Sunday, 5 September 2021

CoC 19: LOLCATS!

 

 Investigators:

  • Dr. Gretta Von Flue- Parapsychologist and occult enthusiast
  • Allen Challenger- Antiquarian and dealer in forged artifacts
  • Helen Alexander- Archaeologist and author
  • Bob- Deputy Texas Ranger on vacation
  • Machmud(NPC)- street urchin, guide
  • Agatha Broadmore(NPC)- medium, ex-Clive Expedition member

 

Friday, February 15th, 1925

Gretta, Allen, Helen, and Agatha arrived travel-worn back at the Osiris Hotel around sunset, the city echoing with the call of Imams calling the faithful to prayer. Machmud was waiting them outside the Hotel. Bob was well-rested, drinking a whiskey at the hotel bar. They filled him in on the happenings during their visit to the Clive Expedition. The investigators decided to forgo rest to immediately track down ex-expedition member member Janwillen Vanheuvelen. They spotted a shady character watching the hotel.
 
Machmud took them on a tour of seedy bars in the old city, since Janwillen was rumored to be staying there and was reputed to be an alcoholic. They found the Dutchman sitting in a dark corner of a disreputable establishment. He was agitated by the group's arrival, but they plied him with drink and he loosened up.


Janwillen told the party of his firing from the Clive Expedition. On the night that we was in charge of the site with Nitocris' mummy, he went out for a drink, and returned to find that the mummy had been stolen! This was his last chance to make his name in the world and now he is a ruined man. His story was interrupted when a cat scratched his leg under the table.

After more drinks he admitted that he has a plan to become a rich and famous Egyptologist. He came across some rare, 13th dynasty scrolls in a temple and is working on a translation. When he finishes, he will publish the results and become famous!

He agreed to take the party back to his apartment and show them his translation, the originals being "in a safe place". Allen noticed an area of the dirt floor which looked like maybe it had recently been dug-up. The party learned the spells "summon/bind cat", and "summon/bind crocodile" from the translation. Stray cats stared in at them from the window.

The party decided to wait for him to fall asleep and steal the scrolls. The neighborhood cats began acting strange, and everyone lost some sanity. A beautiful priestess came and told them that they should tell Jan to return the scrolls to the temple. She was both seductive and threatening and walked with the gait of a panther.

Ultimately, Bob climbed in the window, but woke-up Jan with his digging. He was able to manipulate the drunk and confused archaeologist and the party made-off with the scrolls, returning to their Hotel around dawn for a much needed rest.

Saturday, February 16th, 1925

After much rest, the party decided to spend the day translating the scrolls and learning spells. The cramped hieroglyphics on the 10 scrolls was difficult, but they managed to learn:
  • spells
  • Rituals to worship Bast
  • Rituals to worship Sebek
  • Lore of the Black Pharaoh
  • Lore of the Faceless Sphinx

Bob heard noises outside their room late at night and the door was blocked. After removing the door, they saw fleeing cultists who were setting up scented candles around their room. The party identified the scent as an incense used by mediums to enter the Dreamlands. They went back to their studies.

 Past midnight, they heard chanting outside and saw that the cultists had set up candles around the whole hotel. Suddenly the lights began to flash, the moon began to flash, and the night went dark. The Investigators found themselves and the hotel transported to a dark landscape of sweeping sands and cyclopian structures...

 



Saturday, 12 June 2021

CoC 18: I see SAND PEOPLE!

 

 Investigators:

  • Dr. Gretta Von Flue- Parapsychologist and occult enthusiast
  • Allen Challenger- Antiquarian and dealer in forged artifacts
  • Michael Hunt- 45 year old dilettante in search of diversions


 

Friday, February 15th, 1925

Around mid-day. The party spent the morning snooping around the ruins in Memphis while Helen participated in the dig with fellow Clive Expedition members.

She snuck away to share a juicy lead with the the other Investigators.

The expedition members don't know I understand Arabic. While I was cleaning off the day's finds with Martin, Dr. Clive entered the tent and addressed him saying "I've just had a message from Omar. He says he's discovered the location of the girdle, in the Mosque of Ibn Thulun. He will have it in his possession in time for the next ritual. He'll want our help in preparing."

While checking on the boat, they noticed the flash of a spyglass from the expedition's camp and thought they heard some notes of a chant on the wind.

Choosing to return to the camp to get a better look, they saw Dr. Clive entering hurriedly from among the dunes. They wanted to follow him, but the guards barred their entrance. They told the guards that they needed water for the trip to the tram. Finally the Dr. sent out Agatha Broadmore with a camel loaded with water bags to lead the investigators through the sands to the tram stop.

They agreed to accompany her but were suspicious of her and the water. They also thought they saw shambling figures and moving sands.


Suddenly two sandy, emaciated figures materialized, rising up from the sands themselves, waving wicked claws at the party. They proved very hardy opponents, but Michael's double-barreled shotgun saved the day, killing one, while the other fled badly wounded.

Agatha was left shaken by the encounter. She attempted to psychically connect to the creatures to calm them, but learned that Dr. Clive had made a pact with them to slay the party. Shaken at revelation that her employer was a cultist and that he sees her as expendable, she agreed to join the investigators on the tram-ride back to Cairo.




Sunday, 14 March 2021

CoC 17: the Clive Expedition

Investigators:

  • Dr. Gretta Von Flue- Parapsychologist and occult enthusiast
  • Allen Challenger- Antiquarian and dealer in forged artifacts
  • Michael Hunt- 45 year old dilettante in search of diversions
  • Helen Alexander- Archaeologist and author
  • Machmud- street urchin, NPC guide
Regrouping at the hotel, the investigators reconnected with Mike. He managed to recruit Helen, a young Archaeologist seeking gainful employment. A discussion ensued over which lead to follow next:
  • Omar Shakti- powerful plantation owner is somehow involved. Reputedly a danger man to cross
  • Edward Gavigan- disgraced Penhew Foundation chairman and Black Pharaoh Cult Sorcerer. He is visiting Shakti, on what business, who knows?
  • Clive Expedition, funded by the Penhew Foundation, is camped near Memphis. They discovered an unusual female mummy new Giza, but it scandalously and mysteriously disappeared
  • Janwillen Vanheuvelen, a former Clive Expedition member, used to be a regular at the Turf Club but is now down on his luck, living somewhere in the Old City
They decided travel to visit the Clive Expedition. Mike gave Machmud a $10 bill for his troubles and told him to meet them in the morning.

Thursday, February 14th, 1925

Machmud didn't show up in the morning. After a while the party gave up and decided to go it alone.
They found a Riverboat captain willing to take them to Memphis. Neil Young is a young dilettante, son of a British official, enjoying himself in post-colonial Egypt. Helen managed to get on his good side and he took the party to Memphis in his steam-yacht.

They found the Clive camp outside the city near some magnificent temple ruins.


The camp itself is quite well protected, with barbed wire fences and armed guards. Knowing that the expedition recently fired an archaeologist, the investigators talked their way in, saying that Helen is looking for a job.

Dr. Clive interviewed Helen. He wasn't terribly impressed, but he agreed to take her on as an assistant Archaeologist in an unpaid capacity. The rest of the party were invited to stay the night in camp.


The party took the time to meet the members of the Clive Expedition. They got some useful info from James and Agatha about the theft of Queen Nitocris and the stolen mummy. Marten and Johannes seem like characters to be careful of.

In the night, Alan, Mike, and Helen decided to search the camp for the mummy. In a store-tent they found a creepy, life-size granite statue of the Black Pharaoh. Mike created a diversion(and was kicked out of camp by Johannes and the guards) while the others buried the statue in the sand.

Friday, February 15th, 1925


In the morning, Dr. Clive attempted to fire Helen, but she persuaded him to keep her on. That said, it was made clear that the rest of the party were no longer welcome. They spent the morning snooping around the dig sites in the area...

Sunday, 25 October 2020

CoC16: The Snake Sorcerer

 Investigators:

Faraz Najir

  • Dr. Gretta Von Flue- Parapsychologist and occult enthusiast
  • Allen Challenger- Antiquarian and dealer in forged artifacts
  • Xanathos- Drifter with a mysterious past
  • Machmud- NPC guide

Wednesday, February 13th, 1925

The party finally met Faraz Najir at the El Hussein Mosque. They convinced him to take some Black Pharaoh art they found in the Penhew Foundation's basement in exchange for information. He shared some new insights with them:

  • In 1919 he corresponded with Roger Carlyle about Black Pharaoh artifacts
  • He sold Carlyle and Sir Aubrey Penhew some relics
    • a scroll detailing the secret entrance to the Black Pharaoh's tomb via a hidden room in a pyramid
    • a bust of the Black Pharaoh
    • a small drum with mystic runes
    • Sir Aubrey Penhew
       a strange circlet with a large zircon- the crown of the Black Pharaoh and the key to his power over death
  • Unfortunately, these items turned out to have been stolen from Egyptian mogul Omar Shakti, himself a powerful cultist
  • Faraz was burned and almost died when a demon destroyed his shop
  • Faraz wears a protective amulet everywhere
  • Together, he and Gretta helped them identify a relic that they stole from the Cult of the Bloody Tongue
    • Metal Headband- protection from Night Gaunts

Suddenly, Faraz glanced outside the window- "I am undone! We are spied upon by that cultist Sorcerer!"

The Chase is On!

The party burst out the front of the mosque and gave chase. They managed to follow him to the site of Faraz's former store. They spotted the tail of a snake disappearing between two bricks in a wall.

Through talking to the neighbors, the party tracked down Tewfik Al-Sayed to his hideaway! Allen climbed in through a windows, dodged a Mind Blast, and floored the sorcerer with two shots from his automatic!

The party searched the apartment:

  • Two men are living here, one a westerner, one an Egyptian
    • They guessed the 2nd occupant is their old nemesis, Edward Gavigan!
  • They found a letter indicating that Gavigan is meeting with Shakti at his plantation at this very moment!
  • Three hieroglyphic scrolls, apparently with magic spells
  • Two magic sceptres used to increase magic points and protect from magic damage
  • An ancient mirror with a strange powder and a vial of reddish syrup
The investigators set up the body in front of the mirror to look like a sorcerous ritual went wrong. They took the scepters and spells but left burn marks in their place.

 


 


 

Saturday, 12 September 2020

CoC15: Mosques and Museums

  Investigators:

  • Dr. Gretta Von Flue- Parapsychologist and occult enthusiast
  • Allen Challenger- Antiquarian and dealer in forged artifacts
  • Bob- Texas Ranger

Tuesday, February 12th, 1925

The party decided to follow up with Faraz at the Mosque, however he was no-show. The Imam said Faraz would meet them for a price of 100 Egyptian Pounds in cash or artifacts.

They visited the Egyptian Museum and met Dr. Ali Kafour, who took them for members of the Clive Expedition. He was quite friendly and they got a lot of info out of him:

  • The Penhew foundation is funding the Clive Expedition's dig
  • They lost a mummy suspected to be Queen Nitocris
  • Janwillen Vanheuvelen was kicked out of the expedition due to his alcohol problem
  • Legends of the Black Pharaoh in the 3rd dynasty, including his pet sphinx and secret tunnels under Giza
  • Legends of the evil Queen Nitocris in the 6th dynasty including her communion with Demons
  • Stay away from the Shakti plantation- it's dangerous
  • Stay away from the Bloody Tonque and such fanatics
  • They seem to have soured their new relationship with the professor by making off with his copy of Kitab al-Azif and an abstract for a paper he is working on
    • Black Pharaoh/Nephren-Ka are part of the pantheon of Elder Gods led by the Demon God Azathoth
    • The Cult of the Bloody Tongue in Kenya has many commonalities, and seems to have broken-off from the Black Pharaoh cult thousands of years ago

 They visited the Cairo Bulletin and met it's editor, Nigel Wassif. 

  • They learned more about the Carlyle expedition's principals and their activities in Egypt
  • They heard more about the Clive expedition
  •  He also expressed his distaste for Omar Shakti

They checked out the Turf Club 

  • Janwillen Vanheuvelen used to be a regular but is now down on his luck, living somewhere in the Old City

Friday, 28 August 2020

CoC14: Cairo

Following up from last session, the party finally arrived in Cairo!

Investigators:

  • Dr. Gretta Von Flue- Parapsychologist and occult enthusiast
  • Allen Challenger- Antiquarian and dealer in forged artifacts
  • Xanathos- Drifter with a mysterious past
  • Bob- Deputy Texas Ranger


Sunday, February 10th, 1925.

Settling in the Osiris Hotel on the West side of town, the party met up with Bob, a young Texas Ranger on  vacation. He has already taken in the sights, and is looking for a diversion, so he decided to team up with them!

Monday, February 11th.

Since none of them speak Arabic, the party found a local guide on the street. He took them to change Dollars to Egyptian Pounds near the Post Office(they got 13 pounds to the Dollar).

 


The party considered visiting the Egyptian Museum Library, but decided first to visit the Old City in pursuit of a lead on the Street of Jackals. Unfortunately, he was not to be trusted. The guide and his brothers mugged the party, but were defeated. Alan discharged a firearm illegally, so the party had to flee. A young dirty street boy named Machmud helped them hide and agreed to guide them from this point on.

They found that Faraz Najir's store had burnt down and was being rebuilt by some rich foreigner. A local woman told them that Najir was a good Muslim but had angered "the old gods" and a demon had come down from the heavens and burnt him and his store. The site still glows eerily some nights. He has a new store near one of the old markets.

They tracked down Faraz, but found he was not interested in discussing the Carlyle Expedition. He warned them of the dangers of dealing with such powers, then fled into a local Mosque. He managed to give them the slip there, but they stole his shoes from the entrance to the Mosque. The Imam agreed to arrange a meeting for them with Najir the following morning.



Sunday, 12 April 2020

CoC13: Voyage to Egypt

Sunday, February 3rd, 1925. Looking to leave London quickly, the investigators decided to travel to Cairo and follow-up their leads there. They managed to obtain berths aboard the Ethiopian Queen a half-full merchant ship bound from Southampton to Djibouti, taking on passengers at a low rate.

Investigators:



  • Dr. Gretta Von Flue- Parapsychologist and occult enthusiast
  • Allen Challenger- Antiquarian and dealer in forged artifacts
  • Xanathos- Drifter with a mysterious past
  • Dr. Thomas Thompson- surgeon and occult enthusiast
  • Dr. Milka- 26 year old medical doctor. She has trouble finding steady employment and so is willing to look outside the standard hospital jobs

Tuesday, February 5th. Off the coast of Tunisia, one of the passengers claimed they saw a mermaid, though it might have been a Dolphin. More surprisingly, Gretta spotted Edward Gagivan on deck, though he disappeared before she could find him.

Xanathos was working in kitchen to earn his fare. He seduced the cook Fatima, and convinced her to bring him the passenger manifest. While she was having a midnight tryst with him, the others tracked down Gavigan to an old cabin in the Crew Quarters. They heard men chanting, but the door was locked. They banged on the door, then hid in the broom closet. A large thug ended up catching them, but they shot him dead, but still couldn't enter the door. Allen managed to jimmy-rig a pipe to release his mustard-gas grenade into the room.

In the meantime, Xanathos' tryst(in a lifeboat) was interrupted by splashing as 10's of fish-men boarded the boat and approached the crew-quarters, killing the watchman. Xanathos snuck among them, while the others were confronted by them. They shot the first one, but Allen ended up on the wrong end of a spear and they all fled below decks.

Xanathos watched as Gavigan and his associates emerged to the deck and perform another ritual with the Deep Ones. Some huge creature ripped a hole in the hull of the ship and all hell broke loose. Gavigan and his associates escaped in the ship's motor launch. Their plan was not successful, however, as the Investigators and Fatima managed to escape in a lifeboat.

They were picked up by a fishing boat and eventually made their way to Tripoli and from there to Alexandria and finally Cairo by Sunday, February 10th.