Arrive New Orleans. Etienne meets us at the train and takes us to the hotel in a nice stylish train. We will meet him for dinner tonight at a favorite restauraunt “The Golden Glove”. Boucharde and Doc John will be joining us.
Jake “What’s going on?”
“I’ll tell you tonight.”
First time Jesse and Chief have been here.
From our hotel, Dog goes right for the Absinthe bar “Who’s coming with me!? Chief, Chief is coming with me!! If you’re not an alcoholic you will be soon.” Jake joins them; Will, Nick and Luke hit a gambling hall.
Dog “Absinthe helps me see Jack clearly.”
John has our August and Sept Juju sets ready! With no Wang to pick up Aug’s, they are still here. One was going to be sent to NY Inv, but we keep it instead.
Before dinner, Luke takes us shopping at a tailor for dinner attire.
At dinner, Etienne and Doc are waiting. Dog is wasted, trying to jokingly pull teeth for at least an hour by the time he calms down. Not long after we arrive, Boucharde follows. He wears a fashionable derby, kerchief hanging over the side of his face that was skinned off.
Will “How you holdin’ up Boucharde?”
“Not well at all.”
Waiters are called, 9 course meal!!
Etienne explains: As we know, Boucharde was practically at death’s door;
Dog “Lucky for you I skinned death 3 weeks ago!”
Jake “Dog, settle down now.”
Bousharde hired a nurse, Madeleine Short; “most beautiful woman alive” gentle creature who nursed him to health. They are in love, engaged.
Dog “Who killed her?”
Jesse “Please, continue.”
Boucharde “She died.”
Dog “I told you.”
Another, Charles Beaumont, was also in love with her, extremely wealthy, large plantation a little up Mississippi, much wealthier than Boucharde; mader her an offer she rubuffed. She and Boucharde married. Morning after wedding he awoke to find her dead beside him. No sign of violence or anything else. 3 days later, buried in family tomb. He went there next day and body was stolen. Hundreds have been disappearing for a year now, much worse recently though.
There is a local Sleeping Sickness going around, almost all from underclass. Go to sleep and die. Their bodies disappear from tomb, or grave dug up. Watch has been posted at times and nothing happens until it is finally taken off. Next day they’re gone.
Now we know if its watched for a week, nothing happens.
Couple passing witnesses. Saw people looking like transients digging up the grave. By the time police arrived, crime is done. Drunk swears he saw the ground erupt from underneath and a body rise up out of one of the graves.
Boucharde drank 3 days straight after her death. That’s when Etienne forced him sober and got the story of Mad’s death.
They consulted Doc John. As Doc researching, B dreamed 3 nights in a row of Mad calling to him from the tower of a castle.
They then visited Beaumont assuming he was to blame, but he had left night before her body stolen with some of his men. None there knew where he had departed to. One servant overheard him making arrangements to go into swamp of NO.
Now, Doc John takes up the story, of why they called us:
Only 1 castle he knows of here is in the swamp deep; built by a Legendre. Rumors he’s a voodoo priest; hungarian; lived here for some 40 years, as an adult; his nickname is ‘Murder Legendre’. There are rumors of why. Comes into town only once in a while to carouse. He looks much younger than he must be.
They want to go to his castle. They figure that’s where Beaumont is and where Mad is. He may have turned her into a zombie. John personally believes he may be behind the sleeping sickness as well, that he’s building a zombie army. Why? Who knows.
He has a sugar mill outside of NO up the river north a couple hours.
They want heavy firepower to help them, hence us.
Boucharde is devastated still.
Back to hotel.
Small boat rented for us, 2 hrs to sugarmill. It’s Etienne, Jake, Billy and Dog.
Workers who hitch us to the pier move very slowly and methodical, not a word to us. Blank stare on their face.
Up to office.
Etienne “I don’t like the look of this.”
Half naked guy, its hot here still, sits inside the entry. Very strong but chubby, straw sombrero.
“Seniors what can I do for you?”
Luke gave us a great idea, pretend to be agents from Texas here to look into sugar interests from this business.
“I’m the manager here, my name’s Pedro” he’s authorized to sell to anyone, prices are great. Billy “May we see the product”
He rings a bell, another Mexican Alfonso enters and is told to take us to see the warehouse. Etienne says we want to see the operation mill too, make sure its clean and proper.
The bags are waxed on outside, anti insect. Dozens of the drone men work the operation.
Billy “You seem to have a motivated workforce here.”
He chuckles “Oh yeah. They work hard, don’t complain and don’t eat much.”
We meet Gregorio, in charge of the mill operation. Another Mexican.
Back at office, he has a contract for us. Jake says we only buy a sack to take to our backers for trial then talk to our moneymen.
On our way out we notice there are some other bags off to the side; same bag but say Hyatt Company carefully segregated from sugar.
Back to NO.
Boucharde is anxiously awaiting us. He’s had another dream of Mad begging for help again.
Etienne looks into this Hyatt. They have a coffee shop and tea house here, and half dozen employees who don’t seem to do anything.
Every well to do person that got the sleeping sickness, the day before had frequented one of those 2 shops.
When the employees go into city, usually 1 or more in the quarter they visit get the sickness.
Doc John analyzies the sugar: just sugar.
Chief and Jesse are sent up and keep watch on mill for suspicious activity; Jake and Jesse join them. Wilberforce insists on joinin them.
We see a flat bottom (so could go into swamp) boat pull up to the dock. Z crew numbers 12, plus a normal guy but with a slinkiness to him, bit slouch hat. In the boat’s torch light he looks almost right at us; his features are hard and feral.
Billy “That doesn’t look good.”
Pedro, Alf and Gregorio come down. 3 bags are unloaded from the boat. Again the guy looks around and we’d swear he looks at us again.
He and the Z, under his command, get off the boat.
As they are disapearing into the dark, we head their way.
Closest to river is Chief, then Jake, Billy, Jesse. Wilberforce hangs behind us.
Not far, the man from the boat appears in front of Chief, pointy fangs and long nasty talons!!
It tries to dominate chief but fails! Chief war whoops and springs upon him! Yelling “Vampire”.
The cut heals as he makes it.
Zombies pour from the underbrush upon us, Pedro, Alf and Greg behind ordering them on.
Pedro also “Kristof, where are you!”
Kristof the vamp “Taking and indian back for the master.”
Chief calls to the spirits of the sky for power (card) and presses his attack.
Jake fires on Gregorio who yells “They shootin’ at us!” and moves back.
Pedro “Let’s get the F out of here” all 3 beat a hasty retreat.
Billy 2 wpn double taps a Z down.
Some of the Z’ follow the 3 mexicans, making for the flatbottom boat!
Jesse fires into the crowd.
Guns blaze as the zombies start crowding us, Jake a little better than the others after backing off.
Jake and Billy dropping Z’s quick; once Jake empties his Peacmaker, with his frontier juju loaded, he has to go to the carbine.
Chief is skillfully dodging this obvious vampire spawn but the numbers are possibly too much.
Billy starts reloading while dodging deftly, then starts firing.
Chief brings the vamp spawn down, and it dissipated into vapor.
We hear the boat leaving.
The battle continues until we’ve killed 28. And a vampire.
We burn the mill with the bodies save 1 for Doc J to look over; and bags labelled for the Company.
Doc J says the vampire, if it lives at the castle, will never make it in time to survive.
Now we know for certain he’s not only a potential voodoo master, but also a vampire.
Sept 21 to 23
Doc J says dead guy definitely a Z. The bag is full of Z dust.
At the tea and coffee, they are probably picking individuals for a reason to change.
Will, Luke and Etienne gather info in the underworld. Word is out if you go to tea or coffee house with enough money and an enemy, they’ll die. Then become Z. Others are also killed randomly making Z’s just to raise Legendre’s numbers.
We go see Del Rio. He shows us Le Cult de Morte in an abridge version. Bizarre tome, claims the world is a skull of the true god. It can communicate across time and continents. Tulsc’cha. Rites include incest and transmigration of the souls;book is a blue print of the Cult of the Skull.
This reminds us of the the Keenness of 2 Alike and the family from Davies’ Landing.
A real copy has the info for a good researcher to find the pit of the shaggoths in Maine, HQ of the cult. Existing copies known are incomplete, 4 of them. In each, chapter showing location is missing.
Spells: The Keenness of 2 alike (YES!), mind exchange, create voodoo Z.
There is another in it, more difficult, to create even more powerful voodoo Z’s.
Z’s whose minds are trapped deeply in their brain are able to be saved, though might be insane. Others are dead Z’s, minds are gone and souls are departed.
Jake “Is there a way to tell the difference, outwardly?” The first can occasionally break away the mental control and slip out a word or 2 of their own. Their eyes are not as dead, look almost human.
Etienne says we may be able to get some cops on our side, esp if we show them the temp effects of a low dose. At least to deal with the coffee house and tea house.
Only way to prove it is to stake them out with the cops, let them leave to commit a crime and catch them in the act. But that risks them succeeding in killing another victim.
Other option: vigilante justice. Out sort of justice.
Total of 14 employees. 12 will be at a meeting the next Friday. Etienne wants to send his own trusted men. We don’t want to have citizens involved.
Etienne has bought out one of the employees he knew to be bribable via sex and money.
He is to live, will make sure doors are unlocked for us to get in.
He’s a particularly vile person.
For sure all the employees are in on it.
The meeting is about more targets.
The other 2 are roomates. Chief and Jesse are sent to take them out at the same time tonight.
Chief is hiding under the bed. The 2 men enter at night, get nude, 69 oral sex.
Chief has the curtains open.
Jesse has a clear shot from a nearby rooftop with the buffalo rifle. As they are continuing, Jesse catches them kneeling, holding each other, and hits them with 1 round through and through DEAD.
Chief escapes the scene.
We blow the entire tea house where the meeting was with TNT. ALl die.
Etienne’s cop contacts keep the investigative trail off of us.
Jake visits Granny Goodro. She makes up 10 juju bags for us to wear as neclaces. Plus 4 to will saves vs domination. Only good for how long the ingredients in the bag are good, so a matter of days.
Julia Jackson creates a tonic, 9 doses of restoratives for con or str loss.
Etienne has 1 trusted officer, Floyd G. Laroux, friend to join us to the castle. 2 others with boat skill to help run the boat there. Billy can pilot.
Tracker named Pierre Lemond skilled in swamp as well.
Morning, a box is at the front desk of our hotel. No one at the counter knows how it got there or when overnight. Blessed rounds!!
Mabel Gibson, best friend of Beucharde’s late wife, shows up to go as we are getting on the boat! Grrr! We don’t want to risk an innocent life here, she’s no hero, just a normal citizen. But she’s also persistent. She is a nurse though, friend of wife from work, so would supply treat injury skill we may need. Believes in occult and has knowledge in it as well. Good researcher too, for future reference.
One large flat bottom boat takes us out. It’s a 12 hour journey through the swamp! We’ll time it to arrive next afternoon Goodro warns us, the further we go into the swamp, the more evil encompasses the land.
We camp tonight.
A light in the distance, fire. Couple hundred yards toward coast. Lemond says looks like a campfire.
Luke “Chief, go check it out.”
Chief “F off. I am no good in swamp.”
Jake sends Pierre up, with Chief, to scout it out. They come to a hill, like our own, camp with a wagon atop; 3 kids and an old woman. 2 men then step into view, one old an thin the other young and strong. Look right at us and Lemond signals them, they beckon us over.
“Come, sit down” call the old man. One eye a glassy milky color.
Lamond asks how the hell they got here with their wagon?
Old man is Scarengi, his wife, 3 grandchildren, son Carloni. His wife has passed away.
Pierre and Chief sit with them. They lay out dinner and offer fortunes to be told, its a gypsy wagon.
Pierre is superstitious, so returns to our camp to inform us.
Jake and Luke head up with Pierre.
They to help us, the old man says ominously.
“Much good it’ll do ya” says the son.
He offers fortune told.
Chief is missing, they say he left.
“My beautiful daughter Valana will do the honors”. The wagon doors open and she comes to Jake, firelight glistening off her large black eyes.
She sits, frying pan in her lap. Drops stone tiles into it “The trouble began when I cast runes for that quiet and young man. perhaps it will end with another casting. The lost one has called thee. The dead will walk with the coming storm! You must find a way to put them to rest. Or else the rain will turn to blood, it will drown you and all of NO!”
Old man tries to stop it “end of the fortune” but she continues on unabated “Don’t go on unless your willing to face the horrors of the night, and beware the power behind the power.”
The old man bids us go back to your camp.
She turns as she enters the wagon “Beware the madman, beware his blood.”
We refuse to leave w/o Chief. As night comes, we become incapable of staying awake and pass out.
Their camp is gone. Still no Chief.
Chief comes staggering into camp, claw marks upon him.
Will “What the hell happened, Chief.”
He has no memory. He went from sitting by their fire to staggering through the swamp to here. He carries a sack.
Nick “What’s in the sack you got there?” He doesn’t know “It feels like a stone.”
It’s a fragment of stone, perhaps an ancient wall or door, with native American glyphs on it.
On the left is a large wheel, like pie pieces, with a spiral upon it. Portal/gate/whirlpool?
To the right a series of figures.
Some kind of creature or animal
the sort of elder sign like a tree branch
Perhaps a tentacled creature
Between Etienne and Dr. Jon they know some of the symbols but not what it means. One is a destructive chaos being of many names, Tharizdun/Azathoth among others. The spiral is one of his symbol, so this should be destroyed but for the elder sign on the other side. That means this could be a counter or charm to be used this being’s influence.
Jake “Maybe it needs put back into place where it came from.”
Dog carries it in his pack.
After another couple hours, the weeds are stuffing up the propeller.
Pierre sends his 2 sailors into the water to clear it.
Jake “Keep an eye out boys.”
Nick and Billy see what looks like a log move closer, against the current.
Then Nick “Alligator!” They both hit it.
Jake calls for Dog to help him get the sailors out of the water “Jesse fire”.
It’s too close, Jesse was watching from the other end. He gets into a firing position as it reaches us!
Jake gets his man into the boat in time.
Dog does not. Nick, Jesse and Billy all hit but it opens it’s maw and bits clamps onto the sailor.
Dog leaps in onto it!
We all think of Mike Kelly’s grizzly bear fight. He may one up him. Dog grapples the croc in a strangle hold and lays a haymaker into its soft underbelly!! It lets the sailor go. They struggle in the foaming water as Jesse Pierre and Jesse pull the wounded sailor out and Mabel gets to work on him. It waylays dog with a massive panicked tail swipe but he grasps it and torques it’s neck way back, grabs a let and breaks a bone! It’s in its last throes, it’s bite missing as Dog keeps wrenching and squeezing and twisting, coming up and back down repeatedly as the grapple is thrown about. Finally it goes limp and Dog surfaces, back into the boat.
The other sailor refuses to get back into the water to finish the job.
Jake “Dog your already in the water.”
Pierre would love to take this back, but we have no room for it.
Couple hours later, we are about an hour and half away and its tangled even worse. We have to use the poles to push it from here on out. Ron, Nick, Floyd and Billy on one side; Dog, Jake, Pierre and Chief on the other.
The swamp has become more and more twisted as we go. No matter which way we turn, the foliage seems to always be flowing back into us blocking our passage.
Suddenly, a scorpion the size of a man comes from the water. Jesse, Bouchard, Luke and Will fire their rifles immediately; Jesse, Will and Bouchard hit and kill it.
Another, bigger, already on the way for us.
Luke misses again, fumbling. Will and Jesse gun it down with crits.
Another one, even bigger still!
Far off in the swamp we can see a glow now.
Jake “A gate?”
Jake “Keep pushing while they fire!”
Billy “Push push!!”
Same 4 fire again. Luke almost fumbles “I say, how does one use this again? I think I may have loaded these bullets backwards.” The other 3 hit but it gets to the left side this gime.
Pierre dodges the tail!
Will, Luke and Jesse hit, Boucharde misses. The boatman left hits as well.
We are trying to push it away but can’t escape in time for it to attack, going for Pierre again. It double claws and stings him for good measure. He remains up, wounded.
Combined we just barely take it down!
As we push away, the glow closes. Mabel sees to Pierre.
Mile further, we come to a beat up old hovel of a shack. We stop to investigate. Jake, Dog and Ron find a man sitting inside, French man maybe 20ish. Dressed like a dandy but filthy and ragged, unbathed for weeks. Speaks English. 10 lit lanterns. Odd.
He does not reply.
We walk to him, book of nursery rhymes in his lap. Jake waves his hand before the man’s eyes. He recites “ring around the rosey, pocket full of posey, undead undead don’t fall down”.
Ron shakes his shoulder “Hey, sir.” He looks up at us “The first shall be last, and the last shall be first. Jimmy John, freakish fast”.
Ron checks a barrel, fool of water. Boxes with it are food. Both fresh, last day or 2 at most.
Jake “Can I look at your book there buddy.”
To Luke, my beloved brother Marcel
Dog checks the oil, some are full, others low. Can full of oil half full for refueling. He’s been keeping the light up constantly.
Jake asks why the constant light. No answer. He’s one step from catatonic.
Jake calls for Jesse to look for track signs. Only someone with heavy boots in last 2 days has entered and left the shack to a boat at water’s edge.
“Question is not who killed Marcel, question is who brought him back.”
Jake “Who brought him back?”
Ron “The Zombie King.”
“The question is, is marcel a vampire or a zombie. Then you’ll know who brought him back.”
So, perhaps his dead brother came back to see him and it totally blitzed his mind.
“Don’t read from the scroll of life.”
“Then Marcel will come and visit you in the night. And you’ll wish you didn’t.”
Book is just simple nursery rhymes.
Ron snuffs a lantern, to see what he does. He freaks out and keeps yelling repeating ‘light’.
“Must have light all the time. Fear the dark, fight the dark, fear the dark” sits back down to rock again. Can’t get anymore from him.
Walking out, he puts a jacket on and follows us into the boat.
He replies to no questions, only rocks back and forth.
Off we go with him.
Half hour later we come to the village; square mile of sugar cane nearby; caste on the highest hill. Dock with half dozen boats, bigger dock at the plantation. One is the boat we saw at the mill.
Etienne says it was brought over brick by brick from the old world.
We dock at the village pier.
There is an inn, oddly enough, near the pier. Hmm. Also the local pub. Only a room or 2 to rent.
Bakery, cemetery, caretaker’s cottage as well, other cottages, blacksmith, general store, church.
No one greets us. Streets are empty. We make for the inn first.
Pierre, his boatman, Dr. John and Mabel stay with the boat.
We split into 2 groups to explore the village.
Billy leads Chief, Beverlys, Boucharde, Jesse.
Jake leads Dog, Etienne, Floyd, Luke, Ron.
Jake goes for the inn first.
Billy for the church.
As we start, the bell rings in the church.
At the Full Moon Inn: low wall surrounding a courtyard, empty stable; inside is the bar and common room, owner greets us “Goodness where did you come from.”
His name is Gerald, wife Henrietta, Lyllan his daughter and head server.
Jake asks where is everybody? At a funeral.
Jake “Who died?” There friend Jeremiah de Grie dropped dead, they don’t know why. Been happening a lot around here. Smell stench of rotten meat, then someone dies before you.
Etienne panicked “What did you say?”
“The smell of rotten meat.” de Grie, who they are burying, dropped over dead right here in the inn. The serving girl says he clutched his chest before he died.
“We must defeat this evil, the most heinous you can imagine. This is no zombie Master. This is a Zombie Lord. The ZM is one who uses a figurine, often made of wax, pinch of z dust, and a belonging of the person. But facing a ZL is as serious as facing a vampire. Some say they can crush your heart with a squeezing movement of their hand. Everywhere they go, this stench follows them. The only way to stop their z horde is to kill them. He can only bring z from those who are dead. He’s a fowl creature but not a sorcerer or mythos follower. He’s more a killer with animal cunning. Undead. He didn’t open the portal.”
There are multiple evils here, then. What they think of one another we don’t know yet.
The town is terrified of the “Master”, nobody messes with him.
Jake to confirm what we know “Legendre?” Yes. Murder Legendre. Came from Eastern Europe years ago. Never out in daytime, hasn’t aged.
The old man of plantation went up when he first got here to discuss things, then left like a slave to Legendre, also never came out at night. Also still alive, hasn’t aged a year. He lives in castle.
Jake “Who does live in the plantation?” Just Jean.
Asking about Marcel gives same info as the Father. But, he’s never been buried. The other 2 brothers brought his body to the church, where it laid 2 nights. Then vanished! Lucian came out of it a shaken, horrified man and Luke was crazy.
Jake “So they were there when the body vanished?” Yes, and whatever happened messed them up.
They have comfortable room for 6. They leave to talk to the Father and meet up with the other.
At the church, as they approach, the doors open. The priest exits with 2 altar boys, smoking censor, coffin carried by bearers followed by 60 some others in the funeral.
The coffin is wrapped in chains. Never good.
They proceed to the cemetery. We follow. Once there, they mourn Jeremiah de Grie and his untimely death. The priest starts the ceremony, calling him to depart this place and go the the next world with our blessing.
A pounding comes from the coffin. It rocks back and forth. One guy kicks it. No voice from it, though.
As they pick it up to lower it, more sounds of attempted escape. The priest makes the sign of the cross and whispers “Jeremiah, be still.”
Into the ground he goes.
We talk to Father Lucian.
Will “That sounded like a living body in there.”
Lucian “No, my sons, you can be assured he’s dead.”
The kid Luke has jumped off the boat and races into town, the Father sees him and yells “What are you doing off your island?”
He begs Father to help find his brother Marcel. He tries to calm the kid down, that Marcel is dead, until Luke says he comes to him at night.
Will and Billy explain how he got here. The Father has been bringing him supplies.
Will “I think this kid’s brother is alive or undead.”
The father says its the only place he’s happy and safe, his island. He says they all have lived in this place of horror for years, but that of the master in the castle didn’t effect us so long as we paid taxes and fish etc. Strangers living in the sheds on the other side side of the island though are not like us. Don’t speak, just work and sleep.
He goes on: About month ago, Marcel died. The sugar plantation is owned by the Tarascon family, paid homage and portion of profit to master in the castle.
3 brothers in Tarascon family: twins Marcel and Jean; young Luke who worshiped Marcel. He died, Luke blamed himself for some reason and went nuts. Jean lives in the plantation big house. The plantation big house is the family house. Jean is seldom seen, stays in the plantation big house starting with Marcel’s death. The servants ran away to this village, say its a bad place. Plantation always worked by zombies. These new ones moved in recently. Anyone who leaves the island dies.
Otherwise day to day life was fine here, until the deaths.
We ask Luke why he blames himself but he ignores us.
Jake et al arrive now. Father says the mayor is named Hans Gremin. Did not come with the Legendre, was here before. Short, nasty, irritated and irritating. Son died 3 weeks ago, one of the ones who dropped dead. He goes to graveyard to sit at his sons grave in case he hears something.
de Grie dropped over dead at the inn.
Ok, the ZM is crushing hearts to kill people, then making them Z’s.
Father warns us we can’t stay in the graveyard, nobody goes there at night “Not nobody, not nohow!”
There is one cottage at the cemetery, windows and doors nailed shut, adorned with garlic and wolf’s bane and holy symbols. Father says that’s old Fiora, local old crone; daughter used to work as server at plantation, beautiful, vanished 2 weeks ago.
We knock. After several locks, the door opens; nails are pulled out and it opens, crucifix in her hand.
“Have you seen my Teresa? The dark man came and took my Teresa.”
From her house, you can see over a wall into the cemetery.
Jake shows her his cross. She hands us garlic et al “put these on our windows” it will stop the dark man. She can’t speak of this man, or he’ll “rip out my heart, he comes as a mist in the night, or a bat, or a wolf; and at night fowl creatures dig up the graves in the cemetery”.
She can’t say why, after all this time, he started doing such things suddenly.
She has seen zombies in the streets, undead rending, fighting each other.
Jake “They are fighting each other.”
“And we in the middle!” ZL vs Vampire who may also be a ZM.
We go talk to Jean next. Luke would come, but Father says it may be too much for him to go there. Jake, Luke, Jesse and Etienne go to see him.
The rest hang at the inn. An older gentleman enters, asking to speak to our leader.
Billy steps up.
“Can you come back to my house with me, I have to talk to you about something important.”
His name is Mordu. Claims he knows what is going on in her, keeps touching Billy as he talks, must talk in private though.
House is right up the street.
Billy “Ill be happy to, in private, but with my friend Will.”
Billy tells Nick and Ron that “we’re walking into this trap, I have a sneaking suspicion that its a vampire trap. I’m pretty sure will can handle it.” Will looks around perplexed at that, Billy continues “But if we’re not back before nightfall something bad happened.”
Nick gives Will his 4 blessed .45 rounds.
Off they go. Mondu is excitable, rather than nervous or scared like everyone else. On the door is a big elder sign.
Will “That’s a good sign” ba dumb, ch.
We enter, he offers licorice. Red, so Will takes a piece. He starts some herbal tea. He has several favorites, Will asks for Chinese and he does have chai!
“Everyone thinks that its zombies and vampires. Its neither that is behind this. Have you ever heard of the cult of the swamp?”
Billy “Yes. We fought them last time.”
He says survivors have regrouped here! They are behind it all!
Billy “You’re sure about this?” He says he will find proof, but we don’t want him getting killed trying.
“They can’t stop me, I am the great Mordu. Greatest scholar of Hastur and Cthulhu you will find. Look at my library” he moves a hutch out of the way, behind are shelves loaded with books. Most appear to be popular fiction novels, mixed in are some occult histories. He show us one he claims has been the most helpful. Will takes it, he says we can borrow it. He says “come back tomorrow and I will have final proof it is this cult that is behind all this”.
Billy warns him there are vamps and z about, still, so be careful.
“I have protection. I’ve taken this knowledge to the master, he’s promised to protect him” during his investigations!
So, this cult could be here, another faction the Master is against in a power struggle. The Master has assured him they are all working with the cult for one great evil. That’s why the Master came here even, to hunt and kill all the vampires, was quite happy Mordu discovered all of this.
The master told him to use only salt vs vampires, everything else we know about them like garlic et al is false. He keeps a line of salt at his door threshold.
Is the Master using this gullible guy for misinformation?
He’ll keep us in the loop. What he doesn’t understand is that most people who have come here since we defeated the cult, have come to live at the castle. Though the master says he’s been putting together a group to crush the cult once and for all.
Mordu suggests we talk to and join with the Master.
At plantation, we find it very run down being sans workers. Jean apologizes, no servants even. Treats us with lemonade.
He says z and ghouls roam the streets, coming from the cemetery “I know you think i’m crazy.” He says the Master rules with an iron hand, his dad just a pawn to him. The master is evil “but there’s no fighting him”. Everyone vacated this place out of fear, that he has something to do with what is going on.
Jake “What gave them that idea?”
“I am rather set in my ways. And I did act somewhat crazy after my twin was killed.” At the moment he cares nothing for the village.
“So, you use voodoo z on your plantation?” He wishes not to discuss that though “if we did, we had no choice in the matter.”
Jake “What happened with your brother in the church?” The body burst into flames, sat up and got off the slab, staggered about the room. Most horrific thing they had ever seen. Finally collapsed dead again.
He’s acting rational, but he’s half crazy.
He does not want to talk of zombies. He calls them the walking dead, not zombies. Just empty husks “same as using steam engines”. He’s very defensive w/o admitting “Just cause we are able to not pay for labor” etc. “What is more evil for us to use, if we were, bodies brought back into motion, or to use slaves?”
Finally he breaks and admits it, they still use them.
Jake “The master forced you to or you did this before?”
“Good lord, we don’t know how to make z”
Jake “Who does?”
“Daddy Marco. The Master’s zombie master.” He came with the Master, but is Haitian.
He serves us mint juleps. He hopes the z’s rip the heart out of the butler for leaving. The evil zombies, he means. Theirs wouldn’t hurt anyone, “just like the ones at the sugar mill”. Master assured them.
Jake says they attacked us. “Master lied.” He gets a glassy look “The master never lies” then snaps out of it. Doesn’t believe his type of z could hurt anyone.
Jake “So where are these other z coming from then?” He doesn’t know.
Definitely some kind of war going on here.
Back to inn.
Mabel will read the book Mordu gave us.
We use the garlic et al to protect our rooms.
To the cemetery: Jake, Billy, Jesse, Chief, Luke (shockingly decides is safer with Jake, Billy and Dog in definite danger than with the others in only possible danger), Floyd
We take positions, hiding.
Jake hears the z coming first, then sees one. Then we all see them. 2 or 3 reach the grave and start opening it up.
Jake’s sees him! Jake withdraws, kneels turning on his lantern to its face = dead eyes; stands raising his shotgun almost bringing it down with 1 barrel, the 2nd brings one down, then draws his pistol.
More are going after each of us by then. Luke starts shooting his winchester; Floyd his shotgun; Jesse shotgun; Billy’s revolvers slinging lead fast, dropping them as they come at him; Chief his revolver for 1 shot then melee.
Each of us shoot and move as much as we can, using the many tombs to keep from being surrounded.
They can hear the gunfire from the inn. Nick gets to an upstairs window facing that direction and looks out, seeing the single lantern and the muzzle flashes.
The battle continues. Mabel "Oh my, I hope they’re ok.:
Will “So long as we hear plenty of bullets flying, they’re ok.”
After about a minute, the next wave are tougher than the first!
Luke “I say Billy, Jake, I could use a little help over here” after taking a couple hits. Floyd as well. There are only a few of the tougher ones thankfully.
Luke is hit again! He’s getting really worried.
Floyd is hit bad, 4 times in one round, now at 0 total hp!!
Luke yells “I’m out of here!” and withdraws.
Jake “Both of you, get out of here!” Jake clears a lane for Floyd, who then withdraws as well.
Jake out of bullets in both guns, brings his winchester into action. Billy already began reloaded rounds before.
A hulking beast of a z attacks Jesse and crits 23 but he stays up!
Chief has had a rough melee going, but getting the better of all comers.
When Luke and Floyd get to the inn wounded, Mabel gets to work on Floyd. Luke reports the natural born killers out there are doing fine, regardless of how he and Floyd look.
Billy continues his rapid fire killing and reloading, he and Jake get clear to help Chief and Jesse out to end the battle. The last couple are major beasts, Chief is battered terribly. Then Jesse takes a massive beating dropping him to minus 1!!!
He and Chief have to retreat, Jake steps in front of the last 3 foes to clear their withdraw. Jake’s winchester is empty right at the end.
The body was not taken. We open it up and shotgun it to death. It is a zombie.
Back to the inn, where Chief and Jesse are already with Mabel.
Nick “What the hell happened out there.”
Mabel reports the book is a very clever fake. It lies about much and invents more. Only truth is that Hastur is behind the cult, and don’t allow the King in Yellow to be performed anywhere.
We already knew that.
Barmaid went missing, in an ally is a large stain of blood, specks against a wall. Near it is a piece of red licorice.
We go to see Mordu about this. Knock gets no response. We walk in, its unlocked. He’s dead! Nailed to the wall alive. Took several of his occult books and forced them down his throat until he couldn’t swallow or breath anymore. His stomach is still bloated with paper.
A servant of the master, large black man, invites us all to dinner. A coach will arrive at 10 tonight. We can bring a coach full. He requests the lady attend.
We try to convince Boucharde not to go, but he keeps insisting. Promising he’ll be good.
6 plus the woman: Dog, Jake, Billy, Etienne, Boucharde, Luke.
The carriage picks us up right on time. Several servants are dressed in old time Eastern European outfits. 4 others are already in the dining hall, 12 seats set. So one other to come.
Pierre, the 3 sons’ dad
old black man, treated as equal, named Daddy Marco
Charles Beaumont, the missing guy; his fists clenching at the sight of Boucharde; and vice versa
Small talk only, no one giving anything away
Leg met Daddy Marco when he stopped in Haiti for a few years after first coming from Old World; to go into business; in Haiti they had tried to go into business to become wealthy.
We are called into dinner. Leg’s young ward, Martine Phillips, beautiful girl, enters.
Boucharde “It’s Madeleine. Look at her hair, that’s her hair.” He’s about to act the fool, Jake tells Luke to chill him out before it’s too late.
Jake whispers to Etienne “Can you see what he sees?”
“No, I think he’s lost his mind.”
The dinner begins, passing uneventfully.
Leg “Alright, let me come to the point. A great evil has come to my island. And yes, I say mine. I own it, the people, the sugar cane. My next plan is to build my mill here. I had one on the mainland but eventually it burnt down. The evil must be eradicated first.”
Jake “Who’s the evil?”
“How much do you know about the occult?” He goes on: speaks of an evil undead creature that creates zombies, the Zombie Lord; Daddy Marco is emphatic about it’s vileness; Leg says only living creatures should create zombies; Tarascan boys came up with the idea, even when he first came here “Isn’t that right Pierre?” suddenly the first light of the night comes into his eyes and he affirms Leg’s claim;
Boucharde asks how long Martine has been here: Beaumont says she arrived recently; Leg gives him a dirty look and he changes his tune to several years. “Isn’t that right my dear” she nods quietly. She has said nothing. Beaumont “She’s such a delicate flower.” they are to be wed actually.
He wants to hire us to hunt down this ZL.
Billy “How much are you going to pay us?” 1000 dollars in gold.
Jake “Not bad. Where is he?” They don’t know, but ask Luke and Lucias. They know.
He says they lied to us about the flaming body; Total fabrication.
He invites some of us to stay if we want, for the night.
Jake, Billy, Mad Dog, and Boucharde get rooms, as well as Mabel.
The gang camps outside in the courtyard.
There is a back and forth, we all go back to the hotel as Jesse’s insistence. Jake has to convince Boucharde to leave for now.
They seemed over interested in Mabel.
Dr. John gets to work making anti Hastur conjure bags for the others.
While in the common room, we hear a scream from outside in the swamp fog!
Mad Dog, Nick, Jesse and Billy are sent to check it out to scout, into an alley, finding a dark cloaked figure. He turns and flees into the darkness!! The innkeeper’s daughter was returning from a friend’s house, no lying on the ground, blood coming out of her throat. Dog rushes to try to save her and stops the bleeding! She was stabbed twice, chest and throat cut. Not deep enough thanks to our interuption.
Back to inn. The innkeeper wants to send for the priest, so the Bev’s and Ron bring him back from the church.
He blames himself. We confront him about the church story.
He now tells us the truth about the church and Marcel:
Luke and Marcel found a secret passage that led deep underground, while looking for the Pendant of Undeath. Attacked by undead creatures. Luke carried Marcel to the church, but they did find the pendant!! “I placed the pendant around Marcel’s neck” while praying to the Lord of All, the Great one.
“The King in Yellow” then Marcel rose, but not alive nor dead. He was a hideous thing.
Jake “He’s the Zombie Lord?”
Will “Is his brother hiding him out?”
Nick “Where does he keep his z horde?” Swamp, graveyard, sugar cane fields, he doesn’t know. The only one that knows is Luke.
He turns, pleading to Luke as he walks over to him “You must come back, from the land of the insane. You must come back.”
He rips open his cassock, and underneath he’s wearing The Yellow Sign!!!!
He leaps behind Luke, a curved knife to his throat “Come near me and I’ll kill hit.”
Luke “Don’t hurt the kid, put it down.”
He backs to the door, “I must escape, if the Master finds out I’ve betrayed him to the King in Yellow, I’ll become one of his undead minions.”
He worships the King in Yellow!
Dog “You worship the King in Yellow? We worship him. I’ve seen the play 3 times!” He tosses the kid aside, kneels before Dog, helpless, begging to be taken away before his soul is eaten.
Dog guarentees his safety form vamp’s, Z’s and all the dark creatures because to our similar faith! “You stay behind me.” and he hides behind Dog now.
Neither he nor Luke are willing to go to the big house.
Jake asks why he needs Luke back to normal: cause Luke knows the entrance to the underground.
Nick “Alright Dr. John, how do we get him back?” He doesn’t know.
A large man enters, large sledge and small sledge in hand, begging for help. His daughter, Nadine, is good friends with the innkeeper daughter, it was her she was visiting. There was a crash at her window, and now she’s gone!
He leads to his house Chief, Jake, Billy, Ron, Nick. Chief easily picks up the trail, right to the Jean’s plantation Big House. Lights are on in the dining room. Chief sees 2 servants, though supposedly all his servants left. Chief thinks they may be z’s. We take a look, but they are more skeletal with tight skin.
Ghouls. They are setting the table.
Jean enters, cloak like the attacker. He flings it to them “Jacque and Pierre will be bringing in the feast. Summon the other servants.” One of the ghouls hits a small table gong.
Other parodies of servants enter, like a female ghoul in a french maid outfit. Eeewwwww, butler, coachman, etc. All undead.
The french chef enters, ghoul too, in his French chef outfit “Dinner is served, master” pushing a cart with the nude body of Nadine! “I have a treat for you! Tonight you have the live quivering flesh of a virgin!” They are far too happy. They pick her up to lie her on the table, screaming.
We rush to the front door.
Nick volunteers to stay at the window. If we don’t make it in time, he’ll start blasting to keep them busy. The blacksmith stays, he’ll go through the window. Chief decides to do the same.
Into the front door go Jake, Billy and Ron.
Jean “Scream your heart out, little girl. You’ll wish for death long before it comes” draws a curved knife “we’ll carve pieces off for the diners”. She is in total panic mode.
He has a Yellow Sign pendant as well, holds it out in his hand, it starts to glow. He pushes it on top of her right breast, sizzling sound “They prefer it raw, I like my meat cooked”. One ghoul reaches for her thigh, that another next to him was oggling. They hiss at each other terribly. As they dive for each other to the death over choice meat opposite side from the window, the door bursts open as our 3 enter!! He turns to us, and starts to cast. The pendant bursts into fire in his hand.
Nick fires, Chief and the blacksmith climb in.
We start unleashing hell. Nick and Ron combine to drop the ghoul to Jean’s right. Jake and Billy start firing upon Jean, he’s only grazed but rocks from the hits (card). We feel a familiar presence for the briefest moment of David Tucker!
All the ghouls dive for Chief and the blacksmith.
Chief is paralyzed! Nick falls into the window taking 1 shot then kicks a spitoon toward them, hoping to draw one off of Chief.
Billy hits, Jake nails him DEAD!!!
Jordie the blacksmith kills all 3, trying desperately to save his daughter!
Ron charges to Chief’s melee, bullrushing right into one but fails to rush him over, draws his bowie knife.
One charges Nick, Ron’s turns to him. 2 others still go for Chief, start chomping on him.
Jordie starts freeing his daughter. Nick drops his, Billy and Jake step to get clear shots to help Chief.
Chief is getting ripped into. Nick takes it down. Only Ron’s remains.
Jake guns down the remnants of the 2 fighting themselves. Billy finishes off the final ghoul, Ron’s.
A search of the house is made. In the basement we find a hidden room with a shrine and huge portrait of Hastur. We get some turpentine and Dog removes it.
The villagers are caught in the middle of Vampire vs Zombies vs Cultists
Back to inn. Mabel is helping take care of kid Luke.
The priest says he worshipped with them at the basement temple, he wants to go back to the church and repent! Pray to Christ for redemption. He seems very sincere.
We let the priest return to the temple.
We want to take out the Mythos problem first, that means Marcel the Vampire Lord.
We need to get Luke to talk.
The coach from the castle arrives, Pedro in tow along with an old withered black man. There is instant hatred tween he and Dr. John. It’s Daddy Marco “My master has sent me to speak with you” there is a disturbance, we must destroy the ZM today! Pedro, Alfonso and Gregorio will stay with us to help destroy. They feel the ZL gathering his forces. We go outside. The sky is darkening, dark clouds are moving in, forming a ceiling out over the swamp. Out there, there is a pillar of dark going upward. We need to get out there.
A strange clanking comes from the sugarcane fields. Chief and Ron go to take look. We start loading up. They see nothing, clanking all through the fields. Ron wants to just start burning. They come upon 3 z’s fighting with tools! 2 of them get the other down and destroy it. The dead one looks like one of the workers. The others are ragged. Marco’s z’s are being attacked by the ZL’s.
One staggers toward them out of the cane, blood all over his face, reaching out.
Ron “Say something!” It’s alfonso, throws his arms over Ron’s shoulders. He says the Z’s are attacking!
His eyes roll back and he falls over. There is a machete right tween his shoulder blades.
The other 2 victors are moving for Ron and Chief.
Ron fires his shotgun and Chief his revolver both drop. More noise including Gregorio yelling in Mexican trying to organize his z’s. They smell smoke, the field is burning.
They rush turn and head out. On a hilltop nearby, they see 15 ish z’s behind them with Gregorio, horde of enemy z’s attacking from all sides.
They exit the cane edge to a mass of z’s exiting around them. They rush to the inn.
Gregorio scream as he is brought down DEAD.
As they run through town, z’s are entering the town even out of the swamp water!
Alarm is raised, the town battens down the hatches.
Jake “What happens to a ZL’s zombies when you kill it?”
Dr John confirms his suspicion, they drop.
Etienne thinks we should all flee to the castle with the town. Billy says just get the town inside the castle walls “We have to take out the ZL”.
The dark pillar in the distance, to the clouds, is turning yellow.
Watching as we prepare, Jesse sees Legendre, is approaching the inn, effortlessly slaying every z that meets him “We must find the ZL”.
He motions, making his voice like thunder “all villagers run to the castle now!”
People flee through the z’s for the castle. Jordie the blacksmith stops, asks if we want him to go with us or castle. We tell him stay here with his family. He leads the way for all who follow.
We send Boucharde to the castle, with the 2 boatmen, with Etienne and Dr. John and Mable. Jake gives her his anti vamp charm necklace after Legendre leaves.
We get on one boat, Pierre running it.
To the Yellow Pillar we go. The Gang, Pedro, Laroux and Pierre. As we go, all z attackers ignore us in favor of the castle siege.
The closer we get, the unnaturally darker the day becomes. The Yellow becomes impossible to properly describe, like a dark yellow. A yellow that absorbs light.
The boat begins to slow down, water has an unnatural tint to it. It feels almost like wet jelly, a putrid sickening jelly.
It starts to get difficult to go. We try the poles, but it takes a minute to go a few yards.
Chief checks its ability to hold weight. It can’t. He puts a leg in, and it starts to feel like its falling asleep. Lots of red spots on his pant legs. Pulls his pantleg up, lots of tiny white tendril worms burrowing into his leg.
Dog douses his leg with 100 proof gain. He plucks one out, and sees a red line going up his leg. Poisoning him? It broke as he pulled it, probably releases a poison. It’ll have to be slower work but he’ll get them out. Couple hours of work. Had about 30 in his legs total.
Will tosses a box off the raft, and it splashes in the water further out. The jelly is only around the boat. We toss several more things, and it seems about 15’ out all around.
Being the bayou, Nick thinks we should rope into a tree to get out.
Will then hears a grinding sound.
Nick “Something gnawing on the boat.” Will spots a worm like head at the side of the boat for a moment.
Nick and Will lasso ropes into the trees. Water is starting to leak in. They lead the way, Dog and Chief right behind; then Billy and Jake; Pierre and Laroux; Pedro and Jesse; Ron, then Luke looks worried. Will "just lashes yourself tight and let Dog pull you up.
As we are going out of the tree, the boat slowly sinks.
We keep moving for the pillar.
Z’s then rise up around us, enough for 2 to 1 odds against. We keep Laroux, Luke and Pedro at the center. We clean them out with plenty of led.
Reload and move on. The drums begin, the bayou drums are calling.
Pierre “Can z’s can’t play drum.”
Laroux “More likely cultists.”
Pierre scouts forward as we get close. He sees small island. 5 of the villagers are there playign drums, cultists; and 2 playing flutes; and 3 dancers in the midst. Plus what may be the Zombie Lord in a yellow mask before an altar in front of which the dancers dance.
3 z’s emanating a feint yellow glow rise around him!! Tween us and the dancers et al are 4 cultist axemen guards.
He takes 9 and retreats to us and report. They sink back under the water.
We split: Laroux, Will, Dog and Billy left; Jake, Pedro, Chief and Ron right; Pierre, Nick and Jesse, Pierre and Nick firing rifles from our central approach with Luke at the axemen.
The yellow beam is rising from the altar. They are in a frenzy.
Chief is the signal. He sneaks up on the music line to the rear, a drummer and cleaves into the back of his neck crit!! DEAD and that looses the gunfire.
An axemen and both flutists drop immediately, Billy doing most of the work. Jake is firing at the high priest.
The 3 zombies that attacked Pierre now jump Pedro. 3 rounds and he’s dead in the swamp, they drag his body away.
In their frenetic fervor, only the ZM moves 30’ toward the left; and the high priest. He turns to cast upon Jake but the bullet went through his neck and the wound ruins the verbal component!! (card),
Will fires in desperation at the ZL confronting them, hitting twice. Jake slip hammers the HP but he stays up again! Billy lays into the ZL with 4 slugs.
All the axemen are eliminated now.
The high priest runs and takes cover behind the altar!
ZL looks at Will, dismisses him and attacks Billy.
The drummers are killed off this round.
Ron fires into the women as Jake is sending rounds at the barely visible priest. Dog engages the ZL as Billy empties his guns into it like lightning!
The HP now recovers his voice enough and hits Jake with a Fist of Yogsothoth!
Dog is hammered and almost dropped!!
The women throw up their hands to surrender “They made us do it” routine.
Jake hits the priest 23 DEAD!! Billy draws new guns and unleashes as many rounds as possible DEAD.
Only the girls remain. Laroux walks in to take charge of them.
They actually don’t have the wild in their eyes. Looking more scared, actually.
The pillar of yellow begins to disapate.
We destroy all their instruments, Ron sets charges and blows the altar to pieces.
We take off the yellow mask. We take the head back in a bag, as requested. It looks like what Marcel should be.
While this is happening, Luke is ambushed by the 2 missing zombies when he steps aside to take a leak hitting twice. Luke barely avoids being taken down.
The big one, however, seems to want woman flesh instead and grabs one of the women from underwater and takes her away before Laroux can locate her!!
Luke flees toward Dog!
The zombies fall back into the water.
Will “How is that even possible? We killed the ZL, Dr. John said they should have died.”
Pierre “They do stand out. Maybe they weren’t under the ZL directly.”
Back to town in the canoes the cultists came out in, further beyond the ritual position.
All’s quiet in the town, so we go right to the castle. The villagers are in the courtyard. The sun is now back out, Legendre has not been seen since the yellow beam stopped. We get the 2 girls dressed.
Close to dusk by now. The Z’s in town disappeared about the time the beam ended.
We have dinner with Legendre. We show him the head, its not Marcel anymore! It was a dupe!
We killed the magic user, so no danger of arcane. Now, just Marcel and zombies.
We go to Luc in one of the bedrooms. Mabel is still with him. Legendre says he’s the local magistrate, he has a place to keep the 2 captive women. Laroux declines, they are under him.
Legendre says fine, the truce needs to stand until this evil is defeated.
Dr. John decides to try some voodoo magic on Luke. It takes all night with Mabel attending. No dice.
We’ll let Luc rest until this evening and try again unless we find it. In the meantime, we’ll just start searching.
Will asks if the church has any old records that the 2 brothers may have consulted in the past to find this place. The Father says yes, there is an old chronicle!
With the Father go Jesse (staying outside to spot), Jake, Billy, Chief, Etienne, Will, Ron.
Will researches the chronicle which is about the village itself. Etienne and the Father have to translate some cryptic latin passages. Will takes a liking to this latin thing. He’s never seen its sort before.
There is an old house on the towns outskirts. After questioning the Father on his local knowledge some, he thinks there is an entrance in it to a complex of tunnels. Where the pendant was found, where the older brother was killed, likely where Marcel hides out.
The pieces are spread out, but Will puts it together pretty quickly.
At that moment, we hear Jesse’s buffalo rifle fire!
Will rushes and looks out the front “zombie horde!”
Etienne “Can we make it out?”
“No, too close” as they doors are pounded already.
We move pews against the doors asap.
Father is frantically praying then “We’re all gonna die!!!”
Nick “Shoulda thought of that before you worshiped Hastur.”
Jesse yells down that they are all around, then starts firing the buffalo rifle at will as we try to think of a way out.
He fires all his .50 buffalo rounds then yells down he’s out; Killed 18; between 60 to 90 remaining he figures.
There is a cloudburst soon after, causing a virtual flash flood halting them getting too close too fast and helping to wash them back until they get their footing again.
Taking advantage, we figure we’ll make a sortie to see how many we can kill. Will and Ron with shotguns, Etienne and Father reloading 2 others in between shots; Jake rifle, Jesse from above rifle.
After we fall back in post barrage, Jesse calls down a few moments later: down to about 30!!
Etienne sees Ron’s tnt. He thinks we should lure them inside and blow them up.
Ron says have Chief lure them to the front, then inside. We can escape out the back.
Jake and Billy agree though, we can shoot them down.
We funnel some more rounds up to Jesse. He finishes the mass off.
The entrance is in the large crypt in the graveyard. As we get ready, Ron rides hard for the castle before more zombies come, and brings Mad Dog and Nick. The Father and Etienne go with him and stay with the community.
Late afternoon, the entire gang sans Luke enter the graveyard. A mythos ghoul appears “You seek, you seeeek the zombie lord. He steal sour food!! This way! This way!” We follow “We thrive beneath the cemeteries of Orleans eating the dead.”
He leads us to the crypt, leaping atop, crouching “there, there lies the ZL. There lies the ZL.”
Jake “Can you lead us to him?”
“I will show you the way. You may call me Xkarhi.”
Chief “Sounds like Harry.” Harry it is.
Steps go down, door only 5’ high. Lanterns lit, Dog stoops through first. He hears a growl, and a man sized dog leaps upon him!! But not a dog afterall once in the full light. It’s body is lean, and its ravenous. Half melted appearance, blue puss as its skin or exudes it, we’re not sure. Utterly horrifying.
It lunges upon Dog, a long grotesque tongue lashing out for his neck, acid dripping from its claws! The tongue misses, but the claws don’t. Dog crit grapples the beast!! Grabbing both legs, he wrenches them in opposite directions and it lets out a pain filled otherworldly whelp as he tears it apart!!
Nick “That was impressive.”
Will “That’s why Dog goes in first.”
Down into the earth we go.
Harry “Ttthhhis way, this way.”
Billy “Did you know that thing was in here?”
In the back of the crypt, he pulls some stones away revealing stairs going down. Harry says this is where the gibbering moron (the kid) and the ZL came from.
Down into the earth we go.
At the bottom is a stone door.
Harry “Beyond this door lies your doom and your worst nightmare.”
Dog tries to open the door, ghoul next to him. He steps ahead of us and kicks at the door.
The ghoul leaps out of the path of the falling door trap, it knocks Dog clear 36 damage. Ouch.
We give dog some moments to rest.
In we go, ancient symbols all over. This town isn’t that old. This is a bit odd. The dust on the floor is well tracked, but almost an inch think where undesturbed.
Suddenly, Wang Wei and Wang Lo are amongst us.
They say the man Wilkerson and Rathbone must see this. This writing is from their Proto History.
Lo “Strange. In a swamp, how has this survived?”
The hall is 60’ long and 10’ wide, 2 doors along both sides, and ends in another.
Jesse and Nick stand just ahead watching down the hall, Chief right behind them.
We stand back, Ron volunteers to open the door. As he touches it, all the doors open but for the one at the end, zombies pouring forth!!
The ghoul crawls up the walls to the ceiling.
Wei and Lo leap into the door behind us, keeping our back in check.
Wei tumbles in to a clear spot, firing rounds profusely bringing one down.
Ron is pulled in and lets loose with his shotgun.
Billy follows him inside, Will in the doorway, both firing away. Will misses wildly in the surprising confusion, Billy drops the z Ron wounded.
The rest volley down the hallway. They keep them at bay briefly until the first one gets to Nick
The z keep trying to get Ron down to the ground but he’s fending them off. After he empties his shotgun he draws his revolver.
We are killing them in the hall fast enough that no more than 1 gets to Jesse and Nick.
Jake tells Dog to switch with one of the 2 in front and go hand to hand to save ammo. He swaps with Jesse. He moves forward 10’ to their position and they swarm him.
Nick soon runs up and attacks with his knife, to draw targets from Dog. He has taken some shots.
Ron’s room is finished first, then the hallway, leaving 1 with the Wangs who Wei immediately finishes off.
As we reload, Wang Long is suddenly among us as well! With ammo too!
Each room has empty, dust filled coffins. To the final door at the end into a huge irregular room, large sarcophagus at the far end. No visible exits.
We make our way toward the coffin, slow and wary. More proto history writing on the stone.
Billy calls for Ron to check it out. He moves forward. As he tries to lift it, there is a click and a the wall slides open behind it!
Ron step through first. A pane of glass drops, cutting him off. We can’t break it!!
We can still hear him. It reverberates if struck. The room is 20×20.
He waves us back, he’s going to try and blow it with tnt.
A door opens across the room, and zombies start shambling in.
We get out of the way. He drops a few multi packs, lights them as the z’s get there, and rushes to a corner and gets low. They move toward him, all tween he and the blast. The glass like material shatters when the blast goes off! None of the zombies go down, and Ron is mostly unscathed.
Ron brings his shotgun to bare as they attack him en masse, 16 total. Once the explosion clears, the 3 Wangs enter as Ron pulls his bowie knife.
Jake, Ron and Jesse next firing from the rear.
We clear them out easily.
The room the zombies came out of have stairs going down. So, down we go.
We come to a room with a brass altar. 3 doors all broken open lead out, all to a room. 2 are empty dead ends, though one has an empty recepticle.
Wang’s said it likely once held a book that the brothers probable came for when they were overwhelmed.
The 3rd has another door out and 2 tapestries hanging, looking of ancient life. The Wang’s feel proto history. They take note of what is on them. When we look behind them, they fall to dust. Ron, Wei and Long enter the room and check behind the tapestries, they fall to dust in our hands.
Then through the door to darkness, columns line the room. Far in the distance is a throne, zombie master seated upon it lit by braziers.
Billy “Jesse, shoot him.”
Ron “He’s just sitting on a chair.”
Jesse brings out the buffalo rifle, takes aim, and fires. It shatters on a clear wall on its way.
Maybe 200’ away. In we must go, to blow the glass.
Chief, Jake Dog, Ron make the front line; Will, Billy Nick behind them, then Jesse. Wei in the center rear, Long and Lo to his flanks at the columns.
About half way to the glass, a couple dozen zombies attack from all sides. A trap pit under Chief opens, he barely jumping clear.
6 drop in the first volley then they reach us, but we keep firing but for the Deadly Wangs.
We make short work of them.
At the other end, the ZM disappears through a doorway.
Ron thinks the 10 ended up being overkill last time. So he uses 4 this time and it shatters. The doorway leads to a roughly cut tunnel. Harry says now we enter his world.
It curves and twists to a 4 way intersection. Chief is sure he didn’t go straight. He thinks right, but not 100% sure.
Nick asks Harry if he can sniff him out, but the z’s infest this place too much for him to distinguish.
Jake goes left with Lo, Dog, Jesse, Harry and Ron.
Billy right with Lo, Wei, Chief and the Beverlys.
The right group follows some turns, Chief leading them.
The left, the floor caves in and we fall into another hall. 16 zombies attack from 1 direction. Harry hisses, ready to fight this time.
A couple volleys before they hit us.
Jake tells Harry to stay back, he’s our only way of getting out.
Suddenly, Lo is hammered 40!! Some of these z’s are much more powerful it seems, and varying strengths! At the last possible second, Wang is pulled away by Dog!! The blow puts a hole in the ground.
Round after round, finally Jake drops one. Then Dog.
Wang has to dodge what would have been another heavy blow, then later only makes a thresh save with an AP! He’s hanging on for dear life. Buddha, then another dodge with Quick saves a death blow again!!
Jake runs out of rounds in both revolvers, and has to pull his rifle before we finish them off, a final shot from Jake dropping the big monster.
We climb out of the pit.
The other group heard the sounds of gunfire, but kept on their way. Trusting the gang’s ability, they continue on to a dead end room. A hole in the ground is a ramp going deeper. A terrible, fetid odor emanates from it. Chief thinks its a trap to lead us into something horrible. Long says this is not from z’s. Something else lurks there.
Wei “We should not investigate without talking to Harry.”
Every instinct tells us don’t go down there.
Then, 40 some zombies hit from the rear. Trapping us at the hole.
Luckily, Ron had us take some tnt packs. We hurl all 5 down the hall as they come and then back off.
Zombie parts fly everywhere and Billy looses a volley. Only 17 remain; then we fire again as they are closing in.
The weaker ones are taken out first, leaving the massive monster like fought Lo remaining. Luckily, no crits on Billy though. Then suddenly Billy is caught off turned and is almost crushed, but Long leaps in the path and takes the hit!!
Wei’s crane kick then brings him down.
The 2 gangs join up, Harry says the ZM is down there, he wants us to come down.
Jake “What’s that reeking? That doesn’t smell like zombies.”
He has a massive guardian down there. Harry knows right where the ZM is. About 15 minutes in. We’ll have to sneak past the giant Guardian “I’ll show you.”
Harry reluctantly leads us down. Its a bit maze like, wide halls about 20’ on average.
Long and Nick bring up the rear. Chief, Ron and Wei take the lead; then Lo flanked by Jake and Billy; then Dog flanked by Jesse and Will. Harry keeps between our front 2 lines.
Forward we go, until Harry “Very quiet now, he’s just ahead. On the right.”
We come to a big opening on the right. Looking in, its empty.
Harry “No, no good. Where is is?”
Forward again, and it opens into a larger area with a massive horde of zombies. 100, maybe 200.
We start quietly in, but they spot us and shamble for us. About 60’ away from us, and the
guardian erupts from the ground right next to us!!!!!1 A 4 legged huge creature, thick legs, matted fur covering it, one toothy maw atop its central body pointing unnaturally upward; and it stinks to high heaven; 4 heavy claws.
The Wangs warn of big DR!
We back off, and it reaches down and grabs Harry! He is lifted off the ground squealing “HELP!”and torn to pieces, then begins to eat him piece by piece.
We take a tactical retreat, unload rounds and load blessed ones. Once we are ready, we aim and comes our way. Jake, Ron, Jesse, Nick and Will fire blessed rifle rounds. All hits! Chief crits! Wei hits it with a shriveling spell as well.
The horde of zombies are behind him.
Billy “You aiming where I’m aiming?” (card)
Jake “For the black spot” where the shriveling is taking place.
Their rounds tear the weakened hole to shreds.
We reload and firestorm the zombies once the close in right in front of us. 47 go down, 3 others badly wounded.
Then get in positions for their attack: Wangs in front; then Chief, Ron, Dog; then Billy, Jeake, Will; then Nick and Jesse.
About 80 still remain. 9 drop at the first volley. As they reach us, more drop. Then they start coming among us. Dog and Chief go into melee with the Wangs as they shamble amongs us.
They keep filing in among us as we attack, getting deeper and deeper into our lines. Long is crushing in the center front, with his combat ref.
Jesse has to reload early; then Jake, Billy, and the Bev’s run out too. Billy resorts to his derringers and empties them. Jake, Nick and Billy reload amidst the mess.
Will weaves through them with 3 on him, getting his back to the wall and goes defensive for the moment.
Ron pulls his knife and joins the melee.
Jesse right behind him “Hey thanks, dude!” sarcastically, the lane more open to get to him now. Truly, Jesse does not care at all.
At this point, Jesse is done reloading his rifle and starts firing at will.
Will then reloads.
36 left now: 4 on each of the front 3, 3 on everyone else.
Billy starts shooting first after a quick reload. Then Jake and the Nick resume firing, too.
Then Will is back in action right after.
Billy empties his partial load then pulls his knife too.
Jake and Nick empty again!
26 remain! Nick and Jake go to knives now too as Will runs out again, and starts reloading.
Dog is taken into wound pts!! Only 11 remain though, one for each of us.
Finally, Chief and Dog finishes them off.
Jake turns to the Wangs “Thank you for coming. If it weren’t for you 3, we’d have been sent back to the surface a while ago.”
We back off, rest and reload. Long has been hit pretty good, and Dog is into wound pts as said.
Going through our ammo, we need to back out and return again.
Without Harry, we are unsure of where to go but for Mad Dog. He is sure Jack remembers the way, Miraculously, Dog somehow leads us safely out!! We are harried by a few zombies at a time on the way out, but its no big issue. We keep Dog, Chief (both heavily damaged) in the center for safety.
Back to the castle unmolested once outside.
Surprisingly, the castle camp has been incident free.
Luke “Ah, yes gentlemen. I say, I had everything covered.”
We restock on ammo.
Though we don’t like the idea of them being more prepared for us, several of us are in bad shape and we must rest the night.
Murder invites us all to dinner after our day long fighting, not including Pierre and the 2 boatmen.
The girl who may be Boucharde’s fiance, but looking different, is present as well; as well as Murder’s ZL sorcerer. Beaumont is absent.
We stick to the water, and our own whiskey. Leaving his wine be.
Boucharde keeps trying to talk to Madeleine. She answers questions but politely curtly. She also speaks very monotone, like she’s not fully with mental faculties.
Jake in convo asks where Beaumont is. Murder claims he’s not certain, around somewhere. We retire to our rooms.
Billy wakes up in the middle of the night to a hand reaching slowly in the dim light, stealing a coin he has from Frederick with the vamp’s family crest upon it. Billy pulls a gun from under his pillow and fires! The thief falls to the floor, Billy turns the lamp up. Its a castle servant. He begs for Billy to not shoot. Claims he wasn’t stealing anything, came in by accident he says. Billy puts his gun to the man’s head “Yuo have 2 seconds to give me the real answer or you’re never leaving this room.” Billy reaches 2 and sends him to his grave.
We all arrive shortly after. Murder orders the body disposed of, with deepest apologies.
Soon after, Jake awake in bed hears the door open silently. Someone sneaks it. They are moving extremely slowly and carefully. Heading for the bureau with his personal effects upon it. Jake slinks tween them and the door, kicks it shut gun in hand.
Jake “What’s all this then?” Then raises his light. It’s murder’s ZL? "Why are you skulking about my personal effects? He reaches to it, holding Jake’s locket with the pic of his wife.
Jake “You;ll do well to put that down?”
He blows a cloud of dust into Jake’s face! Throws the pic back down and surrenders.
He insists he blew nothing into Jake’s face. Jake finds a bag on him, pistol whips him, dumps some in his face and makes him eat some.
“It’s just dust!!”
Jake fires off one round out the window to bring everyone here.
Jake gives the remaining dust to Dr. John, Etienne and Mabel to investigate.
Murder tries to calm the entire situation down, wants to sort it out in the morning.
Jake “No, it’ll be sorted out now.”
They aren’t sure what the dust says. Jake feels his muscles start to stiffen up!
Jake coup de grace’s the ZL.
HE had put the locket down, but had grabbed Jake’s handkerchief.
Murder apologizes profusely!! Though he says we have now nixed their zombie army, now we’ll be doing it alone.
We’ve been doing that anyway.
If they were willing to do that, they would have offered before.
Morning comes, we breakfast here. Murder asks Jake to step into his study to discuss strategy.
“I never discuss strategy alone.” Taking Billy with him.
After they are gone, Nick “Be alarmed, fella’s.”
Jesse hears low banging upstairs. He and Long go up the steps to investigate. At a door, a muffled banging from the other side.
Sounds like someone tied up, banging for help.
Jesse “Kick the door in.”
A few shoulders from both of them busts the door in. They find Madeleine in sleeping clothes, tied up!! They rush in and free her. SHe says days and days now feel like a bad dream. About 2am she awoke out of it with a start, and a few minutes later Murder arrived and tied her up. 2am is when Jake killed the ZL.
With Murder early, he starts talking plans for the assault. Jake feels off for a moment, chalked up to the dust effect lingering.
We exit to Madeleine with the group! Murder says this can all be resolved after the Z menace is over. Not wanting a confrontation in our state, we take our leave with her.
We briefle discuss eliminating Legendre now, searching for his lair now. But we decide to take out the Mythos powered evil first, Luke’s main point.
Now, down a long hallway to a double door that resists opening. Dog blasts it open with sheer might. Total darkness but for our lanterns.
It looks like an ancient chapel/crype. At the far end is a symbol that seems to wrythe and glow, that of the King in Yellow!
We see figures in the shadows all over the room. Then, the voice of the ZM “Do you fear the dark?”
Billy “We fear no dark.”
“Now you will know why you should.”
40 zombies swarm toward us. The Wangs and chief form a skirmish line, the rest of us unleash lead to support.
They come in 4 waves of 10 as if directed. Starting with shotguns most of us, then to winchesters but for Billy and Luke. The first line we take down fast, only a few reach us, then they start surrounding our melee line. The last group is the strongest. THen the ZM appears! Dog flies into a rage and rushes him heedlessly!
Billy runs out of rounds at one point and draws Luke’s revolver!
Lo an Wei are attacked each by an elite Z.
It’s a terrible fight up front. Long is the first to start taking wound pts!
Dog starts with 2 slugs, and it somehow succeeds in missing Dog in return!
Long then withdraws behind Ron and Nick.
Somehow, someway, another 1 causes a miss on Dog!!
Dog “Thanks Jack! You keep holding him back!”
Long’s 2 now move in onto Ron.
Chief then retreats, into light wounds like Long.
Zombies are dropping all over, but it takes round after round to take down those in this final wave.
The ZL reels back (card), Dog has him on the ropes! (Or is it Jack?)
Wang Wei has been fighting like a blur, the enemy unable to so much as touch him.
Chief and Long now jump back in as numbers dwindle, triple teaming a tougher Z with Ron.
The 2 strongest Z henchmen from the last wave still fighting Wei and Lo. Lo falls KO’s from a massive hit!
The ZM is getting visibly angry, glaring at us in shock that his attack has failed!
Luke moves up and starts dragging Lo out. He is so unassuming, the big Z ignores him.
Wei takes a diagonal step, hoping his foes will follow, and now being closer he’ll attract Lo’s free one, being closer than it than Jake now.
Finally, Dog is hit but only grazed.
We get them down to the 2 tough Lt Z’s, Wei and Long flanking 1, both attacking Wei; our guns blazing in support as Dog remains 1 on 1!! Then, suddenly, he’s walloped for 29! He takes it like a man!!
Our gunfire takes down 1, Wei the other. Now, only the ZM remains.
The ZM misses wildly!
Wei enters the melee with Dog, Ron with him from the other side.
With bullets ripping through him, Dog slugging him twice in the face DESTROYED!!
Back at the castle, Murder has fled! He left a note “See you soon, idiots.”
Jake gives it to Dog “It’s for you.”
Lamonde has a couple ideas on his routes he may have taken; he had to have left via boat. Unfortunately, he evades us. We are sure he went to NO though.
We get back and rest up.
We hunker down at Boucharde’s as a group, including Mabel, Etienne, and Marie.
When we get to NO, we figure Beaumont was with him. We enter at the docks, and the boat is there. Registered as Beaumont’s. THe dockman knows nothing, but we ask about the dockworkers. The crew was 3 shambling black men; Beaumong; brought an oblong box with them.
Laroux’s badge gets us onto the boat to search. Will, Jake, Billy, Laroux, and Etienne get on to search.
Jake is first into the cabin. Jake spots 2 black men, 1 on either side as he enters with machete’s waiting to kill. Jake tumbles forward, drawing. Billy steps right into the doorway, both guns flash out and he fires one gun at each side. Both DEAD.
This draws a bit of a crowd that Laroux handles. We find a portrait of an unidentified woman, like a 4×6; modern photo. That’s it.
We find out they loaded the box into a wagon, no one saw which directions. Laroux is putting police rescources to work on it.
Nondescrip wagon, they loose track quickly.
Lo is taken to a hospital for recovery.
We all stay at Boucharde’s as a group.
Plans of action developed. We have to hit his social night haunts to talk to the regulars; check into any places he may own even under assumed names or subsidiaries, etc.
We have little research skill, but Luke calls in a local favor and has someone else get the info for us. Legendre we find out owns a tenement, warehouse, and a small house.
Beaumont has a plantation house in the area, couple hours ride outside of the city.
Tonight, we start finding and hitting the places Legendre and Beaumont frequent when in town. No info found out though.
We start with Legengre’s places in town. We split into 3 groups of 3, gang only.
Billy, Chief, and Will to the warehouse: armed guards around it! Clubs only. Billy asks to see the guy in charge. An elderly man, goatee, comes to meet us. He takes us into the office, 10 or 12 guys inside working on a pyramid of paper machet. For a float next year; dragon motif with feathers. Will asks which Krewe, the Feathered Serpent.
Will “That’s my favorite Krewe!” THe man offer Will a tour! It’s a very good representation of a central american pyramid. He says the other cofounder could tell you about it, named Louie Deburau, famous archaeologist, but he died 2 weeks ago. Did much work in central amer and Mex.
It’s an hour tour and talk, Brandy, fine cigar. Nothing we see looks suspicious at all.
Jesse “Why the guards?” The crimson king krewe want to find out what they are up to, they’re after them. If they find out, “they’ll find a way to top us”. No box the night before, but for an oblong box dropped off by wagon for the landlord a week ago. Oblong box! Full of dirt! Will bluffs him into letting us take it with us. We get a cab to take it back to Bouchardes. From there to the river where we break it up and dump it into the Mississippi.
Jake, Dog and Luke to tenement: packed house. They know the landlord is Legendre, a terrible landlord. Never upgrades anything. He’s never around. Big ugly black guy takes care of the place. Lives in one of the 2 basement apartments. We meet him, scratches his head a lot. Bugs. He does not know Beaumont. We believe him. Last delivery here was about a week ago, box moved into the other apartment in the cellar. Unrented. For cash he is perfectly fine showing it to us. Totally dark, no windows. Oblong box! Full of dirt. We bust it up, Dog takes a bit shite in the dirt. Jake gifts the manager another chunk of change for his trouble.
A message on the floor under it! “If thou truly seeketh me, seek high rather than low”. The manager wonders if it had anything to do with the delivery to the roof the other day.
“Strangest thing, like just a small stone pillar. More money to him and up we go. Indeed, its there, out of an unusual gray stone; triangle on its top made of a green stone. Few feet tall.
“I haven’t the faintes idea what it’s for.”
Could there be 2 others marking 3 points elsewhere?
He didn’t notice the green triangle before. Luke feels strongly we should not touch it.
We warn him not to touch it, leave it be.
Jake “Bad hoodoo or something.”
We leave it here for now.
Jesse, Nick and Ron to the small house:
Plesant small house, 2 kids playing outside, 8 and 10. The kids are residents; dad is away on a trip. Ron has the kids bring the mom out, about 30. Apron drying her hands on, dressed poorly but cleanly. She says owner of sugar mill is owner, Legendre. She says has not seen him in 6 months; he’s an infrequent visitor.
About a year ago, they were looking for a place; Legendre has a realestate office in town that handles his properties. He interviewed us and thought we’d be a good fit. Took a liking to he husband. George Modot, a musician, clarinet. Plays at the Magic Noir nightclub a lot. One of Legendre’s frequents.
At the question of where her husband is out of town, she starts to cry "He’s disappeared, 2 weeks ago. An accident on Bourbon st. A steamcar hit a carriage, he tried to help the man from the car, but he died, named Deburau. George had been there to meet someone for a gig. When George came home, he was quiet, morose, cold, distant. Like that for next day. Then went to work and never returned. She is getting concerned for when the money is gone.
Checking news from 2 weeks before, confirms that info. Deburau left behind a wife Beatrice Deburau. She then claims she has been in close contace with her husband thanks to a local spiritualist medium Jaime Stardust. Has been giving her messages through him.
The Feathered Serpent krewe hold a grand ball in 3 days. She wasn’t planning on going, but her husband now wants her to go. Jesse is sure he’s a cultist.
Back together at Boucharde’s. We see Mabel and Del Rio about the stone and triangle. Del Rio "sounds like a hoodoo booby trap. Set when a certain action happens. Like the destruction of the coffin may have charged it. Touching the jade will be bad for the toucher. He feels we should go and get it. He thinks its no more than that.
Back to tenement, the roof is on fire!! The manager falls from the roof, dead on the ground. A black, bat winged humanoid sweeps down into the crowd. Del Rio “Nightgaunt!” It swoops down toward Mabel! It picks her up and starts to fly up! Luke shoots it out of the sky!! Dog runs under it to catch Mabel and succeeds!!
Jake is stunned at Luke’s accurate shot.
The pic from the boat is of Beatrice, Deburau’s wife. We go to visit her. He was obsessed with the dance coming up and the krewe. Stardust came knocking 3 days after Louie died, said Louie was contacting him. He has asked for no money. Other than go to the dance, has told the things you would expect, misses her, will watch over her, etc. At his death, he had a appointement with a musician to hire for the dance, George Modot.
She gives us Stardust’s card. Shows us a pic of Stardust, we don’t recognize him.
Billy, Jake, Jesse, Luke and Will go to meet him. The address is a flophouse above a pool hall. We walk in, dead silence at our entry. Sailors, hookers, etc.
“We don’t like strangers around here.”
Some money again, and they say a flashy dressed man (Legendre from the description), picked him up. For more coin, they let us into his room.
Luke buys a round for the house as we go up.
Some voodoo stuff.
Suit with wallet, ID card of George Modot
Journal, starts as if in the middle, looks very old, cryptically written; references to Deburau’s house and wife, marrying her, reference to leaving George Modot’s wife "I must find a new place to live, I believe she suspects; needing to return home after all these years despite a ‘vexing complication’; "I should have never taken Legendre into my confidence; willing his fortune to Legendre.
We wait all night and he never shows! Jesse notices someone spying from across the street though.
Jake and Billy sneak out the back and bushwack him. We drag him inside and up to the room. Tie him up.
Wake him up with water. He’s a tough nut to crack, seems a fanatic! He won’t say anything. We put a we sock in his mouth and start burning the souls of his feet.
Young guy. He wears a rosary! We tell him the full truth of what we are doing here.
Still, nothing but silence. As we keep giving details he demands we cease our activities at once. Then asks us to come with him.
Let him go and follow, leads us into the sewers. After wandering a while, and we are quite confused as to our whereabouts, we come to a wall. He somehow opens a secret wall to steps going down, mist rising from it.
Through an even older set of tunnels, but not human made we are sure. Periodic other steps back up. Eventually our tunnel ends in a locked iron door upon it an green elder sign. He pounds 3 times. Other side answers with 2. He gives a sequence of quick raps again, then it’s opened for us. Guards wielding shotguns keep us at barrel’s length.
He finally says his name is Allan Krystal. This is HQ of Lasanta Harmandad, wing of Catholic Church fighting the mythos! He leads us through the vaulted ceilings, rooms with tapestries and furniture; huge torture chamber. He is a Capuchin Monk, responsible for death of Deburau. Investigated him for 70 years, from his previous life. Switched 30 years ago, hopped from body to body for centuries. Killed him to stop a horrific thing from happening, they feel the krewe is preparing for a mythos ritual.
But he jumped into Modot, then took on character of Stardust. He may be impossible to kill.
Billy “Challenge accepted.”
“Kill him and he jumps into the nearest body.” He is sorcerous symbiot, some think he was originally a lizardman sorcerer long long ago.
We explain more about all we found. They think Legendre has been helping toward the mythos end some way, and as payment Legendre gets his fortune.
Pure coincidence they killed him as he was about to meet his new identity, he thinks. But probably planning on taking over the new guy all along.
Back to Boucharde’s.
Late, to the Magic Noir.
The musicians The Funky Butts miss Modot, but kind of angered he took off. New clarinet player is awful. New player is Clyde Creole. With him standing right there, they say they’d fire him in a minute should George return.
They give us a drop point; we tell them use Del Rio’s shop as the same for us.
Warn us not to go to party, something dangerous is going to happen there.
To plantation. Beaumont is there, a gibbering moron at first, then a madly smiling idiot!
“I knew, I know there were z’s! I didn’tknow there was a vampire, I didn’t know there was more than a vampire” immortal things that jump from person to person.
He is hopelessly insane, raves on and on about Legendre and the foul beings he communes with. And, the thing that’s coming at the dance.
Will goes to see head of krewe to tell him he lost his pass, we get 4 passes.
Luke is able to get one on his own. Between us we get a few guests too.
We tell Laroux to be on hand outside. He’ll be there with 10 men.
To mansion just outside city proper, owned by Legendre via some fake company!
Mrs Deburau is there, wearing a big pendant her husband gifted her. Stardust told her her husband said to wear it.
At midnight, a dance line starts. Readers have papers that they start reading, a chant!!
We start to postion ourselves. The pendant starts to glow. Stardust tears it off, shoves it into a space on the wall, the whole wall glows green. Dread blankets the room. Buzzing like alien insects. The cops burst inside, outside the terrain shifts to that of a dense jungle! Room getting misty.
Terrible figure rises from the mist like a sickening demon. Panic all around, but for Stardust who stands before it. Half dozen guests draw guns and start shooting at it. It has giang breasts, covered with night gaunts suckling! They start to fly at the crowd! jake feels a hand on his shoulder! Legendre!! "Welcome to your nightmare!!
Jake “Welcome to yours!”
Will “Dog get that jewel out of the wall!”
A few people have panicked and ran out into the jungle.
The night gaunts are picking up victims to bring back to be devoured by their master!!
6 of the Priests we just met reveal themselves! Col. Harcourt of the cav is a krewe member, came along with seven officers from his regiment, all in sidearm/sword dress uniforms. They are all blasting nightgauts with us.
Nick yells for our allies to get the guests into the side rooms to bottleneck them in. The Col bellows a mighty order to do so!
Luke helps the Col organize and get people out of the main hall.
Ron and Nick rush and close the doors, make sure no one else runs out, and start plugging nightgaunts.
Dog “Everybody move!” runs for the jewel. People start leaping out of his path.
Ron “Chief, take Stardust down!” Chief drops his first arrow in the confusio. Stardust is in awe of his beast, paying no heed to us; the 2nd hits home but only wings him.
Bill, Will, Jesse start gunning down nightgaunts.
Jake fast draws and starts slinging juju lead into Legendre DESTROYED!! He becomes mist!
The batte is waging.
Chief then crits Stardust! He only prays more fervently but sways badly wounded.
Jake puts blows a nightgaunts head off. Will drops one, Billy has dropped 2.
A nightgaunt blocks Dog as he gets to the jewel. Dog grabs it in his clutches and crushes it do death in his hugeness.
Jake turns on the nighgaunts as well dropping 2. He and Billy are send them to the ground fastest by far.
Chief hits Stardust twice more DEAD!
Once will’s gun is out, he starts helping herd people to safety of the side rooms.
Dog yanks the jewel from the wall after we’ve killed 12.
Everything shimmers again, fades back to reality. Those 4 who got out of the house are trapped where we were.
We quickly fine Legendre’s mist, he has no where in the house to go! Soon, as we follow, he disipates into oblivion before our very eyes!
Only 5 people were successfully taken to the beast’s maw. Some of the crowd are mentally broken at least temporarily, however.
No one was near Stardust when he died. We order the doors closed, leaving all in the main hall with us.
The wife is alive.
Oct 4 through Nov 5
Plenty of rest. Jesse, Dog and Chief are still in need especially for first couple days.
Oct 5: we read in the paper Beaumont has blown his own brains out at his plantation home.
Through Etienne and Del Rio, we are hooked up with an alienist who begins to have some sanity increasing sessions with Jake, the Beverly, Ron and Billy. We eash have a session a week for the next month.
Will and Luke get right to reading Monsters and their Kynd.
On Oct 6 at Etienne’s club there is a big blowout party for Jake’s birthday.
Lo is in hospital for coupel weeks or so before disappearing as the Wangs tend to do. We don’t see the other 2 either after our return from the swamp.
End Oct, Dr. John has new Juju rounds ready, but we send them to Investigators in NY. All shotgun rounds. We told the Wangs before they disappeared to take the next set of blessed rounds from Uriel to them, too.
After some research, Del Rio thinks the place we may have seen outside the mansion is called the lJungle of Kled, a place in the Dreamworld.
The creatures summoned was one Yig Tissl
We tell Pierre to stop and say thank you again to Granny, Jake thinks the weird feeling when he and Billy met w/ Murder in his office was Legendre trying to dominate him. Billy then mention she felt the same thing! They were both wearing the pouches from Granny at the time!
Nov 6 through the New Year
Train to Texas, to Clayton Ranch. We stay with them through Thanksgiving weekend.
Then, to El Dorado and Riverside.
While at Clayton Ranch, Wei arrives briefly Sunday after Thanksgiving with early round delivery from Uriel and Dr. John.
Epilogue: Ror the next month or 2, several giant scorpion attacks happen in the area. 1 is killed by hunters, 2 by Pierre and friends; finally Pierre and Laroux organize a hunting party that eliminate what they think is the last few.
But tales continue further north out of the bayou, soon after we depart, of a lone survivor that moved out of the swampland. Eventually, local authorities and hunters kill it.