The Rise of Nyarlathotep

Episode 23
The battle concludes
April 17th

After the obelisk came crashing down, the investigators had a moment to think before all chaos broke loose …. again. Dr. Norman Addams had a moment to remember part of their plan that he had forgotten about. When he last saw Willow, he had told her to take her truck and come crashing onto the island after she heard and saw an explosion. In the distance they heard the crashing of the gatehouse with a truck barreling in their direction. When Jacques Tabarin Dupond went to go check to see if David Whittaker was still alive, he discovered him missing. Deciding then to just shoot the lesser god that was lumbering after him instead. Though his bullet hit, it didn’t hurt the lesser god much. The god in turn swung one of his tentacles at Monsieur Dupond only to have it bounce off a magical field caused by the amulet. Then Monsieur Dupond ran towards the truck.

Dr. Addams on the other hand was attacked by a shadowy tongue, realizing too late that although he summoned the Jackal of Anubis, he didn’t actually have control over it. He then tried to gain control, which caused enough confusion in the creature to let go, but ultimately, he did not gain control and the Jackal of Anubis attacked again as he tried to flee towards the truck. Sadly, Dr, Addams fell unconscious and was eventually suffocated to death by the creature.

Monsieur Dupond wanted to save the kind Doctor, but realized to do so would have likely caused his death, because all the while these events were taking place, Edward Gavigan was chanting a spell. When the chanting stopped, a purple frothy portal opened up and a creature with the body of an ape but with the head of an giant ant came out and landed on the truck. This creature, grabbed poor Willow and ripped her out of the car, killing her in the process. So while this hideous creature was eating an ally, the Jackal of Anubis was suffocating Dr. Addams, Monsieur Dupond jumped into the truck, turned it around, and sped the hell off the island. He made it to his Lady Friend in London, scared and not sure of the next steps.

…… And here ends the London Campaign.

Episode 22
Deciding the next order of business.
April 15th

After hearing of Mickey Mahoney’s death, David Whittaker decided to act like he was part of the police investigation and get into his office to look around. He found some nice cigars (that he pilfered) and some 20 year old Scottish whiskey. More importantly he found a locked cabinet drawer with files of stories that were incomplete or even too outrageous to print in the Scoop. Many had Egyptian themes, including ancient beasts supposedly running through London. He also found a number scribbled next to the telephone. When he called it, he got the librarian at the Penhew Foundation.

April 16th

Dr. Norman Addams began researching the Jackal of Anubis in detail. In the process he found out two important things, one is that if summoned into bright light, it would send it back to the Egyptian underworld from which it was spawned or summoning a gate to another dimension would work as well. He found a possible summoning spell, but didn’t have the money to purchase it.

David Whittaker and Jacques Tabarin Dupond spent some time researching where the attacks took place and how long between attacks. From the information they have, it appears that the Jackal of Anubis, once satiated, attacks every 4 to 5 days. It also appears to often be targeted attacks. Monsieur Dupond also visited his lady friend in the city, restoring some clarity to the chaos swirling around him. Monsieur Dupond also spend a good amount of money on some dynamite and an elephant gun which he is now legal to carry in England.

April 17th

Willow Rosenberg, secretly meets up with Dr. Norman Addams and gives him a copy of the summoning spell he needs. Most importantly with the name of the jackal itself. She said that she got it from some library, when in fact she snuck into the Penhew Foundation and stole it.

Jacques Tabarin Dupond also finally decided to find out what the two magical scepters did by touching them together. Well, it gave him power, magical power, as well as, power to defend from magical attacks. From that power, it spurned an idea. So he cast one of the spells from the Seven Cryptical Books of Hsan and created a dimensional portal to the island off of the North Sea where they thought the rituals were being held. Most of the investigators got beat up horribly by traveling through the portal, Monsieur Dupond just slipped closer into madness.

The investigators landed on the island in dusk. As they approached stealthily towards the obelisk, they noticed a couple of guards, one of whom had a tommy gun outside the house. They also noticed that a ritual was being formed where a small horrific god was raping women strapped to the obelisk in a ritual being performed by the High Priest. Another god was being summoned from the tip of the obelisk and slowing crawling down to partake of the women itself. Dr. Addams decided to in fact to summon the Jackal of Anubis to cause a distraction and it began to feed on the guards. Mr. Whittaker then in a raw moment of glory took out pistols from his cloak and shot both demon gods to distract them while Monsieur Dupond snuck up to the obelisk and set his sticks of dynamite to blow. Then the god that Mr. Whittaker actually hurt charged at him, taking a tentacle from his nose and smashing him to the ground. The other god tried to attack Monsieur Dupond, but his magical amulet protected him. Then Dr. Addams fired his shotgun at the high priest hurting him and earning his ire. Then the obelisk fell, where David Whittaker was, barely not crushing him. At this point Mr. Whittaker, on the brink of death, just faded, hoping to wake up in a much safer place. Edward Gavigan, the High Priest, then shot a spell at Dr. Addams which he absorbed with the two scepters that he got from Monsieur Dupond.

Episode 21
Nasir is lost in the North Sea
April 10

Arthur Farmingham who has spent the better part of the week, had a note from Dr. Norman Addams to meet him at King Richard’s Flagon. He arrived to a very irate bartender who pointed a shotgun at him and told him in no uncertain terms that he does not want anyone who knows Dr. Addams to ever set foot into his establishment again. Dr. Addams waved him over to his university car which now included an extra passenger on Jacques Tabarin Dupond lap, an Egyptian woman by the name of Yalesha. Given that Mr. Farmingham’s store was nearby, the investigators went there to discuss their next steps. Yalesha was able to tell them a little. She obviously thanked them profusely for saving her life. She had been told by a very angry Tewfik that if she did not help, she would disappear just like her boyfriend did. She was an entertainer at the Blue Pyramid where Tewfik was a common patron. She also knew that a number of members of the club went to an estate northwest of town during the darkest time of the month. Furthermore, she clearly remembered a few Europeans, one of whom visited every couple of weeks or so. She thought his name was Gavigan.

Dr. Addams had successfully hid the university car with Nasir in the trunk, but when they got back to the car that was hid in the shed, the trunk was open and Nasir was walking northwest out in the yard. Dr. Addams called him back which was rather unnerving for both Mr. Farmingham and David Whittaker. Nasir was clearly losing his humanity but was able to mutter something about ritual and an obelisk. It was obvious that he was being pulled toward something. Arthur Farmingham drew upon his vast knowledge of middle eastern occult knowledge to kill time as they traveled the streets of London to drop off Miss Yalesha and to visit Mickey Mahoney, to know that there are two common rituals. One was less sinister and could very well just be a sexual ritual which is common among cultists, especially in response to the overt repression of Victorian England. The other was something much more sinister. If these cultists of the Pharaoh of a Thousand Ravens were performing a ritual at the darkest time of the month, then they were trying to gain power, lots of power to summon something. The next new moon is April 23rd.

They get to The Scoop where Mr. Mahoney was happy to see the investigators, and even more happy when they gave him a bit of a story about a police coverup regarding the murders of Egyptian nationals. They needed him to see if could snoop and see if Edward Gavigan had any properties, especially anything in the country.

Monsieur Dupond couldn’t handle any more stress and after talking through the horrors he saw, and not being able to do anything with his own nightmares went to a hotel to sleep. Unable to sleep, he began studying the mythos tomes he had acquire hoping to gain secrets to reverse the damage that had been done to him by the sorcerer Tewfik.

April 11th

Jacques Tabarin Dupond continued his research and was able to heal the boils upon his skin, but did not find what he wanted regarding a spell to reverse his age. His only two leads were a) summoning an entity to ask or b) find the spell that was cast upon him and use it. He also found a psychiatrist at the London Psychiatric Hospital who was willing for the right price to talk him through his horrors. He was given a very strong narcotic from a vile labeled Plutonian. Told to only drink it when you truly need to forget.

Arthur Farmingham began researching obelisks and discovered in the last 50 years, 5 Egyptian obelisks have been imported into England. One is the famous Cleopatra’s needle who’s twin stands in NYC, two others are in museums, one is unaccounted for, and one came to London via the Carlyle Expedition.

April 13th

Mickey Mahoney was able to get back to Dr. Norman Addams with some information regarding Edward Gavigan’s holdings. Though the head of the Penhew Foundation, the property is still listed under the Penhew family. What he does own are a few clubs, the most successful being the Diamondback in Soho. He also appeared to own the deed to a 17th Century estate, once owned by the Royal Family, as of a few years ago. It is located along the North Sea not far from Harwich.

Later that day, the Investigators hopped into the Dr. Addams’ University car with the undead Nasir in the front seat helping lead the way. They passed the turn off to the estate and Nasir became increasingly agitated. Once even pounding on the dashboard until they turned around. The road to the estate traveled past a number of farms and was dusk by the time they arrived. The estate was on an island and could only be reached by the one road over a levee where there was a guard house with a solitary guard. David Whittaker noticed that there were a couple of row boats along the island and the marshy sea would not allow a boat any bigger to reach that island, maybe one of the islands further out. Dr. Addams then decided to send Nasir to the guard house where Nasir attacked the guard and ate him. A Chinese man a tommy gun and an Egyptian man carrying a shotgun came from the manor and shot the zombie into tiny pieces finally breaking the spell that Dr. Addams cast. They then spent the night at an Inn in Harwich.

April 14th

That morning at the Inn over a wonderful breakfast of bangers and mash, Dr. Norman Addams asked the innkeepers about the local environment. He found out that the estate was indeed inhabited by a wealthy man from London who spends some time, but not a lot of time there. At least once a month there are parties there, but it brings in money to the local economy, so not much is said. If they want to know more, check at the local pub for a man named John Drayson, a bearded hired help for the farms that feed into the estate.

They went back to London where Dr. Addams began researching the specific obelisk that was brought back from the Carlyle Expedition. He discovered that it appeared to have a poem that praised the Pharaoh of a Thousand Ravens and talked about the sacrifices of his enemies on the darkest of nights. It appeared to be taken from a tomb of some type.

April 15th

David Whittaker discovered from the latest issue of the Scoop that Mickey Mahoney was found outside less than block from the newspaper offices. The medical examiner in the article mentioned that he appeared to be suffocated, but no witnesses saw the attack and his body was only found in the morning. Jacques Tabarin Dupond took the news hard, not because he particularly remembered who he was, but rather that his death was exactly like his almost death due to the Jackal of Anubis.

Episode 20
The Jackal of Anubis attacks .....
April 9th

After leaving the shop of Tewfik al-Sayad, they heard him scream in anger. Jacques Tabarin Dupond then looked up as Dr. Norman Addams started the university’s car. He noticed that there was some shimmering and light being reflected, and realized that it was coming from the mirror in the apartment. There was another man reflected, a white man, in that mirror. Then it went blank. Dr. Addams then drove off to meet up with David Whittaker at the King’s Flagon, but every time he stopped the car, he heard the baying of a dog, wolf, or jackal. When he stopped outside of the pub, he heard just silence. Dr. Addams was on high alert and saw the Jackal of Anubis. Though he had to delve into his vast occult knowledge, dipping slowly more into insanity to learn that the Jackal of Anubis is an assassin sent by Anubis and his father, the Pharaoh of a Thousand Ravens, and can only be dispelled briefly with intense light, but only destroyed through a ritual that sends it back to the plane of existence it came from or killing the person who is summoning it. Neither Mr. Whittaker nor Monsieur Dupond saw the hound coming. It is a 2D shadow about the size of Bengal Tiger and it’s tongue lashed out and began suffocating Monsieur Dupond. Mr. Whittaker stares at it in horror, stunned for a few seconds while the jackal kept suffocating Monsieur Dupond, but before it could kill him, Dr. Addams ran over to the car and turned on the headlights. The Jackal of Anubis then released the Frenchman, but let out a scream of pain that was truly horrible. The investigators then went inside the pub and drank to forget the events of the day.

April 10th

The investigators went to a hotel to stay together, though Monsieur Dupond stayed up most of the night trying to figure out what the two scepters were. All he could figure out was that they must be touched together while utter the phrase “oh great Osiris, grant me power,” a common magical phrase. He fell asleep at the desk with the scepters in his hand.

In the morning, they discussed what they wanted to do next. It was resolved that though they suspected that no one would show up at the King’s Flagon, that they would go anyways. David Whittaker would go there early and scout out the place. He arrived a little after 10 in the morning before there were any patrons. Mr. Whittaker noticed an odd occurrence. A table that wasn’t there the night before, was in the room. What became odd was that as patrons began coming in for lunch, no one sat at the table. No one. When Monsieur Dupond, along with the Professor, got there, Mr. Whittaker slipped them a piece of paper about the table. The Frenchman and the professor then decided to sit at that table. What became even odder was that they disappeared out of view when they did so, but it was busy, so Mr. Whittaker just assumed he lost sight of them briefly.

Then, just before noon, a cloaked figure walked in, though not as imposing as one might think being called “The Master.” Mr. Whittaker filched their purse, noticing that it was a she, a rather beautiful, young middle eastern woman. In the purse was a couple of guineas, but also a limestone circle about 2 inches in diameter with a ankh on one side and pyramid on the other. Dr. Addams and Monsieur Dupond then had a conversation with “The Master,” but soon realized that she was sweating, almost like she was nervous about something. She eventually mouthed the words, “help me. I swear I can help you.” Then suddenly the table began morphing into the body of Tewfik al-Sayad who then cursed at the woman and shouted “Sharmotah.” Mr. Whittaker, and only him, noticed that the sorcerer was not alone, and there were three other cultists taking out their signature clubs from underneath their coats. He got off a shot without anyone finger him, other than the cultist he shot. Monsieur Dupond saw Tewfik chanting and did a flying rugby tackle, which likely saved the Egyptian woman’s life, because Tewfik’s anger then was focused on him. Then likely the scariest thing, Monsieur Dupond has ever seen happened. The sorcerer’s eyes turned black and then tendrils came out of them and attached themselves to Monsieur Dupond’s forehead. Instantly, he felt the life being sucked out of him and within 30 seconds aged 8 years. Monsieur Dupond was barely holding on to reality. Dr. Addams then took his sword cane and cut the tendrils, freeing the Frenchmen from certain death. Mr. Whittaker then shot a cultist in the head, killing him instantly. Then the two remaining cultists hit Dr. Addams, who promptly killed one by slicing his throat. Mr. Whittaker took a shot and killed the last one. Then Monsieur Dupond took out his revolver but couldn’t hit Tewfik very well, once being deflected by a magical amulet. Then the sorcerer casted some horrible spells back at him. But Tewfik was killed after sword hit by the professor and shot by David Whittaker. Then the woman ran into Monsieur Dupond’s arms, thanking him profusely for saving her life.

Reanimation of Nasir
April 9th

After meeting at The Scoop, the investigators noticed two swarthy men of middle eastern descent that were in the same position next to a street lamp post as when they were leaving as when they arrived. Tired of being followed, they led them into an alleyway. Using Dr. Norman Addams as bait, Jacques Tabarin Dupond hid behind some crates. As they approached the Professor, Monsieur Dupond snuck up and cold cocked one of the cultists, knocking him instantly unconscious. The other, not yet realizing what happened, hit Dr. Addams with his club with a large tooth imbedded in it. Monsieur Dupond kicked the remaining cultist and Dr. Addams hit him with his sword cane enough that the cultist decided to run and the investigators decided to not chase after him. They got one to interrogate.

Monsieur Dupond found a deserted warehouse to drag the cultist into. They tied him up to a post with rope and riffled through his clothes. They found a few quid, a knife, and a note that read: “Follow the Professor. He has seen too much. If he compromises the Brotherhood, hill him.” – signed The Master. They then splashed him with dirty, rank water from a tub in the warehouse. He was rather belligerent, constantly spiting at the investigators. Though the investigators tried interrogating him, as the Professor speaks Arabic, they didn’t learn much. So they decided to dispatch him quickly with a knife to the throat. Then it dawned on Dr. Addams that he remembered from his reading of Africa’s Dark Secrets that many African cults believe in bringing people back to life to ask questions as their memories still subside, but are much more amiable to suggestion. Monsieur Dupond thought of opening a portal from the note to the location where it was written, but they thought the Professor’s idea was simpler. After raising Nasir from the dead, he answered their questions, but still doesn’t know who the Master is, but he was happy to lead them to some place called Tewfik’s Spice Shop where Nasir says he was given the message from an emissary to the Master.

After realizing that the shop is closed for the day, and the apartment upstairs is vacant, Monsieur Dupond goes around back and breaks into back room. He is instantly overpowered by spices that are stored back here. With both the Professor and the zombie in tow, they walked into the store proper where there they noticed a set of stairs that lead upstairs. Upstairs was clearly where the proprietor of the shop lives. The living room and bedroom were nicely adorned with couches and pillows to sit on, along with a glass cabinet with lots of Egyptian god figurines. There was also a small kitchen and bathroom. But in the living room there was a large slightly asymmetric mirror that was lined with gold trimming. The trimming was of unspeakable creatures, and men and women in compromising positions, both sexual and partially eaten. Dr. Addams though noticed a desk that appeared to be slightly bigger than it initially appeared. Unfortunately for him, it was locked. Monsieur Dupond, though, is quite proficient in opening locks of all types. This lock was not a simple lock either. They key lock, only unlocked the drawers, but after about 15 minutes of moving small wooden pieces in the desk, he was then able to open up desk top. Inside behind the drawers, was some priestly ornaments (like a robe and an ankh with a raven), two scepters made of metal that appears to not exist, and a scroll in Egyptian hieroglyphs. As they later found out, the scroll is a spell where they can change into any form, though they stay of flesh.

The investigators then decided to wait in the apartment until the proprietor returned. Tewlik al-Sayad went through the front door, not noticing that his back door had been broken into. He walked upstairs to his apartment where he was grabbed by Nasir. Though initially surprised, he gained his composure rather quick. He informed the investigators that they had angered the true god and that their duty as loyal followers to remove the thorn in his side. They told Tewlik that they want to meet the Master and want him to show up at the King’s Flagon in Whitechapel at noon tomorrow. They decide to not try and kill him, but let him go with threats. They leave noticing that he smelled of perfume and hookah smoke. There are not many places in London where one would smell like that.

The investigators leave Twelik’s Spice Shop and head back into the City where they begin trying to figure out a ritual to get Oliver Arterbury from the painting, but also to enlist all the help they can.

Episode 18
Not all Lawyers are evil
April 7th

The Investigators left the Shipley house in a rush, but after they awoke began discussing their adventures so far and where to go next. They met up with David Whitaker who thought their story of someone being caught in a painting as a bit far fetched.

Dr. Norman Addams met with a contact of his, a former student, one Miss Willow Rosenburg on her lunch break in the City. Miss Rosenburg was 24 and worked for a law firm, but on her free time she was a psychic detective. She had her nose into Occult London, better than some. She was a bit exuberant and though a true believer, was still woefully unknowable about the Mythos and true evil. She definitely knew a number of true and fake tarot readers, psychics, and magicians, but most pertinent to the investigators was that she had been following leads on cultists attacking people. Though not exclusively, many are of Egyptian descent. They are known for attacking with clubs with a single spike. Dr. Addams asked her to keep looking into all things Egyptian, but to be careful.

Monsieur Dupond sent off the ripped painting to be restored. It will come back with no obvious damage, the mystical nature has been ruined. Dr. Addams and Monsieur Dupond began researching how to summon Oliver Arterbury from the painting.

April 8th

Monsieur Dupond spent some money to hire a good, but discreet law firm to look into the Penhew Foundation. They discovered that their books look clean, almost too clean. The only anomalies that they found were that there were some shipments, especially to Shanghai through the Eastern Sea Shipping Company, that lacked descriptions. Given how meticulous everything else was, they looked suspicious. Plus at least one seems to line up nicely with a shipment they discovered in Ho Fong’s warehouse. But they also learned that the Penhew Foundation is the sole heir of the Penhew money and is run by a man named Edward Gavigan. For 20 years, the Penhew Foundation has funded Egyptological studies and excavations. The two most notorious that they helped fund was the ill fated Carlyle expedition and the recent discovery of King Tut’s tomb.

April 9th

While the law firm was researching the Penhew Foundation, the investigators went to the offices of The Scoop, one of the many papers of London, but one that loves to focus on mysterious murders, scandalous sex scandals, and weird events (along with the news that everyone expects). There they met Mickey Mahoney, the owner. He had met Jackson Elias and knew he was onto a story about a Cult in London that had high connections, but he went to New York and died before he got the story. Mr. Mahoney showed them some of the articles that he remembered Jackson Elias had looked at.

Episode 17
The Paintings Come Alive!
April 3rd

When we last left off our adventurers, they had been jumped by Cultists of the Pharaoh of a Thousand Ravens. Jacques Tabarin Dupond had received a call from Dr. Norman Addams early in the day, but Monsieur Dupond had a prior engagement. By the time Monsieur Dupond showed up, the cultists were all unconscious in the alleyway behind the King Richard’s Flagon. Without a blink in their eyes, they hopped into car that Dr. Addams requisitioned from the University and drove off. They arrived at the house of Miles Shipley around 10 o’clock at night. The house was a two story wooden house built in the mid 1800s. It might have been a nice house once upon a time, but like the other houses of the area, it was pretty run down by the mid 1920s. Paint was peeling, concrete steps were crumbling, and wooden rails were missing. There was an old skylight on the right side of the house and light was shining through a curtained window.

Dr. Addams walked up to the front door and it was opened by a kind, old woman who they quickly realized was Miles Shipley’s mother. After Monsieur Dupond put on his French charm, Mrs. Shipley let them in the house to show them the paintings. She went to see Miles to let him know guests had arrived and to clean up. Then she showed up with some tea. Only Dr. Addams took some tea, the others politely refused. Miles Shipley came out. He was jittery and sweated a lot. Obviously hadn’t slept in awhile, but once it was mentioned that they were interested in his paintings, he was able to control himself. They were shown into the Garret, a large room with an easel in the center of the room with a half finished picture that interested Oliver Arterbury greatly. It showed a snake slithering into the jungle, but the snake was moving with nothing painted yet behind it. There were 10 finished paintings hanging on the walls. Most were of just horrific creatures and images, but Mr. Arterbury noticed that they all had one thing in common. There was a serpentine image in everyone. One painting in particular of Africa interested Dr. Addams. It was a mountain in Eastern Africa with african people praying to a god hidden into the mountain. Dr. Addams dug deep into his knowledge of the Mythos and saw the mountain shift into a man or a woman or both who’s head is replaced by a bright red tongue. Then it shifted back to the mountain, then to a bloated woman with tentacles, and then back to the mountain. His ability to deal with madness is almost legendary even after drinking tainted tea. While the other two had Mr. Shipley’s attention, Monsieur Dupond noticed that there were two doors. One was locked and likely a closet, the other led to a basement. Monsieur Dupond bought this painting, because it was clear that it related to the quest that they were deep into. He noticed that Mrs. Shipley when they left, was too nice. It was clear that she wanted them out of the house. Afterwards they drove to a late night pub where Mr. Arterbury got a chance to meet these two experienced travelers who have seen far worse than they care to remember.

April 6th

They decided at the pub to further investigate this artist, mostly because they thought that Mrs. Shipley was definitely hiding something. They went back to the house, but this time to scout it out for a couple of days. They noticed a few things. Mrs. Shipley during the sunniest part of the day was outside laying in a hammock among the trees of the backyard. There were two doors in and out of the house, but Monsieur Dupond also noticed a coal shoot. One night, they saw Miles Shipley bring home a woman that he didn’t seem too interested in. They waited for her to come out to follow home, but she never did. So during the day on Tuesday, they snuck into the basement through the coal shoot. They had to climb through some boxes and broken chairs to a pathway that led from the wall to the stairs. They climbed up the stairs to where the paintings were stored. They ignored everything except the closet which they unlocked. Inside was a single easel with a covered painting. Dr. Addams quickly pulled off the cover to see the painting underneath. The painting was magical.

The entire painting was set on a beach next to a marsh or swamp. On the left side there was a shack, that has a sign out front, like a bar on the backstreets of London, with some light coming from a window. Above the shack was a moon, a full moon, that is dripping on the shack with silver rain drops. There was also a shooting star streaking across the sky. There was a woman running towards the shack with a dog on a leash. They could actually see her run, moving across the painting. On the right side, at the edge of the beach and next to the water, were humanoid snake creatures eating the flesh out of shells. The meat is a fluorescent blue. One of the snakemen looked up at the woman running away and another was looking straight at the adventurers looking at the painting with hunger in their eyes.

Both Dr. Addams and Monsieur Dupond were able to resist the lure of the painting. Mr. Arterbury was unable and was literally sucked into the painting to see the snakemen turn and begin to eye him as food. He ran with everything he had and was able to get to the shack. Inside, was almost an even more bizarre scene. In the bar were Roman legionnaires, musketeers, and samurai all sitting at table drinking their preferred drink. The bartender motioned for Mr. Arterbury to come closer.

Back in the house, shocked to see their companion lost into a painting, Monsieur Dupond drew his knife and cut the painting. Then the painting lost all motion, but then they heard the scream of a woman. Shortly afterwards, they hear a door slam. Both of them ran and crashed through the window, as they saw Mr. Shipley lose her face and become the head of a cobra angry.

Session 16
An Artist in Bethnal Green
April 3rd

It was a long trip from Shanghai but Dr. Norman Addams decided to relax by visiting one of his old contacts, one Arthur Framingham, owner of East End Occult Books in Whitechapel. It was an old place, full of books and articles of knowledge. Walking in felt liked walk in to the late 1800s. They were talking about current events and about this odd artist that had a galley show in the City and that a few prostitutes seem to have gone missing. Though no bodies have been found, people are talking about the Ripper and the Curse of King Tut. Then in walked an artist, a painter by trade, who had bought a painting at a showing by Miles Shipley at the aforementioned gallery show. Not mean people were interested and most walked out disgusted. All of Miles Shipley’s paintings were disturbing, but one peaked Oliver Arterbury interest. It was a picture of a pyramid with dark pharaoh at the base with dead minions at his feet. In his hands was a khopesh that was dripping blood. Ravens were flying around the pyramid and above the pharaoh’s head. From one of the dead bodies out came some snakes. This painting caused Dr. Addams a shiver, because he has seen the person in this painting ….. in the war. In Military Hospital #5.

Arthur Framingham rang up on his telephone, the only modern device in the shop, an old acquaintance, one Jacob Burns. Mr. Burns has helped give insight in many of a rare acquisition. He told Mr. Framingham that he could give him a line on Miles Shipley, but they would have to meet him at the King Richard’s Flagon a number of blocks north towards Bethnal Green. When the left the bookshop, they all noticed that they were being followed. They grabbed a cab and took the long way to the pub. From Mr. Burns they discovered that Mr. Shipley lives in an old decrepit house deep inside Bethnal Green and that Mr. Shipley is known to have been seen with a couple of girls. Though that is not uncommon. Oliver Arterbury noticed after they had been at the pub for awhile, that a couple of the people they noticed earlier was staking out the pub. They asked the bartender if there was a back way, but Arthur grabbed a firepoker and Oliver took a large mug. The mug particularly served them well as they were attacked by cultists in the back alley. Dr. Addams welded his can expertly, though himself took a few good blows, and assisted by Oliver’s mug, they took out two cultists immediately. Then two more showed up that were the ones that Oliver saw up front. Arthur quickly realized that the fights in the movies aren’t like the fights in real life as he attempted to hit the cultists with the firepoker, eventually giving up and trying to grapple. It became a comedy of errors until Dr. Addams whacked the bandit unconscious. They noticed that all of the cultists were heavily scarred and that all of them had a raven branded on their forehead. Mr. Arterbury realized that he had heard of the cultists and that they are rumored to follow an ancient Egyptian pharaoh known as the Black Pharaoh or the Pharaoh of a Thousand Ravens. The cult has been in London for at least the past 3 years. Dr. Norman Addams realized that their arrival in London is known by their foes …..

Session 15
Where Jack Brady is finally met
March 4th

As the investigators run from the sounds of Dr. Addams’s screams of what are chasing them, they burst out into the courtyard. They see two sets of guards, one patrolling in front of the mansion and another set arguing with prostitutes at the front gate. They abandon their original plan of flushing out with the refuse, but instead flee towards the gate. Bullets fly pass David Whittaker who had no shame in fleeing from that which he doesn’t understand. Phillip Gibbs got grazed by a couple of bullets. Neither Dr. Addams nor Jacques Tabarin Dupond who was carrying the unconscious Mei-Ling were able to run fast enough. Monsieur Dupond was scratched and bitten from behind, but knew better than to look at what was behind him. Dr. Addams screamed in horror as the tentacles phased through him tickling his inner organs. The only thing that saved him from becoming a drooling broken man was the brandishing of his sword cane, which gave him just enough resolve to run away, but not before he was bloodied and had the skin ripped off his back. The guards next to the gate see the Ultraviolet Devourers coming after the investigators and only barely hold on to their sanity. After dropping their weapons, they were able to keep their wits to swing punches at Mr. Gibbs who they just grazed and Mr. Whittaker who they clocked behind the head almost knocking him out. As they struggled to get out the gate, Monsieur Dupond comes running full speed at the gate kicking it open with all the strength he had left. As they scrambled to the streets, Mr. Whittaker looked around to see if they were still being chased. He sees the tentacle flying fish like creatures and sees them shirk from the street light lamps, though the realization of the horror causes much mental strain. They saw a car in the street that blinked once. Recognizing the man inside, they piled the unconscious and weary and drove off.

The man in the car was in fact Jack Brady. “I owe you a big debt for saving the life of Mei-Ling, but I can’t fantom the horrors she put up with.” Monsieur Dupond talked the most in the car with him as they drove to the Shanghai Museum. There was much to talk about and not much time to do it. Mr. Brady was very clear that this would be the only time they ever meet. It was too dangerous to do it again, for everyone’s sake. He talked about Roger Carlyle’s Negro girlfriend was the one that introduced him to the knowledge of this dark god who manifests into many forms and into many names. It was her that spurned him to organize the expedition to Egypt where they intentionally uncovered something that was best kept underground. Mr. Brady knew then that he had to get Roger Carlyle away from this. He was mad and had to be drugged. He got him smuggled from Mombasa and intended to go to Shanghai. Mr. Carlyle had lost too much sanity and was committed to a sanitarium in Hong Kong. From the rest of the expedition went to Kenya where all the expedition was sacrificed to this dark god, except, he suspected Penhew, Huston, and Patty Masters. He knew for certain when he saw silhouetted by moonlight a pale, but unmistaken Audrey Penhew aboard Ho Fong’s Yacht.

Once they got to the Shanghai Museum the investigators met up with Dr. Mu Hsien whom they had met a few days before. In the early hours of the morning, they talked about the interconnection of all these cults, all dedicated to one aspect of this dark god. All the signs suggest that something horrible is going to happen on January 21st, 1926. Though no astronomers appear to have link to this date, every cultist that Brady has talked to knows that this is the day the dark god will come back to this world. Dr. Mu has only had time to translate part of the 5th scroll of the Seven Cryptical Books of Hsan, but that was the most important. This copy of the scroll has both origins of the Order of the Bloated Woman and how to bring her to this world to rule, but also how to stop her. There is a ritual called The Eye of Light and Darkness that is capable of sealing gates to other worlds, the worlds where Nyarlathotep resides.

David Whittaker then suggested that they go to house of Isoge Taro to ask for assistance of getting out of Shanghai quickly and without pursuit. Under the cover of the Japanese military they were taken to a ship that took them to Tokyo. From Tokyo they took another ship to Eastern Russia and from there trains to Moscow and eventually to London. After almost a month of travel, they arrived in London on April 1st. For better or worse, Jacques Tabarin Dupond read the entirety of the Seven Cryptical Books of Hsan and gained a greater glimpse of the evil that they are trying to stop. Dr. Norman Addams teeters on insanity, but has forced himself to hold it together for at least one more adventure. Phillip Gibbs arrives in London with his stash of opium depleted. He can’t handle what he has seen without it.

Session 14
Breaking and Entering
March 4th

After a very late night, where the investigators burned down Ho Fong’s main Shanghai warehouse, they slept in late having breakfast served to them by the hotel. The morning newspapers had the fire on the front page. The police are looking for a European who vaguely matches Phillip Gibbs who was reported at the scene looking suspicious. David Whittaker went over the log books that he found at the warehouse. Nothing concrete, but he did find shipments of “art objects” and “books” to various places most notably to the Penhew Foundation in London and to Ahja Singh in Mombasa, Kenya. Though there were other shipments to Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro, those two rang loud bells and trace back to the murder of Jackson Elias in New York. The oddest entry was for multiple shipments of mining equipment to a Mortimer Wycroft of Cuncudgerie in Western Australia. Nothing previously found has any connection to Australia than a vague image in a dream by Dr. Norman Addams. Mr. Whittaker also went and visited Isoge Taro with some of the pieces of the strange equipment found in the warehouse. Captain Isoge pulled out a engineering plan of a rocket, something that his source had picked up. The similarity to the pieces to this plan was unnerving. Mr. Isoge felt that this information was very valuable to his government. The reference to AP remains mysterious.

Jacques Tabarin Dupond on the other hand that morning received an unsigned note from the front desk that read: “I saw you in my dreams, if you can rescue her, I will be willing to chance a meeting, even though my life would be in danger by doing so.” This was of course believed to be the infamous Jack Brady, but it was disturbing to Monsieur Dupond that his dreams may have been more than a dream.

David Whittaker then spent most of the rest of the afternoon scouting out Ho Fong’s mansion just outside of the International Settlement to decrease any interference by the Gurkha. He then started to form a plan to break in, if someone else could come up with a distraction. The mansion had high walls, but nothing a ladder hidden in an alley couldn’t solve. Had barbed wire, broken glass, and broken off spear points on top, but nothing a blanket couldn’t cover. Then the problem to escape was potentially solved by his discovery of a shack that houses the gardener that has a outhouse, dumping pit that probably goes to the sewer.

While Mr. Whittaker was scheming the plan to break into Ho Fong’s mansion, Dr. Addams and Monsieur Dupond were brain storming a distraction. After some discussion of luring Mr. Ho out into public for a gathering or even that Monsieur Dupond might arrive and announce himself and become the distraction, it was felt that those options either cost too much or were too dangerous. So they went to the Silk Butterfly House to see about hiring some prostitutes for a fictitious party at Ho Fong’s mansion. They approached Madame Gee and Dr. Addams flattered her with the money that could be made by providing flower girls at such a high profile event. She offered both of them tea and girls, though they only partook of the tea. Then Monsieur Dupond had one last, slightly strange, request. He wanted the girls to bring fireworks to shoot off at their approach to the mansion around 10:30 at night

So with a plan in place, the investigators headed to the mansion to put the plan in action. They placed the ladder they had stashed in an alley way along the backside of the mansion’s walls, David Whittaker then laid a trap where he soaked the blanket with oil and put two hooded lit lanterns underneath it. If the blanket would to be pulled off, the plan would be to set a fire and cause burns. Dr. Norman Addams scaled down the wall with grace, using his sword cane to brace his landing. Mr. Whittaker and Monsieur Dupond both fell hard twisting their ankles. Dr. Addams noticed the Inner Court that was surrounded by a small stone wall, four to five feet high, with a wooden door that lead into it. The door was easily unlocked and the investigators entered the mansion unseen as fireworks were exploding on the other side of the mansion. Monsieur Dupond knew from his dream within a dream that he knew that Mei Ling was hidden in a room with no windows. The garden was beautifully maintained with a sand ocean surrounded by manicured bushes and trees. Though there were rooms across the garden, the investigators focused on the northeast corner where they saw part of the mansion that had no windows. They saw a bronze statue of Buddha through a translucent paper wall, but saw no obvious entrance beyond. Exploring to the room to the south, they saw a woman, who did not even notice their entrance, bobbing back and forth eating something still alive. Realizing that there must be a room at the north east corner of the mansion, they went back and examined the Buddha statue in detail. Monsieur Dupond noticed that there was a thin line around the next of the statue. He then tried to rotate the head, which caused the statue to slide across the ground opening up a short hallway. Unbeknownst to the investigators, they were noticed going into this room. The hallway had two alcoves, but as soon as Monsieur Dupond walked down the hallway and looked back, he saw the same shadow of a statue he saw in his brief stint inside Jack Brady’s mind. They walked into a large room where they saw the giant 8 foot statue of the Bloated Woman which they all feel look straight at them, but they have seen and felt worse and all shrugged off it as just the light from above catching the crystals the statue. Monsieur Dupond looked up to see where the light came from and saw that the faint light of the room came from shimmering characters that were the Bloated Woman in classic Chinese. He became mesmerized, feeling himself sucked into another world. He walked down a hallway to the the Bloated Woman where they embrace with her tentacles caressing him. He realizes what is happening and screams, falling to his knees as he gains a grip again in reality. They also saw a locked teak cabinet and Mei Ling locked in her glass torture chamber. They got Mei Ling out who was in poor shape, naked, starved, and festering with wounds from rat bites. She was in no shape to resist and didn’t even register that she was freed.

Dr. Norman Addams then noticed that Ho Fong and one of his guards was walking him back to his room. David Whittaker saw that a room south of the Inner Court that shut, seemingly by itself. Thinking that someone had noticed them, decided to change plans and burst out through the front door. So he fired his gun at Ho Fong and his guard causing them to duck into another room, and they ran past. Dr. Addams made the mistake of looking behind him and saw the Sorcerer who they have encountered before materialize behind them. He had a glass prism that shone with the colors of the rainbow. Throwing the prism down, it smashed and the light began to coalesce into three shapes. Hideous creatures that looked like a mutation of an anglerfish and a piranha with tentacles flickering in the pale light of the hallway. The investigators run even faster, because Dr. Addams has seen these creatures before ……


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