Clues and Reference Thread.   Posted by The Keeper.Group: 0
The Keeper
 GM, 6 posts
 Tony Stroppa
Thu 22 Sep 2011
at 06:22
Clues and Reference Thread
Investigators:

Not having read the adventure yet, I won't be able to give you much more than what you learned in the previous game. What I know from reading the clues in the prior "Masks" game, I'll list in point form:

1) Jackson Elias was murdered after following the trail of the missing Carlyle expedition in Africa.

2) In Jackson's room there is a matchbook from Shanghai, China. Also, a photo of a yacht in a river surrounded by Chinese junks. The name on the stern is partially visible ("DAR...").

3) Jackson's Kenya papers mentions flying creatures in Africa. One of you (either Fulty or a professorial type) met with an Arkham University professor/author who wrote about bat-winged Gods in Australia, a similarity that Jackson presumably thought was important.

4) Although the CID Inspector is convinced the Egyptian Murders are cult-related, he didn't say anything about the Bloody-Tongue's calling-card symbol and instead says the Black Brotherhood is suspected (but didn't say how). It could be the typical police tactic of witholding key evidence from the public.

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Cynthia Jane Holloway
 player, 2 posts
 Dilettante
 Globetrotting Free Spirit
Thu 22 Sep 2011
at 06:22
Re: Clues and Reference Thread
Just a quick review, now that I can actually read the documents :)

Roger Carlyle went to Egypt searching for Solomon's treasure. Their party included Jack Brady, Dr. Huston a Jungian-school analyst serving (misleading?) Carlyle, Sir Aubrey Penhew of the Penhew Foundation, and Hypatia Matthews. They also apparently picked up some African vamp (M'Weru) who broke Carlyle's heart and ran away with all of their money. The Carlyle expedition moved on to Kenya. Sir Penhew reported in the papers that they went there just to take a break from things. Then the Carlyle party totally got murdered. There was a show trial, some negroes were hanged. No actual evidence or Caucasian bodies were ever found. Carlyle's sister followed up and found nothing new.

Then our friend Jackson Elias followed the route, looking for information on Carlyle and decided the trial was wrong. Apparently also one of the Carlyle people, Jack Brady, has been seen alive since. I think maybe Elias is dead, because our picture of him shows that he's pretty, well, dead.

Some guy, Johnstone Kamau, says Carlyle & co. were killed by the "Bloody Tongue Cult", who worship some bad god.

I can't read NP22 at all, so if someone else has deciphered that, go for it.

There's some guy, Faraz Najir on the Street of Jackals in the Old Quarter who sold stuff to Carlyle. I'm guessing this guy is not in London.

This is all stuff from the google docs. It took me about three read-throughs to figure out this much, and I may have missed details, so please share corrections.

Since then, our party broke into the Ju-ju house, owing to their having an overdue library book. They're also attached to the Bloody Tongue Cult. Everyone here takes library books way too seriously, so there was a bunch of killing involved (and I gather that, ultimately, we still haven't found the book).

In London, the cult runs under the Cult of the Black Pharoah. We're also missing a library book here, so we're totally figuring it's the cult. They're hunting and killing Egyptians. Egyptians hang out at the Blue Pyramid Club, so I guess we'll hang out there too. There's some guy, Tewfik al-Sayad, who maybe knows something, but is totally unreliable. Also, one guy shouted 'Hotep!' when he was killed (although how they know that isn't clear. I mean, how do we know he wasn't shouting 'hold it!' or just 'hotblargh' as all his guts fall out? Anyway ...)

Director Gavigan, who assumed control of the Penhew Foundation after Penhew disappeared, isn't very much help and seems downright bovvered by our poking. He was surprised to hear Brady is still alive. He's associated with al-Sayad somehow, but I forgot the details.

Other news ... Miles Shipley is drawing disturbed art. We checked it out and bought some paintings. One is a terrible ceremony before an unfamiliar mountain in Africa. He made a metal frame for Aleister Crowley matching in pattern to a mirror frame we found in Al-Sayad's house. He also has a painting he refuses to show us. Molly "Mongo" disappeared after visiting his house.


There's a monster hanging around the Valley of Derwent.


I believe that's it? Anything I'm missing?

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The Keeper
 GM, 34 posts
 Tony Stroppa
Fri 30 Sep 2011
at 22:09
Re: Clues and Reference Thread
Map showing Park Lane Hotel and the Blue Pyramid Club in Soho:

http://g.co/maps/7k7aq

Hmm... Google maps includes the options for short URLs, but RpOL doesn't like them! Please see below:

http://maps.google.com/maps?ms...amp;z=15&vpsrc=6

Tony

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Howard Lampton
 player, 8 posts
 Freelance Correspondant
 Occult Specialist
Fri 30 Sep 2011
at 22:30
Re: Clues and Reference Thread
Having finished reading Life as a God Lampton tells everyone that it's the early 19th century diary of an English artist named Montgomery Crompton, who claims to have been a priest in the cult of the Brotherhood of the Black Pharaoh. However, Crompton seems to have been slipping into delusional madness and documents many different heinous crimes quite gleefully.

So the cult has been extant in London for at least a hundred years.
Cynthia Jane Holloway
 player, 9 posts
 Dilettante
 Globetrotting Free Spirit
Sat 1 Oct 2011
at 01:09
Re: Clues and Reference Thread
I was under the impression that the Cult in England preferred individuals of African descent. Does he describe how many non-Africans are among the club's members at the time? Does he describe his art at all, or make any connections between the two? Any reason to suspect this individual is similar to the one drawing mad paintings currently?
The Keeper
 GM, 40 posts
 Tony Stroppa
Sun 2 Oct 2011
at 21:20
Re: Clues and Reference Thread
See the following link for map:

Link back to this game

Tony

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Howard Lampton
 player, 9 posts
 Freelance Correspondant
 Occult Specialist
Sun 2 Oct 2011
at 22:36
Re: Clues and Reference Thread
In reply to Cynthia Jane Holloway (msg #5):

Additional details Lampton has disclosed from Life as a God:

Crompton specifically mentions Arabs, but there is no reference to "sub-Saharan" Africans. There are three names mentioned of fellow cultists. Ahmose, Darius, and Navarre, none of them African or Kenyan. Of course, one or all could be pseudonyms or aliases.

There is no mention whatsoever of the Cult of the Bloody Tongue and no sketches of any sigil or symbol. There is mention of a ritual murder weapon, a club with a single spike.

There are similarities between Crompton’s sketches in the diary and photos of Miles Shipley’s disturbed art.

Near the end, before his writing becomes totally illegible, he seems to be describing some kind of throne room for his God:




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The Keeper
 GM, 66 posts
 Tony Stroppa
Wed 5 Oct 2011
at 05:03
Re: Clues and Reference Thread
Players,

I posted the following notes in the old game. The GM never answered then so I am supplying some answers now.

1) Fulty met with a professor at Arkham who gave a lecture on Australian cults, There is mention of a Bat Cult in Australia. possibly related to the "Creatures with great wings..." that "...are said to come down from the Mountain of the Black Winds and carry off people." Sounds similar, if widely geographically separated. Not really a dead end but something that may fit the bigger picture later on.

2) The "God of the Black Winds" is unknown in African folklore. "Elias cites in particular "Sam Mariga rr-sta"." Is rr-sta short for "railroad station"? Can Library research (maps of Kenya) clear this up?

Unable to elaborate at this time.

3) Is it possible M'Weru was a cultist? Whichever, she met Carlyle in Egypt, then persuaded or lured the group back to Kenya for her purposes? Did M'Weru disappear before or after they got to Kenya?

Carlyle's sister Erica said M'Weru looked and carried herself like "a priestess". Erica believed "that Negro woman" drove her brother to the brink of madness.

4) Why was Tewfik al-Sayad interviewed by police? Does he own the Blue Pyramid Club? He does have a connection to the Penhew Foundation, which is not incriminating in and of itself.

Tewfik was not a person of interest, and although he was said to know several of the victims nothing seems to have come of this. He was employed by the Penhew Foundation to guide them in Egypt some years ago.

5) What is the significance of "My Life as a God" from the diary of Montgomery Crompton?

Describes the Brotherhood of the Dark Pharaoh in fair detail, at least of a century ago. Included is their ritual weapon, the club with a single spike.

6) Was the symbol carved into Jackson's forehead identified?

Yes, it belonged to the Cult of the Bloody Tongue. It is not mentioned nor is there a picture of it in Life as a God.

7) There is a photo of a river in China and a partial boat name "DAR..."), and a matchbook from Shanghai. Where are these locations? What is the boat?

Research showed that Penhew's motor-yacht, the Dark Princess, was recorded as being in Shanghai, China. The photo of the boat was taken there.

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:13, Fri 05 July 2013.

The Keeper
 GM, 69 posts
 Tony Stroppa
Thu 6 Oct 2011
at 11:30
Re: Clues and Reference Thread
The Pnakotic Manuscripts - English translation - 20 Weeks Study

Selections De Livre D'Ivon - French commentary on a Latin text - 20 Weeks Study. Very confusing and muddled, an earlier reader left a marginal note in Medieval French suggesting he believed it to be written by someone named Eibon long before the rise of the Pharaohs. It describes part of his travels and exploits in unknown lands (possibly in dreams) and the blasphemous beings and monstrous gods that live there.

People of the Monolith - English Book (Bound in something unnatural; Cthulhu Mythos Roll needed when handling.) - 1 Week Study. A long and rambling poem written by Englishman Justin Geoffrey. From "People of the Monolith":

They say foul things of Old Times still lurk
In dark forgotten corners of the world.
And Gates still gape to loose, on certain nights.
Shapes pent in Hell.


The Monolith is a primordial black stone somewhere in the mountains of Hungary, and the bestial People worship the monolith with sacrifices. Geoffrey was committed to a madhouse shortly after the poem was written and he is still alive.

Life as a God - English book (Bound in Human Skin) - 1 Week Study. Describes an Englishman's descent into madness over a hundred years ago as he becomes a Priest in the Brotherhood of the Dark Pharaoh. Located somewhere in the UK, unknown exactly where. Egyptian motifs seem prevalent, no mention of sub-Saharan Africans or Africa.


Study Times:

Howard Lampton: 3 weeks study on Pnakotic Manuscripts. Has read People of the Monolith, Life as a God.

Cynthia Holloway: Has read Selections de Libre d'Ivonis. Not the complete work.

Dr. Weston: Has read both People of the Monolith and Life as a God. 3 more weeks of study on another tome.

This message was last edited by the GM at 08:43, Fri 07 Oct 2011.