Chapter 1: The Gathering (story progress)   Posted by Soothsayer.Group: 0
Soothsayer
 GM, 2 posts
 Chaos
 Auguries
Tue 1 Mar 2022
at 04:30
Chapter 1:  The Gathering (story progress)
[This is where I'll keep a general log of our story.  No player posts in this thread, please.]

The Ghouls Hunger...

Friday, September 18, 1925.  Arkham, Massachusetts.  It is the end of a long and abnormally hot summer.  The first hints of autumn beckon, but a heavy heat persists, relentless.  A silent, unspoken anger grips the town.  Tempers are short, and in the last week alone, there have been numerous reports of of townspeople coming to heated, violent blows with one another over simple misunderstandings.

And now, a call from James Hankerson.  He claims to have found a dismembered body in his barn.

Blaming the weather would be too easy.  There is something wrong with this town, and not a whole lot this old soothsayer can do to stop the slide.  My auguries indicate a small group of investigators will soon take note of these strange happenings and set forth to make things right.  I'll be watching their progress...but I won't be holding my breath.

***

You and your partners have been investigating strange events taking place in your home city of Arkham, Massachusetts.  Over the past few weeks, several townspeople have mysteriously gone missing.  Recently, their corpses turned up in the woods, savaged and half-eaten.  The police and newspapers have stated that wild animals are responsible, but you believe there is something else going on.  You are gathered together at the lead investigator's home to discuss these bizarre events.

What's Going On?!

It is late at night.  You are holed up in your study, researching the bloody disappearances that have been taking place in the region.  A few hours into your research, you hear the sound of strange chanting coming from your parlor down the hall.  At the same time, you hear dirt churning, as if something were digging beneath the floor.

You fear you may have only a short time to figure out what's happening in your own home.

Mysterious Gateway...

As you leap to investigate, the door to your study vanishes before your eyes, leaving behind a strange gateway to another part of your house.  There must be a reason why this is happening...

If you all work together, you should be able to find enough clues to figure out how to reach the rest of your house.  You agree to reconvene in the Guest Hallway once you've discovered all that you can about these new rooms.

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