The Chronicles of Cthulhu

War Buddy 2/2
Wherein the investigators are attacked by wood shadows

The investigators, anticipating a fight at midnight, made a plan to attack the mysterious stranger who was to arrive at midnight. Instead of man, the party encountered two tree spirits which were finally destroyed by dousing the parties weapons in holy water. Ultimately, the group planned for another attack and this time encountered Karl Leblanc. LeBlanc was apprehended and interrogated. The party learned that Blake was the one who hired the men to attack the Father and who had summoned the spirits. LeBlanc is a cult member of the Order of the Ancient Stone and he was there to take the stone. LeBlanc was put in the insane asylum. Upon touching the stone, Ellie got the sense that the stone was orienting her to the East.

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War Buddy 1/2
Wherein the investigators receive a desperate letter from an old friend

Samuel Doherty received a letter from a friend from the war, Jack Meredith. The letter talked about “the answer” and Lance Blake, a fellow soldier had stolen an item and given it to Jack(?).

Sammy contacted Jack’s father and learned that Jack had moved to Chicago where he had died of a heart attack. He was found with a look of terror on his face. Jack had given an item to Father Ronald Henessy to keep it safe. Father Henessy had gone to a cabin in Maine.

Research revealed that in 1919 Lance Blake had formed the Order of the Ancient Stone in New York City. They believed there were 6 stones that when brought together opened the door for “it who waits beyond the wall into this world.”

Sammy enlisted the help of Fitz and Ellie to go to the cabin to retrieve the item from Father Henessy. At the cabin, the party found the Father, and retrieved a stone. However, 4 men also arrived at the cabin and tried to kidnap the Father. After a fight, the party was able to subdue three of the men, and learned that these men were hired to capture the Father and wait for someone to meet them at the cabin at midnight.

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The Haunted House 2/2
Wherein the investigators come face to face with, and defeat, the source of the mystery

Searching the house, the investigators encountered a number of odd occurrences. In one of the bedrooms upstairs, loud, thumping noises were heard; blood emanated from the walls and ceiling, and when the landlord went to close the bedroom window, the bed shot across the room and knocked the landlord out the window.

Each time the investigators returned to the house, electricity to the basement was switched off. This is in spite of the fact that the investigators left the power on.

In the basement, investigators discovered a ritual dagger. Though the investigators took this knife with them when they left the house, each morning the weapon was missing. Upon returning to the house, the dagger was once again located in the basement.

Breaking through a false wall in the basement, the investigators discovered the dried up corpse of Walter Corbitt. The corpse became animate and attacked the group. The party prevailed in its efforts to destroy the creature.

Ellie picked up a gem that Corbitt had been wearing on a chain around his neck. Upon doing so, the gem disolved, seeming to be absorbed into Ellie’s hand.

A set of Walter Corbitt’s journals were found. Ellie, upon studying them over a period of several weeks learned the formula to “Call Forth the Opener of Ways”.

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The Haunted House 1/2
Wherein the investigators come together for the first time

Investigators contacted by the landlord of a house in central Boston. Former inhabitants involved in a tragedy and the landlord wished to understand the mysterious happenings and set matters straight. He hires the investigators to look into the situation and assure him that the house is safe to rent again.

Investigators researched the background of the house, finding the following information:

From the Boston Public Library

  • In 1835, a prosperous merchant builds the house, but immediately falls ill and sells the house to a Mr. Walter Corbitt, esquire.
  • In 1852, Walter Corbitt is sued by neighbors, who petition to force him to leave the area “in consequence of his surious [sic] habits and inauspicious demeanor”.
  • Evidently Corbitt wins the lawsuit. His obituary in 1866 states that he still lived in the same place. It also states that a second lawsuit was being waged to prevent Corbitt from being buried in his basement, as provided by his will.

From the Hall of Records

  • The executor of Corbitt’s will was Reverend Michael Thomas, pastor of the Chapel of Contemplation & Church of Our Lord Granter of Secrets.
  • The Chapel of Contemplation closed in 1912.

From the courthouse (or possibly Central Police Station)

  • Information concerning a secret raid on the Chapel of Contemplation in 1912. Raid happened as a result of affidavits swearing that members of the church were responsible for the disappearances of neighborhood children. During the raid, 3 policemen and 17 church members were killed by gunplay or fire. Autopsy reports are undetailed and uninformative.
  • Though 54 church members of the church were arrested, all but 8 were released. The records hint of illegal intervention in the proceedings by important local officials.
  • Pastor Michael Thomas was arrested and sentenced to 40 years in prison on five counts of second-degree murder. He escaped from prison in 1917 and fled the state.

Upon visiting the neighborhood, investigators met Mr. Dooley, a vendor of cigars and newspapers. Mr. Dooley had lived in the area for many years and was able to point out where the Chapel of Contemplation had been located.

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