San Juan - Day Three, Monday, 27 March 1927.   Posted by Keeper of Secrets.Group: 0
Dagen O'Malley
 PC, 66 posts
Fri 15 Dec 2017
at 02:35
San Juan - Day Three, Monday, 27 March 1927.
"There was evidence he might be getting ready to participate in a festival.
Dr. Coll y Toste
Fri 15 Dec 2017
at 05:33
San Juan - Day Three, Monday, 27 March 1927.
In reply to Henry Richards, Ph.D. (msg # 44):

Dr. Toste seems to take the measure of Henry, as a scholar, as a man? Then he crosses to a cupboard. He unlocks it with a key on his watch chain and takes out a manuscript bound with string which he brings back to the table.

"You are a scholar like me. You can understand the disappointment in an unpublished manuscript, an unbirthed child. I will tell you of this one."

While researching myths and folklore of the Taino, the original inhabitants of the island, for his book Leyendas y Tradiciones Puertoriqueñas he came upon a very unusual story about the Vejigantes.

The tradition is originally from Spain, of course, where the figures are typically depicted as Moors, Muslim invaders from Northern Africa. The Tainos had no reference for Moors and so they put their own interpretation on the figures and created the colorful, horned figures that persist even today.

However, there is something else, a story too fantastic, too unbelievable to include in a scholarly work of history. He cut it from the manuscript entirely.

These Taino stories claim that the Vejigantes were originally real men who fell victim to a powerful bruja, a witch. Some of these stories seem to pre-date the arrival of the Spanish. This Renia Bruja or Queen Witch, would anoint her victims with cursed oils that transformed them into hideous monsters under her control.

These oils were made from the nectar of flowers that grew around one particular spring, deep in impenetrable forest --could be El Yunque. These flowers never withered, never died, even when cut. The water of the spring, the legends say, gave these flowers eternal life. They would do the same to anyone who drank of it. Some of the legends hold that this eternal life was granted only after the poisonous water killed the drinker.

The last time the Taino Vejigantes appeared was during the 1511-1518 Taino uprising when they rampaged and slaughtered Spaniard and Taino alike. The Taino captured the Renia Bruja and killed her for her treachery.

Unable to find other sources, European sources, to corroborate the legends, he could not publish them. But Fra Andres Bible could be that evidence. It also ties into the Puertoriqueño folk tale of the Guanina, the witch seized by the Spanish who drove the holy fathers of the Inquisition mad and burned their house, and them in it.

He did not show these notes to Martin Bosley, fearing that they would only encourage him to persist in his search for the fountain.

“There are things in this world not meant to be discovered, whispers that should not be answered. You may not believe this, but there is a part of this world we cannot easily see, and should never try to.

"In Puerto Rico there is a word parents use to warn a child against touching a hot stove or petting a strange cat” Dejalo. Leave it alone. You understand what I am saying? Dejalo!”

This message was last edited by the GM at 05:41, Fri 15 Dec 2017.

Dr. Coll y Toste
Fri 15 Dec 2017
at 05:35
San Juan - Day Three, Monday, 27 March 1927.
In reply to Dagen O'Malley (msg # 49):

"Really? What evidence?"

Keeper of Secrets
 GM, 105 posts
Fri 15 Dec 2017
at 05:36
San Juan - Day Three, Monday, 27 March 1927.
In reply to Joe Farnsworth (msg # 45):
Henry Richards, Ph.D.
 PC, 70 posts
Fri 15 Dec 2017
at 14:02
San Juan - Day Three, Monday, 27 March 1927.
Henry's eyes light up at the prospect of being among the first to see a scholarly work, even one that Dr. Toste felt could not be published.  He murmurs his amazement at the tale at appropriate times.

"Thank you for showing this to us," he says sincerely.  "I fear young Martin has gotten himself into some trouble searching for either the Fountain or the Undying Flowers, despite your attempts to shield him."

This message was last edited by the GM at 14:29, Fri 15 Dec 2017.

Dagen O'Malley
 PC, 67 posts
Sat 16 Dec 2017
at 00:03
San Juan - Day Three, Monday, 27 March 1927.
In reply to Dr. Coll y Toste (msg # 51):

"Oh, where he was staying, we found items that made it look like he was going to join a parade or something"

Keeper of Secrets
 GM, 106 posts
Sat 16 Dec 2017
at 16:19
San Juan - Day Three, Monday, 27 March 1927.
In reply to Dagen O'Malley (msg # 54):

"Curious. Perhaps he got a mask for Carnivale. Some do."
Dr. Coll y Toste
Sat 16 Dec 2017
at 16:32
Re: San Juan - Day Three, Monday, 27 March 1927.
Joe Farnsworth (msg # 45):
"Also, when we were in the house that Bosley was staying in, we found the bible, and on top of it was a glass jar full of scorpions with this card inside.  Does that have any meaning to you?

The older man strokes his beard thoughtfully.

"A strange thing. Almost an invitation. Almost a warning. But from who?

"I think maybe somebody is wanting to play a game with you, but they aren't telling you the rules. Very hard to win such a game. A wise man would choose not to play. If you cannot be wise, please, my friends, be careful."


Armando appears, frowning, at the door.

"It seems I am late for my next appointment," says Dr. Toste with an apologetic shrug for Armando, "My grandson is my secretary, my right hand. He keeps me on the track, yes?

"Dios sea contigo. Go with God, my friends. Dejalo."


He shakes hands with each of the men and kisses Dagan's hand.

This message was last updated by the GM at 16:32, Sat 16 Dec 2017.

Henry Richards, Ph.D.
 PC, 71 posts
Mon 18 Dec 2017
at 14:48
Re: San Juan - Day Three, Monday, 27 March 1927.
"Thank you so much for your help, Doctor," Henry says as he takes his leave.
Keeper of Secrets
 GM, 110 posts
Fri 22 Dec 2017
at 14:56
Re: San Juan - Day Three, Monday, 27 March 1927.
As Armando courteously (if coldly) shows you out, he stops at the front door. You realize that it is almost six in the evening.

“Your visit has been long and, I trust, beneficial to you, if tiring for Dr. Coll y Toste. My grandfather is not a young man and he has many claims on his time and energy.

“Please, do not come again without first making an appointment. Through me. Gracias.”


[Gain: 1D3 Occult and 1D3 History.]
Dagen O'Malley
 PC, 68 posts
Fri 22 Dec 2017
at 23:35
Re: San Juan - Day Three, Monday, 27 March 1927.
Dage steps up to Armando "We really appreciate Dr. Coll y Toste and your time in this very important issue of finding my friend Martin before hopefully anything happens. We will call before we return next time. I hope I can contact you directly, can you please let me know where to?" she try's to be as charming as possible.
Joe Farnsworth
 PC, 54 posts
 Private Investigator
 Lou Stein Investigations
Sat 6 Jan 2018
at 16:06
Re: San Juan - Day Three, Monday, 27 March 1927.
Dr. Toste's Home OR
"A New Year's resolution that I can never keep? To be able to make decisions." Ashanti


Joe questions the others, "Getting about dinner time, shall we head back to the hotel and then find some dinner?  After that we can get together and decide what we will do tomorrow over some drinks.
Keeper of Secrets
 GM, 111 posts
Mon 8 Jan 2018
at 16:54
Re: San Juan - Day Three, Monday, 27 March 1927.
Eddy provides transportation back to the Vanderbilt.
Dagen O'Malley
 PC, 69 posts
Tue 9 Jan 2018
at 00:44
Re: San Juan - Day Three, Monday, 27 March 1927.
In reply to Joe Farnsworth (msg # 60):

"Yes, lets go get dinner and have some drinks. It has been a long day"
Keeper of Secrets
 GM, 112 posts
Wed 10 Jan 2018
at 15:21
Re: San Juan - Day Three, Monday, 27 March 1927.
A couple of hours later, the four searchers are in Miss O'Malley's suite looking out over the moonlit ocean and sipping rum provided by Mr. Farnsworth, mixed with Coca-Cola and lime, if that's your taste.
Henry Richards, Ph.D.
 PC, 72 posts
Wed 10 Jan 2018
at 15:28
Re: San Juan - Day Three, Monday, 27 March 1927.
"Where to next?" Henry asks, sipping his drink.  "We know that Martin was intending to see Senora Figueroa about the Undying Flower.  He almost certainly would have eventually mounted an expedition into the El Yunque looking for the Fountain, too, but we need more information and preparation before following there."
Dagen O'Malley
 PC, 70 posts
Thu 11 Jan 2018
at 01:25
Re: San Juan - Day Three, Monday, 27 March 1927.
She sips her rum and coke. "We do need to know where we are going and find the gear. I can get some funding for it if we need it. Also, will we need a local guide but how do we find someone we can trust or do we just not trust anyone we take?
Joe Farnsworth
 PC, 55 posts
 Private Investigator
 Lou Stein Investigations
Sat 13 Jan 2018
at 15:30
Re: San Juan - Day Three, Monday, 27 March 1927.
Miss O'Malley's suite OR
"Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters." Albert Einstein


Joe considers the others comments and responds, "I think we should pay Senora Figueroa a visit, but not mention the undying flower. We'll see if she brings it up.  I'm still think that the jar of scorpions was a warning.

Now as for an expedition into the woods, any guide we get, needs to be watched closely.  There may be money on someones mind if they think we are looking for a source of everlasting life, or even just a bunch of tourists with money."

Henry Richards, Ph.D.
 PC, 73 posts
Sat 13 Jan 2018
at 23:19
Re: San Juan - Day Three, Monday, 27 March 1927.
"We could convincingly portray an expedition from Miskatonic," Henry says, "as a cover story."  He seems delighted by the idea of having a cover story.
Dagen O'Malley
 PC, 71 posts
Sun 14 Jan 2018
at 00:30
Re: San Juan - Day Three, Monday, 27 March 1927.
"It would not be completely untrue. I did go there"
Joe Farnsworth
 PC, 56 posts
 Private Investigator
 Lou Stein Investigations
Wed 17 Jan 2018
at 14:05
Re: San Juan - Day Three, Monday, 27 March 1927.
Miss O'Malley's suite OR
"My first expedition was at about the age of eight." Ann Bancroft


Joe asks, "OK, but what is our expedition for, or looking to find?"
Henry Richards, Ph.D.
 PC, 74 posts
Wed 17 Jan 2018
at 14:59
Re: San Juan - Day Three, Monday, 27 March 1927.
Henry waves airily.

"The jungle is no doubt rife with rumors of ancient civilizations," he says, "most are.  A bit of local research and we could concoct a believable story to get us into the area we need to go, ostensibly searching for traces of that civilization.  But we do need more information, first."

"Let us continue following young Martin's trail, and speak to Senora Figueroa."
Dagen O'Malley
 PC, 72 posts
Thu 18 Jan 2018
at 02:33
Re: San Juan - Day Three, Monday, 27 March 1927.
"then lets do it, who knows what happened to the poor man. I am anxious to find him"
Joe Farnsworth
 PC, 57 posts
 Private Investigator
 Lou Stein Investigations
Sun 21 Jan 2018
at 21:15
Re: San Juan - Day Three, Monday, 27 March 1927.
Miss O'Malley's suite OR
"A goal without a plan is just a wish." Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


Joe says, "OK, that's the plan. Dr. Richards, you will be the expedition lead.  Having a doctor in front of a name always adds credibility."
Henry Richards, Ph.D.
 PC, 75 posts
Mon 22 Jan 2018
at 00:12
Re: San Juan - Day Three, Monday, 27 March 1927.
Henry nods, as if that's just the way things are.

"Agreed," he says. "I can make a call tomorrow back to Miskatonic, and get old Newhouse to confirm our expedition should anyone inquire.  He's most anxious to get news of Martin, I have no doubt he'll cooperate."