The Outlaws of Down Cthulhu

Mountains in Flames: Temple of the Fire Vampires

July 17

We head up into the hills. Red Throat, Klaus Apache pal, comes as well. He guides the burrow.
In evening, we rest, before we get into the rough country tomorrow. He stops us at a good cave for resting.
We leave 2 guards at the mouthof the cave, and 2 inside awake. 1 at back end of the cave, 1 near the horse area, its a large side alcove.

During the first watch, Johnson puts his hand in the licks of the fire. Jake leaps up from not quite asleep and pulls his arms out but they’re alread burnt.
Ron rushes in, Nick too telling Jesse to stay put. Dog is now doing the same.
Jake holding Johnson “Put the fire out!” Nick begins to do so as Ron gets Dog away. He isn’t burnt yet.
Dog turns and grabs at Ron, grasping his throat “The fire monster!! Aaagghh.”
Will rushes over and spashes water in Dog’s face.
Bracada helps nick hold Johnson down.
Ron miraculously breaks free!
Dog yells “Don’t hold me back, Jack. Stop holding me back!”

Dog is mass jumped by a lot of us.

Nick returns to the front, and Jesse thinks he saw Red Throat messing with Dog’s canteen earlier. He was just near it, moving some stuff that I saw, but now I think he was up to something.
Billy suggests killing them all.

Dog and Johnson fail to snap out of it, we have to tie them up tightly.
Back to our guard positions.
In the rear, Ron hears a noise from further in. He sees a vague figure approaching.
He calls to it “Hold”. Small person, about 5’2". It doesn’t stop, so he fires rifle crit 29 DEAD. A swarm of them come pooring out. We wake at the shot.
Ron draws and begins firing. It’s an unhealthy sound as the bullets go in.
Ron lets them drag him away in a net, wanting to see where they take him.
Others chuck spears at those rushing for the gunfire. Jake and Billy at the head, Chief and Penn with them as Jake yelled for him to follow. Luke, the npc’s, Will and Anne stay at camp.

We fire back. Jake drops 2 and wounds 2. Chief finishes one of them off. Billy blazes away wounding 4 of them. The ranger wounds 1. They hurl their last spears at us hitting only Penn.
We fire again, we drop a few more.
That’s 8 dead, they flee. We reload and give chase.

We hear yelling and laughing ahead. The cave goes deeper to a place where the walls, floor and ceiling are finished stonework, strange symbols on the walls.
One of the men with Ron starts to spasm and falls down. He splits as the other watch at the film. The 2 halves are still alive!! Some of others carry the 2 halves in another direction, each half growing something out of it.

We come to steps going downward and descend. The open into a large rectangular chamber, carvings on them seem to squirm and wriggle. A broken obsidian obelisk lies in the middle of the room.
The men we were chasing are amongst the rubble and charge as we enter.
We fire first, dropping 5. Chief drops one as they engage him and rush past. He gets AoO on 2 others hitting 1.
2 engage Billy, 1 on the ranger, 2 on Jake.
The ranger, with close combat shot, kills one as Jake and Billy attack with daggers.
One of Jake’s steps over to Penn.
The ranger drops another as Chief kills his, steps to one of Billy’s and engages it.
That one turns to chief.
Ranger out of rounds pulls his dagger as well.
It takes a few more rounds still to finish them off.

3 passages lead out, Chief after a minute thinks they went to the right with Ron. A short passage leads to a room, circular flaming pit. The room is full of steam.
4 fungi men appear, dressed in robes. Priests? 2 around either side of the pit, threatentingly wielding long sticks with symbols at the head. Something large looms behind them. Humanoid, very tall, cone shaped head with a ropy strand of some sort hanging from its pinnacle.
Chief moves forward, engaging both priests on our left. Jake steps back and fires upon the creature. Billy and Penn each fire upon another priest both DEAD. Chief and Billy’s rip a clip drops one of Chief’s.
Jake slip hammers and drops the creature like a bad habit with one crit.
Chief tears up the last priest. We reload.
One exit, to our left. ALong the passage there is another hall cutting left, and doors at the end of this one. Chief checks the marks and says they turned left. It leads to a 4 way intersection. Chief leads us right into a room with a fountain. On opposite side is an exit into another room with an underground stream and a huge white tree.
Hanging from the tree are half dozen creatures, from 1’ to 7" tall, hanging from the tendril at the top of their heads.
Ron is here as well, a horde of his kidnappers as well about to tie him to a cross covered in old dried blood. He sees us.

We also hear running footsteps behind us. Chief runs headlong into 4 just inside the door.
Ron, obviously counting on us finding him in time, uses their turned attention to climb up the cross and into the tree (card) then plugs one of them below. Jake in the doorway kills the one chief hit and damages another on the right flank of the tree. Ranger moves in on teh right, Billy left, and they fire. Billy drops one.
11 throw their spears at Ron. 1 hits home.
The rest rush us.
Only 2 are left up front after 2 rounds.
The rest throw at Ron again, hitting 3 times.
Mad Dog rushes into the room!! He had woken up, and followed the gunfire as fast as he could. He goes right at the men to the trees left. He fires a barrel of his scattergun DEAD
As we fire, a few more rush Penn, a gang climbs into the tre after Ron.
Ron hits one 15. We drop all but 3 remaining, 1 on Dog, one on the ranger.
We begin firing into the tree.
Dog finishes his last man, and grabs the legs of the lowest enemy in the tree. He pulls him down, ripping him in half at his artificial middle!! as Jake and Billy start dropping foes in the tree.
After we finish them off, Ron gets out of the tree.

We hear horns blowing from the halls. No time to return, we have to use the ranger’s dynamite now. We put all 6 around the tree, Ron helps set it and we take off. It blows the tree off its roots. The creatures mew and drip goo as we leave.
We need to get back for extra ammo so we head straight for camp.

We tell everyone what happened as we load up with ammo, weapons and dynamite. The anthropologist joins us. The whole gang comes down. The npc’s stay put at camp. The ranger stays with us though.

The anthropologist is astounded at the carvings. We start looking for enemies. First we come to a large bunk room. 50 or more have partial fungi men growing. So, they split in half and the halves grow into full bodies. We cut them to ribbons.
Then we come to a kitchen and dining room. 2 giant coneheads wait for us here. We blow one to hell in a coupel rounds, while the other grags Dog and pulls him into a grapple. Once the first is down after smacking Ron a couple times for hefty damage, Jake shoots Dog’s and Ron stabs it.
Penn and Billy fire into the grapple as well, all 3 with Precise Shot. Dog struggles but we bring it down.
Reloads.
A few more turns further, we come to big doors blocked by 10 of the little guys. They warn us to come no further, their king is behind this door.
Benjamin rushes forward to them stops, turns and yells “No! Do not slay a new race!”
The gang steps to the front, Dog suddenly unloads his scattergun staggering him. He turns to the others “My friends I will protect you!”
We firestorm killing them all and blowing the doors in. Penn is in some awe.
Jake “Reload.”

We enter the king’s chamber. Empty throne, 1 large door and 2 smaller doors. We go throught he large door first into a 20×25 room. A hall cuts back at our left, an unfinished cave, and a well in the middle of the room.
Back to teh small doors. The first is an empty apartment. The other houses one of the little things “I am the king.” He’s crying.
Will “Fungi can cry?”
“Our race has been here for millions of years, my line goes back unbroken before there were even humans. I recognize that kidnapping and crucifying people to our eldritch gods is wrong, Let me live, and I will leave with the rest of my people, if any survived, and go deep into the earth never to return again.”
Jake “Dog.”
Dog feels bad suddenly about ending a species.
We are shocked.
Billy finishes the king off.

We smell teh same smell of the shaggoth from down the well!
Apparently, no water in the well.
Where is the fountain getting water from?
We go back to the stream. We search the rest of the place, all empty.

Back to camp at the cave. We will remember to report this Investigators about the writings, and shaggoth.

July 18

We get some real rest, sleeping in the next morning, not leaving until after lunch. We tell Luke and Will to check Red Throat’s stuff as soon as they get the chance for any drugs and such. And everyone “keep your canteens with you”.
Unfortunately, he wears his pouch at all times.
So, we confront him instead. He said he gave them “cure”.
Luke “For what?”
“Crazy.”
He says we must have watcher while using Bachana.
Jake knows it as something most indians are deathly afraid of, the plant’s song will supposedly drive one mad. But, if already cut, it is safe for its herbal properties.
He says it was mistake, he did not know they would drink before sleep. Thought to guide them on spirit trip to cure them of craziness.
He has 3 more, it’s very rare. You grind it up, put it in water. Whle under its influence you are dangerously attracted to fire and become crazy. But if you fall asleep you’re fine. Either way, gain d8 sanity. You can make spirit journeys, speak with the dead, percieve the invisible world, visit the dreamlands.
Jake asks if we can have some, and he gives us one. Great to use on a person with 0 sanity.

Deeper into the rough country we go, into the Sierra Madre’s. We come to a large forest fire!! We retreat. We see some of the natives who have set the fire, started in almost 2 dozen places at once just when we were approaching. We have to move fast!!
Luke is slowest at reacting on horseback, and is caught in the rear. He rides out of the smoke toward us, Ron is at our rear and rides towards him. Just as he gets beside him a shot meant for Luke that may have taken him down, and sounds like a buffalo rifle, hits Ron.
We take cover quick as wel can and dismount, getting them behind cover as well. Jesse pulls out his buffalo rifle “I’ll be right back.” He head off.
Jesses sets in a position but can’t sight the sniper, but a shot is fired at him but misses. The cat and mouse continues. Again he outspots Jesse but hits his cover. More hiding and spotting. Jesse is shot at again, but missed again.
This time Jesse spots him several minutes later and fires, hitting true 18 DEAD with the enemy aiming at him simultaneously.

After about 30 minutes, Jesse returns triumphant.
Soon, we can get around the fire. We stop at a pristine looking pool at night, and a cave with primitive stone wall at the outside.
Klaus does not know who this once belonged too.
There are half dozen skeletons at least 100 years ago lie inside. They look like primitive society type things. Older than modern native culture.
At the back of the cave, some kind of writing on the wall and a stacked row after row of mummies. Another place to tell the Investigators about.

Also, 5 panels on the wall with pics .
1) Star above with men and women worshipping it from below by a large building below a notched peak. Klaus say that is El Pico Dentato, right where the enemy lives.
2) Terrible burning wheel; connected to teh star by a long twisting line
3) people are consumed by smaller versions of the wheel of flame
4) a hero with a large knife stands among native priests. One feeds the hero what looks liek bachana, the other poors something into his ear from a vessel
5) the hero is at the castle and has cut the line tween the star and the wheel; it is disappearing. Something we may have to do later.

We camp here. Uneventful night.

July 19

Outside, Red Throat lies dead by the pool of water. The bachana is still on his person. Someone has poisoned the pool or it was already bad water.
No one else drank anywater from it yet.
As we are readying to leave, and old woman with a walking stick creaks into camp.
She says the great spirit told her to come and find us, she is a brewha. Her face is 2/3 painted red.
Klaus says to ignore her, just a senile old b&$#.
Jake “What can you do to help us old woman.”
“Offer me tea” and she sits down.
Jake isn’t sure if we have tea, but of course Luke has some. He makes her a cup.
She drinks and claims she had a dream; that men would come seeking the skull of a great warrior and his treasure of gold. And the great fire monster, the god of fire, would appear, and burn all creation. This will happen on the northers slope of el pico dentado, at the Red Castle.
Jake “Is this where Chiriba lives?”
“Yes. The fire monster comes, and only a great hero can stop it.”
WIll “What is this skull you’rt talking about?”
“YOu will find us at the red mountain.” She speaks some strange tongue then, including the word Cthulhu. “They come, the great old one come” meaning Cthugha. But, Wichuri can stop him." From her medicine bag she removes a smelly white pulpish stuff. That is Wichuri, she begs us to take it and use it.
NIck “HOw?”
“Like this” you put it in your ear. Gives you clear vision, to see all that is unseen, the connections tween people and creatures, the earth and the stars.
Jake “What about the bachana?”
“You must use it with wichuri. Then” chopping motion.
She gets up and wanders away.
Jake “Thank you crone.”
Will “That was weird.”
As she walks away, she reaches the top of the hill and crests it, she seems to disappear before she should have walked out of sight.
Jake “Good thing you had that tea, Luke.”

We move out.

Klaus says we are only about 10 miles away. We approach by midafternoon and can smell burning.
We creep up, getting close to nightfall. At the edge of a clearing we spy an old tiered pyramid, a flat roof about 100’ around. Natives stand atop it with torches, some mexicans, some white men. Others walk across our field of view with torches as well heading for the wide steps up to the top. On edge of the platform at the top we see a skull atop a huge pile of gold ingots. A bonfire rages in teh middle of the roof; thick metal rods, red hot, are pulled and they burn each other with them in their ecstasy.
Appears to only be steps on this side.
Jake “Well, everybody ready.”
We need a brewha for the ceremony.
Warren comes forward and says “I am a brewha.”
That’s right, he is a bit of a spellcaster. The magic killed my mother and sisters, so he has learned it to fight back.
Jake “It’s on you then.” He knows the rituals, he can do it. We’re not sure if we can trust him though.
John steps forward “I can solve this easily. The voice of god does not speak lightly.” He pulls his bowie knife and tells us all to surrender, we’ll go to the cult and join the cult of truth.
We put our hands up, Jake bluff him out and fast draws. Billy notices and draws, putting a bullet through Johnson’s jaw shattering it as Jake puts one directly between his eyes DEAD.
Jesse will cover us from down here, it’s a healthy bit over 100’ shot to the top.

We turn to attack quickly, since our ambush has been ruined.
Kaus pulls his shotgun out, aims it at Warren and pulls the trigger.
CLICK/CLICK” “Oh F&%#& I have failed the master!”
Dog fires both barrels DEAD.
Ron jumps in front of Warren.
No one else is a turncoat.

They are ready for us, 15 ranks of three down the steps in our way. Dog, Dyo and Chief charge as we unleash from the treeline onto the steps. Wei follows firing his revolvers.
Jesse however fires at their top. The men on the top have rifles and fire back, those on the steps have bow and spear.
A flaming body runs off the side of the pyramid tumbling to his death in the first half minute.
We hear cries of pain as well as ecstacy continue from the top.
The fight wages on, and Luke has to crawl away wounded into full cover.
Some people are up there who don’t want to be tortured, others up there do, it seems.
Dog, Dyo, and Chief work their way up the steps, rank by rank, as we take foes down within their ranks blocking their path.
Jesse has basically picked off a rifleman per round on the top.
Later, Jake has 5 skilled rifleman firing at him, and he ducks out for full cover. Bracada, Ron, and Billy charge up the steps as our 3 melee are nearing the roof.
Jake and the ranger, both low on fatigue, run to either side of the steps taking cover at the base.
The fight gets to 1 man on the steps.
A group of their prime rifleman move in to block our melee from reaching the top and fire into melee. Chief is hit, maneuvers and they hit their last man 3 times DEAD.
Our melee engage at the edge of the roof, the ones behind shoot now at the edge rifleman. Jake and Penn begin to climb the steps. Wei tumbles into their ranks at the top unleashing his kung fu.
A fantastic sniper and the priest, now showing up to fire, bring Bracada down!
Agonizing screamd still coming from around the fire.
Jake kneels and fires on the sniper DEAD!
Billy unleashes lead, finishing off one of Wei’s hs has badly damaged.
Jesse kills from the jungle line.
Luke fires a desparate shot out of the junge and fires his rifle upward miss
Chief crits with his tomahawk DEAD then hits another with his knife.
Dog has picked a man up, and is about to toss him over the edge.
Only 7 left now, plus the priest. 2 on each of Wei, Dyo and Chief. Dog’s fails to grapple him in return.
The priest yells “You shall not pass!” and bursts in flame, fire vampires popping from him like popcorn. He is left standing, wielding a flaming sword, transformed.
He’s in horrible pain, flesh fried. He is also large size.
Dog hurls his man downward off the ledge. He bounces down 4 ledges DEAD. Dog moves to the platform
Dyo kills 1; Billy fires on the priest 14 and 12; Nick fails to pass the dR of a fire vamp; Will misses another as does Penn; Jake almost kills one with slip hammer; Chief hits his man twice. The Beverly brothers move to the base of the steps.
The priest picks up a large rock, which becomes flaming, and hurls it at Ron, going right past Jake’s head; the fire vampires all settle around Dyo.
Will fails to bypass the DR, Nick misses; Penn draws his pistol and double taps a FV finishing Jake’s. Dyo has trouble getting through the DR in melee. Billy starts to reload.
Jake slip hammers a FV DEAD; Ron hits one DEAD; Dog bullrushes another off the ledge, sending him hurtling off hte ledge so far he misses the first and almost the next ledge before he hits, but lives; Chief misses twice!
The priest leaps down onto the steps with a flaming sword next to Penn and Jake. He slays Penn with 1 mighty blow!
Bracada has self stabalized!
The FV miss Dyo again.
Dog steps over to the last on Wei and grabs him from behind easily into a full Nelson, whereupon Wei throttles him with a vicious kick across the head DEAD; Will hits the priest, Nick misses. Jake moves down a few steps out of the priest’s reach and fires 19, a shot disarming the blade! It bounces all the way down the steps in front of Nick and Will.
He turns toward Jake and his fallen blade, and Billy gets an easy shot in on him. Jesse hits the priest 8.
We see now another high priest at the very back of the temple, who walks into the light, surrounded by a field of energy: the true high priest!!
The last 2 priests are still fighitng Dyo and Chief.
Dog charges into the field and bounces off 5. Jesse hits the priest 20; the Beverlys both miss him; Billy fires into the FV killing 1, and hits Anne’s priest; Jake hits the priest 18; Ron hits cultist vs Dyo. Anne kills 1 of the mexican priests with Bowie.
Jesse starts to lead Warren up the steps to do his ritual!
The guy Dog tosses comes around the corner toward the Beverlys.
The Flaming Priest hits Ron with his fist 12.
Jake hits the flaming priest 20; Nic crits the running cultist DEAD. Dyo hits his cultist crit DEAD. He advances up with Dog.
Billy fires at the last FV DEAD but misses the flame priest. Ron slip hammers the flaming priest 16. Dog is trying to figure out the shield.
Jesse hits the flaming priest 14 DEAD; Dog pulls his scattergun and pops in 2 juju rounds
Jake “Jesse, great shot, get up here!”
Chief heads over to the shield.
2 more rounds, Warren arrives. Jake checks Bracada, finds him still alive, but Penn is dead.
Jese and Billy glance into the poral as Warren yells “Don’t look into the vortex”. Its a flaming vortex.
Jake “He’s not bringing Cthugha through, we know that for sure.” A large spectral tentacle begins slithering in the air, moving for him.
Dog fires double juju rounds into the portal. It pops. Jake and Billy’s readied actions fire at the priest, and Chief hits him from the side opposite Dog. Billy hits twice, Jake once DEAD!! The portal fizzles to a close immediately!!!
Warren suffers 2 con damage.
All is quiet.
Jake “Fine fighting, boys.”
We rescue the last few sacrificial victims still alive, but they are horribly burned. 1 so bad, she wishes only for death. Jake puts her out of her misery.
We will take Penn’s body back with us, to arrange for it to be sent north to the Ranger HQ. Bracada is out of the adventure as well.

July 20

First, into the temple. There is an entrance here at the top. The inside feels warmer than it should be, immediately.
Chief is patrolling the perimeter, Jesse spots from the roof. Will and Luke will also stay out to look after the wounded.
The rest of the gang enters.

Some time after we go in, Chief spots an injun, surely one of Churiba’s, stalking around. He has a rifle with him, he is looking for a sniping spot. Chief ambushes him and cuts him to ribbons.

Inside, we go down a turning staircase, it feels like we are going deeper than the pyramid itself is tall. It leads to a long pillared temple room, full of gold artifacts!!
We plunder, while Mad Dog keeps watch on the 2 other passages out.
Soon, as we are still gathering loot, he sees gangs of red eyes from both directions stalking in toward us.
Then, a shimmering flame appears near the altar, and moves to it.
Mad Dog lets loose, blowing one to smithereens. They charge him.

Jake and Billy each hit with a blessed round, but both for minimum! Then it attacks Anne!! But misses with its 2 attacks. Nick and Ron then fire at it as well.
They cut into Dog good, but he grabs one and crushes it to death, then proceeds to hit a Mo Fo with another Mo Fo.
Another ghoul enters the fray as well.
Wei ducks, rolls out of the fray and misses with a shot. Jake hits it 17 with a blessed again; Billy hits twice 12 blessed, his last.
It turns, and goes after Billy, hitting once 10 and 4 fire.
Jake finishes it off.
Dog is getting cut to shreds, but has killed several already.
Nick turns and drops a ghul, Ron moves closer and hits one.
Anne moves forward and kills one too.
Dog clubs one of the 2 left, more are coming again. He kills it. 3 others move in, and 2 come out of no where from behind us to the sides of the altar, rushing to Wei.
Dog is leeking blood.
NIck drops one on Dog, Jake kills 2, Dog kills another. Ron rushes to leap atop the last on Dog with his knife, gun empty.
Billy doubletaps to help Wei killing one, they finishe it.
The last turns to Ron now. Dog is not in good shape but it missed completely. Another comes down the steps behind us by the altar.
Jake and Billy reload. Nick hits the new one but it keeps coming. Wei draws and fires as it moans some gibberish DEAD. Ron kills the last on Dog.
Nick starts reloading, as does Dog.
4 more coming from the altar side.

Ron charges into one side with his knife rather than reload. We fire and take them all down along with Ron’s charge.
They keep coming and coming in gangs of around a half dozen. WE keep mowing them down.
After a minute or 2 straight, it is obvious this could continue for far too long. We retreat back upward and out, closing it up behind us.
We plan to wait a day or 2, come back once they are gone from the temple, blow the 2 tunnels they were coming down from then loot at our leisure.

We send Nick, our toughest and best rider, riding hard on our best horse back to town for the Menonite rangers. Wei and Chief are sent forward to scout Churiba’s ranch.

Bracada, w/o a doctor here, is likely mortally wounded. He insists we go forward with the plan, and get Warren back home. Knows we must leave him here to die. If by some miracle he lives upon our return, we can take him back. But we can’t take him back nor continue with him. We will have to leave him here.

July 21

Continue resting at camp. Late, Nick arrives at the Menonites and explains the situation.

July 22

Menonites outfit and ride out with Nick in afternoon.
Continue resting at camp. An arrow hits the ground at the feet of Ron, on watch. A note on it explodes when opened in a fiery explosion. He regrets volunteering for this shift now. From the sky a vile cackle replies to the scene. A humaniod feather birdman, female for sure.
Ron “You winged bitch!”
It flies away.

Mid day, our scouts come to a pass with a single 2 story building, stream with waterfall and waterwheel that hasn’t worked in years by the look of it. We could easily sneak past, but there are people inside and 2 outside. We sneak past and continue on.
Few more miles to a rough wooden shrine to the virgin mary. Looks well kept oddly. shallow cave nearby, where we meet a bearded figure covered in rags.
“I have no name. I gave up my name as everything else when I came into these hills to gain enlightenment and learn the ways of God.” The one god, the Christian god. “The devil worshippers have no power over me.” The Madonna protects him from all evil. He came from a wealthy family, his name was Juan Ortego, famous taco makers. He was supposedly killed by Indiand years ago.
He smells really bad of body odor and feces. His matted hair is almost to his waste, long beard with bugs crawling around in it. “I am a friend to all the lords beasts.”
For as ugly as he is, the shrine is that pristine.
“Come, pray at my most holy inshrined house of worship.”
Chief prays at the shrine. Juan puts a cross on his forehead with a stinky oil. For next day, there is a plus 4 to smell him. But, he is a plus 2 to all d20 rolls as well as damage, for 24 hours. He warns us to go no further up the path, for the village and temple of great evil are there. Of golden evil. “Touch not the gold! It is cursed! Owned by evil.”
If you go up the path, a great horrific tiger will kill you. He probably means a cougar. It’s his great nemesis, lurks out there always watching. Though it can get no closer than 100 yards of shrine.
He says Churiba and his men are all evil! They had a priestess from the town, now dead giving birth to an abomination which prepares to conquor all of Chihuahua. The natives fall to their knees and worship it!
His dinner is rancid old meat that he found lying about. God has given him the ability to eat the nastiest stuff and get proper nourishment, though that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t like a treat.
We come clean that our men are here to destroy this evil. He offers to do a mind meld with one of us, for which Wei volunteers.
Wei feels a powerful presence flow into his brain. It only lasts a few moments. Ortega leans back and says now he knows we are telling the truth.
Wei feels like he has a natural affinity for the natural world, who are innocent to him. Even insects. He’ll feel bad if the campfire kills insects. He also feels a spiritual affinity with the Christian God.
Juan prays into a trance now. When he comes out of it he tells us Churiba has about 50 men; women and children are kept elsewhere far away from the evil area.
“Beware the flying demon.” A birdlike humanoid female with a bow. There are cultist monks up there as well who have come from far away.
We figure Japanese.
He has a village of mexican peasants who may or may not be innocent who supply the temple.
“It’s the duty of your group to lift the curse” but suggests we go back rather than keep moving forward.
After goodbyes we move on.

Later we stop to rest and hear a noise! We spring up at the ready, a werecreature looking humanoid steps out “Now you die and I feast.”
We engage, Wei sweep kicks him followed by a heel kick to the chest. Chief flanks with tomahawk and dagger striking twice.
It fights us from the ground, but as we continue to hit, it leaps up taking 2 heavy AoO.
He tumbles away and retreats, we charge and hit him again!
He goes into a rage! Turning back upon Chief and bites his left let ferociously. Chief goes down!! Wei then takes him down, coup de grace finisher. He drags Chief back to Juan’s shrine and calls for Juan. He smears a horrific salve all over his leg. Over the next few hours it begins to bind the wounds together.
Wei hoofs it back too the gang.

July 23

Rest at camp.

July 24

Early afternoon, Nick arrives with Menonites. Wei arrives and reports.
Bracada is no better. He will die soon.

July 25

On trail.

July 26

Gang et al arrive at pass and watch building. We move up carefully, assuming the bird demon has given them warning. Its a huge old mill. We find Cheif there waiting for us.
We approach carefully using cover as best we can on the broken ground around, splitting up front and back door. The menonites are to make sure any who get out lose their lives. Warren stays with them as well, Luke with him.

Front double door: Jake, Dog, Will, Ron, Dyo.
Back: Jesse, Nick, Wei, Billy, Chief.

Front, Dog bursts the door in though it is barred with a heavy wooden block. This was a textile mill, lots of looms and such. Dog takes the center, Jake and Ron left/right respectively. Wei and Will backup.
A man stands up to Jake’s left and cuts a rope as Jake shoots him in reaction. A mass of ropes and a loom falls, Will jumping aside but Dyo is clipped. 3 musketmen rise around us from behind various cover.
Rope cutter raises a rifle as Jake and Ron begin the shootout proper. Dyo charges one and disarms his man’s musket.
Ron kills one, Jake the cutter, Will the furthest away, then Dog charges Dyo’s ,last remaining, crit punch turns his head so hard his neck snaps.
Dyo “You are a mighty ally”
One double door out. Jake has Dog go first. Dyo makes to join him but Dog “I got this.” As Dog opens, Dyo joins him anyway. He steps on a pressure sensitive floor spot. He instincively drops to the floor. A long blade on 2 iron rods drops from ceiling over his head and just ahead of where Dog is standing.
The room has a number of empty vats. Some with remnants of nasty smelling liquids. One is coated in inside with a metal like aluminum. Jake climbs up the ladder which has a hidden spot on it he avoids. Hitting it would flood the contents onto the floor. This one is full of acid. Its a trap.

The rear group enters into a long workroom with long worktables. 4 Japanese monks drop on us chief and Wei, then as Billy enters a gunman straight ahead rises from cover and draws on Billy. In the chaos they both empty 2 guns w/o either being killed. They stare for a second then each draw again, Billy his lightning and his opponent a sawed off shotgun. Billy finishes him off with all 6 rounds.
Meanwhile, the monks fail to successfully strike either of Wei and Chief. They attack and move to give line of sight to Nick and Jesse.
Billy then joins in on that fight, where Chief has been brutalized again and stunned. Billy and Jesse drop one of them.
Suddenly Chief gets his second wind like from the spirit world, letting off a wild warcry breaking the stun. As Wei drops kills one of his, Chief hits with 2 crits DEAD also. Jesse guns down the last.
2 doors out, one double one single. We take the single which is the closest.
Wei hears nothing as we reload. He leads the way. Nothing upon opening so he carefully steps in. He stops suddenly, his hand brushing against a thread across at about head height. Billy says follow it to the wall, where it goes around a pulley to half a dozen muskets all aimed at the door.
We take positions, and he pulls it and they all fire. It’s full of more boxes and such.
In the far corner we find steps going downward and trapdoor in another corner ceiling.

We all meet up, this floor is clear.

Ron says we should just burn the place. Using supplies inside, we make the place a blaze. Soon, we hear cries of distress from the 2nd floor. A door opens on the 2nd floor and fire down with muskets. We take cover, they jump down and we take them out.
The bird man bursts from the ceiling!! Jesse, buffalo rifle at the ready for escapees, tracks and fires. Puff of feathers. It noiselessly plummets downward with a crash onto the ground.
Ron “Laugh at that, mother &$^$&$*!! HAHA!” He runs over to its melting corpse and pisses on it. It was 16’ tall with a 15’ wingspan.

We camp here, no one comes by.

July 27

Early, make it to the cave. Ortega is staked dead, the shrine destroyed and defaced the statue. Chief surveys the scene. Dozens of pairs of sandles, Mexican not Indian mocassins.

Then we ride to the village at the foot of the mt. Roughly 20 huts, animal pens, seems fairly well to do. Maria beckons us to enjoy there hospitality, ay. She says periodically the indians and monks take supplies from here. Warns us to not take the trail up the mt. No interlopers live who go.
They serve us lamb stew for dinner alongside them. It tastes funny for lamb. We eat only the vegetables. They eat the meat with great relish.
They allow us to spend the night in a large hut.

On 2nd watch is Jesse (roof), Will (front) and 2 rangers (horses). Out of the corner of his eye, Jesse catches a light suddenly below, a bright one heading straight for the hut. A lit fuse!! He fires at teh line but misses. Will runs to the back as Jesse yells “Bomb!” The rangers arrive. Will runs up with his bowie knife as Jesse’s 2nd shot hits 3’ from his feet cutting the fuse!
The rest of us come out the front carefully at first
Dog "What the $^%$& ya shootin’ out here!!T then Will meet us and explains.
Dog “Jake, I know we’re tryin’ to redeem, but its Prairie Gulchin’ time.”
The 2 rangers are surrounded by club wielding peasants at the back!!
Jesse yells to warn us.
Cut off, they get their backs to the wall as Jesse fires downward.
Another swarm comes at the Gang out front, madness in their eyes!!
There is a wailing coming from elsewhere in the village, Marie.
From the dark, zombies approaching!!
We surround the building, yell to the Menonites to get behind us, and loose our firestorm in all directions. In fear the Menonites hit the ground. The town is wiped out in a bloody heap by the end, our guns all empty and smoking. The Menonites are in utter shock at the death dealing.

The children who weren’t crazed cultist enough to attack are now a quandry, maybe 15 of them.
The Menonites volunteer to take them in at their place and raise them. Billy wanted them all to be slaughtered.

July 28

2 of the Menonites leave with the children first light.
We start up the trail on foot, leaving the horses here. Dangerous to leave them here or outside once we get to the temple, but the further away from it the safer we figure.
Several Apache fire from the rocks at us.
We take cover, then give cover then distracting fire so Jesse and Chief get out under the cover. Jesse sneaks around and up, finds a perch to spot from.
Chief stalks closer in to ambush in melee.
Chief jumps him, but fumbles his axe, so turns to his dagger almost fumbles again.
They begin to battle.
Chief struggles here but slays his foe.
All this while Jesse begins to fire and they return upon him.

2 others jump Chief moments after his battle ends. Jesse still trading fire with 3 to 4 of them.
The last, having fired his musket, moves while Jesse is taking out a couple with repeaters and joins the melee vs chief who kills them all.

Up top, a man waves a white flag to parlay.
Jake takes Mad Dog up to talk.
Th cultist says there are demons in temple, they want to kill us rather than us go inside. They want us to fight like men. HA!! Up above, we see some Injun faces watching.
Obviously they are trying to keep us out of temple.
Jake “Mad Dog, separate his gut from his hips.” As Dog’s blast goes off, Jake waves the others quickly forward. The scum dives back into the rocks injured, as we rush forward under fire! Dog pulls out his steam gattling gun for cover fire. They duck fast and we get rush down the opening ending at huge double doors not far in.
Jake “Luke, you and Dog first.”
Luke “I find that highly unammusing.”
Dog and Jesse lead the way in, shotguns in hand. Jake and Billy next, then Wei/Dyo, Will/Luke, Warren, Ron/Nick. The Menonites stay in the entryway to watch the rear, Chief with them. Forward down a hall to another double door, rungs in middle to pull on. Dog readies his gattling pistol.
Jesse grabs one side and pulls, Dog at the ready to fire.
Wei “Everybody step back.”
A fire trap goes off around Jesse and Dog, then a bright light shines out of the door briefly eliminating all vision. A terrible pain rushes through all of us, like bones are broken/kicked repeatedly in groin/skin on fire. Several of us shake it off, but Jake, Nick and Ron are unable to.
Another hall, ending at a T section. Shadows quickly disappear as we enter. A feint red glow emanates as well, generally.
Nick/Ron swap places with Dog/Jesse. We can’t have the same people taking 34 or 17 to fire traps every door.
Up to the T, the halls open up to 10’ wide. To left stands a stone gargoyle at a right turn. with 2 heads, one looking each direction. Rock flames flow out of its mouths.
Nick “Fire trap.”
The right ends at a dead end.
Will, out best at searching, has to check the gargoyle area for traps. Luke checks with the Menonites, who send their best tracker up. He goes with Nick to the dead end while Wei goes with Will. Ranger finds a pressure plate right in front of the wall at the end. He stands back.
Jake “Avoid that spot, look for a secret opening.” He finds a hidden latch.
Will dupicates but finds nothing leading up to the gargoyle which is what’s illuminating the area; its carved right out of the rock, a basin above has oil in it which feeds the lamps, nor wrapping around the corner. The hall goes 20’ to a thick black curtain, radiance beyond.
Ron and Jesse take the rear. Jake and Billy agree to check behind curtain before anything else. They, Dyo, Dog, Will and We approach, Wei peers in carefully. Doors equadistant lead out on each of 4 wall. Chains half from ceiling ending in sconces. Sconces are lit, but dimly. A shadow or 2 may have moved. Walls have brass mirrors, as to pillars in the room.
Jake “Ron, bring up some dynamite.” In go a bunch of sticks, eliminating any mirror disadvantage for us inside!
In the rush, Nick and Jake shake the pain off for their attacks.
Then Wei and Dyo lead the way in, a quick acrobatic rush into the room, to the shock of 2 foes beind a pillar. Wei sweeps then caves his head in with a heel kick.
Billy with pistols and Jake with shotgun enter and fire, Jake killing one; Wei draws and fires his 6 guns, as they engage us.
Ron steps in calmly and double barrels one of Billy’s 2 foes. Dog does the same to Jake’s. Both die, then Dyo disembowels one of his 2.
Jake and Billy each gun a man down!
Dog then charges in to help Wei, who is taking hits, Ron draws his pistol and begins firing as well.
We finish them offf moments later and take a breather.

Off this room, one door goes into a kitchen. Next, the larder with large quantities of rice. Last is the quarters for these monks for maybe 2 dozen.
We come $40 in silver dollars.
The wracking pain is beginning to subside.
Only way left is via hidden door, so Dog pull the lever, Ron backing him up. It clicks open revealing a large chamber with a stone rimmed fireplace in the center, burning. In the rear, 10’ alcove. A 6 arm female stone idol stands in it, as if watching over the room. No visible exits. Ron and Dog flank left right, Ron finds a door semi disguised in the wall art. As Dog nears the statue and Ron starts to listen at the door, the stone statue leaps in front of Dog!! Its not of stone, a living creature. It seems to shimmer in the air slightly. It exudes the horror of the mythos.
Jake, Billy, Ron, and Will begin firing. It pummels Mad Dog with a number of hits, he’s bleeding all over.
Dog withdraws, trying to hold everywhere at once “I hurt everywhere!” Those in the fires as as Ron combines 3 bundles of TNT together. Jake and Billy and Will unload on it, drawing its attention as they back out of the door. It follows them, giving Ron the time to prep. Then the menonite slams the door in its face. Ron yells to it to draw its eye upon him. It charges him! He drops the lit pack at his feet and runs, leaping behing the fireplace as it explodes!
Door burst open!! Jake and Billy fire as they move into the corner, Jesse is also waiting now with his buffalo rifle and crits from the doorway!! It then walks around to Ron and slams him! Will begins fire as well as Ron stands up, taking an AoO in the process. Ron draws a dagger in order to take its beating and stabs it!
Jesse’s rifle then hits home again bringing it down DEAD!

Food, incense, perfume, fine feminine garments and poetry fill the alcove. We burn it all. We open the door after a rest. The pain is completely gone now in those who were effected.
Ron lead the way down a 5’ wide hall to an 4 way intersection. Ron takes the left. This leads us through a series of interconnecting hallways until finally we come to a room, someone’s quarters, but with a stone pallet and headrest to sleep on.
Will in the rear warns of someone approaching. Nick and Jesse are at the reaty, Will behind them. An oriental man, very effeminate, approaches them. Waves of energy from both hands.
“When I am through with you all, you shall fall and fellate me at my will!”
Suddenly there are 6 of him, identical, all shimmering!
Will “It’s an illusion!” This man is extremely confident, even arrogant, and he’s not ready for the suddenness of our response.
“I am the greatest monk who ever lived!” as we unleash! After the first volley, 2 images left.
“Come my children, come and fellate me!” He’s stunned (for the round)!! Wei finishes off the last image!
He has some other defenses, that are absorbing our damage. Wei says keep firing, it should have a limit!
Ron hurls his TNT at him now and it blows, obviously rocking him now!
He finally reaches us now, Ron right in front of him, who takes his hits like a champ!
Dog steps up and unloads both barrels into him, we fire again!! And Again, and again. A double barrel again from Dog finally brings him down!

We take a quick break and reload, then go through the only door out of his room and into what looks to be a training room. The floor skirts around a large pit, full of vertical posts with tops cut flat, all the way around. On the far side of the room are 3 of the cult monks, the dark acolytes.
2 immediately turns and run out of the room.
The last says in mandarin “Hello Wei Wang” I haven’t seen you since I deserted the temple.
Wei knows this Dong Chi. In the pit is a warrior monk woman.
She yells up “Come down and fight me, fight me like men.”
Dong “Don’t shoot at her, you’ll regret it” Wei translates. “This is the pit of fairplay.”
Billy “Let’s just walk out of the room and leave her there.”
We make our way over to Dong Chi.
Wei “Can she leave there, Dong.”
She yells “Zafira, come to my aid!”
Dong “Zafira is her sister.”
A twin of her materializes in the room, and the other leaps from the pit, now one on each end end of the room.
Nick “Now that she’s out of the pit can we shoot her.”
Dong Chi “Yes!”
Zafira wields 2 temple swords, Deepti fights unarmed.
Billy surprisingly gives them one chance to surrender, being women.
The 2 who ran now arrive with 4 others.

Dong “All that is beyond here is the room containing the Spawn of Yogsothoth.” We raise weapons and move into position, but Deepti hurls a flurry of flame darts at Dyo “Die Jappo!” hitting several times.
We unleash a firestorm of hot lead!! Only Will too slow to join. Wei yells for Dyo to hit the deck. All the dark acolytes are killed outright.
Each woman leaps into the pit, Will getting a last would on Zafira then runs over to look down, and they seem to get smaller and smaller as they fall and fall into nothing.
Dong Chi hit the deck in time, surviving!

He tells us all we know about the creature.
“If you go in and fight this thing it may kill you all. Seeing it will crack your sanity. Third, it is immune to cold and fire. 4th, if it grabs you with one of its tentacles, it draws blood via tiny mouths along their length” damaging constitution.
It is behind an ornate door at the end of the hallway. Chi has actually seen it devour people. It is large size, they expect it to grow much larger.

Wang says it is unlikely to be aware at this point what is happening beyond its nesting room. While devouring someone, it will become temporary visible.

One way to do this. Ron has to allow himself to be grappled to bring it visible!! Then the rest of us will concentrate firepower upon it.

Ron enters and it allows himself to be grappled! We rush in right behind, gather and unleash hell!! Lots of shotguns. DEATH FOLLOWS US ALWAYS!!! It drops in a heap of disgusting too!
Ron plops to the ground covered in nastiness, having lost 3 con.

Fast back to Chief and the Menonite Rangers!!

Total loot: 3000lbs of gold from the various chambers!!! Much of it in small pieces, but there are a few others like a mask weighing a few hundred pounds.
We’ll be taking all the carts and wagons from the village back with us, full of gold!

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