Kingsport Society

Session 11
In which the party gets to the literal bottom of the Florentina Theater

● At the Kingsport Chronicle offices, Stanley Carter took Sam aside to ask him, in addition to covering Barton’s reception, to look into any financial irregularities surrounding the Florentina theater renovations.

● Jacob had a very busy morning researching at various libraries and offices around Kingsport and Arkham. He turned up the following information:

— A trip to the Kingsport Chronicle morgue revealed an increasing number of “police beat” references to acts of vandalism that go back to December 1924. Mapping the pattern of reports shows a cluster around the Italian neighborhoods of Federal and Fisher streets, which is where the Florentina Theater is located. The Florentina broke ground on renovations last October (1924).

— There have been no recent reports of wormy deaths that resemble that of Neil Hazlitt, but a trip to the Miskatonic University library revealed references to a mysterious New England epidemic in 1775-1776 in which tens of thousands died. Some reports describe the bodies with missing parts, “deflated” or hollowed-out chest cavities and other references that might be related to the state Neil ended up in.

— The harbormaster in Marseilles is Francoise Joliette

— The harbormaster in Oran is Hakan Othon

— The name of a reputable private investigator in Marseilles: Fabio Montale, who recently solved a high-profile underworld assassination case.

— Myron T. Herrick is the US Ambassador to France in Paris.

— Julius C. Holmes is US Embassy Vice Consul in Marseilles.

— The Ottoman Orthodox Church: Such a church existed briefly under the Ottoman Empire, but was eventually disbanded as new former Ottoman territories became nations and started their own orthodox churches. Inexplicably, there is an office for the OOC in Boston. It turns out to be a bookshop that is rarely open.

— Chester Noyes Greenough, Harvard University’s Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences did not readily disclose any information about the Lowell expedition or answer questions about donations to the school.

● Sarah discovered a piece of Ward’s journal at the Miskatonic University library relating the confession of Sarah Blaine for witchcraft and outlining (incompletely) a ritual to summon a ratty beast known as “Anderson”.

● Maria, Dorothy and Sarah went shopping to prepare for the evening reception. On the way, they passed by the Florentina and noticed a girl playing in an alley between a rear entrance to the theater and a row of tenement immigrant housing. Broken plates and cups were carefully arranged with scraps of food and tea at the theater door. Asked about the dishes, the girl said they were for her “little friends” who wore “fur coats.” After a few minutes, a woman, likely her mother, called out “Paula!” and ended the interview.

● The reception at the Shoremist Inn was a classy affair with a string quartet, wine (of appropriate vintage) and cheese. Gillian Ashton asked Sarah if she might have a Revolutionary War veteran in her family tree and, if so, would she like to join the Daughters of the Revolution. Barton worked the room, clearly angling for fresh donations for the renovation of the theater. Sam donated $100 to Barton, who made a show of it and tried to leverage the generosity into more contributions.
● After the party, Barton invited the group with a few other guests for an “exclusive” tour of the theater. The group convened for to make sure they were armed and aware that something could be afoot. They arrived at the theater only to find a medium sitting at a table on the stage, ready to hold a séance. The group was somewhat appalled at the show, given their previous experience with Gunter’s séance. Singing could be heard in the distance, and lilac perfume scented the air. But just as everyone sat down, a sandbag fell from the rafters and shattered the table, injuring Sam and Jacob. Maria convinced Barton to follow the other guests out of the building.
● Sarah spotted something moving upstage, darting into a gap in the floorboards. All but Sam rushed to see it, and Maria ended up falling through a trapdoor and catching herself on the edge. Jacob, Sarah, Maria and Dorothy found a ladder down to the basement scene shop, while Sam searched for an office.
● The four in the basement found a film vault and a collapsed portion of the brick floor that led into a tunnel. They all descended, taking a left at a Y and discovering an old room with a printing press, alchemical glassware and empty bookshelves. They also found a typesetting tray with a few letters inside.
● Sam found a locked office on the second floor, and broke in. There, he found a Victrola playing an Aida record. He also found financial records indicating the sale of assorted items and books by Daniel Defoe to the Arkham Auction Block. He also discovered evidence of debt and deep financial trouble in the renovation project. While stepping out of the office, he heard a click and a sound of thunder as hundreds of marbles rolled down the hall, but he managed to maintain his footing.

● Soon after the group filed into the strange underground room, large (but plausibly sized) rats began pouring out of a hole in the corner of the room. Jacob and Maria were both swarmed, but Maria was able to get away and down the tunnel. Jacob was attacked twice, but managed to shoot off rats that were biting into his flesh. Maria paused in the tunnel so Jacob could pass, and used her shotgun twice to stanch the flow of rats with shot, making a bloody mess. Because of this, Maria, Dorothy, Sarah and Jacob were able to scramble up the ladder and out of the theater.

● Sam, seeing the group run out of the theater, went back to the hole down to the basement and poured flaming alcohol on the ladder, burning it so that the rats’ larger relative would not be able to climb up easily. With a bit of luck, he managed not to burn the theater down.

● In the days after, Jacob went back to the hospital for treatment of his severe rat wounds. Dorothy developed her photographs and filed the ones she needed for the story. Sam wrote a story about the reception, and visited with Paul Cook, who pointed out differences between a common first edition of A System of Magick and the one Jacob had delivered. He also conducted a burn test to show that the ink in the inserts of the latter contained a high concentration of iron.

● On Wednesday, rumors indicated that an Italian child from the immigrant neighborhood had gone missing. On Wednesday night, members of the group all had the same dream. They found themselves in a dimly lit room full of garbage: old meat tins and bottles and newspaper. Atop a throne-like perch made out of an apple crate, a simian-looking thing with buck teeth introduced himself as Caliban, and declared that “the skin-ling child” was with them in the dark, and demanded the remains of their “Mother Mayble” to be returned along with a sacred Shakespeare volume and other books that had been taken from them in return for Paula.

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Session 10

Dorothy screamed and immediately ran, flinging open the front door and following the river down to the shore.

Jacob began to stamp on the grubs frantically, perhaps thinking they were just maggots at first. Then the full horror of it grabbed him, and he backed away, he inexplicably took out a notebook and began to scribble. The lead broke, and he sharpened it with his teeth, continuing to scribble with the jagged lead, the script on the page getting larger and more emphatic.

Sarah, hearing the scream, rushed from a back room to the doorway and saw the seething mass that was once Neil Hazlitt.

Aaron Hart followed close behind, first exclaiming feebly, then became surprisingly spry and dashed out the back door.

● Sarah noticed a particularly odd detail amid the chaos…

● Maria ushered Jacob and Sarah out the back door and around the front, then ran to her trunk to grab her shotgun and rushed back inside the house. She took a moment to stamp on a few worms that were crawling out the front. One stuck to her heel for a moment but she managed to get it off. Jacob, still scribbling trance-like from inside the car, took note that the worms appeared to avoid Maria. Inside the museum, Maria saw Mr. Hart with a hand-pump garden sprayer, furiously misting the worms with something that smelled foul. The worms stopped in their tracks and eventually dried up. Sarah followed behind, and noticed that Mr. Hart was suffering a stroke.

● Jacob eventually came to his senses and got a sample jar from Maria’s car. He took a few crusty samples of the dried worm remains.

● A bird crashed into a window in the front of the KHS and died.

● Meanwhile, Sam Hartford drove merrily toward the other side of town, toward Neil’s closed shop…

There, he broke into Neil’s apartment on the second story, encountered a noseless cat, and poked around the shop downstairs. Uninterested in the collection of “hoaxes” in the back room, he turned his attention to financial records kept in bankers’ boxes under a desk. There, he found a curious purchase for a “mummified monkey” from the Arkham Auction Block on January 25th. He also found a box full of curiosities, such as a strange doll made of brown matter and human hair, a dried grub in a jar, mysterious wood carvings, metal figurines, and various other oddities.

● Back at the Kingsport Historical Society, an ambulance arrived, police were called in to take Neil’s husk away, and Mr. Hart was taken to the hospital. Sarah stayed with him there.

● Jacob and Maria later arrived at the shop and explored on their own.

Jacob discovered a box in a drawer in Neil’s bedroom. Inside were samples of brownish liquids, tiny strange skulls, a 10x jeweler’s loop, taxonomical drawings of monkeys, rodents and sea spiders — and an old court document surrounding the trial of Sarah Blaine for witchcraft. The document was stamped with the KHS seal, indicating it had once been part of the collection there.

● Jacob drove to Maria’s house, where he found Elizabeth Lowell Putnam (sister of Amy, Percival and Abbott Lowell Sr.) was waiting to give a message to Jacob. The two drove together to the Kingsport Historical Society, where Elizabeth gave Maria letters written by her husband to Amy from France.

● On Sunday, May 17th, Jacob visited with Detective Mason, and found out that Neil had been difficult to reach after the Varga House fire, had turned into a night owl and popped up in Hilltown with some of the Bohemians. Mason also told Jacob that there had been some petty theft and vandalism at the Florentina theater, possibly related to the spate of ill-conceived teen pranks at the KHS and Neil’s shop. All three locations had been abandoned or poorly guarded, so Mason suspected incompetent opportunists. Jacob also asked about Eric Luttgart, who dropped out of school and moved to New Orleans after the fire.

● Lippencott told Jacob to seek greater expertise in seeking the origins of the strange sections in the System of Magick book by Defoe, someone with printing experience. Jacob asked Sam if someone at the Kingsport Chronicle could help, and the two made their way to the home of Paul Cook, an eccentric typesetter and amateur journalist. After raking Jacob over the coals a little, Cook told Jacob he would do his best to find the source of the strange typeface and get back to them.

● Maria returned to Neil’s shop to retrieve the noseless cat, and (along with the cat) discovered a mummified creature in a box under his bed.

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Session 9

● On Friday, May 15th, Maria and Gillian Ashton interviewed Sarah Endicott, a promising graduate student in history at Miskatonic University in nearby Arkham. Mrs. Ashton was impressed with Sarah’s interest in research about the Revolutionary War, and recommended that Sarah get the position. Job responsibilities were discussed.

● Jacob and Dorothy explored the burned wreckage of the Varga house, and discovered William Lippencott in the basement. Dorothy discovered he had taken a pamphlet from the scene, and the two investigators confronted him about it. Jacob eventually climbed up to the attic, where he saw a charred mass of spidery corpses.

● During a meeting at Maria’s house, Sam’s memories about his trip to Boston were apparently untangled through the use of honey, wine and cheese as sensory triggers — that his original assertions about evidence he’d discovered had been confused. There had been no connection between the KHS, the Harvard graduate school and the strange church he’d seen referenced in the department’s ledger.

● Jacob asked Sarah’s opinion of the marks on the outside of the KHS window. Sarah suspects claws, maybe an animal the size of a large dog. While the two are outside, Sam corners Aaron and confronts him about the things he might have heard at night. The tactic backfires, and Aaron calls for help.

● Neil Hazlitt followed Dorothy to the KHS

Neil, who was present at the party on Friday, begged for a look at the photo Dorothy took of the spider thing at the Varga fire. Soon after, he begins to cough blood, and then keeps over. His skull and body open like “an overripe melon” from the back, and thousands of slug-sized grubs spill onto the floor of the KHS, writhing like a cauldron of overcooked macaroni.

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Session 8
The Aftermath of the Varga Fire

● Dorothy and Sam took Jacob to the hospital in Maria’s car. Maria stayed at the scene as firetrucks and police showed up. Maria told Mason that such huge spiders had hatched in the house and scared everyone, and that a fire had somehow broken out in the chaos. She showed him the remains of one that she had bashed with the butt of her shotgun.

● The remains of the spider were scooped into a glass jar, sealed and taken to the Kingsport police station for evidence.

● Maria’s gun was taken from her – though she later selected another one from her hunting collection and placed it in the trunk of her car.

● Jacob regained consciousness and was treated for his nasty abdominal wound. He spent his hospital time studying Defoe’s A System of Magick and studying Professor Armitage’s Greek dictionary, which contained some curious handwritten margin notes about Hyperborean mythology.

● On Sunday, Dorothy visited Gunter at Arkham Asylum and told him about the incident at the Vargas’. Hearing this seemed to calm him somehow. She also noticed that Glenda Barr, who had been present at both of the Varga parties, was under treatment there.
Maria sent a telegram to the Hotel Splendide to ask about Abbott, and to the harbormaster in Marseilles asking about the fate of the Columbiana.

● On Monday, Det. Mason visited Jacob in the hospital and grilled him for information about the party. Jacob told him that the food at the party had been drugged or poisoned, which would account for the strange stories and apparent mass hallucinations. Jacob learned that Neil Hazlitt had shut his shop down and had been missing since the party. Jacob also hears that there was an attempted break in at Neil’s shop.

● On Tuesday, Amy Lowell passed away. A funeral was set for Saturday.

● On Wednesday, the Kingsport Historical Society held an emergency board meeting to decide what to do about Aaron Hart. Maria proposed to hire a graduate student from Miskatonic University to help Mr. Hart part-time, and offered to pay a salary of $500. She also proposed to decrease the membership fee so that more people could afford to join, but that idea was voted down. Some of the members proposed to sell off some extra items in order to help the KHS back to solvency.

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Session 7

● After the séance incident, Gunter Gerhardt ended up in a padded room at Arkham Asylum.

● Sam produced a ripped telegram and showed it to Maria. It read: “COLUMBIANA ABBOTT JR AND ALL HANDS LOST EN ROUTE FROM MARSEILLES TO ORAN STOP”. Maria asked for Mrs. Lowell to visit at her house. She showed the ripped telegram to Mrs. Lowell, who dismissed it as a Harvard student prank.

● Sam also related some information he obtained through a contact in Boston:

- There had been a $2231 ($33,456 in today’s dollars) donation to the School of Arts and Sciences.
- A few days later, the school paid $2231 to the Ottoman Orthodox Church.
- There were receipts and records indicating that Abbott Lowell Jr. (the President’s son, Maria’s husband) had spent about the same amount of money on travel expenses over the last couple of weeks.
- Zoltan met with a slender man, talking in an American accent, and was called “Dev.”
- Sam overheard this much clearly: “Look, Dev. We’re not — there’s a real chance for more rain if you keep at it, but I don’t think you want to start a squall with the Rainmaker. Get in touch with us after the auction, and then we’ll talk about the forecast.”
- Devon gave the slender man a book-shaped package, and received an envelope.
- The slender man returned to the Harvard Campus.

● Later that night, Maria, Jacob, Sam and Dorothy found themselves at the Varga residence attending another ill-fated party. The mood was subdued, but Ariadne was drunk and festive. She argued briefly with Zoltan, and the two rushed upstairs. As Maria ushered everyone toward the door, a scream peeled out from upstairs and Freda (the formerly mute servant) came running downstairs shouting “She’s killed him! She’ll kill us all!” Sam and Jacob ran upstairs. Jacob ran to Ariadne’s boudoir and discovered Zoltan’s shriveled body. He then rushed to the window, which was wide open, curtains blowing in the wind. Before all went black, the last thing Jacob remembered seeing was a giant insectoid claw stabbing him in the gut from outside the house.

Sam heard something thumping against the roof and then down the front of the house. He also heard something scuffling upstairs in the attic. He quickly found a pull-down ladder and climbed up, discovering a teeming mass of small spider things with oddly human faces.

Maria and Dorothy, along with a few fleeing and confused party guests, saw a huge horse-sized spider clambering down the front of the house from the roof. The thing pounced on Freda and tore her apart like a candy wrapper on the front steps. Maria rushed to her trunk to get her shotgun. Dorothy snapped a photograph, framing the spider-thing perfectly in the light and blinding it temporarily. The thing felt its way into the house, screaming “Babieeessss. My babieesss.”

Sam ran downstairs and grabbed as many bottles of alcohol as he could. Maria followed the thing into the building and fired her shotgun at it. Sam began throwing lit alcohol Molotovs onto the stairs, lighting the house with flames. Maria fired several times, but could not get a clean shot as it scrambled up the burning staircase. She ran around the outside and found a line of sight through a window. The thing lunged into the window but became stuck in the opening. Maria came closer and leveled a shot at its head, firing and decapitating the thing as she stared into its many eyes — and realized with horror that its face was Ariadne’s.

Dorothy found Jacob hanging halfway out the window on the other side of the house, webbed in with silk as strong as copper cable. She used gunfire to free his unconscious body from the window. He dropped to the ground just as Sam caught him. A few desperate attempts to give Sam first aid stabilized his condition.

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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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