Call of Cthulhu: Skullhouse

Weltgeist, Part 2

Weltgeist concludes.

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Weltgeist, Part 1

The beginning of Weltgeist.

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September 26 - October 19, 1921
Missing Child in Visitacion Valley

Events following a few weeks after the Investigators’ confrontation with Drood lead them to join the hunt for a missing girl in Visitacion Valley.

Investigators Involved

Alex Hasley
Sarah McIntosh
Sophie Leroux
Thomas Holub


Little Angelina Rossi was last seen near this Southern Pacific Tunnel by her friends Danny Morton and Rosa Monotti

Timeline

Sept 26[?]: Father Miles LeClerq questions Investigators regarding the death of Father Kolvenbach.

Sept. 28: Memorial Service for Joseph P. Linehan, the city employee killed in the gunfight on Red Rock Hill.

Oct. 11: Vigilantes contact Investigators to warn that Harold Gray has left town, his whereabouts unknown.

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Oct. 16: 11-year-old Angelina Rossi fails to return to her Visitacion Valley home after going out for groceries in the neighborhood. She was last seen by her young friends Danny Morton and Rosa Monotti.

Oct. 17: Investigators see an Examiner article, “Missing Child in Visitacion Valley.” The coincidence of this possible abduction with Gray’s disappearance and the approach of October 31 are not lost on the Investigators.

Unbeknownst to Investigators, Reverend Ambrose A. Armstrong, who leads the nearby traveling tent revival and takes evening walks near the SP tunnel, goes missing himself the evening of the 17th.

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Oct. 18: Investigators join the search for Angelina Rossi, interviewing the girl’s mother and a few other people from the neighborhood.

Geological engineer Alex Hasley notes that the embankment across the tracks is actually an old Ohlone shellmound, part of which has been removed to make way for the Southern Pacific spur.

On top of the mound, Alex spots three small piles of out-of-place stones marking the corners of a triangle. Each pile conceals a small chunk of gold. In the center of the imagined triangle, Sarah notes that the grass is somewhat depressed, as if a spherical object rested there recently.

Snooping around in Armstrong’s trailer near the revival turns up some surprising boudoir photographs of men concealed at the bottom of a locked trunk. Were the Reverend’s evening strolls in pursuit of taboo companionship?

Clint and Bingo, a pair of hobos at the North end of the railroad tunnel, say a man in what could have been Armstrong’s attire walked out of the tunnel in the predawn hours, accompanied by what one of the ’bos thought was an unleashed dog.

A consultation with Professor Woodrow Dilman at the Anthropology Museum reveals that the removed portion of the shellmound contained some sort of chamber, and that artifacts from disparate regions were found buried in the midden.

Meanwhile, the Reverend’s wife Sylvia Armstrong has brought in private dick Frankie Molop to find her husband discretely. Wayne Nolan has taken charge of the revival in the Reverend’s absence.


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September 24-25, 1921 - (Skullhouse Date February 2, 2016)
thingmaker's adventure log

Saturday, Sept. 24

The investigators make short work of digesting the contents of Harold Gray’s Little Red Book:

The contents are clear and easy to read, consisting of three sections with some useful hints or warnings and help with pronunciation.

1) A ritual for protection against domination of the mind – Detailed and relatively simple, with some tips on pronunciation. Accompanying is an illustration depicting the iron cage apparatus, found in the secret room. It requires also a ritual knife, and some of the blood of the “operator” the effect is claimed to extend to a ten foot radius and to last for “some hours”.

George Gray suggests that the ritual be done in the pre-dawn hours and contact with Drood be made only during daylight.

2) The Voorish Sign. A simple set of instructions for a set of thirteen hand gestures and an incantation to produce what appears to be a spell for rendering other spells more effective. It is stated that this ritual would improve the previous protective spell against mental domination by extending the effect for a full day and “enhance the potency”.

3) The Sigil – There is a spell for making one of the triskelion symbols “active”… It requires an incantation and a bit of blood.

With the Voorish sign and a careful study of the ritual for protection, the investigators are ready to go. Plans are made to cast the pair of spells early Sunday morning and to move on the old brick works by daylight.

Sunday, September 25

The spell casting seems to work and the “cage” becomes suffused with a shadowy sort of darkness which is mildly disturbing to look at…

The RCV support consists of Jessie Cook, Inspector Gregory, a new recruit from the shotgun squad named Tom Malloy, a detective the investigators do not know named Neil Corcoran and Joseph Linehan from the Department of Public Works. Shotguns are carried by just about everyone.
Lights, tools and dynamite are also carried.

Sarah makes a point of cautioning everyone to stay within the ten foot radius of the ritual cage device, which may be its limit of protection.

By daylight on Sunday the group approaches the brick works. They are attacked by Jake Luzinsky and another United Service operative and a gun battle ensues. A third attacker with a rifle opens fire from near the summit of the hill and Dr. Marsh is badly wounded. Joseph Linehan is killed… Dr. Marsh is carrying special ammunition for his shotgun and he brings down the rifleman with a slug.

After first dropping a stick of dynamite down the shaft the investigators make their way down the nearly thirty foot ladder – being careful to remain within the influence of the “cage”. Around this point Gregory nearly panics but is brought round by Sarah.

Drood is seen first as a black sihouette with redly glowing eyes and his hollow voice is heard as, from the far end of a twenty-five foot chamber, he invokes another of the, previously encountered “demons”.

Massed gunfire has an effect and the demon is vanquished. Drood escapes down a stairway while the investigators are briefly beset by hordes of rats.

As the investigators move down the steps there is a commotion as Drood is seen by Cook and the other RCV detective behind them. This causes the detective to panic and flee but no further harm is done.

At the bottom of the concrete stairs Dr. Marsh is in the lead when they emerge into a larger, roughly circular, chamber carved in the red rock – some sixty feet across. The doctor is nearly caught by the hypnotic effect of a corruscating light ball set in the wall just at the foot of the steps. He fires his shotgun into the ball and it shatters…

Drood confronts the investigator from roughly the center of the chamber immediately before a twenty-five foot triskelion which appears carved into the floor of the chamber. Drood is fully revealed as a tall humanoid form, much of his body glistening blackly but with pallid fleshy bits which seem to be in motion – flowing across his form. Dr. Marsh throws dynamite which lands just behind Drood. The explosion stops whatever spell Drood had been attempting and lands him more or less at the investigators feet.

Hector Gonzalez runs shrieking towards the investigators, being attacked by a horde of rats and he is shot down.

The dead or dying Drood, with bits of pale human flesh showing intermittently, is blasted in the head with a shotgun and black sludge flows out the neck-stump… The whole of the body seems to flow out, leaving nothing but a puddle of nastiness.

There’s a chair in the center of the large triskelion, dripping more black goo. The triskelion is elaborately worked with fine lines apparently engraved on most of its surface. It is damaged from the dynamite blast… Two apparent Gate circles are found on the walls of the chamber, one of them entirely intact. Not for long…

A shelf with papers and many small jars and bottles is found and looted. – Details of the material will be forthcoming… (I forget what I actually described and have lost track of the list… But I hope I will find it.)

The chamber is set with all the remaining dynamite and the investigators and RCV leave,. blowing the whole thing up behind them. The effect outside is underwhelming… A deep but muffled roar and a brief plume of dust shoots up from the shaft.

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February 2, 2016 recap

In brief:

Using the improvised spellbook that George Gray left for his brother Harold, Sarah is able to learn the Voorish Sign and cast a spell of protection against mind control effects. She has to do a ritual with Gray’s spherical metal cage, then carry the cage with her. Anyone without about 10’ is protected. Using the Voorish sign enhances the protection so that it lasts an entire day.

Some vigilantes are recruited to join the cause and the group returns to Red Rock Hill, where they are ambushed by Harold Gray’s United Services thugs. One of the cops is badly injured, and Dr. Marsh takes a bullet that gives him a major wound.

At the old quarry site, Marsh drops a precautionary stick of dynamite down the chute, then all descend about 30’ by ladder. On the way down, everyone hears Drood’s voice trying to influence them, but the magic charm holds. At the bottom, they are almost immediately confronted by Drood, who now looks like Mr. Fire-Eyes. He summons another of the creatures that attacked at the hotel. Lots of lucky gun play distracts Drood a bit and puts down the beast. Drood flees down a side passage, and the investigators follow after destroying his summoning circle.

Down some stairs they find a huge cavern, with familiar round portals on the walls, and another portal that shimmers and distracts. Drood starts making casting gestures, and swarms of rats come into view behind him. Dr. Marsh throws dynamite and Drood collapses in the conflagration, easily finished off with an up-close shotgun blast. His form dissolves into black goo. Hector Gonzalez comes running out of the darkness, under attack by swarming rats. Dr. Marsh finishes him off as well.

The center of the cavern features a huge triskelion, etched with silver tracings that were pergaps becoming more complete as Drood sucked power from his victims. The investigatots damage this symbol and the one active portal, take whatever books and other materials they can find, then dynamite the place for good measure.

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