Kingsport Society

Session 6
In which Jacob looks at medical examiner's reports and the group survives a harrowing seance...

● Sam was conspicuously absent, off on a misadventure of his own.
● Jacob bought Ephraim Sprague an expensive book as a “gift”, and obtained photos of the bodies of Bradford Taylor and Roger Hudson.
● Jacob, with help from Dorothy, enlarged the photograph and revealed that both corpses also had bite marks around the neck and shoulders.
● Gunter Gerhardt invited the group to attend a séance he was to hold for some out-of-town tourists. He asked for support because of the strange occurrences at his last séance at the Vargas’.
● At the séance, held in a hotel room at the Shoremist Inn, Gerhardt was overcome by a strange entity. His voice became other worldly, and told Maria “welcome to the widow’s club, Maria” He warned them to stop trespassing, and proclaimed himself “Atlach-Nacha”. He then partially transformed, growing 5-inch, saber-like fangs that dripped with fluid. Maria sprang into action (skirts a blazin’), and pinned him against a wall with the séance table. Jacob held the table against Gerhardt, telling Maria to get the gun out of his leg holster. Maria tried to pistol-whip Gerhardt to knock him out, but missed. Dorothy backed away in utter horror. Gerhardt then turned his head at an unnatural angle (there was a snap), sinking his fangs into his own shoulder.
● Dorothy and Jacob took Gerhardt to the hospital in Maria’s car, rushing into the patient loading zone and breaking an axel on a curb in the process.

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Session 5
In which Dorothy dates, Maria shops, Jacob thumbs through archives, and Sam...makes paper airplanes.

Tuesday, May 5, 1925

A historical side note — on this day, high school science teacher John Scopes was arrested in Tennessee for teaching evolution.

Jacob spent the morning at the Congregational Hospital getting his busted nose tended to. Later, he stopped by the police station to ask about Devon McCoy, Bradford Taylor, and Roger Hudson. Det. Mason recalled some facts about Taylor and Hudson’s recent deaths. Jacob found newspaper articles for more information.

Sam slept off the “strong medicine” he had taken to help him sleep after somewhat unnerving graveyard adventures. He finished an article for the Wednesday edition, promised to file something juicier for the Saturday paper, and called Jacob for a “late lunch” at Arruda’s.

Meanwhile, Dorthy called Maria to chat about the strange events of Monday night, and mentioned her upcoming lunch appointment with Gunter at The White Pier Cafe. Maria invited herself along as chaperon.

Dorothy and Maria met with Gunter, who showed off his new stereoscopic “spirit camera” invention and asked for advice about its construction. Dorothy offered to help fix some of its flaws. Maria offered the use of her Party Barge for a proposed trip to the Kingsport Lighthouse to test the camera. She also offered to host a meeting at The Cabot House on Friday.

Gunter also recounted strange events that occurred during a seance at the Vargas house some weeks ago. Ariadne had convinced him to act as medium to entertain guests, but after some concentration he felt a terrible darkness came over him and he felt like he was choking. When he became fully conscious of his surroundings again, Zoltan Varga appeared angry with him and threw him out of the house. Gunter felt it served the Vargas right for toying with spiritual forces, and that the incident could only be a sign of trouble.

Meanwhile, Sam and Jacob took a road trip to Arkham University, where they brought a bottle of hooch to Frank Marlin and found out that Bradford Taylor had attended MU but dropped out last semester and squatted in an abandoned house due to a falling out with his father. Marlin said the names Roger Hudson and Devon McCoy did not ring any bells.

The investigators also found out that the piano player at the Vargas’ party, Eric Luttgart, was a music student at the university. They caught up with him in a practice room, and found out that Luttgart was present with Eugene during the seance. He described how Gerhardt began choking and foaming at the mouth while making gutteral animal sounds, as though he was having a seizure. He also recounted how Zoltan had gotten angry over the display and threw Gerhardt out of the house.

Maria and Dorothy did a little shopping in town before the lunch meeting. They stopped at Neil’s Curiosity Shoppe, where Neil Hazlitt showed them an “old” book written in Burmese that appeared to have been artificially aged. Maria was unimpressed, so Hazlitt showed them his collection of drawings of sea creatures from around the world, a dried specimen of a fish-grasshopper-rooster-cat-lizard creature he claimed was captured by a fisherman on the Jersey Reef, and a collection of five grub-like creatures preserved in jars of liquid. A close inspection of one of the creatures revealed mammalian appendages. Neither of the women were phased by these “curiosities”, but Maria bought one of the grubs for a handsome sum of $25.

Later, the party met at Arruda’s for lunch. Sam ordered food for the group, a side of lamb prepared in red wine and paprika, but Dorothy and Maria only ate a salad with olives and cheese. The group swapped stories. Sam left the restaurant without paying. Jacob left $10 to cover the bill. Maria opened a tab at Arruda’s on Jacob’s behalf because he left far too much money behind.

For Wednesday:

Dorothy intends to tinker with Gerhardt’s camera and read her spirit photography book.

Jacob means to talk to Gerhardt.

Maria will spend some time exploring her own library, and dusting off a place for “George.”

Sam will spend the morning listening in to conversations on his party line, and collect hair from a barber shop for nefarious purposes…

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Session 4
In which a funeral is held and the party stakes out the cemetery

Sam went to Eugene‘s dorm room at MU to talk to Eugene’s former roommate, Frank Marlin. Frank told Sam the the two of them were not close, though he was sorry about the death. He said Eugene was a bookworm until he met Ariadne. He said the dean collected Eugene’s belongings on Saturday after the news of Eugene’s death, and none of his things were left behind. Sam offered to buy Alcohol for Frank in exchange for any information he might find out about Ariadne from friends in common.

Maria picked up lunch for the group.

The group returned to Kingsport around noon.

Maria, Dorothy and Jacob attended the funeral at 2:00. Dorothy took a couple of pictures for the paper, but they don’t come out very well and Barry was displeased with the result. Just as she was leaving the office, Dorothy received a message from Gunter Gerhardt asking for a lunch appointment. She called him, having gotten his number at Friday’s party, and the two arrange to meet at The White Pier Cafe at noon on Tuesday. Sam called Dorothy at the paper to arrange a meeting at his house Monday evening.

At the grave site, Edwin Wilcox asked Jacob for an update on the investigation into his son’s death. Jacob told him about some of the evidence of book-collecting, but Mr. Wilcox seemed underwhelmed. He said he would stop paying for expenses by Wednesday unless something more substantial turned up. Jacob offered to continue looking into the case for free as a personal gesture. A little later, Grace Wilcox comes unhinged and throws herself on the casket. Maria and a family member managed to pull her away as she collapsed, unconscious. Jacob noticed a car parked on the road some distance from the grave site, and recognized Ariadne before she drove away.

Sam called the group for a meeting at the Fish Shack. He suggested staking out the graveyard in case anything strange, like grave robbing or profane rituals, might be going on. Maria and Dorothy went along, but stayed in a parked car to avoid being caught in an uncomfortable situation. Sam and Jacob sneaked into the graveyard, but Jacob tripped and fell while going over the wall, and broke his nose. Dorothy and Maria heard him cry out and went to investigate, but saw that they were (mostly) ok and returned to the car.

After a little while, Ariadne arrived, sneaked into the graveyard with a bouquet of flowers and placed them at Eugene’s grave.

Dorothy and Maria had a lovely chat in the car about Dorothy’s dating prospects.

Ariadne got into her car and drove away. Sam watched her pull onto a west-bound road, and realized that she might be headed out of town. The temperature dropped and fog rolled in to Kingsport. Sam and Jacob followed Ariadne to the Christchurch Cemetery in Arkham. Sam followed her to the cemetery, and saw her place bouquets at two different grave sites marked: Bradford Taylor and Roger Hudson. Meanwhile, Jacob searched Ariadne’s car and found a registration under the name Devon McCoy. He also found her keys in the ignition and made a rubbing of the outline on paper.

Ariadne eventually got back into her car and headed toward Kingsport. Sam and Jacob returned home, no longer following her car.

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Starting Tuesday, May 5th, 1925

Maria, at this point, does not have a plan for Tuesday.

Jacob recalls reading something about Bradford Taylor in the newspaper. He intends to call Arkham’s medical examiner Ephraim Sprague about the deaths of Taylor and possibly Devon McCoy. He also intends to call Dorothy.

Sam intends to ask Maria about Taylor and Hudson to see if she knows them or their families.

Dorothy intends to get ready for her lunch meeting with Gerhardt.

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Story So Far

Game Session 1:

On Friday, May 1st:

All attended the Vargas’ party. Eugene Wilcox found dead from a gunshot wound apparently “by his own hand!

Game Session 2:

Friday night, late, after the party:

Jacob Sullivan comforted Mr. Wicox and called Reverend Noah Ashton to help with grief.

On Saturday, May 2nd:

Jacob went to the police station, talked to Danny Mason about the details of Eugene’s death, then hired a maid service to clean the erroneously searched house, then went to the post office to compensate the unknown resident of said house. Had lunch/tea at Dorothy’s apartment and looked at the book taken from the Vargas’ by Sam. Went to Lippencott’s Books then home. Went back to police station to talk to Stewart Portman, who had turned himself in. After the interview and a healthy payment for information, went to the library to research Daniel Defoe.

Dorothy had lunch with Jacob, then went to Lippencott’s, where Jacob bought her a volume of Spirit Photographs from the occult section. She went home to pour over the book, but received a call from Barry Murphy indicating that Sam was at the police station (arrested) under questioning about a missing book that he was seen taking from the Varga house. Later, she went back to the police station with Jacob, and searched Portman’s impounded car while he and Jacob talked. She found a vehicle registration with an address and a page from a book auction catalog under the floor mat.

Maria found a note from Amy Lowell indicating she had returned to Brookline, then went to the Wilcox home, helped to arrange Eugene’s wake and funeral at the funeral home, then saw the Vargas walking from the Congregational Church. There, she talked to Rev. Noah Ashton, found out about the Vargas’ generous donation and Ariadne’s suggestion to hold a vigil in Arkham on Sunday evening. Ashton asked Maria to help keep the Vargas away from the funeral. Later, at home, she called the Arkham Advertiser to place a funeral announcement in Monday’s edition.

Sam woke up, read his own handiwork on the front page of the paper. Around noon, he received a call from Detective Mason., asking for an appearance at the police station. He learns that the Vargas had filed a report about a missing book, and during an interview with a trustworthy witness at the party about Eugene’s death, the witness also mentioned seeing Sam with an old book poking out of his pants just before the shooting. Mason told Sam that the Vargas would drop any unpleasantness if the book were returned.

Mason also gave Sam an earful about the “fanciful insinuations” in the article, and tells him to back off the muckraking in this story.

Mason: “This town just needs to cope with its grief and move on. The poor kid committed suicide, and that’s it. Probably lovesick. It happens. Coroner says he shot himself, powder burns around the entrance wound, and that’s it. Go ahead and quote me about that. Now where’s that book got to?”

Mason tried to call Dorothy, who wasn’t home, so called Barryat the paper. Barry later got in touch with Dorothy, who brought the book to Barry, and Barry brought the book down to the station. Sam was released around 3:30 in the afternoon on Saturday.

Game Session 3:

On Sunday:

Jacob called Dorothy and Sam to organize a lunch meeting.

Dorothy saw the Vargas at church ( Congregationalist), and noticed that Ariadne appeared to be bruised, but a closer look revealed that she was wearing makeup on her shoulders, seemingly intended to give the appearance of bruises on her body.

Maria, after church (Unitarian), gets a call from Grace about a trunk of Eugene’s belongings that had been sent from Eugene’s MU dorm. She asks for emotional support in sorting through her son’s things.

Jacob, after church ([[St. Francis’ Church | St. Francis’]]), gets a call from Edwin about the same trunk, saying that it might be of use in Jacob’s investigation.

Jacob and Maria met at the Wilcox house, attempted to comfort Grace and sorted through some of the items. Jacob invited Maria to the luncheon.

Dorothy prepared especially nice sandwiches for Jacob.

All met at Sam’s Fish Shack for lunch.

Sam called Lippencott as (“Mr. X?”) asking about differing editions of books and whether material would likely be dropped or added between editions of old books.

Maria called her own house to find out if she has any of Defoe’s first editions on hand to look at.

After wrapping up lunch, group went separate ways. Sam writes his article, Dorothy reads her spooky ghost book, Jacob makes an appearance at the wake, and Maria spends a couple of hours helping the Wilcox family there.

On Monday, May 4th

Road trip to Arkham.

Sam and Maria paid a visit to Dr. Roy, the Dean of Students, asked why Eugene’s belongings were returned to the Wilcox family so quickly. They also obtained Eugene’s dorm room number and the name of his roommate.

Jacob and Dorothy got into the Special Collections room at the MU library and fond a second edition of Defoe’s “A System of Magick” for comparison. They also found a more recent edition of A System of Magick to check out.

It is now around noon on Monday. Eugene’s funeral is scheduled for 2:00pm with services at [[H.F. Suhr Funeral Home | H.F. Suhr]], and graveside internment at Underwood Park Cemetery.

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