple of rolled up parchments.
    • One parchment was written in careful handwriting with a note that said “Translated from the originaly R’lyeh Text by Baron Hauptmann, 1238 A.D.”
      • “…and the Great Hall is guarded by his servants and man must bear with him the sign of the Elder Ones. A wise man would not look above to these servants or they may steal his mind. A man should also not bear with him knowledge when he leaves, or the Sleeper will awake to take the knowledge from the man, and the man himself.”
    • The second parchment contained rough notes:
      • “The trip through space to Celeano was uneventful. The Star Vampire was quite docile, and the Space Mead worked as expected. Writings of the Beast are found in the second gallery right on the sixth floor. A copy of the Barrier of Naach-Tith is written there too. It may turn useful if the Beast cannot be controlled and we find need to contain it.”
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Game 4: Castle Hauptmann
Drovosna, Romania

In the week following the destruction of the thing in the well, life had gone on as normal, though there was quite the interest in the group’s exploits at the Dorchester club, particularly with Robert Carrington, who had developed full and complete faith in the dreams and predictions emanating from Paul Lemond. Once everyone had sufficiently recovered from their trip, he called them to a meeting at the club.

“I found myself rather disturbed by the revelations you all brought to me last week about the strange laboratory, a man harboring some type of monstrous creature in a well in Boston, and ties to some manner of secretive brotherhood based in Europe. I think that’s where this all leads, and I would like to discover where the trail leads,” he said.

“Towards that end, I believe those letters you found from this Baron Hauptmann – addressed from Klausenburg, Romania – are the lead we have to follow next. As you all have proven yourselves quite adept at investigating these strange happenings, I’d like to engage your services in investigating this matter as well. I can cover the expenses of your trip to Romania, of course, and any necessary expenses during your stay. Before you leave, do some research to learn what you can of the place, and keep me posted as to your itinerary. If you need anything from there, you can always wire me.”

Doing some research on the subject before they left, they discovered the following:

  • Castle Hauptmann was located near a village named Drovosna, the closest major city to which is Klausenburg.
  • In 1242, the first Baron Hauptmann built the castle after driving off the Mongols in the area. It was later discovered that this Hauptmann was a descendant of a Hauptmann expelled from the Knights of the Teutonic Order for heresy.
  • In 1348, Louis the Great of Hungary sent a patrol to investigate irregularities in the barony. The patrol was lost and thought to have been the victim of bandits.
  • In 1389, Castle Hauptmann was besieged by a Turkish army. On the fourth morning of the siege, the commander of the army and his scribe were found mutilated and drained of blood. The army abandoned the siege, broke camp, and went on to conquer Wallachia.
  • In 1628 the villagers, led by a monk, stormed the castle. The baron was evidently killed, and the building stood unoccupied until 1792, when the area was reconquered from the Turks by Austria. A descendant of the earlier baron then returned to claim the family’s lands and title.

From Boston, they traveled by ship to London, by train to Paris, and then on board the Orient Express they journeyed to Budapest, from which another train took them to Klausenburg. From there, as the road to Drovosna was impassible by automobile, they hired a carriage to take them some thirty miles onto the high slopes of the Carpathian Mountains. From start to finish, the journey had taken them two weeks, and while the first part had been in luxury the carriage ride left them somewhat travel weary as they arrived in the village.

The dreary village consisted of the humble dwellings of the local peasants, a small village inn and stable, and old stone church with an ill-kept churchyard, all of it in the shadow of a decaying castle perched on the northeast face of a mountain overlooking the village.

The inn was a large two story timber framed building, with a small fenced yard and well-made wooden tables and chairs. It was generally clean and reasonably well lit by windows that offered sunlight during the daytime and torches at night. From the outside, they could surmise that there were just over a half dozen rooms on the second floor, likely accommodations. There were a handful of patrons, mostly older men, making conversation at tables around the place, being waited on occasionally by a young woman.

The Innkeeper spoke a little English and gave them rooms. He didn’t seem to want to talk about the Baron, but mentioned a Hungarian student named John Kopeche who was there studying the area. He said Kopeche usually spent his daylight hours roaming the hills, returning to the Inn for dinner when the sun began to set. Drobne also warned them to watch their possessions and be wary of the gypsy.

During the conversation with Drobne the door suddenly banged open and three dark and stocky men entered, and the inn grew quiet for a moment before resuming its usual cadence. The oldest of the three was a powerfully built man who sported a gold tooth that caught the light, an earring and a thin black mustache. He wore a shotgun over his shoulder on his back. The two other men were visibly younger, and seemed to follow the lead of the older one.

They sat down at a table that was in a darker corner of the inn with a good view of the room, and the older man rapped his knuckles on the table three times, just giving Drobne a look, and then speaking quietly with his companions. The innkeeper began filling three tankards with ale, calling for Olga the tavern girl to serve them. She hurriedly came to carry over the tankards to the men, who drank them immediately.

Drobne said they were the baron’s men – Laslo was the leader. He said they come once a week on the way back from a supply run to Klausenburg. Edmund spilled holy water into their beers, to no effect. Edmund checked and they saw that indeed there were supplies in the wagon. Edmund attempted conversation with them, which wasn’t fruitful, save for their request to meet with the Baron that Laslo said he would pass on.

Afterwards, Edmund broke into the Hungarian student’s room, stole his books and notes, left the door open, then closed the door, but broke the lock. He took the lock out of his own room and replaced it with the Hungarian student’s. When the Hungarian student returned, he was unable to open his door, but managed to pick the lock to get into his room finding his belongings missing, having promised to share his notes with Edmund. Suspiciously, Edmund was downstairs outside of the window with the notes as if they had been left there, then returned the to him.

They bought him a drink and had conversation with him, during which Eliza flirted with him while they attempted to get information out of him. Edmund put holy water into his drink, to no effect. He told them a little about the baron, but recommended they seek out the priest. In a ruse, Eliza told him she needed to talk to Bailey about “feminine issues,” (a ruse she attempted to use repeatedly). In reality, she schemed that they should not visit the priest, as she thought the visit would be a waste of time, wanting Bailey to tell the others while she danced with Kopeche.

The next morning while the others slept in, Edmund went to seek out the priest, who had overseen the area’s flock for about 40 years (the others deemed it a waste of time and decided to sleep instead). It was ultimately a very fruitful visit. He asked the priest various questions about the baron. Edmund put holy water on his hands to shake hands with the priest, to no effect. The priest said that many villagers believed Hauptmann to be a vampire, but he did not share these views as he had seen him during the daytime in full sunlight, and described him as a short, well-muscled man who was dark of hair. More questions revealed that the Baron rarely saw visitors. The last he could remember were an Englishman that the baron hired as a secretary last summer. A tall blonde man who walked with a limp, the Englishman left the area one day suddenly in the middle of the night. The other visitor the Baron remembered visited around 1890. A boy, the visitor was referred to as “young Master Edward” and stayed with the Baron for several years. The boy was a distant cousin whose parents had been killed in an accident. The Baron and the boy left on a trip when the boy was seventeen, and the Baron only returned a year later.

The priest granted him access to the catacombs in the church, where the records for the parish were kept, dating back several hundred years. Some of their findings were as follows:

  • In 1545, the local church requested a formal investigation of Baron Hauptmann VII on charges of unjust imprisonment and torture
  • In 1546, Baron Hauptmann VII was excommunicated by the Eastern Orthodox Church
    From 1546 to 1552, an outbreak of vampirism took place. No conclusions were drawn.
  • In 1628, it was claimed that Baron Hauptmann abducted a peasant girl from the village and held her captive in the castle. Several days after her abduction, her mangled body was thrown from the walls of the castle.
  • The 1632 testament of Jan Savechik, priest of the village of Drovosna is recorded here also.

The priest’s belief on vampires were made known:
“Indeed, this area has been subject to periodic attacks by a vampire over the years. The victims are always found mangled and drained of every drop of blood. The worst outbreak happened some thirty two years ago, when a large number of locals were killed over a period of weeks.”

The priest also spoke about the Baron when asked:
“Well, many of the villagers believe Hauptmann to be a vampire, but I do not believe this. The Baron is rarely glimpsed by the villagers, so this must arouse this suspicion, but I have seen him walking in full sunlight.”

The priest described the baron as being a short, dark haired, muscular man.

The priest spoke about visitors to the castle:
“The Baron rarely entertains guests. The last one I remember was a young Englishman he hired as a secretary last summer. A tall, blonde young man who walked with a slight limp. He stayed several weeks before leaving suddenly in the middle of the night.”

“Before that, there was also a young boy who came to live with the baron. That was more than thirty years ago, I believe in 1890. He was called as “young Master Edward” and he stayed with the baron for several years. He was supposedly a distant cousin whose parents had been killed in a tragic boating accident. When the boy was seventeen he and the Baron left on a trip somewhere, and only the Baron returned. Perhaps the boy was enrolled in a university.”

Edmund returned, and then the group decided to go visit the gypsies. They went to the gypsy camp to find only one old woman who was a fortune teller with a mentally disabled son who was chopping wood for her. She echoed some of the sentiments expressed by the priest, saying that while she believed in vampires she didn’t believe the baron to be one. She drew tarot cards for the group, but found only omens relating to death no matter how many times she drew. This shocked and upset her. Then suddenly a loud sound came, and they ran to see that some invisible force seemed to be lifting up her son into the air and was violently killing him, snapping his spine. The thing then seemed to fill up with something deep red in color. They tried to shoot it, and it flew away.

Returning the woman to the care of the priest, they returned to the Inn where several copies of the pagan symbol that Edmund had had the Blacksmith forge were waiting for him, along with a letter from the Baron delivered by Laslo – an invitation to come dine at the Castle with the Baron that night.

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Game 3: The Thing in the Well
Boston, Massachusetts

A week prior a package arrived at the Dorchester club and was delivered to a room in which they had all gathered.

There was a short note attached to a wire recording that read:

“Friends,

I’ve made a recording of some of my dream sessions, as mother has told me that I speak in my sleep. I listen to these tapes during my waking hours, and I have heard many strange things as a result. This particular recording I think was of interest, and I believe that it may speak of some tragedy to come, though it is scarcely sound material that any investigating authority would take seriously, not believing in the things we have seen. Even if they investigate, they will only look to the mundane, their eyes being firmly closed to the world that we know exists.

Since you proved so adept at investigating the situation at the Tannerhill House last year, I thought you might look into this for me out of the goodness of your hearts.

Yours truly,

Paul.”

Using equipment available at the clubhouse, they were able to play back his recording. It was a short recording, lasting only a few minutes. Much of it was incoherent mumbling, though he intermittently referred to a “great beast” and “children.” The last thing he said was crystal clear even if its meaning wasn’t immediately apparent:

“The children will die…the children will die…it’s the trail of the Beast…in Boston. It’s happened before….it will happen again…”

At that point in the recording, Paul trailed off once again into incoherence.

Not knowing what action to take, nothing was done. Then a newspaper arrived at the club. Gerald strode into the room with a grim look on his face, holding up a copy of the Boston Globe. The headline on the front page read “Three Children Murdered” and proceeded to describe three young children murdered on the streets of Boston, all from the slums and on the street late at night when the atrocity occurred. The murders were committed separately, one every other day over the span of a week. Police urged the parents to keep their children in at night as they continue their investigation.

Doing some research, the group was able to discover a few things:
- The bodies were found in a terrible condition with inexplicable suction wounds that sucked out partial organs and in cases broke bones.
- The bodies of the victims were found initially covered in some kind of mucus or slime that dried in the sunlight.
- A witness reported that the slime led off on a trail through the streets to the foot of the high stone wall surrounding the Cornwallis mansion.
- Obituary dated July 4, 1891. The deceased was an infant boy named Jeremy Cornwallis, still-born to Dr. and Mrs. Ambrose Cornwallis. The obituary stated that the body was to be interred in the Cornwallis family crypt in the All Heart’s Cemetery in Boston.
- An article on a double murder at the Cornwallis Mansion dated September 15, 1891. Details were not provided, but the story speculated that the still-birth of their first child some months earlier may have led to the tragedy. The article said that the couple was to be interred in the family crypt at the All Heart’s Cemetery in Boston, and that Dr. Cornwallis was survived by his sister Sarah.
- An article dated November 16, 1891. It stated that a graverobber was arrested by the police while attempting to break into the Cornwallis Family crypt in the All Heart’s Cemetery. Police speculated that robbery was the motive despite the claims of the culprit. He stated that he believed the recently deceased Dr. Ambrose Cornwallis was a warlock, and he intended to turn his body face-down.

They visited the All Hearts Cemetery and went to the Cornwallis Crypt. Written around the door frame of the family crypt, in Latin was the following motto: “To son, to father, to son, to father, to son, to father…”

They looked in the coffins, finding the body of Dr. Cornwallis face down. They opened Jeremy’s coffin and found it filled only with rocks.

Next, they went to the Cornwallis Mansion grounds. It had been reduced over the decades to a small yard surrounded by an eight foot high stone wall. The only entrance to the grounds was through the old wood carriage gates found at the end of a narrow street that wound uphill through the slums that now comprise the neighborhood. As they approached the gates, they creaked slowly open and a young boy that looked about thirteen years old with red hair and freckles emerged.

He was Ted Ryder, a delivery boy for a nearby grocer. He made a weekly delivery to Miss Cornwallis that consisted of bread, milk, and other staples, along with a standard order for seven stewing chickens. “I guess she must really like her chickens, though I can’t imagine how she eats a chicken a day. The guy that worked this route before me, he said he’d made the same delivery to her for years,” he said upon further inquiry. He revealed that Miss Cornwallis was a bit daffy, but tipped well.

Once inside the gates, they found that the house looked like it was decaying. It was surrounded by a weed choked yard. The mansion was dominated by a three-story tower located at one end of the structure, and its diamond-shaped windows looked out over the city. Traces of the drive that served the home circled the disused well in the center of the yard and then extended to the old carriage house, long collapsed, at the far corner of the property.

Looking into the well, they found a chicken bone lodged between the rocks. The carriage house was collapsed. They went to the house and were greeted at the door by old Sarah Cornwallis, who invited them in and cleared a spot for her visitors to sit down and wait while she made them tea.

She spoke of her brother Ambrose with pride, but when asked about Jeremy she broke down into mad gibberings. They had to tie her up and restrain her for her own safety, intending later to have her hospitalized.

In the meanwhile they explored the house, finding the rotten chickens in the kitchen as well as the good. They found a tub in the basement lined with deposits of what they surmised could only have been algae. On the second floor, they found a locked door that led them to the third floor tower.

The tower contained a strange laboratory filled with strange apparatuses. The room was lit by a diamond shaped stained glass window. A stuffed alligator hung from the ceiling by wires. On the desk there was a journal, along with two letters and a box.

The journal revealed the following:

  • Dr. Cornwallis was once a member of a secret “Brotherhood” that dates back to ancient times.
  • This Brotherhood awaited the birth of one referred to only as “the Child.”
  • The Brotherhood was headed by a Baron Hauptmann, who resided somewhere in the Transylvania region of Romania.
  • Cornwallis discovered the birth of “the Child” in 1880 and immediately notified Hauptmann.
  • In 1890 “young Master Edward” came to live with Cornwallis for several months before Hauptmann arrived in America. Hauptmann returned to Europe and took “young Master Edward” with him and left a special gift for Cornwallis – a pair of ‘magical’ spectacles.
  • An entry dated October 23, 1890 told of a mysterious accident involving Cornwallis’s wife and the spectacles.
  • Cornwallis told of the birth of Jeremy on July 3, 1891. He talked about his attempts to keep him alive in a tub in the basement.

The letters were written by Hauptmann and were in Latin also, postmarked from Klausenburg, Romania:

  • The first letter congratulated Cornwallis on his discovery, indicated that Hauptmann was sure the Child was the One, and sent the lineage as proof. He said “He bears the mark, and the stars are right” as well as “Praise Shub-Nigurath.”
  • The second letter said that everything was going according to plan, said he was going to come to America on May 27th to retrieve young master Edward. He said he had contacted the parents, and they understood the interest and purpose and he didn’t expect them to interfere. He indicated that the boy’s father was a typical short sighted man of business and that the man’s company was already benefiting from his decision. He promised to bring a gift of a pair of spectacles and instruct Cornwallis in their proper use.
  • He closed each letter with “Hail Yog-Sothoth.”

The box contained a pair of strange looking spectacles. Bailey put them on and they took her to an alien world where a giant arachnid crystalline sort of creature attacked her and harmed her badly in the real world. Edmund repeated the same feat, also being hurt. Eventually they leave alone the possibility of returning to that strange world to defeat the creature and return to what they were about.

They went to the well and discovered Jeremy within. They fed him chickens, but eventually decided that they must destroy him, which they do using fire.

In the coming days, no more child deaths are reported.

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Game 2: The Haunted House in Corbis Wood (continued)
Corbis Wood, Massachusetts

They all began discussing the previous night’s events, expressing concerns over whether Marta had been possessed. Paul suggested that there may be three ghosts haunting the house. He needed to regain his spiritual energy to conduct additional seances, and enlisted the group’s aid in discovering more spirits that are haunting the place. They decided to explore the remainder of the house, then head to the village.

They searched the Master Bedroom, and found Katherine Tannerhill’s bible, which had a list of dates in it.

  • June 1680 – Katherine and Quentin Tannerhill’s marriage (Handwriting Style A)
  • February 1687 – Adoption of Luther Tannerhill nee Lee (Handwriting Style A)
  • November 1692 – Begun the Purification (Handwriting Style A)
  • March 1699 – Destruction of the Devil’s Spawn (Handwriting Style A)
  • January 1700 – Beloved Katherine Tannerhill, died of the cold (Handwriting Style B)
  • January 1893 – The Devil’s Spawn has risen again (Handwriting Style A)
  • January 1895 – The Devil’s Spawn died in blood and shame…My God what have I done? (Handwriting Style A…transitions to C)

Some handwriting analysis by Mr. Berkeley resulted in the realization the later handwriting of the last two dates were in Katherine’s handwriting despite being two hundred years later, and that the handwriting on the last date at the end changes to be more similar to another example of Agnes Carrington’s handwriting.

Later they went down to the church to look through the files, which Reverend Lewis gave permission to do. They made note of a few facts they learned there:

  • Corbis Wood had a relatively uneventful history, save for the trial of Marion Lee, a spinster and seamstress, tried and hanged for witchcraft in 1687.
  • Marion Lee gave birth to a baby boy just a couple of months prior to her trial.
  • Quentin Tannerhill and Katherine Tannerhill adopted the boy, Luther Lee, in February 1687 after Marion’s execution.
  • Jenny Carrington died in 1895 from blood loss after cutting her own wrist. As it was a suicide, she was buried in an unconsecrated part of the graveyard at the Corbis Wood Congregationalist Church.

They returned to the house, and prepared for another seance. Armed with new information and some competing theories, they embarked on a course to dissipate the energy of the ghosts. They summoned Katherine, and Paul attempted to dissipate her energy, but someone broke the circle and Katherine took over Marta and began to attack them with the hatchet. They managed to subdue her with a chair by vigorously punching her and then tying her up. They eventually summoned Luther and dissipated his energy (Paul knows now only to dissipate when the code word “banana hammock” is used). Finally they end up interrogating Katherine and dissipating her energy.

They checked the bloody nail and it had stopped dripping. They checked the next morning and Jenny’s spirit was no longer there, and Paul certified that all spirits have been dissipated from the home.

Having been through so much with them, Paul decided to tell them the true story of how he acquired his abilities. In his words:

“Earlier, I told you that my abilities manifested as a child when I started to see dead people. This isn’t the truth, but a story that Herb has made me tell people. He thought it would be a good idea and make for a good story, but I don’t feel comfortable being deceptive with you all any more. The real tale is much stranger, if you can believe it.”

“When I was 17, I suffered a series of nightmares that left me hospitalized with partial amnesia. After I was discharged, I disappeared from the hospital for eight years, to return eight years later to that hospital and be admitted on account of amnesia. When I was finally discharged, I begin to manifest certain psychic abilities. I can commune with the spirits of the deceased, and sometimes I have prophetic dreams of little of great importance.”

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Game 1: The Haunted House in Corbis Wood
Corbis Wood, Massachusetts

Previously…

Several members of the Dorchester club gathered at a coach house in the city to be transported by bus to presumably haunted house in a town by the name of Corbis Wood, located just outside of Salem, Massachusetts. The Dorchester Club had purchased tickets for their members to attend an event sponsored by one of their newer members, Robert Carrington, the owner of the house.

Carrington had come into a property, once his childhood home, that he believed to be haunted. He had secured the assistance of famed spiritualist Paul Lemond (the Paul Lemond) to attempt to prove that the house is indeed haunted. In order to secure Mr. Lemond’s presence, at the insistence of Mr. Lemond’s manager Herbert Whitefield, Carrington agreed that Whitefield be allowed to sell a select number of tickets to those interested in these events. A keen businessman, Carrington proceeded to purchase a number of the tickets himself and gave them to the Dorchester Club.

The group of people given the tickets was diverse and included many notable members of the Club. Representing the organization were local artist Bailey Fields, anthropological field researcher Eliza Weathersby, veteran of the Great War and former captain James Lemont, Harvard physics professor Edmund Adler, a mysterious and unusually tall woman reputed to own and operate a speakeasy named Tiny Tim, a very private, secretive, and frail laudanum addict Raymond Berkeley, noted diminutive thespian Gerald Wilkins, and chemist Annie Holmes. A rich heiress with aspirations at acting by the name of Cecelia Peters was able to purchase a ticket before Carrington, so she was present as well. Additionally, Paul Lemond’s manager Herbert Whitefield, a hired cook and maid named Marta, as well as the home’s owner Robert Carrington all were present as well.

In the house, they found many strange things. An ominous presence. A nail dripping blood. The crushed skeleton of a child. An obituary noting the suicide of a six year old girl. An invoice for the commitment of a woman in the state mental asylum. Two seances were conducted, in which Paul Lemond contacted the spirits of Jenny Carrington and Katherine Tannerhill. Everyone went to bed that night, but how well they slept remains in question.

Facts and Clues

The Tannerhill House

  • Robert Carrington received the property by bequest. It was once his childhood home, and he believed it to be haunted by the presence of his sister Jenny. He hired Paul Lemond to conduct a seance there.
  • Eliza discovered that the house was constructed in 1680 for a wealthy merchant named Quentin Tannerhill, who lived there until 1700.
  • Eliza also discovered that the House had been unoccupied for roughly thirty years.
  • James found in the newspapers that the Tannerhill House over the years was advertised at a ridiculously low price compared to similar properties in the area.

Jenny Carrington

  • James found a newspaper in the library with an obituary notice dated 1895 mentioning the funeral of Jennifer Carrington at the Corbis Wood Congregational Church, and that the six year old girl committed suicide.
  • In the attic, Gerald and Raymond found an essay written by Jenny. A salient part read: “My friend and me play with the Jack in the Box. No one can see him but me. He is my BEST friend. He makes the box open. Mummy was very cross.”

Agnes Carrington
Robert Carrington’s mother. Robert’s father never spoke to him much of her. All he was told was that she died in a hospital when he was young.

  • Searching through some old documents in the attic, Raymond and Gerald discovered a few documents:
    • A “to do” list written by Agnes Carrington in 1892 regarding things that need fixing around the house. It mentioned that the front medium sized bedroom is very cold.
    • A letter from Agnes to David dated 1893 voicing concern about Jenny’s tantrums and unruly behavior. She asked him to return from his business trip.
    • An invoice dated 1895 from State Mental Asylum outlining the details of regular payments arranged by David Carrington (Robert’s father) for the continued care of his wife, Agnes, within the asylum.

The Cellar

  • There is a walled off area in the cellar behind a door that was previously locked.
  • Behind the walled off area, they discovered a nail sticking out of a large wooden post that was dripping blood.
  • They also found a crushed skeleton buried there under a pile of rubble. Eliza examined the bones in the cellar and believes them to be at least two hundred years old, possibly older.

Miscellaneous:
Eliza has examined all documents discovered and verified that their dating appears to be authentic.

The Seances

  • During the first seance, Paul channeled the spirit of Jenny, speaking in the voice of a small child to Robert. She mentioned that she mostly was just playing with her friend, and mentioned being afraid of “her.” Everyone heard the sound of footsteps approaching which caused Jenny to scream, Paul writhed and with great difficulty managed to break the circle. The footsteps led to the door outside the room, the handle of which turned, but didn’t open.
  • Edmund went into the hallway just afterward and said “teach me how!” causing the others to be concerned for his mental health and or possession. They found him upstairs and he mentioned a Katherine. Paul suggested conducting the seance in this room. They successfully summoned Katherine, who said:
    • “I am the guardian of this house. The Spawn of the Devil lies within and I am all that stands between it and the world. In the year of Our Lord 1680, by the grace of God, I was joined in marriage to Quentin Tannerhill, but our marriage was fruitless. Seven years passed with no children of our own until we adopted a baby as our own. What harm could there be in an infant, even one born out of wedlock, its mother tried and hanged for witchcraft? Yet it says in the scriptures that the sins of the mother shall pass on to her children, yea unto seven generations. Marion Lee was the Devil’s mistress, and Luther was his spawn. He bore her taint and the Devil’s mark. Was I wrong to kill a child? ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill’ say the scriptures yet also it says ‘Suffer not a Witch to live.’ The Bible is the only truth and the words writ within it are a testament to my actions. For my sins, I must remain and guard the living from the Devil Spawn until the Day of Judgment comes and I will greet my maker and be judged for what I have done.”
  • Edmund broke the circle, ending the seance, and they decided to call it a night.

Restless Night

  • Tiny Tim and Bailey explored the child’s room upstairs, finding a single child’s bed, a wooden chest in which they find a jack-in-the-box, a broken wooden doll, and a moth eaten cloth bear. They cranked it a few times and it popped out like a regular jack-in-the-box.
  • During the night, sounds of a child crying woke some, and others were quickly roused to the basement, where Gerald had spent the night.
  • Marta rushed down as well, clutching the hatchet out of fear, but relented when she saw nothing was amiss.
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